Valmet-supplied OptiConcept M board making line started up at Pratt Industries in the USA

Valmet Corporation's trade press release on December 22, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. EET

Pratt Industries' Valmet-supplied containerboard production line, PM 16, successfully came on stream on October 04, 2015 at their greenfield paper mill in Valparaiso, Indiana, USA. This is Valmet's first OptiConcept M installation in North America.

"PM 16 is one of the industry's most efficient paper mill, employing 120 people to make 370,000 tons a year - twice the productivity of many competitor mills. It is the world's most environmentally-friendly paper mill and a showcase for the latest in 21st Century paper-making technology," says Anthony Pratt, Global Chairman of Pratt Industries.

Valmet OptiConcept M board making line is designed to use less water, electricity and raw materials. "That's important not only for our environment but also for our customers who realize the importance of sustainable packaging." says Pratt.

The Valmet OptiConcept M containerboard production line started up on October 4, 2015 for Pratt Industries at the Valparaiso mill in Indiana, USA.

About Pratt Industries

Pratt is America's 5th Largest corrugated packaging company and the world's largest, privately-held 100% recycled paper and packaging company, with more than 5200 highly-skilled employees dedicated to the environment and sustainability. Pratt was founded in the USA some 25 years ago and, since then, has shown dramatic growth with sophisticated manufacturing facilities in more than 20 states.

Further information, please contact:

Tuomo Rämö, Senior Project Manager, Paper Mills, Valmet, tel. +358 40 748 8513

Mike Gray, Area Vice President, North America, Valmet, tel. +1 920 738 8542

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. Valmet's vision is to become the global champion in serving its customers.

Valmet's services cover everything from maintenance outsourcing to mill and plant improvements and spare parts. The strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bio-energy production. Valmet's advanced automation solutions range from single measurements to mill wide turnkey automation projects.

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