Valmet to supply a tissue production line to Resolute Forest Products in the United States

Valmet Corporation's press release on September 3, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. EET

Resolute Forest Products Inc. has selected Valmet's Advantage NTT tissue production technology and Valmet's automation solution for the new facility it is building in the United States to manufacture at-home, premium private label tissue paper, including bath and towel. The new machine will be installed at the company's mill in Calhoun (Tennessee), and start-up of the tissue production line is planned for early 2017.

The order is included in Valmet's third quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

"We are very proud to work with Resolute on this important project, and we will deliver first-class tissue technology to their state-of-the-art facility," says Soren Eriksson, Director of Sales, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet.

Valmet's Advantage NTT tissue production technology is designed for maximum flexibility as well as enhanced product quality and can easily change between production of conventional tissue and textured tissue in just a few hours. It has been well received by the market, and this will be the fifth NTT machine to be delivered. The first Advantage NTT line was started up in Mexico in 2013, the second line started up in the second quarter of 2015 in Chile, a third NTT line will be started up in Abu Dhabi in 2015, followed by a fourth NTT line in the U.S. in early 2016.

Technical information

The new tissue machine will have a width of 5.2 m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min. The raw material for the new line will be virgin fiber, and the production line is optimized to save energy and fiber as well as provide flexibility and product differentiation for premium quality products.

Image: Valmet Advantage NTT tissue machine

Valmet's scope of delivery will comprise a complete tissue production line, including an Advantage NTT 200HS tissue machine. The tissue machine will be equipped with a layered OptiFlo headbox and a cast alloy Yankee cylinder. It will also be featured with the Advantage tissue technology, including an AirCap hood and a SoftReel -B. Basic mill engineering, process equipment and process ventilation are also included in the scope.

Furthermore, the delivery includes an integrated automation solution with Valmet DNA process control system, Valmet IQ scanner with IQFibre & Moisture sensor, as well as IQProfilers and a state-of-the-art web camera system for quality and reliability control. Installation supervision, training and commissioning as well as product development support are part of the delivery.

Corporate Communications

For further information, please contact:

Soren Eriksson, Director of Sales, Valmet Tissue Mills Business Unit, North America, +1 404 242 8845

Jan Erikson, Vice President, Sales, Valmet Tissue Mills Business Unit, tel.  +46 705 17 14 90

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Information about the customer Resolute Forest Products

Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including newsprint, specialty papers, market pulp and wood products. The company owns or operates some 40 pulp and paper mills and wood products facilities in the United States, Canada and South Korea, and power generation assets in Canada. Marketing its products in close to 80 countries, Resolute has third-party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to at least one of three internationally recognized sustainable forest management standards. The shares of Resolute Forest Products trade under the stock symbol RFP on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Resolute and other member companies of the Forest Products Association of Canada, as well as a number of environmental organizations, are partners in the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. The group works to identify solutions to conservation issues that meet the goal of balancing equally the three pillars of sustainability linked to human activities: environmental, social and economic.

Resolute is proud to be ranked by Corporate Knights as one of Canada's Best 50 Corporate Citizens for 2014. The company and Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer, have been named to Canada's 2015 Clean50, and Resolute was also awarded The New Economy magazine's global Clean Tech Award for best forestry and paper solutions.