Valmet to deliver a coating section upgrade with electric heated air dryers to Stora Enso in Finland

Valmet Oyj’s press release on December 21, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. EET   

Valmet upgrades the coating section of the board machine 5 at Stora Enso Imatra Mills, Tainionkoski in Finland. In addition to electric heated OptiDry Coat air dryers, the upgrade includes a drying capacity increase in the coating section, a new wire loop to the existing dryer group and automation. The upgrade will bring energy savings and reduce emissions.

The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the third quarter 2022. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of deliveries of this type is usually around EUR 58 million. The installations are planned to start in the fourth quarter 2023.

“The delivery helps the customer to take another step forward on their path to a CO2 free future. By replacing the old gas heated dryers by modern electric heated air dryers, the customer can reduce energy consumption for the existing board grades and ensure higher production capacity. The new wire loop will create an additional draw point for the web and allows controlled operating in the modified area. This will bring more safety in tail threading and minimize oil leakages,” says Kimmo Vehmas, Senior Mill Sales Manager, EMEA, Valmet.

The increasing energy prices and the uncertainty of natural gas availability are driving mills to convert from gas to electricity operation.

About the customer

Stora Enso Imatra mills in southeastern Finland was founded in 1935. It consists of two production units – Kaukopää and Tainionkoski – that produce pulp and consumer packaging board. The annual capacity is 1 200 000 tonnes of consumer packaging board, 1 300 000 tonnes of pulp and 455 000 tonnes of polymer coating. Imatra Mills is one of the largest mills producing consumer packaging board in the world, with over 90% of its production exported to Europe, Southeast Asia and other continents.

As part of the global bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable products in packaging, biomaterials, wooden construction and paper, and one of the largest private forest owners in the world.

Corporate Communications 

For further information, please contact: 
Kari Nieminen, Vice President, Sales, Finland, EMEA, Valmet, tel. +358 40 073 2491

Ilkka Suominen, Product Sales Manager, Air Systems, Paper business line, Valmet, tel. +358 50 317 3434  

Valmet is a leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. With our automation systems and flow control solutions we serve an even wider base of process industries. Our 17,500 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers’ performance forward – every day.

The company has over 220 years of industrial history and a strong track record in continuous improvement and renewal. In 2022, a major milestone was achieved when the flow control company Neles was merged into Valmet. The combined company’s net sales in 2021 were approximately EUR 4.5 billion based on the respective company figures.

Valmet’s shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki and the head office is in Espoo, Finland.   

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