Valmet to upgrade automation at Smurfit Kappa in Verzuolo, Italy

Valmet Oyj’s trade press release on September 6, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. EEST

Valmet will upgrade the current water treatment automation solution at Smurfit Kappa’s Cartiera di Verzuolo mill in northern Italy with a Valmet DNA Distributed Control System (DCS). The new system will replace aging third-party Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and integrate the water treatment control to the existing, mill-wide Valmet DNA automation system. The upgrade also includes extending the automation to the anaerobic treatment unit.

The order was included in Valmet's orders received of the second quarter 2023. The delivery will take place in March 2024.

"Valmet has a long and successful track record of supplying and upgrading automation systems in Verzuolo since the PM 9 delivered by Valmet in 2001. This upgrade improves the automation integration in the mill, thus ensuring better scalability and information management," says Maurizio Martinelli, Customer Support Manager, Automation Systems business line, Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery

The delivery includes Valmet DNA ACN MRN Controllers with Profinet and Profibus links. Valmet's efficient ACN industrial controller family ensures a reliable platform for all process controls and connectivity to external systems. As a major benefit of the upgrade, existing I/O hardware of the Valmet DNA system in the mill scales up for the new needs and can remain unchanged.

About the customer Smurfit Kappa

Smurfit Kappa is one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging solutions in the world, with approximately 47,000 employees in over 350 production sites across 36 countries and turnover of EUR 12.8 billion in 2022. The Verzuolo mill in Italy has been part of the group since its purchase from the Italian group Burgo in 2021 and has a production capacity of 600,000 tons of recycled containerboard per year.

Corporate Communications 

For further information, please contact: 
Maurizio Martinelli, Customer Support Manager, Automation Systems business line, Valmet, tel. +39 3356 559 659

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. Valmet’s net sales in 2022 were approximately EUR 5.1 billion. 

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

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