Valmet to deliver a wide range of shutdown services to Ittihad Paper Mill in United Arab Emirates

Valmet Oyj’s trade press release on March 27, 2024 at 9:30 a.m. EET  

Ittihad Paper Mill (IPM) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, has again selected Valmet as the main supplier of field services to its annual shutdown in 2024. The shutdown will take place at the end of July 2024. 

The order was included in Valmet's orders received of the fourth quarter 2023. The value of the order will not be disclosed. 

Since the inauguration of Ittihad Paper Mill’s paper machine (PM1) in 2019, IPM and Valmet have continuously worked together to secure top productivity and competitiveness of the mill. To the mill’s annual shutdown in 2024, Valmet will for the second consecutive year deliver a comprehensive selection of field services including targeted equipment audits, maintenance planning, shutdown management and execution of the maintenance work. 

“We believe that Valmet as the original equipment manufacturer has the best expertise to support us in keeping our paper machine in excellent condition. Based on our experience, Valmet has both the capability and resources to develop the papermaking technologies further, also contributing to the safety, sustainability, and operational excellence of our mill,” says Rabih El Assadi, Operation Director at Ittihad Paper Mill. 

“We are proud to have been again selected as the main supplier of field services to Ittihad Paper Mill’s annual shutdown. We appreciate this cooperation and look forward to continuing our shared journey towards a further improved performance of the mill,” says Waheed Al Qannass, Sales Manager, Middle East at Valmet. 

Technical information about the delivery 

Valmet’s delivery includes a comprehensive selection of field services both prior to and during the Ittihad Paper Mill’s annual shutdown. Valmet will perform a machine alignment check as well as inspection and maintenance of several paper machine sections and parts such as Valmet Disc Filter, OptiFlo Gap headbox, Valmet SymBelt Shoe Press Roll, OptiSizer Film, OptiCalender Hard and OptiWin Drum two-drum base winders. Valmet will also be responsible for the planning and management of the shutdown. 

About the customer 

Ittihad Paper Mill (IPM) operates a Valmet OptiConcept M machine in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The mill began its commercial operation in 2020. IPM has a capacity of 325,000 tons annually, equivalent of 65 billion A4 sheets, and caters to the growing regional demand for printing and writing paper that has traditionally relied on imports, while also serving the international markets. 

Corporate Communications  

For further information, please contact:  
Waheed Al Qannass, Sales Manager, Middle East, EMEA Area, Valmet, tel. +97 150 958 8207 

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 more than 19,000 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. Valmet’s net sales in 2023 were approximately EUR 5.5 billion.  

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

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