Valmet delivers a complete automation solution for Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s new glass fiber tissue line in Kentucky, USA

Valmet Oyj’s trade press release on March 21, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. EET

Ahlstrom-Munksjö continues to grow their partnership with Valmet in North America by purchasing a complete Valmet automation solution for their new glass fiber tissue line in Madisonville, Kentucky. The order includes Valmet’s distributed control system (Valmet DNA DCS) with the latest generation user interface, quality control system (Valmet IQ Quality Control System) and a web inspection system (Valmet IQ Web Inspection System). The fully integrated solution will enable Ahlstrom-Munksjö to efficiently optimize tissue production and ensure optimal quality throughout the process.

The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the first quarter 2022. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The installation will take place in the spring of 2023.

“Having a complete package for the DCS, QCS, and web inspection was a key decision point when deciding on the right vendor. Valmet’s automation solution is well known throughout the pulp and paper industry and selecting one integrated solution for the full scope was crucial in our decision-making criteria. In US we already have Taylorville plant with Valmet DCS and QCS and we are happy to continue the good collaboration between the two companies,” says Juhani Piispa, Engineering & Technology Manager, Ahlstrom-Munksjö.

“This is a very exciting opportunity to continue our partnership with Ahlstrom-Munksjö. We have had great success with the multiple Valmet DNA installations in their pulp and paper facility in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, as well as the Valmet DCS and QCS in Taylorville, Illinois, and agreeing to deliver a complete automation package for the new glass fiber tissue line in Madisonville is another step for our collaboration. Our integrated solution will help Ahlstrom-Munksjö to speed up the training of the team as there aren’t many different and separate solutions to learn,” says Tim Betteridge, Vice President of Automation, North America, Valmet Inc.

The delivery also includes Valmet DNA automation system’s new web based user interface, which enables real-time performance optimization and collaboration between different user groups regardless of their location.

About the customer Ahlstrom-Munksjö
Ahlstrom-Munksjö is a global leader in fiber-based materials, supplying innovative and sustainable solutions to its customers. Their mission is to expand the role of fiber-based solutions for sustainable everyday life. Their offering includes filter materials, release liners, food and beverage processing materials, decor papers, abrasive and tape backings, electrotechnical paper, glass fiber materials, medical fiber materials, diagnostics and energy storage solutions, as well as a range of specialty papers for industrial and consumer end-uses. Their annual net sales is about EUR 3.1 billion and they employ some 8,000 people. Read more at

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For further information, please contact:
Tim Betteridge, Vice President, Automation, North America, Automation business line, Valmet, Tel. + 1(770) 330-2665

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.   

Valmet's net sales in 2021 were approximately EUR 3.9 billion. Our more than 14,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.   

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