Finland-based paper and pulp company Metsä Board has contracted packaging technology company Valmet to add to the folding boxboard production capacity of its paperboard mill in Husum, Sweden.

The company has placed an order with Valmet to upgrade its BM 1 board machine’s overall equipment efficiency and increase its annual folding boxboard capacity by 200,000t.

As part of the order, Valmet will supply a long-term performance agreement for the mill and rebuild the board machine.

The rebuilt BM 1 is scheduled to begin operations by late 2023.

Metsä Board technology senior vice-president Ari Kiviranta said: “We were looking for one reliable partner who could deliver this extensive project from stock preparation to winders and, additionally, support our long-term efficiency improvement efforts.

“We also demanded quite low CO₂ emission levels for the size drying, as well as highly automated parent roll logistics. Valmet was able to meet all of these requirements.”

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The financial terms of the order have not been disclosed, but Valmet said that an order of this type usually costs between €70m ($79m) and €80m ($90.3m).

The upgrade will increase the BM 1’s annual folding boxboard capacity from 400,000t to 600,000t.

It is intended to help Metsä Board meet increasing demand for sustainably produced packaging materials.

The machine was bought from Valmet in 2016 in an effort to help Metsä Board cater to the requirements and demands of the foodservice packaging industry.

Most of the upgrades will focus on its dry end and will involve adding dryer cylinders, an OptiCalender Hard and OptiReel Linear, and an OptiSizer Film with supply systems and air dryers.

Valmet sales and marketing vice-president Mikko Tani said: “At Valmet, we are extremely happy to continue this deep collaboration with Metsä Board to develop the Husum Mill further.”

Last April, Valmet agreed to supply reel and winding technology for Metsä Board’s Kyro mill in Finland.