Corrugated packaging firm Pratt Industries has commissioned a new containerboard production line at its greenfield paper mill in Valparaiso, Indiana, US.
Finland-based Valmet supplied the OptiConcept M board making line. The equipment will have a wire width of 6.25m and offer a design speed of 1,200 meters per minute.
The OptiConcept M installation is claimed to the first for Valmet in North America and ensures reduced use of water, power and raw materials during production.
Pratt Industries global chairman Anthony Pratt said: "PM 16 is one of the industry's most efficient paper mills, employing 120 people to make 370,000 tonnes a year, twice the productivity of many competitor mills.
"It is the world's most environmentally-friendly paper mill and a showcase for the latest in 21st Century paper-making technology."
Pratt Industries is claimed to be the fifth largest corrugated packaging company in the US and the largest privately-held 100% recycled paper and packaging producer in the world.
The Valparaiso facility represents the third of the four paper mills developed by the company in the US.
The facility is anticipated to increase Pratt's annual revenues to nearly $2.5bn from $2.1bn.
Image: The Valparaiso facility is the third among the four paper mills developed by Pratt in the US. Photo: courtesy of Valmet.