Valmet to provide new board production line for Pratt Industries

19 January 2018 (Last Updated January 19th, 2018 09:44)

Valmet has secured a contract from US-based corrugated packaging company Pratt Industries to provide a new OptiConcept M automated board production line.

Valmet to provide new board production line for Pratt Industries
Valmet’s OptiConcept M board machine. Credit: Valmet.

Valmet has secured a contract from US-based corrugated packaging company Pratt Industries to provide a new OptiConcept M automated board production line.

The value of the contract is estimated to be between €40m and €50m.

Pratt’s new greenfield paper mill in Wapakoneta, Ohio, US, will use the PM 17 OptiConcept M line, which employs a new and modular approach to design, build and operate a paper machine.

The line’s modular approach ensures short delivery times, a quick start-up and reduced project costs.

“That’s important not only for our environment but also for our customers who realise the importance of sustainable packaging.”

The new machine will be equipped with a 6.24m-wide wire and will feature a basis weight ranging between 127g/m² and 195g/m².

With an annual production capacity of 360,000t, the machine will have a design speed of 1,100m/min.

Following installation, the board machine will be Valmet’s second OptiConcept M installation in North America after Valparaiso, Indiana, and 15th worldwide.

The machine is expected to be commissioned by the fourth quarter of next year.

Pratt Industries global chairman Anthony Pratt said: “We want to help many companies to meet their sustainability goals without sacrificing their high-performance packaging requirements.

“That’s important not only for our environment but also for our customers who realise the importance of sustainable packaging.”

The Wapakoneta paper mill will use fully recovered paper to produce lightweight and high-performance linerboard and corrugated medium.