Valmet to provide three board machine rebuilds to North American customers

24 January 2017 (Last Updated January 24th, 2017 18:30)

Valmet has been selected to provide three-board machine rebuilds to undisclosed North American clients.

Valmet has been selected to provide three-board machine rebuilds to undisclosed North American clients.

The rebuilding work includes modifications to two-stock preparation systems and the approach flow system of the board machines.

Other additions will include a new headbox, a rebuilt forming section, a new press section, a press section rebuild, and modifications to two dryer sections.

Scheduled to be operational by 2018, the board machine rebuilds will help the customers to increase their productivity and the use of recycled and non-bleached fibres.

Valmet sales director Jari Siitonen said: “Due to large installed base of paper and board machines in North America and their ageing technology, the need for machine modernisations is quite constant.

"Due to large installed base of paper and board machines in North America and their ageing technology, the need for machine modernisations is quite constant."

“In number of cases, important reason for the modernisations is to increase energy and resource efficiency.

“This is also linked to the growing trend of lightweighting in board production. Additionally our customers want to increase the use of recycled and non-bleached fibres.”

The company has not disclosed the value of the deals, but the combined value of the orders is estimated to be €20m to €30m.

Separately, Valmet won a deal to provide a defibrator system to Luso Finsa's fibreboard production plant in Portugal.

Delivery of the system is scheduled by the second quarter of 2017.