Valmet Oyj signs an extension of the maintenance operation agreement for UPM’s Plattling mill in Germany


Valmet and UPM have signed an extension of the existing maintenance operations agreement for UPM’s Platting mill in Germany, for an additional three years. The value of the agreement will not be disclosed.

‘Since the start-up of the Valmet-delivered paper machine PM1 in 2007, Valmet’s maintenance team has been present at the site, providing outsourced maintenance operations services. Thanks to the extraordinary performance of the entire maintenance team during the years and the corona crisis, upcoming challenges have been mastered exceptionally well to this day. The maintenance team adapts quickly and professionally to changes, and, thus, actively contributes to good results. It was a logical choice to extend the agreement and team collaboration with Valmet,’ says Sebastian Loewenberg, General Manager, UPM Plattling.

‘The extension of the agreement is the best acknowledgement for the achievements reached together at the site over the years. We will continue to support the mill in reaching their goals by bringing efficiency, availability and profitability to the best possible level during the coming years,’ says Yrjö Ylitalo, Director, EMEA Mill Maintenance Operations, Valmet.

In addition to the daily presence at the site, Valmet’s maintenance development and outsourcing services offering allows the customer an access to Valmet’s global network of technology and process experts 24 hours a day through Valmet Performance Centers and various industrial internet applications.

Technical information about the delivery

The agreement includes maintenance development and outsourcing services, such as daily maintenance, development of the maintenance processes and adjustments according to the customer’s expectations and agreed targets for PM1 and PM11.

About UPM

UPMdelivers renewable and responsible solutions and innovates for a future beyond fossils across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Communication Papers and UPM Plywood. UPM employs 18,000 people worldwide and the company’s annual sales are approximately EUR 8.6 billion.

UPM Plattling is located in Bavaria, Germany, about 135 kilometres from Munich. Founded in 1982, the mill employs nearly 480 people and produces coated and uncoated magazine papers with a capacity of 615,000 t/a.



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Valmet Oyj will supply IQ Scanners and IQ Dilution Profiler to Xinxiang Xinya Paper in China


Valmet will supply Valmet IQ Scanners and Valmet IQ Dilution Profiler to Xinxiang Xinya Paper Co., Ltd. in China. The systems will be installed on Xinxiang Xinya Paper’s paper machine PM2 to improve production runnability and end-product quality.

The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the second quarter 2021. The delivery will take place in the fourth quarter of 2021.

‘Valmet has advanced and innovative technology, and their service is very professional. Cooperation with Valmet has been a very nice experience. We have full confidence in Valmet’s technology and the solution offered. We believe that this is a reliable and smart choice for us,’ says Baoshi Qin, General Engineer, Xinya Paper Group.

‘We are pleased to provide Valmet IQ quality management solutions to our customer. With our combination of process know-how and service, we will support Xinya Paper to develop their automation level,’ says Richard Sui, China, Automation, Valmet.

Information about Valmet’s delivery

Valmet’s delivery for Xinxiang Xinya Paper consists of Valmet IQ Quality Control System with scanner and related measurements and controls. With more accurate data available and new control technology, the machine can be controlled much better than before resulting in improved machine performance and end-product quality.

Valmet IQ Dilution Profiler is a profile control system for advanced positioning of the headbox valves. It has been specially designed for achieving the best possible weight profile that a headbox can produce.

Information about the customer Xinxiang Xinya Paper Co., Ltd.

Xinxiang Xinya Paper is a leading enterprise in the papermaking industry in Henan Province and a pilot enterprise of circular economy in China. The group has pulp and papermaking as its main business and also a comprehensive business scope of heat and power cogeneration, pharmaceutical and chemical engineering, logistics and trade, machinery manufacturing, forest base development and environmental protection. With an annual papermaking capacity of 800,000 tons and total assets of t 478 million euros, it ranks the first in Henan, and 22nd in China’s pulp and paper industry.



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Valmet’s climate program targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative


HELSINKI (News release) — Valmet introduced its climate program – Forward to a carbon neutral future – in March 2021 with CO2 emission reduction targets for its entire value chain. Now Valmet has got its climate program targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). This approval means that Valmet´s climate targets support the Paris Climate Agreement’s goal to limit global warming to 1.5°C and are based on the latest climate science.

In its climate program Valmet is targeting to reduce CO2 emissions from its own operations by 80 percent and 20 percent in its supply chain by 2030. Valmet also targets to enable carbon neutral production for all its pulp and paper industry customers by 2030 by developing new technologies. Valmet is also improving the energy efficiency of its current technology offering by 20 percent. The baseline year for the CO2 reduction targets is 2019.

“Valmet believes that technology plays a key role in mitigating climate change and global warming and the transition to a carbon neutral economy. We are happy that the Science Based Targets initiative has approved our climate program targets as contributing to the limiting of global warming to the targeted 1.5oC level. With concrete actions we will significantly reduce our own and customers’ carbon footprint and support our suppliers to do the same. Valmet is strongly committed to be the preferred partner for our customers on their journey to carbon neutrality,” says Pasi Laine, President and CEO, Valmet.

Valmet has been recognized for its actions and strategy to mitigate climate change by maintaining leadership position in CDP’s climate program ranking since 2016. Valmet has also been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices since 2014.

About Valmet’s climate program – Forward to a carbon neutral future

Valmet’s climate program includes ambitious CO₂ emission reduction targets and concrete actions for the whole value chain, including Valmet’s supply chain, own operations, and the use of Valmet’s technologies by its customers. The program is aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement’s 1.5°C pathway and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

About The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI), and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). SBTi defines and promotes best practice in science-based target setting and independently assesses companies’ targets.



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Valmet to supply multifuel boiler to Kipaş Kağit Sanayi Isletmeleri’s paper mill in Turkey


Valmet will supply a multifuel power boiler and auxiliary process equipment to Kipaş Kağit Sanayi Isletmeleri A.Ş.’s paper mill in Kahramanmaraş, Turkey. The new boiler will improve the reliability of the paper mill’s steam and electricity supply. Additionally, its steam production capacity will be sufficient for the mill’s future paper machine PM 4.

Typically, the value of this kind of order is in the range of Euro 25-35 million. The boiler plant startup is scheduled for the 3Q 2023.

Valmet’s delivery includes a Valmet CFB Boiler for co-firing paper and water treatment sludge, plastic rejects and coal. The boiler will utilize circulating fluidized bed (CFB) technology, and the boiler plant will have a steam production capacity of 260 tons per hour (114 bar, 542 °C). The delivery also includes a Valmet Electrostatic Precipitator, a Valmet Bag House Filter, a Valmet DNA Automation System and spare parts.

Kipaş Kağit Sanayi Isletmeleri A.Ş. produces high-quality containerboard paper from waste paper. Currently, Kipaş has two paper machines: PM 1 in Kahramanmaraş with an annual production capacity of 450,000 tons and PM 2 in Söke with a production capacity of 720,000 tons of coated grades.



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Kadant Receives OCC and Approach Flow System Orders for Jintian’s Yancheng Mill


Beijing, China – Kadant Fiberline (China) Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Kadant Inc. (NYSE: KAI), was awarded an order for two OCC systems with a combined capacity of 1800 tons per day and two approach flow systems from Jiangsu Jintian Paper. The OCC and approach flow systems are for its PM20 and PM21 and are scheduled to start up in 2022. They will be used to produce recycled fiber-based kraft linerboard in a basis weight range of 90-160 gsm at Jintian’s mill in Yancheng city. The raw material is local wastepaper.

“We are very pleased to cooperate with Jintian with our Foundations™ fiber processing technology,” said Peter Ma, vice president of Kadant Fiberline (China) Co. “Kadant’s proven technology for fiber processing as well as the experience and trust gained over the past years were key factors for receiving the orders for this project. The new Kadant Foundations fiber processing product line features innovative technologies and equipment enabling the mill to operate with excellent stock quality and yield and reduce energy consumption by up to 20%.”

About Kadant Fiberline China

Kadant Fiberline (China) Co. Ltd., is a leading fiber processing and recycling equipment supplier that designs, manufactures, and services equipment used in virgin and recycled paper stock preparation and paper machine approach-flow applications. For more information, visit fiberprocessing.kadant.com.

About Kadant

Kadant Inc. is a global supplier of high-value, critical components and engineered systems used in process industries worldwide. The Company’s products, technologies, and services play an integral role in enhancing process efficiency, optimizing energy utilization, and maximizing productivity in resource-intensive industries. Kadant is based in Westford, Massachusetts, with approximately 2,800 employees in 21 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.kadant.com



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ABB/Voith Alliance Helps SCA to Drive Bold Investment Program Forward


ABB has been contracted by machine supplier Voith to deliver drives and electrification to support the build of SCA’s new kraftliner machine PM2 at its Obbola mill in Umeå, Sweden.

The contract is in addition to an automation and control system upgrade based on the ABB Ability™ System 800xA distributed control system (DCS), drives and instrumentation package that SCA awarded to ABB for the brownfield expansion, complementing ABB’s existing installed base and long-standing service agreement.

The installation of a new machine, infrastructure and optimized capabilities means that SCA’s annual production at Obbola (sca.com) will increase from the current 450,000 tonnes of kraftliner to 725,000 tonnes. The feat of bringing a brand new, large and wide machine online will meet the growing demand for renewable packaging with higher production capacity and efficiency.
ABB has been contracted by machine supplier Voith to deliver drives and electrification to support SCA’s Obbola mill expansion in Sweden

“Increased focus on sustainable packaging and e-commerce is boosting demand for high-quality packaging paper,” said Per Strand, Project Director at SCA. “The new machine from Voith and the associated ABB product selection will allow substantial increases in production and will allow the Obbola mill to meet increased market demands.”

Voith (voith.com), as a full-line supplier, is taking responsibility for the entire papermaking process and project handling of the new Obbola mill. ABB’s scope includes sectional drives suitable for high power and high power density machines as well as specialized motor requirements, ABB Ability™ System 800xA drive control system with ABB Ability™ Data Logger tool and Safety PLC solution for the drive system safety functions.

“This contract allowed the opportunity to demonstrate ABB’s willingness to share a project scope with OEMs like Voith and serve the end customer in a way that harnesses our local presence and global know-how,” said Per-Inge Bengtsson, Sales Manager for ABB Pulp & Paper, Sweden.

“We are able to work closely with contracted parties to offer a more agile management style that enables us to better mitigate risks and balance expectations for both the OEM and customers.”

ABB (abb.com) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries.

Process Automation: ABB’s Process Automation business is a leader in automation, electrification and digitalization for the process and hybrid industries. We serve our customers with a broad portfolio of products, systems, and end-to-end solutions, including our #1 distributed control system, software, and lifecycle services, industry-specific products as well as measurement and analytics, marine and turbocharging offerings. As the global #2 in the market, we build on our deep domain expertise, diverse team and global footprint, and are dedicated to helping our customers increase competitiveness, improve their return on investment and run safe, smart, and sustainable operations.



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Kadant acquires Balemaster for $54 million


Kadant Inc. has completed its acquisition of Balemaster for $54 million in cash, subject to certain customary adjustments. Balemaster will become part of Kadant’s Material Handling reporting segment.

Balemaster is a leading U.S. manufacturer of horizontal balers and related equipment used primarily for recycling packaging waste at corrugated box plants and large retail and distribution centers. The company’s revenue for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2021 was approximately $22 million.



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Valmet to invest in a new service center in Guangxi, China


HELSINKI (News release) — Valmet will build its fourth service center in China, in the city of Beihai, to further develop its local presence in the fast-growing pulp and paper industry in the Guangxi province. Valmet’s new Guangxi Service Center will be in operation by the fourth quarter in 2023.

Valmet’s new service center will serve pulp, board, paper, and tissue customers close by with main focus on roll maintenance, fiber equipment services, and field services including shutdown planning management.

“Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is a fast-growing area in China where we see our customers investing heavily, for example, in board and fiber lines. Being close to our customers is one of our core commitments. Establishing Guangxi Service Center is an important step to further strengthen our local presence. We will be able to serve our customers better than ever before,” says Aki Niemi, Business Line President, Services, Valmet.

“Our customers in Guangxi and the surrounding areas will strongly benefit from this new service center, which enables us to reduce the response and delivery times and have the needed expertise more easily available. Additionally, our customers will be closer to Valmet’s best technologies, products and services for maximized reliability and optimized performance,” says Xiangdong Zhu, Area President, China, Valmet.

In addition to this new Guangxi Service Center, Valmet has three other service centers in China – in Wuxi, Guangzhou, and Zibo. In total, Valmet has over 100 service centers around the world.



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Voith receives order from Shandong Huatai Paper to rebuild PM 11


Shandong Huatai Paper decided to rebuild and modernize PM 11 in order to progressively convert newsprint production to high-quality graphic paper. The paper producer selected the full-line supplier Voith as a suitable partner. After the rebuild, the production line will have a significantly increased annual capacity of 520,000 tons at a design speed of 1,800 m/min. The rebuilt production plant, located in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong, will start up in 2023.

With the help of leading Voith technologies, the annual capacity of PM 11 will be significantly increased. The tailor-made package enables state-of-the-art paper production, focusing on the efficiency, stability and reliability of the plant.

In addition, the solutions ensure more sustainable production by minimizing the carbon footprint and reducing water and fiber consumption. Among other things, a new MasterJet Pro G headbox is used, which improves paper quality while enabling significant savings in energy costs. In addition, Voith experts are upgrading the forming section similar to the DuoFormer concept to achieve optimum formation and higher throughput.

New ProRelease+ HighEnd boxes in the pre-dryer section guarantee improved web stability at high speeds. Futhermore, a SpeedSizer AT with its smooth film application will ensure even and high-quality paper profiles. In the after-dryer section, the efficient CombiDuoRun drying concept will be installed. The scope of supply also includes new automation solutions to efficiently upgrade the existing control systems.

Shandong Huatai Paper is one of the world’s largest newsprint producers, with an annual production of 1.5 million tons.

The Voith Group is a global technology company.



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Lehto to build wood-structured office for Metsä Fiber’s future Kemi bioproduct mill


Metsä Fibre and the construction company Lehto Group have entered into an agreement to build an ecological operating office from wood for the Kemi bioproduct mill in Finland. The operating office will have a high degree of Finnish origin, approximately 80%, Finnish wood and high-quality products made from it will play a major role in the construction project.

Kerto LVL wood products from Metsä Wood, part of Metsä Group, will be used in construction. They are made from Finnish wood in Finland. The future office building will be a four-storey wooden structure, comprising the main control room for the bioproduct mill, office and social facilities, as well as a cafeteria and conference rooms. The total area of the building will be 4,235 square metres. Lehto is currently also building a 40,000-square-metre product warehouse for the bioproduct mill in the Ajos harbour in Kemi.

The Kemi bioproduct mill project is progressing according to plan. During the construction phase, the mill’s employment effect will be approximately 10,000 person-years, more than half of which will be carried out in Kemi. The total number of employees working during the construction phase is expected to be about 15,000. Around 450 people are currently working at the site.

Totalling Euro 1.6 billion, the Kemi bioproduct mill is the largest investment in the history of the Finnish forest industry.

Metsä Fibre is a leading producer of bioproducts, biochemicals and bioenergy. Metsä Fibre is part of Metsä Group.



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