Valmet to Rebuild PM 11 at Sappi's Gratkorn Mill in Austria

Currently, PM 11has the capacity to produce about 570,000 tpy of coated woodfree paper.

Feb. 10, 2014 - Valmet said that it will rebuild a paper machine for Sappi's Gratkorn mill in Austria. The large rebuild delivery will include the modernization of all the main sections of the paper machine and targets to improve end product quality.

Valmet did not disclose the value of the order, but noted that this kind of line level rebuild is typically valued above EUR 20 million.

"Continuous improvement in both cost and quality is always top of mind for us," said Max Oberhumer, Mill Director at Sappi Gratkorn Mill. "We have a strong relationship with our customers and make a point of understanding their needs. This investment will ensure that we continue to meet them."

According to Valmet, the modernization of the 9.25-meter-wide (wire) PM 11 consists of headbox modification, gap former rebuild as well as press section and drying section rebuild. The forming section rebuild with new shoe and blade forming technology will improve the end product quality of coated woodfree paper grades. The modifications in the press section area will boost the runnability and give possibilities to widen the end product basis weight range.

The rebuilt production line will start-up during the last quarter of 2014.

Sappi Gratkorn Mill is part of Sappi Fine Paper Europe. The mill produces 950,000 tons per year of high quality double and triple coated papers, and 250,000 tons per year of totally chlorine free (TCF) chemical pulp. The mill employs 1,300 paper industry professionals from production to R&D. About 95% of the mill's production is exported.

Valmet Corporation is a leading global developer and supplier of services and technologies for the pulp, paper and energy industries. To learn more, please visit: www.valmet.com.

SOURCE: Valmet