Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Installing New Process Refrigeration System at Bielefeld Mill
Five large recooling plants and two high efficient speed controlled screw chillers are currently being installed as part of a new process refrigeration system for two coating machines at the Bielefeld paper mill.
June 18, 2014 (Press Release) - As announced in the autumn of 2013, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper continues to invest in the optimization of
the Bielefeld site. Five large recooling plants and two high efficient speed controlled screw chillers are
currently being installed as part of a new process refrigeration system for two coating machines, and are
expected to start up in July. Further investments will follow.
The five large recooling plants — the two largest are over 12m long — arrived in Bielefeld on schedule.
They are part of a new process refrigeration unit for two of the speciality paper manufacturer’s coating
machines. The two new chillers are needed to cool the process water in the system circuits. Supported
by the large free coolers they effectively achieve maximum energy efficiencies.
The concept was developed together with the firm Redeker-Kältetechnik. The plant will start operating as
soon as July.
Energy Manager Gerd Finkenhofer is looking forward to future electricity savings of about 1
million kilowatt hours per year, which is roughly equivalent to the annual consumption of 200 single family
"This is only the first step of a consistent system optimization here at the site," says Gerd
Finkenhofer. "A further 800,000 EUR will be invested in 20 decentralized climate and refrigeration units
immediately after this. This will bring a further electricity saving of 500,000 kWh per year."
In addition to investing in climate and environmental technology, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper is focusing on
the optimization of production technology in Bielefeld.
"Later this summer we will invest a further 3.2 million EUR in our state of the art coating machine No. 3, which is the fastest production machine in the
thermal paper sector in the world today," says Managing Director Gerhard Schoon.
"Objectives of the investment are, in addition to quality and productivity improvements, a more flexible use of the highly
modern coating system with different product ranges."
Mitsubishi HiTec Paper is a German subsidiary of Mitsubishi Paper Mills Ltd., Japan. The company produces high-quality thermal papers, digital imaging papers, carbonless papers, and label papers at locations in Bielefeld and Flensburg, Germany. To learn more please visit: www.mitsubishi-paper.com
SOURCE: Mitsubishi HiTec Paper