Sappi Starts-up PM8 at Lanaken Mill in Belgium after Extensive Rebuild
After a two-month-long rebuild, PM8 now has the ability to produce high-quality woodfree coated paper grades in addition to the lightweight coated paper grades it had previously produced.
June 17, 2019 - Sappi announced that it has successfully started up paper machine 8 (PM8) at its Lanaken mill in Belgium after the machine underwent a grade conversion rebuild.
According to Sappi, the rebuild took about two months, and as of June 12, PM8 now has the ability to produce high-quality woodfree coated paper grades in addition to the lightweight coated paper grades it had previously produced.
After a scheduled ramp-up and optimization, the widened product capacity will provide excellent flexibility, allowing the mill to better meet market demands.
About Lanaken Mill
Lanaken Mill, situated on the Albert Canal in north-eastern Belgium, is an integrated mill that has the capacity to produce 530,000 tonnes of coated fine paper and 165,000 tonnes of bleached chemi-thermo mechanical pulp (CTMP) for own consumption.
Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sappi is a global leader in paper, paper pulp and dissolving wood pulp solutions. The company has over 12,000 employees; manufacturing operations on three continents, in seven countries (nine mills in Europe, three mills in America and four mills in South Africa) and customers in over 150 countries worldwide.
In FY2018 Sappi produced approximately: 5.7 million tons of printing and writing, speciality and packaging paper; 2.3 million tons of paper pulp, and 1.4 million tons of dissolving wood pulp. The company continues to invest in developing biomaterials (nanocellulose, fibre composites and lignosulphonate) and biorefinery (second generation sugars and bio-energy) businesses. To learn more, please visit: www.sappi.com.
SOURCE: Sappi Limited