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Valmet to Supply an Advantage ThruAir Tissue Production Line to Irving Consumer Products Mill in Macon, Georgia

Valmet ThruAir tissue machine The new ThruAir tissue machine will add a capacity of 75,000 annual tonnes of ultra-premium quality tissue to Irving's current production.

Dec. 17, 2019 - Valmet announced that it will supply Irving Consumer Products with an Advantage ThruAir tissue machine for Irving's tissue mill in Macon, Georgia. This is a repeat order of the Advantage ThruAir machine that was started up recently in 2019.

The value of the order was not disclosed.

The new production line will add a capacity of 75,000 annual tonnes of tissue to Irving's current production, and will continue to support Irving's commitment to provide ultra-premium products to the North American market.

Valmet and Irving share a long history of partnership and this will be their fifth tissue project together. Previously Valmet has delivered one ThruAir machine to Macon, Fort Edward, Toronto, and major rebuilds of tissue machines TM1 and TM2 to Saint John. Irving recently announced they are doubling their capacity of ultra-premium household paper products at their Macon plant and are immediately initiating an expansion of the plant.

The new tissue machine is part of the second phase of Irving's capacity expansion at its Macon tissue mill. Phase Two represents an additional $400 million investment.

“The new TAD machine will help Irving Consumer Products continue to grow and deliver ultra-premium quality tissue paper products to our customers,” says Robert K. Irving, President of Irving Consumer Products.

Valmet's delivery will comprise of a complete tissue production line with stock preparation equipment. The new line will include an Advantage ThruAir tissue machine including an OptiFlo II TIS headbox, ThruAir Dryers and Air system and an Advantage SoftReel reel.

The scope of delivery also includes mist and dust systems, automation systems, basic mill engineering and advisory services.

The new machine is planned to start-up in 2022.

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

SOURCE: Valmet and J.D. Irving, Limited

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