Saica Containerboard UK Starts up PM 11

Saica Containerboard’s PM 11 successfully came on stream with the record-breaking start-up speed of 1,105 m/min. Photo: courtesy of SAICA.

Jan. 27, 2012 - Metso said that containerboard production line, PM 11, which it supplied to Saica Containerboard UK Ltd., successfully came on-stream on January 15, 2012 at Partington, near Manchester in the United Kingdom.

According to Metso, the record-breaking start-up speed was 1,105 m/min with a basis weight of 95 g/m2.

Three days later, on January 18, the first sellable paper reels were produced and tested, leaving the mill and reaching the first customers shortly afterwards, Metso added.

The new 8.2-meter-wide PM 11 has an annual production capacity of approximately 400,000 tonnes of lightweight testliner and fluting grades in the basis weight range of 75 to 125 g/m2, out of 100% recycled raw material. The design speed is 1,700 m/min.

Metso Mill Service will have full responsibility for the mill maintenance operations as well as for maintenance management of continuous improvement programs for the OCC stock preparation system, board production line, power stations and wastewater treatment plant at the Partington mill.

Saica Containerboard UK Ltd. is a subsidiary of SAICA, a privately owned Spanish company and a world leader in the production of corrugated containerboard from recovered paper. The company currently employs over 8,000 people in Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Ireland and the UK. SAICA has an annual turnover of EUR 1.8 billion.