Metso to Provide Multi-year Maintenance Service to Norampac's Greenpac Mill

Installation of the dry section of the linerboard machine at Norampac's new Greenpac Mill in New York. Photo courtesy of Norampac.

Dec. 11, 2012 - Metso said that it has reached an agreement in principle with Norampac whereby Metso will supply the mill maintenance services for Norampac's new Greenpac Mill, which is being constructed in Niagara Falls, New York.

The value of the deal was not disclosed.

The deal includes recruitment of all maintenance personnel prior to start-up of the Metso-supplied linerboard machine. Upon start-up, which is scheduled for the third quarter of 2013, Metso will assume full responsibility of the mill maintenance operations for the entire production facilities at the mill.

When operational, the Greenpac mill will manufacture a light weight linerboard, made with 100% recycled fibers, on a single machine having a width of 328 inches (8.33 meters) with an annual production capacity of 540,000 short tons.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Metso in creating a unique world-class operation at our Greenpac site," said Marc-Andre Depin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Norampac.

"The outsourcing of maintenance is a first of its kind for Norampac and its partners in North America — after visiting a similar world-class site in Europe we were convinced of the benefits, performance and customer satisfaction of Metso maintenance operations, which will further contribute to the project’s success,” Depin added.

According to Metso, its mill maintenance model optimizes the use of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Metso's streamlined reliability centered maintenance (Applied RCM) and condition-based maintenance. The model ensures the highest possible equipment efficiency and cost optimization, Metso said.

Greenpac Mill LLC is a partnership controlled by Cascades and managed by Norampac. Created in 1997, Norampac, a Division of Cascades Canada ULC, is the largest containerboard producer in Canada and the 6th largest in North America, with 4,239 employees.

Today, Norampac operates several containerboard and boxboard mills, corrugated product plants, folding carton plants and a graphic center in Canada and the United States.