UPM Kymi Pulp Mill Expansion Ramping Up on Schedule

Upon completion of the upgrade project, annual production capacity at the Kymi mill will increase by 170,000 tonnes to 700,000 tonnes of bleached northern softwood and birch pulp. Image of new pulp drying machine courtesy UPM.

Oct. 27, 2015 UPM today said that the ramp-up of its Kymi pulp mill (Finland) expansion project is going well and on schedule. The EUR 160 million project began in the spring of 2014 and has now in the final finishing stage.

According to UPM, the new debarking plant started operation in June, the modernization of the softwood fiber line was finished in August, and the biggest project, the new pulp drying machine, started operation in August-September — about one month ahead of schedule.

During the ramp-up, pulp production has exceeded expectations and the quality of pulp has improved, the company said.

UPM noted that the integration of the Kymi pulp and paper mill is benefiting from the improvements in energy efficiency and flexibility of operations.

UPM said that the investment in the Kymi pulp mill strengthens its position in the growing end-use sectors of the global pulp market. As the result of this investment, annual production capacity at the Kymi mill will increase by 170,000 tonnes to 700,000 tonnes of bleached northern softwood and birch pulp.

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SOURCE: UPM