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Valmet to Supply Grade Conversion Rebuild for PM10 at Kruger Packaging's Trois-Rivières Mill

Currently producing newsprint, PM10 will be rebuilt to produce 360,000 metric tonnes per year of 100% recycled lightweight and high strength linerboard.

Jan. 15, 2016 - Valmet will modernize a paper machine (PM10) at the Kruger paper mill in Trois-Rivières (Québec), Canada. Currently producing newsprint, PM10 will be rebuilt using some of the most advanced containerboard manufacturing and automation technology to produce 360,000 metric tonnes (MT) per year of 100% recycled lightweight and high strength linerboard.

The rebuilt production line will start up in 2017.

The value of the order was not disclosed. However, Valmet noted that the value of paper machine rebuilds depends on the scope of the delivery and that this kind of rebuild is typically valued around EUR 30 million.

"Kruger selected Valmet based on its innovative technology and track record of successful rebuilds, as well as their knowledge of North American recycled linerboard requirements," said Project Manager, Christian Lemay of Kruger Packaging L.P.

According to Valmet, the approximately 8.4-meter-wide (wire) machine will be fully modernized from headbox to winder to produce linerboard with high strength to basis weight properties, and with sheet formation and surface characteristics suitable for high-quality graphic printing for corrugated box plants.

In addition to the machinery improvements, the delivery will include Valmet DNA automation system with remote servicing capabilities for machine and process control as well as MD/CD controls.

Valmet will deliver also Valmet IQ Dilution Profiler that contributes to improved sheet quality and minimized variability. A Valmet Pulp Analyzer will provide fast and precise online updates of key fiber and papermaking furnish properties.

"To be able to reach the targets, grade conversion modernizations require thorough expertise. Valmet is one of the few suppliers who can design, manage and deliver this kind of vast grade conversion projects, said Mike Gray, Valmet's Area Vice President in North America.

“Additionally, Valmet's pilot plant played a substantial role since we could demonstrate the technologies to the customer in real life conditions," Gray added.

Kruger Packaging L.P. is a Canadian manufacturer of containerboard and packaging products made from recycled fibers. The company currently operates one containerboard mill in Montreal (Québec), as well as two packaging plants in LaSalle (Québec) and Brampton (Ontario).

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SOURCE: Valmet