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Valmet to Supply Two Advantage NTT Tissue Production Lines to Sofidel's Greenfield Mill in Ohio

Valmet Advantage NTT tissue machine When operational in 2018, each new tissue production line will have an annual production capacity of 70,000 tons. A Valmet Advantage NTT tissue machine is pictured above.

Oct. 13, 2016 - Valmet announced that it will deliver two Advantage NTT tissue lines including stock preparation equipment and automation systems to Sofidel America's greenfield tissue paper mill and converting plant in Circleville, Ohio (USA).

The value of the order was not disclosed.

“The Advantage NTT technology fits very well in our expansion plans for North America. We have a strong focus on the most innovative and high performance technologies and see this as an investment for the future which allow us to take the next step into the premium quality segment,” said Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of Sofidel Group.

Sofidel first announced its plan to build the $300 million integrated tissue mill in Circleville in November of 2015 and the company broke ground on July 11 of this year.

Lazzareschi added, “The U.S. is the most important market in the tissue paper industry, so selecting an ideal facility location was critical to our continued growth in American markets.”

Valmet's scope of supply comprises two complete tissue production lines including Advantage NTT tissue machines, with OptiFlo headbox and cast alloy Yankee cylinder. The machines will feature Advantage tissue technology including AirCap hoods with Air systems, WetDust systems and SoftReel B reels.

Valmet will also supply detailed mill engineering, stock preparation equipment as well as automation packages including DCS (distributed control) and QCS (quality control) systems.

The new tissue machines will have a design speed of 1,800 m/min in textured mode and 2,000 m/min in plain mode.

The production lines are optimized to save energy and fiber as well as add possibilities for product differentiation and increased capacity of premium quality products.

Each line will have an annual production capacity of 70,000 tons.

Start-up for both lines is expected during 2018.

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

SOURCE: Valmet and Sofidel