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Valmet to Supply Key Technology for Sun Paper's New Dissolving Pulp Mill in Laos

Valmet - batch cooking plant Valmet's scope of supply to Sun Paper's new 250 kt/year dissolving pulp mill in Laos includes a batch cooking plant with engineering package.

Dec. 16, 2016 - Valmet said that it will deliver key technology for Sun Paper's new greenfield dissolving pulp mill in Laos. The mill site, Muang Phin, is located in the southern province of Savanakhet.

The value of the order is around EUR 20 million, Valmet said.

"This is our first international investment where we are expanding beyond China,” said Liu Yanbo,” Mill Manager at Sun Paper. “Laos has shown to be a good location for this mill from where we will supply high-profit dissolving [pulp] to China.

“China is an important market for dissolving pulp and we expect to gain higher profits from dissolving pulp compared to kraft pulp in China," Yanbo added.

Valmet noted that it is systematically increasing its presence in the Asia Pacific region. All of Valmet's businesses are present in the area and in 2015 it represented about 13% of Valmet's net sales, excluding China that represented another 10% of Valmet's net sales. Valmet has 10 service points in the area and is opening a new services center in Indonesia in 2017.

Valmet's delivery to Sun Paper's new 250 kt/year dissolving pulp mill in Laos includes batch cooking with engineering package, brown stock and bleaching presses for the fiber line, wood powder firing, belt dryer and lime kiln. It also establishes site services for all goods delivered.

According to Valmet, the batch cooking is an ideal fit for this kind of dissolving pulp production. In batch cooking the process can utilize raw materials with varying quality. The wood powder firing solution provides fuel for the lime kiln solution and reduces the need for fossil fuels. This wood power firing implementation is first of its kind in the Asia Pacific region.

Targeted start-up for pulp production is planned for the second quarter of 2018.

Sun Paper is one of the largest private companies in China, with over 10,000 employees. The company has an annual pulp and paper production capacity of about 5.7 million tons.

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