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Valmet to Supply New Board Machine for Pratt Industries' Greenfield Paper Mill in Ohio

Valmet OptiConcept M board machine The new machine will have a production capacity of 360,000 metric tonnes per year of lightweight and high-performance linerboard and corrugated medium.

Jan. 17, 2018 - Valmet said that it will supply Pratt Industries with an OptiConcept M board production line with automation for Pratt's greenfield paper mill in Wapakoneta, Ohio, USA. The mill will use 100% recovered paper to produce lightweight and high-performance linerboard and corrugated medium.

Valmet said the value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 40-50 million.

Valmet's OptiConcept M board making line is designed to use less water, electricity and raw materials.

“We want to help many companies to meet their sustainability goals without sacrificing their high-performance packaging requirements. That's important not only for our environment but also for our customers who realize the importance of sustainable packaging,” said Anthony Pratt, Global Chairman of Pratt Industries.

The new machine will have a wire width of 6.24 meters and a design speed of 1,100 m/min (3,900-4,000 ft/min) with a basis weight range of 127-195 g/m2. The capacity will be 360,000 metric tonnes per year (400,000 short t).

Mike Gray, Vice President, Capital Business, Valmet North America, noted, “OptiConcept M is a new and modular way to design, build and operate a paper machine. Its modular approach enables short delivery times, quick start-up and low project costs.

“This will be Valmet's second OptiConcept M installation in North America and 15th globally,” Gray added.

The start-up of the new board machine, PM 17, is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2019.

Pratt Industries is America's 5th largest corrugated packaging company and the world's largest, privately-held 100% recycled paper and packaging company, with more than 4,000 employees dedicated to the environment and sustainability.

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SOURCE: Valmet