Finnish engineering company, Pöyry has won a contract to offer detailed design for the rebuild of Sappi’s Somerset paper manufacturing facility in Skowhegan in the US state of Maine.
The rebuild is expected to have an impact on almost every component in the manufacturing facility ranging from pulp makedown to finishing and shipping.
The financial details about the contract to Pöyry have not been disclosed.
Sappi is investing a total capital of $165m for the project. With the investment, Sappi is expected to expand its manufacturing capabilities to include a wide range of consumer packaging grades.
It also expects to maintain its signficant presence in the graphic paper market, with an increase in its annual production capacity to nearly 1 million tons per year.
Work at the manufacturing facility is expected to complete by early next year.
Sappi North America president and CEO Mark Gardner said: "Somerset's existing world class infrastructure, together with its talented workforce and access to high quality fiber, makes the mill an excellent and obvious choice for this investment.
"By tapping into Pöyry's expertise on this important project, we are increasing our flexibility and expanding the paper mill's capability and capacity, ensuring that we continue to make superior products for years to come."
Pöyry's Appleton-based operation managing director Michael Hooyman said: "This is an important project, as well as a key significant new reference project for conversion to paper-based packaging and graphic paper production.
“It is the result of a long-lasting key client relationship, and builds on our experience gained from over ten other recent conversion projects implemented by Pöyry."
Sappi Europe is all set to showcase its new products at the upcoming interpack in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The company plans to showcase Sappi Guard, sustainable packaging papers with integrated functionalities and multi-barrier packaging for food and non-food, PackagingNews reported.
At the show, it will also unveil, new label paper hot melt applications and facestock label paper in the form of Parade FS. This paper has its applications in stickers and price tags.