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Sappi to invest $36m to upgrade PM 9 machine at Gratkorn Mill in Austria

Sappi has unveiled its plan to invest approximately €30m ($36.7m) to upgrade the PM 9 machine at its in Gratkorn mill n Austria.

The firm, which has already upgraded paper machine 11 in November 2014, intends to upgrade the PM 9 in 2019.

Sappi said that the investment project aims to operate the papermaking process with a reduced energy demand and thus to sustainably reduce the environmental impact.

Planned to be completed in the first half of 2019, the upgrade project will also help in optimizing raw materials to reduce production costs.

Sappi Gratkorn mill director Max Oberhumer said: “In addition to the renewal of important components on the paper machine, the significant improvement in energy efficiency is another milestone in our efforts to achieve sustainable business.”

The firm plans to undertake the project in cooperation with Valmet, which earlier carried out the upgrade of PM 11 at the Gratkorn mill.

Sappi Europe R&D and technology manufacturing vice-president Steffen Wurdinger said: “The approved investment consolidates Sappi Europe's position in this product segment.

“The reliability of the product quality as well as the machine’s competitiveness will be strengthened through this project.”

The Sappi’s Gratkorn Mill is equipped to produce 980,000t of double and triple coated papers as well as 250,000t of totally chlorine free (TCF) chemical pulp. It has an annual sheet finishing capacity of 875,000t.

Sappi is engaged in production of dissolving wood pulp, speciality and packaging papers, graphic (printing and writing) paper and biomaterials.

Image: Sappi’s Gratkorn Mill in Austria. Photo: courtesy of Sappi.