Valmet has signed a multi-year agreement to continue the supply of maintenance and technology services for board making line 'B9' at Orora's Botany Mill in New South Wales, Australia.
The value of the multi-year agreement inked by the parties has not been disclosed. It will come into effect from 1 July.
In 2012, Valmet had supplied the complete B9 containerboard line to Orora.
After that, the Finnish company was handed over full responsibility for setting up maintenance operations, management of several improvement projects and the mill utilities, and mill maintenance services.
Orora Botany Mill Maintenance & Engineering manager Scott Beckett said: "Valmet is one of our key partners and supports B9's operation as a world class paper mill. Orora and Valmet have worked closely together over the past five years and we have renewed the maintenance agreement to continue our cooperative relationship.
“The new agreement offers our business many benefits and we look forward to working with Valmet to maintain and enhance the high performance of the B9 facility.”
Valmet’s scope in the renewed maintenance contract has been expanded to feature a ‘Booster Package’ which targets the development of both planned and unplanned downtimes to be clear and systematic.
The renewed maintenance contract also covers comprehensive automation services. This is to enable the maintenance team to keep a tab on the process, carry out troubleshooting and corrections from a remote location, and use the acquired data to streamline the process operation via the Valmet Industrial Internet.
The companies have also signed a cooperation agreement through which the process experts at Valmet and the board makers at Orora’s B9 facility work in tandem to streamline different processes.
Valmet Australia and New Zealand general manager Pierre De Villiers said: "We are fully engaged and integrated into one B9 team and have been working side by side to deliver steady results in all areas since the machine's start-up.
“The renewal of this maintenance agreement is the best acknowledgement of what we have achieved over the years together with Orora.”
Image: Valmet and Orora signed an agreement to continue the journey forward. Photo: courtesy of Valmet.