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Valmet to supply automatic pulper feed system to Swedish pulp and paper mill

Valmet has agreed to supply pulp dewatering equipment and an automatic pulper feed system to BillerudKorsnäs' Gruvön pulp and paper mill in Sweden.

The order is part of the investment in a new board machine and rebuild of the current pulp mill at the Gruvön site. 

BillerudKorsnäs is investing in Gruvön mill to meet the increasing demand for sustainable packaging solutions for food and beverages globally.

Valmet did not disclose the value of the order, which has been included in its first quarter 2017 orders.

Valmet sales manager Per Jangdal said: "Valmet's automatic pulper feed system, including bale storage, destacking and dewiring for baled pulp, will make the bale receiving line process efficient and safe, ensuring a good area working environment.

“With the new automatic system, based on Valmet's proven Bale handling with RoboSafety(TM) technology, BillerudKorsnäs will ensure the stock feed for the new board machine with a minimum of operator intervention." 

Valmet sales manager Patrik Lidbäck said: "To adapt pulp production to the new requirements, TwinRoll presses will be placed in close vicinity to the new board machine stock preparation. Our presses will wash the pulp one last time before it moves to the new board machine."

A few days ago, BillerudKorsnäs experienced a major breakdown in the semi-chemical pulp production line at its Gruvön site. Due to this breakdown, no fluting from its fluting machine PM6 can presently be produced.

About the breakdown, BillerudKorsnäs CEO Per Lindberg said: “At this point in time it is not possible to estimate the financial damage and consequences on customer deliveries, but it will have a significant impact on the current quarter financials. We will return with additional information when we know what the impact will be.”