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Valmet to supply linerboard production line for WestRock’s Florence mill in US

Valmet has been awarded a contract to supply a linerboard production line with a wide automation package for US-based paper and packaging solutions provider WestRock.

The linerboard production line, which is expected to produce 644,000 metric tons (710,000 short) of kraft linerboard annually, is planned to be installed at WestRock's mill in Florence, South Carolina, US.

Under the contract, Valmet will supply the advanced kraft linerboard machine which will replace three older, narrow-width paper machines at the mill.

Valmet said that the investment in the new linerboard production line will significantly increase the mill's efficiency, end-product quality and service levels.

The linerboard production line is scheduled to be commissioned in the first half of 2020.

In November 2018, WestRock announced its plan to invest $410m at its kraft linerboard mill in Florence.

The two-year investment plan involves installation of a 330” kraft linerboard machine and related infrastructure at the mill to replace older machines.

Upon completion of the investment program, the WestRock’s Florence mill is expected to be one of the lowest cost kraft linerboard mills in North America.

WestRock CEO Steve Voorhees earlier said: “This investment will make our Florence mill a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, sustaining good manufacturing jobs and promoting the long-term success of the mill.

“The support of the Florence County Economic Development Partnership and the South Carolina Department of Commerce helped make this investment possible and is greatly appreciated.”

Valmet is engaged in developing and supplying process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries.

The firm’s technology offering include pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production.

Employing 45,000 people, WestRock operates more than 300 manufacturing facilities, design centers, research labs, and sales offices located across the globe.