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Valmet to supply new paper board machine to Pratt Industries

Valmet has been awarded a contract to supply a PM 17 paper machine to the US-based corrugated packaging company Pratt Industries.

Under the contract, Valmet will supply the new PM 17 OptiConcept M automated board production line for installation at the Pratt's new greenfield paper mill in Wapakoneta, Ohio, US.

The scope of contract includes supply of complete production line of OptiConcept M board from headbox to winder.

The OptiConcept M line employs a new and modular approach to design, build and operate a paper machine while ensuring short delivery times, a quick start-up and reduced project costs.

Featuring a 6.24m-wide wire and a basis weight ranging between 127g/m² and 195g/m², the machine has an annual production capacity of 360,000t and a design speed of 1,100m/min.

Pratt Industries global chairman Anthony Pratt said: “We want to help many companies to meet their sustainability goals without sacrificing their high-performance packaging requirements.

“That’s important not only for our environment but also for our customers who realize the importance of sustainable packaging.”

The Pratt’s paper mill in Wapakoneta will use fully recovered paper to produce lightweight and high-performance linerboard and corrugated medium.

The new paper board machine is scheduled to be commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Valment said has earlier delivered PM 16 paper machine for Pratt’s greenfield paper mill in Indiana, US in 2015.

Valmet North America Capital Business vice-president Mike Gray said: "This will be Valmet's second OptiConcept M installation in North America and 15th globally.”

Image: Valmet’s OptiConcept M board machine. Photo: courtesy of Valmet.