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Valmet secures additional pulp technology orders in India from ITC

Finland-headed forest industry and energy technology provider Valmet Oyj has announced that it will supply a new bleach plant and provide an upgrade of the batch cooking and fiberline to ITC's Bhadrachalam pulp mill in Telangana state in India.

Part of the ITC Ltd conglomerate, ITC Paperboards and Specialty Papers Division (ITC-PSPD) is a leading paper and paperboard business with solutions to meet a diverse cross-section of packaging and communication needs.

With an emphasis on harnessing state-of-the-art technology, the company has emerged as the largest manufacturer of packaging and graphics board in South Asia – eleven machines at three locations with a combined production capacity of 800 000 tonnes per annum (tpa).

The Bhadrachalam pulp mill has increased demand for pulp due to continuous expansion in board production. In 2019 the company invested in a board machine, a new high power recovery boiler, and an ash leaching plant from Valmet

Valmet has been a trusted partner for our paperboard and chemical pulp lines and has constantly put efforts in research and development of the operational issues and input condition changes. For this reason, ITC’s management chose Valmet as the supplier of the new bleach plant, said Sanjay Singh, Divisional Chief Executive, ITC, Paperboards and Specialty Papers Division.

Valmet’s delivery includes a new bleach plant, batch cooking extension, and fiberline upgrade. The supply scope consists of main equipment, basic engineering, training, site services, and corresponding spare parts.

In addition to this, the delivery also includes Valmet Industrial Internet VII for Pulp Quality solutions for the new bleach plant in order to secure reliable and efficient operation.

Valmet and ITC have put a lot of effort into a thorough pre-engineering aiming at increasing production, reducing operating costs, and improving the fiberline’s availability. I am happy to say that the outcome is a state-of-the-art process solution combining existing equipment with the latest technology, which will allow ITC to increase its pulp production with improved pulp quality at reduced cost per tonne of pulp. This project is the result of good cooperation between ITC and Valmet, and we are committed to continuing to support ITC with the latest technology and strong local presence in India, said Varun Jain, Director, India Region, Valmet.

The startup is scheduled for 2022 and although the value of the order has not been disclosed, an order of this scope is according to Valmet typically around EUR 20-30 million.

Board used for playing cards are manufactured in the Bhadrachalam facility (photo courtesy ITC).

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