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Valmet to supply new chipping line and chip handling system to Sappi

Finland-headed forest industry and energy technology supplier Valmet Oyj has announced that it has been selected to supply a new high capacity chipping line and chip handling system to Sappi Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd Saiccor pulp mill in South Africa. The upgrade targets to increase the chipping capacity, to improve chip quality and minimize wood losses. The chipper will be delivered and installed at the end of 2018 and the start-up is planned for January 2019.

An artist’s rendering of Valmet’s chipping line and chip system (illustration courtesy Valmet).

The Saiccor mill, situated 50 km south of the port of Durban in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, is one of the production facilities for Sappi Specialised Cellulose. The mill has the capacity to produce approximately 800 000 tonnes of elemental chlorine free (ECF) dissolving pulp (DWP) per annum, mostly for the export market. DWP is sold to converters to manufacture a wide range of consumer products, but in particular for viscose staple fibre (VSF) used in clothing and textiles.

Valmet’s high capacity drop feed chipper was found to be favourable for the new wood yard’s current and future mill capacity requirement, said Ryno Eksteen, Senior Regional Project Manager at Sappi.

The order consists of a chipping line with a Camura GS1300 chipper and chip handling with storing and screening, including machinery, commissioning, training and start-up supervision. Mechanical installation of the chipping line is also to be carried out by Valmet.

Valmet’s wood handling business continues to flourish in the South African market area. With our biggest drop feed chipper this project will be extremely important to us and we are delighted that Sappi once again trusts our technology and capabilities. We look forward to working with the Sappi team, said Jussi Taskinen, Manager, R&D, Product Portfolio & Strategy at Valmet.

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