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Valmet to deliver a semi-chemical pulp line to Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing

Finland-headed forest industry and energy technology provider Valmet Oyj has announced that it will supply a semi-chemical pulp (SCP) line to Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing Ltd, in Chongqing, China. The technology deliveries by Valmet will begin in 2022 and the start-up is planned for 2023.

Commissioned in 2006, the Chongqing Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing mill has an annual capacity of around 900 000 tonnes of packaging paper, 180 000 tonnes of pulp, and 525 000 tonnes of tissue paper (photo courtesy Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing).

Established in 1994, Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing Ltd has grown from a small company into a world-leading paper and pulp manufacturer. The Group manufactures linerboards of various grades and corrugating mediums of different specifications used for different industrial packaging purposes.

The Group currently has five paper mills and one pulp factory in China and an annual capacity of more than 7.385 million tonnes of which, packing paper capacity is about 6.48 million tonnes, pulp capacity about 180 000 tonnes, and tissue paper capacity about 900 000 tonnes.

In recent years, Lee & Man also established production bases in Vietnam, Malaysia, and other southeast Asian countries.

Our cooperation with Valmet has been good and we are convinced that the partnership and Valmet’s technology will support our development, said Edmond Lee, CEO, Lee & Man.

Valmet’s delivery, the value of which has not been disclosed although a project of this size and scope is typically valued at around EUR 10-20 million, will include the latest technology for semi-chemical pulp production and will provide excellent resource efficiency for Lee & Man.

The technology provides possibilities to optimize pulp properties with low wood and energy consumption. The deliveries include Valmet Continuous Cooking, screening, refining, and washing technologies.

Lee & Man and Valmet have developed a good relationship as a result of the deliveries of many paper and tissue machines throughout the years. We are pleased that we have now also earned Lee & Man’s trust in delivering a new semi-chemical pulp line to their mill in Chongqing. The new semi-chemical pulp line will fulfill Lee & Man’s need for virgin fiber pulp for the production of packaging grades, said Fan Ze, Vice President, Capital Sales, Valmet, China

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