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Valmet to supply a board machine to JK Paper in India

Finland-headed energy and forest industry technology provider Valmet Oyj has announced that it will supply a board machine with an extensive automation and Industrial Internet package for JK Paper Ltd’s Fort Songadh Mill in India. By investing in the latest coated board technology, JK Paper targets to increase its market share on a growing Indian market and to serve the market with more local supply.

Consisting of a number of pilot facilities, Valmet’s Paper Technology Centre is said to be one of the world’s most comprehensive offering of testing and piloting services to paper and board manufacturers (photo courtesy Valmet).

Established in 1962 with an integrated pulp and paper plant, JK Paper has two large integrated paper manufacturing units – JK Paper Mills in Rayagada, Odisha, and Central Pulp Mills in Songadh, Gujarat, with a combined annual capacity of 455 000 tonnes-per-annum (tpa).

The start-up of the machine is scheduled for the end of 2020. The value of the order has not been disclosed. Subsequent to commissioning of the new board machine and the Sirpur unit, the overall production shall increase to about 800 000 tpa.

To increase our market share on the growing Indian market, we wanted to invest in coated board technology we could really rely on. For this reason, we tested the technology concepts at Valmet’s pilot facilities. We are also planning to use the piloting services to further develop our paper board products later in the project. Valmet’s know-how on coated board making with a long list of good references further strengthened our decision, said S.K. Jain, Head of Packaging Board Project, JK Paper.

Comprehensive order

Valmet’s delivery will include a new coated board machine from the headboxes to reel with air dryers, chemical systems, heat recovery, and other board making systems. The coating is applied in multiple coating stations including a technologically advanced Opti Coat Layer coating station, which applies two coating layers simultaneously.

A disc filter by Valmet’s new Mill Process Solutions Business Unit (former GL&V) and a vast automation system package with Valmet Performance Center (VPC) services with on-demand expert support will also be included in the delivery.

The 4,250-mm-wide (wire) board machine will produce folding boxboard, solid bleached board (SBS) as well as cup and barrier board grades.

I’m really pleased that Valmet was chosen as the main supplier in this project. In addition to board machine technologies, we will deliver a large scope of chemical systems – our first chemical system delivery in India. Our strong know-how on special coating and excellent wet end technology references in India and other countries in Asia further contributed to reaching the agreement, said Varun Jain, Director, India Region, Valmet.

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