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Valmet to supply world's largest containerboard line to Papierfabrik Palm

Finland-headed forest industry and energy technology provider Valmet Oyj has announced that it will supply a containerboard making line (PM 5) with extensive packages of mill-wide automation and services for Papierfabrik Palm's (Palm) Aalen-Neukochen mill in Germany.

Valmet is to supply a containerboard making line (PM 5) with extensive packages of mill-wide automation and services for Papierfabrik Palm’s Aalen-Neukochen mill in Germany. At the deal announcement (left) Jürgen Kosse (Palm), Manfred Eberhardt (Valmet), Dr. Andreas Haas (Palm), Stephan Gruber (Palm), Tobias Hain (Valmet), Dr. Wolfgang Palm (Palm), Pasi Laine, Jari Vähäpesola, Harri Heikkilä and Juha Kivimaa all from Valmet (photo courtesy Valmet).

According to a statement, the new high-capacity board machine will replace three existing smaller machines and will be designed to produce lightweight and high-quality recycled fluting and testliner grades. The start-up is scheduled for 2021.

The value of the order has not been disclosed but according to Valmet, the total value of an order of this type and scope is typically around EUR 150-200 million.

We wanted to make a competitive investment for the next 50 years and aimed for a very wide and high-capacity containerboard machine to be ready for the future changes. Valmet was selected because of their high-level and differentiating technology for lightweight grades. The concept was verified at the pilot trials, said Dr Wolfgang Palm, CEO of Palm.

Palm is one of the leading companies in the European paper industry and Germany’s largest family owned business in the paper industry. The Palm Group is divided into the paper division with its 5 paper mills for the manufacture of paper and the packaging division with 26 plants for the manufacture of corrugated board.

The third pillar of Palm’s operations, which encompasses the purchasing of raw materials for all its papers, and corrugated boards made from 100 percent recycled paper are joined under the umbrella of Palm Recycling consisting of two recycling companies. The plant in Aalen-Neukochen is the origin and the head office of both the Palm Group and Papierfabrik Palm.

World’s largest containerboard machine

Amongst other things, Valmet’s delivery for PM 5 will include a high-speed containerboard making line from broke collection to reel and winder. OptiPress Center with transfer belt technology enables closed sheet transfer from press to dryer for high runnability and production efficiency at high speeds.

The 11,700-mm-wide (wire) board machine will produce recycled fluting and testliner grades with the basis weight range of 60-110 g/m2. The design speed of the machine will be 2 000 m/min and the annual capacity of 750 000 tonnes.

Palm PM 5 will be the largest containerboard machine in the world. We offered Palm an outstanding combination of high-end technology, comprehensive selection of service, automation and industrial internet. I’m pleased to say that Palm and Valmet have been cooperating for decades and hopefully this good relationship will continue over the coming decades, said Jari Vähäpesola, Paper Business Line President of Valmet.

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