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Valmet to supply containerboard line to Italy

Valmet to supply containerboard line to Italy
DS Smith Paper Italia Lucca Mill is the biggest mill of its kind in Italy (photo courtesy DS Smith).

Finland-headed forest industry and energy technology major Valmet Oyj has announced that it will supply a new containerboard machine with extensive packages of automation, services, and industrial internet applications to DS Smith Paper Italia S.r.l at its Porcari (Lucca) site in Italy.

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Part of UK-headed paper- and packaging major DS Smith Plc, DS Smith Paper Italia is an Italian market leader in containerboard. Located in Tuscany, Italy’s most significant area for paper production, the Lucca Mill is the biggest mill of its kind in the country.

We are pleased to be working with Valmet to install a new machine at our Porcari plant. Not only will the machine help us meet the demand for sustainable packaging innovation in Italy, but it will also help us to increase the plant’s environmental performance by reducing CO2 emissions and specific water use per ton of paper produced, said Niels Flierman, Head of Paper & Recycling at DS Smith.

Comprehensive delivery

Valmet’s delivery, the value of which has not been disclosed, will include a recycled linerboard making line from broke collection to a reel and winder as well as board machine process ventilation systems.

The wide automation package includes a Valmet DNA automation system for process and machine controls, runnability and condition monitoring, and a Valmet IQ quality management system.

A comprehensive Valmet Industrial Internet package including Valmet Performance Center services, advanced monitoring, and predictive applications as well as training simulators will be delivered, too. The delivery will also include Valmet Paper Machine Clothing, spare parts, and consumables packages.

The 8 600 mm wide (wire) BM 3 will produce recycled liner grades with a basis weight range of 70–135 g/m2 at a production speed of 1 500 m/min and a mechanical design speed of 1 700m/min.

The annual capacity is approximately 450 000 tonnes, and the start-up of the machine is scheduled for the middle of 2025.

Driven by increased demand for sustainable packaging solutions, the containerboard market is growing fast. Valmet as a market leader in innovative board-making technologies has developed a number of sustainable solutions to meet the market needs. Our unique offering together with the production potential of the containerboard machine were the decisive factors for DS Smith, commented Kari Räisänen, Sales Director, Board and Paper Mills, Paper business line, Valmet.

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