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Valmet to supply key pulp and paper tech to Naini Papers

Valmet to supply key pulp and paper tech to Naini Papers
Naini Papers is one of the few premier paper manufacturing companies in India (photo courtesy Valmet).

Finland-headed forest industry and energy technology provider Valmet Oyj has announced that it will deliver key technologies, automation and services to Naini Papers Ltd’s cooking and fiberline rebuild and new specialty paper machine PM 3 at their mill in Kashipur, India.

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Founded in 1995, Naini Papers is one of the few premier paper manufacturing companies in India. The company offers high-quality writing and printing papers with improved physical and optical properties and is a market leader in producing single-layer cup stock for the manufacturing of paper cups and saturating kraft for the manufacturing of laminates.

Increase capacity to support market demand

The cooking and fiberline rebuild and new specialty paper machine PM 3 delivery will increase the mill’s capacity and support meeting the market demand for specialty coated paper.

The cooking and fiberline rebuild targets to increase the capacity from the current 300 bone dry tonnes per day (BD t/d) to 370 BD t/d. The delivery includes key process equipment, such as a SuperBatch digester, a TwinRoll Press, a bleach plant upgrade, and other auxiliary equipment.

Basic engineering, detailed process engineering, and site services are included. The automation package includes analyzers and measurements for the fiberline, such as Kappa number, brightness, residual chemical, white liquor to cooking, and residual alkali, as well as pulp consistency.

The spare parts package includes critical spares and consumables for the start-up of the equipment.

We have been successfully collaborating with Valmet in many projects, including pulp mills, and decided to choose them again for this rebuild expanding our pulp production capacity. The additional pulp will be used in the upcoming PM 3. We see big potential for specialty coated paper in the Indian market and are eyeing the environment-friendly flexible packaging segment. The paper produced by PM 3 can replace plastics in packages, said Pawan Agarwal, Managing Director of Naini Papers.

The first-of-its-kind paper machine in India

The raw material used will be mainly hardwood pulp, with an option to mix bale softwood and precipitated calcium carbonate as filler.

The paper machine delivery includes all key technologies from headbox to reel, air systems, and winder, as well as Valmet Industrial Internet applications and spare part packages.

The specialty coated paper machine PM 3 is the first of its kind in India, with a design speed of 1200 m/min, producing mainly woodfree coated and uncoated grades with a basis weight range of 40–170 g/m2.

We’re delighted that Naini Papers chose Valmet again as the supplier of their project. Our sustainable technologies, references, local presence and trust built through the projects and various pilot trials at the Valmet R&D center were the keys to winning the order. India is a growing market for specialty grades and Naini Papers has taken the right step forward to be a leading player in this segment, said Varun Jain, Director, India Region, Asia Pacific, Valmet.

The delivery is scheduled for the first quarter of 2025, and although the order value has not been disclosed, Valmet says that delivery of this size and scope is typically valued between EUR 40 and 60 million.

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