Rebuild for Thai Paper

18.08.2014 Valmet will rebuild a paper machine (PM5) at the paper mill of Thai Paper Company Limited in Bang Pong, Thailand. The PM5, currently producing printing and writing papers with 100 000 tpy capacity, will be modified for high quality glassine paper production. Valmet's delivery will include modernization of key sections of the paper machine. The rebuild targets the highest end product quality and efficient production. The rebuilt production line will start-up during the fourth quarter of 2015.

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The order is included in Valmet's third quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed. The value of paper machine rebuilds depends on the scope of the delivery. This kind of rebuild is typically valued around € 20 million.

"Thai Paper and our partner, Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd., selected Valmet based on their innovative technology and proven track record on successful rebuilds which align well with our target to produce high-value added products such as high quality glassine paper to cater the growing demand for label in the domestic and regional markets," says Mr. Panthep Supachaiyakit, Managing Director, Thai Paper Company Limited.

"We are pleased to continue our long term cooperation with SCG Paper and its subsidiary Thai Paper in this project. Our aim is to bring our strong experience with special papers to the project to ensure smooth and successful project converting PM5 to glassine grades. This order further strengthens Valmet's position as a market leader in high speed special paper technology provider," says Pornpracha Wattanakijsiri, Head of South East Asia.

Technical details of Valmet's delivery

Valmet's solution for this grade conversion and modernization of the 3.9 meter-wire wide PM 5 consists of a new off-line multinip calendar and new air dryers as well as a re-reeler rebuild with new moisturizers. There will also be modifications in the stock preparation, headbox, and drying section with alterations in the sizer area including contactless web turn device. 

Valmet's new OptiFiner Pro refiners, which are part of the stock preparation, ensure energy efficient refining result of long fibers, to meet the high demands set by glassine paper production. These modifications at paper machine ensure the base paper to be dense, thin and strong. The rebuild re-reeler moisturizes the base paper efficiently for improved smoothness and the best possible calendering result. The OptiCalender Multinip off-line calender improves further the surface properties of glassine paper grades. 

Information about Thai Paper

Thai Paper Company Limited is a subsidiary company in SCG Paper's Fibrous Chain Business which is a joint-venture between SCG Paper and Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd.. SCG Paper's Fibrous Chain Business produced around 470 000 tpy of pulp and 570 000 tpy of printing and writing paper.

The Thai Paper Mill, located in Ban Pong, Ratchaburi Province, has five paper machines producing high quality uncoated and coated wood free paper grades. The annual production capacity of the existing mill is 293 000 t. The Company was established in 1983 and is now one of Thailand's leading producers in printing and writing paper industry.

Caption: Customer and Valmet representatives at the signing ceremony in Thailand. From left Mr. Surasak Amawat, Managing Director, Siam Cellulose Co., Ltd., Mr. Panthep Supachaiyakit, Managing Director, Thai Paper Co., Ltd., Mr. Roongrote Rangsiyopash, President of SCG Paper and from Valmet Mr. Hannu T Pietilä, Area President, Asia Pacific, Mr. Timo Dufva, Vice President Projects and Mr. Pornpracha Wattanakijsiri, Head of South East Asia.
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Valmet Corporation is a leading global developer and supplier of services and technologies for the pulp, paper and energy industries. The 11 000 professionals around the world work close to their customers and are committed to moving the customers' performance forward - every day.
Valmet's services cover everything from maintenance outsourcing to mill and plant improvements and spare parts. The strong technology offering includes entire pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bio-energy production.
The company has over 200 years of industrial history and was reborn through the demerger of the pulp, paper and power businesses from Metso Group in December 2013. Valmet's net sales in 2013 were approximately € 2.6 billion. Valmet's objective is to become the global champion in serving its customers.