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Pratt Industries to Install First Valmet OptiConcept M in North America

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Pratt Industries Paper Division, Staten Island, N.Y., USA, has ordered from Valmet, Finland, the first North American OptiConcept M paper machine for its new greenfield paper mill in Valparaiso, Ind. The mill will use recovered paper in the production of recycled linerboard and corrugated medium. Startup of the new paper machine, PM16, is scheduled for 2015.

"OptiConcept M is a new and modular way to design, build, and operate a paper machine. Its modular approach enables short delivery times, quick startup, and low project costs. This will be Valmet's first OptiConcept M installation in North America and we are all proud to work with Pratt on this project," said Mike Gray, SVP sales, Valmet North America.

The new machine will have a wire width of 6.25 meters and a design speed of 1,200 m/min. Valmet's scope of delivery will include a complete OptiConcept M board production line from headbox to winder.

Pratt Industries is the fifth largest corrugated packaging company in the U.S. and the world's largest, privately-held 100% recycled paper and packaging company. 

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