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Kruger Packaging In Trois-Rivières Selects Valmet To Supply Grade Conversion Rebuild

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Valmet, Finland, announced this past week that it will modernize a paper machine (PM 10) at the Kruger paper mill in Trois-Rivières (Québec, Canada). Currently producing newsprint, PM 10 will be rebuilt using some of the most advanced containerboard manufacturing and automation technology to produce 360,000 metric tpy of 100% recycled lightweight and high strength linerboard. The rebuilt production line will start up in 2017. The value of the order was not disclosed. But according to Valmet, this kind of rebuild is typically valued around EUR 30 million.

"Kruger selected Valmet based on its innovative technology and track record of successful rebuilds, as well as its knowledge of North American recycled linerboard requirements," said Project Manager Christian Lemay of Kruger Packaging L.P.

The 8.4-meter-wide (wire) machine will be fully modernized from headbox to winder to produce linerboard with industry-leading high strength to basis weight properties, and with sheet formation and surface characteristics suitable for high-quality graphic printing for corrugated box plants.

In addition to the machinery improvements, the delivery will include a Valmet DNA automation system with remote servicing capabilities for machine and process control as well as MD/CD controls. Valmet will also deliver a Valmet IQ Dilution Profiler that contributes to improved sheet quality and minimized variability. The to-be-delivered Valmet Pulp Analyzer will provide fast and precise online updates of key fiber and papermaking furnish properties.

"To be able to reach the targets, grade conversion modernizations require thorough expertise. Valmet is one of the few suppliers who can design, manage, and deliver this kind of vast grade conversion projects. Additionally, Valmet's pilot plant played a substantial role since we could demonstrate the technologies to the customer in real life conditions," said Mike Gray, Valmet's area VP in North America.

Kruger Packaging L.P. is a Canadian manufacturer of containerboard and packaging products made from recycled fibers. The company currently operates one containerboard mill in Montreal (Québec), as well as two packaging plants in LaSalle (Québec) and Brampton (Ontario). Founded in 1904, its parent company, family-owned Kruger Inc., is also a major producer of publication papers, tissue products, renewable energy, cellulosic biomaterials, and wines and spirits. In addition, Kruger is a  paper and paperboard recycler in North America.

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