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Parenco Starts up Voith Converted PM 2 from Newsprint to Packaging Grades

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Parenco’s rebuilt PM 2 at its Renkum, Netherlands, mill was successfully started up just 14 months after contract signing with Voith (Germany).. After a short optimization phase, the customer signed the official take-over document. The rebuild/conversion from newsprint to packaging paper increases the mill's capacity by approximately 385,000 metric tpy.

"We are very pleased that the take-over has been signed. The next months will prove that Parenco has arrived as a new supplier in the packaging paper industry" said Geert Wassens, CEO of Parenco. The conversion from newsprint to packaging paper grades will help to position Parenco as a highly competitive supplier in the packaging paper market, and broadens its papermaking activities. Since 2012, Parenco has been an independent company under the ownership of H2. Beside the converted PM 2, Parenco also operates PM 1 in Renkum, which produces magazine paper (SCB) for the European market. 

Just after startup the rebuilt PM 2, paper quality reached market demands on all points. 

With a wire width of 8.4 meters, the paper machine was equipped with a new two-layer MasterJet Pro M2 headbox, a DuoFormer D II, a DuoCentri NipcoFlex press, a SpeedFlow sizing unit, and a new CombiDuoRun after-dryer section. PM 2 produces testliner and fluting in a basis weight range of 70-160 gsm. 

Voith not only rebuilt the paper machine. Within the Process Line Package scope, Voith as general contractor also adjusted and rebuilt all adjacent processes and utilities. This included a new OCC stock preparation and the wet end process. Based on the results of a pre-engineering, the scope of supply also covered all necessary adaptions on the steam, water, and power supply, as well as civil works.

 

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