ABB/Voith alliance helps SCA to drive bold investment program forward

ABB has been contracted by Voith to deliver drives and electrification to support the build of SCA’s new PM2 kraftliner machine at its Obbola mill in Umeå, Sweden.

The contract is in addition to an automation and control system upgrade based on the ABB Ability™ System 800xA distributed control system (DCS), drives and instrumentation package that SCA awarded to ABB for the brownfield expansion, complementing ABB’s existing installed base and long-standing service agreement.

The installation of a new machine, infrastructure and optimized capabilities means that SCA’s annual production at Obbola will increase from the current 450,000 tonnes of kraftliner to 725,000 tonnes. 

“Increased focus on sustainable packaging and e-commerce is boosting demand for high-quality packaging paper,” said Per Strand, Project Director, SCA. “The new machine from Voith and the associated ABB product selection will allow substantial increases in production and will allow the Obbola mill to meet increased market demands.”

Voith is taking responsibility for the entire papermaking process and project handling of the new Obbola mill. ABB’s scope includes sectional drives suitable for high power and high power density machines as well as specialised motor requirements, ABB Ability System 800xA drive control system with ABB Ability Data Logger tool and Safety PLC solution for the drive system safety functions.

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