KMK Paper starts up PM1 after major rebuild

Turkey-based KMK Paper has successfully resumed production on PM1 following an extensive rebuild supplied by Toscotec at its Kahramanmaraş mill.

PM1 produces fluting, testliner, kraft paper, and gypsum board. The rebuild has achieved the primary targets of production increase and paper quality improvement. The project involved the modification of the entire paper machine from the forming section to the reel through the installation of Toscotec and Voith’s technology. The supply of a NipcoFlex shoe press featuring a nip load of 1600 kN/m has already achieved higher dryness and paper quality, and a DuoShake unit in the wet section is ensuring better formation. After the size press, a CB-Turn unit provides effective sheet stabilization through an air cushion and avoids roll contamination. In the dryer section, Toscotec has improved sheet stabilization in the first unirun section; the installation of TT SteelDryers has improved the total drying capacity, and the DuoCleaner units are guaranteeing effective cleaning of the dryer fabrics. Finally, a complete tail threading system has increased machine efficiency.

Left to right: Bora Kallem (EMKA Ltd) Cihangir Hakan Oba (KMK Paper) and Fabrizio Charrier (Toscotec).

Bekir Yemşen, General Manager of KMK Paper, says, “Our target for PM1’s upgrade was to leverage Toscotec and Voith’s technology to achieve a competitive advantage on the market. We are happy that our objective has been fully achieved.”

Cihangir Hakan Oba, Project Manager of KMK Paper, says, “We are satisfied with the outcome of this extensive upgrade of PM1. At KMK Paper, we always focus on the achievement of continuous improvements and on this project, we have realized it through the strong synergy between Toscotec and Voith.”

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