Valmet will supply an extensive rebuild for Sappi North America at its Somerset paper manufacturing facility in Skowhegan, Maine. As a result of the rebuild, the paper machine (PM1) will be able to produce both coated paper and a variety of consumer packaging products. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for early 2018.
Paper machine (PM1), currently producing woodfree coated paper grades (WFC), will be rebuilt to produce a variety of both packaging and coated paper products. Valmet’s delivery will include a number of modification and new machine parts in the existing machine to meet the requirements of the new packaging grades.
“Valmet has been a long-standing technical resource and solutions-oriented equipment supplier to Sappi. Working together, we recognized the manufacturing potential of PM1 at Somerset and, with Valmet’s collaborative technical support, will further advance Sappi North America’s diversification into packaging,” commented Mark Gardner, President and CEO of Sappi North America.