Toscotec to rebuild PM1 at KMK Paper in Turkey

Turkish paper and board manufacturer KMK Paper has selected Toscotec for the complete rebuild of PM1 at its Kahramanmaraş paper mill in Turkey.

Scheduled for Q1 2023, the project will increase the machine’s production capacity and significantly improve paper quality. PM1 produces fluting, testliner, kraft paper and gypsum board.

Bekir Yemşen, General Manager, KMK Paper and Board Member of Key Holding, says, “This is a strategic investment for KMK Paper where we will realise an extensive upgrade of PM1, and we are happy to have reached an agreement with Toscotec. We support the strong synergy between Toscotec and Voith, which perfectly matched the needs of our project.”

Cihangir Hakan Oba, Project Manager of KMK Paper, adds, “We pursue continuous improvement and development through the adoption of the latest technological innovations. We have a tight schedule on this rebuild, but we got off to a good start and are cooperating well with Toscotec.”

Fabrizio Charrier, Sales Manager, Paper & Board Division, Toscotec, says, “I am very glad that KMK Paper has placed its trust in Toscotec for this important project, where we’ll manage a complete technological rebuild that incorporates Voith’s key components, including a high load shoe press that reaches 1,600 kN/m. This project strengthens Toscotec’s position in a very important market for paper machine rebuilds.”

Established in 1988, KMK Paper operates two mills in Kahramanmaraş (PM1 & 2) and in Kütahya (PM3), manufacturing 240,000 tons/year of kraft paper, gypsum board, coreboard, grey and corrugated cardboard, testliner and fluting.

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