Valmet has confirmed it will supply a large pulp and paper technology delivery to Klabin in Brazil. The order consists of a new paper machine (PM 28), a complete new fibre line including a new Continuous Cooking G3, and a new bleached chemi thermo mechanical pulp line, all with extensive scopes of automation and Valmet Industrial Internet solutions. The start-ups are scheduled for the Q2 2023.
These orders are part of the second phase in Klabin’s large investment project (PUMA II). Valmet’s delivery for the first phase announced in 2019 included the kraftliner machine PM27 and the fibre line with Continuous Cooking G3. In this second phase, the BCTMP and fibre lines will be integrated with the new PM 28, which will produce a large variety of board grades from kraftliner to coated boards such as folding cartonboard and liquid packaging board with a reservation to add bio-barrier grades to the portfolio in the future. This combination will increase Klabin’s flexibility and reduce its exposure to market volatility.
“Over the last year, we have evaluated trends and market conditions to ultimately reach this decision of PM 28,” says Francisco Razzolini, Director of Industrial Technology, Innovation, Sustainability and Projects and Pulp Business Officer at Klabin. “The packaging board market offers a huge growth potential, driven primarily by the substitution of single-use plastics with more sustainable options. After the ramp-up of PM 28, Klabin is set to become one of the leading virgin fibre coated boards and kraftliner producers in the world.”