Valmet has confirmed it will supply a rebuild for ITC Limited’s board machine PM 1A at their Bhadrachalam mill in Telangana, India. The start-up is scheduled for the second quarter 2024.
“ITC is the frontrunner in the Indian paper industry, applying the new technology to fulfill our customers’ needs. The goal of the PM 1A rebuild is to produce higher basis weight packaging grade for increasing the production to meet the future market demands. We selected Valmet as a supplier based on its proven technology and the previous projects executed successfully together with them,” says Vadiraj Kulkarni, Divisional Chief Executive, ITC Limited.
“Customer’s satisfaction with Valmet’s high performing technology and timely project execution helped us to secure this order. The rebuild will improve production capacity and quality of the base board, which will result into excellent coated board quality. In 2018, Valmet carried out an extensive rebuild of the customer’s PM 1 that produces folding boxboard,” says Varun Jain, Director, India Region, Asia Pacific, Valmet.
The modernisation will include an OptiFlo Fourdrinier headbox, modifications in forming section, an IQ Dryness Measurement, a press section rebuild, an IQ Steam Profiler and a coater section rebuild with an OptiDry Coat and an IQ Induction Profiler.
After the rebuild, the PM 1A will be capable of producing high quality solid bleached board (SBS), folding boxboard (FBB), art board grades (ART) and cup board (CUP) for consumer packages, with basis weights from 180 to 420 gsm. The wire width of the machine is 3.76m, and the machinery has been designed for a production speed at reel of up to 600 m/min.
When the PM 1 was rebuilt in 2018, it was designed for 160,000 tpa, and ITC Limited has been able to produce 200,000 tpa. After this rebuild, they will be able to produce 225,000 tpa.