Valmet to supply a new containerboard machine to DS Smith in Italy

Valmet has confirmed it will supply a new containerboard machine with extensive packages of automation, services, and industrial internet applications to DS Smith Paper Italia S.r.l at their Porcari (Lucca) site in Italy. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for middle of 2025.

The 8.6m wide BM3 will produce recycled liner grades with a basis weight range of 70–135 gsm at production speed of 1,500 m/min and mechanical design speed of 1,700m/min. The annual capacity will be approximately 450,000 tonnes.

“We are pleased to be working with Valmet to install a new machine at our Porcari plant. Not only will the machine help us meet the demand for sustainable packaging innovation in Italy, but it will also help us to increase the plant’s environmental performance by reducing CO2 emissions and specific water use per ton of paper produced,” says Niels Flierman, Head of Paper & Recycling, DS Smith.

“Driven by increased demand in sustainable packaging solutions, the container board market is growing fast. Valmet as a market leader in innovative board making technologies has developed a number of sustainable solutions to meet the market needs. Our unique offering together with the production potential of the container board machine were the decisive factors for DS Smith,” says Kari Räisänen, Sales Director, Board and Paper Mills, Paper business line, Valmet.

Valmet’s delivery will include a recycled linerboard making line, from broke collection to a reel and winder as well as board machine process ventilation systems. The wide automation package includes Valmet DNA automation system for process and machine controls, runnability and condition monitoring and Valmet IQ quality management system.

A comprehensive Valmet Industrial Internet package including Valmet Performance Center services, advanced monitoring and predictive applications as well as training simulators will be delivered, too. The delivery will also include Valmet Paper Machine Clothing, spare parts and consumables packages.

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