Voith for LEIPA

LEIPA Georg Leinfelder GmbH has contracted Voith to reconstruct its PM11 comprehensively to become its future PM5, as well as a new OCC stock preparation and an extension of the DIP facility in its LEIPA plant in Schwedt. The turnkey project is a further milestone in the partnership between LEIPA and Voith, which has been established over many years.

While the PM11 is currently producing approximately 280,000 metric tons of newsprint annually, the machine with a wire width of 9,200mm will be rebuilt to produce white top Testliner. With an annual capacity of 450,000 metric tons, the future PM5 will rank as one of the higest performing paper machine of its kind worldwide.

The scope of delivery includes a new OCC stock preparation line with drum pulping for the back side of the paper and an extension of the existing deinking system for the paper surface. The paper machine rebuild will include a two-layer wire section including hybrid former, a DuoCentri NipcoFlex shoe press with SolarPress roll cover, a SpeedSizer AT, film applicator unit, the pre and after-dryer section, Sirius reel and the rebuild of the two DuoRoller units.

As part of the Process Line Package, Voith will design and deliver the hood and air system as well as the automation (machine, process and quality control systems). Along with assembly, Voith will also take on engineering and procurement engineering tasks, as well as training and commissioning. Additionally, a supply agreement on clothing for the paper machine to improve the overall performance has been concluded.

Upon completion of the PM5 rebuild in Schwedt, LEIPA will have invested more than €1 billion in machines, infrastructure, energy solutions and employees. With this investment, LEIPA consolidates its position as a leading manufacturer for coated and uncoated white top Testliner, with a total annual capacity of 700,000 metric tons.

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