Volga Pulp & Paper to convert PM to run containerboard

Andritz has received an order from Volga Pulp and Paper Mill in Balakhna, Nizhnij Novgorod Region, Russia, to supply a new OCC line as well as to convert PM 6, a newsprint machine, to run containerboard. Start-up is scheduled for the spring of 2023.

After the conversion, PM 6 will produce packaging paper from a mix of OCC and TMP fibres – a new raw material composition for the production of packaging paper. Volga Pulp and Paper Mill is currently producing packaging paper from 100% TMP fibres and has now opted for this innovative solution to save resources. The rebuilt PM 6 will have an annual production capacity of 140,000 tons and a design speed of up to 720 m/min, producing lightweight fluting and testliner in the range of 65–120 gsm. The rebuild includes the paper machine approach flow system, the forming, press and dryer sections, including the steam and condensate system, a new PrimeFilm film press, some of the paper machine drives, as well as the complete tail threading system and the slitter rewinder.

In 2020, Volga Pulp and Paper Mill successfully started up a new TMP line supplied by Andritz. This repeat order further strengthens the fruitful long-term relationship between the two companies.

Sergey Pondar, CEO, Volga Pulp and Paper Mill, says, “The smooth start-up of our TMP line one year ago convinced us that Andritz would once again be the right partner for us. The conversion of PM 6 will be an even more ambitious project, especially in view of the tight time frame.”

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