HELSINKI, April 12, 2017 (Press Release) -Kemira has been awarded a start-up contract at Pro-Gest Mantova in Italy, the only green field containerboard machine in Europe in recent years. Kemira will supply the start-up with all water treatment and wet end chemistries in line with its Total Chemistry Management (TCM) concept.
The contract is signed for three years. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for the second half of 2017, and the production capacity will be 550,000 tons of high-quality lightweight recycled board.
"Kemira is proud to have the opportunity to participate in the new Pro-Gest Mantova board machine start-up", says Kimmo Strengell, Marketing Manager, Strength Products, Export Manager, Kemira Pulp & Paper EMEA. "Our TCM model makes chemistry management carefree in all different phases of the mill lifecycle – from start-ups and conversions to day-to-day operations. With our expertise, service capability and broad portfolio of board making chemistries, we are able to support Pro-Gest in reaching the desired quality and productivity targets of the new board grade.”
“We are convinced that Kemira is the most capable partner for Pro-Gest to handle the chemistry on the board machine during the start-up period”, says Francesco Zago, General Manager and shareholder of Pro-Gest. “The whole team is very excited about the close cooperation in this high capacity and high quality board machine start-up.”
Pro-Gest is Italy’s leading vertically integrated producer of packaging in corrugated board, active in all fields, from the collection of raw materials to packaging production. It operates in 8 Italian regions with 22 production sites, employing over 1,100 people. In 2016 Pro-Gest generated a consolidated annual turnover of EUR 435 million.
Kemira is a global chemicals company serving customers in water-intensive industries. We provide expertise, application know-how and chemicals that improve our customers' product quality, process and resource efficiency. Our focus is on pulp & paper, oil & gas, mining and water treatment. In 2016, Kemira had annual revenue of around EUR 2.4 billion and 4,800 employees. Kemira shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd