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ALLIMAND Group's subsidiary APMS rebuilds testliner PM for EUROPAC in Dueñas, Spain

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ALLIMAND Group's subsidiary APMS rebuilds testliner PM for EUROPAC in Dueñas, Spain

July 30, 2018 - 05:43

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain , July 30, 2018 (Press Release) -APMS - Allimand Paper Machine Spain- subsidiary of ALLIMAND Group, designer and manufacturer of paper and non-woven machines, reinforces its fifth year of presence in Spain with the delivery of a new packaging machine rebuild for the second leading Spanish manufacturer, EUROPAC in Dueñas. And the development objectives of the APMS subsidiary go well beyond the Iberian market.... Let's take a closer look. Packaging machine rebuild

"The original paper machine of our customer EUROPAC dated back to 1972 ... almost half a century!", says Miguel IBAÑEZ, Director of the APMS subsidiary, with over 30 years of experience in the papermaking industry. "Despite its strong potential, one of the weaknesses was the level of dryness of the press section, which penalized production. After careful study and analysis by the ALLIMAND Group R&D center, machine modifications were proposed to the customer and consisted of a complete rebuild. Production of better quality paper, combined with a 15% increase in productivity

A complete reconstruction of the machine specialized in white-top and test-liner papers was carried out: the introduction of a new S4 ALLIMAND hydraulic headbox with basis weight control by dilution, a new press section with NAOS shoe press, the modification of the first two dryer groups, the complete modification of the reel and a new unwinding station for the winder.

The modifications proposed to the customer to produce better quality paper will also enable Allimand to increase the speed of the machine. On the one hand this is thanks to the improved dry content at the press section outlet and on the other hand thanks to the increased capacity of parent rolls (2.5mm in diameter) ; and this, in order to follow the new pace of the machine. An increase in productivity of more than 15% is thus expected. "We are going from 700 m/minute to 820 m/minute" says Miguel IBAÑEZ.

The machine was delivered in early June.

…Growth prospects beyond Spain

The presence of this subsidiary in Spain was reinforced in conjunction with the signature of a large order for a Non Woven machine a few years ago. The performance of this machine surpasses the contractual guarantees. The EUROPAC Group has 4 sites in Europe, including two in Spain (Dueñas - Alcolea del Cinca), one in Portugal (Viana do Castelo) and one in France (Papeteries de Rouen).

In the medium term, the objective of the APMS subsidiary is to cover not only the Iberian market but also South-West France and Latin America ... Projects in Mexico and Colombia are already underway... To be continued.