SINGAPORE, Sept. 13, 2013 (RISI) - Thailand's SCG Paper has kicked off the construction of a 300,000 tonne/yr recycled containerboard machine at its Banpong mill in Ratchaburi.
Metso Paper will provide the 7.25 m-wide machine, PM 16, which will have a design speed of 1,300 m/min.
Output on the unit will be recycled fluting in the basis weight range of 90-150 g/m².
The Finnish supplier said PM 16 will use a new sizing method providing better strength properties for the finished products.
Andritz will supply a 1,200 tonne per day recovered fiber line handling mainly old corrugated containers collected in Thailand for PM 16.
The installation work is expected to start at the beginning of next year. Startup is slated for the fourth quarter of 2014.
Multiple projects: SCG Paper has also signed up Metso to rebuild a coated recycled board machine at its Wangsala plant in Kanchanaburi.
The overhaul is aimed at boosting the capacity of the 110,000 tonne/yr PM 9 by 30,000-40,000 tonnes/yr, said a company spokeswoman.
She indicated that the PM 9 overhaul is expected to be carried out in the second half of 2014.
She said the company has also planned several small rebuild projects on the machines at both the Banpong and Wangsala facilities.
Farther afield in Vietnam, Vina Kraft Paper, the joint venture between SCG Paper (70%) and Japan's Rengo (30%), is carrying out debottlenecking work on the single board machine at its mill in Ho Chi Minh city.
The revamp will increase the capacity of the Voith unit, PM 1, from 220,000 tones/yr to 250,000 tonnes/yr.
The 5.3 m wide machine, which has a maximum speed of 800 m/min, is capable of producing both recycled linerboard and fluting.
The work is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
The spokeswoman said the new machine at the Banpong plant and the overhaul of the company's existing board machines will add a combined 400,000 tonnes/yr to its current packaging paper capacity and boost its total potential production to 2.3 million tonnes/yr.