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Estonia-based sack kraft producer Horizon Pulp & Paper taps Andritz for wood processing line upgrade

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Estonia-based sack kraft producer Horizon Pulp & Paper taps Andritz for wood processing line upgrade

August 19, 2013 - 16:41

KEHRA, Estonia, Aug. 16, 2013 (Press Release) -Horizon Pulp & Paper (Horizon), a leading sack kraft producer from Estonia with exports to over 55 countries, upgrades its wood processing line with state-of-the-art technology supplied by a globally leading technology company Andritz Group.

"New technology enables to achieve full potential of the plant's recent investments for advanced cooking and washing processes and improve the chip quality. New equipment fully covers Horizon's need for wood chips with the current paper production capacity of 70,000 tons annually and would also match the requirements of 110,000 tons annually, once a new paper machine will be installed within the company's investment program", said Sonny Aswani, Director of Estonian operations of Tolaram Group, the shareholder of the company.

The investment was announced during an event dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of the Kehra Paper Mill, predecessor of Horizon, The event was attended by Juhan Parts, Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia, as well as by Tolaram Group Chairman Mohan Vaswani, CEO Sajen Aswani and Horizon's business partners in Europe, Asia and Oceania.

Total investment of the processing line amounts to €3.8m and it will be completed by the middle of 2014. The selected line presents the newest wood processing technology and consists of log infeed, debarker, chipper and chip screen.

In the pulp-making process the quality of the pulp fiber depends on the chip quality. The line will have a capacity to de-bark and chip 62 solid cubic meters over bark (SOB) per hour; and in near future the line will be able to reach 120 solid cubic meters over bark per hour with addition of one more de-barker unit. The process rejects from the system bark, sawdust and oversized chips from the system. They will be used by the company as biofuel.

In 2012 Horizon launched a new super-batch technology pulp cooking plant, as a part of a €55m and three-year investment program of the company. This year a new lime kiln will become operational enabling the company to recycle more than 90 per cent of the lime used in the production.

Horizon Pulp & Paper is Estonia's only sack kraft paper producer that exports to over 55 countries around the globe. A subsidiary of the Singapore headquartered international industry group Tolaram, Horizon possesses substantially modernised production facilities with a total investment of approximately €90m in over 15 years, about €40m of that channelled to investments of reducing emissions. Since 1995 when Tolaram Group acquired the mill it has invested significantly in achieving better standards in quality, efficiency and environmental protection. The company's foundations date back to 1938 when Kehra Paper Mill started operations in the premises of current Horizon mill.