HELSINKI, Feb. 1, 2016 (Press Release) -Kemira has been awarded a start-up contract in the "Flying Eagle" project of Kotkamills mill in Kotka, Finland. During the project, the current magazine paper machine (PM2) will be converted into a high performance food service board (FSB) machine. Kemira will supply the start-up with sizing, retention and drainage, board hygiene, and microbe control technologies. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for June 2016, and the production capacity will be 400,000 t/a of high quality Nordic folding boxboard and recyclable barrier board for the food industry.
"Kemira is proud to have the opportunity to participate in the new Kotkamills board machine start-up", says Kimmo Strengell, Marketing Manager, Strength & Tissue Additives, Pulp & Paper EMEA. "With our expertise, service capability and broad portfolio of board making chemistries, we are able to support Kotkamills in reaching the desired quality and productivity targets of the new board grade."
Kemira microbe control programs ensure hygienic quality of the food service board. Hygienic quality control is critical for FSB machines: if the final board doesn't meet the expected hygienic quality standards, converters can reject the whole production. Optimal retention and drainage programs are a prerequisite for improved runnability, productivity and board quality. Kemira sizing technologies are applied to control liquid resistance and to improve the printability of the board.
By converting the paper machine to packaging boards, Kotkamills secures its position as a globally significant manufacturer of forest industry products. Kotkamills' bleached CTMP (Chemi-thermomechanical Pulping), high-quality Nordic folding boxboard and recyclable barrier board products are suitable for various types of end-use applications, such as frozen, chilled and dry food, beverages, cup-stock and plates, confectionery, pharma, and cosmetics. The Flying Eagle contract will further strengthen the long-lasting and strong partnership that utilizes core strengths of both parties.
Kemira is a global chemicals company serving customers in water-intensive industries. We provide expertise, application know-how and chemicals that improve our customers' water, energy and raw material efficiency. Our focus is on pulp & paper, oil & gas, mining and water treatment. In 2014, Kemira had annual revenue of EUR 2.1 billion and around 4,250 employees. Kemira shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.
Kotkamills pulp and paper operations consist of the new board machine BM2 (PM2) and Absorbex paper machines PM1 and PM7, as well as corresponding pulp lines: CTMP (Chemi-thermomechanical Pulping) for board, RCF (recycled fibre) and sawdust kraft for PM1 and PM7. Laminating paper capacity of the two machines is 200,000 t/a. In addition, Kotkamills Oy has a 200 000 m3/a sawmill and two impregnation machines, which utilize ca. 25,000 t/a of laminating paper in vertical integration.