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Huge Metso containerboard machine starts up at Propapier mill in Germany

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Huge Metso containerboard machine starts up at Propapier mill in Germany

March 22, 2010 - 01:57

HELSINKI, March 22, 2010 (Press Release) -The Metso-supplied papermaking line of Propapier PM2 GmbH came successfully on stream on March 15, 2010 at Propapier's greenfield mill site in Eisenhüttenstadt in Germany.

The new PM 2 line will produce up to 650,000 tonnes of testliner and fluting grades annually in the basis weight range of 70-130 g/m2 out of 100 % recycled fiber.

The gigantic 10.85-m-wide PM 2 features state-of-the-art paper making and automation technology by Metso, from the stock preparation plant to the OptiConcept paper machine. The design speed of the machine is 1,900 m/min. A two-year cooperation agreement will support the systematic optimization of the production and quality of the line.

Raimo Tuominen, Metso's Project Manager, describes the commissioning and start-up of the line as very successful, in terms of schedule and co-operation with the motivated Propapier site team.

Götz Herold, Mill Manager of Propapier PM2 GmbH: "Thanks to the excellent commissioning work during the last few weeks we were able to successfully start the production of saleable Wellenstoff (corrugating medium) with a basis weight of 90 g/m2 at the speed of 1,250 m/min on the planned start-up date of March 15, 2010. A world-class mill of the highest technical level has been built in Eisenhüttenstadt."

Propapier PM2 GmbH is part of Progroup AG, a group of companies offering products and services for the corrugated board-converting industry. After the start-up of PM 2, the annual tonnage of Progroup AG's two paper mills will equal 1 million tonnes of containerboard.