BRUSSELS, Oct 30, 2014 (RISI) - Holmen will rebuild PM 53 at its Braviken mill in Norrköping in Sweden in Q1 next year, in line with its strategy to produce less newsprint and more magazine paper in the country. The machine will produce a new product, sales of which are expected to start in spring next year.
PM 53 currently has a capacity of some 310,000 tonnes/yr and produces magazine paper, directory paper and standard newsprint. The machine will continue to produce newsprint after the rebuild, but to a gradually diminishing extent, a company spokesperson said. He added that as the PM's capacity depends on the basis weights it produces, it is too early to comment on whether it will change after the rebuild and, if so, to what degree.
The new product will be 100% based on virgin fiber and Holmen is aiming it at the supercalendered paper segment, the firm said in a statement. However, the company wants to attract customers by allowing them to choose a lower grammage while still retaining the thickness of the paper.
PM 53 will be down for approximately three weeks in connection to the rebuild starting from the last week of January. During this time, the company can to a certain extent move production of certain paper grades to another machine. Customers that might be concerned by the rebuild have been informed and the company will work in close co-operation with them, the spokesperson said. He declined to reveal what work will be carried out during the rebuild and what company will be involved.
The Braviken mill houses a second machine, the 290,000 tonne/yr PM 52, which makes magazine and book paper, as well as standard, improved and colored newsprint. PM 52 will continue to operate during the rebuild of PM 53.