The new 6.25-m-wide B9 machine, the ninth paper machine to operate at the Botany site, has an annual production capacity of approximately 400,000 tonnes of high-quality 100% recycled testliner and fluting grades in the basis weight range of 80 to 200 g/m2, from wastepaper collected throughout the Sydney region. The design speed of the machine is 1,600 m/min. The B9 production line produces savings in energy, solid waste and water use per unit of paper production and improves the environmental performance of the mill.
Metso's delivery included an OCC (old corrugated containers) pulping line and a complete OptiConcept boardmaking line from headboxes to reel with a stock preparation system, air systems, chemical systems and a high-capacity winder and a roll handling system. A comprehensive Metso DNA automation package comprised process, machine and quality controls and machine condition monitoring.
In addition, Metso's extended scope of supply included complete mill engineering and electrification, and installation and supervision services related to commissioning, testing and start-up. Metso also provided training services for the project.
The partnership between Metso and Amcor includes an agreement for the supply of mill maintenance services for the B9 boardmaking line. With the multi-year mill maintenance agreement Metso assumes full responsibility for the establishment of maintenance operations, mill maintenance services and the management of improvement projects for the stock and paper production facilities and for the mill utilities at the Botany mill.
Amcor Packaging (Australia) Pty Ltd is part of Amcor Limited. Amcor Limited is a global packaging manufacturer offering a broad range of plastic, fibre, metal and glass packaging products, along with packaging-related services. It has annual sales of approximately EUR 9 billion and it employs over 30,000 co-workers at more than 300 manufacturing sites located in 40 countries.