Under the Euro 3 million ($3.9 million) scheme, the firm has fitted the PM with a top wire former which replaced two vacuum-formers. Following the rebuild, PM 2 will be able to reduce the weight of its testliner and fluting to 80-90 g/m2. The Kiev mill also intends to continue producing heavier weights of of containerboard of up to 175 g/m2 using the PM's top wire and the remaining five vacuum formers.
The Kiev mill plans to upgrade PM 2 further in a bid to raise the unit's speed to 700 m/min and increase its capacity by 50-55%. To achieve this, the firm is set to install a new 600 tonne/day mass preparation line and a lower wire. It will also upgrade the PM's press and dryer part as well as the rolling part and the drive.
Sweden's GL&V was signed up to supply equipment for the stock preparation line next year, the spokesperson at the Kiev mill said. She said that the PM's full upgrade is scheduled to be completed in 2014.
The Kiev mill, which operates a 250 million m2/yr corrugated packaging plant at the Obukhov site, intends to use most of the PM's output internally.
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