The $30 million project will include a new large nip press in the first press position, followed by a new shoe press in the second press position, the company said.
In addition, the project will include infrastructure upgrades to the press section framework and structural supports. These PM 1 upgrades are to increase production by more than 13% and improve efficiency for making lightweight linerboard and corrugating medium, according to GBP.
July 2015 completion set.Voith Paper will supply equipment. The press section replacement is scheduled for completion in July 2015, with an estimated downtime of 24 days.
Arkansas Kraft is an integrated, two-machine, mostly virgin mill that produces between 420,000 to 440,000 tons/yr, GBP said. PM 1, installed in 1965, has a 200 in. trim, 2,200 ft/min speed, and produces an estimated 250,000 tons/yr, indicating a capacity increase of around 28,000 tons/yr from the project.
PM 2, installed in 1976, has a 164 in. trim and 2,000 ft/min speed, with estimated capacity of around 180,000 tons/yr. It was converted from white top linerboard in 2008. Both machines are ranked in the fourth quartile among North American mill in cash manufacturing costs, according to RISI Mill Intelligence.
Over the last five years, GBP said it has made "significant" investments in the mill including a new Paperchine base headbox in 2012, an above ground electrical power distribution system in 2012, and a Voith recycled-fiber-plant in 2011. The mill process about 730 tons/day of recycled fiber, RISI estimates.
New NG boiler planned.In addition to the press section replacement, GBP anticipates installing a new natural gas boiler in 2015.