ESPOO, Finland, Jan. 25, 2022 (Press Release) -Mercer International and Valmet have signed a long-term agreement to accelerate Mercer’s global digital transformation program. The implementation of the agreement starts with the replacement of distributed control systems (DCS) at the Mercer Peace River pulp mill in Alberta and the Mercer Celgar pulp mill in British Columbia, Canada with the Valmet DNA Automation System.
Valmet DNA is a single automation system for process, machine, drives and quality controls. Its intuitive user interface makes the most meaningful information available to users based on their roles – regardless of their location, enabling collaboration and real-time performance optimization based on data analytics anywhere and anytime.
“We wanted a partner that can provide a strong DCS solution but at the same time help improve our performance through better data utilization, improved internal benchmarking and collaboration across all our sites. We chose Valmet because of their expertise in pulp combined with extensive automation offering and strong digitalization capabilities,” says Christoph Grewe-Franze, CIO, Mercer International.
Mercer will benefit from better and connected DCS data communication and analysis of real-time performance across all their operations. This will improve diagnostics and troubleshooting while reducing redundancies and downtime. A solid foundation for advanced data utilization with integrated industrial internet connectivity, global collaboration, operational consistency and continuity will be realized.
“We are happy to continue our long-time collaboration with Mercer International with this significant agreement. We have a full automation and digitalization offering to manage and optimize processes, including cloud connectivity, analytical applications, and full support both locally and remotely to serve the needs of our customers in various industries. We are delighted to build these capabilities together with Mercer to increase their competitiveness,” says Sami Riekkola, President, Automation business line, Valmet.
Mercer International Inc., is a diversified global producer of forest products, bioproducts, and green electricity with operations in Germany, Canada, the United States, and Australia with a consolidated annual production capacity of approximately 2.2 million tonnes of kraft pulp and 550 million board feet of softwood lumber.
Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.
Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.
Valmet's net sales in 2020 were approximately EUR 3.7 billion. Our 14,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.