ESPOO, Finland, March 15, 2016 (Press Release) -Valmet will supply two Advantage DCT tissue production lines and related automation systems to one of China's leading paper and pulp producers, Lee & Man Manufacturing Ltd. The new lines will be installed at Lee & Man's mill in Chongqing and start-up is planned to take place in late 2016.
The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2016 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.
Continuation of good cooperation
The Valmet's Advantage DCT 200HS tissue lines to be delivered are designed for production of high quality tissue products. The new tissue lines will fulfill the high requirements for effective technology and sustainability set by Lee & Man. Previously the company has ordered three Advantage DCT 200HS tissue lines of which one started up at the Chongqing mill 2015 and two will start up this year.
"Our first installation in Chongqing is running very well and we are convinced that the Advantage DCT technology and the partnership with Valmet will support our market expansion in China," says Raymond Lee, Chairman of the Board, Lee & Man.
"It's an honor that Lee & Man have again decided to extend the cooperation which already includes three tissue machine deliveries to the Chongqing mill. As seen from the earlier installations, it is possible to reach significant drying energy savings and highest paper quality by our innovative combination of flexible pressing, casted Yankee and steam heated hood. With this combination we are able to bring concrete benefits to our customers and to take their performance forward," says Svenerik Olsson, Director, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet China.
Valmet's Advantage DCT concept is well established on the market and has proven to enable cost- and energy-efficient production of high quality tissue products.
Technical information about the delivery
The new tissue machines will have a width of 5.6 m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min. Each machine will produce 60.000 tons of toilet and facial tissue per year, using virgin wood pulp and bleached bamboo fiber as raw material.
Valmet's scope of delivery will comprise complete tissue production lines featuring stock preparation systems and Advantage DCT 200HS tissue machines. The machines will be equipped with OptiFlo headbox and cast alloy Yankee cylinders. The machines will also be featured with the well proven Advantage tissue technology including ViscoNip press, steam heated AirCap hood, WetDust dust system and a SoftReel P reel. Basic engineering, installation supervision, training, start-up and commissioning are also included
The delivery will also include Valmet's proven automation package including Valmet DNA machine and process control system (DCS) as well as Valmet IQ quality control system (QCS) and Valmet IQ Dilution Profiler. The automation package provides a single source solution, utilizing only one system to perform all the essential measurements and controls for tissue production.
About the customer Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing
Established in 1994, Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing Ltd has grown from a small company into a leading paper and pulp manufacturer. The company's 6,500 employees are located at the company's five production sites in China. The company had a capacity of 7 million tons of container board, duplex board and tissue paper as well as 180,000 tons of pulp in 2014.
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 2015 were approximately EUR 2.9 billion. Our 12,000 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.