Equipment & Systems
Netherlands mill converts PM to packaging paper
The conversion of PM2 at Parenco’s Renkum, Netherlands, mill from newsprint to packaging paper grades will help to position the company as a competitive supplier in the packaging paper market, and broadens its paper making activities.
By Cindy Macdonald
PM 2 was successfully started up just 14 months after contract signing. After a short optimization phase, Parenco signed the official take-over document. This rebuild by Voith increases the mill’s capacity by approximately 385,000 metric tons annually.
“We are very pleased that the take-over has been signed. In the next months, we will prove that Parenco has arrived as a new supplier in the packaging paper industry” says Geert Wassens, CEO of Parenco.
Beside the converted PM 2, Parenco also operates PM 1 in Renkum, which produces magazine paper (SCB) for the European market.
The rebuilt PM 2 is already producing paper of a quality that meets market demands on all points, according to Parenco.
The rebuilt paper machine has a wire width of 8.4 m. It has been equipped with a new two-layer MasterJet Pro M2 headbox, a DuoFormer D II, a DuoCentri NipcoFlex press, a SpeedFlow sizing unit and a new CombiDuoRun after dryer section. PM 2 produces testliner and fluting in a basis weight range of 70-160 g/m².
Voith did not only rebuild the paper machine itself. Voith, as general contractor, also adjusted and rebuilt all adjacent processes and utilities. This also included a new OCC stock preparation and the wet-end process. Based on the results of a pre-engineering, the scope of supply also covered all necessary adaptations on the steam, water and power supply as well as civil works.