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Pratt starts up first Valmet OptiConcept M machine in North America

The first installation in North America of Valmet's OptiConcept M board making line has successfully started up in Indiana.


Pratt Industries’ Valmet-supplied containerboard production line, PM 16, came on stream on October 4, 2015, at their greenfield paper mill in Valparaiso, IN.

“PM 16 is one of the industry’s most efficient paper mills, employing 120 people to make 370,000 tons a year – twice the productivity of many competitor mills. It is the world’s most environmentally-friendly paper mill and a showcase for the latest in 21st-century papermaking technology,” says Anthony Pratt, global chairman of Pratt Industries.

The Valmet OptiConcept M board making line is designed to use less water, electricity and raw materials. “That’s important not only for our environment but also for our customers who realize the importance of sustainable packaging,” says Pratt.

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Pratt Industries is one of the largest corrugated packaging companies in the United States.