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Toscotec to supply PM5 rebuild at Smurfit Kappa mill in France

January 11, 2019 – Toscotec has been awarded a contract by Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin to rebuild the entire dryer section of its 6m wire PM5 at Facture, Aquitaine, France.

January 11, 2019  By P&PC Staff

Toscotec will rebuild the entire pre-dryer section of the machine, including 36 new TT SteelDryers with a diameter of 1.8 m, maintaining the same machine length of the existing 43 cast iron cans.

The scope of supply includes four new TT Uniroll for the first battery. Toscotec will also rebuild the existing post-dryer section to improve the present design according to the new production rate, adding two new TT SteelDryers. The scope includes a rope-less tail threading system throughout the whole dryer section, an optimized tail transfer to the film press with a TT Ripper and TT Transfer (vacuum belt device), and an improved paper sheet transfer between press and dryer section.

The main auxiliary systems will also be part of Toscotec’s scope, including the lubrication system, the hood with its air and ventilation system and the sheet stabilization. The hall ventilation system will be also part of the package.


The PM5 produces white top kraft liner with a reel trim of 5,500 mm. Toscotec’s rebuild will allow the machine to increase speed up to approximately 900 m/min.

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The supply includes engineering, erection, commissioning, start-up assistance and training.

Toscotec has been working with Smurfit Kappa for the past 10 years on several projects in Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Italy and Austria.

“Thanks to the increased efficiency of the overall drying process, PM5 will significantly boost its capacity, and deliver actual energy savings, thereby cutting the mill’s energy bill,” says Fabrizio Charrier, Toscotec’s area sales manager.

The project is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020.

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