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Valmet delivers chipping line and chip system to South African mill

Dec. 7, 2017 - Valmet will deliver a new high capacity chipping line and chip handling system to Sappi Southern Africa’s Saiccor pulp mill. The upgrade aims to increase the chipping capacity, improve chip quality and minimize wood losses. The chipper will be delivered and installed at the end of 2018 and start-up is planned for January 2019.


December 7, 2017
By P&PC Staff

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The order consists of a chipping line with a Camura GS1300 chipper and chip handling with storing and screening, including machinery, commissioning, training and start-up supervision. Mechanical installation of the chipping line is also carried out by Valmet.

“Valmet’s high capacity drop feed chipper was found to be favourable for the new wood yard’s current and future mill capacity requirement,” said Ryno Eksteen, senior regional project manager at Sappi.

Situated 50 km south of the port of Durban in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, the Saiccor mill is a production facility for Sappi Specialised Cellulose. It has the capacity to produce approximately 800,000 tonnes of elemental chlorine free (ECF) dissolving pulp (DWP) per annum, mostly for export market. DWP is sold to converters to manufacture a range of consumer products, but in particular for viscose staple fibre (VSF) used in clothing and textiles.

“Valmet’s wood handling business continues to flourish in the South African market area. With our biggest drop feed chipper this project will be extremely important to us and we are delighted that Sappi once again trust our technology and capabilities. We look forward to working with the Sappi team,” added Jussi Taskinen, manager, R&D, Product Portfolio & Strategy at Valmet.

The order was included in Valmet’s third quarter 2017 orders received.