Valmet is investing several million euros in its paper machine clothing production plant in Tampere, Finland. The investment is expected improve the product technology and production capacity of seamed press felts for paper, board, tissue and pulp drying machines.
The upgrade includes a new wide weaving loom, updating of some existing weaving looms and new fiber opening and blending machinery.
Valmet says customers are now more willing to move away from endless felts in older machines. The company says market for seamed felts is growing, especially in North America, where more than 70 per cent of the felts used in paper and board machines are endless. The change from endless felts to seamed ones improves occupational safety and production efficiency at mills, according to the company. The seamed felt installation is faster and takes much less manpower than installing an endless felt.
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