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Valmet receives repeat order from Nine Dragons in China

Jul. 4, 2017 - Valmet will supply two more containerboard production lines with related automation systems for Nine Dragons Industries Co. Ltd. of China. The new production lines will be located in Hebei (PM 41) and Shenyang (PM 42) and are similar to Nine Dragons’ previous orders of PM 39 and PM 40 announced this March.

July 5, 2017  By P&PC Staff

Nine Dragons also purchased steam and condensate systems for these new lines and for the previous board making lines (PM 39, PM 40, PM 41 and PM 42). All the board making lines will be designed to produce what Valmet describes as high-quality testliner grades out of 100 per cent recycled raw materials.

The start-ups of PM 41 and PM 42 are scheduled only a few months apart for late 2018 and early 2019. The start-ups of the two previous production lines are also scheduled a few months apart starting from the middle of 2018. The value of the order will not be disclosed, but this type of order is typically valued at around EUR 100 to 120 million.

“Paper industry market in China is very active and our customers value sustainable and innovative paper and board making technology,” said Jari Vähäpesola, president of Paper Business Line, Valmet. “The high activity is well demonstrated by this Nine Dragons’ decision to purchase four-in-a-row energy and resource efficient containerboard machines within a very short time. Modern industrial design played an important role in this case, too.”


Founded in 1995, Nine Dragons Paper Group is described as the world’s largest environmentally-friendly recovered paper-based paper manufacturing in terms of production capacity. The company and its subsidiaries produce linerboard, high performance corrugating medium and coated duplex board. Nine Dragons produces printing and writing paper in Dongguan and Taicang and packaging paperboard and specialty paper in Leshan, Sichuan Province. The group has also acquired 100 per cent control equity interest in Hebei Yongxin Paper Co.

In addition to the steam and condensate systems, deliveries for PM 41 and PM 42 will include container pulpers for stock preparation, a board machine from headbox to winder including a full scope automation package, chemical systems and process ventilation equipment.

As in the previous orders of PM 39 and PM 40, the full scope automation packages comprise Valmet DNA process and machine controls and condition monitoring. Board final quality is managed with Valmet IQ quality control system, comprehensive range of profilers as well as web inspection and monitoring system. The deliveries also include what Valmet describes as an extensive package of modern analyzers from pulping and wet end to laboratory testing.

“In addition to smoother project execution, integrated automation and process technology solutions enable faster start-up and faster optimization phase in terms of end-product quality and energy consumption,” said Arto Rohola, sales manager, Automation Business Line, Valmet.

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