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Valmet to perform paper machine conversion at Cascades’ Bear Island mill


December 14, 2020
By P&PC Staff

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The Bear Island mill in Virginia. Photo: Cascades

Valmet will perform the paper machine grade conversion rebuild for Cascades’ Bear Island mill in Virginia.

Paper machine PM 1, designed to produce newspaper, will be rebuilt to produce high-quality, lightweight, 100 percent recycled linerboard and medium grades for the North American market. The start-up of the rebuilt paper machine is scheduled for the end of 2022.

The containerboard machine PM 1, at approximately 8,500-mm wide (wire), will produce recycled linerboard and medium grades with a basis weight range of 88-176 g/m2 and design speed of 1,370 m/min. The annual capacity will be 465,000 short tons.

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“The Greenpac line at the sister plant of Bear Island has performed very well, and our cooperation with Cascades has been good,” says Mike Gray, vice-president, capital business, North America for Valmet.

“We have been flexibly developing our forming technology further to meet the customer demands.”

The value of the order was not disclosed.