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Valmet to supply automation system for new Kemira production line


January 11, 2017
By P&PC Staff

Jan. 10, 2017 – Valmet will supply a Valmet DNA automation and information management system for Kemira’s new sodium chlorate production line under construction in Joutseno, Finland, which will control the production process and “ensure reliable operation.”

The system will be delivered this April and the delivery will include installation, commissioning and training.

Kari Karppinen, sales director, automation business line, Valmet, said the company has “cooperated closely” with the plant since the early 1990s.

The new chlorate production unit is expected to be in operation during Q4 2017. Sodium chlorate is the raw material for chlorine dioxide, which is produced on-site at the pulp mills and is the primary bleaching agent for kraft pulp.

“The choice of a supplier was influenced by various factors, such as the skills of our staff, life-cycle stages of our present systems and integration synergies with them, as well as the expected lifetime costs. Additionally, the reliability of our present systems supported the choice,” said Tony Granqvist, Kemira electrical automation manager.