Metso will supply Norske Skog with a grade conversion rebuild from newsprint to lightweight coated (LWC) grades of their PM 2 machine at their Boyer mill in Tasmania, Australia. The rebuilt production line will be fully operational after several phases of rebuild during the first quarter of 2014. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
The main target of the rebuild is to convert the newsprint machine into a competitive lightweight coated paper (LWC) production line. The delivery also includes a cooperation agreement aimed at achieving key objectives of the conversion.
The future capacity of the PM 2 machine after the rebuild will be 140,000 tonnes per year of lightweight coated grades.
Metso’s delivery will include a rebuild of the existing machine calender and a new ValSizer sizing section, a coating preparation and supply system, a TurnDry Compact air dryer, an OptiLoad calender, a ValReel reeler, a WinBelt C winder and parent roll handling equipment.
The order is included in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power fourth quarter 2012 orders received.
Norske Skog has 11 wholly and partly-owned mills in 9 countries and is one of the world’s largest producers of publication papers like newspapers, magazines and periodicals as well as grades for advertising purposes. Norske Skog is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange and had 5,100 employees at year-end 2011.