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Saica starts up 400,000 TPA containerboard line in the UK

SAICA11The Metso-supplied complete containerboard production line, PM 11, for Saica Containerboard UK Ltd., successfully came on stream on January 15, 2012 at Partington, near Manchester in the United Kingdom. The record-breaking start-up speed was 1,105 m/min with a basis weight of 95 g/m2. Three days later, on January 18, the first sellable paper reels were produced and tested, leaving the mill and reaching the first customers shortly afterwards.

The new 8.2-m-wide PM 11 has an annual production capacity of approximately 400,000 tonnes of lightweight testliner and fluting grades in the basis weight range of 75 to 125 g/m2, out of 100% recycled raw material. The design speed is 1,700 m/min.

Metso’s delivery included a complete OptiConcept board making line from headbox to reel with an approach flow system, pulpers, air systems, press section clothing as well as a high-capacity WinDrum Pro winder. A comprehensive Metso DNA automation package comprised process, machine and quality controls as well as machine condition monitoring. A Metso DNA process control system was also supplied for the mill’s new heat and power station and effluent treatment plant.

Saica Containerboard UK Ltd., is a subsidiary of SAICA, a privately owned Spanish company and a world leader in the production of corrugated containerboard from recovered paper. The company currently employs over 8,000 people in Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Ireland and the UK. SAICA has an annual turnover of EUR 1.8 billion.

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