DS Smith recently announced a multiyear EUR 145 million package of investments to upgrade its kraft paper mill in Viana, Portugal. The investment includes the rebuild of the existing paper machine by suppliers Voith and Valmet and a brand-new state-of-the-art recovery boiler which will be one of the most modern in Europe.
Apr 19, 2023
Leading provider of sustainable packaging solutions DS Smith has announced an upgrade program to its kraft paper mill in Viana, Portugal. A multiyear EUR 145 million package of investments will include the rebuild of the existing paper machine by suppliers Voith and Valmet and a brand-new state of the art recovery boiler which will be one of the most modern in Europe. This investment package is contributing to DS Smith’s target to reduce Scope 1, 2 and 3 GreenHouse Gas (GHG) emissions and to reach Net Zero emissions by 2050.
The boiler will improve environmental performance by enhancing steam efficiency at the mill by 25%, with steam from the boiler being recycled back into the mill. The start-up of the new boiler, provided by market leader Valmet, is expected to be in early 2025. The new boiler will also support the rebuild of the mill’s paper machine, PM4, increasing both its speed and capacity and ensuring that Viana mill will continue to play a key role in meeting the rising demand for plastic replacement solutions, with the rebuild allowing for the production of new and innovative papers to support customers’ evolving demand for more sustainable packaging solutions.