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Pratt Industries Orders New Board Production Line from Valmet

The OptiConcept M board production lines are resource-efficient as they are designed for more sustainable paper and board making as they use lesser water, electricity, and raw materials.

October 19, 2021

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Pratt Industries for its mill in Henderson, Kentucky, USA, has made a repeat order of an OptiConcept M board production line from Valmet. The line will utilise 100 percent recycled paper products to produce lightweight, high-strength containerboard and corrugated board grades.

It will be the third-order by Pratt for the OptiConcept M board production line. Earlier, Valmet had delivered the orders of PM 16 and PM 17, which were started up in the years 2015 and 2019 respectively. The start-up of the PM 18 is scheduled for 2023.

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The order is included in Valmet’s orders received for the third quarter of 2021. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type is typically around USD 93.34-105 million (EUR 80-90 million).

Valmet’s OptiConcept M board making lines are designed for more sustainable paper and board making; they use less water, electricity, and raw materials.

“Our paper mills are 100 percent recycled, which is important since recycling is an important tool against climate change. The Henderson mill, which will be one of the most technologically advanced in the world, will produce more than 1,500 tons, about 1,360 metric tons, of recycled paper every day, saving the equivalent of over 25,000 trees or two football field of trees every 24 hours,” says Anthony Pratt, Executive Chairman in Pratt Industries.

“The start-ups of the previous Valmet-supplied OptiConcept M machines, PM 16 in Valparaiso, Indiana, and PM 17 in Wapakoneta, Ohio, were exceptional. The mill in Henderson, Kentucky, will be one of the world’s most advanced, environmentally friendly 100% recycled paper mills. All three board machines showcase the latest technology in 21st-century papermaking and they nicely support the sustainability aspects of Pratt Industries,” says Ed Kersey, General Manager, Pratt Paper Ohio at Pratt Industries.

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Valmet’s scope of delivery will also include an approach flow system and a headbox to a winder in addition to Valmet Industrial Internet solutions, automation, and services.

The new machine PM 18 will be larger than PM 16 and PM 17 with a wire width of 8.3 meters and a design speed of 1,100 m/min. It will produce corrugating medium and linerboard grades with a basis weight range of around 112-170 g/m2. The daily capacity will be around 1,360 metric tons.