Valmet will supply an extensive paper machine grade conversion rebuild with a wide scope of automation and services for Cascades’ Bear Island mill in Virginia, the United States. In the project, paper machine PM 1, designed to produce newspaper, will be rebuilt to produce high-quality, lightweight, 100 percent recycled linerboard and medium grades for the North American market. The start-up of the rebuilt paper machine is scheduled for the end of 2022.
“Valmet’s technology and references were the key reasons for achieving this agreement of a grade conversion rebuild. The Greenpac line at the sister plant of Bear Island has performed very well, and our cooperation with Cascades has been good. We have been flexibly developing our forming technology further to meet the customer demands,” says Mike Gray, Vice President, Capital Business, North America, Valmet.
The ~8,500-mm wide (wire) containerboard machine PM 1 will produce recycled linerboard and medium grades with a basis weight range of 88-176 g/m2 and design speed of 1,370 m/min. The annual capacity will be 465,000 short tons.
Founded in 1964, Cascades offers sustainable, innovative and value-added packaging, hygiene and recovery solutions. The Company employs approximately 12,000 people across a network of close to 90 facilities in North America and Europe.