In early 2017, Voith received an order for six BlueLine OCC stock preparation lines from Nine Dragons, the largest manufacturer of packaging paper in Asia. With the recently commissioned PM 41 at the customer’s Hebei site, five Voith BlueLine OCC lines, each with a production capacity of 2,000 tons per day, have now been successfully launched. The handover of the sixth line is planned for 2022.
Nine Dragons is leading the industry in sustainable paper manufacturing based on the management philosophy “no environmental management, no papermaking.” The continuous expansion of new production capacity benefits Nine Dragons in strengthening its leading position in the packaging industry.
The five OCC stock preparation lines are the sole expansion that Nine Dragons has carried out over the past three years. Voith received the contract as the full-line supplier to deliver the entire approach flow systems together with the complete stock preparation portfolio.
While China is implementing restrictions on recovered fiber imports and stringent environmental regulations, papermakers are partnering up with suppliers who are offering leading sustainable solutions and technology in plant operations and stock preparation. Voith’s complete OCC solution creates sustainable and eco-friendly competitive production lines with 15 to 20 percent reduction in energy consumption and at least 0.5 percent fiber savings.
The Nine Dragons project demonstrates Voith’s ability to collaborate and manage the installation and commissioning of multiple orders on time, even under a tight project schedule and with the impact of COVID-19. When the pandemic strongly affected the project due to traffic and logistics interruption, Voith used all means of communication to collaborate with its customer. With a proactive and problem-solving attitude, the Voith team successfully completed the projects.