After a complete overhaul of a fire-damaged TMP line Holmen restarted PM 11 at its Hallsta mill in Sweden
Holmen restarted PM 11 at its Hallsta mill in Sweden. The company said that PM 11 was up and running, producing uncoated magazine and catalogue paper (330,000 tpy) after it had been down for 99 days due to a fire that broke out on 20 November last year at the mill's pulp line. The plant's TMP line restarted working on the evening of 26 February and the paper machine two days later. Holmen had to stop PM 11 because the machine's TMP production line that was damaged by the fire last November had to undergo a complete overhaul.
Daniel Peltonen, mill manager at Hallsta, said that the rebuild had not been an easy task, however the mill was producing paper again earlier than expected. Currently pulp production is running at approximately 75 % and is expected to return to full output after the restart of the fourth and final refiner, scheduled for the end of March.
Holmen said that it would start scheduling customer production of its Holmen XLNT Elite, XLNT Classic and VIEW paper grades on PM 11. Deliveries to customers are to begin in April, after final qualifications and test prints.