Kemira has been awarded a start-up contract in the Woops project of Stora Enso Varkaus mill in Finland. During the project the current fine paper machine will be converted into kraft liner production. The machine conversion will take place in August-September 2015, and the start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for Q4/2015.
The rebuilt machine will have a production capacity of 390 000 Mt/a of high quality kraft liner. Kemira supplies the machine with retention and drainage chemistries, sizing agents and various process chemicals.
”This deal is a good example of our focus to supply process chemicals for growing packaging board production globally”, says Harri Eronen, VP, Sales & Technical Service, Paper EMEA. “Due to our strong application knowhow, large reference base and experience in packaging boards Kemira is well positioned to serve the packaging industry.”
In addition to start-up chemicals, Kemira provides relevant expertise and knowledge to support Stora Enso Varkaus mill to reach the desired quality and productivity targets of the new board grade.
“Woops is an important project for Kemira, and we will work closely together with Stora Enso Varkaus mill to solve any challenges of the conversion as well as to ensure optimal performance of the machine”, says Kimmo Strengell, Marketing Manager, Paper, EMEA. “We have unique expertise in applying chemicals and supporting board producers to constantly improve their operational efficiency and product quality.”