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Smurfit Kappa Colombia has Signed a Contract with PMP for PM#1 Press Part Rebuild

Thursday, Mar 31, 2016

In January 2016, Smurfit Kappa signed another contract with PMP for a press part rebuild of PM#1 in its Mill in Barbosa (Colombia). PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) has been chosen again as a strategic partner supporting Smurfit Kappa’s development.

PM#1 currently produces Testliner & Fluting of daily capacity 270 t/d. PM#1 will be supplied with state-of-the-art new technological items provided by PMP. The project driving force is modern technology that ensures energy savings solutions following global trends. Additionally, excellent paper quality is expected.

Project goals are focused on generating energy savings, improving PM#1’s runnability, and increasing paper properties as well as its annual capacity by 31%. The main idea is to apply a state-of-the-art Intelli Tri-Nip® Press Section with an Intelli-Nip® Shoe Press. The shoe press technology is going to play a key role in the final success, bringing ultra-high dryness (from 44% before rebuild, up to 52% after press. It is important to mention that 1% more dryness after press brings 4% steam saving in the dryer section. The shoe press technology enables significant improvement of paper properties (especially bulk & bursting strength) and significantly supports PM#1’s runnability increase.

PMP’s scope of delivery includes the Intelli Tri-Nip® Press section with the Intelli-Nip® Shoe Module (design nip load 1400 kN/m, shoe press module type 1300). A compact design of a new press section Intelli Tri-Nip® will ensure reduction of open draws and significantly increase PM#1’s runnability. Intelli-Nip® shoe press has been already appreciated by paper mills worldwide (just to mention recent PMP projects in USA, Mexico, China, Russia and Poland), due to its reliable performance confirmed by patented solutions, top sheet dryness level (up to 53%) resulting in significant steam consumption savings and user-friendliness. Scope of delivery in the case of the Smurfit Kappa project also covers Intelli-DCR® (Deflection-Compensation Roll), PM auxiliaries systems such as PM controls & panels, mechanical drives, machine pulper, as well as base plates and spare parts. Structural machine components will be designed for a design speed of 1000 m/min. PMP will also be responsible for on-site services, including on-site erection and start-up supervision. The delivery is scheduled for November 2016, followed by erection on site and start-up by the turn of 2016/2017.

This particular project is an example where PMP’s technological knowledge combined with high-tech equipment can become a key factor to achieve common success. This project is also another step forward in partnership development between PMP and Smurfit Kappa.

About Smurfit Kappa:

Smurfit Kappa is one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging solutions in the world, with around 45,000 employees in approximately 370 production sites across 34 countries and with revenue of €8.1 billion in 2015. Smurfit Kappa is located in 21 countries in Europe, and 13 in The Americas. Company is the only large-scale pan-regional player in Latin America. With their pro-active team, they relentlessly use extensive experience and expertise, supported by their scale, to open up opportunities for customers. Smurfit Kappa collaborate with forward thinking customers by sharing superior product knowledge, market understanding and insights in packaging trends to ensure business success in their markets. Company has an unrivalled portfolio of paper-packaging solutions, which is constantly updated with our market-leading innovations. This is enhanced through the benefits of their integration, with optimal paper design, logistics, timeliness of service, and packaging plants sourcing most of their raw materials from their own paper mills. Smurfit Kappa products, which are 100% renewable and produced sustainably, improve the environmental footprint of their customers. (learn more:

About PMP:

PMP – a global provider of tissue, paper & board technology, has been supporting pulp and paper industry for over 160 years, executing projects on 6 continents, in 29 countries. Company with headquarters in Jelenia Góra, Poland, owns 6 facilities in 4 countries (Poland, USA, China, Italy). PMP is a recognized international player in both paper & tissue industry. At the end of December 2015, PMP introduced new branding initiative including launching a new logo & visual identity.


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