Pöyry awarded detailed design assignment for major rebuild of a paper machine for Sappi North America

22 March 2017

Sappi has awarded Pöyry the detailed design for the rebuild of its No. 1 Paper Machine at its Somerset paper manufacturing facility in Skowhegan, Maine, USA.  The rebuild will impact nearly every component of the machine from pulp makedown to finishing and shipping.

The $165MM USD capital project will expand Sappi North America's manufacturing capabilities and flexibility to include a variety of consumer packaging grades. The investment of its No. 1 paper machine will maintain Sappi's leadership position in the graphic paper market, increasing annual production capacity at this mill to nearly one million tons per year.

"Somerset's existing world class infrastructure, together with its talented workforce and access to high quality fiber, makes the mill an excellent and obvious choice for this investment," said Mark Gardner, President and CEO of Sappi North America.  "By tapping into Pöyry's expertise on this important project, we are increasing our flexibility and expanding the paper mill's capability and capacity, ensuring that we continue to make superior products for years to come."

The planned project at the Somerset Mill in Maine is expected to come online early in 2018.

"This is an important project, as well as a key significant new reference project for conversion to paper-based packaging and graphic paper production.  It is the result of a long-lasting key client relationship, and builds on our experience gained from over ten other recent conversion projects implemented by Pöyry," says Michael Hooyman, Managing Director of Pöyry's Appleton-based operation.

The value of the order has not been disclosed. The order stock will be recognised within the Regional Operations order stock in Q1/2017.


Vilho Salovaara, President of Pöyry's Regional Operation in North America
+1 514 341 3221

Michael Hooyman
Managing Director, Pöyry (Appleton) LLC, Regional Operations North America
+1 920 954 2374      

Tony Saitta
Project Manager, Pöyry (Appleton) LLC, Regional Operations North America
+1 514 341 3221

Rebecca Bleasdale
Head of Communications, Pöyry PLC
+41 78 643 2613

Did you know that Pöyry is number one in pulp & paper in the world (Source: ENR 2016) and has delivered projects for 80% of the world's major pulp & paper companies.


About Pöyry

Pöyry is an international consulting and engineering company.  We deliver smart solutions across power generation, transmission & distribution, forest industry, chemicals & biorefining, mining & metals, transportation and water. Pöyry's net sales in 2016 were EUR 530 million. The company's shares are quoted on Nasdaq Helsinki (POY1V). Approximately 5,500 experts; 40 countries; 130 offices.


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