Stora Enso to convert paper machine to linerboard

Stora Enso plans to convert a paper machine at its Oulu mill in Finland from fine paper to virgin linerboard. The company has placed an order for an extensive paper machine grade conversion rebuild with Valmet Oyj.

The value of the order will not be disclosed, Valmet said.

The project is part of Stora Enso`s investment plan to transform to higher profitability business with grade conversion projects. The Oulu mill will cease to produce wood-free coated papers by the end of 2020. The start-up of the rebuilt PM 7 is scheduled for the end of 2020.

“The conversion of Oulu Mill will enable Stora Enso to further improve its position in the growing packaging business and we are taking a major step forward in our transformation,” said Ari Saarnio, project director for Stora Enso.

Valmet said its s delivery will include a new world-class production line for virgin-fiber based kraftliner (both brown and white-top). The annual capacity will be 495,000 short tons.

The paper machine was originally supplied by Valmet in 1997.

The Oulu mill, in northern Finland, currently produces wood-free coated paper and bleached softwood pulp.

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