Start-up of the machine is planned for the end of 2022.
ST Paper acquired the idled Duluth mill from Verso Corp. in May with the intention to convert the mill’s production from specialty paper grades to tissue. ST Paper has already successfully converted two fine paper machines into tissue machines at its Franklin, Virginia facility. Andritz was a key supplier on paper machine rebuild projects at the Franklin mill.
The Andritz tissue machine to be delivered to Duluth is a PrimeLine W 2000, with a design speed of 2,000 meters per minute and a working width of 5.65 meters to produce a range of bath, napkin and towel grades.
Andritz said the order includes:
- The approach flow equipment with double dilution capability for excellent fiber preparation;
- A fully cantilevered PrimePress XT Evo shoe press for gentle dewatering;
- A 16 foot PrimeDry Steel Yankee with head insulation, steam and condensate systems and high-performance Yankee hood and process air systems for energy-efficient drying;
- Mist extraction and dust removal systems for safe operation and;
- A PrimeReel standard reel with turn-up equipment for excellent end product quality.
“We partnered with Andritz because they offered state-of-the-art tissue machine technologies with a focus on optimized energy consumption and a commitment to achieve our project goals,” said Sharad Tak, founder and principal partner of ST Paper.
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