The Startup of 4,250-mm-wide New Coated Board Machine at JK Paper is scheduled for the end of 2020

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The Startup of 4,250-mm-wide New Coated Board Machine at JK Paper is Scheduled for the end of 2020

Gujarat |September 12, 2019 | The Pulp and Paper Times: The Proposed enhancement of capacity of JK Paper’s Songadh unit for coated Board production, JK Paper has shortlisted Valmet to supply a board machine with extensive automation and Industrial Internet package for JK Paper Limited’s Fort Songadh Mill in India.

“To increase our market share on the growing Indian market, we wanted to invest in coated board technology we could really rely on. For this reason, we tested the technology concepts at Valmet’s pilot facilities. We are also planning to use the piloting services to further develop our paper board products later in the project. Valmet’s know-how on coated board making with a long list of good references further strengthened our decision,” says S.K. Jain, Head of Packaging Board Project, JK Paper Limited.

By investing in the latest coated board technology, JK Paper targets to increase its market share on a growing Indian market and to serve the market with more local supply. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for the end of 2020.

“I’m really pleased that Valmet was chosen as the main supplier in this project. In addition to board machine technologies, we will deliver a large scope of chemical systems – our first chemical system delivery in India. Our strong know-how on special coating and excellent wet end technology references in India and other countries in Asia further contributed to reaching the agreement,” says Varun Jain, Director, India Region, Valmet.

JK Papers Ltd will set up a new manufacturing plant in Gujarat at an investment of Rs 1,500 crore. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed with the Gujarat government to set up the new plant that will have an annual capacity of three lakh tons annually at a cost of Rs 1,500 crore, JK Papers Ltd said in a statement.

The agreement would facilitate the expansion of JK Papers' Songadh unit in Tapi district. The Songadh unit will witness an increase in pulp processing capacity from 60,000 TPA (tonne per annum ) to 1,60,000 TPA and packaging board from 1,00,800 TPA to 3,00,800 TPA. The plant will focus on producing multi-layer coated board paper and will produce some paper for the first time in India, it said, adding that the full expansion of the plant is expected to be completed by December next year.

Technical details about the delivery

Valmet’s delivery will include a new coated board machine from the headboxes to reel with air dryers, chemical systems, heat recovery and other board making systems. The coating is applied in multiple coating stations including a technologically advanced Opti Coat Layer coating station, which applies two coating layers simultaneously. A disc filter by Valmet’s new Mill Process Solutions Business Unit (former GL&V) and a vast automation system package with Valmet Performance Center (VPC) services with on-demand expert support will also be included in the delivery.

The 4,250-mm-wide (wire) board machine will produce folding boxboard, solid bleached board (SBS) as well as cup and barrier board grades.

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