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Vaahto Started up Kama PM7 Succesfully – The First Reels of Coated Paper are manufactured in Russia

VAAHTO GROUP PLC OYJ  PRESS RELEASE  30.11.2011 at 11.15

VAAHTO STARTED UP KAMA PM7 SUCCESFULLY – THE FIRST REELS OF COATED PAPER ARE MANUFACTURED IN RUSSIA

Vaahto paper-making machine PM No 7 up is and running at Kama mill in Krasnokamsk city (Perm region) in Russia. The first coated paper was manufactured on November 3, 2011. Vaahto Paper Technology start-up crew together with Kama professionals confirm that characteristics of paper produced with unique innovative technology meet world standards.

– The manufacture of the first in Russia coated paper is the key point of large LWC-Kama investment project, says Oleg Arminen, JVC “Investlesprom” general director. Investlesprom managed to give the second life to the oldest Russian “Kama” Pulp-and-Paper Mill through setting up on its base a modern unique facility of hardwood processing and production of coated paper. Now there are two enterprises producing unique paper grades in Russia within Investlesprom group: Segezha PPM produces high quality microcrepe sack paper and Kama PPM produces low weight coated (LWC) paper.

– Today the first stage of 6 billion rubles investment project is actually accomplished, continues Vasily Preminin, executive director of JVC “Investlesprom”’s Pulp and Paper Division. In 2008-2011 the following production facilities were built: new woodyard, BCTMP department, coating kitchen, paper-making machine No 7 with the winder and automatic packaging line. The Kama Mill utilizes Manufacturing execution systems (MES).

Estimated LWC production volume is some 86 thousand tons per year. The wire width of the machine is 3700 mm and design speed 1050 m/min.

In light-weighted coated paper manufacture unique technology of making paper out of birch BCTMP is used for the first time in the world. The technology is developed and patented by Investlesprom experts; pilot samples of paper manufactured using this technology, were tested in May 2010 in Moscow at Polygraphic complex “Pushkin square” and highly appreciated by specialists.

Light-weighted coated paper production project is very important for Russia, it is oriented towards meeting domestic customers’ demands and partial replacement of imported paper from Europe and Asia.

Equipment were manufactured in Vaahto´s workshops in Hollola and Tampere in Finland, and Vaahto´s deliveries included also important equipment and services from other remarkable sub-suppliers like Honeywell, TM-Systems, UMV Coating Systems and Gapcon.

Vaahto Paper Technology is part of Vaahto Group, which is a globally operating high technology company serving process industry in the fields of pulp and paper machinery and process machinery.

 

Lahti, November 30, 2011

 

VAAHTO GROUP PLC OYJ

Anssi Klinga

CEO

 

Further information:

Jyrki Strengell

Vaahto Paper Technology

President

Tel: +358 400 613800

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