Espoo, Finland 09 June 2016 -- Valmet will supply two Valmet IQ Moisturizer systems to SAICA's corrugated board converting plants in El Prat, Spain, and Beaulac, France. By installing Valmet's advanced moisturizing technology in their corrugators, SAICA's plants will be able to reduce corrugated board warping and consequently reduce waste and improve productivity in their converting processes.
The order was included in Valmet's first quarter 2016 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. A moisturizer is usually valued below EUR 1 million. The deliveries will take place during the third quarter of 2016.
"After many years of successful experiences working together with Valmet's automation solutions on paper production, Saica Group celebrates Valmet movement towards the introduction of automation technology on corrugators to ensure board quality as well as line production efficiency. The collaboration of the two companies' innovation technology teams is resulting on reliable control systems working on line and this order is a proof of our satisfaction," says Federico Asensio, Saica Group, Director, R&D and innovation.
"Entering paper and board converting with the Valmet IQ quality control solutions is one of Valmet's growth initiatives. We have earlier supplied a moisturizer system to SAICA's converting plant in Viana, Spain. A repeat order from SAICA is now proof that we are on the right track for delivering proven, value-adding quality control solutions also for the converting industry," states Jari Almi, Director, Quality Management Solutions, Automation, Valmet.
Technical information about Valmet IQ Moisturizer
Valmet's delivery includes two Valmet IQ Moisturizers that are part of the Valmet IQ product family for monitoring and optimizing process performance and end product quality.
Valmet IQ Moisturizer is a moisturizing system with applications for moisture cross-direction profiling, warp (curl) control and smooth moisture level increase. It features an air atomized micro droplet spray nozzle, a linear water control valve and excessive spray mist removal system.
Information about the customer SAICA
SAICA Group has three business areas: paper mills (Paper), collection of recyclable materials (Natur) and corrugated paper pack containers (Pack). The consolidated sales figures of the Spanish company for year 2015 were EUR 2,378 million. SAICA Group is a leading company in Europe in the manufacturing of containerboard paper, corrugating board with a capacity of almost 2.5 million tons of paper and more than 2.400 million square meters of corrugated board. The company has more than 8,800 employees at present in Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, United Kingdom, Ireland and Turkey.
Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.
Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.
Valmet's net sales in 2015 were approximately EUR 2.9 billion. Our 12,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.