Arauco orders new refiner with chip washer capacity of 28 ton/h from Valmet for its new US$235M MDF plant in Zitácuaro, Mexico; start-up of the system is planned for Q4 2024

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May 16, 2023 (press release) –

Valmet Oyj’s trade press release on May 10, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. EEST

Valmet will deliver a new refiner with chip washer capacity of 28 ton/h to ARAUCO’s new MDF plant located in Zitácuaro, Mexico. The start-up of the system is planned for the last quarter of 2024.

The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the first quarter 2023. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

“We are proud to have had the opportunity to supply Valmet’s spear head defibrator system technology to ARAUCO’s new mill site in Mexico. We are looking forward to further deepening the relationship and developing new projects and investments together in the future,” says Leif Sundberg, Sales Manager, Fiberline Sales, Pulp and Energy business line, Valmet.

“For us at ARAUCO, incorporating technology that guarantees both safety and quality is always the main priority. Our growth depends on a safe operation and technology such as Valmet’s, giving us a solid foundation to produce quality boards for the Mexican market,” says Jose Manuel Hernández, the CEO of ARAUCO México.

Information about the delivery
Valmet’s delivery includes all main machinery of the second-generation EVO 64 Defibrator system and chip washing, related motors as well as process design and engineering. The delivery also includes commissioning, installation, and start-up advisory.

Valmet’s defibrators are equipped with a patented grinding house that is unique in the industry. This feature enables both energy and resin savings, providing low operating costs and resulting in an environmentally friendly defibrator system for the production of high-quality wood fibers to MDF.

Information about the customer ARAUCO
ARAUCO is a global leader in sustainable forestry, being the first forestry company in the world to achieve a Carbon Neutral certification. ARAUCO is the main board producer in North America, leading the trends in decors and melamine boards for architectural and interior design solutions. The company operates in the forestry, pulp, lumber, plywood, composite panels, millwork, and renewable energy businesses. The company has a revenue of about USD 7 billion. The company operates altogether 42 sawmills, panel mills and pulp mills in North America, South America, Europe and South Africa.

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For further information, please contact:
Carl Mikael Stål, Technical and Operation Manager, SA Andes Region, South America Area, tel. +56 998266255
Leif Sundberg, Sales Manager, Fiberline Sales, Pulp and Energy business line, tel. +46 60165317

Valmet is a leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. With our automation systems and flow control solutions we serve an even wider base of process industries. Our 17,500 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers’ performance forward – every day.

The company has over 220 years of industrial history and a strong track record in continuous improvement and renewal. In 2022, a major milestone was achieved when the flow control company Neles was merged into Valmet. Valmet’s net sales in 2022 were approximately EUR 5.1 billion. 

Valmet’s shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki and the head office is in Espoo, Finland.    

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