Rhein Papier sets new world speed record for newsprint on PM No. 1 at its Hürth, Germany, paper mill following Voith optimization

HEIDENHEIM, Germany , April 27, 2009 (press release) – Rhein Papier has set a new world speed record for newsprint on PM 1 at their mill in Hürth.

On 10th March 2009, an average speed of 2,010 m/min was achieved over a period of 24 hours during the production of standard newsprint with a basis weight of 42.5 g/m2. The time efficiency was around 95.2%.

Over a period of 20 hours even a maximum speed of 2,015 m/min was reached, which shows the potential of this machine.

This new world record is the result of the efforts made by Rhein Papier to further optimize the machine with respect to productivity and runnability.

PM 1 went on stream in July 2002 and produces newsprint from 100% recovered paper in a basis weight range of 40-52 g/m² on a wire width of 8,900 mm. This is a machine with a DuoFormer TQv, a Tandem NipcoFlex Press, a TopDuoRun dryer section, an EcoSoft calender and a Sirius reel. The machine concept of the Voith paper machine was drawn up based on the proven One Platform Concept.

Voith Paper is a Division of the Voith Group and the leading partner to and a pioneer in the paper industry. Thanks to continuous innovation, Voith Paper optimizes the paper production process, focusing on the development of resource-saving products to reduce the consumption of energy, water and fibers.

More than one third of the world's paper production is manufactured on Voith Paper machines. Voith sets standards in the paper, energy, mobility and service markets. Formed on January 1, 1867, it has a current workforce of 43,000, sales of EUR 4.9 billion and over 270 locations worldwide, and is one of the largest family-owned enterprises in Europe.

Voith is the official partner to the initiative "Germany - The Land of Ideas".

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