Billerud taps Valmet to deliver complete atmospheric diffuser rebuild to Skärblacka mill in Sweden in May 2024 to optimize washing, prepare mill for future capacity increases; mill produces white machine glazed kraft paper, brown sack paper, fluting

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August 17, 2023 (press release) –

Valmet Oyj’s trade press release on August 17, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. EEST

Valmet will deliver a complete atmospheric diffuser rebuild to Billerud’s Skärblacka mill in Sweden. The delivery is scheduled to take place in May 2024.

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

Skärblacka mill’s original washer was delivered by Valmet in 1973. The rebuild will secure the washer’s performance and availability for years to come and prepare the mill for future capacity increases.

“We have established a long-lasting relationship with Valmet and have learned to trust their expertise. We have confidence in Valmet’s technology and found their solution superior to the alternatives,” says Samuel Wirzén, Project Manager at Billerud’s Skärblacka mill.

“We are happy that Skärblacka chose Valmet to supply washer technology. We believe that our solution will be both valuable to the mill and prolong the lifespan of their machine,” says Lennart Montonen, Sales Manager, Pulp Solutions, EMEA Area at Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery

The rebuild will include a complete technology upgrade and an installation of a Valmet Atmospheric Diffuser Kit, leading to optimized washing and increased capacity.

Photo: Billerud's media portal

About the customer Billerud

Billerud provides paper and packaging materials made from virgin fiber – passionately committed to sustainability, quality, and customer value. The Skärblacka mill produces white machine glazed kraft paper, brown sack paper and fluting and runs two laboratories specialized in developing packaging for food and medical products. The company has ten production units in Sweden, the USA and Finland with around 6,100 employees in over 13 countries and customers in over 100 countries. Billerud has an annualized turnover of approximately SEK 42.6 billion.

Corporate Communications 

For further information, please contact:
Lennart Montonen, Sales Manager, EMEA Scandinavia Sales Pulp Solutions, EMEA Area, Valmet, tel. +46 54 142328, email:
Robert Carlström, Global Technology Manager, Chemical pulping, Services business line, Valmet, tel. +46 54 142151, email:

More information: Process upgrades for cooking and fiberline | Valmet

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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