DS Smith to modify existing vacuum system on PM2 at Duenas paper mill in Spain with three Runtech EP Turbo Blowers to help reduce mill's CO2 footprint; delivery also includes EcoDrop water separators, EcoFlow Multi dewatering measurement, engineering

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September 8, 2022 (press release) –

DS Smith Spain, S.A, Dueñas Paper Mill, will modify the existing vacuum system on PM2 with three EP Turbo Blowers. Delivery also includes EcoDrop water separators, EcoFlow Multi dewatering measurement with eight measurement points and detailed engineering. 

Maria Berzosa, Plant Manager at Dueñas Paper Mill said:

“We are delighted to be working with Runtech Systems, and the new equipment helps us reduce the CO2 footprint of our paper making operation in Dueñas. It contributes to DS Smith’s commitment to reduce Scope 1, 2 and 3 Green House Gas emissions by 46% on an absolute basis by 2030, compared to 2019 levels, and reach Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050.”

“Together we have worked to find an optimal solution to meet operational targets and to ensure good return on investment. Replacing the liquid ring pumps will surely contribute also to the company sustainability goals, not only by decreasing energy consumption but also by eliminating the usage of seal water,” said Lari Lampila, Sales Manager, Runtech Systems.

Energy-efficient, completely water-free RunEco is an ideal vacuum solution for industrial paper machine vacuum applications. Less energy and no water contribute to lower CO2 emissions and smaller carbon footprint. EcoFlow dewatering measurement are designed to measure water flows online accurately and are not sensitive to entrained air or foaming. Measuring dewatering rate enables vacuum level optimization, resulting in maximized sheet dryness after the press section.

About DS Smith

DS Smith is a leading provider of sustainable fibre-based packaging worldwide, which is supported by recycling and papermaking operations. It plays a central role in the value chain across sectors including e-commerce, fast moving consumer goods and industrials. Through its purpose of ‘Redefining Packaging for a Changing World’ and its Now and Next sustainability strategy, DS Smith is committed to leading the transition to the circular economy, while delivering more circular solutions for its customers and wider society – replacing problem plastics, taking carbon out of supply chains and providing innovative recycling solutions. Its bespoke box-to-box in 14 days model, design capabilities and innovation strategy sit at the heart of this response. Headquartered in London and a member of the FTSE 100, DS Smith operates in 34 countries employing around 30,000 people and is a Strategic Partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Its history can be traced back to the box-making businesses started in the 1940s by the Smith family.

Dueñas Paper Mill is located between Valladolid and Palencia in northern Spain. Dueñas specializes in white top testliner, both coated and uncoated. PM2 produces 124,000 tons/year with a maximum speed of 1,050 m/min.


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