Turkish paper company Batı Kipas Kagıt Sanayi Isletmeleri taps Valmet to deliver paper machine clothing for new board machine at mill in Söke, Turkey; PM3 to produce recycled fluting, testliner, kraft top testliner grades when it starts up by year-end

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April 25, 2023 (press release) –

Valmet will deliver a comprehensive paper machine clothing package to the new board making line (PM 3) of Batı Kipas Kagıt Sanayi İsletmeleri in Söke, Turkey. The customer selected Valmet’s paper machine clothing to ensure a successful start-up of their new Valmet board making line later this year. The package corresponds to a clothing consumption of several years.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the first quarter 2023. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The PMC start-up package will be delivered by the end of 2023.

Batı Kipas Kagıt’s new board machine PM 3 will be a showcase of Valmet’s high-level technical innovations. After the inauguration of the newest board making line, the facility will be one of the largest in Europe with a production capacity of 1,868 tonnes per day. The start-up of the PM 3 is scheduled to take place at the end of 2023.

“The machine will set new standards within the industry. We are happy to continue our strong collaboration with Batı Kipas Kagıt and will do our best to support the customer to successfully start up the newest member of their fleet,” says Huseyin-Feyzi Gunal, Product Sales Manager, EMEA, Valmet.

Valmet’s paper machine clothing is developed hand in hand with the constantly advancing technology in board and paper machines. The challenges are tackled with focused R&D, technical and application expertise. The custom-designed fabrics at the right position improve the machine performance and output.

Technical information about the delivery

Valmet’s paper machine clothing package for the start-up of the customer’s new container board line includes forming fabricspress feltsshoe press belts and dryer fabrics. During the first years, the machine will run solely with Valmet’s clothing.

About the customer

Kipaş Kağit Sanayi Isletmeleri A.Ş. started as a joint venture of Kipaş Holding in 2011 and produces high-quality containerboard paper from wastepaper. Kipaş has two paper machines: PM 1 in Kahramanmaraş with an annual production capacity of 450,000 tons and PM 2 in Söke with a production capacity of 720,000 tons of coated grades.

Kipaş is currently installing another Valmet containerboard machine in Söke with a scheduled start-up at the end of 2023. The new 9,100-mm-wide (wire) board machine will produce recycled fluting, testliner and kraft top testliner grades with a basis weight range of 60–110 g/m2. The design speed of the machine will be 1,800 m/min and the annual capacity approximately 650,000 tons.

Corporate Communications 

For further information, please contact:
Huseyin-Feyzi Gunal, Product Sales Manager, EMEA, Valmet, email: huseyin-feyzi.gunal@valmet.com

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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