Turkish paper producer KMK Paper selects AFT for PM1 approach flow rebuild project at Kahramanmaras mill in Turkey, scheduled for start-up in Q1 2023; PM1 is a two-ply board machine using 100% OCC to produce corrugating medium, linerboard grades

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August 18, 2022 (press release) –

Kahramanmaraş Kağıt Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. (KMK Paper) has selected AFT for their PM1 approach flow rebuild project at the Kahramanmaraş mill. PM1 is a 2-ply board machine using 100% OCC to produce corrugating medium and linerboard grades. The new system is scheduled to start up in the first quarter of 2023.

“As one of the largest paper producers in Turkey, KMK Paper prides itself on continuous improvement using the latest technologies in developing products that are innovative and eco-friendly”, says General Manager Bekir Yemsen.

The PM1 wet end rebuild includes a complete POM approach flow system for both plies, including MaxFlow HB headbox screens, POMix stock processors to feed the paper machine, POMp degassers for air removal, and POMlock drop legs. System engineering and mill site services were also included as part of AFT’s offerings.  

Compared to traditional systems with silos and tanks, the compact POM system runs efficiently with less water, energy and few web breaks. This will enhance the environmental performance of PM1 while providing fast grade changes, process stability and sheet cleanliness.

“We strive to ensure that sustainability is integrated in all KMK products and make our mill investments with this in mind.” Cihangir Hakan OBA, Project Manager at KMK Paper.

“AFT is proud to have been selected for this project and we are looking forward to a successful start-up in the first quarter of 2023”, says Bulent Sendag, Sendag Mumessillik A.S., AFT representative in Turkey.

ABOUT KMK PAPER

Kahramanmaraş Paper Industry Incorp. was founded in Kahramanmaraş in 1988.  The following year it started producing corrugated paperboard with PMI paper machine with a capacity of 40,000 tpa. With the inclusion of PM2 in 1997, grey board production was also started. In the same year, the modernization investment on PM1 increased both quality and total capacity to 150,000 tpa. In the following years with the improvement and modernization works carried out on both PM1 and PM2 lines, the capacity of the facility reached 220.000 tons/year.

PM3 paper machine was commissioned in 2012 in Kütahya 30 Ağustos Organized Industrial Zone in an area of 160.000 m2 , 20.000 m2 of which is closed, and the facility operates with a production capacity of 120.000 tons/year today

After 30 years with the production of corrugated cardboard paper, the production of sheets and boxes made of corrugated cardboard was started in the facility, which was established on a closed area of 30.000 m2 in Kütahya 30 Ağustos Organized Industrial Zone with a capacity of 85.000 tons/year, and an important step was taken towards becoming a fully integrated structure.

Another step for integration was taken in 2020, and the production of paper bags with a capacity of 450.000.000 pieces/year was started in the facility, which in built on a total area of 40.000 m2, of which 16.000 m2 is closed.

Well known for its Fluting and Testliner production for the corrugated paperboard industry, KMK Paper has, since 2002, added to its product portfolio various paperboard and paper products for tissue paper cores, textile, printing, plaster board, and furniture industries, and provides service for the printing-publishing industry.

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