Valmet to Deliver Bale Tester to Papresa's Paper Mill in Spain

Valmet Oyj will deliver a Bale Tester to Papresa's paper mill in Errentería, Spain, to improve the mill's recycled fiber line performance and reduce operational costs. The delivery, scheduled for Q4 2024, includes the installation of the Valmet Bale Tester On-truck solution with ash and lignin sensors and related software.

author-image
Aqsa Younas Rana
New Update
Valmet to Deliver Bale Tester to Papresa's Paper Mill in Spain

Valmet to Deliver Bale Tester to Papresa's Paper Mill in Spain

Valmet Oyj, a leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation, and services for the pulp, paper, and energy industries, will deliver a Bale Tester to Papresa's paper mill in Errentería, Spain. The delivery, scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2024, aims to improve the mill's recycled fiber line performance and reduce operational costs.

The order was included in Valmet's orders received in the first quarter of 2024, although the specific value of the order has not been disclosed. Papresa, a Spanish paper production company with over 125 years in the market, currently lacks a reliable system to control the quality of recovered paper delivered to the mill.

Why this matters: This development has significant implications for the paper industry's efforts to reduce waste and increase sustainability. As the demand for eco-friendly practices grows, investments in technology like the Bale Tester can have a ripple effect, driving innovation and environmental responsibility throughout the supply chain.

The Valmet Bale Tester measures moisture and other contaminants, such as plastic and ash, in recovered paper, providing real-time data to optimize the production process. Iñaki Sánchez, Mill Manager at Papresa, expressed the company's anticipation for the installation, stating, "We are really looking forward to getting the Valmet Bale Tester installed. We believe that the real-time measurement system will improve the quality of recovered paper delivered to us, leading to a decrease in operational costs and enhanced end-product quality." Alvaro Echevarria, Senior Mill Sales Manager at Valmet, highlighted the Bale Tester's proven track record, noting, "Valmet Bale Tester has been on the market for over 20 years and has a large, global installed base. Based on the vast number of references, it is expected that Papresa will see raw material quality increase, meaning a fast payback for the investment."

The delivery will include the installation of the Valmet Bale Tester On-truck solution, extended with ash and lignin sensors and related software, as well as the system's start-up and a spare parts package. The On-truck model measures raw material samples directly from the bale onboard the truck.

Papresa's Errenteria mill produces 375,000 tonnes of 100% recycled newsprint paper, light fluting, testliner, and other specialties. Valmet, with over 220 years of industrial history and a strong track record in continuous improvement and renewal, reported net sales of approximately EUR 5.5 billion in 2023.

The installation of the Valmet Bale Tester at Papresa's Errentería mill marks a significant step forward in optimizing the recycled fiber line performance and reducing operational costs. With Valmet's extensive experience and the Bale Tester's proven capabilities, Papresa is well-positioned to enhance the quality of its recovered paper and streamline its production process.

Key Takeaways

  • Valmet to deliver Bale Tester to Papresa's paper mill in Spain in Q4 2024.
  • The Bale Tester will improve recycled fiber line performance and reduce operational costs.
  • Papresa lacks a reliable system to control recovered paper quality, which the Bale Tester will address.
  • The Bale Tester measures moisture, contaminants, and provides real-time data to optimize production.
  • The installation aims to increase raw material quality, reduce costs, and enhance end-product quality.