Metsä Fibre partners with Metso on valves for new bioproduct mill

Metso will deliver more than 1,000 valves and peripheral devices to Metsä Fibere's new bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland.

The nearly $1.3 billion pulp mill -- the largest investment in the history of Finnish forestry -- will produce high-quality pulp, tall oil, turpentine, lignin products, bioelectricity and wood fuel.

All of the valves in the plant will be Metso products, including Neles ball valves, segment and butterfly valves for on-off and control applications, and Neldisc butterfly valves for manual on-off duty. Metso will also provide Neles ND9000 series intelligent valve controllers that enable predictive maintenance for control valves. The company said the digital valve monitors will help diagnose optimal timing for value maintenance while also managing other product metrics.

“We are very pleased that Metsä Fibre trusts our valve expertise,” Metso Vice President of Pulp and Paper Mika Sjöholm said. “The design of the bioproduct mill puts special emphasis on minimized emissions, low specific water consumption, and high energy and material efficiency, among other things. The availability and efficiency of the production processes can be maximized by utilizing optimally selected, reliable valve solutions."

Metso will also provide customized spare parts and maintenance support.

"Our valve production plant and our experts in Vantaa will play an important role in the manufacturing process of the new mill's products,” Sjöholm said. “We will use our global valve operations network in an optimal manner to offer competitive solutions to Metsä Fibre. The comprehensive valve maintenance services and our service center close to the customer ensure trouble-free production at the new mill,"

Metso's deliveries will start at the beginning of 2016, and the bioproduct mill will start its operations in the third quarter of 2017.

Metso said about 75 percent of the world's pulp flows through Metso valves.

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