Metsä Board Expands Capacity at the Husum Folding Boxboard Mill
To meet the growing demand for sustainably produced packaging materials, Metsä Board announced last year an investment to increase the annual folding boxboard production capacity at its Husum mill by 200,000 tons.
To extend the current folding boxboard capacity, detailed engineering at the mill is proceeding and civil works are in progress. The board machine will be extended by 117 feet (54 meters) which requires an extension of the machine hall basement as well. Says Håkan Jonsson, Project Director: “We have constructed a building within the building in order to do the extensive civil demolition work safely while continuing production on BM1.”
The extension of the folding boxboard machine has been planned using simulation and 3D modeling. The dry end area of the board machine will be renewed, and the reel handling will be fully automated. Additional infrastructure improvements will enable a smooth-running operation at the site. All the main machinery purchases for the project have been undertaken with Valmet as the main machinery supplier.
Håkan is excited about the possibilities of the modern technology: “The upcoming fully automatic reel handling is impressive and will enable smooth production flows. We’ve conducted a simulation to make sure that there are no bottlenecks built into the system. The operators will be able to focus on the machine performance and the quality of the paperboard.”
The startup of the renewed board machine is planned for the autumn of 2023 with full production capacity estimated to be by the end of 2025.
Husum is a competitive integrated production site, and the ongoing renewal of the pulp mill will further improve the mill's production efficiency and environmental performance. It provides an excellent platform for increasing paperboard production capacity in a sustainable way in line with Metsä Board’s strategy.
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