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5 September 2014

Successfull tissue line startup

Kimberly Clark de México S.A.B. de C.V.'s seventh tissue machine, supplied by Valmet, was recently started up at the Bajío mill in San Juan del Rio, Mexico. The new Advantage DCT 200TS tissue line adds 60,000 tpy of high quality tissue paper to the current production of facial, toilet, napkin and towel per year. The project was started in 2013.

The Bajío mill now operates four tissue machines out of which two are supplied by Valmet. The mill produces structured tissue products for the domestic and global markets.

“We are pleased with the overall execution and start-up of the Bajío machine 4. Our internal team of project engineers developed the site, oversaw engineering, procurement and machine installation with very good support from Valmet throughout the process. The machine is currently operating as expected after a very short start-up curve, thanks to the strong involvement by Valmet and the mill’s manufacturing staff,” says Bernardo Aragón, Kimberly Clark de Mexico’s Operations Director.

“This successful project and start-up is another milestone in our excellent relationship with Kimberly Clark de México. The check out and commissioning were done in a record setting pace thanks to very good cooperation and planning. This start-up also marks the first Advantage ViscoNip press in North America as part of an Advantage DCT machine,” says Jan L Larsson, Sales Director, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery

The tissue machine has a width of 5.4 m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min and is optimized to save energy and to enhance final product quality.

Valmet’s delivery included a complete tissue production line featuring stock preparation system and an Advantage DCT 200TS tissue machine. The tissue machine is equipped with an OptiFlo headbox and a cast alloy Yankee cylinder. It is also featured with the Advantage tissue technology including a ViscoNip press for improved press dryness, an AirCap hood with air and heat recovery system as well as a SoftReel reel with center wind assist.

Valmet’s project scope included basic mill engineering, process equipment and process ventilation, as well as the installation supervision, training and commissioning of the new tissue line. The delivery also included an automation package from Metso with the process control system.

Information about Kimberly Clark de México

Kimberly Clark de México S.A. B. de C.V. was founded in 1959 and is the leading tissue producer in Mexico. The company operates five tissue mills in Mexico producing facial, toilet, napkin and towel grades for the domestic consumer & away-from-home markets as well as for exports. Through the new investment the total production capacity of Kimberly-Clark de México will be approximately 700,000 tpy.

Valmet Corporation is a leading global developer and supplier of services and technologies for the pulp, paper and energy industries. Our 11,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers’ performance forward – every day.

Valmet’s services cover everything from maintenance outsourcing to mill and plant improvements and spare parts. Our strong technology offering includes entire pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bio-energy production.

The company has over 200 years of industrial history and was reborn through the demerger of the pulp, paper and power businesses from Metso Group in December 2013. Valmet’s net sales in 2013 were approximately EUR 2.6 billion. Valmet’s objective is to become the global champion in serving its customers.

Valmet’s head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.

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