Valmet to supply Valmet IQ Moisturizer to DS Smith Contoire-Hamel in France

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Valmet Oyj’s trade press release on March 29, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EET

Valmet will supply Valmet IQ Moisturizer system to DS Smith Contoire-Hamel in the Northern part of France. The new system will be installed on DS Smith Contoire-Hamel’s paper mill’s paper machine PM1. The target of the investment is to improve the moisture profile of the board for better corrugated performance.

The order was included in Valmet's orders received of the fourth quarter 2020. The delivery is scheduled by the middle of April 2021.

We are very happy to cooperate with DS Smith to further improve the mill’s performance with this new delivery. Our experience and results from Valmet IQ’s previous installation in the plant was a key decision factor for the customers. It is great to see that we can help DS Smith to move their performance forward with this moisture-based quality control system,” says Juha Lehtioksa, Product Manager, Automation business line, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery

Valmet IQ Moisturizer (IQ Moisturizer) is the industry’s most advanced family of moisturizing systems. Valmet IQ Moisturizer combines staggered nozzle rows, patented nozzle technology and extremely precise electromechanical actuator which reflects to customer’s process as optimal performance, reliability and transparency. Nozzle pattern layout and nozzle design guarantee full coverage of the web with precision to correct even smaller scale moisture issues.

Together with high precision electromechanical actuator and Valmet cd-control, the improvement can be predicted, and control speed and accuracy optimized. The design of valve and nozzle flow channels combined with continuous actuator position feedback increase the reliability of the system and transparency to the operators.

The solution to be delivered to DS Smith Contoire-Hamel will comprise 44 actuators, 44 nozzles beams, 44 actuators cabinets, an air supply unit and a water supply unit.   

Information about the customer DS Smith Contoire-Hamel

DS Smith Contoire-Hamel is a French box plant part of DS Smith group, a leading provider of sustainable packaging solutions, paper products and recycling services worldwide. With more than 30,000 employees in 30 countries, DS Smith focuses on designing and supplying recycled packaging.

The Contoire-Hamel plant specialises in the manufacture of corrugated board packaging, mainly for the food industry. The integrated paper mill produces high-quality finished paper products, all made from 100% recycled or sustainably sourced fibres.

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For further information, please contact:
Eric Butreau, France P&P Sales Manager, Automation business line, Valmet,

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.  

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.  

Valmet's net sales in 2020 were approximately EUR 3.7 billion. Our 14,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.  

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