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Valmet will replace the first-ever Damatic Classic automation system delivered with a Valmet DNA automation system at Pankaboard's board mill in Lieksa, Eastern Finland. The system has been operating since 1979. Additionally, Valmet will also upgrade the mill's existing Valmet Damatic XD automation system to Valmet DNA. The new system will increase process availability and improve its performance. 

valmet logoThe order was included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2017 orders received. The project will be executed in several stages and completed by mid-2019.

"At Pankaboard, we regard this project as an all-important business development project, and one that an advanced automation system supports well. The new system will enable us to develop our customer need-based and flexible operating model more cost efficiently," says Lauri Junnila, Managing Director, Pankaboard Oyj.

"New information management tools will provide the mill with a whole new dimension to process operations, giving operators access to the trend and event history straight from the operator interface. Together with functional descriptions linked to the controls, this will enable faster troubleshooting," says Juha Mykkänen, Sales Manager, Automation, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery

The new Valmet DNA automation system will replace the current control systems in the stock preparation, on board machines BM2 and BM3, and in the integrated biofuel plant. Pankaboard currently has three generations of Valmet-supplied automation systems: Damatic Classic, Damatic XD and Valmet DNA.

In addition to the automation replacement, Valmet will upgrade the biofuel plant control room. Startup, commissioning, training and spare parts are included in the delivery scope.

Information about Pankaboard

Pankaboard produces high-quality specialty cartonboards for food, luxury beverage, pharmaceutical, food service, graphics and display, as well as laminate industries. The mill is specialized in high-thickness folding boxboards and uncoated cartonboards produced with two distinctly different board machines, BM2 and BM3. Through its own sales offices and sales agent network, Pankaboard has more than 500 customers in 65 countries. The company employs 160 people.

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 2017 were approximately EUR 3.2 billion. Our more than 12,000 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.

Read more www.valmet.com

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Following recent investment at the mill in Finland, and as a result of extensive product development, Pankaboard is delighted to introduce a new Folding Boxboard to the product portfolio.

PANKALUX, is a new GC1 Folding Boxboard that has been engineered with the demands of the luxury packaging market in mind, and the luxury beverage sector in particular.  The result of the development can be seen as outstanding printing quality, an improved surface for lamination, and improved runnability on high speed packaging lines. 

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Makings of PANKALUX are immediately available in the substance range of 285 to 560 gsm.

The new product will be officially introduced to the market at the FachPack exhibition in Germany, where Pankaboard will be present.

Pankaboard is a global leading producer of special cartonboards with a capacity of 110,000 t/a. The product portfolio consists of high thickness FBB as well as various uncoated speciality boards. The company serves globally a wide range of end uses, including luxury beverage and food packaging, picture framing, capseals and visual communication.

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Following on from the recent investment in a new dilution headbox at BM3, Pankaboard’s investment programme has continued, with an upgrade on their BM2 machine, which produces Folding Boxboards, specializing in the heavier weight substances.

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In early 2016 the company made a significant investment to up-grade the formation control on BM2 to meet the highest of quality standards. As a result of this new investment the fiber distribution was reengineered and optimized for enhanced smoothness and converting performance.

“Through this targeted investment and dedicated product development we have been able to reach a superior formation that results in several benefits for our customers” says, Petri Saastamoinen, mill manager at Pankaboard.

The result of the development can be seen as outstanding printing quality, an improved surface for lamination, and improved runnability at high speed packaging lines.
The new fiber technology will enable the company to continue the development work in FBB to further optimize the product offering for strategic end uses.

Pankaboard is a global leading producer of special cartonboards with a capacity of 110 000 t/a. The product portfolio consists of high thickness FBB as well as various uncoated speciality boards. The company serves a wide range of end uses, including luxury beverage and food packaging, picture framing, capseals and visual communication.

Further information:

Petri Saastamoinen
Mill manager
petri.saastamoinen@pankaboard.com
+358-40-526 2871

Christer Nordman
Head of product development
christer.nordman@pankaboard.com
+358-40-8396900

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Pankaboard, a leading producer of high-substance carton boards and specialty paper boards from Finland, will open a new sales office in Germany, in the region of Frankfurt am Main. The new sales office, Pankaboard Deutschland GmbH, will be responsible for all Pankaboard business in Germany as well as in Austria and Switzerland.

The opening of new sales office in Germany is part of Pankaboard’s business strategy to expand the company’s own sales organisation.

“The target is to strengthen our local presence at one of our main market areas with own local resources dealing directly and closer to our clientele. The change highlights Pankaboard’s long-term commitment to existing and new customers in the region and enables us to offer even more tailored services to our clients”, says Ilkka Mutka

The office will be fully operational as of the 2nd of December 2015 with its dedicated team of sales and customer service. Mr Norbert Spiegel has been appointed Regional Sales Director of Pankaboard Deutschland GmbH. The current Pankaboard sales agent in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Karton Konzept GmbH, will cease representing Pankaboard by the end of November 2015.

For more information, please contact:

Pankaboard Oy
Mr Lauri Junnila
CEO and Chairman of the Board
+358-10-4804600
lauri.junnila@pankaboard.com

Pankaboard Deutschland GmbH
Mr. Ilkka Mutka
Managing Director
+49-171-4440996
Ilkka.mutka@pankaboard.com

Pankaboard is a leading high-substance carton board and specialty paper board manufacturer headquartered in Finland. It production facilities are located in the town of Pankakoski in Eastern Finland. The company produces 110.000 tons of board per year with its two board machines. All products are made of virgin fibers. Majority of the production is exported to Europe, North-America and Asia. Pankaboard is both PEFC and FSC certified and all its products are also ISEGA certified for direct food contact.

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Pankaboard is set to deliver a significantly improved yield for PankaMax, PankaDisc and PankaSeal from January 2015, thanks to recent investments in the uncoated specialty paperboard machinery.

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As part of ongoing product development activities, a new dilution headbox installed on the BM3 machine in June 2014, can deliver the required paperboard thickness by using up to 10% less substance depending on grade. With the new bulk improvements, customers can be confident that PankaMax, PankaDisc and PankaSeal products will retain the same high standards and quality characteristics, while further reducing the ecological footprint.

This means that from January 2015, Pankaboard customers will get more square meters per ordered ton, a real cost-saving.

The BM3 machine produces a wide range of high quality uncoated paperboards suitable for a variety of end-uses.
PankaMax is used in various laminates for food and display applications
PankaDisc is used for coasters and food underlay’s
PankaSeal is used for cap seal applications
All products are made of 100% natural virgin fibres, certified by ISEGA for direct food contact and available from a mill with PEFC & FSC certified chain of custody accreditation.

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Christer Nordman, Vice President Sales & Marketing, comments, “We are proud to offer our customers more value from our product development investments by providing new cost saving opportunities. We will be introducing the new specifications for the production of PankaDisc and PankaMax in January 2015 and will extend these to PankaSeal in February.”

For further information please contact:

Lauri Junnila, CEO
Tel: +358 104 804 601
e-mail: lauri.junnila@pankaboard.com

Christer Nordman, Vice President Sales & Marketing
Tel: +358 40 839 6900
e-mail: christer.nordman@pankaboard.com

About Pankaboard:

Pankaboard is a world leader in virgin-fibre, high substance, coated folding boxboards and uncoated speciality boards. The business provides material solutions for food packaging, luxury beverage packaging, food service and displays & laminates. Pankaboard is a Finnish privately owned paperboard producer, with annual net sales of over 80 million Euros and 160 employees.

Caption 1, 2: Christer Nordman, Vice President Sales & Marketing, comments, “We are proud to offer our customers more value from our product development investments by providing new cost saving opportunities. © Pankaboard

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Pankaboard continues their planned investment program for development of quality and service of their uncoated speciality boards from BM3.

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In June 2014 Pankaboard will install a new dilution head box on BM3. 

The new head box will provide better formation and improved thickness profile for all BM3 products. Resulting improved product consistency and uniformity will offer better runnability and efficiency in customer processing. Bellmer and TasoWheel will make the installation during the annual maintenance shutdown during midsummer.  

In September 2014 Pankaboard will install a full-width sheet cutter for BM3.

The new sheeting line will increase the sheeting capacity for all uncoated speciality products from BM3 at Pankaboard. This investment will benefit customers by improving lead times for uncoated sheeted products by up to 2 weeks compared to today, as well as improving quality and consistency of sheeting.

Ari Vouti, CEO, commented, “It gives me great pleasure to announce these investments to our valued customers and to confirm our commitment to providing the best quality and service possible. These investments develop our market offer and strengthen our position as the leading producer of uncoated speciality boards and high substance coated folding boxboard”.

BM3 board machine produces a wide range of high quality uncoated speciality boards which will be enhanced by these investments. The end-use areas / products that will benefit include:
•    Food service: PankaPlex
•    Packaging applications: PankaStar
•    Laminated display board: PankaSilk and PankaMax 
•    Capseals: PankaSeal
•    Beer-matt/Coasters: PankaDisc
•    Picture frames: PankaSilk and PankaFrame

All products are made of 100% natural virgin fibres, certified for direct food contact and available from a mill with PEFC & FSC certified chain of custody accreditation.

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    Pankaboard is a world leader in virgin-fibre, high substance, coated folding boxboards and uncoated speciality boards. The business provides material solutions for food packaging, luxury beverage packaging, food service and displays & laminates. Pankaboard is a Finnish privately owned paperboard producer, with annual net sales of over 80 million Euros and 160 employees.

  • Contacts

    For further information please contact:

    Ari Vouti, CEO
    Tel: +358 50 599 9193
    e-mail: ari.vouti@pankaboard.com 
     
    Christer Nordman, Vice President Sales & Marketing
    Tel: +358 40 839 6900
    e-mail: christer.nordman@pankaboard.com

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Friday, 23 August 2013 09:22

Focus on special cartonboard and Russia

Pankaboard is a leading producer of special cartonboards and folding boxboards (FBB) for a wide range of applications, primarily packages for luxury beverages, food, health care, and pharmaceuticals. The mill’s proximity combined with flexible customer service lead to cost-efficient logistics for Russian customers and demonstrate a strategic focus on cross-border trade.

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Pankaboard specialises in virgin fibre cartonboards that are tailored to meet specific end-use segments. The mill offers a wide range of coated and uncoated cartonboards, including folding boxboards up to 550 gsm (1.0 mm) for luxury beverage packaging as well as for food, pharma and health care packaging.  

Wide product range for different applications

panka russia 1The folding boxboard, PankaBrite (275 - 550 gsm), is well suited to luxury beverage packages because of its thickness. “Due to its thickness we can offer PankaBrite as a very cost efficient and ecological alternative to laminated material constructions,” says Vice President Christer Nordman. “The smooth surface gives excellent printing results.” The folding boxboard can also be delivered with a coated backside, PankaWhite, which for example is used for boxing popular Armenian brandies. This unique product range also includes a wide selection of uncoated speciality boards such as the uncoated folding boxboard PankaStar, which is an attractive choice for highlighting the ecological image of a product. Using the Condebelt technology for uncoated board results in exceptional smoothness and printability. The mill also produces several other cartonboard grades for various special applications, such as material for laminated displays and picture frames, and for the food service industry.

Emphasis on cost efficient solutions for Russian customers

With Pankaboard’s proximity to the Russian border only 25 km away, there are advantages in terms of cost efficient logistics and sustainable transports. In fact, St. Petersburg is as close to the mill as Helsinki. “Customers appreciate our flexible service and delivery options (FCA), which lets them pick up products directly from the mill,” says Mr Nordman. “We see and treat Russia as our home market, and we feel mentally connected to the Russian people.” Thanks to this cross-border cooperation and these strategically important customers, Pankaboard has increased its focus on Russia. Since 2012 Pankaboard has been working with sales representative BOCO in Russia, with offices in Moscow and St Petersburg (contact details below).

Sustainability and product safety

All cartonboards produced by Pankaboard are made of virgin fibres. Pankaboard is accredited by PEFC and FSC, and the raw material comes from local, well-managed forests. “Our product range has a low carbon footprint thanks to the use of local forests, efficient material utilization (ground wood pulp) and steam generated by our integrated biofuel boiler,” explains mill manager Petri Saastamoinen.“Product safety is a high priority, which means superior microbiological and chemical purity,” he continues. “Naturally, the entire Pankaboard product range is certified for direct contact with food.” 

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    About Pankaboard

    Pankaboard Oy is a privately-owned cartonboard and specialty board manufacturer headquartered in Finland. Its production facilities are located in the town of Pankakoski in Eastern Finland. The company produces 100,000 tons of board per year, and nearly all of it is exported to Europe, North America and Asia. Pankaboard has PEFC and FSC certification. The board-making tradition in Pankakoski began more than 100 years ago.

  • Contacts

    For more information, please contact:
    Mr Alexey Vasilyev, BOCO/St Petersburg / alexey.vasilyev@boco.cc +79219365507
    Ms Elena Afanasyeva, BOCO/Moscow / Elena.Afanasyeva@boco.cc  +79162147119
    Mr Christer Nordman, Pankaboard/Vice-President Sales and Marketing / christer.nordman@pankaboard.com +358 408396900
    www.pankaboard.com

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Pankaboard, a leading Finnish specialty cartonboard producer, will open a new sales office in the UK, to strengthen its local presence in the market.

The new office and sales execution in the UK is lead by the Regional Sales Director, Mr. Mark Aubrey, who has extensive experience and knowledge in the cartonboard market. 

The office will be located in Nottingham (15, Wheeler Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2NA) and will be fully operational as of the 22nd of April 2013 with a skilled back-office team to ensure highest service level.

The opening of a new sales office in the UK is a natural step for Pankaboard as we continue to deepen our speciality strategy through own sales organization in UK. This highlights our  long term commitment to existing and new customers in the UK.

 

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    Pankaboard is a privately-owned cartonboard and specialty board manufacturer headquartered in Finland. Its production facilities are located in the town of Pankakoski in Eastern Finland. The company produces 100.000 tons of board per year, which nearly all is exported to Europe, North-America and Asia. Pankaboard has got both PEFC and FSC certificates. Board-making tradition in Pankakoski started over 100 years ago.

  • Contacts

    Pankaboard Oy
    Lauri Junnila
    CEO
    +358-10-4804600
    lauri.junnila@pankaboard.com

    Pankaboard Oy
    Christer Nordman
    Vice President – Sales and Marketing
    +358-40-8396900
    christer.nordman@pankaboard.com

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Pankaboard is reintroducing its main cartonboard grades PankaBrite and PankaWhite with clearly improved product features and performance. Over the past year the company has made substantial efforts and investments in order to bring forward the overall product quality of its major packaging grades. As a result of this determined work Pankaboard is now proudly presenting cartonboard grades, which are bulkier, stronger, optically whiter and which are remarkably improved in terms of sensoric properties. In its production Pankaboard combines sustainable forest management with high ecological and environmental values.

Throughout the entire range of PankaBrite (GC2) the thickness of the board has been increased by 30 microns. For PankaWhite (GC1) the increase has been 10 microns. This has improved the CD bending stiffness of PankaBrite by up to 3 %, bringing the stiffness ratio of the board closer to the optimum. This improvement will have a direct impact on ready-made packaging. It helps to protect the contents better than before. It also guarantees, that cartons will stay in better shape.

The increase in the product thickness has been achieved by optimising process conditions and improving the quality of the ground-wood pulp, which is used for the middle-layer of the boards.

Development in the quality of the ground-wood pulp has, in addition to the increased bulk level, also enabled remarkable quality improvements regarding the visual and surface characteristics of PankaBrite and PankaWhite. More consistent surface smoothness and appearance enables immaculate print reproduction in both offset and flexo printing.

Both products are now optically whiter than before. The shade of whiteness has been brought considerably towards blueish-white by optimising the surface coating.

Last but not the least, extensive work has also been carried out to improve the sensoric (odor and taint) properties of both products in order to better meet the requirements of today’s demanding brand-owners. Pankaboard can today guarantee a level of 1.5 units for its products in the Robinson scale for odor and taint. The products are therefore ever more suitable and reliable for use in a wider field of end-uses.

As a result of these, improvements both PankaBrite and PankaWhite are today completely refreshed products,now stronger, visually more appealing and . definitely . offering a far better printing result than in the past. Not to forget, the new, improved sensoric properties now offers a lot more new opportunities for the usage of the products.

The New products are available now. For further information and samples, please contact Pankaboard or the . sales agent for Pankaboard products in your market.

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    About Pankaboard:

    Pankaboard is a privately-owned cartonboard and speciality board manufacturer with headquarters in Finland. Its production facilities are located in the town of Pankakoski in Eastern Finland. The company produces 100.000 tons of board per year, . nearly all of which is exported to Europe, North-America and Asia. Pankaboard has . both PEFC and FSC certification. Board-making tradition in Pankakoski started over 100 years ago.

    www.pankaboard.com

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    For more information please contact:

    PANKABOARD OY
    Ruukintie 2
    FI-81750 Pankakoski
    Tel. +358 (0) 104 804 600
    Fax +358 (0) 104 804 701

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Finland-based Pankaboard added to its environmental credentials after securing a certificate for complying with the latest version of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) standard. Since the beginning of 2012, the company has held the FSC chain-of-custody certification.

auto collage_1331718092The company, which focuses in the production of coated and uncoated specialty cartonboards, has been privately owned since 2006. Despite its young age, cartonboard production at the mill site began a century ago, which makes the company an experienced player in the field.

Environmental sustainability is a key priority for Pankaboard. Already in December 2005, the company was granted a PEFC certificate. Now, in early 2012, Pankaboard pursued FSC certification to prove its commitment to sustainability. With the chain-of-custody credentials, the company can support its customers and end-users in the FSC chain-of-custody process.

Pankaboard continuously seeks to reduce the environmental impact of its production through local wood sourcing and efficient steam production with its own bio fuel steam plant. Such measures help in maintaining the company’s carbon footprint strongly negative.

The company produces high-thickness folding boxboards, with grammages extending up to even 560 g/m2, as well as the smoothest uncoated cartonboard available in the market. It also supplies solid bleached board and groundwood boards for special end uses and applications, such as picture frames and other laminated products.

All the board grades produced by the company are manufactured solely from virgin fibres and are naturally approved for food contact.

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    Pankaboard in brief

    Pankaboard operates one cartonbaord mill in Lieksa in eastern Finland and has a production capacity of 100 000 tons of board on its two board machines. For more information please visit www.pankaboard.com and contact one of our local representatives.

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