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At the beginning of June, the XcelLine PM 6 supplied by Voith was successfully started up at the Jinzhong site in the central Chinese province of Shanxi by the paper manufacturer Shanxi Qiangwei Paper. As the leading full-line supplier, Voith delivered the entire production line. The machine has a wire width of 7 m, a design speed of 1,200 m/min and produces plasterboard liner and containerboard with a basis weight of 90 to 160 gsm. Annual production of over 300,000 tons is possible. Voith's latest solutions enable highly efficient, resource-saving and sustainable production.

  • The XcelLine paper machine supplied by Voith was successfully started up at the Jinzhong Shanxi Qiangwei Paper´s site
  • The new PM 6 will produce over 300,000 tons of plasterboard liner and containerboard per year at a design speed of 1,200 m/min
  • Leading Voith technologies enable highly efficient and optimized production

Thanks to the joint efforts and cooperation of the Voith and Shanxi Qiangwei Paper teams, a fast installation and start-up of the entire line was achieved. The PM 6 has a high degree of automation, and the paper features a low tensile ratio, excellent surface quality and uniformity, as well as high breaking and folding strength. The dryness after the press is also very high, which leads to low specific steam consumption. The first paper web has thus fully achieved the customer´s expected quality level.   

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Latest technologies for optimum results
As the leading full-line supplier, Voith supplied the entire XcelLine paper machine. The customer-oriented concept is especially designed for maximum efficiency, robustness and sustainability. After Voith had cooperated very successfully with Shanxi Qiangwei Paper on the key equipment for PM 5, the papermaker had ordered the supply of the entire PM 6 from Voith. Voith's advanced technologies and concepts will help Shanxi Qiangwei Paper to secure its leading position in the plasterboard industry and further expand its market share in the packaging paper industry. Thus, a positive contribution can be made to the development of the surrounding region and the economy of Shanxi.

The full-line supplier Voith delivered two highly efficient MasterJet Pro headboxes, a Tandem NipcoFlex press section and a CombiDuoRun dryer section including a hood and machine air system. Optimum paper properties are ensured by a SpeedSizer AT and an EcoCal Hard calender. The reliable MasterReel reeling concept, including a parent roll handling system and discfilters for fiber recovery, is used for smooth production. Shanxi Qiangwei also relies on the latest automation solutions from the Voith Papermaking 4.0 portfolio to achieve additional efficiency increases and cost reductions. A control and information system (DCS) as well as the quality management system (QCS) OnQuality are integrated in the plant.

Successful cooperation between Voith and Shanxi Qiangwei
To ensure a smooth start-up of the paper machine, both sides worked closely together throughout the project. Lin Jiangbo, Vice President Order Execution at Voith Paper Asia, confirms: "With the challenges posed by the recent COVID-19 pandemic, Voith worked with a high degree of flexibility and in close cooperation with Shanxi Qiangwei to ensure an optimal start-up of PM 6. In the future, we will continue to provide comprehensive services for PM 6 throughout its life cycle with our technical expertise and take further steps together with Shanxi Qiangwei Paper."

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About Shanxi Qiangwei Paper
Shanxi Qiangwei Paper Co. is a company integrating research and development, production and sales of surface protection plasterboard. The company is based on the concept of sustainable development "low carbon, environmental protection, high efficiency and energy-saving", and puts energy saving, emission reduction and environmental protection at the first place of the company's strategic planning. Advanced equipment, first-class technology, quality and brand in the first place - this is the company's business philosophy. The quality of Shanxi Qiangwei's products has long been a market leader and occupies a top position in this industry.

About the Voith Group
The Voith Group is a global technology company. With its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, the company today has around 20,000 employees, sales of € 4.3 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger family-owned companies in Europe.

The Group Division Voith Paper is part of the Voith Group. As the full-line supplier to the paper industry, it provides the largest range of technologies, services and products on the market and offers paper manufacturers holistic solutions from a single source. The company’s continuous stream of innovations facilitates resource-conserving production and helps customers minimize their carbon footprint. With its leading automation products and digitalization solutions from the Papermaking 4.0 portfolio, Voith offers its customers state-of-the-art digital technologies to improve plant availability and efficiency for all sections of the production process.

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Customers worldwide order products and services in real-time in the Voith Paper Webshop. In addition, to spare and wear parts, fabrics can also be purchased via the application with just one click for over a year now. Chandpur Enterprises Ltd. has been benefiting from the expansion of the product portfolio in the Voith Paper Webshop since March. "With the help of the personalized menu and the order history, we can now quickly identify our fabrics, order them and track the delivery status around the clock," says Mr Devesh K. Singhal, Technical Director of Chandpur Enterprises Ltd. "We are very satisfied with the Voith Paper Webshop and the cooperation with the Voith experts, who have been flexible to our requirements."

  • Worldwide, the Voith Paper Webshop is already used by 180 customers
  • Chandpur Enterprises Ltd. and other India customers have now also opted for the Voith Paper Webshop
  • A fast, simple and personalized ordering process was the main reason for the decision.

In addition to Chandpur Enterprises, other Indian customers have already integrated the Voith Paper Webshop into their ordering process. In total, more than 180 customers already rely on digital applications. In the personalized "My Shop" section, the paper manufacturers can find all the necessary information from the original and current condition of the equipment as well as the order and quotation history, drawings, manuals and contracts.

F.l.t.r.: Praveen Batra (Head of Sales & Services FRS, Voith India), Devesh K. Singhal (Technical Director, Chandpur Enterprises Ltd.), Gaurav Singh (Senior Executive, Sales & Services FRS, Voith India) and Harsh Bakshi (Deputy Manager, Sales & Services FRS, Voith India).F.l.t.r.: Praveen Batra (Head of Sales & Services FRS, Voith India), Devesh K. Singhal (Technical Director, Chandpur Enterprises Ltd.), Gaurav Singh (Senior Executive, Sales & Services FRS, Voith India) and Harsh Bakshi (Deputy Manager, Sales & Services FRS, Voith India).

Mr Devesh K. Singhal confirms the advantages: "Initially, we were not sure whether we should convert our previous ordering processes to the webshop and digitize them. However, we then decided in favour of the Voith Paper Webshop, because we were completely convinced by the functionality as well as the very clear user guidance. In addition, the onboarding process and subsequent registration of the individual users went smoothly. We are glad to have taken this step."

The Voith Paper Webshop is characterized by the highest data security standards. Different options can be booked depending on customer requirements. "Our goal is to enable our customers to optimize production with minimized downtimes," sums up Mr Gaurav Singh, Senior Executive Sales & Service India at Voith Paper. "One building block for this is the quick and easy ordering of fabrics. We offer customer-specific solution packages, which we are continuously developing further on a region-specific basis. The integration of the Webshop can be done smoothly for any customer worldwide."

About the Voith Group
The Voith Group is a global technology company. With its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, the company today has around 20,000 employees, sales of € 4.3 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger family-owned companies in Europe.

The Group Division Voith Paper is part of the Voith Group. As the full-line supplier to the paper industry, it provides the largest range of technologies, services and products on the market and offers paper manufacturers holistic solutions from a single source. The company’s continuous stream of innovations facilitates resource-conserving production and helps customers minimize their carbon footprint. With its leading automation products and digitalization solutions from the Papermaking 4.0 portfolio, Voith offers its customers state-of-the-art digital technologies to improve plant availability and efficiency for all sections of the production process.

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Voith’s digital solution package OnEfficiency.Strength, installed at Smurfit Kappa's Hoya mill in Lower Saxony in 2021, is showing very positive results from the first day. With virtual sensors and predictive control, OnEfficiency.Strength reduces the amount of starch applied while maintaining defined quality standards – a step that is leading to significantly lower costs and more sustainable paper production. The Hoya project is representative of how the two companies Voith and Smurfit Kappa are working together to drive digital transformation in the paper industry.

  • The advanced process control system OnEfficiency.Strength has now been put into operation at the Hoya, Germany, site after a short installation period
  • The solution from the Papermaking 4.0 portfolio ensures lower starch consumption, leading to significant cost savings and more stable paper quality
  • The successful installation is a result of the strong cooperation between Voith and Smurfit Kappa and another important step towards more sustainable and efficient paper production with digital applications

"We chose Voith's digital solution approach because it offers significant cost savings with the latest technologies and pays for itself in less than a year," says Gerold Buck, Manager Operations at Smurfit Kappa Hoya. "With the implementation of OnEfficiency.Strength, we are successfully continuing our innovation and digitalization strategy while paying towards our sustainability goals." 

Voith logoIn the first step, Voith had conducted a value-add assessment that identified optimization potential and significant cost reductions for production with the help of digital technologies. Subsequently, Voith experts analyzed all relevant process, laboratory and production data from the last few months, checked for anomalies and defined a control concept based on this. For smooth data exchange and efficient commissioning, the plant was also connected to the Voith OnCumulus Cloud. In addition, the personnel received training at an early stage in order to operate the application optimally. After the quick installation and start-up, OnEfficiency.Strength immediately showed potential savings in starch application.

"Due to rising raw material prices and highly competitive pressure, paper manufacturers are increasingly looking for ways to further optimize their production facilities and save costs - digital solutions can make a valuable contribution here," says Maria Knauer, Global Product Manager Efficiency Solutions at Voith. "OnEfficiency.Strength continuously monitors all relevant quality parameters during the manufacturing process and automatically regulates the appropriate settings. Smurfit Kappa thus saves costs and resources in production every day in a simple and automated way. We see great potential to integrate OnEfficiency.Strength at many more plants worldwide." Smurfit Kappa is also considering installing the digital solution from the Papermaking 4.0 portfolio at other sites based on the results of OnEfficiency.Strength at Hoya.

With the "PAPER IS ON" campaign, Voith highlights the focus topics of the Papermaking 4.0 digital product portfolio: full-line supplier, efficiency, sustainability, cloud solutions, automation and innovation. Learn more and visit our homepage: voith.com/PaperIsOn.

About Smurfit Kappa
Smurfit Kappa, a FTSE 100 company, is one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging solutions in the world, with approximately 46,000 employees in over 350 production sites across 36 countries and with revenue of €8.5 billion in 2020. The company is located in 23 countries in Europe, and 13 in the Americas. Smurfit Kappa's products are produced from 100% renewable energy, improving customers' environmental footprint.

About the Voith Group
The Voith Group is a global technology company. With its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, the company today has around 20,000 employees, sales of € 4.3 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger family-owned companies in Europe.

The Group Division Voith Paper is part of the Voith Group. As the full-line supplier to the paper industry, it provides the largest range of technologies, services and products on the market and offers paper manufacturers holistic solutions from a single source. The company’s continuous stream of innovations facilitates resource-conserving production and helps customers minimize their carbon footprint. With its leading automation products and digitalization solutions from the Papermaking 4.0 portfolio, Voith offers its customers state-of-the-art digital technologies to improve plant availability and efficiency for all sections of the production process.

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Asian paper producer Sun Paper recently successfully started up PM 2 at its site in Beihai in Southeast China. The new line in visionary industrial design now produces high-quality white folding boxboard with a basis weight of 170 to 350 gsm and a wire width of 8,900 mm. With a design speed of 1,400 m/min, the planned annual capacity is over 1 million tons of paper. Thanks to the very successful cooperation between Sun Paper and Voith, the entire project from initial contracting to start-up in December took only 18 months – a new world record for a high-speed line of this type. This is the third paper machine that Voith has started up for Sun Paper in the last 12 months. In total, Voith has already delivered 12 XcelLine paper machines to Sun Paper.

  • Voith sets a new world record for high-speed board machines with a project execution of only 18 months
  • With a design speed of 1,400 m/min, the new PM 2 produces over one million tons of folding boxboard per year
  • Voith and Sun Paper have a long and successful partnership

"Sun Paper and Voith are trustful partners,” said Li Lu, Chairman of Sun Holding Group. “From Laos PM 2’s 1-hour and 46-minute start-up to today’s Beihai PM 2, the fastest project execution at 18 months, we have created many world records together."

"We are very pleased that the paper machine started up smoothly thanks to the joint efforts of Voith and Sun Paper," said Ying Guangdong, Vice General Manager and Chief Engineer of Sun Paper. "The line produces the best board quality currently available on the market."

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Start-up in record time
There was only seven and a half months between the start of installation and the successful machine start-up, even with the major challenges presented by COVID-19. To ensure the on-time arrival of all components, Voith stabilized all upstream global supply chains. Voith's excellent supply chain management and project management, as well as close coordination, high degree of flexibility and additional shifts, made it possible to meet the ambitious schedule.

"The high-speed plant uses the latest technologies," said Dr. Michael Trefz, President Projects at Voith Paper. "In combination with the visionary industrial design, the plant sets the highest standards in terms of efficiency, safety and sustainability. The start-up is another milestone in the successful and long-standing partnership between Voith and Sun Paper."

As a full-line supplier, Voith supplied the entire XcelLine paper machine in the new industrial design. The tailor-made concept focuses in particular on the efficiency and robustness of the individual components. For example, a DuoFormer ensures excellent formation and strength properties even at very high speeds. Automatic dewatering of the three shoe presses reduces thermal drying and thus saves significant energy costs. For an optimized paper surface, a SpeedSizer is used as well as four DynaCoaters, which apply the film evenly during sizing and coating. Furthermore, the CombiDuoRun dryer section with EvoDry steel dryer cylinder ensures maximum runnability and energy efficiency. In addition, two VariFlex high-performance winders ensure smooth production. Due to the visionary Voith industrial design of the entire line, optimized accessibility for maintenance work and improved occupational safety are also achieved.

Sun Paper also benefits from Voith's leading expertise in digitalization and automation for additional efficiency gains and cost reductions. The intelligent quality control system QCS as well as the solutions DCS and MCS enable complete control over the entire production line. In addition, Sun Paper relies on solutions from the Papermaking 4.0 portfolio with OnCare.Health. Thanks to a wide range of interfaces, the intelligent maintenance tool detects the smallest faults at an early stage and automatically assigns them to the affected points.

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About Sun Paper
Founded in 1982, Shandong Sun Holdings Group is a global advanced integrated multinational paper group, a leader in the Chinese paper industry, ranked 306th among China's 500 largest companies and among the world's 30 largest paper manufacturers.

About the Voith Group
The Voith Group is a global technology company. With its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, the company today has around 20,000 employees, sales of € 4.3 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger family-owned companies in Europe.

The Group Division Voith Paper is part of the Voith Group. As the full-line supplier to the paper industry, it provides the largest range of technologies, services and products on the market and offers paper manufacturers holistic solutions from a single source. The company’s continuous stream of innovations facilitates resource-conserving production and helps customers minimize their carbon footprint. With its leading automation products and digitalization solutions from the Papermaking 4.0 portfolio, Voith offers its customers state-of-the-art digital technologies to improve plant availability and efficiency for all sections of the production process.

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Voith has achieved an ambitious sustainability goal: As of the beginning of 2022, Voith has successfully reduced the CO2 emissions at all its sites to “net zero.” Therefore, the Group’s operations will be climate neutral from January onwards.

  • Climate neutral production confirms Voith’s role at the forefront of industry
  • Voith products contribute to reducing carbon footprint
  • Independent rating agency ISS ESG gives Voith an excellent sustainability performance rating

Voith logoThis success confirms Voith’s pioneering role in the decarbonization of industrial production. All Voith sites worldwide undertook enormous efforts to achieve this major accomplishment. Increased energy efficiency and the comprehensive use of renewable energy sources were key factors in reaching the Group’s CO2 reduction goals.

Enhanced energy efficiency and energy from renewable sources
Since fiscal 2011/12, Voith has successfully reduced its energy consumption by 28 percent. In addition, the Group relies on energy from renewable sources. Until the beginning of fiscal 2021/22, the proportion of renewable energies in the Voith-wide electricity mix could be increased from 44 percent in the previous year to 87 percent. In addition, the Voith sites are generating more and more energy from solar and hydropower – currently approximately 6 GWh/a. CO2 emissions, which are still unavoidable at the moment, are voluntarily mitigated through carbon offsets.

Sustainable Voith technologies contribute to the decarbonization of industry
Voith also supports its customers in reducing their carbon footprint and achieving their sustainability and climate protection goals. “Developing sustainable technologies for future generations is at the core of Voith’s DNA. We have already achieved our goal of climate neutral production today. This clearly demonstrates the Voith team’s strong implementation skills,” emphasized Voith Group CEO Dr. Toralf Haag. “Our customers can also rely on this strength. We combine our expertise to support them in meeting their climate protection goals.”

Voith products are already saving more CO2 emissions than they produce. This is confirmed by a TÜV-verified analysis of the Voith products launched in 2019/20 and their potential deployment. According to the report, Voith products achieve annual CO2 savings of almost 3 million tons compared to 2.2 million tons produced. The Group is continuously striving to further reduce the carbon footprint of its products during their service life at customer sites.

Independent rating confirms leadership position
Sustainability is a core element of Voith’s corporate strategy. This includes various measures for the improvement of companies, society and the environment. Their success is monitored and controlled at regular intervals. In 2021, the independent rating agency ISS ESG rated Voith’s sustainability contribution a B minus for the first time. Voith is thus among the three best companies in its industry worldwide and continues to maintain the “Prime Status.”

About the Voith Group
The Voith Group is a global technology company. With its broad portfolio of plants, products, services, and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets for energy, paper, raw materials, and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith today has around 20,000 employees and earns 4.3 billion euros in sales. It has locations in more than 60 countries and is one of Europe's major family-owned companies.

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Customers worldwide rely on Voith's modular Papermaking 4.0 portfolio to individually optimize their production with the leading digital industrial applications. Based on extensive expertise, Voith is introducing OnEfficiency.BreakProtect, OnView.VirtualSensorBuilder and OnView.MassBalance, three new apps on the IIoT platform OnCumulus. The new digitalization solutions feature the highest safety standards, are quick to install and easy to use. The technologies are already successfully implemented in several plants worldwide. Due to the process optimizations and lower resource consumption, the applications often pay off in less than a year and pave the way to the digital paper mill.

  • OnEfficiency.BreakProtect: Detect, understand and prevent paper break causes
  • OnView.VirtualSensorBuilder: Quickly and easily calculate and visualize relevant quality parameters in real time
  • OnView.MassBalance: Visualize raw material losses in stock preparation and increase yields

OnEfficiency.BreakProtect: Detect, understand and prevent paper break causes
The IIoT platform OnCumulus has already established itself as a central hub for data from multiple sources for numerous paper manufacturers. OnEfficiency.BreakProtect uses artificial intelligence to analyze the process data bundled in OnCumulus. Thereby, the innovative solution automatically detects various critical process conditions that can lead to breaks. This allows the development of specific countermeasures and the reliable prevention of tear-offs.

"I am always fascinated by the correlations that artificial intelligence can recognize," says Jürgen Käser, Director Process Applications at Voith. "Among other things, we were able to use OnEfficiency.BreakProtect to identify increased dirt and starch agglomerate loads – for which there is no measurement data at all – at the SpeedSizer pulper. In the past, these had repeatedly led to break-off series. A small mechanical rebuild, which prevents starch from entering the pulper in larger quantities, has permanently solved the previously undetected problem."

OnView.VirtualSensorBuilder: Calculate and visualize quality parameters quickly and easily using virtual sensors
Virtual sensors, also called soft sensors, have proven themselves in the process industry for many years. With the help of data models, the sensors calculate various quality parameters and thus reliably supplement laboratory tests. Until now, the use of virtual sensors required considerable time and, above all, data analysis skills. With OnView.VirtualSensorBuilder, Voith introduces a user-friendly app that allows paper manufacturers to quickly and easily create the virtual sensors themselves with just a few mouse clicks.

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"With OnView.VirtualSensorBuilder, it only takes a few hours for a new soft sensor to be ready for use," says Maria Knauer, Global Product Manager Efficiency Solutions at Voith. "Previously, this required a time-consuming and costly process of several weeks."

Once installed, operators can use OnView.VirtualSensorBuilder to continuously calculate, visualize and control relevant quality values, such as strength values, in real time. Combined with OnCumulus.Suite, the digital application identifies critical values and provides preventive warnings, allowing personnel to make immediate improvement adjustments. The solution thus increases process stability, enables compliance with desired quality standards, reduces raw material costs and minimizes waste.

OnView.MassBalance: Visualize and reduce fiber losses in stock preparation
OnView.MassBalance maps the current stock flows in an intuitive Sankey diagram and provides information on deviations that are no longer within the standard range. If a defined warning threshold is exceeded, the application automatically highlights the relevant area in the diagram and recommends suitable action to avoid fiber losses. OnView.MassBalance thus leads to targeted process optimization in stock preparation and also enables centralized knowledge management.

With the help of OnView.DigitalEye, the accuracy of OnView.MassBalance can be increased even further. The innovation makes it possible for the first time to analyze recovered paper quality even before stock preparation with the help of artificial intelligence. The award-winning AI application OnView.DigitalEye is currently undergoing final testing as part of pilot installations at national and international customer sites and is expected to be available starting next year. Another application that will be launched in 2022 is OnView.Energy from Voith. The app visualizes and analyzes energy consumption and CO2 emissions in production. This enables significant savings potential to be identified, leading to lower energy costs, improved sustainability and competitiveness. 

This release is part of the current "PAPER IS ON" campaign, in which Voith highlights the focus topics of the digital Papermaking 4.0 portfolio: full-line supplier, efficiency, sustainability, cloud solutions, automation and innovation. Learn more at voith.com/PaperIsOn. For more information on the solutions from the OnCumulus, OnView and OnEfficiency family as part of Voith's Papermaking 4.0 portfolio, please visit https://voith.com/corp-en/products-services/automation-digital-solutions/onefficiency.html. In addition, read more about OnView.DigitalEye receiving the AI Champions Award: https://voith.com/corp-en/news-room/press-releases/voith-wins-ai-champions-award-2021.html.

About the Voith Group
The Voith Group is a global technology company. With its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, the company today has around 20,000 employees, sales of € 4.3 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger family-owned companies in Europe.

The Group Division Voith Paper is part of the Voith Group. As the full-line supplier to the paper industry, it provides the largest range of technologies, services and products on the market and offers paper manufacturers holistic solutions from a single source. The company’s continuous stream of innovations facilitates resource-conserving production and helps customers minimize their carbon footprint. With its leading automation products and digitalization solutions from the Papermaking 4.0 portfolio, Voith offers its customers state-of-the-art digital technologies to improve plant availability and efficiency for all sections of the production process.

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With its full-line supplier approach, Voith Paper strengthens position as partner of choice for extensive rebuilds and customized optimization projects. Shifting consumer demands, tougher environmental regulations and ongoing supply chain issues with raw materials have combined to create a perfect storm in the paper industry. To remain competitive in unprecedented conditions, leading papermakers around the globe are relying on Voith to modernize their existing paper production lines, undertake comprehensive grade conversions or upgrade their current assets in the market. As a full-line supplier, Voith realizes every type of rebuild to give paper machines a second life. In the process, Voith expertise, innovative components and advanced digital tools ensure customers achieve their efficiency and productivity targets with a lower capital investment.

Extensive grade conversion in Indonesia
In September 2021, Voith kicked off the grade conversion of Mojokerto MSE-PM2 for PT Mega Surya Eratama. The extensive rebuild will transform the former newsprint paper machine, which is currently out of service, to a state-of-the-art packaging production line at the company’s Mojokerto paper mill in East Java, Indonesia.

Voith logoAs is the case with every rebuild, Voith is placing a special focus on high machine availability, technological efficiency, process stability and sustainability with the lowest possible energy balance for the plant. After conversion, the PM 2 will produce high-quality containerboard grades between 70 g/m² and 180 g/m², with a design speed of 1,400 m/min and 6,660 mm paper width at reel. After start-up, the XcelLine paper machine will have an annual production capacity of 450,000 tons, and, as a result, the PM 2 will be one of the most powerful paper machines of this grade in Indonesia. The Voith scope of supply includes a forming section rebuild into a DuoFormer CBh with shoe-blade technology, a new DuoCentri NipcoFlex Press and SpeedSizer AT film sizer for starch application. The order also includes a complete BlueLine stock preparation and approach flow line. The start-up after conversion is scheduled for the end of 2023.

“We were convinced by Voith’s capability as a full-line supplier to meet our highest benchmark and sustainability requirements for this strategic grade conversion,” says Eric Saputra, General Manager at PT Mega Surya Eratama. “Given their extensive experience and innovative equipment, Voith is ideally positioned to bring out the full potential of the PM 2 production line. We rely on Voith to support us in producing the highest paper quality on a machine with the best operational reliability.”

Record-breaking 30th shoe press rebuild
This year, Voith marked the 30th successful rapid shoe press rebuild in a row in China, with five more underway. The most recent was completed for the Sun Paper Group. As it took a mere seven days from shutdown to paper on reel, the project set a record for the fastest shoe press rebuild in the region, saving the customer valuable production time as a result. The centerpiece is a new NipcoFlex shoe press for the existing press section. In addition, the scope of delivery included a PLC control system for NFP, erection and start-up service as well as spare part and wear part packages. Previously, in December 2020, Voith successfully completed the rebuild and smooth start-up of the NipcoFlex shoe press on PM 9 for JiangXi WuXing, a leading paper manufacturer based in Jiujiang City.

Large-scale Voith rebuilds spread across the globe
Voith successfully provides full-line supplier support for large-scale rebuilds around the world, all of which have ambitious efficiency targets and productivity goals. In Spain, for instance, PAPRESA, the leading southern European manufacturer of newsprint, commissioned Voith for the resource-efficient grade conversion of PM 5 from newsprint paper to testliner and corrugating medium at the company’s Rentería mill. Papermaking 4.0 tools supports the company’s ambitious efficiency and sustainability goals. Other notable projects in Europe include the PM 2 rebuild for Schumacher Packaging, a corrugated board producer and full-range supplier of paper-based packaging solutions. The rebuild at the company’s Myszków site in Poland involves a forming section upgrade to DuoFormer D, a new headbox MasterJet Pro and DuoShake DG 800, which will ensure the necessary dewatering capacity and final paper quality. While in North America, Domtar, a leading U.S. paper manufacturer, has entrusted Voith to support the company’s entry into the containerboard market and set higher industry standards. At the company’s Kingsport mill in Tennessee, Voith is to install a BlueLine stock preparation line and perform the grade conversion of its production line.

“Drawing on our full-line supplier expertise, we provide the know-how and technology for rebuilds of every kind. Whatever the ultimate business and sustainability goals of an optimization project, our comprehensive approach ensures we are in a leading position to fully exploit the potential of existing paper production lines,” states Martin Jauch, Senior Vice President Global Rebuilds at Voith.

To discover more insights and updates on Voith solutions for rebuilds and optimizations projects, visit our website: https://voith.com/corp-en/industry-solutions/papermaking/rebuilds-and-optimization.html

About the Voith Group
The Voith Group is a global technology company. With its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, the company today has more than 20,000 employees, sales of € 4.2 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger family-owned companies in Europe.

The Group Division Voith Paper is part of the Voith Group. As the full-line supplier to the paper industry, it provides the largest range of technologies, services, and products on the market, and offers paper manufacturers integrated solutions from a single source. The company’s continuous stream of innovations facilitates resource-conserving production and helps customers minimize their carbon footprint. With its comprehensive automation products and leading digitalization solutions from the Papermaking 4.0 portfolio, Voith offers its customers state-of-the-art digital technologies to improve plant availability and efficiency for all sections of the production process.

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The technology leader Voith presents its vision for future user interfaces with paper machines. Developed for the paper production of tomorrow, the innovative user interface significantly increases plant productivity, ensures paper quality and reduces operating costs. Based on artificial intelligence and the latest digital technologies, Voith’s interface design significantly simplifies plant operation and maintenance and increases the degree of networking. As a full-line supplier, Voith will introduce the user interface across the entire papermaking process from stock preparation to reeling. The individual conditions on site will be flexibly taken into account. In addition, the new user interface convinces with an appealing design.

  • Voith confirms its technology leadership with a new visionary design for future user guidance.
  • The vision convinces with an appealing design, more intuitive operation and multiple functions to optimize the system.
  • The user interface will significantly increase the future production and resource efficiency, reaction speed and operability of paper production.

"Voith's vision consistently pursues the goal of an innovative user interface with maximized operating efficiency and minimized complexity," explains Jürgen Abraham, President Products and Services and Digital Business Officer at Voith. "The new user interface provides a comprehensive overview of all relevant parameters with integrated dialogue and optimization functions. This means that machine downtimes can be efficiently avoided thanks to faster response times and more targeted interventions. In addition, resources and operating costs are significantly saved, while production capacity is increased at the same time. The positive results are clearly visible from the first application."

Many new smart capabilities and digital solutions are integrated into the future interface, providing an excellent user experience. With the new design, users can see at a glance all the information and key performance indicators (KPIs) relevant to their work. This allows the operator to use artificial intelligence to intuitively optimize production settings, assign tasks individually and track them. Guided operating steps prevent information overload and incorrect operation. At the same time, smart functions optimize communication and ensure a smooth process. After shift handover, all data is archived so that a complete handover and documentation can take place. Voith developed the new concept together with the digitalization agency Ray Sono.

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Latest digitization solutions from the Papermaking 4.0 portfolio
The new user interface with a modern style guide is part of Voith's design study for the paper production line of the future, in which digital innovations are used to significantly increase the competitiveness, efficiency and speed of paper production. As a leading provider of 4.0 applications, Voith already offers forward-looking and modular digitalization solutions for optimizing paper production. Intelligent technologies combine efficiency increases with ambitious sustainability goals by saving water, energy and fiber. In the process, intelligent hardware and software solutions are continuously being further developed. One of the latest developments, for example, is the OnEfficiency.BreakProtect system. With the help of artificial intelligence, this system on the OnCumulus IIoT platform will predict breaks in good time. The revolutionary digitalization technology thus makes it possible to minimize cost-intensive downtimes.

Under the following link you can find more information about the future user interface: https://voith.com/corp-en/industry-solutions/papermaking/papermaking-vision.html#144435.

About the Voith Group
The Voith Group is a global technology company. With its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, the company today has more than 20,000 employees, sales of € 4.2 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger family-owned companies in Europe.

The Group Division Voith Paper is part of the Voith Group. As the full-line supplier to the paper industry, it provides the largest range of technologies, services and products on the market and offers paper manufacturers holistic solutions from a single source. The company’s continuous stream of innovations facilitates resource-conserving production and helps customers minimize their carbon footprint. With its leading automation products and digitalization solutions from the Papermaking 4.0 portfolio, Voith offers its customers state-of-the-art digital technologies to improve plant availability and efficiency for all sections of the production process.

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India has a huge potential concerning hygiene-related nonwoven products. Wet and dry wipes lift hygienic standards in baby and body care. Since all these products are single-use items the need for environmental-friendly products cannot be doubted.

  • The first large-scale plant for carded/pulp nonwovens in India will be realized by Tufropes Pvt LTD.
  • Voith and Truetzschler Nonwovens will supply a flexible, high-performance nonwovens production line to the Tufropes site in Gujarat
  • The main application will be environmentally friendly, biodegradable hygiene wipes made from renewable raw materials

Tufropes is a renowned company specialized in engineering and manufacturing innovative rope and netting solutions. Products are used in a vast array of industries and applications. Targeting the nearly untapped market of locally made, disposable nonwoven product, Tufropes decided to invest in a progressive and sustainable production line for carded/pulp (CP) nonwovens from Voith and Truetzschler Nonwovens. The CP technology combines a cost-effective, wet-laid pulp layer and a carded web layer from cellulosic fibers. Spunlaced CP nonwovens are fully functional, affordable and 100% biodegradable – a top-quality, eco-friendly product for the whole market. Based in Gujarat, India, the line is expected to be commissioned next year.

Voith logoThe Tufropes management team opted for Voith and Truetzschler Nonwovens for good reason to supply machinery and be the technology partners in this new project. Voith and Truetzschler implement a tailor-made solution that guarantees an efficient and sustainable nonwoven manufacturing process. “The team of Voith and Truetzschler stands out due to extensive experience with the wet-laid/hydroentangled nonwoven technology,” says Madhav Goel, Director at Tufropes. “Besides profound knowledge, expertise and running solutions, the local set-up of both companies in India convinced us. We wanted to invest in a unique and progressive technology and we are pleased to have found the best partners in Voith and Truetzschler to realize our first step into a new business field.”

As a full-line supplier, Voith implements customer-oriented solutions for Tufropes with BlueLine stock preparation and forming technologies to guarantee an efficient and sustainable wipe manufacturing process. The line will contain a compact FloatLip Former, a cylinder mould former, proven in dozens of cardboard production lines worldwide. “Its special advantage for CP nonwovens production is the very consistent distribution of stock suspension for highly flat profiles,” explains Oliver Crasser, Sales Manager at Voith Paper. “The compact and energy-efficient low-consistency former is space-saving and optimally accessible along its entire length.” In addition, Tufropes benefits from Voith's effective automation technologies and extensive service know-how. The second heart of the line is Truetzschler NCT high-speed card. “The roller card delivers a carded web into the CP process. It gives the finished nonwoven both strength and softness, while the wet-laid pulp layer provides absorbency and additional volume”, explains Christian Maennich, Area Sales Manager at Truetzschler Nonwovens.

About Tufropes
Tufropes, founded in 1992 by Mr. Arun Goel, is a first-generation company, an Indian giant and globally amongst the top 5 companies manufacturing rope and netting solutions. Since ever the company’s focus is on safety and quality. With 28 years of experience, 5 manufacturing sites and over 2000 employees, Tufropes is a trusted partner for rope and netting products in numerous sectors such as marine, aquaculture, industrial, safety, sports, retail, defense and logistics. Made in India, for the World - Tufropes products are well recognized and approved globally in 84 + countries.

About Truetzschler
With about 3,000 employees, Truetzschler is one of the leading textile machine manufacturers in the world. Truetzschler specializes in machines, systems, and accessories for spinning preparation, nonwovens, and the chemical fibre industry. Founded more than 125 years ago, the company is headquartered in Moenchengladbach, Germany. It has additional locations in Germany, India, China, Brazil, USA, and Switzerland.

Truetzschler Nonwovens is a division of the Truetzschler Group with a focus on complete production lines and machinery for hydroentangled (spunlaced), through-air and chemical bonded nonwovens. Its range of products includes solutions encompassing the entire nonwovens process chain from fibre preparation, web formation, web bonding, and finishing to drying and winding. Truetzschler India Private Limited (TIPL) is not only a place where Truetzschler machines of international quality are produced, but also project planning, sales and nation-wide service are independently taken care of. TIPL is a major keystone of the Truetzschler Group’s “Global Production Strategy”. More than 65 field engineers and technicians perform start-up and maintenance activities in India and worldwide. For more information on the Truetzschler Group visit: www.truetzschler.com.

About the Voith Group
The Voith Group is a global technology company. With its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, the company today has more than 20,000 employees, sales of € 4.2 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger family-owned companies in Europe.

The Group Division Voith Paper is part of the Voith Group. As the full-line supplier to the paper industry, it provides the largest range of technologies, services and products on the market and offers paper manufacturers holistic solutions from a single source. The company’s continuous stream of innovations facilitates resource-conserving production and helps customers minimize their carbon footprint. With its leading automation products and digitalization solutions from the Papermaking 4.0 portfolio, Voith offers its customers state-of-the-art digital technologies to improve plant availability and efficiency for all sections of the production process.

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The global pandemic has caused major unpredictable challenges in both public and private areas. One of these effects is enormous cost increases in many industrial sectors, for example raw materials, packaging and transport.

  • Due to continuing significant cost increases in many industrial sectors, Voith has to make price adjustments in the paper industry
  • The adjustments pertain to paper machine clothing, shoe press sleeves, roll covers, mechanical roll service and doctoring solutions
  • The increases will apply to new orders placed starting this autumn and range between 2.8% and 4.8%

Voith logoOver a period of time, Voith was able to offset this development through various measures, thus avoiding significant price increases for its customers. Due to the ongoing development, it is now unfortunately no longer possible to compensate all increased costs. In line with the current tense market situation, Voith is therefore forced to make price adjustments for some products and services in the paper industry.

In the product areas of paper machine clothing, shoe press sleeves, roll covers, mechanical roll service and doctoring solutions, prices will increase between 2.8% and 4.2%. Further details will be announced in autumn and will then apply to newly placed orders.

The target of Voith remains unchanged: to support its customers and business partners with leading expertise, outstanding service and innovative products and solutions – in an increasingly complex and challenging business world.

About the Voith Group
The Voith Group is a global technology company. With its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, the company today has more than 20,000 employees, sales of € 4.2 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger family-owned companies in Europe.

The Group Division Voith Paper is part of the Voith Group. As the full-line supplier to the paper industry, it provides the largest range of technologies, services and products on the market and offers paper manufacturers holistic solutions from a single source. The company’s continuous stream of innovations facilitates resource-conserving production and helps customers minimize their carbon footprint. With its leading automation products and digitalization solutions from the Papermaking 4.0 portfolio, Voith offers its customers state-of-the-art digital technologies to improve plant availability and efficiency for all sections of the production process.

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