Increased production capacity, better product quality, lower energy consumption: ANDRITZ successfully starts up the rebuilt paper machine at Smurfit Kappa, Germany


International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully completed the start-up of PM2’s dryer section at Smurfit Kappa’s Hoya mill, Germany. As a result, Smurfit Kappa – one of the leading producers of paper-based packaging in the world with more than 41,000 employees in 32 countries, can achieve its goals to increase capacity, improve product quality, and reduce energy consumption.

The rebuild of the test liner and fluting machine comprised the following ANDRITZ performance:

  • Complete dismantling of the dryer section and rebuild with new frame and new rolls, supply of a PrimeRun web stabilization system, ropeless tail-threading (PrimeFeeder), a film press (PrimeCoat Film), and a new energy-recovery hood. In spite of the average paper weight being reduced, the capacity could thus be increased by 17%, formation improved, and energy consumption significantly reduced.
  • In a second rebuild phase, the machine’s output was increased again by 17%. In order to achieve this goal, ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER moved the complete reel and enlarged the after-drying section by adding a PrimeDry ST and a PrimeDry DT dryer section, as well as a PrimeRun web stabilization system. The new components have a design speed of 1,200 m/min, at a width at reel of 7,600 mm.

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International technology Group ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors, the steel industry, and the production of animal feed and biomass pellets. In addition, ANDRITZ offers technologies for certain other sectors including automation, pumps, machinery for nonwovens and plastic films, steam boiler plants, biomass boilers and gasification plants for energy generation, flue gas cleaning plants, plants for the production of panelboards (MDF), thermal sludge utilization, and torrefaction plants. The publicly listed company is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of more than 17,700 employees. ANDRITZ operates over 180 production sites as well as service and sales companies all around the world.


ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER is a leading global supplier of equipment, systems, and services for the production and processing of all types of pulps, paper, tissue, and board. The technologies cover processing of logs, annual fibers, and waste paper, production of chemical pulp, mechanical pulp, and recycled fibers, recovery and reuse of chemicals, preparation of paper machine furnish, production of paper, tissue, and board, calendering and coating of paper, as well as treatment of reject materials and sludge. The service range includes modernization, rebuilds, spare and wear parts, service and maintenance, as well as machine transfer and second-hand equipment. Biomass, steam, and recovery boilers, gasification plants for energy production, flue gas cleaning plants, biomass torrefaction, and plants for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, plastic films, and panelboards (MDF) are also allocated to the business area.

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