HELSINKI, Finland -- Valmet has been selected for the rebuild of Alas Dorada's PM4 in El Salvador. The main target for the rebuild is to raise production capacity by increasing press dryness, and enable improved paper quality as a second stage. This will be achieved by installation of an Advantage ViscoNip press combined with an Advantage ReDry web heater. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for end of the year 2017.
The order was included in Valmet's second quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
"We have evaluated several options carefully and found that Valmet's Advantage ViscoNip technology will provide the press dryness, capacity and product quality we are aiming for. We are also convinced that Valmet's technology, process skills and experience will ensure an efficient installation and reliable future operations," says Carlos Jerez, Technical Director, Alas Doradas.
"We are excited to support Alas Doradas in their technology upgrade to increase their production. We are also proud to have been chosen as supplier after their long and careful evaluation and we see this as a start of a long-lasting relation," says Kent Nika, Sales Manager, Tissue Mills unit, Valmet.
Valmet's delivery for the machine rebuild includes a replacement of a current suction press roll with an Advantage ViscoNip press for increased production, improved product quality and decreased energy consumption. A new Advantage ReDry web heater will further enhance the targets by utilizing exhaust air and humidity from the hood, to heat the web and thereby increase post pressure consistency.
Alas Doradas is one of the three main manufacturers of tissue paper in Central America. Alas Doradas is renowned for its "green practices," using 100% recycled paper as raw material for its production. The plant, located in El Salvador, employs advanced European technology for the manufacturing of tissue paper products of the highest quality. At present, Alas Doradas serves basic population needs, producing toilet paper in single ply and double ply, paper napkins and kitchen towels.