Domtar today announced it has signed an agreement with Voith to provide equipment and technical services to convert the paper machine at its Kingsport, Tennessee, mill from the production of uncoated freesheet to recycled containerboard, including high-performance lightweight packaging grades, as well as industry-standard grades.
In August, Domtar also signed an agreement with Voith to provide a complete recycled stock preparation system for the Kingsport Mill including water, sludge, and reject handling systems which will maximize both efficiency and quality.
“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Voith as we repurpose our Kingsport Mill to enter the containerboard market,” Domtar President & CEO John Williams said. “Voith is an ideal partner for this project, able to provide the entire scope of supply from raw material receipt to finished product.”
The mill’s conversion is expected to be complete in 2022. Once complete, the Kingsport Mill will have the capacity to produce and market about 600,000 tons of high-quality recycled linerboard and corrugated medium annually. That level of capacity will make Kingsport the second-largest recycled containerboard mill in North America.
Dr. Michael Trefz, President Voith Paper Division Projects, commented, “The Voith team is excited to work with Domtar on this state-of-the-art conversion. We worked closely with their teams to design the needed technical scope to produce the demanding grades they are planning for the machine and the market they are targeting.
“Conversion projects like this offer unique challenges and we’re proud that Domtar recognized our capabilities, experience, and expertise in supporting this type of project.”
About Voith Paper
Voith Paper, a division of the Voith Group, is a full-line supplier to the paper industry, providing a wide range of technologies, services, components, and products.
Domtar is a leading provider of a wide variety of fiber-based products including communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp, and absorbent hygiene products. To learn more, visit: www.domtar.com.
SOURCE: Domtar Corporation