Ittihad Paper Mill (IPM), a company of the Abu Dhabi based industrial conglomerate Ittihad International Investment, fired up its first fine paper machine in mid July. The first batch of uncoated woodfree paper was produced on 17 July, according to the company.
The IPM site in the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi houses a Valmet-supplied PM 1 with a wire width of 7.1 m and a design speed of 1,700 m/min. Valmet puts the production capacity of PM 1 at 320,000 tpy.
IPM will produce uncoated woodfree reel paper as well as folio sheets and copy paper for the MENA markets. The site houses finishing and packaging equipment from BW Papersystems and Will Pemco Bielomatik, who supplied a folio sheeter and two cut-size sheeters to IPM.