Valmet said that it is investing EUR 18 million to further develop its press felt production facilities in Tampere, Finland. The investment involves new press felt machinery and equipment, including a new pre-needling line and a new needling line.
“We target to operate the most modern, efficient and sustainable press felt production unit in the industry,” said Tero Kokko, Vice President, Fabrics Business Unit, Services at Valmet. “We serve our customers in the board and paper as well as pulp and tissue industries with press felts that respond to the highest quality and performance demands.
“For us, the sustainability of the production is very important,” Kokko continued. “Already since the 90’s we have been recycling our production waste: for example, we reuse our batt fiber waste for new batt layers. Most of the other press felt production side streams are recycled to polyamide granules, among others.
“Furthermore, we are constantly investigating and testing in our laboratory new, more sustainable yarns and other raw materials to be used in production,” Kokko added.
Valmet has been producing press felts in Tampere, Finland since 1882.
Valmet is a leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. The company’s technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production.
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