The official inauguration ceremony of the largest paper-making line ever built in Japan occurred at Hokuetsu Paper Mills Ltd., Niigata, Japan, in September after the line was successfully started up in July.
The new production line adds close to 400,000 tonnes/year to the Niigata mill's existing capacity of 1,000,000 tonnes of coated paper. According to Masaaki Miwa, director of Hokuetsu Paper Mills, improving local and global competitiveness in quality and cost were the main reasons for the investment.
The 35.1' (10.7 m) wide paper machine from Mesto Paper is the company's largest delivery to Japan. The entire delivery consists of a 5,249 ft/min (1,600 m/min) Metso OptiConcept paper machine with air, auxiliary and automation systems. The project management for the supplied equipment as well as installation advising, startup support and training were included in the delivery.
As the flagship of Hokuetsu Paper Mills, the Niigata mill is one of the largest paper mills in Japan. It produces printing paper and white paperboard using a highly efficient production process from manufacture of pulp to finished paper products.