Valmet to supply a new headbox to Naini Papers in India

Naini Papers to enhance paper uniformity & quality

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Naini Papers
Valmet OptiFlo Fourdriner headbox. Photo Valmet

Valmet will supply a new headbox to Naini Paper’s Kashipur mill in India. The investment is targeted to strengthen Naini Paper’s capability in delivering high-quality paper to its customers and secure its market position with growing productivity. 

The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the first quarter 2022. The value of the order has not been disclosed. The delivery is scheduled to take place in December 2022, and the start-up is in the first quarter of 2023.

“We expect to achieve quality improvement and production enhancement with this new headbox supplied by Valmet,” says Pawan Agarwal, managing director, Naini Papers.

“The headbox rebuild will help Naini Papers to reduce energy consumption through less breaks, to achieve materials savings through furnish optimization, and to improve profile uniformity for better paper quality. We are very happy to start working with Naini Papers and are looking forward to a successful project together,” says Varun Jain, director, India Region, Valmet.

Valmet’s delivery includes an OptiFlo Fourdriner headbox and the Valmet IQ Dilution Profiler with CD controls to Naini Paper’s PM 2 at their Kashipur mill. The innovative single-layer headbox with a dilution system will improve web profiles, formation, and productivity of the machine. It will have an operating speed of 900 meter per minute and a wire width of 3,260 millimeter. 

Naini Papers, which was started in 1995, is said to be one of the few premier paper manufacturing facilities in India. Naini offers high-quality writing and printing papers with improved physical and optical properties. Naini claims to be a market leader in producing single-layer cup stock (for making paper cups) and saturating kraft (for making laminates).

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