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“Flying Eagle”: Successful start of new Kotkamills board machine
Bellmer was the main supplier of a 5.4 m-wide magazine paper-to-board machine conversion completed at Kotkamills in Finland. Now the BM produces packaging boards instead of magazine paper. With a total investment of 170 million Euros the new machine has a production capacity of 400,000 t/a. Known as The Flying Eagle, BM 2 started up on schedule in July. The extraordinary project owes its name to the translation of the Finnish word “Kotka” which means “eagle”. The new machine produces high quality consumer board for demanding global customers.
Bellmer’s work on the project was divided between its German and Finnish workshops. The entire TURBOPress™ tandem shoe-press section was supplied from Bellmer´s main location in Niefern, Germany, while Bellmer Vaahto´s Hollola workshop in Finland took on the 3-ply wire section including TURBOVaahtoJetter™ headboxes and TURBOFormerPro™ top-former unit. The extension of the dryer section, new hood, pulpers and approach flow systems also formed part of Bellmer’s scope of supply. Engineering, project management, full erection, commissioning, customer training and start-up services were essential elements of this Bellmer project. More and more attention is paid to environmental friendliness when selecting packaging materials. With this investment, Kotkamills Oy responds to the far-reaching requests of end customers of the packaging business to introduce high-quality recyclable barrier board to the market. Unlike other generally used plastic-coated boards, the barrier board of Kotkamills can be recycled without any special measures. “The interest in our new sustainable products has been huge. The new machine offers a wide range of interesting possibilities for converters, brand owners and designers alike. Another of the machine’s unique features is its ability to produce board with a silk matte surface, providing brand owners with the opportunity to make their product really stand out,” says Markku Hämäläinen, CEO of Kotkamills. The next-generation packaging board with zero plastic content facilitates the recycling activities of consumers as well as food producers and cafeteria and fast food chains that use large volumes of board packages, as there is no need to sort plastic separately. This directly reduces the total costs of the packaging solution. Board instead of plastic to protect the environment.
The new machine with a production capacity of 400,000 t/a
A successful start-up means a happy team