On Nov. 20th, Sun Paper, one of the biggest players in China’s paper industry and Voith’s long-term partner, has successfully started up the XcelLine graphic paper machine PM 39 at its Yanzhou site in Shandong province, China. With joint efforts of Sun Paper and Voith, the project was completed two weeks earlier than scheduled, and after the start-up, the production is stable with qualified paper rolled out. PM 39 is the 10th Voith-supplied production line operating at Sun Paper.
“We are cooperating with a passionate team”, stated Hongxin Li, Chairman of Sun Paper. “Voith is customer-oriented and highly dedicated to the work involved. We are impressed by the high efficiency of Voith’s project execution. We are looking forward to greater achievements by working closely together.”
The new line will release 450,000 tons per year and has become the single production line with the highest capacity at Sun Paper. As the 17th line of graphic paper grade that Voith installed in China, PM 39 boasts a width of 10.5 meters, a designed speed of 1,800 m/min, and will produce uncoated offset paper with a basis weight range of 50-100 g/m2.
“PM 39 is accelerating the shift in company structure optimization, and also supports in enriching product category and is bringing in higher efficiency and profit”, says Wenchun Wu, Director of Graphic Paper Business Line of Sun Paper. “Sun Paper and Voith are working closely, conquered many challenges, and realized the successful start-up, even ahead of schedule.”
Despite the negative impact inserted by the pandemic, both parties from Sun Paper and Voith have quickly made adjustments. It took 16 months from order award to start-up. For example, the installation of the first dryer to the main equipment completion was done within six months, and the entire commissioning process only took seven weeks.
At present, the Voith-supplied graphic paper machines PM 21, PM 24 and PM 29 operating at Sun Paper have an excellent performance in terms of quality, profit, and efficiency. And PM 39 will further enhance Sun Paper’s competitiveness in this field.