Valmet to Supply OptiFlo Headbox and Valmet Conical Refiners to Shree Ajit Pulp

Valmet has been selected to supply an OptiFlo Layering Fourdrinier headbox with Aqua layering technology, Valmet Conical Refiners Pro and Conflo to Shree Ajit Pulp and Paper Limited for their Unit 2 Mill at Vapi, Gujarat in India. The start-up is planned for the first quarter 2024.

The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the second quarter 2023. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

“Valmet’s latest technologies will enable us to produce lightweight end products. We are proud of this step and the association with Valmet to differentiate ourselves in the Indian market. This will be the first installation of these novel headbox technologies in India. The next step would be to automate the machine and process systems with Valmet’s solutions,” said Gautam D. Shah, Chairman and Managing Director, Shree Ajit Pulp and Paper Limited.

“We are pleased to be Shree Ajit’s partner supporting them to achieve their business goals. The new headbox technologies with proven references in Europe and Asia will bring the possibility to produce a two-layer sheet using only one headbox and one forming unit. The layering headbox with the patented Aqua layering technology produces a disturbance-free, purely layered structure that boosts strength properties,” said Varun Jain, Director, India Region, Asia Pacific, Valmet.

Technical information of the delivery
The delivery includes an OptiFlo Layering Fourdrinier headbox with Aqua layering technology as well as new generation Valmet Conical Refiners Pro and Conflo for producing microfibrillated cellulose (MFC). Valmet Conical Refiner Pro with its higher installed power throughput raises the refining efficiency, achieving a good fibrillation of the fibres without cutting.

The delivery also includes a Valmet IQ Quality Control System (QCS), a Valmet IQ Dilution Profiler and a Valmet IQ Steam Profiler. The end products will be kraft liner and white top testliner.

Information about Shree Ajit Pulp and Paper Limited
Shree Ajit Pulp and Paper Limited is one of the top kraft paper manufacturers in India. They manufacture premium grade kraft paper with a basis weight range of 70–350 g/m2 in their existing plant and plan to manufacture 45–150g/m2 in the new plant. Their products are 100 per cent recycled and used by various companies in India and globally.