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Aug 15 / 2001

Voith to rebuild Tamil Nadu newsprint machine in India

HEIDENHEIM, Germany, Aug. 14, 2001 (press release) -- At the end of June 2001, Voith Paper received an order from Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd., India, for the rebuild of PM 2 at their mill in Kagithapuram.

The objective of the rebuild is to increase the speed from the current approximate 850 m/min to 950 m/min and to enhance the quality of the paper produced.

To increase dryness, the existing DuoCentri II Press will be converted into a DuoCentri NipcoFlex™ Press. A Voith ModuleSteam box will improve the CD moisture profile and therefore help to distinctly enhance quality.

As early as in 1994, Tamil Nadu began producing newsprint based on 100% bagasse on the paper machine supplied by Voith Paper – at that time a pioneering achievement in India. Tamil Nadu is among the world's leading producers of bagasse papers and produces approximately 180,000 metric tons of newsprint and printing and writing papers annually on two machines.

The decisive factor for placing the order with Voith Paper was the very good experience gained with the Voith paper machine, PM 2, and the excellent start-up of the project in Quena, Egypt, for which significant assistance was provided by experts from Tamil Nadu.

Together with the personnel from the Quena Newsprint Company and Voith Paper, the team ensured a trouble-free start-up at Quena, in Kous, in December 2000. With these reference machines, Voith Paper again demonstrates its leading position in the production of graphic grades based on bagasse. Start-up is scheduled for October 2002.



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