The equipment company Metso has reached an agreement with the Canadian-based paper company Norampac to supply mill maintenance services for the company’s Greenpac recycled board mill in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Metso says it will establish and manage all the maintenance systems and procedures at the new mill.
Greenpac, built adjacent to an existing Norampac facility in Niagara Falls, was created with funding from the investment firm Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Jamestown Container and one other industry partner. When operational, the mill will operate a single machine and produce a light weight recycled linerboard the mill’s annual production capacity will be 540,000 tons per year. The machine is scheduled to start up by the third quarter of 2013.
The agreement between Metso and Norampac includes the recruitment of all maintenance personnel prior to start-up. Upon start-up, Metso will assume full responsibility for the mill maintenance operations for the entire production facility.
“We are pleased to collaborate with Metso in creating a unique world-class operation at our Greenpac site. The outsourcing of maintenance is a first of its kind for Norampac and its partners in North America, after visiting a similar world-class site in Europe we were convinced of the benefits, performance and customer satisfaction of Metso maintenance operations, which will further contribute to the project's success,” Marc-André Dépin, Norampac president and CEO, says.
The raw material consumed at the mill will primarily be old corrugated containers (OCC), which will be supplied by Cascades’ collection arm, as well as other end markets in the area.
Norampac’s converting operations will purchase 170,000 short tons (39 percent) of the production. The mill’s machine, which was ordered in 2011, will be supplied by Metso.