Bekaert Solaronics started up a new infrared/air drying system at UPM Nordland Papier - Bekaert.com

Bekaert Solaronics started up a new infrared/air drying system at UPM Nordland Papier



15-Mar-2012

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Bekaert Solaronics has recently started up a new infrared/air drying system as part of the rebuild of the Coater 1 at UPM Nordland Papier, Dörpen Lower Saxony, Germany.

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Bekaert Solaronics* has recently started up a new infrared/air drying system as part of the rebuild of the Coater 1 at UPM Nordland Papier, Dörpen Lower Saxony, Germany. The turnkey rebuild delivered by Bekaert Solaronics is for the replacement of the existing electrical infrared and air drying systems supplied in 1988. The new configuration consists of UniDryer® V2 units combined with new air dryers for the non contact drying of the coated paper. After each coating head, there is a new UniDryer® V2 followed by a high performance air dryer which are linked by a Bekaert Solaronics energy recovery system. The objective of the project was to maintain the existing quality of the coated wood free grades while reducing energy consumption significantly. This new configuration results in a significant reduction of installed power due to the replacement of electricity by gas and due to the high efficiency achieved with the UniDryer® V2, high performance air dryers and Solaronics Bekaert energy recovery system link. UPM leads the integration of bio and forest industries into a new, sustainable and innovation-driven future. Products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. UPM consists of three Business Groups: Energy and pulp, Paper, and Engineered materials. The Group employs around 24,000 people and it has production plants in 16 countries. UPM's annual sales exceed EUR 10 billion. UPM's shares are listed on the Helsinki stock exchange. UPM – The Biofore Company – www.upm.com UPM comprises of three Business Groups: Energy and pulp, Paper, and Engineered materials, with production plants in 16 countries. UPM Nordland Papier in Dörpen is one of the world's largest producer of uncoated and coated woodfree fine paper and has an annual capacity of 1.4 million tonnes. Bekaert Solaronics supplies customized drying and heating systems based on gas and electrical infrared technology to a wide range of industries including paper and board, converting and metal processing applications. Today, more than 1,000 systems have been installed worldwide, of which 60% come from repeat orders with existing customers. The company provides service and maintenance options worldwide for the upgrade optimization and improves energy efficiency of existing systems. *Solaronics S.A. is not to be confused with Solaronics Inc. based in Rochester Michigan USA. For the USA, the non-contact drying business of Bekaert is coordinated through Bekaert Corp, 1395 South Marietta Parkway, Building 500, Suite 100, US-Marietta, Georgia 30067-4440.

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