NS Boyer Mill wanted to convert their newsprint base paper machine into a light-weight coated paper machine – the first of its kind in Australia. Wood Beca helped make it happen.
Realising the largest project undertaken by the mill in 25 years was no small feat, the A$85 million project was completed on time, on budget with no lost time injuries.
Wood Beca (formerly Beca AMEC) was involved right from the start, way back in 1995 when we undertook an initial feasibility study. In 2012 we undertook another. This time it was based on the latest European technology for coated paper manufacture, with customisation for the mill.
To reduce capital cost, many of the existing buildings and systems were reused – while still using the latest coating technology. Implementing the latest technology was challenging as the light-weight coated grade is very demanding. Not only in terms of tolerances, but in the large number of chemicals required (12) and the precise process control to provide a stable coated finish on the paper.
By taking care of the detailed engineering design, we were able to ensure the smooth implementation and running of the mill’s new technology.
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