Valmet to supply board making line and mill automation to Italian Pro-Gest

Valmet to supply an OptiConcept M boardmaking line and mill-wide automation system to Pro-Gest in Italy /Lennart Ljungblom 2016.03.04

Valmet will supply an OptiConcept M  containerboard production line and a mill-wide Valmet DNA automation system for Pro-Gest S.p.a. for the company’s new Mantova site in Italy. The new production line is planned to produce high-quality lightweight recycled case material.

The order is included in Valmet’s first quarter 2016 orders received. The value of an order of this type is typically EUR 60-80 million.

“At Pro-Gest we are continuously investing to improve our products and exceed quality standards, applying the latest technologies in our mills. Mantova’s new machine will be setting new levels in terms of performance and efficiency, with Valmet’s highest range of solutions for papermaking” says Francesco Zago, General Manager and shareholder of Pro-Gest.

“This delivery combines Valmet’s unique competence both in process technologies and automation.  It has proved to be a success since its launch in 2011 and the delivery to Pro-Gest is already the eleventh OptiConcept M machine that we have supplied to our customers,” says Jari Vähäpesola, President of Paper Business Line, Valmet.

Details about the delivery

Valmet’s OptiConcept M boardmaking line delivery will comprise a complete board making line from headbox to reel and a high-capacity two-drum winder. The mill-wide Valmet DNA automation package includes quality measurement system, process control system, machine controls, runnability and condition monitoring and quality controls. An extensive machine clothing package for start-up is also included of the delivery.


Valmet and Pro-Gest teams at the contract signing of the new OptiConcept M boardmaking line.

Valmet and Pro-Gest teams at the contract signing of the new OptiConcept M boardmaking line.

About Pro-Gest

Owned by the Zago family, Pro-Gest is Italy’s leading integrated producer of packaging and corrugated board, active in all fields, from the collection of raw materials to packaging production. The Group also includes an integrated tissue manufacturing division, featuring the full range of high quality products.

Pro-Gest is active in 8 Italian regions with 22 production sites, employing over 1,000 people, generating a consolidated annual turnover of EUR 450 million in 2015.

Recently, in March 2 2016, Pro Guest in an auction ascuired the recycling site Levio Loris in Badia Polesine strengthening their position in the paper for recycling collection process

“The Badia Polesine plant is a valuable addition to the other waste collection platform site the Group owns and operates in Istrana. With this acquisition we have taken an important step towards completeting the vertical integration of the process that make our group one of the leaders in the paper packaging industry.”, says Bruno Zago, CEO.

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About Valmet

Valmet is a leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. Valmet’s technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Valmet’s net sales in 2015 were approximately EUR 2.9 billion with12,000 professionals around the world. Valmet’s head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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@ /Lennart Ljungblom 2016.03.04