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Successful start-up of Sun Paper’s first Paper Machine outside of China

  • Voith supports Sun Paper’s expansion in South East Asia 
  • Start-up 17 days ahead of the schedule
  • It is the 11th Voith paper machine running at Sun Paper
Sun Paper‘s PM1 mill in Laos

Shanghai/Savannakhét. On December 11, 2020 Voith’s long-term customer Sun Paper has started up its first paper machine outside of China. The XcelLine packaging machine PM 1 has been successfully started operation in Laos, showing the steady implementation of Sun Paper’s “Forestry-pulp-paper integration” project. The PM 1 marks the start of the customer’s expansion into South East Asia. Despite the challenging conditions exerted by COVID-19 in Laos, the packaging machine started up 17 days ahead of schedule, and has set up a new record from I/O check to first jumbo roll.

“During project execution, Sun Paper and Voith cooperated very closely to tackle all challenges. When Laos was under lockdown, we have been steadily carrying out the project implementation while taking necessary prevention measures. We are very proud that PM 1 started up ahead of schedule with joint efforts from both parties,” says Aiming Zhang, Laos Project Director from Sun Paper. 

The performance and fast start-up of the machine showcased once again the state-of-the-art technology of Voith XcelLine paper machines. It is the 11th Voith line operating at Sun Paper, while being the 5th packaging line for Sun Paper. With a width of 6.6 meters and a designed speed of 1,200 m/min, the PM 1 will produce packaging paper with a basis weight of 140 to 250 g/m2 and an annual production capacity of 520,000 tons. With its expertise, knowledge, and global footprint, Voith will support Sun Paper with their global expansion.

Joanne Jiang

Voith Group


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The Voith Group is a global technology company. With its wide range of plants, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets for energy, oil and gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith today has more than 20,000 employees and earns 4.2 billion euros in sales. It has locations in over 60 countries and is one of Europe’s larger family-owned companies.

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The Group Division Voith Paper is part of the Voith Group. As the full-line supplier to the paper industry, it provides the largest range of technologies, services, and products on the market, and offers paper manufacturers holistic solutions from a single source. The company’s continuous stream of innovations facilitates resource-conserving production and supports customers in significantly reducing their carbon footprint. With its comprehensive automation products and leading digitization solutions from the Papermaking 4.0 portfolio, Voith offers its customers state-of-the-art, digital technologies to increase the availability and efficiency of their systems in all areas of the production process.

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