New wood processing line supplied to Estonia’s Horizon Pulp & Paper by Andritz Group

Horizon Pulp & Paper (Horizon), a leading sack kraft producer from Estonia with exports to over 55 countries, upgrades its wood processing line with state-of-the-art technology supplied by a globally leading technology company Andritz Group, according to an agreement signed in Kehra. 

“New technology enables to achieve the full potential of the plant’s recent investments for advanced cooking and washing processes and improve the chip quality. New equipment fully covers Horizon’s need for wood chips with the current annual paper production capacity of 70,000 tons annually and would also match the requirements of 110,000 tons annually, once a new paper machine will be installed within the company’s investment program”, said Aime-Kersti Kelder, Member of the Management Board of Horizon Pulp & Paper said. 

The investment of the processing line exceeds €3.0m and it will be completed by the middle of 2014. The selected line presents the newest wood processing technology and consists of log infeed, debarker, chipper and chip screen. 

In the pulp-making process the quality of the pulp fiber depends on the chip quality. The line will have a capacity to de-bark and chip 62 solid cubic meters over bark (SOB) per hour; and in near future the line will be able to reach 120 solid cubic meters over bark per hour with addition of one more de-barker unit. The process detaches bark, sawdust and oversized chips from the system. They will be used by the company as biofuel. 

In 2012 Horizon launched a new super-batch technology pulp cooking plant, as a part of a €55m and three-year investment program of the company. This year a new lime kiln will become operational enabling the company to recycle more than 90 per cent of the lime used in the production.

Horizon Pulp & Paper is the only sack kraft paper producer in Estonia that exports more than 55 countries around the globe. A subsidiary of the international industry group Tolaram headquartered in Singapore, Horizon possesses substantially modernised production facilities with a total investment of approximately €80m in over 15 years, about €40m of this channeled to investments of reducing emissions. Since 1995 when Tolaram Group acquired the mill it has invested significantly in achieving better standards of quality, efficiency and environmental protection. The company’s foundations date back to 1938 when Kehra Paper Mill started operating in the premises of current Horizon mill. 

For additional information:

Mrs Aime-Kersti Kelder

Member of the Management Board

Horizon Pulp & Paper

E-mail: aime-kersti dot kelder at horizon dot ee

Phone: +372 6085 007