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Bellmer modernises PM3 for leading South African packaging manufacturer, Mpact
Mpact has once again selected Bellmer as rebuild specialist for the Group’s Project Khulisa. This phase will see significant investment in the latest paper mill technology and machinery which will enable the mill to enhance its total product offering and overall competitiveness. It will also increase capacity by 60,000 tons to 215,000 tons per year as Mpact Felixton migrates from a Bagasse furnish to recycled paper. In addition to further quality improvements, a key outcome of the project is the increase in paper strength properties. Bellmer was the main supplier seven years ago for the initial upgrade of PM 3, which proved to be a highly successful initiative.

Phase 1 of Project Khulisa will be completed in the first half of 2015 and includes the installation of a TURBOVaahtoJetter headbox to improve formation and cross-direction profile. The optimisation also includes the installation of a TURBOFeeders for safe tail transfer, as well as a TURBOTransporterPro roll transport system from reeler to unwind stand. Phase 2 of the project will be completed by mid-2017.

Part 2 of the PM 3 rebuild at Mpact includes the installation of a new top wire section with another TURBOVaahtoJetter headbox for further quality improvement and the added flexibility of a second ply. To achieve increased paper strength, a TURBOFilmSizer, including Airturn, will also be installed. The drying area will be optimised through a redesign of the dryer groups and the installation of sheet stabilising equipment from Bellmer subsidiary, Lang-Hafner. With 24 new drying cylinders and a new hood including supply / exhaust air and heat recovery systems from Lang-Hafner, the drying capacity and efficiency of PM3 will be highly improved. The planning and extension of the existing steam and condensate system will also be performed by Lang-Hafner. In addition, Project Khulisa will see Bellmer delivering engineering and planning expertise in the areas of approach flow systems, white water circuits, air systems, as well as the steam and condensate system.

This deep understanding and knowledge of advanced technology, particularly with respect to headboxes and film presses, has ensured that Mpact will continue its close working partnership with Bellmer. Mpact is a JSE-listed plastics and paper packaging manufacturer, with 32 operating sites in South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe of which 22 are manu-facturing operations.