Constructed in Äänekoski, Finland and valued approximately €1.2 billion, the bioproduct mill is the largest investment in the history of the Finnish forest industry.
Pesmel’s storage facility will be implemented using the new TransBale distribution centre concept. Pesmel has been developing the concept over the past eighteen months in close cooperation with Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group. It will be the first automated pulp distribution centre in the world.
In the concept to be delivered, the entire output of the mill – 1.3 million tonnes – is taken to the distribution centre, which will buffer, sort and distribute the pulp bale units to different transports.
One of the benefits offered by Pesmel’s concept is its storage efficiency: the total capacity of the distribution centre is 25,000 tonnes in an area of only 3,000 square meters.
Thanks to the adjustable sorting capacity, there is no need for any pre-sorting in production or allocation of storage space. This enables the optimal use of space, regardless of how big amounts of different pulp grades are produced.
“A further benefit is the system’s handling capacity,” says Pesmel President and CEO Tony Leikas. “The system is able to buffer and sort the entire production volume of the mill, while at the same time controlling all dispatch operations. All this can be achieved with a relatively simple and straightforward solution.”
The distribution centre will be part of a logistics chain that includes three main distribution channels. Approximately 800,000 tonnes of pulp is transported as export units by train to Vuosaari Harbour, while 400,000 tonnes will find their way directly to customers by train and trucks. The remaining 100,000 tonnes are refined in different units in the mill area.
Tony Leikas, President and CEO of Pesmel, and Timo Merikallio, Project Director from Metsä Fibre, sign the agreement on the TransBale distribution centre for the bioproduct mill in Äänekoski. (Image: Pesmel)
Until now, Pesmel has delivered systems mainly for two industries, namely paper industry and metal industry. Cooperation with Metsä Fibre and the development of the new TransBale concept designed for pulp mills represent a welcome new direction for the company.
”For a technology company like us, developing new concepts is crucial,” Leikas points out. “This project has given us a great opportunity to extend our technology into a new business area.”
Pesmel is a strongly export-oriented company, with nearly all of its sales destined beyond the borders of its native Finland. Currently, the main markets for the company include China, India, as well as the Americas.
The domestic delivery for Metsä Fibre will bring Pesmel around thirty man-years’ worth of work. The storage facility as well as the bioproduct mill itself will be fully operational in the third quarter of 2017.
Text by Industrial PRIME.
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