Flowserve Corporation to Supply Valves to Brazilian Pulp Mill
Flowserve Corporation, a provider of fluid motion control products and services for the global infrastructure markets, has been selected to supply ball sector control valves, ball valves, and butterfly valves for the new Klabin mill, titled Project Puma, located in Ortigueira, Brazil. The company designs and manufactures industrial pumps, seals, and valves, and operates in more than 55 countries around the world. At the mill's completion, more than 1,500 rotary control and automated on/off valves will be supplied, including valve products under the NAF, PMV, Atomac and Worcester brands.
Klabin is one of the world's largest packaging paper producers, exporting to more than 60 countries. After the new valves are installed, the mill will have an annual production capacity of 1.5 million tons of pulp. 1.1 million tons will be used in short fiber (eucalyptus) paper projects and 400 thousand tons will be converted to long fiber (pine), a portion of which will be converted to fluff pulp. Fluff pulp is used for a wide range of absorbent products such as diapers.
"The reliability and performance of our rotary control and automated on/off valves combined with our local service capability helps our customer run their pulp mills safely and efficiently," says Bill Brown, vice president and general manager of Flow Control Operations, Chemical Sector. "From our Quick Response Center (QRC) in Três Lagoas, we will also be able to provide localized service to our customer and protect their investment over the entire life cycle of the valves."
The Puma Project is the third major project in Brazil in the past six to seven years where the Flowserve Corporation has provided all of the rotary control and on/off valves for critical projects. During the first two mill projects, a QRC was opened in Três Lagoas in 2010. For the more recent Puma Project, Flowserve was chosen for its track record of supplying high performance, reliable supply valve products and its commitment to providing strong on-site support during construction and start-up. Valves will be shipped between April and December of 2015.