Global flow control products and services provider Flowserve announced, in March, that its operation in Brazil has been selected to supply all ball sector control valves, ball valves and butterfly valves for Brazilian paper producer Klabin’s new mill, known as the Puma project, located in the city of Ortigueira, in Paraná state, southern Brazil.
In total, more than 1 500 rotary control and automated on/off valves will be supplied from Flowserve to the Klabin Puma project, including products under the NAF, PMV, Atomac and Worcester brands. The valves will be included as part of supply agreements with a number of different participating engineering, procurement and construction contractors. The orders were booked in the fourth quarter of last year and are expected to be shipped by December this year.
Klabin is one of the world's largest packaging paper producers, exporting to more than 60 countries. The new mill will have an annual production capacity of 1.5-million tons of pulp, of which 1.1-million tons is short fibre, eucalyptus, for use in a variety of paper and 400 000 t is long fibre, pine, part of which will be converted into fluff pulp. Fluff pulp is used extensively for a 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. 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," says Flow Control chemical sector VP and GM Bill Brown.
The Puma project is the third major project in Brazil in the past six to seven years where Flowserve has been providing all of the critical service rotary control and on/off valves. In order to provide dedicated support to its customers in the first two mills, a QRC was opened in Três Lagoas in 2010. For the Puma project, Flowserve was chosen for its track record of supplying high performance, reliable products and its commitment to providing strong on-site support during construction and start-up.
Flowserve is one of the world's leading providers of fluid motion and control products and services for the global infrastructure market. Operating in more than 55 countries, the company produces engineered and industrial pumps, seals and valves as well as a range of related flow management services.