Andritz to supply new debarking and chipping line to Nordic Paper Bäckhammar mill, Sweden

Andritz will supply a new debarking and chipping line with steam de-icing in the debarking drum to Nordic Paper Bäckhammar mill in Sweden. Photo: Andritz

Andritz has received an order from Nordic Paper to deliver a new wood room with chip and bark handling for its Bäckhammar mill in Sweden.

The new wood room contributes to meeting the very high pulp quality standards at the Bäckhammar mill. The plant will have the capacity to process over 1.4 million m³ sob of pine and spruce logs annually. Start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2025.

Christian Persson, Director of Operations at Nordic Paper, says: “The investment will further improve sustainability performance and strengthen the competitiveness of Nordic Paper Bäckhammar mill. The new wood room provides for both strategic flexibility in raw material sourcing and efficiency gains in production.”

The new wood room will be the benchmark in sustainable solutions in the wood handling area. The delivery includes a new debarking and chipping line with steam de-icing in the debarking drum, which ensures a high debarking degree with low wood losses and at the same time saves energy. This technology also drastically reduces water use and effluent water load. Chipping in horizontally fed HHQ-Chippers ensures efficient use of the wood raw material and provides the highest chip quality on the market. 

Efficient operation is supported by key digital packages from the ANDRITZ Autonomous Wood Processing product portfolio, which optimizes production and quality and ensures low wood losses. Chip quality is monitored with Metris ChipSCAN technology. The energy value of the bark will be maximized with the unique and further developed HQ-Press bark press and BioCrusher solution.

Nordic Paper is a leading specialty paper producer based in Scandinavia. At Bäckhammar, Nordic Paper manufactures unbleached kraft papers of different qualities primarily for packaging end-uses. The raw material is pulpwood from sustainably managed forests in mid-Sweden as well as sawmill chips. Products made from paper from Bäckhammar include for example sacks for flour, carrier bags and bread pouches. The main market is in Europe, but the papers are shipped all over the world.