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Valmet's Strategy Combines
Automation and Services
In April, the former Metso Process Automation Systems business
became part of Valmet. To get an idea of how the move will
affect customers in the pulp, paper, power and other industries,
Paper360° interviewed Pasi Laine, president and CEO of Valmet
Corporation, and Sakari Ruotsalainen, president of Valmet's
Automation Business Line.
Q: Valmet and the former Metso
Process Automation Systems business had
a cooperative relationship. Do you foresee
any differences in the organization now
that you are back in one company? Will
your customers see any changes, and what
are the benefits for them?
Laine: We have a long history of offering technologies and automations solutions
together when we were part of Metso, and during 2014 we continued our cooperation. As of
April 2015, Valmet is now a technology and service company with a full automation offering.
Today, Valmet is smaller, but more focused
on pulp, paper and power than ever before.
The unique combination of Valmet's technology, process know-how and automation
provides opportunities to further improve
our customers' performance. I have already
received positive feedback from several customers who see the long-term value of this
Q: In mature, traditional pulp and
paper markets, the automation infrastructure is already installed. And in
many regions, paper machines and
entire mills are being shut down. How
will Valmet's automation grow in
Ruotsalainen: There is a lot of aging automation in mature, traditional markets, such
as QCS, profilers and PLC/DCS. We can grow
by upgrading and replacing these systems to
improve production performance. In recent
years, we have been able to gain good market
share in replacements and upgrades, and since
2009 we have replaced more than 300 competitors' systems.
Also, with our wide global presence we have
been able to grow in adjacent industries, such
as wastewater, by leveraging our capabilities
in analyzers and by developing measurement
products for these industries. A good example
is our new analyzer for corrosion management in power boilers - the Valmet Corrored.
There are also good opportunities for automation in bio-energy processes. In fact, we are
already a leading automation provider in the
bio energy niche and have installed bases in
Europe, North America and Asia.
Laine: In pulp and paper we see growth in
rebuilds, grade conversion and new investments in Europe and North America. In addition, new greenfield pulp mill investments in
Asia and Latin America will continue.
Q: Service now produces a significant
portion of the revenues for both Valmet
and the acquired Metso automation
business. What growth do you see for
aftermarket products and services?
Laine: We have built a strong services
offering. Our solutions help to maximize
availability and improve energy, raw
material and water efficiency. By combining machine and process know-how with
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