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The damaged PM2 machine at Stora Enso’s Veitsiluoto mill will not be fully up and running again until the end of the year at the earliest, PrintWeek has learned.
The biomaterials group said that it now had updated information as a result of investigations into the incident at the Finnish mill, which resulted in significant damage to the line’s drying cylinders and electrical systems.
A Stora Enso spokeswoman told PrintWeek that the company was working on a stop-gap solution in order to restore some production on PM2.
“Based on current estimates, we expect the machine to be down until end-December. New cylinders and other parts for the drying section will need to be manufactured by our suppliers and this takes considerable time,” she said.  
“We will attempt to start up PM2 in September with an interim solution and limited capacity.” The company declined to comment on the likely amount of tonnage that would be lost as a result of the line being out of action.
Veitsiluoto houses 3 papermaking machines that outputs office papers and magazine paper, and has an annual capacity of 790,000 tonnes. PM2 makes several wood free uncoated office grades as well as scholastic papers.