25 May 2022

Agreement to accelerate global digital transformation programme

Mercer International and Valmet have signed a long-term agreement to accelerate Mercer’s global digital transformation programme.

The implementation of the agreement starts with the replacement of distributed control systems (DCS) at the Mercer Peace River pulp mill in Alberta and the Mercer Celgar pulp mill in British Columbia, Canada with the Valmet DNA Automation System.

Valmet DNA is a single automation system for process, machine, drives and quality controls. Its intuitive user interface makes the most meaningful information available to users based on their roles – regardless of their location, enabling collaboration and real-time performance optimisation based on data analytics anywhere and anytime.

Christoph Grewe-Franze, CIO, Mercer International, explained: “We wanted a partner that can provide a strong DCS solution but at the same time help improve our performance through better data utilisation, improved internal benchmarking and collaboration across all our sites. We chose Valmet because of their expertise in pulp combined with extensive automation offering and strong digitalisation capabilities.”

Valmet says Mercer will benefit from better connected DCS data communication and analysis of real-time performance across all their operations. This will improve diagnostics and troubleshooting while reducing redundancies and downtime. A solid foundation for advanced data utilisation with integrated industrial internet connectivity, global collaboration, operational consistency and continuity will be realised.

Sami Riekkola, President, Automation business line, Valmet, concluded: “We are happy to continue our long-time collaboration with Mercer International with this significant agreement. We have a full automation and digitalisation offering to manage and optimise processes, including cloud connectivity, analytical applications, and full support both locally and remotely to serve the needs of our customers in various industries. We are delighted to build these capabilities together with Mercer to increase their competitiveness.”

Company info: Valmet