ABB to provide comprehensive automation and power solution for Project Columbia paper machine rebuild in South Carolina

Integrated electrical and automation systems, equipment and services for New-Indy Containerboard to provide highest level of efficiency, reliability and product quality

New-Indy Containerboard has chosen technology leader ABB to provide the integrated electrical and automation systems and equipment for its Columbia paper machine rebuild in Catawba, South Carolina, USA. The leading supplier of high-quality recycled containerboard for the corrugated box industry is rebuilding its Number 3 paper machine to diversify its product capabilities.

The new technology and equipment being installed by ABB comprises paper machine and winder machine drive systems, ABB AbilityTM System 800xA Quality Control System, ABB AbilityTM System 800xA Open Control System, L&W Autoline for automated paper testing, as well as process motors and power products equipment. The integration of these systems will enable a single view of all production activities to ensure the highest levels of process efficiency, product quality, power stability and equipment reliability.

“The acquisition of the Catawba Mill and additional investment in its infrastructure will establish one of the most diverse and efficient mill operations in the industry,” said Rick Hartman, Chief Operating Officer for New-Indy. “We are excited about the prospects for this mill and the opportunity to supply lightweight kraft linerboard to the industrial packaging marketplace. Our investment in the Catawba Mill will further strengthen our strategy to be the best company at serving the increasing needs of our customers.”

“Our long and successful history of working closely with both New-Indy’s corporate leadership and teams from each of their mills, as well as our ability to deliver and consult on customized systems with the latest technologies and services, were crucial factors in winning this order,”  said Jim Fisher, US local business manager, Process Industries for ABB.

New-Indy is a joint-venture that was formed in 2012 by the Kraft Group and Schwarz Partners, LP, two family-owned companies with long histories in paper and packaging. Today, New-Indy operates three recycled brown paper mills and eight packaging facilities throughout the United States.  The Catawba Mill acquisition represents a continuation of New-Indy’s investment in growing the venture through the acquisition of strategic and synergistic companies in the paper and packaging industry.