GL&V Improves Efficiency on Refining System

25.09.2001

Montreal, September 21, 2001 – GL&V is pleased to announced that its subsidiary GL&V Pulp Group Inc. (Nashua, New Hampshire) has successfully replace three existing and operating refiners with one Beloit-Jones DDTM Refiner at the Valley Converting Mill in Toronto, Ohio.

The mill was running two Black Clawson conical refiners each coupled to a 400 HP motor, and one 20” Beloit-Jones DDTM 3000 refiner coupled to a 300 HP motor. This system was replaced with a single rebuilt 24” Beloit-Jones DDTM 4000 with an IMD and PRC-V with a 450 HP motor. Production and desired freeness drop were maintained.

Energy Savings — The original refiners were loaded to roughly 70% for a power consumption of 770 gross HP. The 24” Beloit-Jones DDTM refiner operates between a range of 272 to 318 gross HP, depending on the input freeness level. This new installation represented a power reduction of 59% for a power savings of 452 HP, and an annual power savings of over $150,000 at $0.05 kWh.

In addition to the improvement in energy consumption, there are savings in reduced downtime since fewer plates and fillings need to be replaced, and less maintenance with one refiner instead of three. The customer’s payback on this investment is roughly three months.

About GL&V

Founded in 1975, GL&V is a world leader in the design, manufacture, upgrading and after-sales servicing of patented engineered equipment used in pulp and paper production and in liquid/solid separation processes. The Company serves mainly the pulp and paper industry and various markets such as mining and minerals, food and chemicals, energy and the environment. GL&V holds the proprietary rights to a portfolio of technologies and trademarks recognized around the world. Besides its own manufacturing facilities in North America, its products are manufactured primarily by an international network of subcontractor partners, providing the Company with rapid execution and a flexible, competitive cost structure. GL&V employs some 1,400 people in 40 countries on five continents.

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