Page manager Published: Thu 10 Nov 2016.

Paper province trip

Last Thursday I got the chance to participate in a study trip to visit several companies from the paper and pulp segment in Värmland, a province North on Göteborg.

It was a completely cost free trip organized by Chalmers Career Service and Paper Province,  a business cluster for forest bio-economy. As I have taken some courses focused on the paper and pulp industry from the programme that I read, Innovative and Sustainable Chemical Engineering, I became interested on the trip right away.
Our first stop was at Stora Enso Skoghall and engineers working both there and at BTG told us a bit on how it is to work in those companies and what their main daily work activities are. A nice thing is that it did not feel like a corporate presentation, it really felt that they were sharing their experiences as 'regular' people, that once were in our shoes going through the same doubts. After that, we took a tour in the plant and got to see and understand a process of paper production until the final step, packing up for delivery. When we reached that point an order that would head up to Brazil had just become ready and right after, one that would head to China! 
We continued our journey by visiting Valmet, where we got to know a bit on how it is to work both at Valmet and at BillerudKorsnäs. After that we took a tour around the plant and saw how equipment used in paper and pulp plants are produced and understand a bit of the logistics between the manufacturing of the machines here in Sweden and the setting up process in the plants to which they will be delivered to. It was really cool! I had never seen a process as such and I could relate a lot to a course that I am currently taking called Design of Industrial Energy Equipment​. Actually, we had been in a study visit in a Valmet facility in Göteborg as part of that course a couple of weeks ago so, since they work 
​with different parts of the process, this visit fitted really well to get a more holistic picture. 
The next stop was Sweco. There we listened to engineers working both at Sweco itself and at Nordic Paper. Then we did a tour around the offices and got to see what people were working with in that exact moment, which was very interesting. Also, we saw a facility that had been completely 3D scanned; it seemed that this tool is largely employed in the projects in Sweco and we even got a 3D scan of ourselves sitting in the room while we were listening to the presentations in the beginning of the visit. 
Finally we went to Nöjesfabriken, a huge event centre where we had dinner and mingling with the company representatives before heading back home. 
It was a great day and definitely an event that I would recommend going to! ​

Text: Carolina Braga
Pictures: Private
 

Page manager Published: Thu 10 Nov 2016.