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Cham Paper Group Appoints Luis Mata as CFO

Cham Paper Group said that Luis Mata, who has played a significant role in restructuring the company over the past five years and has managed the Italian mill for the past two years as COO, took over the role of CFO of the entire Group on Sept. 1.

Board member and CEO of the paper division, Susanne Oste, shall assume direct responsibility for mills, sales and innovation.

2017-09-06 
Positive balance trade balance for the Brazilian forest sector grew 9.5%

From January to July 2017, the trade surplus for the Brazilian planted tree sector reached US$ 4.2 billion, a 9.5% increase over the US$ 3.8 billion attained during same period last year. This is mainly the result of ongoing investments in the sector. Export revenues grew 7.7% to reach US$ 4.8 billion during the first seven months of 2017, compared with the US$ 4.4 billion recorded for the same period in 2016.

Check out the other indicators for the planted tree sector in the 39th edition of Cenários Ibá, the monthly bulletin of the Brazilian Tree Industry.

Export revenues – From January to July of 2017, pulp exports reached US$ 3.5 billion (+9.8%), while paper exports were US$ 1.1 million (-0.6%) and wood panels exports reached US$ 163 million (+25.4%).

2017-09-05 
Rottneros and RenFuel invest in renewable fuels

Rottneros and RenFuel have entered into an agreement regarding delivery of the forest product lignin. Lignin is used for production of Lignol, RenFuel’s patented lignin oil. Lignol can be refined into renewable gasoline and diesel. During 2018, Rottneros will initiate deliveries of lignin from the company’s pulp plant in Vallvik outside Söderhamn to RenFuel’s test and pilot plant in Bäckhammar, Värmland County.

2017-09-05 
Södra commences biofuel production

Södra will invest more than SEK 100 million in the production of biomethanol, a sustainable fuel from forest raw material. The project will commence in autumn 2017 and is scheduled to be ready for operation by spring 2019.

The aim is to produce 5,000 tonnes of biomethanol per year at the new facility to be situated at Södra’s pulp mill at Mönsterås. The long-term aim is to further increase production for passenger, truck and ship transport.

“More and more people are realising why we need to switch to fossil-free alternatives, but products must also move forward. We have access to the best and most renewable raw material available – forests. We also have the industrial expertise required for these types of complex and innovative products,” said Catrin Gustavsson, Senior Vice President of Innovation and New Business at Södra.

The biomethanol will be made from the crude methanol produced by the manufacturing process at Södra’s pulp mill. It will be part of the circular process that already exists at Södra’s mills, in which all parts of the forest raw material are used for the best possible effect. The first delivery will reach the market in spring 2019.

“If Sweden is to achieve the fossil-free climate targets, there must be viable alternatives to the fossil-fuel products that are currently available. This will be a major milestone in that development. It’s also in line with Södra’s own strategy to be totally fossil-free by 2030,” said Henrik Brodin, Business Developer for fuels at Södra.

2017-09-05 
Valmet delivers new chipper to Sappi's Ngodwana pulp mill in South Africa

Valmet will deliver a new gravity feed chipper to Sappi Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd Ngodwana. The upgrade targets are to increase the chipping capacity, to maintain or improve chip quality and minimize wood losses. The chipper will be delivered and installed in May 2018 and the start-up is planned for the beginning of June 2018.

The order was included in Valmet’s second quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

"Valmet came up with a unique solution to ’swop’ out the existing chipper with a new larger chipper by not requiring any major concrete works changes allowing for a short shut-down duration to install the new chipper, thus enabling minimal operation down time," says Ryno Eksteen, Senior Regional Project Manager at Sappi.

"South Africa has been a successful market area for Valmet’s wood handling business and with this delivery we continue our positive trend. The Valmet sales team concentrated on optimizing the solution for a demanding raw material and minimizing the payback time for Sappi," says Jussi Taskinen, Manager R&D, Product Portfolio & Strategy at Valmet"

Details about the order

The order consists of a Camura GS1050 chipper with auxiliaries and a screen extension, including machinery, erection, commissioning, training and start-up supervision. Mechanical installation is also carried out by Valmet.

2017-09-05 
BillerudKorsnäs invests in cold chain packaging company Vericool

BillerudKorsnäs invests in the area of cold chain packaging as it acquires a minority holding in the innovative company Vericool Inc., headquartered in California. The company’s solutions enable sustainable and compostable packaging solutions for unbroken cold chains in the grocery and pharmaceutical market, intended as an alternative to non-sustainable packaging solutions, such as polystyrene (EPS).

The investment is being made by BillerudKorsnäs’ wholly owned subsidiary BillerudKorsnäs Venture AB, which develops new business for the Group by linking up with young and innovative companies in a relatively early phase. The objective being to gradually generate and develop new business. The aim is to work closely with companies and actively contribute to developing new solutions in the packaging value chain. This is a small investment for BillerudKorsnäs in financial terms.

2017-09-05 
Take up of a double challenge in China for the ALLIMAND Group!

Zhejiang province : Simultaneous delivery of two “green technology” paper machines with very high added value in hitherto unseen conditions
The ALLIMAND Group as designer & manufacturer of paper and nonwovens machines recognized for its innovation strategy has delivered simultaneously to one of its Chinese historical customers, HUAFENG, two paper machines with very high added value in replacement of the 3 previous ones initially installed by ALLIMAND. As part of the contract signed at the end of 2015, which came into effect in 2016, the delivery of these two complete production lines was planned in response to the customer strategic, economic and technical challenges. The objective of HUAFENG was as follows : to have the most efficient machines and to improve the quality of the paper products. Let’s focus on a double challenge taken up by the ALLIMAND Group in Asia.

2017-09-05 
RISE invests in new advanced X-ray equipment

The RISE Bioeconomy division has been delivered a SAXS & WAXS instrument, an advanced X-ray equipment that will be an important complement to the division’s existing analytical instruments. The new equipment can also be seen as a prelude to trials at the MAX IV synchrotron light system in Lund. With analyses from the SAXS & WAXS, the researchers get preliminary parameters for these trials.

Both research activities at RISE and other players have already shown great interest in using the equipment. Thanks to SAXS & WAXS, the possibilities to study structures and crystallinity in cellulose, for example, increases. This is particularly important for The Bioeconomy Research Programme 2018-2020.

"This technology will give us an even better picture of the molecular structure of cellulose in the cellulose-based materials we develop. I think it will also contribute to better processes for tailor-made pulps," says Tomas Larsson who is responsible for the SAXS & WAXS instrument at RISE Bioeconomy.

"We have already conducted a preliminary trial of regenerated cellulose from our own high-end specialty pulps. The technology seems promising and the instrument is easy to get started with," says Fernando Alvarado who is one of the first scientists to try the new X-ray equipment.

2017-09-04 
Lecta to showcase its latest label innovations at Labelexpo Europe 2017

The label industry’s foremost event will take place in Brussels from September 25 to 28.​

Throughout these four days, Lecta will present and exhibit exciting new products and innovations within its extensive range of specialty papers for labels and flexible packaging. 

Metalvac, Lecta’s high-vacuum 100% recyclable metallized paper, will be presented at Labelexpo Europe in the form of a new catalogue. The sample book is made up of three folders that correspond to the brand’s three application segments : wet-glue labels, pressure-sensitive labels and tobacco and packaging. Each multi-lingual folder (in Spanish, English, French and Italian​) contains technical specifications and product samples in different colors and finishes.

2017-09-04 
Ence acquires to EDF Energies Nouvelles its biomass power plant of Lucena (Córdoba)

Ence – Energía y Celulosa has closed the purchase of EDF Energies Nouvelles’s stake in Lucena’s power generation plant (Córdoba), which has a total capacity of 27.1 MW. Ence has executed the operation through a capital and debt acquisition structure that entitles it to 90% of the company’s economic rights. After the operation, Ence increases the installed power of its energy business by 19% and reaches 170 MW of capacity.

2017-09-01 
ANDRITZ with the world’s most modern research and development center for tissue

ANDRITZ will officially open the world’s most modern research and development center for tissue, the PrimeLineTIAC Tissue Innovation and Application Center, at its Graz location in March 2018. Final test runs are currently in progress.

The research center comprises a complete, state-of-the-art tissue production line, including laboratory facilities for tests and trials to develop new products and processes in the tissue sector. It is available to tissue producers and to suppliers, research and development companies, and universities. Thus, customers and developers can conduct tests and trials under many different conditions, for example to optimize fibers and furnish for a specific product, improve product qualities, increase dryness, and reduce energy consumption. The impact of variables such as stock preparation, chemicals, vacuum, machine clothing, pressing, and drying with hot air and steam can all be measured and evaluated accurately. ANDRITZ experts from R&D and from the stock preparation, machine design and engineering, automation, and pumps departments are available for collaboration and discussions if requested, however customers can also bring along their own team of specialists.

2017-09-01 
Kolb and STOCKMEIER Chemie tighten their partnership for the distribution of nonionic surfactants in Germany.

Since October 2016, STOCKMEIER Chemie GmbH & Co. KG represents the surfactant portfolio of Kolb as its preferred partner in Germany. After 10 months of successful business development the partnership is now made official by a contract signed by both parties. The portfolio comprises products of the Kolb in Hedingen (CH) and Moerdijk (NL). This serves to further expand the existing collaboration between the two companies. “We’ve been working closely with the STOCKMEIER Group for a long time already, and we are confident that this strategic partnership will enhance our market presence and serve as a high-quality distribution channel,” says Dr. Anja Vonderhagen, Business Director of Kolb.

2017-09-01 
Commander ID 300, the new integrated drive for IMfinity® motors

Leroy-Somer has announced the launch of Commander ID300, a new integrated drive solution optimized for the control of IMfinity® induction motors.

Created through a combination of Leroy-Somer’s expertise in electronic variable speed control and its longstanding experience in the manufacture of proven electric motors, this decentralized system brings together performance and reliability, offering customized solutions for process, manufacturing and intralogistics applications.

With the transition to Industry 4.0 under way, production is evolving in an increasingly complex and demanding environment. As a consequence, companies require more and more quality, risk management, equipment performance and compliance to standards.

To meet these strategic challenges, Leroy-Somer has designed Commander ID300, a new integrated drive for the control of its IMfinity® induction motors from 0.25 to 7.5 kW. A decentralized system, the motor and drive assembly offer strong dynamic performance and outstanding efficiency levels.

2017-08-31 
VForm: Maximum flexibility for Fourdrinier paper machines and hybrid formers

By individually setting the height and angle, VForm makes it possible to precisely adjust the activity of the pulp suspension. This increases the dewatering capacity and improves e.g. the strength of the paper. The optional integration in ComCore makes VForm a Papermaking 4.0 solution.

With the new VForm hydrofoils from Voith, papermakers can decisively improve the quality of all grades of paper already in the wire section. Unlike conventional dewatering systems the VForm allows the height and angle to be set for each individual hydrofoil. This increases the activity in the fiber suspension, which in turn leads also to a significant increase in the dewatering capacity.

Every VForm hydrofoil can be adjusted by up to five millimeters in height and up to seven degrees in the angle. This adjustment can be made manually. But in order to obtain a consistently high paper quality, the positioning of the hydrofoils needs to be adapted to the paper grade. For this reason, it makes sense to install an electric control system. The VForm foils can be adjusted for the specific grade using the Voith automation platform ComCore. Moreover, this also makes it possible to react to process fluctuations. The VForm is therefore another production solution from Voith that makes Papermaking 4.0 a reality – that is, the digitalization of paper production.

2017-08-31 
ENERGY SAVINGS and MACHINE SPEED INCREASE in CARTIERA DI MOMO (Italy): goals achieved with UniDryer® V3 and Air Bars Systems after coating stations

Cartiera di Momo produces recycled coated paperboard. Market demand for increased quantity and higher quality drove Cartiera di Momo to decide in late 2015 to replace the existing 30 years old Bekaert Solaronics infrared systems with the goals of increasing the machine speed, reducing the gas consumption as well as improving the quality.

Bekaert Solaronics supplied four gas infrared systems UniDryer® V3 followed by sets of air bars after each of the four coating stations. The Energy Recovery Concept was again applied to this project with the air bars sets directly fed by the exhaust hot air coming from the UniDryer® V3 systems. This concept allows even more energy savings ! The start-up took place in August 2016.

2017-08-31 
SAICA improves customer service with Pesmel automated roll warehouse

Pesmel will supply world largest to be paper mill rack type automated roll warehouse (ARW) to SAICA Paper’s El Burgo de Ebro mill located near Zaragoza in Spain. This mill produces with three paper machines board grades 1,300,000 tons annually. The new ARW will also store and distribute rolls from SAICA Zaragoza mill.

This TransRoll storage will be erected right after the PM’s in two phases middle of ongoing mill production. Existing manual clamp truck operated warehouses will be torn down to make space for the new automated TransRoll storage, a temporary storage will be erected adjacent to the existing warehouse, in order to maintain the storage capacity during the construction period. Phase 1 production start-up will be Q1/2019, and Phase 2 is planned to follow after that. Total storing volume after both phases has been commissioned will be 70,000 tons.

“The need for automated storage concepts in paper mills, both as intermediate roll storages between different production stages and as shipping distribution centers, is growing strongly. Simple reason for this is the industry’s shift from bulk production to more diversified production, and the need to respond to customer orders within days instead of weeks. Pesmel’s Material Flow concept offers perfect tool for this strategic change” says Kaj Fahllund, Vice President of Pesmel’s paper business.

2017-08-31 
ABB launches image-based online system for monitoring fiber properties to help control pulp mixture quality

ABB has launched L&W Fiber Online – a reliable, repeatable and cost-effective online system for measuring, monitoring and controlling significant fiber quality variables in paper stock preparation and pulp production. This helps pulp and paper customers to save production costs by optimizing fiber usage, as well as reducing energy consumption through elimination of over-refining, and to improve quality by generating uniform pulp furnish for the paper, board or tissue machine.
Compared with traditional indirect measurements such as Canadian Standard Freeness (CSF) and Schopper-Riegler (SR), the measurements based on fiber images provided by L&W Fiber Online provide a more detailed and accurate information on the status of pulp quality. Fiber properties are categorized and presented as mean values and statistical distributions of width, length, shape factor, two classes of fines (P and S) and macro fibrillation.

2017-08-31 
Viscose Speciality Fibres from Kelheim – an answer to a global problem?

Marine Litter is a global problem which is attracting more and more public attention : Plastic waste is not only ugly and a danger to flora and fauna – vast amounts of small plastic particles are floating in our oceans and are able to enter our food chain without being detected.
Kelheim Fibres, the world’s leading manufacturer of viscose speciality fibres, presents a new concept that can help to prevent at least a part of this pollution in the first place by substituting conventional wet wipes, which usually contain a significant share of synthetic fibres, by wet wipes made with Kelheim’s viscose speciality short cut fibre Viloft® and cellulose.
Both raw materials are plant-based and therefore completely bio-degradable.
With moist toilet tissue in particular, disposal via the toilet is clearly the obvious solution – but in contrast to conventional wipes containing polyester, wipes made of Viloft® short cut fibres can be flushed without concern, as the fibres have two plus points : there is neither a reason to fear an entry of plastic particles into the oceans nor the blockage of private or municipal sewage systems. Wipes made of Viloft® short cut fibres disintegrate in the sewage systems to small particles that do not harm this infrastructure.
At the 56th International Man-made Fibers Congress at Dornbirn, Austria, Business Manager Horst Wörner will speak about Kelheim’s contribution to the reduction of marine litter.
His colleagues Dr. Nina Köhne and Dr. Roland Scholz will present further innovations of the Bavarian fibre specialist.
Dr. Köhne will present the result of a joint research project with Resorba : based on the bio-polymers cellulose and collagen, the scientists created a multifunctional wound dressing, that is significantly superior to reference products as a result of its pH-indication and its gel-forming and wound healing properties.
Dr. Scholz will speak about carbon fibres that also can be manufactured sustainably, that is to say of the renewable raw material cellulose, by using viscose fibres as precursors,
The benefit : by modifying the viscose fibre during its production, the course of the subsequent carbonisation can be changed in specific ways. For instance, a significant increase in the yield of carbon as well as a reduction of undesirable pyrolysis by-products was achieved.
In addition to their presentations, the R&D team of the Bavarian viscose fibre manufacturer looks forward to interesting conversations at their company’s booth.

2017-08-31 
EU funding for Metsä Fibre’s long-term development projects

Metsä Fibre plays an important role in three new development partnerships that have been successful in project evaluations and thus secured multiannual funding from the EU.

The concepts of relevance to Metsä Fibre in these partnerships include new technologies to produce lignin-based products and pulp-based textile fibres, as well as the utilisation of bark as a replacement for coal in the production of heat and electricity. The recently initiated long-term development projects aim to prove the commercial viability of these concepts.

2017-08-31 
International Paper Contributes $1 Million to Assist Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

The International Paper Foundation will contribute $750,000 to the American Red Cross chapters in Texas and Louisiana, and will contribute $250,000 to Feeding America. International Paper has established strategic partnerships with these organizations to provide disaster relief in communities where IP employees live and work.

The company has already produced 100,000 boxes, which will be donated to the American Red Cross and Feeding America, who will use them to deliver food, water and other critical supplies to those in need. IP employs nearly 5,000 team members throughout the two states.

"Our hearts go out to the many families impacted by Hurricane Harvey," said Mark Sutton, Chairman and CEO, International Paper. "We know these communities are resilient and hope that our contributions help accelerate relief efforts and the distribution of essential goods."

International Paper mobilizes its people, products and resources to address critical needs in the communities where employees live and work. The company’s community engagement efforts include financial contributions, employee volunteering and product donations focused on addressing four Signature Causes : Hunger, Education, Health & Wellness and Disaster Relief.

2017-08-31 
Update on Mondi’s machine glazed speciality kraft paper machine investment at its Steti mill

Mondi has decided to postpone its €135 million investment in a new 90,000 tonne per annum machine glazed speciality kraft paper machine at its Steti mill in the Czech Republic.

Commenting on the decision, Peter Oswald, Mondi CEO, said, “We have decided to postpone the machine glazed speciality kraft paper machine investment after a careful review of market conditions. While the proposed new machine remains an exciting investment opportunity, offering the lowest cost production of its sort in Europe, recently announced industry capacity expansions are expected to result in a market imbalance over the period in which the new machine was planned to come on line.

There is no change to our €335 million investment in modernising the mill including rebuilding the fibre lines, de-bottlenecking the existing packaging paper machines and a new recovery boiler, which is progressing as planned.”

2017-08-31 
Siemens and ISA form global partnership to foster awareness of industrial cybersecurity

As threats to automation equipment are always changing and evolving, so too is the protection concepts for industrial plants. To address this challenging landscape, Siemens and the International Society of Automation (ISA) have entered a global partnership to foster the awareness for industrial security needs and global standards.
Both parties will share expertise in protecting the automation environment based on the IEC 62443 standard and appropriate security measures in the form of events, webinars and further educational material. Together, ISA and Siemens intend to raise awareness and share best practices for industrial security with owner-operators of industrial equipment.

2017-08-30 
Pöyry manages investor partnership process that results in Spinnova and Fibria joining forces

Fibria, the leading producer of eucalyptus pulp, and Spinnova, a Finnish start-up developing wood to fabrics technology, recently announced that Fibria is to acquire 18% of Spinnova and partner in the development, production and marketing of new materials using Spinnova’s technologies. The two companies were brought together in a partnership search process managed by Pöyry. This is an example of Pöyry’s choice to work closely with the startup scene from bio to digital. Pöyry has also a long-standing relationship with Fibria through many project assignments.

Pöyry’s role in Spinnova’s partnership development assignment was to help find the right industrial partner for the company, the assignment including potential partner analysis, partner relationship development, negotiations and contractual advisory. At the end of the process, Spinnova and Fibria came together for new opportunities in technology development, testing and piloting in pre-commercial scale of new high-value products.

2017-08-30 
Håkan Larsson to become Director of Strategy for the Södra Group

Håkan Larsson, Director of Forestry and President of Södra Skog, will assume responsibility for strategic issues within the Södra Group. He will remain a member of Södra’s Group Senior Management and continue to report to the President, Lars Idermark.

“After more than four very rewarding and stimulating years as President of Södra Skog and over 20 years of engagement in this business area, I feel that I’m ready for a change. I am very happy, therefore, for this opportunity to work with Södra’s more long-term issues,” said Håkan Larsson.

“Rapid and major changes are taking place in our business environment. Increased globalisation and digitisation is changing companies’ business models. The role of forests as an active player in a more forest-based bioeconomy is subject to growing demand. Håkan Larsson is a driven and experienced person and will now be working with these strategic issues for the entire Group, which will generate major business value for Södra,” said Lars Idermark.

The change will take effect on 1 September and mean that Håkan Larsson will be stepping down from his position as President of Södra Skog. A process to recruit a successor to the Director of Forestry position will begin immediately. The Interim President of the Södra Skog business area will be Södra’s Wood Supply Manager, Olof Hansson.

2017-08-30 

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