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MERA’s baked dog food finds a home in Mondi’s new, paper-based FlexziBox

Mondi recently spun off a new, paper-based line of dog food packaging based on its FlexziBox concept, which until now had been entirely plastics-based.

Longtime Mondi customer MERA Tiernahrung GmbH, a socially minded, mid-sized family company in Kevelaer, Germany, supplies private-label pet food to the German retailer Fressnapf Tiernahrungs GmbH.

“MERA was looking for a package that would combine the advantages of a plastic bag – light weight, high barrier properties, attractive print quality, and long shelf-life – with the natural look and feel of paper,” according to Fitore Loshaj, Regional Sales – Germany, Austria & Switzerland, Mondi Consumer Goods Packaging.

So Mondi got to work. The result is a brand new product for MERA, with dog-food packaging in three convenient sizes, offering a useful range of choices for consumers based on their needs :

 1 kg : a flat-bottom FlexziBox with laser perforation for easy opening and a hook-and-loop closure offering resealability ;
 3 kg : a FlexziBox with a reclosable top slider ; and
 10 kg : a FlexziBox, also with a top slider and covered handle in the side gusset.

All are made of a laminate consisting of brown kraft paper, a transparent polyester (PET) middle layer, and a transparent, low-density polyethylene (LDPE) inner barrier layer. In addition to all versions offering reclosability for added convenience and freshness, the largest package includes an integrated handle on the side for easy carrying. And paper has the added advantage, of course, of being a renewable resource, Loshaj added.

This paper/PET/PE construction provided a suitably innovative package with consumer-friendly features for MERA’s range of Nature’s Effect-brand baked pet food. It says its new manufacturing process results in “crunchy baked nuggets at a natural quality.”

“We know about the power of nature,” notes Enes Tajic, Purchase Manager, MERA Tiernahrung, “and we put special emphasis on the origin and quality of all ingredients. So we wanted a package that would reflect those same principles. Mondi stepped up and delivered an ideal solution with a paper-based FlexziBox.” The new products have been available in all Fressnapf/Maxizoo stores and online since spring 2018 under the brand name REAL NATURE Crafted Choice.

Tapping into its extensive expertise in both paper and plastic packaging, Mondi employs two of its plants to manufacture this new product – converting is done in Steinfeld, Germany, while printing and laminating is performed in San Pietro in Gu, Italy, Loshaj said.

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ACCUCHECK 2 makes zero-fault packaging a reality

In today’s hectic and time-pressured world, zero-fault packaging is the Holy Grail of packaging production. Most companies no longer have the luxury of Quality Control personnel carefully checking their packing and filling process – ever-tighter margins and increasing competitions have seen to that. So instead, packaging must be – in theory – fault-free on arrival. The onus for quality assurance has shifted from the goods producers and packer-fillers to the packaging manufacturer.

For a packaging manufacturer like Cartograf GS, whose primary focus is in the pharmaceutical industry, this topic is particularly pertinent. The need for zero-fault packaging is even more emphatic in pharmaceuticals, where mistakes on packaging can have significant consequences. “Our company was founded in 1977. We initially specialized in the paper packaging sector, and in the 1980s we gradually integrated the pre-printing and printing units,” explained Claudio Ferroli, Owner of Cartograf. “Today, our activity is mainly based in the pharmaceutical and general packaging sector, and we are looking to move further into the cosmetic and perfume sector. For all of our customers, fault-free packaging is an absolute must.” Luckily for Cartograf and other packaging manufacturers around the world, zero-fault packaging is at last a reality.

100% fault-free brings complete peace of mind
BOBST has developed a new quality control system, offering manufacturers the possibility to produce zero default boxes. ACCUCHECK 2 is a new in-line solution to inspect carton blanks for defects as they enter the BOBST folder-gluer. It is compatible with the latest generation of MASTERFOLD 75 / 110 or EXPERTFOLD 50 / 80 / 110 machines.

It carefully checks carton blanks for defects and guarantees complete quality consistency at speeds up to 350 m/min. Based on the 30-year experience of BOBST’s Registron technology, this highly flexible tool allows users to inspect different box areas according to manufacturer’s – or their client’s – quality criteria, while remaining easy and quick to operate.

And because ACCUCHECK 2 is an in-line solution, which is fully integrated into the folding-gluing system, it is a seamless progression, with no additional quality control step in the process required. As a result, the production quality process has been improved while quality check running costs have been reduced.

For a company like Cartograf, which places a heavy emphasis on customer service and flexibility to satisfy its clients’ requirements, particularly around timing and quality, zero-fault packaging production brings considerable benefits. “We chose ACCUCHECK 2 because we believe it is indispensable for the pharmaceutical sector,” said Mr Ferroli. “We are now able to produce packaging without defects without impacting deadlines. This increases the prestige of our company and allows us to win new clients in an ever more competitive market, where quality demands are constantly on the rise.”

State-of-the-art technology – but simple to use
Inspection capabilities of ACCUCHECK 2 include stable and accurate color measurement and extended text inspection, regardless of text pose or color. Defective boxes are ejected automatically, with 100% quality-controlled production. It enables quality control reporting according to customer validation targets.

“We really value the control functions, such as the conformity report,” said Mr Ferroli. “In this report, important production data can be visualized : waste, type of defects detected, production time and others. This is very important, because it guarantees zero-fault production up to 120,000 boxes per hour, and gives our customers peace of mind and reduced costs for quality control. This level of productivity is also a perfect fit with ACCUBRAILLE GT, for Braille embossing, which runs at 115,000 boxes per hour.”

The machine is also easy to use. ACCUCHECK 2 is equipped with the HMI SPHERE, which provides several operating modes for customized setting and easy operation. This feature is becoming standard on new BOBST machines. Also, inspection parameters can be saved and recalled, with repeat orders set within seconds. Access rights can be set for different users.

“We do not need to do any controlling or sorting during the folding-gluing process and we are certain that the clients will receive a zero-fault quality product,” said Mr Ferroli. “We can also customize the levels of the control sensitivity and give our clients a quality level that is made to measure for them. It is an excellent machine, reliable, very simple and fast to set-up and run.”

The latest milestone in a long partnership
Cartograf knows it can rely on BOBST machinery, having trusted in various models for over 20 years.

“First, we worked in the folding-gluing unit with MEDIA III, EXPERTFOLD and MASTERFOLD, then we used NOVACUT 106 E and the new NOVACUT 106 ER for die-cutting,” said Mr Ferroli. “We also own a SPERIA 102 for hot-foil stamping. We have always had an excellent relationship with BOBST – it is a trustworthy company, always ready to respond to our requests for technical support or finding solutions for production issues. We will continue to trust in the research and development of new innovative solutions from BOBST in the future.”

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Emtec Electronic attends the ABTCP 2018 in Sao Paulo

As every year, emtec Electronic will attend the ABTCP in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The exhibition takes place from October 23rd to 25th. The German producer of innovative lab and online testing equipment can be found at booth no. 137/138 together with its Brazilian representative Elof Hansson.
Emtec will present the state-of-the-art charge measuring systems CAS touch ! and FPA touch ! Both devices are used to optimize the wet-end process, by measuring the interaction between particles or fibers with additives and process chemicals in the pulp suspension. The use of both instruments in the production process helps to optimize the utilization of chemicals with the target to stabilize the process, to improve the product quality and to reduce costs.
Another device that can be used in the wet-end of the tissue and paper production is the DFA – Dynamic Filtration Analyzer, which helps to determine the influence of chemicals on drainage and retention behavior.
But, also producers of base and final products will find innovative measurement equipment at the booth : the well-known TSA – Tissue Softness Analyzer which is used to reliably assess the Softness, Smoothness/Roughness and Stiffness as well as the overall Hand Feel of tissue and nonwoven materials. Additionally, the EST – Surface & Sizing Tester is shown. The EST is a useful tool to determine important paper surface properties such as surface  ydrophobia / sizing as well as the surface porosity, which influence printability, coatability and gluability of paper and board.

2018-10-16  READ MORE...
BW Papersystems celebrates 50th anniversary of its founding

Fifty years after engineers and inventors Cark Marschke and Richard Thomas founded Marquip
in the tiny northern Wisconsin town of Phillips, the corrugating and paper product machinery manufacturer—now called BW Papersystems—is celebrating five decades of remarkable growth and change. Last month, they marked the milestone with a picnic for its 600+ local team members. The event was held in Chapman Park, symbolic because the park is named after the family of Bob Chapman, Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, the global capital equipment and engineering solutions firm that purchased Marquip from Marschke and Thomas in 2000 and which has been shepherding the BW Papersystems meteoric trajectory from $100M company in 2000 to the $540M diversified global frontrunner it has become today.
“Founder Carl Marschke once told me he dreamt new machine designs,” Chapman recalled. “He and Richard founded Marquip on innovation and commitment to solving customers’ problems. We knew we could accelerate those capabilities and carry the legacy of their jewel forward.”
Propelling the jewel forward is exactly what Barry-Wehmiller has accomplished through acquisition and organic growth. Today, BW Papersystems is the combination of 13 well-known brands and has moved beyond corrugating to also serve the sheeting, packaging, stationery, book binding, and security documents industries. In June of this year, BW Papersystems further accelerated its growth when it completed a historic cquisition—its first in Asia—through a merger with K&H Machinery, a leading manufacturer of complete corrugators headquartered in Dongguan, China. Currently, BW Papersystems serves customers in more than 120 countries across the globe.
“Our goal is to be the global leader in the paper converting and corrugated market,” said Neal McConnellogue, BW Papersystems President. “Over the last 18 years, we have built a company with balance, depth and global reach. Our Phillips, Wisconsin headquarters was and is the foundation of the company and remains our largest and most profitable site. The team here is proud of that and also sees the opportunity to continue to improve and grow. Continuous improvement is part of our DNA. We know we can be better in so many ways.”
Growth has been a consistent theme of the BW Papersystems story. Worldwide, the company is closing in on 2,100 team members who work in one of the companies 21 locations throughout 12 countries. The 620+ team members at the Phillips operation make it Price County’s (population 13,600+) largest single employer and a vital component of the community.
“Everyone either works at BW Papersystems, is related to someone who works at BWP, is a friend of someone who works here, or knows someone who works here,” commented Trish Kempkes, BW Papersystems’ Director of Global Communications. “It’s big business in small-town America. All of my family, my friends, and everyone I see wherever I go in Phillips, counts on this crucial anchor of the community. Being located in Phillips creates an undeniable sense of community at Papersystems. The camaraderie we experience at work, and at a school sporting events, or seeing each other at the supermarket, makes for a strong support network for your whole life.”
The 50th anniversary picnic highlighted the company’s enormous imprint on the area, with multiple generations of families who have either worked there or had some connection to BW Papersystems in attendance. It is estimated that since its founding 50 years ago, more than 9,000 people have been employed at the Phillips location. “When you consider the size of this community, that’s a significant number, especially since many of our team members spend their entire or most of their careers here. They join us and stay until they retire,” remarked Shayne Roberts, BW Papersystems Culture & People Development Director.

As a consequence, Roberts and his team have their work cut out for them in the coming years. Facing a sizeable silver tsunami-the term coined to describe the large number of Baby Boomers due to retire soon—they’re focusing on innovative ways of recruiting new talent. “We’ve estimated that around 75% of our manufacturing and engineering workforce will retire in the next ten years so we’re doing everything we can to create a talent pipeline in rural northern Wisconsin,” Roberts said.
This includes collaborating with the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board (NWWIB) to develop an apprenticeship program that trains high school graduates for assembly and manufacturing roles. They’re also participating in college career fairs and events across the state to recruit for internships and co-operatives for associate-degreed electromechanical designers and those working toward bachelor’s degrees in engineering. They’re even using targeted social media advertising to reach highlysought engineering talent who often look first to companies like Google, Apple or Intel.
“We’ve got something really special to offer, we just have to get the word out,” Roberts commented. “No doubt, there’s a wonderful quality of life in Phillips, especially if you like the great outdoors and the intimacy and pace of small town life.
“But if you really look closely at this company—our track record of growth and financial success and being part of a large global organization and then add that to our strong culture and deep commitment to giving our people a chance to grow and thrive—you’ll have difficulty finding the kinds of opportunities we offer in any company in any size community.”
In fact, parent company Barry-Wehmiller regularly brings other companies and groups to Phillips to tour the operations and meet team members so they can experience up close Papersystems’ vibrant culture and business practices.
“It’s the critical combination of people, purpose and performance—dedicated team members, united around a shared purpose, who perform together to achieve something bigger than themselves,” shared Chapman. “What visitors see at BW Papersystems is what’s possible when you create an environment where your people practices and your business practices are in harmony.”
This past May, members of the Conscious Capitalism organization and students from an Ivy League university toured the operations in Phillips. (Watch the video highlighting the unique gathering of business leaders and students to hear what they experienced.) John Walter, BW Papersystems Senior VP of Operations, explained that their team members enjoy sharing the Papersystems’ story with visitors as it validates what they’ve accomplished. “But it’s not about what we have become, but rather about our journey to reach what we can be,” he continued. “At the heart of everything we do is a commitment to staying focused on our goals, valuing
everyone’s role in reaching them, while understanding the need to continually improve. That’s the key to providing meaningful work for our team and a solid future for this entire community.”

2018-10-15  READ MORE...
Marco Nespolo Named New Chief Executive Officer of the Fedrigoni Group

The Fedrigoni Group announced today that Marco Nespolo will take over as Chief Executive Officer of the Fedrigoni Group, starting on 15 November 2018.

With the arrival of Mr. Nespolo – a manager with national and international experience – the Fedrigoni Group is reinforcing its leadership team to accelerate the international development of the Company as a global player in high value-added papers and supporting items for use in packaging, offset and digital printing and in self-adhesive products for labelling.

Eugenio Berenga, the current Chief Executive Officer, having successfully led the Fedrigoni Group through the transition phase following its acquisition by Bain Capital Private Equity in April 2018, will continue to support Mr. Nespolo to ensure continuity in the business and in relations with suppliers.

Until 31 October 2018, Mr. Nespolo will remain Chief Executive Officer of Cerved Group, a leading listed Italian group that he led to significant organic and acquisition-driven growth in recent years.

Previously, Mr. Nespolo worked with Bain Capital Private Equity for eight years, where he gained experience in various sectors, including the industrial and service sectors, with international companies.

Mr. Nespolo began his career with the Bain&Company consultancy company.

“We are delighted to have Marco lead the Group and we are certain his leadership and experience will give an additional boost to our project of creating a national and global champion in the world of specialty papers and labels,” said Ivano Sessa, Chairman of Fedrigoni Holding.

2018-10-15  READ MORE...
BlueLine technology convinces Lucart with significant increase in production capacity and energy savings


Voith recently reached a deal with Lucart Group for the delivery of a BlueLine stock preparation system at the company’s paper mill headquarters in Porcari, Italy.

The scope of supply includes all the latest Voith technologies to minimize energy consumption and achieve maximum efficiency in fiber usage. Above all, the Intensa technology was a key factor for Lucart in choosing Voith. With this pulping technology, based on a flow optimized vat and an eccentrically arranged rotor, Lucart will benefit from a significant increase in production capacity and energy savings of up to 25 percent compared to conventional technologies. The new stock preparation line will be equipped with additional energy-efficient components and systems – like ComMix, InduraHiClean and the Pluralis refining technology – which will help the mill to accomplish its goal of maximum sustainable fiber usage.

“At Lucart, we’re continuously seeking to improve the sustainability of our operations,” said Franco Pasquini, Technical Director at Lucart. “Energy consumption reduction and efficient fiber usage are key targets in all our operations. The installation of the latest stock preparation technologies from Voith will contribute to accomplish our strategic goals.”

“Lucart is well known for its focus on environmental sustainability and experience in raw materials usage,” said Roberto Buzzi, Sales Manager, Voith Paper. “We’re proud of having earned their trust with our stock preparation technologies.”

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Sulzer launches the COX™ ElectraFlow™ Dual Ultra – a 2-component battery powered dispenser for cartridges


The COX ElectraFlow Dual Ultra has been specifically designed for the professional and specialist trade users across all industry sectors who demand a reliable and high-performance 2-component dispensing tool. The fully integrated application system features first-in-class cordless technology powered by the latest 18V lithium-ion batteries and chargers. ElectraFlow Dual Ultra utilizes CoolPack battery technology from Bosch Professional batteries ; heat dissipating housings improve product safety by preventing possible overheating, prolonging battery life and extending runtime.

A tool for quick and easy configuration and high flexibility

With its ergonomic design, the ElectraFlow Dual Ultra provides the user with a perfectly balanced tool, while the interchangeable cartridge-holding straps and plungers allow for quick and easy configuration. The electronics and software technology give users precise control over the output speed of the dispenser. Combined with intelligent force management, it ensures that users have complete control over any dispensing operation.

The ElectraFlow Dual Ultra is a significant extension to the COX range of dispensers. It offers compatibility with the MIXPAC™ application system, which includes various 2-component, side-by-side cartridges and mixers for many of these applications. Customers benefit from its systems approach which significantly reduces issues with dispenser-cartridge-mixer compatibility.

“The twin rack drive technology is a unique addition to the COX dispenser portfolio”, said Matt Lyndon, Head of Engineering at Sulzer Mixpac (UK). “It offers a tool platform that provides the greatest flexibility in dispensing across a range of 2-component platforms, including high viscosity materials. The tool combines precision with high-performance output to maximize productivity in demanding applications.”

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Paper Division: Expert view is that a Brexit agreement is likely

A waste and resource management specialist from within the UK government’s Department for International Trade has expressed confidence that a Brexit agreement will be reached between the UK and the rest of the EU. Deborah Sacks told delegates to the BIR Paper Division meeting in London on October 6 that they should ignore the media “fluff” and listen to “those in the know”. She insisted : “I think there will be an agreement.”

Responding to talk of a “friendly divorce”, she later added : “Our government is committed to making it happen and committed to making it work.”

Addressing a panel debate moderated by divisional President Jean-Luc Petithuguenin of Paprec Recyclage in France, Ms Sacks underlined the “huge will to ensure that materials will continue to flow” in the wake of the UK’s departure from the EU. However, she also acknowledged the possibility of more delays and increased costs for those looking to move material.

BIR World President Ranjit Singh Baxi of UK-based J & H Sales International Ltd expressed concern that a “hard” Brexit would lead to “a lot of problems” regarding documentary requirements when shipping recovered fibre. He agreed that the UK government is naturally keen not only to retain trading relationships with the rest of the world but also to take the lead in promoting the “reduce, reuse, recycle” message. UK industry is being encouraged to use more recyclables, he noted.

Also confident of a Brexit agreement that will ensure “a good cohesion” in the future between the UK and EU member states, fellow panellist Keith Trower of Viridor Resource Management in the UK described China’s import ban on certain grades of recovered fibre as “a wake-up call” on quality. His own company has invested heavily in quality enhancement and has enjoyed success in educating local authorities about the need and means to reduce contamination and to improve infeed quality into paper plants. “It is a positive environment for us at the moment,” he stated.

Ms Sacks and Mr Baxi pointed to the potential for other Asian countries to adopt fibre import policies similar to those deployed in China, with Taiwan the latest to indicate that it is considering increased controls.

Mr Baxi was then joined by Mr Trower and others in noting that Chinese companies are looking to establish production capacities in, for example, Europe and the USA in order to satisfy China’s increasing demand. Panellist Francisco Donoso of Alba Servicios Verdes in Spain pointed out that China will still require packaging for its goods and that this could mean more virgin packaging.

Earlier in the Paper Division meeting, newly re-elected board member Tarek Al-Sharif from UAE-based Sharif Metals International provided solid data on paper recycling’s massive environmental contribution. He explained that the recycling of a single ton of paper saves 4100 kWh of energy, 380 gallons of oil, 54 million Btus of energy, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space, 7000 gallons of water and 17 trees, while preventing the emission of 60 pounds of air pollutants. “We keep on recycling for a better environment and a better tomorrow,” he insisted.

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Valmet-supplied world's largest production line for bleached softwood pulp successfully started up at SCA Östrand mill in Sweden

The expanded pulp mill SCA Östrand in Timrå, Sweden, was started up end of June 2018, according to plan. SCA invested SEK 7.8 billion in Östrand pulp mill expansion project making it one of the largest industrial investments in Sweden to date. With this project SCA Östrand doubled its production capacity from 430,000 tonnes to 900,000 tonnes per year and became the largest production line for bleached softwood kraft pulp in the world.

"The rebuild and expansion of Östrand pulp mill is one of the greatest industrial investments in northern Sweden ever. In spite of complexities such as building a twice as big pulp mill in a running mill, we started up the new plant on schedule and budget. The success is the work of many actors, not the least our supplier Valmet", says Ingela Ekebro, Project Director, SCA.

"The start-up went very well. Valmet delivered the most sustainable solution available today consisting of the new cooking, fiber line and evaporation plants," says Stefan Mattsson, Sales Director, Fiber Processing Business Unit, Valmet.

The project was implemented in phases, and the new evaporation plant was started up some months before the cooking and fiber line. Very soon after the start-up, pulp was produced with high strength, purity and brightness. In the next phase, the production is increased gradually towards the new nominal production capacity.

State-of-the-art technology and environmental performance

Valmet’s delivery to the project included new cooking, fiber line and evaporation plant. The cooking plant has the world’s largest soft wood digester, while the new evaporation plant is Sweden’s largest with an evaporation capacity of 1,150 tons of water per hour.

The 7-effect evaporation plant is extremely energy-efficient, with its in-built possibility to also recover excess heat from Valmet’s cooking plant and includes a methanol plant for producing liquid methanol. This enables Östrand to sell surplus energy in the form of green electricity.

Following the investment, SCA Östrand mill has state-of-the-art technology to minimize emissions to air and water. Customers will be offered both TCF (total chlorine free) and ECF (elemental chlorine free) pulp, produced with wood from sustainable forestry.

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BIC Welcomes Updated European Bioeconomy Strategy as a Necessary Step Towards Reducing Global GHG Emissions

Today, the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) welcomes the European Commission’s update to its Bioeconomy Strategy. The communication of this update is timely, given the recent urgent call to action from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). We especially welcome the focus on scaling-up the bio-based sectors by supporting innovation and unlocking investments and markets, and deploying the bioeconomy across Europe.

The current Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), a €3.7 billion public-private partnership between the EU and BIC, ensured that innovation and private investments remained within the Member States, while also attracting investments from outside the EU.

The IPCC report published earlier this week clearly mentions that industry is the key driver for addressing climate change and SDGs, and that CO2 reductions can only be achieved through a combination of technologies, including the use of sustainable renewable feedstock. The report also mentions that public-private partnerships will facilitate these actions.

”Although progress has been made, further action and a stimulating policy framework is needed to leverage private investments. A continuation of a public-private partnership for the bioeconomy under Horizon Europe will be an additional driver, allowing implementation of the updated Bioeconomy Strategy in a sustainable way by mobilising public and private stakeholders, de-risking investments from innovative bioeconomy projects and facilitating deployment of new sustainable biorefineries”, says Dirk Carrez, BIC Executive Director.

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Stora Enso’s Lignin Wins ‘Best Product Innovation’ at the ICIS Innovation Awards

LineoTM by Stora Enso, launched earlier this year, has won ‘Best Product Innovation’ at the ICIS Innovation Awards 2018. ICIS, Independent Chemical Information Service, is the world’s largest petrochemical market information provider. Stora Enso was shortlisted in its award category alongside other industry leaders. The judges recognised the impressive potential of Stora Enso’s versatile and renewable bio-based solution made from lignin, one of the main building blocks of a tree.

Lineo can be used in a range of applications for which fossil-based materials are currently used. It is a renewable replacement for oil-based phenolic materials, which are used in resins for adhesives, e.g. in plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), laminated veneer lumber (LVL), paper lamination and insulation material. In the future, Lineo can be developed into other types of binders and also used in carbon fibre and energy storage applications.

Stora Enso has been producing lignin industrially at its Sunila Mill in Finland since 2015 and the mill has the capacity to produce 50 000 tonnes of lignin per year – making Stora Enso the largest kraft lignin producer in the world.

Markus Mannström, Executive Vice President of the Stora Enso Biomaterials division, says, “We’ve received an overwhelmingly positive response from stakeholders since launching Lineo and we’re delighted it has been recognised as an innovative solution by top chemical industry representatives. It is another key renewable solution provided by Stora Enso, we continue to believe that : ‘Everything made from fossil-based materials today, can be made from a tree tomorrow’.”

2018-10-15  READ MORE...
Fabio Perini S.p.A. presents its customer service 4.0 at MIAC

Gianfranco Agnusdei, Global Customer Service Director : “More efficiency and less costs. This is the objective of customer service : help our customers in preserving over time the value of their capital asset”

2018-10-12  READ MORE...
Paper Excellence Canada to acquire Catalyst Paper

Paper Excellence Canada (PEC) has announcing it has entered into an agreement to acquire Catalyst Paper Corporation, including its three facilities located in Crofton, Port Alberni and Powell River, its Surrey distribution centre and headquarters in Richmond, BC.

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Collins, King Applaud Purchase of Old Town Mill by ND Paper
On October 10th, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King applauded an announcement that ND Paper LLC has reached an agreement to purchase the Old Town Mill, which has been idled since the previous owners ended operations at the mill in 2015.
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Ahlstrom-Munksjö discontinues giving comparable EBITDA guidance due to the Expera transaction

Ahlstrom-Munksjö discontinues providing guidance on comparable EBITDA for 2018 due to the completion of the acquisition of Expera Specialty Solutions.

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Södra’s sustainability achievements recognised with two Sofidel awards

Södra received two of the 2018 Sofidel Suppliers Sustainability Awards (3SAward) presented in Columbus, Ohio (USA) last week.

2018-10-11  READ MORE...
Sofidel America partners with Toscotec for the turnkey supply of two tissue lines at its new Oklahoma mill

Toscotec will provide a complete plant with two AHEAD-2.0L tissue machines on a full turnkey basis to Sofidel America’s integrated plant (paper mill and converting) in Inola, Oklahoma, the second greenfield investment of the Group in the United States.

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Fabio Perini S.p.A. presents at MIAC the digital revolution of Customer Service

The new platform of services and technical solutions that optimizes production efficiency, reduces operating costs and helps customers maintain the value of their production assets over time.

2018-10-10  READ MORE...
PMP supports the dynamic growth of Arctic Paper Kostrzyn S.A. (Poland)

”315” project is the next development step for the Kostrzyn’s Plant.

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BW Papersystems celebrates 50th anniversary of its founding

Fifty years after engineers and inventors Cark Marschke and Richard Thomas founded Marquip in the tiny northern Wisconsin town of Phillips, the corrugating and paper product machinery manufacturer – now called BW Papersystem – is celebrating five decades of growth and change.

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Special Award for Gemdoubs (France)

Gemdoubs has received a Special Trophee delivered by the Franche-Comté region (Eastern France).

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International Paper Announces $2.0 Billion Share Repurchase Program

International Paper (NYSE : IP) today announced its board of directors has authorized a share repurchase program to acquire up to $2.0 billion of the company’s common stock.

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Essity and the United Nations Foundation lead dialogue on UN’s sustainable development goals

Today, the hygiene and health company Essity will open the annual meeting of the United Nations Foundation’s dialogue on the UN’s sustainable development goals.

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New Global Recycling Foundation gives fresh impetus to promoting crucial role of recycling

Recent BIR World Recycling Convention (Round-Table Sessions) in London (5-7 October 2o18)

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McKinley Paper Co. Brings Sustainable Model to WA Mill

The McKinley Paper Co., a subsidiary of Mexico-based Bio Pappel, will bring its model of producing paper without cutting trees to its new mill in Port Angeles, Washington.

2018-10-09  READ MORE...
CP Group Introduces the CP Anti-Wrap Screen™

Accurate newsprint and large fiber separation designed to reduced maintenance.

2018-10-09  READ MORE...
Manufacturing Analytics company Braincube raises €12 Million to accelerate global expansion

Braincube, a leading manufacturing analytics company, announces a €12 million first financing round led by Iris Capital, global multi corporate VC fund, alongside Next47, the global venture firm of Siemens.

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Ucima goes to Teheran and Mumbai to promote the excellence of Italian technology

The Italian Automatic Packaging Machinery Association will be organising promotional initiatives for the Italian packaging industry at the two important trade fairs PacProcess Teheran and PacProcess India.

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Successful tissue machine restart by Valmet at Xiamen Sin Yang Paper Co., Ltd

Valmet’s delivery of a tissue machine restart package to Xiamen Sin Yang Paper TM 1 in China concluded with the restart of the machine in September 2018, with a speed of 1,100 m/min.

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GLATFELTER COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF GEORGIA-PACIFIC’S EUROPEAN NONWOVENS BUSINESS

Glatfelter announced it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Georgia-Pacific’s European nonwovens business for $185 million, subject to customary purchase price adjustments.

2018-10-09  READ MORE...
Intimus and Kotex Brands Win LATAM Effie for Breaking Period Stigmas with 'Let's Move On' Campaign

Kimberly-Clark continues to break stigmas and barriers for its consumers through innovative campaigns like ’Let’s Move On’

2018-10-09  READ MORE...
Stora Enso and Gasum to make renewable energy from wastewater in Sweden

Stora Enso and energy company Gasum have signed a contract to build a biogas plant at Stora Enso’s Nymölla paper mill in Sweden.

2018-10-09  READ MORE...
Metsä Group and Itochu establish a joint venture that builds an industrial demo plant to produce wood-based textile fibres

Metsä Group’s innovation company Metsä Spring Ltd. and Japanese Itochu Corporation establish a joint venture, which invests approximately EUR 40 million in building and operating a test plant, with the aim to demonstrate a new technology for converting paper-grade pulp into textile fibres. Business Finland, a Finnish governmental funding agency, participates in the financing of the demo project with an R&D loan.

The textile fibre demo plant will be located next to Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland. Construction of the demo plant, with an annual capacity of about 500 tonnes, begins in October 2018 and it is planned to be started up in late 2019. The general engineering partner is Sweco.

”With the plant, and the demonstration project related to it, we aim to prove the technical feasibility of the new textile fibre production technology. Based on the results of the demonstration project, we can then evaluate the technical and economic realities of building a clearly larger plant in Finland in the future. During the demonstration project, which is expected to last two to three years from the start-up of the plant, we will also gather customer feedback related to the new fibres,” comments CEO of Metsä Spring Niklas von Weymarn.

The new technology to be studied and further developed in the demo project is based on direct dissolution using a novel solvent for the pulp dissolution stage. Metsä Group’s wet paper-grade pulp will be used as the raw material. The new technology is estimated to be more environmentally-friendly than the textile fibre production technologies currently in use. The basis for the new technology has been developed in joint research programmes, starting in 2009. The main collaborators, in terms of development of the technology, include Aalto University, University of Helsinki, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and TITK from Germany. Metsä Group’s own active development work started in 2012.

The textile fibre demo plant is the first investment of Metsä Spring, established in May 2018. Metsä Spring invests together with partners in new endeavours with the target to identify and develop new business opportunities within the sustainable forest-based bioeconomy and circular economy.

2018-10-08  READ MORE...
Mercer International inc. to acquire Daishowa-Marubeni International ltd.significantly expanding its pulp operations

DMI owns and operates a swing NBSK and NBHK pulp mill in Peace River, Alberta, and has a 50% interest in a NBSK pulp mill in Quesnel, British Columbia.

  • Consideration of $359.2 million (C$465 million), which includes minimum working capital of $85.7 million (C$111 million)
  • Pulp mills to be acquired have a combined pulp production capacity of 645,000 ADMTs, which is comprised of the Peace River pulp mill with 475,000 ADMTs and 50% of the Quesnel pulp mill, with 170,000 ADMTs
  • Post-acquisition, Mercer will have a combined annual production capacity of approximately 2.2 million ADMTs of pulp and approximately 890,000 MWh of surplus energy
  • For the first eight months of 2018, DMI had combined1 Revenues of approximately $320.3 million, Net Income of approximately $42.2 million, and EBITDA of approximately $90.7 million
  • For the fiscal year 2017, DMI had Revenues of approximately $351.6 million, Net Income of approximately $8.2 million, and EBITDA of approximately $55.3 million
  • Immediately accretive transaction which advances the Company’s long term strategy of growing its business in pulp, lumber, energy and extractives

Mercer International Inc. today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Marubeni Corporation, Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd., and Daishowa North America Corporation to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of DMI for consideration of $359.2 million (C$465 million), which includes minimum working capital of $85.7 million (C$111 million).
DMI owns 100% of a bleached kraft pulp mill in Peace River, Alberta (the "PRP Mill") and has a 50% interest in the Cariboo Pulp and Paper Company ("CPP"), a joint venture which operates a bleached kraft pulp mill in Quesnel, British Columbia.

As a result of this transaction, Mercer’s annual production capacity for pulp will increase by approximately 41% to 2.2 million ADMTs, and surplus energy will increase by approximately 8% to 890,000 MWhs.
Further, the acquisition of DMI will add NBHK pulp to Mercer’s current product mix as well as provide the Company with an expanded market presence in Asia. DMI also holds 20-year term renewable governmental Forest Management Agreements and Deciduous Timber Allocations in Alberta with an Annual Allowable Cut of approximately 2.4 million cubic meters of hardwood and 400,000 cubic meters of softwood.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of requisite regulatory antitrust approvals. In connection therewith, Mercer has arranged a fully committed financing in the amount of US$350 million to finance the acquisition. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Sangra Moller LLP acted as legal advisor for Mercer and Credit Suisse provided the committed financing for the transaction.

2018-10-08  READ MORE...
BillerudKorsnäs appoints Senior Vice President Paper

BillerudKorsnäs announced today that Helene Biström is appointed as Senior Vice President for Paper, one of the company’s three divisions in the new organisation that came into effect on the 1st of October.

Earlier this year, BillerudKorsnäs announced that the company will create three divisions with profit and loss responsibility in order to more effectively realise the company’s growth strategy. The three divisions are Board, Paper and Solutions. Helene Biström is appointed Senior Vice President Division Paper. She will be a member of the company’s senior management team. Helene is currently the CEO of Infanord.

“It is my conviction that Helene, along with the strong team at Paper, will lift the division to new heights both in regards to production stability and new products. Helene will also contribute to Group Management with her broad leadership experience,” says Petra Einarsson, President and CEO of BillerudKorsnäs.

“I am honoured to be offered the position Senior Vice President for the Paper division at BillerudKorsnäs. It will be very exciting to take on this challenge. The combination of solid competence and innovation with a strong focus on sustainability, makes BillerudKorsnäs direction and products perfectly positioned in time. I look forward to developing the Paper division along with my team,” says Helene Biström.

Helene is a highly experienced leader with previous assignments as deputy CEO of Vattenfall and CEO of Norrenergi. Helene also has a background with several significant board assignments, including as chairman of Sveaskog, and is currently active in Pöyry’s Board. In 2008 Helene was named Business Woman of the Year by Veckans Affärer.

Helene will start in the position at the latest during April 2019.

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Study finds: Paper sacks are better for the climate

The carbon footprint of paper cement sacks is 2.5 times smaller than the carbon footprint of form-fill-seal (FFS) polyethylene cement sacks. This is the outcome of a comparative study by the Swedish research institute RISE on behalf of the European Paper Sack Research Group (ESG), a collaboration between CEPI Eurokraft and EUROSAC. It also concludes that the paper cement sack is more climate-friendly and energy efficient. An infographic captures the most important findings.
The study by RISE compared the life cycle inventories (LCI) of a typical European 25 kg cement paper sack with a typical European 25 kg FFS polyethylene cement sack. It focused on different environmental influences of both packaging solutions : overall carbon footprint and fossil energy consumption as indicators of climate change and other environmental parameters, namely emissions to air and to freshwater. The study was peer-reviewed by Intertek. Its key result concerning climate change – the most important challenge of our planet today – was that the paper sack is clearly the favourable option.
Better overall carbon footprint
With 71 g of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) emissions from cradle to gate, the carbon footprint of paper sacks is 2.5 times smaller than the footprint of plastic sacks which totals 192 g CO2e. The higher amount of fossil CO2e from the plastic sack is comparable to the emissions of a laptop (with a power consumption of 25 W) running for nine hours . Also, when extending the boundaries to consider the end-of-life scenarios – whether landfill, incineration or recycling – the paper sack’s carbon footprint is smaller.
More efficient fossil energy consumption
Regarding the consumption of fossil energy in the production process, the study concludes that the paper sack is the more climate-friendly solution. The production of a cement plastic sack uses 4.72 MJ of fossil energy per sack as fuel input. This is approximately five times more as is consumed to produce a cement paper sack (0.97 MJ of fossil energy/sack). That means, you can produce almost five paper sacks with the same amount of fossil energy consumed to produce only one plastic sack. The study shows that the paper sack system uses more renewable energy sources (0.19 MJ of renewable energy/sack) to fulfil its production energy needs compared to the plastic sack (0 MJ of renewable energy/sack). In terms of fossil resources used as raw material within the sack, the paper sack uses even 18 times less fossil resources (0.18 MJ of fossil energy/sack) compared to the plastic sack (3.19 MJ of fossil energy/sack).
Continuous improvements in carbon footprint
The regularly conducted carbon footprint analysis by RISE of the value chain of an average European paper sack also shows a convincing outcome : alone between 2007 and 2015, the CO2e emissions have improved by 22%, exceeding one of the EU climate targets for 2020 five years prior to this date, namely that of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% compared with 1990.

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The Paper Bag initiates first European Paper Bag Day

“The Paper Bag” platform, Europe’s leading kraft paper manufacturers’ and paper bags producers’ association, springs into action by launching the VERY FIRST European Paper Bag Day on 18 October 2018. The annual action day aims to raise awareness among consumers about paper carrier bags as sustainable and efficient packaging of the future that contributes to fighting environmental pollution. “The Paper Bag” is looking forward to the first event in 2018.

Paper carrier bags are strong and reliable shopping companions for all occasions. They carry almost anything up to 12 kg – whether food, fashion, luxury or decorative items and electronics. Due to the bags’ strength, the contents are optimally protected – and they can be reused several times. Paper bags also have convincing environmental benefits. They are made from renewable raw materials, are recyclable and biodegradable. “By celebrating the European Paper Bag Day, we want to highlight the benefits of paper bags and invite consumers to combine their packaging choices with a good conscience for the environment,” explains Elin Gordon, Secretary General of CEPI Eurokraft. “With our activities, we want to start a dialogue with consumers about paper packaging and give them revealing facts and create impulses for taking action to fight climate change and environmental pollution.”

All communications activities taking place around the action day will be communicated on the social media channels of the “The Paper Bag” under the hashtag #EuropeanPaperBagDay : on the Facebook fan page “Performance powered by nature” and the LinkedIn profiles of EUROSAC and CEPI Eurokraft. Consumers are invited to participate in the discussions, using the hashtag.

The “The Paper Bag” platform was founded in 2017 by the leading European kraft paper manufacturers and producers of paper bags. They dedicate themselves to promoting the advantages of paper packaging. “The Paper Bag” is steered by the organisations CEPI Eurokraft and EUROSAC.

2018-10-08  READ MORE...
Bäckhammar mill ready for start-up next week

Nordic Paper Bäckhammar mill is ready for start-up. The prognosis and working hypothesis are that the pulp production will start in the beginning of next week. As always, there will be a ramp up phase of the pulp production.

The paper production will follow the pulp production. Because of the difficult situation it will take time before the production is running with full capacity and it may take time before we are in phase with our planned deliveries.

The Bäckhammar mill has been standing still due to a damaged floor drain that caused big problems. A mixture of water and soap leaked out to the recipient Visman creek during the start-up phase after the mill´s annual maintenance stop. Since the accident, the focus has been on restoring the water treatment in order to get the biodegrading of substances to work normally.

- Last week’s efforts have shown good results. The water in the Visman creek is now showing normal levels of oxygen and the mill is ready for start-up, says Marie Stenquist, director of Corporate Communications.

We are having a continuous dialogue with the local supervisory authority in this situation.

Nordic Paper has come to the conclusion that we are prepared for a safe start-up.

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Bioethanol production thanks to immobilized cellulolytic enzymes

March 19th, 2018, Karthik Periyasamy defended his doctoral thesis of the University Grenoble Alpes - prepared under the supervision of the Professors Marc Aurousseau and Gérard Mortha and the co-supervision of Agnès Boyer, Associate Professor (Grenoble INP-Pagora/LGP2) - and of the Anna University (Chennai, India), under the supervision of Professor Sivanesan Subramanian. He presented the results of his research work entitled Bioethanol production from lignocellulosic biomass using immobilized cellulolytic enzymes.


The overall objective of the study was to produce bioethanol from lignocellulosic biomass by using free and immobilized xylanase, cellulase and ?-1, 3-glucanase.


Specifically, this study was focused on the isolation of Trichoderma citrinoviride strain AUKAR04 able to produce xylanase (55,000 IU/gds), cellulase (385 IU/gds) and ?-1, 3-glucanase (695 IU/gds) in solid state fermentation. Then the free enzymes were biochemically characterized depend on effect of pH, temperature and metal ion concentration and corresponding kinetic parameters were determined. Then the enzymes were subjected to two types of immobilization using carrier-free co-immobilization (combi-CLEAs) method or bifunctionalized magnetic nanoparticles (ISN-CLEAs) with higher thermal stability, extended reusability and good storage stability.


Liquid ammonia pretreatment removed 40% of lignin from the biomass and retained 95% of glucan, 65% of xylan and 41% of arabinan in sugarcane bagasse (SCB). SCB was enzymatically hydrolyzed and converted to 87 % glucose from cellulose and 74% of xylose, 64% of arabinose from the hemicelluloses which is remarkably higher than the activity of the free enzymes.


Chemical and structural analysis of SCB was done by ATR-FTIR, TGA and XRD. FTIR result showed a successful pretreatment of the SCB raw material. It showed that hemicelluloses and cellulose are partially depolymerized by the action of xylanase, cellulase and ?-1,3-glucanase in ISN-CLEAs. TGA studies showed that the thermal stability of the ammonia pretreated and enzymatically treated samples have improved remarkably. XRD results showed that the crystallinity index of the ISN-CLEAs treated SCB increased to 61.3±1% when compared to the ammonia-treated SCB. Mono-culture fermentation using Saccharomyces cerevisiae LGP2Y1 utilized SCB hydrolysate containing 103.8 g/L of glucose and produced 42 g/L ethanol in 36 h of fermentation. The overall metabolic yield achieved was about 79% of theoretical yield. Co-culture fermentation using Saccharomyces cerevisiae LGP2Y1 and Candida utilis ATCC 22023 utilized SCB hydrolysate containing 107.6 g/L of glucose and 41.5 g/L xylose and produced 65 g/L ethanol in 42 h of fermentation. The overall metabolic yield in co-culture fermentation achieved was about 88 % of the theoretical yield.

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Valmet awarded as "The Leading Global Service Provider" for the LNG industry

Valmet has received an award for being the leading global service provider for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry. The award was granted at Small-Mid Scale LNG Summit 2018 held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on October 3, 2018.

LNG Industry Awards recognize the excellence of companies from across the globe for the commitment to the field of LNG. The awards are bestowed to the most deserving companies and individuals working for the betterment of the LNG market. This year, the Leading Global Service Provider award was given to Valmet for executing industry-leading effort by supplying automation and software solutions for the LNG industry and making a significant impact on the industry on a global scale.

Valmet provides the LNG industry with automation technology and software that cover local level process control, operations and business management in the LNG infrastructure. 

"It is a great honor to receive this award, especially as Valmet started offering its automation and software solutions for the LNG industry only a year ago. We have developed our Valmet DNA Integrated Operations automation solution especially for smaller-scale operations such as filling stations, production states, etc. because their management, in particular, is challenging," says Jani Hautaluoma, Director, Process Automation, Valmet.

Hautaluoma was one of the speakers at the event, presenting a paper titled ’Real-time data from LNG transfers with Integrated Operations and automatic reporting’.

"Valmet’s aim is to become the best automation and software solution provider for small-scale LNG and biogas industry players. Both industries contribute positively to sustainability and solving environmental issues, and Valmet is a forerunner in developing solutions for them on the way to a zero-carbon society. We master the control of the entire supply chain and offer a wider scope of automation and software solutions than being just a system provider," he adds.

The Valmet DNA Integrated Operations solution strengthens Valmet’s Industrial Internet offering.

Information about Small-Mid Scale LNG Summit

Small-Mid Scale LNG Summit is a value-driven international event providing leading information on LNG projects and market developments. It gathers a select group of executives and industry experts from around the word for a comprehensive look at the latest innovations and best practices for leading businesses across the value chain.

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