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Double A Alizay to invest in a biomass boiler

According to regional medias – quoting Alizay’s Mayor, Arnaud Levitre –, the Double A Alizay mill will invest 20 M€ in a new biomass boiler. This facility is based near Rouen, in France, and produces office papers on one paper machine. The mill capacity is 300,000 tpy. This project was announced a few years ago but had not materialized so far.

2019-01-15 
New contract for ALLIMAND

Allimand has signed a contract for a new printing & writing complete paper machine with a new Indian Customer : SATIA Industries Ltd. This machine will be designed for 1000 m/min production speed and will be delivered with the last generation of Allimand equipment, such as the Inertial Shaking Unit, the NAOS Shoe Press and the SC Sizer. 

This order initiates in the best possible way the collaboration between Allimand and Eintec, its Indian Representative.

2019-01-15 
Södra wants to inspire teenage girls to become tomorrow’s engineers

Södra is one of the main sponsors of Introduce a Girl to Engineering day (IGEday) — an initiative by the organisation Womengineer that aims to increase interest in technology and engineering among teenage girls. 
Södra is a gold partner for IGEday and is throwing open the doors of its three pulp mills in Värö, Mörrum and Mönsterås as well as the head office in Växjö on 29 March. The participants encompass girls and non-binary teenagers aged 13–19. This initiative is fully aligned with Södra’s sustainability target — namely that by 2020, at least 30 percent of Södra employees should be women.
The issue affects the entire industry and several other companies are also IGEday partners. Currently, the percentage of Sweden’s engineering students at bachelor’s and master’s levels varies 20–25 percent.
“This is far too low a share. As an industry, we need to act cohesively and promote equality at our workplaces. Inspiring teenage girls at an early age to choose a career in engineering, a traditionally male-dominated profession, is important for Södra’s and for Sweden’s future competitiveness. And this is where meeting platforms, such as IGEday, have an important role to play,” said Christer Thörn, HR Director at Södra.
During the day, some 60 teenage girls will test various activities that showcase how to work with technology and engineering using an approach conducive to development and sustainability. They will also gain insight into how we, on a daily basis, conduct research to develop new products, process wood and produce paper and dissolving pulp.
“Through the IGEday initiative, we want to be part of opening new possibilities for the female engineers of tomorrow,” said Christer Thörn.

IGEday 29 March
Age 13–19
Last day for applications : 17 February
Application : www.igeday.com

2019-01-15 
Jacques Bachtold has passed away

Jacques Bachtold passed away on December 30 at Aubonne (Switzerland), where he had retired since 2010. He was 93 years old. His career started on the 1950’s. At that time, his father was a French agent, representing foreign paper mills. In 1958, Jacques Bachtold started working for Chapelle Darblay (UPM Group today, in France), a company founded by his oncle, X. Bachtold and Karl Thiele. In 1983, he joined the Finnish company Finapap, represented in France by Finapar. He was appointed Managing Director until his retirement in 1997. Jacques Bachtold was still the Honorary President of the Groupement des importateurs de papier-carton (GIPC), the French Organisation of Paper and Board Importers. He was also a friend to many of us and a regular reader of our Magazine “La Papeterie”. Our deepest sympathies go to his family.

Valérie Lechiffre

2019-01-15 
A.Celli Paper and Global Hygiène for a turn-key tissue plant project

A.Celli Paper is pleased to begin a valuable collaboration with the French company for the supply of a complete tissue production plant.

Global Hygiène has chosen to rely on A.Celli Paper technology for the order of a complete turnkey plant to be installed in Charavines, in southeastern France.
The French company has secured the A.Celli technological excellence, from the stock preparation to the roll handling system.

The new iDEAL®1800S machine will have a 2850 mm format and an operating speed of 1800 mpm. The project also includes an E-WIND® T100 rewinder and a R-WAY® roll-handling system.
The Yankee supplied is the forged one of the latest A.Celli generation and has a diameter of 15’.

Luc Brami, CEO of Global Hygiène, said that the production of Charavines, estimated in 30.000 t/y, will cover the needs of the two Global Hygiène group’s converting plants, in Auxonne and Vern d’Anjou, consolidating the company’s leadership position in the market for hygienic products.

As usual A.Celli has given its total availability in experience and professionalism to the customer, with a full spirit of partnership.

The delivery is expected for the fourth quarter of 2019.

2019-01-14 
ANDRITZ to supply ATMP line to Kabel Premium Pulp & Paper, Germany

ANDRITZ has received an order from Kabel Premium Pulp & Paper to supply a new ATMP (Advanced Thermo Mechanical Pulp) line to their mill in Hagen, Germany. The ANDRITZ ATMP technology is a highly optimized process design with modular process steps that ensure enhanced fiber properties at reduced energy consumption. Start-up is scheduled for the final quarter of 2019.

ANDRITZ will refurbish second-hand machines that Kabel Premium bought from a former magazine paper production line in Germany. In order to meet Kabel Premium’s high demands with regard to energy efficiency and fiber quality, ANDRITZ will install several new, key equipment units : a new MSD Impressafiner to delaminate and impregnate chips even more gently and efficiently as well as new fiber centrifuges to guarantee superior fiber/steam separation. Two second-hand and refurbished ANDRITZ high-consistency refiners will form part of the first and second refining stages.The scope of supply also includes the DCS system, complete installation of the scope delivered, basic engineering, commissioning, and start-up.

The broad spectrum of ANDRITZ’s capabilities within the pulp and paper industry as well as its specialist know-how in the second-hand business were decisive in the Kabel Premium Pulp & Paper’s decision to place the order with ANDRITZ.

Kabel Premium Pulp & Paper has a long history as a well-known producer of top-quality printing paper. Established in 1896, the company has around 540 employees.

2019-01-14 
RISI European Conference to Offer Multiple Forest Product Forecasts & Leadership Insights

PPI Awards 2019 to be held on Day two to optimize networking opportunities

RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, has announced 21st Annual RISI European Conference will take place March 11-13, 2019 in Vienna, Austria at the Vienna Marriott Hotel. Delegates can expect a two-day conference program, plus a one-day packaging seminar, featuring RISI’s team of experts and high-level industry leaders addressing key forest product market trends in Europe and beyond.

This year’s program will take a deep dive into the global forecasts across pulp and paper grades, China’s recovered paper policy impact, and the packaging markets – Program and registration information is available here.

The March 11th Packaging Seminar will kick off the Conference by focusing on buyers’ perspective, characteristics of the corrugated business in Europe, and growing packaging markets.

Day One of the main conference program on March 12th, will begin with an international CEO panel discussion followed by the keynote speech from the European CEO of the Year. Following, delegates will hear a macroeconomic outlook as well as other key RISI forecasts, like global pulp. The CEO of the year will join an executive panel session, sponsored by FM Global, to share their recent industry experiences and expertise.

Day Two on March 13th will feature discussions by Senior Economist, Hannah Zhao, about the global OCC market and the impact felt from China’s recovered paper policy enforcement. Economist, Gleb Sinavskis, will follow to offer a connection to the latest market trends in boxboard and containerboard in Europe. Further presentations will give delegates insight into recycled paper demand, the future of mill technology, and MENA import opportunities. A panel will weigh in on dissolving pulp and viscose, and the impact on the environment. RISI experts will share additional key market outlooks including tissue.

The PPI Awards dinner will be held the evening of March 12, to offer the opportunity for networking between European Conference attendees and awards finalists. European Conference delegates can additionally register to partake in the dinner and meet the 2019 winners and finalists.

The 2018 Conference in Barcelona attracted more than 240 delegates from over 120 companies, traveling from 20+ countries. A strong turnout is anticipated in Vienna in 2019. Delegates will have multiple opportunities to network during lunches, breaks, and an exclusive cocktail hour.

For more information about the European Conference or to register, click here.

2019-01-14 
Valmet to supply automation for Gasum's liquefied natural gas delivery to Metsä Tissue Mänttä mill in Finland

Valmet will supply an automation system update and expansion for Gasum’s project at the Metsä Tissue Mänttä mill in Finland. As part of the project, the mill will replace liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) with Gasum’s low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the burners of the drying processes on its tissue machines.

The order is included in Valmet’s fourth quarter 2018 orders received. The system renewal will be delivered in June 2019.

Valmet’s automation system will be used to control the burners of the drying processes and manage a gas terminal that will be connected to Valmet’s data collection application. The delivery will standardize and optimize the tissue drying process and quality management.

"Valmet’s flexible approach and familiarization with Metsä Tissue enabled us to offer a turnkey delivery to the customer," says Tommy Mattila, Sales and Marketing Director, Gasum.

"Valmet will enhance the Metsä Tissue mill’s fuel switch to LNG, which is a safe form of energy with low emissions. At the same time, both Gasum and Metsä Tissue gain access to the latest software updates," remarks Juhani Tuomaala, Sales Manager, Automation, Valmet.

Information about Valmet’s delivery

Valmet will update and expand the Valmet DNA automation system on the tissue machines to modernize burner controls and the drying process management. Valmet’s delivery includes automation controls with DNA Modbus links to the burner and gas terminal PLCs as well as necessary DNA I/O expansions on the tissue machine automation systems. The delivery also includes DNA software updates and expansions in the process air systems and drying power control systems of the tissue machines.

Gasum will carry out the modifications needed for the fuel switch as well as all equipment installation.

2019-01-14 
Rulings of the Commercial Court on the petitions for receivership proceedings filed by Arjowiggins and some of its French subsidiaries

As announced in the press release dated 7 January 2019, Arjowiggins and some of its French subsidiaries have formally filed petitions to open receivership proceedings in their favour.
Following the hearings held on 8 January 2019, the Commercial Court of Nanterre has ordered the opening of the following procedures :

  •  A Safeguard procedure (Sauvegarde) in favour of Arjowiggins and the French companies Arjowiggins Papers and Arjowiggins Creative Papers.
  •  A Receivership procedure (Redressement judiciaire) in favour of Arjowiggins Papiers Couchés, Arjowiggins Le Bourray, Greenfield and Arjowiggins Rives.

Under the aegis of the Administrators appointed by the Commercial Court, the Safeguard or Receivership procedure will help support the measures undertaken to find buyers for the various businesses of Arjowiggins and preserve the interests of its employees, customers, suppliers and stakeholders.
Sequana will request that the trading of its shares on Euronext resume on 10 January 2019.

2019-01-11 
“Road of Maintenance”

At the ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2019 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany (25 – 27 June) companies working in the field of maintenance have the chance to present their products and services in a cost-effective way at the “Road of Maintenance”.

The packages guarantee an absolutely trouble-free participation carried out with a minimum organizational effort : https://bit.ly/2qAFSrP

2019-01-11 
Foundry components - additional know-how from Leroy-Somer

For more than fifty years the Leroy-Somer foundry has been designing and producing grey and spheroidal graphite cast-iron components in short, medium and long production runs. A pillar of the engine manufacturer’s industrial organisation, the unit also provides a multi-sector response to the most demanding technical briefs for the design, engineering or manufacturing of foundry components.

From its earliest days, Leroy-Somer has pursued a vertical integration policy focused on the mastery of the fundamental technologies constituting its core business. Based on this principle of industrial autonomy, the Foundry site emerged in 1967. Ultramodern for its time, this site accommodates large-scale industrial facilities that are constantly evolving to guarantee its ongoing development.

Specializing in flake graphite grey cast iron and spheroidal graphite cast iron, the Leroy-Somer Foundry today boasts a production capacity of 19,000 tonnes and more than 1000 item references per year. Its know-how and trade expertise allow it to propose a wide range of raw and/or machined parts from 0.5 to 250 kg, used in a variety of applications and industries : pump bodies, street furniture, agricultural and textile machinery, electric motors, compressors, equipment for the construction, rail, automotive industries, etc.

The versatility and adaptability of the Leroy-Somer Foundry revolve around the following strengths :

 A tried-and-tested collaborative process, run by multi-disciplinary teams supported by trade specialists, placing their skills and experience at the service of the most stringent customer demands, from study through to production.
 Design closely aligned to needs, generated by a dedicated engineering office offering reactivity and advice, with close attention paid to ensuring the best cost of development for products and tools. The design of components is optimised through the use of high-performance software capable, for example, of numerical casting simulations to detect possible defects before a tool is manufactured. 3D-printing solutions also allow prototypes to be produced for creating made-to-measure products.
 Foundry processes validated and managed at each stage of manufacturing, particularly for the fusion, core making, moulding, shot blasting and deburring operations.
 Means of production guaranteeing the quality and reliability of the processes : the Leroy-Somer Foundry has a machine pool enabling top-performance production for short, medium and long production runs. Efficiency, flexibility and rapidity are guaranteed thanks to high-capacity equipment offering high production rates : 16 t low-frequency electric furnaces, high-pressure vertical or horizontal molding lines, depending on the size of the components, automated cells, etc.

Renowned worldwide for the quality of its alternators and drive systems (electric motors, geared motors and speed drives), Leroy-Somer have been a benchmark player in electrical engineering for almost a century. With this additional foundry expertise, Leroy-Somer can offer fresh perspectives for development by means of products designed to meet the needs of its customers.

 "The know-how and expertise of the Leroy-Somer Foundry are recognised by all its customers," declares Fabrice Bergé, Site Director. "We consider that one of our essential roles is to advise our customers from the pre-engineering phase in order to optimise the design of the new components that are to be produced, and to this end we strive to engage in dialogue with them by every means possible.

 "Furthermore, integration of digital technologies is enabling us to make progress in the management of our processes and the optimisation of costs, so that we can reach out to new sectors, such as robotics.

 "Forever attentive to providing optimum customer satisfaction, the Leroy-Somer Foundry is also keen to respect all its commitments, particularly in terms of quality and punctuality, while proposing competitive prices," concludes Fabrice Bergé.

2019-01-10 
Better planet packaging design challenge 2019 by Smurfit Kappa

At Smurfit Kappa, we believe we have a responsibility to respond to the challenge facing the environment and society today – to re-imagine more sustainable packaging solutions.

We want to help create a world where packaging helps, not harms the world around us. We believe this can only be done by being open and working with others across and beyond our industry – open to new thinking, new solutions and new inspiration.

The inaugural Design Challenge is one of many Better Planet Packaging Initiatives and is open to anyone to participate.

The goal of our Better Planet Packaging Design Challenge is to find paper-based alternatives to every day non-biodegradable packaging. We have set two specific challenges and submissions can be made for either one or both !

Entries will be judged by a panel of senior judges from Smurfit Kappa and the winner (for each challenge) will receive €8,000 prize money. The winning designs will be showcased during our Innovation event on May 16th 2019 which will be attended by many global brands.

All entries must first register in order to take part in the competition and the deadline for submission entries is March 29th 2019. 

  • Design Challenge 1 - Pallet Stretch Wrap Alternative

Develop an alternative to avoid plastic stretch wrap around pallets to provide stability during transport and storage.

Today, when products are placed on a pallet they are wrapped with plastic stretch wrap for stability during transport and storage. It is an efficient and cost-effective solution, but it creates waste, which potentially can end up as litter, or is not recyclable (incinerated). The challenge is to find a paper-based solution to replace plastic stretch wrap that is recyclable or reusable in the same collection system as paper based packaging while still delivering the same properties for stack of boxes.

  • Design Challenge 2 | Paper-based parcel with thermal protection

To develop a fully paper based parcel with thermal protection for chocolate (as an example of temperature sensitive product) for use in the eCommerce sales channel.

Temperature sensitive products needs to be packaged in a way that enables temperature control e.g. keeping the temperature low through transport (approx. 6 hours). Current solutions are in most cases made with multiple materials, such as EPS or cool packs, which makes the final parcel difficult if not impossible to recycle for consumers. The challenge is to find a sustainable solution that will deliver the required temperature control but is renewable and kerbside recyclable (in paper recycling system), ideally using wood fibre. Concepts can use various types, shapes and forms of paper-based materials (think of paper, corrugated, carton, honeycomb, pulp).

2019-01-10 
Fabio Perini Brazil wins the Best Companies to Work prize

The Joinville, Santa Catarina, site honored with the prestigious award for 2018

Fabio Perini Brazil, a branch of Fabio Perini S.P.A., a leading global supplier of machinery and services for tissue converting and packaging, gained a place of honor in the authoritative ranking of US Institute “Great Place to Work® Certified” which since the ‘90s has been implementing the worldwide ranking of the best places of work all over the globe. Fabio Perini Brazil gained 11th place in the regional ranking of mid-range companies.

The mission of the Great Place to Work Institute is evaluating companies’ working conditions and management of service suppliers. Through employee and employers’ surveys, the people management, the workplace and the employees’ confidence are evaluated, and a ranking is elaborated on the basis of indicators of credibility, respect, impartiality, pride to belong.

Silvana Dellacqua – Human Resources Manager of Fabio Perini – pointed out the company’s utmost attention towards human relations and resource development : “We keep investing in technical training and language support, in order to promote more effective communications among employees, and over the years we have developed an efficient network of relationships among different teams. In addition, the existing communications channels allow our employees to contribute their suggestions to enhance collaboration, therefore stimulating people’s interest and involvement.”

“I wish to congratulate everybody for this achievement – commented Dineo Silverio, Company President for Brazil and South America - People are what makes the difference in growing a business. A high level of internal satisfaction reflects itself automatically in the satisfaction of the customers in our market. Employee management is a strategic factor for the evolution of our business, because the satisfaction to be working for a company translates into greater efficiency and better quality of the final product”.

This important milestone confirms the high quality of Fabio Perini S.p.A., which enters with full rights in the international community of the “Great place to work” certified companies.

2019-01-10 
Maintaining the edge: the specialised Yale solution

One of the most crucial ingredients in the materials handling industry is the safe transportation of packaged goods from origin to destination. Logistics operators in a wide variety of industries need to be confident that their products arrive in the best condition possible to minimise delays and ensure customer satisfaction.

To facilitate the safe transportation of packaged goods, Abzac Romania produces cardboard accessories suitable for a wide range of applications. Founded in 1928, Abzac Romania uses its decades of expertise and conducts continuous research to develop specific solutions to each of the industries the company caters for, adjusting its products to the application required.

One of the main staples of Abzac Romania’s product offering is the cardboard bracket, which protects and strengthens packages through conferred resistance around their edges. The simple design and robustness of the cardboard brackets allow them to be utilised in a variety of industries, including wood, food, pharmaceutical and aviation.
The company also produces innovative cardboard tubes, which can be used in the paper, plastic, textiles, labels and adhesives or construction industries. They are designed to meet their customers’ individual needs, whether that be crush resistant, dynamic loading and vibration, radial compression, rigid or malleable materials.
All of the solutions Abzac Romania produces begin as large cardboard coils, delivered to their warehouse in Ploiesti, Romania. The company handles between 20-25 cardboard coils per day, working in two shifts between 07:00 and 24:00. To maintain its high productivity, Abzac Romania required a materials handling solution that could maximise its heavy duty application. Operator and equipment efficiency was also a key concern, as well as keeping downtime of the materials handling equipment at a minimum.

  • Customisation improves handling efficiency

To find a solution perfectly suited to their needs, Abzac Romania consulted Vectra Eurolift Service. Vectra Eurolift Service has been the exclusive dealer of Yale solutions in Romania since 2015 and is the sole service provider of Yale® products in the region.
Vectra Eurolift Service recommended the four wheel Yale® ERP35VL electric counterbalance truck, fitted with a 360 degree rotating clamp that ensures excellent pallet visibility. The customised solution allows Abzac Romania to transfer the cardboard coils directly from the trailer to the production area without the need to switch materials handling equipment.
Abzac Romania required a reliable solution to handle the bulky cardboard coils to ensure its objectives are met at the end of each day. The ERP35VL is designed for intense applications and has a lifting capacity of 3500 kg at heights of up to 4610 m, making it a fitting solution to the specific needs of Abzac Romania.
To further maximise the productivity during the two-shift operation, the truck features four performance modes, allowing the operator to adjust to the precise business application. It also includes a setting that can deliver low energy consumption during a shift, allowing the operators to maximise efficiency at little cost to Abzac Romania.

  • Operator confidence and comfort

The ERP35VL is fitted with the YaleStop™ feature to ensure operator confidence when lifting or loading goods. This allows operators to load and unload the cardboard coils knowing the park brake is automatically engaged, particularly useful when working on gradients.
Operators at Abzac Romania often complete long shifts. Designed to offer low levels of vibration, the ERP35VL helps to reduce potential back strain and fatigue in the operator during their shift.

  • Logistics expertise goes a long way

Working closely with the client to understand their business is a key factor in ensuring both customer satisfaction, and perfecting the right solution. Vectra Eurolift Services was able to use its wealth of experience in the materials handling industry to advise Abzac on the solution and customisation that best fit the company’s needs.
“The main reasons why Abzac Romania chose Yale equipment were for Vectra Eurolift Service’s experience in this field, good communication, and accurate understanding of the application,” said Delia Dumitru, Plant Manager of Abzac Romania.

2019-01-09 
International Paper Declares Dividend

International Paper today declared a quarterly dividend of $0.50 per share for the period from January 1, 2019, to March 31, 2019, inclusive, on its common stock, par value $1.00. This dividend is payable on March 15, 2019, to holders of record at the close of business on February 21, 2019. Today the company also declared a regular quarterly dividend of $1.00 per share for the period from January 1, 2019, to March 31, 2019, inclusive, on the cumulative $4.00 preferred stock of the company. This dividend is also payable on March 15, 2019, to holders of record at the close of business on February 21, 2019.

2019-01-09 
Metso celebrates groundbreaking ceremony for new valve technology center in China

Metso announced on October 26, 2018 its decision to invest in a new greenfield valve technology center in Jiaxing, China. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new plant took place today. The new technology center will start operations in spring 2020 and will serve the local and global markets.

"This is an exciting day for both Metso and our valve customers in various process industries globally - we are investing in improving service and delivery capabilities for them. China is an extremely significant market for our valve business, and the new technology center will have a strong role," says Kevin Tinsley, Senior Vice President for Valve Operations at Metso.

The new location is designed to be a workplace for a total of 400 valve technology professionals, and the focus is on producing high-volume standard products and parts for all Metso’s valve plants. Metso’s technology center in the Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone in Shanghai is continuing its operations, with a focus on highly engineered products.

2019-01-09 
Hans Djurberg new chairman of FSC International

Hans who is responsible for sustainability issues in the SCA Forestry business area, will be new chairman of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) International

The Forest Stewardship Council is an international member organization that works for environmentally adapted, socially responsible and economically viable use of the world’s forests.

During the 25 years since the FSC was founded, they have created a certification system that gathers environmental organizations, industrial representatives, trade unions, indigenous population and other stakeholders for solution-oriented dialogue on forestry. FSC mobilizes market forces and offers people the opportunity to create positive effects in the forest and in society through their purchasing decisions. Currently, 200 million hectares of the world’s forests and more than 35,000 companies are certified by FSC.

 ”It will be both exciting and challenging to take this role. I am happy to represent both SCA and the forest industry as a whole in these important issues”, says Hans Djurberg.

Hans has been on the board of FSC International since 2013 and chairman since January 1, 2019 and the chairmanship extends throughout 2019.

2019-01-08 
Stora Enso completes co-determination negotiations on possible temporary layoffs at Oulu Mill

Stora Enso has completed the co-determination negotiations on possible temporary layoffs with its employees at its Oulu Mill in Finland. As a result of the negotiations, Stora Enso can, if needed, temporarily lay off employees at Oulu Mill, excluding the personnel at the pulp mill, for a maximum of 90 days during the first half of 2019.

“Possible temporary curtailments would be used to enhance efficiency and optimise paper production according to the market demand. Oulu pulp mill was outside of the scope of the negotiations, and it is planned to be run during the possible temporary layoffs,” says Mill Director Jari Kärkkäinen.

Stora Enso announced on 28 November 2018 that it would start co-determination negotiations at Oulu Mill, as market demand for woodfree coated papers (WFC) produced at the mill has declined. Simultaneously the prices of the most important raw materials for paper production have continued to rise.

2019-01-08 
Toscotec Paper & Board chosen by Smurfit Kappa for PM5 rebuild project

Toscotec has been awarded a contract by Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin in France to rebuild the entire dryer section of its 6m wire PM5 at Facture, Aquitaine, France.
Toscotec will rebuild the entire pre-dryer section of the machine, including 36 new TT SteelDryers with a diameter of 1.8 m, maintaining the same machine length of the existing 43 cast iron cans. The scope of supply includes 4 new TT Uniroll for the first battery. Toscotec will also rebuild the existing post-dryer section to improve the present design according to the new production rate, adding 2 new TT SteelDryers. The scope includes a rope-less tail threading system throughout the whole dryer section, an optimised tail transfer to the Film Press with a TT Ripper and TT Transfer (vacuum belt device) and an improved paper sheet transfer between press and dryer section. The main auxiliary systems will also be part of Toscotec’s scope, including the lubrication system, the hood with its air and ventilation system and the sheet stabilisation. The hall ventilation system will be also part of the package.
The PM5 produces White Top Kraft Liner with a reel trim of 5,500 mm, Toscotec’s rebuild will allow to increase machine speed up to approximately 900 m/min and will strengthen Smurfit Kappa’s position as the leading European supplier of White Top Kraft Liner.
The supply is on a turnkey basis and includes engineering, erection, commissioning, start-up assistance and training.
This new rebuild reaffirms Toscotec as one of preferred partners for the Smurfit Kappa Group, with which Toscotec has been working for the past 10 years on several projects, in Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Italy and Austria.
“It gives us great satisfaction to be selected for such an important rebuild project by Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin. Thanks to the increased efficiency of the overall drying process, PM5 will significantly boost its capacity, and deliver actual energy savings, thereby cutting the mill’s energy bill” says Fabrizio Charrier, Toscotec’s Area Sales Manager.
Mr. Bruno Tormen, Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin’s Mill Manager says : “At Smurfit Kappa, we offer our customers constant, secure and reliable quality thanks to our unrivalled standards. Toscotec’s design met our targets in terms of the dryer section’s performance and machine production increase. The high level of customisation of their turnkey solution was one of the deciding factors for our choice, along with the significant advantages of TT SteelDryers”.
The project is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020.

2019-01-08 
Arjowiggins plans to file petitions to open receivership proceedings for some of its subsidiaries in France

In a highly deteriorated market environment and further to the termination by Fineska BV of the planned acquisition of its Graphic and Creative Papers businesses (cf. press release on 27 December 2018), Arjowiggins and the French companies Arjowiggins Papers and Arjowiggins Creative Papers plan to petition the Commercial Court of Nanterre to open a preventive Safeguard procedure (Sauvegarde) in their favour to protect their interests. Some of Arjowiggins’ French subsidiaries will file a petition to open Receivership proceedings (Redressement judiciaire). These petitions will be reviewed by the Commercial Court at a hearing on 8 January 2019.

  •  The Priplak and Arjobex subsidiaries are unaffected by these procedures.
  •  The Arjowiggins subsidiaries affected by these procedures operate the mills of Bessé-sur-Braye, Le Bourray and Greenfield.

These projects are part of an information/consultation process with the various relevant Works Councils representing the personnel.
Regarding the subsidiaries outside France, the Group is reviewing its various strategic options jointly with the local managers, with the ultimate goal of minimizing the impact of the French procedures.
Under the aegis of Receivers appointed by the Commercial Court, the Safeguard or Receivership procedure would enable Arjowiggins to seek all potential solutions likely to secure the continuity of business of Arjowiggins’ Graphic and Creative Papers divisions in the context of a sustainably viable takeover plan, while preserving the interests of its employees, customers, suppliers and stakeholders.
The French public authorities have been informed of the Group’s situation and have already indicated that they would support the various processes undertaken to find buyers for the different Arjowiggins businesses and thus preserve jobs.
After conducting a major restructuring of its printing & writing paper businesses in 2014, Arjowiggins had refocused on technical and specialty papers, and demonstrated its ability to generate positive cash-flows, particularly in 2017. However, since July 2017, Arjowiggins has suffered an unprecedented and steady increase of its external costs, particularly for paper pulp that has reached a record historical high in the past few months, in an environment of structurally declining volumes of printing and writing papers. Despite selling price increases that were significant but insufficient in a market with excess capacity, the Group was unable to offset the rise of its variable costs.
Furthermore, the litigation involving Sequana versus British American Tobacco (BAT), pending since 2013, has caused major mistrust from the Group’s business partners, in particular its credit insurers who have scaled down their exposure to Arjowiggins, leading to tensions on working capital requirements.

Under the circumstances, Arjowiggins has therefore been forced to initiate the required measures to continue operating its business under the best possible conditions.
The Group is confident in its ability to find buyers for these businesses that enjoy highly skilled staff whose expertise and professionalism are acknowledged across their markets, renowned brands in premium fine papers and recycled graphic papers, solid market positions in technical and speciality papers, and a unique industrial asset to produce 100% recycled paper pulp.

2019-01-07 
Kadant Completes Acquisition of Syntron Material Handling

Kadant Inc. today announced the completion of its acquisition of Syntron Material Handling Group, LLC and certain of its affiliates, a leading provider of material handling equipment and systems to various process industries, from entities affiliated with Levine Leichtman Capital Partners for approximately $179 million, subject to certain customary adjustments. The transaction was financed through borrowings under the Company’s revolving credit facility.

“We are excited to welcome Syntron to the Kadant family and look forward to the new opportunities this combination will bring to our business,” said Jonathan Painter, president and chief executive officer of Kadant. “Syntron not only extends our breadth of premier offerings to process industries, but also gives us access to new industries that offer potential avenues for growth.”

Syntron is based in Tupelo, Mississippi with approximately 250 employees worldwide and revenue of approximately $89 million for the trailing twelve months ended October 31, 2018.

2019-01-03 
Termination of the planned sale of Arjowiggins ’ Graphic and Creative Papers businesses

The negotiations initiated in July 2018 with Fineska BV (the Andlinger & Company Group) for the sale of Arjowiggins’ Graphic and Creative Papers businesses continued in an extremely deteriorated market conditions context, notably hit by significant and successive price increases in pulp, and to a lesser extent in energy.
In this context and considering the lack of visibility for FY 2019, Fineska BV has stopped the sale process.
Because of this decision, Sequana is reviewing the different strategic options to be implemented.

2019-01-02 
Resolute Completes Sale of Catawba, SC, Paper and Pulp Mill

Resolute Forest Products Inc. today announced that, on December 31, 2018, it completed the previously disclosed sale of the Catawba, South Carolina, paper and pulp mill to New-Indy Containerboard, LLC, pursuant to the terms of the asset purchase agreement dated October 2, 2018. The total purchase price of about $300 million consists of $260 million in cash, before customary closing adjustments, and the assumption of approximately $40 million of balance sheet liabilities, largely net pension benefit obligations.

"We are pleased to have completed the sale of the Catawba mill to New-Indy and wish the new team every success with its investment in the diversification of the mill’s operations," stated Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer of Resolute. "We want to thank our employees for their hard work and dedication toward this successful outcome, and are pleased that the community will continue to benefit from the mill’s economic and social impact."

As previously disclosed, Resolute has agreed to use the majority of the proceeds from the asset sale to repurchase $225 million of its 5.875% Senior Notes due in 2023, thereby improving financial flexibility.

TM Capital Corp. acted as Resolute’s financial advisor on the transaction, while Akerman LLP and Troutman Sanders LLP acted as Resolute’s legal counsels.

2019-01-02 
Announcement of obtaining Clearance from the Japan Fair Trade Commission regarding Capital & Business Alliance with Mitsubishi Paper Mills Ltd

Oji Holdings Corporation plans to own the shares equivalent to 33.0% of the total number of voting rights of Mitsubishi Paper Mills Limited, as announced in “Announcement of Capital and Business Alliance of Oji Holdings Corporation and Mitsubishi Paper Mills Limited ” on February 6, 2018.
Toward the implementation of the Alliance, Oji Holdings and Mitsubishi Paper have been proceeding with procedures for obtaining clearance from domestic and overseas competition authorities, and Oji Holdings is pleased to announce that two companies have obtained an unconditional clearance for the notifications regarding the Alliance from the Japan Fair Trade Commission.Today. Oji Holdings and Mitsubishi Paper will continue with procedures to obtain clearance from overseas competition authorities. In order to realize the Alliance, Oji Holdings and Mitsubishi Paper will advance discussions and deliberations on a more concrete business alliance between the two companies in accordance with relevant laws and regulations.

2018-12-27 
Commission clears the creation of joint venture combining Solenis and BASF's global paper and water chemicals business

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of joint control over a newly created joint venture combining Solenis and BASF’s global paper and water chemicals business by BASF SE of Germany and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Inc. ("CD&R") of the US. BASF DOM supplies wet-end paper chemicals and water treatment chemicals. Solenis, a portfolio company of CD&R, is a specialty chemical company providing process and water solutions. The joint venture will also be active in these sectors. .Following its market investigation, the Commission concluded that, although the proposed transaction may lead to horizontal and vertical overlaps, it would not give rise to competition concerns. This is because of the number of rivals remaining in the market, the differences in the business models of Solenis and BASF DOM, the existing vertical relationships between BASF and Solenis, and the fact that Solenis represents only a minimal share of the demand for BASF’s products. The transaction was examined under the normal merger review. More information is available on the Commission’s competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8950.

2018-12-21 
Beverage carton companies launch EXTR:ACT platform to boost recycling

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) today announced that it has launched a new platform to drive the industry’s engagement in carton recycling across Europe. The platform, named EXTR:ACT – Driving Value for mulitmaterial recycling, has been set up by ACE members BillerudKorsnäs, Elopak, SIG Combibloc, Stora Enso and Tetra Pak to foster recycling of beverage cartons, including the non-paper components, such as polymers and aluminium.
With this new platform beverage carton industry takes additional measures to increase recycling of its packages, scale and drive value for recycling solutions and secure their long-term sustainability. It will also coordinate and drive initiatives to enhance beverage carton collection across Europe. Heike Schiffler, President of EXTR:ACT said the new platform reflected the industry’s commitment to the circular economy. “We have come a long way to reach our current recycling rate of 48% in Europe, despite the absence of a specific recycling target for beverage cartons in the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. With this new initiative and partnerships, we are confident we will be
able to achieve a significantly increased collection and recycling rate by 2025,” she said.
Sustainable recycling programmes require collaboration both in and beyond our own industry.
EXTR:ACT aims to work in partnerships with stakeholders with similar needs in recycling of composite packaging.
EXTR:ACT will be based in Frankfurt and complement ACE’s work. Along with Heike Schiffler (President), Tetra Pak’s Circular Economy Director Europe, board members are Ola Svending (Vice-President), Stora Enso’s Director Sustainability, Gatis Mazins (Tetra Pak), Tiina Pursula (Stora Enso), Elisa Gasperini (Elopak), Petra Gerber (SIG), Jannicke Jennsjö, and Malin Ljung-Eiborn (BillerudKorsnäs).

2018-12-21 
Augmented reality supports pump and valve service

On the trade fair Pollutec 2018, focused on water and environment solutions, KSB has presented its new service concept based on augmented reality. It is all about working with data glasses linked with the Internet, or with a smartphone app.

Via these devices users or technicians are guided during their service work by an expert per video and audio. The experts, looking into their screen at their usual service workplace, can assess the situation through the eyes of the person present at the site.

This helps instruct technicians who are not specialised in pumps, for example, to carry out common maintenance measures, step by step. Further, the data glasses can be used to transmit exploded views or screenshots that can then be viewed in the corresponding field.

The required spare parts can be identified and the procurement process started in order to prepare for any work that might need to be performed by a KSB service engineer. You no longer have to wait for the expert to arrive at the site to determine what is required for any repair work.

Saving time benefits the user in many ways. With the pump being returned to service within a short amount of time, production can be resumed quickly. Also, a service expert’s virtual inspection might reveal that a specific action can wait until the next revision.

The data glasses further support commissioning. They can serve to check in advance whether the installations are actually ready for commissioning. Real-life tests of this system have proven very successful.

2018-12-21 
Toscotec delivered a TADVISION® machine to a confidential customer in Latin America.

Toscotec has delivered a TADVISION® machine to a confidential customer in Latin America, as part of a major turnkey supply contract. Toscotec supplied the TAD plant as a turnkey delivery. The TADVISION® machine is equipped with a two-layer TT Headbox ML-T with dilution system, a second generation TT SYD and gas-heated TAD air system, with a high level of energy recovery. It features a trim width of 2,750 mm and has an annual production capacity of over 27,000 tons. 

The supply includes the stock preparation equipment and accessories, Toscotec’s patented TT SAF (Short Approach Flow), the fiber recovery and water system, the dust and mist removal systems, the vacuum system, the electric and control system, the Distribution Control System (DCS) for the complete plant and the Quality Control System (QCS).

The turnkey scope also comprises the compressed air system, the bridge crane, a complete pulp bales handling system, an online shaft puller, the roll handling and wrapping systems and the hall ventilation system.

As part of the service package, Toscotec will also provide the detailed mill engineering, the erection, commissioning and test runs and start-up assistance.

In June, the Italian manufacturer had presented its newly redesigned TADVISION® machine at iT’s Tissue, in Lucca, Italy. With this new design, Toscotec builds on the experience of its TAD machine that came online in the U.S. in 2004 and takes it further to obtain superior bulk and absorbency, higher production and energy efficiency. The TAD section is composed of three coated TAD drums, featuring an optimized airflow, which contributes to cutting consumption down to 4.5-5.5 MWh/ton, from the consumption of current TAD machines estimated in the range of 6.0-7.5 MWh/ton.

Toscotec’s Project Manager Pier Paolo Brunazzi says, “Thanks to the successful cooperation of the two teams, we worked out an erection schedule that could accommodate the requirements of the mill, based on the civil works’ progress. As a rule, on our turnkeys we have the flexibility to adapt to the changing needs of the mill, in order to advance towards our common goal. One of the main challenges we faced during the engineering phase of the project was the altitude of the mill, which stands at approximately 2,500 m above sea level. Such a high altitude inevitably affects the electric and vacuum plants, because the air is more rarefied. The advanced design of the new TADVISION® significantly reduces the overall consumption and improves efficiency. Starting from that, we had to go the extra mile and optimize the use of energy, because of the altitude factor. We are happy with the outcome of this effort, and expect to see very good results on site.”

Installation of the new plant began in September and will continue into the second quarter of 2019. Start-up is scheduled for June 2019.

2018-12-21 
Valmet to supply a new brown stock washing and screening line to Sappi Saiccor mill in South Africa

Valmet has received an order for the new magnesium oxide (MgO) no 3 brown stock washing and screening line for the Sappi Saiccor mill in South Africa. The delivery is part of the Vulindlela Project which targets to reduce the Saiccor mill’s air emissions and effluents, and to increase its total production from 783,000 ADt/a to 890,000 ADt/a. The capacity of the new MgO no 3 brown stock and screening line will be 720 ADt/d.

The order is included in Valmet’s third quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. An order with this scope of supply is usually valued in the range of EUR 5-10 million. The new line is scheduled to start up in June 2020.

The agreement is a continuation to the long-term successful cooperation of Sappi and Valmet. Valmet has earlier delivered key processes to other Sappi mills in South Africa.

"Valmet and its TwinRoll press technology was selected due to the ease of access for descaling and maintenance, high washing efficiency, low water consumption and low fugitive emissions to atmosphere," says Wayne Weston, Project Director at Sappi Saiccor projects.

"Valmet’s large reference base for fiberline key equipment, such as the TwinRoll presses for Sulphite pulp/dissolving pulp, gives confidence to our customers that we can handle their special processes. We are happy to be a part of the Vulindlela Project and it is an important breakthrough for Valmet to utilize the TwinRoll presses in the Saiccor mill," says Eva Engelfeldt, Sales Manager, Fiber Processing Business Unit, Valmet.

Valmet’s delivery includes equipment for the deknotting, screening and brown stock washing area, and auxiliaries like centrifugal pumps, field instruments, control valves, tower and tanks. The delivery also includes a service agreement on performance and reliability monitoring for the TwinRoll presses. The monitoring consists of a cloud application on the Valmet platform.

2018-12-21 
The Board of Directors of Valmet Oyj has decided on new share-based incentive plans for key employees and on the acquisition of own shares

The Board of Directors of Valmet Oyj has decided on a long-term share-based incentive plan (LTI Plan) and a new restricted shares pool (Restricted Pool) for Valmet’s key employees. The aim of the plans is to combine the objectives of the shareholders and the key employees in order to increase the value of the Company in the long run, to commit the key employees to the Company, and to offer them a competitive reward plan based on holding the Company’s shares.

The LTI Plan includes three discretionary periods, which are the calendar years 2018, 2019 and 2020. Valmet’s Board of Directors decides on the performance criteria and targets in the beginning of each discretionary period. The potential reward from the discretionary period 2019 is based on Valmet’s Comparable EBITA margin and orders received growth (%) of the stable business, that is, the Services and Automation business lines. The potential reward from the discretionary period 2019 will be paid partly in Company shares and partly in cash in 2020. The proportion to be paid in cash is intended to cover taxes and tax-related costs arising from the reward to the key employee.

The rewarded shares from the LTI Plan may not be transferred during the restriction period, which will end two years from the end of the discretionary period. As a rule, no reward is paid if the key employee’s employment or service at Valmet ends before the reward payment. Should a key employee’s employment or service end during the restriction period, he or she must, as a rule, gratuitously return the shares given as reward to the Company.

The LTI Plan is directed to a maximum of 123 participants, of which 83 are key employees in management positions (including Executive Team members), and 40 are management talents. The rewards to be paid on the basis of the discretionary period 2019 will correspond to a maximum total of approximately 465,000 shares in Valmet Oyj, representing the gross reward before the deduction of taxes and tax-related costs arising from the reward. The estimated maximum total expense of the LTI Plan for the performance period 2019 is EUR 8.8 million.

As part of total remuneration, for example for retention purposes, the Board of Directors has also decided on an additional incentive element for 2019, the Restricted Pool, from which shares can be granted to selected key employees. Restricted pools are intended to be annually commencing, but any future restricted pool is subject to separate approval by the Board of Directors. In 2019 a maximum of 70,000 shares can be allocated to possible participants in the Restricted Pool. As a rule, the restriction period for these shares is 3 years. A precondition for the payment of the share reward based on the Restricted Pool is that the employment relationship of the individual participant with Valmet continues until the payment date of the reward.

Both the LTI Plan and the Restricted Pool include a recommendation that the members of Valmet’s Executive Team own and hold an amount of Company shares equaling to their gross annual base salary (100 percent ownership recommendation).

Acquisition of own shares

The Board of Directors of Valmet has in its meeting on December 20, 2018 decided to use the authorization granted by the General Meeting held on March 21, 2018 to acquire the Company’s own shares. Based on the authorization, the Board has decided to initiate a fixed-term share buy-back program for the purpose of acquiring the Company’s own shares to meet part of the obligations arising from the LTI Plan and the Restricted Pool incentive plans. The share acquisitions will begin at the earliest on February 8, 2019 and will end at the latest on March 4, 2019. The maximum number of shares to be acquired is 278,000, corresponding to a value of approximately EUR 5 million based on the closing share price of the last trading day preceding the date hereof. The shares will be acquired at market price in public trading on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd.

2018-12-21 
Stora Enso divests Swedish packaging manufacturer June Emballage

Stora Enso has divested 100% of the shares of its Swedish subsidiary June Emballage AB to its current management team. June Emballage is a manufacturer specialized in small-batch custom-made transport packaging in corrugated board.

“We believe that June Emballage is in a better position to serve its smaller scale markets for custom-made packaging as a stand-alone supplier. Stora Enso will continue to focus on growing our core business and further develop our leading corrugated packaging offering in Sweden,” says David Ekberg, SVP and Head of Corrugated Nordics, Stora Enso’s Packaging Solutions division.

The transaction will not have any significant impact on Stora Enso’s sales, operational EBIT or net debt.

2018-12-21 
Stora Enso partners with H&M group and Inter IKEA group to industrialize TreeToTextile

TreeToTextile AB is a joint venture between H&M group, Inter IKEA group and innovator Lars Stigsson since 2014, with the aim of developing new textile fibers in a sustainable way at attractive cost levels. Today TreeToTextile announces that Stora Enso will join this partnership, and also support the industrialization of TreeToTextile’s production process by setting up a demonstration plant at one of its Nordic facilities.

“We are excited to welcome our new partner, Stora Enso, and to share more of the innovative work that we are doing at TreeToTextile. With the help of our new partner, we will be entering an industrialization phase. The new fiber that we have developed is both sustainable and produced at a lower cost,” says Annica Karlsson, chairman of the board, TreeToTextile AB.

The four partners have an equally big stake in TreeToTextile and share the belief of a strong market for a fiber with good sustainability performance at attractive cost levels.

TreeToTextile’s process takes renewable forest raw material and regenerates the cellulose into a textile fiber. This production process uses less energy and chemicals, allowing for a much more sustainable and cost-efficient process compared to conventional technologies and fibers. 

The technology has been tested in a pilot line in Sweden and is now to be scaled up with the construction of a demonstration plant at one of Stora Enso’s Nordic facilities. Inter IKEA group and H&M group plan to use the fiber in their products, but the aim is that the entire industry should benefit from this sustainable fiber since it can be used in conventional supply chains.

“We’re very happy to join this partnership and contribute to a more sustainable textile production. Stora Enso produces dissolving pulp for textiles based on renewable and fully traceable wood from sustainably managed forests. It will be exciting to participate in the industrialization of this technology at one of our facilities to meet growing demand,” says Markus Mannström, EVP of the Stora Enso Biomaterials division.

“We welcome Stora Enso to this partnership. For us, TreeToTextile is a long-term investment as we strongly believe it will contribute to offering our customers even more sustainably produced products at affordable prices,” says Erik Karlsson, Investment Manager for Sustainable Fashion at H&M group’s investment arm CO:LAB.

“With Stora Enso as a partner we now add industrial knowledge and deep competence within the cellulose field. This together with existing consumer and textile knowledge as well as an entrepreneurial spirit brings us one step closer to our goal of introducing a new sustainable low-cost fiber for the many people,” says Lena Julle, Category Area Manager Textiles at IKEA of Sweden.

“It’s fantastic to see how the idea of utilizing forest resources for a more sustainable textile has developed from lab stage to a commercially viable product in just a few years,” says inventor and entrepreneur Lars Stigsson.

2018-12-21 
ANDRITZ to supply process technology for fiberline modernization to Iggesund Paperboard, Sweden

ANDRITZ has received an order from Holmen’s Iggesund Paperboard to supply fiberline process technology and equipment to their Iggesund mill, Sweden. Start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2019.

The technology supplied by ANDRITZ will substantially contribute towards reducing emissions further and result in environmentally friendly, high-quality pulp production.

ANDRITZ’s scope of supply encompasses :
• Modernization of the brownstock washing process, including a new multi-stage DD-Washer with compact layout
• A new oxygen delignification stage for optimizing the kappa level to achieve highest possible yield and minimum chemical consumption
• Relocation of the existing screening process after the oxygen delignification stage in order to minimize fiber losses
• Bleaching plant modernization by changing the existing 5-stage bleaching system to 4-stage bleaching
• Cooler for digester blow temperature control

ANDRITZ has several hundred very successful DD-Washer installations as references around the globe. ANDRITZ DD-Washers are characterized by lowest operating costs and emissions as well as extremely good washing efficiency, based on the required number of displacement washing stages in a single unit. The DD-Washer is also very gentle to fibers, retaining all the bulk, stiffness and strength of the pulp as there is no mechanical pressing during pulp washing.

Iggesund Paperboard produces paperboard for consumer packaging and graphics printing at one mill in Sweden and one in England. The company is Europe’s leading producer of high-quality, virgin-fiber paperboard for use in the premium packaging and graphics sectors.

2018-12-21 
Paper production 4.0 - Paper producer relies on Siemens expertise for security concept and new production line

Paper maker Papierfabrik August Koehler SE (Koehler) is well on the way to becoming a digital enterprise. Its journey towards digital transformation has been supported by Siemens security concepts for the comprehensive protection of its plants and systems. Koehler has now also invested in the launch of a new “Flexible Packaging” business division which will focus on the production of paper-based, flexible and environmentally-friendly packaging solutions. Koehler decided to bring Siemens on board again to provide the power supply, drive and process control technology for its new venture. The modern solutions used have enabled the efficient, future-proof operation of a total of four paper machines and three coaters at Koehler’s Kehl mill.

As part of a series of security measures, Siemens initially drew up a concrete analysis of the current situation as the basis for a security concept designed to improve the mill’s overall security level. This provided Koehler with a clear, impartial and comprehensive picture of its digitalization and security status maturity level. The experts from Siemens then visited the site to assist Koehler with uninterrupted cyber security implementation. The solutions implemented encompassed expansion and segmentation of the company’s networks, alongside perimeter protection of its paper mills including automation firewalls.

Sustainable packaging

One aspect of Koehler’s new “Flexible Packaging” business division is a project by the name of “Green+”, which places the focus firmly on sustainability and waste prevention. With its Flex Pack portfolio, Koehler intends to offer alternative packaging systems using renewable raw materials. Integral to the project are a new paper machine with Yankee cylinder for packaging production, and an offline coater for further processing. The production capacity is planned to reach around 100,000 tons a year.

Comprehensive solution

The power supply to the machine is provided by 53-panel NXAir and 24-panel Sivacon S8 systems. The medium-voltage system is equipped with 800A and 1250A Sion circuit breakers and configured with a 2500A (ampere) busbar trunking system, providing a rated short-time withstand current of 25 kiloamperes per second. The machine is protected by devices from the Siprotec 5 series. The paper machine and offline coater and the two-drum winder involve extensive drive technology : A total of 67 drives for the paper machine with a total output of 8.8 megawatts, 162 drives for the coating machine with 5.5 megawatts, and seven drives for the slitter winder with 0.3 megawatts were installed from the Sinamics and Simotics portfolio. The Simatic PCS 7 with Sivaas visualization system is used for process control, and the total engineering scope encompasses around 5,000 process circuits.

Ideally fixed for the future

With the assurance of an ingeniously devised security concept and state-of-the-art power supply, drive and control technology, Koehler is ideally fixed to pursue its course towards Industrie 4.0 and to achieve sustainable, resource-saving manufacture of its packaging products.

2018-12-19 
Valmet to deliver key pulp mill technology for ARAUCO's new pulp line in Chile

Valmet and ARAUCO have finalized the contract to deliver pulp drying and baling, recovery boiler and biomass boiler for ARAUCO’s MAPA project. The delivery is part of ARAUCO’s major investment to expand current production capacity and build a new pulp production line at the Arauco Mill in the Bio Bío Region, Chile. A letter of award was signed and published in early October.

The order is included in Valmet’s fourth quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. However, a project of this size and scope is typically valued at EUR 250-300 million.

One of the largest pulp investments in the world

The modernization and extension of Arauco Mill involves a USD 2,350 million investment, which makes it the largest investment in ARAUCO’s history and one of the largest pulp investments in the world. The project includes the construction of a new production line, line 3, with an annual capacity of 1,560,000 tons. The new line is estimated to start operation in 2021.

"In addition to high quality pulp, the expansion project allows us to continue generating clean and renewable energy from forest biomass, due to the construction of a new biomass boiler. The boiler supplies clean energy to the mill and the surplus electricity will be delivered to the National Electrical Grid," explains Franco Bozzalla, Senior VP Pulp and Energy, ARAUCO.

"We have had good cooperation with ARAUCO for over 15 years, and we are happy to deliver key technology for the company’s state-of-the art pulp mill. This delivery is significant also for our project and technology teams globally. The project is lead from Finland and key components are produced in our own workshops. The employment impact in Finland is close to 300 man-years," says Bertel Karlstedt, Business Line President, Pulp and Energy, Valmet.

Valmet’s delivery represents the latest and most modern pulp and energy production technologies designed for productivity with reduced chemical, water, and steam consumption. The proven technology provides high reliability, safe operation and environmental performance.

The pulp drying line will have a daily capacity of 5,000 air dry tons (Adt) and consist of two complete drying machines, including four high capacity baling lines. The pulp drying machines are designed for high availability with production capacity of 2,500 tons/day and a web width of 8 meters for each machine, with a possibility for future capacity increase through debottlenecking.

The pulp drying line includes advanced process control and bale management systems, which allow high quality production continuously. The drying line also includes low energy and heat consumption technologies, contributing to a lower operational cost and minimum environmental impact.

The tailored boiler island consists of a recovery boiler with a daily capacity of 6,300 tons dry solids (tDS) and a fluidized bed power boiler with 160 MW thermal capacity. Valmet also delivers the mill-wide NCG (non-condensable gases) collection and handling solution.

The recovery boiler features Valmet’s advanced high-power features, enabling maximum energy efficiency and high electricity production, and smelt spout cleaning robot for improved safety and operator friendliness. The power boiler is tailored to burn local biomass, such as eucalyptus bark, sawdust, shavings and residues as well as sludge. Both boilers are equipped with Valmet’s ESPs (electrostatic precipitators) for excellent dust particle removal from flue gases.

2018-12-19 
Ahlstrom-Munksjö to improve energy efficiency in Turin

Ahlstrom-Munksjö will invest approximately EUR 15 million to install a new co-generation plant at its Turin site in Italy. The investment allows the combined and efficient generation of power and steam needed for the site processes. The project will begin in the first half of 2019, and is expected to be completed by the first half of 2020.

The cogeneration plant consisting of a new gas turbine and a new heat recovery steam generator will be installed in a new building adjacent to the manufacturing facilities and connected to the existing steam turbine.

“The new installations will allow a significant increase in self-production of energy, enabling the manufacturing site to produce internally almost its entire power need, while the heat recovery steam generator will cover its full steam demand. The project will not have any effects on the production of the plant, as it’s going to be installed in parallel to the existing power plant and will be connected to the process when it will be ready to operate at full capacity,” said Giorgio Mirone, Vice President Engineering & Technology, Industrial Solutions.

Pursuing continuous improvement in environmental performance is an essential part of our work at Ahlstrom-Munksjö. In operations, the company strives to effectively manage resources, developing processes that use energy, water and raw materials more efficiently, to minimize waste and emissions to water and air.

“The investment in Turin fully supports these objectives as it will significantly improve the energy efficiency of the plant and will allow significant reduction of the emissions levels. By almost eliminating purchase of external electricity the investment will strengthen the long term competitiveness of the site,” said Marco Troglia, Vice President Release Liners and Stefano Zenga, Vice President Filtration EMEA.

The Turin plant manufactures filtration and release liner products for Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s Filtration and Performance and Industrial Solutions business areas, and is certified according to ISO14001, ISO50001, FSC® and PEFC™ standards for Environmental Management, Energy Management, and Chain of Custody. In 2018, Ahlstrom-Munksjö achieved Gold rating from Eco-Vadis, a collaborative platform that provides sustainability evaluation and rating for global supply chains.

2018-12-18 
Ammega: a new name in belting technology

The two world-leading suppliers in belting technology – Ammeraal Beltech and Megadyne Group – who came together in a merger in September of this year, have taken another important step in their integration. This month, they have announced a new corporate name for their joint operations : AMMEGA. 

The integration of these two companies to effectively create a new belting champion spanning industrial power transmission belting and lightweight conveyor belting is ongoing, and continues apace. The new name of AMMEGA will serve principally to unite all of its employees under a common identity and corporate vision and mission. In view of their well-established reputations in their respective markets and their different channel-to-market strategies, which will remain unchanged, their two strong brand names – Ammeraal Beltech and Megadyne – will remain as is.

“Ensuring continuity, especially in the way we serve our valued customers, is a top priority” explains Marc Maisonneuve, AMMEGA’s Corporate Marketing Director.

Under the AMMEGA umbrella, the two brands will benefit from their synergies, and will combine their knowledge, research and development activities, business systems, and, of course, their people, to enhance their level of customer service and technology. 

A mega presence
‘With over 5000 employees, more than 25 manufacturing facilities, and over 100 commercial and sales centres around the world,’ comments Stijn Vriends, CEO, ‘AMMEGA demonstrably represents a new global leader in belting, dedicated to serving its ever-broadening customer base at a time when there is dramatically-increasing demand for automation in many major industrial sectors in every geographical region. We make your business move !’

2018-12-18 
Italian packaging machinery continues its growth

The Italian packaging machinery manufacturers are expected to see further 6.8% growth this year to a turnover of 7.7 billion euros.

The growth of the Italian packaging machinery manufacturers shows no sign of stopping.

According to the preliminary figures published by the Research Department of Ucima(Italian Automatic Packaging Machinery Manufacturers’ Association), the sector’s turnover is expected to see further 6.8% growth to 7.7 billion euros in 2018.

Both the Italian and international markets have contributed to these results.

In 2018, export sales surpassed a value of 6 billion euros, 6.6% up on the previous year.

According to the latest available disaggregated data relating to the first eight months of the year, the area showing the best performance is North America with 27.2% growth. The USA in particular has remained the largest market for Italian technologies with record growth of +35.4%.

In second place are Africa and Australia (+15.3%), followed by the European Union(+9.6%) and South America (+2.5%). By contrast, there have been falls in exports to non-EU Europe (-5.8%) and Asia (-2.4%).

As for the rankings of individual countries, the USA is followed by France with growth of +3.1% and Germany (+1.5%).

Italy has continued its strong performance in 2018 with revenues of 1.6 billion euros (+7.5%).

“This is in no small part due to the Industry 4.0 Plan, which has boosted the take-up of our companies’ most innovative technologies by Italian customers, although the recovery of the market is another contributing factor,” said Ucima’s Chairman Enrico Aureli.

“However, we are concerned about the economic and social policies pursued by the current Italian government, which pay scant attention to the world of production and risk marginalising Italy on the European stage,” continued Aureli.

“In 2019 we expect to see a slight slowdown in growth,” he said. “According to data processed by our Research Department, orders are expected to grow at a rate of between 1 and 1.5%.”

2018-12-18 
UPM and United Bankers' forest funds have signed a contract on forest estate transaction and long-term partnership

UPM and United Bankers have today signed a contract on forest estate transaction and long-term partnership. UPM sells over 21,000 hectares of land, located mainly in Kainuu region, to United Bankers forest funds UB Timberland and UB Nordic Forest Fund III. In the long-term partnership UPM commits to manage United Bankers forest property and United Bankers commits to sell a significant amount of wood to UPM annually.

Target of the partnership is to increase the area and yield of forests owned by United Bankers subsidiary UB Fund Management Company Ltd’s forest funds. A long-term wood trade agreement will enhance predictability in the future.

"United Bankers is the fastest growing player in the forest estate market and our target is to grow also in the future. Deepening cooperation with UPM brings synergy to our forest management. As a responsible and competitive actor, UPM is a natural partner for us and the contract is thus also to the benefit of our fund owners," states United Bankers’ CEO Patrick Anderson.

UPM offers high quality forestry and wood trade services to its customers.

"A high proportion of forests owned by United Bankers’ forest funds is managed by UPM based on the long-term partnership. Target is to increase the value of forests by sustainable operations," states UPM’s Forest Director Sauli Brander. "This contract also strengthens our wood sourcing in Finland," Brander continues.

UPM is one of the biggest forest owners in Finland. The group owns 514,000 hectares of forest land in Finland, 75,000 in the US and 225,000 hectares of plantations in Uruguay.

2018-12-18 
Valmet to supply a new baling line and cutter layboy upgrade to Sappi Saiccor pulp mill in South Africa

Valmet has received an order for a new baling line and a cutter layboy rebuild as part of the Vulindlela project at the Sappi Saiccor mill in South Africa. The start-up of the rebuilt cutter and the new baling line is scheduled for the third quarter of 2019.

The order was included in Valmet’s third quarter of 2018 orders received. An order with this scope of supply is usually valued around EUR 4 million.

The overall targets for the Vulindlela project are to reduce the environmental footprint of the mill and to increase its total production from 783 000 ADt/a to 890 000 ADt/a.

"Valmet was selected as the supplier of this equipment for their cost effective and innovative solution that meets the required production rate," says Wayne Weston, Vulindlela Project Director, Sappi.

"We are pleased to receive this order from Sappi and see our long and good cooperation continue along with this project. This time we can also offer automation services close to the customer through our office in Durban, which we hope will add value to the overall project," says Ulf Thorén, Sales Manager, Wood and Pulp Handling Business Unit, Valmet.

Valmet’s delivery includes a new cross cutter roll, new baling line machinery with a bale quality system. In addition, a bale quality system will be installed on the existing baling line. The existing conveyors between the cutter and the new baling line will be upgraded to fit the new production. The capacity of the new baling line will be 1200 ADt/d.

2018-12-18 

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