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Stora Enso’s Sustainability Report ranked among top ten globally

Stora Enso’s Sustainability Report 2017 has been included in the top ten sustainability reports globally according to the latest Reporting matters publication by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

In WBCSD’s Reporting matters publication, Stora Enso’s Sustainability Report is praised for its disclosure of internal sustainability management processes. The external assurance of the report’s sustainability information also received good feedback as it strengthens the credibility of Stora Enso’s disclosure.

“We are proud of our transparent reporting being acknowledged,” says Noel Morrin, EVP Sustainability at Stora Enso. “It is especially encouraging to see that the four-tier reporting structure we use to present the most material opportunities and challenges is recognised as good practice.”

“In addition to being coherent and highly informative, good reporting requires continuous development. Our report should reflect our ambition to ensure a positive contribution to society and meeting the challenges along the way,” Ulrika Lilja, EVP Communications at Stora Enso, concludes.

“We are pleased to highlight Stora Enso’s strong reporting practices. Their 2017 Sustainability Report clearly articulates the potential impacts of external trends and regulations and describes the approaches the company has taken to manage and address this. We hope other companies will see Stora Enso as an example of good practice as they approach sustainability reporting across their own companies,” says Rodney Irwin, Managing Director of Redefining Value, WBCSD.

The WBCSD produces Reporting matters to help improve the effectiveness of non-financial corporate reporting. The report lists Stora Enso’s Sustainability Report as one of the top ten in the world out of the 158 reviewed in the scope of the publication without disclosing the exact rankings.

2018-10-23  READ MORE...
Pöyry and Infosys jointly introduce an artificial intelligence framework for industry, utilities and infrastructure organisations

Leading global corporations Pöyry and Infosys today announced the release of Krti 4.0® Artificial Intelligence (AI) Framework for Operational Excellence. The framework overcomes some complex and expensive lifecycle management challenges faced by industry, utilities and infrastructure organisations across operational technology (OT) systems.

The Krti 4.0 model based data driven framework applies AI, cognitive/machine learning and Machine to Machine (M2M) capabilities to the industrial environment. The applied methodology identifies critical enterprise systems and assets and provides a deeper understanding of their behaviour to unlock and create new value for customers. Krti 4.0 is designed to dramatically reduce system maintenance costs and expensive operation shutdowns, and improve reliability, employee and environmental safety.
Krti 4.0 combines the unique strengths of Infosys and Pöyry

The Krti 4.0 model based data driven framework incorporates the Pöyry RAMS (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, Safety) methodology, which defines the criticality of every asset contributing to the functioning of OT systems. Infosys’ Nia knowledge-based AI platform continuously executes complex, advanced analytics and machine learning models, exchanging information with the RAMS model to identify any inherent risk in operations of the overall system. Krti 4.0’s open and intuitive machine-to-machine (M2M) interface provides for seamlessly connecting with different OT systems for collecting data. Krti 4.0 makes pervasive and secure industrial IoT connectivity real across all levels of the enterprise.

Krti 4.0 arms decision makers with real-time knowledge on the best and the most effective operating and maintenance options for their OT systems. Krti 4.0 achieves this by using predictive and prescriptive analytics within acceptable risk levels.

For Industries confronting the problem of asset ’stranding’ due either to technology obsolesce or to new regulatory regimes, Krti 4.0 provides real options to accelerate Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) and un-strand substantial asset value.

’Smart Hands’ make smart decisions throughout the organisation

Krti 4.0 enables a proactive way of thinking, empowering people at all levels of an organisation to make smart decisions. At the highest level, through Krti 4.0’s real-time dashboards, decision-makers have in-depth intelligence about their assets globally across the enterprise. For plant managers, Krti 4.0’s RAMS modelling capabilities allow for scenario building, enabling the continuous operational improvement of the systems. For maintenance technicians Krti 4.0’s augmented reality and chatbot functionality minimizes repair times.

"Our Krti 4.0® framework using RAMS modelling methodology puts the Pareto principle’s 80/20 rule at the heart of the decision-making process. We know the criticality of each part of the asset and focus our data collection strategy and analytical predictive capabilities where it matters most. In Krti 4.0 real-time data from critical assets is converted to information with innovative computing and business intelligent algorithms enabling proactive prescriptive decision making. This is the difference," says Richard Pinnock, President, Energy Business Group at Pöyry.

"In today’s highly competitive and digital world, our clients need to leverage their existing assets to create tangible ROI within a short period of time. Our IoT services are focused on impacting both their top line and bottom line, leveraging our capabilities to remote-monitor products and assets, prevent breakdowns, and analyse data to optimize performance across the entire production system. Having this view into how products and assets operate is not just key to improving their efficiency but also to ensuring security along with legal and regulatory compliance" says Nitesh Bansal, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Engineering Services, Infosys Ltd.

2018-10-22  READ MORE...
Paper industry support SPAPER 2019


International exhibition of machinery and equipment for pulp, paper and cardboard already hasthe participation of thrity international companies

There are only four months left to celebrate SPAPER and the International exhibition of machinery and equipment for pulp, paper and carboard already has the participation of thirty internacional companies such as Ferpal, Porteca, Metso, Voith o Andritz, among others.

Zaragoza will become inthe epicenter of the paper industry from 5thto 7thofFebrary, the date that will be take place SPAPER 2019.

SPAPER has the support of the Paper Cluster and the ASPAPEL Association, two of the leading professional organizations in the paper production sector.

In addition to offering a large exhibition area, the Organization is designing a program of several activities – meetings, roundtables, colloquiums, assemblies, among others – in order to discuss and know the current situation of the industry and its challenges and future prospects.

Therefore, the Organization is working with the companies to propose and manage which topics are interesting for the manufacturers of the paper industry to they will be present in SPAPER. In this way, the work team want to offer content that adds value to our visitors.

In this regard, Zaragoza Exhibition Centershows its commitment to the dissemination and knowledge about this sector. SPAPER is organising activities and workshops with cooperation of some universities that trainprofessionals of the paper industry.

Furthermore, SPAPER will recognise the innovation, excellence and practicality of the companies that will participate in the exhibition –from 5th to 7th February in 2019 –.

In the same time, Zaragoza Exhibition Center will be take SMAGUA, the 22th edition of International Water and Irrigation Exhibition. This Salon are the most effective fair for the southern European market.

Both Organizations are developing a strategic action planning to grow internationally.They want to take the synergies between these industries and promote the development of space in globalmarket.

Zaragoza(Spain)is located in the epicenter of the paper industry in Spain and with this new Salon –SPAPER–Zaragoza Exhibiton Center works to achieve greater recognition and business improvement of this important industry in Spain.

2018-10-22  READ MORE...
ANDRITZ to supply major pulp production technologies and key process equipment for ARAUCO’s MAPA project in Chile


ANDRITZ has received an order from Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A. to supply energy-efficient and environmentally friendly pulp production technologies and key process equipment for modernization and extension of the ARAUCO pulp mill in Horcones, Arauco, Chile. The order value for ANDRITZ is in the region of 300 million euros ; start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2021.

The ANDRITZ scope of supply includes – on full EPS (Engineering, Procurement, Supervision) basis :

• A complete wood processing plant with three debarking and chipping lines, one chipping line for forest-debarked wood, chip storage with stacker-reclaimer blending bed system, chip screening, bark handling with BioCrushers, and is completed with HQ-Press bark presses that increase dryness of the bark and consequently the energy efficiency and production of the bio mass boiler. Eucalyptus is debarked at a rated capacity of 360 m3/h solid over bark per line using RotaBarker technology, which provides excellent debarking results with very low wood losses. The chipping process uses horizontally fed HHQ-Chippers, ensuring high capacity (400 m3/h solid under bark) without compromising on chip quality. The operation is supported further by SmartWoodyard products like the advanced decision support information system, ChipperEKG and CrusherEKG condition monitoring systems, and ScanChip chip analyzers for chip quality measurements.

• A complete fiberline with a capacity of 4,700 admt/d bleached pulp, including Lo-Solids continuous cooking with TurboFeed chip feeding system, brown stock washing with multistage DD-Washers, 2-stage oxygen delignification followed by deknotting, screening, and multistage DD-Washers. Bleaching is based on proven upflow reactor technology and washing is performed with DD-Washers after every stage, all contributing to low chemical consumption, high-quality pulp, and low environmental emissions.


• An energy-efficient black liquor evaporation plant with a high capacity of 1,750 tons/hour. The plant will have a 7+ Effects heat economy system and concentrate black liquor to the high dry solids content of 80% for efficient combustion in the recovery boiler. The plant is equipped with the latest of ANDRITZ’s innovations in secondary condensate quality enhancement for 100% reuse in other departments of the mill. The scope also includes a tank area and methanol liquefaction system. ANDRITZ’s lamella technology and the unique process solution for scaling control reduces washing needs, ensuring minimum plugging of heat surfaces and good cleanability, which results in high availability and increases the overall production and efficiency of the plant.

• Complete white liquor plant, including efficient green liquor filtration with LimeGreen filters – producing clean green liquor and minimizing waste to landfill, white liquor filtration with LimeWhite filter – maximizing the white liquor quality, and efficient lime mud filtration with two LimeDry filters providing high dry solids content and low residual alkaline. The capacity of the recaustizicing plant is 15,300 m3/d. The delivery also includes two lime kilns (capacity 700 t/d each) with low heat consumption and low emissions to meet Arauco’s tight emission permits.

“During the sales phase, we assessed the capabilities of the company and ANDRITZ demonstrated its competence, commitment and professionalism. Congratulations to the whole ANDRITZ team, who have worked hard, efficiently, and with passion and professionalism for this outcome. We are just starting, but I am sure this will be a great project for all concerned,” says Franco Bozzalla, Senior VP Pulp and Energy at ARAUCO.

The MAPA project will renew and increase ARAUCO’s efficiency and pulp production, and in addition, it will strengthen ARAUCO’s competitiveness and leadership in global markets.

2018-10-22  READ MORE...
Update on Mondi’s investment in new 300,000 tonne kraft top white machine in Slovakia

Having recently obtained the necessary permitting, Mondi is proceeding with the investment in a new 300,000 tonne per annum kraft top white machine at Ruzomberok (Slovakia), with start-up expected towards the end of 2020.

Commenting on the project, Mondi Group CEO Peter Oswald said, “This investment provides an exciting opportunity for Mondi to leverage our cost advantaged mill in Slovakia to complement our portfolio and serve a growing market with innovative and sustainable containerboard solutions.”

The machine will produce a new and unique environmentally sound containerboard grade, kraft top white, which combines the strength, printability and appearance benefits of a white virgin fibre top layer with the economic advantages of a recycled fibre bottom layer. Its access to integrated bleached hardwood pulp production, scale and location benefits due to its brownfield nature will provide this machine a cost advantage difficult to replicate. Kraft top white will target the growing white top liner markets for applications such as shelf-ready packaging, point of sale displays, customised packaging, e-commerce, consumer durables and other specialised applications.

The related pulp mill upgrade at the same site is progressing according to plan with start-up expected in late 2019. This upgrade will debottleneck pulp production by 100,000 tonnes per annum, which will be integrated into the containerboard production once the new machine ramps up.

The total project cost has been revised to €340 million (up from €310 million), as a result of refinements to the machine’s technical concept and higher construction costs since the project was initially scoped. Group capital expenditure continues to be in line with our previous estimate of €700‑800 million per annum in 2018 and 2019.

2018-10-19  READ MORE...
Mondi celebrates First European Paper Bag Day

For Mondi, 18 October 2018 is all about paper bags : On this first ever European Paper Bag Day, the global packaging and paper producer is celebrating paper bags as the sustainable and efficient packaging solution for today and the future by launching a comprehensive social media campaign across Europe.

The star of the campaign is an oversized paper bag, which surrounds a 6-metre high pine tree in front of a shopping centre in Vienna to illustrate how we can protect the world’s natural sources by choosing the right packaging. The main campaign message is illustrated on the paper bag – a striking “CO2” logo with the “C” crossed out. With this giant artwork, Mondi aims to raise awareness, illustrate the sustainable advantages of paper bags, and encourage consumers to act responsibly in their packaging choices. With the hashtags #EuropeanPaperBagDay and #EPBG, the public can join in the campaign.

Mondi has also created a video, which will be published on various social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube on 18 October. The video shows how passers-by react to the large-scale installation and is linked to the campaign page www.paperbagday.eu, which provides facts about why paper bags help to mitigate climate change : 

 Paper bags are natural and renewable
 Paper bags store carbon dioxide (CO2)
 Paper bags have a lower climate impact
 Paper bags are reusable
 Paper bags are recyclable
 Paper bags are biodegradable
 Paper bags help to reduce plastic waste

The annual action day and its key messages were initiated by “The Paper Bag” platform, a collaboration of Europe’s leading kraft paper manufacturers and paper bag producers, of which Mondi is a member. It is hoped that the event will highlight the advantages of paper bags and encourage consumers to combine their personal packaging choices with the right choice for the environment. Using paper bags is an expression of a modern, sustainable lifestyle and it helps to mitigate climate change and reduce plastic waste.

The campaign will be continued in 2019 to establish European Paper Bag Day as an annual event.

2018-10-19  READ MORE...
Towards a more sustainable pulp and paper industry with Deep Eutectic Solvents

Successful conclusion of first phase of PROVIDES project

At a special conference organised as part of the Paper and Beyond 2018 event in Brussels, the first phase of the PROVIDES project was officially completed. PROVIDES, which stands for ‘PROcesses for Value added fibres by Innovative Deep Eutectic Solvents’, is a research and innovation project within the Biobased Industries Initiative,with the goal of significantly reducing CO2 emissions in pulp and papermaking. Stora Enso was an active participant in the project, thus supporting the pulp and paper industry’s technological transition towards meeting its climate objectives.

The completion of the first phase was celebrated with the publication of a booklet describing the potential of Deep Eutectic Solvents (DESs) for creating breakthrough innovations in the pulp and paper industry. The publication ‘Deep Eutectic Solvents in the paper industry’ can be downloaded here.

Revolutionising the industry
In November 2011, the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) launched its vision for the sector in the next 35 years, concluding that breakthrough technologies would be needed to make the industry more sustainable. Specifically, it aims to achieve an 80% reduction of CO2 emissions and at the same time create 50% more value. The PROVIDES consortium shows that a revolutionary change is now possible. New, mild pulping technologies based on natural Deep Eutectic Solvents lead to a significantly more sustainable process that is energy-, cost- and resource-effective, while producing much lower CO2 emissions.

The total DES concept
Deep Eutectic Solvents are nature-based, renewable, biodegradable, low-volatile and cost-effective. The overall objective of the DES concept is to achieve a 40% reduction of energy use and an 80% reduction of CO2 emissions in pulp and papermaking. The DES concept will enable the industry to obtain a radically new, sustainable and techno-economically feasible pulping technology, while also enabling the selective recovery of dissolved components. In addition, DESs can be regenerated and recycled, ensuring economical use of resources. This technological innovation produces high-quality cellulose fibres for papermaking, while simultaneously producing high-quality lignin and hemicellulose fractions for a variety of high-volume applications.

Results and achievements
In the first phase of the PROVIDES project, more than one hundred new DESs were developed. Of these, two have been further developed as successful delignifying agents. The project proved that the entire DES pulping process can be run at operational costs similar to those kraft pulping, and that the resulting cellulose fibres have good tensile strength and extreme internal bond strength. In addition, it was proven that DES delignification results in 95% lignin removal, and that the lignin can be successfully recovered and the DES regenerated.

Next steps
In the coming years, the pulping part of the DES research cluster, coordinated by the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (ISPT), will continue to conduct further applied research towards the realisation of a DES pulping pilot and demo, ultimately leading to commercial implementation in 2030.

2018-10-19  READ MORE...
Port of HaminaKotka chosen for Finnpulp’s export harbour

Finnpulp has signed a letter of intent with Port of HaminaKotka for operating the export of its pulp products. The agreement consists of the leasing of the land and planning of the warehouse for export products. Finnpulp will concentrate its pulp deliveries to the Port of HaminaKotka and build in the future a logistics center in Mussalo D area, which will handle the export cargo on all of the company’s global markets. Shipping will be made both in containers and the break bulk cargo.

Finnpulp will transport pulp products directly via rail from Kuopio to Port of HaminaKotka, which is the largest export harbour in Finland.

Finnpulp is currently carrying out pre-engineering stage of the biorproduct mill. Pre-engineering stage is estimated to be completed year 2019. The pre-engineering will include preparation of the construction stage of the mill’s processes, technologies and mill site layouts. This phase includes also the research and decisions of the logistic solutions. After completion of the engineering, the company will make its final investment decision on the construction of the bioproduction mill in Sorsasalo, Kuopio.

2018-10-18  READ MORE...
Paper & Beyond stages industry’s leadership on Europe’s circular bioeconomy

Paper & Beyond, the new event concept where circular bioeconomy leaders meet, took place just a week following the release of the EU’s new Bioeconomy Strategy, which set out a clear path for better linking the bioeconomy and circularity. 

“The new European strategy comes at a defining moment for the bioeconomy” says Karl-Henrik Sundström, CEO of Stora Enso and Chairman of CEPI. “Industry’s transformation is gaining pace across the entire forest fibre and paper value chain. As the mainstream renewable and recyclable material industry, we are ready to take the lead on Europe’s circular bioeconomy”. 

The first of its kind conference got off to an innovative start with a competition gathering some of Europe’s most promising young researchers. From the engineering of spider silk strong nanocellulose filaments to paper-based electrodes for fuel cells, researchers illustrated the innovativeness and European lead in forest fibre research. 

Building on this year’s theme, the “Europe & Beyond – Getting the best from the bioeconomy” session welcomed keynote speaker Peggy Liu, a world-renowned sustainability expert on China who brought a global perspective on the circular bioeconomy. She touched upon recent developments in China, including the country’s waste restrictions, its policy on single-use plastics and its recent investments in Europe under the Belt and Road initiative.

Following the positive trends in production (up 1.5%), exports (up 5.4%) and investment (up 7.5%) seen in the latest market data for 2017, RISI returned to provide insights into circular bioeconomy markets, with, for the first time, a business intelligence session on European nanocellulose markets.

Paper & Beyond also hosted the final conference of the EU-funded Provides project which has confirmed the Deep Eutectic Solvents (DES) technology. This breakthrough aims at achieving a 40% reduction in energy use and a 80% life cycle reduction in CO2 emissions, while also producing high-quality lignin from wood for biochemicals or biocomposite production. The consortium will continue research on a DES pulping pilot and demo, aiming at commercial deployment by 2030.

2018-10-18  READ MORE...
Lucart joins the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 (CE100) network to realise its circular economy ambitions faster

Lucart is increasingly committed to the circular economy.
The Italy-based Group, a leading manufacturer in Europe of tissue paper, airlaid products, and MG paper has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundations CE100 network, a pre-competitive innovation programme established to enable organisations to develop new opportunities and realise their circular economy ambitions faster.

Launched in 2010, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation aims to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. Since its creation, the charity has emerged as a global thought leader, establishing the circular economy on the agenda of decision makers across business, government and academia.

Lucart, which has made of sustainability and innovation in the environmental field its core values, is one of only three Italian organisations that are members of the CE100 along with, Intesa Sanpaolo and Gruppo Hera. The network focusses on collaboration, capacity building, networking and research and insights - bringing together companies to create further opportunities for cooperation and innovation.

“Quality, innovation and sustainability : these are the key words for building the future of tissue paper and of our Group. This is why joining the community created by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation makes us proud of what we have achieved to date : it demonstrates our full commitment to a “circular” paper economy, as we like to call it” – Massimo Pasquini, Chief Executive Officer of Lucart, commented – “We hope that this cooperation will pave the way for new, challenging scenarios for the development of circular economy on a global level, covering a multitude of different sectors and projects. And we want to play an active role in this development”.

In the environmental field, Lucart is a pioneering company in Europe : in 1997, it launched the world’s first recycled toilet paper with Mater-Bi packs on the market, and in 1998 it was the first company in Italy to obtain the Ecolabel. In 2010, the company launched the Natural project in cooperation with Tetra Pak®, creating Fiberpack®, a virtuous and award-winning circular economy project, which represents the evolution of paper. Thanks to this project, the Group has managed to recycle more than 3.6 billion beverage cartons, which, if lined up one after the other, would cover a distance equal to the circumvention of the Earth 21 times over and, above all, to prevent the emission of 93,800 tonnes of CO2e into the atmosphere, which is equal to the emissions of as many as 736,000 trips by car from Rome to Milan.

2018-10-18  READ MORE...
Toscotec enters the Japanese market with two tissue lines for the Marutomi Group.

Toscotec announced that it has been awarded a landmark contract by the Marutomi Group to supply two MODULO-PLUS ES tissue lines. The machines will be installed at Marutomi Paper’s mill and at Ono Paper’s mill in Fuji city, Shizuoka, Japan, and are scheduled for start-up respectively in the first and second half of 2019. This is a repeated order for Toscotec, who supplied a Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD-12FT to Marutomi Paper in 2013, to replace an old cast iron Yankee.

Toscotec will provide two MODULO-PLUS ES (Energy Saving) tissue machines, featuring a second generation Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD, steam-heated hoods TT Milltech-DYH, and the shoe press TT NextPress. Each of the MODULO-PLUS ES machines has a sheet width of 2,850 mm, an operating speed of 1,500 m/min, and an annual production of over 22,000 tons.

The scope is the same for both machines and comprises Toscotec’s patented TT SAF (Short Approach Flow) system, a pope reel automatic shaft return system, an in-line shaft puller and the tissue machine’s dust and mist removal systems. Toscotec will supply its proprietary Distributed Control System TT DCS, which was developed specifically for these projects on a Mitsubishi platform, in cooperation with the Japanese Corporation. The production lines’ detailed engineering, erection supervision, commissioning and start-up assistance complete the supply.

Mr. Takeo Sano, President of Marutomi Paper Co., Ltd., says, “We have been running a TT SYD for four years now and are very impressed with its performance. We immediately thought of Toscotec when we approved this new major investment project. Over the past few years we got to know the company, its people and services and we trusted in their technical expertise and vast experience. We have very high expectations in terms of both product quality and energy efficiency”.

“With this new order of two complete tissue production lines, we aim to strengthen our cooperation with the Marutomi Group and become a strategic partner for their expansion. We married the same philosophy of resource and environmental protection and I believe that they will be satisfied with the energy saving results of our MODULO-PLUS ES line. In recent years, we supplied three TT SYD to Japan and we are happy to get such a positive feedback from this demanding market” comments Alessandro Mennucci, CEO of Toscotec.

The supply of these two important projects is being supported by Kobayashi Engineering Works, Ltd.

2018-10-18  READ MORE...
Ahlstrom-Munksjö completes the acquisition of Caieiras specialty paper mill in Brazil

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has completed the acquisition of MD Papéis’ Caieiras specialty paper mill in Brazil for a debt free purchase price of about EUR 98 million*. The acquisition significantly strengthens Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s offering in South America and provides further growth opportunities.

The acquired business had net sales of about EUR 76 million and comparable EBITDA of EUR 12 million in 2017. Annual synergy benefits of up to EUR 6 million are estimated, mainly arising from optimization of overlapping businesses. The agreement was announced on April 24, 2018.

The Caieiras product offering is an excellent match for Ahlstrom-Munksjö with 80% of sales being in line with the company’s current portfolio. The plant gives access to local production of decor paper, thus strengthening Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s offering and partnership with existing customers, who have so far relied on imports.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö is already a global leader in tape materials, serving both local and global customers and this position is further strengthened through the acquisition. In addition, production and delivery capabilities as well as competitiveness are improved by combining Caieiras with the company’s operation in nearby Jacarei.

Daniele Borlatto, EVP of Industrial Solutions Business Area, comments : “The Caieiras business is an excellent addition to our global platform, and drives our ambition to maintain a leading position in selected niches of the global fiber-based solutions market that offers growth. Our existing as well as new specialty paper customers will benefit from a stronger offering coupled with our well-established excellent customer service. This transaction is another significant milestone in the execution of our strategy. I welcome the Caieiras employees to Ahlstrom-Munksjö.”Ahlstrom-Munksjö operates three plants near Sao Paolo, employing over 700 people with revenues of approximately of EUR 200 million following the acquisition.

2018-10-18  READ MORE...
ANDRITZ successfully closes its acquisition of Xerium Technologies, Inc.

ANDRITZ today announced the successful closing of its previously announced acquisition of Xerium Technologies, Inc.

Xerium, headquartered in Youngsville, North Carolina, is a global manufacturer and supplier of machine clothing (forming fabrics, press felts, drying fabrics) and roll covers for paper, tissue, and board machines, including maintenance and aftermarket services. With its Smart® technology, the company provides a sophisticated digital software tool to optimize pressing performance by means of sensors integrated into the roll covers.

ANDRITZ, headquartered in Graz, Austria, is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metal working and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial segments.

2018-10-17  READ MORE...
Kemira increases prices of coagulant products in EMEA

Kemira, a global chemicals company, announces price increases for all coagulant products in the EMEA region across all segments. The price increases will become effective as of November 1st, 2018 or as contract terms allow.

Price increases are necessary due to significant cost increases from several sides : All freight rates have considerably increased in 2018 and are expected to continue to rise.
Raw materials especially for aluminum-based coagulants pose an unusual challenge as the tight supply situation is globally driving cost up to unprecedented levels. Shortage of raw materials for iron-based coagulants also continue pushing cost further up.

Product Line
Product familyPrice increase
CoagulantsAl-based10-15%
Fe-based6-9%

The price increases will vary based on different product types and may be significantly higher in specific countries.

Kemira does its best to mitigate impact of increasing cost while ensuring supply of high quality products to its customers. Kemira continues to be committed as a long-standing, reliable supplier of coagulants.

2018-10-17  READ MORE...
JSC Volga is awarded testimonial by the Nizhny Novgorod region Government

In connection with the 90th anniversary of the Company and for a major contribution in the social and economic development of the region, JSC Volga is awarded testimonial by the order dated 13th of August, 2018 of Gleb S. Nikitin, the Nizhny Novgorod Governor.

According to the Government estimate, today JSC Volga takes a worthy place among the biggest companies of the paper industry of the country and is one of the most successful and modern enterprises, producing the goods of high-quality which are in demand both in Russia and abroad.

The Volga’s history is calculated from the 25th of August of 1928 when the Balakhna Paper Mill began to produce the newsprint.

By the end of 1950s the annual output reached 250 thousand tons of the newsprint. In 1960s the fundamental reconstruction and expansion of the Paper Mill started. In 1960s-1967s PM6 and PM7, new groundwood (pulp) mill and a new warehouse were brought into operation in the Mill.

In October 1994 the state-of-the-art high-speed PM8 was launched. In 1997 the renovated Wood Handling Department (the wood yard) was bought into operation, the TMP workshop was renewed, the pulp production was finally stopped as the main object of ecological hazard. In 2007 the complex line for Balakhna bark, wood waste and sewage treatment plant sludges recycling was built in the Mill.

In 2017-2018 JSC Volga realized several major investment projects including mastering of the low-substance newsprint production, the main advantage of which is the increased area in a standard reel. The Paper Machine №4 has been launched which produces from the waste paper the paper used for the corrugated fibreboard and other packing types of paper making. The measures have been taken to improve the energy efficiency of the Mill through the development of its own electrical power generation.

Among the current tasks and plans of the Mill for the coming years is to increase the finished product output though the building of the new TMP workshop.

JSC Volga is ranked in the Top 200 Largest Russian Exporting Companies rating (according to the Expert magazine), in the Top 50 Largest Forestry Companies rating (according to the Lesnaya Industriya [Forestry Industry] magazine) and the Top-100 largest Companies of Nizhny Novgorod region (according to the Delovoy kvartal [Business district] magazine).
In 2017 the Volga’s newsprint has become a diplomant of the all-Russian contest of the Program "100 best Russian goods".

2018-10-17  READ MORE...
A new A.Celli E-WIND® T80S rewinder for Fapajal

Portuguese Producer chooses A.Celli Paper for its new investment

It is with extreme satisfaction that A.Celli Paper S.p.A. announces the start of a precious collaboration with Fapajal - Fábrica De Papel Do Tojal, S.A. through the agreement for the supply of a latest-generation E-WIND® T80S rewinder for the production of tissue.

A.Celli Paper E-WIND® T80S is a modular and fully automated rewinder, running at 1000mpm, with built-in electrical cabinets, capable of managing products that involve a specific volume, diameter and cutting format while also guaranteeing extra capacity during production peaks.

It is customisable, plug-and-play, perfectly adaptable and compatible with any standard rewinding system or complete line in the tissue sector.

Yet another confirmation for A.Celli Paper technology that is even more present and is capable of meeting the needs of different customers, promptly answering the motley production variables with flexibility.

2018-10-17  READ MORE...
Towards a more sustainable pulp and paper industry with Deep Eutectic Solvents

Today, at a special conference organised as part of the Paper and Beyond 2018 event in Brussels, the first phase of the PROVIDES project was officially completed. PROVIDES, which stands for ‘PROcesses for Value added fibres by Innovative Deep Eutectic Solvents’, is a research and innovation project within the Biobased Industries Initiative, with the goal of significantly reducing CO2 emissions in pulp and papermaking.

Sappi is an active participant in the project, thus supporting the pulp and paper industry’s technological transition towards meeting its climate objectives.

The completion of the first phase was celebrated with the publication of a booklet describing the potential of Deep Eutectic Solvents (DESs) for creating breakthrough innovations in the pulp and paper industry. The publication ‘Deep Eutectic Solvents in the paper industry’ can be downloaded here.

Revolutionising the industry

In November 2011, the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) launched its vision for the sector in the next 35 years, concluding that breakthrough technologies would be needed to make the industry more sustainable. Specifically, it aims to achieve an 80% reduction of CO2 emissions and at the same time create 50% more value. The PROVIDES consortium shows that a revolutionary change is now possible. New, mild pulping technologies based on natural Deep Eutectic Solvents lead to a significantly more sustainable process that is energy-, cost- and resource-effective, while producing much lower CO2 emissions.

The total DES concept

Deep Eutectic Solvents are nature-based, renewable, biodegradable, low-volatile and cost-effective. The overall objective of the DES concept is to achieve a 40% reduction of energy use and an 80% reduction of CO2 emissions in pulp and papermaking. The DES concept will enable the industry to obtain a radically new, sustainable and techno-economically feasible pulping technology, while also enabling the selective recovery of dissolved components. In addition, DESs can be regenerated and recycled, ensuring economical use of resources. This technological innovation produces high-quality cellulose fibres for papermaking, while simultaneously producing high-quality lignin and hemicellulose fractions for a variety of high-volume applications.

Results and achievements

In the first phase of the PROVIDES project, more than one hundred new DESs were developed. Of these, two have been further developed as successful delignifying agents. The project proved that the entire DES pulping process can be run at operational costs similar to those kraft pulping, and that the resulting cellulose fibres have good tensile strength and extreme internal bond strength. In addition, it was proven that DES delignification results in 95% lignin removal, and that the lignin can be successfully recovered and the DES regenerated.

Next steps

In the coming years, the pulping part of the DES research cluster, coordinated by the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (ISPT), will continue to conduct further applied research towards the realisation of a DES pulping pilot and demo, ultimately leading to commercial implementation in 2030.

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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.

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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 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.”

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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.

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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’.”

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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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