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CPI Statement about Arjowiggins

Following the recent announcement that Arjowiggins’ companies in the UK have been placed into the hands of administrators, the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) is ready and willing to help in any practical way.

Clearly this is an incredibly worrying time for all employees and their families affected, including those in the areas of Stoneywood, Chartham and Clacton where production is undertaken.

These companies, with skilled and dedicated workforces, have a long history in the UK’s Paper-based Industries. They continue to provide excellent paper-based products, ranging from creative and security papers, tracing papers to synthetic papers.

CPI understands that the administrators will use all of their expertise and resources to find a buyer for Arjowiggins and we call upon politicians and other stakeholders to aid and support the process so that a quick and positive outcome can be secured.

2019-01-23 
GIG Karasek delivers one of the largest MVR-Evaporation Plants worldwide to South Africa

GIG Karasek, a member of the Dr. Aichhorn Group, delivers one of the largest evaporation plants worldwide with mechanical vapor recompression (MVR) with 295 t/h evaporation capacity. Sappi produces dissolving pulp from eucalyptus for the dissolving fiber industry at the mill in Umkomaas in South Africa, near Durban. This plant, with an annual production capacity after upgrade of 890 000 tonnes, is the world’s largest sulphite plant. The GIG Karasek Evaporation Plant with mechanical vapor recompression creates a positive impact on the closed loop process and saves valuable resources.
GIG Karasek was selected by the customer for its innovative process solution, which fully meets the customer requirements for high energy efficiency and low emissions. Sappi´s trust is a further confirmation of the excellent process engineering performance over years in the field of evaporation technology for GIG Karasek.
"With this major order, GIG Karasek is systematically continuing its global growth strategy," says CEO Peter Mandl with conviction. GIG Karasek is a specialist in thermal separation technology, in evaporation and distillation technology, especially for applications in the field of the concentration of different liquors in the pulp industry and recovery of solvents in the fiber industry. Customers especially appreciate the innovative process solutions, the excellent manufacturing quality of the core equipment produced in Austria and the proactive working methods of the motivated employees.

2019-01-22 
Metsä Board amongst an elite group of companies scoring ‘A’ for both CDP Climate and CDP Water programmes

Metsä Board has once again been highlighted as a global leader in corporate sustainability by CDP, a non-profit global environmental disclosure platform, by achieving a place on the CDP A List for both climate change and water security. This is the fourth consecutive year that the company has been included on the CDP Water A List and the third consecutive year on the CDP Climate A List. Metsä Board also scored A- in the CDP’s Forest programme.

Metsä Board is among the top 27 companies placed on the global Water A List. This achievement is in recognition of Metsä Board’s actions in the last reporting year to manage water more sustainably. Additionally, Metsä Board is among the top 126 of companies featured on the global Climate A List. This positioning is a recognition for the company’s activities in cutting emissions, mitigating climate risks and developing the low-carbon economy. In 2018, over 7,000 companies disclosed through CDP.

"We all need to act to combat climate change. Sustainability has to be an integral part of a responsible business and it must lead to concrete actions. I am proud that the work we do at Metsä Board was once again acknowledged by CDP and that we held our A level rating in both Climate and Water programmes," says Mika Joukio, CEO of Metsä Board.

2019-01-22 
B2A Technology wins the Grand Prix in the “Rois de la Supply Chain 2019”

B2A Technology (Alstef and BA Systèmes) was awarded, with its customer Banque de France*, Argon Consulting (project management support to the logistics process) and Axeflow (prime contractor for the logistics process) with the Grand Prix of the Kings of the Supply Chain 2019 for the design and realization of the new automated fiduciary center in Paris-La Courneuve. This prize was awarded on January 17 at the Cirque d’Hiver, during the 13th ceremony of the Kings of the Supply Chain, organized by the French Supply Chain Magazine.

An integrated logistics chain in the largest safe and vault in Europe

This prize rewards 5 years of work that have been required to make the new site and largest fiduciary center in Europe, a real automated safe. To meet this challenge, B2A Technology has shown its great agility in this very demanding context and offered a customized automated logistics process meeting the very high level of safety required to handle the flows of more than one billion banknotes per year.

Productivity and customer service requirements

One of the primary objectives of this outstanding project is to provide a safe and effective service to fund carriers by receiving, sorting and processing the values of the banks, and by delivering orders to supply cash dispensers. To achieve this, a complex logistics process has been designed and implemented around banknote sorting machines. The solution is based on two automated warehouses (pallets and parcels), a network
of conveyors and AGVs (BA Systèmes’ Automated Guided Vehicles), goods to person order picking stations and mixed palletizing / depalletizing robots.
Process automation allows to increase the overall productivity of the center with very short preparation times (less than 3 hours) while improving receiving and safety conditions and strengthening the level of service provided to institutions.

A reliable and safe information system

The control of the installation is ensured by Stockware® management software developed by Alstef and interfaced with Banque de France’s WMS. The infrastructure created guarantees the integrity, availability, confidentiality and traceability of the processed data.
Ahead of the implementation of this reliable and robust information system, advanced emulation and simulation tests have been carried out to check all the process’ functionalities, including in degraded modes, since no service interruption could be tolerated.

"We are proud to receive this award alongside Banque de France, Argon Consulting and Axeflow. The automation of Paris - La Courneuve fiduciary center was an exciting project both in terms of its scope and
the technical challenges it has raised. This realization demonstrates B2A Technology Group’s ability to deploy increasingly integrated and high-performance automated solutions and support its customers in
any of their projects", said Pierre Marol, President of B2A Technology.

2019-01-22 
Valmet achieves the best rating in CDP's climate program ranking

Valmet has been recognized for its actions and strategy to mitigate climate change by receiving the best A rating in CDP’s climate program ranking. The results were published today, January 22, 2019.

CDP’s evaluation is based on the company’s 2018 disclosure about its actions in the last reporting year to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop the low-carbon economy. 

"It is an honor to receive this acknowledgement for our contribution to climate change mitigation. Valmet’s technology and services increase raw material efficiency and enable our customers to manufacture sustainable products from renewable resources. We also have a systematic program to reduce CO2 emissions in our own operations with a focus on sustainable transportation, energy-efficiency improvements and process optimization. We continuously investigate new ways to improve the energy, water and material efficiency of our solutions and to bring new innovations to the market," says Anu Salonsaari-Posti, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Communications and Sustainability at Valmet.

Valmet’s mission is to convert renewable resources into sustainable results. Valmet’s comprehensive Sustainability360º agenda focuses on five core areas : sustainable supply chain ; health, safety and environment ; people and performance ; sustainable solutions, and corporate citizenship.

In 2018 Valmet was also included in Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe.

2019-01-22 
Stora Enso announces startups selected for its second Accelerator Programme

Stora Enso has chosen six startups to join its second Accelerator Programme, a joint startup initiative organised by Stora Enso, Aalto University Developing Entrepreneurship (Aalto ENT) and Vertical Accelerator.

The Accelerator programme provides an exceptional opportunity for disruptive startups and Stora Enso to actively ideate and innovate new solutions. This year’s programme focuses specifically on the circular economy, especially in regard to circular solutions, raw material management, packaging, separation and sorting, and energy.

“With global megatrends, the circular economy will play a significant role in business and society in the coming years. We are teaming up with startups to further explore how Stora Enso can best contribute,” says Malin Bendz, Executive Vice President, HR. “We have been greatly encouraged by our first Accelerator programme, which has resulted in two ongoing partnerships, with Sulapac and Trä Group, building on renewable solutions.”

The final six startups emerged from a rigorous and competitive selection process. After submitting a written application and video, more than 85 startups were evaluated and filtered down to the top 40. Reviewed by Stora Enso Scouts and Vertical, 20 of these startups were invited to Selection Days, a two-day event for presentations and intensive interviews. A shortlist of twelve startups presented to Stora Enso’s Group Leadership Team for the selection of the final six.

The startups invited to join the 2019 Accelerator Programme are :

 Effa http://effabrush.com  ;
 RePack https://www.originalrepack.com
 Alucha http://www.alucha.com
 Bloom http://www.bloombiorenewables.com
 MiWa http://www.miwa.eu
 SFTec https://www.sftec.fi

Over the next few months, the startups will work side by side with Stora Enso participants, delving into and advancing know-how, capabilities, technologies and market opportunities. Co-location takes place at Vertical accelerator, one of the largest and most prominent startup communities in Finland.

2019-01-22 
Total becomes founding member of the new global alliance to end plastic waste

Total today participates in the creation of an alliance of global companies from the plastics and consumer goods value chain to advance solutions to help end plastic waste in the environment, especially in the ocean.

The cross value chain Alliance to End Plastic Waste, currently made up of nearly thirty member companies located throughout the world, has committed over $1.0 billion with the goal of investing $1.5 billion over the next five years to help end plastic waste in the environment. The Alliance will develop and bring to scale solutions that will minimize and manage plastic waste and promote solutions for used plastics by helping to enable a circular economy.

 “By contributing to the lightening of materials, plastics improve the energy efficiency of our everyday products and reduce our CO2 emissions. However, it is critical to improve the management of their end-of-life to ensure that they do not end up in the environment”, said Bernard Pinatel, President Refining & Chemicals of Total and member of the Executive Committee of the Alliance. “Being a founding member of the Alliance is obvious for Total, whose ambition is to become the responsible energy major. The actions of the Alliance will complement our own efforts to improve the energy efficiency of our products, to develop recycling and to produce bioplastics.”

The Alliance is a not-for-profit organization that includes companies that make, use, sell, process, collect, and recycle plastics. This includes chemical and plastic manufacturers, consumer goods companies, retailers, converters, and waste management companies, also known as the plastics value chain. The Alliance has been working with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development as a founding strategic partner.

The Alliance today also announced an initial set of projects and collaborations that reflect a range of solutions to help end plastic waste :

 Partnering with cities to design integrated waste management systems in large urban areas where infrastructure is lacking, especially those along rivers which transport vast amounts of unmanaged plastic waste from land to the ocean. This work will include engaging local governments and stakeholders, and generate economically sustainable and replicable models that can be applied across multiple cities and regions. The Alliance will pursue partnerships with cities located in high plastic leakage areas. The Alliance will also be looking to collaborate with other programs working with cities, such as Project STOP, which is working in Indonesia.

 Funding The Incubator Network by Circulate Capital to develop and promote technologies, business models and entrepreneurs that prevent ocean plastic waste and improve waste management and recycling, with the intention of creating a pipeline of projects for investment, with an initial focus on Southeast Asia.

 Developing an open source, science-based global information project to support waste management projects globally with reliable data collection, metrics, standards, and methodologies to help governments, companies, and investors focus on and accelerate actions to stop plastic waste from entering the environment. The Alliance will explore opportunities to partner with leading academic institutions and other organizations already involved in similar types of data collection.

 Creating a capacity building collaboration with intergovernmental organizations such as the United Nations to conduct joint workshops and trainings for government officials and community-based leaders to help them identify and pursue the most effective and locally-relevant solutions in the highest priority areas.

 Supporting Renew Oceans to aid localized investment and engagement. The program is designed to capture plastic waste before it reaches the ocean from the ten major rivers shown to carry the vast majority of land-based waste to the ocean. The initial work will support the Renew Ganga project, which has also received support from the National Geographic Society.

In the months ahead, the Alliance will make additional investments and drive progress in four key areas :

 Infrastructure development to collect and manage waste and increase recycling ;
 Innovation to advance and scale new technologies that make recycling and recovering plastics easier and create value from all post-use plastics ; 
 Education and engagement of governments, businesses, and communities to mobilize action ; and,
 Clean up of concentrated areas of plastic waste already in the environment, particularly the major conduits of waste, like rivers, that carry land-based plastic waste to the sea.

Research shows that nearly 80 percent of the plastic in oceans begins as litter on land, the vast majority of which travels to the sea down one of ten major rivers around the world – eight in Asia, two in Africa. Separate research shows that 60 percent of ocean plastics can be sourced to five countries in Southeast Asia.

The Alliance membership represents global companies and located throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The following companies are the founding members of the Alliance : BASF, Berry Global, Braskem, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC, Clariant, Covestro, Dow, DSM, ExxonMobil, Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A., Henkel, LyondellBasell, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, Mitsui Chemicals, NOVA Chemicals, OxyChem, PolyOne, Procter & Gamble, Reliance Industries, SABIC, Sasol, SUEZ, Shell, SCG Chemicals, Sumitomo Chemical, Total, Veolia, and Versalis (Eni).

2019-01-21 
ACA RoQ roll quality analyzer deliveries over 200 units!

A development work for a new analyzer was initiated by the roll industry customers that were lacking reliable instrument for roll hardness. In June 2014 we launched ACA RoQ – roll quality analyzer, a mobile device that revolutionized the roll hardness test practice. ACA RoQ did not only fulfill the needs of the roll hardness measurement, but also it exceeded the roll industry expectations for the reliability of the data and its applicability to solve various issues throughout the entire value chain. For example :

 To determine the cause of specific roll defects such as soft edges, wrinkles, bagginess or telescoping
 As a process control tool for calendaring or winding
 As a quality control tool to check rolls before they are shipped to a converter
 To eliminate problematic rolls before the cause issues in a converting / printing machine ie. reduce web break rates

No wonder, the instrument has been a big success in the roll industry among roll manufactures and converters. The deliveries exceeded 200 units in January 2019. A new state of the art in roll quality investigation has been set.

2019-01-21 
Koehler and heinzelsales announce Partnership for Flexible Packaging

With its announcement less than a year ago that it was making a major investment in its Kehl mill, the Koehler Paper Group took the first step towards a new paper machine capable of producing papers for flexible packaging. While the workers at the construction site are making major strides and the work is well on schedule, the employees at the company’s headquarters in Oberkirch, Germany, are also busy laying the groundwork to ensure that the sales team can hit the ground running from day one.

  • A Partner with Experience and Expertise

As a result of their efforts, Koehler has now won Wilfried Heinzel AG, also known as heinzelsales, as an experienced and extremely qualified partner to market the papers for flexible packaging in France, Spain, and Portugal. Together with heinzelsales, Koehler wants to work on securing the future business success of single-sided coated papers with barrier functions and sealing ability.
The papers for flexible packaging are used in a wide variety of products. These include chocolate and muesli bars ; pudding and granola ; sugar sticks ; bags for instant soups, rice, and pet food ; ice cream cones ; banderoles and lids for yogurt cups ; and much more.

  • Paper Is Environmentally Friendly and Recyclable

Koehler’s goal is to replace plastic in these flexible packaging materials with paper wherever possible and practical in order to help replace nonrecyclable packaging with paper, a material whose recycling challenges have already been solved in many countries. For this reason, paper is actually the sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative.
Wilfried Heinzel AG is the global sales network of HEINZEL GROUP, based in Vienna, Austria. In partnership with producers from across the globe, the company sells a wide range of paper and pulp grades through knowledgeable local sales specialists in Europe and other regions of the world

2019-01-21 
Valmet and Kemira collaborate to bring significant improvements to wastewater treatment processes

Valmet and Kemira have signed a partnership agreement in developing wastewater and sludge treatment customer applications for municipal and industrial plants in Europe. Reliable real-time measurement data will increase the water treatment process visibility and enable predictive and proactive process management. The target is to bring significant savings and efficiency improvements to customers.

The partnership combines Valmet’s comprehensive analyzer and measurement technology, process optimization know-how and on-site service network with Kemira’s strong chemistry and process optimization expertise in the municipal and industrial water treatment space. The agreement widens the existing Industrial Internet ecosystem collaboration between the two companies.

Valmet has a long history in offering measurement and optimization applications for sludge dewatering processes. These reliable measurements have provided proven results for Valmet’s customers.

"Polymers and chemicals are an important part of the wastewater treatment process which is one reason why this collaboration with Kemira is a great opportunity for us. Especially in sludge dewatering, the right chemicals selection is one of the key elements to achieve the best performance," says Heli Karaila, Business manager, Wastewater, Automation, Valmet.

"We are actively expanding our portfolio of smart chemistry through the KemConnect(TM) platform for example sludge dewatering and phosphorus treatment. As part of this full-service approach, it makes perfect sense to partner up with a leading industrial automation hardware, software and equipment service provider like Valmet," says Jussi Ruotsalainen, Application Development Manager, Kemira.

2019-01-21 
Metsä Board strengthens its packaging design services

Metsä Board operates Packaging Service teams on three continents – Europe, the Americas and APAC – to jointly, with customers, create lighter, more environmentally friendly and efficient packaging. Metsä Board is delighted to announce that the teams will be further strengthened with new design expertise following the appointments of Marko Leiviskä and Iiro Numminen. 

Marko Leiviskä, Metsä Board’s new Graphic Packaging Designer, has a strong global background working for brand owners, converters and board mills. This experience has given him a unique perspective on how packaging can strengthen a brand and this role will allow him to combine his technical skills into design and brand strategy. He moves to Metsä Board from OneMusketeer Oy, where he worked as an entrepreneur and head of design. He has experience of designing and conceptualising global campaigns for companies like Metsä Board, Stora Enso, Kotkamills, Walki Group and Woikoski. Before OneMusketeer, he worked for Konsepti Advertising and Drum Communications.

Iiro Numminen, Metsä Board’s new Structural Packaging Designer, has worked as a structural designer for almost eight years and has a deep knowledge of production methods related to the conversion of paperboard as well as digital tools. He constantly seeks new innovative ways to use the fibre based materials. His latest innovation ’Stretching Inner Part’ was chosen as the winner of Metsä Board’s Better with Less – Design Challenge in 2018. He moves to Metsä Board from the packaging design team at Pa-Hu Oy, a manufacturer of corrugated board and packaging solutions.

Says Ilkka Harju, Packaging Services Director, EMEA : "We are pleased to have extended our global Packaging Services expertise with the appointments of both Marko and Iiro. Both are highly experienced designers with extensive knowledge of the requirements for sustainable, efficient and high impact branding and packaging."

2019-01-21 
Södra’s first robot employee

Södra welcomes Clerk, the company’s first digital robot employee. Clerk is a software robot that works in six departments and uses its expertise in everyday, repetitive and time-consuming tasks. With Clerk’s help, Södra’s employees can devote their days to more value-creating activities.

“Digitalisation is creating a myriad of exciting opportunities in our working day. Automation and robotics are prioritised areas for Södra to strengthen the Group’s competitiveness by freeing time up for our employees that they can then spend on tasks that create more value. The development of Clerk is a first step in this process,” said Hans Falk, IT Automation & Robotics Manager, Södra.

Clerk was developed in 2018 using Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technology. The aim is that Clerk will remove the burden of administrative and repetitive tasks from employees. Clerk is currently assisting six departments performing tasks that include invoice processing, book-keeping and the preparation of reports. A total of 12 different processes in the company have been robotised and Clerk works full time with these.

“We view this as a step in creating scope for more stimulating work tasks, being able to recruit the right skills and gaining more satisfied employees. The long-term vision is to ‘employ’ more digital employees in 2019, to increase the number of departments that these can assist and to view software robots as a natural resource for the future,” says Cristian Brolin, Chief Digital Officer, CDO, Södra.

2019-01-18 
Replacing old dilution valves boosts paper machine productivity

With over 30 years of experience in serving the paper industry, Tasowheel is the leading provider of dilution actuators and valves for all paper machine needs. Lately, the company completed yet another successful dilution valve change at Norske Skog Saugsbrugs.

The reliability of profiling actuators and valves is a key quality factor in the paper production process. When working properly, they ensure minimum profile variations, thus improving paper quality and increasing production efficiency.

 Accordingly, dilution valves can cause major profiling errors and runnability problems if they are not operating correctly, says Tasowheel Sales Manager Jukka Ahlstedt.

The wear of the dilution valve, often caused by cavitation or fillers, may be a reason for quality problems or even web breaks. The problems may continue for a long time before their source is identified.

 The material plays a critical role in valve wear. Plastic parts inside the valve increase the risk of premature wear, which may remain unnoticed underneath the faultless outer surface. This can result in sequential web breaks and other severe production problems, Ahlstedt explains.

Consequently, if the dilution valves contain plastic parts, the valve change is required every few years or sooner : in extreme cases the plastic is worn out within a year. Committed to uncompromised quality and sustainable production, Tasowheel manufactures valves that are made solely of stainless steel (AISI 316) and contain no plastic parts.

 Regardless of the original manufacturer, it is possible to replace any dilution valve with our 100 % stainless steel valves, also in single units, Ahlstedt says.

Better profiles at Norske Skog Saugbrugs

Norske Skog Saugbrugs represents the latest in the series of successful valve replacements. The old steel valves at PM 5 had served the paper machine for almost 15 years, and they had gradually begun to suffer cavitation. This indicated an increasing problem in the future.

 We were running at quite high dilution ratios, so we expected to get a decreased ratio and lower pressure differences in the headbox after the valve change. We also hoped that this would lead to better profiles, says QCS Specialist Trond Andreassen.

Norske Skog Saugbrugs chose Tasowheel as a partner due to their ability to deliver the turnkey solution including cutting-edge valves and their installation. In October 2018, 109 dilution valves were replaced by new RDV-90 degree valves (rotating dilution valves with 90 degree flow angle), specially designed for harsh operating environments. The new valves are 100 percent maintenance free with an excellent wear resistance and long lifetime.

The valve change was committed during a preplanned shutdown, in a tight 2-day schedule. The first improvements were immediate.

 We noticed a remarkable reduction in the dilution ratios and less pressure difference in the headbox. This will definitely reduce the cavitation of the dilution valves and minimize the threat of other problems, like web breaks, Andreassen reports.

As the valve change was part of a wider QCS upgrade program at Norske Skogs Saugbrugs, more improvements in the quality and productivity will be seen after the total upgrade is complete.

2019-01-18 
Banknote paper : Former Arjowiggins Jouy-sur-Morin mill in liquidation

The Commercial Court of Nanterre has placed the Jouy-sur-Morin mill, in France, in legal liquidation. Based in the South of Paris, this paper mill was acquired by the Swiss Private Equity company Blue Motion Technologies Holding at the beginning of 2018. Some 220 people were employed in this facility specialised in banknote paper. Activities on the site will be stopped next January 30.
As already published on “PaperFirst”, in 2017, Arjowiggins Security entered into a binding agreement with Oberthur Fiduciaire concerning the sale of its subsidiary, Arjowiggins Security BV, covering the VHP mill in Apeldoorn (the Netherlands) and the intellectual property rights related to the production of banknote paper, for a gross amount of €22 million (plus an earn-out). This transaction was completed on 31 July 2017.

2019-01-18 
Some of Arjowiggins’ companies in the UK plan to enter into administration

Following the Receivership proceedings opened in France at the request of Arjowiggins and some of its subsidiaries, the boards of Directors of some of Arjowiggins’ companies in the UK have decided to file notices of appointment of an Administrator for the following companies AW UK Holdings Ltd, Arjo Wiggins Fine Papers Ltd, ArjoWiggins Chartham Ltd, AW UK Holdings Ltd, Arjowiggins Sourcing Ltd, Arjobex Ltd and Performance Papers Ltd. These companies operate the mills of Stoneywood, Chartham and Clacton.
Under the aegis of Administrators, these procedures will help support the measures undertaken to find buyers for Arjowiggins’ businesses.

2019-01-18 
Hamburger Rieger uses Voith efficiency system for the first time for White Top Testliner production

  Hamburger Rieger has engaged Voith to supply the complete stock preparation unit for its new PM 2 in Spremberg, Germany. Voith will deliver three separate stock preparation lines with a total capacity of 2,450 metric tons per day. Meri Environmental Solutions is responsible for the complete reject and water treatment facility.
The key to the stock preparation concept is the OnEfficiency.DIP (deinked pulp : recycled waste paper without color residues) system from Voith, which has already proven effective for the manufacture of graphic papers based on recovered paper. The efficiency concept is now being used for the first time in the production of packaging papers. In the stock preparation unit of the new PM 2, ultra-modern sensors and actuators ensure consistent raw material quality and low running costs.
The system consists of two DIP yield control modules, two DIP bleach control modules and a DIP optimizer. The DIP yield control module uses online sensors to measure the ash content and whiteness of the DIP stock. Using actuators, the flotation technology automatically adjusts it as necessary to obtain the required degree of whiteness. The DIP bleach control module also measures the whiteness before and after a bleaching step. If necessary, actuators also regulate the flow of chemical additives here as well. The control modules are connected with the DIP optimizer, which defines optimum target values based on the optimization of running costs. The cost model takes account of relevant parameters such as energy, raw material and chemicals. This dynamic interaction between the individual components reduces quality fluctuations, which occur thanks to the heterogeneity of the raw material or production adjustments. This at the same time improves production costs.
In the PM 2 in Spremberg, Voith is also testing a new prototype of a virtual sensor which uses the measurements in the stock storage tower and the process parameters to predict contamination areas. The DIP optimizer uses the model calculated in this process to optimally adjust the variables. The self-learning system allows for automated controls, which means that the full potential of the system can be reached sooner.
At present, only the OnEfficiency.DIP from Voith offers this kind of comprehensive performance. According to Hamburger Rieger this was a decisive factor in awarding the order for the stock preparation unit. With a tailored service package, Voith ensures that the OnEfficiency system will continue to perform optimally in the long term.
Following a groundbreaking ceremony on 26 September 2018, work began on Hamburger Rieger’s new paper machine in Spremberg. From June 2020, the 7.8 m wide PM 2 will produce up to 500,000 metric tons a year of White Top Testliner with various basis weights. The two-loop DIP line produces the white top layer of the WTTL (White Top Test Liner). The paper manufacturer has opted for a particularly environmentally friendly de-inking system for stock preparation.
Hamburger Rieger is investing around EUR 370 million to build the PM 2 and is creating more than 200 new jobs in the Lusatia region. Hamburger Rieger is part of the Hamburger Containerboard Division of the Austrian Prinzhorn Group, whose annual production of more than two million metric tons makes it one of the market leaders in the segment for white uncoated and coated testliner.

2019-01-17 
VTT develops a new sustainable way to turn forestry waste into transport fuels and chemicals

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd has developed a new technique based on gasification, which offers a sustainable way to turn forest industry byproducts, such as bark, sawdust and forestry waste, into transport fuels and chemicals. The new technique reduces carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 90% compared to fossil fuels.

The new approach uses gasification to turn biomass into intermediate products – liquid hydrocarbons, methanol or methane – in production units integrated with communal district heating plants or forest industry power plants. The intermediate products are processed further in oil refineries to make renewable fuels or chemicals.

VTT developed and piloted the new gasification process and evaluated the competitiveness of plants based on the technique in the course of a recently concluded project called BTL2030. The distributed generation process developed by the project team makes efficient use of the energy content of biomass. Approximately 55% of the energy content is turned into transport fuels and a further 20–25% can be used to provide district heating or to produce steam for industrial processes. The new technique reduces carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 90% compared to fossil fuels.

Sustainable bioenergy plays an important role in the fight against climate change

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), modern bioenergy plays a key role in building a cleaner and more sustainable energy system. Bioenergy currently accounts for approximately 50% of the world’s renewable energy consumption, and the IEA estimates that bioenergy will be the most rapidly growing form of renewable energy between 2018 and 2023. In the longer term, limiting global warming to two degrees requires, according to the IEA, almost quadrupling bioenergy’s contribution to the world’s energy consumption, from the current 4.5% to approximately 17% by 2060.

Bioenergy is needed, in particular, for reducing emissions from air transport and shipping and as a back-up fuel for road transport as more electric cars are introduced. The use of forest industry by-products, such as bark, forestry waste, recycled wood, straw or other biomass as raw materials does not impact on the carbon sink effect of forests, and they do not compete against forest industry raw material procurement or food production.

By-products to provide heat throughout the year

The process is based on VTT’s low-pressure, low-temperature steam gasification technology, simplified gas purification and small-scale industrial syntheses. Thanks to the small-scale approach, the heat generated by the process can be used throughout the year, and the process can be fuelled with local waste. Finland’s previous plans have involved considerably larger gasification-based diesel plants, the raw material demands of which could not have been satisfied with locally sourced waste. Moreover, it would have been impossible to make full use of the by-productheat of the large plants, and their energy efficiency would have therefore been easily less than 60%.

Considerable improvements expected in the competitiveness of plants

"Not one of the large gasification plants of more than 300 MW that have been planned for Europe has been built yet. The almost EUR 1 billion investment needed together with the risks associated with new technology has proven an insurmountable obstacle. The smaller scale of our solution makes it easier to secure funding for building the first plant based on the new technology", explains VTT’s Senior Principal Scientist Esa Kurkela.

The BTL2030 project team estimates that the production costs of transport fuels made from domestic waste would amount to EUR 0.8–1 per litre of petrol or diesel. The new technology is set to become considerably more competitive as the costs of the raw materials of competing technologies increase, and the process is expected to be highly competitive at least from the year 2030 onwards. The project involved mapping out the path from pilot-scale development to demonstrations and commercialising the technology with participating businesses. Even in the short term, the ultimate competitiveness of the new technique hinges on the prices of crude oil and carbon dioxide quotas as well as the taxation of renewable transport fuels.

Gasification technology projected to have huge export potential

Experts estimate that, in addition to other measures, Finland will need sustainable biofuels to account for 30% of the energy consumption of the transport sector by 2030. Supplying half of this demand with domestic waste would require 5–10 locally integrated energy production plants. The 3.6% target set for advanced biofuels in the European Commission’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED2) equates to 11 million tonnes of oil, which would mean approximately 200 gasification plants in Europe alone.

In addition to transport fuels, the biomass gasification technique can be used to produce renewable raw materials to replace oil and natural gas in various chemical industry processes. Synthesis gas applications, on the other hand, could help in the attainment of several circular economy goals, such as close-loop recycling of plastics and other packaging materials.

Research and development work to continue through EU projects

The development of gasification technology is set to continue through two EU Horizon 2020 projects coordinated by VTT. The projects focus on gas purification and increasing the efficiency of synthesis technology and aim to demonstrate the performance of the entire biofuel chain at VTT’s Bioruukki piloting centre in Espoo, Finland. Another solution under development is a flexible hybrid process based on biomass and solar and wind energy, which can either be run on just biomass or be boosted with electrolysis. This provides an efficient way to store solar or wind energy as a renewable fuel and could as much as double the renewable fuel output of the biomass sources available.

BTL2030 project partners : VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Fortum Corporation, Gasum Ltd, Helen Ltd, Kumera Corporation, Gasification Technologies Inc, Oy Brynolf Grönmark Ab, ÅF-Consult Ltd, Oy Woikoski Ab, Dasos Capital Oy, Kokkolanseudun Kehitys Oy and MOL Group from Hungary.

Main sponsor : Business Finland

The project is part of the Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment’s transport biofuels development programme.

About the BTL2030 project : https://www.vtt.fi/sites/BTL2030/en

About the EU projects : http://www.flexchx.eu/  ; https://www.comsynproject.eu/

The IEA’s bioenergy forecast : https://www.iea.org/newsroom/news/2018/october/modern-bioenergy-leads-the-growth-of-all-renewables-to-2023-according-to-latest-.html

2019-01-17 
Mondi wins multiple honours for its printing expertise

Mondi’s printing prowess – on both paper and plastic – is garnering attention for the third year in a row from Europe’s leading flexo printing associations.

The juries of the French Association of Flexography (ATF Flexo) and the Italian Technical Association of Flexography (ATIF) both bestowed awards on Mondi recently, in recognition of the company’s bag-printing quality and expertise.

Paper offers a natural look, and, of course, is a renewable resource, adding to a product’s sustainability story. However, it still needs to look good – and the judges agreed that Mondi achieved that through its precision printing.

Printing quality is vital, as the look and feel of the package – whether on store shelves or when delivered to customers via e-commerce – is a direct reflection on the brand in the minds of end consumers. Projecting a quality image helps to reinforce brand credibility and can help to boost sales.

On December 13 in Paris, ATF Flexo presented Mondi with two awards – a Gold Flexostar award in the “Printing on Paper” category for its Dog’Croc Chien Adult bag made for French animal nutrition specialist Sopral. It also took home a Silver Flexostar in the “Printing on PE Film” category for its hybrid film/paper Canicaf dog-food bag made for Paris-based customer Néodis. The French competition attracted 135 entries from 38 companies.

The Dog’Croc Chien Adult bag stood out for its extremely precise printing of a dog and child image on the package. The glossy, four-ply, pinch-bottom bag incorporated seven colours as well as lamination.
The two-ply, pinch hybrid open Canicaf bag for Néodis, meanwhile, involved accurately printing seven colours on polyethylene film.

“We are proud to win these awards,” said Christian Latorre, Managing Director of Mondi Lembacel SAS in Bétheniville, France, “because the jury consists of printing professionals from across our industry. These honours also shine a further light on our Bétheniville plant, which already has an excellent reputation for its printing quality. “Mondi is devoted to leveraging its printing expertise to help its customers and their products look their very best,” added Latorre.
This marks the third straight year that Mondi has been honoured by ATF Flexo for its printing excellence. (Press release April 2017)

Separately, ATIF in Italy bestowed honours on Mondi in the “Printing on Paper” category for its innovative line of dog food packaging based on Mondi’s FlexziBox concept. The awards ceremony took place on November 20 in the venue known as Spazio Hera in Bologna, Italy.

This is the second year in a row Mondi has won a printing award from ATIF in the category “Printing on Paper,” after taking home the first-place prize in 2017 for the high-quality printing on one of its self-standing, open-mouth bags. This year, the award-winning product (REAL NATURE Crafted Choice) was produced for our customer Mera Tiernahrung GmbH, which supplies private-label pet food to the German retailer Fressnapf Tiernahrungs GmbH.

Mondi Padova, near Bologna, did the award-winning printing and laminating onto paper reels and then shipped the material to Mondi’s plant in Steinfeld, Germany, to be converted into bags.

ATIF’s annual “Best in Flexo” printing awards competition in Italy includes 12 different categories (printing on film, paper, and corrugated paperboard, in different widths), and the 2018 ATIF jury assessed more than 130 total entries. For each category, a jury of experts analysed the main printing parameters and quality, before selecting first-, second- and third-place winners.

2019-01-17 
Georgia-Pacific to Exit Communication Papers Business

Port Hudson Communication Papers and Pulping Operations to Shut Down

Tissue, Towel Manufacturing To Continue As Important Asset For GP Consumer Business

Georgia-Pacific announced today that it is exiting the communication papers business following an assessment of its long-term competitive position in a declining market. As a result, the company will permanently shut down the communication papers machines, related converting assets, as well as the woodyard, pulp mill and a significant portion of the energy complex at its Port Hudson, Louisiana, facility.

Approximately 650 jobs at the facility will ultimately be impacted by the communication papers and pulp asset closures. About 40 business and sales jobs also will be affected by this decision.

Georgia-Pacific will continue to operate and invest in the Port Hudson mill to support its growing consumer tissue and towel business. The Port Hudson facility, with its premium product tissue and towel machines and associated converting equipment, is a key contributor to the success of the Consumer Products Group’s retail business. The company will retain approximately 300 employees to manage those operations.

Employees will continue to operate the Port Hudson communication papers and pulp mill assets, with final operations of those assets expected by mid-March. Georgia-Pacific has begun discussions with union leadership and the hourly and salaried workforce on how the process will work for employees affected by the job reductions, including the potential to transfer to other Georgia-Pacific locations.

“The employees in our printing and writing papers business have worked diligently to support the business, and in recent years we have invested significantly in our operations. We have ultimately decided that the required investment to sustain the operation long-term, coupled with the declining market, is not viable,” said Mike Adams, president – GP PRO and Communication Papers. “We will be working closely with our printing and writing customers during this time of transition.”

2019-01-16 
IP to acquire Envases Grau in Spain and in discussion with Rossmann for an Assets exchange

International Paper (IP) is in the process of acquiring the Spanish company Envases Grau, and its four packaging mills with capacities of some 15,000 tpy of corrugated board. Envases Grau employs some 70 people.
The American Group is also discussing with the French Rossmann Group to take over its Kadem Plan, near Barcelona. In return, Rossmann would acquire the IP’s Creil mill (SNCO), in France. For the time being, this assets’ exchange has not yet been concluded.

2019-01-16 
The sixth episode of IBC Paper Training’s web series - January, 31!!! Participate LIVE and get the best tips and practices about Stickies!

As we all know, there are a lot of unwanted non-fibrous materials that lead to a wide variety of problems in pulp and papermaking and these materials are broadly defined as stickies - microstickies and macrostickies.

This web seminar will show you methods for measuring the contaminants, how to identify their strengths and weaknesses, as well as concrete, practical examples in the pulp and paper industry. And in the end we will also give you chemical and mechanical solutions for avoiding problems related to stickies.

2019-01-16 
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 

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