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Antalis strengthens its positions in the Nordic countries

Antalis has signed an agreement to acquire IGEPA’s Papers distribution business in Sweden and Norway ; the operation should close in the course of June.

2018-05-30 
New head of the Holmen Paper business area

Lars Lundin has been appointed Senior Vice President Paper and will take up his new role no later than the first of december 2018.

2018-05-30 
T.CON and Perlen Packaging achieve a successful global SAP S/4HANA conversion

SAP Gold Partner T.CON successfully carried out the system conversion from SAP ERP to SAP S/4HANA version 1709 in only one step at Perlen Packaging, a subsidiary of Chemie + Papier Holding AG (CPH).

2018-05-30 
ABB introduces new ABB AbilityTM Web Monitoring System for paper industry applications

Innovative high resolution web monitoring system designed for the fastest paper, board or tissue machines.

2018-05-30 
Looking back on the first-ever Global Recycling Day: “A movement has been sparked”

Levels of engagement in the inaugural, BIR-inspired Global Recycling Day far exceeded expectations, laying firm foundations for growing the event in the years to come.

2018-05-30 
Preem and RenFuel to create the world’s first lignin plant for biofuels

Preem and RenFuel are assessing, in collaboration with Rottneros, the construction of the world’s first lignin plant for biofuels, at the pulp mill in Vallvik, Söderhamn.

2018-05-29 
Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS) bundles expertise

The board of trustees of the Papiertechnische Stiftung has resolved to bring about a change in the PTS leadership with the completion of the extensive restructuring of the institute.

2018-05-29 
The Navigator Company to increase tissue prices in Europe by 6 to 8%

The Navigator Company announced today that it will be increasing prices of its Tissue Papers by 5 to 8 %, in all products and markets.

2018-05-29 
Corrugated: circular by nature, and ready for a sustainable future!

The FEFCO Summit brought together 200 high-level corrugated industry representatives and their suppliers from 23-25 May.

2018-05-29 
The careful choice of material is the key to success

Choosing a paperboard for a sophisticated packaging based on the kilo price can be like shooting yourself in the foot. 

2018-05-29 
UPM presents the limitless opportunities of bioeconomy at the PulPaper 2018 exhibition

UPM will attend the PulPaper 2018 exhibition in Helsinki 29-31 May 2018.

2018-05-28 
Valmet hires nearly 400 young people as summer trainees in Finland

This summer, nearly 400 students will work as summer trainees in Valmet’s locations in Finland.

2018-05-28 
Asia Pulp & Paper Marks 5th Anniversary of its Forest Conservation Policy

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) today marked the 5th anniversary of its landmark sustainability commitment, the Forest Conservation Policy (FCP).

2018-05-28 
Stora Enso enters into strategic partnership with Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Stora Enso has signed a strategic partnership agreement with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).

2018-05-28 
SYMOP Paper Group : Thierry Le Guillou succeeds Franck Rettmeyer as new President

Thierry Le Guillou has been appointed as new SYMOP Paper Group President. He succeeds Franck Rettmeyer, CEO and Chairman of Allimand. Thierry Le Guillou is Kadant Lamort’s VP. Symop is the French Association for Manufacturing Technologies (industrial machinery, technology and equipment manufacturers).

2018-05-25 
Lecta to Increase CWF and UWF Prices by 6% to 7%

Lecta announces a price increase of 6% to 7% on all its 2 side CWF and UWF grades in sheets and reels.

The price increase is a consequence of the continuous increase in manufacturing costs. The new prices will be effective on deliveries from July 1st, 2018.

Lecta sales teams are at our customers’ disposal to coordinate the price increase implementation.

2018-05-25 
Delfort Wattens paper mill in Austria starts using Wedge

Paper mill Wattens is the fourth Delfort mill to engage leveraging Wedge Process Diagnostics System. The system delivery will commence in June.

Delfort is an Austrian paper maker group dedicating to highly specialized grades. With mills in Europe, The United States and Vietnam, Delfort is a global leader in its product categories.

Trimble Forestry’s Wedge Process Diagnostics is a powerful, easy to use tool for improving industrial plant efficiency. Wedge anticipates upcoming problems and quickly finds the original root causes.

2018-05-25 
Kemira celebrates one-year anniversary of its Wet Strength production site in Estella, Navarra Spain

Kemira, a global leader in the manufacture of high quality wet strength resins, supplied under the FennoStrength name, celebrates the one-year anniversary of the best-in-class manufacturing site located in Villatuerta and known as the Estella site. The celebrations took place on May 17th, 2018 with customers and government officials joining the event.

Strength technologies, including wet strength, are critical in manufacturing paper and board and the strength chemical market is growing. The market also demands for high performance differentiating technologies as well as compliance with stricter environmental regulations. Kemira has consistently been investing into the development of new strength technologies and into modern manufacturing sites, most recently in wet strength resin production at Äetsä, Finland (2015), in dry strength resin production at San Giorgio, Italy (2015) and last year at Estella (2017).

“This anniversary marks an important milestone for Kemira – says Mr. Tommi Kankkunen, VP of Manufacturing. Thanks to a multi-million investment and dedicated efforts from R&D, this state of the art facility with a large production capacity now produces a highly efficient wet strength resin.”

Kemira’s investments in manufacturing are complemented by investments in R&D, resulting in a successful outcome for the new wet strength offering. “We are proud to announce first deliveries of high solids wet strength resin in response to the current market demand. And in anticipation of the upcoming E.U. regulatory restrictions, lowering the limit of adsorbable organic halides (AOX) in the effluent, a new low AOX FennoStrength resin was developed with first deliveries taking place already in June,” reports Dr. Vladimir Grigoriev, Sr. Manager, Applications & Marketing.

After recent developments, the Estella site now offers a complete portfolio of wet strength resins with dedicated lines also for the latest product generations geared towards the most stringent regulatory profiles. Moreover, high performance Yankee coating adhesives are also produced at the site. “A focus of the Estella site,” adds Mr. Roberto Zulian, Director of Tissue Sales, “is also directed towards the demands of the tissue industry, which include the needs for creping adhesives. The new R&D developments in this area and established manufacturing at Estella have addressed the tissue industry wishes for a complete Yankee coating portfolio with the most up-to-date regulatory profile. We are well positioned now to deliver our customers the strength aids and Yankee coating technologies they desire.”

“We are excited about the one-year anniversary, says Mr. Anibal Cermano, Site Manager. This investment demonstrates a strong commitment to our customers and partners. We appreciate the support given by the local authorities in the surrounding communities and the Navarra Government.”

2018-05-25 
Coldwater Strengthens Its Global Ceramics Capabilities with TKF Agreement

Doug Wall, VP Sales & Marketing announced that Coldwater has appointed Technische Keramik Frömgen GmbH (TKF) of Korschenbroich (Glehn), Germany as an Authorized Repair and Grinding facility in Europe for Coldwater’s Wilbanks Ceramics drainage elements.
Since Coldwater’s acquisition of Wilbanks Ceramics in late 2017, this is one more step to support Coldwater’s global leadership in supplying and servicing Wilbanks Ceramics high performance drainage elements. Coldwater now designs, manufactures, assembles, grinds and repairs these precision ceramic drainage elements in Atlanta, GA.
Through sales to all major paper machinery OEMs, the agreement with TKF gives Coldwater the ability to provide its large installed base of European customers with the same high quality and responsive service for ongoing blade inspections and regrinding as well as the ability to replace any drainage elements as needed. Replacement blades/elements will be provided through Coldwater’s North American plant and installed by TKF.
TKF has a long and highly respected history in the ceramics business. Their Germany facility has grinding capabilities for drainage elements up to 13 meters using the same precision grinding equipment that all new Wilbanks Ceramics are manufactured with. Plus, TKF employs some of the industry’s most experienced drainage elements personnel.

2018-05-25 
Environmentally-friendly energy supply at Palm Paper

In view of environmental and economic considerations, Palm decided to build a combined cycle power plant (CCGT) to provide an independent supply of electricity and steam to the site.

Palm Paper Ltd., which operates the world’s largest paper mill for newsprint from its King’s Lynn site in the UK, was supplied with steam by two natural gas-fired fire-tube boilers.

In view of environmental and economic considerations, Palm decided to build a combined cycle power plant (CCGT) to provide an independent supply of electricity and steam to the site. The combined cycle power plant was commissioned in spring 2018.

The new CCGT plant comprises the following main components :

 Gas turbine with 33 MW electrical generation capacity
 Additionally fired dual-circuit waste heat boiler with heat exchanger
 Turbo generator set with 12 MW electrical generation capacity
 High-pressure natural gas supply Pipeline.

Due to the highly-efficient system used, Palm Paper’s CCGT power plant in King’s Lynn has an overall annual efficiency level of more than 80%.

This results in an annual saving of more than 100,000 tonnes of CO2.

The total investment (CCGT plant incl. the high-pressure natural gas supply) was approximately EUR 60 million.

2018-05-25 
26,000 employees stop work for the day as part of Mondi Group’s annual global investment in safety, health and the environment

Every year around the world, some 374 million people are injured at work, according to the International Labour Organisation[1]. Creating a safe work environment has always been Mondi’s top priority and it is this intense focus that has led it to invest in an annual event when its 26,000 employees down tools for the day to work together on improving local health, safety and the environment.

Activities are currently taking place in 30 countries to highlight the personal contribution that Mondi’s employees can make towards their safety, health and environment. Every Mondi site is hosting a ‘Making a Difference Day 365’ that allows employees and contractors to invest time in learning and practising new approaches towards these vital topics. Family members and students are also involved in several locations.

Peter Oswald, CEO Mondi Group, says, “We will only be satisfied when every employee is returning home safely every day. We created Making a Difference Day 365 in 2010 to collectively focus our minds on ways to improve our safety, health and environment. Through the enthusiasm of our employees, this initiative has grown over the years into a truly global event with significant positive impact on our local communities. This momentum shows that we can – and do – inspire each other to make a difference when we work collaboratively on these complex topics.”

Mondi defines global focus areas every year for Mondi’s Making a Difference Day. In 2018, the focus areas include maintaining a 24-hour safety mind-set, staying safe around moving and rotating machinery, and reducing our carbon footprint – at work and home. Every Mondi operation is currently hosting activities around these themes that are relevant locally.

Brian Darlington, group head of safety and health at Mondi Group, says, “It’s all about creating the right mindset where safety becomes a habit and way we do things and where everyone looks after their own safety as well as that of others. The safety of our employees and contractors is our number one value, which is encapsulated by our moto ‘work safe, home safe – everybody, every day’.”

2018-05-24 
Smurfit Kappa is pleased to announce that it has agreed to acquire Reparenco

Accelerates SKG’s strategic objectives under its Medium Term Plan

Smurfit Kappa Group plc, one of the world’s largest integrated manufacturers of paper-based packaging products with operations in Europe and the Americas, is pleased to announce that it has agreed to acquire Reparenco, a privately owned paper and recycling business in the Netherlands, for a cash consideration of approximately €460 million following a competitive process.

Reparenco operates a two machine paper mill in the Netherlands with a capacity of 675,000 tonnes together with a 750,000 tonne recovered fibre operation. Reparenco employs 315 people with Gross Assets of €189 million and generated EBITDA of €41 million in the 12 months to April 2018, during which time the business continued to ramp up production.

The acquisition represents a transaction multiple, pre-synergies, of 6.4x the expected full year 2018 EBITDA for Reparenco of €72 million.

Reparenco’s strong strategic fit with SKG’s existing European businesses is expected to deliver significant synergies in the near-term in a number of areas, including increased integration of containerboard and the recycling operations into the Group.

The cash consideration will be funded from the Group’s existing resources. It is expected that the Transaction will complete within four to six weeks subject to customary completion conditions and adjustments and regulatory approval.
Smurfit Kappa Group will host a conference call, for analysts and institutional investors today, 24 May, at 9.00 BST (04.00 ET)

2018-05-24 
World-class pulp centre to be constructed at Mussalo at the port of HaminaKotka

Port of HaminaKotka, Steveco and UPM have agreed on the construction of a world-class pulp terminal in the new D-area in the western part of the Mussalo Harbour in Kotka. The investments of the Port of HaminaKotka in the infrastructure of the area are approx. 30 million euros. A new field of about 20 hectares, 220 metres of quays as well as a warehouse will be built in the new area.

Steveco will build a terminal with a size of 20,000 square metres and dimensions of 400 metres by 50 metres. The value of the terminal investment is 8.5 million euros. The terminal is expected to be in operation by the end of the year. The quay will be completed in the spring of 2019.

“For the Port of HaminaKotka, this is a significant leap into the future together with our long-term partners UPM and Steveco. We are seeing the launching of new kind of activity at the Port of HaminaKotka”, says Kimmo Naski, CEO of Port of HaminaKotka Ltd.

“The site is excellent, and it offers significant operational synergy benefits through integration with our other operations”, says Henri Kuitunen, CEO of Steveco Oy.

The project stems from UPM’s decision to concentrate the sea transport of the products made at the Kaukas and Kymi pulp mills in Finland to Kotka. In the past few years, UPM has made investments to increase the annual production capacity of the Kymi and Kaukas pulp mills by a total of 370,000 tonnes.

“The concentration of transport enhances UPM’s pulp logistics and increases flexibility. The new centre will offer high quality facilities, and it is served by rail transport, which reduces the carbon footprint of our transport operations”, says Jukka Hölsä, Director of Maritime Logistics at UPM.

“From Mussalo, pulp can be delivered out to the world on both conventional ships and in containers. In addition to export purposes, the terminal will also be used as an intermediate storage for domestic transport”, Jukka Hölsä continues.

The long-term agreement now concluded concerns the first phase of the pulp logistics centre. The goal is that the centre will expand later. In the future, there are facilities to build more warehouses and approx. 500 metres of additional quays in the area.

“Port facilities have become congested in both Kotka and Hamina. Since the volumes of goods carried have developed favourably and the positive trend in Finnish exports seems to persist, we have decided to carry out this major expansion investment”, says Kimmo Naski.

2018-05-24 
Simon Fagerudd appointed General Manager of UPM Pietarsaari mill integrate

Simon Fagerudd has been appointed General Manager of UPM Pietarsaari mill integrate and pulp mill starting from 25 June 2018.

The current General Manager of UPM Pietarsaari Veikko Petäjistö will retire in the autumn of 2018.

2018-05-24 
Packs with tamper evident seals

Packs with tamper evident seals

As part of its new innovation series, Rigid Containers has launched a corrugated packaging concept with built-in tamper evident seals at both ends for the ecommerce market.

The pack offers an ideal solution for ecommerce or similar packaging situations where security is essential. Tamper evident features make it impossible to access the contents without completely destroying the case closure – making it apparent the pack has been tampered with. 

Incorporating a self locking design, the design eliminates the use of tape and can be easily recycled. The new design is second in a series of innovations and forms part of Rigid’s 2018 innovation strategy to offer customers sustainable and easy-to-use corrugated packaging. Additional concepts that will push the boundaries of retail and ecommerce packaging will be rolled out throughout this year. 

Rigid’s group sales and marketing manager Julian Freeman said that the concept will give customers added flexibility in choosing ecommerce packaging. “Preventing tampering in the first place is essential but what is also important is having a pack that is easy to erect.”

2018-05-24 
Voith Digital Solutions’ expert earns GCIP certification

Puhlmann’s cybersecurity credentials are another measure of Voith’s dedication to a reliable and secure infrastructure.

Strengthening its position to serve power producers, Voith Digital Solutions North America is proud to announce that Jens Puhlmann, its Industrial Control Systems Security Manager, recently earned the Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (GCIP) certification, which demonstrates his advanced knowledge in information protection, cybersecurity, incident reporting, response plans, system security management and security controls.

Puhlmann is just one of 23 professionals in North America to have earned this certification from the GIAC. With this certification and his 20 years of experience in Industrial Control Systems design, Puhlmann showcases Voith Digital Solutions’ continuing drive to be a leader in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) cybersecurity.

Key aspects of Puhlmann’s broad GCIP certification process were network security, documentation, security awareness training as well as the evaluation and categorization of power plants regarding their impact on the national grid infrastructure, among other requirements.

“CIP compliance is integral to our customers’ business plans – without compliance, they face penalties and fines. Staying compliant, however, is difficult due to changing standards, and doing so is always on their minds. This is why obtaining the GCIP certification was vital. It gives them assurance in my ability to offer them the compliance answers they need,” Puhlmann said.

The compliance requirements, known as the North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC CIP), offer standards aimed at protecting the facilities that add power to electrical grid, and compliance is monitored by NERC. In its role, NERC scrutinizes facility security from all angles and has updated its standards repeatedly since 2006 as the IIoT and Industry 4.0 bring more changes to energy production.

NERC CIP provides a checklist of safeguards to which every electric-generating facility must adhere. Staying ahead of NERC CIP updates can be difficult for most plant operators, which is why so many turn to Voith Digital Solutions for compliance consultation. With Puhlmann’s GCIP certification, Voith customers have a central contact as they work to stay in compliance.

“Jens’ certification is important and a great step for Voith Digital Solutions North America. It helps our customers understand they can rely on us. We provide the system security know-how and support they need,” said Michael Rhodes, Vice President of Sales, Voith Digital Solutions North America.

Voith Digital Solutions bundles Voith’s long standing automation and IT expertise with the know-how in the fields of water power, paper machines and drive engineering. This new Group Division works with new and existing customers to develop innovative products and services by driving IIoT innovations and decisively shaping the digitalization process in the field of machine and plant engineering.

2018-05-24 
Ontex announces the transfer and consolidation of production in Brazil to its Senador Canedo unit

Ontex Group NV today announced the acceleration of its integration activities in Brazil, in order to drive sustainable profitable growth for the coming years in this important market.

A comprehensive plan encompassing commercial, operational and efficiency initiatives has been established, to accelerate the turnaround of its Brazil business and in order to achieve ongoing sustainable profitable growth. As part of this plan, Ontex Brazil will transfer its manufacturing operation in Aparecida de Goiânia to its manufacturing site in Senador Canedo, both in the State of Goiás. This will result in a non-recurring pre-tax charge in 2018 of up to €30 million, of which approximately €10 million will be a cash cost. This is expected to result in annualized recurring EBIT savings of €7 million.

This move was made after an in-depth analysis and considering the efficiency of combining the entire production into a single unit, where it will be possible to deploy efficient technologies and processes. All alternatives were investigated to minimize impact on Ontex employees in Aparecida de Goiânia, the majority of whom will transfer to Senador Canedo. The change will occur through the third quarter of 2018, at which time the Aparecida de Goiânia plant will become inactive.

The Company’s commitment to Brazil and its growth ambition remain unchanged ; this includes the continuation of ongoing investments in research and development, health and safety, and modern technologies in the state of Goiás and Brazil to ensure future growth.

2018-05-24 
Essity and WSSCC Hygiene and Health Report 2018-2019: Prioritizing hygiene and health is key to personal well-being and public progress

Today, Essity and United Nation’s entity Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) launch the sixth edition of the Hygiene and Health Report. Hygiene and health are critical catalysts for solving several global societal issues stated in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. With this report, Essity and WSSCC address opportunities and challenges throughout the human life cycle, highlighting new research, best practices and possible solutions. It shows the societal implications of prioritizing hygiene and health in decision making, whether by a policy maker, a care professional or an individual.

Drawing on insights and research from experts, academia, Essity and WSSCCs own experience as well as Essity’s survey on hygiene and health of over 15,000 respondents worldwide, the report demonstrates how hygiene and health act as catalysts for solving several global societal issues :

 for antibiotics.[1]

 Girls and women not attending school or work due to menstruation has a severe impact on gender equality. 49% of women worldwide experience social discomfort during menstruation, and multiple studies show that women and girls around the world stay home from work and school during their period. By providing hygiene facilities adapted for women’s needs and integrating menstruation management in policy work, we can increase women’s workforce participation and create a path to women’s empowerment.

 Living with incontinence can severely affect quality of life and dignity for the individual, as well as participation and contribution on a societal level. 400 million people suffer from incontinence globally, and with an ageing population this figure is expected to increase further. By making incontinence care more focused on the individual and by benefiting from new innovative and purpose-driven solutions, patients can be empowered to lead a more dignified and qualitative life and remain a functioning member of society. For example, estimates of the benefits of improved incontinence care in the Netherlands show annual potential savings from a societal perspective of EUR 125 million. 2

“As a leading global hygiene and health company, Essity has unique knowledge and insights to drive global dialogue about the strong connection between hygiene, health and well-being. We collaborate with partners using our different perspectives, competences and resources to raise awareness, develop standards and influence regulations in relation to health and hygiene,” says Magnus Groth, President and CEO of Essity.

“Hygiene and health are prerequisites and enablers for fulfilling many of the Sustainable Development Goals. We’re already seeing incredible progress towards the 2030 agenda, but there is still work to be done. Putting hygiene and health at the centre of the conversation means more emphasis on forgotten and taboo topics ; it opens up possibilities for change that reaches far beyond just individuals, but to society as a whole. Hygiene is only the beginning.”, says Rolf Luyendijk, Executive Director at WSSCC.

About the collaboration between Essity and WSSCC :

Since 2014, Essity and WSSCC have partnered in the mission to encourage a global conversation about hygiene and health issues as well as opportunities across organizations, sectors, and countries. In 2016, we took the partnership further by jointly publishing the Hygiene Matters Report : Joining Forces for Progress. With this edition of the report, we are continuing our work. We offer new insights by combining research findings, statistical evidence, successful cases and testimonies from people whose voices are rarely heard. We also highlight solutions and actions that we identify as critical for improving hygiene and health standards across the globe and for every part of life’s course. Our ambition is to inspire and invite more players to join the dialogue and partnership and to help identify sustainable solutions going forward.

About the report :

This report is the latest edition in a series of reports that Essity has published since 2008 with the aim of raising awareness about the pivotal role that hygiene, sanitation, and health play in well-being and for individuals and communities, and to highlight solutions to some of the problems we face in these areas.

The report builds on a combination of third-party information and our own data. One data source is a global survey conducted between November 20 and December 4, 2017, through web panels in 15 different countries, collecting answers from a total of 15,530 respondents. National quotas have been used to obtain accurate representation of age and gender. Questions in the survey centered on hygiene and health concerns, public hygiene, personal hygiene, menstruation, incontinence, antibiotic resistance and sustainability.

2018-05-24 
PMP Presents the Paper Surface Functionality Concept!

PMP’s PSF Technology is aimed to generate cost savings and to increases profitability in paper making.
The Paper Surface Functionality (PSF) concept was developed to support paper mills in improving the useful properties of paper or board. Combinations of various layers of barrier chemicals, coating colors and starches can be applied in a purposeful and selected sequence on the paper or board surface and in controlled amounts. PSF Technology utilizes a special spraying application technology and has an advanced process design for feeding and re-circulating the flow of material to the surface treatment units.
PMP is developing the concept in close co-operation with Patrick Sundholm Ltd Oy. Pilot equipment is installed on a state-of-the-art pilot coater in KCL research plant in Otaniemi, Finland. Furthermore, a cylindrical laboratory coater (CLC) enabling pre-trials has been installed by KCL.
The technology can be implemented as retrofits in existing paper machines or off line coaters.
The pilot is a platform for developing enhanced and new paper and board grades. The trials are run with the clients in accordance with strict confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements.

2018-05-23 
A Masters in Biorefinery & Biomaterials

In conjunction with Grenoble INP-Phelma, Grenoble INP-Pagora now offers a Biorefinery and Biomaterials course as part of its Masters in Materials Science and Engineering. Launched at the beginning of the 2018 academic year, the course - which is taught in French and English at Masters 1 level and in English alone at Masters 2 level - is aimed at students who are keen to work in industries that use biomass to produce chemicals, energy and biomaterials.

The conversion of biomass into energy, chemicals and polymers is an important component of the green economy. It contributes to the drastic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the intensification of recycling and the minimisation of waste. Bioenergy, biofuels, bioproducts and biopolymers are all now a reality. However, the rate at which their production is growing must be stepped up considerably if their contribution is to meet the challenges we face. This will require new skills to become available.

Biorefinery is the process that enables plant resources to be converted into energy and chemicals. While similar in definition to a traditional refinery, the wide variety of materials and the complexity of their chemical composition make biorefinery a highly specific engineering process. The chemistry involved also differs from that of petrochemistry :
 - plant constituents are structured with three essential atoms (C, H, O) - oil has just two (C, H) - which generates greater complexity.
-  these structures are complex organic architectures that can be valorised as is. This can be an advantage for the production of products and materials that offer new properties.

The Biorefinery & Biomaterials course covers the entire process, from the procurement of lignocellulosic biomass, i.e., essentially wood, to the production of chemicals, biofuels, synthons and biopolymers that can replace fossil-based products. The programme places an emphasis on the constituents of lignocellulosic biomass (lignin, hemicellulose, cellulose, extractable products) and their chemistry, as well as the chemical, physico-chemical and biotechnological processes that allow them to be separated, purified or modified for the purpose of valorisation (biorefinery).

A special focus is also placed on the cellulose industry, because it currently displays the greatest potential when it comes to mass producing bioproducts - including fibres, fibrils and cellulose micro and nanocrystals - not to mention sugars, carbohydrates in general and lignin, which are immediately available for valorisation. The course also covers the heat processing of biomass (roasting, pyrolysis, gasification) and the synthesis of new polymers and composites for the design of biomaterials with specific properties : new functions, biodegradability, food contact, etc.

This multidisciplinary course features modules on chemistry, biology, enzyme catalysis, fermentation, process engineering, chemical and biotechnical engineering, polymerisation and material strength. It also broaches production costs, the sector’s economic aspects and its environmental impact. The training is in line with the topics of the Tec21 Laboratory of Excellence, the Carnot Polynat Institute, CDP Glyco@Alps, the Grenoble Alpes University IDEX, and the Axelera Chemistry-Environment innovation cluster.

The skills that students acquire in the fields of chemistry, processes, biotechnology and polymerisation, but also in their application to plant biomass valorisation, are in high demand in various industrial sectors : cellulose, textiles, cosmetics, detergents, paints, plastics, packaging, energy, food, pharmaceuticals, etc.

Applications are open until 15 June 2018.

2018-05-23 
DIENES presents at the PulPaper fair in Helsinki: the knife holder DS 8 with DIENES "easy change"

DIENES will present one of its latest developments at the PulPaper trade fair : The well - known DS 8 knife holder, which is often used in the paper industry, has been  supplemented by another comfort feature, the "easy change". Easy Change means that a tool - free knife change is easy and comfortable. This new and patented system of knife change minimizes set - up times considerably and contributes to work and process reliability in the company.
DS 8 with DIENES "easy-change" -tool-free knife change

And that is how easy it is to replace the knife on the DS 8 knife holder : The knife can be easily removed and  replaced by unlocking the safety bar and removing the clamping nut. The ring nut is then screwed back onto the knife holder until the locking clip engages in its fixing position and the ring nut is thus secured against rotation. Due to the rotary fixing the knife head is additionally secured, due to the rotary movement the safety clip engages automatically.
The advantages at a glance  :
Quick knife replacement
No tools required for changing knives
Reduced set-up times
Increased security
Self-locking of the top knives through rotation fixation
Reduced risk of injury

DIENES solution "twin-cut" -clean cut edges for multi-layer paper
The knife holder DS 8 is often used in DIENES slitting systems in the patented "twin-cut” process.
This solution has been specially developed for slitting several layers of paper in cross cutters. A special knife is used as a bottom knife, which actively slits the paper from below.
Thus the paper is cut on both sides. This process all ows several layers of paper to be slit simultaneously, with clean cutting edges and with a low-dust cut.

2018-05-23 
Valmet to supply a tissue machine restart-up package for Xiamen Sin Yang Paper Co., Ltd

Valmet will supply a tissue machine restart-up package to Xiamen Sin Yang Paper TM1 in China. The delivery will include necessary project management, maintenance, spare parts and start-up of a tissue machine idled in 2014 and originally delivered by Valmet. The start-up is scheduled for July 2018.

This order is first of the kind for Valmet in China area. Zihou Song, Senior Manager, Mill Improvements from Valmet says : "This is a very challenging project due to tight time schedule, but at the same time very exciting new kind of a project for us that strengthens our services to tissue customers in China."

2018-05-23 
Georgia-Pacific Launches Hummingbird™ to Provide Unmatched Digital Print Capabilities

Digital presses have revolutionized the packaging industry, delivering high-impact color and creating a new paradigm for versioning and customization. Despite its innovations, digitally printed packaging has not always offered solutions across the full spectrum of sizes and quantities. With the launch of Hummingbird™ digital packaging solutions, Georgia-Pacific is overcoming that barrier by producing digital pre-print for a full range of customer needs, from specialty versions to everyday large runs and beyond.

Hummingbird is the first packaging supplier in North America to provide 110-inch wide web capability for digital pre-print at lengths limited only by converting capability. The technology delivers high-quality, digitally printed corrugated packaging that gets products to market up to 80 percent faster than traditional methods and provides a new range of marketing and supply chain management opportunities for brands. The size, quality and speed of the press also dramatically increases the cost effectiveness of digitally printed packaging, even at high volume.

“There’s no question the future of corrugated packaging is digital,” said Sergio Morales, general manager of Hummingbird. “Hummingbird’s digital inkjet printing enables even the largest brands to deliver consistent and timely marketing messages across all platforms, including their physical packaging. Innovative companies looking to create a true omni-channel customer experience have a new, unmatched tool at the ready with Hummingbird.”

Hummingbird is the next evolution of Georgia-Pacific’s digital pre-print service that began with the company’s 2015 investment in the HP PageWide Web Press T400S. After experiencing strong demand and confirming the value of digital pre-print for its customers, Georgia-Pacific expanded the offering to create Hummingbird. As a result, the new digital print service combines in-house print expertise and Georgia-Pacific’s extensive convertor network with the technical capabilities of the HP PageWide Web Press T1100.

The T1100 produces offset-substitutable images on pre-print that can match the width of a 110-inch corrugator. The press also enables printing of variable box sizes and designs both down and across the web at speeds of up to 600 feet per minute.

Hummingbird gives brands a competitive advantage by enabling quick and easy packaging updates. With improved speed to market, seasonal promotions and other marketing messages can be delivered seamlessly across all marketing channels. Also, Hummingbird provides new solutions for retailer-specific packaging and private label, and can print the precise lines required to facilitate interactive marketing and augmented reality.

In addition to marketing benefits, Hummingbird gives customers control over the packaging supply chain by allowing them to produce only what is needed, when it’s needed, enabling inventory reduction. Brands, distributors and box plants can aggregate demand by combining low-quantity orders via Hummingbird’s capability to batch print various designs and sizes in the same run with lower minimum quantities, which helps prevent obsolescence. Packaging for high-volume and specialty products can now be produced side-by-side and shipped together, potentially reducing transportation costs and streamlining logistics.

“The possibilities are nearly limitless,” said Morales. “We can print half a million of the same design as quickly and easily as half a million variations. That level of flexibility makes Hummingbird a cost-effective solution for a wide range of customer applications.”

Hummingbird produces quality that is comparable to lithographic print processes and can bring greater color consistency throughout the print run. One of the notable advantages of a 110-inch wide press is the ability to produce high-quality, large format packaging and pre-printed rolls with no need for lithographic labels or flexographic direct print. For example, Hummingbird can handle everything from large format TV boxes to pumpkin bins and pallet skirts, while providing the same speed-to-market and supply chain benefits it offers for smaller packaging.

2018-05-23 
DS Smith Plc to Acquire North American Corrugated Packaging Business

DS Smith Plc today announced an agreement to acquire

Corrugated Container Corporation (CCC), a high-quality corrugated packaging company in North America.

The acquisition follows DS Smith’s recent purchase of Interstate Resources, building on the company’s paper and packaging capacity in the region.

CCC is a family owned business employing approximately 190 people across its four operations in Tennessee, North Carolina and two sites in Virginia. The acquisition of these packaging sites will significantly boost DS Smith’s box-making capacity, and complements its existing footprint in North America.

CCC’s capabilities include a strong focus on high-quality, sustainable retail ready and display packaging, an area where DS Smith is achieving strong growth in Europe.

The acquisition is expected to be earnings enhancing immediately and is consistent with the Group’s medium term financial targets.

2018-05-22 
Arctic Paper introduces price increase for all its paper grades.

Due to further increases of raw materials cost Arctic Paper SA has taken decision to raise prices of its paper products.
The increase of 6-8% for all grades will take effect across Arctic Paper’s entire sales network from 1 July 2018.
The local sales teams of Arctic Paper will give customers further details and information.

2018-05-22 
Ortigueira municipal government implements new solid waste recycling model

In partnership with Klabin and the Caminhos do Tibagi Consortium, the methodology will be initially implemented in three neighborhoods and later expanded to the entire city

To improve the segregation of solid waste, on May 28 the Ortigueira municipal government will launch the pilot phase of a new recycling model in the city. The initiative, part of the Solid Waste Project developed in partnership with Klabin and the Caminhos do Tibagi Consortium, will initially be implemented in the Vila Godoi, Vila Guarapuava and Jardim Paraná neighborhoods. The model, which will be expanded to the whole city, includes the delivery of returnable packaging for each family to store waste that can be recycled.

To optimize collection and provide guidance to people, the Environment Department of Ortigueira will register the families in these neighborhoods. “After this registration, it will be possible to instruct residents on the best way to separate waste and also to identify questions and difficulties,” says Osmar Rati, Municipal Environment Secretary.

This initiative was announced to residents by environmental teams from Klabin and the Ortigueira municipal government at a meeting held on May 17, at the Dr. Getúlio Vargas Municipal School. The event featured a musical presentation by 5th grade students on the importance of recycling and preserving the environment. “Through solid waste collection, the city makes important progress in the preservation of the environment. The new model will facilitate the differentiation and segregation of recyclable waste from organic matter or waste, which makes recycling even more successful,” highlights Julio Nogueira, Sustainability and Environment Manager at Klabin.

How it will work

Starting May 21, each household will receive a returnable bag that must be used by residents to put recyclable materials (paper, plastic, metal and glass). On the day scheduled for collection, which follows the same schedule already followed by the city, residents should leave the bag in front of their house. Collectors will dump the waste in the truck and the empty bag will be returned to the resident. “It’s important to note that if there is non-recyclable waste mixed in with the rest, the collection team will identify the bag with a sticker to inform that the material wasn’t taken because it was not properly separated. The idea is to organize and improve collection, and hence the collaboration of everyone is essential," explains Rati.

Other neighborhoods in Ortigueira will use the model in the second phase of the project, which will be rolled out soon. Until then, residents should follow the usual routine, taking care to properly separate waste.

The goal of Klabin’s partnership with the Caminhos do Tibagi Consortium, formed by the cities of Imbaú, Ortigueira, Reserva, Tamarana, Tibagi, Telêmaco Borba and Ventania, is to assist in the management of solid waste. The initiative is part of the Social and Environmental Action Plan drawn up by Klabin while setting up the Puma Unit in Ortigueira. Between 2014 and 2016, the company studied and diagnosed the solid waste chain of each city, after which action plans were drawn up.

For the project, Klabin supplied the cities with facilities or equipment such as sheds, waste collection trucks and materials to structure the recycling process in each location, besides training the collectors and forming associations or cooperatives to organize the work. Another area of activity of the project concerns environmental education at municipal schools, which promotes the training of teachers and pedagogical coordinators so that the concepts of selective collection and recycling are worked on and disseminated among students throughout the year.

2018-05-22 
JSC Volga renovates the rolling stock with new generation railway cars within a new development strategy of the Company

The Agreement on supply of 98 railway cars of different types with an increased lift capacity was signed by Alexey Starun, the Volga’s CEO, with PJSC “NPK “Ob’edinennaya Vagonnaya Kompaniya” (NPK “OVK”) on the 17th of April at TransRussia-2018, the International Exhibition for Transport and Logistics Services and Technologies.

According to the Volga’s CEO, the decision to purchase 80 innovative timber flat-cars with the increased capacity and 18 gondola cars for pulp chips transportation built by NPK “OVK” was made in connection with the Company’s plans to increase output and operational efficiency. Before 2018 the Company used only the leased fleet of cars.
“Organization of cargo transportation with help of the new generation railway cars which have no analogues at the market, will allow us to reduce the logistic expenses, to increase logistic endurance and transported raw material volume as a part of the new Company’s strategy”, - Alexey Starun pointed out.

After the leadership change JSC Volga is rapidly developing : the Mill’s production volume, energy efficiency are growing, own energy generating capacities are being improved, a long-standing conflict with PAO MRSK of Centre and Privolzhie. In the near future JSC Volga is going to realize the project on the new semifinished chemi-TMP workshop that will increase the export newsprint sales and create new workplaces.

The production development thrust sets the pace for the raw material supply improvement as one of the key directions.

As noted by Alexander Genin, the Volga’s Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, transport and logistics development is at the core of the Mill’s development plan as well as the largest production modernization plans. According to him the Company’s management is aimed at all business processes efficiency increase the integral part of which is timely wood raw material provision of Volga.

The increased rate of loading of the innovative models of railway cars will allow to reduce the fleet of cars by 30% and to increase the transportation efficiency and to reduce the raw material cost, as a result.

2018-05-22 
2018 Foreign Direct Investor of the Year – International Grand Investment Corp. (IGIC) / St. Croix Tissue

St. Croix Tissue in Baileyville, Maine is a bright spot for Maine’s paper industry. In 2016, parent company International Grand Investment Corp. (IGIC), a US-based company for a Chinese investment firm, invested $120 million in two new tissue making machines that has resulted in more than 80 new jobs at the mill. These jobs pay between $18 and $35 per hour, and 30 percent of the workforce are women. The employees operate together as part of a high performance work team, every position from maintenance to process engineers. As part of new market grant money the company received, 60% of the new hires were low income earners, providing economic opportunity for people in Washington County. The giant machines produce tissue rolls that weigh 2.5 tons, and the mill can produce 125 rolls per day. All of the tissue produced in Baileyville is trucked to other plants for finishing where it is turned into paper towels, facial tissue, and other consumer paper products.

2018-05-22 
Kimberly-Clark Names Giusy Buonfantino as Chief Marketing Officer

Ms. Buonfantino most recently served as President of Kimberly-Clark’s baby and child care business in North America, where she led the innovation, manufacturing and marketing of trusted brands including Huggies®, Pull-Ups® and GoodNites®. She joined Kimberly-Clark in 2011 as Vice President of global adult and feminine care brands, and shaped the global growth strategy for the brands in this category.

"Giusy has a tremendous track record in brand building, product innovation and customer development, and her insight on consumers has helped us to build our trusted brands across multiple categories," said Palmer. "In the role of chief marketing officer, Giusy is well positioned to lead our global marketing organization and drive enduring and profitable share growth."

Prior to Kimberly-Clark, Ms. Buonfantino held various global franchise, marketing and brand leadership roles at Johnson & Johnson for 18 years, including Vice President for the Neutrogena Global Franchise where she led marketing, innovation, and globalization of the brand’s franchise in Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Latin America.

Ms. Buonfantino serves on the board of directors for Carter’s Inc.

2018-05-22 
Valmet iRoll technology reaches the milestone of 500 customer deliveries

The 500th case to utilize Valmet iRoll technology took place at SsangYong C&B, one of the biggest tissue producers in South Korea. Valmet analyzed the nip loading and performance of their press equipment under dynamic conditions using its portable iRoll technology.

Valmet iRoll technology and a Valmet press roll cover upgrade enabled SsangYong C&B to improve tissue dryness and felt profiles on their TM 4 machine, as well as to save energy and increase the machine’s speed.

"The results of our co-operation with Valmet have been satisfying in terms of energy savings and increased machine speed. We are looking forward to continuing the development to improve our energy and production efficiency even further and achieve more cost savings," says Jong-Dae Byun, Director & Mill Manager at SsangYong C&B.

The dry content and profiles improved, leading to energy savings through 5 percent less steam consumption. More energy savings came from a 5 percent decrease in roll drive loads. The machine speed increased by up to 30 meters a minute.

Improvements in customers’ process performance globally

In addition to the case at SsangYong C&B’s TM 4, Valmet iRoll technology has reached several global achievements and led to process improvements, such as an 80 percent reduction in reeling and winding broke, an increase of 30 meters a minute in the paper machine’s running speed, 40% reduction in coat weight profile variation, and a 60 percent longer press felt lifetime.

Due to the strong results and positive customer feedback, Valmet is continuously increasing the utilization of its iRoll technology globally with the aim of improving its customers’ production efficiency, quality and runnability even further.

2018-05-22 

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