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Europac Enhances Network Performance with GTT SD-WAN

GTT Communications, Inc., the leading cloud networking provider to multinational clients, announced today that Europac Group, a long-standing client of its recent Interoute acquisition, is deploying GTT’s SD-WAN service to enhance network performance for its European sites.
Europac, one of the most innovative manufacturers of sustainable packaging in Europe, leverages GTT’s extensive network in Europe to connect its 18 paper and packaging factories and six waste management facilities in Spain, France and Portugal. GTT’s high-performance, reliable cloud networking services support Europac in its drive to streamline its operations and processes across the entire value chain of the packaging industry.
GTT’s SD-WAN helps to optimize performance for Europac’s applications and services that operate in a centralized cloud architecture, enabling Europac to even more effectively implement its supply chain strategy, manage change in its manufacturing operations and drive greater competitive advantage. GTT also supports all of Europac’s business divisions with an enterprise voice over IP (VoIP) platform, from its data center in Madrid.
David Casas, head of infrastructure and communications at the Europac Group, commented, “GTT’s network and communications services enable us to accelerate and support the integration of our internal operations across Europe. SD-WAN adds flexibility and allows us to optimize our network to support our cloud-based applications, which is a fundamental aspect of the company’s digital strategy.”
"GTT is redefining global communications to serve clients such as Europac,” stated Rick Calder, GTT president and CEO. “We help our clients connect people across their organizations, around the world and to every application in the cloud.”

2018-09-04 
A major ambition for Chef de Baie in La Rochelle

On June 29, Bolloré Ports La Rochelle signed a terminal agreement to operate the future Chef de Baie 4 terminal with the Atlantic Port La Rochelle. A long-term project to build a major port platform on the Atlantic coast.

Bolloré Ports is already in charge of handling positions 1 to 3 at Chef de Baie and operating this new terminal will enable Bolloré Ports to improve and consolidate its activities in the port of La Rochelle.
Following on from the major investments made to develop grain exports, the aim is to create a multi-modal hub (road, rail and sea) at the Chef de Baie terminal dedicated to distributing paper pulp and increasing container, conventional and heavy parcel traffic.
The signing of this terminal agreement, for a 35-year operating period, reinforces the collaboration between Bolloré Ports and the Atlantic Port La Rochelle.
Together, they will define the technical specifications of the dock and the platform and then launch the tender for the work.
The Chef de Baie terminal is continuing to develop after commissioning the new Soufflet Group Socomac grain silo in June. Located quayside, this grain silo, with an additional storage capacity of 63,000 tons, is connected to Bolloré Ports La Rochelle’s loading gantry and is at the cutting edge technically in terms of loading rate and dust management, in order to meet environmental requirements.

By late September, the sandpit activity of Cetramaris (merger of Cetra Granulats and Sablimaris) will be relocated to the Anse Saint-Marc site and will be fully operational.
These developments represent €70 million in investments for Bolloré Ports and the Atlantic Port La Rochelle. They will allow for a significant increase in activity and traffic, which is estimated at one million tons in 15 years after the commissioning of the Chef de Baie Terminal scheduled for 2022. “The Bolloré Group supports the development strategy of La Rochelle’s main port and is aware of its potential to reclaim its market shares of French ports”, declares Philippe Labonne, CEO of Bolloré Ports.

2018-09-04 
John Holton joins Toscotec North America.

Toscotec North America, Inc. Green Bay, WI and Toscotec S.p.A. Lucca, Italy announced that John Holton has joined the group as Technical Support and Service Coordinator for North America.

Holton comes to Toscotec with over 30 years of Tissue Industry experience and will assist Toscotec’s growing customer base in North America.

Holton is a 30 Year TAPPI Member active at the Committee Level and past presenter and contributor to Tissue World Exhibitions in both the US and Europe.

2018-09-04 
Stora Enso’s Shareholders’ Nomination Board composition

The Stora Enso Shareholders’ Nomination Board has been established to exist until otherwise decided and to annually prepare proposals for Stora Enso Oyj’s Annual General Meeting concerning the election and remuneration of members of the Stora Enso Board of Directors and Board committees, as well as the appointments of the Chairman and the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. The Shareholders’ Nomination Board consists of the Chairman of the Board of Directors, the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and two members appointed by the two largest shareholders (one each) as of 31 August each year.

Stora Enso’s two largest shareholders on 31 August 2018 were Solidium Oy and FAM AB.

The Shareholders’ Nomination Board has been appointed and consists of the same members as for the previous period : Jorma Eloranta (Chairman of Stora Enso’s Board of Directors), Hans Stråberg (Vice Chairman of Stora Enso’s Board of Directors), Harri Sailas (Chairman of the Board of Directors of Solidium Oy), and Marcus Wallenberg (Chairman of the Board of Directors of FAM AB).

The Shareholders’ Nomination Board has elected Marcus Wallenberg as its Chairman.

2018-09-03 
Transporeon Group and TIM Consult join forces

TIM Consult, the international business logistics consultancy, is to merge with the Transporeon Group. The new, combined group will offer customers a worldwide cloud-platform for intelligent transport logistics and best-in-class multi-modal freight procurement solutions, both combined with unparalleled and real time insight into transport market dynamics.
TIM Consult was founded in Germany in 1995 and provides business logistics consultancy, market intelligence and procurement services on a global basis, across all transport modes and industry verticals.
By adding the portfolio of TIM Consult to the Transporeon Group platform, customers will be able to benefit from new high-quality market intelligence products and consultancy services, as well as faster access to innovative big data applications. TIM Consult will benefit from access to the extensive network of the Transporeon, Mercareon and Ticontract platforms, expanding its data-driven business model.
“Tens of thousands of transport orders are assigned via our cloud-based platforms every day and around 10 billion euros worth of freight tenders are carried out every year. In these customer relationships, there is an enormous untapped potential. Together with TIM Consult, we can provide our customers with an even more comprehensive and wider portfolio of consulting services and products, whilst further optimizing our solutions,” explains Martin Mack, CTO and Managing Partner of the Transporeon Group.
“As a part of Transporeon, we are significantly expanding our reach and gain access to the company’s first-class IT-expertise”, adds Björn Klippel, Managing Partner/CEO and Founder of TIM Consult GmbH. “Through the pooling of our efforts and know-how, we can offer our customers a variety of innovative services and tools worldwide.”
Following the merger, TIM Consult will be 100% part of the Transporeon Group, but will continue to operate as an independent business, retaining its two offices in Mannheim, Germany and New York City, USA. TIM Consult’s separate business units “Warehousing and Intra-Logistics” and “Waste Management” will continue to operate as independent entities, pursuing their development strategies with their specialized teams.
Björn Klippel becomes shareholder of the Transporeon Group and remains Managing Director of TIM Consult. Oliver Kahrs will be appointed as additional Managing Director of TIM Consult ; he has been with Transporeon since 2008 , currently as Director Strategic Initiatives. Together they will drive growth and innovation.

2018-09-03 
ITALMATIC becomes exclusive distributor for Tuscany and all the central and south Italy of HANNECARD


ITALMATIC, company in Lucchesia with a production facility in Carraia (LU), very well known worldwide for its machinery such as autoclaves and extruder for rubber, as well as producer from more than 30 years of rubber and polyurethane roll coverings, and the HANNECARD Paper division branch, part of the Hannecard group, a Belgian-French multinational company with production facilities in several countries, have signed an agreement since July 1st 2018, with which ITALMATIC becomes exclusive distributor for Tuscany and all the central and south Italy of HANNECARD roll coverings for the paper, board and tissue mills.

Thanks to this agreement, ITALMATIC completes its range of products and services related to the roll covering sector, integrating products and processes of high quality and reliability, the polyurethane, composite and rubber roll covers of the HANNECARD brand.

2018-08-31 
Resolute to Sell Fairmont, West Virginia, Recycled Pulp Mill

Resolute Forest Products Inc. today announced that it has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement with ND Paper LLC, a subsidiary of Nine Dragons Paper Limited, for the sale of its Fairmont, West Virginia, recycled bleached kraft pulp mill, for $55 million plus certain elements of working capital, payable in cash.

Nine Dragons is primarily engaged in the production and sale of a broad variety of packaging paperboard products, including linerboard, high-performance corrugating medium, coated duplex board, as well as recycled printing and writing paper and specialty paper. In addition to nine paper mills operating in Asia, Nine Dragons, through its wholly-owned subsidiary ND Paper, also operates two U.S.-based facilities in Wisconsin and Maine.

ND Paper has agreed to offer employment to Fairmont mill employees, effective upon closing of the transaction, which is expected within the next two months. 

"We are proud of the progress we have made together with the mill employees over the years to improve the Fairmont operation," said Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer of Resolute. "We are pleased that the local community and broader region of the state will continue to benefit from the economic and social impact of the mill’s operation."

"Proceeds from this asset sale will enable us to further increase liquidity, and continue to improve our balance sheet and financial flexibility," added Laflamme. "Over the coming days, we will communicate with our customers to discuss the transition of supply as we seek to optimize our recycled bleached kraft pulp business at our Menominee, Michigan facility."

BMO Capital Markets is acting as Resolute’s financial advisor on the transaction. Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP and Jackson Kelly PLLC are acting as Resolute’s legal counsels.

2018-08-30 
Global Hygiene : civil works to start in Charavines

Civil works will start in September in Charavines, near Grenoble (South-East of France), explains Luc Brami, President of Global Hygiene. In November 2015, Global Hygiene and Arjowiggins entered into exclusive talks, following Arjowiggins decision to stop graphic paper production at this site.
These discussions have finally come to a conclusion on August 28. Global Hygiene Group is now the owner of the site and is able to invest 20 M€ to build a new facility and to install the new Tissue Machine.
This TM will have a capacity of 32,000 tpy of paper using recycled and virgin fibers. Its trim width will be 2.80 m.
Start-up of the mill is planned in 2020. Some 35 jobs will be created within the next 18 months. This production will fully feed Global Hygiene’s converting capacities. In the medium term, a converting factory could also be build in Charavines. In 2017, Global Hygiene Group’ TO was 45 M€. The Group employs some 130 people in 2 factories in France.

2018-08-30 
Ahlstrom-Munksjö strengthens its capability to serve the South American market by investing EUR 21 million

Ahlstrom-Munksjö will invest EUR 21 million in its Coated Specialties business to improve capabilities and flexibility at its Jacarei plant in Brazil and better serve customers in South America with a broader offering.

The project is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2019, and will expand the site’s capabilities of coating and calendering on the paper machine. It will allow Ahlstrom-Munksjö to offer more efficient, high-quality on-line coated products to its customer in the areas of self-adhesive and wet glue labeling, flexible packaging and sublimation printing. Demand growth for high value-added coated specialty papers has been robust in the region during past years.

The upgrade of the production line will also improve the company’s flexibility to deliver a wider range of product trims, better matching the needs of its customers. Additionally, it will open up further innovation opportunities in existing and new product areas. The benefit of the investment includes an improved product mix and increased production efficiency.

“The investment shows our long-term commitment to the South American market and our ambition to maintain a leading position in coated specialty papers. This allows us to better serve our customers, continuing to grow with them by developing sustainable and value added fiber-based solutions,” says Daniele Borlatto, Executive Vice President, Industrial Solutions.

“The project represents the latest step in the journey to reinforce our position in Brazil” says Valmir Piton, Vice President, Coated Specialties, and Country Manager, Brazil. In April, Ahlstrom-Munksjö agreed to acquire MD Papéis’ Caieiras specialty paper mill, located in the vicinity of Jacareì, in the Sao Paulo area. Following the acquisition, Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s presence in Brazil will comprise three operating plants, all near Sao Paolo, employing over 700 persons and with revenues of approximately of EUR 200 million.

Coated Specialties business is part of the Industrial Solutions business area, producing a wide range of products and materials often used in manufacturing and production processes, such as abrasive backings, electrotechnical insulation papers, coated label and flexible packaging papers, release liners and specialty pulp.

2018-08-30 
Celupaper S.A. boosts production with a new Toscotec-supplied MODULO-PLUS in Argentina.

Toscotec will supply a new MODULO-PLUS tissue line to Celupaper S.A. of the leading South American group Grupo Vual, based in Argentina. The MODULO-PLUS machine - PM5 - is scheduled for delivery in autumn 2019 and it will be installed at Papelera Nicaragua mill.
The MODULO-PLUS has a daily production of 65 tpd and is equipped with TT SuctionPressRoll, TT SYD-3200MM and TT Milltech-MGYH Multigen hoods. The scope of supply also includes the approach flow system, the steam and condensate system and the machine and distribution control system.
PM5 is the fourth repeated order awarded by Celupaper to Toscotec in 4 years. The Italian manufacturer had previously supplied a major rebuild on PM2 in 2015, then a MODULO machine - PM3 - in 2016 and finally PM4, a MODULO-PLUS line, which started up in mid-July 2018.
Toscotec’s Area Sales Manager Gabriele Romanini said, “The fact that Celupaper chose to work again with us on their PM5 project is an exciting challenge to exceed their expectations on productivity and energy reduction. Our TT DOES (Drying Optimization for Energy Saving) package, in combination with our Multigen Hood in cogeneration mode, is the core of this effort. We are currently working on the engineering, where the design of our system will integrate into the mill’s cogeneration plant with a gas turbine. Back in 2011, our Energy and Environment department won the PPI Efficiency Improvements of the Year Award with the Spanish producer L.C. Paper 1881 SA, for the effective integration of the tissue machine’s hood system with the cogeneration facility. Drawing on that experience, we expect to achieve substantial energy recovery and very interesting cuts on the machine operating costs”.
Mario Speranza, CEO of Celupaper S.A. commented on the order, “We invest in leading-edge technology to step up our growth in the high-quality tissue market in South America. Toscotec’s tailor-made design has once again provided us with the flexibility and competitive advantage we need to succeed. We knew that Toscotec had significant experience with cogeneration plants and therefore we have great expectations for the performance and consumption of PM5”.

2018-08-30 
DS Smith awarded two ScanStars

ScanStar is a joint Nordic packaging competition which is held annually and it rewards the best packaging solutions in Northern Europe. This time eight solutions were awarded, of which 2 were given to DS Smith. One to Finland, one to Sweden.

The Finnish awarded packaging solution was a transport packaging for beverages designed for Refresco Finland Oy.

The challenge was to create a new transport packaging for TetraPak beverages. One requirement was the need to be able to pack manually, use less material, but made of recyclable fibers and must be recyclable, and it needed to protect the caps during transportation.

DS Smith created a solution which answers to all of these needs – and even more ! The transport packaging created for Refresco Finland Oy is made of fully recycled and fully recyclable material and it has been used as litel fibre as possible. The design of the transport packaging is based on CHEP pallets and is easy to use in retail warehouses and then ready for retail shop floor without re-palletizing. The whole packaging is tied to the pallet with locks so there is no movement during transportation and it is safe to handle. The new structure protects plastic caps and keep packaging stable during transportation meaning fewer damaged products and increased customer satisfaction. The solution is designed to let the primary packaging be seen on the shop floor which helps to increase sales as well.

The other awarded DS Smith designed solution comes from Sweden. This smart packaging solution has been designed for the growing eCommerce sector and it is called 2Way. The inside-out packaging solution is for product shipment and returns. It can be printed according to the need to support the brand or even to be used as a gift box. The clever one-piece corrugated board structure can be folded both ways effortlessly. Being a single piece, it is simple to assemble and it is flat when stored. In summary the benefits of 2Way are :

 Rapid erecting
 Inside out convertible
 Efficient use of material
 Easy and cheap to produce
 No additive glue or utilities needed
 Easy to dispose and recycle

The motivation by the jury :

This smart inside-out packaging solution is for product shipment and returns in e-commerce. The clever on-piece corrugated board structure can be folded both ways effortlessly. It could, however, have a small pictogram for folding instructions. Shows a lot of potential for gifting and branding. Communicates that it is a sustainable solution.

2018-08-29 
Arctic Paper introduces price increase for all its paper grades.

In order to offset the persistent high level of production 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 October 2018.
The local sales teams of Arctic Paper will give customers further details and information.

2018-08-28 
Everbal upgrades software solutions in quest for excellence

Everbal, producer of the Evercopy range of recycled white for office use and Evercolor color paper, has recently upgraded its planning, scheduling and optimisation software to ensure continued improvement in usability, performance and integration amongst its manufacturing solutions.

The software solutions upgraded included its trim optimisation platform, X-Trim ; opt-Studio which it uses for advanced scheduling planning and GreyconMill which is designed to optimise planning, execution and control production, whilst streamlining internal operations and providing full traceability. The process involved migrating the data, validating it locally, a testing and training phase to identify and fix any gaps, and finality training, local testing and then the go-live.

Emmanuel Chrisment, Director of Information Systems at Everbal said : “Everbal is committed to respecting the environment. It is part of our production policy. From raw materials used for production, to final processing, no step is neglected with regard to environmental protection. We are constantly searching for perfection to ensure we meet the needs of our customers. It is therefore important to us that we keep all our systems and processes up-to-date enabling us to maximise optimisation savings both in terms of resources, profitability and getting orders to customers.”

Andrés Bonelli, Project Manager at Greycon said : “Everbal has gained the trust of consumers over the years due to its ability to embrace and adapt to new technologies to meet and exceed the demands of its customers. This ethos requires them to be innovative, progressive and guarantee the quality of its papers. 

“The European paper industry is progressing its sustainable development and its environmental protection production mechanism is advanced. Europe’s “Paper Industry 4.0” concept, using big data resources to facilitate the integration of SMART production and value chain, will change the operation mode of enterprise. Although environmental investment reduces profitability in the short-term, the long-term impact on production helps companies improve cost control, production efficiencies and customer-service.

“Both market and consumer needs are evolving, while pressure from new legislation and global competition have increased. Therefore, the paper industry needs to innovate to remain competitive,” said Bonelli.

2018-08-28 
BillerudKorsnäs appoints Senior Vice President Board

BillerudKorsnäs announced today that Mikael Andersson is appointed Senior Vice President for Board, one of the company’s three divisions in the new organisation. The new organisation takes effect on the 1st of October.

Earlier this year, BillerudKorsnäs announced that the company will create three divisions with full profit and loss responsibility in order to more effectively realise the company’s growth strategy. The three divisions will be Board, Paper and Solutions.

Mikael Andersson, today Senior Vice President for the current business area Corrugated Solutions, is appointed Senior Vice President Board. Corrugated Solutions will when the new organisation takes effect be split and the parts integrated in respectively Board and Solutions. Mikael Andersson will be, and is already today, part of the company’s senior management team.

- "I am very happy that Mikael Andersson has accepted the offer to assume the role of Senior Vice President Board, one of our three divisions. Mikael has proven to be a strong leader as well as team player in the role of head of the business area Corrugated Solutions. I am convinced that Mikael is the right person to continue to develop and create growth in the Board division," says Petra Einarsson, President and CEO BillerudKorsnäs.

- "It is with great excitement I take on the role as Senior Vice President for the Board division. BillerudKorsnäs is on a journey to challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future and hence also a growth journey. On this journey, liquid board, carton board, liner, fluting and other product categories included in the Board division are essential pieces. I am looking forward to developing this part of BillerudKorsnäs´ business together with my new team", says Mikael Andersson.

Mikael will take up his new position on October 1st, when the new organisation takes effect. The other two divisions´ Senior Vice Presidents are expected to be appointed within short.

2018-08-28 
ANDRITZ offers bromine-enhanced mercury oxidation for emission reduction in European power plants

ANDRITZ has signed an agreement with VOSTEEN Consulting, based in Cologne, Germany, for exclusive sale of proven mercury reduction technologies to be used in fossil fuel-based power plants in Europe.

Based on the so-called BREF (Best Available Techniques Reference Document) regulations of the European Union, harmful emissions (e.g. nitrogen oxide, mercury, etc.) from fossil fuel-based power plants must be reduced as from 2021. As a consequence, many European power plants now have to be upgraded in order to comply with this new regulation.

As one of the world’s leading suppliers of flue gas cleaning technologies, ANDRITZ is now able to offer its customers tailor-made, highly economically attractive technologies that enable to fulfill the required mercury emission limits.

ANDRITZ and VOSTEEN Consulting have been partners in the field of mercury control and reduction since 2009, and several product innovations on emission reduction have resulted since then from this successful cooperation.

2018-08-28 
Bo Risberg leaves the Board of Directors of Valmet Oyj after the Annual General Meeting 2019

The Chaiman of the Board of Directors of Valmet Oyj, Mr. Bo Risberg has on August 23, 2018 announced that due to personal reasons, he will not be available for the re-election to the Board of Directors of Valmet at the Annual General Meeting 2019. Bo Risberg has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Valmet since 2015.

2018-08-28 
Six finalists for Metsä Board at the 2018 European Carton Excellence Award

Pro Carton and ECMA have recently revealed the finalists for the European Carton Excellence Award 2018, with six out of 36 finalists produced from Metsä Board’s paperboards. Each of these finalist cartons were submitted by Metsä Board customers into the following categories : Frozen & Chilled Foods, Fast/Convenience Foods, Dry Foods & Beverages, Confectionery, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals and Non-Food.

“We are extremely excited that once again a wide selection of cartons using our paperboards have been selected as finalists,” Mika Paljakka, VP Sales EMEA, Metsä Board. “As the focus is now to reduce the use of non-renewable materials and meet consumer needs for total safety and an improved user experience, we firmly believe that our fresh fibre paperboards are well positioned to meet these requirements. When our paperboards are combined with cutting-edge design, as shown by the quality of the entries received for these awards, the benefits are universal.”

All the entries can be viewed and voted for by visiting www.procarton.com. Public voting closes on 16 September and the winners will be announced at the Award Gala in Riga, Latvia on 20 September.

The European Carton Excellence Awards attract hundreds of entries, with the jury looking for excellence in design, convenience, brand communication and the major role cartonboard plays as a sustainable packaging material.

The finalists using Metsä Board’s paperboards are :
Carton Producer : Qualvis Print & Packaging
Brand Owner : Asda

Carton Producer : Acket drukkerij kartonnage
Brand Owner : LambWeston/Meijer
Carton Producer : Mayr-Melnhof Packaging UK
Brand Owner : Mondelēz International

Carton Producer : Artigrafiche Reggiane & Lai
Brand Owner : Soleko

Carton Producer : Karl Knauer
Brand Owner : Wiha Werkzeuge

Carton Producer : Model
Brand Owner : Emmi Schweiz

2018-08-28 
Crecia-Kasuga started up a Valmet Advantage Tissue machine in Japan

Crecia-Kasuga Co., Ltd has successfully started up a new tissue line, jointly delivered by Valmet and Kawanoe Zoki Co., Ltd., at the company’s new production facility in Fuji, Japan.

2018-08-28 
Renova going plastic-free with the "Paper Pack"

A new range of white toilet tissue, without any dyes or perfumes, perfectly wrapped in paper, with the same 4 roll pack size and the same recommended retail price.

2018-08-28 
Valmet to supply an extensive paper machine grade conversion rebuild for Burgo Group in Italy

Valmet will supply an extensive paper machine grade conversion rebuild and a wide scope of automation for Burgo Group S.p.A. at its Verzuolo Mill in Italy.

2018-08-27 
ANDRITZ receives order to supply two tissue machines to Taison Pulp, China

ANDRITZ has received an order from Taison Pulp (Group) Co., Ltd. to supply two PrimeLineST W8 tissue machines, including stock preparation and automation systems, for their mill in Suzhou, Anhui province, China. The machines will produce up to 120,000 tons of tissue per year and are designed for grammages from 12 to 42 g/m2 used for facial and toilet paper. Start-up is scheduled for 2019.

The two tissue machines have a design speed of 1,800 meters per minute and a paper width on reel of 5.6 meters, and they are equipped with the ANDRITZ PrimeControl automation system for an optimized production process.

The combination of an 18ft PrimeDry Steel Yankee with the steam-heated hood enables highly efficient drying with substantial energy savings compared to conventional dryer sections with cast Yankee dryers and gas-heated hoods. The steel Yankee will be manufactured at ANDRITZ China’s Yankee business center in Foshan, which offers customers state-of-the-art manufacturing, local field service, and quality management.

The scope of supply also includes the stock preparation system, comprising two lines to process short fiber pulp and a mixture of bamboo and long fiber pulp as raw materials, as well as the approach system and Disc Filter Savealls for fiber recovery. Market pulp bales are dissolved in ANDRITZ FibreSolve FSV pulpers, which enable efficient slushing without damaging the fibers. Six ANDRITZ TwinFlo double disc refiners achieve superior fiber properties with regard to fiber length and fibrillation. ModuScreen HBE screens protect the tissue machine and ensure highest runability.

This order once again confirms ANDRITZ’s strong market position as one of the leading suppliers of machines and systems to the Chinese tissue industry.

2018-08-10 
Valmet will supply BCTMP plant conversion, slab press and conveyor systems to Estonian Cell pulp mill in Estonia

Valmet has received an order from Estonian Cell which will be delivered in two stages. In the first stage, Valmet will supply a conversion of the existing bleached chemi-thermomechanical pulp plant, which will increase production and reduce steam, fresh water and chemical consumption. In the second stage, Valmet will deliver a slab press and conveyor systems with connecting control system. The new machinery will boost production capacity and make the line more cost-efficient. The second stage will increase the annual production volume.

Valmet’s delivery is part of Estonian Cell’s EUR 20 million growth investment program that will enable the company to achieve an annual production capacity of 185,000 tons and improve the plant’s efficiency. In 2017, the production capacity of Estonian Cell was 171,708 tons of aspen pulp and all production was exported.

The order was included in Valmet’s second quarter of 2018 orders received. A project of this size and scope is typically valued at EUR 5-10 million. The start-up is planned for the second quarter of 2019.

"We are ready to start with the first stage of the investment program which focuses on liquidating the bottlenecks of the production and wastewater treatment and improving efficiency. In the second stage, we have chosen to invest in another slab press from Valmet to increase our production capacity. The good experience from the earlier installed slab press, which increased availability and stabilized production, makes us confident that this investment will make us reach our set production target," says Lauri Raid, Mill Manager at Estonian Cell.

"We appreciate the long cooperation we have had around the BCTMP plant and the repeat order of a slab press. To see the plans being realized is something we are really looking forward to, as well as to be working together again in this new project," says Mikael Ehrnholm, Senior Product Specialist, Mechanical Fiber at Valmet.

The BCTMP plant conversion includes a mechanical steam separator, a new washing stage by a screw press with medium consistency pump and a new final washing stage before the flash dryer with heavy duty TwinRoll presses. Reconfiguration and reprogramming of the existing bleaching system with detailed automation engineering is also included. The new slab press is replacing the original slab press, which was a prototype that did not meet stability expectations. Mechanical installation of the slab press is included. Commissioning and start-up supervision are included for both stages.

2018-08-09 
Vinda Personal Care (Guangdong) fired up two new Toscotec-supplied AHEAD-2.0M tissue machines.

Two of Toscotec’s AHEAD-2.0M tissue machines started up at Vinda Personal Care (Guangdong) in Yangjiang, Guangdong, PRC. They will increase the group’s annual production by over 60,000 tons. With these start-ups, Vinda kicked off production at its new Yangjiang mill, strategically located by Yangjiang Port in south-west Guangdong.

Toscotec’s AHEAD-2.0M lines feature a second generation TT SYD-18FT of 5,486 mm diameter and state-of-the-art energy saving technology included in the profitable TT DOES package (Drying Optimization for Energy Savings). The two tissue machines started up on the same day at the same time, proving the high degree of proficiency of the start-up teams.

Throughout six years of close collaboration, Toscotec and Vinda have honed their synergy and consolidated their partnership. Toscotec’s Customer Care and Project Manager Stefano Raffaelli said, “Our teams have reached a very high efficiency of cooperation. Together we have optimized the project timing, during both installation and commissioning. We cut down the duration of tests at the mill, thanks to the thorough checks we perform during pre-assembly at our factory, as an integral part of our quality guarantee”.

Vinda International’s Project Development Center Director, Mr. Liang Weixiong commented, “After three months of intensive work on site, it is a great satisfaction to see these start-ups hit the targets of the scheduled date and time. It is indeed the result of very careful preparation on all the machine’s functions”.

Stefano Raffaelli added, “For all our Vinda’s machines we implemented an efficient use of steam and condensate with different levels of energy recovery. This carefully balanced system ensures the lowest possible energy consumptions. The dedication and competence of the Vinda and Toscotec teams bring out the best of our technology. We achieved good results in terms of energy usage, as well as production increase with speed-ups and optimizations, all of which exceed the original objectives of the projects”.

Toscotec’s tissue lines are currently running at six of Vinda’s production bases across China, in Shandong, Hubei, Sichuan, Zhejiang and Guangdong.

In the coming months, Vinda will fire up another four Toscotec’s lines at its new paper mill in Xiaogan, Hubei province

2018-08-09 
Stora Enso signs a credit rating agreement with Fitch Ratings

Stora Enso has signed a new credit rating agreement with Fitch Ratings. Fitch Ratings has assigned Stora Enso Oyj a rating of BBB- with a stable outlook. Stora Enso has also terminated its credit rating agreement with the rating agency S&P Global Ratings (Standard & Poor’s) and asked S&P to withdraw their rating, which currently is BB+ with stable outlook.

The credit rating of Stora Enso Oyj will from now on be assessed by Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service. Moody’s current rating for Stora Enso Oyj is Ba1 with positive outlook.

2018-08-08 
Change in Valmet's Executive Team

Mr. Sami Riekkola (M.Sc. (Eng)) has been appointed Business Line President, Automation as of September 1, 2018. He will be a member of Valmet’s Executive Team and report to President and CEO Pasi Laine.

Sami Riekkola is currently employed at Valmet as Vice President, Energy and Process Systems in the Automation business line. Sami started his career in 1998 as automation project engineer at Valmet and has since then worked in a variety of automation positions within the company in several geographical locations in Europe and Australia. During the years, he has gathered excellent experience from automation products, project management, sales and customer management, as well as automation related services.

Mr. Sakari Ruotsalainen, the current Business Line President, Automation, has decided to retire as of September 30, 2018 after a long and successful career at Valmet.

"It is a pleasure to welcome Sami Riekkola to our Executive Team. His long and versatile experience in our automation business has helped him to gain a thorough understanding of the business and its customers in different markets. With this background, I believe Sami is in an excellent position to lead our Automation business line and to grow it further. I want to thank Sakari Ruotsalainen for his strong dedication and excellent contribution to Valmet’s success in the past years. It has been a true pleasure to work with Sakari. We wish Sakari all the best for his well-earned retirement days," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.

2018-08-07 
Valmet to supply an Advantage tissue production line to CMPC Tissue in Argentina

Valmet has been chosen as the supplier of a complete tissue production line by CMPC Tissue S.A. The tissue line will be installed at CMPC’s Zarate mill in Argentina.

The new production line is planned to be started up in the fourth quarter of 2019, and it will add over 50,000 tons of high quality toilet and towel grades to the company’s annual production. Valmet has previously delivered a Valmet Advantage DCT200 tissue line to the Talagante mill in Chile, a tissue machine to Altamira in Mexico and an Advantage ViscoNip rebuild to CMPC’s Caieiras mill in Brazil.

The value of the order will not be disclosed. The order was included in Valmet’s second quarter 2018 orders received.

"Our experience of running the Advantage DCT concept has been very good in terms of energy efficiency, production capacity and tissue quality. We are convinced that the new tissue line will support our market leading position in Argentina," says Pedro Muzzio Castelletto, Corporate Development Manager, Industrial & Supply Chain, CMPC Tissue.

"The Latin American tissue market is growing both in respect of capacity and quality. Valmet has the tissue making technologies to meet current and future demands of the market," says Johan Björn, Sales Director, Valmet. "We are very pleased that CMPC chose us as their supplier and selected Valmet’s Advantage tissue technology to increase their current production in means of quality and capacity."

Valmet’s delivery will comprise of a complete Advantage DCT200 tissue production line with stock preparation equipment and tissue machine including the most advanced technology options focused on a superior consistent quality, an energy and water efficient operation and cost competitive manufacturing setup. The scope will also include control systems, electrification, mill engineering as well as installation. The production line will be optimized to enhance final product quality and reduce energy consumption. The raw material for the new line will be virgin and DIP pulp.

2018-08-07 
Fabio Perini S.p.A. only one in the tissue industry to obtain the prestigious AEO F certification

  Fabio Perini S.p.A. only one in the tissue industry to obtain the prestigious AEO F certification, allowing simpler and faster export

Fabio Perini S.p.A. obtained by the Customs Authority the award of the status of AEO F -– Authorized Economic Operator Full for customs simplifications and safety/security.

The AEO authorization grants Fabio Perini the recognition of its status of customs reliability, valid at European level (but internationally recognized) ; the appointment is the result of a process of adjustment of internal procedures and successful audits, carried out by the certifying body, of the regulatory requirements related to customs compliance, keeping of accounting records, financial solvency and safety/security standards.

The direct and indirect benefits provided by AEO have an immediate, positive impact on the whole international logistic chain operated by Fabio Perini and its customers, such as :

  • fewer document and safety controls
  • priority shipment treatment
  • better relations with Customs authorities
  • rapidity in procedures
  • fewer delays of shipments at borders, resulting in less time and costs and also less risk of theft and loss of goods, and of safety-related accidents

All this results in greater efficiency in customs procedures and, consequently, in the offer of customer services.

“The path to this achievement has been going on for about a year - said Paolo Sodero, Fabio Perini S.p.A’s responsible for Digitalization and Export Control Manager – involving almost all the company departments, and aligning all employees to this key world-class goal.”

This authorization, allowing the offer of better customer assistance, represents a major strength for Fabio Perini to keep its leading position in the global market of machinery for tissue production. In fact, Paolo Sodero commented : “Our Company is the only one in our sector to have achieved this type of authorization”.

In fact, as of today, the recipients of AEO F authorizations - excluding companies exclusively dealing in shipments and logistic and customs services operators – amounts to 400 companies, all representative of Italian excellence.

2018-08-07 
Stora Enso and Orthex combine wood fibre and bioplastic into durable consumer products

Stora Enso and Orthex together bring to the market a new range of kitchen utensils made from a new biocomposite which combines the best qualities of wood and plastic. The bio-based material used to replace fossil-based plastic is made from spruce and sugarcane, which reduces the carbon footprint of the products by up to 80%. The innovative products contain 98% bio-based material.

In recent years, the Finnish plastics industry has actively sought innovative bio and recycling materials. At the same time, the forest industry has developed wood-based materials to replace fossil raw materials. Both Stora Enso and Orthex believe in the global growth of the market for bio-based products. It creates opportunities for both raw material suppliers and consumer product manufacturers.

From the Nordic forest to your kitchen table

The biocomposite used in the new products comes from Stora Enso’s Hylte Mill in Sweden. The DuraSense™ by Stora Enso biocomposites are produced from spruce and pine from sustainably managed and certified Swedish forests.

“The Stora Enso biocomposite is a new innovative raw material which helps create the desired properties in the products. The wood used in the biocomposite is obtained from side streams of wood products and pulp production, which means that the wood material is utilised optimally,” says Patricia Oddshammar, Head of Biocomposites at Stora Enso.

“The properties of the new products made from wood-based materials correspond to those of similar plastic utensils : the products are hard, durable, hygienic and dishwasher-safe. The wood contained in the biocomposite makes the material stronger and harder. We are now launching nine GastroMax BIO products made of bio-based materials for the home kitchens. In their product group, products that contain 98% bio materials are uniquely innovative,” Orthex CEO Alexander Rosenlew says.

Bio-based plastic as the raw material for sustainable growth

The majority of the non-renewable materials used today can be replaced by biocomposite granules, i.e. renewable wood.

“With the help of biocomposites, Stora Enso can expand to new markets and industries traditionally dominated by plastics. The DuraSense™ biocomposite is the perfect material for furniture, pallets, tools and car furnishing as well as for various consumer products from toys, tooth brushes, beauty and lifestyle products to kitchen utensils, garden furniture and disposable cutlery,” Oddshammar says.

Up to 80% smaller carbon footprint

The DuraSense™ biocomposite enables combining wood fibres with recycled or bio-based polymers. In Orthex’s new GastroMax BIO products, wood fibre is blended with sugarcane. Depending on the product, the biocomposite combined with bioplastics used as a raw material may reduce the carbon footprint of the product by up to 80% in comparison with virgin plastics.

2018-08-07 
Valmet will supply a new Advantage DCT tissue production line to Papelera San Andrés de Giles in Argentina

Valmet will supply an Advantage DCT100HS tissue production line, including an extensive automation package, to Papelera San Andrés de Giles in Argentina. The new tissue line will fulfill Papelera San Andrés de Giles’ demand of new capacity of high quality tissue products for the Argentinian market. Start-up is planned for the second half of 2018.

The order was included in Valmet’s second quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

"Our first contact with Valmet was at their Tissue Making Conference in Karlstad, Sweden in 2012. Since that moment, we have been convinced that Valmet’s technology is what we need to differentiate and keep our position as a frontrunner in the Argentinian tissue market," says Mr. Sebastian Schiaffino, Plant Manager, Papelera San Andrés de Giles.

"Even more important is to work with skilled people within Valmet. This is a long-term partnership for us. Valmet has met, and exceeded, all expectations as an advisor during our cooperation," Mr. Schiaffino continues.

"This newfound relationship means a lot for Valmet. This will be the first running Advantage DCT tissue machine in Argentina," says Kent Nika, Sales Manager at Valmet. "Not only does this mean breaking ground in Argentina, but we are also excited to welcome Papelera San Andrés de Giles to our ever-growing tissue community. And of course, we are very proud that our capability to supply tissue mill equipment with superior technology, e.g. Advantage ViscoNip press, were considered as important success factors in their expansion plans."

Both companies are now looking forward to step in to the future with a shared aim of realizing Papelera San Andres de Gilés’ expansion plans and ambitions of providing high quality products to their customers.

Technical information about the delivery

The new tissue machine will have a width of 2.8 meters and a design speed of 2,000 meters/minute. It will add 35,000 tons of tissue paper per year to Papelera San Andrés de Giles’ current production of high-quality facial, toilet tissue and kitchen towels.

Valmet’s scope of delivery will comprise of a tissue production line featuring stock preparation systems and an Advantage DCT100HS tissue machine. The machine is equipped with OptiFlo headbox and Valmet steel Yankee cylinder as well as the Advantage technology including ViscoNip press, AirCap hood, WetDust dust system and SoftReel reel. The delivery also includes an extensive automation package with Valmet DNA, process controls, tissue line training simulator and Valmet IQ quality controls. Engineering, supervision, training, start-up and commissioning is also included in the delivery.

2018-08-06 
ANDRITZ successfully starts up new production technologies and equipment for the extension of SCA’s Östrand pulp mill, Sweden

ANDRITZ has successfully completed the start-up of new production technologies and equipment for the extension of SCA’s Östrand pulp mill in Timrå, Sweden. 

ANDRITZ supplied the following equipment for the SCA Östrand mill :

• a complete debarking plant with two parallel debarking and chipping lines each consisting of a PowerFeed de-icing conveyor, a hydrostatically supported debarking drum for a capacity of 425 m3 sob/h and measuring 5.5 x 39 meters, and a horizontally fed, XL-size HHQ-Chipper operating with a TK-IV knife system. The delivery also includes two new-generation HQ-Press bark presses resulting in excellent bark dry content, as well as modernization of the existing chip handling system ;

• the new innovative EvoDry pulp drying system with its energy-saving technologies that substantially reduce the mill’s operating costs, including a boiler exhaust energy recovery system, fine screening, a twin wire dewatering system with a fully automatic tail threading system to meet strictest health, safety, and environmental regulations, a new-generation sheet dryer for lowest downtime and fast start up, as well as a cutter and two baling lines ;

• new recausticizing machinery including a LimeGreen green liquor filter enabling efficient green liquor filtration with a minimum of waste going to landfill, two LimeFree centrifuges for dregs, LimeSlake technology, LimeWhite white liquor disc filter to optimize white liquor quality, and LimeDry lime mud disc filter upgrade ;

• ANDRITZ LimeFlash technology, enabling a substantial increase in the capacity of the existing lime kiln without the need to invest in a new lime kiln. The delivery also included upgrade of the existing wood dust burning system, which ANDRITZ supplied in 2011 in order to support the new increased lime kiln capacity.

• substantial increase in the recovery boiler capacity from 3,300 to 5,000 tds/d. The existing boiler was supplied by ANDRITZ in 2006 and had already been designed to enable a major extension by moving the boiler side wall and widening the heating surfaces of the superheater, boiler generation bank, and economizers. The boiler extension by moving the side wall allows optimum flue gas flux before and after the rebuild, which has great benefits compared to traditional technology for expanding the recovery boiler by moving its front wall. The total increase of the boiler width was 3.8 meters. In addition to boiler enlargement, one additional ESP°(electrostatic precipitator) chamber and feed water pump were added.

The mill expansion was one of the largest industrial investments in Sweden and the largest ever in northern Sweden. SCA Östrand is doubling its annual production capacity from 430,000 to 900,000°tons, thereby becoming the largest mill in the world for softwood kraft pulp.

2018-08-06 
Burgo Group chooses A.Celli Paper

The Italian company, a well-known producer of graphic and special papers, turned to A.Celli Paper for the supply of a high-tech Pope Winder to be used at its facility in Lugo di Vicenza.

A.Celli designs and develops technological solutions that meet or anticipate the needs of the target market and achieve the objectives set by its customers.

In this case, the Customer Service team of A.Celli Paper will install, in line with a pre-existing plant for the production of special paper, a complete Pope Winder that includes, in addition to nip control and an assisted transmission system for secondary carriages and primary arms, the new A.Celli integrated supervision system which will interface with the current DCS system of the paper mill. The aim is to ensure the best and most consistent production performance over time, as well as complete safety and ease of operation.

During the It’s Tissue event (from the 25th to the 29th of June) the equipment, courtesy of the Burgo Group, was exhibited at the A.Celli Paper factory. Some of its features were demonstrated, arousing the interest of the many people present.

Delivery is underway, in compliance with the contractual agreements and to the customer’s complete satisfaction, while commissioning is scheduled for the end of August.

A.Celli Paper remains at the complete disposal of the Burgo Group, proud to be able to serve and assist a constantly evolving market.

2018-08-02 
Toscotec’s TTSteelDryers are going to land in Canada. Cascades Packaging selected Toscotec to supply a dryer section rebuild at Kingsey Falls Mill.

Cascades Packaging entrusted Toscotec with a major rebuild of the dryer section of PM1 at Kingsey Falls mill, Canada. In view of the challenging targets of the project, Cascades decided that Toscotec’s technology was the right match for this rebuild, thanks to the flexibility and high level of customization guaranteed by the Italian supplier with regards to the seamless integration between the existing equipment and the new tailor-made solution.
Toscotec’s rebuild will achieve an 8% production increase. The Italian supplier will accomplish this substantial upgrade without increasing the overall length of the dryer section and without increasing the actual width of the dryers’ frame in cross direction. Toscotec’s TTSteelDryer allows better performances in terms of specific evaporation rate, thanks to its reduced shell thickness. Due to its shorter taper length, TT SteelDryer dries a wider sheet with the same space requirements of a traditional dryer section.
The scope of supply includes a number of TTSteelDryers, specifically designed for an operating steam pressure of 14 barg, as well as doctors, wire tensioning system, guiding and sheet stabilizing components. Toscotec’s service specialists will also provide supervision, commissioning and start-up assistance.
With this new contract, Toscotec strengthens its reputation as a top P&B machinery supplier on technically demanding markets such as North America. In particular, through its proven ability to supply all-round tailor-made solutions based on the specific features of the existing equipment and to deliver significant upgrades, over the years Toscotec gained the trust of major papermaking producers across the globe.
Delivery is forecast within the end of August 2018.

2018-08-02 
BillerudKorsnäs CFO leaves the company during the autumn 2018

BillerudKorsnäs CFO Susanne Lithander today announced that she has decided to leave the company at her own request.

Susanne Lithander will remain in her current role during her notice period. BillerudKorsnäs will immediately initiate the recruitment process of a new CFO.

“Susanne Lithander has been a key person for many years and has successfully contributed to the development of BillerudKorsnäs. Even though Susanne will remain working for a number of months, we thank Susanne for her efforts and wish her good luck for the future“, says Petra Einarsson, President and CEO of BillerudKorsnäs.

“There have been many exciting years with BillerudKorsnäs, and it has not been an easy decision to leave the company and my colleagues. But I have worked at BillerudKorsnäs for seven years and I feel it is now time to move on to new challenges”, says Susanne Lithander.

2018-08-01 
To further strengthen competitiveness and increase efficiency, Essity is restructuring its Consumer Tissue production in France.

Essity is closing a converting facility for retail branded products in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray and invests in remaining integrated production facilities in France. The closure is expected during the fourth quarter of 2018. These measures are aligned with the company’s strategy to optimize the production footprint to increase cost and capital efficiency and further increase value creation in the Consumer Tissue business area.

The restructuring costs are expected to amount to approximately SEK 480m, of which approximately SEK 430m is expected to be recognized as an item affecting comparability in the third quarter of 2018. The remaining costs are expected to be recognized as an item affecting comparability in 2019. Approximately SEK 320m of the restructuring costs are expected to impact cash flow. Total investments will amount to approximately SEK 210m.

2018-07-31 
Kimberly-Clark Names Tristram Wilkinson as President, EMEA Consumer Business

Kimberly-Clark Corporation  today announced that Tristram Wilkinson has been named President, Kimberly-Clark Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), effective immediately.

Wilkinson will lead Kimberly-Clark’s consumer business, with its well-known brands including Andrex, Scottex, Kleenex, Kotex, Huggies and Depend, across the dynamic EMEA region, which includes developed, developing and emerging markets, 120 countries with 2.2 billion consumers. Wilkinson will report to Michael Hsu, President and Chief Operating Officer, Kimberly-Clark.

"Tris is a respected leader with a proven track record. I am confident that his extensive experience in the region, coupled with his great passion to win, will drive results for our EMEA business," said Hsu.

Since joining Kimberly-Clark in 1995 from Scott Paper, Wilkinson has worked in successive leadership roles in marketing, customer and general management across each of the company’s categories. He has previously led the company’s operations in the U.K. and Ireland, and served as Vice President and Managing Director of Kimberly-Clark’s consumer business in Central and Eastern Europe.

Wilkinson holds a Master of Arts degree in Management from St. Andrews University, Scotland.

2018-07-31 
Emtec Electronic: Innovative Testing Equipment at the Tissue World Istanbul

Just like two years ago, Emtec will attend the Tissue World Trade Show and Conference to be held at Istanbul Congress Center in September 2018. The German producer of innovative laboratory and online testing machines will be based on floor B5 at booth no. D171 together with its Turkish representative LABTEK.
Centerpiece of the booth will be the well-known TSA – Tissue Softness Analyzer which is used to reliably assess the Softness, Smoothness/Roughness and Stiffness as well as the overall Hand Feel of tissue and nonwoven materials.
Alongside with the TSA, Emtec will have the CAS touch ! and FPA touch ! on display. These instruments represent the most-modern charge measuring systems for the wetend in tissue and paper production and are used to
measure the interaction between particles or fibers with additives and process chemicals in the pulp suspension.
The use of both instruments in the production process helps to optimize the utilization of chemicals with the objective to stabilize the process, to improve the product quality and to reduce cost.

2018-07-31 
A.Celli iDEAL® forged YD: the future of Steel Yankee Dryers

A.Celli Paper presents a new revolutionary concept for the production of Yankee Dryer Shells.

The two goals were to minimise mechanical issues and maximise uniformity and heat transfer.

Both have been achieved with iDEAL® forged YD : the new production technology conceived and patented by A.Celli Paper to respond to these very needs.
iDEAL® forged YD is characterised by a shell made with a single piece of steel moulded and processed using hot forging and rolling systems.

The result is a highly innovative and seamless product that stands out for its exceptional quality of manufacture.

The homogeneous material and structure, free from residual stress, allow for greater variation in operating pressure and enhanced safety by reducing the risk of failure.

The conventional method, which requires welding, poses the risk of defects ; therefore, regular maintenance and inspection is required throughout the life span of the vessel, reducing confidence and increasing cost from expensive inspections and loss of production due to periods of inactivity.

Furthermore, iDEAL® forged YD is innovative in terms of the shape of its internal grooves ; the patented shell corner minimises deformation and stress at the edges resulting in a thinner root increasing drying capacity. No less innovative is the head insulation system ; comprising of a patented ceramic layer reducing heat loss and steam consumption.

2018-07-30 
Ahlstrom-Munksjö and Metsä Fibre to initiate a global safety award

Ahlstrom-Munksjö and Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, are sole sponsors of a new RISI PPI Safety Awards category. The Safety Leadership Award will be conferred for the first time in March 2019.

PPI Awards are the only global awards that are dedicated to recognizing the achievement of companies, production sites and individuals in the pulp and paper sector. Ahlstrom-Munksjö and Metsä Fibre want to promote safety within the pulp and paper industry. Safety is an important part of employer branding, wellbeing at work and it also creates competitive advantage. Thus continuous development and sharing best practices in developing safety is important.

“Safety is a shared responsibility. Both Ahlstrom-Munksjö and Metsä Fibre are highly committed to safety issues, and we have already safety collaboration. Joining forces in RISI PPI awards and creating a new category for Safety award felt natural for both of us”, says Rune Årnes VP Health & Safety. “We wanted to collaborate on a safety award, in order to be in the forefront of safety for our workers and promote safety within the industry.”

“We have started safety cooperation with Ahlstrom-Munksjö few years ago. By collaboration and sharing best practices we learn from each other and develop the safety of the whole industry. We want to increase the safety level at the mills and among the whole supply chain with systematic and preventative safety work. That’s the main reason we wanted to create this safety awards category. We found that Ahlstrom-Munksjö and RISI are the best possible partners to make this with us”, says Camilla Wikström, SVP, Production, Pulp Business, Metsä Fibre.

The target for the new safety award is to recognize a pulp or paper production plant for their consistent management and meritorious commitment to occupational safety, long term performance and to encourage their continuous improvement within safety.

Safety is our mindset and everyone’s right

At Ahlstrom-Munksjö, we strongly believe zero accident is possible. We have set ambitious targets for continuous improvement, developing consistent safety practices and competencies. We focus on preventative activities, behavior-based safety interactions, safety inspections and auditing, and tailored safety training to ensure a safe working environment. Safety is our mindset.

At Metsä Fibre, a safe workplace is everyone’s right. It is our duty to take care of our own safety and the safety of our co-workers. By working safely, we are realizing our mission of being the most professional and skilled player in the pulp business and the most efficient company in the industry. We concentrate on preventive and well planned safety work. We also want to be the preferred supplier of premium bioproducts and services that support our customer’ business operations.

2018-07-30 
DS Smith provides a second life to Pizza Hut packaging

Under the scope of the World Cup, DS Smith worked in close collaboration with Pizza Hut in Portugal, to provide a second life to pizza packages during this period.

The new, special edition pizza boxes (medium, large and extra-large), had a built-in puzzle/ball, allowing those who bought two pizzas to construct a ball with the two detachable covers from these new boxes. Based on the fact that these pizza boxes could do more than just deliver pizzas, DS Smith actively developed this innovative solution, which allowed Pizza Hut to communicate a brand message and stand out in an active and differentiating way within this specific time frame.

This special edition of new boxes provided customers with an experience which was both fun and educational, engaging them on an emotional level. In addition to the fun that a puzzle provides, bringing friends and family together, the concept also aimed to offer a moment of relaxation while assembling the puzzle, especially after such a stressful situation as a football match !

The solution provided by DS Smith combined innovation and sustainability, with a genuine understanding of the client’s business needs. The packaging specialists at DS Smith worked in partnership with Pizza Hut to extract the maximum benefit from its 100% recyclable cardboard packaging, giving it a new purpose and functionality, and avoiding its disposal immediately after its primary use was fulfilled.

Recognised for its ability to innovate and the quality of the products it develops and produces, DS Smith employed a strategic approach which considered all aspects of its client’s economic, environmental and social needs. DS Smith not only helped Ibersol conceive new packaging to generate more sales, it also offered sustainable value to all stakeholders by providing completely recyclable packaging.

2018-07-30 
New Commander ID 300 motor drive: features specially designed for smart pump management

Commander ID 300, the new integrated motor drive solution for controlling Leroy-Somer IMfinity® motors, provides original responses to the technical problems of pumping, thanks to its on-board intelligence.

The system comprises an integrated pump application that fulfils the main functions required of a pumping application, with pressure regulation (constant / variable-flow pressure). This feature enables the system to manage a main pump and activate up to three support pumps to maintain constant pressure if a high flow rate is required.

Regulation is controlled by means of an external sensor (0-10 V or 4-20 mA) independently powered by the Commander ID 300 and an integrated PID controller.

Commander ID 300 automatically adjusts the pump flow rate according to actual need and manages pump shutdown when required. It can be configured to detect loss of prime and can provide notification of the operating statuses (auto-start, maximum flow, loss of prime, sensor fault, etc.). This function is ready-to-use.

Whatever the pump technology, and whatever the requirement level, regulation type or safety type demanded by the application, Commander ID300 makes it possible to create advanced functions with ease, thanks to an on-board PLC, fast I/O, PT1000 or CTP sensor inputs and a complete software suite.

Commander ID 300 is equipped with a display that can be personalised and provide views of application data in real-time (temperature, volume, flow rate, pressure, etc.).

And for low-speed pump technologies, Commander ID300 can be associated with Leroy-Somer geared motors for adjusting the application torque.

The robust drive system is insensitive to liquid splashes (IP 55 rating) and vibrations (electronics moulded in resin), and supports an ambient temperature of up to 50°C. It is designed to operate in all domains of industry, irrigation, building and the environment.

2018-07-27 

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