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ANDRITZ to upgrade thermo ground wood line at Melhoramentos Florestal, Brazil

Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Melhoramentos Florestal to supply a high-consistency bleaching and wet lap system with a capacity of
125 admt/d to upgrade the existing thermo ground wood line at Fazenda Levantina Camanducaia, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2019.

The line processes eucalyptus and pine as raw material to produce unbleached and bleached market thermos ground wood pulp for local board and tissue producers. The new PHC (peroxide high consistency) bleaching stage will replace the existing spray-bleaching system in the dewatering machine and achieve highest brightness levels at lowest consumption of chemicals. A universally applicable and reliable ANDRITZ Twin Wire Press will be installed to dewater pulp to a dryness of up to 33%, followed by a high-consistency mixer to guarantee gentle blending of pulp and chemicals. In order to achieve even retention time in the bleach tower, a new ANDRITZ discharge system will ensure continuous and uniform pulp discharge.

A complete wet lap system and finishing line are also part of the scope of supply. After dewatering to a consistency of 45% on another ANDRITZ Twin Wire Press, a wetlap cutter and layboy (CLB) will operate fully automatically to form wet bale stacks. The finishing line consists of various pallet conveyors.

With this upgrade, Melhoramentos Florestal will be able to increase pulp production and, in particular, bleaching efficiency by means of a safe process with low energy consumption that will allow greater flexibility in producing various pulp grades – an important feature with which to approach a wider range of end customers.

2018-12-03 
Mrs. Marisanna Jarva – member of the Finnish Parliament – wears Arbron™ on the Independence Day of Finland on December 6th

Demand for safe and environmentally friendly textile fibers is growing steadily. Total volume of the textile fiber market is already over 100 million tons. Arbron™ is an environmentally friendly textile fiber made of softwood pulp. KaiCell Fibers’ target is to set up the first Arbron™ facility in Paltamo, Finland. KaiCell Fibers has submitted an environmental permit application and is shifting to basic engineering.

The textile fiber market is dominated by oil-based synthetic fibers, such as polyester, with them having up 70% share of total textile fiber market. Synthetic fibers, like polyester, are non-renewable but also among the biggest sources of the prevalent microparticle problem. The second most common textile fiber, cotton, is associated with a number of problems such as high-water demand, use of plant pesticides and the fact that cotton farming competes with food production when it comes to finding suitable land areas.

Wood-based fibers are not unproblematic either. At present, most of the wood-based fibers are based on a 100-year-old viscose technology that uses highly toxic chemicals, the worst being carbon disulfide. Development has led to most of the world’s wood-based textile fibers being made in China and elsewhere in Asia. However, now even China has woken up to environmental problems and viscose fiber is actively seeking alternatives.

Arbron™ material is based on technology developed in Finland. Arbron™ material can be used in viscose plants to avoid the use of toxic carbon disulfide, CS2.

"Demand for safe and environmentally friendly textile fibers is growing strongly" says Jukka Kantola, CEO of KaiCell Fibers, and continues : "In such a project, development work has to be carried out through the entire value chain starting from the forests up to the markets. MP Marisanna Jarva’s evening dress is a great example of what can be produced. And best of all – it is safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly."

Kaicell Fibers’ goal is to manufacture Arbron™ material at a plant in Paltamo, Finland. Systematic work is underway both in Europe and in China to scale up production at the commercial level.

The evening dress is a good indication that Arbron™ based textile performs well in practice. “It is pleasant to the skin, beautiful in appearance and tailored easy”, as commented by the designer of the dress, Maija Kumpula. The fabric was woven by Kultavilla and it was colored by Pia Leppänen-Keränen. According to them, the fabric behaved superbly at all stages. Based on this, Arbron™ will fit well in various applications comparable to viscose.

2018-12-03 
News in the occasion of the 65th Meeting of the Board of Members of the Arab Federation for Paper, Printing and Packaging Industries - AFPPPI,

Paper and packaging industries, Green Economy, and recycling were the three main topics discussed during a dinner gathering hosted by the President of AMACO GROUP, Mr. Ali EL Abdallah. The gathering was organized in Beirut on the occasion of the meeting of the Board Members of "Arab Federation for Paper, Printing and Packaging Industries AFPPPI", with the president Dr. Fadi Gemayel who is also President of the Association of Lebanese Industrialists ALI.
Dr. Gemayel asserted that Paper industries in our region, as well as around the world, are becoming an important player because of their part in promoting "Green Industries", as a part of the greater "Green economies" around the world. Mr. Ali El Abdallah gave a speech in which he quoted that the Industrial society in the middle- east and North Africa make up the beacon of hope in the difficult economic times that the region is experiencing. They, and other industrialists, form the "light at the end of the tunnel" for their role in supporting the local economies in their respective countries. They will be the leaders in the effort to rebuild, during the times of war and peace, after the dust of local conflicts begins to settle down.
Notable industrial presence during the dinner gathering.
The dinner gathering was attended by a group of Lebanese and Arab VIPs including parliament members, diplomats, and Arab government officials, alongside representatives of and presidents of Industrial and economical associations, including : the two vice-presidents of the AFPPPI, President of the Tunisian La Société Nationale de Cellulose et de Papier HALFA SNCPA , Mr. Lbeid Al Ghadbani, Mr. Hussein Jaber Samerraei from Iraq, the president and GM of Tonic industries from Algeria Mr. Djamil Ben Salem, and the GM of Le Groupe Industriel du Papier et de la Cellulose GIPEC, Layla Al Qawadri from Algeria. Also, from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mr. Sami Safran, CEO of the Middle East Paper company MEPCO was present.
Egypt was represented by the Manager from the Ahlia Converting Industries, and the Regional office of AFPPPI, Mrs. Nisreen Othman. And from Lebanon Mr. Yousef Naqib, the owner of United Industrial Company for Tissue Paper Coverting - Zein in Irbil, Iraq
The Syrian paper industry was represented by Mr. Hasan Badnekgy, GM of the Arab company for production of paper products ARAPEPCO, and Mr. Imad Lutfi, owner and president of Technopac company for packaging and corrugated carton paper. Also present was Mr. Riyad al Aaraj, owner of Maha Hygiene Tissue Paper company.
From Tunis, owner of SOPAFI Tissue Mill, Mr. Ali Djelidi attended as well as the owner of Al Saqlawia Establishment for Carton, Mr. Mohamad Jawari, and the president of the Iraqi company for the Printing supplies Mr. Sajed Yousef.

Form Lebanon, Mr. Ziad Bekdash, president of Oriental Paper Products - OPP, Mr. Tareq Abu Shakra, GM of Freenex company for Tissue Paper Converting, as well as Mr. Basheer Tazkarji, owner of Paper Bags company Tasco attended.
Last, but not least, Mr. Ammar Botra, owner of Cotus company from Algeria attended, and from Jordan, Mr. Munir Abdalla, regional manager of AFPPPI.
Dr. Fadi Gemayel quoted : " we are proud of the achievement of Mr. Ali El Abdallah from Amaco Group. He said : we were gathered in this place, thanks to the efforts of Mr. Ali Abdallah, who has always been the leader in organizing such events and bring together leaders of the paper industries in the region for the past years. Here, in Lebanon, we are proud of our colleagues in the industrial community, such as Mr. Abdallah, for his achievements, not only in paper industries, but also a leader in the manufacture of tissue paper machines. He has been successful in supplying his machines to many countries around the world. I thank Mr. Abdallah for his mention of Paper Industrialists as the creators of hope in the regional countries where jobs are badly needed for the young generation. Paper industries have become important as part of the "Green Economy" and have played an important role in creating the economic cycle and creating jobs. They will continue to play an important economic role for years to come.
Mr. Ali El Abdallah quoted : "We are the creators of prospect and hope". Mr. Abdallah welcomed the attendees and said : it gives me much pleasure to welcome my colleagues and friends from the AFPPPI in this friendly gathering that brings together the members of our family, the family of paper and packaging industrialists. We, my friends, don’t make paper machines only, we are the creators of hope. The one, who manufactures a product, makes the main block in the local economy. It was Adam Smith who defined industrial production as : "the sum of efforts and activities that humans perform to create a product that can be sold". The regional industrialist, who was the first one to pay the price of wars and conflicts in our region, will also be the first to start rebuilding. I cannot describe our joy and pride when our team manufactured the first tissue paper machine, and when the first company purchased our machine and began to manufacture products using it, starting a long lasting business partnership. We were also proud to sell our first machine to international market. These were unforgettable moments for us, as industrialists.

2018-12-01 
Ence-Energía y Celulosa has received the AENOR certificate of Criminal Compliance

Ence-Energía y Celulosa has received the AENOR certificate of Criminal Compliance in accordance with the UNE 19601 : 2017 standard, an accreditation that recognizes the company’s commitment to compliance with criminal norms and the prevention of crime.

Ence is the first company in its sector to receive this recognition of a voluntary and reviewable nature each year that confirms that the company has implemented a management system to prevent the commission of crimes and reduce criminal risk through the prevention, detection and management of behaviors not in accordance with the standards of the company.

The certificate, based on the UNE 19601 national standard, considers the provisions of the Organic Law 1/2015 on the Reform of the Criminal Code with respect to the requirements of crime prevention models and complements them with the best international practices established in the field of social responsibility, compliance and risk management.

This certification confirms Ence’s commitment to the best practices of corporate governance, responsibility, transparency and commitment to its stakeholders, and to the highest standards of business ethics and the reduction of criminal risk in the exercise of Your activities. Ence is thus placed at the highest level among listed companies and other large companies in our country, whose ethics guarantee and compliance with current regulations reaches levels of excellence.

2018-11-30 
Zanders: aquisition effective on 1 December, production is ensured

Group around Terje Haglund acquires location in Bergisch Gladbach with new "Zanders‐Paper GmbH"

Zanders will continue to produce high quality specialty papers and boards in the future. The company will be taken over on 1 December 2018 by the new "Zanders‐Paper GmbH". Dr. Marc d’Avoine, insolvency administrator at Zanders, today announced the successful conclusion of the negotiations : “We are pleased that the acquisition will be made by paper professionals who are already very successful in the industry. The continuation of paper production at Zanders is thus assured. All know‐how carriers remain on board.“
According to the insolvency administrator, Terje Haglund and his team will soon introduce themselves to the public. The takeover by a partner already working in paper production would be in any case the best possible solution for Zanders : “Thanks to the know‐how on both sides, there are very good prerequisites for securing the Bergisch Gladbach location for the long term.”
Business operations will continue with around 300 employees, around 150 employees will have to leave the company. For those affected, an interim employment society will make the consequences socially acceptable by continuing to pay a large part of the salary for seven months, as well as job search assistance. In addition, the works council and especially the city of Bergisch Gladbach offer a lot of help, e.g. through a job market where local companies can present their vacancies and personal conversations are possible.

2018-11-30 
Stora Enso signs agreement to acquire forest assets in Bergvik Skog

The shareholders of Bergvik Skog AB, a Swedish forest holding company, have signed a binding agreement regarding the previously announced intent to restructure its ownership. With this agreement, the parties aim to complete the transaction during the first half of 2019. Stora Enso’s forest holdings in Sweden will increase to 1.4 million hectares, of which 1.15 million hectares is productive forest land. The total value of the transaction in Stora Enso’s balance sheet is estimated to be approximately EUR 1.0 billion.

“I am pleased that we have taken a step forward in this ownership restructuring along with the other shareholders in Bergvik Skog. This transaction is a natural next step for us, as we strongly believe in the bioeconomy and want to secure our competitive raw material supply for the long term. With direct ownership, we will have better visibility of our wood supply in Sweden. This will give us better opportunities to further develop sustainable forest management, thus strengthening our competitiveness,” says Karl-Henrik Sundström, CEO of Stora Enso.

Currently, Bergvik Skog’s Swedish forest assets are owned by its subsidiaries Bergvik Väst AB and Bergvik Öst AB, representing approximately 83% and 17% of these assets respectively. As a result of this transaction, Stora Enso will transform its current ownership of 49.8% in Bergvik Skog, to a direct holding of 69.8% of the value of the forest assets in Bergvik Väst.

Once all of the steps in the transaction have been finalised during the first half of 2019, it is expected that the financial impact for Stora Enso will be as follows :

• Bergvik Skog is currently reported as an equity accounted investment. Upon closure of the deal, Stora Enso’s Swedish forest assets will be placed in a fully owned subsidiary and then consolidated line by line in Stora Enso’s results.
• The transaction will result in a cash out effect of approximately EUR 200 million. Stora Enso’s interest-bearing debt will increase by approximately EUR 800 million. The net debt to EBITDA ratio will increase by approximately 0.5x at the end of the sequence of the transactions, but will temporarily increase up to 0.8x prior to a special dividend being distributed by Bergvik Skog. The ratio was 1.1x at the end of the third quarter of 2018.
• Capital employed will increase by approximately EUR 1.0 billion, resulting in a decrease in the operational return on capital employed (ROCE) of approximately 1 percentage point.

2018-11-30 
BillerudKorsnäs has entered into an agreement to acquire Bergvik Skog Öst

BillerudKorsnäs has today entered into a binding agreement with all shareholders of Bergvik Skog AB concerning a split of Bergvik Skog AB’s forest assets, including BillerudKorsnäs’ acquisition of Bergvik Skog Öst AB. The acquisition contributes to securing BillerudKorsnäs’ future wood supply through direct deliveries and more efficient logistics flows and by making the company a strong player on the Swedish wood market.

BillerudKorsnäs announced on 27 November 2017 that it had signed a letter of intent to acquire Bergvik Skog Öst AB, which comprises approximately 350,000 hectares of forest land in Sweden. Since the signing of the letter of intent, the company has carried out due diligence of Bergvik Skog Öst AB and negotiated the final terms of the acquisition agreement.

BillerudKorsnäs acquisition of Bergvik Skog Öst AB is part of a restructuring of Bergvik Skog’s forest holdings, which in addition to Bergvik Skog Öst AB mainly consists of Bergvik Skog Väst AB. Bergvik Skog Väst AB will be distributed to the shareholders of Bergvik Skog AB, with BillerudKorsnäs receiving approximately 5 percent of the shares in Bergvik Skog Väst AB. BillerudKorsnäs has today also signed an agreement to transfer these 5 percent to Stora Enso. After such transfer, Bergvik Skog Väst AB will be subject to a demerger between the remaining shareholders in the company.

The transactions, which inter alia are conditional upon approval by the Swedish Competition Authority, upon the distribution of Bergvik Skog Väst AB and upon the establishment and registration of a final demerger plan for Bergvik Skog Väst AB, are expected to be completed during the first half of 2019.

“Our acquisition of Bergvik Skog Öst is an important part of ensuring long-term competitive and stable wood supply and thus we have added another important piece of the puzzle to reach BillerudKorsnäs’ full potential. However, the company’s strategy to advance in the value chain remains unchanged, why we in a next step intend to evaluate the possibility of including one or more partners in ownership of our forest assets,” says Petra Einarsson, CEO and President, BillerudKorsnäs.

The purchase price for Bergvik Skog Öst AB amounts to approximately SEK 6.4 billion on a debt free basis and after reduction of deferred tax, corresponding to approximately SEK 18,000 per hectar of forestland. The cash effect of the acquisition of Bergvik Skog Öst AB, net after the sale of 5 percent of the shares in Bergvik Skog Väst AB, is expected to amount to approximately SEK 5.4 billion. The acquisition is financed with bank loans. BillerudKorsnäs’ long term financial target, that interest-bearing net debt relative to EBITDA should be less than a multiple of 2.5, remains unchanged.

BillerudKorsnäs will until further notice remain as owner of 5 percent of the shares in Bergvik Skog AB, with the assets and liabilities that remain therein after the distribution of Bergvik Skog Väst AB and the sale of Bergvik Skog Öst AB. The intention is to unwind Bergvik Skog AB when practically possible, and in connection therewith BillerudKorsnäs is expected to receive a dividend.

2018-11-30 
Changes to Södra’s Group Senior Management

Södra’s current CFO, Anna Belfrage, has made a decision to resign on 31 May 2019.

“Anna Belfrage has been a competent and ambitious person and during her tenure as CFO, she has developed and improved Södra’s accounting, IT and purchasing activities in a professional manner,” said President and CEO Lars Idermark.

Peter Karlsson has been appointed new CFO as of 1 March 2019. His previous positions have included Business Controller for the Södra Group and Interim CFO, and he led Södra Wood through the changes to Södra’s involvement in the Interiör segment. Before joining Södra, Peter Karlsson built up many years of professional experience in companies such as IKEA.

“I am delighted that Peter Karlsson has accepted the position as CFO of Södra. Under his leadership, efforts to maintain a high level of quality will continue and be further developed,” said Lars Idermark.

Peter Karlsson will become a member of Group Senior Management.

A high-quality IT operation and the ambition to be a leading forest company in the field of digitisation will be crucial to the development of Södra’s business model. Therefore, it is only natural that this area becomes an independent and Group-wide service function and that its current manager Cristian Brolin becomes the CDO, and a member of Group Senior Management. He will assume his new role at the end of the year.

“Cristian Brolin has in-depth experience and knowledge of IT and digitisation in Sweden as well as internationally. This change will increase both the speed and focus of Södra’s development moving forward,” said President and CEO Lars Idermark.

2018-11-30 
Stora Enso ranked best of industry by Sustainable Brand Index in Sweden

Stora Enso has been awarded ‘Industry Leader 2018’ in the Sustainable Brand Index™ B2B, which is the largest brand study on sustainability in the Nordics. The study covers over one hundred business-to-business brands across more than 10 industries in Sweden.

Stora Enso is considered the most sustainable B2B brand of the industry, according to decision-makers in Sweden. The Sustainable Brand Index™ B2B study analyses how Swedish decision-makers view sustainability and how Sweden’s largest B2B brands are perceived from the perspective of sustainability. Stora Enso finished second in total among all the surveyed B2B companies.

“As a sustainability driven company, we value this recognition highly. Our business is based on supporting our customers in meeting consumers’ demand for sustainable products. By replacing fossil-based materials with our renewable solutions, we will help drive the transition from a fossil fuel consuming world to a future based on a bioeconomy”, says Ulrika Lilja, EVP Communications.

“We are happy to see that the ambitious execution of our sustainability strategy is being recognised”, says Noel Morrin, EVP Sustainability. “It is a top priority for Stora Enso to ensure that our renewable solutions are produced sustainably. This requires continuous work as we move towards a low-carbon future.”

2018-11-30 
Expansion in Laakirchen: New production and office areas for Voith

Voith is expanding its facility in Laakirchen. For more efficient production, the company is currently extending its production areas by around 3,150 square meters. It is also adding new offices and a logistics hall with a new access road for heavy goods vehicles.

A large proportion of global paper production is done on Voith machines and equipment. The technology group, which has its head office in Heidenheim, Germany, delivers rolls for paper machines all over the world from its facility in Laakirchen, Austria. As well as producing new rolls, the Laakirchen plant also receives rolls for servicing at regular intervals, e.g. for the renewal of roll covers. The different types of rolls have various functions, e.g. they help guide the paper webs evenly through the machine, and are used for dewatering, pressing and drying. They also ensure that the paper has a uniform smoothness and gloss. In addition, the rolls, which can be up to 15 meters long and weigh as much as 120 metric tons, have to master speeds of up to 120 kilometers per hour.

The purpose of the expansion is to be able to assemble the rolls with as little effort and waiting times as possible and thus significantly accelerate the entire process. Following the expansion, this will be achieved by systematic cycle timing, the clear separation of production lines and a realigned machining tool. “Through this comprehensive investment in Laakirchen we are underscoring our leading role for the European paper industry in respect of rolls, roll covers and associated services,” says Manfred Jaspersen, Operations Manager of Voith Paper Rolls. Due to its central location, Laakirchen is the ideal site for facilitating short routes to customers.

2018-11-29 
Ahlstrom-Munksjö launches Extia® 1000, a breakthrough, high performance and durable filtration media

Ahlstrom-Munksjö, a global leader in fiber-based materials, announces today the launch of Ahlstrom-Munksjö Extia® 1000, breakthrough, highly durable, filtration media designed to extend filtration life time for Air Pollution Control applications, helping to protect people and the environment. Extending filtration lifetime by more than 40%, helping customers to extend the operational duration, before needing to change the filters.

“Extia® 1000 will set the new benchmark in terms of filtration media for air pollution control cartridge applications” says Giuseppe Costa, VP Product Development Filtration and Performance. “Due to its unique design, Extia® 1000 dramatically extends filtration life time ; it also delivers highly effective removal of coarse particles at over 3 times lower level of pressure drop. Additionally, Extia® 1000 proves to be much easier to convert into a filter, on both knife and rotary pleating machines”

“Extia® 1000 is the first product on the Extia® platform, a range of highly durable filtration media, specifically designed for industrial filtration applications. From this platform, a family of products will be built over time, all combining strength, outstanding convertibility and filtration performance. Our product platform Extia® is an excellent example of how Ahlstrom-Munksjo can leverage on its experience in manufacturing high performance filtration products to deliver new solutions for Industrial Filtration applications” comments Fulvio Capussotti, EVP Filtration and Performance. “Delivering high performance filtration media for industrial filtration is a priority for our business area and we will continue to develop and strengthen our product offering for our customers in this field”, he concludes.

The Filtration and Performance business area develops and produces filtration materials for transportation as well as industrial applications. It also produces glass fiber media for flooring products and wind turbine blades and makes nonwoven materials for automotive, construction, textile, hygiene applications and wallcover materials.

2018-11-29 
Cascades announces an investment of US$58 million to modernize tissue converting capacity at its Wagram, NC plant

Cascades Inc., a leader in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and tissue products, is pleased to announce an investment of US$58 million in its Wagram plant in North Carolina that will modernize the plant and add new tissue converting equipment. These project investments are part of the capital expenditure envelope previously announced by the Company.

The project will involve the installation of five new state-of-the-art converting lines and the modernization of four existing lines. Sixty-six full time employees will be hired to operate the new equipment, and an additional 50 temporary jobs will be created to prepare the building and install the equipment. The commissioning of the new converting lines is expected to begin in April 2019 and will be finalized in the first quarter of 2020.

The Wagram plant produces hand towels, paper towels, bathroom tissue and napkins marketed under the Cascades PRO brand, which serves the Away-from-Home markets. The plant will be largely supplied by the Cascades tissue plant located 30 miles away, in Rockingham . Upon completion of the project, the Wagram plant converting capacity will increase from 5.3 million cases per year to close to 15 million cases per year, resulting in a global capacity addition of 3 million cases for the Group.

Mario Plourde , Cascades President and CEO stated : "This modernization project is directly aligned with the objectives set out in our strategic plan. It will not only allow us to replace ageing equipment with modern and efficient technology, but will also improve our integration rate, increase our geographical footprint and extend our ability to serve our customers in the United States . With today’s challenging market conditions, this is a crucial investment that will reduce our manufacturing and transportation costs, improve our environmental footprint and more importantly, bring us closer to our customers."

Jean Jobin , Cascades Tissue Group President and Chief Operating Officer added that "modernizing and adding equipment to the Wagram plant will also help improve Cascades’ product offering by allowing us to produce superior quality products, benefit from the latest technology to provide our customers with new, innovative products and increase capacity to meet the future need of our customers. It is a strategic investment that will solidify our presence in the Southeastern United States and strengthen our ability to offer nationwide coverage for our customers."

"International manufacturers like Cascades are thriving in North Carolina ," said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper . "Our state’s global reputation attracts new investments and jobs because companies know North Carolina’s skilled industrial workers will help them succeed here. These new jobs are an extra welcome boost for an area working to recover from Hurricane Florence."

Cascades would like to mention that this project has been made possible in part by the cooperation and financial support of governments and economic development organizations of North Carolina and Scotland County .

2018-11-29 
Valmet to supply a Valmet IQ Steam Profiler to Luzhou Yongfeng Pulp and Paper in China

Valmet will supply a Valmet IQ Steam Profiler to Luzhou Yongfeng Pulp and Paper Co., Ltd in China. The solution will enable the mill to increase production capacity as well as improve runnability and the economic efficiency of the pulp production line.

The order is included in Valmet’s third quarter 2018 orders received. The delivery will take place in the fourth quarter of 2018.

"We have good long-term cooperation with Valmet, who is a leading supplier in the pulp and paper industry. IQ Steam Profiler has many good references with excellent performance around the world, and we believe the solution will help us improve reliability and product quality," says Zhou Zhengyin, Production Manager, Luzhou Yongfeng Pulp and Paper.

"With industry know-how and extensive application experience, Valmet is able to provide solutions that the customer wants. We are delighted to be able to work closely with Luzhou Yongfeng to improve the mill’s production efficiency and achieve the desired end-product quality," states Bevin Li, Account Manager, China, Automation, Valmet.

The delivery includes a Valmet IQ Steam Profiler for a pulp production line with electro-mechanical actuators, full diagnostics features and actual position feedback. In addition, most of the auxiliary components, such as pneumatic retraction equipment and its control, main steam system components and an operator interface will be supplied by Valmet.

2018-11-29 
Better spruce trees from greenhouse orchards

Sweden’s first large-scale greenhouse orchard for control-pollinated spruce seeds has opened at Södra’s nursery in Falkenberg. The project, conducted jointly with the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden, will improve the quality of future spruce trees.

The supply of control-pollinated spruce seedlings* cannot keep pace with forest owner demand. To meet this need, Södra and the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden have now launched a project to increase the production of control-pollinated spruce seeds.

“Such a high level of demand is a positive trend. Control-pollinated seeds will produce higher quality trees and improve tree growth. This will increase the returns that forest owners receive from harvesting, and improve the quality of the end-products,” said Johan Jonsson, Head of Södra Skogsplantor.

Södra is already conducting a similar project with a focus on control-pollinated birch seeds. We are now moving forward with control-pollinated spruce seeds. In the greenhouse orchard, the trees are periodically grown indoors to stimulate flowering, and to ensure they only cross-pollinate with each other. All of the desirable traits are thereby transferred from the selected spruce trees to the seeds, and then to the future trees.

Long-term project
The project to breed control-pollinated spruce seeds was launched in autumn 2018. In spring 2019, the first trees will be delivered to the facility and seed production will begin.

“This is a long-term project and will run for at least ten years. Forest biomass plays a key role in the replacement of fossil-fuel products and energy, and higher returns mean a lot for employment in rural areas and welfare. One of Södra’s sustainability targets is to offer its members products and services that will lead to a 20-percent higher rate of forest growth on their estates by 2050. Our control-pollinated seeds and seedlings, and the increase in growth they provide, are key to achieving this objective,” said Göran Örlander, forestry strategist at Södra.

“The project is based on integrating the breeding work carried out by the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden with Södra’s mass propagation. The trees grown in Falkenberg will provide the best cultivation material and the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden will conduct controlled pollination on the trees in Falkenberg for continued breeding,” said Curt Almqvist, Project Manager at the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden.

 *Plant breeding is based on the knowledge that some traits are genetic. Control-pollinated seedlings are bred from the seeds harvested from a seed orchard. A seed orchard has fully grown father and mother trees that have been selected to transfer their superior genetics, such as health and soundness, better climate adaptation, wood quality and strong growth, to their progeny. In the spring, the parent trees cross-pollinate, and the cones containing the seeds are collected in the autumn.

2018-11-29 
Lucart starts up a Toscotec-supplied AHEAD-2.0S tissue machine at its Porcari mill.

The AHEAD-2.0S machine has a paper width of 2,850 mm, an operating speed of 2,000 m/min, with a production of 125 t/d. It features a shoe press TT NextPress, a second-generation TT SYD Steel Yankee Dryer, gas-fired TT Milltech-DYH hoods, and a new pope reel, which preserves the sheet bulk through the accurate control of the jumbo roll winding pressure. The machine is also equipped with the dust and mist removal systems. In accordance with Lucart’s high standards of bulk and softness, the forming section of the AHEAD-2.0S machine is designed for future integration of TT S-Crescent technology.

The TT WIND-H slitter rewinder features a web tensioning control, an automatic tail feeding system and a core winding assist system. 

The scope of supply also includes the erection supervision, commissioning, start-up assistance and personnel training programs.

This is a repeated order for Toscotec, who has been awarded a number of contracts by the Lucart Group since 2008, both in Italy and in France.

“Lucart is a strategic partner”, says Riccardo Gennai, Toscotec Sales Manager for Europe, “we have been working on gaining and maintaining their trust for over 10 years, on a range of rebuild projects in Italy and in France. The start-up of this first complete tissue line is a significant accomplishment. It strengthens our mutual long-standing cooperation, and Toscotec’s leading position in the Italian market.”

Elena Troia, Toscotec’s Tissue Division Project Manager, adds, “Lucart’s technical team helped us working out the best solutions tailored to their need. We worked together to achieve this ambitious goal. The shoe press, paired with the new pope reel design and the future integration of the S-Crescent, contribute all together to the increase of the paper bulk and the achievement of excellent paper quality.”

Massimo Pasquini, CEO of Lucart, states, “Our sustained growth is driven by careful investments. We set the highest standards for our suppliers when it comes to environmental protection. We selected Toscotec for the expansion of our Porcari production base, because over the past 10 years we learned from direct experience that their technology gives us a real energy-efficiency advantage. Another important consideration for this choice was tissue quality. This line will be dedicated to premium products, with higher bulk and superior hand feel.”

Lucart has voluntarily undergone an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the AHEAD-2.0S project, in order to improve the environmental performance of this new production line that replaced an existing MG paper machine. Toscotec has recently proved a strong commitment to its environmental performance, as in 2018 they renewed their ISO 14001 certificate and EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) registration for the twelfth consecutive year.

2018-11-29 
Valmet selected to provide automation services to seven Dalkia biomass power plants in France

Valmet has been selected to supply automation services to seven Dalkia power plants in France for the next five years. The agreements cover the biomass power plants in Facture, Rennes, Tours, Angers, Limoges, Orléans and Strasbourg.

The service agreements are a step forward in the cooperation between Dalkia and Valmet.

Laurent François, plant director of Dalkia Rennes : "I have been working with Valmet DNA system since its first implementation in Dalkia’s Facture power plant. The system has proven to be reliable and very user-friendly for the plant operators. In order to maintain the optimum performance level of the system, we decided to sign service agreements on the global level for all Dalkia plants running with Valmet DNA. In addition, we are implementing Valmet DNA Advanced Process Control (APC) in our Dalkia Rennes plant."

"Valmet has been cooperating with Dalkia for about 8 years. I’m very proud that with this agreement, Dalkia shows their continued confidence in our services. Our long-term partnership and life cycle services are a key success factor for Dalkia and the company’s very specific policy to standardize the automation systems and related services of the biomass power plants in Facture, Rennes, Tours, Angers, Limoges, Orléans and Strasbourg," says Hédi Azzouz, Valmet’s Country Manager of Automation business line, France and North Africa.

Dalkia’s first Valmet DNA system was delivered in 2010 to the Facture biomass power plant with Valmet BFB boiler. Being satisfied with the Valmet automation system, Dalkia chose to equip six new biomass plants also with Valmet DNA.

The scope of the initial Valmet service agreements included services such as maintenance visits, remote access, on-call support and software upgrade service in the frame of Valmet DNA Perfect life. The new agreements will include the roadmap to upgrade the whole system on each site once during the five years’ contract to ensure a state-of-the art, reliable and up-to-date platform for Dalkia to operate their plants.

Information about the customer Dalkia

Dalkia, a subsidiary of the EDF Group, is one of the leading providers of energy services in France, and offers its clients tailor-made solutions scaled to fit each building, city, municipality, region and industrial site. Dalkia is France’s leading operator of wood fired power plants, with a capacity to turn close to two million tonnes of biomass into energy every year. Dalkia’turnover in 2016 was EUR 3,5 billion with 12 887 employees, providing energy services to 2,100 industrial sites in France.

2018-11-28 
UPM supports choreographer Hanna Brotherus' "An ode to the forest" dance work for the opening of Helsinki's new central library Oodi

The choreographer and dance artist Hanna Brotherus’ "Oodi metsälle" (an ode to the forest) dance work will be premiered on Friday at the opening ceremony of Oodi, Helsinki’s new central library. UPM supports the dance work, which depicts the birth of civilisation and literacy.

The full dance work, with 207 performers, will be shown at the public opening on Wednesday, 5 December. It progresses from the outdoor stage to the three floors of Oodi, reflecting the interaction between nature and people : the growth of seeds to saplings, and the journey trees make to become paper, books and civilisation.

The core theme of Hanna Brotherus’ work is the forest. The forest is also present in the dancers’ costumes, which are made from paper.

"The forest inspires and it is also a place to rest. The forest is the nature’s library. Flying birds, raging winds and murmuring brooks, as well as the flora and fauna, are as rich as the people who we now welcome to the central library. In the forest and in the library, you have the freedom to meet with your thoughts and to honour science and art, wisdom and your fellow men," says Hanna Brotherus.

"We have been pleased to have been looking at the construction of the new library from close by. Forests have always inspired Finns, as well as science and art. Forests have also helped Finland to prosper. Encouraging reading and learning is important for UPM and libraries play a key role in doing it well," notes Pirkko Harrela, Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations, UPM.

"UPMers have already been interested in the library’s activities in advance. We have agreed on a long-term collaboration with the new central library, Oodi, as UPM’s volunteers will lend a helping hand in organising workshops for children," she continues.

Altogether, the dance work features 207 performers, ranging from children to elderly people. In addition to professional dancers, students from local schools, elderly people from various parts of Helsinki and the Sibelius Academy Chamber Choir, conducted by Reijo Aittakumpu, will perform.

In addition to UPM, "an ode to the forest" is carried out in collaboration with the Finnish Association for rural culture and education.

An ode to the forest

Choreography and direction : Hanna Brotherus

Music composition and sound : John Brotherus

Costume design : Karoliina Koiso-Kanttila

Set design : Jonathan Maxwell

Choreographer assistant : Johanna Ikola

Production assistant : Tara Nyman

Production : Hanna Brotherus Company

2018-11-28 
The Navigator Company increase Folio and Reels prices in Middle East, Africa and Turkey

The Navigator Company has started to communicate today to their Client Base in Middle East, Africa and Turkey, the new prices to be applied from 2nd January, 2019, on Folio and Reels by 100 euro/ton (115 USD/ton), due to low profitability.
Orders received by all our customers are subject to agreements on new prices and delivery time in the first quarter of 2019 can be much longer than usual for our Company.
The Navigator Company sells its products to 130 countries over five continents, under its own paper brands with a strong reputation for superior and consistent quality - Navigator, Pioneer, Inacopia, Discovery, Soporset and Inaset.

2018-11-27 
UPM strengthens the foundations of the bioeconomy with a new biodiversity commitment

UPM has today published a new biodiversity commitment, which is one of the company’s responsibility targets for 2030. The new commitment and programme will be presented today at the Conference of the Parties (COP14) of the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

The aim of the commitment is to continuously improve the diversity of UPM’s own forests in Finland. The company owns 570,000 hectares of forest, and managing these forests sustainably is essential to ensure the supply of wood.

UPM’s own forests are strategically significant for wood supply, forest research, development of industry’s best practices and training of employees. Improving biodiversity is part of the company’s sustainable forest management. This protects water resources, promotes multiple use of forests and ensures the growth of forests that act as carbon sinks to mitigate climate change.

"Preserving biodiversity is the prerequisite of life. Moreover, it creates a basis for a sustainable bioeconomy and its limitless opportunities. Preserving biodiversity has been the key focus area in developing modern forestry. Now is the right time to announce this target which upgrades our approach to very practical collaboration and develops monitoring and verification methods. With this target and our actions, we want to open up new opportunities for different land uses that are guaranteed not to endanger natural resources or habitats. This is the only safe and sustainable way of moving from a fossil-based economy to bioeconomy," says Timo Lehesvirta, Sustainable Forestry Lead, Forest Global, UPM.

"It has been widely discussed that we need to mainstream biodiversity in all sectors of society. It’s the only way to stop nature loss. Initiatives from the business sector play an important role in this work. I wish that the example set by UPM encourages also other actors in this field to give their own commitments," says Kimmo Tiilikainen, Finland’s Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing.

UPM has carried out its biodiversity protection programme in company forests for over 20 years. The programme is based on an analysis of the essential differences between natural forests and commercial forests. Thanks to the programme, the ratios of tree species have diversified and the amount of deadwood, which is valuable to many forest species, is increasing. Some species are specialised to grow in conditions that differ from the surrounding forest environment. There are 38,000 protected habitats in UPM forests, and the programme protects all of them. Additionally, the programme develops new forest regeneration methods and collaborates with stakeholders in order to, for example, restore mires and small waterways.

The implementation of the biodiversity target and related actions are monitored by an independent group of researchers in the field. The researchers focus on the suitability of the actions taken and the use and development of measurement methods.

"Stopping the deterioration of natural diversity and turning the direction is one of the most important targets of our lifetime," says Liisa Rohweder, the Secretary General of WWF Finland. "To achieve this target, we need everyone’s efforts. UPM’s commitment is a bold and necessary step. It is important that the indicators used by UPM are strongly aligned with the UN’s Aichi-biodiversity targets. We will closely monitor the implementation of UPM’s biodiversity program," Liisa Rohweder continues.

The biodiversity programme will be carried out according to the annual plan, and the operations and results will be reported transparently.

2018-11-27 
Mohawk Expands Greycon’s Finite Scheduling Model across Envelope and Substrate Converting Business

Mohawk has appointed Greycon to roll out opt-Studio to its envelope and substrate converting business.

Greycon’s solution was first implemented in Mohawk’s paper manufacturing and converting operations in 1996 and this roll out includes the opt-Studio ATP/CTP (Available to Promise/Capacity to Promise) module to improve customer service levels and on-time delivery.

Mohawk, a fourth generation, family-owned business, makes fine papers and envelopes for the professional design and print communities. Products are developed to support the full range of printing platforms – from letterpress to offset to toner and ink jet. Mohawk distributes to 60 countries around the world and operates three paper machines in two mills in upstate New York and two converting facilities in New York and Ohio, with warehouses in New York, Ohio, California, Washington and the Netherlands.
John Angleson, Senior Vice-President of Supply Chain at Mohawk said : “We recognise the value Greycon’s solution has provided in scheduling visibility, improved customer service and operational efficiency with its finite scheduling optimisation. As a result of the excellent results we experienced with the earlier installations, we decided to invest in the expansion project. We are now able to see aspects of our schedules that we’ve never seen before. Within the first seven days we were able to resolve some critical backlog issues.”

Jay Jordan, Sales Manager for Greycon North America commented : “We are excited to be rolling out opt-Studio in Mohawk to include its envelope and substrate converting business - the Finite Scheduling Model will provide Mohawk with full visibility of production schedules across its operations.”

2018-11-27 
A.Celli R-WAY® AGV: moving to the future!

A.Celli R-WAY® AGV : moving to the future !
A.Celli Group presents a highly flexible solution for the handling and storage of rolls in complete safety

The issues are now resolved with the A.Celli R-WAY AGV, an automatic guided movement system for continuous production, which can guarantee absolute safety for the operators and the structure.

The A.Celli R-WAY AGV, developed in partnership with Tecnoferrari, is extremely easy to install and maintain and was designed to simplify the flows and processes of production sites where there is a strong emphasis on complete automation.

The A.Celli R-WAY AGV is flexible, fast and smart : fully in keeping with INDUSTRY 4.0, it interacts and communicates with the data analysis and tracking systems and meets the specific and individual needs of each manufacturer.

It also reduces the cost of manual labour, speeds up management and eliminates any risk of damage to the structures and the product.

2018-11-27 
Temporary management arrangements in UPM Biorefining Business Area

Jussi Pesonen, President and CEO of UPM, will assume, on top of his regular duties, temporary responsibility as the Head of UPM Biorefining. The businesses and the transformative growth initiatives in Uruguay and biofuels formerly reporting to Heikki Vappula, will continue operations with existing resources and plans.

UPM will initiate a process for permanent management arrangements in due course.

UPM Biorefining consists of pulp, timber and biofuels businesses. UPM has three pulp mills in Finland and one mill and plantation operation in Uruguay. UPM operates four sawmills and one biorefinery in Finland. The main customers of UPM Biorefining are tissue, specialty paper and board producers in the pulp industry, fuel distributors in the biofuel industry and construction and joinery industries in the timber sector.

2018-11-26 
With Brand Repositioning, GL&V Officially Becomes GLV

New image marks next phase for pulp & paper equipment manufacturer

Global solutions provider for the pulp and paper industry, GLV, has announced the rebranding of its formal company name and logo. Formerly known as GL&V, the new brand reflects GLV’s venerable history while aligning the company for long-term success in pulp and paper production.

“GLV equipment, parts and service bring together the people and brands that mills have trusted for decades, with the latest innovations that impact pulp and paper today,” explains Drew Humphries, President of GLV. “With projects and customers all over the world, we are committed to growing as ‘one GLV’ so that we can fulfill our mission to deliver long-term, sustainable solutions that create peace of mind forever. That is the promise we make to our customers.” 

That brand promise was the driving force behind GLV’s new image, as well as its slogan : “Our Team. Your Performance.” The GLV story is rooted in innovation, expansion and continuous improvement. Founded in Quebec, Canada in 1975, GL&V (Groupe Laperriere & Verreault) grew through strategic partnerships, acquisitions and new developments in equipment manufacturing. Over the following forty years, the firm built up an installed base in over thirty countries, with technical centers now located in the United States, Canada, Sweden, India and Brazil. Today, GLV is pioneering technology that redefines efficiency in pulp and paper making with inventive products such as the Coru-Lok washer deck attachment system, MagTrimTM slitter positioning system and the DF-6000 Deflaker.

GLV’s new look represents a renewed, unified and global approach to delivering a top-of-the-line experience for the current and future generations of pulp and paper customers. The phased roll out of the reimagined GLV brand will be completed by December 31, 2018.

2018-11-26 
Another PMP Intelli-Jet V® Hydraulic Headbox at Australian Paper’s (Australia) has been successfully brought on stream!

In July 2017, PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) signed a contract for a delivery of wet end rebuild with a new Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox, fourdrinier and reel rebuild for Australian Paper’s paper machine (PM4) located in Morwell, Australia.
It is a big pleasure to announce that PM4 with new PMP Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox, fourdrinier and reel has started up smoothly on September 10th at 4:12 am of local time. First jumbo roll appeared on the reel at 4:54 am. Two days later, machine started to produce saleable paper.
The scope of supply covered new 4-channel Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox of 7 m pondside. This unit ensures excellent formation and production flexibility for the mill (basis weight from 110 to 270 g/m2). Headbox technology is a part of PMP’s Intelli-Paper® platform for papermakers. Over the years PMP Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox has become an iconic solution in the Pulp & Paper Industry. Currently, there are over 150 PMP’s headboxes working successfully on 6 continents.
The scope of delivery included also stock approach equipment (attenuator, LS Screens – 3 units), fourdrinier and reel rebuild.
The project goal was to improve CD profile, tensile ratio and formation of the final product and increase the machine speed to 750 mpm. It is worth to mention that it is already second PMP Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox working in Australian Paper Maryvale mill. The first one was implemented on PM2 on April 2018. This is a good example of a solid partnership between PMP and Australian leader in paper making.

2018-11-26 
Heikki Vappula, Executive Vice President of UPM Biorefining, believed to have died in a plane crash

Heikki Vappula, Executive Vice President of UPM Biorefining, believed to have died in a plane crash

Executive Vice President of UPM Biorefining Business Area, Heikki Vappula is believed to have died in a plane crash while on a private trip in Zimbabwe on Friday. The authorities have confirmed that his name appears on the passenger list of the crashed plane.

Heikki Vappula was 51 years old. He joined UPM in 2006 as Senior Vice President of Global Sourcing. During 2010-2013 he acted as the President of Energy & Pulp Business Group. Since 2013 he held his current position. He was also a member of the Board of Finnish Forest Industries Federation. Before joining the forest industry Heikki had a successful career in Nokia Corporation for 13 years.

"We owe a debt of gratitude to Heikki who was a visionary and inspiring executive, always hungry for results. His insights and energy will be greatly missed by colleagues as well as business partners around the world," says Jussi Pesonen, President and CEO of UPM.

"On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire Executive Team, I wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to Heikki’s family. We wish everybody to respect the privacy of Heikki’s family. This tragedy escapes all words."

2018-11-26 
New record for Lucart’s plant in Avigliano: 2,000 days without injuries

The plant located in the province of Potenza is once again a shining example of occupational safety

Thanks to the commitment of its 85 employees, Lucart’s plant in Avigliano, in the province of Potenza, has set a great record : almost 5 and a half years without occupational injuries. It is one of Italy’s finest facilities, especially in Southern Italy, dedicated to the production of high-quality, high-performance dry paper hygiene products, such as the well-known Tutto brand.

‘We achieved this goal through excellent teamwork,’ said Saverio Sarubbo, Manager of Lucart’s plant in Avigliano. ‘Sharing the “value” of safety with all our workers, and not just with our external suppliers, has certainly laid the foundations for this success. We have maintained an ongoing dialogue between top management and employees, which has helped us to eliminate hazardous conditions, thus promoting a true culture of safety.’

Continuous staff training, a structured system for reporting potential danger warnings, plant compliance, investments in modern machine safety devices and the commitment of Lucart’s management and of its 85 workers : these are the key elements that have enabled the plant in Avigliano to set a new record, exceeding the previous one, set in 2016, of 1,000 days without injuries.

“We are proud of the fact that we are celebrating another successful achievement for our Group as well as a historic milestone,” commented Massimo Pasquini, CEO of Lucart. “The solutions adopted in Avigliano will be used as a reference standard for all of the Group’s production sites in Italy, hoping to soon celebrate a new goal, namely zero injuries.”

The occupational health and safety management system of the plant in Avigliano, as in all the other plants of the Group in Italy, is certified according to the OHSAS 18001 standard.

2018-11-26 
A. Celli Paper will supply the new Global Hygiène’s tissue machine in Charavines, France

The new tissue machine Global Hygiène will build in Charavines (South-East of France, in the Grenoble region) will be supplied by the Italian company A. Celli Paper. The capacity of the machine will be 32,000 tpy. The TM will be able to produce tissue paper from virgin and recycled fibers. The commissioning is planned in late 2019-beginning of 2020.

2018-11-23 
Atip Awards in Grenoble

The French Technical Association of Paper Industry (ATIP) has awarded its traditional Innovation Trophees during a Gala dinner which took place in Grenoble on November 20. This year, the winners are :
• Gold : ACA (represented by Fanel Solutions in the French market). ACAV AX 100 is a new Viscometer for Optimum Coater Runnability. This High Shear Viscometer is a easy to use instrument for analysing the viscosity of coating materials. ACA AX-100 uses a piston driven mechanical principle to provide complete and precise shear rate analysis. It enables fast and easy shear rate dependent viscosity measurement. It also offers very high correlation to coater runnability. In addition, it is a reliable tool for raw material quality control, coating defect diagnostics and coating development colors.

• Silver : Valmet (Polarized forming fabrics). In the polarized structure, the machine direction yarns on both the paper side and the roll side are shifted to form an off-stacked structure. This special structure removes the direct drainage channels traditionally used in forming fabrics. Polarized structure improves the machine runnability and performance.

• Bronze : LGP2 (PaperTouch). New way to produce paper sheets with electronic functions in paper stuff whithout need for adhesive. This process is patented.

Full coverage will be published in the next issue of “La Papeterie Magazine”.

2018-11-23 
Gold Certificate Industry 4.0 for Sulzer’s BLUE BOX

Sulzer’s BLUE BOX™ IoT Advanced Analytics has won the Gold Certificate Industry 4.0 at the Swiss Digital Economy Awards in the category Highest Digital Quality. BLUE BOX uses existing pump data to cut costs in pump operation and maintenance considerably.

The Swiss Digital Economy Awards are presented by the industry association SwissICT, the Association of Swiss Internet Companies Simsa and the specialist publisher Netzmedien. The certificate honors outstanding achievements in information and communication technologies. At this year’s awards 19 finalists from a range of industrial and commercial businesses competed for the honors in four categories. Each finalist has been scrutinized by a panel of industry experts. The judging panel explained Sulzer’s nomination : “The innovative integration of IoT (Internet of Things) into an existing productive environment and, thus, the optimal use of IoT convinced the jury. An existing value chain has been equipped with IoT solutions and offers a high customer added value. The selected combination of technical, procedural and people quality is a shining example of a high maturity in the development process based on the chosen MVP (minimum viable product) approach up to the marketable product.”

The BLUE BOX™ by Sulzer is a set of smart software services leveraging the Internet of Things for asset optimization and real-time predictive maintenance. Using Sulzer’s Advanced Analytics Engine, BLUE BOX encompasses the capabilities of data capture, integration, visualization and big data analytics tied together for the explicit purpose of improving the reliability, efficiency and performance of physical assets. BLUE BOX also includes the concepts of condition monitoring, predictive forecasting and real-time actionable insights through remote process transparency. All data analysis components including data modeling, real-time predictive analytics and machine learning are performed in the Sulzer secure cloud platform. Further, this cloud-based solution simplifies regulatory compliance with a minimal IT footprint and was designed to be easily scalable.

Marc Heggemann, Head of Group Commercial Digital Solutions, said : “What makes BLUE BOX unique is its minimal digital footprint and secure connection to process data that can be gathered without the need for additional hardware. Combined with our expertise in pump manufacturing and maintenance, this cutting-edge data analysis tool can deliver long-term improvements and cost reductions.”

2018-11-22 
Xinxiang Xinya Group confirms its trust in A.Celli Group

In Henan Province, Xinxiang Xinya Paper Group Co. Ltd holds the first place in the paper industry. The company mainly produces white coated and printing papers. The Group’s production capacity is 800,000 tons per year.

In 2005 A.Celli Paper already supplied the customer with a rewinder AC842 for the PM1 machine with the same characteristics as the one recently sold : suitable for processing medium-high weight paper grades (between 180 and 400 gsm), design speed 2000 mpm and untrimmed roll width of 3420 mm.

Fully satisfied with the A.Celli rewinder purchased at the time, the excellent quality of the winding process and the assistance received during the last years by the A.Celli customer service department, the Group has decided to expand its business, investing in new projects, including the new A.Celli P100 Rewinder, with the goal of increasing its production capacity by another 200,000 tons, reaching one million a year.

The new rewinder will be in operation in the first quarter of 2019.

2018-11-22 
Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Europac by DS Smith, subject to conditions

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Europac by DS Smith, both manufacturers of paper and packaging products. The decision is conditional on the divestment of a number of production plants in Portugal and France.

DS Smith and Europac are both manufacturers of a wide range of paper and packaging products, in particular corrugated packaging such as corrugate cases used to transport industrial and consumer goods. DS Smith is active across the European Economic Area (EEA) and Europac has activities in France, Spain and Portugal.

The Commission’s investigation focused on the markets for corrugated case materials, sheets and cases. Corrugated case material is used to manufacture corrugated sheets, which in turn are converted into corrugated cases for sale to end-customers.

The Commission was concerned that the proposed acquisition would significantly reduce the level of competition in :

  •  the market for corrugated sheets, and consequently corrugated cases, in Portugal, as the merged entity would have had a strong market position on the sheet market and face limited constraints from competitors.
  •  the market for corrugated cases in Western France, in view of the strong combined market position of DS Smith and Europac and the loss of competitive constraint that the transaction would cause.

The proposed remedies

To address the Commission’s competition concerns, DS Smith offered to divest the following activities :

 Europac’s box plant in Ovar, Portugal, for the manufacture and supply of corrugated sheets and cases in Portugal ; and two DS Smith plants in France : “DSS Normandie” and “DSS Normandie (Cabourg)”, which produce corrugated sheets and cases for supply in Western France, in particular in Brittany.

DS Smith and Europac also commit to transfer or assign the applicable customer contracts along with the divested plants.

These commitments fully remove the overlap between DS Smith and Europac with regard to corrugated cases in Western France. The commitments also largely eliminate the overlap as regards the supply of corrugated sheets in Portugal and as such any foreclosure concerns with regard to corrugated cases, so that the transaction will only result in a limited increment in market share of less than 5%.

The Commission therefore concluded that the proposed transaction, as modified by the commitments, would no longer raise competition concerns in the EEA. The decision is conditional upon full compliance with the commitments.

2018-11-22 
A prosperous future for Mondi Bupak and e-commerce customers in the Czech Republic

Mondi plans to further invest in its Corrugated Packaging facility in Bupak, Czech Republic, which has already benefitted from significant investments in recent years. Once completed, the upgrade will make the Czech production facility another flagship plant for Mondi Group’s corrugated board segment.

“The digital transformation is rapidly changing society, and the way we consume. The rise of e-commerce in particular has radically transformed the packaging industry. Driven by a growing consumer demand, the competitive Czech market calls for a strong footprint in corrugated packaging,” Armand Schoonbrood, COO Mondi Corrugated Packaging, says. “After investing in our Central and Eastern European facilities Mondi Świecie and Mondi Simet in the recent past, the expansion of our Czech capabilities is simply the next logical step.”

Partner with customers for innovation

The €30 million investment - scheduled for completion in 2020 - includes the installation of a state-of-the-art corrugator in response to customers’ calls for more innovative and efficient packaging solutions. Mondi Corrugated Packaging currently stands out for winning numerous packaging innovation awards in 2018. “We want to continue this trend and work with our customers to challenge their existing packaging and find more innovative, cost-efficient and sustainable solutions,” Schoonbrood says.

Mondi Bupak will mainly focus on e-commerce customers, so the plan is to also set up a customer experience centre. A team of dedicated design experts will offer tailored consultancy services to customer, including high-quality simulations of the entire value chain : from paper to board, from board to box, and from box to transport. Armand Schoonbrood explains : “This investment will enable Mondi Bupak to deliver solutions for every packaging challenge our customers could possibly face and will make it the first port-of-call for e-commerce customers in the Czech, German and Austrian markets. By investing in our production facility today, we start perfecting the packaging of tomorrow.”

The investment will double the the plant’s production capacity, aiming to produce over 200 million sqm of corrugated board per year.

2018-11-22 
IBC PAPER TRAINING at the Student Meeting in PAGORA

IBC PAPER TRAINING at the Student Meeting in PAGORA. This morning we have presented our company to the futur Engineers in Biomaterials, Papermaking & Printing media. This afternoon we expect them to meet them at our booth to exchange about our work oppprtunities in our company. This is a wonderful experience to meet expectations between students and the Industry.

2018-11-22 
Fifth Valmet-supplied Advantage DCT tissue line successfully started up at ICT's Iberica mill in Spain

Valmet-supplied Advantage DCT 200HS tissue production line including an extensive automation package was successfully started up at ICT Iberica’s mill in Burgo, Spain, in September 2018. The new tissue line meets the company’s intention to adopt state of the art technology for highest quality tissue production. Valmet has previously delivered four tissue lines to ICT companies in Italy, France and Poland.

"Thanks to the teamwork between Valmet and ICT technicians, the project achieved all the objectives, both in terms of quality and timing. The capability to manage the main planning of all the phases - engineering, installation and commissioning - in a flexible way, the final tuning of the on-site activities, joined with the skills of the team members involved in the project, were the keys to achieve a regular and smooth start-up," says Silvano Marcelli, Technical manager at ICT and Antonio Jordan, Project manager at ICT Iberica.

"Despite all the work, all people involved did a great job. Together we managed to achieve a very good result and a start-up according to the plan. It was one of the smoothest start-up’s I have ever seen," says Stefan Ziegel, Project manager at Valmet.

The production line was optimized to save energy and enhance final product quality. The new line will add 70,000 tons a year of high-quality toilet, towel, facial, and napkin grades for the European market. The raw material for the new line will be virgin fiber. The flexibility of Valmet’s Advantage ViscoNip press makes it possible to adjust the production to fit current and future market needs, from production of tissue with high bulk and softness to energy- and cost-efficient products with high quality, only within minutes.

Valmet’s scope of delivery comprised a complete tissue production line including a stock preparation system and an Advantage DCT 200HS tissue machine. The delivery also included a two-layer OptiFlo Headbox, Advantage ReTurne energy recovery system, Advantage ViscoNip press and Advantage SoftReel reel, as well as Advantage AirCap hood, steam generator and a complete mill equipment system from bale handling to fan pumps.

Complete engineering, training, start-up and commissioning were also included in the delivery as well as an extensive Valmet automation package.

2018-11-22 
Vinda Personal Care (China) starts up two AHEAD-2.0M tissue machines supplied by Toscotec.

On November 19th Vinda Personal Care (China) Limited started up two Toscotec supplied AHEAD-2.0M tissue machines in Xiaogan city, Hubei, China. With the start-up of these production lines, Vinda inaugurates its second production base in Xiaogan, located in the vicinity of its existing mill.
Both AHEAD-2.0M lines feature a second generation large diameter TT SYD, Toscotec’s shoe press technology TT NextPress and the energy-efficient TT DOES solution (Drying Optimization for Energy Savings). This new configuration will grant additional improvements of the finished product’s quality in terms of softness and basis weight uniformity, and an additional reduction of steam consumption. The two AHEAD-2.0M machines will increase the group’s annual production by over 60,000 tons.
Anna Wang, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Vinda International Holdings says, “This is what we count on when we work with Toscotec, our long-term partner : a successful start-up, on time and on budget. Vinda Personal Care (China) is a very strategic production base for the Group, we are investing on its operations and therefore we expect efficient performances and very low consumptions on these new Toscotec’s lines.”
Stefano Raffaelli, Toscotec’s Customer Care and Project Manager, comments, “We achieved an important objective today. At Vinda’s new Xiaogan mill, we started up the first two of Toscotec’s machines with advanced technological features in China. We also delivered on the mill’s requirement to start up both machines at the same time, thanks to the great coordination of Toscotec’s and Vinda’s teams during the entire installation and commissioning period. We continuously support Vinda’s growth with our most advanced technology. We are currently installing another two tissue machines at Xiaogan mill that will feature significant upgrades both in the forming and pope reel sections.”
Toscotec is installing other two tissue lines at Vinda Personal Care (China), scheduled for start-up over the next few months.

2018-11-22 
ANDRITZ receives order to supply tissue machine to Berli Jucker Cellox, Thailand

ANDRITZ has received an order from Berli Jucker Cellox Ltd. to supply a PrimeLineCOMPACT VI tissue machine with shoe press, including stock preparation and automation systems, for their mill in Prachinburi, Thailand. The machine is designed for grammages from 13 to 40 g/m2 used for all kinds of high-quality tissue and towels.

The tissue machine has a design speed of 1,800 meters per minute and a paper width on reel of 2,800 mm. It is equipped with the ANDRITZ PrimeControl automation system for an optimized production process.

The combination of a 16 ft. PrimeDry Steel Yankee and the latest PrimePress XT Evo shoe press technology enables a high drying capacity and achieves remarkable cost savings and operational flexibility as well as improved product quality.

The scope of supply also includes the stock preparation system, with two lines in order to process both short-fiber and long-fiber pulp, and the option of adding recycled fiber. Additionally, it is equipped with an approach flow system and Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) for fiber recovery. The installed water system is designed to minimize water consumption, thus ensuring highest efficiency.

“Due to the intensive R&D activities at the new ANDRITZ PrimeLineTIAC tissue pilot plant in Graz, we believe that ANDRITZ is the right partner to provide the expertise and equipment for a high-quality tissue production line, for example the latest shoe press technology PrimePress XT Evo that provides high productivity and product quality as well as the PrimeDry Steel Yankee that enables high efficiency of resources,” says the senior management of Berli Jucker Cellox Ltd.

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

2018-11-22 
PMP Group Opens New Facility in USA

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2018-11-21 
Sonoco Announces New Senior Leadership Structure

Arthur Retiring Following 34 Years of Service
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2018-11-21 
Metsä Board invests in a new sheeting line at its Äänekoski mill

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A new A.Celli STREAM® winder for Zhejiang Kingsafe

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2018-11-20 

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