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Glatfelter to acquire Georgia-Pacific’s European nonwovens business for $185 million

Glatfelter, a global supplier of specialty papers and engineered materials, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Georgia-Pacific’s European nonwovens business (the “Business”) for $185 million, subject to customary purchase price adjustments.

The proposed transaction includes Georgia-Pacific’s operations located in Steinfurt, Germany, along with sales offices located in France and Italy. The Steinfurt facility produces high-quality airlaid products for the table-top, wipes, hygiene, food pad, and other nonwoven materials markets, competing in the marketplace with nonwoven technologies and substrates, as well as other materials focused primarily on consumer based end-use applications. The Steinfurt facility is a state-of-the-art, 32,000-metric-ton-capacity manufacturing facility that employs approximately 220 people.

“Glatfelter’s agreement to acquire the European nonwovens business demonstrates our commitment to building leading positions in global growth markets for engineered materials,” said Dante C. Parrini, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Glatfelter. “Steinfurt’s products and technologies complement our current airlaid business very well and the acquisition provides synergistic capacity increase opportunities and an improved cost structure to support our ability to serve customers in growing consumer and industrial markets. From a financial perspective, the investment provides an attractive return on capital, is immediately accretive and will deliver attractive EBITDA margins in a growing market.”

In 2017, the Business generated net sales of $99 million and EBITDA of $18 million. The Company expects to realize synergies in excess of approximately $6 million per year within three years, and expects to incur one-time costs of approximately $7 million for transaction fees and integration.

Glatfelter plans to finance the acquisition through a combination of cash on hand and borrowing under its existing revolving credit facility.

The proposed transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approvals. Credit Suisse acted as the financial advisor in connection with the transaction, and Shearman & Sterling LLP as legal advisor. The closing is expected to occur during the fourth quarter.

2018-06-22 
Buckman introduces Echowise™ at Zellcheming-Expo 2018

Buckman, a global company that specializes in innovative chemical and smart solutions for the pulp and paper industry, will introduce ECHOWISE™, its newest non-invasive technology, at Zellcheming-Expo 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany. From 26 to 28 June, many of Buckman’s global experts will be on-hand at the show to discuss the company’s groundbreaking solutions for the pulp and paper industry.

Included in the group is Mark Conyngham who will discuss Buckman’s focus on developing industry-leading chemistries that can be used seamlessly with Buckman’s problem-solving expertise and smart technology, like ECHOWISE. In addition, Rosy Covarrubias, Buckman’s Global Technology Director for Packaging, will discuss the benefits of Buckman’s third generation Maximyze®, and Stefan Pohl, Tissue Industry Technology Manager, will talk about Buckman’s full line of Yankee creping chemicals for Yankee cylinder protection.

Please visit Buckman’s booth F49 at Zellcheming to learn more about its innovative chemistries, like Vybrant® enzymatic bleaching technologies, Busperse® calcium stabilization technology, tissue softeners and more.

2018-06-21 
Insolvent paper manufacturer Feldmuehle Uetersen is reorganized

The Schleswig-Holstein paper company Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH will be transferred to a subsidiary of the Berlin-based Beteiligungsgesellschaft Kairos Industries AG with effect from 15 June 2018 and will be continued in full.
‘Feldmuehle GmbH’ was founded specially for the transfer.
As a result of the refurbishment 400 and thus more than 95 percent of 420 jobs were preserved. The insolvency administrator and restructuring expert Dr. Tjark Thies from the Hamburg law firm Reimer Rechtsanwälte had concluded an acquisition agreement with Kairos in May 2018.
This agreement was under several challenging conditions, which were met this week.
"The successful completion of this refurbishment is largely thanks to the dedication, flexibility and responsiveness of the Feldmuehle employees," says Thies. At the end of May 2018, the Feldmuehle Works Council approved a ten percent salary waiver for employees until 31 December 2019, thereby creating an essential prerequisite for the financing of the acquisition. "Such constructive and responsible behavior is not a matter of course even in insolvency proceedings," says Thies. In addition to the restructuring contribution of the employees, the trustworthy cooperation with Ruppert Fux Landmann GmbH, Ernst & Young GmbH and the GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälte mbB also contributed significantly to the successful takeover by Kairos.
Kairos Industries AG is a specialist in takeover and operational support of German medium-sized companies in special situations, as well as Group edge activities and business units with potential for increased earnings. It was supported
in the current transaction by lawyers from Morrison & Foerster LLP and Crowe leeberg auditing firm from Munich. The acquisition of Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH is aimed at along-term entrepreneurial commitment ; and the strategic successful realignment of the company, which began at the end of 2017, will be continued.
Founded in 1904, the traditional company Feldmuehle produces around 250,000 tons of paper annually and filed for insolvency on 24 January 2018, at the district court of Pinneberg. Feldmuehle products are mainly used worldwide for the production of classic print products and in the packaging industry.

2018-06-21 
SchaeferRolls expands with second production site in the USA

SchaeferRolls Inc., manufacturer of high performance elastomeric and composite elastomeric roll covers based in Farmington, New Hampshire, U S A and subsidiary of SchäferRolls GmbH & Co.K G of Renningen, Germany, is expanding its operational footprint southward by constructing a new full-service roll shop to better serve their customers in the South/Southeast of the US. The new plant in Covington,Virginia will be equipped to manufacture the full roll cover product line as well as provide all mechanical repair, rebuild and grinding services needed to ensure a “one-stop shop” for all your roll maintenance needs.

“We have been looking for a location to site a second manufacturing facility to better serve our custom ers in the S outh,” said J.T. Fisher, Vice President and General Manager of SchaeferRolls Inc. “Covington provides excellent transportation options and a skilled labor force, allowing us to provide products with enhanced econom ic value to our customers.” With the decision for Covington, SchaeferR olls Inc. will also become the preferred supplier of the nearby located production site of the paper and packaging m anufacturer WestRock Company.

The choice of location is also very welcomed by the Commonwealth of Virginia : “We are thrilled to welcome SchaeferRolls to the City of Covington and Virginia as a new corporate partner and the local supplier to WestRock’s major operation,” said Governor Northam .

“The paper and packaging industries have a long history of success in the Commonwealth, and we are confident that the company will benefit from the competitive operating costs and dedicated regional workforce with strong industry skills. Gaining a new employer in the 21st century is an important step forward for the City, and we are confident in SchaeferRolls’ future success in Virginia.”
Through the systematic transfer of technology as well as targeted synergies between the international locations of the SchäferRolls-Group, the new production facility will be equipped with an optimal and future-oriented production process. "For S chäferRolls, this complete new building is a rare opportunity to use state-of-the-art technologies and processes to design production efficiently and to position ourselves optimally for the future," says Carsten Sohl, technical managing director of the parent company in Renningen. Construction is scheduled for the end of 2018. The beginning of operation is scheduled for mid-2019.

2018-06-21 
Italian packaging machinery industry forges ahead as turnover reaches €7.19 billion

The Italian automatic packaging machinery industry continues to consolidate its world leading position.

According to data collected by the research department of Ucima, the sector’s national association affiliated with Confindustria, the sector closed 2017 with further year-on-year growth.

Total turnover exceeded €7 billion (€7.19 billion), 8.9% up on 2016. The sector continues to stand out for its strong international presence, with Italian companies competing head-to-head with their German counterparts in all world markets. One machine out of every five sold worldwide is made in Italy.

Exports grew by 7.5% to €5.7 billion.

The domestic market also continued its strong performance with 14.4% growth to more than €1.5 billion.

The sector consequently recorded a positive trade balance of €5.2 billion, up by 7.1%.

These results were generated by 634 companies employing 32,227 people (up 8.7% on 2016).

The sector was once again Italy’s most dynamic capital goods manufacturing industry in 2017, ranking top in terms of export share and second in terms of overall turnover.

Results in international markets

The European Union remains the most important market, accounting for 37.4% of total turnover (€1.905 billion). Asia ranks second with a value of €1.112 billion and a 21.8% share of turnover.

The North American market ranks third with €592.6 million (11.6%). Next come Central and South America (€532.8 million ; 10.4%), non-EU Europe (€515.4 million ; 10.1%) and Africa and Oceania (€439.5 million ; 8.6%).

The United States, France and Germany remain the top three individual countries, followed by Mexico, China, Spain, UK, Russia, Turkey and Poland.

The domestic market

The Italian market has enjoyed a further positive year thanks to the tax incentives offered by the Industry 4.0 programme. Turnover generated in Italy grew by 14.4% year-on-year to €1.5 billion.

Client sectors

As for the breakdown of turnover amongst the various client sectors, the food and beverage sector maintained its dominant position in 2017 accounting for 56.1% of total turnover.

Even considered individually, these two sub-sectors lead the rankings. Food was the largest client sector in 2017, making up 30.25% of total turnover (€2.174 billion) and with an export share of 74.4%.

Beverage was second with 25.9% of total turnover and exports making up 85% of the segment’s sales.

They were followed by the “Others” segment, which includes packaging machinery for tobacco, tissue, etc., with €1.464 billion (20% of the total) and an export share of 83%, then the pharmaceutical machinery sector with €1.16 billion (16% of the total) and an export share of 80%.

At the bottom of the rankings were the cosmetics and chemicals segments with turnovers of respectively €272 million and €257 million and amongst the lowest export percentages, 74% and 76%.

In Italy, food remains the leading segment (37.1%), followed by beverage and others.

The structure of the sector

The Italian packaging machinery sector reflects the structure of Italian industry in general.

65.8% of companies have revenues of below €5 million and account for just 8.9% of the sector’s total turnover.

The 48 largest companies (with turnovers above €25 million) generate 66.8% of the sector’s total turnover.

The larger companies are also the only ones to have seen growth in average number of employees.

Despite this polarisation, 2017 saw the growth of medium-sized companies (with turnovers in the €10-25 million range), which increased in number from 52 to 77 (+25) and generated 15.4% of total turnover.

The largest number of companies are located in the Emilia Romagna region (36%), accounting for 61.9% of total turnover. The next most important regions are Lombardy(28.1% of companies and 17.6% of turnover), Veneto (11.8% of companies and 8.9% of turnover) and Piedmont (11.4% of companies and 6% of turnover).

2018 forecasts

“The volatility of markets and constant changes in the geopolitical conditions in a number of regions make it increasingly difficult to make reliable forecasts,” said Ucima’s Chairman Enrico Aureli.

“On balance however we expect last year’s growth trend to be maintained. According to the Ucima Research Department’s forecasts, the industry will continue its strong performance in Italy and Europe. Sales are also expected improve in Asia and Africa with growth of between 6% and 6.5% in the two-year period 2018-2020.”

2018-06-21 
International Paper Announces Senior Leadership Appointments

International Paper today announced that Timothy S. Nicholls has been appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, succeeding Glenn R. Landau who is leaving the company for personal reasons. Mr. Nicholls, who currently serves as Senior Vice President - Industrial Packaging the Americas, previously served as Chief Financial Officer of the Company from December 2007 through November 2011.

The Company also announced that Jean-Michel Ribiéras, currently Senior Vice President - Global Cellulose Fibers, has been appointed Senior Vice President - Industrial Packaging the Americas, succeeding Mr. Nicholls, and that Catherine I. Slater has been appointed Senior Vice President - Global Cellulose Fibers. All appointments are effective immediately.

"These appointments reflect the breadth and depth of our exceptionally strong management team as we continue to focus on delivering long-term value for all stakeholders by establishing advantaged positions in attractive market segments," said Mark Sutton, Chairman and CEO. "Tim has extensive experience at IP having served in senior executive roles across the organization, including as our former CFO. Tim, Jean-Michel and Cathy are outstanding leaders with proven track records of success across a range of positions, businesses and geographies. I would like to thank Glenn for his many years of service and wish him well."

About Timothy S. Nicholls
Mr. Nicholls, 56, has served as Senior Vice President - Industrial Packaging the Americas since November 2014, with responsibility for the company’s North American Containerboard, Container and Recycling businesses and IP Brazil Packaging. His previous positions have included Senior Vice President - Printing & Communications Papers the Americas, and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He joined International Paper in 1999 through the Company’s acquisition of Union Camp Corporation, where he held a series of finance and business planning positions.

About Jean-Michel Ribiéras
Mr. Ribiéras, 55, currently serves as Senior Vice President - Global Cellulose Fibers, a position he has held since July 2016. He previously served as Senior Vice President - President, IP Europe, Middle East, Africa & Russia from 2013 until June 2016, and President - IP Latin America from 2009 until 2013. He joined the Company in 1993 at Aussedat Rey in France.

About Catherine I. Slater
Ms. Slater, 55, has been a Senior Vice President of the Company since December 2016, when she joined the Company from Weyerhaeuser Company effective upon the completion of the acquisition of Weyerhaeuser’s cellulose fibers business (which she previously led). From the time she joined the Company, she served as Senior Vice President, Consumer Packaging until the end of 2017. Her 24-year career with Weyerhaeuser included leadership roles in manufacturing, printing papers, consumer products, wood products, distribution and the cellulose fibers business.

2018-06-21 
ANDRITZ to supply recovery boiler and pre-evaporation system to Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf in Austria

ANDRITZ has received an order from Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf, part of the Smurfit Kappa Group, to supply a HERB recovery boiler and a pre-evaporation plant for its mill in Nettingsdorf, Austria. The new investments are part of the company’s Future Energy Project, which involves the implemention of sustainable energy initiatives at the Nettingsdorf mill. Start-up of the pre-evaporation plant and the new recovery boiler is scheduled for mid-2019 and mid-2020, respectively.

In addition to reducing emissions, the new HERB recovery boiler will produce more electricity than a traditional one. The boiler for Nettingsdorf will have several advanced features, including a smelt spout robot, an advanced sootblowing control with a hanging parts’ weight change indicator, and a process simulator. The EPC delivery scope covers mechanical equipment, automation, electrification, and instrumentation.

As a boost to energy efficiency at the mill, the new pre-evaporation plant utilizes ANDRITZ’s proven Mechanical Vapor Recompression (MVR) technology to increase the Nettingsdorf mill’s evaporation capacity. MVR units operate with very low specific energy consumption and also produce clean condensate that will be reused in other mill processes to minimize consumption of fresh water. 

The new equipment will reinforce the industry-leading position that Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf currently holds due to its low energy consumption. Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf produces kraftliner

2018-06-21 
Valmet's new multilevel measurement enables real-time monitoring of liquor tank levels at evaporator plants

Valmet has introduced a new multilevel measurement solution for measuring liquor tank levels at evaporator plants. A reliable and robust online solution, Valmet Multilevel Measurement, enables real-time monitoring and consequently correctly timed soap skimming in intermediate or weak liquor tanks.

"With Valmet Multilevel Measurement, it is possible to measure soap layer thickness online and start and finish soap skimming at the right time and thus avoid overflowing in the black liquor soap separation process. This all means less disturbance for the process," says Timo Laurila, Business Manager, Recovery Analyzers and Advanced Process Controls, Automation, Valmet.

The density-independent measurement is based on electrical impedance technology (EIT), which allows robust detection of components or phases with differing conductivities. This enables interface detection in a multiphase system, allowing, for example, the identification of liquor-soap, liquor-foam and soap-air interfaces.

Multilevel Measurement is fully integrated with the Valmet Industrial Internet solutions portfolio. Measurement information can be combined with Valmet’s advanced process control applications or third-party plant automation systems.

2018-06-21 
Rockwell solutions at iT's Tissue

Rockwell Automation, the main sponsor and protagonist of iT’s Tissue 2018 “The Italian Technology Experience”, the only event of its kind in the world, now in its third edition.

From June 25 to 29, the 12 network members of iT’s Tissue will open the doors of their companies to welcome visitors from around the world, demonstrating Italian excellence and quality in the technological tissue production chain. Rockwell Automation, in addition to acting as the main sponsor, will participate in all the open house events with their solutions specifically designed to produce added value.

Always a promoter of the culture of innovation and technological excellence, Rockwell Automation, a global leader in automation products and services, is participating in the third edition of iT’s Tissue as the main sponsor and supplier of solutions specifically designed to produce added value.

This is the third appointment with iT’s Tissue, an event that has grown over the course of each edition. In 2015 the number of operators present at the event had already doubled from the previous event, with 1500 people coming from 70 different countries representing 320 companies, all of whom appreciated the open house formula. This year from June 25 to 29, visitors will once again have the chance to see machines operating where they were designed and built, and to expand their knowledge about the latest innovations in terms of automation solutions developed to support machine manufacturers and end users, helping them to reach ever more challenging efficiency and productivity goals.

There are 12 Network Members of iT’s Tissue : A. Celli, Elettric80, Fabio Perini, Futura, Gambini, MTC, OMET, PCMC, Pulsar, Recard, TMC, Toscotec. 12 brand leaders in their sectors, all sharing a desire to promote Italian expertise at a global level, giving life to a district that is synonymous with excellence and quality in the tissue sector. The beating heart of the Tissue Valley, with industrial businesses located in the surrounding area of Lucca, extending to complete the production chains in Bologna, Reggio Emilia and Lecco.

Visitors can organize their tours of the open houses in advance based on their own interests. Specifically, those who want to explore Rockwell Automation solutions for converting can reserve a visit at Fabio Perini, Futura, Gambini and PCMC, while those interested in the paper production process can visit A. Celli, Recard and Toscotec. Visitors interested in handling and inspection of product quality aimed at improving line efficiency can visit Pulsar Engineering for palletizing, logistics and complete Elettric80 factory integration, while for packaging, the companies to see are TMC and Fabio Perini with the CASMATIC brand. MTC is the only company where it is possible to see converting solutions for folded products.

All the aforesaid companies have already chosen Integrated Architecture solution by Rockwell Automation for their machines. For the occasion of iT’s Tissue, Rockwell Automation decided to focus attention on some of the concepts that make up the DNA of the company, presenting some new solutions and some integrations on the adopted architectures.

The concept of safety as interpreted by Rockwell Automation, which has always been at the forefront in the world from a perspective of safety solutions for the industrial sector, is expressed through the integration of new functionalities that combine safety and productivity. For example, at Futura it will be possible to see how the Kinetix 5700 ERS4 servomotor associated with new generation safety CPU provides more flexibility in safety system operations – for example, it is possible to work on a machine in maintenance or in configuration by simply slowing it down instead of having to stop the machine completely. This means that production is not interrupted, resulting in increased productivity in the machine without impacting the desired safety level.

Machine designers have always needed to reduce the size of machines and find solutions that allow end users to lower energy costs in machines with particularly elevated power consumption. At Gambini, Fabio Perini and PCMC, visitors can see a prototype of a regenerative solution from the Kinetix 5700 series, the main platform for these types of applications. Today the regenerative unit is presented as a prototype, part of the motion control integrated platform, which in the case of system braking allows recovery of the kinetic energy produced by the stoppage into the power mains network. In addition to permitting reuse of a significant source of energy, responding to an energy savings and sustainability principle, this also allows removal of a separate regenerative unit in favor of more scalable and compact newer generation solutions, resulting in an important reduction in machine dimensions.

Like all of the solutions offered by Rockwell Automation, this new series is flexible and scalable, and the regenerative unit is available in different sizes to answer to a wide range of machine design philosophies. Based on specifications that require application to the entire line or to the single modules that make up the machine, an appropriate power converter can be used, alternating the regenerative unit with a high power PowerFlex 755T AFE -Active Front End– , with a sufficient power rating to be mounted upstream of the entire line, with regenerative units with lower power ratings from the Kinetix 5700 series, which also have the advantage of maintaining the DC bus constant.

It will also be possible to get a first look at the brand new high-power units (Large Frame Drives), which allow covering several applications in a tissue line with the Kinetix 5700 series.

Naturally, these are only some examples of applications and advantages offered by Rockwell Automation. Visitors will be able to chat with Rockwell Automation specialists available to demonstrate the applications and provide detailed information at all 12 companies.

2018-06-20 
Valmet to supply an off-machine multinip calender for UPM Specialty Papers in Germany

Valmet will supply an off-line multinip calender for UPM Nordland Papier at its Dörpen Mill in Germany. The new off-line calender including Valmet’s machine control system will be designed to give the final high quality for the demanding release and glassine paper grades after the grade conversion rebuild. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for the end of 2019.

The order is included in Valmet’s second quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 20-30 million.

Valmet’s delivery for the new high-capacity off-line calender will include a calender unwind, an OptiCalender Multinip calender, OptiDry air dryers and a wind-up station. Off-line calender will be equipped with Valmet DNA machine control system.

The multinip calender has 14 nips providing superior quality for the end product. Calendering is effective already in the first nips. Each nip is loaded with the same extreme nip load at high temperatures giving the end product low surface roughness, low oil absorption and high transparency.

The approximately 4,500-mm wide off-machine calender will produce release paper grades with a basis weight range of 48-120 g/m2. The design speed of the machine will be 1,300 m/min.

2018-06-20 
Sulzer optimizes its financing mix

Sulzer raised CHF 385 million in the Swiss capital market yesterday via a dual tranche issuance. This is the third largest corporate issuance in the Swiss Franc domestic market since the beginning of the year.

The first tranche of CHF 110 million has a term of two years and carries a coupon of 0.25% at a price of 100.00%. The second tranche of CHF 275 million has a term of five years and carries a coupon of 1.30% at a price of 100.00%.

The bonds were issued through Credit Suisse and will optimize Sulzer’s financing mix.

2018-06-20 
B&R Moll Introduces its Newest Die Cutter, Folder/Gluer System

B&R Moll, Inc., the industry’s leading supplier of folder/gluers and specialized bindery finishing equipment for printing and packaging facilities, has developed the Moll Flexcut System – a compact in-line, sheet-fed, die cutter, folder/gluer system specifically designed to provide digital and commercial printers with reliable, high-speed, and versatile performance for packaging projects, including : finishing boxes, cartons, labels, pocket folders, and more.

The Moll Flexcut System in-line die cutter, folder/gluer features many of B&R Moll’s unique, proven folding and feeding mechanisms, including an open format layout that enables operators to quickly change over between jobs to meet tight production schedules. The machine can be configured to produce a wide range of finished pieces in a number of shapes and sizes.

The Moll Flexcut System offers touch screen controls, rear suction cups, a servo register in-feed with dual air wheel suction, a stripping section that deflects the matrix waste down, and much more.

“The Moll Flexcut System was designed so that operators would be able to do their die cutting, stripping, folding, and gluing all in one process,” said Kevin Moll, vice president of sales for B&R Moll, Inc. “Through the integration of our die cutter and folding/gluing equipment, we’re making a four-step process a one-step process, reducing time and labor, and thus increasing production and profits for companies.”

The compact B&R Moll Flexcut System can handle paper weights ranging from 220 to 400g/m2 stocks (10pt. paper stock to 24pt. paper board) in sizes ranging from 431 x 279mm (17 x 11 inches) up to 508mm x 508mm (20 x 20 inches) for the Moll Flexcut 580 and 760mm x 760mm (30 x 30 inches) for the Moll Flexcut 760. Maximum linear speed is 7,000 sheets per hour. The system is available with either 400V 3-phase, 50Hz or 220V 3-phase, 60Hz power connection.

All B&R Moll machines are made 100% in the USA.

2018-06-20 
Lecta to Increase Prices by 5% on CWF 1S and Self-Adhesive Ranges

Lecta announces a price increase of 5% on all its CWF 1 side grades and self-adhesive materials.​​​

The price increase is a consequence of the continuous increase in manufacturing costs. The new prices will be effective on deliveries from July 2nd, 2018.

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

2018-06-19 
OptiGroup to acquire Moonen Packaging in the Netherlands

OptiGroup has agreed to acquire 100 percent of the shares of the Dutch packaging distributor Packagegroup Moonen B.V. The transaction, which is subject to approval by the Dutch Competition Authority, is expected to be completed during the summer. The purchase price has not been disclosed.

Moonen Packaging, with revenues of EUR 51 million in 2017 and around 80 employees, has been a family business since the 1950s and is a leading and fast growing distributor of packaging solutions in the Benelux. The company designs, develops, sources, stocks, sells and distributes customised packaging solutions as well as hygiene paper, cleaning and catering products.

Moonen Packaging is a European leader in the field of sustainability with focus on cost-effective and environmentally friendly packaging solutions for the industrial and retail sector. The comapny has won the prestigious "most sustainable company in the Netherlands" award.

The acquisition of Moonen Packaging follows the recent acquisitions of three other packaging distributors by OptiGroup : Telpak and Mercamer in Finland, and Proxima in Romania. Moonen Packaging will continue to be led by Gé Moonen, who has successfully grown and developed the Company for the last 12 years.

OptiGroup’s President and CEO, Christoph Sander comments :
"We have followed Moonen Packaging for a long time as a European leader in sustainable packaging, with a strong market position in the Benelux and a long history of developing innovative products and services. Subject to clearance by the Dutch competition authority, we look forward to working together closely. We will provide further information at the appropriate time."

Gé Moonen, Managing Director and third generation owner of Moonen Packaging comments :
"Moonen Packaging has been our family business for many years and it has been very important for me to find the right long-term home for the company and all our employees. Potentially becoming part of OptiGroup means that we can develop the business even faster and with access to OptiGroup’s wider assortment. I am certain this combination will benefit existing and new customers and suppliers. OptiGroup shares my passion for sustainable packaging, which is also very important."

2018-06-19 
Acquisition Edely As of the 1st of June, VPK's French subsidiary Ondulys welcomes two new factories in its packaging network.

Edely Packaging, located near Lyon, and Edely Service, situated in the Pays-de-Savoie region, represent a joint turnover of 11 million EUR. Both sites will continue to operate under the new brands Ondulys Les Echets and Ondulys Pays de Savoie.
The geographic expansion towards the southern part of France offers strategic benefits for French customers.

“We’re happy to welcome both Edely sites into our group, after one and a half year of close collaboration. The expansion will increase our service and allows us to stay close to our customers,” says Damien Bridoux, General Manager Ondulys.

2018-06-18 
New flagship production site for Peterson

Peterson, one of the leading players in the Scandinavian packaging industry, announces the construction of a new Norwegian flagship production site in Halden. Operations currently located in Sarpsborg city centre, adjacent municipality to Halden, will be transferred to the new site. The new factory’s efficiency in terms of even higher delivery reliability and shorter delivery times will be a clear win for customers and will keep Peterson at the forefront of innovation in the 4.0 industry of the future.
Ultramodern site thanks to full greenfield rebuild

The new plant in Halden will be unique in the entire region, as the greenfield project enables a state-of-the art set up. For this purpose production equipment will be completely renewed. Finished products will be stored at and distributed from a new high-bay warehouse, fully integrated with all digital production systems. The high-bay warehouse will offer exceptional commercial benefits in terms of delivery reliability and delivery times. Total production capacity will increase significantly. It’s expected to be completed by autumn 2019.

"Peterson has a long history in the Østfold region. Therefore we are very pleased to invest in a brand new factory located in the same area, close to our customers. We will be able to offer our customers improved quality and service levels. The rebuild is a solid long-term investment for the future of Peterson and its customers," said Dan Johannessen, Managing Director of Peterson.
Long-term company vision and strategy reconfirmed.

In 2017, shortly after the acquisition by VPK Packaging Group and Klingele, Peterson already announced an investment program covering the entire Nordic region. Both shareholders now reconfirm their long-term vision and strategy for the Scandinavian market. Through the shared ownership, Peterson also has a significant position in the packaging alliance Blue Box Partners, offering access to a European-wide sustainable packaging network.

"The move of operations from Sarpsborg to Halden will sustain Peterson’s market leading position and give us a unique platform to be at the forefront of innovation, fully equipped to answer the needs of the 4.0 industry," concludes Dan Johannessen.

2018-06-18 
Group CVB Ecologistics acquires paper mill in France

Group CVB Ecologistics has acquired the assets and activities of Papeterie de Raon, a paper mill in Raon L’Etape, France. The mill in Raon, established in 1880, has stopped production in March of this year after it went into receivership.

At the papermill an advanced stock preparation is available to process difficult recyclable grades of recovered paper of which amongst others milk cartons and comparable grades which are often coated both sides and also with foil. Processing these grades has been done already for over 4 decades and since 2010 also the plastic of the consumed liquid packaging is recycled and transformed into raw material which is used for the production of high quality plastic end products.

Restart of production in Raon is planned for the 2nd half of June with 30 experienced paper makers.

With this take-over CVB wants to offer a guaranteed circular solution for pre- and post-consumer liquid packaging. Until the end of last year the volumes of (production) waste liquid packaging supplied by CVB partners/suppliers were sold in China and to Raon. With new legislation for imports into China and the closure of Raon outlet of these difficult recyclable grades were at risk, reason to find for today’s and future suppliers a sustainable solution.

With this forward integration CVB will be able to close the (recycling)loop by using these difficult grades to produce bleached and unbleached packaging paper of 18 to 50 grams.

As part of group CVB Ecologistics the paper mill has been renamed to Raon Circular Regeneration (RCR in short).

2018-06-18 
R. Stanton Avery Pioneer Award goes to Alex Knott

Alex Knott, of the Dow Chemical Company, has been chosen as the recipient of the R. Stanton Avery Pioneer Award for the 2018 Label Industry Global Awards. Judging for the 15th annual awards program took place on 6 June during the recent FINAT European Label Forum (ELF) in Dublin, where the panel of international judges met to consider entries across four award categories.

Sponsored by Avery Dennison, the R. Stanton Avery Pioneer Award honors the contribution an individual has made which has really impacted the label and package printing sector, whether their pioneering work has spanned two years or two decades.

Knott is a senior scientist in the company and leader of a global team that has pioneered the latest innovations in pressure-sensitive silicone release liner coating technology, including the introduction of Dow’s Flat Release Systems. This technology has not only revolutionized high speed, low coating weight, high performance and labelstock release liner production, but has also been a key factor in helping to drive down silicone coating costs.

Knott started his career as a Development Chemist in 1987 in the pressure-sensitive industry at Dow Corning - today a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company. Since then he has held application engineering, technical leadership and senior scientist roles within this industry, and today has a solid global reputation as an authority on silicone pressure-sensitive systems.

Previous winners of the individual award include : Professor Tan of PEIAC, Tomas Rink of Ritrama, Helmut Schreiner of Schreiner Group, Suzanne Zaccone of GSI Technologies, and Neil McDonough of FlexCon.

During the same meeting, the judging panel also discussed at length and agreed the finalists for the three other categories. They are :

The Award for Innovation (for companies with more than 300 employees), sponsored by Flint Group Narrow Web (in alphabetical order) :

• Esko

• Fujifilm North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division

• Paper Converting Machine Company

• Rotometrics

The Award for Innovation (for companies with up to 300 employees), sponsored by Flint Group Narrow Web (in alphabetical order) :

• Dienes Corporation

• Eaglewood Technologies

• Hamillroad Software


• Phoseon Technology

The Award for Sustainability (in alphabetical order) :

• Avery Dennison

• Signode India Ltd

• UPM Speciality Papers

Mike Fairley, chair of the judges said : “As the highest accolade within the label and package printing industry, the quality of entries to the Label Industry Global Awards is always extremely high and drawing up the finalists is no easy process. However, the judging panel felt that Alex Knott was the stand-out choice for this year’s R. Stanton Avery Pioneer Award, with multiple recommendations from around the world.

“Alex is undoubtedly one of the most recognized global experts in silicone-based paper release coating technology, with exceptional in-depth knowledge of silicone coatings right through to the most advanced solventless Platinum systems. During his time at Dow, silicone coat weights have reduced from around two microns to one micron or less, Platinum levels have reduced from 100ppm to 50ppm or less, whilst at the same time coating speeds have risen from around 80 meters a minute up to 1,000 meters a minute or more.

“For the label converter and end-user, such innovations have contributed to superior waste stripping performance at ever-increasing press running speeds, as well as enabling much higher label application line speeds on the latest automated product decoration systems. The judges were unanimous in selecting Alex as the recipient of the R. Stanton Avery Pioneer Award 2018.

“We look forward to honoring him and the other winners in person at the awards ceremony in Chicago in September and to celebrating their successes.”

The other members of the judging panel for this year’s awards were : Chris Ellison, president of FINAT ; Dan Muenzer, chairman of TLMI ; James Quirk, group managing editor, Labels & Labeling ; Rosina Obermayer, editor of NarrowWebTech ; and Steve Katz, editor of Label & Narrow Web.

2018-06-18 
Ahlstrom-Munksjö responds to increasing demand for industrial filtration applications by investing EUR 28 million in its Filtration business

Ahlstrom-Munksjö continues to grow its attractive Filtration business as customer demand increases globally. In the Filtration and Performance business area, the company will invest about EUR 28 million to expand manufacturing capacity as well as product capabilities. The project will start in 2018 and is expected to be completed during the first half of 2020.

Fulvio Capussotti, Executive Vice President of Business Area Filtration and Performance, states : “This investment will enable us to create additional capacity in Turin, Italy, and will allow us to support growing demand for high-end filtration materials. Turin is already Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s largest plant globally and this investment will further consolidate our position as one of the leading global platforms for high-performance filtration material development and production. This investment also includes rebuilding and modification of our existing plants in Malmedy, Belgium and in Ställdalen, Sweden. We see an opportunity to use the remaining capacity of these two plants to develop unique filtration solutions for industrial applications, without affecting our ability to serve and support our existing customers at these plants.”

The investment supports Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s strategic ambition to maintain a leading position in selected niches of the global fiber-based solutions market that offer positive growth outlook and are supported by sustainable market drivers. The company has responded to growing customer demand by successively expanding its filtration manufacturing capabilities globally through several new and expansionary investments in the past few years. Today, Ahlstrom-Munksjö is one of the global leaders in filtration materials for the transportation and industrial sectors.

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

2018-06-18 
Voith - TerraSpeed Supreme: New thermal coating impresses at Hamburger Austria and Mondi

TerraSpeed roll coatings from Voith have been used successfully for many years. The product range now has a new addition – TerraSpeed Supreme, featuring new and impressive design parameters that give the coating outstanding performance values. TerraSpeed Supreme is already being used successfully in more than 15 installations worldwide.

The new functional coating of TerraSpeed Supreme ensures very stable roughness values and outstanding sheet release. Thanks to its improved coating structure, TerraSpeed Supreme minimizes web breaks and can reduce the open draws. In addition, TerraSpeed Supreme enables much longer roll service lives.

Improved operational reliability at Hamburger Austria
There are already more than 15 successful installations operating worldwide. Voith customers are impressed by the new coating and have already placed follow-up orders. One such customer is renowned corrugated base board manufacturer Hamburger Pitten. Josef Krenn, Operations Director and Markus Ungersböck, Head of Mechanical Maintenance at Hamburger Pitten in Austria explain the success story of TerraSpeed Supreme as follows : “At Hamburger Austria we produce a high-quality, diverse range of corrugating medium, packaging papers and plasterboard on our PM 4 in Pitten. The sophisticated use of different raw materials, auxiliaries and operating supplies imposes stringent requirements on the Nipco-P roll, the key position in the press section. Following the expansion of our range of paper grades, performance and doctoring using standard ceramic roll covers for this position became very unstable. A greater number of web breaks, and in some cases even sheet passing under the doctor blade, as well as premature roll changes to re-machine surfaces after relatively short periods of service, were suddenly day-to-day occurrences.”

Voith engineers also recognized the challenge and helped the customer to select the best coating in combination with suitable doctor blades, as Krenn and Ungersböck confirm : “Since we have been using the new TerraSpeed Supreme from Voith Paper operation has been absolutely reliable at this critical position. In combination with Voith’s SkyTerra S doctor blades, we have now been operating the unit for more than 2 years without interruptions and there has been no need to re-machine the roll surface. Web breaks originating from the Nipco-P roll have dropped significantly, sheet passing does not occur anymore and performance has been very stable over the entire operating time. The newly developed ceramic-coating TerraSpeed Supreme from Voith Paper has significantly improved our production but above all has made it operationally reliable again.”

Mondi impressed by TerraSpeed Supreme and SkyTerra S
Basically, the high wear resistance of Voith’s TerraSpeed Supreme enables continuous doctoring at maximum load. The SkyTerra S blade with negative facet was specially developed for use with TerraSpeed Supreme. But the successful use of TerraSpeed Supreme at Hamburger Pitten is not an isolated example. The Mondi production facility in Frantschach, Austria, has also had a similar experience. Andreas Petschenig, maintenance engineer at the Mondi paper mill in Frantschach, is also impressed by the premium coating : “In Frantschach we produce high-quality sack kraft paper grades on our PM 6 and PM 8. The sophisticated use of materials including chemical auxiliaries and operating supplies means that the press has to meet fairly exacting production engineering requirements. For example, following the installation of the shoe press at the PM 6 the doctoring on the ceramic covers of the shoe press counter roll became unreliable. A greater number of web breaks, sheet passing, and high web draws were almost part of the daily routine, as were roll changes to re-machine surfaces after relatively short periods in operation.”

Thanks to the new coating there has been a considerable improvement in performance at Mondi in Frantschach as well, as Petschenig reports : “All these problems have been solved since we started using TerraSpeed Supreme from Voith Paper. In combination with the Voith doctor blades SkyTerra and SkyTop, the cover service lives could be substantially increased. There is no more sheet passing and web draws could be reduced. The newly developed ceramic cover TerraSpeed Supreme from Voith has considerably simplified our production.” In the meantime, TerraSpeed Supreme has also been running successfully for a year in the shoe press of the PM 5 at Mondi Steti.

Now that numerous other Voith customers have had a similar positive experience with TerraSpeed Supreme. Taylor designed doctor blades like SkyTerra S and SkyTop S can even enhance that high performance level.

2018-06-18 
Cellwood to supply a Pulper installation to Södra Cell Mörrum Sweden

On 16 February, the Board of Directors of Södra decided to invest SEK 1 billion in the pulp mill at Mörrum. The investment is the second stage of a long-term initiative at Södra Cell Mörrum, and will increase the mill’s capacity by 45,000 tonnes.

Cellwood will be a proud supplier for this project, supplying a horizontal Grubbens Pulper type W26-82/84SB for TM1.

Södra Cell Mörrum is a speciality mill. In addition to paper pulp, this mill also produces dissolving pulp. Line 1 produces dissolving pulp from hardwood, while paper pulp from softwood is produced on line 2. This high-tech operation is up and running around the clock, every day of the year.

The delivery will take place during the autumn 2018.

2018-06-18 
Sonoco Implementing Price Increases for Paperboard Tubes and Cores

Sonoco today announced it will increase prices for its paper-based tubes and cores by a minimum of 6 percent in the United States and Canada, effective with shipments beginning July 16, 2018. 

“The price increase is necessary due to ongoing increases in uncoated recycled paperboard (URB), the largest input cost for tubes and cores. URB demand remains strong and the marketplace is extremely tight, with operating rates pushing 100 percent,” said Doug Schwartz, division vice president of sales and marketing. “In addition, the rising cost of transportation remains a headwind due to lack of capacity linked to recently imposed driver regulations. As a result, Sonoco will be implementing a new policy of selling certain large diameter tubes that have less space utilization yields at F.O.B. from our operations.”

2018-06-18 
Glatfelter celebrates the grand opening of its State-of-the-Art airlaid facility in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Today, Glatfelter held the grand opening of its state-of-the-art airlaid facility in Fort Smith, Arkansas which began operations earlier this year.

This is Glatfelter’s first newly-constructed facility and Advanced Airlaid Materials’ first facility located within the United States. It is the Company’s third airlaid facility in total, and complements its facilities in Gatineau, Canada and Falkenhagen, Germany. The additional 22,000 short tons of production capacity increases the Company’s total global airlaid materials capacity to approximately 129,000 short tons, making Glatfelter the largest producer of airlaid materials in the world.

Glatfelter’s airlaid materials are found in a wide range of personal care products, including feminine hygiene and adult incontinence products, specialty wipes, tabletop, and homecare applications. The Fort Smith facility primarily supplies material to the specialty wipes market.

“We are excited to bring this new capacity and capabilities to our customers serving the growing North American market,” said Dante C. Parrini, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

“I am grateful for the support of the community and impressed with the caliber of workforce we have been able to attract from the Fort Smith area, which has allowed us to open the facility on-time and produce high-quality products from the outset.”
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson joined local and Company leaders for today’s grand opening celebration. During the program, Chris Astley, Senior Vice President & Business Unit President, Advanced Airlaid Materials, remarked, “as we celebrate the Fort Smith grand opening, we recognize the many partners who have made it possible : state and local officials, customers, suppliers, and Glatfelter PEOPLE. The completion of this multi-year, $90 million project was nothing short of an outstanding team effort. We are grateful for the support of the community and expect the new operation will contribute to the long-term growth of both Glatfelter and Fort Smith.”

2018-06-18 
International Paper And World Wildlife Fund Collaborate To Develop Science-Based Targets For Forests And Advance Forest Restoration In Brazil

Through a new collaboration between World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and International Paper, research will be undertaken to help answer the question of the quantity and quality of forestland needed for the planet to thrive. The outputs of this work will be used to help create the world’s first regional and global science-based targets for forests, as well as the first comprehensive set of guidance on actions that can be taken to sustain the world’s forests. Such ’forest positive’ actions include investing in responsible forest management, supporting forest conservation, restoring forestland, and raising awareness about the importance of forests with consumers.

"Our entire business depends on the sustainability of forests," said Sophie Beckham, IP Senior Manager of Natural Capital Stewardship. "We are excited to build on our participation in WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network program through a significant and strategic initiative to advance conservation and restoration actions in forest ecosystems beyond our existing fiber supply chains."

In addition to delivering on the UN Sustainable Development Goals at the global level, the collaboration also will bring one local action to life—investing in a new ambitious restoration project in the Mogi Guaçu river basin of the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. IP has operations and is already investing in restoration in this region, work that will ideally inspire other organizations to invest in forest restoration in Brazil and beyond.

"IP’s investment and leadership will drive and deliver a better understanding of what forests need to stay well above their ecological tipping points," said Kerry Cesareo, vice president for forests at World Wildlife Fund. "Given the large scale and fast pace of forest loss and degradation globally, bold and inspiring actions like this within the private sector are needed to sustain forests."

Through this expanded collaboration, IP demonstrates that investing in the long-term sustainability of natural capital makes economic sense. As a company that transforms renewable resources into fiber-based products that people depend on every day, IP will continue to promote responsible forest stewardship, both within and beyond its supply chains, to ensure healthy and productive forest ecosystems for generations to come.

2018-06-18 
Toscotec to supply a dryer section rebuild to Papertech PM1 in Tudela Mill, Spain.

Toscotec was selected to rebuild the dryer section of Papertech PM 1 at Tudela mill, Spain. The customer has recognized Toscotec is the right partner to provide the best technology available in the drying process and to accomplish the company targets.

The ambitious aim of the project is to improve the actual gross production, by overcoming several constraints by intelligently applying Toscotec’s Steel Dryer technology and its features. The base project goals were : increasing the production, by maintaining the same length of dryer section, and drying a wider paper sheet with the same dryer face length.

The scope of supply will be on a turnkey basis, confirming once more the consolidated skill of Toscotec to manage complex projects and coordinate all the involved parties.

With this achievement, Toscotec will strengthen its reputation for being an all-round partner for Paper and Board manufacturers.

A key factor of the dryer section modification is to replace completely the last four sections with TT SteelDryer technology, thus resulting in 20 new TT SteelDryers with increased diameter and drying face width. The scope of supply also includes TT AirTail, an advanced rope-less tail threading system, specifically designed for low speed and high basis weight.

Toscotec’s service specialists will provide erection, supervision, commissioning and start-up assistance.

Delivery is forecast within the end of 2018, with start-up at beginning of 2019.

2018-06-18 
Metso receives major valve orders for more than 8,000 valves in China

Metso has received two valve orders totaling 8,200 valves from major pulp and paper customers in China. The orders are booked in Metso’s first quarter 2018 orders received.

"We have strong pulp and paper industry expertise and flow control solutions optimized for our customers’ process needs. We are honored to be the trusted provider for reliable solutions and further, enable efficiency and accuracy. For our customers, only world-class flow control is good enough," says Tan HangPheng, VP for Sales in the Valves China market area at Metso.

Metso will supply Neles® ball valves, globe valves, and segment valves, as well as Neldisc® butterfly valves for on-off duty and control applications. The control valves are equipped with Neles® ND9000 series valve controllers, which have the capability for advanced performance follow-up and enable the planning of predictive maintenance activities.

The total value of the orders and the company names are not being disclosed.

Performance excellence realized as extensive installed base

Metso is the market leader in control and on-off valves for pulp and paper customers globally as well as one of the leading suppliers of intelligent valve controllers. The offering is complemented by comprehensive value-added services that improve customers’ process efficiency.

Metso has a long track record of delivering engineered performance and reliability to the pulp and paper industry as well as an extensive installed base globally. Broadly covering China’s mid- and high-end customers in the industry, Metso has established a strong presence in this important market area.

2018-06-18 
Valmet launches a digital collaboration space - Valmet Customer Portal

Valmet is launching a unique digital space for continuous collaboration and real-time sharing of information with customers. The Valmet Customer Portal is a collaboration space that brings Valmet’s expertise and online services into one platform to make working together with customers easier and more transparent than ever before.

The Valmet Customer Portal allows customers and Valmet’s experts to collaborate, share information and innovate together in real time. The online services, functionalities and usability of the portal have been developed together with customers to provide useful, personalized content.

"We have developed the portal in close cooperation with our customers from the very beginning. It is a collaboration space that truly responds to our customers’ needs and brings a totally new dimension to our co-operation," says Petri Lakka, Vice President, Services Development at Valmet.

Based on a long-term relationship and the importance of strengthening our cooperation, Klabin S.A. has been one of the customers participating in the development and piloting phase of the portal. "We are really interested to take part in projects like this where modern technology supports daily collaboration between the experts. Today, the efficient information sharing, the smart usage of operational data and the common target settings are at the core of successful cooperation already. We expect that the portal will not only support us in these areas, but brings possibilities for further innovation as well. We have high expectations for the functionalities in practice," say Sadi Oliveira, Mill Director and Leandro Laube, Mill Maintenance Manager from Klabin Ortigueira Mill.

Content of the portal

The content in the Valmet Customer Portal is personalized according to each user’s profile and interests. Valmet is developing a total of nine services modules for the portal to support cooperation with customers - starting from the sales phase, through project deliveries, and all the way to daily reliability and performance services. The launch starts with the first four modules : 

Expert Fastlane helps customers to easily find answers to their issues and questions. Valmet’s experts are always close to customers and easily accessible also through the portal.

Opportunities lets customers see the status of their development plan - the Shared Roadmap - with defined actions. The results of the actions can be monitored, and lessons learned and related new ideas can be shared.

Learning gives customers the opportunity to build their teams’ capabilities and competences.

The Operations Panel is the customer’s view to Valmet’s Industrial Internet applications and services. Through dashboard views, customers can easily get the right information to monitor their operational KPIs and the progress of their business targets.

2018-06-18 
PMP to provide core technological items to JSC Mayak, Russia!

At the beginning of 2018, PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) signed two contracts with JSC Mayak (Russia), for a delivery of Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox and Intelli-Sizer® puddle size press. Both items will be implemented at MP2 located in Penza, Russia.

The investment on PM2 rebuild, will allow JSC Mayak to produce high performance products (fluting, testliner made of 100% OCC) that will be converted into packaging boxes for various industrial use. At the same time the investment will rise company’s competitiveness at Russian P&P Market to a higher level. 

The main goal of the project is to bring the new quality of production process and final product. A new PM2 will perform at the operating speed of 450 m/min with the reel trim of 2900 mm.

PMP will deliver a state-of the-art, 4 channel Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox will bring excellent formation and production flexibility (basis weight range of 80-220 gsm). PMP’s Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox technology has become an iconic solution in the Pulp & Paper industry.

PMP’s scope of supply also includes Intelli-Sizer® puddle size press, with maximum nip pressure of 60 kN/m, to improve sheet quality and increase web tensile strength. Intelli-Sizer® will be equipped with air-turn system, which will significantly improve PM’s runnability. In addition, PMP will cover erection supervision, start-up and commissioning assistance, as well as operation and maintenance trainings.

The delivery, installation, and start-up for both items are scheduled for the 1st quarter of 2019.

2018-06-18 
ANDRITZ achieves remarkable results for premium tissue at its PrimeLineTIAC

The ANDRITZ PrimeLine Tissue Innovation and Application Center (PrimeLineTIAC) in Graz, Austria, has developed very successfully since its official launch in March 2018. Many international and renowned customers from the pulp and paper industry as well as from research laboratories and universities have visited the world’s most modern research center for tissue°– with the focus on trials and test runs, for example to optimize fibers for a specific product, improve product qualities, increase dryness, and reduce energy consumption, in order to develop new products and processes in the tissue sector. ANDRITZ has also carried out several R&D projects and achieved remarkable results.

Since the plant was started up, the pilot facility has been operating with conventional tissue grades. New ANDRITZ products such as the latest shoe press technology, PrimePress XT Evo, have been developed successfully, and existing products and technologies, like the ANDRITZ Vertical CrescentFormer (VRT), have been optimized. The Vertical CrescentFormer produces conventional tissue grades with lower energy consumption and better sheet quality.

At the beginning of 2018, the PrimeLineTIAC pilot plant was reconfigured to operate in textured mode. Now, just a few months later, ANDRITZ is able to present remarkable results in this field that clearly surpass the results of similar technologies on the market. Furthermore, the first customers have conducted successful trials to improve TAD operations. Within the next few months, internal R&D trials at ANDRITZ will concentrate on different configurations and developments for the production of textured and structured tissue, with the focus on reducing investment and operating costs.

“Our PrimeLineTIAC enables us to operate independently of third-party intellectual property and/or R&D facilities. It also ensures that we can use ANDRITZ technologies globally without any restrictions. These are very important advantages for our customers and ourselves,” says Klaus Blechinger, VP and Head of the ANDRITZ Tissue Product Group.

With its new PrimeLineTIAC, international technology group ANDRITZ offers utmost flexibility to customers and other stakeholders by covering all tissue grades required by the market. The pilot plant features various configurations for the production of conventional, textured, and structured (TAD) tissue. It is available to tissue producers and suppliers, research and development companies, universities, and also for ANDRITZ’s own R&D activities.

To optimize and monitor the R&D activities and trials, as well as to develop new, pioneering solutions for OPP (Optimization of Process Performance), ANDRITZ has installed its own Metris PrimeControl E hardware and software at the PrimeLineTIAC. It is used to monitor and control the different pilot machine configurations as well as the stock preparation and includes alarm management, advanced reporting, drive systems, quality control systems, and remote support. Special condition monitoring equipment and features identify imminent faults or malfunctions in the machinery, and the relevant information is visualized directly at the production line with the aid of augmented reality. Reports on energy and resource efficiency capabilities are available to monitor and optimize consumption of energy and other resources. Metris PrimeControl E is available for every ANDRITZ tissue machine supplied.

The PrimeLineTIAC is sponsored by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG as part of its R&D infrastructure promotion program.

2018-06-15 
ANDRITZ to reconfigure TMP bleach plant for Kruger Trois-Rivières

ANDRITZ has received an order from Kruger’s Trois-Rivières Mill, located in Québec, Canada, for a major reconfiguration of their TMP (thermo-mechanical pulp) peroxide bleach plant. Start-up is scheduled for the final quarter of 2018.

The scope of supply includes :
• Delivery of new ANDRITZ components : HC mixer, HC bleach tower discharge system, two MC pumps
• One reconditioned pulp screw press
• Upgrade of two existing twin wire presses to achieve a higher production rate
• Modification of one existing ANDRITZ twin wire press to move the drive to the other side
• Basic engineering, erection supervision, as well as commissioning and start-up assistance are also part of the ANDRITZ scope.

Kruger decided to place this order with ANDRITZ because of the longstanding excellent business relationship between the two companies, ANDRITZ’s full process capabilities, and its flexibility to use new as well as used and rebuilt components.

2018-06-15 
French pulp vendors hold congress in Divonne-les-Bains

For the 5th edition of its annual reunion, the AFVP (Association Française des Vendeurs de Pâtes), currently chaired by Catherine Valet of Fibria/Suzano, has invited its members and clients to hold congress today in Divonne-les-Bains, near Geneva.
The present context of shortage on the global pulp market makes this kind of gathering even more important for suppliers and users, the latter being anxious to have a better visibility of the trends in price and capacities.
On that topic, the presentation of Pierre Bach, Research Manager at the consulting firm Hawkins Wright, is highly expected.
The recycled fiber is also a major concern. The French company PAPREC, leader in recycling solutions, will address the audience on that specific issue.
A networking session and a gala dinner in the beautiful gardens of Domaine de Divonne will close the event.

2018-06-14 
Lecta Commits to Solar Energy at Its Condat Le Lardin-Saint-Lazare mill

The new solar thermal power plant will be the largest in France.

In keeping with its commitment to the environment and increased energy efficiency, Lecta has announced an innovative renewable energy project to harness solar radiation for thermal power to be used in manufacturing processes at its Condat Le Lardin-Saint-Lazare mill. 

With the help of an expert specialized in the installation of thermal power plants for the paper industry, starting this fall Lecta will have a thermal solar power plant at the mill with a capacity of 3.4 MWth. Its total surface area will be 1.4 hectares, with 45,434 square feet of solar panels deployed on the surrounding land and an ability to provide around 3,900 MW/year of energy. Panels with solar trackers, mechanical devices that orient the collectors, will follow the position of the sun during the day and convert the sun’s rays into thermal energy that will be sent to the mill as hot water. 

Given the environmental benefits, including reduced gas consumption and CO2 emissions, as well as increasing the value of undeveloped land, job creation and, most importantly, promoting renewable energy in the New Aquitaine region with what will be the largest thermal solar power plant in France, the project has received the support of ADEME (French Agency for the Environment and Energy Management), which is financing 65% of the costs. 

After the completion of the initial phase, which included its presentation to the local administration and securing the required licenses, the land is now being prepared for construction within the expected timeframe, with completion initially anticipated for September of this year.

With this project at its French mill, Lecta consolidates its position as an environmentally responsible company committed to solar energy as a sustainable, renewable resource, supporting its innovative use in manufacturing processes. ​

2018-06-14 
Valmet to introduce an Industrial Internet tracking solution for LNG, gas and chemical containers

Valmet introduces a new ATEX certified tracking solution integrated into the Valmet DNA automation system for LNG, gas and chemical containers. The ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU covers equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. Better container management through centralized data management is a valuable tool in improving safety and protecting the environment in ports.

The new tracking solution complements the Valmet DNA Integrated Operations application launched in February 2018. This Industrial Internet solution was developed in cooperation with Yepzon, a location device and service provider. The latest 5G technologies for the solution will be supplied by Qualcomm.

"The new solution utilizes Valmet’s and Yepzon’s latest technologies by integrating data from different processes with GPS tracking and other information from a tracking device. An easily traceable identity will be created for each container, and container location and status can be monitored online. Together with the Valmet DNA Integrated Operations solution, the device enables, for example, loading operations at terminals without expensive local systems," says Jani Hautaluoma, Director, Process Automation, Valmet.

Online location and sensor data improves logistics

The new ATEX certified 5G tracking solution will be part of Valmet’s service offering for container and data management linked with the Valmet DNA automation system. It provides the user with a continuous flow of accurate real-time location data and other sensor data, for example, about collision, temperature and air humidity. Its predictive features bring significant added value for logistics planning. In addition to cost benefits, the solution improves haulage protection and safety.

The solution has been developed on the basis of Valmet and Yepzon’s successful pilot project that showed a need for developing tracking solutions. To date, the industries have used traditional techniques such as RFID (radio frequency identification).

"This project developed together with Valmet creates a solid basis for expanding Yepzon’s services even further for the oil and gas markets and other industries," says Otto Linna, Founder of Yepzon.

2018-06-14 
Major Paper Companies Responsible for Climate Emissions & Deforestation - New Report

Office Depot, Penguin Random House and Japanese office supply giant Askul are among the companies called out for not living up to corporate promises in a new report released by Rainforest Action Network (RAN).

The pulp and paper industry is a significant driver of deforestation and climate emissions globally, and many major end-users of pulp and paper products have adopted corporate policies to cut out deforestation and human rights abuses in their supply chain. Still, RAN’s new report finds that, despite these promises, in many cases conditions on the ground show little change.

“Around the world, communities have lost and continue to lose their lands and forests to existing plantations and plantation expansion. Basic human rights are not being respected, intact forests are being felled, and carbon-rich peatlands are still burning,” said Brihannala Morgan, Senior Campaigner with Rainforest Action Network (RAN). “Companies are not meeting their promises, and the world’s forests and forest-dependent communities are suffering the consequences.”

RAN found that, while several companies are taking active steps to ensure that their policies are creating real change on the ground, many companies are moving slowly in turning their policy promises into real change on the ground.

Companies like Scholastic, LBrands, Macmillan and Hachette are leading the pack, while pulp and paper giants like Askul, Office Depot, and Penguin Random House need to take urgent action to show the marketplace that they are serious about their commitments. RAN used company surveys and reports to benchmark 13 key companies across several pulp and paper consumer sectors that have developed policies on pulp and paper sourcing.

Indonesia’s forests––with their globally significant biodiversity, importance for the climate, and consequence to local and Indigenous communities––have long been a focal point for global advocacy campaigns. Indonesia’s high deforestation rate, significant greenhouse gas emissions and human rights abuses are largely driven by the nation’s massive plantation sectors, including industrial pulpwood plantations.

2018-06-14 
The Board of BillerudKorsnäs has resolved on share repurchases

The Board of BillerudKorsnäs has resolved to exercise the authorization granted to it by the Annual General Meeting on 15 May 2018, regarding repurchase of own shares. At the time of this press release, BillerudKorsnäs has 1 184 191 own shares in treasury.

Repurchases may take place on one or more occasions during the period from 15 June 2018 until the next Annual General Meeting, up to a maximum amount of 335,000 shares. Repurchases shall be made on Nasdaq Stockholm at a price per share that is within the registered interval at any given time, i.e. the interval between the highest buying price and lowest selling price. Payment for the shares shall be made in cash.

The purpose of the repurchase is to secure future delivery of shares to the participants in BillerudKorsnäs’ long term share based incentive programs.

2018-06-14 
Ahlstrom-Munksjö renews the EcoVadis Gold rating for its Corporate Social Responsibility performance

Ahlstrom-Munksjö, a global leader in fiber-based materials, has renewed its Gold rating level for the company’s sustainability management and performance for the second consecutive year from EcoVadis.

EcoVadis is one of the leading systems for evaluating suppliers’ environmental aspects, working conditions, social responsibility, and procurement practices. The EcoVadis method is based on internationally adopted principles for sustainability reporting, such as the Global Reporting Initiative, United Nations Global Compact and ISO 26000, and is audited by independent sustainability experts.

With a corporate social responsibility engagement level assessed as advanced, Ahlstrom-Munksjö is in the top 1% of suppliers assessed, regardless of their industry. Compared to the results from last year, progress was especially made within the dimension fair business practices as new policies, processes, and trainings for the combined company were finalized following the business combination last year.

"Our corporate responsibility performance is increasingly important to us and to our customers. This includes our operations and product portfolio as well as our social and environmental performance throughout the value chain. We use EcoVadis to meet our customers’ needs and support active cooperation with them to secure a more sustainable supply chain. Our rating allows us to communicate an independent view on our strong performance. I would like to thank all our stakeholders, both internal and external, who have contributed to the achievement,” says Sakari Ahdekivi, Deputy CEO and EVP Corporate Development.

2018-06-14 
Iggesund Paperboard announces 150 redundancies

Iggesund Paperboard, a subsidiary within the Holmen group, is currently implementing efficiency measures to secure an efficient business and safeguard the long-term profitability of Iggesund Mill. The redundancies are part of an efficiency package aimed at improving production capacity and reducing costs.

Local negotiations with the affected employee organisations will now begin with a view to completing the cutback in personnel before the end of the year.

- We have a strong position in the global paperboard market, but we need to work proactively to maintain our competitiveness. With this in mind, we are preparing to increase production capacity by around 100 000 tonnes and will now also be conducting a review of the organisation in order to ensure efficient operations and long-term profitability at Iggesund Mill, says Daniel Peltonen, CEO of Iggesund Paperboard.

2018-06-14 
ANDRITZ acquires Novimpianti, Italy

ANDRITZ has signed a contract for the acquisition of Novimpianti Drying Technology S.r.l., a company owned by Novigroup S.r.l. and based in Lucca, Italy. Novimpianti has approximately 40 employees and generates annual sales of approximately 10 million euros.

Novimpianti is a global supplier of engineered equipment and services for air and energy systems to the paper industry’s leading manufacturers. For ANDRITZ, the acquisition of Novimpianti further strengthens its product offerings in the field of air and energy systems, mainly for tissue and paperboard machines. “We are very excited about this complementary acquisition that extends the ANDRITZ market coverage and product range in Tissue and Paper,” says Michael Pichler, SVP and ANDRITZ Global Paper and Tissue Division Manager.

Novimpianti’s CEO, Pietro Saccomano, comments : “The ambitions of ANDRITZ to further grow in the tissue and paper business and their international position were decisive for the decision to hand over our company and know-how to them. The sale of Novimpianti will grant ANDRITZ continuous growth in the area of air and energy systems based on the solid foundation we have built during the past decades.”

2018-06-13 
Emtec Electronic GmbH at the Zellcheming-Expo in Frankfurt/Main

Also this year, emtec Electronic GmbH will attend the Zellcheming Expo in Frankfurt/Main in Germany. At exhibition booth no. G18 (hall 4.1) the company will present a variety of testing instruments by which the complete production process – from the wet end to the finished products – can be controlled and guided in the right direction, to get an efficient process and the best possible quality with the lowest possible costs. To meet steadily the changing demands and requirements in the paper and board industry, the focus is again on further developments and innovations.
The FPO Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online is an Online measurement device for the fully automatic determination of the Zeta Potential of fibers in paper and board machines with two independent sampling points. The data transfer is working by standard interface to the process control system. An optional data storage is possible on the Internet server, so that the measurement data can be seen with Internet access from all over the world.
The ACA Ash Content Analyzer enables the determination of the mineral filler content without combustion, that means without destruction of the samples, within seconds. Both, the total mineral filler content, as well as the individual filler components (e.g. calcium carbonate, kaolin/talcum, titanium dioxide, iron oxide) and their percentage distribution are given.

2018-06-13 
BW Papersystems acquires QUESTEC technology

BW Papersystems, part of Barry-Wehmiller and a leading manufacturer for the corrugating, sheeting and paper-converting industries, has acquired the QUESTEC technology from Ph-QUESTEC, based in Germany. Adding this specialized, innovative rotary crosscutting technology—which serves the printing industry, and has special lightweight paper and film applications—will perfectly complement BW Papersystems’ already robust sheeting and paperconverting product and technology offerings. The transaction, Barry-Wehmiller’s 106th acquisition, became final June 1, 2018.
The talented team members associated with the QUESTEC technology will find a new home as part of BW Papersystems’ operations in Germany, contributing and sharing their valuable knowledge with the global team.
“We are excited about integrating the QUESTEC technology into our sheeting product line,” said Patrick Walczak, BW Papersystems Senior Vice President Sales, White and Blue Paper. “Not only does it provide opportunities to enhance our offerings for inline reel-fed printing, but it also helps us serve new markets, such as plastic film-cutting, cut-to-register applications for labels and other single-web specialty products.”
The unique QUESTEC technology successfully handles and cuts very thin web-based paper and film grades. For the inline-printing industry, as well as the specialized plastic-film industry, both the standalone and integrated QUESTEC crosscutting and contactfree sheet transport solutions provide precise, versatile production options.
“Our BW Papersystems product portfolio continues to get broader and more diverse,” said Neal McConnellogue, President of BW Papersystems. “But, I am even more grateful for the addition of the knowledge, talent and legacy of our new QUESTEC team members.”
Added Bob Chapman, Barry-Wehmiller Chairman and CEO : “I am excited to welcome our new team members and share our people-centric culture with them, as we continue to enhance and grow BW Papersystems’ offerings.”

2018-06-13 

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