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Mondi supports e-commerce growth with the upcoming launch of its latest corrugated packaging solution in Russia

According to recent statistics, the Russian e-commerce market is expected to grow to 21.82 billion US dollars by 2020.[1]

2018-06-28 
Stora Enso evaluates development opportunities at its Oulu Mill in Finland

Stora Enso has started a feasibility study and an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for a possible investment in Oulu.

2018-06-28 
More volume and less fiber for tissue converters with Gambini

As a member of the Tissue Italy network, Gambini has open its doors to welcome customers during It’s Tissue 2018 and present live demonstrations of the combined Airmill and Touchmax concepts.

2018-06-27 
What's next at Toscotec?

During It’s Tissue 2018, the Lucca-based tissue making expert Toscotec is presenting its ambitions and actual realizations in terms of process, energy savings and services.

2018-06-27 
Another milestone for Valmet IQ Fiber with installation at Irving Tissue

May 2018 saw the installation of the 200th Valmet IQ Fiber Measurement Sensor on Irving Tissue’s tissue machine #1 in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.

2018-06-27 
Impressive digital journey at Fabio Perini's open house during It's Tissue

Everything is made to impress customers visiting Fabio Perini during It’s Tissue 2018. And it does.

2018-06-26 
Dimona WLM1: Voith and Trützschler make the efficient manufacture of eco-friendly nonwovens a possibility

• Production of nonwovens from renewable cellulose
and from 100% biodegradable products
• Consistent sheet formation for high-quality end products

2018-06-26 
Andritz to acquire Xerium Technologies, Inc.

Andritz AG headquartered in Graz, Austria, announces that it has signed a merger agreement to acquire Xerium Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Youngsville, North Carolina, USA.

2018-06-26 
A new president for Pro Carton

At the Pro Carton AGM on 8th June 2018 Roland Rex formally stood down as President of the association after eight years in the role and Horst Bittermann was duly elected as his replacement.

2018-06-25 
A.Celli Paper and Blue Tissue team up to design a turnkey tissue plant

A.Celli Paper is delighted to confirm its collaboration with the Mexican group for the supply of a complete turnkey tissue plant.

2018-06-25 
Valmet signs long-term mill maintenance services agreement with Asia Symbol in China

Valmet and Asia Symbol (Shandong) Pulp and Paper Co., Ltd. have signed an agreement for the maintenance services for the company’s board machines and pulp mill in China.

"Valmet manufactured the main equipment in our mill, and we are looking forward to good cooperation with Valmet in the next few years. Valmet’s maintenance services combine its daily maintenance expertise with support from product, process, and automation specialists worldwide. Professional people can do professional things - we believe that !" says Wang Bo, Mill Director of Asia Symbol Pulp and Paper.

"This is Valmet’s first maintenance outsourcing order in China, and it shows the trend of mill maintenance services as well. This customer is showing strong trust in Valmet’s professionalism by choosing us to supply their maintenance services. Valmet’s services team will help the mill to improve performance and product quality while lowering costs and risks," says Jiang Bo, Senior Manager, Maintenance Outsourcing and Agreement Management, Services business line, China, Valmet.

Valmet will provide maintenance services and maintenance development for the board machines and the pulp mill, including chip handling, fiber lines, pulp dryers, recovery boilers, evaporation, and recausticizing, as well as a power plant, chemical plant and water treatment facility. Valmet will be responsible for the leadership, management and development of the mill’s maintenance.

2018-06-25 
Expanded Östrand pulp mill in operation

Production at the expanded Östrand pulp mill began according to plan during the midsummer holiday (i.e. this weekend). SCA is investing SEK 7.8bn in the operation and the project is on budget and schedule.

SCA decided in 2015 to invest in an increased production capacity at the Östrand pulp mill – from 430,000 tonnes to about 900,000 tonnes of bleached softwood kraft pulp (NBSK). Following an extended maintenance stop, which began in April of this year, the expanded pulp mill is now in operation. 

Production capacity in the expanded pulp mill is expected to increase successively during 2018 and 2019. 2020 is therefore expected to be the first year with full production, corresponding to 900,000 tonnes. 

“Just over 1,000 days after starting the project on August 28, 2015, after a great effort from all involved to deliver the project according to the plan, the new plant is in operation ”, says Project Director Ingela Ekebro. “Our focus now is on calibrating the plant to quickly achieve full production and high product quality.”

“We are in the process of completing one of the largest and most important industrial investments in Sweden,” says Ulf Larsson, President and CEO. “Östrand will be one of the most competitive and environmentally sound mills for northern bleached softwood kraft pulp in the world. The investment will help us to meet growing demand in a strong pulp market.”

2018-06-25 
Ence begins the assembly of the boiler of its new 40 MW plant in Huelva

Ence-Energía y Celulosa started the assembly of the boiler of its new 40 MW plant in Huelva yesterday, with the first pillar and the frame of its metal structures set up. The process of assembling the structure begins hours after GBS, responsible of the production of the components of the boiler, made a new delivery of parts in the energy complex, which contained the modules of the pressure parts of the boiler.

The assembly process of the pieces will be carried out by sections of ten meters, forming plants from the base, on the pillars of the foundation slab. The execution times of the construction project of the new plant, which the company is fulfilling at a good pace, require that the delivery of new components of the boiler be produced as the assembly work progresses.

On June 9, Ence received a first delivery of the components of the boiler, which included the walls of the modules and the tying beams of the same, fundamental elements to ensure this structure the necessary rigidity for its operation. Until the start of the assembly work yesterday, these were stored in the facilities of the Huelva energy complex.

A boiler for the future of biomass generation

The boiler is one of the most important components of the plant, since the combustion process of the agroforestry biomass for the generation of energy will take place inside it. To ensure that this main player in the process of generating energy with biomass develops the maximum respect for the environment, Ence will provide this infrastructure with the best available technologies. Thus, it will incorporate a filter of sleeves and modern systems that will guarantee an optimum combustion of the biomass in its interior and an adequate environmental behavior.

The construction process of the new plant, which will have a production capacity of 40 MW and an installed capacity of 110 MWt, will be developed until the end of 2019, when the new boiler will be operational. This will have an estimated annual production of 260,000,000 kWh per year, considering the 6,500 potential hours of operation.

2018-06-25 
Ilim Group Management and Irkutsk Oblast Governor Launch the Big Ust-Ilimsk project

Earlier today Ilim Group Chairman Zakhar Smushkin and Irkutsk Oblast Governor Sergey Levchenko took part in the official launch of the integrated investment project Big Ust-Ilimsk at Ilim’s Mill in Ust-Ilimsk.

The Big Ust-Ilimsk project includes construction of a new line for production of kraftliner and other packaging materials with a capacity of 600 thousand tons per year. Total investments in the project will be around USD 1 billion with implementation to be completed by the end of 2021. The Company will also perform a large-scale upgrade of the existing operations in order to increase pulp output by 130 thousand tons per year.

Project implementation will drive the Mill capacity up to 1.5 million tons of finished products per year with an initially installed capacity of 550 thousand tons per year. The Ust-Ilimsk Mill will thus become one of the leading pulp and paper manufacturers in the world. Ilim Group is currently preparing a set of documents required to classify the Big Ust-Ilimsk as a priority investment project in terms of forest management.

“We consistently build our production development strategy with a focus on market demand, said Zakhar Smushkin, and our new investment project will allow us to produce the products which the market needs. Our investment project perfectly fits one of the key goals set forth by the President of the Russian Federation for the domestic industry, that is boosting of non-commodity exports. Meanwhile, such large-scale projects involve not only production but also social investments. The launch of the new KLB line will create 600 new jobs. Therefore, implementation of this project should be linked with a comprehensive development of the infrastructure in the region. We are working together with the Irkutsk Oblast Government to resolve this issue”.

Ilim Group CEO Kseniia Sosnina said : “The Big Bratsk project drove a step change in softwood pulp output volumes while the delivery of the Big Koryazhma project resulted in higher production volumes of high-quality white papers. Delivery of the Big Ust-Ilimsk project will help us to reinforce our presence in the packaging segment, primarily in the growing Asian markets. Upon completion of the project in Ust-Ilimsk and upgrade of the Bratsk Mill, Ilim will become one of the largest manufacturers of unbleached packaging materials globally with a total board output of 1.5 million tons per year, bringing an aggregate production output of Ilim Group to over 4.3 million tons per year”.

“This is an example of a robust partnership between the community and a large industrial company. And a forestry company at that.” - emphasized Irkutsk Oblast Governor Sergey Levchenko. “This partnership has already delivered its results : a new training center, a woodyard, and a sports center which is currently under construction. And last but not least, implementation of a large-scale Big Ust-Ilimsk project is now underway. In a few years, there will be a new modern mill, new jobs, and higher production volumes. Big Ust-Ilimsk also involves a big joint effort to develop the social and transport infrastructure, and therefore improve the quality of life for the Ust-Ilimsk community.”

2018-06-22 
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.

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