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Valmet gets repeat order for a process and quality vision system from BillerudKorsnäs in Skärblacka, Sweden

Valmet has received a repeat order for a Valmet IQ Process and Quality Vision (PQV) system from BillerudKorsnäs Skärblacka mill in Sweden. The system will be installed on the mill’s paper machine PM 7 to maximize the production line’s efficiency, boost end-product quality and improve business performance.

The order was included in Valmet’s first quarter of 2018 orders received. The system was accepted by the mill and taken into production use in August. In 2017, Valmet supplied an identical system for the mill’s PM 10.

"Having two systems of the same kind makes operation, upkeep and maintenance easier for the mill. Additionally, as Valmet has a local service center nearby, the mill has easy access to service support," says Aki Torvinen, Business Manager, Machine Vision, Automation, Valmet.

Information about Valmet’s delivery

Valmet’s delivery includes a Valmet IQ Process and Quality Vision (PQV) system that consists of a Valmet IQ Web Inspection System (WIS) and a Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System (WMS) with 20 cameras. The WIS features transmission and surface inspection for both sides of the web on the 4.9-meter-wide PM 7.

PQV is a comprehensive machine vision solution that covers the entire pulp and paper production process, as well as the production processes of other sheet-based materials.

2018-10-31 
Södra to offer renewable electricity through Guarantees of Origin to Europe

Södra can now offer Guarantees of Origin (GoOs) for its renewable electricity. The GoOs are recognised by the EU, following the certification of Södra’s Mönsterås pulp mill according to EU standards. “We believe in renewable energy and want to give our customers the opportunity to take advantage of our renewable electricity,” said Henric Dernegård, Energy Coordinator at Södra.

Renewable energy is produced in Södra’s pulp mills using raw material from the forests owned by Södra’s members. Since 2010, Södra has been self-sufficient in terms of electricity production and sells any surplus on the open electricity market. Södra is now certified according to the European Energy Certificate System (EECS). This is a standard for cross-border trade in GoO certificates.

Södra’s European customers have shown an interest in GoO-label electricity. In May, the mill at Mönsterås was classified according to the EECS, and since then, the mill has produced 190 GWh in bio-based GoO-label electricity. This corresponds to the heating requirements of around 7,600 houses.

“Many of our European customers are electricity-intensive and already purchase renewable products from us in the form of paper pulp. They can now purchase renewable GoOs from us as well, which is an added value that we think strengthens our business,” commented Dernegård.

A GoO certificate corresponds to one MWh and is an electronic label showing where and how the electricity is produced. In Södra’s case, this electricity is bio-based, but it can also be sun, wind or water-based, for example.

Dernegård : “It’s through green electricity that we can move forward to a bio-based society. The EECS is a common system that enables us to monitor and guide electricity generation toward sustainable development in Europe, and we want to be part of this shift.”

2018-10-31 
A.Celli Paper: Two 18 ft IDEAL® Steel Yankees have been sent together

A.Celli Paper : Two 18 ft IDEAL® Steel Yankees have been sent together
The Italian company confirms its position as a technological and productive leader in the Yankee Dryer market, supplying iDEAL® YD both for new tissue machines and in replacement of cast iron Yankees

Two sets of 18 ft. iDEAL® steel Yankees, manufactured by A.Celli Paper, have been successfully sent to Yibin Paper Industry Co., Ltd and are expected to be installed on site in early November 2018.

The order, signed by A.Celli Paper and Yibin Paper, includes five sets of iDEAL® Tissue Machines, three of which, equipped with three 16 ft. steel Yankees, have already been successfully installed, and now the other two 18 ft. Yankees have been delivered.

The first tissue machine was started up earlier and is smoothly running on site, highly praised by the Customer.

This is another extraordinary result due to the A.Celli’s continuous innovation in technology.

2018-10-30 
UK plastic packaging tax adds to initiatives that could lead to lower growth and margins for plastic packaging manufacturers

Tobias Wagner, Vice President – Senior Analyst at Moody’s, says :

“The UK’s proposal for a plastic packaging tax comes only days after the European Parliament’s adoption of comprehensive proposals to tackle pollution from plastic waste. These latest initiatives show the growing momentum towards more directive regulatory action and could reduce growth and margins for plastic packaging manufacturers.”

2018-10-30 
Essity commits to 100% recyclability of plastic packaging

Essity has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastic Economy global commitment, “A line in the sand”. Essity is therefore committed to working toward 100% recyclability of the company’s packaging by 2025.

Packaging forms an important part of Essity’s offering of hygienic and safe solutions to customers and consumers. As a leading global hygiene and health company, one of Essity’s objectives is to contribute to a sustainable and circular society, and the company thus works to continuously improve, reduce and recycle plastic packaging. 

“We welcome this initiative as the challenge with plastic waste can be solved more effectively through cooperation across the value chain, including companies, governments, international organizations, the recycling industry and consumers,” says Magnus Groth, President and CEO, Essity.

The commitment is aligned with Essity’s overall ambition that new solutions will contribute to reducing the environmental footprint by 33% by 2030.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was launched in 2010 to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. The initiative is a collaboration with a broad group of leading companies, cities, philanthropists, policymakers, academics, students, NGOs and citizens.

2018-10-30 
Chinese delegation in Allimand headquarters

ALLIMAND welcome a delegation of Chinese Customer for theoretical & practical training in Allimand headquarters. This session is the opportunity for our Customer to become more familiar with the operation, the process, the process control and the maintenance SOP of their Allimand new paper machine start up in 2019 Q1

2018-10-29 
ZELLCHEMING - Expo 2019 presents numerous key players and major themes of the industry

Approximately eight months before the start of the ZELLCHEMING -Expo 2019 in Frankfurt am Main the 1000 sqm mark has already been exceeded in the allocation of stand space.

The Expo, which will be taking place from 25 - 27 June 2019, will once again be welcoming companies along the entire value chain . Amongst the over fifty companies that have already registered , key players such as AS Drives & Services GmbH, Gebr. Bellmer GmbH, Kemira Oyj, Omya International AG , Valmet GmbH and Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA will be present.

In addition to the Newcomer Pavilion, where first - time exhibitors can familiarize themselves with the event with out a great deal of organizational effort, the ZELLCHEMING - Expo will offer further interesting joint stands. For example, a Finnish and an Italian pavilion are planned for 2019, where exhibitors from these countries can efficiently present themselves to a wide audience with an all - inclusive package.

A further highlight for 2019 is the introduction of the " Maintenance Road".

This will give providers of maintenance services the opportunity to showcase their products and services to users cost - efficiently and with maximum attention. " Together with the event organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH , we, the ZELLCHEMING e.V., would like to tie up to the increasing importance of this topic in the in dustry", explains Petra Hanke, Managing Director of the ZELLCHEMING association .

Major topics from the industry will also be dealt with including Paper Industry 4.0, Bioeconomics as well as the thematic block Paper, Consumers and Consumption 4.0. Companies wishing to exhibit at the ZELLCHEMING - Expo 2019 can still register until 31 October 2018 at a reduced early bird rate. The registration documents and further information about the event are available at zellcheming-expo.com.

2018-10-29 
An E-Commerce Packaging Solution Good Enough to Eat

Bread rolls made in the shape of footballs, hockey pucks and baseballs ? The Austrian start-up company Eat the Ball makes this possible with a new manufacturing process. To promote this extraordinary product, DS Smith has developed an extensive concept in cooperation with the customer. The first step is a functional and attention-grabbing e-commerce packaging solution whose special eye-catcher is a stylish interior print. The high-quality printed images underline the premium character of this innovative product and whet the appetite for the bread specialities depicted already when opening the packaging.

With its innovative fermentation technology, the Salzburg-based company Eat the Ball established the world’s first branded bread. The bread of a new generation is carefully made from natural ingredients, remains fresh for a long time and, thanks to its unusual shapes, is an absolute eye-catcher on the plate. The new product is available from the company’s own online shop and from many wholesalers and retailers in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the USA. In order to enhance brand awareness and sales, both online and offline, Eat the Ball relies not only on the prominent support of professional athletes such as the Austrian national football player and Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba, but also on the many years of expertise of display and packaging specialist DS Smith. In 2018, a comprehensive concept for the brand presentation of the products at the stationary and digital points of sale was developed at DS Smith’s Impact and PackRight Centre in Erlensee, considering the complete supply cycle and current market trends - starting with creative sales displays and effective promotional tastings through to brand-compatible packaging for the new Internet distribution channel.

The e-commerce packaging, designed in three sizes, was the first project to enter production. The discreetly branded shipping box shines in pure white on its outside. This makes it look sophisticated and suggests natural health right from the first contact at the front door. Easy to open without damage thanks to tear-off perforation, the packaging unfolds a very special explosion of taste inside : Inspiringly designed images of food on the opened lid of the box - printed in high-quality five-colour offset and refined with varnish coating - whet the appetite for the bread assortment. Taking out the products, the golden ears that appear leave no doubt about the main ingredient of the product. In line with the brand’s slogan "Eat smart, feel good", DS Smith has created a premium packaging for Eat the Ball with maximum attention-grabbing character in online retailing.

2018-10-29 
Metso to increase its valve production capacity in China to meet the growing global demand for reliable valve technology

To respond to the growing global demand in the valve market, Metso has decided to invest in a new green-field valve technology center in Jiaxing, China. The new-build plant will strengthen Metso’s valve and related products production capabilities and increase capacity for customers across various process industries, both in China and globally. Metso expects to invest a total of approx. EUR 10 million by 2020. The new technology center will start operations in spring 2020.

"China is an extremely important market for our valves business. The new technology center will improve our competitiveness in China and will have a strong role within the global operations footprint. We also expect the investment to expand our delivery capabilities, helping us to better meet the growing needs both in terms of capacity and product availability," says John Quinlivan, President, Valves business area, Metso.

Strong valve production foothold in China and on every continent

The new location is designed to be a workplace for a total of 400 valve technology professionals. In addition to the new technology center, Metso has a valve technology center in the Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone in Shanghai, which was inaugurated in 2010.

Today, Metso has valve technology or production centers in locations around the world : in China, North America, Brazil, Germany, Finland, South Korea and India.

Metso employs more than 1100 people at seven locations in China, serving all customer industries.

2018-10-26 
Visy and beer cartel produce advent calendar packaging

Visy has collaborated with Australia’s leading craft beer bottle shop, Beer Cartel to produce the packaging for the 2018 Beer Cartel Advent Calendar which provides a beer a day in the countdown to Christmas.

The custom-designed calendar features 25 hand-picked craft beers sourced from 100% Australian Independent breweries. Visy co-designed the box with Beer Cartel and also produces, prints and supplies the advent boxes for Beer Cartel. Unlike a regular carton pack of 24 beers, the one-of-a-kind gift has been strategically manufactured to allow for one extra special beer for Christmas day.

2018-10-26 
Asian Partners Visit Ilim's Mills in Siberia

The purpose of the visit was to learn more about pulp and kraftliner production process at our facilities.

On September 17-18, the Mill hosted a delegation of Ilim Group’s biggest partners – Enercell company (pulp distributor in South Korea, who has been working with Ilim since 1998) and Hankuk Paper company (third largest manufacturer of paper in the South Korean market with an annual production volume of 500,000 tons).

On October 8-10, company representatives of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Henan province, Northeast China, and South Korea (total of 5 trader companies and a KLB plant), as well as managers of 20 mills from Baoding (the largest pulp consumer of Ilim Group) visited Bratsk. The delegation included businessmen from the Sichuan province – one of the promising and rapidly developing Chinese regions with a population exceeding 100 mln people. This is where Ilim Group is planning to build up its presence in terms of pulp and kraftliner supply.

Our guests included both Ilim’s long-standing partners and potential customers. During their visit to the Bratsk facilities they got a better understanding of the Company’s plans to upgrade its production facilities and the main stages of the process chain from harvesting to packaging of finished products prior to their delivery to the customers, and saw how the chip quality and pulp composition are controlled, etc.

Dmitry Grechkin, Senior Vice-President, Strategic Development, Ilim Group said : “As part of its program, Ilim Group is implementing a large-scale investment program aimed at capacity increase and product mix expansion. This allows us not only to retain the leading position in the Russian pulp and paper industry, but also expand its foothold in the export markets. Asia is Ilim’s key market. For instance, upgrade of the existing facilities and launch of a new KLB Line will increase Ilim’s export to China by 60% by 2023. South Korea is another promising destination for Ilim. Presently, all three Ilim Group Mills export products to the Chinese market, however, there is room for growth and improvement. Such meetings provide an excellent opportunity to share best practices along the entire value chain from product manufacturing to its supply to the customer. Feedback from our partners helps us to both boost our sales in the Asian market and improve product quality and customer service.”

Young Wook Park, Chief Executive Officer, Enercell International Ltd :

“I consider trust-based partnership to be the cornerstone of relationships between Ilim Group and Enercell. Although markets can be in turmoil from time to time, Ilim is always focused on long-term development and pursues stability – both in terms of supply volume and quality. This gives us a huge advantage as our clients trust in long-term business relations. They are sure that Ilim will retain its presence in the market whatever the situation and guarantee the sales volume and quality of supply, whatever it takes. That is why our Company has partnered with Ilim for more than 20 years, annually increasing the supply volume.”

Ng Chi Leung Danny, CEO Kwok Fung (Sino H.K.) Enterprise Ltd :

“Thank you for your hospitality. The visit to the Mill was very useful. We are impressed by the scale of production and the scope of upcoming upgrade. I’m positive that the targets Ilim has set will be achieved to ensure further growth of sales to our region.

Hu Guangqi, Director Pulp and Paper Department, Henan Xinyu Internationa Pulp & Paper Co, Ltd :

“Upgrade of the Mills’ equipment will undoubtedly enhance the quality of products and increase production output, which will improve the Company’s competitiveness in the Chinese market and increase its exports. We have a long history of fruitful cooperation with Ilim, and I have no doubt that our partnership will continue to be a very successful one.”

2018-10-26 
Resolute Investing $40 Million in its Northwestern Ontario Operations and Spending an Additional $13.5 Million on Major Maintenance

Resolute Forest Products Inc. today announced $40 million in investments at its Northwestern Ontario operations, in addition to $13.5 million in major maintenance and the creation of 25 new jobs. The announcement was made at a press conference in Thunder Bay attended by Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Jeff Yurek, and many dignitaries and company employees.

"Resolute has a strong operating presence in the region, and we are committed to investing in our facilities to ensure their profitability and long-term competitiveness," stated Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer. "A secure fiber supply and sustainable business environment remain critical to future investments in the province."

The investment plan includes $14.7 million for the company’s Thunder Bay pulp and paper mill to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as $14.3 million to improve pulp capacity, reduce costs and maintain assets. Resolute also expects to spend $13.5 million in major maintenance at the facility in 2018.

An additional $5.6 million is earmarked for the modernization of the planer line at the company’s Thunder Bay sawmill, located on Fort William First Nation land, as well as $5.4 million to optimize its Atikokan, Ignace and Thunder Bay sawmills. These initiatives are expected to increase the annual production capacity of the facilities by a combined 50 million board feet of lumber. Twenty-five full-time jobs have been created.

"Ontario’s forestry sector is a very important part of our economy, it is one of the largest employers in the province. A strong forestry sector is essential for our prosperity, and it has a significant impact on the people living in rural and Northern Ontario," said Ontario Premier Doug Ford. "It is because of productive partnerships like ours with Resolute that the sector continues to thrive, and we will continue working to create more opportunities for the people of Ontario."

"Today is a great day for Resolute, and for the future of Ontario’s forestry sector," said Jeff Yurek, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. "This investment not only emphasizes the opportunities in this sector, but the real need for a Provincial Forestry Strategy — and we are developing just that. I am confident we can grow our economy, create new jobs and encourage more investments across the province."

"The Fort William/Resolute sawmill partnership is a model of how an Indigenous community and a business can work together to create long-term benefits for both parties," stated Peter Collins, Chief of Fort William First Nation. "We had a vision and invested together to create a cornerstone business on our community lands."

Close to 90% of the new lumber and pulp capacity is destined for export markets. More than half of project expenditures are slated for the last quarter of 2018.

Resolute employs close to 900 workers across its Northwestern Ontario pulp, paper, wood products and woodlands operations. The company has invested approximately $200 million in the region over the past several years.

2018-10-26 
ALLIMAND interweb at TAPPI in USA

Allimand Interweb has been an active participant to Tappi Glassmat Conference in Charleston - South Carolina on October 19th & 20th 2018.
This event was a great opportunity to share information and experience with Allimand Interweb Customers.
Mr. Jeff RIGGI, Allimand Interweb Vice President Sales, has made a noticed presentation on headbox development and adjustment developing the know-how and the experience of Allimand Interweb in these special fields of Glassmat manufacturing.

2018-10-25 
Firefly Spark Detection & Extinguishing System approved according to the new VdS standard 2518:2017

As the first company in the world, Firefly AB has successfully tested and approved its Spark Detection & Extinguishing system according to the new standard VdS 2518:2017-Guidelines for Spark Extinguishing Systems. Firefly received the first VdS system approval in 1999 and is also a VdS approved installers company for spark extinguishing systems according to VdS guideline 2132:2017-07.
Firefly AB has always been known for its advanced detection technology with high performance detection of hot black particles, glowing embers and sparks as well as the detectors being insensitive to daylight. As a technology-leading company, Firefly is continuously testing and evaluating its systems according to relevant standards worldwide to keep a high-performance quality.
The VdS system certificate includes control unit, extinguishing parts, and detectors.

2018-10-25 
Toscotec to supply one AHEAD-1.5S tissue line on a turnkey basis to C.A.S. Paper Mill in Thailand.

Toscotec will act as a turnkey supplier and provide a complete AHEAD-1.5S tissue production line to C.A.S. Paper Mill in Sing Buri, Thailand. The delivery is scheduled for 2019 and the start-up for the first quarter of 2020.

The turnkey supply includes the AHEAD-1.5S tissue machine, equipped with a second generation Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD, Toscotec’s shoe press technology TT NextPress and steam-heated hybrid hoods TT Milltech-HYH. The paper width is 2,850 mm, the maximum operating speed is 1,850 m/min, with a daily production of over 90 tons.

Toscotec will provide its proprietary Distributed Control System TT DCS and the Quality Control System (QCS), the machine’s dust and mist removal systems, an offline shaft puller and a jumbo roll wrapping system. A tissue slitter rewinder TT WIND-M is also part of the supply, along with its complete electrification & control system, and dust removal system. It features three unwind stands and it handles parent rolls of 3,000 mm diameter, with a design speed of 1,700 m/min.

The scope also includes the stock preparation equipment and accessories, the patented TT SAF (Short Approach Flow), and a fiber recovery system.

Toscotec will supply the tissue machine’s erection, and the supervision of erection, commissioning and start-up. As part of the service packages, the Italian manufacturer will also provide its new YES-CONNECT-VISION helmet camera system, which allows the mill’s maintenance technicians to connect remotely with Toscotec’s YES specialists, who guide them to solve the problem onsite.

This project follows C.A.S. Group’s plan to pursue its diversification by entering the tissue business. The Thai Group selected Toscotec to invest for the first time in the tissue industry, considering the Italian supplier’s 30-year experience in the design and management of turnkey projects, on almost 40 different plants across four continents.

Mr. Torpong Thongcharoen, Managing Director of C.A.S. Paper Mill, said : “As newcomers in the tissue business, we conducted a very thorough survey prior to the selection of the tissue machine supplier. Finally, we selected Toscotec, because they presented the most satisfactory design, in line with our requirements in the areas of available energy resources and final product range. We needed one turnkey line to produce top quality products, ranging from low basis weight to towel tissue. Toscotec offered a complete supply and the most compelling design, which was confirmed by what we saw while visiting their references in Asia”.

“We were happy to see that C.A.S. Paper Mill readily adopted the energy saving concept of our AHEAD-1.5S tissue machine. The energy saving technology at the core of this design has been successfully running in tissue mills for over a decade now, especially in Asia. TT NextPress gives the added value of the utmost flexibility, with high level of control automation for an easy regulation, and efficient maintenance” said Gabriele Martinelli, Toscotec Sales Manager Asia & Pacific.

2018-10-25 
Smurfit Kappa breaks ground for new recovery boiler at Nettingsdorf Paper Mill as part of €134 million investment plan

Global packaging company Smurfit Kappa has marked the beginning of the rebuild of a recovery boiler with a ground-breaking ceremony at its Nettingsdorf Paper Mill in Austria.

The ceremony, which was the latest milestone in Smurfit Kappa’s Future Energy Plant project, was presided over by the Governor of Upper Austria and the Mayor of Ansfelden.

The new recovery boiler will increase the profitability and sustainability of the mill and is part of a €134 million investment in Nettingsdorf.

The boiler will enable the plant to further boost energy optimisation at the mill, which has already seen a 34% increase in productivity since becoming part of Smurfit Kappa in 1995. By recovering energy from the biomass contained in black liquor from pulp production, the new boiler is set to cut CO2 emissions by 40,000 tonnes, which equates to about two-thirds of the current emissions at the site, and 1.5% of those from the whole Smurfit Kappa Group.

Over the next two years, the Future Energy Plant project will also involve developing a new steam turbine, as well as several extensions and adjustments to upstream and downstream plants.

Speaking about the plant’s latest investment, Günter Hochrathner, CEO Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf, said : “With the ground-breaking ceremony for the rebuild of the recovery boiler, we have taken a step into the future for Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf."

Laurent Sellier, COO Smurfit Kappa Paper, Europe, added : "At Smurfit Kappa, we strive for sustainable business. The Future Energy Plant project is part of a larger investment programme by the Smurfit Kappa Group to further improve sustainability.

“This investment will enable us to ensure a long-term supply of high-quality, sustainable containerboard - something our customers have come to expect from us.”

Founded in 1851 and with over 360 employees, Nettingsdorf is one of Smurfit Kappa’s most efficient paper mills and one of the leading producers of kraftliner in Europe. The mill produces approximately 450,000 tonnes of paper annually and has an excellent health and safety record.

2018-10-24 
Glatfelter’s composite fibers business unit announces 7% price increase

Glatfelter  announced today its Composite Fibers Business Unit will increase prices by 7% for all its products, effective November 19, 2018.

The decision is a direct result of substantial and ongoing global price increases for key raw materials including pulp, synthetic fibers, viscose and other chemicals. Furthermore, the Company does not see any near-term relief from this input cost inflation. Escalating energy and transportation costs further compound the inflationary situation.

“Glatfelter has made extensive efforts to reduce costs and increase efficiency,” said Martin Rapp, Senior Vice President and Business Unit President, Composite Fibers. “However, these initiatives alone are not enough to offset the impact of the external pressures. Therefore, we are implementing price adjustments to ensure our continued ability to supply best-in-class products, innovation and service.”

2018-10-24 
AkzoNobel closes sale of Specialty Chemicals to The Carlyle Group and GIC

Akzo Nobel N.V. has today completed the sale of the Specialty Chemicals business to The Carlyle Group and GIC for an enterprise value of €10.1 billion.

Thierry Vanlancker, CEO of AkzoNobel, commented : “Today is a key milestone in the history of AkzoNobel, creating a focused paints and coatings company, with market leading positions, strong global brands, and a clear strategy to create value for all our stakeholders.

“This is also an important step for the Specialty Chemicals business and I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our colleagues and wish them a successful future with Carlyle and GIC.”

Charles Shaver, CEO of Specialty Chemicals, said : “I am delighted to assume my new role at Specialty Chemicals and look forward to working with the management team, Carlyle and GIC to deliver long term success. Specialty Chemicals has a strong global presence and a talented and dedicated team and I believe there is significant opportunity to drive additional growth through innovation and customer focus to build on the company’s leading positions in its markets.”

Martin Sumner and Zeina Bain, Managing Directors at The Carlyle Group, added : “We are excited to invest in Specialty Chemicals and we are committed to growing the business and continuing to enhance its competitive position. Specialty Chemicals has a great heritage, a high quality asset base and workforce, an excellent track record of innovation as well as a diversified customer and product portfolio. We look forward to working with Charlie and the management team to support Specialty Chemicals as it embarks on a new phase as an independent company.”

As agreed at the Extraordinary General Meeting of November 30, 2017, AkzoNobel will return the vast majority of net proceeds from the sale of Specialty Chemicals to its shareholders. Further details will be announced in due course.

2018-10-24 
Antonio Mosca is the new Head of Digital Transformation Fabio Perini S.p.A.

Antonio Mosca has been appointed Head of Digital Transformation at Fabio Perini S.p.A, an international leader in the production of tissue converting machines.

Antonio Mosca, thanks to his many years of experience in the field of digital innovation and transformation in world-renowned companies such as Ericsson, Microsoft, Accenture,

has been chosen to take the reins of the digitalization sector of Fabio Perini S.p.A.

The challenge, as Antonio Mosca states, "is to create a successful digital transformation program that can quickly offer all the opportunities of the Industry 4.0. to the entire tissue ecosystem".

Its role, therefore, is of fundamental importance to accompany Fabio Perini S.p.A. towards a transformation that will lead it to be, continues Antonio Mosca, "a manufacturer of intelligent machines that add further value to the high quality already present."

A new member joins the Fabio Perini team with the aim of further increasing and innovating the company’s skills and adopting new working methods to develop business models aimed at Digital Transformation.

2018-10-24 
OptiGroup and Inapa have signed an agreement to combine their paper distribution businesses in Germany

OptiGroup and Inapa - Investimentos, Participações e Gestão, S.A. today announce that they have signed an agreement to combine their respective paper distribution operations in Germany, Papyrus Deutschland GmbH & Co KG and Papier Union GmbH, and thereby create a stronger and more stable and successful platform for customers, suppliers and employees in future.

As part of the transaction, OptiGroup has signed a binding agreement, subject only to competition clearance by the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt), to sell its German paper distribution business, Papyrus Deutschland GmbH & KG, to Inapa who intend to combine the business with their German subsidiary, Papier Union GmbH. The transaction is expected to be finalised in December 2018, subject to customary approval by the German Federal Cartel Office. In 2017, Papyrus Deutschland GmbH & KG had a turnover of EUR 561 million and Papier Union had turnover of EUR 389 million.

The transaction consideration will, subject to an EGM decision by the shareholders of Inapa, be settled in part by OptiGroup receiving a convertible bond as a debt instrument issued by Inapa, a stock listed company (sociedade aberta) under the laws of Portugal. The convertible bond will, upon full conversion, and at the discretion of OptiGroup AB be convertible into 23% of all shares and voting rights in Inapa. The proceeds from the transaction will be used by OptiGroup to further strengthen their businesses in other countries. Further details of the transaction have not been disclosed.

OptiGroup’s President and CEO, Christoph Sander comments :

"The paper merchanting market in Germany has been under severe pressure in recent years from a combination of reducing demand, significant price increases from manufacturers and the entry of new competitors. Consequently, it is necessary for traditional paper merchants to restructure and strengthen their platform and customer offering in order to compete successfully in future.

We believe that the combination of Papier Union and Papyrus Deutschland will create a stronger, more stable and successful platform for customers, suppliers and employees in Germany. Inapa will be a good and motivated owner to further develop the combined company to its full potential in the German market.

Our Papyrus businesses in other countries outside Germany are unaffected by this announcement as they continue to enjoy strong positions in their local markets.

Today’s announcement is therefore also another major step in OptiGroup’s strategy to strengthen and rebalance our portfolio of businesses. The additional capital released through this sale will be used to further develop our market position in our other countries, and accelerate the transformation journey towards higher growth sectors that we started in 2016."

2018-10-24 
Increased capacity at Lessebo Paper

A full order book and a positive market outlook have resulted in Lessebo Paper now ramping up the production, from 100 tonnes to 150 tonnes per day. This is a large investment in both time and money, and the mill is looking positively at the future.

– Now we are building for the future, says Eric Sigurdsson, CEO of Lessebo Paper.

The production has been good during the last year, but after recruiting new operators and finished several improvements in production, the mill is now able to further increase it’s production capacity. – We have worked hard to make several improvements on our paper machines, as well as training 15 of our new operators to be able to move to full shifts, explains Eric Sigurdsson. The mill now operates all machines 24/7.
In addition, the company has been strengthened by the appointments of Johan Pleijel as the new Head of Production, and Eric Sigurdsson taking on the role as CEO at the beginning of the year. Both hail from the automotive industry, which has come a long way in the optimisation of production, tying in well with Lessebo Paper’s growth plans. Furthermore, the company has promoted Carina Jensen from Export Sales to the new Head of Sales and Marketing.
With a stronger management and three paper machines in full use, the mill’s capacity has increased by 16,000 tonnes per year to meet the needs of the company’s premium paper customers. – We can give our customers an unparalleled service now and we have a confident outlook on the future, concludes Sigurdsson.

2018-10-23 
Lecta presents its Extensive Range of Papers for Beverage Labels at BrauBeviale 2018

The world’s largest event for the beverage industry will be held in Nuremberg, Germany, from November 13-15.

Lecta will again participate in the BrauBeviale trade show with its extensive portfolio of special papers for beverage labels. It will feature its latest developments in metallized paper, one-side coated paper and self-adhesive materials at this exhibition which last year attracted nearly 1,200 exhibitors and 40,000 beer and other beverage industry professionals.

Lecta’s range of high-vacuum 100% recyclable metallized papers, Metalvac, will be on exhibit with two special paper lines designed for premium beverage labels and for label converters : Wet-glue labels, for beer, water, spirits and wine labels available with high, medium and low moisture resistance and ideal for returnable and one-way bottles, and Pressure-sensitive labels​, papers designed to be transformed into self-adhesive facestock for labels.

The Metalvac range is available in different finishes (plain, pin-head, brushed and linen).

"Endless possibilities" is the swatchbook for Lecta’s Creaset one-side coated paper line, designed for the labels and flexible packaging segment. Its "Labels" range for beverages includes papers specifically designed for beer bottles such as light wet-strength Creaset LWS, for drinks (especially water) and high wet-strength Creaset LWS, for drinks (especially water) and high wet-strength Creaset HWS papers, available with smooth, embossed and now extra-strength embossed finishes, ideal for applications that require a more artisanal touch.

Our Adestor self-adhesive labels from the "Labels to Celebrate" collection feature an excellent and versatile selection of papers and films combined with water-based acrylic adhesives to meet the needs of the most demanding final applications in the beverage sector. The 27 exclusive labels featured in the catalog were manufactured with different printing techniques such as silkscreen, stamping and embossing, highlighting their benefits in terms of machinability and print quality.

"Labels to Celebrate" also includes special facestock such as papers with a natural shade, embossed and gloss pearl finishes and metallized papers highly resistant to moisture and the cold. Combined with the BC361Plus and VR152 ​acrylic adhesives, they are the ideal solution for all bottles subject to ice-bucket immersion or that need to be recovered in caustic soda baths.

2018-10-23 
UPM supports Finnish and Uruguayan football teams in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

UPM sponsors the Finnish and Uruguayan teams in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup held in Uruguay from November 13 to December 1, 2018. For Finland, this is the first time to qualify to the World Cup, whereas Uruguay is playing for the second time in this tournament. UPM has strong presence and connection to the local communities in both countries.

"It takes commitment, professionalism and excellent team play to compete in the world class, be it in sports or business. We want to cheer this new generation of players and believe that their attitude and spirit of fair play will set an inspiring example in their communities," says Pirkko Harrela, Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations at UPM.

Says Victoria Díaz, General Manager of the Uruguayan team : "For the Uruguayan Football Association it is a real pride that a company of the size of UPM trust us, trust in this sport as a vehicle to educate in values, but above all, trust in this squad of young people who will be our players of the future, representing our women’s football in the next month of November. In a society in constant search for equality and opportunities, we firmly believe that women’s football is a tool to achieve this and we thank UPM for joining us in this beautiful challenge."

Says Emma Immonen, goalkeeper of the Finnish team : "The World Cup is a fantastic opportunity for our team. It shows the results you can achieve with courage and commitment when everyone is working towards the same objective. We are really proud that a company like UPM which invests in responsibility and more sustainable future is supporting us, and has confidence in us - just like we have ourselves."

The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 will be the first world finals to be held in the country since 1930. There will be 16 teams playing at the tournament for the championship.

2018-10-23 
A.Celli Rebuilding: Shaniv Paper Industries Tissue Machine TM1 launched

The important rebuilding operation was successfully completed by A.Celli Paper and ended with the start-up of the Israeli customer’s machine

In early October, the Customer Service team at A.Celli Paper launched the Tissue Machine TM1 of Shaniv Paper Industries Ltd, the second largest Israeli paper manufacturer for home use.

The operation consisted in the supply of a new reel, an innovative DCS system, a set of more efficient motors, renewed roller equipment and the relative drives. The dryer roller (Yankee Dryer) was also insulated by shielding the heads with a layer of coating.

The operation, completed by a team of qualified technicians, allowed the machine to reach the speed of 1500 mpm for the production of high quality tissue paper.

The ambitious project was carried out in full compliance with the client’s expectations, which complimented the team of A.Celli Paper for the excellent work performed

2018-10-23 
Change to Essity’s Executive Management Team

Margareta Lehmann, President of Health and Medical Solutions and a member of Essity’s Executive Management Team, is stepping down from her position due to retirement. 

Margareta Lehmann has held various positions at Essity since 1983 and has been a member of the Executive Management Team since 2011. She will step down from her position as President of Health and Medical Solutions on December 31, 2018 and will remain with the company in an advisory capacity during 2019.

Her successor will be announced in due course.

“Margareta has spent almost her entire career with Essity, and her contribution to our company’s success is significant. I would like to thank Margareta for her important work and I’m pleased that she will remain in an advisory role for another year to ensure that we can benefit from all her knowledge and experience,” says Magnus Groth, Essity President and CEO.

2018-10-23 
Stora Enso’s Sustainability Report ranked among top ten globally

Stora Enso’s Sustainability Report 2017 has been included in the top ten sustainability reports globally according to the latest Reporting matters publication by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

In WBCSD’s Reporting matters publication, Stora Enso’s Sustainability Report is praised for its disclosure of internal sustainability management processes. The external assurance of the report’s sustainability information also received good feedback as it strengthens the credibility of Stora Enso’s disclosure.

“We are proud of our transparent reporting being acknowledged,” says Noel Morrin, EVP Sustainability at Stora Enso. “It is especially encouraging to see that the four-tier reporting structure we use to present the most material opportunities and challenges is recognised as good practice.”

“In addition to being coherent and highly informative, good reporting requires continuous development. Our report should reflect our ambition to ensure a positive contribution to society and meeting the challenges along the way,” Ulrika Lilja, EVP Communications at Stora Enso, concludes.

“We are pleased to highlight Stora Enso’s strong reporting practices. Their 2017 Sustainability Report clearly articulates the potential impacts of external trends and regulations and describes the approaches the company has taken to manage and address this. We hope other companies will see Stora Enso as an example of good practice as they approach sustainability reporting across their own companies,” says Rodney Irwin, Managing Director of Redefining Value, WBCSD.

The WBCSD produces Reporting matters to help improve the effectiveness of non-financial corporate reporting. The report lists Stora Enso’s Sustainability Report as one of the top ten in the world out of the 158 reviewed in the scope of the publication without disclosing the exact rankings.

2018-10-23 
Pöyry and Infosys jointly introduce an artificial intelligence framework for industry, utilities and infrastructure organisations

Leading global corporations Pöyry and Infosys today announced the release of Krti 4.0® Artificial Intelligence (AI) Framework for Operational Excellence. The framework overcomes some complex and expensive lifecycle management challenges faced by industry, utilities and infrastructure organisations across operational technology (OT) systems.

The Krti 4.0 model based data driven framework applies AI, cognitive/machine learning and Machine to Machine (M2M) capabilities to the industrial environment. The applied methodology identifies critical enterprise systems and assets and provides a deeper understanding of their behaviour to unlock and create new value for customers. Krti 4.0 is designed to dramatically reduce system maintenance costs and expensive operation shutdowns, and improve reliability, employee and environmental safety.
Krti 4.0 combines the unique strengths of Infosys and Pöyry

The Krti 4.0 model based data driven framework incorporates the Pöyry RAMS (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, Safety) methodology, which defines the criticality of every asset contributing to the functioning of OT systems. Infosys’ Nia knowledge-based AI platform continuously executes complex, advanced analytics and machine learning models, exchanging information with the RAMS model to identify any inherent risk in operations of the overall system. Krti 4.0’s open and intuitive machine-to-machine (M2M) interface provides for seamlessly connecting with different OT systems for collecting data. Krti 4.0 makes pervasive and secure industrial IoT connectivity real across all levels of the enterprise.

Krti 4.0 arms decision makers with real-time knowledge on the best and the most effective operating and maintenance options for their OT systems. Krti 4.0 achieves this by using predictive and prescriptive analytics within acceptable risk levels.

For Industries confronting the problem of asset ’stranding’ due either to technology obsolesce or to new regulatory regimes, Krti 4.0 provides real options to accelerate Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) and un-strand substantial asset value.

’Smart Hands’ make smart decisions throughout the organisation

Krti 4.0 enables a proactive way of thinking, empowering people at all levels of an organisation to make smart decisions. At the highest level, through Krti 4.0’s real-time dashboards, decision-makers have in-depth intelligence about their assets globally across the enterprise. For plant managers, Krti 4.0’s RAMS modelling capabilities allow for scenario building, enabling the continuous operational improvement of the systems. For maintenance technicians Krti 4.0’s augmented reality and chatbot functionality minimizes repair times.

"Our Krti 4.0® framework using RAMS modelling methodology puts the Pareto principle’s 80/20 rule at the heart of the decision-making process. We know the criticality of each part of the asset and focus our data collection strategy and analytical predictive capabilities where it matters most. In Krti 4.0 real-time data from critical assets is converted to information with innovative computing and business intelligent algorithms enabling proactive prescriptive decision making. This is the difference," says Richard Pinnock, President, Energy Business Group at Pöyry.

"In today’s highly competitive and digital world, our clients need to leverage their existing assets to create tangible ROI within a short period of time. Our IoT services are focused on impacting both their top line and bottom line, leveraging our capabilities to remote-monitor products and assets, prevent breakdowns, and analyse data to optimize performance across the entire production system. Having this view into how products and assets operate is not just key to improving their efficiency but also to ensuring security along with legal and regulatory compliance" says Nitesh Bansal, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Engineering Services, Infosys Ltd.

2018-10-22 
Paper industry support SPAPER 2019

International exhibition of machinery and equipment for pulp, paper and cardboard already hasthe participation of thrity international companies

There are only four months left to celebrate SPAPER and the International exhibition of machinery and equipment for pulp, paper and carboard already has the participation of thirty internacional companies such as Ferpal, Porteca, Metso, Voith o Andritz, among others.

Zaragoza will become inthe epicenter of the paper industry from 5thto 7thofFebrary, the date that will be take place SPAPER 2019.

SPAPER has the support of the Paper Cluster and the ASPAPEL Association, two of the leading professional organizations in the paper production sector.

In addition to offering a large exhibition area, the Organization is designing a program of several activities – meetings, roundtables, colloquiums, assemblies, among others – in order to discuss and know the current situation of the industry and its challenges and future prospects.

Therefore, the Organization is working with the companies to propose and manage which topics are interesting for the manufacturers of the paper industry to they will be present in SPAPER. In this way, the work team want to offer content that adds value to our visitors.

In this regard, Zaragoza Exhibition Centershows its commitment to the dissemination and knowledge about this sector. SPAPER is organising activities and workshops with cooperation of some universities that trainprofessionals of the paper industry.

Furthermore, SPAPER will recognise the innovation, excellence and practicality of the companies that will participate in the exhibition –from 5th to 7th February in 2019 –.

In the same time, Zaragoza Exhibition Center will be take SMAGUA, the 22th edition of International Water and Irrigation Exhibition. This Salon are the most effective fair for the southern European market.

Both Organizations are developing a strategic action planning to grow internationally.They want to take the synergies between these industries and promote the development of space in globalmarket.

Zaragoza(Spain)is located in the epicenter of the paper industry in Spain and with this new Salon –SPAPER–Zaragoza Exhibiton Center works to achieve greater recognition and business improvement of this important industry in Spain.

2018-10-22 
ANDRITZ to supply major pulp production technologies and key process equipment for ARAUCO’s MAPA project in Chile

ANDRITZ has received an order from Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A. to supply energy-efficient and environmentally friendly pulp production technologies and key process equipment for modernization and extension of the ARAUCO pulp mill in Horcones, Arauco, Chile. The order value for ANDRITZ is in the region of 300 million euros ; start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2021.

The ANDRITZ scope of supply includes – on full EPS (Engineering, Procurement, Supervision) basis :

• A complete wood processing plant with three debarking and chipping lines, one chipping line for forest-debarked wood, chip storage with stacker-reclaimer blending bed system, chip screening, bark handling with BioCrushers, and is completed with HQ-Press bark presses that increase dryness of the bark and consequently the energy efficiency and production of the bio mass boiler. Eucalyptus is debarked at a rated capacity of 360 m3/h solid over bark per line using RotaBarker technology, which provides excellent debarking results with very low wood losses. The chipping process uses horizontally fed HHQ-Chippers, ensuring high capacity (400 m3/h solid under bark) without compromising on chip quality. The operation is supported further by SmartWoodyard products like the advanced decision support information system, ChipperEKG and CrusherEKG condition monitoring systems, and ScanChip chip analyzers for chip quality measurements.

• A complete fiberline with a capacity of 4,700 admt/d bleached pulp, including Lo-Solids continuous cooking with TurboFeed chip feeding system, brown stock washing with multistage DD-Washers, 2-stage oxygen delignification followed by deknotting, screening, and multistage DD-Washers. Bleaching is based on proven upflow reactor technology and washing is performed with DD-Washers after every stage, all contributing to low chemical consumption, high-quality pulp, and low environmental emissions.

• An energy-efficient black liquor evaporation plant with a high capacity of 1,750 tons/hour. The plant will have a 7+ Effects heat economy system and concentrate black liquor to the high dry solids content of 80% for efficient combustion in the recovery boiler. The plant is equipped with the latest of ANDRITZ’s innovations in secondary condensate quality enhancement for 100% reuse in other departments of the mill. The scope also includes a tank area and methanol liquefaction system. ANDRITZ’s lamella technology and the unique process solution for scaling control reduces washing needs, ensuring minimum plugging of heat surfaces and good cleanability, which results in high availability and increases the overall production and efficiency of the plant.

• Complete white liquor plant, including efficient green liquor filtration with LimeGreen filters – producing clean green liquor and minimizing waste to landfill, white liquor filtration with LimeWhite filter – maximizing the white liquor quality, and efficient lime mud filtration with two LimeDry filters providing high dry solids content and low residual alkaline. The capacity of the recaustizicing plant is 15,300 m3/d. The delivery also includes two lime kilns (capacity 700 t/d each) with low heat consumption and low emissions to meet Arauco’s tight emission permits.

“During the sales phase, we assessed the capabilities of the company and ANDRITZ demonstrated its competence, commitment and professionalism. Congratulations to the whole ANDRITZ team, who have worked hard, efficiently, and with passion and professionalism for this outcome. We are just starting, but I am sure this will be a great project for all concerned,” says Franco Bozzalla, Senior VP Pulp and Energy at ARAUCO.

The MAPA project will renew and increase ARAUCO’s efficiency and pulp production, and in addition, it will strengthen ARAUCO’s competitiveness and leadership in global markets.

2018-10-22 
Update on Mondi’s investment in new 300,000 tonne kraft top white machine in Slovakia

Having recently obtained the necessary permitting, Mondi is proceeding with the investment in a new 300,000 tonne per annum kraft top white machine at Ruzomberok (Slovakia), with start-up expected towards the end of 2020.

Commenting on the project, Mondi Group CEO Peter Oswald said, “This investment provides an exciting opportunity for Mondi to leverage our cost advantaged mill in Slovakia to complement our portfolio and serve a growing market with innovative and sustainable containerboard solutions.”

The machine will produce a new and unique environmentally sound containerboard grade, kraft top white, which combines the strength, printability and appearance benefits of a white virgin fibre top layer with the economic advantages of a recycled fibre bottom layer. Its access to integrated bleached hardwood pulp production, scale and location benefits due to its brownfield nature will provide this machine a cost advantage difficult to replicate. Kraft top white will target the growing white top liner markets for applications such as shelf-ready packaging, point of sale displays, customised packaging, e-commerce, consumer durables and other specialised applications.

The related pulp mill upgrade at the same site is progressing according to plan with start-up expected in late 2019. This upgrade will debottleneck pulp production by 100,000 tonnes per annum, which will be integrated into the containerboard production once the new machine ramps up.

The total project cost has been revised to €340 million (up from €310 million), as a result of refinements to the machine’s technical concept and higher construction costs since the project was initially scoped. Group capital expenditure continues to be in line with our previous estimate of €700‑800 million per annum in 2018 and 2019.

2018-10-19 
Mondi celebrates First European Paper Bag Day

For Mondi, 18 October 2018 is all about paper bags : On this first ever European Paper Bag Day, the global packaging and paper producer is celebrating paper bags as the sustainable and efficient packaging solution for today and the future by launching a comprehensive social media campaign across Europe.

The star of the campaign is an oversized paper bag, which surrounds a 6-metre high pine tree in front of a shopping centre in Vienna to illustrate how we can protect the world’s natural sources by choosing the right packaging. The main campaign message is illustrated on the paper bag – a striking “CO2” logo with the “C” crossed out. With this giant artwork, Mondi aims to raise awareness, illustrate the sustainable advantages of paper bags, and encourage consumers to act responsibly in their packaging choices. With the hashtags #EuropeanPaperBagDay and #EPBG, the public can join in the campaign.

Mondi has also created a video, which will be published on various social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube on 18 October. The video shows how passers-by react to the large-scale installation and is linked to the campaign page www.paperbagday.eu, which provides facts about why paper bags help to mitigate climate change : 

 Paper bags are natural and renewable
 Paper bags store carbon dioxide (CO2)
 Paper bags have a lower climate impact
 Paper bags are reusable
 Paper bags are recyclable
 Paper bags are biodegradable
 Paper bags help to reduce plastic waste

The annual action day and its key messages were initiated by “The Paper Bag” platform, a collaboration of Europe’s leading kraft paper manufacturers and paper bag producers, of which Mondi is a member. It is hoped that the event will highlight the advantages of paper bags and encourage consumers to combine their personal packaging choices with the right choice for the environment. Using paper bags is an expression of a modern, sustainable lifestyle and it helps to mitigate climate change and reduce plastic waste.

The campaign will be continued in 2019 to establish European Paper Bag Day as an annual event.

2018-10-19 
Towards a more sustainable pulp and paper industry with Deep Eutectic Solvents

Successful conclusion of first phase of PROVIDES project

At a special conference organised as part of the Paper and Beyond 2018 event in Brussels, the first phase of the PROVIDES project was officially completed. PROVIDES, which stands for ‘PROcesses for Value added fibres by Innovative Deep Eutectic Solvents’, is a research and innovation project within the Biobased Industries Initiative,with the goal of significantly reducing CO2 emissions in pulp and papermaking. Stora Enso was an active participant in the project, thus supporting the pulp and paper industry’s technological transition towards meeting its climate objectives.

The completion of the first phase was celebrated with the publication of a booklet describing the potential of Deep Eutectic Solvents (DESs) for creating breakthrough innovations in the pulp and paper industry. The publication ‘Deep Eutectic Solvents in the paper industry’ can be downloaded here.

Revolutionising the industry
In November 2011, the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) launched its vision for the sector in the next 35 years, concluding that breakthrough technologies would be needed to make the industry more sustainable. Specifically, it aims to achieve an 80% reduction of CO2 emissions and at the same time create 50% more value. The PROVIDES consortium shows that a revolutionary change is now possible. New, mild pulping technologies based on natural Deep Eutectic Solvents lead to a significantly more sustainable process that is energy-, cost- and resource-effective, while producing much lower CO2 emissions.

The total DES concept
Deep Eutectic Solvents are nature-based, renewable, biodegradable, low-volatile and cost-effective. The overall objective of the DES concept is to achieve a 40% reduction of energy use and an 80% reduction of CO2 emissions in pulp and papermaking. The DES concept will enable the industry to obtain a radically new, sustainable and techno-economically feasible pulping technology, while also enabling the selective recovery of dissolved components. In addition, DESs can be regenerated and recycled, ensuring economical use of resources. This technological innovation produces high-quality cellulose fibres for papermaking, while simultaneously producing high-quality lignin and hemicellulose fractions for a variety of high-volume applications.

Results and achievements
In the first phase of the PROVIDES project, more than one hundred new DESs were developed. Of these, two have been further developed as successful delignifying agents. The project proved that the entire DES pulping process can be run at operational costs similar to those kraft pulping, and that the resulting cellulose fibres have good tensile strength and extreme internal bond strength. In addition, it was proven that DES delignification results in 95% lignin removal, and that the lignin can be successfully recovered and the DES regenerated.

Next steps
In the coming years, the pulping part of the DES research cluster, coordinated by the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (ISPT), will continue to conduct further applied research towards the realisation of a DES pulping pilot and demo, ultimately leading to commercial implementation in 2030.

2018-10-19 
Port of HaminaKotka chosen for Finnpulp’s export harbour

Finnpulp has signed a letter of intent with Port of HaminaKotka for operating the export of its pulp products. The agreement consists of the leasing of the land and planning of the warehouse for export products. Finnpulp will concentrate its pulp deliveries to the Port of HaminaKotka and build in the future a logistics center in Mussalo D area, which will handle the export cargo on all of the company’s global markets. Shipping will be made both in containers and the break bulk cargo.

Finnpulp will transport pulp products directly via rail from Kuopio to Port of HaminaKotka, which is the largest export harbour in Finland.

Finnpulp is currently carrying out pre-engineering stage of the biorproduct mill. Pre-engineering stage is estimated to be completed year 2019. The pre-engineering will include preparation of the construction stage of the mill’s processes, technologies and mill site layouts. This phase includes also the research and decisions of the logistic solutions. After completion of the engineering, the company will make its final investment decision on the construction of the bioproduction mill in Sorsasalo, Kuopio.

2018-10-18 
Paper & Beyond stages industry’s leadership on Europe’s circular bioeconomy

Paper & Beyond, the new event concept where circular bioeconomy leaders meet, took place just a week following the release of the EU’s new Bioeconomy Strategy, which set out a clear path for better linking the bioeconomy and circularity. 

“The new European strategy comes at a defining moment for the bioeconomy” says Karl-Henrik Sundström, CEO of Stora Enso and Chairman of CEPI. “Industry’s transformation is gaining pace across the entire forest fibre and paper value chain. As the mainstream renewable and recyclable material industry, we are ready to take the lead on Europe’s circular bioeconomy”. 

The first of its kind conference got off to an innovative start with a competition gathering some of Europe’s most promising young researchers. From the engineering of spider silk strong nanocellulose filaments to paper-based electrodes for fuel cells, researchers illustrated the innovativeness and European lead in forest fibre research. 

Building on this year’s theme, the “Europe & Beyond – Getting the best from the bioeconomy” session welcomed keynote speaker Peggy Liu, a world-renowned sustainability expert on China who brought a global perspective on the circular bioeconomy. She touched upon recent developments in China, including the country’s waste restrictions, its policy on single-use plastics and its recent investments in Europe under the Belt and Road initiative.

Following the positive trends in production (up 1.5%), exports (up 5.4%) and investment (up 7.5%) seen in the latest market data for 2017, RISI returned to provide insights into circular bioeconomy markets, with, for the first time, a business intelligence session on European nanocellulose markets.

Paper & Beyond also hosted the final conference of the EU-funded Provides project which has confirmed the Deep Eutectic Solvents (DES) technology. This breakthrough aims at achieving a 40% reduction in energy use and a 80% life cycle reduction in CO2 emissions, while also producing high-quality lignin from wood for biochemicals or biocomposite production. The consortium will continue research on a DES pulping pilot and demo, aiming at commercial deployment by 2030.

2018-10-18 
Lucart joins the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 (CE100) network to realise its circular economy ambitions faster

Lucart is increasingly committed to the circular economy.
The Italy-based Group, a leading manufacturer in Europe of tissue paper, airlaid products, and MG paper has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundations CE100 network, a pre-competitive innovation programme established to enable organisations to develop new opportunities and realise their circular economy ambitions faster.

Launched in 2010, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation aims to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. Since its creation, the charity has emerged as a global thought leader, establishing the circular economy on the agenda of decision makers across business, government and academia.

Lucart, which has made of sustainability and innovation in the environmental field its core values, is one of only three Italian organisations that are members of the CE100 along with, Intesa Sanpaolo and Gruppo Hera. The network focusses on collaboration, capacity building, networking and research and insights - bringing together companies to create further opportunities for cooperation and innovation.

“Quality, innovation and sustainability : these are the key words for building the future of tissue paper and of our Group. This is why joining the community created by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation makes us proud of what we have achieved to date : it demonstrates our full commitment to a “circular” paper economy, as we like to call it” – Massimo Pasquini, Chief Executive Officer of Lucart, commented – “We hope that this cooperation will pave the way for new, challenging scenarios for the development of circular economy on a global level, covering a multitude of different sectors and projects. And we want to play an active role in this development”.

In the environmental field, Lucart is a pioneering company in Europe : in 1997, it launched the world’s first recycled toilet paper with Mater-Bi packs on the market, and in 1998 it was the first company in Italy to obtain the Ecolabel. In 2010, the company launched the Natural project in cooperation with Tetra Pak®, creating Fiberpack®, a virtuous and award-winning circular economy project, which represents the evolution of paper. Thanks to this project, the Group has managed to recycle more than 3.6 billion beverage cartons, which, if lined up one after the other, would cover a distance equal to the circumvention of the Earth 21 times over and, above all, to prevent the emission of 93,800 tonnes of CO2e into the atmosphere, which is equal to the emissions of as many as 736,000 trips by car from Rome to Milan.

2018-10-18 
Toscotec enters the Japanese market with two tissue lines for the Marutomi Group.

Toscotec announced that it has been awarded a landmark contract by the Marutomi Group to supply two MODULO-PLUS ES tissue lines. The machines will be installed at Marutomi Paper’s mill and at Ono Paper’s mill in Fuji city, Shizuoka, Japan, and are scheduled for start-up respectively in the first and second half of 2019. This is a repeated order for Toscotec, who supplied a Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD-12FT to Marutomi Paper in 2013, to replace an old cast iron Yankee.

Toscotec will provide two MODULO-PLUS ES (Energy Saving) tissue machines, featuring a second generation Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD, steam-heated hoods TT Milltech-DYH, and the shoe press TT NextPress. Each of the MODULO-PLUS ES machines has a sheet width of 2,850 mm, an operating speed of 1,500 m/min, and an annual production of over 22,000 tons.

The scope is the same for both machines and comprises Toscotec’s patented TT SAF (Short Approach Flow) system, a pope reel automatic shaft return system, an in-line shaft puller and the tissue machine’s dust and mist removal systems. Toscotec will supply its proprietary Distributed Control System TT DCS, which was developed specifically for these projects on a Mitsubishi platform, in cooperation with the Japanese Corporation. The production lines’ detailed engineering, erection supervision, commissioning and start-up assistance complete the supply.

Mr. Takeo Sano, President of Marutomi Paper Co., Ltd., says, “We have been running a TT SYD for four years now and are very impressed with its performance. We immediately thought of Toscotec when we approved this new major investment project. Over the past few years we got to know the company, its people and services and we trusted in their technical expertise and vast experience. We have very high expectations in terms of both product quality and energy efficiency”.

“With this new order of two complete tissue production lines, we aim to strengthen our cooperation with the Marutomi Group and become a strategic partner for their expansion. We married the same philosophy of resource and environmental protection and I believe that they will be satisfied with the energy saving results of our MODULO-PLUS ES line. In recent years, we supplied three TT SYD to Japan and we are happy to get such a positive feedback from this demanding market” comments Alessandro Mennucci, CEO of Toscotec.

The supply of these two important projects is being supported by Kobayashi Engineering Works, Ltd.

2018-10-18 
Ahlstrom-Munksjö completes the acquisition of Caieiras specialty paper mill in Brazil

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has completed the acquisition of MD Papéis’ Caieiras specialty paper mill in Brazil for a debt free purchase price of about EUR 98 million*. The acquisition significantly strengthens Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s offering in South America and provides further growth opportunities.

The acquired business had net sales of about EUR 76 million and comparable EBITDA of EUR 12 million in 2017. Annual synergy benefits of up to EUR 6 million are estimated, mainly arising from optimization of overlapping businesses. The agreement was announced on April 24, 2018.

The Caieiras product offering is an excellent match for Ahlstrom-Munksjö with 80% of sales being in line with the company’s current portfolio. The plant gives access to local production of decor paper, thus strengthening Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s offering and partnership with existing customers, who have so far relied on imports.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö is already a global leader in tape materials, serving both local and global customers and this position is further strengthened through the acquisition. In addition, production and delivery capabilities as well as competitiveness are improved by combining Caieiras with the company’s operation in nearby Jacarei.

Daniele Borlatto, EVP of Industrial Solutions Business Area, comments : “The Caieiras business is an excellent addition to our global platform, and drives our ambition to maintain a leading position in selected niches of the global fiber-based solutions market that offers growth. Our existing as well as new specialty paper customers will benefit from a stronger offering coupled with our well-established excellent customer service. This transaction is another significant milestone in the execution of our strategy. I welcome the Caieiras employees to Ahlstrom-Munksjö.”Ahlstrom-Munksjö operates three plants near Sao Paolo, employing over 700 people with revenues of approximately of EUR 200 million following the acquisition.

2018-10-18 
ANDRITZ successfully closes its acquisition of Xerium Technologies, Inc.

ANDRITZ today announced the successful closing of its previously announced acquisition of Xerium Technologies, Inc.

Xerium, headquartered in Youngsville, North Carolina, is a global manufacturer and supplier of machine clothing (forming fabrics, press felts, drying fabrics) and roll covers for paper, tissue, and board machines, including maintenance and aftermarket services. With its Smart® technology, the company provides a sophisticated digital software tool to optimize pressing performance by means of sensors integrated into the roll covers.

ANDRITZ, headquartered in Graz, Austria, is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metal working and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial segments.

2018-10-17 
Kemira increases prices of coagulant products in EMEA

Kemira, a global chemicals company, announces price increases for all coagulant products in the EMEA region across all segments. The price increases will become effective as of November 1st, 2018 or as contract terms allow.

Price increases are necessary due to significant cost increases from several sides : All freight rates have considerably increased in 2018 and are expected to continue to rise.
Raw materials especially for aluminum-based coagulants pose an unusual challenge as the tight supply situation is globally driving cost up to unprecedented levels. Shortage of raw materials for iron-based coagulants also continue pushing cost further up.

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The price increases will vary based on different product types and may be significantly higher in specific countries.

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2018-10-17 
JSC Volga is awarded testimonial by the Nizhny Novgorod region Government

In connection with the 90th anniversary of the Company and for a major contribution in the social and economic development of the region, JSC Volga is awarded testimonial by the order dated 13th of August, 2018 of Gleb S. Nikitin, the Nizhny Novgorod Governor.

According to the Government estimate, today JSC Volga takes a worthy place among the biggest companies of the paper industry of the country and is one of the most successful and modern enterprises, producing the goods of high-quality which are in demand both in Russia and abroad.

The Volga’s history is calculated from the 25th of August of 1928 when the Balakhna Paper Mill began to produce the newsprint.

By the end of 1950s the annual output reached 250 thousand tons of the newsprint. In 1960s the fundamental reconstruction and expansion of the Paper Mill started. In 1960s-1967s PM6 and PM7, new groundwood (pulp) mill and a new warehouse were brought into operation in the Mill.

In October 1994 the state-of-the-art high-speed PM8 was launched. In 1997 the renovated Wood Handling Department (the wood yard) was bought into operation, the TMP workshop was renewed, the pulp production was finally stopped as the main object of ecological hazard. In 2007 the complex line for Balakhna bark, wood waste and sewage treatment plant sludges recycling was built in the Mill.

In 2017-2018 JSC Volga realized several major investment projects including mastering of the low-substance newsprint production, the main advantage of which is the increased area in a standard reel. The Paper Machine №4 has been launched which produces from the waste paper the paper used for the corrugated fibreboard and other packing types of paper making. The measures have been taken to improve the energy efficiency of the Mill through the development of its own electrical power generation.

Among the current tasks and plans of the Mill for the coming years is to increase the finished product output though the building of the new TMP workshop.

JSC Volga is ranked in the Top 200 Largest Russian Exporting Companies rating (according to the Expert magazine), in the Top 50 Largest Forestry Companies rating (according to the Lesnaya Industriya [Forestry Industry] magazine) and the Top-100 largest Companies of Nizhny Novgorod region (according to the Delovoy kvartal [Business district] magazine).
In 2017 the Volga’s newsprint has become a diplomant of the all-Russian contest of the Program "100 best Russian goods".

2018-10-17 

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