EKO PAPER, a Russian exporter of the newsprint made from 100% thermo-mechanical pulp (TMP), has launched its corporate website in the corporate identity and with the high functionality for Company’s clients and partners.
Valmet will supply a new evaporation plant, a combustion plant for gases generated in the production process and related automation systems for Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper mill in Novodvinsk, Russia. The delivery will be part of execution of the second stage of the mill`s priority investment project Reconstruction of Board Production.
ANDRITZ has successfully completed the rebuild of a sludge screw press at Stora Enso’s Anjala paper mill in Anjalankoski, Finland.
The turnkey upgrade of the sludge screw press, which has been out of operation for the past few years, included dismantling of the baskets and shaft, rebuild of the baskets with new screen plates, overhaul of the counter-pressure unit, supply of all parts needed for the overhaul, as well as erection of the unit. The upgraded press replaced an existing, outdated sludge dewatering unit.
BillerudKorsnäs is taking a further step into the Internet of Packaging by investing in a minority holding in UK technology company Hanhaa. The company’s solution allows users to track not only the location but also the condition of their deliveries in real time and on a large scale no matter the country or carrier.
The investment is being made by BillerudKorsnäs Venture AB, which was formed last spring to develop new business for the Group by linking up with interesting innovation companies in early stage. The objective is to gradually generate and develop new business. The aim is to work closely with companies and actively contribute to developing new solutions in the packaging value chain. This is a relatively small investment for BillerudKorsnäs in financial terms.
Valmet has entered into a strategic value-added reseller (VAR) agreement for power and process industry automation with Consulta Enterprises in India. The agreement covers India, the United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.
On 15th December 2016, Toscotec shipped the first two TT SYD-22FT of 2° generation (diameter 6705 mm) from the port of Marina di Carrara, Tuscany.
The first two Steel Yankee Dryers ofthe largest diameter ever built have left the dockand this is further proof of Toscotec’s leadership in the design and manufacturing of the main component of the tissue drying section. The TT SYD-22FT is at the heart of Toscotec PRODERGY tissue machine, which is equipped with a Steam Hood to achieve the maximum operating speed of 2000 mpm.
ANDRITZ has received an order from Sun Paper Holding Lao Co. Ltd. to supply main production technologies and equipment for a new pulp mill located in the city of Xepon, Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Start-up is expected in mid-2018.
The Nomination Board of Valmet proposes to the next Annual General Meeting, which is planned to be held on March 23, 2017, that the number of members of the Board of Directors until closing of the Annual General Meeting 2018 will be seven and that
Bo Risberg, Lone Fønss Schrøder, Rogerio Ziviani, Aaro Cantell, Jouko Karvinen and Tarja Tyni are re-elected as Board members,
Eriikka Söderström is elected as a new Board member.
The Netherlands-based paper manufacturer, Van Houtum, has announced a €5 million investment in a joint venture for the production of ECOR, a sustainable alternative to particleboard and other materials, made from recycled waste resources ranging from paper and agricultural waste, to textiles and even beverage cups as a raw material feedstock. The ECOR green building materials emerged on the Netherlands market about a year ago, from a regional subsidiary of Noble Environmental Technologies in Venlo.
Sonoco today announced it is implementing a $60 per ton price increase for all grades of uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) in the United States and Canada.
Sonoco previously announced a URB price increase of $40 to $60 per ton in October 2016, and the Company is revising the increase for all grades to $60 per ton, effective with shipments beginning February 6, 2017.
“This increase is necessary to capture higher recycled fiber and other costs so we can continue providing high-quality, value-adding products to our customers,” said Palace Stepps, division vice president of sales and marketing for Sonoco’s U.S. and Canada paper and adhesives.
Lecta increases the production capacity of its Metalvac range of metallized papers.
In accordance with Lecta’s strategic plan, a new coating and lacquering line made by the Swiss manufacturer Polytype was recently put into operation at the Leitza mill.
In the manufacture of metallized papers, it is necessary to apply specific coatings to ensure paper quality : first a proper fixing of the aluminum on the paper and then optimum printability of the metallized coat. The new coating and lacquering machine incorporates the latest technical developments in the application of these coatings to guarantee the highest quality.
Metsä Group’s Wood Products Industry Metsä Wood sells its wood element business located in Pälkäne, Finland, to Lapwall Oy. The transaction is expected to be finalized by the end of January. Personnel of the wood element business will in its entirety transfer to the new owner’s payroll.
In connection with the transaction the parties agreed on a multiyear contract concerning Kerto® LVL and spruce plywood deliveries. “Lapwall is an important partner for us, with whom we develop the wood construction ecosystem,” says EVP Esa Kaikkonen from Metsä Wood.
The divestment does not have a material financial impact on Metsä Group.
After forty-two years of service to the company Mat Quaedvlieg has retired from his position as Vice President Manufacturing, R&D and Technology Sappi Europe on December 31st, 2016. He will continue as VP Strategic Business Projects on a part time basis.
After a comprehensive rebuild supplied by Toscotec the rebuilt PM10 at Lucart Laval sur Vologne mill in France has been successfully started. The rebuild will boost the machine speed from the current 1300 mpm to 1600 mpm for the production of high-quality tissue from virgin or recycled fibers.
BillerudKorsnäs has awarded Voith with a fully equipped XcelLine board machine. The machine with a design speed of 1.200 m/min producing liquid packaging board, carton board, food service board and white kraft liner will be one of the largest board machines of its kind.
Stora Enso is investing EUR 12 million to build a new production line that will manufacture biocomposite granules at Hylte Mill in Sweden. Biocomposite granules enable the use of renewable wood to substitute a large portion of the fossil-based materials in products typically produced in plastics. Production is scheduled to begin during the first quarter of 2018. The annual capacity will be approximately 15 000 tonnes per year. The ramp-up of the new production line and a new type of manufacturing is expected to take 2–3 years.
Stora Enso is investing a total of EUR 9.1 million into its consumer board mills in Imatra and Ingerois, Finland, and Fors, Sweden, to continue the commercialisation of microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) and to accelerate product development.
With the new investments, Stora Enso will accelerate the product development of new MFC applications, which will include barrier layers for grease and oxygen and biodegradable film as replacement for aluminum in paperboard packaging. Due to its exceptionally high strength properties and 100% renewable raw materials, MFC is designed to outperform current fossil-based materials, such as plastics, in a variety of applications.
Paper giant Saica has hit the acquisition trail again, agreeing a deal to buy Schut, Hellema, and Lemapack from Flexible Packaging Holding (FPH).
Kemira will make a multi-million euro investment in the production line expansion of sizing agent (ASA) at its Nanjing site in China. Sizing agents are used for improving water-resistance in middle to high end paper and in packaging board. This investment in the most modern ASA production facility globally and the only major ASA production unit in APAC, will expand Kemira’s ASA production capacity substantially. The new capacity is expected to be available from December 2017 onwards.
The closed Sirpur Paper Mills Limited (SPM) has been put up for sale by banks to recover their dues amounting to ₹422.21 crore. The sale is being seen as the first concrete step towards reopening of the unit which has 2,000 staff and workers on its rolls besides 1,000 contract workers.
Sequana informed that its subsidiary Antalis had acquired TFM Industrial in Peru late November 2016. With the acquisition the company expects to strengthen the company’s footprint in Latin America, where it already generates sales of EUR 18 million (including Chile, Bolivia and Peru).
TFM Industrial is a Peruvian specialist distributor of packaging products. The acquired business has sales of approximately EUR 5 million.
Sequana informed that its subsidiary Antalis had acquired the paper distribution business of Swan Paper in Ireland in late December 2016. With the acquisition the company expects to boost its leadership in a high-growth country, where it already generates sales of EUR 34 million.
The acquired business has sales of approximately EUR 13 million.
Voith has won Mondi’s Machine Clothing Supplier Award in a competitive process overseen by Beatrix Praeceptor, Procurement Director Mondi Europe & International, and Peter Putz, Operational Director Packaging Paper, Europe & International.
Papyrus AB has agreed to acquire 100% of the shares of Procurator AB from RoosGruppen AB. The transaction, which is subject to approval by the Swedish Competition Authority, is expected to be completed in the coming months. As a result of the transaction, RoosGruppen AB will become a shareholder in Papyrus together with private equity groups Altor Fund II and Triton Fund II. The purchase price has not been disclosed.