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Toscotec grows also in the Paper & Board sector

Toscotec has just announced an important expansion of the company’s structure of the Paper & Board division, with a new technical and commercial unit based in Orbassano, in the province of Turin, which fully integrates into the existing team.

2017-10-13  READ MORE...
Tissue World Istanbul is returning at the Istanbul Congress Center from 4 – 6 September 2018

Tissue World Istanbul is set to take place at the Istanbul Congress Center (ICC), Turkey from 4 – 6 September 2018.

2017-10-13  READ MORE...
3D printed conductive cellulosic structures

Ying Shao defended her doctoral thesis at University Grenoble Alpes prepared under the supervision of Davide Beneventi, CNRS Research Director, of Professor Didier Chaussy (Grenoble INP-Pagora / LGP2) and of Philippe Grosseau, Research Director (École des Mines, Saint-Étienne).

2017-10-13  READ MORE...
FORTRESS PAPER RESTARTS PRODUCTION AT ITS DISSOLVING PULP MILL

Fortress Paper Ltd. is pleased to announce that the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill (the "FSC Mill") restarted on October 6, 2017.

2017-10-12  READ MORE...
Cellwood Machinery : New pulper plant at Skellefteå biogas (Sweden)

A new pre-treatment plant based on Cellwood’s pulper process has been taken into operation at Skellefteå biogas (Sweden).

2017-10-12  READ MORE...
DS Smith announces new appointments to further strengthen German team

DS Smith Recycling has announced two new appointments to its German recycling business.

2017-10-12  READ MORE...
Synthron launches ACTIRON® DF 30 to optimize and improve paper pulp bleaching
Bleaching is a fundamental stage in the manufacturing process of paper making and requires a treatment producing a good degree of base whiteness, which is demanded by the paper-making industry.
2017-10-12  READ MORE...
Ontex announces investment for new production site in Poland

Ontex Group NV (“Ontex”) announced that it will further expand its personal hygiene business around the world through a new production plant to be built in Radomsko, Poland.

2017-10-11  READ MORE...
NEGOTIATIONS OVER PAPER INDUSTRY COLLECTIVE LABOUR AGREEMENT

Since the spring, the Finnish Forest Industries Federation (FFIF) and the Finnish Paper Workers’ Union have been negotiating over changes to the collective labour agreement.

2017-10-11  READ MORE...
TORRASPAPEL, S.A. MOVES ITS CORPORATE SEAT FROM BARCELONA TO MADRID

The Board of Directors of Torraspapel, S.A. has agreed to transfer its corporate seat from Barcelona to Madrid.

2017-10-10  READ MORE...
Kemira and Valmet partner for the development of industrial internet solutions for pulp and paper industry

Two global leaders, chemicals company Kemira and process technology, automation and services company Valmet, have signed a partnership agreement for the development of digitalized data-based applications and services for their customers in the pulp and paper industry.

“Kemira and Valmet are leading suppliers to the industry globally and both companies are also actively developing digital solutions. Ultimately, the goal is to improve the speed, quality, reliability, predictability and performance of our customers’ business. With these synergies, it makes great sense to join forces to create value and reshape business collaboration models,” says Antti Matula, Vice President of Product Lines and Business Development at Kemira.

"Through this cooperation and the companies’ complementary know-how, customers’ production process data can be integrated and optimized for the customers’ benefit. This provides superior performance for the customers instead of each actor operating independently," says Jari Almi, Director of Industrial Internet at Valmet.

2017-10-10  READ MORE...
Klabin supports sustainable practices through issue of green bonds abroad

Sustainability is in Klabin’s DNA, and to sustain its investments in these practices, the company recently (September 2017) raised funds in the international market through its first issue of green bonds amounting to around R$ 1.6 billion, maturing in 10 years. The company, which pioneered the adoption of sustainable practices, is a benchmark in sustainable development and its issue received the "High Standard" rating from consulting firm Sustainalytics. The offering drew significant investor interest, with demand exceeding the offer of green bonds sevenfold.

Sustainability governance at Klabin is strongly structured and functions on four key pillars : Sustainability Committee ; Sustainability Commission ; Sustainability and Communication Department ; and a working group on impacts of climate change, all with the mission to raise the level of transparency across the company and structure its actions.

Klabin has been, for three years, prominently featured in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an international organization that analyzes companies’ efforts to minimize and manage the environmental impacts of their operations. In 2016, it was elected "Sustainable Company of the Year" and the most sustainable company in the paper and pulp sector by Guia Exame de Sustentabilidade. Moreover, since 2014, it has been included in the portfolios of the Corporate Sustainability Index (ISE) and Carbon Efficient Index (ICO2) of the São Paulo Stock Exchange (BM&FBovespa).

2017-10-10  READ MORE...
Valmet to supply a grade conversion rebuild for Sappi Lanaken Mill in Belgium


Valmet will supply a vast grade conversion rebuild with a wide scope of automation for Sappi Lanaken Mill in Belgium. In the project, the mill’s paper machine 8 (PM8) currently producing lightweight coated (LWC) paper grades will be rebuilt to also produce lightweight and high-quality woodfree coated paper grades, which the mill will gradually start producing. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for 2019. The project is an EPC delivery (engineering, procurement and construction) with an extensive site operation scope.

The order was included in Valmet’s third quarter of 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 60-80 million.

2017-10-09  READ MORE...
Metso appoints three Business Area heads and Executive Team members

Relating to the changes in Metso’s operating model and organization communicated on September 25, 2017, the new business area heads have been appointed as follows :

Mikko Keto has been appointed President, Minerals Services business area. He is currently Senior Vice President, Spare Parts business line.

Markku Simula has been appointed President, Aggregates Equipment business area. He is currently Senior Vice President, Aggregates business line.

Sami Takaluoma has been appointed President, Minerals Consumables business area. He is currently Vice President, Nordics market area.

All three business area Presidents will be members of Metso’s Executive Team and report to the President and CEO Nico Delvaux as of January 1, 2018.

2017-10-06  READ MORE...
Södra’s port becomes fossil-fuel free

Södra’s port in Mönsterås will become completely free from fossil fuels in October. All work vehicles and cranes at the port will begin using HVO* diesel – a completely fossil-free alternative to standard diesel.

Södra’s port has four cranes and 16 working vehicles. Together, these handles about three million tonnes of freight each year. The freight is loaded for transport to Europe by land and sea and includes 430,000 tonnes of paper pulp and 170,000 m³ of sawn timber. This will now be carried out using only fossil-free HVO diesel.

“As a representative of a green industry, we consider this an obvious next step,” said Niclas Strömqvist, Site Manager at Södra’s port in Mönsterås.

The switchover at the port began in the spring of 2017 and was completed at the end of September. The move is part of Södra’s sustainability targets that aim to achieve fossil-free production by 2020 and fossil-free transportation by 2030 – targets adopted in 2016 and assigned the same status as Södra’s financial targets.

“Efforts have focused on examining and ensuring that the HVO diesel is compatible with existing equipment at the port. We are always on the lookout for climate-smart solutions. This is in line with how we want to act and operate as a company,” said Jörgen Erlandsson, Head of Technology, Environment and Quality at Södra’s port in Mönsterås.

HVO is both a climate-smart and economical alternative to synthetically produced petrodiesel. The raw materials for Södra’s HVO are slaughterhouse waste and rapeseed oil.

“HVO is a better environmental choice because it is 100-percent fossil-free. This means it is completely renewable and greenhouse gas emissions are substantially lower,” said Åsa Forss, Manager of Södra’s wood-chip truck fleet.

* Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil

2017-10-05  READ MORE...
ABB to provide overall process control to SCA for the world’s most digitized mill

ABB recently won an order to supply comprehensive ABB Ability TM digital systems and solutions for SCA’s Östrand pulp mill expansion. The mill expansion is one of the largest investments in Swedish industrial history.

SCA is a leading forest products group, with headquarters in Sundsvall, Sweden. SCA started reconstructing the pulp mill in 2015, and the goal is for construction to be finished by June 2018. Upon completion, production capacity will double, and the production line for bleached softwood kraft pulp will be the largest in the world.

One automation system for the entire process

In 2016, ABB Ability System 800x was selected as the digital automation platform for the mill. This includes a fully integrated control and monitoring center that provides a complete process overview and the possibility to personalize ergonomics and work environments for each operator. In addition to integrated process control and power monitoring, ABB’s delivery to the Östrand project consists of transformers, motors, frequency converters and drive systems for large areas of the mill.

2017-10-05  READ MORE...
Albany International Announces Proposed Actions to Restructure Machine Clothing Operations in Europe

Albany International Corp. announced today that its subsidiary, Albany International France S.A.S., has initiated discussions with the employee Works Council regarding a proposal to restructure operations at the Company’s Machine Clothing production facilities in Sélestat, France. The proposed restructuring would reduce employment by approximately 54 positions.

2017-10-05  READ MORE...
Valmet to supply a new Valmet Brown Stock Quality Analyzer for CMPC Celulosa in Chile

Valmet will supply a Valmet Brown Stock Quality Analyzer (Valmet Kappa Q1) for CMPC Celulosa in Santa Fe, Chile for its fiber line 1 producing ECF (Elemental Chlorine Free) bleached eucalyptus pulp. To be installed in the blow line of the continuous digester, the Valmet Kappa Q1 will provide rapid and frequent Kappa number information for better digester and subsequent O2 stage control. Two larger multiline Valmet Kappa Analyzers have been successfully operating on the mill’s larger fiber line 2 since startup in 2006.

"Safety was an important factor in our decision and the design of Valmet Kappa Q1 avoids unnecessary exposure to risk when maintenance is required. We have always had good experiences of Valmet products, fast and good support, with both existing Valmet Kappa Analyzers consistently providing better uptime compared with other devices in the mill," says Patricio Montanares, Mill Technician, CMPC Celulosa.

2017-10-05  READ MORE...
VPK Packaging Group invest in CorrBoard UK

VPK Packaging Group has announced investment in a 30% stake of CorrBoard UK, the privately owned corrugated sheet manufacturer located in North Lincolnshire, United Kingdom, by capital increase and acquisition of Corrugated Synergies International’s stake in the consortium.

CorrBoard UK will be fully supported by the proficiency of Rigid Containers, VPK’s UK based packaging division. VPK Packaging Group’s CEO Pierre Macharis stated : “CorrBoard’s modern 320,000ft2 factory is impressive and with VPK’s strong management, know-how and skills, we expect to continue to operate as an independent unit with a dedicated strategy. This will deliver high service levels and a competitive product offering to the market.”

A CorrBoard spokesperson commented : “Our operational success will be further enhanced with VPK’s involvement and we plan to grow the current volume of 130 Million m² of sheets produced off the state-of-the-art 2.8M Fosber corrugator. We also produce 35 Million m² of single faced product from the same machine. VPK have a proven track record in their Aquila sheet-feeding business producing 700 Million m² of sheets per annum.”

A statement released by Corrboard’s sheet plant partners expressed gratitude to Corrugated Synergies International for its expertise and assistance during the past three years as operational partner at the plant, and welcomes VPK into the organisation to further develop the business.

The CorrBoard consortium also includes : Beaucrest Packaging Solutions, Dairi-Pak, Fencor Packaging Group, GWP Group, Garthwest, McLaren Packaging and Swanline Print.

2017-10-04  READ MORE...
Valmet's IQ Moisturizers start up and improve corrugated box quality at Dunapack Mosburger in Austria


The three Valmet IQ Moisturizers delivered to Dunapack Mosburger’s corrugated line in Strasswalchen, Austria, have been successfully started up. With the new solutions, the plant will be able to improve corrugated box quality and plant performance.

Since 2012-2013, Dunapack Packaging has invested more than EUR 30 million in its Mosburger Strasswalchen production site, including a new 2.8-meter-wide corrugated line.

"Higher quality, more diverse papers together with improved production and smaller, just-in-time orders make it more and more challenging to act against warp with standard temperature, speed and glue settings. We were looking for a device to do it. When Valmet presented its control technology that is widely proven in paper production, we were convinced that this will work on our corrugated line, too," says August Hauser, Corrugated Line Manager at Dunapack Mosburger Strasswalchen.

"Valmet’s IQ quality control solutions are established on paper machines worldwide. However, it takes innovative people to adopt them in the converting and corrugated industry, too. Innovation is definitely an attitude shown by the Dunapack Mosburger team," summarizes Christian Kallich, Country Manager, Austria and Eastern Europe, Automation, Valmet.

Technical information about Valmet IQ Moisturizer

The Valmet IQ Moisturizer profiler is used to correct all kinds of warping, decrease cracking tendency and optimize glue consumption by adding a fine and controlled water mist onto the liners with 60 mm or 120 mm resolution in a cross direction. IQ Moisturizer’s two-stage spray head contributes to a balanced and application-matched mixture of air and water. The system is used via an IQ Moisturizer operator interface and integrated into the existing process controls.

2017-10-04  READ MORE...
ANDRITZ with successful upgrade of two screw presses for Metsä Board Joutseno

 

ANDRITZ has successfully started up another upgraded screw press installed at the Joutseno mill of Metsä Board, Finland. This upgrade follows a separate screw press rebuild for Metsä Board Joutseno that was completed successfully in late 2016.

The rebuild of both screw presses (#21 and #22) included installation of a new Low-Energy Screw Shaft (LESS) as well as split grooved baskets for the medium-pressure zone in order to widen the operating window of the presses and allow higher production rates. The design of the LESS enables a new compression curve, resulting in a higher throughput at the same installed power.

2017-10-04  READ MORE...
Improved presence for Metso's flow control business thanks to new distribution agreement with Croatia-based Eco Consult

Metso is expanding the coverage of its flow control solutions with a distribution agreement with the Croatia-based company Eco Consult d.o.o. The agreement was signed in 2017, and orders have already been placed for refinery and geothermal projects.

The company operates particularly in Eastern Europe and already has a 13-year history of cooperation with Metso.

"We are excited to take our cooperation to the next level. Sustainability is the key for us, and Metso’s high-quality, proven valve solutions are a match for us and our customers. As a distributor, we can now provide an impressive range of Metso valves combined with our knowledge and extensive experience of them," says Goran Pavlovic, CEO of Eco Consult.

Eco Consult has a strong presence in the power, oil and gas industries, and it also serves e.g. other process industries, energy projects and steel production.

"This agreement allows us to extend the availability of our solutions vastly in Europe and provide comprehensive solutions to customers as an addition to our local services," says Robert Prinz, Director for Central and Eastern Europe of Flow Control at Metso.

2017-10-03  READ MORE...
Valmet reconfirmed as a constituent of the Ethibel Sustainability Index Excellence Europe


Valmet has been reconfirmed as a constituent of the Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe since 20 September 2017. The index contains 200 of the European stock listed companies that display the best performance in terms of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Ethibel is constantly looking out for companies which may be eligible for ethical investments and to be included in its ethical investment register. From the investment register 200 of the best companies are selected to the Ethibel Sustainability Index. Main areas of assessment are human capital, environmental management, market ethics, governance, social impact and human rights. The assessment is based on external information sources such as sustainability reporting and company web sites.

"The reconfirmation as a constituent in the Ethibel Sustainability Index is a recognition of Valmet’s strong focus and consistent progress in sustainability. For investors Valmet’s inclusion in this index provides further assurance of the company as an ethical investment target. In its assessment, Ethibel is using only external information sources, and thus the inclusion in the index is also a recognition for Valmet’s transparent and comprehensive reporting and communications around sustainability," says Anu Salonsaari-Posti, SVP, Marketing, Communications and Sustainability at Valmet. 

In September 2017, it was announced that Valmet was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World and Europe indices for the fourth consecutive year. Valmet is also included in the CDP Climate A-list for its actions and strategy to mitigate climate change.

2017-10-03  READ MORE...
Lecta’s Premium Publishing Papers at the Frankfurt Book Fair

The company will exhibit its full range of premium coated and uncoated papers for the publishing industry.

Once again, Lecta will attend the Frankfurt Book Fair, October 11th to 15th, bringing together professionals worldwide at the largest publishing event of the year. 

This year, Lecta will present its new book "Vertical", a suggestive series of photographs taken vertically from a variety of perspectives and distances. The book is printed on Lecta’s premium range of publishing papers, showing the excellent print results that can be achieved on a number of different papers. 

Lecta’s recently launched GardaPremium Natural, a 2-side coated silk paper with a smooth surface and a natural shade, is another noteworthy development that will be featured. GardaPremium Natural extends Lecta’s high-quality line of publishing papers for all printing needs : GardaMatt Art, GardaMatt Ultra, GardaMatt Smooth, Condat matt Périgord,​ Condat silk, GardaPat 13 BIANKA, GardaPat 13 KIARA and GardaPat 13 KLASSICA, CreatorSilk and Coral Book.

2017-10-03  READ MORE...

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