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Smurfit Kappa has opened a new recycling plant in Malaga, Spain, which will strengthen its recovered paper service in the region.

The plant, which is expected to process over 30,000 tonnes of recovered paper annually, is perfectly positioned to meet the city’s growing recycling needs.

A fleet of eco-friendly hybrid vehicles collect paper and board from households and businesses. This is then sorted at the plant and sent to the Smurfit Kappa Mengibar Containerboard Mill where it is converted into board that is used to create new packaging.

The plant is designed to ensure the highest standards in health and safety and its proximity to the city centre makes it an ideal strategic partner for the city of Malaga.

Speaking at the launch, Ignacio Sánchez, Recycling Country Manager, Spain, said : “We are proud to open the doors of this innovative new plant which is further evidence of our ongoing commitment to sustainable development.

“Paper-based packaging is 100% recyclable. All corrugated, solid board and folding carton can be put through a process to make it into another box in as little as 14 days, demonstrating a truly closed loop approach.”

Henri Vermeulen, Vice President of Smurfit Kappa Recovered Paper added : “This facility will play a significant part in our ongoing strategic priority to ensure the permanent availability of enough good quality recovered paper to guarantee the demands of all our customers in the chain. We are therefore very pleased to have opened another recovered paper plant.”

Smurfit Kappa has long been committed to best practice in recycling and has a global network of specialist recycling plants. The company recently completed the purchase of a 12,000 sq m site in Blackburn, UK to significantly increase its recycling capabilities in the region.

2018-01-24  READ MORE...
2161 participantions from 77 Countries travelled “Around The World in 80 pages” with Navigator.

Under the claim “Spread The Word and Travel The World”, Navigator inspired travelers from all around the globe to share their adventures. The prizes are 10.000€ in travel vouchers, a Digital Camera Nikon D5600 and the 80 best stories will be published in a book.
In the 3rd Edition of the Global Writing Contest “Around the World in 80 Pages”, Navigator, the world’s leading premium office paper brand, challenged travel enthusiasts to share their best adventures through an original story. Until December 31st, participants gave use to their writing talent and revealed their most fascinating travelling stories. From hilarious adventures to deep emotional moments, to multiple cultures and locals visited. On this 2017 Edition, the contest registered 2.161 participations, from 77 different countries around the globe. Representing a 59% increase of submi-ed stories and 18% more represented countries, in
comparison with its 2nd Edition.

2018-01-23  READ MORE...
Essity ranked one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies

Essity* has been recognized as one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies by Corporate Knights. The recognition was presented in connection with World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The ranking is based on publicly disclosed data from 2016 based on up to 17 key performance indicators (KPIs) covering environmental, social and governance relative to company peers. A total of 5,994 publicly listed companies with gross revenue of minimum USD 1 billion have been analyzed, encompassing all sectors and industries. The global 100 companies come from 22 countries, where Essity is one of five Swedish companies on the list.

“We are proud to be ranked as one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies. This is a recognition to Essity’s sustainable business strategy, our ability to deliver on our objectives and the Group’s transparency to stakeholders”, says Magnus Groth, CEO and President of Essity.

The global 100 companies demonstrate the strong linkage between the delivery of superior value for society and the generation of superior financial performance, having outperformed its benchmark (the MSCI All Country World index) by close to a third between 2005 and 2017.

“For Essity, sustainability has always been a business driver. Knowing there is a strong link between sustainability and profitability, we continue to strive for improvement on all levels and never settle”, says Magnus Groth.

Corporate Knights is a business and society magazine with a research division that produces rankings and financial product ratings based on corporate sustainability performance. This is the 14th annual ranking, drawing attention to leading companies’ sustainability work.

2018-01-23  READ MORE...
Apex International Strengthens Local Service in UK through Partnership with Draychem

Apex International, the world’s largest manufacturer of precision coating and ink transfer technology products, has joined forces with Draychem Ltd in the UK to provide a complete hardware and maintenance supply service to the printing industry in Great Britain. Draychem is also now the appointed Apex agent in Ireland for sales of anilox rolls/sleeves and glue sets.

Apex manufactures and supplies anilox rolls for the label, flexible packaging, corrugated, offset and industrial coating industries. Headquartered in Hapert, near Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Apex has regional facilities in Brazil, India, Italy and North America. With a strong reputation for quality and service, Apex has built a solid leadership of the anilox market worldwide.

Draychem Ltd is a long-established manufacturer and supplier of maintenance chemicals and deep cleaning services to the print industry in the UK. Established in 1989 by Managing Director Mike Lines, the company has a first-class track record for new product development in the field of print quality and onsite maintenance. Superior customer support and extensive staff training are also strengths of Draychem.

Bas van der Poel, Technical Sales Director at Apex commented : “With their proven high level of service and development of a long-term presence in the industry, Draychem is an ideal partner. Apex is a global player in the industry, but providing premium local service through experienced and well-qualified representatives is our top priority.”

Mike Lines of Draychem is delighted with the collaboration and future with Apex International. “Apex manufactures the best anilox rolls in the world, and at Draychem, we provide the best maintenance service in the UK. Printers in Great Britain will benefit immensely from this stellar combination.”
Draychem will work closely with Nigel Watson, Apex Sales Manager, UK & Ireland to offer the very best in print industry hardware and aftercare service.

2018-01-23  READ MORE...
Stora Enso is the first forest products company to set ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets

The renewable materials company Stora Enso has become the first forest products company to set ambitious science-based greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets to address significant emissions along the company’s value chain. The targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.

“For over a decade we have been actively reducing the energy-intensity of our operations and our dependence on fossil fuels,” says Stora Enso CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström. “As a company operating in a bioeconomy and using renewable raw materials, we are in a unique position to take the next step. We are now committing to further reducing our CO2and other greenhouse gas emissions in line with the 2°C limit set for global warming by the Paris Agreement. The new targets coveremissions from our own operations, but also includes engagement targets for our partners all through the value chain.” 

The target commits Stora Enso to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from operations by 31% per tonne of pulp, paper and board produced by 2030 from a 2010 base-year. To reduce emissions in the value chain, Stora Enso commits to have 70% of non-fibre suppliers and downstream transportation suppliers in terms of spend set their own GHG reduction targets by 2025, towards the aim that these suppliers adopt science-based GHG reduction targets by 2030. In addition, the company will educate 100% of customer-facing staff on the advantages of setting science-based targets by 2020.

Alexander Liedke, Manager of Sustainable Business & Markets at WWF and member of the Science Based Targets initiative steering committee said, “We congratulate Stora Enso on being the first forest products company to have their science-based targets approved by our team. By setting targets that align their business with global efforts to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, Stora Enso is positioning itself to thrive as the global economy transitions to a low-carbon future. It is particularly encouraging to see Stora Enso working with its suppliers to adopt their own science-based targets, helping to mainstream science-based target setting across the value chain.”

2018-01-23  READ MORE...
Voith gets another order from Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier

Following the successful Voith rebuild of PM 1 in 2016, Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier, Netherlands has trusted Voith again, this time to supply and install a new forming section and headbox for PM 1.

The main objective of the rebuild is to increase production. Speed will be increased, trim width widened to 5,080 millimeters and the efficiency to run lower basis weights of 80 grams per square meter improved. Implementation is planned for January 2019.

The most important component is the newly developed DuoFormer CBh shoe blade former without suction rolls. To ensure consistently optimal CD basis weight profiles the MasterJet Pro G/B2 headbox with OnQ ModuleJet dilution water technology was selected. Disassembly, assembly and commissioning are also part of Voith’s scope of supply.

As recently as 2016, Voith replaced the press section, dryer section and size application unit on the PM 1. This rebuild was the most successful since years both for the Roermond mill and within the Smurfit Kappa Group.

The rebuild was completed exactly within the planned downtime. After 12 hours, saleable paper could be produced and paper in A-grade quality after another 12 hours. After just 10 months, the speed of 1,000 meters per minute, which is currently limited by the wire section, was reached for all products. Smurfit Kappa therefore decided to bring forward immediately the second expansion stage, consisting of the replacement of former, headbox and approach flow system. The PM 1 will be well equipped for the future with the latest technology from Voith.

2018-01-22  READ MORE...
Clariant expands operations at its facility in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico

Clariant, completed the project to expand its industrial facility in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, and increased production capacity by around 15 percent.

This investment in the expansion of the plant was made to strengthen the group’s ability to serve industrial and consumer markets - not only in Mexico, but around the world, especially in the Americas.

Hariolf Kottmann, CEO of Clariant, said : "To make progress on our way to becoming a leading specialty chemicals company, Clariant focuses on the allocation of investments in areas with excellent growth potential. One of these important strategic markets in the Americas is Mexico, particularly due to its growth potential, its export strength and our highly motivated and qualified workforce".

Fernando Hernandez, Country Head of Clariant Mexico, added : "We have a strong presence in Mexico, with production plants, laboratories, and sales offices located in Santa Clara (Mexico State), Puebla, and Coatzacoalcos, which provides solutions to multiple industries and we continuously invest in new technologies to better meet the needs of our customers".

The expansion project in Coatzacoalcos took approximately two years to complete, concluding within the planned timeframe and budget and with zero accidents. Included amongst the benefits it is bringing to the local communities is the creation of indirect service jobs in areas such as transportation and maintenance, among others.

Since its opening in 2002, the Coatzacoalcos plant has continuously been expanded over the last 15 years. It currently occupies an area of 76,000 square meters, has over 100 employees and manufactures a wide variety of Clariant products.

With more than 50 years of operations in Mexico, Clariant continues to have a long history of being a preferred provider of specialty chemicals and relies on a strategy of continuous growth. Clariant’s facilities have grown over these 50 years and employ more than 600 people in its operations in Santa Clara (Mexico State), which is the national headquarters, Puebla (Puebla State) and Coatzacoalcos (Veracruz).

2018-01-22  READ MORE...
Sappi to invest in Gratkorn Mill’s future paper production with a further modernization project

Sappi, a leading global producer of dissolving wood pulp, speciality and packaging papers, graphic (printing and writing) paper and biomaterials is investing in its mill in Gratkorn.
After finishing the upgrade of paper machine 11 in November 2014, PM 9 will be upgraded in 2019 to the current state of the art. The aim of the project is, in addition to the exchange of technical components, to operate the papermaking process with a reduced energy demand and thus to sustainably reduce the environmental impact. Another effect of the upgrade is the optimisation of raw materials to reduce production costs. The project has a total investment of approximately € 30 million and is scheduled to be realised in the first half of 2019. The project will be carried out in cooperation with Valmet, who also carried out the upgrade of PM 11.

2018-01-22  READ MORE...
Procemex to deliver a Web Monitoring System to Europac Papeterie de Rouen

Procemex will supply Europac Papeterie de Rouen with a Web Monitoring system (WMS), equipped with 19 smart and high-definition cameras. This device will replaced a competitor’s equipment. The delivery is scheduled in the first quarter of 2018.
Procemex is specialized in Web Monitoring systems (WMS), in Web Inspection Systems (WIS) and in Machine Vision (MV) systems. Fanel Solutions is the representative of this Finnish company in France and in the neighbouring French speaking regions.

2018-01-22  READ MORE...
Eeva Sipilä appointed Metso's interim President and CEO as of February 3, 2018

Metso’s Board of Directors have appointed CFO Eeva Sipilä as Metso’s interim President and CEO as of February 3, 2018. The current President and CEO Nico Delvaux will leave his duties on February 2. His resignation was published on December 18, 2017. The search for a new President and CEO is under way.

2018-01-22  READ MORE...
Kemira Oyj: Proposals of the Nomination Board to the Annual General Meeting 2018

The Nomination Board proposes to the Annual General Meeting of Kemira Oyj that six members be elected to the Board of Directors and that the present members Wolfgang Büchele, Shirley Cunningham, Kaisa Hietala, Timo Lappalainen, Jari Paasikivi and Kerttu Tuomas be re-elected as members of the Board of Directors. In addition, the Nomination Board proposes that Jari Paasikivi be re-elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Kerttu Tuomas be re-elected as the Vice Chairman. All the nominees have given their consent to the position.

The Nomination Board proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the remuneration paid to the members of the Board of Directors will remain unchanged. The remuneration paid to the members of the Board of Directors would thus be as follows. The annual fees : for the Chairman EUR 80,000 per year, for the Vice Chairman and the Chairman of the Audit Committee EUR 49,000 per year and for the other members EUR 39,000 per year. A fee payable for each meeting of the Board of Directors and the Board Committees would be for the members residing in Finland EUR 600, for the members residing in rest of Europe EUR 1,200 and for the members residing outside Europe EUR 2,400. Travel expenses are proposed to be paid according to Kemira’s travel policy.

In addition, the Nomination Board proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the annual fee be paid as a combination of the company’s shares and cash in such a manner that 40% of the annual fee is paid with the company’s shares owned by the company or, if this is not possible, shares purchased from the market, and 60% is paid in cash. The shares will be transferred to the members of the Board of Directors and, if necessary, acquired directly on behalf of the members of the Board of Directors within two weeks from the release of Kemira’s interim report January 1 - March 31, 2018. The meeting fees are proposed to be paid in cash.

The Nomination Board has consisted of the following representatives : Pekka Paasikivi, Chairman of the Board of Oras Invest Oy as the Chairman of the Nomination Board ; Antti Mäkinen, Managing Director of Solidium Oy ; Reima Rytsölä, Executive Vice-President, Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company and Mikko Mursula, Chief Investment Officer, Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company as members of the Nomination Board and Jari Paasikivi, Chairman of Kemira’s Board of Directors as an expert member.

2018-01-22  READ MORE...
ANDRITZ to upgrade evaporation plant at Stora Enso’s Enocell Mill in Finland

ANDRITZ has received an order from Stora Enso to increase the capacity of the evaporation plant of their Enocell Mill in Finland. Start-up of the upgraded evaporation plant, which was originally delivered by ANDRITZ in 1992, is planned for the 3rd quarter of 2019.

The upgrade to the existing evaporator train, using ANDRITZ’s lamella evaporation technology, will increase the mill’s black liquor evaporation capacity from 600 originally to 800 t/h. The proven ANDRITZ lamella technology utilized for the evaporator’s heating surface provides for a high heat transfer while being extremely easy to clean, thus maximizing plant availability and minimizing time required for washing of the heating surface.

The ANDRITZ scope of supply includes two new evaporation units, additional surface condensers and the related piping and erection work.

Enocell Mill is part of Stora Enso’s Biomaterials division and will be converted entirely to produce around 430,000 tons of dissolving pulp per year.

2018-01-22  READ MORE...
Stora Enso signs a global framework agreement with IndustriALL Global Union, UNI Global Union and the Building and Wood Workers’ International

The renewable materials company Stora Enso signed today a global framework agreement (GFA) with the three global unions at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva. Observer signatures were made by the presidents of the Swedish Paper Workers’ Union, the Swedish Union of Forestry, Wood and Graphical Workers’, and the Finnish Paper Workers’ Union.

Stora Enso strives to provide a safe and rewarding workplace for employees and contractors, and to be an attractive employer to potential recruits. Respect for human rights is a top priority for the group. Through the GFA signed today, Stora Enso will work with the three global unions in order to uphold fundamental labour rights throughout its global operation and subsidiaries. Stora Enso will strive to implement the principles of the GFA throughout its supply chain, by continued adherence to the company’s Supplier Code of Conduct.

“We strive for a working environment where all our employees are treated with respect and in a fair manner. We are continuously working to make sure that all our units comply with the requirements. By signing the Global Framework agreement, we show our commitment and take the next step in this important area,” says Stora Enso’s CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström.

IndustriALL Global Union General Secretary, Valter Sanches, stated at the signing : “I congratulate Stora Enso and welcome our new formal relationship that gives us the means to uphold workers’ rights throughout the company’s global operation. I call upon other pulp and paper manufacturers to follow this example.”

Stora Enso reiterates its commitment to ILO core standards, and the UN Global Compact and OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises. In addition, the GFA signed today includes e.g. principles on occupational health and safety, the prohibition of child and forced labour and all forms of discrimination, which have been an integral part of Stora Enso’s policies.

2018-01-19  READ MORE...
Quva® Flow proactive alarm system

With the Quva® Flow proactive alarm system, our customers receive refined meaningful information in the right form, in real time and for the right people. Instead of offering a generic tool or platform, we configure our service to answer our customers’ concrete needs. Quva® Flow’s real-time time series data optimized data analytics enables anticipatory operations by warning of problems even before any economic loss has been caused. A more extensive and real-time overall picture of your process data enables you to maximise productivity.

2018-01-19  READ MORE...
ANDRITZ to supply another paper machine to Zellstoff Pöls, Austria

ANDRITZ has received an order from Zellstoff Pöls AG, Austria, to supply a large paper machine for the production of bleached kraft paper grades. At the Pöls location, the ANDRITZ PrimeLine MG plant will produce environmentally friendly MG paper for flexible packaging and release applications. With an annual capacity of 100,000 t and a design speed of 1,400 m/min., PM3 is setting a new benchmark in the production of this type of product. The unique machine design enables the production of grades with low basis weight and highest strength at best printability and smoothness levels. Start-up is scheduled for mid-2019.

The scope of supply comprises the entire stock preparation line and approach flow system. One key component is the ANDRITZ Vertical Screw Thickener, which thickens the pulp efficiently from a consistency of three percent to between 25 and 30%. The complete MG paper machine with its high-precision MG cylinder is the centerpiece of the plant. The PrimeDry MG cylinder with a diameter of 24 ft (7.315 m) will be the largest of its kind worldwide. Besides full responsibility for the technology, the ANDRITZ scope of supply also includes the automation equipment, an extensive range of services, and the basic and detail engineering.

This order confirms the very successful partnership between Zellstoff Pöls and ANDRITZ. At the end of 2013, both partners successfully started up PM2 at the Pöls location, and this has been the benchmark for MG specialty paper machines worldwide ever since then.

With this investment, Zellstoff Pöls – the largest manufacturer of high-quality Elemental Chlorine-Free (ECF) sulfate pulp from bleached softwood in Central and Southeastern Europe – is extending its paper production capacities for MG paper grades at the site in Pöls.

2018-01-19  READ MORE...
FPAC statement on uncoated groundwood duties

the US Department of Commerce imposed unwarranted countervailing duties up to 9.93% on imported Canadian uncoated groundwood paper (newsprint).

Forest Products Association of Canada strongly believes that these duties are completely unjustified and protectionist in nature. We call on the federal government to stand with us and the over 4,500 hard-working Canadians from British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador who could be impacted by this frivolous trade action.

As it has with the softwood lumber dispute, this trade action will bring real harm to U.S. workers and businesses, impacting over 600,000 American jobs. We applaud the leadership of the many Democratic and Republican U.S. Senators, and the publishers of over one thousand small and medium-sized U.S. newspapers who have demanded that Washington not impose countervailing and anti-dumping duties on Canadian newsprint.

Canada is the largest exporter of newsprint in the world and according to the US Department of Commerce ; Canadian newsprint paper exports to the United States totaled about 1.6 billion USD in 2016.

2018-01-18  READ MORE...
Forest sector applauds Canada’s filing at wto to fight for jobs and communities affected by U.S. duties

Today the Government of Canada launched a complaint against the United States challenging Washington’s use of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties. Canada said U.S. procedures broke the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Anti-Dumping Agreement, the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, and the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes.

“These rates tabled last night by the U.S. on uncoated groundwood paper represent the third action that stands to hurt hard working men and women in our mill communities across Canada,” says Derek Nighbor, CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada. “These duties are unwarranted and without merit and we 100% support the federal government’s “WTO filing” position. Canada and the U.S. share a longstanding and important relationship, but in the face of these unfounded trade actions it’s important that our government defends Canada’s interests”.

2018-01-18  READ MORE...
Sonoco Implementing Price Increase for All Uncoated Recycled Paperboard Products

Sonoco  today announced it is implementing a $50 per ton price increase for all grades of uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) in the United States and Canada, effective with shipments beginning February 19, 2018.

“A positive of the robust economy is solid backlogs at our mills. A challenge that the growing economy presents is inflating input costs such as we are seeing in freight, energy and a host of other paper-making consumables. Sonoco must seek to recover these inflating costs in the market,” said Palace Stepps, division vice president of sales and marketing for Sonoco’s U.S. and Canada paper and adhesives.

2018-01-18  READ MORE...
Recard: second machine for Tunisia’s Azur Papier

A growing, strengthened relationship between Recard and Azur Papier, the company belonging to the group Lilas SAH (Société d’Articles Hygiéniques) headquartered in Tunis, that once again chose the Lucca company to enhance its production capacity. The supply entails a turnkey plant, with two virgin fiber stock preparation lines, a feeding unit, two rewinders and ancillary equipment, and is earmarked for the Zriba facility, 60 km south of Tunis, with start-up scheduled by the end of 2018. PM2 will have a production capacity of 115 tpd, a working speed of 1800 m/min and a net sheet width of 2750 mm. The new plant can run using the two stock prep lines and the Kadant deinking system currently feeding PM1, the first Recard machine supplied, running at 1500 m/min and producing 80 tpd.

“And it was actually the results obtained with PM1 together with the efficient assistance service and the optimal inter-personal relationship with Recard”, underscores Jalila Mezni, President, CEO and majority shareholder of Lilas SAH – featured by “Forbes” in 2015 among the one-hundred most influential women in the Arab world – “that naturally led us to choose the company again for PM2. Recard’s corporate dimensions are a guarantee and a certainty that we will be considered special customers and not merely a number.”

Created in 2009, Azur Papier began producing in 2013. Before the supply of PM1, its activity was exclusively focused on converting. Thanks to the trust placed in Recard, it decided to also move into the realm of production with a view towards strengthening the group’s independence as far as tissue supply is concerned.

2018-01-18  READ MORE...
A.Celli presents its new business unit

With a view towards, INDUSTRY 4.0, Extreme Automation is the A.Celli Group’s answer for the efficiency of the production system.

Research, innovation and competitiveness are the drives for company progress.

And today more than ever, the revolution the great process change that affects every industrial sector and that A.Celli has interpreted through a precise vision christened « Extreme Automation ».

The A.Celli Group firmly believes in a production process that uses the new technologies dictated by the Industry 4.0 revolution and that can yield a more immediate and concrete production optimization during the individual process phases. Certainly the most interesting and useful aspect is centered on managing the data acquired, on the possibility of filing them for future reference, making them the object of a more accurate analysis, to transmit predictive maintenance programs to operators and to act on the system and eliminate defects or non-conformities. And all this in order to maintain the machine park at a superior level of efficiency/productivity, guaranteeing a better final product quality.

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Business acquisition: Protacon challenges traditional engineering companies

Technology company Protacon has purchased Descal, a global operator in industrial investment projects. With the transaction formalised in January, the company climbs to the top of service providers for the pulp, paper and energy industries.

With the merger of Protacon and Descal, Finland gets a much-needed global player whose services cover the entire life cycle of industrial investment projects.

“We will represent a novel player in the industrial integration market combining industrial expert services and system deliveries to create a more coherent ensemble. In the future, the customer can get everything from a single source : one independent supplier will provide engineering design, automation systems, electric drives, condition monitoring and production quality assurance, as well as Industry 4.0 solutions and tools for management by knowledge. The industrial revolution creates new demand to which this combination efficiently responds providing at the same time new opportunities for the best players of the industry”, says Protacon’s CEO Timo Akselin.

Protacon operates in ten locations in Finland. Descal has offices in Kouvola and Mikkeli and the company employs around 50 people. With the transaction, Protacon’s number of employees will exceed 300 and the corporate turnover is expected to increase to over EUR 30 millions in 2018. At the initial stage, Descal Engineering Oy continues to use its former name and current management group operating as Protacon’s 100% owned affiliate.

“The merger of Descal and Protacon creates a possibility to expand to a market that has been until now impossible to the two companies on their own. The merger enables us to better develop our operations in areas in which we are already strong, such as our engineering and calculation knowhow for seismic regions. Protacon brings strong competence in electrical, instrumentation and automation fields ; therefore, we will be able to offer our customers more extensive service packages in the future. Activities in international markets will also be easier, as we can cater to our customers’ needs from one source”, explains managing director Kimmo Kerttula from Descal Engineering.

 

Wider range of services compared to a conventional engineering company or systems supplier

Until now, Protacon has mainly provided its industrial customers with electrification, instrumentation and automation design including automation, electric drive and information systems. Plant and mechanical engineering has been in a smaller role.

With the transaction, Protacon’s services in plant engineering will strengthen in a remarkable way. Process engineering will become a strong new area and calculation services will be complemented by world-class knowhow. The merger also brings synergy to production analysis services, in which both companies are already active.

“Descal was selected as the most suitable among several operators to complement Protacon’s range of services. Descal is an exceptionally well-run undertaking and renowned for its high-quality engineering services provided as turnkey deliveries. Its special strength areas include strength of materials and other calculation services providing a good support to process industry engineering. The company’s headquarters are optimally located in Kouvola. We seek strong growth in Descal’s current business areas and aim to establish an electrical and automation team in Kouvola in the near future”, Mr. Akselin says.

The transaction is Protacon’s second business acquisition this year. A week ago, the company announced a merger between Protacon and Netwell Oy, which aims to reinforce their business of digitalisation of communication and management.

2018-01-17  READ MORE...
Valmet to supply a repeat order of OptiConcept M board production line for Pratt Industries in North America


Valmet will supply an OptiConcept M board production line with automation for Pratt Paper (IN), LLC for Pratt’s new greenfield paper mill in Wapakoneta, Ohio, USA. The mill will use 100% recovered paper to produce lightweight and high-performance linerboard and corrugated medium. This will be the second OptiConcept M board production line for Pratt and is repeating the order of PM 16, which successfully started up in Valparaiso, Indiana, USA, in 2015. The start-up of the new board machine, PM 17, is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2019.

The order is included in Valmet’s fourth 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 40-50 million.

"Start-up of the previous Valmet-supplied OptiConcept M (PM 16) in Valparaiso, Indiana, was exceptional. We have also been able to exceed some of the design features of the machine resulting in very good production figures. Both board machines in Valparaiso and Wapakoneta are showcases for the latest in 21st century paper-making technology," says Anthony Pratt, Global Chairman of Pratt Industries.

Valmet OptiConcept M board making line is designed to use less water, electricity and raw materials."We want to help many companies to meet their sustainability goals without sacrificing their high-performance packaging requirements. That’s important not only for our environment but also for our customers who realize the importance of sustainable packaging," says Pratt.

Technical details about the delivery

Valmet’s scope of delivery will be similar to the Pratt PM 16 started-up in 2015 with a complete OptiConcept M board production line from headbox to winder with a wide scope of automation.

"OptiConcept M is a new and modular way to design, build and operate a paper machine. Its modular approach enables short delivery times, quick start-up and low project costs. This will be Valmet’s second OptiConcept M installation in North America and 15th globally. We are all proud to continue the work and cooperation with Pratt on this project," says Mike Gray, Vice President, Capital Business, Valmet North America.

The new machine will have a wire width of 6.24 meters and a design speed of 1,100 m/min (3,900-4,000 ft/min) with a basis weight range of 127-195 g/m2. The capacity will be 360,000 metric tonnes per year (400,000 short t).

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Production disruptions impact profit negatively

The difficulties with production availability continued in the fourth quarter 2017 which impacted sales volumes negatively despite a very strong market. Operating profit (EBIT) for full year 2017 is calculated to be approximately MSEK 2 240 which is lower than expected but gives a margin of 10 percent.

It is mainly the production facilities in Gruvön and Gävle that are affected, which impact sales negatively within business areas Consumer Board and Corrugated Solutions.

“Despite historically record high production volumes we are of course not satisfied with the recurring production disruptions in our facilities. Therefore, we now intensify our action plan to increase the stability and availability in our production. To ensure the operational stability will be my main focus going forward. We have strengthen the organisation that work proactively with both availability and quality at our facilities which will generate result going forward, says Petra Einarsson, President and CEO BillerudKorsnäs”.

The results are still preliminary and have not been reviewed by the auditors

2018-01-16  READ MORE...
DIENES system days – a complete success

In mid-December, experts gathered at DIENES in Overath for the system days. DIENES showed slitting systems in final assembly.  The exhibited systems will be used to cut a wide variety of materials, so that interested parties from a wide variety of industries such as paper/ cardboard, labels / adhesive tape, aluminum / non-ferrous metals film/foil / plastic / nonwoven / textile, rubber and composite materials / composites could get an idea of slitting possibilities at DIENES.

We received a lot of positive feedback from our customers" says Dietmar Fritz, Head of Sales and Marketing, "to experience our slitting systems live was a real highlight for the visitors. Individual customer
- specific problems could be discussed on the real system and DIENES was usually able to offer a  direct and quick solution."

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