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Brazil: Production and exports of forest products grow in 2017

The results for exports and production from the planted tree sector are positive for the first eight months of 2017. In comparison with this same period last year, exports of pulp rose 4.9%, wood panels 30.4%, and paper 0.6%. This performance led to growth in the production of pulp and paper, on the order of 3.6% and 0.4%, respectively. For wood panels, the good news is that the domestic market for this product is beginning to thaw, with sales 1% higher than during the same period in 2016.

Continue reading below about the performance indicators for the planted tree industry in the 40th edition of Cenários Ibá, the monthly bulletin of the Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá).

2017-10-02 
FAVINI presents Gold Fever, the purity of gold meets the world of paper

Favini, one of the global leaders in the creation of innovative graphic specialties for packaging of products, confirms itself as the trend setter in luxury packaging. Proudly introduces to the market during LUXE PACK exhibition in Monaco, their new Majestic Gold Fever paper on the stand themed as GOLD.

Always attentive to the trends in the field of fashion, design and luxury, Favini introduces a new material to enrich the Majestic range of metallic papers. A paper which appears covered with pure gold, it is for those designers and creators in search of the best gold.

Brilliance and reflections are important trend components for 2017, the year of metallic colours. First and foremost gold, from apparel to accessories, as well as for interior design objects, it is the iridescence of the metal which illuminates the entire next season, enriching it with elegant and precious nuances.

2017-10-02 
Arjowiggins Wizernes mill back on track ?

According to labour union CGT and local medias, the Finnish paper group Kotka Mills, and Express Packaging – specialized in packaging and cutting activities – have shown their interest in the taking over of the French mill Arjowiggins in Wizernes which was closed in 2015.
Sequana has confirmed to Agence France-Presse (AFP) that a visit was organised on September 28 but according to the Group, no offer has been made for the moment.

2017-10-02 
BillerudKorsnäs enters Luxe Pack with a sustainability message

The concept of luxury packaging is being redefined. New generations of conscious consumers look for more than bling and demands now include trustworthiness, authenticity and sustainability. At Luxe Pack Monaco BillerudKorsnäs enters with a sustainability-focused message, “lightweighting” for premium brands to build a strong environmental profile.

Interest in packaging sustainability is on the rise. The talk among the 500 exhibitors competing for attention at Luxe Pack is about high value, premiumization, brand experience and packaging ability to reflect brands and products through design, material and creative, innovative solutions.

In the stand at Luxe Pack Monaco, the world’s leading trade show for luxury packaging, BillerudKorsnäs, enters with a sustainability-focused message – lightweighting – reduction of weight, use of raw materials and energy, cutting down on transport and warehousing, producing less waste, all in all contributes to smaller environmental impact, while customers and brands save cost.

“Lightweighting, as a result of our strong material, is one practical example of our sustainability ambitions. Another example is our team of experts in structural design, with the competence and capability to evaluate any existing packaging solution and offer an alternative that uses less material and weighs less. Last but not least, our products come from a renewable source. That is an appealing proposition to the luxury brands, given the high awareness levels of their customers” says Magnus Levinsson, Business Segment Director Cartonboard at BillerudKorsnäs.

BillerudKorsnäs is a regular exhibitor at Luxe Pack in Monaco, Shanghai and New York, showcasing inspiring packaging design based on their unique premium cartonboard whose combination of strength, formability and excellent printing properties matches the demand of luxury brands. The lightweighting opportunities add to the potential for premium brands to build a strong environmental profile.

Visit BillerudKorsnäs at Luxepack Monaco booth DC12

2017-10-02 
Valmet's polarized forming fabrics revolutionize water drainage in paper-making

Forming fabrics have an essential role in water drainage in the wire section of a paper machine. By introducing the new generation’s polarized forming fabrics, Valmet revolutionized water drainage in the wire section.

"Our polarized forming fabrics have been piloted in paper-machines for over a year now. After the polarized technology entered the market in 2016, we have seen its advantages through our customers’ performance. The machines run cleaner, number of breaks is reduced, retention is higher, just to mention a few. The unique polarized structure makes a big difference in the fabric performance compared to what we have seen before," says Pekka Kortelainen, Product Technology Manager at Valmet.

Polarized structure improves the machine runnability and performance

Traditionally, all SSB (sheet support binding) fabrics have had direct drainage channels. In the polarized structure, the machine direction yarns on both the paper side and the roll side are shifted to form an off-stacked structure. This special structure removes the direct drainage channels traditionally used in forming fabrics.

"The unique polarized structure allows controlled initial drainage in the paper-making process. That improves retention and helps keeping the machine clean. Good runnability and cleanliness reduce breaks and therefore increase production capacity remarkably. Cost-savings are created by for example being able to use less chemicals," explains Kortelainen.

2017-10-02 
Agreement between Recard and Grand Bay Paper and Care Products Group for the installation of a new paper mill in Guatemala

To be able to meet the growing demand in the different markets of the Latin-American area and pursue a regional growth plan, the Grand Bay Paper and Care Products Group has stipulated an agreement regarding the installation of a new paper mill for the production of soft papers (toilet rolls, table napkins, facial tissue, kitchen towels) with the Italian company Recard.
This new investment will be set up in Guatemala, in Central America, through the branch company Papelera Internacional S.A., and will constitute the basis for the expansion of the activities in the region of Central America and the Caribbean.

The new machine, whose start-up is scheduled for mid-October 2018, boasts a drying capacity of 120 t/d and a maximum speed of 2000 m/min. The machine will run on 100% virgin fiber or 100% secondary fiber. Recard will supply a turnkey service that includes 3 pulp preparation lines for long fibers, short fibers and broke, approach flow system, related ancillary equipment and complete mechanical and electrical assembly.

“This new order by Painsa”, commented Mauro Michelini, General Manager, “is a great reason for pride for us because it allows us to work once again with people with whom we have established a great rapport, and this is foundational in order to pursue satisfactory technical results”.

2017-09-29 
Klingele Papierwerke expands into Cuba

Klingele Group, one of the leading independent manufacturers of corrugated base paper and packaging made from corrugated cardboard, is investing in the promising market in Cuba through its Spanish subsidiary Klingele Embalajes. Klingele has a shareholding in the Spanish holding company Trade Packaging S.A. and will therefore operate two corrugated cardboard plants and a folding box plant in Cuba in the future. Klingele is continuing on its expansion course with this commitment : the company recently announced its shareholding in the Scandinavian Peterson Group with six sites in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

2017-09-29 
International Paper to Convert Riverdale Paper Machine

International Paper today announced plans to invest approximately $300 million to convert its No. 15 paper machine at the Riverdale Mill in Selma, Ala. from uncoated freesheet to high quality whitetop linerboard and containerboard. The conversion is targeted to be completed by mid-year 2019. The investment will add 450,000 tons of annual capacity, with flexibility to shift between containerboard products.

Converting Riverdale No. 15 will position International Paper to grow its Industrial Packaging business, continue to provide attractive jobs to Riverdale team members and remain a significant supplier of uncoated freesheet in North America.

"Our customers expect us to support their growth and this machine conversion will meet their needs," said Tim Nicholls, IP’s senior vice president, Industrial Packaging the Americas. "Our Industrial Packaging business continues to focus on our customers in strategic channels including our box business, domestic and export containerboard and specialty grades."

Nicholls added its Industrial Packaging mill system allows the business to optimize product mix, increase service and reduce costs. "Our system runs most effectively when there is flexibility, and this conversion will also help us define a more streamlined and balanced system overall."

As a result of the machine conversion, the company will reduce its annual uncoated freesheet capacity by 235,000 tons. The remaining machine at the Riverdale Mill will continue to produce uncoated imaging paper products.

"International Paper’s uncoated freesheet business remains a strategic part of the company and we are well positioned to support current and future customer demand," said Mike Amick, Jr., IP’s senior vice president, Paper the Americas & India. "This investment proactively repositions Riverdale No. 15 to serve our growing packaging business, while enabling us to optimize our North American Papers business."

2017-09-29 
BillerudKorsnäs cartonboard facilitated three winning entries in the prestigious European Carton Excellence Award 2017

Cartonboard material from BillerudKorsnäs, a leading global provider of sustainable packaging materials and solutions, has been used in three winning categories at the prestigious European Carton Excellence Awards, including the most prestigious “Carton of the Year”.

On September 21, 2017, the 21stedition of the European Carton Excellence Award, Europe’s most renowned award for carton packaging, was held and BillerudKorsnäs and their converter and brand owner partners went home with three prestigious awards.

“It’s a great honor to be part of and being able to help our customers, both converters and brand owners, with realizing all their great visions, design and environmental packaging ideas. At BillerudKorsnäs we have developed a series of materials creating no need for compromises. Our cartonboard is made from primary fibers, making it so strong that the packaging weight can be reduced without compromising performance, making it possible for both beautiful, functional and environmental packages.” says Magnus Levinsson, Business Segment Director Cartonboard at BillerudKorsnäs.

Together with Domenis 1898 SRL and Lucaprint, BillerudKorsnäs won the most reputable award “Carton of the Year” with the entry Geometrie Cividât. The classic gin is elegantly presented in a diagonally cut carton, where the round bottle is perfectly secured inside the functional and attractive design, making it stand out and at the same time enhance the sophisticated quality of the product. The superior quality and printability of BillerudKorsnäs cartonboard made sure that the cartons designer, Ufficio Tecnico Lucaprint and Giulia Toscanelli, could realize their vision which in the end resulted in being crowned the best carton of the year.

BillerudKorsnäs also helped liquorish manufacturer LIQ and producer VG Kvadra Pak JSC to win best packaging in the “Confectionary” category with their prgifemium packaging “LIQ gift set”. The t set consists of one large gift box which holds four small cube boxes, all made from BillerudKorsnäs cartonboard. The small boxes have a double layer of material produced from eco-friendly cartonboard material, which helps to achieve a more natural and matte look and at the same time allows for excellent printing quality and what the jury named “an exceptional experience”.

First place in the “Drinks” category went to the French Jolival together with VG Angoulème who designed and produced the entry ‘Eco-Fontaine Jolival’, a transportable five-litre water fountain that requires no maintenance or electricity. Made of BillerudKorsnäs cartonboard the carton can be recycled or refilled and therefore has multiple lifecycles, an extremely eco-friendly concept. The use of cartonboard for both cups and dispenser also helps to limit the use of plastics, doubling the positive environmental, which the jury called “ideal”.

2017-09-29 
Bekaert Solaronics to supply UniDryer® V3 infrared drying systems and air bar dryers to Kyiv Cardboard & Paper Mill, Ukraine

Bekaert Solaronics received an important order from Bellmer as part of their coater machine upgrade contract with Kyiv CPM in Ukraine. The drying upgrade consists of installing three hoods UniDryer® V3 followed by air bars after each of the three coating stations ; including a new coating unit delivered by Bellmer.

Kyiv CPM is carrying out a challenging investment program in the cardboard plant to upgrade the coater machine. The main objectives are to increase the speed of the coater up to 400m/min, install a new coating unit and modernize the coat drying equipment. The project includes reducing the steam consumption and improving the quality of the coated board. First step of the installation is scheduled to take place in April 2018. 

Energy economy and quality are guaranteed by the UniDryer® V3 systems that reach a high energy efficiency level thanks to the combination of the superior performance Gem9E emitters and the improved convection. These features result in a fast heat-up, a high evaporation rate and ultimately in better product quality. The set of blowing air bars will bring additional energy and mass transfer to increase overall system efficiency and avoid sticking of coated surface at paper roll contact. They are fed directly by the exhaust air from the UniDryer® systems, optimizing the operating costs.

2017-09-28 
Valmet will supply a new tissue production line to Crown Paper Mill in Abu Dhabi

Valmet will supply a complete tissue production line, including Focus rewinder and an extensive automation package to Crown Paper Mill (CPM) in Abu Dhabi. The new Advantage DCT 200HS line will fulfill the company’s demand of new capacity of high quality tissue products for the Middle East market. Start-up is planned for the second half of 2018.

The order is included in Valmet’s third quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

"Besides the well-known fact that Valmet is a global leader in the pulp and paper industry, Valmet ensures that their machines are equipped with the latest technology, which is why Crown Paper Mill opted for the DCT 200 tissue machine. CPM believes that after the successful completion of the factory’s expansion, CPM will anchor its position as the leading tissue jumbo roll manufacturer in the region," Mr. Abdullah Al Khateeb, Managing Director of CPM.

"We are proud that our capability to supply complete tissue mill equipment with superior technology, e.g. Advantage ViscoNip press and Advantage ReTurne energy recovery system, were considered as important success factors for customer’s future expansion plans. We are excited to support CPM’s expansion plans and their ambition to provide high-quality products to their customers," Kent Nika, Sales Manager, Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery

The new tissue machine will have a width of 5.6 m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min and will add 65,000 tons tissue paper per year to Crown Paper Mill’s current production of high-quality facial, toilet tissue and kitchen towels.

Valmet’s scope of delivery will comprise a complete tissue production line featuring stock preparation systems, an Advantage DCT 200HS tissue machine and Focus Rewinder line. The machine is equipped with OptiFlo headbox and Valmet cast alloy Yankee cylinder as well as the Advantage technology including ViscoNip press, ReTurne energy recovery system, AirCap hood, WetDust dust system and SoftReel reel. The delivery also includes an extensive automation package with Valmet DNA, process controls and Valmet IQ quality controls. Complete engineering, installation, supervision, training, start-up and commissioning is also included in the delivery.

2017-09-28 
Xiangdong Zhu appointed Area President, China at Valmet's Executive Team

Mr. Xiangdong Zhu (B.Sc. (Eng.), MBA) has been appointed Area President of Valmet’s China area as of 1 October, 2017. He will be a member of Valmet’s Executive Team and report to President and CEO Pasi Laine.

Xiangdong Zhu is currently employed at Valmet as Vice President, Services in China. He has a long background at Valmet spanning in total 17 years in different management positions. During his career he has also worked in management positions at Stora Enso and Voith Paper in China. Xiangdong Zhu has gained wide experience from the businesses and customer industries that are at Valmet’s strategic core - large process technology projects, automation and services to pulp, paper and energy industries. He has a good track record in managing and developing local teams and competences as well as in growing a profitable business. 

"It is a pleasure to welcome Xiangdong Zhu to our Executive Team to develop Valmet’s China operations and customer relations further. He has a good background in versatile line management positions, strong experience from our core businesses and an excellent China market understanding," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.

As announced in July, Mr. Aki Niemi, the current Area President, China will start as Business Line President, Services at Valmet as of October 1, 2017.

2017-09-28 
BASF concentrates European production of paper coating dispersions in Ludwigshafen and Hamina

BASF will concentrate the production of paper coating dispersions in Europe at two sites, the Ludwigshafen Verbund site and the Hamina site in Finland. The goal is to strengthen BASF’s ability to compete in the challenging market environment of paper coating dispersions in the long term.

As a result of this decision, BASF SE has signed a contract with Synthomer Austria GmbH, a subsidiary of the British specialty chemicals manufacturer Synthomer plc, for the sale of the BASF production site for styrene butadiene dispersions for paper coating in Pischelsdorf, Austria, for a purchase price of €30 million. The buyer will take over 42 employees at the site. The transaction requires authorization by the relevant merger control authorities and is expected to be completed by late January 2018.

2017-09-27 
Valmet strengthens its presence in Asia Pacific by opening new service center in Indonesia

Valmet has opened a new service center in Cikarang, located 30 kilometers from Jakarta on the island of Java in Indonesia to serve its customers in the Asia Pacific area. The inauguration ceremony was held on September 27th, 2017 and was attended by customers, local authorities and Valmet’s management.

"Indonesia and the whole Asia Pacific area is a fast-growing market and Valmet has many big projects ongoing in the area. Establishing a service center close to customers is an important step in strengthening our local presence. We are now able to serve our customers in Indonesia and the Asia Pacific area better than ever before," states Hannu T. Pietilä, Area President, Asia Pacific at Valmet.

Valmet’s Indonesian service center offers services to improve the reliability and performance of the customers’ processes in the energy, pulp and paper industries. Through the center Valmet provides its customers also with new technologies to take their production to the next level. The Indonesian service center’s range of offering comprises among others roll services, fiber line services, field services, machine section upgrades and improvement projects.

"The Indonesian service center supports Valmet’s strategy to be close to customers and growth markets and to move our customers’ performance forward in line with Valmet’s new services approach called Shared Journey Forward. We can provide significant customer benefits by utilizing our expertise in process technology, automation and services, and by continuously developing our local and remote services," says Jukka Tiitinen, Business Line President, Services at Valmet.

The new service center is the latest addition to Valmet’s global network of over 100 service centers. The new center employs more than 100 Valmet professionals.

2017-09-27 
Saica to acquire Emin Leydier

A French producer and a European player in the production of corrugated paper and packaging, the Emin Leydier group operates eight industrial sites in France. Certain First Eagle funds have held approximately 53% of the capital of the Emin Leydier group since 2009. Over the past few years, the Emin Leydier group has consolidated its position by focusing on product quality, innovation and industrial performance. It generated revenues of 356 million euros in 2016.
The envisaged transaction is subject to consultation with the Emin Leydier group employee representative bodies and approval from the EU competition authority.

2017-09-27 
Powered by Partnership: Procter & Gamble and Constellation Complete 50-Megawatt Renewable Energy Plant

"We are proud to work with our customers, including leading Georgia businesses such as Procter & Gamble, to use innovative approaches to grow renewable resources"

The Procter & Gamble Company and Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, today announced the completion of a 50-megawatt biomass-fueled combined heat and power plant located at one of P&G’s largest U.S. facilities. Constellation owns and operates the plant, which supplies steam to P&G’s Albany, GA paper manufacturing facility and generates electricity for the local utility, Georgia Power. Additionally, steam from the plant will be used to power an 8.5-megawatt steam-to-electricity generator at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, helping the base increase its energy security and utilize renewable sources to meet energy demands.

P&G has made a commitment to reduce energy consumption and obtain 30 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. The biomass-fueled plant provides P&G with 100 percent of the steam energy used to manufacture Bounty paper towels and Charmin toilet tissue at that location. Along with P&G’s recent wind energy project in Texas, this plant nearly doubles the Company’s use of renewable energy. Together, these renewable projects get P&G nearly two-thirds of the way to its goal.

“By powering our Bounty and Charmin plant with renewable energy, consumers can feel good about putting these products in their carts,” said Stefano Zenezini, P&G Vice President Product Supply and Sustainability. “We are using our innovative capabilities and those of our external partners to drive meaningful change that is good for the environment and good for business.”

The plant’s fuel supply will come from locally abundant biomass that would otherwise have been left to decay, burned, or potentially sent to landfill, including discarded tree tops, limbs, branches and scrap wood from local forestry operations, crop residuals, such as pecan shells and peanut hulls, and mill waste, such as sawdust.

2017-09-26 
KRAFFT Pulleys – Product portfolio expansion

The new product segment “KRAFFT Pulleys” will extend the existing product segments and is widening the core competences of roll supplier and machine builder KRAFFT, located in Düren, Germany.
Having the slogan "Moving Bulk Material", KRAFFT offers pulleys for the conveyance of bulk materials as drive, take-up, return and deflection pulleys in conveyor belt systems for ore, coal, overburden
and others. In addition these pulleys are also part of bucket elevators and other vertical or steep angle conveyors.
The close relationship of the core production processes, welding and machining, between rolls and pulleys, will further develop in synergy production processes and engineering processes for all product

2017-09-26 
KaiCell Fibers selects Pöyry for biorefinery EIA process

KaiCell Fibers Ltd announces its next step towards building a biorefinery in Paltamo by awarding Pöyry with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process assignment. Mr Vesa Mikkonen, MSc. is appointed Technical Director with key responsibility for the company’s side of the EIA and permitting.
KaiCell CEO Jukka Kantola : “These are logical steps that take us further towards the final investment decision. We are delighted to intensify our cooperation with Pöyry, the world’s leading forest industry expert, with whose help we shall construct a highly responsible concept for utilising the Kainuu area’s fibre-wood resources. As a company, we continue to build on our extensive network in the bioeconomy and forest industry, as the appointment of Vesa Mikkonen clearly indicates.”
“KaiCell Fibers’ biorefinery project is a great example of the new business opportunities in bioeconomy. We are pleased to support the project with our global pulp technology and biorefining expertise as well as local EIA competence. Our capabilities in digital solutions and Health&Safety will enable modern, top-class industrial sites for our clients,” says Johan Ehrnrooth, Head of Pulp & Paper Competence Line at Pöyry.
KaiCell Fibers is preparing to build a biorefinery in Paltamo, northeast Finland. The venture will create value from the Kainuu regions fibre-wood resources by processing them into established as well as new innovative bio-products. The company relies on a strong management team and will be in a position to apply for the required operating permits once the EIA is completed.

2017-09-26 
Metsä Board celebrates winners in 2017 European Carton Excellence Awards

Metsä Board’s paperboards were used by winners in three categories at the 2017 European Carton Excellence Awards : Food & Beverages, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals and the Public Award. The Award Gala was held on 21 September in Salzburg, Austria.

“We are delighted that our products have been an integral part of the winning packages. This demonstrates the important part that the packaging plays in creating maximum shelf-impact and can help differentiate a brand from the competition. Sustainability too should be an integral part of the packaging design, so that the packaging is not only made of sustainable materials but it is also lightweight, right-sized, functional and easy to recycle ; our products also helped achieve these goals”, states Mika Paljakka, VP Sales EMEA, Metsä Board. “We would like to extend our congratulations to everyone who participated in the vision, design and production of the winning cartons.”

The jury looked for excellence in design, convenience, brand communication and the major role paperboard plays as an innovative packaging material. In total Metsä Board paperboard featured in eight of the finalist packages.

The winning cartons, using Metsä Board products, were the following :

JDE Z1 Packaging
Carton producer : STI Group
Brand owner : JDE – Jacobs Douwe Egberts
Paperboard : MetsäBoard Classic FBB

Ventofor-Combi Pack
Carton producer : Lithosan Basim Yayim Ambalaj Sanayl ve Tic.
Brand owner : Bilim llac San. ve Tic.
Paperboard : MetsäBoard Pro FBB Bright

2017-09-25 
UPM Specialty Papers has strengthened its presence in digital media

The new website offers a quick and easy access to comprehensive information on UPM Specialty Papers’ extensive range of specialty papers, service solutions and responsible operations. The UPM Paper Online Catalogue, where UPM’s vast paper portfolio can easily be browsed, can also be accessed via the new website. Visitors can also stay informed with the latest news of the company on the new site.

"We invite visitors to explore the new website, which delivers improved functionality and navigation to enhance the user-experience by allowing customers to easily access detailed product information", says Ms. Yuanyuan Ma, Director, Stakeholder Relations, UPM Specialty Papers.

2017-09-25 
Composition of Metso's Executive Team

Based on Metso’s revised operating model announced today, as of January 1, 2018, Metso’s Executive Team will consist of the following members :

 Nico Delvaux, President and CEO
 Victor Tapia, President, Mining Equipment business area
 N.N, President, Aggregates Equipment business area
 N.N, President, Minerals Services business area
 N.N, President, Minerals Consumables
 Uffe Hansen, Senior Vice President, Recycling business area
 John Quinlivan, President, Valves and Pumps business areas
 Eeva Sipilä, Chief Financial Officer
 Merja Kamppari, Senior Vice President, Human Resources
 Olli-Pekka Oksanen, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development
 Jani Puroranta, Chief Digital Officer

The appointments of the Presidents of the Aggregates Equipment, Minerals Services, and Minerals Consumables business areas will be communicated later.

2017-09-25 
Valmet's new scanner for converting lines lifts process control to a new level

Valmet launches a new scanner, Valmet IQ Converting Scanner, at Labelexpo Europe 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. It complements Valmet’s quality management control concept for self-adhesive laminates and other paper and board converting machines.

"With IQ Converting Scanner, we can maximize customer benefits, namely high and stable quality as well as excellent productivity. The solution enables the use of Valmet IQ CD/MD controls to lift process control to a new level for converting lines," says Mikko Talonen, Business Manager, Automation, Valmet.

Valmet IQ Converting Scanner can be easily installed in different process locations, thanks to its innovative sensor support technology. The scanner enables direct adhesive and silicone measurements as well as moisture measurements to be positioned in an optimum process location from a quality and performance point of view.

The new scanner with online measurements enables the utilization of machine and cross-direction controls for moisture, adhesive and silicone in converting machines. These control solutions improve and stabilize the end-product quality, decrease the amount of broke and allow operators to concentrate on quality management and production optimization.

A comprehensive quality management solution for self-adhesive laminate machines

Valmet offers a comprehensive quality management solution for self-adhesive laminate machines. The solution features a wide range of online quality measurements to get accurate and fast information from the process, web inspection and monitoring systems to help detect quality defects and identify their root causes. It also includes a water spray system to control curl and moisture levels, as well as CD/MD controls.

All IQ solution components are based on Valmet’s extensive process knowledge and experience in the pulp & paper industry and backed by expert services.

Labelexpo Europe 2017, the largest event for the label and package printing industry in Europe, will be held at Brussels Expo in Brussels, Belgium, on 25-28 September 2017. Valmet will be exhibiting at stand 5D51.

2017-09-25 
Metso to accelerate its strategy implementation with a new operating model and organization

Metso’s Board of Directors has decided on the Group’s new operating model and organization, effective from January 1, 2018.

During recent years, Metso has successfully maintained a strong financial position. Its next value creation opportunities will come from profitable growth, backed up by a positive market development

The new organization is designed to accelerate Metso’s strategy implementation by strengthening its service and product businesses in the minerals and flow control markets. Growth will primarily be sought organically, but also through acquisitions.

"The fundamentals of Metso’s strategy and business portfolio remain the same, and our vision is valid. I strongly believe, that for our customers and other stakeholders, Metso will be the best choice for the sustainable processing and flow of natural resources. We will implement an organizational structure, where businesses are built around similar customer, competitive and business dynamics. This will enable a more focused and agile organization," says Nico Delvaux, President and CEO of Metso.

"We will further strengthen the accountability of our businesses, and speed up decision-making to enable both the implementation of our growth plans and the agile response to market changes. Additionally, our focus on innovation and technology will significantly increase, to provide better solutions for sustainability, efficiency and productivity for our customers," he continues.

Metso’s new business areas will be

  •  Mining Equipment
  •  Aggregates Equipment
  •  Minerals Services
  •  Minerals Consumables
  •  Recycling
  •  Valves
  •  Pumps

The heads of the business areas will report to Metso’s President and CEO Nico Delvaux.

The Group’s current reporting segments, Minerals and Flow Control, remain unchanged.

2017-09-25 
Södra Cell announces price rise for NBSK in Europe

Södra Cell is increasing the price of its northern bleached softwood kraft pulp in Europe to $960/tonne, effective 1 October 2017. “This increase reflects the fact that global NBSK demand continues to be very strong,” commented Magnus Björkman, VP Marketing and Sales, Södra Cell. “Consequently, this is also putting further pressure on European supply. The economic situation in Europe is sound and our market remains firm.”

2017-09-25 

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