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Valmet Advantage ViscoNip and ReDry rebuild delivering top results at Alas Doradas, El Salvador

Valmet has successfully delivered and started up a rebuild of Alas Doradas’ PM4 tissue machine, close to San Salvador, El Salvador. The rebuild delivered top results right from the start. Targets were reached and surpassed already in the first week after the startup which was on January 23, 2018.
The main target of the project was to increase the production capacity and save energy. Now, with all facts on hand, the joint efforts to reach top results have really been fulfilled.

"We are very satisfied with the results of the rebuild project. The combination of Advantage ViscoNip and ReDry have exceeded our highest expectations. The results show capacity increase by 20% and drying energy savings of 20-25%," says Carlos Jerez, Engineering Director at Alas Doradas. "In addition, we have also seen significant quality improvements with bulk increase," Carlos continues.

The key to success comes from the synergy effect gained when combining two of Valmet’s foremost innovations. In this case, the energy saving Advantage ViscoNip press, which has a unique ability to adapt to the Yankee dryer shell, is boosted by the Advantage ReDry web heater. The Advantage ReDry further enhances dryness by utilizing exhaust air and humidity from the hood, to heat the web and thereby increase post pressure consistency.

"We are proud that Alas Doradas has selected our well proven Advantage technologies which have been truly spot-on for this upgrade," says Kent Nika and Sergio Vargas, Sales managers at Valmet.

"We are also honored to have been given the confidence to provide guidance and support throughout this important expansion and performance improvement that Alas Doradas is going through."

Close cooperation and mutual responsiveness have also been factors in the success of the project.

"The cooperation between Valmet’s and Alas Doradas’ teams has been very successful," says Valmet’s project manager Pyry Hämäläinen. "Our confidence in one another, which was strong to begin with, has been reinforced on this joint quest to move from good to great. I have a feeling that this is just the beginning of a long-term partnership."

Technical information about the delivery

Valmet’s delivery for the machine rebuild includes a replacement of the current suction press roll with an Advantage ViscoNip press and Advantage ReDry web heater for increased production capacity and decreased energy consumption. The rebuild also includes mist removal system, supervision, training, start-up and commissioning. It also features integration of the new equipment with the current automation systems.

2018-03-19  READ MORE...
New paper mill in Nigeria

From 2012-2017, Nigeria import 1.5 million tons paper with 1000 USD/ton price. With 200 millions populations, the paper produce capacity is much more behind of the consumption. This year, the 3rd Paper mill wich launch in Nigeria machinery, all the stock preparation with paper making line are made in China. The whole line has been ready and shipped, will be settled by the end of May. The new paper mill has 400 tons per day capacity, with produce T liner with 3 layers, 550 m/m speed.

2018-03-19  READ MORE...
Valmet receives orders for fifth and sixth successive containerboard machines from Nine Dragons in China


Valmet will supply two more containerboard production lines with related automation systems for Nine Dragons Industries Co., Ltd., China. The orders for the four previous machines were published in 2017 (PM 39 and PM 40, PM 41 and PM 42). The latest two production lines will be located in Dongguan (PM 43) and Quanzhou (PM 45) and are similar to the previous four containerboard production lines.

The two new containerboard production lines will be designed to produce high-quality testliner grades out of 100 percent recycled raw materials as the four production lines ordered last year. The start-ups of PM 43 and PM 45 are scheduled to take place within a few months’ timeframe in 2019. The start-ups of the four previous production lines are scheduled to take place a few months apart from each other starting from mid-2018.

The order of PM 45 is included in Valmet’s first quarter 2018 orders received and the order of PM 43 was included in Valmet’s third quarter of 2017 orders received. The value of the orders will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type and scale is typically around EUR 90-110 million.

"Nine Dragons is committed to produce high quality containerboard products. We can deliver this promise with Valmet’s technically advanced board machines. Advanced technology and the modern and distinctive industrial design were certainly important factors in these decisions. I’m pleased that Nine Dragons has had such a good cooperation with Valmet in the negotiations of these six machines and all the previous projects," says Mr. MC Liu, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nine Dragons.

"Nine Dragons’ decision to purchase six-in-a-row energy and resource efficient containerboard machines is quite exceptional. The company values our innovative, modernly designed and sustainable board making technology. We are pleased to continue the good cooperation with Nine Dragons," says Jari Vähäpesola, President of Paper Business Line, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery

Valmet’s deliveries for PM 43 and PM 45 container board making lines are similar to the four previous ones. The deliveries will include steam and condensate systems, broke collection pulpers for stock preparation, a board machine from headbox to winder including a full scope automation package and process ventilation equipment.

The containerboard machines will include OptiSizer Combi sizers combining both film and pond application for both sides. Film application is an optimal solution for lower basis weight grades. Pond application is for substantially higher basis weight grades needing higher penetration. This combination gives flexibility and opportunities to optimize the properties of different grades.

As in the previous orders, the full scope automation packages include Valmet DNA process and machine controls and condition monitoring. Board final quality is managed with Valmet IQ quality control system, comprehensive range of profilers as well as web inspection and monitoring system. The deliveries comprise also modern analyzers from pulping and wet end to laboratory testing.

PM 43 and PM 45 will produce testliner grades with a basis weight range of 75-140 g/m2.

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TISSUE PRODUCTION PROCESS MORE INTERCONNETED WITH DIGITAL TISSUE™

Industry 4.0 is expected to accelerate over the next 2-3 years transforming manufacturing processes on the way. It will make supply chains and production processes more interconnected, efficient and flexible, allowing for mass-customisation and virtual production.
During 2017 Fabio Perini S.p.A. started Digital Tissue™, the Digital Strategy that is the interpretation of the Industry 4.0 concept and digital transformation. The fourth industrial revolution is expected in the tissue industry ; concepts like Smart Factory, Big Data analytics, product smartification are so central in the debate that the research and investments tend to concentrate on them.
“Taking a real advantage from this opportunity, the development of the right competencies is necessary.” Says Oswaldo Cruz, CEO of Fabio Perini S.p.A. “New processes and new technology have to be considered. Transforming Industry 4.0 in a real revolution could only be possible if the change will start from the basis : not general enabling technology but rather machines intrinsically designed as capable to provide useful information.”
The challenge Fabio Perini faces is to complete its existing portfolio of offers with digital elements, integrating them in the new Industry 4.0 environment with the aim of increasing customers’ performance. Performance improvements will create benefits directly for the companies, and indirectly for the entire environment, which will benefit from the competitiveness of its players. In order to do so, integration between Data Analysis and Production systems is fundamental to build an efficient organization. 
“The next two years will see us concentrated in developing solutions related to the Digital to help our customers increase production efficiencies and enable them to integrate vertically with their processes and horizontally with their own value chain.” affirms Oswaldo Cruz.
Fabio Perini is already working together with some customers to implement the first solutions on-site for the intelligent factory and the concepts of Smart Machines, Smart Applications and Smart Services are already a reality that will be available for the Tissue industry in the next few months.
It will be a 2018 full of innovations which will mark a milestone in the tissue industry. We will begin to experience the transformation of the factories that apart from increasing their efficiencies, they’ll become intelligent and always more integrated in the chain value. We’ve opened the door of the future and thanks to vision, research and investments, the tissue industry can continue transforming itself and evolve towards new horizons.

2018-03-19  READ MORE...
Symop Seminar in Montréal

The Symop Seminar was organized in Montréal on March 15 in cooperation with Business France. Around 45 participants had the opportunity to discover French Paper Industry innovations covering all the paper chain. Full report in the next issue of « La Papeterie Magazine » dated April-May.

2018-03-16  READ MORE...
Metsä Board’s Lidloc design gains further recognition with an iF Design Award 2018

Metsä Board, the leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards, is pleased to announce that its revolutionary paperboard cup design, ‘Lidloc’, has won an iF Design Award at a prestigious awards ceremony held at the BMW Welt in Munich on 9 March.

The Lidloc design has broken new ground in paperboard cup design and recognises the increased focus upon developing sustainable packaging. The design has a patent pending and is based upon an extension to a standard cup structure that folds and locks into an integrated lid.

Cyril Drouet, Metsä Board’s Design & Innovation Director has worked closely on this exciting project with his design team. He explains the benefits of this innovative design : “We have designed this to be a one-piece construction that removes the need for a separate plastic lid. It is easy to fold and assemble with a secure lid-locking design. The integrated lid is spill proof and offers extra branding power as it can be printed as one piece with the rest of the cup. The lid also contains an integrated ‘sip’ mechanism for hot beverages as well as being ideal for cold drinks with a straw.”

Lidloc is an example of how Metsä Board develops lighter, more environmentally friendly and more efficient packaging and helps to use the potential of lightweight fresh fibre paperboards in an innovative way.

For over 60 years, the iF Design Award has been recognised the world over as a label for design excellence. The international high-profile jury assessed more than 6,400 entries from 54 countries to determine who would receive this coveted seal of design excellence.

2018-03-15  READ MORE...
Voith SpeedSizer AT means more speed for Smurfit Kappa's PM 6


A narrow time window, a size press operating at its maximum speed and the need for greater machine efficiency were the various challenges faced by the Voith team as it tackled the upgrade of the PM 6 at Smurfit Kappa. Thanks to excellent planning beforehand, the machine was restarted without problems one day ahead of schedule.

“The startup of the new SpeedSizer has shown how expertise and dedication bring about an excellent outcome. The project simply flew by,” says Jochem Meier, Manager Operations at Smurfit Kappa in Zülpich.

Smurfit Kappa wanted to achieve a higher production speed through its modernization of the PM 6 at the Zülpich mill. The company is one of the leading manufacturers of packaging in Europe. At its facility in Zülpich it produces premium quality testliner and recycled fluting in basis weights of 100 to 150 grams per square meter from 100 percent recovered paper.

Because the machine was only supposed to be shut down for a week for the conversion, detailed advance planning was absolutely essential for the success of the project. The excellent longstanding relationship between Voith and the customer facilitated this planning. For example, Voith’s service team had previously carried out maintenance on the PM 6 on an ongoing basis. However, the narrow time frame was just one of the challenges.

Martin Lehrner Voith Paper Global Product Manager at the SpeedSizer AT on the PM 6 in ZülpichMartin Lehrner Voith Paper Global Product Manager at the SpeedSizer AT on the PM 6 in Zülpich

A key aspect of the project was the puddle-type size press. Equipped with a deflection compensation roll, it allowed an optimum CD profile of the nip load (linear contact pressure) and for a long time had guaranteed the high quality of the paper. But for technical reasons, the size press limited the production speed of the PM 6 to 1,150 meters per minute. Even though the size press was one of, or perhaps even the fastest in the world, it prevented the machine from being ramped up to the 1,225 meters per minute desired by the customer.

This is why Voith recommended installing a customized SpeedSizer AT with the existing Nipco deflection compensating roll system. This application system enables excellent coating and size profiles even at high speeds. Its use increases the operating window of the PM 6 and offers Smurfit Kappa more production flexibility. The SpeedSizer ensures an increase in the solids content of up to 17 percent and reduces the moisture ingress into the paper web. This results in a higher dry content downstream of the SpeedSizer AT, which helps substantially reduce drying energy and achieves much improved paper web running properties.

Voith used a Nipco roll that was already being used in the old puddle-type size press as a deflection compensation roll. Following comprehensive reconditioning, they now also ensure optimum CD profiles and consequently high paper quality in the new machine as well. The re-use of the previous rolls reduced the costs of the upgrade.

Jochem Meier Manager Operations Smurfit Kappa and Martin Lehrner Global Product Manager Voith PaperJochem Meier Manager Operations Smurfit Kappa and Martin Lehrner Global Product Manager Voith Paper

The new SpeedSizer AT plays a major role in reducing the energy consumption of the PM 6. Immediately, a 15 percent reduction in steam consumption could be achieved. The specific energy figures are of course also improved as a result of the higher production rate. A good startup is extremely helpful, because the completely closed water circuit at SK Zülpich Papier has to be evaporated again after a week of shutdown.

The use of the new UniFilm T applicator roll cover, which is very wear-resistant, ensures good metering rod service life and more efficient production. In the PM 6 they run for more than 400 hours, well above the average for comparable machines.

2018-03-15  READ MORE...
HiCon 2.0 in practice: Mpact benefits from increased capacity and reduced energy requirements


The premiere of HiCon 2.0 technology at the South African board and corrugated cardboard producer Mpact has shown that the potential of HiCon 2.0 is not just possible in the technology center but can also be achieved in practice. The new system incorporates InfiltraDiscfilters with HiCon 2.0 technology. Maggy Odayar, Technical Manager at Mpact, describes the results : "The disc filters have proven to be reliable, efficient and highly flexible in respect of inlet stock consistency and stock flow. Throughput is 15 percent higher than the planned rate.” Long-term tests show that consistencies of two percent can be sustained. The filters installed at Mpact can also readily handle consistency peaks of 2.5 percent. The upgrade of the components was an important element for increasing productivity of the entire system.

As part of the conversion of the company’s paper mill in Felixton to make production ’’greener’’, recovered paper fibers have been used instead of the sugar cane waste product bagasse since 2015. A machine rebuild was designed to increase the machine speed from 700 to 930 meters per minute, to achieve the goal of a 40 percent increase in production. For this project Voith executed an upgrade of the complete stock preparation unit. Since the completion of the rebuild in 2016, a vertical LC pulper with a capacity of 800 metric tons per day has been added to the existing drum pulper.

The Voith BlueLine stock preparation at the Schoellershammer PM 6 in Düren ensures high energy efficiency and sparing of resources.The Voith BlueLine stock preparation at the Schoellershammer PM 6 in Düren ensures high energy efficiency and sparing of resources.

The new technology from Voith’s BlueLine range is the latest development of the disc filters, which began in 2012 with the launch of the BaglessPlus system and was followed by the HiCon technology in 2014. This new system not only allows the consistency of the stock flow in the inlet to be increased but also raises throughput by up to 20 percent. Filters equipped with HiCon have already demonstrated in a large number of applications in both new builds and upgrades that they are robust enough to readily handle high and strongly fluctuating stock consistencies in the inlet.

The HiCon 2.0 technology builds on these proven concepts but has added two core innovations : First, a sturdy system ensures that discs stay on track, which prevents damage of the segments. And second, each disc is fed separately, the flow pattern in the vat can be reversed. This prevents thickening of the pulp. In conventional disc filters, higher inlet stock consistencies inevitably result in a high degree of thickening in the filter vat. This is why most paper manufacturers dilute the stock flow upstream of the disc filters. This means higher water input and a higher demand of pumping energy.

2018-03-15  READ MORE...
New Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing at Iggesund Paperboard, within the Holmen Group

Kenneth Nystén has a solid background in the pulp and paper industry, from various positions in companies such as Stora Enso and Metsä-Serla. He comes most recently from the Finnish chemicals company Kemira Oy. Kenneth Nystén was born 1958 in Espoo, Finland. He holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from Uppsala University and an MBA from Seton Hall University in the U.S.

“Kenneth is a driven business manager with a broad experience from leading positions within our industry, in particular the paperboard industry. His proven ability to create strong results and motivated sales teams, will be of great importance as we move forward and further develop our paperboard business” says Daniel Peltonen, President and CEO at Iggesund Paperboard.

The Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing is part of the Business Area Management team and reports to the President and CEO at Iggesund Paperboard.

“It will be a very inspiring and challenging task and I look forward to leading the successful sales organization at Iggesund Paperboard. Together we will continue to build on our strong position in the premium segment. My experience from living and working in Asia and North America will be valuable, as we aim to grow the paperboard business globally. In addition, I’m delighted to return to the Nordic forest industry and to move back to Sweden” says Kenneth Nystén.

Kenneth Nystén replaces Arvid Sundblad, who left Iggesund Paperboard in February 2018.

2018-03-15  READ MORE...
ANDRITZ launches the world’s most modern research center for tissue


ANDRITZ has officially launched the world’s most modern research center for tissue, the PrimeLineTIAC Tissue Innovation and Application Center, in Graz, Austria. The opening ceremony, attended by around 150 customers and other stakeholders from the tissue industry, was a great success. Together with the ANDRITZ experts and technical partner companies, the participants discussed the functions, designs, and features of the new PrimeLineTIAC and took a guided tour through the pilot plant. Several guest speakers also gave interesting inside views on developments in the tissue industry.

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Stora Enso issues new EUR 300 million bond

Stora Enso has successfully issued a new EUR 300 million bond under its EMTN (Euro Medium Term Note) programme. The bond matures in March 2028 and pays a fixed coupon of 2.5%. The issue price was 99.633, equivalent to a yield of 2.542% and Euro Mid-swaps +150 basis points. There are no financial covenants for the bond. The bond will be listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

The bookrunners for the transaction are Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, and NatWest.

“Accelerated growth during the past four consecutive quarters while at the same time strengthening our balance sheet is yet another proof point of successful transformation, evidenced also by recent credit rating upgrades. Net debt to operational EBITDA has improved by 0.5 to 1.4 by the end of 2017. We will continue to manage our bond portfolio efficiently and proactively”, says Group Treasurer Martin Ros.

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Smurfit Kappa has walked away with 11 awards for its innovative, sustainable packaging at the UK Starpack Awards.

Creative eCommerce and shelf-ready packaging solutions for a diverse range of products including gin, orchids, sausages and pizza received praise from the judging panel for their clever use of materials and innovative approach to the brief.

The packaging leader’s haul included two gold, four silver, three bronze and two special awards. The ‘Packaging Star of the Year’ award went to Smurfit Kappa Designer Paul Lowes for his ‘infectious energy’ in striving for the best solution when creating his ‘Shop in a Box’ product.

The other special award went to the ‘Wonky Veg’ box which came about after TV chef Jamie Oliver challenged Asda to make misshapen vegetables more attractive to consumers. Smurfit Kappa was able to draw on its expertise in creating packaging for fresh produce that is both recyclable and biodegradable. This attractive and sustainable box sold out in two days and won the ‘Greenstar Sustainability Award.’

Starpack awards. These are a tribute to our world-class designers who are passionate about delivering innovative packaging solutions each and every day.

“We work with our customers to come up with fit-for-purpose packaging that will deliver against a number of briefs including protecting the product during the supply chain to attracting consumer attention in store as part of our ShelfSmart service.”

The Starpack Awards recognise innovation in packaging design and technology and are in their 58th year.

Smurfit Kappa Starpack Awards

· Packaging Star of the Year - Paul Lowes (Smurfit Kappa Leeds)

· Greenstar Sustainability Award - Wonky Veg Box for Asda

· Gold Star Award - Brockmans Gin Gift Tube

· Gold Star Award - ESSE Heater Trundler

· Silver Star Award - Small Orchid eCommerce Solution

· Silver Star Award - Richmond Sausages SRP

· Silver Star Award - Specially Selected Pizza SRP

· Bronze Star Award - Dominion Sweets SRP

· Bronze Star Award - Shop in a Box Display Unit

· Bronze Star Award - Accolade Wine Bottle Front

· Bronze Star Award - Large Orchid eCommerce Solution

2018-03-14  READ MORE...
French Symposium on innovative technical paper solutions has started in Atlanta (US)

French companies in the paper industry will present their latest innovative technologies in the USA and in Canada.

2018-03-13  READ MORE...
Hannover Messe 2018: Expert Talk on digitalization in the fiber industry

As part of the press conference held prior to the Hannover Messe 2018, the practical implementation of the concept of Industrie 4.0 in digital enterprise was presented in six expert talks for selected industries. In our series of specialist topics, this article presents the subject of “Digitalization in the fiber industry – the changing world of fiber”. The relevant presentations are available to download.

What will the fiber industry look like in the future ? How will the issue of replacing fossil-based resources with renewable raw material be resolved ? What opportunities does digitalization offer, including the cloud, exploitation of data (converting big data to smart data) and comprehensive process documentation ?

2018-03-13  READ MORE...
More forest from cultivars


Between 2013 and 2017, the proportion of cultivars* increased from just over 50 percent to nearly 90 percent of Södra’s total seedling deliveries. Cultivars ensure strong and healthy forests with better growth and high quality. The increase has been driven by higher demand from forest owners, and enabled by quality and volume-enhancing investments in nursery production.

“The growing demand for our cultivars is a fantastic trend we are seeing right now. Despite breaking all previous delivery records, demand is so high that we are running out of seedlings. At the same time, we can see how the investments we have made in the nurseries to increase production are now starting to yield results,” said Johan Jonsson, Head of Södra Skogsplantor.

Cultivars guarantee high growth, better quality and are adapted to a changed climate. At the same time, Södra ensures a high level of genetic diversity.

In 2017, Södra delivered a total of 30 million own-produced seedlings, just over 5 million more seedlings than in 2016. Despite these deliveries, demand is not slowing down.

“Forest growth is continuously increasing and we have twice as much forest now compared with 100 years ago, a trend that we want to continue. One of Södra’s sustainability targets is a 20-percent higher rate of forest growth on our members’ estates by 2050. Because they lead to better yields, our cultivars are important for achieving that target,” said Johan Jonsson.

2018-03-13  READ MORE...
Papyrus Competence Centre: Grand Opening-Event in Cologne

After 11 months of construction work, Papyrus is now proud to announce the grand opening of the Papyrus Competence Centre (PCC), a state-of-the-art logistical hub and innovation centre that is located in Köln-Niehl, in Germany.

2018-03-13  READ MORE...
Paptic : Changing the World - One plastic bag at a time

Paptic isn’t trying to create the “new plastic” bag ; we’re more accurately creating the “new paper” bag by simply enhancing the qualities of paper to meet the demands of plastic.

2018-03-13  READ MORE...
Solenis Launches TapestrySM Yankee Coating Solutions

Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, has launched its new TapestrySM Yankee Coating Solutions to help tissue makers produce a consistently reliable Yankee coating while improving manufacturing performance and controlling operational costs.

The new Solenis Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions offering includes a family of advanced chemistries and technologies, a team of application and field service specialists experienced in optimizing Yankee coating properties, and R&D support focused on tissue-making science and innovation.

“Tissue makers face consumer demands every day — demands for softer, stronger and more absorbent products,” said Richard Cho, global marketing director, Tissue and Towel. “The Yankee cylinder is critical to meeting these demands, but difficulties with Yankee operation can affect manufacturing productivity, product quality and, in some cases, asset life. The new Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions from Solenis can help tissue makers overcome these challenges.” 

A reliable Yankee coating is essential for the efficient operation of a tissue machine, yet many mills struggle to achieve and maintain high performance due to inconsistencies in temperature, moisture and/or other operating conditions. The Solenis Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions include the most advanced chemistries on the market to optimize Yankee performance.

Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions enables the development of a coating that provides several benefits, including :

Doctorability – Solenis Tapestry chemistries deliver a coating with the right rheology for optimum creping — a coating that remains stable and consistent throughout the life of the creping blade and quickly reestablishes itself after the blade changes. It also absorbs potential blade vibrations.

Edge Control – The right coating leads to clean edges on the Yankee cylinder, which reduces sheet breaks and delivers predictable creping quality.

Coating Uniformity – Solenis Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions produce a more uniform coating that helps to eliminate lumps or wrinkles in the finished roll of paper and improves the operational stability of the Yankee system.

The resulting improvements to creping performance and tissue quality can ultimately impact a tissue mill’s bottom line through enhanced productivity and improved product quality attributes such as softness and strength. In addition, a dependable coating is a key element in protecting tissue machinery.

Solenis will highlight its Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions program at Tissue World Miami 2018, March 20-23, in booth M-300. In addition, the company will conduct a technical presentation on how to widen the operating window in premium quality tissue grades, during the Yankee Operations Workshop on continuous improvement.

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VTP and TMC join forces in North America

It is with great pleasure that Matteo Gentili, President of TMC, and Michael Rooyakkers, President of VTP, announce that the two companies entered into a joint partnership on March 5, 2018 in order to offer an enhanced range of packaging solutions to the global tissue industry, comprised of innovative products and highly advanced services to meet the evolving demands of the consumer and professional markets.

The companies have agreed to join forces to better fulfill customers’ packaging needs with new products, world-class service, and spare parts. An offer supported by a wealth of experience, leading-edge equipment and competences unique in the world ; a partnership poised to create new packaging equipment and new opportunities for customers to improve productivity.

TMC and VTP represent the global leader in the tissue packaging market with annual sales of about USD 100,000,000 and stand ready to serve the industry’s packaging needs with production capabilities in Europe, North America, and Brazil.

At Tissue World Miami, on March 22 at 11 am at TMC booth L100, Matteo Gentili, President of TMC and Mike Rooyakkers, President of VTP, will symbolically sign the partnership and present the upcoming plans for development.

“Valley Tissue Packaging is excited to formalize its partnership with Tissue Machine Company to offer a wider range of well-designed technology throughout North America. We have found TMC to be a very innovative machine manufacturer for the consumer market. This, teamed with Valley Tissue Packaging’s strong North American away-from-home market, allows us to deliver new products and services to our customers”.

2018-03-12  READ MORE...
Valmet and Ittihad Paper Mill agree on long term service co-operation at Ittihad Paper Mill, Abu Dhabi


Valmet and Ittihad Paper Mill LLC have signed an agreement on a long-term service co-operation at the new Ittihad Paper Mill in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The Ittihad Paper Mill is in the process of constructing a 320,000 tpa (tons per annum) new fine paper machine, supplied by Valmet, which will be starting up in late 2018.

According to the agreement, Valmet will provide the Mill with production support and productivity optimization, maintenance management with all maintenance systems and procedures, delivery and optimization of spare parts as well as paper machine parts and consumables.

The objective of the agreement with Valmet is to ensure top productivity and competitiveness through world-class maintenance and service operations at the Ittihad Paper Mill.

"Valmet as the main supplier and technology partner of choice, combined with their expertise in maintenance management provides the best platform for the successful start-up and operation for this state-of-the-art project, the largest of its kind in the region," states Mr. Abdullah Al Khateeb, Ittihad Paper Mill General Manager.

To ensure the highest possible equipment efficiency with cost optimization, Valmet’s mill maintenance service will take full advantage of the following models : Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Valmet’s streamlined Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) and condition-based maintenance.

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Greycon wins Specialist Applications Category in Megabuyte’s annual Emerging Stars Awards

- Greycon announced today that it has won the Specialist Applications Category in the Megabuyte Emerging Star Awards. The awards, held annually, are an independent ranking of the UK’s best-performing technology scale-ups. 

The awards recognise individual excellence across a number of different performance categories as well as listing the 25 best-performing companies overall, where Greycon appeared 16th.

The resulting rankings are compiled using Megabuyte’s proprietary Megabuyte Scorecard methodology, which assesses companies’ performance against key financial KPIs of both private and public companies within the ICT Services and Software sectors.

Megabuyte View

“Greycon is certainly one of the more niche software players we track and its achievement of Emerging Stars status comes following a rich new seam of international growth (97% of revenue is from overseas). This has been delivered by high levels of investment into product development and the support of its partnership network, which looks to underpin a positive growth outlook going forward.”

2018-03-09  READ MORE...
Imerys announces governance changes as from May 4


  • Separation of the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer roles
  • Gilles Michel to be re-elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Conrad Keijzer to join Imerys Board and to become Chief Executive Officer

Following the wish expressed by Mr Gilles Michel to devote for personal reasons more time to his close family, the Board of Directors’ Appointments Committee, chaired by Mr Paul Desmarais III, has conducted an in-depth review of the Group’s leadership and governance. Its recommendations were presented to the Board of Directors on March 8, 2018 and unanimously approved. In particular, the Board has decided to separate the Group’s chairman of the board and chief executive officer roles.
Subject to their approval at the upcoming annual general meeting, the following decisions will be effective from May 4, 2018 :
• To re-elect Gilles Michel as Chairman of the Board, separated from the CEO role.
Today, Imerys, the world’s reference for mineral specialties, is growing, generating cash and creating value. Its business profile and potential have been significantly strengthened thanks to a clear and focused strategy of innovation, to investment and geographic expansion, to a sustained policy of selective acquisitions and to unswerving operational discipline. The Group is positioned on markets with, overall, a better growth potential and it benefits from a more balanced geographical footprint, especially in key emerging markets. And it has embarked on an internal transformation plan to improve efficiency and agility while reinforcing competitiveness.
The Board is looking forward to continuing to benefit from Gilles Michel’s strategic vision and deep operational knowledge of the Group in his new role.
• To appoint Mr Conrad Keijzer as Imerys’ Chief Executive Officer and Director.
Mr Keijzer has been selected after a thorough and professional process of evaluation and selection of internal as well as external candidates. Conrad Keijzer, 49, a Dutch citizen, will bring Imerys a wealth of operational and international experience.
Throughout his professional career at Akzo Nobel, a world leading global paints and coatings company and major producer of specialty chemicals leader, he held numerous operational leadership positions in several countries. As a member of the group’s executive committee, he was instrumental in expanding its presence in Asia – more than 25% of consolidated sales – and managed until 2017 the Performance Coatings division (sales of approximately 6 billion euros in 2016). Mr Conrad Keijzer will be based in Paris (France).

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Nomination Committee proposals regarding election of the Board

In advance of the BillerudKorsnäs AB Annual General Meeting of shareholders to be held on Tuesday 15 May 2018, the BillerudKorsnäs nomination committee proposes the re-election of Andrea Gisle Joosen, Bengt Hammar, Lennart Holm, Michael M.F. Kaufmann, Kristina Schauman and Victoria Van Camp as members of the Board, and the election of Tobias Auchli and Jan Åström as new members of the Board. The nomination committee also proposes the re-election of Lennart Holm as chairman of the Board and Michael M.F. Kaufmann as vice chairman of the Board. Mikael Hellberg has decided not to seek re-election.

Tobias Auchli is Chairman and CEO of Verlumenda SA, providing advisory services in strategy, innovation, sustainable growth, digital transformation and operational improvements. Prior to his current position, Tobias spent 18 years at senior executive and general management roles in the Nestlé group, with a focus on e.g. transformation, innovation and R&D. Tobias also coaches IMD Business School MBA’s in innovation and entrepreneurship. Tobias is a Swiss national and graduated with a Master in International Management, Marketing and Finance from the University of St. Gallen (HSG).

Jan Åström currently holds the position as President and CEO of Ahlstrom Munksjö Oyj, a position that he has held since 2008 and from which he is retiring in April 2018. Prior to joining Ahlstrom Munksjö Oyj, Jan was President and CEO of SCA AB and of Modo Paper AB. Together with other earlier executive and general management positions, Jan has close to 40 years of experience from the pulp and paper industry. Jan is a Swedish national and graduated with a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Michael M.F. Kaufmann, chairman of the nomination committee, commented : “The nomination committee is very pleased to have recruited Tobias Auchli and Jan Åström as candidates to the BillerudKorsnäs Board. Tobias and Jan are two experienced professionals with highly complementary expertise. Tobias will bring valuable insights from the consumer goods industry, with deep expertise in international R&D, innovation and academia, as well as strategic and operational leadership. Jan is a highly respected and very experienced business executive in the Swedish pulp and paper industry, and will bring both strategic and operational expertise from the industry. The nomination committee is confident that the proposed new members will complement the Board’s expertise across a variety of areas considering their longstanding and international careers.”

Michael M.F. Kaufmann added : “On behalf of the nomination committee, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mikael Hellberg for serving on the BillerudKorsnäs Board for many years and for his contribution in building the new BillerudKorsnäs.”

The nomination committee in BillerudKorsnäs comprises Michael M.F. Kaufmann, appointed by Frapag Beteiligungsholding AG, Tomas Risbecker, appointed by AMF Försäkring & Fonder, Lennart Francke, appointed by Swedbank Robur fonder and Thomas Wuolikainen, appointed by Fjärde AP-fonden. The nomination committee’s complete proposals will be presented in the convening notice for BillerudKorsnäs’ Annual General Meeting 2018.

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