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Toscotec finalizes a drying section rebuilding project including a new drive system and tail feeding for Smurfit Kappa Italia - at Ponte all’Ania, Lucca.

Smurfit Kappa Italia has successfully started up its PM3 at Ponte dell’Ania mill, after a dryer section rebuild supplied by Toscotec.
The scope of the delivery was an advanced mechanical transmission section in “silent drive” with a new frame on the drive side for the whole machine, the installation of uni-run vacuum rolls in the first drying battery and an automatic air paper threading system in the first two drying sections and on the size press. The modification has completely changed the dryer section layout with the relocation of fabric rolls, improving machine runnability and reducing noise and vibration.

2017-05-11  READ MORE...
ANDRITZ to supply tissue machine with steel Yankee and shoe press to PMI, Algeria

ANDRITZ has received an order from Paper Mill Investment (PMI) to supply a tissue machine with steel Yankee and shoe press to Algeria. The new plant will produce high-quality facial wipes as well as toilet and towel papers. Start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2018.

2017-05-11  READ MORE...
ARCTIC PAPER S.A. ENHANCES ITS OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE BY OPTIMIZING MANAGEMENT PROCESSES

The Supervisory Board of Arctic Paper S.A. has appointed Per Skoglund as President of the Management Board and CEO, and Małgorzata Majewska-Śliwa as Management Board Member.
The Supervisory Board has also decided to create an Executive Team made up – aside from the CEO and CFO – of people currently serving as members of the Management Board : Wolfgang Lübbert (as Director of Marketing and Strategy), Michał Sawka (as Director of Sales) and Jacek Łoś (as Director of Procurement), as well as the managing directors of the paper mills : Michael Fejér (Arctic Paper Grycksbo), Göran Lindqvist (Arctic Paper Munkedals) and Henryk Derejczyk (Arctic Paper Kostrzyn).
All of them will also be entitled Executive Vice President of Arctic Paper Group.
Both changes will be effective from 30 May 2017.

2017-05-10  READ MORE...
Operational reliability and efficiency of Metsä Fibre's bioproduct mill's production ensured with Metso's valve solutions and maintenance services

Preparations for the start-up of Metsä Fibre’s next-generation bioproduct mill are currently under way in Äänekoski, Finland. Start-up is scheduled for late summer. In 2015 Metso was selected as the main supplier of the bioproduct mill’s valve solutions. Metsä Fibre and Metso have worked in close collaboration to select the technically and economically optimal valve solutions to keep all the mill’s processes operating reliably. Metso has supplied the customer with about 3,000 valves and related devices and has also signed agreements on comprehensive maintenance and spare parts services. The total order is one of Metso’s largest valve orders in Finland.
"Metso not only has strong expertise in selecting valve solutions to meet the requirements of pulp mill processes, it also has a wide product selection as well as tried and true, reliable solutions for flow control," says Timo Merikallio, Project Director, Bioproduct Mill Project, Metsä Fibre. 
Excellence in the operational reliability of valves, actuators, and positioners is a key factor in ensuring trouble-free production.

2017-05-10  READ MORE...
Sappi Europe to increase coated mechanical paper prices

Sappi Europe announces a price increase of 5% for all of its coated mechanical reels business as of July 1st 2017. The continuing cost inflation and the consequently declining profit margins makes the price correction inevitable.

Sappi’s sales representatives will be in touch with their customers to agree on the specifics over the next week.

2017-05-10  READ MORE...
PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) Appoints New President

PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) – a global provider of tissue, paper and board technologies for the Pulp & Paper industry as well as solutions for other heavy industries, today announced that it has appointed Miroslaw Pietraszek as President effective April 28th, 2017. Zbigniew Manugiewicz, PMP’s co-founder and former President, will continue to serve as a member of PMP’s supervisory board of directors.

2017-05-10  READ MORE...
WEPA plans takeover of Van Houtum with the Satino brand

WEPA Hygieneprodukte GmbH has signed a contract to acquire all shares in Van Houtum Group Holding B.V., located in the Netherlands. The acquisition is expected to be concluded in the coming weeks and is subject to the approval of the competition authorities. The contracting parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
Van Houtum produces in Swalmen, in the Netherlands, with 200 employees exclusively for the Away-from-Home (AfH) segment achieving a turnover of € 60 million. With the Satino Black brand, Van Houtum has established a leading position in the market for sustainable product solutions.

2017-05-10  READ MORE...
Lars P. S. Sperre appointed as interim President and CEO of Norske Skogindustrier ASA

The board of directors has unanimously appointed Lars P. S. Sperre as interim President and CEO of Norske Skogindustrier ASA with immediate effect. Sperre has been employed by Norske Skogindustrier ASA since 2006 and been member of the corporate management team since 2014. Prior to this appointment, Sperre acted as Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy & Legal. - An unanimous board supports the appointment. Lars is the natural candidate to the role as interim President and CEO. He knows the industry well and has been highly involved in the group’s restructuring and financing processes during recent years, in addition to being instrumental in the development of the current strategy, says chairman of the board Henrik A. Christensen. - I am very motivated to accept this challenge. Norske Skog has many skilled employees with high competences and drive. I am certain that we together will solve the challenges and bring the potential of the group to fruition.

2017-05-10  READ MORE...
Sven Ombudstvedt resigns as President and CEO of Norske Skog

Sven Ombudstvedt has notified the board of directors that he resigns as President and CEO of Norske Skogindustrier ASA. The board of directors has relieved Ombudstvedt from his duties, and the resignation will therefore take effect immediately. Ombudstvedt will receive the ordinary remuneration for his position in the notice period of six months.

2017-05-10  READ MORE...
Revolutionary Fresh Fiber Product „Grass paper by Scheufelen”

In 1969 the first non-inflammable paper, developed by Scheufelen, flew with Apollo 11 to the moon : an important milestone in the history of the paper industry, just as trail blazing as the introduction of Scheufelen print art paper in 1892.
Grass paper, the newest product from Scheufelen and our contribution to the UN Agenda 2030, will again revolutionize paper production. Scheufelen grass paper is made with 50 % fresh fibers from sun dried grass. Different than other globally available fresh fiber pulps this material is produced locally around the paper factory in the Bio Sphere Region Schwäbische Alb from perennial grass plants. It will be processed in an integrated production site in the paper factory in Lenningen, operated jointly with the development partner Creapapier GmbH, Hennef, Germany.
The revolutionary feature here is the production of an economical fresh fiber pulp with the least possible environmental impact. This stems from a dramatically reduced industrial process water requirement (less than 1 liter per ton grass fiber pulp, compared to a few thousand liters per ton wood fiber pulp), a massive energy saving of up to 80 % per ton fresh fiber material and completely dispensing with the use of any process chemicals.

2017-05-10  READ MORE...
Xerium Awarded Machine Clothing and Rolls Business for Fibria’s Horizon 2 Project - New Pulp Machine in Tres Lagoas, Brazil

Xerium Technologies, a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services, today announced that the Company was recently awarded orders for machine clothing and rolls technology for Fibria’s new pulp machine at the Tres Lagoas mill in Brazil. The new machine is scheduled to go online in Q3/2017, adding 1.95 million tons of market pulp to Fibria’s annual production.

2017-05-09  READ MORE...
Peter Oswald reinforces focus on growing packaging business as new Mondi Group CEO

Mondi, the international packaging and paper Group, hosted a press conference on 5 May at the interpack 2017 trade fair in Düsseldorf at which trends in the packaging industry and the focus on growing its packaging business were discussed.

Peter J Oswald, who takes over as CEO of the Mondi Group on 11 May, expressed his confidence in the future of Mondi. He explained that Mondi is well positioned to face increasing consumer expectations despite rapid global change and strong competition in the sector. “We have the right strategy, people and partnerships – especially with our customers – to be successful,” he said. Mr Oswald also confirmed that Mondi will continue to grow through value-enhancing investment in its existing operations and evaluate further potential acquisitions of complementary businesses.

2017-05-09  READ MORE...
Solenis Opens Technology Center in Brazil to Serve the Latin American Market

Solenis opened its new technology center today in Paulínia, São Paulo, Brazil. Housed in approximately 1,000 square meters, the new research and development facility, known as the Paulínia Technology Center (PTC), will manage the region’s customer applications needs and new product development.

The PTC is the company’s seventh technology center worldwide. The other tech centers are located strategically in Wilmington, Delaware (USA), Krefeld (Germany), Barendrecht (the Netherlands), Shanghai (China), Drammen (Norway) and Terrassa (Spain).

2017-05-09  READ MORE...
Ilkka Hämälä appointed President and CEO of Metsä Group as of 1 April 2018

Metsäliitto Cooperative’s Supervisory Board has in its meeting on 4 May 2017 appointed M.Sc (Engineering) Ilkka Hämälä the CEO of Metsäliitto Cooperative as of 1 January 2018. Hämälä starts as the President and CEO of Metsä Group on 1 April 2018. Kari Jordan, the President and CEO since 2006, is responsible for Metsä Group’s result until the end of 2017 and will retire on 1 April 2018.

Hämälä has worked for Metsä Group since 1988. Since 2008 he has been the CEO of Metsä Fibre Oy and a member of Metsä Group Executive Management Team.

2017-05-09  READ MORE...
Kemira increases prices of paper sizing chemicals in EMEA

Kemira announces a price increase for its paper sizing products in EMEA. The adjustment will be effective immediately or as customer contracts allow.

The price increase of the ASA sizing chemicals will be approximately 5-10%, depending on the specific formulations and can differ in selected geographies. This adjustment is necessary due to increased raw material costs and currency variations.

Also as announced on January 25th 2017, Kemira will increase AKD sizing chemical prices by approximately 5-10%. This adjustment is necessary due to significantly increased raw material costs and currency variations.

2017-05-09  READ MORE...
BURGO GROUP CELEBRATES TWENTY YEARS OF ILLUSTRATION

From May 27th to June 25th, in the Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza (Italy), Burgo Group opens to the public the precious artistic heritage that has gathered in twenty years of illustrated calendars. Visitors could appreciate the works of some of the most famous international illustrators, involved in the execution of the famous calendar since 1997 :

Jean Michel Folon, Emanuele Luzzati, Milton Glaser, Lorenzo Mattotti, Altan, Roberto Perini, Paul Davis, Moebius, Giorgio Maria Griffa, José Munoz, Loustal, Tullio Pericoli, Cecco Mariniello, Fabian Negrin, Alessandro Sanna, Luca Caimmi, Shout, Ping Zhu.

To celebrate such a significant event Burgo made an artbook, Burgo Collection 1997 -2017, curated by Francesco Poroli and printed on Burgo coated paper R4 Next satin. The book will be featured on May 31st, in association with Illustri Festival. Robert Newman, a famous American art director who signed the introductory text, will attend the event which is part of the extensive program of Illustri Festival 2017, the third edition of the two-year festival of illustration ; a whole month of meetings, workshops and eight great exhibitions which will animate the most prestigious monuments in the city and will involve more than ninety illustrators.

2017-05-05  READ MORE...
Valmet to upgrade evaporator train at BillerudKorsnäs Gruvön pulp & paper mill in Sweden

Valmet will supply an upgrade of the evaporation plant at BillerudKorsnäs Gruvön pulp and paper mill in Sweden. The evaporation plant in a mill concentrates black liquor from the pulp cooking process. The installation of the new equipment is scheduled for spring 2018. 

The order was included in Valmet’s first quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. A project of this type and scope is typically valued below EUR 15 million.

2017-05-05  READ MORE...
Brazil: Pulp production shows positive results for the first quarter of this year

Pulp production recorded 3.0% growth in the first quarter of 2017, totaling 4.69 million tons against the 4.55 million tons recorded in the same period of last year. In the paper sector, the surplus continues with exports that reached a volume of 544 thousand tons sold between January and March, a 5.6% increase compared to the same period in 2016 when 515 thousand tons were traded. In the wood panels segment domestic sales rose 2.9%, reaching the 1.6 million cubic meter mark.

2017-05-05  READ MORE...
Sulzer Appoints Jim Mugford as Head of Electro Mechanical Services

Sulzer Appoints Jim Mugford as Head of Electro Mechanical Services

Jim Mugford has been appointed President and Global Head of Sulzer’s electromechanical services business. Jim will be responsible for driving Sulzer’s strategy, growth and profitability for electromechanical services worldwide and creating synergies with the company’s turbo services and pump services businesses.

Having joined Sulzer in 2012, Jim has restructured and improved the company’s Canadian turbo and pump services operations, grown the U.S. electromechanical business and restructured and integrated the North American pump services business into Sulzer’s Rotating Equipment Services division.

2017-05-05  READ MORE...
ANDRITZ to supply equipment to BillerudKorsnäs, Sweden, for fiberline upgrade

ANDRITZ has been selected to build a new brown stock washing sideline to produce extremely high-purity pulp for the new board machine at the BillerudKorsnäs’ Gruvön mill in Sweden. Start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2019.

2017-05-05  READ MORE...
Metsä Board launches its unified offering of products and services

The Better with Less initiative highlights the company’s aims to improve consumer experience and make packaging even more sustainable

Metsä Board launches its clarified product and service portfolio on May 4th at Interpack in Düsseldorf. The company presents its offering of premium paperboards and related services, with focus on contributing to even more sustainable, safe and efficient packaging, now found under one Metsä Board family.

2017-05-04  READ MORE...
High interest in innovative barrier papers at Interpack 2017

New Sappi Guard packaging papers with integrated barrier properties drew strong visitor interest

Four years ago, Sappi was the world’s first manufacturer to present a new speciality paper with a mineral oil barrier integrated directly in the paper, as well as including heat sealing properties. The company’s long-standing technical expertise and investments in the development of new innovative products and sustainable packaging solutions are paying off. The latest innovations from the Sappi Guard product line were presented to trade visitors at Interpack 2017, where they attracted a great deal of interest.

2017-05-04  READ MORE...
On top with Fusion Topliner

Sappi’s white coated liners offer new possibilities for corrugated board applications Thanks to its Fusion Topliner virgin fibre line, Sappi continues to be a pioneer in white coated liners for corrugated board applications. Given that Fusion Topliner is produced from one hundred percent bleached virgin fibres, it offers visual benefits as well as considerable strength advantages. At Interpack 2017, Sappi will be presenting new lower paper weights in its Fusion Topliner product line. Thanks to the lower weight, the grammage of 115 g/m2 delivers weight savings while retaining very high strength values. Sappi’s Fusion Topliner is recommended for applications where high visual quality is required, when lightweight packaging and finer fluting are desired and when flexible and customised print runs are to be produced using digital and flexographic printing. When food safety is involved, thanks to its 100% virgin fibres combined with functional barriers, a new level of safety can be achieved with Fusion Topliner.

2017-05-04  READ MORE...
Lecta at the Milan Packaging Première Fair

Lecta will be presenting its range of specialty papers for premium packaging.

Lecta will showcase its wide range of specialty papers for select packaging at the upcoming edition of this new international event, to be held in Milan from May 16 to May 18. The show brings together designers, major luxury packaging manufacturers and the leading international luxury brands.

2017-05-04  READ MORE...

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