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ANDRITZ successfully starts up tissue machine with the world’s largest steel Yankee dryer in Brazil

ANDRITZ has successfully started up the PrimeLineST W22 tissue machine with steel Yankee dryer and steam-heated hood delivered to Carta Fabril, for its mill in Anápolis, Brazil. Due to the outstanding and short commissioning period, paper production on the new tissue machine started well ahead of schedule. 

The PrimeDry Steel Yankee delivered by ANDRITZ has a diameter of 22 ft. and thus is the largest in the world for tissue applications. The combination with the steam-heated hood enables highly efficient drying with substantial energy savings compared with conventional drying sections with cast Yankee dryers and gas-heated-hoods. The steam-heated hood is equipped with an innovative, automatic cleaning system to ensure easy maintenance and safe operations.

The ANDRITZ PrimeLineST W22 has a design speed of 2,100 m/min and a width of 5.55 m. It will produce tissue with grammage of 15 g/m2 that is used for two-ply toilet paper.The scope of supply also included the complete stock preparation plant and approach flow system, which processes 100% short fiber (eucalyptus) as raw material. The centerpiece of the line is the ANDRITZ Papillon refiner, which treats fibers gently in the cylindrical refining zone in order to achieve superior fiber properties at low energy consumption.

“The early start-up was only possible because of our cooperation with ANDRITZ. We are now proud to have the world’s largest steel Yankee, which is predicted to enable efficient drying with substantial energy savings. Our target is “green production” by minimizing energy consumption, liquid and solid waste, effluents, and CO2 emissions. The new tissue machine will use 100% renewable energy generated from biomass and converted into steam. The project presents a very good example of environmental, economic, and social sustainability,” says Victor Coutinho, CEO, Carta Fabril.

The successful start-up of the world’s first tissue machine with a 22 ft. steel Yankee confirms ANDRITZ’s strong position as one of the global market leaders for supply of complete tissue production lines, key components, and services. 

Carta Fabril ranks among the key players in the Brazilian tissue business, covering the complete product range for tissue.

2018-02-13  READ MORE...
Albany International Announces New CEO

Albany International Corp. announced today its Board of Directors has appointed Olivier Jarrault as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board to succeed Joseph G. Morone, effective March 2.

Mr. Jarrault, 56, is a 14-year veteran of Alcoa, where his career culminated in his appointment in 2011 as Executive Vice President and Group President of Alcoa Engineered Products and Solutions (“EPS”), leading a portfolio of global advanced-technology components manufacturing businesses serving a number of markets, including aerospace, industrial gas turbines, commercial transportation, and building and construction. At the helm of EPS until 2016, Jarrault drove, through a combination of organic growth and several acquisitions of high performance materials companies, the transformation of the EPS value-add portfolio into a global multi-material aerospace product and solutions leader. Under Jarrault’s leadership, focused on growth, disciplined execution and operational excellence, all of Alcoa’s downstream businesses successfully increased their financial performance. EPS aerospace customers include Safran, GE, United Technologies, Boeing and Airbus. In his role as EVP and Group President of EPS, Mr. Jarrault had extensive interactions with Alcoa’s investors and Board of Directors.

2018-02-12  READ MORE...
Valmet to supply a cooking plant rebuild and brown stock washing to Smurfit Kappa kraftliner mill in Piteå, Sweden


Valmet will supply Smurfit Kappa Piteå with a cooking plant rebuild into CompactCooking G2 and brown stock washing equipment for its mill in Piteå, Sweden. The order is included in Valmet’s fourth quarter of 2017 orders received.

Valmet’s scope of supply includes a new ImpBin(TM) with CompactFeed(TM) G3, pump feeding system and a new pressure diffuser. The start-up of the cooking plant rebuild and brown stock washing equipment is planned for May 2019.

"The rebuilt cooking plant will utilize the wood raw material more efficiently and lower the use of additive chemicals in the process. In addition, the cooking rebuild will lower the energy consumption within the process area which is in line with our sustainability goals," says Bo Johansson, Technical Manager at Smurfit Kappa Piteå.

"We are happy to see that Valmet’s sustainable solutions bring value to our customers and that our cooking and washing portfolio is very strong," says Patrik Lidbäck, Sales Manager at Valmet.

2018-02-12  READ MORE...
Fourth machine supplied by Recard to the Serbian company Drenik

The bond that unites Recard and Drenik ND d.o.o. becomes even stronger. The company has once again chosen to entrust Recard with the second machine destined for its paper mill in Hungary, purchased a few years ago. The new agreement entails the supply of another complete turnkey plant identical to the one requested last year for the company’s facilities in Serbia.

The machine in a 1850-mpm speed, 2850-mm format, with a production capacity of 120 tpd, will be fed by two stock preparation lines for virgin fibers and equipped with a hydraulic rewinder with 4 backstands, complete electrical plant, DAF system, mist and dust extraction systems and hall ventilation.

PM2 is the fourth Recard machine for the Serbian company, and startup is scheduled for the summer of 2019. An important confirmation of trust by Drenik, who has allowed Recard to place its first flag on Hungarian soil.

2018-02-12  READ MORE...
Tissue Italy Network appoints Executive Vice President

Tissue Italy, the network behind the iT’s Tissue event, has named Marco Dell’Osso in the new role of Executive Vice President. This senior position provides strength and vision for the organisation as it enhances its advocacy of “made in Italy” technology to provide the range of solutions for the worldwide tissue market.
Tissue Italy President Massimo Franzaroli said : “Marco has been a strong contributor to the creation and success of iT’s Tissue as a representative of one of the network members – Futura. He was therefore the natural candidate for this important new post – a strategic executive role in the Tissue Italy organisation. I, along with the other board members and the whole network of Tissue Italy, am delighted he has accepted.”
iT’s Tissue, with its third edition taking place this June, has established itself as the definitive showcase of Italian excellence in a unique open-house format. A senior executive was a natural evolution to ensure the continued development and success of the Tissue Italy network and iT’s Tissue.
Marco Dell’Osso said : “I have been committed to Tissue Italy and iT’s Tissue from their birth in 2012. We now have a world-class event without parallel, but to grow we need to evolve. The new role I am honoured to accept shows the commitment of all the network members to growth and innovation.”
iT’s Tissue 2018 will take place 25-29 June 2018 in Lucca, Bologna, Lecco and Reggio Emilia. Visitors from at least 70 countries are expected to witness game-changing technology up close and personal from 12 of the leading technology companies in the sector, while enjoying Italy’s renowned hospitality.

2018-02-09  READ MORE...
ANDRITZ to modernize DIP line at Metsä Tissue, Finland


Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Metsä Tissue to modernize and upgrade the existing DIP line at the Metsä Tissue mill in Mänttä, Finland.

The new DIP line is to supply the furnish for all three tissue machines at the Mänttä mill and will process medium- to high-quality recycled paper grades to be used as raw material for production of various tissue products.

ANDRITZ will upgrade the pulping process with a new detrashing system – comprising a FibreGuard Detrasher, a FibreWash Drum, and a Detrashing Pump – to increase pulp quality through early removal of non-disintegrated reject materials.

In the three-stage coarse screening process, three new screens – type ModuScreen F and TC – with the latest slotted screen baskets and an AhlCleaner RB will be installed to ensure efficient removal of coarse contaminants at minimum fiber loss.

An ANDRITZ SpeedWasher will separate inorganic material, such as filler and coating pigments, from the fiber suspension to enable low ash content at the end of the line. An ANDRITZ Pulp Screw Press further dewaters pulp that is suitable for subsequent dispersing.

In order to meet the high quality requirements of certain tissue products, Metsä Tissue opted for installation of an ANDRITZ SelectaFlot flotation unit to improve brightness and remove ink particles at low fiber loss and energy consumption.

Basic engineering, dismantling of the existing equipment, erection, commissioning, start-up, and training will likewise be supplied by ANDRITZ to minimize the shutdown period.

Metsä Tissue is part of the Metsä Group, one of the largest forest industry groups in the world. The Mänttä mill has approximately 400 employees and produces toilet tissue, household towels, paper tissues, industrial tissue rolls, and greaseproof paper for baking and cooking. Mänttä was the first mill in Finland to use recycled fibre in tissue paper.

2018-02-09  READ MORE...
Pöyry PLC: Pöyry renames its Regional Operations Business Group to 'Infra, Water and Environment Business Group' and reinforces its Industry

Pöyry is renaming its reporting segment ’Regional Operations Business Group’ to ’Infra, Water and Environment Business Group’. The new name is taken into use on 9 February 2018.

Pöyry also continues to improve its client focus and further strengthens its Industry Business Group by consolidating its industry related process technology competence and engineering know-how in Norway and Sweden to the Industry Business Group. The infrastructure, water and environment related operations in Sweden continue to grow in the renamed Infra, Water & Environment Business Group. We continue with the selected approach for water and infra projects in Norway.

"The changes we are making today will result in an even better client experience," says Martin à Porta, President and CEO, Pöyry PLC. "The Infra, Water and Environment Business Group will house our deep consulting and engineering experience in rail, roads, tunnels, environmental consulting, water and wastewater. In particular, we are refining our Water offering to meet the ever increasing water demands caused by the megatrends of population growth and urbanisation. Through current and new offering, our experts and specialists will create more tailored solutions to help our clients drive real change and value in the water sector."

"By aligning our global delivery expertise and competence into a stronger Industry Business Group, we are harnessing the power of ’The connected company’ to bring world-class added value to our clients. The move enhances our overall organisational efficiency, increasing our capacity and capability to deliver global and local projects so we can fully serve our industry clients - wherever they are in the world."

Nicholas Oksanen, Executive Vice President, remains President, Industry Business Group. For the Infra, Water and Environment Business Group, Markku Oksanen continues President, Infra, Water and Environment Business Group, Northern Europe ; Ralf Reifferscheidt continues as President, Infra, Water and Environment Business Group, Germany ; Marcel Winter continues as President, Infra, Water and Environment Business Group, Switzerland ; and Thomas Kriesch continues as President, Infra, Water and Environment Business Group, Austria.

Pöyry’s financial reporting will be based on the following four reporting segments : Management Consulting Business Group ; Industry Business Group ; Energy Business Group ; and Infra, Water and Environment Business Group. Restated figures will be published before the publication of the half year financial report January - June 2018, on 9 August 2018.

2018-02-09  READ MORE...
Valmet to replace its first-ever Damatic Classic automation system delivered at Pankaboard's board mill in Finland

Valmet will replace the first-ever Damatic Classic automation system delivered with a Valmet DNA automation system at Pankaboard’s board mill in Lieksa, Eastern Finland. The system has been operating since 1979. Additionally, Valmet will also upgrade the mill’s existing Valmet Damatic XD automation system to Valmet DNA. The new system will increase process availability and improve its performance.

The order was included in Valmet’s fourth quarter 2017 orders received. The project will be executed in several stages and completed by mid-2019.

"At Pankaboard, we regard this project as an all-important business development project, and one that an advanced automation system supports well. The new system will enable us to develop our customer need-based and flexible operating model more cost efficiently," says Lauri Junnila, Managing Director, Pankaboard Oyj.

"New information management tools will provide the mill with a whole new dimension to process operations, giving operators access to the trend and event history straight from the operator interface. Together with functional descriptions linked to the controls, this will enable faster troubleshooting," says Juha Mykkänen, Sales Manager, Automation, Valmet.

2018-02-08  READ MORE...
The Board of Directors of Kemira Oyj resolved to continue incentive plan

The Board of Directors of Kemira Oyj has resolved to continue the long-term share-based incentive plan directed to a group of key employees in Kemira. The aim of the plan is to combine the objectives of the shareholders and the persons participating in the plan in order to increase the value of Kemira, to commit the participants to Kemira, and to offer them a competitive reward plan based on earning Kemira’s shares.

The Performance Share Plan 2018 includes one performance period, calendar year 2018. The potential reward of the Plan from the performance period 2018 will be based on the Kemira Group’s Intrinsic Value, calculated based on Kemira Group’s operative EBITDA and net debt.

The potential reward from the performance period 2018 will be paid partly in Kemira’s shares and partly in cash in 2019. The cash proportion is intended to cover taxes and tax-related costs arising from the reward to the participant. As a rule, no reward will be paid, if a participant’s employment or service ends before the reward payment.

The shares paid as reward may not be transferred during the restriction period, which will end two years from the end of the performance period. Should a participant’s employment or service end during the restriction period, as a rule, he or she must gratuitously return the shares given as reward.

The Board of Directors recommends that a member of the Management Board will own such number of Company’s shares that the total value of his or her shareholding corresponds to the value of his or her annual gross salary as long as the membership continues. If this recommendation is not yet fulfilled, the Board of Directors recommends that a member of the Management Board will hold at least 50 per cent of the net number of shares given on the basis of this plan also after the end of the restriction period, until his or her shareholding in total corresponds to the value of his or her annual gross salary.

The Performance Share Plan 2018 is directed to a maximum of 90 people. The rewards to be paid, if the criteria are fulfilled, on the basis of the Performance Share Plan 2018 will amount up to an approximate maximum total of 585,000 Kemira Oyj shares. In addition, a cash proportion intended to cover taxes and tax-related costs arising from the reward is included.

2018-02-08  READ MORE...
Europapier takes a participation in the packaging specialist Carl Bernh. Hoffmann GmbH in Jeging, Austria

On February 2nd, 2018, Europapier International AG, a member of the Heinzel Group, signed an agreement with Carl Bernh.Hoffmann GmbH & CO KG in Kaarst, Germany, regarding the purchase of a 38.33% participation in Carl Bernh.

2018-02-07  READ MORE...
Smurfit Kappa, one of the world’s leading paper-based packaging firms, continues its investment in sustainable technology in Mexico

An advanced new paper machine (PM6) began operating at the Los Reyes Paper Mill site in the State of Mexico in January.

2018-02-07  READ MORE...
Valmet signs Value-Added Reseller agreement with RR Projects in Ireland

Valmet has signed a Value-Added Reseller (VAR) partnership agreement for power and process industry automation with RR Projects in Tullamore, Ireland, to go into effect immediately. Together, the two companies will be targeting Irish process industries in the utility sector, particularly power and water.

Valmet will benefit from the capabilities of RR Projects to provide full sales and technical service for automation in Ireland, while Valmet’s advanced services and automation solutions will improve the reliability and performance of the processes of RR Project’s customers, enabling them to utilize raw materials and energy more effectively.

"We are extremely pleased that Valmet has joined with us in forming a strategic VAR agreement for the power and process industry automation market in Ireland. It means that our offering to our customers and the wider Irish market will be greatly enhanced. I am looking forward to a successful business relationship with Valmet and a prosperous future," says Patrick Cassidy, Business Manager, RR Projects.

Skills and expertise combined for top customer outcomes

Building on their strong position in the Irish market and large installed base in the utility sector, RR Projects is now diversifying into the automation market to complement their existing offerings. RR Projects sees automation as a growth industry in Ireland and hopes to capture new projects being planned.

The two companies expect the combination of RR Projects’ contacts and influence, together with Valmet’s DNA platform, to widen their customer base in the Irish control marketplace.

"We see Ireland as a good opportunity for growth. It has some very interesting prospects coming up in the next few years, and we look forward to working on them together with RR Projects," says Kari S. Heikkilä, Director, Partner Business, Automation, Valmet.

"We are also hoping to benefit from RR Projects turbine capabilities by offering turbine control system replacements on both gas and steam turbines in Ireland. Valmet has done this successfully across a number of existing original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)," says Darren Smith, Sales Manager, Automation, Valmet.

2018-02-07  READ MORE...
New Fazertec double disc refiner

The Fazertec double disc refiner is designed and developed for continuous refining process of various wood chips, synthetic fibre and other diverse fiber materials. It is used in laboratories and research centres, pulp and paper industry and other related industries. The machine is used for turning the wood chips to pulp and can further used for pulp conditioning. and makes pulp of synthetic fibers, glass fibers and carbon fibers. With this machine, it is easy to perform processing into fiber and fibrillation of various polymers in diverse fields. Its shape is the same as the practical refiner used in the manufacturing plant.

2018-02-06  READ MORE...
PulPaper 2018: Wood is the raw material of the future

PulPaper gathers the best forest industry experts from around the world in Helsinki in May. The futuristic theme of the event is “Visit tomorrow today.” With the help of new innovations and technologies, the forest industry is developing in a digitizing world with respect for the environment. What is the future of wood as a raw material ? PulPaper 2018 will be held at the Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre May 29 to 31.

There is a strong environmental perspective in the PulPaper Conference seminar programme May 30-31. The PulPaper Conference consists of joint key note speeches and several alternative parallel programmes from which one may compose the most interesting thematic whole for oneself. The conference programme includes circular economy, use of biomass, and climate change, as well as the development of bio-refinery.

Environmental friendliness as competitive advantage

Environmental standards are often seen as a burden on the industrial sector. In PulPaper’s seminar sections, the topic is approached through opportunities. Environmental friendliness and new innovations can be a competitive advantage for companies.

  • In the programme under the economics of recycling theme, Mari Pantsar, Director of SITRA, envisions the future of Finland with regard to the circular economy. Case examples from companies present data-based sensors utilized in treating cellulite industry waste waters and the utilization of industrial waste as agricultural fertilizer products.
  • The thematic programme regarding new technologies examines innovations and their utilization in renewing the whole industry. Heiner Grussenmeyer, R&D Director of Stora Enso, will present a research project seeking breakthrough technology for the manufacture of chemical pulp. Aalto University professor Tapani Vuorinen for his part will tell about the new catalytic bleaching method.
  • In the thematic programme revolving around the concept of development of bio-refineries, Lakehead University professor Lew Christopher will analyse the kinds of possibilities offered companies by transition to new bio-refineries concepts. Olli Dahl, Professor of Environmental Technology within Process Industry at Aalto University, will assess the business opportunities of the new bio-refinery planned for Kemijärvi, and Gisle Løhre Johansen, R&D Director of Norwegian Borregaard will present the operations of a corresponding Norwegian mill.

Will wood replace fossil based materials ?

Forest industry is experiencing a transition period as the environmental impact of the sector is known better than before. PulPaper deals with the use of biomass in relation to climate change, related environmental regulations, and the use of wood as a replacement for fossil based materials.

  • ·he topical theme programme focusing on the use of forest biomass and the management of climate change will address issues at the level of Europe, the Nordic countries, and Finland. Bernhard Wolfslehner, Head of the European Forestry Institute, will speak about EU-level provisions in the field, Swedish forestry researcher Johan Sonesson will consider the availability of biomass and related policies from the Nordic perspective, and Professor Antti Asikainen of the Natural Resources Centre will address opportunities to increase biomass availability in Finland.
  • Renewable wood raw material based solutions are featured in the thematic programme where how different wood based processed products can replace products from fossil materials, such as plastic, are presented. Managing Director Åsa Ek of the Swedish start-up company, Cellutech, will tell how innovations are made from ideas and what kind of new materials the company is currently developing from wood. Jarmo Ropponen from VTT till tell about what is happening with the development of bio-plastics and Suvi Haimi will tell about the case of her company Sulapac’s packaging material.
2018-02-06  READ MORE...
Discovery GOXM surpasses Trees Milestone performing Outdoor sports

From September to December 2017 hundreds of sports lovers from 29 European countries responded to Discovery’s challenge to Go the Extra Mile. In this bid to achieve a healthier lifestyle and promote the environment, each competing team chose to walk, run or cycle the furthest distance possible. In total, participants covered 207,075km, which corresponds to five laps around the world.

The challenge involved teaming up with colleagues and friends – three to eight members per team – and exercising outdoors, to accumulate as many kilometres (and points) as possible on the GoXM App. Coimbra Trail Running, the victorious team, from Iberia, achieved the highest average of accumulated points at a European level, winning the coveted trip to Costa Rica, one of the most eco-friendly countries on Earth. Top scoring teams at a regional level (seven regions in total) won sports watches (1st) and sports gi-vouchers (2nd).


Discovery also created to the GoXM Forest program. This eco-efficient office paper brands is commited to planting a tree for every 100 kilometres covered by contestants across Europe. It’s easy to do the math : for the 200,000 km covered, 2,000 trees will be planted in Água Alva, in southern Portugal, including oaks, cork oaks, eucalyptus and strawberry trees.
“In this sense, the winners were not the only ones worthy of applause. Each of the participants achieved the challenge’s mission to “Go Further Go Greener” and all are to be congratulated”, says Discovery’s Brand Manager, Márcia Loonstra das Neves.
This European-wide campaign exceeded the brand’s expectations by motivating its community to enjoy a healthier lifestyle and gain a greater awareness of sustainability issues.

Regional Winners
The 29 countries involved in the challenge were grouped into seven regions. First and second-best teams of each region win great prizes !

Central Europe

  • 1st Viribus Unitis
  • 2nd Run for the Forest Run

France

  • 1st The warriors
  • 2nd Antalis Bordeaux

Germany

  • 1st JRopes
  • 2nd Costa Chichas

Iberia

  • 1st Club Triatlón Las Rozas 1
  • 2nd 1Ananas1bananas

Italy

  • 1st Gazzelle
  • 2nd Frescoteam

Northern Europe

  • 1st Staples Belgium 1
  • 2nd Staples Belgium

United Kingdom

  • 1st Sponge Bobs square pants
  • 2nd Spicers Marketing
2018-02-06  READ MORE...
BillerudKorsnäs adopts science based climate impact targets

As one of the forerunners in the global packaging industry, BillerudKorsnäs has received approval for its climate goals by the Science Based Targets initiative. The initiative was initiated by the UN, WWF and the World Resources Institute, aiming at assisting the world’s companies to adopt climate targets in accordance with United Nations Paris Agreement.

Already today BillerudKorsnäs is largely fossil-free with 97.5 percent biofuels used in the own operation. In order to further contribute to reducing climate change, BillerudKorsnäs has adopted new climate targets for 2030 and 2050, which now has been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. The approved targets, which are in line with what is required for global warming not to exceed two degrees, are to :

1. by 2030 reduce direct greenhouse gas emissions from own operations and indirect emissions from purchased energy by at least 59 percent compared to 2016 levels. By 2050, the corresponding emissions should be at least 74 percent lower.

2. by 2030 reduce indirect greenhouse gas emissions from purchases of goods and services (eg transports) by at least 30 percent compared to 2016 levels. By 2050, the corresponding emissions should be at least 70 percent lower.

”The Paris Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goal 13 "Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts" sends a clear signal to rapidly develop new resource-efficient solutions and replace fossil based with renewable ones. We, as one of the first players in our industry, are therefore very proud to present new climate targets. BillerudKorsnäs and the forest based industry play a key role in the transition to a biobased and sustainable society, not least by offering renewable alternatives to fossil based packaging materials," said Henrik Essén, Senior Vice President Communication and Sustainability at BillerudKorsnäs.

“We congratulate BillerudKorsnäs for having their emission reduction targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative. By setting targets that are aligned with the rate of decarbonization needed to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, BillerudKorsnäs is demonstrating its business leadership and positioning itself for success in the low-carbon economy,” said Alberto Carrillo Pineda, Director, Climate Initiatives at CDP ‎and member of the Science Based Targets initiative steering committee.

2018-02-06  READ MORE...
Lecta Revamps Its Corporate Website

An updated, intuitive design for an improved user experience.

In line with Lecta’s commitment to continuous improvement, and in response to our customers’ feedback, Lecta has revamped several sections of our site to provide an improved experience for our stakeholders. 

With cleaner lines, streamlined navigation and a clearer, easy-to-use structure, we are excited to share our new online presence with you. 

You can also find our new corporate video on our Mission, Vision and Values page. The video offers an overview of Lecta’s full multiproduct portfolio, from manufacturing to end use, present in so many different industries and markets.

2018-02-05  READ MORE...
UPM studies opportunities for developing its biofuels business by starting an environmental impact assessment in Kotka, Finland

UPM is studying biofuels development opportunities by starting an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for a possible biorefinery in Mussalo, Kotka, in south-eastern Finland. The study of a possible Kotka Biorefinery is in the very early stages and the EIA process normally takes approximately one year.

EU and national policies on biofuels will also play an important role in the final assessment of the possible investment.

The EIA study states that the proposed second UPM biorefinery would use a different raw material base and technology than in the current UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery. The Kotka Biorefinery would produce approximately 500,000 tonnes of advanced biofuels for transportation, made from several renewable and sustainable feedstocks. 

"We are looking into the use of several new feedstocks that fulfil sustainability criteria, such as wood residues and other sustainable wastes and residues. In addition to this in Uruguay we are testing a winter cropping concept with Brassica carinata for biofuels’ raw material. Oil from turnip rape-related carinata would be one of the possible raw materials for the Kotka Biorefinery," says Petri Kukkonen, Vice President of UPM Biofuels Development.

The environmental impact assessment started by UPM in February is a legal preventive environmental policy procedure. EIA studies the execution of alternatives, environmental impacts and the possibility of minimising harmful impacts - as well as the opinions of various stakeholders on all these areas.

2018-02-05  READ MORE...
Iggesund UK renews its finishing area with Pasaban machinery

The two KB2300 board sheeters will contribute to the British plant to continue offering a high-quality product alongside impeccable service. 

Iggesund, an important Swedish group and a benchmark in the board mills on a global scale, produces two of the highest quality paperboard products in the market. In their Workington (UK) plant they make “Incada” folding box board. The brand is used for packaging in sectors with high quality requirements, such as the food, cosmetics, electronics and the pharmaceutical. 

The factory’s finishing area is one of the fundamental areas of its production process. For 20 years, they have entrusted Pasaban with the supply and service of some of their paperboard cutting machines, this way offering them a total solution. 

In the Workington Mill, Iggesund already has a KDD-2600 board sheeter which, together with an old Jagenberg and a Pasaban board winder, they have been some of the key machines in the paperboard finishing area. However, they are currently immersed in a machinery renewal process for which they have once again trusted in Pasaban. We will substitute the old equipment for two KB-2300 sheeters with highly automated rotary unwind stands able to process 170 to 400 gsm folding box board (FBB). 

We are proud to be able to continue to satisfy our customer needs and to continue being a benchmark in the market. In this case being a part of the manufacturing process of ’Incada’ and ’Ivercote’ FBB.

2018-02-05  READ MORE...
IIOT : the Allimand Group in the active reflection phase and is considering a real investment strategy in automation

With the advent of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), connected objects are starting to make their way into the industry, and corollary of this expansion, connected maintenance. The Allimand Group is reflecting on the subject. "In the last few years, our Group has initiated a concept of preventive maintenance, aimed at defining the number of operating hours of a part and potentially the need to change it. These services are now managed by the Allimand Services department", explains Gilles Turrel, Allimand’s Automation Manager.
Automation is currently moving towards industrial computing. Maintenance and monitoring are not limited to the analysis of data ; the goal is to provide users with features to facilitate their tasks. Why not move in the medium term, to the preventive maintenance of a speciality machine via connected sensors that will trace the information such as temperature, pressure or level of wear of a part of the machine...?
"When we are able to consolidate this data which is currently capitalized by the Allimand Group’s start-up and maintenance technical teams - field data and data provided by the machine control systems - we will then be able to analyze them, define operating matrices, interact on this data remotely and make maintenance predictions" says Gilles Turrel.
Today, the Allimand Group is considering a real investment strategy in automation, in order to be able to collect data from remote machines via an advanced digital infrastructure. "It’s about moving towards Industry 5.0, production-oriented, in order to collect information to a data acquisition system on a server with careful data analysis" argues Franck Rettmeyer, Allimand Group CEO. The goal is to be able to interact on this data remotely and to be able to adapt the paper machines accordingly. In addition to digitization, Franck Rettmeyer also puts the related data security issues into perspective, in order to guard against potential cyber-attacks, given the increasing connectivity of equipment

2018-02-02  READ MORE...
FEFCO/CCB Revision of the Reel Identification and Finishing Guidelines

FEFCO together with Cepi ContainerBoard (CCB) have released the second edition of the Reel Identification and Finishing Guidelines, available on their websites :

The document is the result of collaboration between Paper, Board and Core manufacturers with the objective to optimise the production process and reduce waste.

The standard refines a uniform bar code to provide consistency between the coding and improves the understanding about the labelling of the reels.

The recommendations cover, among others, requirements for moisture details on reel labels, the marking of paper joins on reel ends, new dimensions for standard core sizes, positioning of paper maker joins and reel tension, etc.

Angelika Christ, FEFCO Secretary General, says “This successful revision is the result of the good cooperation between the associations and the commitment of the technical experts, marking another step forward to improving performance”.

Klaus Spielmann, CCB Managing Director, says “Through this revised guidelines FEFCO and CCB are providing a document detailing best practice for the handling and mounting of reels”.

2018-02-02  READ MORE...
Buckman ANNOUNCES GLOBAL PRICE INCREASE EFFECTIVE MARCH 1

Buckman is announcing a global price adjustment on select pulp and paper product lines effective March 1, 2018, or as contracts allow. The price increase will be 10 to 25 percent, dependent on geographic location and products and services sold. In some areas increases may be higher where exchange-rate-based adjustments are necessary.

These price adjustments are being driven by the rising cost of raw materials, energy and transportation.

2018-02-01  READ MORE...
FPInnovations and Resolute Forest Products Announce Investment in Pilot Project in Ontario to Produce Bio-Chemicals Derived from Wood

FPInnovations and Resolute Forest Products have announced a significant investment in the implementation of a TMP-Bio pilot project in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The pilot project will focus on developing new ways to efficiently produce and commercialize innovative bio-chemicals derived from wood, contributing to the development of a bio-economy in Northern Ontario, as well as elsewhere in Canada.

The $21 million project is part of an initiative to renew and transform the forest products industry, building on investments made in 2012 by Resolute, the Ontario Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE), and Natural Resources Canada. This investment covers cost of capital and R&D and has the support of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), CRIBE, FedNor, the City of Thunder Bay CEDC and Natural Resources Canada.

Resolute is contributing $3.5 million and hosting the pilot project at its Thunder Bay pulp and paper mill. TMP-Bio is a patented technology developed by FPInnovations with financial support from Natural Resources Canada’s Transformative Technologies Program.

This project comes at a very opportune time as market interest for sustainably sourced green bio-chemicals and bio-fuels continues to build. The development and availability in significant quantities of bio-sourced chemicals, such as the cellulosic sugars and high-quality H-lignin produced by the TMP-Bio process, is a key step in growing new market value for the forest products sector by connecting it to the bio-chemical supply chain.

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Resolute Announces Appointment of Yves Laflamme as President and CEO, Succeeding Richard Garneau

Resolute Forest Products Inc. today announced the selection and appointment of Yves Laflamme as Resolute’s new president and chief executive officer, and a member of the Board of Directors, succeeding Richard Garneau. The announcement of Mr. Garneau’s retirement today coincides with the announcement of the company’s fourth quarter and 2017 annual results.

"The Resolute Board of Directors enthusiastically supports Yves Laflamme’s selection, recognizing his good judgment and strong business acumen. Yves has a strong reputation in the industry, a well-refined focus on costs, and built teams that consistently deliver results. There is no better person to lead Resolute into the future," stated Bradley P. Martin, chairman of the Board of Directors. "The choice of an internal candidate to succeed Richard Garneau is a credit to the internal talent developed by the company. Yves’ appointment is also a reaffirmation of our strategic direction."

Under Mr. Garneau’s leadership, Resolute established a competitive cost structure and diversified asset base, a conservative capital structure and a sustainable business strategy. His unwavering commitment to a safe workplace and environmental stewardship has earned North American and global recognition.

In expressing its appreciation to Mr. Garneau, the Board of Directors recognize his dedication, strength of purpose and personal integrity. "Resolute is a stronger, more dynamic and far more sustainable company today following Richard’s seven-year tenure as president and CEO," added Mr. Martin. "Richard personified courageous leadership, not only tackling complex issues but also challenging the status quo. Richard above all else is a man of his word, and Resolute in turn reflects this transparency and integrity. His principled leadership and insistence on truly sustainable outcomes have set the foundation for shared prosperity."

"I am honored to now lead Resolute as we take our next steps, further defining our collective future. We will build on the positive momentum, and continue to make Resolute a profitable and sustainable company," stated Yves Laflamme. "Richard led by example, exemplified principled leadership, and built upon his knowledge with a commitment to life-long learning. We are very pleased that Richard has agreed to stay on in an advisory capacity working with me on specific mandates."

Mr. Laflamme currently serves as senior vice president, Wood Products, Global Procurement and Information Technology for Resolute. He is a 37-year veteran of the industry, as well as Resolute and its predecessor companies. Mr. Laflamme began his career in Finance working at Donohue Inc.’s Saint-Félicien integrated pulp mill and wood products operations in 1981, and moved on to serve as controller for the company’s integrated newsprint and wood products facilities in the Abitibi region of Quebec. Over the past 15 years, he held a series of successive roles as vice president and senior vice president, covering the overall wood products business, including both Operations and Sales, as well as the company’s former Recycling business. Over the past several years, Mr. Laflamme expanded his scope to also include a wide range of corporate support functions, including IT and Global Procurement, among others. In addition, he led a number of important mandates for the company, including M&A activity and enterprise resource planning (ERP), and has represented Resolute in major negotiations with governments. Mr. Laflamme currently serves as chairman of Resolute-LP Engineered Wood joint ventures, a Board member of Toundra Greenhouse, an Executive team member of the Quebec Forest Industry Council, and is a past chairman of the Canadian Wood Council. He is a CPA (CMA), after pursuing his university education in administration and finance.

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