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Glatfelter celebrates the grand opening of its State-of-the-Art airlaid facility in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Today, Glatfelter held the grand opening of its state-of-the-art airlaid facility in Fort Smith, Arkansas which began operations earlier this year.

This is Glatfelter’s first newly-constructed facility and Advanced Airlaid Materials’ first facility located within the United States. It is the Company’s third airlaid facility in total, and complements its facilities in Gatineau, Canada and Falkenhagen, Germany. The additional 22,000 short tons of production capacity increases the Company’s total global airlaid materials capacity to approximately 129,000 short tons, making Glatfelter the largest producer of airlaid materials in the world.

Glatfelter’s airlaid materials are found in a wide range of personal care products, including feminine hygiene and adult incontinence products, specialty wipes, tabletop, and homecare applications. The Fort Smith facility primarily supplies material to the specialty wipes market.

“We are excited to bring this new capacity and capabilities to our customers serving the growing North American market,” said Dante C. Parrini, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

“I am grateful for the support of the community and impressed with the caliber of workforce we have been able to attract from the Fort Smith area, which has allowed us to open the facility on-time and produce high-quality products from the outset.”
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson joined local and Company leaders for today’s grand opening celebration. During the program, Chris Astley, Senior Vice President & Business Unit President, Advanced Airlaid Materials, remarked, “as we celebrate the Fort Smith grand opening, we recognize the many partners who have made it possible : state and local officials, customers, suppliers, and Glatfelter PEOPLE. The completion of this multi-year, $90 million project was nothing short of an outstanding team effort. We are grateful for the support of the community and expect the new operation will contribute to the long-term growth of both Glatfelter and Fort Smith.”

2018-06-18  READ MORE...
International Paper And World Wildlife Fund Collaborate To Develop Science-Based Targets For Forests And Advance Forest Restoration In Brazil

Through a new collaboration between World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and International Paper, research will be undertaken to help answer the question of the quantity and quality of forestland needed for the planet to thrive. The outputs of this work will be used to help create the world’s first regional and global science-based targets for forests, as well as the first comprehensive set of guidance on actions that can be taken to sustain the world’s forests. Such ’forest positive’ actions include investing in responsible forest management, supporting forest conservation, restoring forestland, and raising awareness about the importance of forests with consumers.

"Our entire business depends on the sustainability of forests," said Sophie Beckham, IP Senior Manager of Natural Capital Stewardship. "We are excited to build on our participation in WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network program through a significant and strategic initiative to advance conservation and restoration actions in forest ecosystems beyond our existing fiber supply chains."

In addition to delivering on the UN Sustainable Development Goals at the global level, the collaboration also will bring one local action to life—investing in a new ambitious restoration project in the Mogi Guaçu river basin of the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. IP has operations and is already investing in restoration in this region, work that will ideally inspire other organizations to invest in forest restoration in Brazil and beyond.

"IP’s investment and leadership will drive and deliver a better understanding of what forests need to stay well above their ecological tipping points," said Kerry Cesareo, vice president for forests at World Wildlife Fund. "Given the large scale and fast pace of forest loss and degradation globally, bold and inspiring actions like this within the private sector are needed to sustain forests."

Through this expanded collaboration, IP demonstrates that investing in the long-term sustainability of natural capital makes economic sense. As a company that transforms renewable resources into fiber-based products that people depend on every day, IP will continue to promote responsible forest stewardship, both within and beyond its supply chains, to ensure healthy and productive forest ecosystems for generations to come.

2018-06-18  READ MORE...
Toscotec to supply a dryer section rebuild to Papertech PM1 in Tudela Mill, Spain.

Toscotec was selected to rebuild the dryer section of Papertech PM 1 at Tudela mill, Spain. The customer has recognized Toscotec is the right partner to provide the best technology available in the drying process and to accomplish the company targets.

The ambitious aim of the project is to improve the actual gross production, by overcoming several constraints by intelligently applying Toscotec’s Steel Dryer technology and its features. The base project goals were : increasing the production, by maintaining the same length of dryer section, and drying a wider paper sheet with the same dryer face length.

The scope of supply will be on a turnkey basis, confirming once more the consolidated skill of Toscotec to manage complex projects and coordinate all the involved parties.

With this achievement, Toscotec will strengthen its reputation for being an all-round partner for Paper and Board manufacturers.

A key factor of the dryer section modification is to replace completely the last four sections with TT SteelDryer technology, thus resulting in 20 new TT SteelDryers with increased diameter and drying face width. The scope of supply also includes TT AirTail, an advanced rope-less tail threading system, specifically designed for low speed and high basis weight.

Toscotec’s service specialists will provide erection, supervision, commissioning and start-up assistance.

Delivery is forecast within the end of 2018, with start-up at beginning of 2019.

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Metso receives major valve orders for more than 8,000 valves in China

Metso has received two valve orders totaling 8,200 valves from major pulp and paper customers in China. The orders are booked in Metso’s first quarter 2018 orders received.

"We have strong pulp and paper industry expertise and flow control solutions optimized for our customers’ process needs. We are honored to be the trusted provider for reliable solutions and further, enable efficiency and accuracy. For our customers, only world-class flow control is good enough," says Tan HangPheng, VP for Sales in the Valves China market area at Metso.

Metso will supply Neles® ball valves, globe valves, and segment valves, as well as Neldisc® butterfly valves for on-off duty and control applications. The control valves are equipped with Neles® ND9000 series valve controllers, which have the capability for advanced performance follow-up and enable the planning of predictive maintenance activities.

The total value of the orders and the company names are not being disclosed.

Performance excellence realized as extensive installed base

Metso is the market leader in control and on-off valves for pulp and paper customers globally as well as one of the leading suppliers of intelligent valve controllers. The offering is complemented by comprehensive value-added services that improve customers’ process efficiency.

Metso has a long track record of delivering engineered performance and reliability to the pulp and paper industry as well as an extensive installed base globally. Broadly covering China’s mid- and high-end customers in the industry, Metso has established a strong presence in this important market area.

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Valmet launches a digital collaboration space - Valmet Customer Portal


Valmet is launching a unique digital space for continuous collaboration and real-time sharing of information with customers. The Valmet Customer Portal is a collaboration space that brings Valmet’s expertise and online services into one platform to make working together with customers easier and more transparent than ever before.

The Valmet Customer Portal allows customers and Valmet’s experts to collaborate, share information and innovate together in real time. The online services, functionalities and usability of the portal have been developed together with customers to provide useful, personalized content.

"We have developed the portal in close cooperation with our customers from the very beginning. It is a collaboration space that truly responds to our customers’ needs and brings a totally new dimension to our co-operation," says Petri Lakka, Vice President, Services Development at Valmet.

Based on a long-term relationship and the importance of strengthening our cooperation, Klabin S.A. has been one of the customers participating in the development and piloting phase of the portal. "We are really interested to take part in projects like this where modern technology supports daily collaboration between the experts. Today, the efficient information sharing, the smart usage of operational data and the common target settings are at the core of successful cooperation already. We expect that the portal will not only support us in these areas, but brings possibilities for further innovation as well. We have high expectations for the functionalities in practice," say Sadi Oliveira, Mill Director and Leandro Laube, Mill Maintenance Manager from Klabin Ortigueira Mill.

Content of the portal

The content in the Valmet Customer Portal is personalized according to each user’s profile and interests. Valmet is developing a total of nine services modules for the portal to support cooperation with customers - starting from the sales phase, through project deliveries, and all the way to daily reliability and performance services. The launch starts with the first four modules : 

Expert Fastlane helps customers to easily find answers to their issues and questions. Valmet’s experts are always close to customers and easily accessible also through the portal.

Opportunities lets customers see the status of their development plan - the Shared Roadmap - with defined actions. The results of the actions can be monitored, and lessons learned and related new ideas can be shared.

Learning gives customers the opportunity to build their teams’ capabilities and competences.

The Operations Panel is the customer’s view to Valmet’s Industrial Internet applications and services. Through dashboard views, customers can easily get the right information to monitor their operational KPIs and the progress of their business targets.

2018-06-18  READ MORE...
PMP to provide core technological items to JSC Mayak, Russia!

At the beginning of 2018, PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) signed two contracts with JSC Mayak (Russia), for a delivery of Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox and Intelli-Sizer® puddle size press. Both items will be implemented at MP2 located in Penza, Russia.

The investment on PM2 rebuild, will allow JSC Mayak to produce high performance products (fluting, testliner made of 100% OCC) that will be converted into packaging boxes for various industrial use. At the same time the investment will rise company’s competitiveness at Russian P&P Market to a higher level. 

The main goal of the project is to bring the new quality of production process and final product. A new PM2 will perform at the operating speed of 450 m/min with the reel trim of 2900 mm.

PMP will deliver a state-of the-art, 4 channel Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox will bring excellent formation and production flexibility (basis weight range of 80-220 gsm). PMP’s Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox technology has become an iconic solution in the Pulp & Paper industry.

PMP’s scope of supply also includes Intelli-Sizer® puddle size press, with maximum nip pressure of 60 kN/m, to improve sheet quality and increase web tensile strength. Intelli-Sizer® will be equipped with air-turn system, which will significantly improve PM’s runnability. In addition, PMP will cover erection supervision, start-up and commissioning assistance, as well as operation and maintenance trainings.

The delivery, installation, and start-up for both items are scheduled for the 1st quarter of 2019.

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ANDRITZ achieves remarkable results for premium tissue at its PrimeLineTIAC


The ANDRITZ PrimeLine Tissue Innovation and Application Center (PrimeLineTIAC) in Graz, Austria, has developed very successfully since its official launch in March 2018. Many international and renowned customers from the pulp and paper industry as well as from research laboratories and universities have visited the world’s most modern research center for tissue°– with the focus on trials and test runs, for example to optimize fibers for a specific product, improve product qualities, increase dryness, and reduce energy consumption, in order to develop new products and processes in the tissue sector. ANDRITZ has also carried out several R&D projects and achieved remarkable results.

PrimeLineTIAC – THE BIRTHPLACE OF NEW PRODUCTS
Since the plant was started up, the pilot facility has been operating with conventional tissue grades. New ANDRITZ products such as the latest shoe press technology, PrimePress XT Evo, have been developed successfully, and existing products and technologies, like the ANDRITZ Vertical CrescentFormer (VRT), have been optimized. The Vertical CrescentFormer produces conventional tissue grades with lower energy consumption and better sheet quality.

At the beginning of 2018, the PrimeLineTIAC pilot plant was reconfigured to operate in textured mode. Now, just a few months later, ANDRITZ is able to present remarkable results in this field that clearly surpass the results of similar technologies on the market. Furthermore, the first customers have conducted successful trials to improve TAD operations. Within the next few months, internal R&D trials at ANDRITZ will concentrate on different configurations and developments for the production of textured and structured tissue, with the focus on reducing investment and operating costs.

“Our PrimeLineTIAC enables us to operate independently of third-party intellectual property and/or R&D facilities. It also ensures that we can use ANDRITZ technologies globally without any restrictions. These are very important advantages for our customers and ourselves,” says Klaus Blechinger, VP and Head of the ANDRITZ Tissue Product Group.

With its new PrimeLineTIAC, international technology group ANDRITZ offers utmost flexibility to customers and other stakeholders by covering all tissue grades required by the market. The pilot plant features various configurations for the production of conventional, textured, and structured (TAD) tissue. It is available to tissue producers and suppliers, research and development companies, universities, and also for ANDRITZ’s own R&D activities.


Metris PrimeControl E – THE DIGITAL IIOT SOLUTION FOR TISSUE
To optimize and monitor the R&D activities and trials, as well as to develop new, pioneering solutions for OPP (Optimization of Process Performance), ANDRITZ has installed its own Metris PrimeControl E hardware and software at the PrimeLineTIAC. It is used to monitor and control the different pilot machine configurations as well as the stock preparation and includes alarm management, advanced reporting, drive systems, quality control systems, and remote support. Special condition monitoring equipment and features identify imminent faults or malfunctions in the machinery, and the relevant information is visualized directly at the production line with the aid of augmented reality. Reports on energy and resource efficiency capabilities are available to monitor and optimize consumption of energy and other resources. Metris PrimeControl E is available for every ANDRITZ tissue machine supplied.

The PrimeLineTIAC is sponsored by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG as part of its R&D infrastructure promotion program.

2018-06-15  READ MORE...
ANDRITZ to reconfigure TMP bleach plant for Kruger Trois-Rivières


ANDRITZ has received an order from Kruger’s Trois-Rivières Mill, located in Québec, Canada, for a major reconfiguration of their TMP (thermo-mechanical pulp) peroxide bleach plant. Start-up is scheduled for the final quarter of 2018.

The scope of supply includes :
• Delivery of new ANDRITZ components : HC mixer, HC bleach tower discharge system, two MC pumps
• One reconditioned pulp screw press
• Upgrade of two existing twin wire presses to achieve a higher production rate
• Modification of one existing ANDRITZ twin wire press to move the drive to the other side
• Basic engineering, erection supervision, as well as commissioning and start-up assistance are also part of the ANDRITZ scope.

Kruger decided to place this order with ANDRITZ because of the longstanding excellent business relationship between the two companies, ANDRITZ’s full process capabilities, and its flexibility to use new as well as used and rebuilt components.

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French pulp vendors hold congress in Divonne-les-Bains

For the 5th edition of its annual reunion, the AFVP (Association Française des Vendeurs de Pâtes), currently chaired by Catherine Valet of Fibria/Suzano, has invited its members and clients to hold congress today in Divonne-les-Bains, near Geneva.
The present context of shortage on the global pulp market makes this kind of gathering even more important for suppliers and users, the latter being anxious to have a better visibility of the trends in price and capacities.
On that topic, the presentation of Pierre Bach, Research Manager at the consulting firm Hawkins Wright, is highly expected.
The recycled fiber is also a major concern. The French company PAPREC, leader in recycling solutions, will address the audience on that specific issue.
A networking session and a gala dinner in the beautiful gardens of Domaine de Divonne will close the event.

2018-06-14  READ MORE...
Lecta Commits to Solar Energy at Its Condat Le Lardin-Saint-Lazare mill


The new solar thermal power plant will be the largest in France.

In keeping with its commitment to the environment and increased energy efficiency, Lecta has announced an innovative renewable energy project to harness solar radiation for thermal power to be used in manufacturing processes at its Condat Le Lardin-Saint-Lazare mill. 

With the help of an expert specialized in the installation of thermal power plants for the paper industry, starting this fall Lecta will have a thermal solar power plant at the mill with a capacity of 3.4 MWth. Its total surface area will be 1.4 hectares, with 45,434 square feet of solar panels deployed on the surrounding land and an ability to provide around 3,900 MW/year of energy. Panels with solar trackers, mechanical devices that orient the collectors, will follow the position of the sun during the day and convert the sun’s rays into thermal energy that will be sent to the mill as hot water. 

Given the environmental benefits, including reduced gas consumption and CO2 emissions, as well as increasing the value of undeveloped land, job creation and, most importantly, promoting renewable energy in the New Aquitaine region with what will be the largest thermal solar power plant in France, the project has received the support of ADEME (French Agency for the Environment and Energy Management), which is financing 65% of the costs. 

After the completion of the initial phase, which included its presentation to the local administration and securing the required licenses, the land is now being prepared for construction within the expected timeframe, with completion initially anticipated for September of this year.

With this project at its French mill, Lecta consolidates its position as an environmentally responsible company committed to solar energy as a sustainable, renewable resource, supporting its innovative use in manufacturing processes. ​

2018-06-14  READ MORE...
Valmet to introduce an Industrial Internet tracking solution for LNG, gas and chemical containers


Valmet introduces a new ATEX certified tracking solution integrated into the Valmet DNA automation system for LNG, gas and chemical containers. The ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU covers equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. Better container management through centralized data management is a valuable tool in improving safety and protecting the environment in ports.

The new tracking solution complements the Valmet DNA Integrated Operations application launched in February 2018. This Industrial Internet solution was developed in cooperation with Yepzon, a location device and service provider. The latest 5G technologies for the solution will be supplied by Qualcomm.

"The new solution utilizes Valmet’s and Yepzon’s latest technologies by integrating data from different processes with GPS tracking and other information from a tracking device. An easily traceable identity will be created for each container, and container location and status can be monitored online. Together with the Valmet DNA Integrated Operations solution, the device enables, for example, loading operations at terminals without expensive local systems," says Jani Hautaluoma, Director, Process Automation, Valmet.

Online location and sensor data improves logistics

The new ATEX certified 5G tracking solution will be part of Valmet’s service offering for container and data management linked with the Valmet DNA automation system. It provides the user with a continuous flow of accurate real-time location data and other sensor data, for example, about collision, temperature and air humidity. Its predictive features bring significant added value for logistics planning. In addition to cost benefits, the solution improves haulage protection and safety.

The solution has been developed on the basis of Valmet and Yepzon’s successful pilot project that showed a need for developing tracking solutions. To date, the industries have used traditional techniques such as RFID (radio frequency identification).

"This project developed together with Valmet creates a solid basis for expanding Yepzon’s services even further for the oil and gas markets and other industries," says Otto Linna, Founder of Yepzon.

2018-06-14  READ MORE...
Major Paper Companies Responsible for Climate Emissions & Deforestation - New Report

Office Depot, Penguin Random House and Japanese office supply giant Askul are among the companies called out for not living up to corporate promises in a new report released by Rainforest Action Network (RAN).

The pulp and paper industry is a significant driver of deforestation and climate emissions globally, and many major end-users of pulp and paper products have adopted corporate policies to cut out deforestation and human rights abuses in their supply chain. Still, RAN’s new report finds that, despite these promises, in many cases conditions on the ground show little change.

“Around the world, communities have lost and continue to lose their lands and forests to existing plantations and plantation expansion. Basic human rights are not being respected, intact forests are being felled, and carbon-rich peatlands are still burning,” said Brihannala Morgan, Senior Campaigner with Rainforest Action Network (RAN). “Companies are not meeting their promises, and the world’s forests and forest-dependent communities are suffering the consequences.”

RAN found that, while several companies are taking active steps to ensure that their policies are creating real change on the ground, many companies are moving slowly in turning their policy promises into real change on the ground.

Companies like Scholastic, LBrands, Macmillan and Hachette are leading the pack, while pulp and paper giants like Askul, Office Depot, and Penguin Random House need to take urgent action to show the marketplace that they are serious about their commitments. RAN used company surveys and reports to benchmark 13 key companies across several pulp and paper consumer sectors that have developed policies on pulp and paper sourcing.

Indonesia’s forests––with their globally significant biodiversity, importance for the climate, and consequence to local and Indigenous communities––have long been a focal point for global advocacy campaigns. Indonesia’s high deforestation rate, significant greenhouse gas emissions and human rights abuses are largely driven by the nation’s massive plantation sectors, including industrial pulpwood plantations.

2018-06-14  READ MORE...
The Board of BillerudKorsnäs has resolved on share repurchases

The Board of BillerudKorsnäs has resolved to exercise the authorization granted to it by the Annual General Meeting on 15 May 2018, regarding repurchase of own shares. At the time of this press release, BillerudKorsnäs has 1 184 191 own shares in treasury.

Repurchases may take place on one or more occasions during the period from 15 June 2018 until the next Annual General Meeting, up to a maximum amount of 335,000 shares. Repurchases shall be made on Nasdaq Stockholm at a price per share that is within the registered interval at any given time, i.e. the interval between the highest buying price and lowest selling price. Payment for the shares shall be made in cash.

The purpose of the repurchase is to secure future delivery of shares to the participants in BillerudKorsnäs’ long term share based incentive programs.

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö renews the EcoVadis Gold rating for its Corporate Social Responsibility performance

Ahlstrom-Munksjö, a global leader in fiber-based materials, has renewed its Gold rating level for the company’s sustainability management and performance for the second consecutive year from EcoVadis.

EcoVadis is one of the leading systems for evaluating suppliers’ environmental aspects, working conditions, social responsibility, and procurement practices. The EcoVadis method is based on internationally adopted principles for sustainability reporting, such as the Global Reporting Initiative, United Nations Global Compact and ISO 26000, and is audited by independent sustainability experts.

With a corporate social responsibility engagement level assessed as advanced, Ahlstrom-Munksjö is in the top 1% of suppliers assessed, regardless of their industry. Compared to the results from last year, progress was especially made within the dimension fair business practices as new policies, processes, and trainings for the combined company were finalized following the business combination last year.

"Our corporate responsibility performance is increasingly important to us and to our customers. This includes our operations and product portfolio as well as our social and environmental performance throughout the value chain. We use EcoVadis to meet our customers’ needs and support active cooperation with them to secure a more sustainable supply chain. Our rating allows us to communicate an independent view on our strong performance. I would like to thank all our stakeholders, both internal and external, who have contributed to the achievement,” says Sakari Ahdekivi, Deputy CEO and EVP Corporate Development.

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Iggesund Paperboard announces 150 redundancies

Iggesund Paperboard, a subsidiary within the Holmen group, is currently implementing efficiency measures to secure an efficient business and safeguard the long-term profitability of Iggesund Mill. The redundancies are part of an efficiency package aimed at improving production capacity and reducing costs.

Local negotiations with the affected employee organisations will now begin with a view to completing the cutback in personnel before the end of the year.

- We have a strong position in the global paperboard market, but we need to work proactively to maintain our competitiveness. With this in mind, we are preparing to increase production capacity by around 100 000 tonnes and will now also be conducting a review of the organisation in order to ensure efficient operations and long-term profitability at Iggesund Mill, says Daniel Peltonen, CEO of Iggesund Paperboard.

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ANDRITZ acquires Novimpianti, Italy


ANDRITZ has signed a contract for the acquisition of Novimpianti Drying Technology S.r.l., a company owned by Novigroup S.r.l. and based in Lucca, Italy. Novimpianti has approximately 40 employees and generates annual sales of approximately 10 million euros.

Novimpianti is a global supplier of engineered equipment and services for air and energy systems to the paper industry’s leading manufacturers. For ANDRITZ, the acquisition of Novimpianti further strengthens its product offerings in the field of air and energy systems, mainly for tissue and paperboard machines. “We are very excited about this complementary acquisition that extends the ANDRITZ market coverage and product range in Tissue and Paper,” says Michael Pichler, SVP and ANDRITZ Global Paper and Tissue Division Manager.

Novimpianti’s CEO, Pietro Saccomano, comments : “The ambitions of ANDRITZ to further grow in the tissue and paper business and their international position were decisive for the decision to hand over our company and know-how to them. The sale of Novimpianti will grant ANDRITZ continuous growth in the area of air and energy systems based on the solid foundation we have built during the past decades.”

2018-06-13  READ MORE...
Emtec Electronic GmbH at the Zellcheming-Expo in Frankfurt/Main

Also this year, emtec Electronic GmbH will attend the Zellcheming Expo in Frankfurt/Main in Germany. At exhibition booth no. G18 (hall 4.1) the company will present a variety of testing instruments by which the complete production process – from the wet end to the finished products – can be controlled and guided in the right direction, to get an efficient process and the best possible quality with the lowest possible costs. To meet steadily the changing demands and requirements in the paper and board industry, the focus is again on further developments and innovations.
The FPO Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online is an Online measurement device for the fully automatic determination of the Zeta Potential of fibers in paper and board machines with two independent sampling points. The data transfer is working by standard interface to the process control system. An optional data storage is possible on the Internet server, so that the measurement data can be seen with Internet access from all over the world.
The ACA Ash Content Analyzer enables the determination of the mineral filler content without combustion, that means without destruction of the samples, within seconds. Both, the total mineral filler content, as well as the individual filler components (e.g. calcium carbonate, kaolin/talcum, titanium dioxide, iron oxide) and their percentage distribution are given.

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BW Papersystems acquires QUESTEC technology

BW Papersystems, part of Barry-Wehmiller and a leading manufacturer for the corrugating, sheeting and paper-converting industries, has acquired the QUESTEC technology from Ph-QUESTEC, based in Germany. Adding this specialized, innovative rotary crosscutting technology—which serves the printing industry, and has special lightweight paper and film applications—will perfectly complement BW Papersystems’ already robust sheeting and paperconverting product and technology offerings. The transaction, Barry-Wehmiller’s 106th acquisition, became final June 1, 2018.
The talented team members associated with the QUESTEC technology will find a new home as part of BW Papersystems’ operations in Germany, contributing and sharing their valuable knowledge with the global team.
“We are excited about integrating the QUESTEC technology into our sheeting product line,” said Patrick Walczak, BW Papersystems Senior Vice President Sales, White and Blue Paper. “Not only does it provide opportunities to enhance our offerings for inline reel-fed printing, but it also helps us serve new markets, such as plastic film-cutting, cut-to-register applications for labels and other single-web specialty products.”
The unique QUESTEC technology successfully handles and cuts very thin web-based paper and film grades. For the inline-printing industry, as well as the specialized plastic-film industry, both the standalone and integrated QUESTEC crosscutting and contactfree sheet transport solutions provide precise, versatile production options.
“Our BW Papersystems product portfolio continues to get broader and more diverse,” said Neal McConnellogue, President of BW Papersystems. “But, I am even more grateful for the addition of the knowledge, talent and legacy of our new QUESTEC team members.”
Added Bob Chapman, Barry-Wehmiller Chairman and CEO : “I am excited to welcome our new team members and share our people-centric culture with them, as we continue to enhance and grow BW Papersystems’ offerings.”

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Composition of Ahlstrom-Munksjö's Nomination Board

Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s Nomination Board has been appointed. The Nomination Board comprises representatives of the three largest shareholders of the company and, in addition, two expert members : the Chairman of the Board of Directors and a person nominated by the Board of Directors. The following three persons have been appointed as representatives in the Nomination Board :

 Mikael Lilius (Ahlström Capital Oy)
 Alexander Ehrnrooth (Viknum AB and Belgrano Inversiones Oy)
 Mikko Mursula (Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company)

The Chairman of the Board of Directors Peter Seligson will, according to the charter of the Nomination Board, acts as an expert member of the Nomination Board. In addition, the Board of Directors has elected Elisabet Salander Björklund as the second expert member of the Nomination Board.

The Nomination Board has among its members elected Mikael Lilius as Chairman. The right to nominate the shareholder representatives lies with those three shareholders whose share of all the voting rights in the company is on May 31 preceding the next Annual General Meeting the largest on the basis of the shareholders’ register of Ahlstrom-Munksjö held by Euroclear Finland Ltd and the register of shareholders held by Euroclear Sweden AB.

The Nomination Board has been appointed by (1) Ahlström Capital, (2) Viknum AB and Belgrano Inversiones Oy (acting jointly, see below), and (3) llmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company.

Holdings by a group of shareholders, who have agreed to nominate a joint representative to the Nomination Board, are summed up when calculating the share of all the voting rights, provided that the shareholders in question present a joint written request to that effect together with a copy of such an agreement to the Chairman of the Board no later than on May 30 preceding the Annual General Meeting. Ahlstrom-Munksjö has been informed that such an agreement has been made by Viknum AB and Belgrano Inversiones Oy.

On May 31, 2018, the holding of Ahlström Capital (through fully owned subsidiary AC Invest Five B.V.) was 17,935,919 shares (18.6%), the combined holding of Viknun AB and Belgrano Inversiones Oy was 12,160,595 shares (12.6%), and the holding of Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company was 3,025,765 shares (3.14%).

The Nomination Board prepares proposals to the Annual General Meeting for the election and remuneration of the members of the Board of Directors and the remuneration of the members of the Board committees and the Nomination Board.

2018-06-12  READ MORE...
iT's Tissue 2018: key themes emerge in final countdown


It is less than two weeks before It’s Tissue, June 25-29, and the level and breadth of technical innovation to be witnessed in Italy’s tissue heartland is unprecedented, throughout the entire tissue value chain.
Key themes have emerged as the 12 network companies behind iT’s Tissue, leaders in their respective fields, have revealed some of the close-up experience visitors can expect. A digital revolution combined with energy-saving, output-maximizing performance is defining today’s smart factory. At the same time flexibility reigns supreme as technology enables a new level of response to customer demands in terms of quality and optimal solutions. Service is also in the spotlight, with several network members unveiling new customer support strategies.
Marco Dell’Osso, Executive Vice President of Tissue Italy, the network behind iT’s Tissue, said : “For a global audience, this is a unique opportunity to grasp the technology powering the most advanced solutions in the tissue sector. It is a chance to witness the building blocks of the most advanced integrated factory and to come face-to-face with the industry’s future. Above all the networking experience is unparalleled.”
It’s Tissue 2018 takes place 25-29 June 2018 in Lucca, Bologna, Lecco and Reggio Emilia in Italy. Tissue professionals from leading companies the world over are expected to witness game-changing technology from the 12 network companies, comprising : A Celli, Elettric80, Fabio Perini, Futura, Gambini, MTC, Omet, PCMC, Pulsar, Recard, TMC and Toscotec.
The main sponsor of the event is Rockwell Automation. The Gold sponsor is Henkel and Silver sponsor SKF.

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Olivier Tassel appointed as Centre Technique du Papier’s President

Olivier Tassel has succeeded François Vessière as the new President of Centre technique du papier (Paper Technical Center, in Grenoble, France). Olivier Tassel is the Managing Director of Gascogne “Packaging” Division. In his previous jobs within the French Paper industry, he has held management positions in Ahlstrom, Soporcel or Saica. He has also been President of Procelpac.

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ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT IS READY - A PUBLIC EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE IN JUNE

KaiCell Fibers Ltd’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been completed and the EIA-report has been submitted to the local authorities. The environmental impact assessment report prepared by consulting company Pöyry covers three project alternatives and so-called the zero option. The results of the impact assessment will be presented at a public event in Paltamo in June.

In the environmental impact assessment process, there have been three project alternatives where the production of bleached pulp is 500 000 – 600 000 tonnes per year and the volume of further processing of textile fiber from 100 000 tonnes to 400 000 tonnes per year. The company will submit an environment permit application later this year.

The options are intended to determine the potential impacts of production facilities. The progress of the project has been reported to local stakeholders, and the impact of the project has been discussed in different occasions from the point of view of the surrounding community.

"We are pleased with the dialogue we have already had with various parties during the EIA process. We have organized several meetings with different stakeholders to reach a comprehensive understanding of the project impacts and the attitudes of local residents toward the project. In this context, I would like to thank all those involved in the process - the dialogue has been active and constructive," says Jukka Kantola.

The most significant impacts are related to the economy. The societal impact of the project is approximately EUR 200 million per year, widely generating widespread prosperity especially in the Kainuu region. Process solutions and waste water treatment are based on the best available technology (BAT) to keep the environmental burden under control. There are currently almost 20 pulp mills in operation in Finland, therefore the process solutions are well known and there is a great deal of expertise related to those in Finland.
"KaiCell Fibers is a responsible actor that takes environmental protection needs into account. The plant is built to operate for decades and our only option is to fit it into the surrounding, beautiful natural scenery in Kainuu as well as possible", concludes Jukka Kantola.

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Valmet launches a new tool to monitor former dewatering


Valmet extends its quality control systems expertise to the paper and board machine forming section with the introduction of the Valmet IQ Dryness Measurement (IQ Dryness). Utilizing microwave technology, the IQ Dryness measures the water layer thickness on the web, which can be used to calculate the web dry content. As well as removing most of the water, the majority of paper properties are also developed in the forming section. The inclusion of IQ Dryness in Valmet’s paper quality control family opens new possibilities as it helps to close the information gap between the stock approach system and dry end quality sensors.

"Perhaps the biggest effect is the better management of dewatering. This has a great influence on the amount of the subsequent drying energy needed with potentially big cost savings in paper production. An increase of just 1% in dryness before the dryer can reduce the amount of energy needed to evaporate the excess water by approximately 4%," says Marko Toskala, Director, Quality Management Solutions, Valmet.

All grades and furnishes

Unlike other measurement technologies, Valmet IQ Dryness is not sensitive to conductivity which makes it suitable for use with all grades of paper and board. As well as energy savings with vacuum optimization ; quicker startups, faster grade changes, fewer breaks and improved break recovery are just a few of the benefits that continuous measurement of water removal makes possible.

Optimized dewatering not only improves bonding for multilayer board machines but can also reduce the problems of blow induced breaks caused by excess moisture in the middle layer entering the drying section. Additionally, the measurement facilitates the online monitoring fabric condition together with improved troubleshooting of pulsation, vibration and other quality destroying wet end problems. The sensor’s small size enables measurement in places inaccessible earlier.

Complete moisture management

This new sensor joins the Valmet IQ family of single point and scanning measurements to provide papermakers with a complete picture of MD and CD moisture from the forming and press sections, dryer and size press right up to the reel. Together with sophisticated moisture controls and an extensive range of actuators to control moisture levels and profiles, Valmet can close the loop to offer improved efficiency and runnability as well as better paper quality and printing properties.

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CMPC announces change in chief executive officer position

The Board of Directors of Empresas CMPC S.A., in the session held today, accepted the resignation presented as of this date by Mr. Hernán Rodríguez Wilson to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
During the session, the Board of Directors specially recognized Mr. Rodriguez’s successful work in the different functions he held in CMPC since he entered the Company in 1987, as well as his performance as Chief Executive Officer since 2011.
“Of course, we respect Hernán’s personal decision and sincerely thank his effort, professionalism and dedication to our Company during the 31 years he served in CMPC”, stated Luis Felipe Gazitúa, Chairman of Empresas CMPC.
During his time in CMPC, Hernán Rodríguez was part of the development process that resulted in an increase in the Company’s assets by 24 times. He participated in several studies, negotiations and investments that led the Co
mpany to have industrial operations in eight countries of Latin America, with more than 17,000 direct employees and relevant positions in the pulp, wood, packaging and tissue markets.
During his career at CMPC, he headed the Finance and Forestry divisions. As Chief Executive Officer, he was responsible of leading, among other initiatives, the development, construction and startup processes of the Guaíba II pulp mill in Brazil, the expansion of the tissue business and the implementation of a renewed sustainability and community relations policy. He also led the investigation and self-reporting process of CMPC’s acts against free competition, as well as the unprecedented restitution to Chilean consumers.
“This is a very personal and deeply thought decision in order to take on new challenges after so many years of personal development at CMPC. I deeply appreciate the opportunities granted to me by CMPC, its Board of Directors, sha
reholders and especially employees,” said Hernán Rodríguez.
Hernán Rodríguez will continue linked to the Controlling Group of Empresas CMPC as a representative in the Board of Directors of companies where the Group has a stake. As of this same date, the Board of Directors agreed to designate as new Chief Executive of Empresas CMPC S.A. Mr. Francisco Ruiz-Tagle Edwards, current Chief Executive Officer of the Pulp subsidiary. Mr. Ruiz-Tagle is a commercial engineer and has a long dated career in the Company, having held various executive positions both in Chile and abroad.
Both the resignation of Mr. Rodriguez and the appointment of Mr. Ruiz-Tagle, will be effective as of August 1, 2018.

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