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ANDRITZ starts up second tissue machine with 20-foot steel Yankee successfully at Guizhou Chitianhua, China


ANDRITZ has successfully started up the TM6 tissue machine delivered to Guizhou Chitianhua Paper Industry Co., Ltd. (Taison Group), Guizhou Province, China. The new PrimeLineST tissue machine, with a design speed of 2,000 m/min and a paper width of 5.6 meters, will produce high-quality facial wipes and toilet paper, as well as paper tissues based on bamboo furnish. This delivery follows the supply of TM5, which was started up successfully at Guizhou Chitianhua’s location in Chishui in September 2016.

Like the TM5, the TM6 is currently unique on the Asian market because it combines a high-performance Yankee with a steam-heated hood. The PrimeDry Steel Yankee is made entirely of steel, has a diameter of 20 feet, and hence is among the largest in the world. The combination of steam-heated hood and steel Yankee enables a high drying capacity and achieves remarkable cost savings compared to systems operated with gas because it uses steam. The steel Yankee’s evaporation rate is 15-20% higher than cast-iron models, which results in 8-10% better machine performance.

“The two high-speed tissue machines from ANDRITZ contribute to a substantial reduction in operating costs compared to traditional concepts due to their innovative, energy-saving solutions. Moreover, with the large steel Yankees we produce high-quality tissue paper at high speed from the mill’s own bamboo pulp,” says Wu Mingxi, President of the Taison Group.

The Yankee was manufactured at the ANDRITZ workshop in Foshan, Guandong Province, China, which offers customers state-of-the-art manufacturing, local field service, and quality management

2017-10-17  READ MORE...
Corrugated industry’s top players recognised at FEFCO’s Vienna with special awards

FEFCO, the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers, honoured some of the most innovative and exciting names in packaging with awards in Vienna on October 13.
FEFCO Production Committee, chaired by Marc Van Damme, issued eight awards at the end of the three-day Technical Seminar.
The most prestigious FEFCO award was for Best Innovation, and this year there were two gold winners :

  • BHS, for their new single facer Modul Facer MF-A. FEFCO jury said this offered, “a solution to the ever-increasing complexity on flute changes. The Modul Facer MF-A makes it possible to change flute positions in a very flexible way, without losing all the advantages of the traditional module facer.” BHS’s Thomas Murr collected the prize.
  • BOBST, for their introduction of the online gap control on bundled boxes. The FEFCO jury said Bobst, “was taking the request of our industry seriously to check the gap control on boxes after the counter ejector.” This could help the industry reach the goal of zero defect deliveries. Bobst’s Yves Bletterie picked up the award.
2017-10-17  READ MORE...
Kotkamills : Organization change in Consumer Boards Business

In order to intensify the sales of Folding Boxboards, Kotkamills Oy will change the organizational structure of the Consumer Boards business temporarily. Member of the Board of Kotkamills Oy, Mr. Niilo Pöyhönen, has been appointed Senior Vice President, Consumer Boards, being responsible for the Consumer Boards business, effective from October 10th, 2017. Mr. Pöyhönen reports to CEO of Kotkamills Oy, Mr. Markku Hämäläinen.

Mr. Kimmo Kohvakka, Director, Consumer Boards, will temporarily take the responsibility of management and development of sales of Folding Boxboard products.

Mr. Kohvakka and Mrs. Saila Kettunen, Director, Barrier Board, will report to Mr. Pöyhönen.

2017-10-16  READ MORE...
Smartly dressed in 100 percent Swedish paper

Wood becomes paper, which is turned into fabrics. By using knowledge and skills from classical Swedish industries, such as Nordic Paper, wood can be refined into locally produced textiles. This gives new business opportunities for the domestic industry in Sweden and creates opportunities for a more sustainable textile industry through a range of innovative solutions across branches.

In the provinces of Värmland, there are dense forests of spruce and pine trees. This Swedish forest raw material is processed and refined into paper by Nordic Papers. The unbleached and locally grown paper is then shipped to the textile cluster in the Sjuhärad region, where it is spun into threads at SKS Textile and then turned into fabrics via knitting machines at the Swedish School of Textiles in Borås. At the dyeing company Sjuhäradsbygdens Färgeri, the fabric is given a dark blue colour and is then turned into a flexible dress at Smart Textiles at the University of Borås.

This sounds almost like a fairy tale, but is actually a description of some of the results of the project ‘Establishing locally grown textiles in Sweden’ (Swedish : ENTIS) in BioInnovation, where a number of parties from the Swedish forestry, paper, and textile industry work together to achieve textile production of raw materials from the pulp industry.

“There are already textiles made of paper, but the unique thing about this project is that we have looked at the possibilities for recycling and challenge existing production and recycling techniques to achieve a circular flow. One of the greater challenges in the production of a paper fabric is to knit with the paper yarn instead of weaving with it, since paper is a relatively stiff material. It is also fun to see the collaboration of a project with parties from different branches, and I am also looking forward to see prototypes for interior purposes emerge in this project”, says Lena-Marie Jensen, team leader of ‘Design for recycling’ and project coordinator of the focus area Sustainable Textiles in Smart Textiles.

Paper – a durable and locally grown raw material

The need for textile fibres grows as the population of the earth increases (UN : 9.2 billion in 2050) and the general standard of living is higher. As people settle in cities and afford to consume more, the needs for sophisticated textiles also increase. This is why one finding of this project is that we need to take care of the raw material we have and reuse it. But there is also a need to supply new sustainable raw material that could be part of a circular flow.

- As paper producer we are proud of being part of the project. This is in line with what we do every day, working for bioeconomy. It there is a possibility to make clothes out of our paper, we are thrilled since clothes is something that everyone needs every day. This is a new and exciting way of using our paper compared to the more tradtional applications, such as sacks, bags and steel interleavingpaper, says Marie Stenquist, communication manager at Nordic Paper.

This project wants to highlight the importance of constantly investigating alternatives to cotton and synthetic fibres in order to get more resource efficient fibres, and how choices in the design process affect the product’s environmental performance. In order to solve the fibre needs of the future, we need a variety of solutions where paper could be one alternative to some products. Paper is also a bio-based material in our immediate surrounding and could be part of a closed cycle.

2017-10-16  READ MORE...
Xerium Introduces Maximus Press Felt Technology Portfolio - Engineered for Faster Start-up, Wider Operational Window and Extended Life

Xerium Technologies, Inc. a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services, recently introduced Maximus - a totally new portfolio of press felt technology for today’s most demanding press positions.

Maximus’ single-base structure design with lower fabric caliper delivers immediate start-up without the typical long break-in periods often required for conventional technology.

In addition, its innovative drainage channels and special warp-bound weave concept provide maximum dimensional stability and compaction resistance which ensures high-performance dewatering, longer running life and excellent end-product quality. Maximus technology is ideal for machines producing containerboard, packaging, and graphical paper grades.

“Maximus is already producing great operational results on the most demanding machines in the world,” said Bill Butterfield, EVP and CTO of Xerium. “We are delighted to see our customers experiencing tangible financial benefits from this new product portfolio with improved machine performance, enhanced operating range and overall lower cost-per-ton.”

2017-10-16  READ MORE...
Launch of Global Recycling Day website: new site showcases the Day’s mission to refocus the world’s awareness of recycling

The countdown has started to a new international awareness day taking place on 18 March 2018 which is dedicated to securing the future of the planet through recycling.

The initiative was officially kicked off at the Bureau of International Recycling’s (BIR) 2017 World Recycling Convention in New Delhi on 16 October 2017, with the switch-on of the Global Recycling Day website (globalrecyclingday.com) and launch of the Day’s social media channels Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn by Ranjit Baxi, President of the BIR – the global federation of the recycling industry.

The first ever Global Recycling Day will unite people across the world, highlighting the need to conserve our six primary resources (water, air, coal, oil, natural gas and minerals) and celebrating the power of the newly termed “Seventh Resource”- the goods we recycle every day. The new initiative is the brain child of Ranjit Baxi, who announced his vision for a day deciated to recycling at the inauguration of his Presidency at the BIR’s 2015 Dubai Convention.

Every year the Earth yields billions of tons of natural resources to create consumables. At some point, there could be nothing left. That is why the world must think again about what is thrown away – seeing not waste, but opportunity. This is the core message of the Day.

Global Recycling Day will be a day focused on action, aimed at a global approach towards recycling and calling on world leaders, international businesses, communities and individuals to make seven clear commitments in their approach to recycling.

2017-10-16  READ MORE...
Smurfit Kappa Mexico has invested US $62 million in a new machine which began operating recently in the Los Reyes Paper Mill, north of Mexico City.

The PM6 machine, which has a production capacity of 100,000 tons of recycled containerboard per year, will facilitate greater integration within the Group’s converting plants and significantly increase the energy efficiency of the Los Reyes plant.

The investment will enable Smurfit Kappa Mexico to produce high performance containerboard, contributing to the company’s competitiveness in an ever-growing packaging market. The type of material produced by PM6 further strengthens Smurfit Kappa’s offering for the agricultural and electrical appliance sectors, where protecting products in the supply chain is key.

PM6 is one of Smurfit Kappa´s largest investments in Mexico in recent years and an important milestone for the company. Investment in PM6, in addition to the US$33.2 million that has been already invested in the Mexican converting plant modernization project, demonstrates Smurfit Kappa’s long-term commitment to Mexico and consolidates SKG’s position as the leading supplier of paper-based packaging in the Americas.

2017-10-16  READ MORE...
Delfort will significantly expand its capacity for thin printing papers in OP papírna s.r.o, CZ

Delfort, the global innovation leader in the development, manufacturing and distribution of special and functional papers, announces an investment of more than 150 Million Euro into a new paper machine in its paper mill in Olšany, Czech Republic.

2017-10-13  READ MORE...
DS Smith Recycling appoints Managing Director of Italy, Spain and France

n September 2017, DS Smith Recycling appointed Federico Dossena to the role of Managing Director for Italy, Spain & France.

2017-10-13  READ MORE...
Tissue World Istanbul is returning at the Istanbul Congress Center from 4 – 6 September 2018

Tissue World Istanbul is set to take place at the Istanbul Congress Center (ICC), Turkey from 4 – 6 September 2018.

2017-10-13  READ MORE...
MIAC confirmed as the major European paper industry event

Lucca was once again a meeting place for paper, board and tissue professionals this week.

2017-10-13  READ MORE...
Two category wins for Iggesund​

Cartons made of paperboard from Iggesund Paperboard won two of the categories at the Carton Excellence Awards 2017.

2017-10-13  READ MORE...
Toscotec grows also in the Paper & Board sector

Toscotec has just announced an important expansion of the company’s structure of the Paper & Board division, with a new technical and commercial unit based in Orbassano, in the province of Turin, which fully integrates into the existing team.

2017-10-13  READ MORE...
Tissue World Istanbul is returning at the Istanbul Congress Center from 4 – 6 September 2018

Tissue World Istanbul is set to take place at the Istanbul Congress Center (ICC), Turkey from 4 – 6 September 2018.

2017-10-13  READ MORE...
3D printed conductive cellulosic structures

Ying Shao defended her doctoral thesis at University Grenoble Alpes prepared under the supervision of Davide Beneventi, CNRS Research Director, of Professor Didier Chaussy (Grenoble INP-Pagora / LGP2) and of Philippe Grosseau, Research Director (École des Mines, Saint-Étienne).

2017-10-13  READ MORE...
FORTRESS PAPER RESTARTS PRODUCTION AT ITS DISSOLVING PULP MILL

Fortress Paper Ltd. is pleased to announce that the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill (the "FSC Mill") restarted on October 6, 2017.

2017-10-12  READ MORE...
Cellwood Machinery : New pulper plant at Skellefteå biogas (Sweden)

A new pre-treatment plant based on Cellwood’s pulper process has been taken into operation at Skellefteå biogas (Sweden).

2017-10-12  READ MORE...
DS Smith announces new appointments to further strengthen German team

DS Smith Recycling has announced two new appointments to its German recycling business.

2017-10-12  READ MORE...
Synthron launches ACTIRON® DF 30 to optimize and improve paper pulp bleaching
Bleaching is a fundamental stage in the manufacturing process of paper making and requires a treatment producing a good degree of base whiteness, which is demanded by the paper-making industry.
2017-10-12  READ MORE...
Ontex announces investment for new production site in Poland

Ontex Group NV (“Ontex”) announced that it will further expand its personal hygiene business around the world through a new production plant to be built in Radomsko, Poland.

2017-10-11  READ MORE...
NEGOTIATIONS OVER PAPER INDUSTRY COLLECTIVE LABOUR AGREEMENT

Since the spring, the Finnish Forest Industries Federation (FFIF) and the Finnish Paper Workers’ Union have been negotiating over changes to the collective labour agreement.

2017-10-11  READ MORE...
TORRASPAPEL, S.A. MOVES ITS CORPORATE SEAT FROM BARCELONA TO MADRID

The Board of Directors of Torraspapel, S.A. has agreed to transfer its corporate seat from Barcelona to Madrid.

2017-10-10  READ MORE...
Kemira and Valmet partner for the development of industrial internet solutions for pulp and paper industry

Two global leaders, chemicals company Kemira and process technology, automation and services company Valmet, have signed a partnership agreement for the development of digitalized data-based applications and services for their customers in the pulp and paper industry.

“Kemira and Valmet are leading suppliers to the industry globally and both companies are also actively developing digital solutions. Ultimately, the goal is to improve the speed, quality, reliability, predictability and performance of our customers’ business. With these synergies, it makes great sense to join forces to create value and reshape business collaboration models,” says Antti Matula, Vice President of Product Lines and Business Development at Kemira.

"Through this cooperation and the companies’ complementary know-how, customers’ production process data can be integrated and optimized for the customers’ benefit. This provides superior performance for the customers instead of each actor operating independently," says Jari Almi, Director of Industrial Internet at Valmet.

2017-10-10  READ MORE...
Klabin supports sustainable practices through issue of green bonds abroad

Sustainability is in Klabin’s DNA, and to sustain its investments in these practices, the company recently (September 2017) raised funds in the international market through its first issue of green bonds amounting to around R$ 1.6 billion, maturing in 10 years. The company, which pioneered the adoption of sustainable practices, is a benchmark in sustainable development and its issue received the "High Standard" rating from consulting firm Sustainalytics. The offering drew significant investor interest, with demand exceeding the offer of green bonds sevenfold.

Sustainability governance at Klabin is strongly structured and functions on four key pillars : Sustainability Committee ; Sustainability Commission ; Sustainability and Communication Department ; and a working group on impacts of climate change, all with the mission to raise the level of transparency across the company and structure its actions.

Klabin has been, for three years, prominently featured in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an international organization that analyzes companies’ efforts to minimize and manage the environmental impacts of their operations. In 2016, it was elected "Sustainable Company of the Year" and the most sustainable company in the paper and pulp sector by Guia Exame de Sustentabilidade. Moreover, since 2014, it has been included in the portfolios of the Corporate Sustainability Index (ISE) and Carbon Efficient Index (ICO2) of the São Paulo Stock Exchange (BM&FBovespa).

2017-10-10  READ MORE...

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