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Beijing: Voith has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Shandong Huatai Paper Co., Ltd., one of the largest paper manufacturers in China.

logo voithThe signing of the agreement was witnessed by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her visit to China. Under the framework agreement, Huatai Paper and Voith will strengthen their cooperation in a number of areas in the next five years, including the upgrade of existing production lines, the expansion of R&D activities, and the implementation of Industrie 4.0, which will be supported by a total investment of RMB 840 million from Huatai (approx. €120 million).

Huatai Paper is the world’s largest newsprint manufacturer, operating six newsprint production lines with a total annual output of 1.8 million tons. The five-year partnership with Voith will involve improvement of five newsprint production lines and an increased capacity for the production of graphic paper and packaging paper, as well as the establishment of a joint R&D center focused on papermaking. Huatai will also work with Voith to adopt “Papermaking 4.0”, a concept modeled on Industrie 4.0 to achieve smart manufacturing in the papermaking process. Introduced by Voith, Papermaking 4.0 is well aligned with China’s efforts to upgrade and transform key manufacturing sectors, including paper, steel, and nonferrous metal, as outlined by the recently released “Made in China 2025” plan.

“Voith has long been a reliable supplier and partner for Huatai Paper. We are pleased to expand our partnership, which will facilitate our long-term development by addressing our top priorities, including transformation, R&D, the smart manufacturing,” said Jianhua Li, Chairman of the Board of Huatai Group, at the signing ceremony.

“As a global provider of technology and industrial services, the Voith Group is committed to suppporting our customers around the world to achieve sustainable business growth. The strategic partnership aims to capitalize on the emerging opportunities in China’s paper market with our combined energies,” said Hubert Lienhard, President and CEO of Voith Group, and Chairman of the Asia Pacific Committee of German Business (APA). He is heading the business delegation led by Chancellor Merkel during her China visit.

For Voith, this contract is another milestone in the Chinese paper market. In the last decade, Voith has delivered the worldwide largest, most modern and most efficient paper machines to Chinese customers. Today, Voith Paper City, located in Kunshan, is the largest production site for paper machines in the Voith Group. From here, Voith serves paper customers all over China and the Asia Pacific Region. Over the last five years, Voith has been investing over €200 million in this location.

Huatai Paper is a flagship company of Huatai Group, which recorded RMB 52.1 billion in annual sales in 2014. Huatai Group has been among China’s top 500 companies for six consecutive years, according to an annual list compiled by Fortune Magazine’s China Edition. It is also among the world’s top 100 pulp and paper manufacturers, according to RISI, a leading provider of information for the global pulp and paper industry. In 2014, Huatai Group was ranked No 10 among the top 100 companies in China’s light industry and No 1 in the category of papermaking.

Voith Paper is a division of the Voith Group and the leading partner to and pioneer in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-saving products to reduce the use of energy, water, and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

Voith sets standards in the markets energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith employs more than 39,000 people, generates € 5.3 billion in sales, operates in about 50 countries around the world and is today one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.

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logo voithVoith Paper is opening a new Center of Excellence for Winders in Mönchengladbach, where a team of more than 50 specialists will undertake winder upgrades and rebuilds. In particular, the team will provide an extensive range of services for all generations of the winders taken over from Jagenberg AG in 2002 and continuously developed by Voith since then. The facility will also offer solutions and services for winders made by other manufacturers.

At the new Voith Paper Center of Excellence in Mönchengladbach, mechanical and automation engineers will cover all functions from the initial idea to the production drawing for the hardware solution and the software engineering. Pre-acceptance inspection tests on automation solutions can also be carried out in Mönchengladbach. The supply of replacement parts will be ensured by specialists who will continue to have access to the complete Voith and Jagenberg data archives. A global network of commissioning and service specialists with more than a dozen winder servicing experts throughout Europe will be deployed on site at paper mills to undertake rebuilds, repairs and optimizations and deal with technical emergencies.

“By building a Center of Excellence at the Mönchengladbach site we want to make clear that winder modernization is one of Voith’s core areas of expertise with which we aim to achieve the greatest possible benefits for our customers. The large number of Voith machines already installed, the fact that we have access to their complete technical documentation, our longstanding experience and the extensive expertise of our winder team were all factors that had a huge influence on our decision," says Bernd Stibi, President Products & Service EMEA at Voith Paper, to explain the background to the decision to locate the new center in Mönchengladbach.

Voith has decades of experience and extensive project references in the maintenance, modernization and rebuilding of winders and has played a major role in new developments in this area. The investment in the new Center of Excellence will safeguard this know-how in the long term and create the basis for expanding the range of modern, productivity-enhancing service packages for winders. The specialist team in Mönchengladbach will be completely integrated into Voith Paper's global network, which supplies the paper industry worldwide in more than 50 countries with its workforce of almost 9,000 people.

Further information is available on Voith’s website at www.voith.com/paper. Voith Paper is also on Twitter and YouTube.

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Voith sets standards in the markets energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith employs more than 39,000 people, generates € 5.3 billion in sales, operates in about 50 countries around the world and is today one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.

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In the last 24 month Voith has already installed 37 of its ProTect systems that enable press felt measurements to be taken safely while the machine is running. Another 32 such systems have been ordered by various customers in Europe and overseas.

logo voithMeasurements of the running press fabrics are absolutely indispensable for efficient paper production. They monitor the condition of the felts and from the data conclusion about irregularities are drawn, so that age-related wear or variations in the felt can be reliably identified during operation. Previously, these measurements could only be done manually. For safety reasons, various paper manufacturers and governments have recently started to prohibit these kinds of manual measurements.

With ProTect, Voith has developed a solution to replace the manual measuring work conducted by service personnel. It consists of a stand-alone self-propelled carriage on fixed cross beams that can accommodate conventional manual measuring devices for safe use outside the felt run. Pro-Tect can be mounted even in very confined spaces. The system features a battery and integrated water tank, so it does not have to be connected to a power or water supply.

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In combination with Voith’s OnV FeltView measuring system, ProTect covers the entire spectrum of felt measurement requirements. OnV FeltView can also be integrated into the OnView information system.

Voith Paper is a division of the Voith Group and the leading partner to and pioneer in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-saving products to reduce the use of energy, water, and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith today has more than 39,000 employees, sales of €5.3 billion and locations in more than 50 countries, making it one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.

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Hangzhou Nbond Nonwoven Co., Ltd., in Zhejiang province, China, successfully started up a new flushable wipes production line in April 2015. The new production line is the first one on the Chinese market to utilize the innovative wet-laid spunlacing (WLS) concept of the HydroFormer and AquaJet technology. Only three days after start-up, the operating speed of 200 m/min was reached. “We were completely satisfied by the know-how and experience of Voith and Truetzschler. Thanks to the professional ability and excellent professional dedication of their technicians, the project ran both quickly and smoothly,” said Mr. Zhang Jie, General Manager of Nbond.

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With the combined efforts of Nbond, Voith and Truetzschler, it took only five months to complete plant construction, installation and commissioning. The production line uses wet-laid technology with cellulose fiber as raw material for the production of flushable wipes and is Nbond’s 8th line. With a 3,750 mm wire width and 250 m/min design speed, Nbond produces flushable wipes within a basis weight range of 50 to 80 g/m² and will achieve an annual capacity of up to 15,000 tons. The flushable wipes will have excellent dispersibility and are 100% biodegradable.

Voith supplied a key component, the HydroFormer. The HydroFormer concept builds on Voith’s long expertise in the pulp and paper industry. With HydroFormer technology the suspension is highly diluted, so nonwovens can be produced entirely from cellulose, a renewable raw material. In addition to the HydroFormer, Voith delivered the entire stock preparation, the approach flow system, auxiliaries and onsite service. An entire automation and control package was included as well.

Truetzschler supplied the well-known AquaJet technology, a drum dryer and a winder. The components are based on the longstanding know-how of Truetzschler. They were adapted to the needs of the wet-laid spunlacing process.

This resource-efficient production line will play an important role for Nbond in strengthening its market position in China and even on the global non-woven fabric market.

Hangzhou Nbond Nonwoven Co., Ltd, a member of the Robam Group, was founded in 2007. Nbond has become a world-leading enterprise in the wet-laid nonwoven fabrics industry and produces wet-laid nonwoven fabrics on 8 international advanced production lines. Its product range includes wipes for the electronics industry, top-grade materials for beauty and sanitation industries, electrostatic cleaning jacquards, cleansing cotton rags for domestic use, industrial synthetic leather substrates, products for medical care and sanitary use, and sound insulation products for automobiles.

Further information is available on the Voith website at www.voith.com/paper or www.truetzschler.com. Voith Paper is also on Twitter and YouTube.

Voith Paper is a division of the Voith Group and the leading partner to and pioneer in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-saving products to reduce the use of energy, water, and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith today has more than 39,000 employees, sales of €5.3 billion and locations in more than 50 countries, making it one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.

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With C-bar HerculeX Voith is launching a new screen basket onto the market that is regarded as the strongest screen basket that can withstand very high loads. It is made of wear-resistant material and is suitable for various applications in pre-screening and fine screening, fractionation, broke and thick stock screening and also in the approach flow system.

C bar HerculeX

C-bar HerculeX has very high open screening areas and a special bar geometry. The new screen basket can be tailored to the respective screening requirements and production conditions by varying the widths, slot widths and angles of the bars. Its exceptionally high stability and strength are thanks to its patented hybrid technology, an improvement of Voith’s clamping technology. An individually customizable chrome layer provides wear protection. The screen basket can be used in all Voith and third party screening machines and is suitable for all paper grades. The best screening results are achieved in combination with a Voith rotor application.

Further information is available on the Voith website at www.voith.com/paper. Voith Paper is also on Twitter and YouTube.

Voith Paper is a division of the Voith Group and the leading partner to and pioneer in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-saving products to reduce the use of energy, water, and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith today has more than 39,000 employees, sales of €5.3 billion and locations in more than 50 countries, making it one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.

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The new TissueForm ITY forming fabric that Voith has launched on the market is designed for challenging applications in tissue production. It ensures excellent stability and highest dewatering at all machine speeds.

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The new forming fabric combines a very fine 2-shed paper side to obtain a smooth surface with a 4-shed wear side. The woven structure of the fabric ensures fast drainage and a high level of sheet support while maximizing dimensional stability. The entire design of TissueForm ITY is based on the patented woven structure of the I-Series and its proven 3:2 warp ratio.

The new forming fabric TissueForm ITY has already been successfully deployed in the industry many times and has demonstrated that it delivers excellent dewatering performance and fiber support also at very high speeds. Fabric wear is minimal, so that outstanding service life records are achieved.

Voith Paper is a division of the Voith Group and the leading partner to and pioneer in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-saving products to reduce the use of energy, water, and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.
Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith today has more than 39,000 employees, sales of €5.3 billion and locations in more than 50 countries, making it one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.
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The Archangelsk Pulp & Paper Mill (APPM), the largest producer of packaging papers in Russia, recently put its BM 1 board machine in Archangelsk back into service following an extensive rebuild by Voith. Voith’s scope of supply included the approach flow system, the headbox and a new top wire. The bottom wire was rebuilt by Voith to meet the new requirements.

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The new approach flow system for the top wire consists of IntegraGuard and MultiScreen screens and the associated pumps. The headbox is a MasterJet Pro. The former section was extensively modernized and a new TopFormer F installed to further improve dewatering and quality.

In addition to the machine rebuild, Voith also undertook the basic engineering and supervised commissioning. The rebuild and assembly took just ten weeks and the warranted parameters for the machine were successfully achieved within three months after startup.

Not only did the rebuild of the wet section of the BM 1 improve board quality: following startup of the new semi-chemical pulp mill – and depending on a few other technical measures – the production capacity of the BM 1 will also be increased in the future.

APPM is owned by Pulp Mill Holding GmbH, an Austrian-German Group headquartered in Vienna. The company produces paper, board and corrugated grades in Russia and Ukraine.

Further information is available on the Voith website at www.voith.com/paper. Voith Paper is also on Twitter and YouTube.

Voith Paper is a division of the Voith Group and the leading partner to and pioneer in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-saving products to reduce the use of energy, water, and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith today has more than 39,000 employees, sales of €5.3 billion and locations in more than 50 countries, making it one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.

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Screening plays a key role in the preparation of recovered paper, as it not only removes coarse contaminants but also small and very fine impurities. Papermakers expect low fiber losses, low energy consumption and effective removal of stickies. The BlueLine product range for stock preparation has been developed to meet these requirements. The latest product from the BlueLine family is the C-bar HerculeX screen basket.

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The IntegraScreen and IntegraGuard from Voith are two screening machines for stock preparation and the approach flow system. In combination with rotors and screen baskets, they are adapted to the specific requirements of paper manufacturing.

IntegraScreen: a screening machine concept turned on its head
IntegraScreen is the screening machine for various applications in the stock preparation. With its development of IntegraScreen, Voith has literally turned its screening machine concept upside down: It differs from its predecessors since the intake for the suspension is at the bottom and the outlet for the rejects is at the top. For the first time in this solution, the light contaminants are separated along with the reject via the same pipe. The advantages are obvious: there is no need for additional piping, instrumentation, pumps and valves. A cone in the machine optimizes the flow on the accept side and ensures uniform pressure conditions over the screen basket. This evens out the screen passing velocity and as a result improves the efficiency of contaminant separation.

IntegraGuard: high-quality protection in the approach flow system
IntegraGuard is the screening machine for the approach flow system, where it is particularly important to prevent pulsations, deposits and stringings because they can cause sheet breaks. This is why the IntegraGuard housing is designed to achieve a homogeneous screen passing velocity. The new head piece improves the flow profile in the machine and allows to reduce the rotor speed while maintaining the rotor’s efficiency.

C-bar HerculeX: Hybrid technology makes for a strong screen basket
The C-bar technology used in screen baskets to achieve effective screening with fine slot geometries was first launched on the market by Voith more than 25 years ago and has been constantly refined and improved ever since. The new C-bar HerculeX is regarded as the strongest screen basket on the market to date and can withstand very high loads. It is made of wear-resistant material and is suitable for various applications in pre-screening and fine screening, fractionation, broke and thick stock screening and also in the approach flow system. C-bar HerculeX has very large open screening areas and a special bar geometry. The new screen basket can be tailored to the respective screening requirements and production conditions by varying the widths, slot widths and angles of the bars.

Its exceptionally high stability and strength are thanks to its patented hybrid technology, a reworking of Voith’s clamping technology. An individually customizable chrome layer provides wear protection. The screen basket can be used in all Voith and third party screening machines and is suitable for all paper grades. The best screening results are achieved in combination with a Voith rotor.

MultiFoil rotor and EclipseRotor Voith offers various rotors for its screening equipment, most notably the EclipseRotor and the MultiFoil rotor. The EclipseRotor was developed specifically for screening applications with a high level of contaminants. It is suitable for energy-efficient use in stock preparation and pulp screening and can be installed in Voith screening equipment and in centrifugal pressure screens from other manufacturers. Thanks to its flat but effective foil geometry, the EclipseRotor generates strong suction and achieves a very high stock throughput with very low energy consumption for pulp consistencies up to 5%.

Voith’s MultiFoil rotor was developed for use in the stock preparation and approach flow systems. Its special foil geometry prevents stringings and undesirable pulsations. Optimum suction impulses and a uniform flow profile combined with a low rotor speed help to make the screening process gentle and energy-saving. The MultiFoil rotor can be installed in the two Voith screens, in all vertical screens and in the machines of other manufacturers for centrifugal pressure screens.

Low costs for inventory and maintenance. The screening machines, screen baskets and rotors from the BlueLine product range are easy to operate and easy to maintain. Their spare and wear parts are standardized, allowing life cycle costs to be optimized.

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Voith BlueLine range for stock preparation
The BlueLine product range from Voith comprises modern machines and products for stock preparation that are characterized above all through the efficient use of energy and other raw materials and by gentle treatment of the fibers.

The BlueLine range includes e.g. the IntensaMaXX pulper detrashing machine, the IntensaDrum pulping drum, the InfiltraScrewpress screw press, the IntegraScreen and IntegraGuard screening machines and the InfiltraDiscfilter.

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DS Smith, an Italian market leader in containerboard production, has reduced maintenance costs and increased its paper quality and machine productivity thanks to the OnQ Profilmatic control system and OnQ ModuleJet headbox actuators from Voith.

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The company's mill in Lucca, Italy, was experiencing inconsistent paper profiles and wrinkles due to the former actuator control of the existing control system of its PM 2. Voith recommended the OnQ Profilmatic cross profile control software, which is part of its modular and flexible Voith ComCore platform to optimize the shape of the profiles.

“Our existing system was obsolete. The actuator delivery time was a problem and we were spending too much on maintenance," said Stefano Andreotti, Technical and Technology Manager at DS Smith.

"Our production engineers are now very happy with Voith's OnQ Profilmatic. The system automates a process that before was entirely manual. Wrinkles have been reduced, and we are pleased with the deviation of the profiles,” said Andreotti.

The OnQ Profilmatic has the ability to determine the portion of random noise in the measurements. Continuous, dynamic profile mapping allows exact local mapping of the actuator control zones to the measurements and leads to better paper quality.

A major part of the Voith ComCore platform is the OnView information system, which makes all the details of the papermaking process available for analysis. This is the key to continued performance improvements for the machine. With this powerful toolset Voith accompanies DS Smith to achieve further efficiencies on the PM 2.

Further information is available on the Voith website at www.voith.com/paper. Voith Paper is also on Twitter and YouTube.

Voith Paper is a division of the Voith Group and the leading partner to and pioneer in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-saving products to reduce the use of energy, water, and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith today has more than 39,000 employees, sales of €5.3 billion and locations in more than 50 countries, making it one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.

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voith logo 2013In April, Heinrich August Schoeller Söhne GmbH & Co. KG commissioned Voith with the supply of a complete process line for the manufacture of corrugating medium and testliner for its Schoellershammer paper mill, based in Düren, Germany.

On the new system, Schoellershammer will produce packaging papers in a basis weight range of 80 to 120 g/m². The annual capacity of the new PM 6 will come in at 250,000 metric tons. This will double the manufacturer’s current capacity and will also provide the option to produce a larger share of papers with low basis weights. Demand is driven by producers of corrugated packaging board, with particularly strong growth in lighter paper grades. One of the key drivers is ever-increasing Internet commerce with its direct shipping to end consumers.

The new PM 6 will be designed to a wire width of 6,300 mm and a speed of 1,200 m/min. Start-up is scheduled for the end of 2016. Voith’s scope of delivery includes the entire production line featuring state-of-the-art technology: The complete stock preparation to produce short and long fiber stock from 100% recovered paper, a DuoFormer Base with a MasterJet Pro G headbox including ModuleJet and a DuoCentri NipcoFlex press to increase surface quality on the face side, as well as a SpeedFlow sizing unit. The dryer section will be equipped with ProRelease+ and DuoStabilizers, ensuring stable web pickup. The scope of delivery further includes a MasterReel winder for master reels with a diameter of 3.8 m and a VariFlex winder.

Voith will also supply the entire automation and clothing package. The order is rounded out with a five-year contract comprising services, fabrics and screen baskets.

Key points for Schoellershammer in selecting its supplier were Voith’s reference projects in the field of sophisticated, light packaging papers, the supply of the entire manufacturing line and the overall concept, which takes the energy efficiency of the process into account.

The Schoellershammer paper mill, of Heinrich August Schoeller Söhne GmbH & Co. KG, was founded in 1784. Today, the mill produces approx. 230,000 metric tons/a corrugated board base papers on a paper machine with a width of 5,000 mm. The company employs 229 staff and has annual sales of some 100 million euros. The new PM 6 will provide employment for 85 staff in Düren, Germany.

Further information is available on the Voith website at www.voith.com/paper. Voith Paper is also on Twitter and YouTube.

Voith Paper is a division of the Voith Group and the leading partner to and pioneer in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-saving products to reduce the use of energy, water, and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith today has more than 39,000 employees, sales of €5.3 billion and locations in more than 50 countries, making it one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.

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