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Valmet is taking process automation further by introducing a new web-based user interface for its Valmet DNA automation system. Leveraging modern web technologies, the innovative Valmet DNA User Interface (DNA UI) extends the use of automation system beyond the traditional control room.

The introduction of the DNA UI is a part of the continuous renewal of Valmet DNA automation system, which is used in pulp, paper, energy and other process industries around the world.

Relevant information based on the needs of different user groups

valmet logo rgbIntuitive user experience and serving the needs of various user groups has been the main focus in the development of the new Valmet DNA User Interface.

The system adapts shown information based on the needs of various users and user groups. Relevant information is delivered in visual, well-structured, easy-to-understand dashboards, process and sub-process views, which allows the users of the automation system control the process better than ever before.

“It is essential for us to understand how our customers consume information, so we can help different user groups to process information faster. In the new DNA User Interface, we have structured and visualized data in new ways to make the workflow more intuitive – which in turn helps to make faster conclusions based on the data,” explains Jukka Ylijoki, Vice President, R&D, Automation business line, Valmet.

Control room no longer sets boundaries for work

Traditionally, system information and people using it have been tied in the control room. Built with latest web technologies, Valmet DNA User Interface comes with a secure web-based access that enables the mill or plant teams to access relevant information whenever they need it, regardless of their location.

“From logistics and laboratory to the boardroom, the entire site community needs specific information about the process. With Valmet DNA User Interface, users no longer need to stay in the control room to be on top of the situation,” Ylijoki continues.

Increased awareness leads to increased efficiency

With over 40 years of heritage in digital industrial automation, Valmet wants to make sure that industrial plants are safe and efficient to operate and that they meet the set quality and production targets.

“For the users, the new Valmet DNA UI will mean a complete feeling of awareness. They will always have the situation in hand and can easily manage information content to support their decisions. This leads to efficiency and helps to achieve savings throughout the process,” Ylijoki says.

Valmet DNA User Interface is the first web-based user interface on the market that can be delivered also as an upgrade to an existing Valmet DNA automation system. This means that in the future the existing customers can unlock the benefits the web-based user interface offers via upgrade rather than a full system renewal.

About Valmet’s Automation systems

Valmet has been at the forefront of developing digital solutions for its customers since the 1960s. In 1979, Valmet became the second company in the world to launch a distributed control system (DCS). Today, Valmet’s advanced automation systems operate e.g. pulp, tissue, board and paper production mills, power plants, process industry facilities as well as cruise and cargo ships around the world.

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

Valmet's net sales in 2018 were approximately EUR 3.3 billion. Our more than 13,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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The Board of Directors of BillerudKorsnäs AB has appointed the current Chairman of the Board, Lennart Holm, as acting CEO from November 5, 2019. Petra Einarsson leaves as CEO with immediate effect.

The work to recruit a permanent CEO will start immediately. As Lennart Holm will assume the role of acting CEO, the Board has appointed the current Board member Jan Åström as Chairman of the Board.

Lennart HolmLennart Holm“BillerudKorsnäs has a historic opportunity to actively contribute to the transition towards a more resource efficient and sustainable packaging industry. It is the view of the Board of Directors that the company has not developed at the expected pace”, says Jan Åström, new Chairman of the Board.

“We are well positioned for success. The strategy is clear and the entire organization must now focus to implement it at a high pace to further create value for our shareholders, customers and our stakeholders”, says acting CEO Lennart Holm.

Lennart Holm has been a board member of BillerudKorsnäs since 2012 and has been Chairman since 2014. He has previously been, among others, the CEO and Chairman of the Perstorp Group and active in Stora Enso. Jan Åström, who has been on the Board since 2018, has extensive experience from leading positions in the pulp and paper industry. He has, among others, been the CEO of Ahlstrom Munksjö, SCA and MoDo Paper.

“The Board thanks Petra Einarsson for her contribution to BillerudKorsnäs. During her leadership, the installation of KM 7 has been completed, Bergvik Skog Öst has been divested, the strategy has been reviewed and a program to further improve health and safety has been initiated”, says Jan Åström.

For further information, please contact:
Christopher Casselblad, EVP Communication, +46 8 553 335 08

This information constituted inside information prior to publication. This is information that BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ) is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact persons set out above, at 19:00 CET on 4 November 2019.

BillerudKorsnäs provides packaging materials and solutions that challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future. We are a world-leading provider of primary fibre based packaging materials and have customers in over 100 countries. The company has 8 production sites in Sweden, Finland and the UK and about 4 500 employees in over 13 countries. BillerudKorsnäs has an annual turnover of about SEK 24 billion and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. www.billerudkorsnas.com

Willamette Falls Paper Company has made its first successful trial of non-wood paper grades using pulp from local agricultural waste – producing both coated and uncoated grades using 10% non-wood pulp fiber.
Additional machine and press trials are ongoing to refine the paper properties and specifications. However, preliminary outcomes from press room trials and initial customer feedback show very promising results. The mill expects to announce the commercial production of coated and uncoated grades by mid-November.

2019 09 19 105309“We want to be the first coated paper mill to offer non-wood grades made in the U.S. and sourced with local agricultural waste, in this case, straw,” says Phil Harding, Director of Technology and Sustainability at Willamette Falls Paper Company. “Our long-term focus is sustainable papermaking, and successful trials using non-wood raw materials is another step toward this goal.”
Working with several key suppliers, including Trinseo, Willamette Falls is confident it is one step closer to developing both uncoated and coated grades that will have similar characteristics to the mill’s standard grades.
“Trinseo is pleased to partner with Willamette Falls Paper Company in the development of the first domestic non-wood containing coated papers. Finding innovative ways to increase the use of sustainable materials is a critical focus for us, the industry, and modern society, so we’re thrilled to continue our support in their development and commercialization of this new product,” said Todd Crook, North America Latex Binders business director for Trinseo.
Willamette Falls Paper Company is a newly formed company that owns and operates a mill in West Linn, Oregon. The company is a non-integrated mill, capable of making coated and uncoated grades with an annual capacity of 260,000 tons. The Willamette Falls Paper Company looks to be an innovative leader in environmental paper production, including the use of non-wood fibers as an alternative pulp source. www.wfpaperco.com

Wednesday, 06 November 2019 08:55

Stora Enso’s website ranked best in sector

Stora Enso’s website has been rated best in sector according to the latest annual Webranking report by the Swedish digital agency, Comprend. The annual ranking of over 500 company-websites is the only global ranking based on stakeholder expectations, and is a leading benchmark for corporate websites.

This year, Stora Enso ranked first in the “Basic Resources” sector. Particular praise was given to Stora Enso’s sustainability information in matching stakeholder expectations.

stora new 2017“Sustainability is one of Stora Enso’s strongest suits, and an increasingly important ranking factor among all stakeholders, including capital markets and job-seekers,” says Helena Wennergren, Head of Research at Comprend.

“We are very happy with the results from this year’s ranking,” says Ulrika Lilja, EVP Communications at Stora Enso. “Our new website was launched just over a year ago, and we have worked systematically with user input and data to make sure we meet and exceed the expectations of our stakeholders. The fact that our sustainability information scored particularly well once again illustrates that sustainability is at the core of our business and we are committed to communicating it in a clear and transparent way.”

For further information, please contact:
Ulrika Lilja
EVP, Communications

tel. +46 72 221 9228

Part of the bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper. We believe that everything that is made from fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. Stora Enso has some 26 000 employees in over 30 countries. Our sales in 2018 were EUR 10.5 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Nasdaq Stockholm (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY). storaenso.com 

Worldwide sales of tissue paper converting machines reached ~3 thousand units in 2018, unveils the new research study. According to the report, the tissue paper converting machines market is estimated to grow by ~5% YOY in 2019, primarily influenced by recent technologies for enhancing tissue paper formats. According to report, increasing focus on strength, printing and embossing quality, and production cost-effectiveness of tissue paper is contributing to the build-up of tissue paper converting machines market through 2027.

In 2018, Gambini launched AirMill, the innovative technology that enhances the embossing technology and transformed the conventional tissue paper into increasing volume and good absorbency without compromising its tensile strength. Consumer proclivity for soft and high absorption quality tissue paper, combined with good strength and compact format, will also continue to provide a fillip to the sales of tissue paper converting machines in 2019 and beyond.”

Companies Investing Heavily in Capacity Expansion of Tissue Paper Products

As per study analysis, the consumption of tissue paper in last three years has rapidly increased owing to the growing concern around hygiene maintenance. As tissue paper is used for one time only, it helps to prevent chronic disease spread. This creates a huge opportunity for tissue paper key players. The tissue paper manufacturers have started investing in capacity expansion and quality management.

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  • On 27 November 2018, Cascade Inc. invested US$ 58 million to modernize tissue converting capacity at its Wagram, NC plant.
  • In 2018, Metsa Tissue, replaced its old machines with an increased capacity machine having production capacity of 10,000 Tones. In order to deal with the growing demand of tissue paper in West European region, the company started new away-from-home, converting lines at its Germany plant.

Implementation of Hybrid Technology in Industries Creating New Opportunities

In order to deal with market competition, key players are laying maximum focus on developing innovative and integrated technologies of tissue paper converting machines. In 2018, Gambini S.p.A. one of the leading manufacturers of converting machineries, introduced Gambini for You (G4U) – Pilot Line along with the strategic partner AirMil. This consists of a pilot line from the unwinders to the log saw with the format 2.8m and speed up to 550 m/min. Moreover, Fabio Perini S.p.A. recently launched MyPerini, a complete range of converting and packaging line for tissue papers.

Toilet Roll Converting Machine Lines Gaining More Traction

Tissue paper converting machines. The key players can skip the use of rewinding of logs using advanced toilet tissue paper converting lines. It is witness that the demand for toilet tissue paper is growing significantly in Asia Pacific and North American regions. As per the report, the global sales of toilet roll converting machines poised to reach ~2 thousand units in 2019. Following this, the demand for kitchen roll converting machines is estimated to shoot up by the end of 2027, as the European consumers have a higher demand for kitchen tissue paper in consumer and hospitality sectors.

The modern converting machines maintains the embossing and printing quality during tissue paper formatting. The sales of folded tissue paper converting machine lines will continue to remain less, reveals the study. Owing to an increasing preference of pocket tissue papers, the demand for paper napkin converting machines is expected to be bearish during 2019-2027. The market share for standalone machines will remain constant due to increasing preference of integrated technology based machineries.

These insights are based on a report on Tissue Paper Converting Machines Market by Future Market Insights.

Wednesday, 06 November 2019 08:49

BAG in touch with you. Every day.

You may call us Mondi Paper Bags now! Our business segment has been renamed from Mondi Industrial Bags to Mondi Paper Bags. This new name has no impact on our everyday business with you. We will continue to produce high-quality paper sacks and serve you in the best possible way under our new name.

Sustainability is a hot topic all over the world. Companies and consumers are looking for more sustainable solutions, and paper sacks are the answer to this problem.

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Sustainable packaging, though, needs to be a performing packaging first. It has to protect the product packed in order to avoid product loss and unnecessary waste. Product loss results in more energy consumption – and therefore higher CO2 emissions released into the atmosphere. Paper sacks can perform highly and be sustainable at the same time – they are indeed "the whole package". You can learn more about the environmental benefits of paper sacks for dry-bulk materials by watching the Eurosac (European Paper Sack Association) video below.

Speaking of sustainable packaging: with our expertise in strong paper sack manufacturing we have developed MailerBAG – our patented e-commerce paper bag with an easy opening and re-closing adhesive strip. MailerBAG replaces the plastic that mailers commonly used in e-commerce and especially in the fashion industry, thereby helping to reduce plastic waste.

MailerBAG is not our only sustainable product; we have also developed Protector Bags. Protector Bags are ideal for packing rigid and bulky goods in an efficient way that reduces CO2 emissions and unnecessary additional packing material.

We would like to help you meet your sustainability goals and commitments with packaging that is fit for purpose and sustainable by design, through our EcoSolutions approach.

Let's contribute to a better world!

Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, announced on 26 April 2019 that it will launch a pre-engineering for the first phase of the renewal of its Husum pulp mill in Sweden. The first phase of the renewal consists of a new recovery boiler and a new turbine. Pulp production will remain on a level permitted in the current environmental permit. On 27 August 2019, the company announced that the competent authority in Sweden, Länsstyrelsen, had decided that the planned new recovery boiler will require an amendment to the environmental permit. At the same time, the company estimated that the final investment decision on the first phase of the renewal can be made in the second quarter of 2020, at the earliest.

2014 01 30 083551The company aims to minimize the delay in the start-up of the new recovery boiler and turbine due to the environmental permit process. This is to enable the introduction of new cleaner and more energy efficient technology as quickly as possible, and to minimize the production interruption risk related to the old recovery boilers. To reduce the delay, the company has selected the main equipment suppliers and will make certain financial commitments for the implementation phase of the project already at the end of 2019 and early 2020, although no final investment decision will be made prior to receiving the environmental permit. The total value of the commitments will be a maximum of EUR 100 million. The total value of the investment is estimated at approximately EUR 320 million. The amount includes financial commitments made prior to the investment decision.

The investment increases renewable electricity generation and reduces oil consumption

The new recovery boiler and turbine are expected to increase the Husum pulp mill's electricity generation by about 330 gigawatt-hours per year, resulting in cost savings at current electricity prices of approximately EUR 12 million per year. In addition, the investment would reduce the amount of purchased oil. The investment would enable to extend the interval between planned maintenance shutdowns and reduce the duration of the shutdowns in the integrated mill, which would slightly increase the annual pulp and board production. The annual maintenance investments and expenses would also be lower. Through the improvements listed above combined, the investment is expected to generate an annual cash flow improvement of approximately EUR 35 million, of which approximately EUR 30 million is EBITDA improvement and EUR 5 million is reduced maintenance investments. The impact on operating profit is expected to be positive despite increasing depreciation. The company's financing costs are expected to increase by approximately EUR 2 million per year from the start-up of the recovery boiler and turbine.

The company expects to record an impairment loss of approximately EUR 19 million on the assets of the Husum pulp mill in its 2019 financial statements.


Metsä Board

Metsä Board is a leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards including folding boxboards, food service boards and white kraftliners. Our lightweight paperboards are developed to provide better, safer and more sustainable solutions for consumer goods as well as retail-ready and food service applications. We work together with our customers on a global scale to innovate solutions for better consumer experiences with less environmental impact. The pure fresh fibres Metsä Board uses are a renewable resource, traceable to origin in sustainably managed northern forests.

The global sales network of Metsä Board supports customers worldwide, including brand owners, retailers, converters and merchants. In 2018, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.9 billion, and it has approximately 2,400 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

Factories and plants in industries – such as chemical processing, pulp and paper, water and waste-water treatment, have seen the benefits of remote valve monitoring. Traditional retrofitted monitoring solutions, however, are costly and slow to deploy for factories with thousands of manual valves of different types.

There is a more cost-effective alternative – factories have evidenced a 90 percent reduction in retrofitting investment, by using industry-grade wireless sensors and Industrial IoT technologies.

In this article, Industrial IoT specialist, Pertti Kujala, the Director of Smart Factory business of Haltian, talks about retrofit valve monitoring, and explains how factories can save substantial costs.

What’s Remote Valve Monitoring?

Factories and plants in the chemical process industries, pulp and paper, water and waste-water treatment, and other sectors are, first and foremost - known by the massive networks of process pipelines, controlled by thousands of hand-operated valves. Until recently, the systems have been operating successfully and effectively for many years with different types of hand valves.

The remote monitoring of these manual valves is becoming even more critical in process industries as the Industry 4.0 transformation sweeps through the factories worldwide. To maintain future competitiveness – industrial enterprises need to increase production efficiency, optimize processing operations, prevent unnecessary outages, and improve safety.

With the integration of SCADA with field instruments, and also smartphones, tablets, and other mobile solutions, industrial automation and process control is growing rapidly for the greater good.

Benefits for Factories and Plants

Remote valve monitoring is made up of several components: and it detects the valve position with a retrofit sensor device, mounted on the hand-operated valve. Position sensors are divided into angular position sensors and linear position sensors. The sensor device then reports the position data in a digital format to the factory’s central control system.

With an ideal remote monitoring solution, positions of all valves in a factory can be monitored on the central control system in the factory in real-time - from thousands of different points, along the process pipelines. Remote monitoring of process control valves can provide multiple benefits to factories in countless different ways:

  • Bring massive cost savings
  • Enable faster process recovery after maintenance breaks
  • Increase safety at the plant
  • Reduce the occurrence of errors and quality deviations
  • Provide valuable analytics, and help to prevent unplanned downtime.

The benefits from remote valve monitoring amid the ongoing Industry 4.0 transformation have propelled the remote monitoring and control market onto a steady growth trajectory with a CAGR of 4.5 percent. It is expected to reach USD 27 billion by 2023 globally.

Haltian Angle sensor mounted on a process control valve Haltian Angle sensor mounted on a process control valve

Challenges of Traditional Retrofitting Solutions

Many factories and plants hesitate to invest in remote valve monitoring expansions, despite rapid market growth and the significant economic benefits,. Retrofitting a monitoring system on thousands of different types of valves - some of which can be very old, often manufactured by different vendors - is costly and time-consuming.

The author has compiled a rundown of the main challenges in retrofitting remote monitoring on existing valves.

The current valve position sensors in the market often fit only one type of valve, and different valve manufacturers have their own specific position sensor devices. This increases the sensor device hardware investment for factories, and procurement involving several manufacturers’ products can be time-consuming

The traditional field sensor devices use several industrial communication protocols - such as Foundation Fieldbus, Profibus, DeviceNet, AS-Interface, and the HART protocol, for communicating with the factory's SCADA or SAS system. This can require costly software interface customization, especially if sensors of several different vendors are included in the system.

Most current industrial valve position sensors and detector products in the market require physical cabling for electricity and data. When there are thousands of valves in a factory, then the cabling becomes a significant cost, and extends the deployment time to months, and sometimes years.

The traditional position sensor devices available currently in the market are built, based on the same extreme industrial standards, as the critical, operational field hardware. This could, however, be deemed to be over-engineering in many industrial applications. The position sensors are typically mounted on top of the primary operational hardware, such as the valves – and the sensors are not directly exposed to the harshest conditions. This extreme product design practice has increased the sales prices of the traditional position sensor products, but high-quality, enterprise-grade products with a lower price tag are equally fit for this purpose in most use-cases.

These challenges slow down the deployments of retrofit remote valve monitoring solutions in global factories. The question that arises is: How can one reduce these investments and make retrofitting easier?

A game-changing solution could come from the Internet of Things (IoT) technology sector. Developments with IoT sensor devices and wireless technologies have taken a quantum leap ahead, in recent years.

Game-Changing Technology in Remote Valve Monitoring

Haltian, the product development specialist and Industrial IoT provider, together with a global process industry company have developed a smart, industry-grade wireless Angle sensor for remote valve monitoring. It combines the latest industry-grade wireless technologies and ultra-durable materials, With this solution, factories can reduce their retrofitting costs by up to 90% - compared to traditional alternatives.

What can the Angle Sensor do?

The wireless sensor doesn’t need any cabling. This retrofit angle sensor can be attached to several types of manual rotary valves, including ball and butterfly valves.

It is delivered with a mounting adapter kit to make installation quick and easy. There is a clamp that mounts the sensor device onto a pipe. Its rotating position detector disc is attached to the valve lever with a simple clip.

Inside the Angle sensor device are magnetic and mechanical sensors to detect the valve’s position, with an accuracy of one degree. It reports any position changes over the wireless connection - to the factory or plant’s central control system.

After being switched on, the sensor automatically connects to the other sensor devices using the Wirepas Mesh technology.

Whenever required, the Wirepas Mesh wireless protocol in the Angle sensor device can automatically optimize the radio transmission power and frequency band. No base stations or any wireless network infrastructure is needed in the factory – the Angle sensor devices function as access points for other sensor devices and form a fully-meshed network, which transmits data packets, hop-by-hop to the right destination.

The power-frugal Angle sensor device is able to run for several years with just a battery.

How Can it Benefit Factories?

Throughout a multi-year industrial investment horizon, the wireless Angle sensor approach can bring factories and plants CAPEX and OPEX savings. Here are the most prominent lifetime benefits:

  • Installation onto your valves is quick and easy – no cabling is needed, and it is delivered completely pre-configured. It reduces the deployment and operational costs, when thousands of valves are involved.
  • Works with several types of rotary valves including the ball and butterfly valves made by any manufacturer – reduces hardware costs and makes procurement easy
  • Avoid further costly software customization for industrial communication protocols – the Angle sensor integrates straight into the central control system through a simple application programming interface (API). 
  • The changes in valve position data is reported to your control system – this enables you to adjust factory processes faster to their optimal performance levels.
  • With up-to-date information about all valve positions, you can avoid accidents and increase the occupational safety at the plant.
  • Avoid environmental damage by making sure that hazardous substances are not released out of the system.
  • Manual valves are typically adjusted by the operation staff. They carry out the adjusting work based on their tacit knowledge – valve monitoring enables you to digitize and store this tacit knowledge.
  • End-to-end data collected from all the valves, enables you to measure and optimize the processes.   

In Conclusion

Remote Valve Monitoring provides factories and plants with significant benefits – this translates into cost savings, better safety, and continuous process optimization. However, the digitalization of process control valves has been dragging for too long, due to high retrofitting investments.

The new industry-grade Angle sensor and wireless Industrial IoT technologies can change the Remote Valve Monitoring game with an easy, yet robust alternative with up to 90% lower investment!

About the Author

Pertti Kujala is the Director of Thingsee Smart Factory solutions at Haltian. After joining Haltian in 2012, Pertti has worked in several IoT leadership positions in the company. Pertti began his career in Nokia in 2003, where he successfully held various mechanical design, engineering, and concepting roles. In the luxury device maker, Vertu, in the UK, Pertti worked as a senior mechanical designer in 2007-2009 and has designed and developed new decoration assemblies with materials such as leather, sapphire, ceramics, and precious metals. Pertti’s extracurricular passions include architecture. Pertti holds a degree of M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oulu in Finland.

About Haltian

Haltian has been providing device manufacturers with world-class product design and engineering services, since 2012. Thingsee, the proven IoT technology platform developed by Haltian, enables faster IoT launches for mass-scale deployments. In 2018, Haltian was heralded by research leader Gartner to be deemed a Cool Vendor for its IoT services and in 2019, Haltian became an AWS Advanced Technology Partner. Haltian is behind many of the global signature products, such as the Oura health ring. Its design for the Specim IQ hyperspectral imaging device won the coveted Red Dot Design Award in 2018. For more information, visit: https://www.haltian.com and https://www.thingsee.com

2014 02 28 082945International Paper has just announced that it has completed the sale of its controlling interest (21,873,521 shares) in International Paper APPM Limited (NSE:IPAPPM | BSE:502330), an India-based printing paper business, to West Coast Paper Mills Limited (NSE: WSTCSTPAPR) for approximately $85 million. International Paper intends to pursue suitable alternatives to divest its remaining 20% ownership interest (7,954,008 shares) in APPM.

About International Paper
International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa and Russia. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; and papers that facilitate education and communication. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., employ more than 50,000 colleagues and serve more than 25,000 customers in 150 countries. Net sales for 2018 were $23 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com

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Valmet is the first company in the world to offer roll covers based on biomaterials and recycled materials for board, paper, tissue and pulp making. These new composite covers for press, guide and calender rolls are now available for the first customer deliveries.

In new composite roll covers Valmet uses bio-based resin and hardener in the polymer matrix. The reinforcing fiber and filler are originating from recycled consumer plastic and glass. Depending on cover type, the content of recycled or bio-based raw materials is 75-96 percent. New materials are being tested continuously, and the target is to reach 100 percent as soon as possible.

Valmet has set strict criteria for the bio-based raw material in the covers. Only renewable materials derived from non-food chain plants or plant parts are used, in order to prevent the effect to global food production. Cultivation and harvesting of plants must not endanger the growth of natural forests either.

Jani Turunen, R&D Manager for Polymeric Roll Covers, Valmet (right) pictured with Pertti Hytönen, R&D Engineer, Valmet.Jani Turunen, R&D Manager for Polymeric Roll Covers, Valmet (right) pictured with Pertti Hytönen, R&D Engineer, Valmet.

“In best cases, bio-based materials can be produced from plant parts that would otherwise be waste. For example, lignin, carbon black made of lignin and nanocellulose can be utilized as reinforcing fillers in roll covers,” explains Jani Turunen, R&D Manager for Polymeric Roll Covers, Valmet. “Our customers do not have to compromise in product performance either, as the results have shown that in some applications the performance is even above the traditional offering.”

A more sustainable future with a new generation of roll cover materials

Roll covers used in paper, board, tissue and pulp making need periodical renewal and thus consume tons of materials. A major part of the raw materials of traditional roll covers has been manufactured from fossil-based materials, which has been refined and processed from crude oil.

Valmet’s R&D work focuses strongly on enhancing raw material and energy efficiency and promoting the use of renewable raw materials. Valmet is continuously investigating the possibilities to replace fossil-based materials with renewable or recyclable materials. For example, recycling and more sustainable use of ceramic and metallic roll covers is under active research.

“Our continuous investing in R&D of sustainable solutions for our customers helps us increase the occupational safety of our employees, replace fossil-based raw materials with renewable ones, re-use and recycle materials and save energy. This is our contribution to the global challenge we face regarding our planet’s future. And by doing this, we are helping our customers do their part as well,” says Jukka T Heikkinen, Senior Manager, Roll R&D, Valmet.

For further information, please contact:
Jukka T Heikkinen, Senior Manager, Roll R&D, Valmet, tel. +358 40 566 5951, jukka.t.heikkinen@valmet.com
Jani Turunen, Manager, Roll R&D, Valmet, tel. +358 50 594 6874, jani.turunen@valmet.com

Read more: Recycled and renewable raw materials will feature strongly in future roll covers

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

Valmet's net sales in 2018 were approximately EUR 3.3 billion. Our more than 13,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

Read more www.valmet.com

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