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The Lenzing Group, world market leader for wood-based cellulosic fibers, and Duratex, the largest producer of industrialized wood panels in the southern hemisphere, announce that they will build a 500,000 t dissolving wood pulp plant in the State of Minas Gerais, near Sao Paulo (Brazil). The start-up is planned for the first half of 2022. In the joint venture, Lenzing holds a 51 percent, Duratex a 49 percent stake. The expected industrial CAPEX will be approx. USD 1.3 bn (based on current exchange rates and customary tax refunds). The project is financed through long-term debt. The corresponding financing contracts are expected to be concluded at the end of the first quarter of 2020.

  • Investment of approx. USD 1.3 bn in 500,000 t dissolving wood pulp plant
  • Key milestone to structurally strengthen cost leadership position
  • Significant step towards carbon neutrality

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Key milestone to structurally strengthen cost leadership position

The new dissolving wood pulp plant strengthens the Lenzing Group’s backward integration and cost position as well as its specialty fiber growth in line with its sCore TEN corporate strategy. The single-line dissolving wood pulp plant with an annual nameplate capacity of 500,000 tons will be the largest and most competitive production facility of its kind. Dissolving wood pulp is a key raw material required for manufacturing Lenzing’s biobased fibers. The joint venture will supply the entire volume of dissolving wood pulp to the Lenzing Group.

“Wood-based cellulosic fibers offer an important contribution to enhance sustainability in the textile industry. In line with its corporate strategy sCore TEN, Lenzing is committed to drive organic growth in this market. With this investment, we will become more competitive, act more independently and subsequently strengthen our market position. The trust and support of the main shareholders of Lenzing and Duratex were of great importance for this key project”, states Stefan Doboczky, CEO of the Lenzing Group.

Strong focus on sustainability

In planning the new production facility, particular importance was given to sustainability aspects. The joint venture secured FSC®-certified plantations1 covering an area of over 44,000 hectares to provide the necessary biomass. These plantations operate completely in accordance with the guidelines and high standards of the Lenzing Group for sourcing wood and pulp. The plant will operate among the highest productive and energy-efficient in the world and will feed the 40 percent of excess bioelectricity generated on site as “green energy” into the public grid. With this project, Lenzing sets a milestone in its strategy to carbon neutrality.

About the Lenzing Group

The Lenzing Group stands for ecologically responsible production of specialty fibers made from the renewable raw material wood. As an innovation leader, Lenzing is a partner of global textile and nonwoven manufacturers and drives many new technological developments.

The Lenzing Group’s high-quality fibers form the basis for a variety of textile applications ranging from elegant ladies clothing to versatile denims and high-performance sports clothing. Due to their consistent high quality, their biodegradability and compostability Lenzing fibers are also highly suitable for hygiene products and agricultural applications.

The business model of the Lenzing Group goes far beyond that of a traditional fiber producer. Together with its customers and partners, Lenzing develops innovative products along the value chain, creating added value for consumers. The Lenzing Group strives for the efficient utilization and processing of all raw materials and offers solutions to help redirect the textile sector towards a closed-loop economy.

Metsä Board will modernise its board machine finishing area at Kyro mill in Kyroskoski. The rebuild includes a new reeler, winder and renewal of the reel broke handling system. Metsä Board’s Kyro mill produces high quality coated folding boxboard and the new eco-barrier paperboard.

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The investment value is EUR 20 million and the new machinery is scheduled to start up during autumn 2021. The annual production capacity of Metsä Board Kyro mill is 190,000 tonnes.

Metsä Board
www.metsaboard.com

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.

Metsä Group
www.metsagroup.com

Metsä Group is a forerunner in sustainable bioeconomy utilising renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. Metsä Group focuses on wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards and tissue and greaseproof papers.

In 2018, Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 5.7 billion, and it employs approximately 9,300 people. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and is owned by approximately 103,000 Finnish forest owners.

Sbt.: In its “Hot Button Report”, the Canadian non-profit organization Canopy particularly highlights the innovative strength of the Lenzing Group, its active contribution to forest conservation and high level of transparency.

Lenzing – In the “Hot Button Report” issued by the Canadian non-profit organization Canopy, the Lenzing Group was once again rated number one in the world, thus confirming its role as the sustainability trailblazer in the textile industry. In this widely recognized ranking, Canopy grades the world’s 32 largest producers of wood-based fibers with respect to their success in achieving sustainable wood and pulp sourcing. Wood and the pulp derived from it are the most important raw materials underlying Lenzing’s sustainable production of cellulosic fibers.

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“We are extremely proud of this top ranking. It underlines our leading position as a sustainability trailblazer in the manufacturing sector and in the fiber industry in particular. It gives our customers the confidence that we have created the right structures to prevent the sourcing and use of wood from ancient and endangered forests”, says Stefan Doboczky, CEO of the Lenzing Group. “Environmental protection and the prudent use of resources are an integral part of our responsibility to nature and society”, he adds.

Lenzing primarily convinced the non-profit organization Canopy this year thanks to its innovative strength used to promote the circular economy in the textile industry, its active contribution towards protecting the forests and preserving biodiversity as well as its high level of transparency in pulp sourcing.

Lenzing received a total of 26.5 points (up 3.5 points from the previous year) and was thus given the “light to mid green shirt” rating. This means that in using the wood-based cellulosic fibers produced by the Lenzing Group, there is only a very minimal danger that wood is derived from primeval forests and endangered forest areas. In the Wood and Pulp Policy published by Lenzing, the company confirms that it only sources wood and pulp from non-controversial sources.

About the Lenzing Group

The Lenzing Group stands for ecologically responsible production of specialty fibers made from the renewable raw material wood. As an innovation leader, Lenzing is a partner of global textile and nonwoven manufacturers and drives many new technological developments.

The Lenzing Group’s high-quality fibers form the basis for a variety of textile applications ranging from elegant ladies clothing to versatile denims and high-performance sports clothing. Due to their consistent high quality, their biodegradability and compostability Lenzing fibers are also highly suitable for hygiene products and agricultural applications.

The business model of the Lenzing Group goes far beyond that of a traditional fiber producer. Together with its customers and partners, Lenzing develops innovative products along the value chain, creating added value for consumers. The Lenzing Group strives for the efficient utilization and processing of all raw materials and offers solutions to help redirect the textile sector towards a closed-loop economy.

With their business expanding, Allard Emballages decided it was the opportune moment to implement a planning and MES software to replace their internal customised system. Their older system worked well for them for many years, however, as with many internal  systems, they started to experience the downfalls  lacking support while the business complexity is changing. With objectives to reduce the risk of technology obsolescence and increase efficiencies,  Allard Emballages decided the best solution  for their requirements was to implement the Greycon software  into their Varennes site.

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“I would like to thank the Greycon team for the implementation of our new MES in our Varennes site. During this project, I worked with different Greycon representatives, all of whom had very good sense of customer relationships, good general knowledge about the process, and good expertise of the information systems of a paper mill. I’d like to say a special thank you to Leví, Nicolas and Angelos for visiting our site, I appreciated your skills and kindness throughout the whole process.”
Frédéric Bourge
Project Manager at Allard Emballages

Working closely with Allard Emballages, considering their requirements and  necessities, Greycon implemented  opt-Studio for  order entry, planning and scheduling, and GreyconMill for manufacturing execution. The software   included production recording and tracking, quality management, transport planning and shipping, product labelling and reporting with GreyconMill capability to integrate with Microsoft Reporting Services.

GreyconMill  Production Tracking and Quality ControlGreyconMill Production Tracking and Quality Control

The project was a great success with a smooth transition from the older in-house MES system to the new one, allowing the Varennes team to continue with their normal operations without issues.

BENEFITS

  • Visibility of order flow and status
  • Integrated system  (covering  planning, production, quality, logistics)
  • Up-to-date technology & long-term support

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Thursday, 02 January 2020 09:16

Voith Group plans takeover of Toscotec S.p.A.

Technology Group Voith is planning on acquiring 90 percent of the shares in Toscotec S.p.A. A corresponding purchase contract was signed on Dec. 20, 2019. Both parties agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

2016 09 22 073412Toscotec S.p.A. is a global supplier of systems, products and services for the paper industry with headquarters in Lucca, Italy. Its focus is on tissue machines for manufacturing sanitary products such as paper towels, paper napkins, or toilet paper. The closing of the transaction is anticipated to occur at the first half of 2020 and is subject to regulatory approvals and meeting of other usual closing conditions.

“Especially in the tissue range, Toscotec is a highly regarded and established company that strengthens our offering in this important growth area. With this acquisition, Voith can expand its position as a full-line supplier in all areas of the paper industry and gains a tradition-rich, powerful and agile unit,” says Andreas Endters, President & CEO Group Division Voith Paper, explaining the significance of the takeover.

Toscotec S.p.A. has specialized in the manufacturing of machines for the tissue and paper industry since 1948. “The focus of our efforts is on maximum production efficiency, reduced consumption, and the highest quality. We are happy to have gained a renowned partner with Voith that pursues sustainable business activities and a likewise sustainable investment strategy,” emphasizes Alessandro Mennucci, CEO at Toscotec.

The Lucca-based company, with locations in China and the U.S., develops and produces paper machines, systems, and components for the manufacturing of sanitary papers, paper and board. Toscotec S.p.A. supplies its customers with state-of-the-art technologies and services, from the production line through conversions and rebuilds to individual components. Toscotec S.p.A. employs around 200 people and generates a turnover of approximately 100 million euros.

About the Voith Group

The Voith Group is a global technology company. With its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, the company today has more than 19,000 employees, sales of € 4.3 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger family-owned companies in Europe.

The Group Division Voith Paper is part of the Voith Group. As the full-line supplier to the paper industry, it provides the largest range of technologies, services, components and products on the market, and offers paper manufacturers solutions from a single source. The company’s continuous stream of innovations takes papermaking to the next level and facilitates resource-conserving production. With its Servolution concept, Voith offers its customers tailored service solutions for all sections of the production process. Voith Papermaking 4.0 ensures that equipment is optimally connected, while the secure use of generated data enables paper manufacturers to improve plant availability and efficiency.

Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) ("Verso" or the "Company") has just issued the following statement in response to Lapetus Capital II LLC ("Lapetus", and together with its affiliates, "Atlas") and BW Coated LLC ("BW Coated" and together with its affiliates, "Blue Wolf" and, collectively with Atlas, "Atlas and Blue Wolf"):

Verso LogoAs Verso has just announced the 2019 annual meeting of stockholders of the Company, previously scheduled for January 21, 2020, has been rescheduled to January 31, 2020 in order to combine the matters to be voted on at the annual meeting with proposals related to the previously announced sale of Verso's Androscoggin and Stevens Point mills to Pixelle Specialty Solutions LLC (the "Pixelle Transaction").  

Holding a single meeting will make it easier for stockholders to evaluate all proposals, streamline the proxy solicitation process, and if approved, expedite and facilitate the closing of the Pixelle Transaction and accelerate the return to stockholders of at least $225 million of the anticipated net cash proceeds of the Pixelle Transaction.

Earlier this month, Atlas and Blue Wolf communicated to Verso that it was pleased that the Company had put forth the Pixelle Transaction for consideration by stockholders and requested additional disclosure regarding the Pixelle Transaction. Disclosure regarding the Pixelle Transaction, including the anticipated net cash proceeds, has been publicly available in the Company's preliminary proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission since December 11, 2019, and can be found on the "Investors" section of Verso's website, http://investor.versoco.com. The definitive proxy statement, when available, can be found online at http://www.proxyvoting.com/VRS.

About Verso
Verso Corporation is the turn-to company for those looking to successfully navigate the complexities of paper sourcing and performance. A leading North American producer of specialty and graphic papers, packaging and pulp, Verso provides insightful solutions that help drive improved customer efficiency, productivity, brand awareness and business results. Verso's long-standing reputation for quality and reliability is directly tied to our vision to be a company with passion that is respected and trusted by all. Verso's passion is rooted in ethical business practices that demand safe workplaces for our employees and sustainable wood sourcing for our products. This passion, combined with our flexible manufacturing capabilities and an unmatched commitment to product performance, delivery and service, make Verso a preferred choice among commercial printers, paper merchants and brokers, converters, publishers and other end users. For more information, visit us online at versoco.com.

International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from Bracell to supply energy-efficient and environmentally friendly pulp production technologies and key process equipment for Bracell’s Project “STAR” in Lençóis Paulista, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2021. Award of this contract to ANDRITZ was announced in July 2019, however the name of the customer remained confidential at that time.

ANDRITZ will provide four of the six most important process islands in the pulp mill, which are to be supplied on EPCC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Civil Construction) basis:

  • A complete Wood Processing Plant using ANDRITZ’s proven technologies and including chipping lines, stacker-reclaimer, chip screening, biomass handling with ANDRITZ BioCrushers, and biomass storage. Each chipping line for eucalyptus processing consists of ANDRITZ’s unique horizontally fed HHQ-Chipper (EXL model), ensuring high capacity without compromising on chip quality. Woodyard operation is enhanced with state-of-the-art ANDRITZ IIoT products, including ChipperEKG, stone detection, the ScanChip chip analyzer and a FlowScanner, which measures the density and moisture content of the chips to optimize the fiberline process.
  • An ANDRITZ HERB Recovery Boiler with high steam parameters of 101 bar(a) and 515°C to maximize power generation. The HERB Recovery Boiler features energy-efficient flue gas cooling and feed water preheating technologies to maximize steam production for power generation. It is designed for extended operating periods without requiring wash water. At the beginning of December 2019, ANDRITZ successfully completed assembly of the first Recovery Boiler column.

Bracell’s Project “STAR” in Lençóis Paulista, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Photo: ANDRITZBracell’s Project “STAR” in Lençóis Paulista, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Photo: ANDRITZ

  • Environmentally friendly hardwood Fiber Lines that ensure low-effluent emissions, can produce both kraft and dissolving pulp, and which also include a chip feed system, LoSolids continuous cooking system with Pre-Hydrolysis Vessel (PHV), screen room and bleach plant, as well as ANDRITZ’s DD-Washer technology, ensuring low operating costs, low emissions, extremely high washing efficiency, and excellent fiber quality. The cooking plant for the fiberline is state of the art in the continuous cooking process for production of dissolving pulp.
  • A new innovative EvoDry Pulp Drying System with energy-efficient pulp drying based on the high-capacity Twin Wire Former technology, with airborne dryers, cutter-layboy and baling lines. The approach flow with cleaner systems ensures homogeneous pulp feed to the subsequent process stage for both types of pulps – dissolving and kraft. The pulp dewatering machine comprises a headbox with dilution control, a Twin Wire Former, and a press section with one combi-press and two shoe presses. The ANDRITZ technology for pulp drying is very well proven all over the world. In addition, the ANDRITZ EvoDry sheet dryer is the most energy-efficient of its kind. Finally, the reliable ANDRITZ cutter-layboy provides the pulp bales to be further processed in the high-capacity baling lines, where the final pulp bale units are produced.

ANDRITZ GROUP

ANDRITZ is an international technology group providing plants, systems, equipment, and services for various industries. The company is one of the technology and global market leaders in the hydropower business, the pulp and paper industry, the metal working and steel industries, and in solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial segments. Other important fields of business are animal feed and biomass pelleting, as well as automation, where ANDRITZ offers a wide range of innovative products and services in the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) sector under the brand name of Metris. In addition, the company is active in power generation (steam boiler plants, biomass power plants, recovery boilers, and gasification plants) and environmental technology (flue gas and exhaust gas cleaning plants) and offers equipment for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard, as well as recycling plants.

ANDRITZ stands for passion, partnership, perspectives and versatility – core values to which the company is committed. The listed Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria. With almost 170 years of experience, approximately 29,700 employees, and more than 280 locations in over 40 countries worldwide, ANDRITZ is a reliable and competent partner and helps its customers to achieve their corporate and sustainability goals.

ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER

ANDRITZ Pulp & Paper is a leading global supplier of complete plants, systems, equipment, and comprehensive services for the production and processing of all types of pulp, paper, board, and tissue. The technologies cover processing of logs, annual fibers, and waste paper; production of chemical pulp, mechanical pulp, and recycled fibers; recovery and reuse of chemicals; preparation of paper machine furnish; production of paper, board, and tissue; sizing, calendering and coating of paper; as well as treatment of reject materials and sludge. The service offering includes system and machine modernization, rebuilds, spare and wear parts, on-site and workshop services, optimization of process performance, maintenance and automation solutions, as well as machine relocation and second-hand equipment. Biomass, steam and recovery boilers for power production, gasification and flue gas cleaning plants, systems and plants for the production of nonwovens and absorbent hygiene products, dissolving pulp, and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling and shredding solutions for various waste materials also form a part of this business area.

Bracell

Bracell is one of the largest specialty cellulose producers in the world and has operated in Brazil for 15 years. The company has its main operations in Bahia Specialty Cellulose in Camaçari, Bahia and in Lençóis Paulista, São Paulo. By the time the expansion project is completed in 2021, Bracell will have an annual production capacity of two million tons of dissolving pulp and 7,300 direct and indirect employees.

CIBs first project opportunity in Nova Scotia supports the economy and environment

Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB), Port Hawkesbury Paper and IFE Project Management Canada (IFE) have just announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalizing their collaboration on the potential Pirate Harbour Wind Farm in Nova Scotia.

The MOU confirms CIB will conduct due diligence work with Port Hawkesbury Paper and IFE during the project evaluation and planning phase. CIB’s work could lead to an investment in the project, subject to all standard due diligence and decision making.

2019 07 08 115323With support from the Province of Nova Scotia, Port Hawkesbury Paper and IFE are evaluating the potential development of a 112 megawatt wind farm, comprised of 28 four megawatt wind turbines, 15 kilometres of overland transmission lines and two kilometres of subsea cables.

The wind farm would supply green energy to Port Hawkesbury Paper, the largest industrial employer in the region, with the goal of further enhancing sustainable energy supply to Nova Scotian industry. It also supports provincial and federal commitments to the environment and the Mill’s ongoing commitment to an environmentally sustainable business.

This is CIB’s first opportunity to partner on a project in Nova Scotia. CIB has specialized infrastructure expertise and the wind farm is consistent with one of its priority sectors – green infrastructure.

Quick Facts:

  • • CIB is a Crown corporation mandated to invest $35 billion in federal funding and attract private sector investment into new revenue-generating infrastructure projects.
  • • CIB is focused on transformational projects that are in the public interest. Public transit, trade and transportation, green infrastructure and broadband are priority sectors for investment.
  • • The Pirate Harbour Wind Farm represents CIB’s eighth project in total and demonstrates CIB is advising on and investing in projects across sectors and regions.
  • • The project will reduce the Mill’s reliance on fossil fuels for energy, resulting in reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The project adds clean, renewable energy generation to the Province and will further increase the sustainability of the Mill’s paper production operations.
  • • Port Hawkesbury Paper and IFE will lead the design, construction and financing of the wind farm.
  • • This project is an example of how CIB can partner with the private sector and collaborate with the public sector on a project that is in the public interest. The potential wind farm will support environmental and green infrastructure objectives.

Quotes:

This announcement from the Canada Infrastructure Bank is in line with our Government’s commitment to making communities cleaner, healthier and better for Canadians. This project would reduce the Mill’s reliance on fossil fuels for energy, focusing instead on wind farming as a source of renewable energy. CIB’s expertise in green infrastructure will be an asset to this project during the planning phase.

Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

CIB is pleased to bring our infrastructure investment expertise to partner with Port Hawkesbury Paper and IFE. The Pirate Harbour Wind Farm is aligned with provincial, federal and CIB priorities in terms of green infrastructure investment, increased capacity in renewable energy generation and promoting economic development.

Pierre Lavallée, President and CEO, Canada Infrastructure Bank

Nova Scotia is a national leader in fighting climate change, and we have reached this position while keeping electricity rates stable. Now, we have set the most ambitious emission reduction targets in the country. The potential of adding more clean, renewable wind energy to our province could help us achieve our goals, while supporting the future of one of the largest employers in rural Nova Scotia. That’s why we are pleased to see this project coming forward for consideration.

Derek Mombourquette, Nova Scotia Minister of Energy and Mines

This partnership has the potential to enable the production of clean energy for the area’s largest industrial employer, while helping the community of Point Tupper and the entire province, to diversify and become more sustainable.

Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Port Hawkesbury Paper is excited to continue the evaluation of the Pirate Harbour Wind Farm with the assistance of the CIB and the support of the Province in order to help further governmental commitments on the environment and enhance long-term environmentally sustainable paper production at the Mill.

Bevan Lock, Co-Mill Manager, Port Hawkesbury Paper

IFE is very pleased to work with CIB and Port Hawkesbury Paper on the development of this green infrastructure project. A decision to build this wind farm will be a landmark in Atlantic Canada, as it will be the first time that a pulp and paper mill, or any large industrial facility, has chosen to work with a wind developer to purchase green energy to fuel its activities.

Keith Towse, CEO, IFE Project Management Canada Inc.

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Wednesday, 18 December 2019 08:38

Södra: SEK 8 million for resource efficiency

This autumn, the Södra Research Foundation called for research projects with a ‘Resource efficiency’ theme. SEK 8 million has now been granted to seven research projects with topics ranging from the core products and processes of the forest industy, to new innovations in the use of forest byproducts.
One of the projects being funded is called ‘Resource-efficient chipping of spruce bark-beetle damaged wood for chemical pulp production.’ This project focuses on developing a new drum-chipping technology for the pulping process.

Catrin Gustavsson, Board member of the Södra Research Foundation and President Innovation and New Business at Södra.Catrin Gustavsson, Board member of the Södra Research Foundation and President Innovation and New Business at Södra.“This new technology could lead to higher raw material utilisation and higher pulp yields, especially when using wood with low moisture content. We want to use our raw materials as efficiently as possible therefore, any improvement to our processes and equipment that leads to a higher fibre yield is of major interest to the entire forest industry,” said Catrin Gustavsson, President of Innovation and New Business at Södra.

Other projects are focused on the timber industry with aims ranging from increased utilisation of spruce for sustainable façades, bio-based surface treatments for wood and digitalisation of timber drying processes.

“In the move towards a bio-based society, wood holds a unique position as a raw material from a renewable source. If we want to remain competitive in the timber industry, we will have to introduce new measurement techniques and increase our use of digitalisation and robotics,” said Göran Örlander, forestry strategist and Chairman of the Södra Research Foundation.

Funding is also going to projects focusing on developing new forest-based materials and processes. Examples include the production of carbon fibre from kraft lignin and cellulose, porous materials for medical use, and a new process for the extraction of vanillin and vanillic acid from lignin.

“Finding new products, processes and applications for the forest industry’s by-products is an important complement to our existing business and contributes to the replacement of fossil-based products,” said Catrin Gustavsson.

Read more about the Södra Research Foundation.

 

Forisk Consulting, a leader in North American forest industry and timber market research, has acquired the North American Wood Fiber Review from Wood Resources International of Bothell, Washington. The Review, which tracks wood fiber markets in all major regions of the United States and Canada, will be published by Forisk as the Forisk Wood Fiber Review beginning in Q1 2020.

2019 12 18 093244Dr. Brooks Mendell, President and CEO of Forisk, says, “Adding the Review and 35 years of price data to our research portfolio strengthens our ability to serve the forest industry in the U.S. and Canada, as well as international firms with North American assets. Also, current subscribers can remain confident in the trusted price reporting, as we are thrilled to announce that Tim Gammell, the current Executive Editor of the Wood Fiber Review, will join our team.”

Mr. Håkan Ekström, President and CEO of Wood Resources International, adds, “This transition builds on our long-standing working relationship with Forisk, and provides further opportunities to cooperate on forest industry research and analysis in North America and globally. We are excited with this match and look forward to our continued work together.”

The Wood Fiber Review is the only publication that covers both the pulpwood and biomass markets in North America. The market report includes prices and market commentary for a dozen regions. It is an essential source for anyone that needs to track pulpwood, wood chips, and biomass prices in the largest and most dynamic wood fiber market in the world.

Contact: Brooks Mendell, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Forisk Consulting: Forisk delivers forecasts and analysis of forest industry markets and timberland investments. Firms participate in Forisk’s research program by subscribing to the Forisk Research Quarterly (FRQ) or Wood Fiber Review, supporting benchmarking studies related to forest operations and mill capacities, and attending educational workshops and the annual Wood Flows & Cash Flows conference. www.forisk.com

About Wood Resources International: WRI is an international forest industry consulting firm that has completed consulting assignments in over 35 countries since 1988. In addition, WRI publishes the market report Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ), which has published quarterly sawlog, pulpwood and wood chip prices, market information and forest products trade, for all major regions in the world for over 30 years. www.woodprices.com

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