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Valmet has received an order for an Advantage ThruAir machine from Irving Consumer Products. This is a repeat order of the Advantage ThruAir machine that was started up recently in 2019. The new machine is planned to start-up in 2022 and will continue to support Irving’s commitment to provide ultra-premium products to the North American market.

The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the fourth quarter 2019. The value of the order is not disclosed.

Valmet and Irving share a long history of partnership and this will be their fifth tissue project together. Previously Valmet has delivered one ThruAir machine to Macon, Fort Edward, Toronto, and major rebuilds of tissue machines TM1 and TM2 to Saint John. Irving recently announced they are doubling their capacity of ultra-premium household paper products at their Macon plant and are immediately initiating an expansion of the plant. 

Valmet Advantage ThruAir tissue machineValmet Advantage ThruAir tissue machine

“The new TAD machine will help Irving Consumer Products continue to grow and deliver ultra-premium quality tissue paper products to our customers,” says Robert K. Irving, President of Irving Consumer Products.

“Valmet and Irving have a long relationship of successful projects. We are excited to work with them to reach the production and quality targets. Their products have been very much appreciated by the demanding North American market which requires the best softness, bulk and absorbency. The success is obvious with the rapid decision to invest in tissue machine TM 9. Our relationship is built on trust, setting joint targets and delivering results,” says Jan Erikson, VP Sales, Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery

Valmet’s delivery will comprise of a complete tissue production line with stock preparation equipment. The new line will include an Advantage ThruAir tissue machine including an OptiFlo II TIS headbox, ThruAir Dryers and Air system and an Advantage SoftReel reel. The scope also includes mist and dust systems, automation systems, basic mill engineering and advisory services. The production line will add a capacity of 75,000 annual tonnes of tissue to Irving’s current production.

Information about Irving Consumer Products

Irving Consumer Products is one of North America's leading manufacturers of household paper and baby diaper products. Irving Consumer Product companies include Irving Tissue and Irving Personal Care. Irving Tissue produces premium household store brand paper products for many of North America's top retailers, in addition to some of the top-selling tissue brands in the marketplace. Irving Personal Care is the only manufacturer of baby diapers and training pants in Canada. Using state-of-the-art equipment and technology, they produce premium quality private label products for major North American customers. Read more at
For further information, please contact:
Jan Eriksson, Vice President, Sales, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet, tel.  +46 705 17 14 90
Soren Eriksson, Sales Director, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet, tel. +1404-242-8845

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 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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Ten years ago Papierfabrik Palm put the PM 7 supplied by Voith into service at its King’s Lynn facility in the UK. Voith has now been engaged to supply new calender rolls with heating system for the newsprint paper machine. The rolls are scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

  • Rolls cast at Hüttenwerke Königsbronn foundry
  • High-quality newsprint and excellent printing results
  • Improved paper quality and expanded product portfolio

Rolls cast at the Hüttenwerke Königsbronn foundry
The scope of the order consists of identical calender rolls and a new heating system. The calender rolls are being cast at Hüttenwerke Königsbronn in the Heidenheim district, a foundry that can look back on a 650-year history.
The casting for the roll tube has an outer diameter of around 1.6 meters, is about 11 meters long and weighs approximately 76 metric tons. The material used is ductile cast iron, which allows the finished calender rolls to be heated up to a surface temperature of 210°C. “These dimensions make them the heaviest calender rolls worldwide made from the modern material CDI”, says Christian Tenbruck, Vice President Sales & Application at Voith. The rolls also undergo an induction-hardening process during fabrication. Higher load capacity, fatigue strength and durability are just some of the benefits of this hardening process.

Calender roll blank at Hüttenwerke Königsbronn.Calender roll blank at Hüttenwerke Königsbronn.

High-quality newsprint and excellent printing results
Thanks to close collaboration between Voith and Papierfabrik Palm, the PM 7 was able to go into production operation three weeks earlier than scheduled in 2009.
The newsprint machine has a wire width of 11,400 mm and is designed for a maximum speed of 2,200 m/min. At a production capacity of 400,000 metric tons per year, the machine produces improved paper grades from 100 percent recovered paper in the basis weight range 40–52 g/m² in addition to standard newsprint. The modernization will further improve paper quality and extend the company’s product range.
The order for the calender rolls is a further vote of confidence in Voith and a continuation of the longstanding and successful business relationship between the two companies. The transport of the completed rolls to King’s Lynn is scheduled for May 2020.

Casting process at Hüttenwerke KönigsbronnCasting process at Hüttenwerke Königsbronn

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 one 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.

Premium US dye-sublimation media solutions portfolio offered by the UK’s premier digital textile hub

Beaver Paper, the leading global manufacturer of sublimation media to the dye-sublimation and digital print industry, has appointed CMYUK as a strategic distributor for its premium dye sublimation papers in the UK and Ireland.

CMYUK, the UK’s largest independent supplier of digital wide format printers, cutters and materials will initially be supplying three-premium dye-sublimation products from Beaver Paper.  However, as the relationship continues, CMYUK expects to further expand this specialist portfolio offering with additional dye-sublimation papers for its fashion and interiors range.

L to R: Joel Willcock, CMYUK Key Accounts & Textile Business Development; Robin East, CMYUK Group Director; Alexander van Es, Beaver Area Sales North West Europe.L to R: Joel Willcock, CMYUK Key Accounts & Textile Business Development; Robin East, CMYUK Group Director; Alexander van Es, Beaver Area Sales North West Europe.

As of now, CMYUK is offering the following dye-sublimation products from Beaver Paper:

ProTexTM Protection Tissue (25 gsm): A high-yield, protective tissue specifically manufactured for grand format, dye-sublimation, and rotary heat calenders at 3.2m wide. The tissue is made from high-density, highly formed natural eucalyptus fibre providing highly robust barrier properties. It is recyclable and the formaldehyde-free formulation prevents yellowing of white synthetic textiles. ProTex™ extends the life of the calender belt and its heat resistant properties prevent web tear outs. Longer roll lengths are designed to aid productivity by reducing the amount of roll changes.

TexPrint®UT: A utility textile grade digital dye-sublimation print paper, which is not only economical with ink usage but offers highest colour yields. Designed for cost-conscious, high volume textile printing environments, it allows heat to migrate through the print sheet quicker, allowing lower calendar dwell times and faster transfer speeds, while deposing the richest and deepest dye-gas penetration. This paper boasts super lay-flatness that resists cockling even under heavier ink loads.  A specially developed binder applied to the non-print side controls fiber-contamination of sticky-belt platens on high-speed digital textile printers.

CMYUK will be supplying two weights of the TexPrint®UT print paper. TexPrint®UT/92 is a middleweight 92gsm paper suitable for soft signage, décor and tradeshow exhibits, while TexPrint®UT/72 is a lightweight 72gsm applicable for soft signage, trade show exhibits, banners and blinds.

 “We are excited about our new partnership with CMYUK, one of the premier distributors in the region, said Philip Prieur, CEO and Director of Beaver Paper. “Through this partnership, we will be able to extend our reach and offer our customers in the UK and Ireland superior service.”

Joel Willcock, Textile Business Development Specialist at CMYUK said, “Beaver Paper is a prestigious global company that manufactures superior products for the professional, dye sublimation market. Partnering with them for the UK and Ireland is a perfect fit, since we are regarded as the premier hub for the facilitation of digitally printed textiles. CMYUK is delighted to stock and supply these initial papers. In the near future we expect to add lighter papers for the highest of production speeds, as well as additional products orientated towards fashion, décor and interiors.” 

This year marks Beaver Papers 40th year in business. To celebrate, it has unveiled new branding and released a number of new products. It has also developed a brand-new interactive website to further support its distributors.

About Beaver Paper

Beaver Paper is a globally recognized producer of TexPrint® sublimation paper, ProTex™ tissue and TexStyles® graphic fabrics to the dye sublimation and digital print industry. With 40 years of experience, Beaver Paper offers the most comprehensive portfolio of sublimation media. Our products can be found in 51 countries worldwide and are carried by distributors as well as direct sales out of the Georgia headquarters or its wholly owned sales and distribution facilities in Los Angeles, Calif., Willstätt, DE and Zaandam, NL. Our worldwide distribution partners possess the knowledge and expertise to ensure superior results. Beaver Paper customers have our commitment to providing exceptional, quality products every time.


 CMYUK is the UK's largest independent supplier of large format digital printers, cutting equipment and materials for all production environments. It offers the latest LED UV curable, textile, solvent or aqueous-based printers, the most versatile cutting and finishing products, and efficient end-to-end, productivity software. It also provides installation, training and support.

CMYUK is home to the most advanced, state-of-the-art showroom and demonstration centre in the UK. Based In Shrewsbury, this is an unrivalled, knowledge-based facility that offers matchless testing and sampling opportunities.

CMYUK is the UK hub for digital textile printing. It supplies printing and finishing equipment, materials, and a comprehensive, consultative approach to print service providers (PSPs) and other businesses wishing to expand into new market sectors.

CMYUK is a distributor for EFI (exclusive UK and Ireland), ESKO (exclusive UK), Mimaki (UK and Ireland), PONGS®  (exclusive UK and Ireland), Gerber MCT (exclusive UK and Ireland), Graphtec (UK and Ireland), Klieverik (UK and Ireland), Berger (exclusive UK), HP (UK), AE Sewing Machines (exclusive UK and Ireland), Easymount (UK and Ireland).

Fabio Perini S.p.A. Brazil is enlarging its administrative offices in Joinville and its production plant to handle the increasing demand from the Brazilian and South American market for tissue paper and folded paper products.

“Brazilian and South American markets today are rapidly expanding and show a higher long-term growth rate than more mature markets like those in Europe and the US”, comments Dineo Eduardo Silverio, Chairman of Fabio Perini Ltda. “In South America, the tissue paper market has been growing by at least 3% a year, and we estimate a growth of around 15% over the next five years”.

The enlargement of the Joinville plant is also marked by the entry of MTC, technology leader in solutions for folded tissue products, in order to answer growing market demand in the tissue field from all over South America.

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In late November 2019, an Open House was set up at the Joinville premises, where visitors could see in function, the first MTC machine made entirely in Brazil. A strategic move that aims at reinforcing the company on the market, increasing its competitive edge and providing on-site sales and after-sales services.

“Part of the growth of the tissue market comes from increased consumption of folded paper products, and one of the reasons which drove us to bring MTC technology into Brazil was to answer this growing demand: surely one of the main requests coming from the Latin American and South American market is for machinery to produce folded tissue paper products. In the coming years, we expect a further upward push”, says Dineo Eduardo Silverio.

In late July 2019, Roll-Tec, Brazil’s specialist in rolls for embossing and tissue production, was bought by the Körber Group’s Tissue Business Area. The purchase was intended to develop and reinforce the position of tissue on the Latin American market, driving Fabio Perini Brazil to study market expansion strategies in North America as well, in an effort to consolidate and expand their leadership in the Americas.

Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) ("Verso" or the "Company") has just announced that the Board has nominated Paula H. J. Cholmondeley, and Ms. Cholmondeley has agreed to be nominated, as a director at the 2019 annual meeting of stockholders to be held on January 21, 2020 (the "Annual Meeting").

Verso LogoVerso has taken significant steps to refresh and diversify its Board of Directors to include a mix of industry and executive experience as well as a range of additional relevant expertise in, among other areas, finance, public company operations, manufacturing and distribution. With Ms. Cholmondeley's nomination, four of six independent directors have been nominated for election at the Annual Meeting in the last six weeks, and following their election at the Annual Meeting, five of seven directors will have joined the Board in less than one year. Although the formal nominations have occurred in a short span of time, they reflect the culmination of an extended, careful and thorough search process, with the assistance of leading executive search firms, that the Board has actively pursued over the course of the year. With the election of Ms. Cholmondeley and our recent nominees, the Board will have over 150 years of collective paper industry experience and a majority of our Board will comprise highly experienced experts in the paper and manufacturing industries.

Ms. Cholmondeley was nominated by the Board's Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee (the "Nominating Committee") based upon her impressive array of executive leadership roles, particularly in the paper and industrial manufacturing industries. Ms. Cholmondeley has served as a director for Terex Corporation, an international industrial products company, since 2004, as well as a director of the Bank of the Ozarks since 2016 and as an independent trustee of Nationwide Mutual Funds since 2000. She has held multiple other directorships, including for KapStone Paper and Packaging from 2016 to 2018, for DENTSPLY International from 2002 to 2016, for Minerals Technologies from 2004 to 2014, for Albany International from 2005 to 2013, and Ultralife Corporation from 2004 to 2010. From 2004 to present, she has been the principal of The Sorrel Group, a consulting firm founded by Ms. Cholmondeley specializing in customized corporate governance education for first time members of boards of directors. From 2000 to 2003, Ms. Cholmondeley was Vice President and General Manager of the Specialty Products division of Sappi Fine Paper, North America.  Ms. Cholmondeley has also held other senior management and finance roles throughout her career, including during her six years of service at International Paper. Ms. Cholmondeley is a (non-practicing) CPA and is a part-time faculty member for the National Association of Corporate Directors.

In the non-profit arena, her board experience includes the American Institute of CPAs; Gifts-in-Kind, the largest product-giving charity in the United States; the Executive Leadership Council; and the National Association of Black Accountants. Ms. Cholmondeley is on the advisory board for Trewstar, a recruiting firm whose focus is on women directors. She is also the chair of the corporate board initiative for the Executive Leader Council.

Steven Scheiwe, an independent director of the Board, stated, "Ms. Cholmondeley is an outstanding and highly qualified nominee for election to the Board. She has a proven track record of delivering results as an executive leader of complex organizations and brings deep experience across relevant industries, including manufacturing. In her current role as a governance advisor, she will bring a strong emphasis on sound corporate governance practices, strategic planning and executive oversight to the Verso Board to advance our commitment to delivering value to stockholders."

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 

SOURCE Verso Corporation

Canfor Corporation (TSX:CFP) (“Canfor”) has agreed with Great Pacific Capital Corp. (“Great Pacific”) and 1227738 B.C. Ltd. (the “Purchaser”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Great Pacific, to terminate the previously announced arrangement agreement dated October 28, 2019 (the “Arrangement Agreement”) with respect to the proposed plan of arrangement (the “Arrangement”) of Canfor.

Based on the Canfor shareholder votes cast by proxy prior to the December 16, 2019 proxy cutoff, the “majority of the minority” vote required to approve the Arrangement pursuant to Multilateral Instrument 61-101  -  Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special  Transactions, will not be achieved.

2017 09 18 233123Approximately 45% of the votes cast by proxy by minority shareholders as at the proxy cutoff were in favour of the Arrangement.

The special meeting of Canfor shareholders, scheduled for Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. (Vancouver time), has been cancelled.

Pursuant to the Arrangement Agreement, the Purchaser will pay 50% of the actual reasonable out-of- pocket expenses incurred by Canfor in connection with the Arrangement from the date of the Arrangement Agreement to the date hereof. AST Trust Company (Canada), as depositary for the Arrangement, will be returning any physical share certificates that have been submitted by shareholders of Canfor in connection with the Arrangement forthwith in accordance with the instructions contained in the letters of transmittal.

Canfor plans to continue to diversify its business and pursue growth strategies in positioning itself for long-term success and sustainability.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release constitute “forward-looking statements” which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. These forward- looking statements include, among others, statements relating to: the cancellation of the special meeting of Canfor shareholders; the Purchaser’s repayment of 50% of Canfor’s reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred in connection with the Arrangement; and Canfor’s ongoing business strategies and objectives. Words such as “expects”, “anticipates”, “projects”, “intends”, “plans”, “will”, “believes”, “seeks”, “estimates”, “should”, “may”, “could”, and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations and beliefs and actual events or results may differ materially.

Although Canfor believes that the forward-looking statements in this news release are based on information and assumptions that are current, reasonable and complete, these statements are by their nature subject to a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from management’s expectations and plans as set forth in such forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, the following factors, many of which are beyond Canfor’s control and the effects of which can be difficult to predict: the possibility of adverse reactions or changes in business relationships resulting from the announcement of termination of the Arrangement Agreement; risks relating to Canfor’s ability to retain and attract key personnel; changes in economic conditions, interest rates or commodity prices; risks and uncertainties relating to information management, technology, supply chain, product safety, changes in law, competition, seasonality, commodity price and business; and other risks inherent to Canfor’s business and/or factors beyond its control which could have a material adverse effect on Canfor.

Canfor cautions that the foregoing list of important factors and assumptions is not exhaustive and other factors could also adversely affect its results. For more information on the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause Canfor’s actual results to differ from current expectations, please refer to the “Risks and Uncertainties” section of Canfor’s Management’s Discussion & Analysis for the year ended December  31, 2018, as well as Canfor’s other public filings, available  at  and  at

The forward-looking statements contained in this news release describe Canfor’s expectations at the date of this news release and, accordingly, are subject to change after such date. Except as may be required by applicable Canadian securities laws, Canfor does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this news release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Readers  are cautioned  not to  place  undue  reliance on these forward-looking statements.

About Canfor

Canfor is a leading integrated forest products company based in Vancouver, British Columbia (“BC”) with interests in BC, Alberta, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Arkansas, as well as in Sweden with its recent majority acquisition of Vida Group. Canfor produces primarily softwood lumber and also owns a 54.8% interest in Canfor Pulp Products Inc., which is one of the largest global producers of market northern bleached softwood kraft pulp and a leading producer of high performance kraft paper. Canfor Shares are traded on The Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CFP.

PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) has recently signed another contract for a delivery of  (4) new Intelli-Tissue® 1800 EcoEc Premium machines for APP, this time for Oki mill in Indonesia.

PMP is perceived by APP as a strategic partner in dynamic development and tissue market expansion. A partnership between both companies has become stronger due to a project for (18) Intelli-Tissue® 1600 EcoEc Premium lines for Rudong, China that will bring 620 000 t/a of high quality tissue.

logo pmp passionPMP Intelli-Tissue® EcoEc Premium technology corresponds well with a Sustainable Development Strategy of APP and guarantees achieving ultra low media consumption (total energy usage: steam & electricity as low as  1,74 MWh/t), while keeping premium quality of final product. PMP machines ensure efficiency higher than 95% which is in line with APP requirements.

PMP scope of supply for OKI mill include 4 new complete PMP Intelli-Tissue® EcoEc Premium machines with core technological components such as PMP Intelli-Jet V® Hydraulic Headbox, Intelli-Former® Crescent Former, Intelli-Press® and Steel Yankee Dryer with Steam heated Hood. Scope of delivery also includes mechanical drives, steam and condensate system, dust removal system, mist removal system, lubrication system, design, erection, start-up & supervision.

This contract is going to be executed by two PMP Group divisions: PMPoland (Poland) and PM IB (China) to provide Optimum Costs Solutions as well as excellent communication platform.

Mondi, global leader in innovative and sustainable packaging and paper solutions, has been recognised in four product categories at the WorldStar Packaging Awards. The annual competition rewards the greatest achievements in packaging innovation and technologies worldwide, with a focus on both sustainability and end-user convenience. While the judging process was hosted in November in Indonesia, the Gala Awards Ceremony will take place at the interpack 2020 trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany.

marketingei others logo 8795“Our guiding principle, ‘Sustainable by design’ is reflected in each packaging solution that has been recognised by the WorldStar Awards this year. It is very important to us to support all our customers to help with their bespoke packaging needs and assist them with reaching their individual sustainability goals," said Armand Schoonbrood, COO Mondi Corrugated Solutions.

The winning Mondi products are:

  1. UpliftBox in the Household category from Mondi Corrugated Solutions Grünburg
  2. DashV1Box in the Transit category from Mondi Corrugated Solutions Ansbach
  3. Stabilization Box in the Other category from Mondi Corrugated Solutions Bupak s.r.o.
  4. StripPouch in the Household category from the German cleaning products maker Werner & Mertz and Mondi Consumer Flexibles
  5. Protector Bags in the Transit category from Mondi Paper Bags and aPak, a Swedish Packaging dealer

Mondi´s vision is to contribute to a better world. It follows our customer-centric approach, "EcoSolutions", to support its customers to meet their sustainability goals.

“These awards underline that packaging can be part of the solution in protecting products, being fit for purpose while reducing material and transport needs. A fresh approach with reinvention and collaboration has shown we are at the forefront of sustainable packaging solutions.” says Graeme Smith, Head of Product Sustainability for Flexible Packaging and Engineered Materials. Mondi’s approach centres around three actions to optimise packaging choices:

Replace less sustainable products with solutions that help our customers fulfil their commitments, following our principle of paper where possible, plastic when useful.

Reduce the overall environmental footprint and the volume of raw material used through design, operational efficiency and material choices.

Recycle by developing fit-for-purpose paper and plastic packaging solutions that are designed for recycling.

Schoonbrood continued: “At Mondi, we have dedicated in-house design teams that work in close collaboration with our customers to deliver individual packaging solutions that add real value. We are proud that these teams have been recognised externally for their dedication to continuously find innovative ways to protect delicate goods in different shapes and sizes – while also being sustainable within transport and logistics.”

Further details on the award-winning packaging innovations

  • UpliftBox: The Mondi solution UpliftBox features swivel covers. Once moved during opening, the tractive force activates a mechanism that raises the lifting platform to the top of the box, creating an emotional experience for the end-user. Designed by Herbert Reitbrugger, Mondi Corrugated Solutions Grünburg.
  • DashV1Box: introduces a single standard packaging for automotive dash boards that has reduced processing costs by 31% and quality complaints by 80%. This sustainable solution uses 100% corrugated material. The unique ergonomics of the product made it difficult to find a one-fit solution, but DashV1Box meets all the demands. Different component lengths are accommodated by variable corrugated fittings. Designed by Marco Rammler, Mondi Corrugated Solutions Ansbach.
  • Stabilization Box: answers a dairy customer`s request for a stabilizing solution which would reinforce the whole pallet block and prevent boxes from shifting into the middle – at the same time not obstructing the airway that secures proper cooling for the delicate product. Eva Hrychová, Mondi Corrugated Solutions Bupak, developed this perforated interlay, made from three-layer corrugated board.
  • StripPouch: Mondi and Werner & Mertz’s innovative, 100-percent recyclable pouch leapfrogs sorting and recycling hurdles on the way to “true recyclability.” The new design features a complete mono-material (PE) also for the spout and cap. Detachable printed panels enhance the recyclate quality due to the ability to separate the decorative panels from the pouch after use. Designed by Mondi Consumer Flexibles.

Protector Bags:  The paper-based, ‘envelope-like’ Protector Bags have increased efficiency, reduced workload and lowered overall costs to our customers by more than 70% for packaging and shipping door consoles. The lightweight, 100% recyclable bags also are sustainable by design – requiring less material, using paper instead of plastic, and halving the number of trips needed to move components from place to place. At the same time, the packaging process is now less strenuous for the people involved as closing the bags simple as sealing an envelope.

About Mondi

Mondi is a global leader in packaging and paper, delighting its customers and consumers with innovative packaging and paper solutions that are sustainable by design. Our business is fully integrated across the packaging and paper value chain – from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and plastic films, to developing and manufacturing effective industrial and consumer packaging solutions. Sustainability is embedded in everything we do. In 2018, Mondi had revenues of €7.48 billion and underlying EBITDA of €1.76 billion.

Mondi has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange (MNDI), and a secondary listing on the JSE Limited (MNP). Mondi is a FTSE 100 constituent, and has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Index Series since 2007.

About the WPO:

WPO – World Packaging Organisation is a non-profit, non-governmental, international federation of packaging institutes, associations, federations and other interested parties including corporations and trade associations.

About the WorldStar Award categories:

  • Beverages: Packaging for liquid or dry tea, coffee, water and soft drinks including wine, beer and spirits
  • Electronics: Packaging of all electrical items
  • Food: All food packaging including fresh, frozen, dried or other
  • Health & Personal Care: Includes the packaging of cosmetics, toiletries, supplements, vitamins, perfumes, hair body and oral-care. 
  • Household: Includes the packaging of household items, toys, stationery, gifts, clothing, garden equipment and decorating 
  • Labelling and Decoration: The addition of content to a pack, which creates a unique or innovative appearance, function or communication.  This may include labels, sleeves, tags, coding/markings, etching, directly applied inks or by any other similar process.
  • Luxury: Includes seasonal and religious festival gift packaging and high-end products like perfume or jewelry that has the ability to "wow" the consumer
  • Medical & Pharmaceutical: Packaging of all medicines including prescription, over the counter and medical equipment packaging
  • Packaging Materials & Components: Any specific material or component, which creates a differentiating appearance, unique functionality or notable innovation that, enhances a pack's performance.
  • Point of Sale: End of aisle display units
  • Transit: Industrial (heavy duty) and distribution packaging – inter-company packaging and internet packaging
  • Other: Miscellaneous packs that are not included in any other category.

Since 2006, German tissue manufacturer WEPA Group has chosen Toscotec for all its hood rebuilds at various paper mills in Germany and Italy. These projects were all turnkey operations, where Toscotec supplied the complete package for the rebuild, from its engineering design, to the components supply, down to onsite dismantling operations, erection, commissioning and start-up. For these rebuilds, Toscotec developed a custom-made design of its hoods aimed to increase production and reduce energy consumption to a minimum; it engineered the nozzle boxes and customized the air system according to WEPA’s requirements, in order to achieve top operation flexibility in cross direction moisture control and better machine runnability. Overall, Toscotec supplied other hood and air systems to WEPA in Germany, France and Poland as part of the supply of new tissue lines. The following three projects are a selection of the rebuilds carried out from 2006 to 2019.  

WEPA Marsberg-Giershagen PM5 drying section rebuild.

2019 12 06 080740WEPA chose Toscotec for 7 custom-made hood and air system rebuilds on a turnkey basis. In 2006, WEPA Marsberg-Giershagen mill in Germany invested in the rebuild of the drying section of its PM5 and selected Toscotec for the supply of high-temperature hoods and its Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD-15FT. WEPA believed in this new technology at a time when Toscotec had only manufactured a few TT SYD, and its innovative steel design had only just been introduced into what was a cast iron-dominated tissue market back then. Thirteen years later, WEPA has successfully installed another 6 TT SYDs and Toscotec has developed and implemented three successive product generations and sold over 220 steel Yankees worldwide, including 5,600 mm width and 22 ft diameter TT SYDs. WEPA’s foresight was proved right, for steel Yankees are now recognized as the new technological standard in the tissue industry at a global level.

The gas-fired hoods supplied to WEPA Marsberg-Giershagen in 2006 operate at 600-650°C and are equipped with low emission burners running on high-temperature combustion air. The energy necessary to heat up the combustion air is recovered from the air system itself through the use of heat exchangers. As a result, the advantage of low emission burners is twofold: one is the reduction of air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) and carbon oxide (CO), and the second is cutting the overall gas consumption. 

WEPA Italia Cassino PM13 drying section rebuild.

In 2013, Toscotec supplied a hood rebuild to WEPA Italia Cassino in southern Italy. The German Group confirmed the Italian supplier as the turnkey supplier of its second hood rebuild based on the advantages of Toscotec’s technical proposal. 

Firstly, the project was completed according to schedule, in a record time of only 6 months from contract signature to start-up. Secondly, the engineering design was custom-made based not only on the machine specifications, but also on the installation logistics, in order to avoid opening up the roof of the machine building and renting external crane equipment. Toscotec designed and manufactured these double-width hoods in separate modules and consequently achieved a significant reduction of the installation time and costs. According to WEPA’s needs, in order to reduce machine down time and speed up the mill’s administrative procedures, Toscotec realized a particular layout where the air system was installed outside the building. 

In 2016, Toscotec also installed a TT SYD of 18ft diameter and 5,890 mm face length on the same machine. 

WEPA Leuna PM10 hood rebuild in 2019. 

For WEPA Leuna mill in Germany, Toscotec supplied the turnkey rebuild of PM10 hoods. 

As with WEPA Cassino, the Italian manufacturer was asked to factor in the installation logistics while developing the custom-made design of PM10 5,600 mm web width hoods. The advantage was that the hoods were carried into the machine building through its regular entrance and lifted using the building cranes. This reduced time and cost, as it avoided work on the roof and rental of external cranes.  

Toscotec completed the project on schedule within 7 days of machine down time, during which it performed the dismantling of the old parts, erection of the new ones, commissioning, and start-up. Achieving this required precise planning and the onsite assembly of key components before shutdown.  

Mr. Lars-Helge Peters, WEPA Leuna Mill Manager, said: “Inside the building we had to do a big crane job with evident space restraints, but Toscotec handled it very well. The start-up was perfectly on schedule, on Monday April 8th at 7 am. During the six months after the rebuild, we achieved two positive results: the first is a 3-5% reduction of PM10 overall energy consumption (gas and electrical power) and the second is the improvement of the moisture profile across all grades, from kitchen towel to toilet paper. Also, on this new configuration, compared with the old hoods, we observed an increased stability of the hood section and better runnability.” 

Successful outcome across 7 projects. 

The results of 7 hood rebuilding projects over 13 years have been consistently a reduction of gas and power consumption higher than the contract guarantees and a significant increase in the run-ability of the machine, both in terms of overall efficiency and cross direction moisture profile

Since their first drying section rebuild of 2006, WEPA and Toscotec began a fruitful cooperation that not only led to the successful completion of 7 hood rebuilds, but also to five complete tissue lines, three of which were turnkey supplies.  

On August 2018, PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) has signed a contract for a press part rebuild of PM#2 in Smurfit Kappa Morava Paper, Czech Republic. On September 2019, a new core technological component, PMP Intelli-Nip® Shoe Press has been launched. This last 2 years have been very productive of projects for press part modernization or new press.

logo pmp passionPMP Intelli-Nip® Shoe Press technology is a connection of two main advantages – media consumption reduction and paper properties enhancement. This solution is attractive for papermakers all over the world. Yearly, PMP executes many of projects regarding press section for machines which produces more than 3 500 000 tons of paper per year. It is possible to increase production efficiency for even 40%, after PMP components implementation.

The main goals of project for Smurfit Kappa Morava were to increase production through speeding up the machine, improve runnability of press section and increase dryness after press.

After rebuild, the machine produces fluting and testliner in basis weight range of 100-170 g/m2 (main basis weight: 120 g/m2) from 100% waste paper. Maximum operating speed is 600 m/min. Sheet width at press section is 2650 mm and maximum nip pressures are:

  • 1st nip – 80 kN/m,
  • 2nd nip – 120 kN/m,
  • 3rd nip – 1250 kN/m.

Scope of supply includes also design, manufacturing, pre-assembly, assembly on site and start-up supervision.

Furthermore after start-up, PMP Intelli-Nip® Shoe Press reaches 55.72% of dryness after press (by 1000 kN/m, 150 g/m2).

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