Pulp-Paperworld.com / European News http://www.pulp-paperworld.com Mon, 18 Mar 2019 18:38:32 +0100 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Stora Enso starts co-determination process regarding the possible conversion of the Oulu paper mill into packaging board mill and closure of one paper machine http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8016-stora-enso-starts-co-determination-process-regarding-the-possible-conversion-of-the-oulu-paper-mill-into-packaging-board-mill-and-closure-of-one-paper-machine http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8016-stora-enso-starts-co-determination-process-regarding-the-possible-conversion-of-the-oulu-paper-mill-into-packaging-board-mill-and-closure-of-one-paper-machine

Stora Enso starts co-determination negotiations with employees at Oulu Mill in Finland regarding a plan to convert the paper mill into packaging board production and the closure of paper machine 6 and a sheeting plant. The planned change could result in a reduction of a maximum of 400 employees at the mill. The decision on the potential conversion will be made by the Stora Enso Board of Directors during the first half of 2019 after the co-determination process has been completed.

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Stora Enso announced in June 2018 that it would evaluate development opportunities for the Oulu Mill, because current coated wood-free paper production is facing challenges with market demand and profitability. The feasibility study focused on converting the mill into packaging board grades. Based on the technical and financial aspects of the feasibility study results, the proposed plan is to convert paper machine 7 into kraftliner production and close down paper machine 6 and the sheeting plant by the end of 2020 at the latest. The capital expenditure for the potential investment is estimated to be approximately EUR 350 million during the years 2019–2021 instead of the EUR 700 million estimated in the initial feasibility study scope.


The potential investment would include a new world-class kraftliner line with a capacity of 450 000 tonnes per year and the modification of the pulp mill and drying machine to produce unbleached brown pulp. Moreover, it would include investments to enhance environmental performance.

The potential conversion of Oulu Mill would enable Stora Enso to further improve its position in the growing packaging business and take a major step in its transformation. The aim of the change is to improve the competitiveness of Oulu Mill and to ensure a long-term future for the mill.

The environmental permit will be filed in March. The permit application will also include a description of a potential conversion for paper machine 6, in case this option would be considered at a later date.

The entire personnel of Stora Enso Oulu Oy, approximately 600 people, falls within the scope of the negotiations, which will start on 25 March 2019. In line with Finland’s co-determination law, the negotiations are based on the proposed conversion plan and include the reorganization of structures, functions, resources and job roles. The negotiations are expected to take at least six weeks. The potential changes affecting personnel would take place by the end of year 2020.

No decisions regarding the planned conversion or redundancies will be taken until the co-determination negotiations have been concluded.

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

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    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:51:16 +0100
    Parents of the revolution: why we must start planning for the coming digital age today http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8015-parents-of-the-revolution-why-we-must-start-planning-for-the-coming-digital-age-today http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8015-parents-of-the-revolution-why-we-must-start-planning-for-the-coming-digital-age-today

    Don’t work harder; work smarter.

    This old adage is taking on new significance as digitalisation transforms our economies. Today, we stand at the precipice of a global productivity revolution and the watchword of this will be: “work smarter.”

    poyry logo 2017Yet, while this transformation will free us from a great deal of wasted time, it will also require us to change the energy industry. In the future, we will all be required to learn new skills and change the way we work – quite fundamentally – to adapt to this emerging reality.

    This requires workforces to change their cultures and mindsets, while also learning new ways of working. This is no small task. Yet it is vital, because those who succeed will find themselves at a competitive advantage.

    Digital applications in energy have the potential to transform the sector, by delivering greater efficiency throughout the entire supply chain, by revolutionising companies’ relationships with their customers, and by unlocking the potential for deep decarbonisation through automating flexibility to match production patterns of renewable energy. The earliest digital breakthroughs are in predictive asset maintenance, improved forecasting and real-time monitoring, and digital tools that aim to attract and retain customers. Drones and UAVs for remote inspections, as well as process mining and text mining are also helping to improve efficiency. Digital twins allow ‘what-if’ and predictive analysis to be performed on virtual representations of physical assets. Artificial intelligence is unlocking value almost everywhere it is applied.

    So, while this revolution will be full of opportunity, we must ask ourselves some tough questions: What does the future look like? How do companies ensure they have the right structure and skills to lead this change? And what does the company of the future look like?

    Skilling up

    While still a nascent technology, predictive asset maintenance is becoming one of the more mature digital technologies in the energy sector – and it tells us important things about the changes to come. Today, predictive maintenance is at the cutting edge, but tomorrow it will be part of a much bigger system. We are still at the cusp of what the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) can do.

    The guiding star for all “industry 4.0” technologies will be data. The data that these IIoT sensors gather will enable companies to identify and resolve problems remotely, allow engineers to deploy their time more efficiently and, eventually, machine learning might help plants automate simple engineering jobs. It will also allow plant owners to gain insights into their own operations and identify how assets can be used more productively. Energy companies are still only at an early stage in exploiting digital technologies and data streams, such as machine learning applied to rich data sources.

    However, this future is not yet here. To reach this point, we need better access to clean, accessible data streams and we need to better identify where to focus our efforts. We also need to get around practical barriers like the interoperability of these sensors. Although the limits are expanding fast, constraints on processing power, data storage and algorithms mean that the 80:20 rule still applies to data analytics. It is these practical considerations that led Pöyry to co-develop Krti 4.0, a machine learning predictive maintenance framework that works across different kinds of sensors. It begins with prioritisation using Pöyry’s RAMS (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, Safety) methodology, to assess and prioritise the most relevant potential causes of failure. This RAMS approach distinguishes Krti 4.0 from less discerning systems; allowing Pöyry’s engineering experience to direct the system to focus on the most important data.

    Tomorrow’s barriers will be the evolving relationship between humans and machines: we must learn when to trust machine decisions, how to monitor and when to take back control, and how to augment machine learning with humans’ experience and knowledge from beyond the data. For policymakers, it may also require changes to the way with think about regulation, as the lines blur between utilities and tech companies.

    Adapting for change

    Yet for all of this, the biggest barrier will be ourselves. Today’s engineers have learned their trade in the last few decades, yet the skills required of them will change in the coming ones. In an interconnected, data-driven world; engineers will find they are required to be software and hardware engineers, and even drone operators, as much as they are required to be power engineers. Knowledge and information will be treated as a precious company resource and will be managed and maintained.

    This will require cultural transformation. Companies that adopt a forward-looking and nimble posture will steal a march over companies that are slower to adapt. The Silicon Valley “move fast and break things” mentality might seem anathema to engineers who have grown up in a world of careful design and planning, but just as tech start-ups are currently challenging the status quo in the transport and retail industries, they will challenge engineering too.

    Another challenge is to develop digital solutions within a strategic plan, so that data sources are carefully consolidated and synergies are fully exploited.

    Finally, in this fast-paced world, companies that do get first mover advantage must not rest on their laurels, lest the advanced technology of today become the legacy system of tomorrow.

    The coming revolutions

    All of this means those of us who are working in the energy sector can no longer consider ourselves discrete from technology experts. We must understand both worlds. Companies and their people must now start planning to become digital-first. This is about weaving digital into the fabric of what we do – not simply as something that is bolted on.

    What’s more is that this revolution is happening hand in hand with another one – decarbonisation. This will be complemented by the digital one. It will be digital technologies that facilitate decentralised generation, load balancing and demand-response. Traders are already using AI based forecasting and algorithmic trading to help them get ahead of their competition in energy markets, and digital tools are being used to help companies attract and retain customers.

    It is this final element which makes the revolution inevitable. The energy industry simply will not continue as it is. As we’ve learned by speaking to clients through our own digital readiness service, change is often unsettling – even for those who understand it best – but it is happening, whether we like it or not.

    If you haven’t started the journey to a digital future yet – start today.

    Stephen Woodhouse is Chief Digital Officer at Pöyry.

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      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:25:54 +0100
      Futura harnesses the sticking power of water for lamination http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8014-futura-harnesses-the-sticking-power-of-water-for-lamination http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8014-futura-harnesses-the-sticking-power-of-water-for-lamination

      JOI Hydro-Bond is a new technology from Futura which, for the first time in tissue converting, achieves perfect adhesion of tissue plies using water alone - no glue.

      The technology is the result of months of experimentation at FuturaLab – Futura’s hub of innovation – and the results have been a revelation.

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      “There are no chemicals at play here,” says Futura’s Chief Technology Officer Giovacchino Giurlani. “Perfect adhesion of the tissue plies is the result of a combination of the uniform nip pressure of JOI’s renowned Zero Deflexion steel marrying roll, which evenly connects the plies using water to create permanence to the tissue-to-tissue bond which results.”

      The technology has been tested and proven under real-life operating conditions, using a wide variety of toilet tissue, including conventional and structured. And thanks to collaboration with our customers, Futura has been able to verify the process in everything from warm and humid to cold and dry climates, using the varied local water quality available. The results have consistently confirmed the validity of Hydro-Bond even with 3 and 4 plies.

      The end result is a product which is more hygienic and pleasant for the consumer to use, and more sustainable, from both an environmental and economic point of view. “The roll which results from JOI Hydro-Bond retains all its qualities, but is better thanks to what it is missing,” says Sergio Tonarelli, Futura’s Chief Sales Officer.

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      The production process without glue will provide increased output. Removing glue from the equation also means reduced contamination of the machine with the benefits which this brings. While glue represents a cost, the main impact is the efficiency-related savings in the process, which mean increased Overall Equipment Efficiency.

      “Our task now is to continue sharing this genuine innovation with the industry,” says Tonarelli. “FuturaLab is going to be a busy place as we can now show tissue makers how JOI Hydro-Bond works with their specific paper.”

      An open house demonstration to launch JOI Hydro-Bond will take place on Thursday 28 March 2019 at FuturaLab in Lucca.

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        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 15 Mar 2019 08:47:09 +0100
        Södra wins Best Marketing Campaign of the Year at PPI Awards http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8013-soedra-wins-best-marketing-campaign-of-the-year-at-ppi-awards http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8013-soedra-wins-best-marketing-campaign-of-the-year-at-ppi-awards

        Södra’s pioneering Act of a Hero campaign was named Marketing Campaign of the Year at the PPI Awards in Vienna last night.

        Linda Ottosson, Head of Marketing Communication, who led the campaign with Sales Director Marcus Hellberg, accepted the award on behalf of the Södra Cell team, along with Customer relations Manager, Angeline Elfström. “We’re extremely proud of the pioneering Act of a Hero campaign for several reasons,” she told the audience.

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        “We pushed the boundaries of traditional advertising by a pulp supplier, deliberately targeting our customers’ customers and spreading a generic positive message about sustainable forest products. The campaign far exceeded our expectations and those of the customers we collaborated with (another first), registering over 4.3 million views (including search engine views). Video views number more than 815,000 so far.”

        “The statistics are impressive,” added Hellberg, “but they’re not the whole story. The fact that we have won not one but two awards for this campaign (it also won Sofidel’s Best Sustainable Project, Social Category) shows there is real value in creative, out-of-the-box communication, especially when it is accompanied by analysis of the stakeholders in the chain and collaboration with customers. We also need to thank our creative agency, Ehrenstrahle, for helping us to think bravely and to take a whole new approach to the marketing of pulp.”

        https://www.sodra.com/hero

        Founded in 1938, Södra is Sweden’s largest forest-owner association, with nearly 52,000 forest owners as its members. We conduct modern and responsible forestry, and operate state-of-the-art mills in which we process our raw material. In 2018, sales amounted to SEK 24 billion and employees totalled 3,100. Through value-generating relationships and a long-term approach, Södra shows the way for the next generation of forestry.

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          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 15 Mar 2019 08:36:06 +0100
          Valmet strengthens its wastewater automation business in Norway by signing a distributor agreement with Endress+Hauser http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8012-valmet-strengthens-its-wastewater-automation-business-in-norway-by-signing-a-distributor-agreement-with-endress-hauser http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8012-valmet-strengthens-its-wastewater-automation-business-in-norway-by-signing-a-distributor-agreement-with-endress-hauser

          Valmet has extended the cooperation with Endress+Hauser by signing a distributor agreement for wastewater automation. Valmet's target is to strengthen and expand its wastewater business in Norway and help the wastewater industry to improve and optimize its processes.

          valmet logoAccording to the agreement, Valmet provides its advanced wastewater automation and measurement technology, while Endress+Hauser is responsible for sales, engineering and services in Norway. Valmet and Endress+Hauser already have similar agreements regarding wastewater business in Finland, Sweden, and Switzerland.

          Beneficial collaboration with a strategic approach

          Endress+Hauser has long experience of the business environment and wastewater industry in Norway. Together with Valmet's strong automation expertise and advanced technology, the companies can develop wastewater automation and measurement business forward.

          "The cooperation helps to expand Valmet's wastewater business in Norway. Endress+Hauser AS has good knowledge about Norway's wastewater customers and business environment, and Valmet's wastewater products fit very well to the existing offering of Endress+Hauser," says Heli Karaila, Business Manager, Wastewater, Automation, Valmet.

          "We wish to express our global and strategic approach into the water and wastewater industry, especially when it comes to sludge measurement and handling. In Norway, we have dedicated microwave specialists for this purpose, which is why we think it's natural and beneficial to join forces with Valmet in this specific industry. The products are fitting nicely into our product portfolio as complementary devices for sludge measurement and handling. We find the experience and the closeness of Valmet's competence hubs in Finland and in Sweden as a great advantage for both us and our customers," says Tore Sandvoll, CEO, Endress+Hauser AS Norway.

          Information about Valmet's measurement solutions

          Valmet's automation and measurement solutions portfolio includes a long tradition of pioneering innovative measurement solutions for wastewater. Valmet's solid sensors provide proven results for all sludge processing stages in over 1,000 references in municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants globally. Read more about Valmet's offering: www.valmet.com/wastewater

          Information about Endress+Hauser

          Endress+Hauser is a global leader in measurement instrumentation, services and solutions for industrial process engineering. The group employs more than 13,000 personnel across the globe, generating net sales of over 2.2 billion euros in 2017. Endress+Hauser provides sensors, instruments, systems and services for level, flow, pressure and temperature measurement as well as analytics and data acquisition. The company supports customers with automation engineering, logistics and IT services and solutions.

          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 12,000 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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            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 11 Mar 2019 10:13:57 +0100
            Students create packaging of the future in annual design competition PIDA arranged by BillerudKorsnäs http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8010-students-create-packaging-of-the-future-in-annual-design-competition-pida-arranged-by-billerudkorsnaes http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8010-students-create-packaging-of-the-future-in-annual-design-competition-pida-arranged-by-billerudkorsnaes

            What will a sustainable and exciting packaging concept look like in 2030? Most likely we will see many and innovative answers to that question at PIDA (Packaging Impact Design Award), the international design competition arranged and hosted by BillerudKorsnäs. In this year’s edition of PIDA, the brief encourages the participating students to gaze into the future and create an innovative, functional and sustainable packaging concept to solve a problem of the future.

            “We have to start today if we want to find tomorrow’s solutions. Change doesn’t happen overnight. Design for the future means to stop and think, question the way things are, identify problems and go to work to change things for the better. This year’s theme gives the students tons of opportunities to push the envelope of their creativity,” says Johanna Oderstad, Technical Sales Carton Solutions BillerudKorsnäs.

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            Bring the Future
            Consumers of today demand more of a package than ever. They expect less plastic, unique design and sustainable solutions. 72% of all consumers say they are willing to pay more for a product packed in a sustainable way, according to a BillerudKorsnäs 2017 survey. The theme for this year’s PIDA is Bring the Future and the key word is “sustainability”. “A theme this broad gives the students ample possibilities to go their own way. They can fantasize about future scenarios that they are able to imagine. We hope to see innovative concepts that will give us new food for thought.”

            Selecting an international winner
            The Swedish part of PIDA will be held on 22 May in Stockholm. Here, students from Germany will participate as well. PIDA France will be held on 16 June in Reims. For the first time this year, UK students have their own PIDA event – in Sheffield on 4 June. And also for the first time, an international PIDA winner will be selected at the luxury packaging show Luxe Pack in Monaco on 30 September.

            “We have arranged PIDA for many years now, with a similar setup over a long time. We want to take the competition to a new level. This way we can give the students an even greater incentive and introduce their design projects to a wider audience,” says Johanna Oderstad.

            About PIDA
            For the 15th consecutive year the international packaging design competition PIDA (Packaging Impact Design Award) is arranged by BillerudKorsnäs. Around 200 design students from France, Germany, Sweden and the UK participate. At each national event winners are selected in the following categories: Highest Level of Sustainability, Highest Level of Innovation, Highest Level of User Friendliness, and PIDA Gold Award. The competition aims to demonstrate the importance of packaging to products, brands and the environment.

            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 4300 employees in over 13 countries. BillerudKorsnäs has an annual turnover of about SEK 22 billion and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. www.billerudkorsnas.com

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              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 11 Mar 2019 10:00:57 +0100
              Amerplast and Metsä Tissue's Serla partnering to promote Circular Economy http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8009-amerplast-and-metsae-tissue-s-serla-partnering-to-promote-circular-economy http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8009-amerplast-and-metsae-tissue-s-serla-partnering-to-promote-circular-economy

              Transition to Circular Economy is a necessity when we wish to create a better and more sustainable future for our children and the generations to come. We need to make the most of our limited resources and work together against climate change. Amerplast and Metsä Tissue’s Serla brand are partnering to introduce the first Circular Economy Tissue Packaging to the market.

              2019 03 08 094918Amerplast’s ESSI Kiertokääre is a circular economy packaging concept that utilizes recycled plastic from industrial sources and post-consumer recycled plastic packaging separately collected from Finnish households. According to Amerplast research the use of recycled raw materials decreases the environmental effects of packaging and also the need for virgin raw materials.

              What makes Serla’s Green Pack packaging unique is not only the use of recycled materials. The packaging is a combination of both the ESSI Kiertokääre concept and biobased Green PE polyethylene. Green PE is produced using ethanol, a by-product in sugar production. It contains no fossil raw materials and can be recycled in existing recycling streams. Sugar cane is a 100% renewable and carbon dioxide depleting resource. It removes up to 2.15 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere for each ton produced, from cradle to the supplier Braskem’s gate (source: LCA study by E4tech & LCA Works). After use, the Green Pack packaging is fully recyclable through existing recycling streams as raw material for new tissue packaging.

              “We are excited and proud to launch this innovative material on Serla yellow toilet tissue packages. Sustainability is in the core of the Serla brand, and in addition to this new packaging we are supporting the Circular Economy also by using recycled paper in Serla products”, says Hanna Hirvonen, Brand Manager for Serla.

              “Amerplast is committed to develop sustainable solutions for flexible packaging applications as a part of our AmerGreen sustainability program. Our emphasis is on the recyclability and the use of recycled and biobased materials. We are constantly looking for more sustainable alternatives to traditional oil based virgin raw materials. Our target is to make recycled and bio based raw materials a standard in our business”, says Ari-Pekka Pietilä, Amerplast CMO. “Transition to circular economy is a team effort and cooperation with innovative and environmentally aware customers like Metsä Tissue play a key role in the transformation of our industry into an environmentally sound business”, Pietilä concludes.

              About Amerplast

              Amerplast, founded in 1952, is one of Europe's largest flexo printers and bag converters and a leader in sustainable and innovative packaging solutions, manufacturing flexible packaging for fast moving consumer goods for both food and non-food categories. The company plays a key role in consumer goods categories such as retail bags, bakery, fresh and frozen food, consumer tissue and personal care, providing optimal logistics and packaging solutions that efficiently support customer business. With manufacturing plants in Finland and Poland and sales offices in Germany, Sweden and Russia, Amerplast employs around 450 people and sells to customers in more than twenty five countries. With its AmerGreen program Amerplast is taking a leading position in transforming the flexible packaging industry into an environmentally sound business. www.amerplast.com 

              About Metsä Tissue

              With its high-quality tissue and greaseproof papers, Metsä Tissue makes life more comfortable for consumers, customers and end-users every day. Metsä Tissue is a leading tissue paper products supplier to households and professionals in Europe and the world’s leading supplier of greaseproof papers. Metsä Tissue’s main brands are Lambi, Serla, Mola, Tento, Katrin and SAGA. With production units in five countries, Metsä Tissue employs a total of about 2,800 people and the sales in 2018 were EUR 1 billion. Metsä Tissue is part of Metsä Group. www.metsatissue.com

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                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 08 Mar 2019 09:47:48 +0100
                Emtec Electronic with its innovations at the IMPS 2019 in Munich http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8008-emtec-electronic-with-its-innovations-at-the-imps-2019-in-munich http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8008-emtec-electronic-with-its-innovations-at-the-imps-2019-in-munich

                Also this year, emtec Electronic GmbH will have a booth at the International Munich Paper Symposium from March 27th to 29th. The company will present a variety of testing instruments by which the complete production process can be controlled and guided in the right direction. From the wet end to the finished product, the application of the equipment enables an efficient process, to get the best possible quality with the lowest possible costs.

                2019 03 08 093213The ACA Ash Content Analyzer enables the determination of the mineral filler content without combustion, that means without destruction of the samples, within seconds. Both, the total mineral filler content, as well as the individual filler components (e.g. calcium carbonate, kaolin/talcum, titanium dioxide, iron oxide) and their percentage distribution are measured.

                Furthermore, the CAS touch! to measure the particle charge and the FPA touch! to measure the surface charge of fibers (zeta potential) will be displayed at the booth. Both devices help to get information about the efficiency of the chemicals, which are added during the paper, board and tissue production.

                Besides this, the EST12 emtec Surface & Sizing Tester is shown. A device to determine important and for the converting relevant paper surface properties such as surface hydrophobia / sizing as well as the surface porosity, which influence printability, coatability and gluability of paper and board.

                Especially for tissue and nonwoven products, the TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer gives reliable and objective information about the three basic parameters, which determine the human feeling, the softness, roughness and stiffness. From these three, an overall hand feel value can be calculated. The availability of these values opens a huge amount of chances to optimize the tissue production and converting processes. New for hand sheet measurements: an updated version of the TSA and an improved measuring method for hand sheets (made in the lab) enables a reliable prediction of the final product quality in the lab without expensive trials at the tissue machine.

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                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 08 Mar 2019 09:17:29 +0100
                  Skills gap provides foreign-born engineers with route into Swedish labour market http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8007-skills-gap-provides-foreign-born-engineers-with-route-into-swedish-labour-market http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8007-skills-gap-provides-foreign-born-engineers-with-route-into-swedish-labour-market

                  Sweden needs more engineers: over recent years, ÅF has worked actively to recruit newly immigrated and foreign-born engineers through standard recruitment channels as well as via the company’s own investment, New Immigrated Engineers.
                  Since 2016, 150 people have started work at ÅF within the framework of the initiative.

                  For the past three years, ÅF has offered hands-on coaching to foreign-born engineers and matched their skills with those sought by the company. Over the course of those three years, ÅF’s investment in New Immigrated Engineers has succeeded in attracting 150 new employees, almost half of them women.  

                  In 2018 alone, ÅF recruited 53 newly arrived engineers. Of these, 16 were women, equating to 30% of recruitments, which is in line with ÅF’s goal for the proportion of women in the workforce.   

                  2019 03 07 082312 ÅF and the industry in general sees a continued high demand for engineers and we will need to take advantage of all available competences if we are to meet future needs and the social challenges we are currently facing. The pace of change is high and our strategic investment in newly immigrated and foreign-born engineers is crucial if we are to continue to be a leader in sustainable solutions.
                  Jonas Gustavsson, President and CEO.

                  At the start of the programme, those admitted were primarily newly immigrated engineers. Today, recruitment has been widened to include foreign-born long-term residents of Sweden who had difficulty establishing themselves in the Swedish labour market, overseas students and those recruited directly from abroad. In addition to addressing the skills gap, developing ÅF as a business and reflecting the needs of ÅF’s clients are also vital aspects of the project.  

                  Since Amir Nazari took up the post of Diversity Coach in 2016, tasked with attracting and recruiting more engineers, the company’s recruitment of newly immigrated and foreign-born employees has gained momentum. In spring 2018, Sofia Klingberg joined as ÅF’s second Diversity Coach with responsibility for driving the project in the west and south of Sweden and together they will be developing and scaling up recruitment activities.

                  About ÅF Pöyry
                  ÅF Pöyry is a leading company within engineering, design and advisory services. We create sustainable solutions for the next generation through talented people and technology. We are more than 16,000 devoted experts within the fields of infrastructure, industry and energy operating across the globe to bring value to our customers and the society.
                  Making Future.

                   

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                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 07 Mar 2019 08:25:32 +0100
                    Gunilla Saltin leaving Södra http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8006-gunilla-saltin-leaving-soedra http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8006-gunilla-saltin-leaving-soedra

                    Gunilla Saltin, President of Södra Cell, is leaving Södra for a new role as Technical Director at the packaging and paper company Mondi, based in Vienna.

                    Gunilla SaltinGunilla Saltin“I would like to thank Gunilla for all of her years at Södra with many successes, excellent results and hard work and would also like to wish her the best of luck in her future endeavours,” said Lars Idermark, President and CEO of Södra.

                    “I have had a wonderful time at Södra Cell and would especially like to thank all the competent and dedicated employees for these successful and exciting years,” said Gunilla Saltin.

                    A recruitment process will begin immediately.

                    Magnus Björkman, President of Södra Cell International, has been appointed Interim Business Area President and will also, therefore, be a member of Group Senior Management.

                    Founded in 1938, Södra is Sweden’s largest forest-owner association, with nearly 52,000 forest owners as its members. We conduct modern and responsible forestry, and operate state-of-the-art mills in which we process our raw material. In 2018, sales amounted to SEK 24 billion and employees totalled 3,100. Through value-generating relationships and a long-term approach, Södra shows the way for the next generation of forestry.

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                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 07 Mar 2019 08:15:29 +0100
                      Stora Enso ranked the best in a new diversity comparison in Finland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8005-stora-enso-ranked-the-best-in-a-new-diversity-comparison-in-finland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8005-stora-enso-ranked-the-best-in-a-new-diversity-comparison-in-finland

                      Stora Enso received the highest scores in the FINDIX report, which was published for the first time today. The study examined the diversity of 89 Finnish companies through five different variables. These include gender distribution, age distribution, international background, educational background and industry-specific background of management teams and board of directors. The variables are based on the Finnish Securities Market Association’s corporate governance code, where they are highlighted as factors promoting diversity.

                      stora new 2017“At Stora Enso, we believe diversity strengthens our competitiveness and we aim to reflect the societies in which we operate. Diverse working teams enable us to explore different perspectives and challenge our way of thinking, contributing to better decision-making,” says Karl-Henrik Sundström, Stora Enso’s CEO. “To benefit from diverse working teams, we need inclusive work environments that respect and appreciate individual differences. Dimensions such as skills and experiences, gender, age, cultural background and personality are important to Stora Enso when we strive for diversity.”

                      You can read more about the diversity of Stora Enso’s Board of Directors and Group Leadership Team in the recently published Governance report. For more information on diversity work, please read the company’s Sustainability 2018 report. Both reports are published on the company’s website.

                      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

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                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 07 Mar 2019 08:05:56 +0100
                        A new cash flow to local farmers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8004-a-new-cash-flow-to-local-farmers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8004-a-new-cash-flow-to-local-farmers

                        Local farmers’ ability to sell biomass to Iggesund Paperboard’s paperboard mill at Workington will return over 1.5 million pounds annually to the local agricultural industry. The initiative has created a totally new source of income for close to 200 farms in Cumbria and Scotland. It was recently given Rushlight Bioenergy Award. The Rushlight Awards is a set of awards designed specifically to support and promote all the latest clean technologies, innovations, initiatives and deployment projects for businesses and other organisations throughout UK, Ireland and internationally.

                        In 2013 Iggesund invested in a biomass-fired combined heat and power plant for the primary purpose of being able to run its paperboard mill on renewable energy. Overnight the mill switched its energy supply from fossil natural gas to biomass, and thereby reduced its fossil carbon dioxide emissions by 190,000 tonnes a year, the equivalent to the annual emissions of about 65,000 cars. In conjunction with this move, the idea was born to offer local farmers the opportunity to grow and sell energy crops to Iggesund.

                        2019 03 05 085300“Nearly 1.6 million pounds flows annually from our paperboard mill at Workington to the local farming community”, says Ulf Löfgren, Managing Director for the mill. In January 2019 the project was given the Rushlight Bioenergy Award.

                        “It’s been an exciting journey. We began in a situation where many farmers were sceptical, as farmers often are. But gradually, as they saw our commitment and our calculations for how they could earn more from their less-fertile land, more and more of them have joined our project, which we call Grow Your Income,” explains Neil Watkins, Alternative Fuels Manager at Iggesund in Workington.

                        The goal was to bring in 25,000 tonnes of biomass from the farming industry. After five years, it is clear that this goal will be exceeded when all the contracted crops are ready to harvest.

                        Like so many other countries, the UK has an ageing rural population. Most farmers’ sons and daughters want to move to the big cities to become rock stars, computer geniuses or TV personalities. The older generation that remains must find less work-intensive crops which bring in a reliable income. Iggesund’s offer to the farming community involved helping with planting and also handling the harvest and transport to the mill. All these steps help to reduce the workload on the individual farms. Iggesund has also signed long index-linked contracts, which have helped to make the future income predictable.

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                        When the project began, DEFRA, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, had made recommendations that parts of Cumbria have land highly suitable for energy crops. As the project developed, it became evident that the crops also help to counteract the effects of flooding and lead to greater biodiversity.

                        “Yet another advantage of energy crops – in our case Short Rotation Coppice willow – is that they give a good yield on less fertile land and do not lay claim to land that is better suited to food production,” Neil Watkins underlines.

                        Ulf Löfgren, Mill Director, who was involved in creating Grow Your Income, points out additional effects than just having ensured a supply of the fuel needed to run the mill.

                        “Cumbria and the parts of Scotland where we are active are dominated by agriculture,” he says. “Our interaction with farmers in working alongside them to grow energy crops, plus the fact that we meet with them at agricultural fairs and they come to us on study visits, has meant that we now have a far better-defined identity in the region.

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                        “In addition, we can also give ourselves a joint pat on the back for being a good example of the UN’s sustainable development goal 17, a partnership for achieving one of the other sustainable development goals. In this case, we have a collaboration between a large process industry and over 100 farmers to jointly reduce fossil emissions.”

                        Iggesund Paperboard is growing its own eight-hectare energy crop on the land surrounding the mill.

                        Iggesund

                        Iggesund Paperboard is part of the Swedish forest industry group Holmen, one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies listed on the United Nations Global Compact Index. Iggesund’s turnover is just over €500 million and its flagship product Invercote is sold in more than 100 countries. The company has two brand families, Invercote and Incada, both positioned at the high end of their respective segments. Since 2010 Iggesund has invested more than €380 million to increase its energy efficiency and reduce the fossil emissions from its production.

                        Iggesund and the Holmen Group report all their fossil carbon emissions to the Carbon Disclosure Project. The environmental data form an integral part of an annual report that complies with the Global Reporting Initiative’s highest level of sustainability reporting. Iggesund was founded as an iron mill in 1685, but has been making paperboard for more than 50 years. The two mills, in northern Sweden and northern England employ 1500 people. www.iggesund.com

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                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 05 Mar 2019 08:58:11 +0100
                          New embossing solutions presented at Paper One Show in Lebanon http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8003-new-embossing-solutions-presented-at-paper-one-show-in-lebanon http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8003-new-embossing-solutions-presented-at-paper-one-show-in-lebanon

                          Ghost, Smoothie, Ex-press by Engraving Solutions: new embossing lines that meet actual market requirements

                          Engraving Solutions, a leader in the production of embossing rolls for the tissue industry and part of the Tissue Business Area of the Körber AG Group, has presented at Paper One Show held in Beirut on January 28-30, 2019, the latest products in the field of embossing: innovative and highly competitive products that meet the actual needs of the market.

                          Ghost is designed to satisfy the current trend in the tissue market, i.e. premiumisation, namely the tendency among purchasers to buy higher-end products at higher prices.

                          Ghost – Giacomo Bianchi, Product Engineer of Engraving Solutions states – is the new generation of embossing obtained by combining, for the first time ever, two different micro-embossing techniques – chemical and mechanical – thereby bringing together the benefits of each one. This innovative technology, unique to this market, results in a product that is more pleasing to the touch compared to the traditionally embossed one. Ghost is ideal for all high-yield products with refined embossing but is at the same time resistant, bulky and featuring excellent softness, independently from the number of plies and for every product type: toilette paper, kitchen towel and away from home segments”.

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                          The name Ghost evokes the special shape of the points similar to a ‘ghost sheet’. Actually, the profiles of the engravings have been softened, and therefore act with less cutting aggressiveness on the paper. This allows to reduce the strength loss that usually occurs during embossing when traditional rhomboid points are used.

                          Ex-press is a technology that allows to obtain double-colour products using embossing alone. By simply adding coloured water to the pre-embossing station, on first pass the ply is decorated with one colour, and when it is passed through the second embosser using coloured glue, the final product is featured with 2 different colours providing a stunning aesthetic effect.

                          The last novelty presented by Engraving Solutions is Smoothie, the embossing system specifically designed for entry-level products that is capable of making the paper smoother and softer to the touch. This helps improve products made using traditional or recycled and unstructured paper, featuring low weight and low quantities of long fiber paper that usually is less appealing to the consumer.

                          With a single pass, the ply is embossed on the side portions, with or without the use of glue, and calendered on the central portion. All this is obtained using a single embossing station

                          instead of requiring a pair of rolls or a machine dedicated to the calendering of the entire ply.

                          The final result is a roll that is smooth on most of its surface and aesthetically pleasing thanks to the application of (coloured or non-coloured) decorations. A small retribution for entry-level products that have always privileged price and convenience over aesthetics and quality.

                          “In Beirut, in addition to the request for new technologies – comments Giacomo Bianchi – clients showed renewed interest in Pixel, Octopus and 4D, the exclusive embossing

                          technologies launched by our company in recent years and that today represent the premium segment for many tissue paper manufacturers”.

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                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 28 Feb 2019 10:56:01 +0100
                            Valmet strengthens its stable business by acquiring GL&V, a global provider of technologies and services to the pulp and paper industry http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8000-valmet-strengthens-its-stable-business-by-acquiring-gl-v-a-global-provider-of-technologies-and-services-to-the-pulp-and-paper-industry http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8000-valmet-strengthens-its-stable-business-by-acquiring-gl-v-a-global-provider-of-technologies-and-services-to-the-pulp-and-paper-industry

                            Valmet has on February 26, 2019 entered into an agreement to acquire North American-based GL&V, a global provider of technologies and services to the pulp and paper industry. The enterprise value of the acquisition is approximately EUR 113 million on a cash and debt free basis subject to ordinary post-closing adjustments. The acquisition is estimated to be completed at the earliest on April 1, 2019.

                            valmet logoGL&V supplies technologies, upgrades and optimization services, rebuilds, and spare parts for the pulp and paper industry globally. The net sales of the acquired operations were approximately EUR 160 million and the EBITA margin was around 11 percent in calendar year 2018. The acquired operations employ about 630 people of whom approximately 65 percent are in North America and the rest mainly in Europe, South America and India.

                            GL&V's washing, oxygen delignification and bleaching operations with Compact Press®, pumps and mixers technology for chemical pulping as well as the related Product Center in Karlstad Sweden are not included in the transaction scope.

                            Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet: The acquisition has an excellent strategic fit with Valmet and further strengthens our stable business and services capabilities

                            "The acquisition has an excellent strategic fit - it strengthens Valmet's global services business, complements our technology offering and builds further our local presence and capabilities especially in North America.The combination of Valmet's global reach and GL&V's product and services offerings for chemical pulping and paper production form a good basis to create new business opportunities and serve our customers even better. GL&V has a team of experts globally and I want to warmly welcome them to become part of Valmet," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.

                            GL&V is a global supplier of technologies and services for the pulp and paper industry

                            GL&V provides technologies, upgrade and process optimization services, rebuilds, and spare parts for the pulp and paper industry globally - especially in the areas of chemical pulping, stock preparation, papermaking and finishing. GL&V's key locations are in Nashua (New Hampshire), Lenox (Massachusetts), and Hudson Falls (New York) in the U.S., in Trois-Rivières (Quebec) in Canada, in Stockholm, Sweden, in Pune, India, and in Campinas, Brazil.  

                            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 12,000 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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                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 28 Feb 2019 08:38:31 +0100
                              An early diagnosis for the crane under a microscope: A deep look into the crane machinery at Germany’s Palm paper factory http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7999-an-early-diagnosis-for-the-crane-under-a-microscope-a-deep-look-into-the-crane-machinery-at-germany-s-palm-paper-factory http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7999-an-early-diagnosis-for-the-crane-under-a-microscope-a-deep-look-into-the-crane-machinery-at-germany-s-palm-paper-factory

                              Konecranes investigates the hoisting gears of the critical overhead cranes at the Palm paper factory, with Oil Analysis and Crane Reliability Study (CRS)

                              Churning out corrugated base paper: The paper machine 6 (PM6) at the Palm paper factory in Wörth am Rhein, Germany, annually produces some 650,000 tons of the versatile packaging raw material with surface weights of up to 160 g/m2. In order to safely transport these huge paper rolls day and night, the double-girder bridge cranes inside the factory must always function flawlessly. For this reason, Konecranes has closely analyzed the gear oil of the cranes and used the endoscope to look deep inside the gears.

                              Paper remains one of the most important resources for the economy: According to the association of German paper factories, the paper industry sold approximately 23 million tons of paper, cardboard and paperboard in 2017 – up 1.4 percent from 2016. The packaging industry is especially hungry for paper. Sales in this sector increased by 3.4 percent last year alone. This is the area of operation for the paper machine 6 (PM6) at the Palm paper factory in Wörth am Rhein. The 650,000 tons of corrugated base paper it produces each year is handled at various stages by eleven double girder overhead cranes, all playing their own crucial role in the paper production on PM6. In order to safely transport these large paper rolls day and night, the hoisting gears of the eleven cranes inside the factory must always be in top operating condition. For this reason, Palm has asked Konecranes to look at eight of its most critical cranes.

                              A deep look inside the crane gear: With the Konecranes oil analysis, wear traces, such as rust or metal particles in the gear oil, can be identified and unplanned downtime can be prevented.A deep look inside the crane gear: With the Konecranes oil analysis, wear traces, such as rust or metal particles in the gear oil, can be identified and unplanned downtime can be prevented.

                              Following the results of the oil analysis and subsequent endoscopic investigation, the maintenance experts identified a significant risk to future production and replaced one of the hoisting gears completely.

                              Record paper machine produces around the clock

                              At the Palm paper factory, located in Aalen in Baden-Württemberg, everything circles around recovered paper. Nine paper machines in five factories annually produce approximately 2.2 million tons of newsprint and corrugated base paper. The paper production continues around the clock. Correspondingly high are the demands from the eleven double-girder bridge cranes that have been in use in the factory in Wörth am Rhein since the start of production in 2002. Collectively, they handle and store the completed paper rolls that weigh many tons. “The cranes are in use day and night,” says Sven Bohrer, electrical engineer at the Palm paper factory. “If one should break one day, the production would have to stop, or at least greatly slow down, until the problem is solved. This would cost us time and money.” For this reason, Konecranes has closely investigated the gear oil of the hoisting gears of eight of the eleven double-girder bridge cranes at Palm. Because you can look deep inside the oil, the wear metals and waste substances it contains make it possible to draw conclusions about the state of the entire gear. Nico Zamzow, Vice President Industrial Service EMEA Central at Konecranes, comments on the method: “The oil analysis protects the crane. Any damage can be identified and treated early with its help. Moreover, system operators are able to optimize the maintenance and servicing of the cranes thanks to the detailed analysis report, and thus significantly increase their lifespan.”

                              For the oil analysis at Palm, Konecranes experts took samples from the hoisting gears of the eight double-girder bridge cranes. “The samples are analyzed by our laboratory, which specializes in industrial drive train analysis. Here, the lab staff compares the current state of the oil with the samples taken in 2016 and against the OEM design limits,” says Nico Zamzow. “This way, we also use trend analysis to provide the best possible picture of any change within the condition of the gearbox.” The result for Palm: Seven of the eight cranes were found to be “healthy”, as in the gear oil contained few to no foreign elements or waste substances indicating contamination or wear. However, the gear oil of the automated number 5 crane, used in the roll warehouse, was found to have a noticeable increase in its wear partial count, triggering the lab to issue a “Caution” notification on the analysis report. Nico Zamzow: “Iron particles in the oil can be an indication of increased wear and a deeper look may be required for this particular hoist”.

                              A closer look: The cranes in the roll warehouse of the Palm paper factory are in use at all times. For this reason, one important element of the Konecranes CRS is inspecting the crane systems for signs of wear.A closer look: The cranes in the roll warehouse of the Palm paper factory are in use at all times. For this reason, one important element of the Konecranes CRS is inspecting the crane systems for signs of wear.

                              Crane Reliability Study has the solution

                              If the reason for the wear is not clearly identified and removed, the gear may be permanently damaged. “If the gear is jammed while there is a roll on the hook, it becomes very difficult to recover it and repair the crane,” explains Nico Zamzow. In order to determine whether there is already damage, the Konecranes experts used the Crane Reliability Study (CRS). The modular analysis allows them to check safety-relevant components, such as the hoisting gear as well as the steel structure, the motors, and the electrical equipment of the crane. In addition, the maintenance experts pose questions to crane drivers and technicians. The analysis result flows into a detailed report for crane owners – with concrete recommendations for action. In the case of Palm, Konecranes used a high-definition video endoscope to investigate the hoisting gear. “Just like in medicine, we use the endoscope to reach inaccessible places without having to dismantle the entire gear,” says Nico Zamzow. “For the CRS, we use a special, oil-resistant model that was developed for industrial use and can be fitted with different lenses.”

                              Following the endoscopic investigation, the Konecranes service experts are certain: The hoisting gear must be replaced. In addition, the cable drum, the cable drum support, the slip-ring unit, the cylinder coupling, and the motor coupling must be renewed. “Thanks to discovering the wear early on, there was no risk to safety and we were able to replace the old gear with a new one without affecting production,” explains Nico Zamzow.

                              “The benefits of Oil analysis as a predictive maintenance tool for identifying problems early on is proven to minimize the risk to production and safety. We, in the United Kingdom, now offer this as a standard solution to support our existing customers,” says Mark Goringe, Konecranes Industrial Service - Area Director, Mid West Europe.

                              Task distribution: Konecranes experts analyze the gear oil of eight of the eleven double-girder bridge cranes that are used in the large paper machinery hall and in the fully automated roll warehouse.Task distribution: Konecranes experts analyze the gear oil of eight of the eleven double-girder bridge cranes that are used in the large paper machinery hall and in the fully automated roll warehouse.

                              Transport will remain safe

                              The Palm paper factory will continue to use services such as maintenance and servicing from Konecranes. Jürgen Friedmann, head of Mechanics at the Palm paper factory, is happy with what has been achieved: “Konecranes experts have had a very flexible approach to our demands for the availability and productivity of our cranes. Thanks to the oil analysis and the endoscopic investigation, our cranes will now run without issues in the years to come.”
                              Konecranes is one of the world’s leading brands in Lifting Businesses™ and supplies production enterprises and process manufacturing, shipyards and harbors with innovative lifting technology solutions. Besides productivity-increasing lifting solutions, Konecranes also offers customized services across the whole spectrum of lifting machinery. Konecranes has 16,200 employees at 600 locations in 50 countries. Konecranes stocks are quoted on the Helsinki stock exchange (Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd) under the abbreviation KCR1V.

                              Konecranes is one of the world’s leading brands in Lifting Businesses™ and supplies production enterprises and process manufacturing, shipyards and harbors with innovative lifting technology solutions. Besides productivity-increasing lifting solutions, Konecranes also offers customized services across the whole spectrum of lifting machinery. Konecranes has 16,200 employees at 600 locations in 50 countries. Konecranes stocks are quoted on the Helsinki stock exchange (Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd) under the abbreviation KCR1V.

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                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 27 Feb 2019 11:37:13 +0100
                                Launch of UK’s largest provider of industrial heat exchanger solutions http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7998-launch-of-uk-s-largest-provider-of-industrial-heat-exchanger-solutions http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7998-launch-of-uk-s-largest-provider-of-industrial-heat-exchanger-solutions

                                The UK’s largest provider of design, manufacture and support services for heat exchanger and boiler equipment for the pulp and paper industry has been created through a new partnership between Green’s and Thornhill.

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                                With multiple UK sites offering in-house design, fabrication, testing, repair and refurbishment complemented by on-site inspections, repairs and installation, the combined group offers the UK’s widest range of services available from one supplier.

                                Green’s managing director Matthew Crewe says: “Our international business has grown significantly over the past two years and now accounts for two thirds of our turnover. We see the opportunity to bring Thornhill’s tried and tested heat exchanger technology and services to our customers in the UK and overseas as a great addition to our existing product range.”

                                Thornhill’s managing director Simon Tin says: “We work in the same industries as Green’s so to be able to offer our current and prospective customers a broader range of products and services will add significantly to the value we can provide.”

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                                About Green’s

                                Wakefield based Green’s has been designing and manufacturing industrial boiler equipment since 1821 and has an 8,500 sq m factory that has shipped products weighing some 5,000 tonnes to 15 countries in 2018. While over the past 12 months Green’s services team have travelled to 24 countries, worked on 57 marine vessels and supplied more than 7,500 spare parts.

                                About Thornhill

                                Thornhill, which has sites in Yorkshire, the North East and the Midlands provides is the only UK provider of the complete cycle of heat exchanger services encompassing design, engineering, installation, repairs and servicing. The company comprises:

                                • Thornhill Engineering Services - Designs and manufactures large heat exchangers and provides on-site installation and servicing backed by in-house aftercare facilities
                                • Thornhill Rubber - Manufactures plate heat exchanger gaskets and products for construction
                                • Thornhill Rail – Designs, manufactures and services cooler units and associated equipment for rail
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                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 27 Feb 2019 11:22:53 +0100
                                  Leading tissue manufacturer Sofidel is named as one of the businesses leading the way in tackling climate change http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7997-leading-tissue-manufacturer-sofidel-is-named-as-one-of-the-businesses-leading-the-way-in-tackling-climate-change http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7997-leading-tissue-manufacturer-sofidel-is-named-as-one-of-the-businesses-leading-the-way-in-tackling-climate-change

                                  CDP is a global disclosure system that enables companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental impacts. In 2018, Sofidel improved its score in the Climate Change and Forests Timber categories.

                                  Sofidel, one of the global leading manufacturers of tissue paper for hygienic and domestic use, has further improved its performance within the CDP Report 2018, a global disclosure system that enables companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental impacts. The Group – particularly well-known for its Regina brand – has been awarded an A- rating in the Climate Change category and an A- rating in the Forests Timber category, in both cases earning a place in the highest (Leadership) scoring echelons of the report.

                                  2019 02 26 074627In its sector, Paper & Forestry, Sofidel ranked among the top businesses in the Climate Change category, above the sector average at global (C) and European (B-) level, and among the top businesses in the Forests Timber category, above the sector average at global (B-) and European (B-) level.

                                  CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, is an international not-for-profit organisation present in 50 countries providing a global disclosure system that enables companies, cities, states and regions to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information, guaranteeing to investors data that can be used in decision-making processes. CDP serves more than 650 institutional investors with US$ 87 trillion in assets. In 2018, over 7,000 companies across the world disclosed through CDP. For further information, the report can be consulted at this link.

                                  In 2016, the Sofidel Group had already been awarded Best Voluntary Responder Italy by CDP for having obtained the B rating among the businesses that voluntarily participated in the CDP Italy Climate Change Report 2016 programme, disclosing data and performance regarding action against climate change. In 2017, the Group obtained the B rating in the same Climate Change and Forests Timber categories.

                                  The Sofidel Group places strategic importance on sustainability for development and growth, with the clear aim in sight of reducing to a minimum the impact its business has on the environment and of boosting the benefits it produces for society. The final objective is to manufacture products with an ever more reduced ecological footprint and at the same time an increasingly high level of efficiency, which contain ever lower levels of natural capital.

                                  The first Italian manufacturing company and the first tissue paper manufacturer in the world to join the WWF Climate Savers project, to date Sofidel has reduced its direct emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere by 20.6% (carbon intensity reduction, 2009-2017) thanks to investments in energy efficiency, and to the use of cogeneration plants and renewable energy sources. Another fundamental area of action is the sourcing of certified pulp from independent third parties with forest certification schemes (FSC®, FSC Controlled Wood, SFI®, PEFC™) which has now reached 100%.

                                  The Sofidel Group

                                  The Sofidel Group is one of the leading manufacturer of paper for hygienic and domestic use worldwide. Established in 1966, the Group has subsidiaries in 13 countries – Italy, Spain, the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Romania, Turkey and the USA - with more than 6,000 employees, net sales of 1,724 million Euros (2017) and a production capacity of over one million tonnes per year (1,098,000 tonnes in 2017). “Regina”, its most well-known brand, is present on almost all the reference markets. Other brands include: Softis, Le Trèfle, Sopalin, Thirst Pockets, KittenSoft, Nalys, Cosynel, Yumy, Volare, Lycke, Forest, Nicky, Papernet. A member of the UN Global Compact and the international WWF Climate Savers program, the Sofidel Group considers sustainability a strategic factor with regards to growth and is committed to promoting socially and environmentally responsible development.

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                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 26 Feb 2019 07:56:19 +0100
                                    VTT is developing a software tool for continuous monitoring of the environmental loading of a production plant http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7996-vtt-is-developing-a-software-tool-for-continuous-monitoring-of-the-environmental-loading-of-a-production-plant http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7996-vtt-is-developing-a-software-tool-for-continuous-monitoring-of-the-environmental-loading-of-a-production-plant

                                    In the future, it will be possible to control a paper machine, for example, on the basis of its carbon footprint. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing a software tool for on-line life cycle assessment that offers information to the operators of production equipment or an entire plant concerning the impacts of operational procedures on product-based environmental loading.

                                    Climate change and increasing shortages of natural resources are encouraging business enterprises to clarify how their products and services are burdening the environment throughout their entire life cycle. Methods include the calculation of carbon footprints, acidification or eutrophication of waterways, use of fossil raw materials and rare minerals, and nitrogen and sulphur emissions. However, the means to understand the environmental impacts of emissions caused during production on a real time basis are still inadequate.

                                    vtt logoThere are several advantages to monitoring production-based environmental impacts in real time. Not only can processes be optimised more precisely, but all employees participating in the control process can also see the effects on the environment resulting from their decisions. For example, the operator of a paper machine can see, in real time, how the running of the machine impacts its carbon footprint.

                                    VTT is developing an on-line LCA software tool that provides data to the operators of production equipment, a process section or an entire plant concerning the impacts of procedures on production- and product-based environmental loading. The system reacts to changes made during production and provides its users with information on environmental loading related to these changes.

                                    The system also takes the procurement of raw materials into consideration in the life cycle assessment.

                                    VTT’s research scientists have tested the modelling tool by connecting it to a distillation column control system at Tampere University of Technology. The test indicated that the method is technically feasible. Introducing the modelling tool to the data transfer chain of the entire plant as well as to its historical materials data still requires cooperation with the process facilities and automation suppliers.

                                    This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 723661. 

                                    Further information:

                                    VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

                                    Jouni Savolainen, Senior Scientist
                                    tel. +358 40 8298982, jouni.savolainen@vtt.fi

                                    Tiina Pajula, Principal Scientist
                                    tel. +358 40 5899013, tiina.pajula@vtt.fi

                                    VTT is a visionary research, development and innovation partner. We drive sustainable growth and tackle the biggest global challenges of our time and turn them into growth opportunities. We go beyond the obvious to help the society and companies to grow through technological innovations. We have over 75 years of experience of top-level research and science-based results. VTT´s turnover and other operating income is 258 M€. VTT is at the sweet spot where innovation and business come together. VTT – beyond the obvious

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                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 21 Feb 2019 16:51:19 +0100
                                      Metsä Board strengthens its packaging design services http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7995-metsae-board-strengthens-its-packaging-design-services http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7995-metsae-board-strengthens-its-packaging-design-services

                                      Metsä Board operates Packaging Service teams on three continents – Europe, the Americas and APAC – to jointly, with customers, create lighter, more environmentally friendly and efficient packaging. Metsä Board is delighted to announce that the teams will be further strengthened with new design expertise following the appointments of Marko Leiviskä and Iiro Numminen.

                                      Marko Leiviskä, Metsä Board’s new Graphic Packaging Designer, has a strong global background working for brand owners, converters and board mills. This experience has given him a unique perspective on how packaging can strengthen a brand and this role will allow him to combine his technical skills into design and brand strategy. He moves to Metsä Board from OneMusketeer Oy, where he worked as an entrepreneur and head of design. He has experience of designing and conceptualising global campaigns for companies like Metsä Board, Stora Enso, Kotkamills, Walki Group and Woikoski. Before OneMusketeer, he worked for Konsepti Advertising and Drum Communications.

                                      Metsä Board strengthens its packaging design servicesMetsä Board strengthens its packaging design services

                                      Iiro Numminen, Metsä Board’s new Structural Packaging Designer, has worked as a structural designer for almost eight years and has a deep knowledge of production methods related to the conversion of paperboard as well as digital tools. He constantly seeks new innovative ways to use the fibre based materials. His latest innovation ‘Stretching Inner Part’ was chosen as the winner of Metsä Board’s Better with Less – Design Challenge in 2018. He moves to Metsä Board from the packaging design team at Pa-Hu Oy, a manufacturer of corrugated board and packaging solutions.

                                      Says Ilkka Harju, Packaging Services Director, EMEA: “We are pleased to have extended our global Packaging Services expertise with the appointments of both Marko and Iiro. Both are highly experienced designers with extensive knowledge of the requirements for sustainable, efficient and high impact branding and packaging.”

                                      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 2017, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.8 billion, and it has approximately 2,350 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

                                      Metsä Group
                                      www.metsagroup.com

                                      Metsä Group is a forerunner in 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 cooking papers.

                                      Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 5.0 billion in 2017, and it employs approximately 9,100 people. The Group operates in nearly 30 countries. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and owned by approximately 104,000 Finnish forest owners.

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                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:47:20 +0100
                                        Yokogawa to release a real-time Cavitation Detection System http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7994-yokogawa-to-release-a-real-time-cavitation-detection-system http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7994-yokogawa-to-release-a-real-time-cavitation-detection-system

                                        –An OpreX Asset Management and Integrity family solution that helps to prevent equipment degradation and improves the efficiency of plant maintenance–

                                        Yokogawa Electric Corporation has announced that it has developed a cavitation detection system and has been available since January 31st. By detecting cavitation, quantifying information, and displaying the data in real time, this system provides an early indication of conditions that can result in a degradation in pump performance. By detecting problems early, before damage occurs which can cause an increase in both vibration and noise levels, this solution improves the efficiency of plant maintenance.

                                        Development Background

                                        Cavitation in fluids can cause damage to pumps. To minimise this damage, it is necessary to detect cavitation at an early stage and take corrective measures such as adjusting the flow rate. One issue, however, is that there has been no way to quantify cavitation. In addition, since cavitation occurs inside equipment, it is impossible to visually check whether this is occurring. Cavitation is usually detected by field personnel who rely on experience gained on the job to detect changes in vibration and noise levels that are caused by excessive cavitation. However, even highly experienced plant personnel and specialists can miss these early signs, and such problems may go undetected until the inevitable increase in vibration and noise occurs.

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                                        In its analysis of this problem, Yokogawa has focused on the principle that there is a direct relationship between differential pressure and cavitation, and has created a condition monitoring solution that involves the quantification of cavitation based on pressure data.

                                        Product Features

                                        1. Real-time detection

                                        The system that Yokogawa has developed consists of a STARDOMTM FCN-500 network-based control system, a Yokogawa cavitation detection logic program, and a highly accurate (±0.075%) DPharp EJX110A differential pressure transmitter, and relies on the FOUNDATIONTM Fieldbus industrial digital communication standard to link these components. At 100 ms intervals, the DPharp transmitter measures the pressure inside the target equipment, and this data is transmitted via the fieldbus network to the STARDOM FCN-500 system for processing in real time by the logic program. This system is therefore able to detect cavitation issues early on, allowing field personnel to take quick remedial action by, for example, reducing the flow rate to a level that suppresses cavitation without interfering with production line operations.

                                        1. Troubleshooting

                                        Valves, pumps, and other types of plant equipment can all experience problems such as cavitation which are caused by anything from the opening/closing of a valve, a change in viscosity level or some other physical property of a liquid, or a change in the external environment. Field personnel have traditionally relied on their own experiences and the use of analytical tools to find out what is causing these problems. Thanks to the development of this new system, field personnel will now have a tool that will help them troubleshoot problems with greater efficiency by identifying and quantifying cavitation in plant equipment.

                                        Major Target Markets

                                        Oil, petrochemicals, chemicals, iron and steel, pulp and paper, water supply and wastewater treatment, pharmaceuticals, food, etc.

                                        Major Applications

                                        Maintenance of plant facilities such as pumps that tend to deteriorate due to cavitation.

                                        For more information

                                        Note: There is no universal indicator for the extent of cavitation and these images are only rough descriptions of the different levels of cavitation.

                                        About OpreX™

                                        OpreX is the comprehensive brand for Yokogawa's industrial automation (IA) and control business. The OpreX name stands for excellence in the technologies and solutions that Yokogawa cultivates through the co-creation of value with its customers, and encompasses the entire range of Yokogawa's IA products, services, and solutions. This brand comprises the following five categories: OpreX Transformation, OpreX Control, OpreX Measurement, OpreX Execution, and OpreX Lifecycle. The real-time cavitation detection system is an OpreX Asset Management and Integrity family solution in the OpreX Transformation category, which delivers operational excellence throughout an enterprise's activities, from production through to supply chain optimisation and risk and business management.

                                        With this brand, Yokogawa will deliver integrated solutions that address specific needs and support its customers in their efforts to transform and grow their businesses.

                                        About Yokogawa

                                        Founded in 1915, Yokogawa engages in broad-ranging activities in the areas of measurement, control, and information. The industrial automation business provides vital products, services, and solutions to a diverse range of process industries including oil, chemicals, natural gas, power, iron and steel, and pulp and paper. With the life innovation business the company aims to radically improve productivity across the pharmaceutical and food industry value chains. The test & measurement, aviation, and other businesses continue to provide essential instruments and equipment with industry-leading precision and reliability. Yokogawa co-innovates with its customers through a global network of 112 companies spanning 61 countries, generating US$3.8 billion in sales in FY2017. For more information, please visit www.yokogawa.com/ 

                                        About Yokogawa Europe B.V.

                                        The European headquarters of Yokogawa were founded in Amersfoort in the Netherlands in 1982.  Throughout Europe Yokogawa has its own sales, service and engineering operations.  This dedicated network has been extended to Central and East Europe to further enhance the coverage and support associated with serving the process control and automation market place.  Yokogawa develops and produces flowmeters at Rota Yokogawa in Germany and liquid analysers and industrial safety systems in the Netherlands.  In addition to this dedicated network of Yokogawa subsidiaries, a select organisation of Test & Measurement (T&M) subsidiaries and distributors is established in certain areas to support the specific customer needs of this continuously developing and specific market of T&M instrumentation.

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                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:37:52 +0100
                                          Valmet continues the reshaping of its internal IT services and signs a business transfer agreement with Capgemini http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7992-valmet-continues-the-reshaping-of-its-internal-it-services-and-signs-a-business-transfer-agreement-with-capgemini http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7992-valmet-continues-the-reshaping-of-its-internal-it-services-and-signs-a-business-transfer-agreement-with-capgemini

                                          Valmet takes key steps to continue the reshaping of its internal Information Technology (IT) services aimed at shifting focus towards planning, building and deploying new IT-enabled, value-adding capabilities and supporting businesses. The set of actions to be taken include a business transfer agreement signed with Capgemini.

                                          valmet logoUnder the agreement Valmet IT's application development and maintenance services, including application maintenance and support services, application development services and platform management services, will be moved from Valmet and its current partners to Capgemini.

                                          The transfer agreement concerns a total of 38 current Valmet IT employees in Finland, Sweden and Portugal. Today, Valmet IT employs about 150 IT professionals. Employees in scope will be offered to transfer to Capgemini with similar terms. The transfer is targeted to become effective on March 1 and the full transfer project is to be closed by the end of July 2019.

                                          The transfer together with connected organizational changes and other initiatives will enable Valmet IT to clearly shift its focus from running existing IT services towards creating and deploying new IT-enabled services and products. These can, for example, be related to Industrial Internet, product lifecycle management (PLM) and field service capabilities. In addition, the transfer of IT application development and maintenance services will further enhance Valmet's IT services and supplier management.

                                          "With these actions we will continue to shift our focus towards more strategic, value-adding activities, and thus support Valmet's businesses and contribute to Valmet's future success. Transferring the IT application development and maintenance services, after a careful evaluation process, to Capgemini is one of the key steps in executing our IT transformation," says Janne Puustinen, Vice President, Information Technology, Valmet.

                                          About Capgemini

                                          A global leader in consulting, technology services and digital transformation, Capgemini is at the forefront of innovation to address the entire breadth of clients' opportunities in the evolving world of cloud, digital and platforms. It is a multicultural company of 200,000 team members in over 40 countries. The Group reported 2017 global revenues of EUR 12.8 billion.

                                          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 2017 were approximately EUR 3.1 billion. Our more than 12,000 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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                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:38:15 +0100
                                            Wolverhampton paper business purchases new premises with support from hsbc uk http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7991-wolverhampton-paper-business-purchases-new-premises-with-support-from-hsbc-uk http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7991-wolverhampton-paper-business-purchases-new-premises-with-support-from-hsbc-uk

                                            Wolverhampton-based Task Consumer Products, a family-owned paper converter and manufacturer, has purchased a new 80,000 sq ft site with support from a £7.8 million HSBC UK loan.

                                            2019 02 14 091808The HSBC UK funding has allowed Task Consumer Products to complete this purchase to enable the business to further increase its production capabilities by 15,000 tonnes per year, as the new facility creates the opportunity to install further production lines and store a larger quantity of products. This increase in output will in turn create 10 new jobs on the factory floor.

                                            The new premises will be Task Consumer Products second site, the primary site being a 250,000 sq ft site based on Stafford Rd, Wolverhampton. It will initially be used as a storage and warehouse facility, with plans for an entirely new production line to be housed on-site in the near future. The production line will modernise the firm’s manufacturing capabilities, with the implementation of state-of-the-art equipment in the new factory.

                                            Ravi Patel, Managing Director at Task Consumer Products, said: “The opening of our second site is an important milestone. Increasing our production and storage capabilities will be vital to the continued growth of our business. I’d like to thank our HSBC UK Relationship Director, Jack Turner, for his continued support throughout this process.”

                                            Task Consumer Products, which was founded by Ravi Patel in 2007, purchases kitchen and toilet roll in large reels that it then converts into finished retail products for the supermarkets and leading brands. The new site will service multiple retail locations and supermarkets, increasing the efficiency of the firm’s distribution network.

                                            David Ramsden, West Midlands Corporate Banking Area Director at HSBC UK, said: “We are glad to be able to support a growing family brand in the West Midlands. As one of the largest independent converters in the UK, Task Consumer Products has already delivered impressive results and we are looking forward to seeing the impacts of the new facility.”

                                            HSBC UK:

                                            HSBC UK serves around 14.5 million customers across the UK, supported by 32,000 colleagues. HSBC UK offers a complete range of retail banking and wealth management to personal and private banking customers, as well as commercial banking for small to medium businesses and large corporates.

                                            HSBC UK Bank plc is a wholly owned subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, which is part of the HSBC Group – one of the world’s largest banking and financial services groups with assets of US$2,603bn at 30 September 2018. Linked by advanced technology, the HSBC Group serves customers worldwide from around 3,800 offices in 66 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa.

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                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:19:11 +0100
                                              ANDRITZ to convert former groundwood reject system to TMP line at JSC Volga, Russia http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7990-andritz-to-convert-former-groundwood-reject-system-to-tmp-line-at-jsc-volga-russia http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7990-andritz-to-convert-former-groundwood-reject-system-to-tmp-line-at-jsc-volga-russia

                                              International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from JSC Volga in Balakhna, Nizhnij Novgorod Region, Russia, to rebuild the existing groundwood reject line into a TMP (thermo-mechanical pulping) line. Start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2019.

                                              The new 180 bdmt/d TMP line will process spruce as raw material to feed existing paper machines. In order to increase the capacity of newspaper production significantly, ANDRITZ will rearrange the existing parallel layout of high-consistency (HC) refiners to a two-stage HC refining set-up and install a new chip washing and HC refiner feeding system with a new plug screw feeder and an ANDRITZ DiscFilter.

                                              ANDRITZ plug screw feeder used in the new  high-consistency refiner feeding system. “Photo: ANDRITZ”.ANDRITZ plug screw feeder used in the new high-consistency refiner feeding system. “Photo: ANDRITZ”.

                                              The project also comprises modernization of the existing screening and low-consistency refining system and includes the complete automation and electrification equipment with DCS system. Engineering, training, advisory services for mechanical installation work, commissioning, and start-up are also part of the scope.

                                              JSC Volga is one of the largest Russian newsprint producers and uses 100% TMP as furnish. The company is one of the top 200 exporting companies in Russia, also ranking among the top 50 companies in the Russian forestry industry and the top 100 companies in the Nizhnij Novgorod Region.

                                              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, dissolving pulp, and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling and shredding solutions for various waste materials also form a part of this business area.
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                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 07 Feb 2019 11:00:22 +0100
                                                ANDRITZ starts up modernized board machine successfully at R.D.M. Arnsberg http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7986-andritz-starts-up-modernized-board-machine-successfully-at-r-d-m-arnsberg http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7986-andritz-starts-up-modernized-board-machine-successfully-at-r-d-m-arnsberg

                                                International technology Group ANDRITZ started up the modernized BM3 board machine successfully in Arnsberg, Germany, for R.D.M. Arnsberg GmbH at the beginning of January 2019 after a delivery time of just eight months.

                                                andIn this contract, ANDRITZ was responsible for the new design of feed system for the new headbox, adapting the required dewatering capacity, and for recirculation of the white water. The components supplied by ANDRITZ are set up for a future production speed of 1,000°m/min and enable a significant improvement in the quality of formation as well as enhancing the profile stability of the top ply to obtain better processability of the finished products. At the moment, the production speed is approximately 780 m/min and the working width is 3.63 m.

                                                The scope of supply includes a PrimeFlow SW headbox for the top ply, including a new headbox pipe, new dewatering elements, as well as a new white water channel with white water tank. In addition to installation of new frame parts needed for the top ply wire, the couch press frame was also repaired and adapted to meet future production requirements.

                                                The work on the press frame and installation of the entire ANDRITZ scope of supply was performed by ANDRITZ Local Service Mönchengladbach.

                                                The very successful and punctual project execution was all thanks to perfect coordination and, above all, close collaboration between ANDRITZ and R.D.M. The cornerstone of this success was laid in the project phase, when detailed concepts were developed in intensive cooperation with the customer. This successful start-up confirms ANDRITZ’s position as one of the world’s leading global suppliers of complete lines, key components, services and rebuilds for paper and board production.

                                                The RDM Group is the second largest producer of coated recycled fiber board in Europe and the largest in Italy, France and the Iberian peninsula. The group also manufactures products based on virgin fibers. The location in Arnsberg produces coated liner grades for packaging made of corrugated board.

                                                ANDRITZ GROUP
                                                ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metal working and steel industries, and for 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 international technology Group is active in power generation (steam boiler plants, biomass power plants, recovery boilers, and gasification plants) and environmental technology (flue gas cleaning plants) and offers equipment for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard, as well as recycling plants.

                                                A passion for innovative technology, absolute customer focus, reliability, and integrity are the central values to which ANDRITZ commits. The listed Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria. With over 160 years of experience, 29,000 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, dissolving pulp, and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling and shredding solutions for various waste materials also form a part of this business area.

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                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 30 Jan 2019 09:16:16 +0100
                                                  Industrial compostability certification for Metsä Board’s ground-breaking eco-barrier paperboard http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7985-industrial-compostability-certification-for-metsae-board-s-ground-breaking-eco-barrier-paperboard http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7985-industrial-compostability-certification-for-metsae-board-s-ground-breaking-eco-barrier-paperboard

                                                  The new eco-barrier paperboard, MetsäBoard Pro FSB EB1, which is manufactured by Metsä Board, the leading European producer of premium lightweight paperboards, has recently achieved the industrial compostability certification complying with DIN EN 13432 and ASTM D6400 standards. The certification is issued by DIN CERTCO and the testing was carried out by ISEGA laboratories.

                                                  Katja Tuomola, Business Development Director at Metsä Board, commented upon this important development: “Brand owners are looking for new, more ecological solutions made of renewable, non-plastic materials, which can be composted and recycled. This external certification helps them choose packaging materials that truly comply with their disposal requirements.”

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                                                  DIN EN 13432 standard refers to ‘Requirements for Packaging Recoverable through Composting and Biodegradation’. US certification ASTM D 6400-12 covers the ‘Standard Specification for Labelling of Plastics Designed to be Aerobically Composted in Municipal or Industrial Facilities’.

                                                  The non-plastic special barrier treatment developed for MetsäBoard Pro FSB EB1 improves the grease resistance of the board and makes it an ecological and efficient packaging material for food, takeaway and food-on-the-go applications. The grease resistance can be cost-efficiently enhanced further at the converting stage with the addition of just one varnish layer. The product is safe for direct food contact and no optical brighteners (OBA free) or fluorochemicals have been used in the production. It is available in basis weights of 195–320 g/m2 and can be recycled with paper and board recycling schemes.

                                                  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 2017, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.8 billion, and it has approximately 2,350 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 30 Jan 2019 09:00:12 +0100
                                                    Valmet to replace a quality control system at Papelera del Principado, S.A. (Paprinsa), Spain http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7984-valmet-to-replace-a-quality-control-system-at-papelera-del-principado-s-a-paprinsa-spain http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7984-valmet-to-replace-a-quality-control-system-at-papelera-del-principado-s-a-paprinsa-spain

                                                    Valmet will supply a Valmet IQ Quality Control System, a related reporting system and a recently launched Valmet DNA IQ Dashboard to Papelera del Principado, S.A.'s (Paprinsa) cartonboard machine in Spain. The systems will improve machine runnability and the overall quality of the end-product.

                                                    The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2018 orders received. Typically, the value of these kinds of automation system deliveries is below EUR one million.

                                                    "We are happy that the customer acknowledges us as the technology leader in the pulp and paper industry and as the supplier of the best QCS solution on the market. Our moisture management concept is unique. Valmet's reporting solution and strong local service played a crucial role in the customer's decision-making. Now, we will develop the reporting concept further with Paprinsa. We are really looking forward the cooperation," says Javier Navas, Sales Manager, Automation, Valmet.

                                                    Valmet will replace a quality control system at Papelera del Principado, S.A. (Paprinsa), SpainValmet will replace a quality control system at Papelera del Principado, S.A. (Paprinsa), Spain

                                                    Information about Valmet's delivery

                                                    Valmet's delivery consists of a Valmet IQ Quality Control System (QCS) with three scanners and related measurements and controls. With more process information available, the machine can be controlled much better than before, resulting in improved machine performance and end-product quality. In addition, faster start-ups and grade changes will increase production efficiency. The delivery also includes a connection to the existing distributed control system (DCS) and a Valmet DNA IQ Dashboard, which provides real-time and recent history information, allowing users to better react to changing situations.

                                                    The comprehensive Valmet IQ Reporting package consists of jumbo roll and customer roll reporting and management of laboratory data. With the help of reporting and laboratory data management, the mill operators can follow and control the paper quality and production online, as well as from a history point of view. With the help of the Valmet DNA Roll Monitoring tool, mill operators can easily access any customer roll quality data to confirm quality information for customer orders, if needed.

                                                    Information about the customer Papelera del Principado, S.A. (Paprinsa)

                                                    Founded in 1978, Paprinsa produces high-quality coated cartonboard for domestic and international markets using 100% recycled fiber. The company is known for its research and constant improvement, which has allowed it to offer superior products and service to its customers. Paprinsa bases its strength on high-quality products and production flexibility, adapting to meet customer needs.

                                                    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 2017 were approximately EUR 3.1 billion. Our more than 12,000 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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                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 30 Jan 2019 08:56:45 +0100
                                                      James Cropper helps to show how the uk can ‘leed’ by example http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7983-james-cropper-helps-to-show-how-the-uk-can-leed-by-example http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7983-james-cropper-helps-to-show-how-the-uk-can-leed-by-example

                                                      James Cropper has received the first bales of used coffee cups from a pioneering pilot scheme in collaboration with Forge Recycling, environmental charity Hubbub and Leeds City Council.    

                                                      The delivery marks a significant step in the papermaker’s ambition to help recycle some of the estimated three billion take-away cups that are currently thrown away in the UK each year. Through its unique  CupCycling™ technology - the world’s first process dedicated to upcycling disposable coffee cups – James Cropper has the capacity to upcycle 500 million used coffee cups.

                                                      Forge Recycling has collected 159,000 single-use coffee cups - from workplaces, coffee shops, universities, shopping centres and on street cup bins - since launching on 18thOctober 2018. Instead of the cups going to waste they have been delivered to James Cropper for upcycling. 

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                                                      Running until March 2019, the pilot runs alongside the #LeedsByExample campaign and seeks to improve the ‘on the go’ recycling infrastructure for coffee cups, and other packaging such as plastics and cans, for consumers in Leeds. Waste is collected by Forge Recycling, which has introduced a new paper cup collection service in parallel. Focusing on closed loop systems, Forge Recycling has performed a cup collection service for Leeds University and Leeds Beckett University. 

                                                      With the help of James Cropper, all 159,000 cups collected will be given a second life as beautiful papers and packaging.  The delivery will make its way through James Cropper’s CupCycling facility - which launched in September 2017 – and has already upcycled over 30 million disposable cups. 

                                                      James Cropper Chairman and CEO Phil Wild said: “With the capacity to upcycle 500 million coffee cups per year we welcome the thousands of discarded cups brought to Kendal today and hope this is just one of many local initiatives we can support to meet the capacity that we have. This scheme demonstrates that with the right infrastructure, great in-roads can be made to tackle the coffee cup issue. 

                                                      “There needs to be a change in mindset in how we handle waste and source materials, and ensuring packaging is easy for consumers to recycle is key to this. The delivery marks a pivotal moment for   recycling in the UK – and for us, it’s a step towards realising the potential of our CupCycling capabilities.”

                                                      A host of major brands, such as such Asda, Coca-Cola GB, Costa Coffee, McDonald's, Pret a Manger, Starbucks and Shell, have joined Hubbub’s #LeedsByExample initiative to date. While the trial in Leeds ends in March 2019, Forge Waste & Recycling estimate that the number of coffee cups it could deliver to James Cropper in one year from Leeds alone could exceed one million – a fantastic example of the circular economy in action. 

                                                      Gavin Ellis, Director at Hubbub, commented:“It’s not widely understood by consumers that coffee cups have to be recycled via a different waste stream, which is why we focus on developing infrastructure and communications in cities that make it easier for people to recycle properly while on-the-go.

                                                      “Almost three billion coffee cups go to waste every year. While the results of the trial are just the tip of the iceberg, they do demonstrate that with the right infrastructure and partners, coffee cups can become a profitable waste stream. Our goal is to extend the activity to include further cities in 2019 and encourage more waste companies to take inspiration from Forge and explore how they can adapt their operations to benefit from this valuable resource.”

                                                      Sam Goodall, Operations Director Forge Waste & Recycling said:“In just three months we’ve quickly moved from collecting very few cups to nearly two-hundred-thousand that are ready for delivery to the James Cropper mill. The pilot shows that the potential for our work with Hubbub and James Cropper to transform UK waste and embed circular economy thinking when it comes to coffee cups in cities is very real.” 

                                                      The CupCycling process involves removing the plastic coating that makes take-away cups waterproof, while preserving the precious paper fibres and instead of going to waste, the cups are transformed into fine papers for consumer packaging such as the iconic yellow Selfridges carrier bag. 

                                                      Going a step further, James Cropper’s latest innovation in  plastic-free packaging – COLOURFORM™ – uses paper fibre from renewable forests, as well as used coffee cups to create moulded packaging. With over 173 years’ worth of experience in papermaking behind it, COLOURFORM was a natural evolution for James Cropper, offering brands like LUSH, and in turn consumers, more choice. The packaging is recyclable and biodegradable, which means that even if it is not recycled, it breaks down without any harm to the environment.

                                                      Phil Wild concludes: “We’re incredibly proud to work with Forge and Hubbub, who have successfully delivered a game-changing system which can help usbecome a nation that truly creates value from waste. We encourage more cities across the country to explore how they can adopt this pioneering initiative.”

                                                      About James Cropper

                                                      James Cropper is a prestige paper innovator based in the English Lake District, supplying distinct, custom-made paper products to many of the world’s leading luxury brands, art galleries and designers. 

                                                      Throughout 173 years of high-quality paper production, the business has been carefully stewarded and nurtured by six generations of the Cropper family and is renowned globally for individual expertise in colour, dedicated responses to the most challenging custom projects and award-winning commitment to the highest standards of sustainability.  

                                                      James Cropper is a member of the Paper Cup Recovery & Recycling Group (PCRRG), a cross-industry group that exists to develop collection and recycling opportunities for paper cups and identify and support solutions that sustainably transform used paper cups into a valuable resource. For more information, visit www.pcrrg.uk.

                                                      About Hubbub 

                                                      Hubbub is a charity which explores innovative ways to interest mainstream consumers in important sustainability issues, through different ‘hubs’ of activity: Food; Fashion; Homes; Neighbourhoods. Hubbub’s previous campaigns have included #SquareMileChallenge, the UK’s first large scale solution to coffee cup recycling, #NeatStreets to cut litter in UK cities and For Fish’s Sake (#FFSLDN) to tackle litter in the Thames.

                                                      https://www.hubbub.org.uk/

                                                      About Forge Waste & Recycling 

                                                      Forge Recycling are a local company, established in November 2010, with a depot and office team based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Forge offer a flexible waste management service with an emphasis on making recycling easy. Forge understands the importance of combining a cost effect service, with the highest rates of recycling as possible. Alongside its Commercial/Business waste collection service, Forge also offer a full recycling service; collecting mixed recyclables, food waste, paper and card, glass bottles, and most recently ‘Paper Cups’; all recovered using a fleet of specialist collection vehicles.

                                                      About #LeedsByExample

                                                      #LeedsByExample is a 6 month trial led by Hubbub to test different ways to recycle food and drink packaging on the go in Leeds city centre. Successes from the trial will be rolled out to other UK cities to revitalise on the go recycling in the UK.

                                                      #LeedsByExample partners include Forge Recycling, Leeds City Council, HW Martin and Zero Waste Leeds, and the initiative is backed by a unique collaboration of companies: Alupro, Asda, Association of Convenience 

                                                      Stores,  Ball Beverage Packaging Europe, British Plastics  Federation, Bunzl, Caffe Nero, Coca-Cola GB, Costa, Co-op, Crown Packaging, Danone, Ecosurety, Greggs, Highland Spring,  Innocent, Klöckner Pentaplast (kp), Lucozade  Ribena Suntory, Marks and Spencer, McDonald’s, Morrisons,  PepsiCo, Pret, Starbucks and Shell.

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                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 30 Jan 2019 08:53:10 +0100
                                                        Stora Enso rated a global leader for climate action by CDP http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7982-stora-enso-rated-a-global-leader-for-climate-action-by-cdp http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7982-stora-enso-rated-a-global-leader-for-climate-action-by-cdp

                                                        Stora Enso has been top-rated in combatting global warming by the international non-profit organisation CDP, which works to build a sustainable global economy. CDP has included Stora Enso on its new 2018 Climate A List, which identifies the global companies that are taking leadership in climate action.

                                                        stora new 2017“We are proud of this recognition of our long-term work to reduce our emissions,” says Noel Morrin, EVP Sustainability at Stora Enso. “For over a decade we have been actively reducing the energy intensity of our operations and our dependence on fossil fuels. In December 2017, Stora Enso became the first forest products company to set ambitious science-based targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout our value chain.”

                                                        Stora Enso has also signed a Revolving Credit Facility (RCF) loan where part of the pricing is based on the group’s performance in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This progress is reported in Stora Enso’s annual and interim reports. In addition, Stora Enso has published a Green Bond Framework and asks suppliers about their carbon dioxide emissions in all tenders.

                                                        “Ultimately, it is our renewable materials that make a difference,” Morrin says. “They are a key solution to combatting global warming as they store carbon and replace fossil-based materials.”

                                                        Paul Simpson, CEO of CDP says: “Congratulations to all companies that made it onto CDP’s A List this year. We need to urgently scale up environmental action at all levels in order to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. It’s clear that the business world is an essential player in this transition and the A List companies are set to make a substantial contribution to those goals.”

                                                        Thousands of companies annually submit climate disclosures to CDP. In 2018, disclosures were requested by 650 investors representing over USD 87 trillion in assets, and over 7 000 companies submitted their climate data.

                                                        In addition to the CDP rating, Stora Enso has been top-ranked in both the quality of greenhouse gas management and carbon performance by the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI). TPI is a global initiative led by asset owners and supported by asset managers and looks into how companies’ carbon performance now and in the future might compare to the international targets and national pledges made as part of the Paris Agreement.

                                                        Stora Enso’s fossil carbon emission summary for 2017

                                                        CDP is an international non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Voted number one climate research provider by investors and working with institutional investors with assets of US$87 trillion, we leverage investor and buyer power to motivate companies to disclose and manage their environmental impacts. Over 7,000 companies with over 50% of global market capitalization disclosed environmental data through CDP in 2018. This is in addition to the over 750 cities, states and regions who disclosed, making CDP’s platform one of the richest sources of information globally on how companies and governments are driving environmental change. CDP, formerly Carbon Disclosure Project, is a founding member of the We Mean Business Coalition. cdp.net 

                                                        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 2017 were EUR 10 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 

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                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 30 Jan 2019 08:47:48 +0100
                                                          Metsä Board amongst an elite group of companies scoring ‘A’ for both CDP Climate and CDP Water programmes http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7981-metsae-board-amongst-an-elite-group-of-companies-scoring-a-for-both-cdp-climate-and-cdp-water-programmes http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7981-metsae-board-amongst-an-elite-group-of-companies-scoring-a-for-both-cdp-climate-and-cdp-water-programmes

                                                          Metsä Board has once again been highlighted as a global leader in corporate sustainability by CDP, a non-profit global environmental disclosure platform, by achieving a place on the CDP A List for both climate change and water security. This is the fourth consecutive year that the company has been included on the CDP Water A List and the third consecutive year on the CDP Climate A List. Metsä Board also scored A- in the CDP’s Forest programme.

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                                                          Metsä Board is among the top 27 companies placed on the global Water A List. This achievement is in recognition of Metsä Board’s actions in the last reporting year to manage water more sustainably. Additionally, Metsä Board is among the top 126 of companies featured on the global Climate A List. This positioning is a recognition for the company’s activities in cutting emissions, mitigating climate risks and developing the low-carbon economy. In 2018, over 7,000 companies disclosed through CDP.

                                                          “We all need to act to combat climate change. Sustainability has to be an integral part of a responsible business and it must lead to concrete actions. I am proud that the work we do at Metsä Board was once again acknowledged by CDP and that we held our A level rating in both Climate and Water programmes,” says Mika Joukio, CEO of Metsä Board.

                                                          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 2017, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.8 billion, and it has approximately 2,350 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 30 Jan 2019 08:44:54 +0100
                                                            Valmet achieves the best rating in CDP's climate program ranking http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7980-valmet-achieves-the-best-rating-in-cdp-s-climate-program-ranking http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7980-valmet-achieves-the-best-rating-in-cdp-s-climate-program-ranking

                                                            Valmet has been recognized for its actions and strategy to mitigate climate change by receiving the best A rating in CDP's climate program ranking. The results were published today, January 22, 2019.

                                                            valmet logoCDP's evaluation is based on the company's 2018 disclosure about its actions in the last reporting year to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop the low-carbon economy.  

                                                            "It is an honor to receive this acknowledgement for our contribution to climate change mitigation. Valmet's technology and services increase raw material efficiency and enable our customers to manufacture sustainable products from renewable resources. We also have a systematic program to reduce CO2 emissions in our own operations with a focus on sustainable transportation, energy-efficiency improvements and process optimization. We continuously investigate new ways to improve the energy, water and material efficiency of our solutions and to bring new innovations to the market," says Anu Salonsaari-Posti, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Communications and Sustainability at Valmet.

                                                            Valmet's mission is to convert renewable resources into sustainable results. Valmet's comprehensive Sustainability360º agenda focuses on five core areas: sustainable supply chain; health, safety and environment; people and performance; sustainable solutions, and corporate citizenship.

                                                            In 2018 Valmet was also included in Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe.

                                                            About CDP

                                                            CDP is an international non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests.

                                                            CDP's list of all companies publicly taking part in climate change program this year is available on CDP's website https://www.cdp.net/en/scores

                                                            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 2017 were approximately EUR 3.1 billion. Our more than 12,000 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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                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 30 Jan 2019 08:42:33 +0100
                                                              Stora Enso announces startups selected for its second Accelerator Programme http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7979-stora-enso-announces-startups-selected-for-its-second-accelerator-programme http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7979-stora-enso-announces-startups-selected-for-its-second-accelerator-programme

                                                              Stora Enso has chosen six startups to join its second Accelerator Programme, a joint startup initiative organised by Stora Enso, Aalto University Developing Entrepreneurship (Aalto ENT) and Vertical Accelerator.

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                                                              The Accelerator programme provides an exceptional opportunity for disruptive startups and Stora Enso to actively ideate and innovate new solutions. This year’s programme focuses specifically on the circular economy, especially in regard to circular solutions, raw material management, packaging, separation and sorting, and energy.

                                                              “With global megatrends, the circular economy will play a significant role in business and society in the coming years. We are teaming up with startups to further explore how Stora Enso can best contribute,” says Malin Bendz, Executive Vice President, HR. “We have been greatly encouraged by our first Accelerator programme, which has resulted in two ongoing partnerships, with Sulapac and Trä Group, building on renewable solutions.”

                                                              The final six startups emerged from a rigorous and competitive selection process. After submitting a written application and video, more than 85 startups were evaluated and filtered down to the top 40. Reviewed by Stora Enso Scouts and Vertical, 20 of these startups were invited to Selection Days, a two-day event for presentations and intensive interviews. A shortlist of twelve startups presented to Stora Enso’s Group Leadership Team for the selection of the final six.

                                                              The startups invited to join the 2019 Accelerator Programme are:

                                                              Over the next few months, the startups will work side by side with Stora Enso participants, delving into and advancing know-how, capabilities, technologies and market opportunities. Co-location takes place at Vertical accelerator, one of the largest and most prominent startup communities in Finland.

                                                              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 2017 were EUR 10 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 

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                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 30 Jan 2019 08:37:39 +0100
                                                                Metsä Board Husum celebrates 100 years of fibre excellence http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7978-metsae-board-husum-celebrates-100-years-of-fibre-excellence http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7978-metsae-board-husum-celebrates-100-years-of-fibre-excellence

                                                                On 24 January Metsä Board’s Husum mill, in Sweden, celebrates its 100-year anniversary. The mill started as a pulp mill in 1919 with a capacity of 20,000 tonnes of unbleached softwood kraft pulp. Today Metsä Board Husum is a modern and efficient integrated mill site with production capacities of 400,000 tonnes folding boxboard, 250,000 tonnes white kraftliner and 730,000 tonnes of bleached hardwood and softwood pulps.

                                                                During the past years Metsä Board has developed the mill heavily. In 2015 one of the paper machines was converted to a white kraftliner machine. The new folding boxboard machine started up in 2016 and a 100,000-tonne extrusion line a year after in 2017. The products are used for a wide variety of demanding end-uses in consumer, retail packaging and food service globally with the added logistics benefit of the mill’s own deep-sea port.

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                                                                “Over the years the Husum site has been successfully adapted and improved ensuring an ongoing commitment to driving greater efficiency and market leading product development. However, none of this would have been achieved without the support of our dedicated employees,” states Olov Winblad von Walter, VP, Metsä Board Husum Board and Pulp Mill.

                                                                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 2017, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.8 billion, and it has approximately 2,350 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

                                                                Metsä Group

                                                                www.metsagroup.com

                                                                Metsä Group is a forerunner in 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 cooking papers.

                                                                Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 5.0 billion in 2017, and it employs approximately 9,100 people. The Group operates in some 30 countries. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and owned by approximately 104,000 Finnish forest owners.

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                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 25 Jan 2019 10:42:56 +0100
                                                                  PMP is launching new marketing campaign "We Are Stronger Together” for 2019! http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7973-pmp-is-launching-new-marketing-campaign-we-are-stronger-together-for-2019 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7973-pmp-is-launching-new-marketing-campaign-we-are-stronger-together-for-2019

                                                                  logo pmp passionPMP (Paper Machinery Producer) is announcing new marketing campaign for the year 2019, entitled "We Are Stronger Together”.

                                                                  Campaign was launched during an official ceremony in the Museum of Papermaking in Duszniki-Zdroj, Poland. PMP is co-author in exhibition vernissage that shows incredible history of paper machines and rich history of PMP.

                                                                  Exactly 220 years ago a paper machine was patented and brought to the market, changing the reality of every human being. We believe that our rich history that has started over 165 years ago, has a direct impact on who we are today… We are a big, worldwide family, who is eager to claim higher and higher… We are a dedicated, international team, powered by 7 divisions all around the globe. Our history, passion and values defines us… We are stronger together!

                                                                  About PMP:

                                                                  PMP is a global provider of tissue, paper & board technology and has been supporting the pulp and paper industry for over 160 years, executing projects on 6 continents, in 34 countries. The Company has its headquarters in Jelenia Góra, Poland and has 6 facilities in 4 countries (Poland, USA, China, Italy). PMP is a recognized international player in the board, paper & tissue industry. Learn more: www.pmgroup.com

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                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 23 Jan 2019 13:48:15 +0100
                                                                    iDEAL® forged YD: another new-generation Yankee has been shipped http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7971-ideal-forged-yd-another-new-generation-yankee-has-been-shipped http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7971-ideal-forged-yd-another-new-generation-yankee-has-been-shipped

                                                                    A further confirmation for the A.Celli Group after the presentation of the patent during the “iT’s Tissue 2018” event

                                                                    At the end of last December, a new 15’ iDEAL® Forged YD was shipped to the customer PartexTissue Ltd, in Bangladesh.

                                                                    The latest generation Yankee is an integral part of the project for a complete turnkey plant consisting of an iDEAL-1800 Tissue Machine, a E-WIND T100 rewinder with three unwinders and the A.Celli R-WAY roll handling system.

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                                                                    The customer has chosen a highly innovative A.Celli product, the iDEAL® forged YD, created using the new patented technology that involves the production of the dryer cylinder shell starting from a single piece of steel shaped and worked with forging and hot rolling systems.

                                                                    From this particular process a homogeneous material is obtained; the unique seamless structure allows greater variation in operating pressure and definitively eliminate the risk of welding failures.

                                                                    Innovation, safety, efficiency, the A.Celli Group’s basis of research.

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                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 23 Jan 2019 12:24:39 +0100
                                                                      A.Celli Paper and Global Hygiène for a turn-key tissue plant project http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7970-a-celli-paper-and-global-hygiene-for-a-turn-key-tissue-plant-project http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7970-a-celli-paper-and-global-hygiene-for-a-turn-key-tissue-plant-project

                                                                      A.Celli Paper is pleased to begin a valuable collaboration with the French company for the supply of a complete tissue production plant.

                                                                      Global Hygiène has chosen to rely on A.Celli Paper technology for the order of a complete turnkey plant to be installed in Charavines, in southeastern France.
                                                                      The French company has secured the A.Celli technological excellence, from the stock preparation to the roll handling system.

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                                                                      The new iDEAL®1800S machine will have a 2850 mm format and an operating speed of 1800 mpm. The project also includes an E-WIND® T100 rewinder and a R-WAY® roll-handling system.
                                                                      The Yankee supplied is the forged one of the latest A.Celli generation and has a diameter of 15’.

                                                                      Luc Brami, CEO of Global Hygiène, said that the production of Charavines, estimated in 30.000 t/y, will cover the needs of the two Global Hygiène group’s converting plants, in Auxonne and Vern d’Anjou, consolidating the company’s leadership position in the market for hygienic products.

                                                                      As usual A.Celli has given its total availability in experience and professionalism to the customer, with a full spirit of partnership.

                                                                      The delivery is expected for the fourth quarter of 2019.

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                                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 22 Jan 2019 09:37:30 +0100
                                                                        Södra wants to inspire teenage girls to become tomorrow’s engineers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7969-soedra-wants-to-inspire-teenage-girls-to-become-tomorrow-s-engineers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7969-soedra-wants-to-inspire-teenage-girls-to-become-tomorrow-s-engineers

                                                                        Södra is one of the main sponsors of Introduce a Girl to Engineering day (IGEday) — an initiative by the organisation Womengineer that aims to increase interest in technology and engineering among teenage girls.

                                                                        Södra is a gold partner for IGEday and is throwing open the doors of its three pulp mills in Värö, Mörrum and Mönsterås as well as the head office in Växjö on 29 March. The participants encompass girls and non-binary teenagers aged 13–19. This initiative is fully aligned with Södra’s sustainability target — namely that by 2020, at least 30 percent of Södra employees should be women.

                                                                        The issue affects the entire industry and several other companies are also IGEday partners. Currently, the percentage of Sweden’s engineering students at bachelor’s and master’s levels varies 20–25 percent.

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                                                                        “This is far too low a share. As an industry, we need to act cohesively and promote equality at our workplaces. Inspiring teenage girls at an early age to choose a career in engineering, a traditionally male-dominated profession, is important for Södra’s and for Sweden’s future competitiveness. And this is where meeting platforms, such as IGEday, have an important role to play,” said Christer Thörn, HR Director at Södra. 

                                                                        During the day, some 60 teenage girls will test various activities that showcase how to work with technology and engineering using an approach conducive to development and sustainability.  They will also gain insight into how we, on a daily basis, conduct research to develop new products, process wood and produce paper and dissolving pulp.

                                                                        “Through the IGEday initiative, we want to be part of opening new possibilities for the female engineers of tomorrow,” said Christer Thörn.

                                                                        Södra was founded in 1938 and is the largest forest-owner association in Sweden, with a membership of close to 52,000 forest owners. We engage in modern and responsible forestry, and operate state-of-the-art mills in which we process our raw material. Net sales in 2017 were 20.5 SEK billion and there were 3,400 employees. Through value-generating relationships and a long-term approach, Södra is leading the way for the future of sustainable forestry.

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                                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 22 Jan 2019 09:34:30 +0100
                                                                          ANDRITZ to supply ATMP line to Kabel Premium Pulp & Paper, Germany http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7968-andritz-to-supply-atmp-line-to-kabel-premium-pulp-paper-germany http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7968-andritz-to-supply-atmp-line-to-kabel-premium-pulp-paper-germany

                                                                          International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Kabel Premium Pulp & Paper to supply a new ATMP (Advanced Thermo Mechanical Pulp) line to their mill in Hagen, Germany. The ANDRITZ ATMP technology is a highly optimized process design with modular process steps that ensure enhanced fiber properties at reduced energy consumption. Start-up is scheduled for the final quarter of 2019.

                                                                          ANDRITZ MSD Impressafiner, to be installed at Kabel Premium Pulp & Paper. “Photo: ANDRITZ”.ANDRITZ MSD Impressafiner, to be installed at Kabel Premium Pulp & Paper. “Photo: ANDRITZ”.

                                                                          ANDRITZ will refurbish second-hand machines that Kabel Premium bought from a former magazine paper production line in Germany. In order to meet Kabel Premium’s high demands with regard to energy efficiency and fiber quality, ANDRITZ will install several new, key equipment units: a new MSD Impressafiner to delaminate and impregnate chips even more gently and efficiently as well as new fiber centrifuges to guarantee superior fiber/steam separation. Two second-hand and refurbished ANDRITZ high-consistency refiners will form part of the first and second refining stages.The scope of supply also includes the DCS system, complete installation of the scope delivered, basic engineering, commissioning, and start-up.

                                                                          The broad spectrum of ANDRITZ’s capabilities within the pulp and paper industry as well as its specialist know-how in the second-hand business were decisive in the Kabel Premium Pulp & Paper’s decision to place the order with ANDRITZ.

                                                                          Kabel Premium Pulp & Paper has a long history as a well-known producer of top-quality printing paper. Established in 1896, the company has around 540 employees.

                                                                          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, dissolving pulp, and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling and shredding solutions for various waste materials also form a part of this business area.

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                                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 22 Jan 2019 09:31:50 +0100
                                                                            Hamburger Rieger uses Voith efficiency system for the first time for White Top Testliner production http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7967-hamburger-rieger-uses-voith-efficiency-system-for-the-first-time-for-white-top-testliner-production http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7967-hamburger-rieger-uses-voith-efficiency-system-for-the-first-time-for-white-top-testliner-production

                                                                            Hamburger Rieger has engaged Voith to supply the complete stock preparation unit for its new PM 2 in Spremberg, Germany. Voith will deliver three separate stock preparation lines with a total capacity of 2,450 metric tons per day. Meri Environmental Solutions is responsible for the complete reject and water treatment facility.

                                                                            • OnEfficiency.DIP ensures high raw material quality and low running costs
                                                                            • Efficiency concept used for the first time for the production of packaging papers
                                                                            • Automatic adjustment of flotation technology and input of chemical additives
                                                                            • Virtual sensors predict contamination areas

                                                                            The key to the stock preparation concept is the OnEfficiency.DIP (deinked pulp: recycled waste paper without color residues) system from Voith, which has already proven effective for the manufacture of graphic papers based on recovered paper. The efficiency concept is now being used for the first time in the production of packaging papers. In the stock preparation unit of the new PM 2, ultra-modern sensors and actuators ensure consistent raw material quality and low running costs.

                                                                            The system consists of two DIP yield control modules, two DIP bleach control modules and a DIP optimizer. The DIP yield control module uses online sensors to measure the ash content and whiteness of the DIP stock. Using actuators, the flotation technology automatically adjusts it as necessary to obtain the required degree of whiteness. The DIP bleach control module also measures the whiteness before and after a bleaching step. If necessary, actuators also regulate the flow of chemical additives here as well. The control modules are connected with the DIP optimizer, which defines optimum target values based on the optimization of running costs. The cost model takes account of relevant parameters such as energy, raw material and chemicals. This dynamic interaction between the individual components reduces quality fluctuations, which occur thanks to the heterogeneity of the raw material or production adjustments. This at the same time improves production costs.

                                                                            In the PM 2 in Spremberg, Voith is also testing a new prototype of a virtual sensor which uses the measurements in the stock storage tower and the process parameters to predict contamination areas. The DIP optimizer uses the model calculated in this process to optimally adjust the variables. The self-learning system allows for automated controls, which means that the full potential of the system can be reached sooner.

                                                                            OnEfficiency.DIP ensures consistent raw material quality and low running costs in the stock preparation unit.OnEfficiency.DIP ensures consistent raw material quality and low running costs in the stock preparation unit.

                                                                            At present, only the OnEfficiency.DIP from Voith offers this kind of comprehensive performance. According to Hamburger Rieger this was a decisive factor in awarding the order for the stock preparation unit. With a tailored service package, Voith ensures that the OnEfficiency system will continue to perform optimally in the long term.

                                                                            Following a groundbreaking ceremony on 26 September 2018, work began on Hamburger Rieger's new paper machine in Spremberg. From June 2020, the 7.8 m wide PM 2 will produce up to 500,000 metric tons a year of White Top Testliner with various basis weights. The two-loop DIP line produces the white top layer of the WTTL (White Top Test Liner). The paper manufacturer has opted for a particularly environmentally friendly de-inking system for stock preparation.

                                                                            Hamburger Rieger is investing around EUR 370 million to build the PM 2 and is creating more than 200 new jobs in the Lusatia region. Hamburger Rieger is part of the Hamburger Containerboard Division of the Austrian Prinzhorn Group, whose annual production of more than two million metric tons makes it one of the market leaders in the segment for white uncoated and coated testliner.

                                                                            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 € 4.2 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the large family-owned companies in Europe.

                                                                            The Group Division Voith Paper is part of the Voith Group and a leading full-line supplier as well as pioneer in the paper industry. Through constant innovations Voith is optimizing the paper manufacturing process and facilitating resource-conserving production. With its Servolution concept, Voith offers its customers as reliable partner tailored service solutions for all sections of the production process. The company’s Papermaking 4.0 concept ensures that equipment is optimally networked, while the effective and secure use of the generated data enables paper manufacturers to improve their competitiveness.

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                                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 22 Jan 2019 09:29:06 +0100
                                                                              Valmet to supply automation for Gasum's liquefied natural gas delivery to Metsä Tissue Mänttä mill in Finland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7966-valmet-to-supply-automation-for-gasum-s-liquefied-natural-gas-delivery-to-metsae-tissue-maenttae-mill-in-finland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7966-valmet-to-supply-automation-for-gasum-s-liquefied-natural-gas-delivery-to-metsae-tissue-maenttae-mill-in-finland

                                                                              Valmet will supply an automation system update and expansion for Gasum's project at the Metsä Tissue Mänttä mill in Finland. As part of the project, the mill will replace liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) with Gasum's low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the burners of the drying processes on its tissue machines.

                                                                              The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2018 orders received. The system renewal will be delivered in June 2019.

                                                                              Valmet's automation system will be used to control the burners of the drying processes and manage a gas terminal that will be connected to Valmet's data collection application. The delivery will standardize and optimize the tissue drying process and quality management.

                                                                              Valmet will supply an automation system update and expansion to Metsä Tissue Mänttä mill in Finland.  The automation system will be used to control the burners of the drying processes and manage Gasum's gas terminal.  Photo: Metsä GroupValmet will supply an automation system update and expansion to Metsä Tissue Mänttä mill in Finland. The automation system will be used to control the burners of the drying processes and manage Gasum's gas terminal. Photo: Metsä Group

                                                                              "Valmet's flexible approach and familiarization with Metsä Tissue enabled us to offer a turnkey delivery to the customer," says Tommy Mattila, Sales and Marketing Director, Gasum.

                                                                              "Valmet will enhance the Metsä Tissue mill's fuel switch to LNG, which is a safe form of energy with low emissions. At the same time, both Gasum and Metsä Tissue gain access to the latest software updates," remarks Juhani Tuomaala, Sales Manager, Automation, Valmet.


                                                                              Information about Valmet's delivery

                                                                              Valmet will update and expand the Valmet DNA automation system on the tissue machines to modernize burner controls and the drying process management. Valmet's delivery includes automation controls with DNA Modbus links to the burner and gas terminal PLCs as well as necessary DNA I/O expansions on the tissue machine automation systems. The delivery also includes DNA software updates and expansions in the process air systems and drying power control systems of the tissue machines.

                                                                              Gasum will carry out the modifications needed for the fuel switch as well as all equipment installation.

                                                                              Information about the customers Gasum and Metsä Tissue

                                                                              Gasum is a Nordic energy company and the number one expert in the gas sector in Finland. Together with its partners, it promotes development towards a carbon-neutral future on land and at sea. www.gasum.com 

                                                                              Metsä Tissue is a leading tissue paper products supplier to households and professionals in Europe and the world's leading supplier of baking and cooking papers. With production units in five countries, Metsä Tissue employs a total of about 2,800 people, and its sales in 2017 amounted to EUR 1.0 billion. Metsä Tissue is part of Metsä Group. www.metsatissue.com

                                                                              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 2017 were approximately EUR 3.1 billion. Our more than 12,000 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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                                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 22 Jan 2019 09:26:22 +0100
                                                                                Largest Christmas gift given to Cancer Research Foundation Northern Sweden http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7962-largest-christmas-gift-given-to-cancer-research-foundation-northern-sweden http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7962-largest-christmas-gift-given-to-cancer-research-foundation-northern-sweden

                                                                                SCA’s Christmas gift to the company’s employees in 2018 was a donation of SEK 1.5m to three recipients. Cancer Research Foundation Northern Sweden received the largest donation.

                                                                                logotype horizontalSCA’s employees decided how the donation was to be divided between the three recipients by voting for the three alternatives on the company’s intranet. As a result, Cancer Research Foundation Northern Sweden will receive SEK 880,000, the WWF’s Save the Baltic Sea project will receive SEK 316,000 and Médecins Sans Frontières SEK 304,000. 

                                                                                The donations are being transferred to the three organizations with warm greetings for a happy new 2019 from SCA’s employees.

                                                                                The core of SCA’s business is the forest, Europe’s largest private forest holding. Around this unique resource, we have built a well-developed value chain based on renewable raw material from our own and others’ forests. We offer paper for packaging and print, pulp, wood products, renewable energy, services for forest owners and efficient transport solutions.
                                                                                In 2017, the forest products company SCA had approximately 4,000 employees and sales amounted to approximately SEK 16.7bn (EUR 1.6bn). SCA was founded in 1929 and has its headquarters in Sundsvall, Sweden. More information at www.sca.com

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                                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 09 Jan 2019 10:36:56 +0100
                                                                                  Toscotec Paper & Board chosen by Smurfit Kappa for PM5 rebuild project. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7960-toscotec-paper-board-chosen-by-smurfit-kappa-for-pm5-rebuild-project http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7960-toscotec-paper-board-chosen-by-smurfit-kappa-for-pm5-rebuild-project

                                                                                  Toscotec has been awarded a contract by Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin in France to rebuild the entire dryer section of its 6m wire PM5 at Facture, Aquitaine, France.

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                                                                                  Toscotec will rebuild the entire pre-dryer section of the machine, including 36 new TT SteelDryers with a diameter of 1.8 m, maintaining the same machine length of the existing 43 cast iron cans. The scope of supply includes 4 new TT Uniroll for the first battery. Toscotec will also rebuild the existing post-dryer section to improve the present design according to the new production rate, adding 2 new TT SteelDryers. The scope includes a rope-less tail threading system throughout the whole dryer section, an optimised tail transfer to the Film Press with a TT Ripper and TT Transfer (vacuum belt device) and an improved paper sheet transfer between press and dryer section. The main auxiliary systems will also be part of Toscotec’s scope, including the lubrication system, the hood with its air and ventilation system and the sheet stabilisation. The hall ventilation system will be also part of the package.

                                                                                  The PM5 produces White Top Kraft Liner with a reel trim of 5,500 mm, Toscotec’s rebuild will allow to increase machine speed up to approximately 900 m/min and will strengthen Smurfit Kappa’s position as the leading European supplier of White Top Kraft Liner.

                                                                                  The supply is on a turnkey basis and includes engineering, erection, commissioning, start-up assistance and training.

                                                                                  This new rebuild reaffirms Toscotec as one of preferred partners for the Smurfit Kappa Group, with which Toscotec has been working for the past 10 years on several projects, in Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Italy and Austria.

                                                                                  It gives us great satisfaction to be selected for such an important rebuild project by Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin. Thanks to the increased efficiency of the overall drying process, PM5 will significantly boost its capacity, and deliver actual energy savings, thereby cutting the mill’s energy billsays Fabrizio Charrier, Toscotec’s Area Sales Manager.

                                                                                  Mr. Bruno Tormen, Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin’s Mill Manager says: “At Smurfit Kappa, we offer our customers constant, secure and reliable quality thanks to our unrivalled standards. Toscotec’s design met our targets in terms of the dryer section’s performance and machine production increase. The high level of customisation of their turnkey solution was one of the deciding factors for our choice, along with the significant advantages of TT SteelDryers”.

                                                                                  The project is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020. 

                                                                                  Smurfit Kappa Group

                                                                                  Smurfit Kappa (SK) is one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging solutions in the world, with around 45,000 employees in approximately 370 production sites across 35 countries and with revenue of €8.6 billion in 2017. SK is located in 22 countries in Europe and 13 in the Americas and is the only large-scale pan-regional player in Latin America.

                                                                                  Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin

                                                                                  Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin is one of the most important paper mills in Europe, producing Brown and White Top Kraftliner, all of which are 100% recyclable and are used for the packaging of industrial and food products. SK Cellulose du Pin is perfectly integrated with the local community and it proactively supports a number of social, cultural, educational and sports projects, particularly with schools and universities.

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                                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 09 Jan 2019 09:00:37 +0100
                                                                                    Valmet to supply a new brown stock washing and screening line to Sappi Saiccor mill in South Africa http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7959-valmet-to-supply-a-new-brown-stock-washing-and-screening-line-to-sappi-saiccor-mill-in-south-africa http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7959-valmet-to-supply-a-new-brown-stock-washing-and-screening-line-to-sappi-saiccor-mill-in-south-africa

                                                                                    Valmet has received an order for the new magnesium oxide (MgO) no 3 brown stock washing and screening line for the Sappi Saiccor mill in South Africa. The delivery is part of the Vulindlela Project which targets to reduce the Saiccor mill's air emissions and effluents, and to increase its total production from 783,000 ADt/a to 890,000 ADt/a. The capacity of the new MgO no 3 brown stock and screening line will be 720 ADt/d.

                                                                                    The order is included in Valmet's third quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. An order with this scope of supply is usually valued in the range of EUR 5-10 million. The new line is scheduled to start up in June 2020.

                                                                                    The agreement is a continuation to the long-term successful cooperation of Sappi and Valmet. Valmet has earlier delivered key processes to other Sappi mills in South Africa.

                                                                                    Sappi Saiccor mill Sappi Saiccor mill

                                                                                    "Valmet and its TwinRoll press technology was selected due to the ease of access for descaling and maintenance, high washing efficiency, low water consumption and low fugitive emissions to atmosphere," says Wayne Weston, Project Director at Sappi Saiccor projects.

                                                                                    "Valmet's large reference base for fiberline key equipment, such as the TwinRoll presses for Sulphite pulp/dissolving pulp, gives confidence to our customers that we can handle their special processes. We are happy to be a part of the Vulindlela Project and it is an important breakthrough for Valmet to utilize the TwinRoll presses in the Saiccor mill," says Eva Engelfeldt, Sales Manager, Fiber Processing Business Unit, Valmet.

                                                                                    Details about Valmet's delivery

                                                                                    Valmet's delivery includes equipment for the deknotting, screening and brown stock washing area, and auxiliaries like centrifugal pumps, field instruments, control valves, tower and tanks. The delivery also includes a service agreement on performance and reliability monitoring for the TwinRoll presses. The monitoring consists of a cloud application on the Valmet platform.

                                                                                    Valmet TwinRoll Evolution wash press (TRPE)Valmet TwinRoll Evolution wash press (TRPE)

                                                                                    Information about the customer Sappi

                                                                                    Sappi is a global diversified woodfibre company focused on providing dissolving wood pulp, specialties and packaging papers, graphic/printing papers, as well as biomaterials and biochemicals to their direct and indirect customer base. Sappi has over 12,000 employees in over 20 countries.  

                                                                                    The Saiccor mill is situated south of the port of Durban in South Africa. With a capacity of 800,000 tons per annum of Verve sulphite Dissolving Wood Pulp (DWP), it is the world's single largest manufacturing site for fully bleached sulphite DWP.

                                                                                    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 2017 were approximately EUR 3.1 billion. Our more than 12,000 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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                                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 08 Jan 2019 09:04:04 +0100
                                                                                      ANDRITZ to supply process technology for fiberline modernization to Iggesund Paperboard, Sweden http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7958-andritz-to-supply-process-technology-for-fiberline-modernization-to-iggesund-paperboard-sweden http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7958-andritz-to-supply-process-technology-for-fiberline-modernization-to-iggesund-paperboard-sweden

                                                                                      International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Holmen’s Iggesund Paperboard to supply fiberline process technology and equipment to their Iggesund mill, Sweden. Start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2019.

                                                                                      The technology supplied by ANDRITZ will substantially contribute towards reducing emissions further and result in environmentally friendly, high-quality pulp production.

                                                                                      ANDRITZ multi-stage DD-Washer “Photo: ANDRITZ”.ANDRITZ multi-stage DD-Washer “Photo: ANDRITZ”.

                                                                                      ANDRITZ’s scope of supply encompasses:

                                                                                      • Modernization of the brownstock washing process, including a new multi-stage DD-Washer with compact layout
                                                                                      • A new oxygen delignification stage for optimizing the kappa level to achieve highest possible yield and minimum chemical consumption
                                                                                      • Relocation of the existing screening process after the oxygen delignification stage in order to minimize fiber losses
                                                                                      • Bleaching plant modernization by changing the existing 5-stage bleaching system to 4-stage bleaching
                                                                                      • Cooler for digester blow temperature control

                                                                                      ANDRITZ has several hundred very successful DD-Washer installations as references around the globe. ANDRITZ DD-Washers are characterized by lowest operating costs and emissions as well as extremely good washing efficiency, based on the required number of displacement washing stages in a single unit. The DD-Washer is also very gentle to fibers, retaining all the bulk, stiffness and strength of the pulp as there is no mechanical pressing during pulp washing.

                                                                                      Iggesund Paperboard produces paperboard for consumer packaging and graphics printing at one mill in Sweden and one in England. The company is Europe’s leading producer of high-quality, virgin-fiber paperboard for use in the premium packaging and graphics sectors.

                                                                                      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, dissolving pulp, and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling and shredding solutions for various waste materials also form a part of this business area.

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                                                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 08 Jan 2019 08:44:13 +0100
                                                                                        Vee Bee filtration announces major investment in new technology centre http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7957-vee-bee-filtration-announces-major-investment-in-new-technology-centre http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7957-vee-bee-filtration-announces-major-investment-in-new-technology-centre

                                                                                        Vee Bee Filtration, the world-leader in the design, manufacture and supply of Strainers, Filters and Pressure Vessels, has announced it is moving to new premises as part of a multi-million pound investment strategy from its parent company Signum Technology.

                                                                                        The Vee Bee Technology Centre will be located in Halesowen in the West Midlands UK and will provide state-of-the-art design and assembly facilities. This capability is required for Vee Bee to realise its potential in an evolving market where reliability and flow efficiency are vital if operators are to maintain and improve competitiveness in the modern production environment.      

                                                                                        “I am delighted to announce the investment which is a major landmark event in the continued growth of Vee Bee Filtration,” comments Managing Director Simon Hale.

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                                                                                        “This is the first part of a significant intelligent investment schedule and it enables Vee Bee to consolidate its position as the global leader. The schedule includes significant investment in manufacturing, specialised staff, research and development, testing, customer service and new product development,” Simon adds.

                                                                                        Signum Technology has already undertaken similar effective investment strategies with the other companies in its Group, Gall Thomson, KLAW Products and KLAW LNG. Enabling each to achieve their potential as highly successful commercial and technical leaders in their respective sectors.

                                                                                        The result of the investment will also enable Vee Bee to focus on new markets. “There are two geographical regions that we have targeted for growth and we are also looking to build on our core activity in the LNG market, in which we have a very strong and established market position,” Simon explains. “This investment provides us with all the resources needed to successfully achieve this and generate significant organic growth as a result.

                                                                                        “On a secondary level, the Technology Centre will provide us with future scope for physical expansion and optimise our own processes. This will enable us to ensure the highest standards of management of even the most demanding of contracts and reduce delivery times to the bare minimum.”

                                                                                        Vee Bee Filtration is one of the longest established specialist manufacturers of filtration equipment in the world, originally founded in 1957, and has been in its current location since 1982. The company is renowned for having a unique consultative approach. Far from just selling standard products it employs highly qualified engineers who typically design and manufacture strainers and filters according to the specific criteria of customers.

                                                                                        “We take quality very seriously and as a result we have established a reputation for providing bespoke solutions, rather than taking the one-size-fits-all approach,” Simon says. “Quite simply, products that are designed according to the customer’s specific criteria operate more efficiently and more reliably, they have a longer lifecycle and demand less maintenance, so the end result is that they provide a far improved return on investment than a cheaper, generic item. This ethos has been with Vee Bee Filtration for many years and it is something that every employee is dedicated to maintain.”

                                                                                        For more information go to www.veebee.com

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                                                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 07 Jan 2019 14:56:29 +0100
                                                                                          Shredding spotlight – XR waste shredder single-handedly tackles pulper ropes http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7956-shredding-spotlight-xr-waste-shredder-single-handedly-tackles-pulper-ropes http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7956-shredding-spotlight-xr-waste-shredder-single-handedly-tackles-pulper-ropes

                                                                                          The shredding of pulper ropes is a complex, heavy duty operation which has traditionally required the efforts of two machines. But when UNTHA shredding technology was approached by recycled paper manufacturing specialist VPK Packaging Group, the team soon proved that a single XR3000C waste shredder was single-handedly up to the task!

                                                                                          At international packaging manufacturer VPK, the environment is not an afterthought – sustainable operations lie at the heart of the business. The paper mill in Dendermonde, Belgium and Blue Paper mill in France, co-owned with Klingele Papierwerke, produce 900,000 tonnes of paper, per year, from 100% recycled raw material.

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                                                                                          That is not to say that VPK’s paper manufacturing process does not pose eco challenges. The two sites combined produce approximately 65,000 tonnes of waste per year, including over 10,000 tonnes of pulper ropes. But sustainable waste management is the number one priority.

                                                                                          Until recently, the complex metal and plastic pulper rope waste was sent off-site for specialist handling. However, a desire to further close the loop on its ‘green’ approach – whilst saving money in the process – saw VPK research the shredder marketplace for its own machinery.

                                                                                          A shortlist of three potential suppliers was drawn up, including Austrian-headquartered UNTHA. The tender stipulated that a turnkey solution was required to process 5,800 tonnes of pulper rope waste per year at the Dendermonde (Belgium) site, and a virtually identical machine would be needed to tackle 4,500 tonnes in Strasbourg (France).

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                                                                                          UNTHA’s client proposal included a visit to a reference site in Istanbul, where a very similar application with the same shredding technology is in place. VPK’s process technologist Ann Deschildre explained that this proved a crucial deciding factor: “We were extremely impressed by both the professionalism of the UNTHA team and the capabilities of the turnkey package. The client also spoke highly of the service provision and we could see for ourselves that the single step process made light work of this heavy-duty waste.”

                                                                                          Discussions continued and UNTHA’s sophisticated yet simple design was selected.

                                                                                          Delivered in late 2017, final configurations and acceptance testing took place in February 2018, with the solution now fully operational.

                                                                                          In Dendermonde, pure untreated pulper rope waste is transported via a shovel loader, fresh from the manufacturing process, to a specially-constructed 180sqm adjacent building. A ceiling-mounted claw grab lifts material into an XR3000C equipped with two 113kW motors, two cutting rows, Torque+ gearbox, Eco Drive with synchronous water-cooled motors and in-built foreign object protection. An auto-reverse function helps to manage material flow.

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                                                                                          The XR processes the complex waste at a rate of five tonnes per hour and a 50mm screen ensures a homogenous particle sizing. The shredded fraction then exits the machine via an enclosed horizontal conveyor with internal and external scrapers for easy cleaning, before travelling up an elevated conveyor to an electro-magnetic FE-separator.

                                                                                          Here, the liberated metal wiring is extracted for onward sale and recycling, with the resulting material forming the ideal SRF specification for VPK’s own Waste to Energy generation technology. The SRF passes along a final horizontal conveyor where it drops into a bunker to be fed directly into the WtE plant. A level detector senses when the container is at 70% capacity, at which point the conveyor auto reverses so that excess fuel can instead drop into a storage bay for later use.

                                                                                          UNTHA supplied the entire system complete with steel supports, service platforms, access stairways, touch screen Safety Remote Control (SRC) panel and control cabinet room. The team was even responsible for sourcing the in-feed cranage.

                                                                                          Commenting on the nature of the application, UNTHA’s sales manager Daniel Wresnik who was responsible with the earliest dialogue with VPK said: “Here we are talking about a very tricky material, partly because no two grabs of pulper ropes are the same. The metal wire could be 6m in length, or more, and of course it is encased with tough, wet plastic fibre which can soon turn from a sludge to a cement-like consistency as it dries. It is extremely undefined in its nature.

                                                                                          “To process this 1:3 metal and plastic waste, we’ve configured the XR so that it has the highest possible torque on the shaft and can ensure the necessary performance without operating at high speeds. This protects the safety and energy efficiency of the shredding process, whilst avoiding unnecessary wear.

                                                                                          “The technology itself is incredibly sophisticated but from an operational perspective we’ve tried to keep everything as simple as possible. In fact, only one VPK operator mans the line, which speaks volumes.”

                                                                                          VPK’s Group Energy & Environment Johan Dhaese added: “At tender stage our target for Dendermonde was 5,800 tonnes of pulper waste shredding per year, to be treated during daytime working hours only, but early indications suggest we’re going to exceed that, which is fantastic news.

                                                                                          “We have remote diagnostic capabilities via the GSM-connected SRC panel should we need to seek advice on rotor speed or ram adjustment performance, which gives us added peace of mind. But so far, everything is going to plan.”

                                                                                          The complex nature of the input material was not the only challenge with this Belgian project. The footprint of the turnkey package was originally designed to sit outside in the open air. However, further research indicated the benefits of enclosing the line, which resulted in the construction of a 180sqm building to house the system. Adjustments therefore had to be made to the height, angle and lengths of the conveyors, and the shredder even had to be lowered into the building using a 100 tonne crane before the building’s roof was installed.

                                                                                          And Johan Dhaese is delighted with the result. He continued: “Of course we could have continued relying on the services of an external partner to separate the metal and produce our alternative fuel. But by bringing the process in-house we’re reducing the carbon impact of unnecessary waste transportation, saving money and further closing the loop of our circular business model. It is a fantastic outcome.”

                                                                                          The turnkey pulper rope shredding line at VPK’s mill in Dendermonde, Belgium as well as the shredder machine at the Blue Paper mill in France are almost identical. VPK has purchased the two turnkey packages outright with an extended warranty package inclusive of service inspections provided by UNTHA’s Austrian engineers.

                                                                                          The VPK projects take UNTHA’s pulper rope installations to seven throughout Europe – and counting…

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                                                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 04 Jan 2019 12:46:00 +0100
                                                                                            Packaging material a key issue for the climate http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7955-packaging-material-a-key-issue-for-the-climate http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7955-packaging-material-a-key-issue-for-the-climate

                                                                                            Switching material from plastic to paperboard can reduce a packaging’s climate impact by 99 per cent. For people who influence the choice of packaging material, this single choice can make the biggest climate impact during a product manager or designer’s entire professional career. That’s the conclusion of a study done by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute for Iggesund Paperboard.

                                                                                            The starting point was to study some of the commonest packaging types and compare the differences in climate impact depending on the choice of packaging material.

                                                                                            “There are tables giving carbon dioxide emissions per kilo of material, but when you compare real examples of packaging, you realise the great importance of the choice of material,” comments Johan Granås, Sustainability Director at Iggesund Paperboard.

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                                                                                            “Plastic is a fantastic material for many applications and we use it ourselves when producing paperboard for food packaging that needs a thin plastic barrier to protect its contents,” he adds. “But we believe that decision makers in the packaging industry must know about the effects of their choice of material.”

                                                                                            Packaging light bulbs in plastic or paperboard respectively is the most extreme example in the survey. By switching from plastic to paperboard, it is possible to reduce the climate impact of the packaging by 99 per cent. In the example that was most favourable for plastic, a paperboard carton containing 500 grams of pasta was compared with the corresponding amount of pasta packed in a thin plastic bag. The conclusion was that the plastic bag has a 3.25 times larger climate impact than the paperboard carton. This is despite the fact that the bag only weighs one-sixth as much as the carton and has significantly worse protective and stacking properties.

                                                                                            “There are masses of packagings that cannot be made in anything other than plastic today,” Johan Granås emphasises. “But there are also packagings that are made of plastic where it is easy to switch material without losing function at all – and it is logical to start there if we want to reduce packaging’s climate impact.”

                                                                                            For the paperboard packagings used in the study, climate data for Iggesund’s paperboard Invercote was used. For the plastic materials, IVL drew on data from the databases used for doing lifecycle analyses. None of the paperboard packagings used in the study is made of material from Iggesund Paperboard.

                                                                                            “This is a study that shows the climate impact of different types of packaging. The mandate to IVL was to be general. Neither they nor we know the climate data for each individual packaging. However, based on the recognised environmental databases, this definitely indicates the great importance of the choice of material,” Granås concludes.

                                                                                            IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute was jointly founded in 1966 by the Swedish government and industry to do research into industry’s air and water management issues. Today IVL is an environmental institute that focuses on the interplay between environmental, economic and social perspectives.

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                                                                                            Iggesund Paperboard is part of the Swedish forest industry group Holmen, one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies listed on the United Nations Global Compact Index. Iggesund’s turnover is just over €500 million and its flagship product Invercote is sold in more than 100 countries. The company has two brand families, Invercote and Incada, both positioned at the high end of their respective segments. Since 2010 Iggesund has invested more than €380 million to increase its energy efficiency and reduce the fossil emissions from its production.

                                                                                            Iggesund and the Holmen Group report all their fossil carbon emissions to the Carbon Disclosure Project. The environmental data form an integral part of an annual report that complies with the Global Reporting Initiative’s highest level of sustainability reporting. Iggesund was founded as an iron mill in 1685, but has been making paperboard for more than 50 years. The two mills, in northern Sweden and northern England employ 1500 people.

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                                                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 04 Jan 2019 12:33:23 +0100
                                                                                              Valmet signs on-line performance monitoring agreement with Mercer Group's Stendal pulp mill in Germany http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7951-valmet-signs-on-line-performance-monitoring-agreement-with-mercer-group-s-stendal-pulp-mill-in-germany http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7951-valmet-signs-on-line-performance-monitoring-agreement-with-mercer-group-s-stendal-pulp-mill-in-germany

                                                                                              Valmet and Mercer Group have signed an agreement for on-line performance monitoring for nine Valmet TwinRoll wash presses at the Mercer Stendal mill in Germany. The agreement is valid for one year, with the option of being extended. During this period, Valmet and Mercer will co-operate to further develop fleet management with respect to predictive maintenance and reliability.

                                                                                              The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2018 orders received and constitutes an important step in promoting Valmet's Industrial Internet offering for the chemical pulping business.

                                                                                              valmet logoThe on-line system monitors individual functions of the wash presses by performing advanced data analysis, which generates status reports displayed on dashboards. If any of the monitored functions goes outside the operating limits, an event is triggered and recorded, which enables issues to be predicted and corrected rapidly.

                                                                                              "This will allow the Stendal mill to monitor performance, which will hopefully result in more uptime as well as savings on chemicals," says Dr. Gerhard Wulf, Technical Manager at Mercer Stendal.

                                                                                              "The pilot project has been running at the Stendal mill with a core team of experts from both the customers' side and Valmet. The sharing of knowledge and innovative ideas have been the driving forces for implementation. The wash presses will be connected to the Valmet Performance Center, allowing Valmet to provide Mercer Stendal with the services of experts from different fields, who can provide support to ensure rapid response times and appropriate solutions," says Tomas Edström, Industrial Internet Manager in the Pulp and Energy business line at Valmet.

                                                                                              About Mercer Stendal

                                                                                              Mercer Stendal is located in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. The plant has an annual production capacity of 660,000 tonnes of northern bleached softwood kraft pulp and an electricity generation capacity of 148 MW. In addition, it produces turpentine and tall oil.

                                                                                              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 2017 were approximately EUR 3.1 billion. Our more than 12,000 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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                                                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 04 Dec 2018 10:06:59 +0100
                                                                                                Lenzing applies for 25 patents for LENZING™ Web Technology http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7950-lenzing-applies-for-25-patents-for-lenzing-web-technology http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7950-lenzing-applies-for-25-patents-for-lenzing-web-technology

                                                                                                lenzing logo 2019Lenzing – The Lenzing Group filed a first wave of patent applications for its new LENZING™ Web Technology with the World Intellectual Property Organization. The 25 applications focus on product, process and application inventions and are part of Lenzing’s intellectual property protection strategy.

                                                                                                • Twenty-five patent applications claiming product, process and application inventions published
                                                                                                • New technology platform starts with botanic wood pulp and creates a nonwoven fabric made of 100 percent continuous lyocell filament

                                                                                                The LENZING™ Web Technology is a nonwoven web formation process that starts with botanic wood pulp and produces a nonwoven fabric made of 100 percent continuous lyocell filament. The technology offers a unique self-bonding mechanism where filaments bond into a fabric during the laydown process. This self-bonding mechanism allows for a much wider variety of basis weight, surface textures, drapeability and dimensional stability than other nonwoven technologies.

                                                                                                “Lenzing’s corporate strategy sCore TEN is very focused on driving growth via sustainability focused innovation. The new LENZING™ Web Technology is one of the most exciting Research & Development projects. The 25 patent applications related to this new technology underline our commitment to the nonwoven industry. We will continue to support our partners in their business and help consumers with sustainable innovative solutions for their everyday needs”, says Stefan Doboczky, Chief Executive Officer of the Lenzing Group.

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                                                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 03 Dec 2018 21:13:06 +0100
                                                                                                  Lucart starts up a Toscotec-supplied AHEAD-2.0S tissue machine at its Porcari mill. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7947-lucart-starts-up-a-toscotec-supplied-ahead-2-0s-tissue-machine-at-its-porcari-mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7947-lucart-starts-up-a-toscotec-supplied-ahead-2-0s-tissue-machine-at-its-porcari-mill

                                                                                                  Lucart fired up an AHEAD-2.0S tissue machine and a TT WIND-H slitter rewinder supplied by Toscotec at its Porcari mill, Lucca, Italy.

                                                                                                  The AHEAD-2.0S machine has a paper width of 2,850 mm, an operating speed of 2,000 m/min, with a production of 125 t/d. It features a shoe press TT NextPress, a second-generation TT SYD Steel Yankee Dryer, gas-fired TT Milltech-DYH hoods, and a new pope reel, which preserves the sheet bulk through the accurate control of the jumbo roll winding pressure. The machine is also equipped with the dust and mist removal systems. In accordance with Lucart’s high standards of bulk and softness, the forming section of the AHEAD-2.0S machine is designed for future integration of TT S-Crescent technology.

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                                                                                                  The TT WIND-H slitter rewinder features a web tensioning control, an automatic tail feeding system and a core winding assist system.  

                                                                                                  The scope of supply also includes the erection supervision, commissioning, start-up assistance and personnel training programs. 

                                                                                                  This is a repeated order for Toscotec, who has been awarded a number of contracts by the Lucart Group since 2008, both in Italy and in France.

                                                                                                  “Lucart is a strategic partner”, says Riccardo Gennai, Toscotec Sales Manager for Europe, “we have been working on gaining and maintaining their trust for over 10 years, on a range of rebuild projects in Italy and in France. The start-up of this first complete tissue line is a significant accomplishment. It strengthens our mutual long-standing cooperation, and Toscotec’s leading position in the Italian market.

                                                                                                  Elena Troia, Toscotec’s Tissue Division Project Manager, adds, “Lucart’s technical team helped us working out the best solutions tailored to their need. We worked together to achieve this ambitious goal. The shoe press, paired with the new pope reel design and the future integration of the S-Crescent, contribute all together to the increase of the paper bulk and the achievement of excellent paper quality.

                                                                                                  Massimo Pasquini, CEO of Lucart, states, “Our sustained growth is driven by careful investments. We set the highest standards for our suppliers when it comes to environmental protection. We selected Toscotec for the expansion of our Porcari production base, because over the past 10 years we learned from direct experience that their technology gives us a real energy-efficiency advantage. Another important consideration for this choice was tissue quality. This line will be dedicated to premium products, with higher bulk and superior hand feel.”

                                                                                                  Lucart has voluntarily undergone an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the AHEAD-2.0S project, in order to improve the environmental performance of this new production line that replaced an existing MG paper machine. Toscotec has recently proved a strong commitment to its environmental performance, as in 2018 they renewed their ISO 14001 certificate and EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) registration for the twelfth consecutive year.

                                                                                                  About Lucart

                                                                                                  Lucart, a leading company in Europe in the production of tissue products for daily use (toilet, kitchen, napkins, tablecloths, handkerchiefs etc.), airlaid products, and MG paper was founded in 1953 by the Pasquini Family.

                                                                                                  The company's production activities are distributed over 3 Business Units (Business to Business, Away from Home and Consumer) operating in the development and sales of products with brands such as Tenderly, Tutto, Grazie Natural and Smile (Consumer area), Lucart Professional, Tenderly Professional, Fato and Velo (Away from Home area).

                                                                                                  Lucart’s production capacity is 395,000 tonnes/year of paper on 12 continuous machines and 65 converting lines. Its consolidated turnover will amount to more than €450 million, with more than 1,500 employees in 10 production plants (five in Italy, one in France, one in Hungary and three in Spain) and a Logistics Centre in Italy. 

                                                                                                  For further information, please contact:

                                                                                                  Marco Dalle Piagge, Sales Director, Toscotec Tissue division, marco.dallepiagge@toscotec.com

                                                                                                  Riccardo Gennai, Sales Manager Europe, Toscotec Tissue division, riccardo.gennai@toscotec.com

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                                                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 29 Nov 2018 08:29:36 +0100
                                                                                                    Expansion in Laakirchen: New production and office areas for Voith http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7946-expansion-in-laakirchen-new-production-and-office-areas-for-voith http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7946-expansion-in-laakirchen-new-production-and-office-areas-for-voith

                                                                                                    Voith is expanding its facility in Laakirchen. For more efficient production, the company is currently extending its production areas by around 3,150 square meters. It is also adding new offices and a logistics hall with a new access road for heavy goods vehicles. 

                                                                                                    A large proportion of global paper production is done on Voith machines and equipment. The technology group, which has its head office in Heidenheim, Germany, delivers rolls for paper machines all over the world from its facility in Laakirchen, Austria. As well as producing new rolls, the Laakirchen plant also receives rolls for servicing at regular intervals, e.g. for the renewal of roll covers. The different types of rolls have various functions, e.g. they help guide the paper webs evenly through the machine, and are used for dewatering, pressing and drying. They also ensure that the paper has a uniform smoothness and gloss. In addition, the rolls, which can be up to 15 meters long and weigh as much as 120 metric tons, have to master speeds of up to 120 kilometers per hour.

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                                                                                                    The purpose of the expansion is to be able to assemble the rolls with as little effort and waiting times as possible and thus significantly accelerate the entire process. Following the expansion, this will be achieved by systematic cycle timing, the clear separation of production lines and a realigned machining tool. “Through this comprehensive investment in Laakirchen we are underscoring our leading role for the European paper industry in respect of rolls, roll covers and associated services,” says Manfred Jaspersen, Operations Manager of Voith Paper Rolls. Due to its central location, Laakirchen is the ideal site for facilitating short routes to customers.

                                                                                                    About Voith Paper
                                                                                                    The Group Division Voith Paper is part of the Voith Group and a leading full-line supplier as well as pioneer in the paper industry. Through constant innovations Voith is optimizing the paper manufacturing process and facilitating resource-conserving production. With its Servolution concept, Voith offers its customers as reliable partner tailored service solutions for all sections of the production process. The company’s Papermaking 4.0 concept ensures that equipment is optimally networked, while the effective and secure use of the generated data enables paper manufacturers to improve their competitiveness.

                                                                                                    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 € 4.2 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the large family-owned companies in Europe.

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                                                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 26 Nov 2018 10:14:42 +0100