Pulp-Paperworld.com / European News http://www.pulp-paperworld.com Wed, 20 Nov 2019 00:13:00 +0100 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Valmet introduces a new web-based user interface for Valmet DNA automation system http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8313-valmet-introduces-a-new-web-based-user-interface-for-valmet-dna-automation-system http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8313-valmet-introduces-a-new-web-based-user-interface-for-valmet-dna-automation-system

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

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

Relevant information based on the needs of different user groups

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

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

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

Control room no longer sets boundaries for work

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

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

Increased awareness leads to increased efficiency

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

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

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

About Valmet’s Automation systems

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

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

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

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

Read more www.valmet.com

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    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 06 Nov 2019 09:05:02 +0100
    Lennart Holm appointed acting CEO of BillerudKorsnäs http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8312-lennart-holm-appointed-acting-ceo-of-billerudkorsnaes http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8312-lennart-holm-appointed-acting-ceo-of-billerudkorsnaes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 06 Nov 2019 09:03:11 +0100
      Stora Enso’s website ranked best in sector http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8310-stora-enso-s-website-ranked-best-in-sector http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8310-stora-enso-s-website-ranked-best-in-sector

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

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

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

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

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

      tel. +46 72 221 9228

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

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        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 06 Nov 2019 08:55:03 +0100
        Tissue Paper Converting Machines Market Study: Demand Bolstered by Ascending Sales of Compact and High-end Tissue Paper Products http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8309-tissue-paper-converting-machines-market-study-demand-bolstered-by-ascending-sales-of-compact-and-high-end-tissue-paper-products http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8309-tissue-paper-converting-machines-market-study-demand-bolstered-by-ascending-sales-of-compact-and-high-end-tissue-paper-products

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

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

        Companies Investing Heavily in Capacity Expansion of Tissue Paper Products

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

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

        Implementation of Hybrid Technology in Industries Creating New Opportunities

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

        Toilet Roll Converting Machine Lines Gaining More Traction

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

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

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

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          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 06 Nov 2019 08:51:00 +0100
          BAG in touch with you. Every day. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8308-bag-in-touch-with-you-every-day http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8308-bag-in-touch-with-you-every-day

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

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

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

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

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

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

          Let's contribute to a better world!

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            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 06 Nov 2019 08:49:17 +0100
            Planned renewal of Metsä Board’s Husum pulp mill proceeds http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8307-planned-renewal-of-metsae-board-s-husum-pulp-mill-proceeds http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8307-planned-renewal-of-metsae-board-s-husum-pulp-mill-proceeds

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

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

            The investment increases renewable electricity generation and reduces oil consumption

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

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

            METSÄ BOARD CORPORATION

            Metsä Board
            www.metsaboard.com

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

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

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              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 06 Nov 2019 08:45:40 +0100
              Factories Can Save Up to 90% in Valve Monitoring Costs With Wireless IoT Sensors http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8306-factories-can-save-up-to-90-in-valve-monitoring-costs-with-wireless-iot-sensors http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8306-factories-can-save-up-to-90-in-valve-monitoring-costs-with-wireless-iot-sensors

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

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

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

              What’s Remote Valve Monitoring?

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

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

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

              Benefits for Factories and Plants

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

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

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

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

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

              Challenges of Traditional Retrofitting Solutions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

              Game-Changing Technology in Remote Valve Monitoring

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

              What can the Angle Sensor do?

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

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

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

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

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

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

              How Can it Benefit Factories?

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

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

              In Conclusion

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

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

              About the Author

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

              About Haltian

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

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                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 06 Nov 2019 08:42:30 +0100
                Valmet introduces roll covers made of recycled and renewable raw materials http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8304-valmet-introduces-roll-covers-made-of-recycled-and-renewable-raw-materials http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8304-valmet-introduces-roll-covers-made-of-recycled-and-renewable-raw-materials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                Read more www.valmet.com

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                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 06 Nov 2019 08:35:03 +0100
                  A.Celli Nonwovens Academy: Texbond Rovereto http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8301-a-celli-nonwovens-academy-texbond-rovereto http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8301-a-celli-nonwovens-academy-texbond-rovereto

                  A.Celli Nonwovens delivers Certificates of participation in the “A.Celli Academy – Winding & Maintenance School”

                  In the first week of October, in Rovereto (TN), a team of specialists from A.Celli Nonwovens held a training course for twenty-one Texbond people, aimed at optimizing the use and the maintenance processes of A.Celli machines.

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                  The course, specifically designed for line operators, lasted four days, alternating theoretical sessions with practical sessions, and analyzed various topics: from the Slittomatic cutting system, to the fundamentals of winding and rewinding, to general maintenance, with analysis of any critical issues and the application of predictive maintenance.

                  The A.Celli staff is available to organize training sessions following specific customer requests by contacting our Customer Care service (here).

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                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 31 Oct 2019 09:17:36 +0100
                    Toscotec enters the Caribbean market with a new TT SYD for César Iglesias, Santo Domingo http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8300-toscotec-enters-the-caribbean-market-with-a-new-tt-syd-for-cesar-iglesias-santo-domingo http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8300-toscotec-enters-the-caribbean-market-with-a-new-tt-syd-for-cesar-iglesias-santo-domingo

                    The Dominican Group César Iglesias successfully started up a second generation TT SYD at its paper mill in Santo Domingo. Following start-up, the mill has observed a marked increase of production capacity and important energy savings in the drying section. 

                    Thanks to continuous R&D on Toscotec’s Steel Yankee Dryer, the height, width and pitch of the internal ribs as well as the shell thickness achieved an optimal geometry, which guarantees a highly efficient heat transfer. The supply also includes the steam and condensate system, the Yankee coating spray boom, a new forming roll, as well as the complete overhaul service of press rolls. 

                    In response to the customer’s request for the fastest possible delivery, Toscotec further refined the production time and was able to deliver the Steel Yankee Dryer in record time. Since the opening of Massa Technology Lab in 2016, an integrated plant dedicated to the production of Steel Yankee Dryers, Toscotec has sought to optimize the manufacturing process of its TT SYD and shortened their delivery period

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                    Jesús Feris Ferrús, César Iglesias Technical Director, says, “When we selected the supplier for this investment, we thought that the TT SYD’s superior performance and short delivery time made it the most competitive choice in the market. This was our first cooperation with Toscotec and we have been positively impressed by their technical and project management team. The energy efficiency of the TT SYD will allow us to reduce the manufacturing cost of our tissue line and give us a competitive advantage in the market.”

                    Simone Pieruccini, Toscotec’s Pressure Vessel Technical Manager, says, “As soon as we understood the customer’s need for a fast delivery, we rearranged the production schedule, in order to reduce the construction time as much as we could. From a technical point of view, we were in tune with César Iglesias’ team, which made our first cooperation very easy for everybody.”

                    The César Iglesias Group thus enters the tissue market, starting the production and converting of toilet tissue, paper towels and napkins. 

                    About César Iglesias, S.A.

                    César Iglesias, S.A. is a Dominican company with more than 100 years in the market. 

                    Dedicated to the manufacture and marketing of mass consumption products in the areas of cleaning, home care and personal care and food, it has over 2,000 employees, 21 factories, a portfolio of 27 brands and 450 sales representatives reaching 30,000 customers on a weekly basis.

                    For further information, please contact:

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

                    Gabriele Romanini, Area Sales Manager, Toscotec Tissue division, Gabriele.Romanini@toscotec.com 

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                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 31 Oct 2019 08:53:35 +0100
                      SealView from Voith: Exploit the maximum wear capacity of seal strips with no risk http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8299-sealview-from-voith-exploit-the-maximum-wear-capacity-of-seal-strips-with-no-risk http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8299-sealview-from-voith-exploit-the-maximum-wear-capacity-of-seal-strips-with-no-risk

                      SealView technology captures the development of wear on every single seal strip and can be used with conventional and Voith HydroSeal seal strip designs. Its functional principle is based on a non-electric solution, which ensures maximum reliability in the adverse suction roll environment.

                      Digital wear detection for seal strips
                      Seal strips in suction rolls delimit the individual vacuum zones and are subjected to constant wear as they are pressed against the rotating suction roll shell. At the moment, it is not possible to determine the current state of wear after its final assembly or while the roll is in operation. The right time for a roll change has therefore generally been determined based on empirical values. When operating parameters change, for example due to a failure of individual lubrication nozzles, an unexpected vacuum failure might occur which negatively influences the planned runtime of the roll.

                      With SealView, this risk is now a thing of the past. The new technology can be built into the suction roll – independently of roll design and brand – during a roll service at one of Voith’s service centers. After changing the rolls, Voith personnel will do the initial commissioning and training at the paper machine.

                      Non-electric wear detection for seal strips on suction rolls with SealView technologyNon-electric wear detection for seal strips on suction rolls with SealView technology

                      No unscheduled machine downtimes and sufficient time to plan replacement part procurement
                      The system alerts the operator when the seal strip has reached half of its service life. When it gets to a safety margin before the maximum wear level, an alarm is triggered. Via a visual representation on a monitor, the system informs the operator about the actual wear condition and the probable remaining service life of the seal strip, alerting the operator in good time to the necessity for a roll change. Moreover, the associated notifications are sent by email and are therefore available to personnel on their smartphones.

                      After receiving this information, the operator has sufficient time to systematically plan the disassembly of the roll and coordinate further action for a roll service and the procurement of replacement parts with the Voith service department. “A further advantage of the new SealView technology is that it is no longer necessary to keep an expensive set of seal strips inventory in the warehouse for emergencies. This helps customers to reduce working capital, a topic which plays a more and more important role in our industry,” explains Jochen Honold, Global Product Manager Mechanical Roll Service, Voith Paper.

                      Highest system reliability through seal strip wear tracking, even with extended run timesHighest system reliability through seal strip wear tracking, even with extended run times

                      Longer suction roll service life and maximum reliability
                      The system reveals its full potential, particularly in the case of runtime extensions over and beyond the usual lifetime. Because the seal strip wear is displayed, the operator can rely on the system over extended periods of use without worrying about an unscheduled downtime.

                      Voith has decades of experience in the maintenance of rolls in general and suction rolls in particular. Based on the information currently available, particularly important components need to actively communicate with the operating and maintenance system to achieve maximum reliability. Through its SealView technology, Voith has reached another milestone in implementing this approach in respect to Industry 4.0.

                      For more information on the SealView technology, please visit voith.com/sealview.

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

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                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 29 Oct 2019 10:02:54 +0100
                        Valmet chosen as the second most attractive employer by the engineering professionals in Finland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8298-valmet-chosen-as-the-second-most-attractive-employer-by-the-engineering-professionals-in-finland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8298-valmet-chosen-as-the-second-most-attractive-employer-by-the-engineering-professionals-in-finland

                        Valmet has been chosen as the second most attractive employer by the Finnish engineering professionals. The ranking was published in Universum’s annual survey, which is the biggest employer survey in Finland. Last year Valmet was ranked as fourth.

                        Valmet has done comprehensive work for its employer brand across organizational boundaries.

                        valmet logo rgb“We are very proud of this recognition, as it means our hard work for Valmet’s employer brand has really paid off. I want to thank everyone at Valmet for contributing to the development of our company culture and making it visible day by day through concrete actions in the work place. The most important part in creating an engaging employee experience are the inspiring and rewarding moments – that feeling when everything works together. Receiving this ranking is definitely one of these moments,” says Julia Macharey, Valmet’s Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Operational Development.

                        Universum’s survey polled 1,017 engineering professionals.

                        Valmet on the look-out for fresh talent

                        Valmet has job opportunities for talented people around the world. Currently there are 129 open positions globally. The company is looking for professionals with a background in various industries and potential to grow with its global and diverse team.

                        Information about Universum

                        Universum is a global leader in employer branding. Its services include actionable research, strategic consulting, and data-driven communications and social media solutions for talent branding, sourcing, and analytics. On an annual basis, Universum surveys over 1,000,000 students and professionals world-wide.

                        For further information, please contact:
                        Julia Macharey, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Operational Development, Valmet, +358 50 486 8056

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

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

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

                        Read more www.valmet.com

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                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 29 Oct 2019 09:56:55 +0100
                          ANDRITZ successfully starts up Europe’s largest MG paper machine at Zellstoff Pöls, Austria http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8293-andritz-successfully-starts-up-europe-s-largest-mg-paper-machine-at-zellstoff-poels-austria http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8293-andritz-successfully-starts-up-europe-s-largest-mg-paper-machine-at-zellstoff-poels-austria

                          At the end of May 2019, international technology Group ANDRITZ started up the PM3 paper machine for speciality papers supplied to Zellstoff Pöls AG (part of the Heinzel Group), Austria, for the production of bleached kraft paper grades. This start-up took place two weeks before the date scheduled.

                          The ANDRITZ PrimeLine MG plant produces environmentally friendly MG paper for flexible packaging and release applications at the Pöls location.

                          With an annual capacity of 100,000 t, a design speed of 1,400 m/min. and a working width of 5.4 m, PM3 is setting a new benchmark in the production of these paper grades. The unique machine design enables the production of grades with low basis weight and highest strength with good printability and smoothness levels.

                            The PM3 delivered by ANDRITZ produces high-grade paper for flexible packaging and release applications at the Pöls location. © ANDRITZ The PM3 delivered by ANDRITZ produces high-grade paper for flexible packaging and release applications at the Pöls location. © ANDRITZ

                          In terms of production and final product quality, PM3 exceeded all expectations right away in the first four weeks after start-up. The design capacity was achieved in stable operation within three months, and the majority of paper grades with basis weights between 22 and 52 g/m² were produced successfully.

                          The heart of the PrimeLine MG paper machine is the PrimeDry MG Steel Yankee, which is the largest of its kind worldwide with a diameter of 24 feet (7.315 m). ANDRITZ is thus breaking its own world record for size, established in 2013 when PM2 was started up successfully in Pöls with a 22-foot Yankee.

                          ANDRITZ supplied all process technologies, including the stock preparation line and approach flow system. One of the key components is the new ANDRITZ Vertical Screw Thickener (VST), which dewaters the pulp efficiently from a consistency at inlet of 3% to between 25 and 30% at the outlet.

                          Jürgen Rieger, Production Manager at Zellstoff Pöls AG, confirms, “We were very impressed with start-up and the first few months in operation that followed, just as we were with start-up of PM2 by ANDRITZ in 2013. Commencing operations ahead of schedule with a plant of this complexity is really exceptional.” Siegfried Gruber, overall Project Manager for PM3 adds: “Collaboration with the team from ANDRITZ was excellent, and this was also reflected in the outstanding PM3 start-up curve.”

                          Besides full responsibility for the technology, the ANDRITZ scope of supply also included the automation equipment, all process pumps, an extensive range of services, and the entire basic and detail engineering.

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

                          ANDRITZ GROUP

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

                          ANDRITZ stands for passion, partnership, perspectives and versatility – core values to which the company is committed. The listed Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria. With almost 170 years of experience, approximately 29,600 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.

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                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 24 Oct 2019 08:57:56 +0200
                            GAW technologies to supply chemical preparation systems to PM5 at Palm Aalen-Neukochen http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8291-gaw-technologies-to-supply-chemical-preparation-systems-to-pm5-at-palm-aalen-neukochen http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8291-gaw-technologies-to-supply-chemical-preparation-systems-to-pm5-at-palm-aalen-neukochen

                            GAW technologies GmbH in Graz / Austria was commissioned by Papierfabrik Palm with the supply of a chemical preparation and supply system for the new paper mill in Aalen / Germany.

                            The new paper machine PM5 will double the capacity of the plant and replace three existing paper machines. It will produce lightweight and high-quality fluting and testliner grades from recycled fiber. The plant will be commissioned in 2021 and will have an annual capacity of 750,000 tons.

                            Papierfabrik Palm Aalen Papierfabrik Palm Aalen

                            The GAW scope of delivery includes systems for powder unloading, powder storage in a silo tank farm and the dosing of various liquid chemicals. Three core areas of the paper mill are operated separately: sewage treatment plant, stock preparation and the paper production itself. The order value was not disclosed. The overall PM5 project is quite extensive and Palm is investing a total of 500 million euros at the location.

                            "Both at Papierfabrik Palm and at GAW technologies, quality awareness is deeply rooted in the corporate culture. As a result, we are delighted that Palm has given preference to our technological expertise when awarding the contract.” explains Mag. Nina Pildner-Steinburg and Dipl.Tech. Wolfgang Senner from the GAW technologies management.

                            GAW technologies chemical preparationGAW technologies chemical preparation

                            About Palm:
                            Palm is one of the leading manufacturers of newsprint and corrugated base paper, made from 100% recovered paper. Almost 1 million tons of newsprint paper and 1.3 million tons of corrugated base paper are produced at five locations in Europe.
                            The raw materials are collected to a significant extent and processed in their own facilities. Likewise, Palm manufactures cardboard boxes for packaging solutions in 28 corrugated board plants.

                            About GAW technologies:
                            Since the founding of the family business in 1951, GAW provides a guarantee of technological expertise in the international paper and board industry as well as in other industry segments.

                            This is particularly true for the production of pigment, the preparation of coating colour and coating compounds, starch and chemicals, or the cleaning and recycling of process wastewater that contains pigment.

                            The portfolio of GAW technologies includes plant construction, products and industrial services, serving five essential markets in almost every region of the world: paper, chemicals, automation, fiber composites and automotive. Around 160 employees generate annual sales of around 40 million euros at the headquarter in Graz, Austria as well as in branches worldwide.

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                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 24 Oct 2019 08:49:43 +0200
                              Voith builds world’s largest and fastest kraftliner machine for Ilim Group http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8290-voith-builds-world-s-largest-and-fastest-kraftliner-machine-for-ilim-group http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8290-voith-builds-world-s-largest-and-fastest-kraftliner-machine-for-ilim-group

                              Ilim Group, Russia's largest pulp and paper producer with an annual production volume of more than three million tons, will significantly expand its production capacity in a project now underway. As part of an extensive investment program, the company plans to produce up to 600,000 tons of kraftliner per year at its new plant in Ust-Ilimsk, Eastern Siberia, starting in 2021. The key partner in this project is the technology group Voith, which is working with Ilim Group on this scale for the first time.

                              • Production of up to 600,000 tons of kraftliner per year
                              • Project scope includes two BlueLine refining lines, one XcelLine system, drive components, comprehensive training measures and the Process Line Package (PLP)
                              • Integrated Papermaking 4.0 components increase efficiency, product quality and machine availability

                              As part of the Process Line Package (PLP), Voith assumes full responsibility for the project. The experts for the entire papermaking process ensure that the plant in Siberia starts up safely, on schedule and with precisely coordinated components. The PLP reduces the number of required interfaces and contact persons and simplifies the entire project handling, which ultimately also reduces costs.

                              As a full-line supplier, Voith is able to provide all system components including screens for each section, as well as comprehensive Papermaking 4.0 digitizing technologies. In addition, the globally positioned group is responsible for the electrical equipment and the entire drive system of the plant. A comprehensive training program on the new machine is also part of the project scope.

                              With XcelLine paper machines, Voith offers efficient paper production of every paper grade on a new level.With XcelLine paper machines, Voith offers efficient paper production of every paper grade on a new level.

                              “Voith is partnering with Ilim Group in this historical and outstanding project. It will become a milestone for the Russian pulp and paper industry, and we are proud to contribute with our deep experience and latest innovations,” says Christoph Müller-Mederer, President Projects EMEA at Voith Paper.

                              The centerpiece of PM 1 in Ust-Ilimsk is a XcelLine of the latest generation. With a wire width of 10,300 millimeters, the Ilim Group plans to produce up to 2,150 tons of kraftliner per day with basis weights between 80 and 175 grams per square meter. This will make the new machine the most powerful of its kind in the world. The production speed of 1,200 meters per minute also represents a top performance.

                              OnCare.Health and OnCare.Asset as well as OnEfficiency.Strength are among Voith’s Papermaking 4.0 digitalization technologies that ensure consistently high product quality and reliably efficient manufacturing. In Ust-Ilimsk, OnCare.Health monitors the current status of the system at all times, registers even the smallest malfunctions and their causes, alerts the papermaker and independently works out optimization measures. In combination with the intelligent maintenance management system OnCare.Asset, this enables a significant increase in machine availability.

                              In addition to the record-breaking XcelLine machine, two BlueLine stock preparation systems are also included – one for hardwood pulp, the other for softwood pulp. They ensure exact compliance with the composition of the pulp. Voith's technology thus sets the course for maximum product quality right from the start of the process.

                              The preassembled equipment will be erected directly at the construction site in Ust-Ilimsk. In addition to the XcelLine and the BlueLine, components supplied by Voith will include a FlowJec dosing system for additives, the former section with two Fourdrinier machines equipped with MasterJet Pro F, a ModuleJet II and DuoShake, EcoCal hard calender, the drying section with CombiDuoRun dryers and a Sirius reel with EcoChange and VariFlex Performance winder. The delivery of the 79-ton Nipco-P roll represents a particular challenge for the project.

                              “Ilim sees its leadership role not only as the largest pulp and paper product manufacturer, but also as an investor into state-of-the-art innovative technologies. This investment decision was based on impressive results demonstrated by Ilim Group in the Asian market”, said Xenia Sosnina, General Director of Ilim Group. “We know this market well and see its opportunities. The contract we have signed is one of the largest contracts in the history of the Russian pulp and paper industry. Voith Paper, a leading manufacturer of paper and board machines with the highest level of automation and digitalization, has become our partner under this project. Our project will be one of the most advanced high-tech projects in the global pulp and paper industry, and will provide the Asian market with the volumes of high quality products it demands.”

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

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                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 24 Oct 2019 08:45:13 +0200
                                Lucart continues to focus on sustainability with the new recycled and recyclable packaging of the Natural lines developed at its research centre http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8289-lucart-continues-to-focus-on-sustainability-with-the-new-recycled-and-recyclable-packaging-of-the-natural-lines-developed-at-its-research-centre http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8289-lucart-continues-to-focus-on-sustainability-with-the-new-recycled-and-recyclable-packaging-of-the-natural-lines-developed-at-its-research-centre

                                Lucart, Europe’s leading manufacturer of tissue, airlaid and MG paper for flexible packaging, continues to focus on sustainability and on researching environmentally-friendly and innovative solutions with a view to reducing the environmental impact of its products.

                                In fact, the products in the Grazie Natural line for domestic use and those in the EcoNatural lines for professional markets are now even more eco-friendly thanks to the use of new recycled and recyclable paper packaging, which is designed for a more sustainable, natural choice.

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                                With this new paper packaging, the company aims to contribute to the general policy of reducing the use of virgin plastics, replacing them with eco-friendly recycled packaging. This is an extremely important goal, especially considering the fact that as many as 570,000 tonnes of plastic end up in the Mediterranean Sea every year, which is equivalent to throwing 33,800 plastic bottles into the sea every minute.[1]

                                Guido Pasquini, Lucart’s Sales and Marketing Director, explains: “Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of making sustainable choices when it comes to buying products and are always looking for practical ways to help save the planet on a daily basis, but we must play a part in this too. This is why we aim to gradually replace the plastic packaging we use for our products with flexible recycled and recyclable paper packaging produced by us. We are particularly proud of this project, which was also made possible through excellent teamwork. By applying the principles of cooperation on which the circular economy is based, our R&D department has brought the Porcari plant (in the province of Lucca) – our historical headquarters where we produce paper for flexible packaging – into line with the requirements of the group’s other plants – where hygiene paper products are produced – by sharing the same goals and overcoming the technical problems associated with paper development and the use of printing inks. In fact, even the latter are compostable and biodegradable.

                                The products in the Natural lines, which are the only ones on the market made from recycled Tetra Pak® type beverage cartons and “wrapped with love” in recycled and recyclable paper packaging, are a practical way for our customers to make an active contribution to protecting the environment”.

                                The growing interest of consumers in sustainability issues and in making more responsible environmental choices is also reflected in recent data: in fact, according to the European Consumer Packaging Perceptions study by Pro Carton, 75% of Italian consumers claim that the environmental impact of a product’s packaging influences their purchasing decisions.

                                [1] Source: WWF

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                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 24 Oct 2019 08:38:17 +0200
                                  Valmet develops its field services operations – invests in a new digital platform http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8288-valmet-develops-its-field-services-operations-invests-in-a-new-digital-platform http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8288-valmet-develops-its-field-services-operations-invests-in-a-new-digital-platform

                                  Valmet is investing in a new digital platform to support, streamline and develop its strategically important field services. The global implementation of the new platform will be completed by spring 2020, and it will replace multiple current platforms.

                                  Valmet’s vision is to become the global champion in serving its customers. One step toward the vision is to further improve field services as an important part of Valmet’s customer service, support and local presence. Valmet Field Services offering consists of maintenance and process supporting services, annual shutdowns, and remote assistance.

                                  valmet logo rgb“The new platform will further improve Valmet’s capability to provide world-class services to our customers by providing workforce transparency and connecting our on-site field service professionals with Valmet Performance Centers through remote connections. This makes delivering desired services at customers’ sites faster and more accurate. It also allows us to better predict and advise services and develop shared maintenance and service roadmaps for our customers’ equipment and processes,” says Anders Öhrblad, Director, Field Services Growth, Valmet. 

                                  The investment supports Valmet’s strategy to become a frontrunner in field services

                                  The investment is part of Valmet’s strategic decision to develop its field services through a dedicated program. The focus is on new field services offerings, improved service capacity and availability, developing competencies, and harmonization of processes. Today, Valmet has more than 1,100 field services professionals, an increase of 11 percent in the past year.

                                  The platform will be delivered by ServiceMax, a leading provider of Field Service Execution Software.

                                  “We’re honored to support Valmet’s vision for field service excellence and the strategic importance of service for the company’s asset-intensive customers,” says Neil Barua, CEO of ServiceMax. “Our partnership with Valmet will help not only deliver a world-class industrial field service program, but also provides Valmet’s technicians with the tools to better predict service requirements. The partnership will also help in developing shared maintenance and service roadmaps around customers’ industrial equipment and processes for the long-term.”

                                  For further information, please contact:
                                  Anders Öhrblad, Director, Field Service Growth, Services, Valmet, tel. +46 705 32 85 22

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

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

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

                                  Read more www.valmet.com

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                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 24 Oct 2019 08:31:25 +0200
                                    E-WIND® P100H – The XXL paper winders http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8287-e-wind-p100h-the-xxl-paper-winders http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8287-e-wind-p100h-the-xxl-paper-winders

                                    From Monday 11th to Friday 15th November, at A.Celli Paper facilities in Tassignano (Lucca), two E-WIND® P100H winding machines will be shown.

                                    The two winders are equipped with sophisticated technological innovations and have an attractive design.

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                                    Our new state-of-the-art E-WIND® P100H have been designed to make an efficient winding process, they manage a very large width (8 meters) and they are able to accommodate large reels on the unwinder, with diameters up to 3800 mm and weighing about 65t.

                                    They are ideal for processing high-quality flat-papers and test-liner papers of the lowest basis weights at high speeds (up to 2500 mpm). They are equipped with highly innovative solutions, such as the Slittomatic® dual-motor cutting unit positioning system and the built-in automatic Spool-Parking.

                                    Contact us here to organize your visit!

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                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 23 Oct 2019 09:19:47 +0200
                                      Södra Cell creates Paper Pulp and Bioproduct categories after organisational change http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8286-soedra-cell-creates-paper-pulp-and-bioproduct-categories-after-organisational-change http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8286-soedra-cell-creates-paper-pulp-and-bioproduct-categories-after-organisational-change

                                      Södra Cell International will be split into two product categories – Paper Pulp and Bioproducts - to strengthen Södra’s market position as a first-class supplier of paper pulp, while increasing the underlying earnings potential of new products. The change will come into effect on 1 October.

                                      Henrik Wettergren, currently the Interim President of Södra Cell International, will lead the paper pulp category named Södra Cell International.

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                                      “Henrik has many years of experience in paper pulp sales and has deep insight into the market and our customers,” said Magnus Björkman, President of the Södra Cell Business Area. “His strong business acumen and industry knowledge will be a great asset as we build on the strengths of our paper pulp business.” Henrik holds an Economics Degree specialised in marketing, and an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics.

                                      Johannes Bogren, currently the Technical Product Director, will lead Södra Cell Bioproducts. Bioproducts from Södra Cell’s pulp mills will be marketed and sold in this category, including dissolving pulp.

                                      “Johannes is ideally placed for this role, having been involved throughout the development of dissolving pulp at Mörrum,” said Magnus Björkman. “Johannes is highly innovative and has taken Södra Cell’s customer collaborations for dissolving pulp to a whole new level.”

                                      Johannes holds a PhD in Forest Products Chemical Engineering from the Chalmers University of Technology, and an Economics Degree from the Stockholm School of Economics.

                                      Both Henrik Wettergren and Johannes Bogren will report to Magnus Björkman, and be included in Södra Cell’s management team.

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                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 22 Oct 2019 21:21:31 +0200
                                        Sappi and IGEPA announce major launch of Magno range to the German market http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8284-sappi-and-igepa-announce-major-launch-of-magno-range-to-the-german-market http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8284-sappi-and-igepa-announce-major-launch-of-magno-range-to-the-german-market

                                        Sappi Europe in partnership with IGEPA group are delighted to announce that as from January 1st 2020 the Sappi Magno range will be available across Germany.

                                        IGEPA group is Germany’s leading paper merchanting group with the widest product range and an unrivalled reputation for service to its large and loyal customer base.

                                        sappi logoMagno is the leading global brand for coated woodfree paper, offering exceptional quality and consistency along with an unrivalled range of weights and finishes, paired with worldwide distribution. The full Magno range includes 6 coated products, from 80 to 450 gsm. As part of this new distribution agreement, additional Magno stocks will be put in place in strategic locations throughout  Germany to ensure rapid access to in-depth stocks for printers nationwide.

                                        Bringing together the two biggest names in the business will give German printers tremendous support, enabling fast access to stocks meeting all coated paper requirements for just in time delivery.

                                        The majority of the Magno range has also recently been certified for HP Indigo digital printing, meaning that printers who produce both offset and digital can rely on the same consistent sheet standard across print technologies.

                                        Speaking for Sappi, Flavio Froehli said: “we could not be happier to have Igepa on board as our distributor for the Magno range in Germany.  Our partnership goes back decades and we greatly appreciate their commitment to the print market as well as to Sappi products”

                                        For Igepa, Elmar Schätzlein said “With this decision, both partners will experience reciprocal strengthening, which will ensure a long lasting sustainable offering for our customers, today and in the future.”

                                        About Sappi
                                        Sappi is a leading global provider of sustainable woodfibre products and solutions, in the fields of Dissolving wood pulp, Printing papers, Packaging and speciality papers, Casting and release papers, Biomaterials and Bio-energy. As a company that relies on renewable natural resources, sustainability is at our core. Sappi European mills hold chain of custody certifications under the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™) systems. Our papers are produced in mills accredited with ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50 001 and OHSAS 18001 certification. We have EMAS registration at 8 of our 10 mills in Europe.

                                        Sappi Europe SA is a division of Sappi Limited (JSE), headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with 12,500 employees and 18 production facilities on three continents in nine countries, 37 sales offices globally, and customers in over 150 countries around the world.
                                        Learn more about Sappi at www.sappi.com

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                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:00:23 +0200
                                          Lucart wins the European Cleaning and Hygiene Awards 2019 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8283-lucart-wins-the-european-cleaning-and-hygiene-awards-2019 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8283-lucart-wins-the-european-cleaning-and-hygiene-awards-2019

                                          During the 2019 European Cleaning and Hygiene Awards, event held in London by the European Cleaning Journal on October 17th, Municipal-Material-Cycle® has been awarded as Best European Initiative Raising the Profile of the Professional Cleaning Sector.

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                                          The project, born with the aim of developing a system of circular economy, durable and replicable, able to actively involve local communities, consists in recycling and converting beverage cartons into new paper products for hygienic and sanitary use.

                                          Thanks to the cooperation of the local waste management company and the consortium that manage, separate and sort the materials on their platforms, Lucart has collected and collects the used beverage cartons and recycles them through an exclusive production process. The company is in fact able to separate the technical component (polyethylene and aluminium) from the biological component (cellulose fibers) of beverage cartons: the first is used to produce dispensers and pallets made of recycled plastic, the second to produce the tissue products in the Grazie Natural and Lucart Professional EcoNatural range. These tissue products (towels, toilet paper, napkins, etc.) are sold, together with their dispensers, to a local distribution partner who delivers the products to the bathrooms of public offices, schools, public companies and sports and recreation centres in the area from which the recycled beverage cartons come. The whole cycle is carried out with the approval of the competent municipal administration.

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                                          "We are proud to have received this award, which is for us a tangible recognition of our commitment to the environment and to a concrete circular paper economy.” said Francesco Pasquini, Sales & Marketing Director AFH of Lucart "The MMC® project is not only a model of Circular Economy, but also a virtuous example of partnership between companies. Our local distribution partner Valtex, in fact, believed in the project's potential right from the start and played a fundamental role in involving local communities and administrations".

                                          The MMC® project, which started in 2015 in Slovenia with a trial period in the city of Novo Mesto and seven neighbouring municipalities, initially involved the local community (about 65,000 inhabitants), leading in three years to the recycling of about 105 tons of beverage cartons. In 2019 the project was also activated in Ljubljana, with a potential for recycling and consumption almost five times higher than that of Novo Mesto.            
                                          Today MMC® is also being internationalized in other countries, thanks to a team of professionals who will offer advice and support to distributors interested in proposing the project to their local communities.

                                          About Lucart

                                          Lucart, a leading company in Europe in the production of tissue paper products (paper items for daily use such as toilet paper, kitchen paper, 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 exceeds 395,000 tonnes/year of paper on 12 continuous machines.

                                           Its consolidated turnover amounts to more than €480 million, with more than 1,500 employees in ten production plants (five in Italy, one in France, one in Hungary and three in Spain).

                                          Since 2018, Lucart has been part of the CE100 network, the pre-competitive innovation program designed by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation to give organizations the opportunity to develop new opportunities and achieve their circular economy goals as quickly as possible.

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                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:46:44 +0200
                                            Voith and SCA partner to build a world-leading, innovative production line at the Obbola paper mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8281-voith-and-sca-partner-to-build-a-world-leading-innovative-production-line-at-the-obbola-paper-mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8281-voith-and-sca-partner-to-build-a-world-leading-innovative-production-line-at-the-obbola-paper-mill

                                            The new paper machine at the Obbola paper mill in Umeå, Sweden, will produce 725,000 tons of kraftliner per year. With a wire width of 10,200 mm and a design speed of 1,400 m/min, the PM 2 will be the most productive of its kind. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for the first quarter of 2023.

                                            • Comprehensive project scope including BlueLine stock preparation system, XcelLine paper machine, long-term efficiency agreement and the Voith Process Line Package (PLP)
                                            • Most innovative Papermaking 4.0 concept to increase efficiency, product quality and machine availability
                                            • Excellent mechanical properties through a customized concept with intelligent controls

                                            Taking full responsibility for the entire papermaking process and project handling
                                            As full-line supplier for the entire papermaking process, Voith follows the Process Line Package (PLP) concept approach and assumes comprehensive responsibility for the project, covering the BlueLine stock preparation system and XcelLine paper machine. The comprehensive product scope includes detailed engineering and the supply of all sub-systems and components for the process line. The PLP reduces the number of required interfaces and contact persons and simplifies the entire project handling.

                                            Highlights of the OCC plant include the IntensaPulper, the industry benchmark for energy efficient pulping, and the maintenance free Bagless Disc Filters. The production line will enable industry benchmarks in kraftliner strength and convertibility to be achieved through a unique combination of proven components and intelligent controls. The multi-ply forming section with the DuoFormer Base and the MasterJet Pro headbox are tools for the online control of critical product quality criteria. The well-proven TripleNipcoFlex press section has been adapted for the production of kraftliner in order to achieve the highest production rates and surface quality levels. The CombiDuoRun dryer section, including EvoDry steel dryers and an intelligent S&C system, will ensure maximum runnability and energy efficiency. The VariFlex Performance winder incorporating SmoothRun technology will provide consistent quality rolls at maximum operational efficiency.

                                            Obbola paper mill. Photo credit: BergslagsbildObbola paper mill. Photo credit: Bergslagsbild

                                            Long-term efficiency agreement
                                            The long-term efficiency and service agreement will start right away. With digital applications on the existing PM 1 and a full-scale training program for the paper mill team supported by the Voith learning platform DRIVE as well as on-site services and trainings, a smooth start-up of PM 2 will be assured. The PM 2 will then be embedded in an extensive preventive maintenance program and efficiency optimization strategy for highest productivity of the production line.

                                            “We know about the growing market for paper-based packaging. Our intention is to enable our customer to achieve excellent mechanical properties through a customized concept with intelligent controls,” states Christoph Mueller-Mederer, President, Projects EMEA at Voith. “The order from SCA means for us to provide the whole package consisting of safety, service, quality and efficiency partnership as well as to take full responsibility for the process line.”

                                            Setting standards with digitalization and innovation
                                            The scope of supply for SCA includes the biggest and most innovative package in Voith Paper history and sets a benchmark in digitalization. The Papermaking 4.0 technologies cover products of the OnEfficiency product family, which use machine learning to increase the efficiency of the plant. Furthermore, it stabilizes and improves product and process quality. The OnCare products – with monitoring applications as well as digital services like OnCall Video and the connectivity to the Voith Paper Webshop – complement the OnCumulus IIoT platform product portfolio and provide the foundation for a digital integration of the value chain and predictive maintenance. The new paper machine thereby benefits from the full digitalization scope.

                                            “The market’s most advanced kraftliner machine PM 2 with the best available technology will considerably improve the mill’s competitiveness, cost position and product quality,” says Mats Nordlander, President, Paper of SCA. “We see the partnership with Voith as the next step of our digitalized future.”

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

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                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 21 Oct 2019 14:35:15 +0200
                                              Stora Enso plans to make organisational changes in the Paper division following the conversion of the Oulu Mill in 2020 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8280-stora-enso-plans-to-make-organisational-changes-in-the-paper-division-following-the-conversion-of-the-oulu-mill-in-2020 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8280-stora-enso-plans-to-make-organisational-changes-in-the-paper-division-following-the-conversion-of-the-oulu-mill-in-2020

                                              Stora Enso plans to make organisational changes in the Paper division following the Oulu Mill conversion at the end of 2020. The planned changes could result in a reduction of a maximum of 135 employees in the Paper division.

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                                              Stora Enso’s Paper division is planning to make organisational changes to improve competitiveness and ensure efficient customer service after the Oulu Mill conversion for production of kraftliner for packaging. The planned changes would primarily affect commercial functions and operations support. The planned changes could result in a reduction of a maximum of 135 employees in the Paper division by the end of 2020.


                                              The new organisational set-up is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2021. The transition to the new organisation will take place in phases to ensure good customer service.

                                              No decisions regarding the planned changes will be taken, nor will there be any redundancies until the appropriate 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, 21 Oct 2019 14:33:07 +0200
                                                Another A.Celli iDEAL® forged YD has been delivered http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8279-another-a-celli-ideal-forged-yd-has-been-delivered http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8279-another-a-celli-ideal-forged-yd-has-been-delivered

                                                Another new generation Yankee A.Celli was shipped and delivered.

                                                The main and patented construction features of the forged A.Celli iDEAL® Yankee, which distinguish it from others on the market, are the following:

                                                • forged and grooved shell,
                                                • bolted and thermally insulated heads.

                                                The shell is made from a single piece of steel, heated to more than 1200 ° C, moulded and processed using forging and hot rolling systems, from which a cylinder of homogeneous material without welds is obtained. The internal processing of the grooves, also patented, has an innovative design that reduces the possibility of deformation of the shell, minimizing the stress on the edges, and ensuring a better heat transmission, with a consequent increase in the drying capacity of the Yankee.

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                                                The peculiarity of the structure, gives a solidity capable of withstanding 2 bar pressure variations, without effecting the paper quality and the machine runability.

                                                The heads, characterized by a patented ceramic insulation that minimizes heat losses, are fixed by means of bolts to the mantle, eliminating even in this case the need for welding, in another area of high stress.

                                                The result is an innovative and unique product on the market, consisting of homogeneous material, seamless and of very high manufacturing quality. In the first twelve years of use, maintenance costs can be reduced by 95%, since the typical safety checks on welds are not necessary, which moreover involve periods of machine downtime and consequent loss of production.

                                                Energy consumption, thanks to the optimization of shell and heads, is reduced compared to the standard.

                                                The A.Celli forged Yankee production range includes diameters from 10.5 ’to 22’.

                                                The new generation Yankee was conceived by our R&D team and developed in collaboration with our Product Manager for Yankee Dryer, Eng. Clive Butler.

                                                Clive has a thirty years experience in the paper industry and is responsible for all the technical and quality aspects of Yankee Dryers. He is an active member and former chair of the TAPPI Yankee Dryer Safety and Reliability Subcommittee.

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                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:36:42 +0200
                                                  Study confirms 70 % less climate impact from paper packaging http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8278-study-confirms-70-less-climate-impact-from-paper-packaging http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8278-study-confirms-70-less-climate-impact-from-paper-packaging

                                                  BillerudKorsnäs is offering an innovative paper, FibreForm®, to make laminates for trays used in food packaging. Now, a recent life cycle assessment performed by RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden, shows that a packaging tray made from FibreForm has up to 71% less global warming impact compared to trays made of only plastic.

                                                  • The life cycle assessment study is the first of its kind that compares the environmental profile of plastic-based trays against paper. The difference in climate impact is substantial, says Michael Sturges, who lead the study at RISE.

                                                  The main reason for the lower global warming potential is that the FibreForm laminate requires less energy in production than plastic. In addition, the tray can be recycled as paper in most European countries, which reduces the end-of-life impact. The first tray made of FibreForm was released to the market about 10 years ago and further improved together with production partners.

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                                                  - We developed FibreForm to challenge conventional packaging with the objective to reduce unnecessary plastic packaging. The 3D-formable material makes it strong and stable. We believe that we create a sustainable growth by offering alternative packaging possibilities together with our partners, says Hein van den Reek, Business Director Solutions at BillerudKorsnäs.

                                                  The tray made of FibreForm is approved for food contact and can be found in retail stores as a packaging for cheese, meat, fish and similar food. The material can be formed in existing thermoforming lines and press-forming equipment on the market, meaning that food processors, brand owners and retailers can make an easy switch in their production.

                                                  The life cycle assessment performed by RISE compares FibreForm trays with conventional EPS trays and APET/PE laminated plastic trays. The study encompasses all stages of the product life cycle, from raw material production to landfill or recycling. At 20.0 kg CO2e per 1,000 trays consumed and disposed of, the FibreForm tray offers a 62% saving in global warming potential compared to the EPS tray and a 71% saving compared to the APET/PE tray. The work has been peer reviewed by Intertek, a global leader in the field of verification and assurance. The full study is available here: https://www.billerudkorsnas.com/sustainability/life-cycle-assessment-and-environmental-product-declarations.

                                                  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 units 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, 21 Oct 2019 09:29:13 +0200
                                                    Mbo secures the future of Arjowiggins creative papers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8277-mbo-secures-the-future-of-arjowiggins-creative-papers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8277-mbo-secures-the-future-of-arjowiggins-creative-papers

                                                    The management team of leading paper manufacturer Arjowiggins Creative Papers has announced a successful management buyout of its UK operations, protecting hundreds of jobs and safeguarding two historic paper mills in Aberdeen and Kent. 

                                                    The company has been trading in administration since January 2019 following insolvency proceedings against French parent companies Arjowiggins and Sequana. The business will now be led by an eight-strong experienced leadership team headed up by current managing director Jonathan Mitchell.

                                                    The management buyout covers Arjowiggins Fine Papers, which runs the group’s Stoneywood mill in Aberdeen plus an office in Basingstoke, and Arjowiggins Chartham, which operates the Chartham mill in Canterbury. Following the MBO, the new company will have 559 employees.

                                                    Both mills dates back to the 1700s. The Stoneywood mill pioneered the production of fine paper in the 1800s and now manufactures products for designers, printers and clients worldwide under well-known brands such as Conqueror, Curious Collection and Keaykolour. The Chartham mill is one of the oldest employers in the area, specialising in the production of translucent papers, in particular the Gateway range which is recognised today as the world’s leading brand of tracing paper.

                                                    Jonathan Mitchell comments: “We are absolutely delighted to have secured the future of a strong and sustainable business which has such a long heritage in the UK. Arjowiggins Creative Papers has world-renowned market-leading brands and products and a passionate and talented team.  We are looking forward to taking steps to further strengthen the business and continue to provide first class products and customer service to our clients.

                                                    “The last nine months has been an unsettling time for the company and we are extremely grateful to the administrators, FRP Advisory, for having allowed the business to continue to trade while we found a workable solution. The support we have had from our staff, customers, suppliers and the Scottish Government has been incredible and without them this deal would not have been possible. There has been a real combined will to keep this historic business alive.”

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                                                    The deal has been financed by Shawbrook Bank and SQN Asset Finance Income Fund as well as a number of strategic customers. Significant financial backing has also been received from national economic development agency Scottish Enterprise.

                                                    In Aberdeen, where 75% of employees are based, a Common Purpose Group was established by Jamie Hepburn MSP, Scottish Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, with a focus on securing a long-term future for the Stoneywood mill. This was led by Scottish Enterprise and included representatives of the company’s management, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire councils, Opportunity North East, Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce and Unite.

                                                    Mr Hepburn said:  “I am delighted that the future of this historic mill has now been secured through a management buyout. This is great news for the employees and their families, and indeed welcomed across Aberdeen, the Northeast and further afield. 

                                                    “The Scottish Government, through Scottish Enterprise, has been working intensively with the administrator, management team, UNITE and local partners throughout this entire process to secure this positive outcome.

                                                    “The priority now is to work closely with the new owners to realise their plans for the long-term success of the business, and identify future opportunities in the sector, which ultimately benefits the local economy and wider North East economy.”

                                                    The completion of the MBO in the UK is the first in a two stage process and the management team are also in advanced discussions with French administrators on the acquisition of the company’s non-UK operations which include Spanish mill Guarro Casas and Quzhou mill in China.

                                                    About Arjowiggins Creative Papers

                                                    Arjowiggins Creative Papers is one of the world’s leading producers of fine, smart and technical papers as well as security documents. We are the makers of well-known ranges such as Conqueror, Curious Collection, Keaykolour, Pop’Set, Rives or Gateway and more recently Powercoat for printed electronics. Our papers are manufactured across 4 mills, in Europe and China.

                                                    Our products offer an extensive array of weights, colours, finishes and applications and are chosen the world over in the creation of printed communication of all kinds. They are developed and manufactured with expertise that has been passed down from generation to generation, through over 250 years of paper-making.

                                                    Our mission is to help designers, printers, advertisers and brand owners to channel the unique qualities of print and provide them with the finest and most innovative papers, wherever they may be. Through our products, our manufacturing and our service to customers, our promise is to deliver international standards for creative papers.

                                                    Arjowiggins’ creative papers are distributed worldwide.

                                                    www.arjowigginscreativepapers.com 
                                                    www.powercoatpaper.com 
                                                    www.arjowiggins-translucentpapers.com

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                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:18:59 +0200
                                                      More efficient, safer and with lower emissions: Voith launches new infrared emitter HelioX on the market http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8276-more-efficient-safer-and-with-lower-emissions-voith-launches-new-infrared-emitter-heliox-on-the-market http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8276-more-efficient-safer-and-with-lower-emissions-voith-launches-new-infrared-emitter-heliox-on-the-market

                                                      With its new gas-fired HelioX infrared emitter, Voith is offering a particularly efficient solution for contactless drying along with impressively low emissions. Not only can the new emitter be used to increase productivity, the reduced fire risk also improves safety in paper production.

                                                      • Productivity increase thanks to output of up to 14 kW
                                                      • Gas consumption and emission values considerably reduced
                                                      • Reduced fire risk in the event of web breaks for improved safety

                                                      The new infrared emitter HelioX promises to deliver higher productivity with lower emissions and a reduced fire risk.The new infrared emitter HelioX promises to deliver higher productivity with lower emissions and a reduced fire risk.

                                                      The key component of the new HelioX infrared emitter is its incandescent body, which has a highly efficient ceramic structure with a notably large surface area. The special geometry ensures improved combustion, resulting in both higher drying efficiency and a 50 percent reduction in nitrogen oxide (NOx) and carbon monoxide (CO) emissions. These low emission values are becoming increasingly important in view of the German air pollution control regulations (TA Luft) and more stringent emission limits in various countries, so as to obtain long-term operating approvals.

                                                      The HelioX infrared emitter is designed for an output of 14 kW. Consequently, it achieves a better drying efficiency, which enables higher machine speeds and more flexibility to produce different paper grades, and as a result, increases the productivity of the plant. With up to 10 percent better efficiency, the emitter also leads to lower gas consumption, lower running costs and a reduced CO2 footprint. Because of the low mass of the incandescent body, the HelioX infrared emitter offers a particularly fast heating up and cooling down time. This improves safety in production, as there is a much lower risk of fire in the event of web breaks. This means that the operating risk is also reduced, and shorter downtimes can be expected.

                                                      The design and highly efficient ceramic surface structure of the incandescent body ensure very homogeneous heat transfer, so that a maximum of energy is converted to infrared radiation.The design and highly efficient ceramic surface structure of the incandescent body ensure very homogeneous heat transfer, so that a maximum of energy is converted to infrared radiation.

                                                      The gas-fired HelioX infrared emitter is now available. It can be used for contactless drying in any Voith paper machine and also in those of other manufacturers. It is also possible to use in other areas of application such as drying fiberglass mats or technical textiles.

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

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                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:12:29 +0200
                                                        Stora Enso appoints Annica Bresky as President and Chief Executive Officer http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8275-stora-enso-appoints-annica-bresky-as-president-and-chief-executive-officer http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8275-stora-enso-appoints-annica-bresky-as-president-and-chief-executive-officer

                                                        Stora Enso’s Board of Directors has appointed Annica Bresky, 44, as the new President and CEO of the company as of 1 December 2019. Until then, Stora Enso’s current CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström continues in his position. Bresky is currently Head of Stora Enso’s Consumer Board division.

                                                        Annica BreskyAnnica Bresky“We are very happy to welcome Annica Bresky into her new position. Annica brings extensive experience of our industry and has a solid business background. We consider her the most suitable person to continue developing Stora Enso’s strategy and businesses. She has a proven track record of driving growth and operational excellence and has a strong focus on customers and innovations. She is well equipped to lead the transformation of our sustainable renewable materials company,” says Stora Enso’s Chair of the Board of Directors, Jorma Eloranta.

                                                        “I am very honoured to have this opportunity. I am looking forward to continuing to build the future of Stora Enso together with our competent teams across the company. We are well positioned to grow with our customers and support their business with sustainable and innovative solutions. Together with my Stora Enso colleagues, our customers and our partners all over the world, we will accelerate our efforts as a front runner in combatting global warming,” says Annica Bresky, CEO-designate.

                                                        “I have enjoyed my time with Stora Enso tremendously and am very happy to hand over the torch to Annica. I wish her the best of luck in her new role. My focus for the remaining months will be to support a smooth transition of the leadership responsibilities,” resigning CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström says.

                                                        “Karl-Henrik has been the driving force in developing Stora Enso into an industry leader in sustainability and innovation. The Board of Directors highly appreciates his valuable contributions during his years with the company,” Jorma Eloranta concludes.

                                                        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, 21 Oct 2019 09:04:32 +0200
                                                          Paper Bags with High ‘Recyclability’ Quotient Gather Traction, Biodegradable Packaging Trend to Uphold Market Gains http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8274-paper-bags-with-high-recyclability-quotient-gather-traction-biodegradable-packaging-trend-to-uphold-market-gains http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8274-paper-bags-with-high-recyclability-quotient-gather-traction-biodegradable-packaging-trend-to-uphold-market-gains

                                                          Worldwide sales of paper bags reached ~3 million tons in 2018, unveils the new research study. According to the report, the paper bags market is estimated to grow by ~4% YOY in 2019, primarily influenced by the recent reforms in the global paper packaging landscape.

                                                          According to the report, increasing focus on environment-friendly and cost-effective packaging formats are contributing to the build-up of paper bags market through 2029. Consumer preference for sustainable packaging which is easy to handle and has good strength, will also continue to provide a fillip to the sales of paper bags in 2019 and beyond.

                                                          2019 10 18 231700Bags usually manufactured from kraft papers are playing a vital role in modern lifestyle. Additionally, consumer preference for paper bags is increasing, owing to its several benefits such as cost efficiency, easy usage, and eco-friendly packaging.

                                                          According to Study, increasing number of supermarkets and retail shops is expected to bolster the sales of paper bags across the world. In 2018, the pinched bottom open mouth paper bag witnessed maximum sales of ~900 thousand tons. The demand for these paper bags is estimated to shoot up by the end of 2029, as they are great for reducing infestation and act as good moisture barriers. The user friendly formats, and sizes are propelling exponential demand for paper bags among end users. The paper bags are further garnering significant traction as sustainable packaging solution that ensure biodegradability and ease of disposal.

                                                          Study also came to the conclusion that the brown kraft paper bags are dominating the other paper bags, owing to less bleached content. The brown kraft paper bags are manufactured from natural paper and hence these paper bags helps to avoid contamination due to bleaching chemicals.

                                                          Market Players to Make Two-Fold Investments in Asia Pacific

                                                          According to the study, growth opportunities for the paper bags market players are picking pace in Asia Pacific, owing to profound growth of the industrial ecosystems in region such as food & beverages, pharmaceutical, and others. The paper bags are considered as good food contact material. As paper bags are made up of natural material, no toxics are released when food articles are packed. The APEJ paper bags market offer lucrative opportunities for manufacturers, as it is home to some of the world’s fastest growing industries.

                                                          • For instance, the retail sector in India has been driven largely by the huge size of the population base, an affluent and growing middle class, rapid urbanization rate, and growing penetration of the internet and online retail services.

                                                          The region has witnessed increasing penetration of modern retail format, which is expected to play a significant role in boosting the APEJ paper bags market.

                                                          Due to increasing consumption of paper bags in Asia Pacific region, key players from other region started investing in this market. For instance,

                                                          • In 2018, a Canada based paper manufacturer Catalyst Paper is investing in Indian paper bags and the kraft market with the partnership of OTCL Delhi.

                                                          Report’s business intelligence also underlines groundbreaking insights into the competitive scenario of paper bags market along with highlights of the manufacturers’ differential strategies. Key players in the paper bags market will continue to draw upon the global sustainability drive by including ‘green’ offerings in their existing portfolios, which is likely to help them enhance customer confidence.

                                                          • For instance, in 2019, The Mondi Group Plc. did a partnership with REWE Group in Austria for introducing sustainable packaging solution for food packaging.

                                                          This study underlines key opportunities in the paper bags market and finds that the market would exhibit growth at a value CAGR of ~4% during forecast period.

                                                          These insights are based on a report on Paper Bags Market by Future Market Insights.

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                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 18 Oct 2019 23:15:26 +0200
                                                            ABB revolutionizes the switchgear with breakthrough technology for next generation of electricity distribution http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8273-abb-revolutionizes-the-switchgear-with-breakthrough-technology-for-next-generation-of-electricity-distribution http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8273-abb-revolutionizes-the-switchgear-with-breakthrough-technology-for-next-generation-of-electricity-distribution

                                                            The NeoGear™ low-voltage switchgear – a technological breakthrough by ABB – is safer, smarter and more sustainable, maximizing efficiency and reducing costs for tomorrow’s digitalized industries

                                                            • ABB has reimagined the switchgear– essential technology for safe energy distribution and motor control.
                                                            • Available from late 2019, NeoGear is a future-proof, digital solution that brings new functionality, productivity and efficiencies to industrial infrastructure in an electrified future.
                                                            • Breakthrough deploys laminated bus plate technology, which until now could be found in aircraft, automobiles and on space stations.

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                                                            Committed to writing the future of safe, smart and sustainable electrification, ABB today launches NeoGear: a revolution in low-voltage switchgear and the first the electrification industry has seen for more than three decades.

                                                            Successfully trialed at sites across Switzerland and China, NeoGear deploys ABB’s laminated bus plate technology, which replaces traditional horizontal and vertical busbar systems.

                                                            The innovative bus plate technology combined with the connectivity and digital smartness of the ABB Ability™ platform, make it an unrivalled solution. NeoGear is the safest option for operators with no exposure to live parts. It reduces the physical switchgear footprint by up to 25 percent, increases cooling efficiency to reduce heat losses by up to 20 percent, and reduces overall operational costs by up to 30 percent, due to more efficient condition monitoring.

                                                            “Today marks the start of a revolution in power distribution” said Alessandro Palin, Managing Director of ABB's Distribution Solutions business line. “Switchgear systems are key to ensuring the safety of the electrified economy, but for more than 30 years they have seen little innovation.  NeoGear is testament to ABB’s commitment and relentless drive to bring future-focused and sustainable alternatives to the market to help shape the infrastructure of tomorrow.”

                                                            This hardware development is complemented by advanced digital capabilities. Digitalization is changing how industries use electricity in their machinery, factories and operations: driving them to extend the lifecycle of their assets; modernize equipment to improve safety and efficiency; and to shift towards more sustainable and responsible business models.

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                                                            Against this backdrop, the ABB AbilityTM enabled NeoGear provides a complete and scalable solution for new projects, system upgrades or migration from legacy systems, to innovate and prepare for the future of electricity distribution and motor control.

                                                            NeoGear’s digital capabilities include real-time condition monitoring and predictive maintenance, remote assistance, fault and solutions diagnostics and data analytics for Industry 4.0. ABB Ability™ Condition Monitoring for on-site electrical systems is included, helping customers gain operational efficiency and bring unprecedented flexibility.

                                                            “We see rising demand in the market for more innovative switchgear solutions that help customers navigate increasingly challenging environments,” said Marco Tellarini, Global Product Group Manager in ABB's Distribution Solutions business. “NeoGear will give customers unrivalled safety, higher efficiency, better functionality, more flexibility, and as a result both resilience and value. We are proud to add this revolution to our globally established switchgear portfolio.”

                                                            NeoGear will help customers meet the increasing demands to keep working environments safe and reduce maintenance downtime and costs across sectors including oil and gas, chemicals, food and beverage, mineral and mining, and water treatment.

                                                            Set to transform performance, safety and sustainability of electrification across industry and infrastructure, NeoGear is available to the market in late 2019.

                                                            There is a link below to download the product brochure

                                                            ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a technology leader that is driving the digital transformation of industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB has four customer-​focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by the ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. www.abb.com

                                                            www.abb.com

                                                            www.new.abb.com/low-voltage/launches/neogear 

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                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 18 Oct 2019 08:42:48 +0200
                                                              Stora Enso’s Sustainability Report rated among top ten globally http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8272-stora-enso-s-sustainability-report-rated-among-top-ten-globally http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8272-stora-enso-s-sustainability-report-rated-among-top-ten-globally

                                                              For the second year running, Stora Enso’s Sustainability Report 2018 has been included in the top ten sustainability reports globally according to the latest Reporting matters publication by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). 

                                                              In WBCSD’s Reporting matters publication, Stora Enso’s Sustainability Report is recognised as good practice for being clearly aligned with the company’s materiality assessment. The report’s navigation and language also received good feedback for ensuring consistency and conciseness while remaining informative.

                                                              stora new 2017“We are proud to see our reporting being recognised as good practice,” says Noel Morrin, EVP Sustainability at Stora Enso. “We believe that instead of reporting on everything, companies should focus on material topics, defined together with key stakeholders. We are happy to see that approach being acknowledged.”

                                                              “Good reporting is clear, highly informative, and transparent, and it should be continuously developed. In our report, we strive to share fact-based information about sustainability and our performance while remaining compelling and engaging,” says Ulrika Lilja, EVP Communications at Stora Enso.

                                                              “Stora Enso’s 2018 Sustainability Report shows a clear alignment between the outcomes of their materiality assessment and the content of the report. Some particularly strong aspects of the report include the focus on the external environment and the comprehensive disclosure of internal management of material issues across the value chain. We hope other companies will see Stora Enso as an example of good practice,” says Rodney Irwin, Managing Director of Redefining Value, WBCSD.

                                                              The WBCSD produces Reporting matters to help improve the effectiveness of non-financial corporate reporting. The report lists Stora Enso’s Sustainability Report as one of the top ten in the world out of the 159 reviewed in the scope of the publication without disclosing the exact rankings.

                                                              The Stora Enso Annual Report 2018 consists of Strategy, Financials, Sustainability, Governance, and Summary. All parts of the Annual Report are available in PDF format at storaenso.com/annualreport.

                                                              WBCSD’s Reporting matters publication is available here.

                                                              Part of the bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions, and paper globally. 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 Tue, 15 Oct 2019 14:30:46 +0200
                                                                Veolia selected by Fibre Excellence to upgrade concentration and evaporation processes at Saint Gaudens mill in France http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8271-veolia-selected-by-fibre-excellence-to-upgrade-concentration-and-evaporation-processes-at-saint-gaudens-mill-in-france http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8271-veolia-selected-by-fibre-excellence-to-upgrade-concentration-and-evaporation-processes-at-saint-gaudens-mill-in-france

                                                                Veolia Water Technologies will provide a turnkey processing plant featuring HPD® evaporation systems designed to optimize the production of wood-derived pulp employed in the making of high-quality paper from virgin fibers.

                                                                The design of a circular bio-economy may seem a relatively new concept that emerged from the declaration of the sustainable development goals of the UN 2030 Agenda. For pulp and papermakers, however, it has been a reality for a long time. For example, over half of the energy used by the industry comes from biomass that becomes a renewable and therefore carbon-neutral fuel sourced from local forests. And, because of investments in combined heat and power (CHP) generation, modern Kraft pulp mills are entirely energy self-sufficient thanks to the combustion of biomass that makes use of otherwise forest residues. This excess energy can then be used to improve pulping operations.

                                                                203 2031955 veolia logo veolia.pngAt the industrial site in Saint-Gaudens on the foothills of the Pyrenees in southwestern France, Fibre Excellence, a holding group specialized in the paper and forest-products industry, installs a new turbine to generate green energy from biomass. To optimize the overall efficiency and justify the economics of the investment, this extra energy must be consumed at the site. Among many other initiatives, Fibre Excellence plans to enhance pulp quality through improved washing operations. To remove the excess water created in the black liquor, Veolia supplies HPD® falling film, double-effect evaporators at the pre-evaporation phase. Additionally, in order to reduce emissions and improve energy efficiency of the recovery boiler, the final solids concentration of the black liquor will be raised up to 75% through an HPD® forced-circulation enhanced high-solids concentrator (EHSC). Both the pre-evaporation and forced circulation concentration phases are integrated into the mill operations using the excess energy generated through the installation of the new turbine.

                                                                The award is a reaffirmation of Fibre Excellence’s confidence in Veolia which provided the existing evaporation plant a few decades ago. The new package is integrated with a more efficient stripping column that removes up to 96% of methanol and helps to reduce volatile pollutants.

                                                                “We are pleased to help Fibre Excellence advance its pulping operations at the Saint Gaudens mill. This award cements Veolia’s position as the partner of choice to supply reliable processing solutions that make the global pulp and paper industry more resource-efficient and sustainable” stated Jim Brown, CEO of Veolia Water Technologies Americas.

                                                                Because they already make extensive use of biomass fuel and also recycle heat energy to generate power, the pulp and paper industries have a huge opportunity in both energy and material resource efficiency.

                                                                The improvements in boiler operations and collection and treatment of gases at Saint Gaudens boost energy efficiency, lower emissions and help Fibre Excellence keep a record of efficient and safe recovery operations.

                                                                Through the continuous improvements in HPD® evaporation and crystallization technologies, Veolia works with pulp and paper mills around the world to further reduce environmental impacts and create economic value derived from the responsible management of resources.

                                                                Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With over 171,000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste, and energy management solutions which contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them.

                                                                In 2018, the Veolia group supplied 95 million people with drinking water and 63 million people with wastewater service, produced nearly 56 million megawatt-hours of energy and converted 49 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of USD 30.6 billion in 2018. www.veolia.com

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                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 14 Oct 2019 10:19:50 +0200
                                                                  BillerudKorsnäs joint venture Paboco, introduce the Paper bottle community to advance packaging innovation http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8270-billerudkorsnaes-joint-venture-paboco-introduce-the-paper-bottle-community-to-advance-packaging-innovation http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8270-billerudkorsnaes-joint-venture-paboco-introduce-the-paper-bottle-community-to-advance-packaging-innovation

                                                                  BillerudKorsnäs, together with partners, proudly presents Paboco, the paper bottle company, uniting leading experts in material, design and technology, and supported by world-leading consumer brands to bring sustainable progress to the bottling industry.

                                                                  Building on years of experience, the development journey towards a sustainable paper bottle first began in 2015 by innovation expert EcoXpac in collaboration with Carlsberg Group and BillerudKorsnäs, with support from project partners.

                                                                  Now in 2019, Paboco represents a joint venture between paper packaging material developer BillerudKorsnäs and bottle manufacturing specialist Alpla.

                                                                  To support the initiative and explore further development and commercial opportunities, Paboco is officially launching the Paper bottle community with participation from the partners below


                                                                  This is our Paper bottle community:

                                                                  Pioneer owner              Pioneer brands               Pioneer partners

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                                                                  Building lasting change takes time and any challenge to the norm carries equal amounts of risk. To provide the best system for success, we are building a community of partners that share our vision, understand the complexity of innovation and the crucial importance of introducing smarter and more sustainable packaging solutions.

                                                                  Our ambition is matched by the challenges we are facing: Challenging the traditional bottling industry and indirectly sparking a movement for a more sustainable everyday.

                                                                  “It is all about the team! We are collaborating across the value chain, sharing the risks and are united in our vision that the Paper Bottle will become a reality and fundamentally change this industry for good”, says Mrs. Gittan Schiöld, interim CEO of Paboco.

                                                                  Our long-term goal: a sustainable choice for the future.

                                                                  The Paper Bottle is a step-by-step innovation concept focused on scaling and product functionality. It is the first of its kind for liquid goods such as carbonated and still drinks, beauty products and more.

                                                                  Alongside the scaling of the production technology, Paboco works for the transition to a bottle solution for the future circular society, a 100% bio-based and recyclable paper bottle that can harmlessly degrade if accidentally put in nature. Our vision will always drive us further than the expectations of today and push us to improve the paper bottle to become fully sustainable and optimized for material reuse and circularity.

                                                                  This work is undertaken in generations of the Paper Bottle, building on existing barrier technologies of today and exploring those of tomorrow. Each pioneer brand will develop and design their own paper bottle to meet the needs of their category.

                                                                  About the Paper bottle community:

                                                                  The paper bottle community unites a group of pioneering partner brands and experts in materials, design and technology. Together, we are shaping sustainable everyday life by contributing to the making of a fully bio-based and recyclable bottle made from wood fibres. A long-term innovation project run by Paboco®, the paper bottle company.

                                                                  About Paboco:

                                                                  Paboco®, the paper bottle company, is a joint venture between paper packaging materials- and solutions provider BillerudKorsnäs and bottle manufacturing specialist Alpla, grown from the start-up and innovation expert ecoXpac. Our aim is to provide consumers with a fully bio-based and recyclable paper bottle, that ultimately will change the industry and impact the environment for good. www.paboco.com

                                                                  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 units 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, 14 Oct 2019 10:11:29 +0200
                                                                    Stadtwerke Bielefeld and Mitsubishi HiTec Paper to continue successful cooperation http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8269-stadtwerke-bielefeld-and-mitsubishi-hitec-paper-to-continue-successful-cooperation http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8269-stadtwerke-bielefeld-and-mitsubishi-hitec-paper-to-continue-successful-cooperation

                                                                    Stadtwerke Bielefeld and Mitsubishi HiTec Paper have been working together successfully since 2003. Now both companies have agreed to continue the partnership before the expiry of the current contract.

                                                                    Stadtwerke Bielefeld and Mitsubishi HiTec Paper have been working together successfully since 2003. At that time, the Bielefeld Stadtwerke (public utilities) built a highly energy-efficient combined heat and power plant on the site of the speciality paper manufacturer to supply the mill with electricity and steam. Now both companies have agreed to continue this partnership before the expiration of the contract. The consortium agreement was signed on 20.9.2019 and is valid for five years.

                                                                    From left to right: Rainer Müller (Managing Director Stadtwerke Bielefeld), Andreas Jastrzembowski (Managing Director Mitsubishi HiTec Paper), Dr. Martin Schreer (Managing Director Mitsubishi HiTec Paper) und Martin Uekmann (Managing Director Stadtwerke Bielefeld)From left to right: Rainer Müller (Managing Director Stadtwerke Bielefeld), Andreas Jastrzembowski (Managing Director Mitsubishi HiTec Paper), Dr. Martin Schreer (Managing Director Mitsubishi HiTec Paper) und Martin Uekmann (Managing Director Stadtwerke Bielefeld)

                                                                    Dr. Martin Schreer and Andreas Jastrzembowski, Managing Directors of Mitsubishi HiTec Paper: "We are delighted to continue this collaboration with Stadtwerke Bielefeld.  All of our heat and power has been supplied by our partner, with whom we have had good experiences, for 15 years.  A reliable and sustainable efficient energy supply is enormously important for our production."

                                                                    Martin Uekmann and Rainer Müller, Managing Directors of Stadtwerke Bielefeld, explain: "The plant in Hillegossen makes a significant contribution to energy transition. That's another reason why we are pleased that Mitsubishi HiTec Paper has decided to continue working with us. As a company, we have relied on renewable energies for years and support energy transition. This also includes highly efficient combined heat and power plants such as those in Bielefeld Hillegossen."

                                                                    About the power plant: In the next five years, Stadtwerke Bielefeld will invest around 2.2 million euros in further modernization of the facility. It is a highly efficient CHP plant that saves around 14,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year compared to uncoupled production. On 9 May 2003, the original consortium agreement for the construction of the gas and steam power plant at Bielefeld Hillegossen was signed. Stadtwerke invested 34 million euros at that time. The goal was the modernization of the steam supply of the paper mill. The power plant was put into operation on 3 January 2005.

                                                                    Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH is a German subsidiary of Mitsubishi Paper Mills Ltd., Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of specialty paper. The roughly 750 employees at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe produce high-quality direct thermal, inkjet, carbonless, label and barrier papers at two tradition-rich locations in Bielefeld and Flensburg.

                                                                    Each factory stands out for own base paper production, state-of-the-art production machinery and innovative coating technologies. Through its dense global sales network, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe supplies a full range of specialty papers for many applications and printing technologies – and is a highly capable partner whenever customized coated paper solutions are required.

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                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 14 Oct 2019 10:02:08 +0200
                                                                      COMART installs a new Pasaban paper sheeting machine to increase its cutting capacity http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8268-comart-installs-a-new-pasaban-paper-sheeting-machine-to-increase-its-cutting-capacity http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8268-comart-installs-a-new-pasaban-paper-sheeting-machine-to-increase-its-cutting-capacity

                                                                      Comart, a specialised distributor in the supply of paper cardboard and flexible films has the largest private warehouse in Spain with a permanent stock of more than 10.000 tonnes of rolls and sheets. It is one of the few distributors that can guarantee a 24-hour supply service in Spain, France and Portugal.  

                                                                      To provide a highly efficient service that covers all the needs of the packaging & graphic industries, Comart offers a wide variety of folding, recycled boards, kraftliner and coated papers. With a workforce of more than 100 people, its 30.000m2 of offices, warehouses and production centres are located in Barcelona, Girona and Toledo (Spain).  

                                                                      Customer challenge.

                                                                      With the inclusion of Spirax and Sumapel, the new facilities in Barcelona were opened in 2015. Since then, COMART has acquired the latest generation paper sheeting machines, paper winding machines and ream wrappers.  

                                                                      “Within our growth strategy, we saw the need to increase our cutting capacity and widen our range of formats to continue facing up to the challenges of a very competitive market.” Ernest Ginjaume, CEO.  

                                                                      To achieve these objectives and with the clear intention of improving the conversion quality and operations, they contacted Pasaban to jointly study a solution.  

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                                                                      The Solution.  

                                                                      To provide the optimum solution Pasaban carried out an extensive analysis of the current situation.   The factory required a new machine to substantially increase their cutting capacity and to widen the range of sheet formats. It is for this reason that a turnkey project was proposed with two main actions.
                                                                           
                                                                      One action was the design and manufacture a new wider-width sheeter with automatic pallet change; the second was to automate the pile delivery system so to transfer the piles of paper to the loading and unloading bays.  

                                                                      The KB 2300 paper sheeting machine is able to manage a wide range of formats with an operating speed of 350 m/min. Equipped with an automatic splicing unwind stand, the sheeter is also capable of changing pallets at maximum speed.  

                                                                      This new paper sheeting machine has allowed COMART to improve the flexibility of the factory.  

                                                                      On the other hand, in order to automate the output of the different sheeting machines several conveyors were installed. Now, the piles of paper leaving the sheeting machines are able to automatically enter into the baler and are directly transferred to the loading and unloading bays.  

                                                                      Thanks to this improvement, the overall efficiency of the plant has been improved.   “Pasaban has given us the solution we needed to make the necessary improvements to our factory in Barcelona” Ernest Ginjaume, CEO.

                                                                      The Result. 
                                                                       
                                                                      At the end of the project Comart has achieved the following results:
                                                                      1.     A 30% increase in the factory's production.
                                                                      2.     A wider range of cut paper formats.
                                                                      3.     A substantial reduction of in-progress inventory (WIP).
                                                                      4.     Overall plant efficiency improvement.

                                                                      “We are extremely happy with the results achieved. Thanks to this investment we will continue to be a benchmark in the conversion and distribution of paper in southern Europe”, Ernest Ginjaume, CEO  

                                                                      “The continuous investment in automating the factory allow us to improve the internal logistics. It directly impacts on improved speed, efficiency and service quality”, states Lluís Mª Ginjaume, chairman and company founder.    

                                                                      Pasaban, trust and professionalism.
                                                                       


                                                                      At Pasaban we firmly believe we must continuously offer our customers high quality machines and solutions alongside with an impeccable service to gain their trust. Meeting these requirements is what makes us leaders in the design and manufacturing of machinery for the conversion of paper and cardboard.  

                                                                      Fully customized turnkey projects like the one for Comart are only possible thanks to the know-how of our engineers and a close cooperation with our customers.  

                                                                       “At Comart, we consider Pasaban to be a trusted supplier for the group”
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                                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 14 Oct 2019 08:46:51 +0200
                                                                        Valmet delivers boiler diagnostics systems to Outokumpu’s Tornio plant in Finland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8267-valmet-delivers-boiler-diagnostics-systems-to-outokumpu-s-tornio-plant-in-finland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8267-valmet-delivers-boiler-diagnostics-systems-to-outokumpu-s-tornio-plant-in-finland

                                                                        Valmet will supply boiler diagnostics systems to Outokumpu’s Tornio ferrochrome plant in Finland. Two separate orders of six Valmet Furnace Imaging System, Fixed Mount Mid-IR cameras increase the number of cameras in the plant from three to nine. The solution is a critical part of the plant’s process monitoring enabling real-time visual monitoring of the alloy manufacturing.

                                                                        The orders were included in Valmet's orders received of the second and the third quarters 2019. The cameras are delivered during the last quarter of 2019. The value of the orders will not be disclosed.

                                                                        Customized Valmet Furnace Imaging System, Fixed Mount Mid-IR infrared camera is used to monitor the operation of the submerged arc furnace.Customized Valmet Furnace Imaging System, Fixed Mount Mid-IR infrared camera is used to monitor the operation of the submerged arc furnace.

                                                                        “Valmet was able to provide us with a solution withstanding the extremely harsh process environment of submerged arc furnace. This enabled real-time monitoring of conditions inside the furnace thus decreasing reaction time considerably, which results in better safety, quality, and process stability,” says Joni Raiskio, Manager of the submerged arc furnaces 1 & 2, Outokumpu.

                                                                        “It is always exciting to work with industry leaders and develop solutions to aim for even higher process performance and quality. These repeat orders from Outokumpu are a good example of Valmet’s process monitoring capabilities and a strong testimony for our high temperature imagining technology,” says Timo Laurila, Business Manager, Pulp and Energy Analyzers, Automation, Valmet.

                                                                        Information about Valmet's delivery

                                                                        Both deliveries consist of three Valmet Furnace Imaging Systems. The customized Valmet Furnace Imaging System infrared cameras are designed to provide operational views of the submerged arc furnace (SAF) at temperatures of 370°C to 1,900°C. The camera system is integrated with the Valmet DNA automation system.

                                                                        Valmet Furnace Imaging Systems are specially engineered for industries using extreme high-temperature processes, including metal, power, pulp, paper, and petrochemical for durability and longevity. The system provides real-time ability to identify problems and apply solutions, resulting in fewer unplanned outages, savings in avoided shutdown costs, and improved productivity.

                                                                        Information about Outokumpu’s Tornio plant

                                                                        Outokumpu is the global leader in stainless steel and employs 10,000 professionals in more than 30 countries, with headquarters in Helsinki, Finland. At Outokumpu’s Tornio plant, ferrochrome production takes place onsite using raw materials mined nearby in Kemi. Tornio ferrochrome operations consist of sintering, smelting, crushing, and screening. Molten ferrochrome is delivered directly to the Tornio stainless steel melt shop.

                                                                        For further information, please contact:
                                                                        Timo Laurila, Business Manager, Pulp and Energy Analyzers, Automation, Valmet, tel. +358 40 0922 442

                                                                        Read more: http://www.valmet.com/boilerdiagnostics

                                                                        VALMET
                                                                        Corporate Communications

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

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

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

                                                                        Read more www.valmet.com

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                                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 09 Oct 2019 22:28:19 +0200
                                                                          Lucart continues to focus on sustainability with the new recycled and recyclable packaging of the Natural lines developed at its research centre http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8266-lucart-continues-to-focus-on-sustainability-with-the-new-recycled-and-recyclable-packaging-of-the-natural-lines-developed-at-its-research-centre http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8266-lucart-continues-to-focus-on-sustainability-with-the-new-recycled-and-recyclable-packaging-of-the-natural-lines-developed-at-its-research-centre

                                                                          Lucart, Europe’s leading manufacturer of tissue, airlaid and MG paper for flexible packaging, continues to focus on sustainability and on researching environmentally-friendly and innovative solutions with a view to reducing the environmental impact of its products.

                                                                          In fact, the products in the Grazie Natural line for domestic use and those in the EcoNatural lines for professional markets are now even more eco-friendly thanks to the use of new recycled and recyclable paper packaging, which is designed for a more sustainable, natural choice.

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                                                                          With this new paper packaging, the company aims to contribute to the general policy of reducing the use of virgin plastics, replacing them with eco-friendly recycled packaging. This is an extremely important goal, especially considering the fact that as many as 570,000 tonnes of plastic end up in the Mediterranean Sea every year, which is equivalent to throwing 33,800 plastic bottles into the sea every minute.[1]

                                                                          Guido Pasquini, Lucart’s Sales and Marketing Director, explains: “Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of making sustainable choices when it comes to buying products and are always looking for practical ways to help save the planet on a daily basis, but we must play a part in this too. This is why we aim to gradually replace the plastic packaging we use for our products with flexible recycled and recyclable paper packaging produced by us. We are particularly proud of this project, which was also made possible through excellent teamwork. By applying the principles of cooperation on which the circular economy is based, our R&D department has brought the Porcari plant (in the province of Lucca) – our historical headquarters where we produce paper for flexible packaging – into line with the requirements of the group’s other plants – where hygiene paper products are produced – by sharing the same goals and overcoming the technical problems associated with paper development and the use of printing inks. In fact, even the latter are compostable and biodegradable.

                                                                          The products in the Natural lines, which are the only ones on the market made from recycled Tetra Pak® type beverage cartons and “wrapped with love” in recycled and recyclable paper packaging, are a practical way for our customers to make an active contribution to protecting the environment”.

                                                                          The growing interest of consumers in sustainability issues and in making more responsible environmental choices is also reflected in recent data: in fact, according to the European Consumer Packaging Perceptions study by Pro Carton, 75% of Italian consumers claim that the environmental impact of a product’s packaging influences their purchasing decisions.

                                                                          [1] Source: WWF

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                                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 09 Oct 2019 22:23:59 +0200
                                                                            Fabio Perini presents in world premiere at MIAC the prototype of the 100% ecologic kitchen roll http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8264-fabio-perini-presents-in-world-premiere-at-miac-the-prototype-of-the-100-ecologic-kitchen-roll http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8264-fabio-perini-presents-in-world-premiere-at-miac-the-prototype-of-the-100-ecologic-kitchen-roll

                                                                            Big news at Fabio Perini, as the company presents at MIAC, in absolute world premiere, the prototype of a totally ecologically sustainable, coreless and glueless kitchen roll.

                                                                            “With this prototype - Enrico Zino, Fabio Perini Head of Marketing, declares – we provide the answer to three market requirements: delivering our clients as much product as possible without increasing bulkiness and without giving up quality; reducing waste consequent to core disposal,  maintaining the product’s structural characteristics across the whole logistic chain; and turning out a 100% ecologic product”.

                                                                            2019 10 09 221154“Up to this time - Zino points out – several technologies had made possible an “environment friendly focus” limited to certain production phases: doing without the core for our rolls, eliminating glue or focusing on replacing plastics in packaging. Now, Fabio Perini is the first in the world to present a prototype of kitchen/towel roll combining already existent technologies with an absolute novelty, just patented and which will be moving to the industrial phase shortly after MIAC, that is, water lamination also for kitchen rolls”.

                                                                            Fabio Perini has always had a green vocation, which in the past prompted the launch on its markets of ecofriendly solutions, even anticipating trends.

                                                                            In 2010, Fabio Perini was the first company to propose gluefree solutions, barring the use of glue both in lamination (Aquabond) and in the initial pickup f tissue around the core (Web Tuck system Rewinder), reducing environmental impact and saving the cost of glue and the ensuing maintenance; it launched on the market the patented Solid and Solid+ coreless technology to produce full rolls that can keep the product’s structural characteristics, increasing by 16% the amount of tissue per roll with the same diameter, and attaining a 10% reduction of packaging required for the same amount of product transported. In addition, Fabio Perini recently presented a series of packaging solutions based on paper coupled with ecologic bioplastics, derived from vegetable starch and waste, creating a product whose characteristics are comparable to those of plastic polymers. This 100% compostable packaging can be processed maintaining the machinery speed at almost the same speed as with polyethylene production.

                                                                            To all this, Fabio Perini is adding several solutions to limit the energy consumption of its machinery thanks to high efficiency engines and inverters, which consume less and have regenerative feedback capabilities, hybrid energy control-panel cooling, led lights drastically reducing the lighting energy absorption, inside the machines and the control-panels.

                                                                            “The definition of sustainable development dates back to 1987 - Enrico Zino, Fabio Perini Head of Marketing, declares – but while at that time companies who embraced a growth compatible with environmental preservation were doing so by choice, today, as we become aware that our planet can no longer compensate the deep impact of our production and lifestyle, it has become a duty and a responsibility for all. For us at Fabio Perini – Zino concludes – nature and technology represent two sides of the same coin: nature is a perfect technology and our technology must be perfect for nature. We aim at offering, even at industrial level, a more and more sustainable business, by acting as key partners for all the companies that give the utmost priority to environmental compatibility”.

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                                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 09 Oct 2019 22:08:33 +0200
                                                                              AFT is pleased to announce the official opening of a new sales office in Saint Petersburg, Russia http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8262-aft-is-pleased-to-announce-the-official-opening-of-a-new-sales-office-in-saint-petersburg-russia http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8262-aft-is-pleased-to-announce-the-official-opening-of-a-new-sales-office-in-saint-petersburg-russia

                                                                              While AFT has been active in Russia for about 30 years, strong growth in recent years led to the decision of opening our own sales representative office to better meet the needs of our clients.

                                                                              The new location in Saint Petersburg will strengthen AFT's presence and position in the Russian and CIS markets for pulp and paper wear parts and equipment, as well as allow us to explore these markets for new opportunities. The Saint Petersburg team is led by Roman Smorgunov, Sales Manager and Julia Babenko, Head of Administration, who will be responsible for managing all operations and support functions.

                                                                              From left to right:  Roman Smorgunov, Julia Babenko, Sergei Korostelev, Lyubov LyubimovaFrom left to right: Roman Smorgunov, Julia Babenko, Sergei Korostelev, Lyubov Lyubimova

                                                                              As we aim to further expand our presence in the pulp and paper industry in Russia, the new office will provide better service to our existing clients as well as boost AFT sales on a global scale.

                                                                              The office is located in the VANT business center on the Neva River and offers dedicated space for meeting with clients, partners, and our sales and delivery specialists who will be pleased to provide any support related to sales in Russia, CIS countries and the neighboring states.  The office contact information can be found on our website at www.aft-global.com.  For more information, please email us at aftsalesrussia@aft-global.com.

                                                                              About AFT:

                                                                              AFT is a global supplier specializing in stock preparation, screening, refining and paper machine approach flow systems.  With over 110 years of experience in manufacturing and supplying tailored solutions, we respond to the needs of our customers and help improve performance with trademarked advancements such as Finebar ultra low intensity refining, Powerwave energy efficient screening, POM wet end systems, and more.

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                                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 09 Oct 2019 21:56:52 +0200
                                                                                Futura and Plusline redrawing boundaries in tissue converting http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8261-futura-and-plusline-redrawing-boundaries-in-tissue-converting http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8261-futura-and-plusline-redrawing-boundaries-in-tissue-converting

                                                                                Futura Spa, technological leader in the tissue converting segment, announces a technical partnership with Plusline srl, a Bologna-based company created to offer advanced packaging systems. The aim is to introduce extraordinary innovations, including the radical “Together” solution.

                                                                                "The Futura - Plusline technical partnership aims to develop game-changer concepts for production processes in line with our strategy and positioning ” said Piero Ceccon, CEO of Futura. “Thanks our joint design efforts, we will present “Together”, the new solution to convert logs into shelf-ready packs.

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                                                                                “Together is an integrated system which can be installed downstream of any existing or new converting rewinder line, not necessarily produced by Futura, thus opening opportunities both for setting up new plants, and for making existing lines extremely more efficient.”

                                                                                "This partnership is very important to us and perfectly aligned with Futura and Plusline’s shared objectives. These are to develop cutting-edge technology projects and to trial innovations with the potential of being evolutionary for the sector," said Vittorio Gerri, CEO of Plusline.

                                                                                “We have a team of technicians with a great deal of experience behind them, and an in-depth knowledge of the product and processes, who are working together with Futura’s engineers to create technological solutions capable of producing higher performance and a superior quality finished product“.

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                                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 07 Oct 2019 17:10:22 +0200
                                                                                  Rottneros chooses ÅF Pöyry’s new digital software for production support to reach higher efficiency http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8260-rottneros-chooses-af-poeyry-s-new-digital-software-for-production-support-to-reach-higher-efficiency http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8260-rottneros-chooses-af-poeyry-s-new-digital-software-for-production-support-to-reach-higher-efficiency

                                                                                  The Swedish Pulp and Paper producer, Rottneros, has selected ÅF Pöyry as partner for further efficiency development of their mills in Rottneros and Vallvik, Sweden.

                                                                                  Rottneros have about 300 employees working with development and production of pulp. Rottneros produces pulp at their mills, in Vallvik chemical pulp and in Rottneros, Värmland mechanical pulp. Rottneros also have a third production unit, Rottneros Packaging, producing biobased packages for food, and a company for supplying wood in Latvia.

                                                                                  ÅF Pöyry´s assignment is to deliver and install the newly developed software ’ÅF Pöyry Pulse’ in Rottneros and Vallvik mills. The new software helps to maximize availability, and gives an overview of raw material consumption of industrial processes, and by using that information, increase productivity. The ÅF Pöyry Pulse includes functions also for realtime monitoring, communication and connecting the operation with maintenance. The user can easily oversee production through a modern and user-friendly interface, take actions when needed or identify free production capacity i.e. work more proactively.

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                                                                                  “We are very excited to work with Rottneros and look forward to help streamline Rottneros’ operation and at the same time create possibilities towards Industry 4.0”, says David Andersson, Section manager, Industrial digitalization, ÅF Pöyry.

                                                                                  ‘ÅF Pöyry Pulse’ is the modern platform we believe can provide possibilities for our continuous strive towards efficiency and thereby increase our production in an optimal and sustainable way,” says Lennart Eberleh, CEO Rottneros, “It is vital for our company development that our staff have the best possibilities through modern technology in their daily work.”

                                                                                  The key element in ÅF Pöyry Pulse is to combine people and technology. Another part is focusing on future activities.

                                                                                  “To receive full potential with a new software it must attract the user and be user friendly in order to be used in daily work. Many similar solutions focus on historical data, but ÅF Pöyry Pulse also supports future events and with that a more proactive way or working”, says David Andersson.

                                                                                  Through KPI´s such as e.g. OEE and the raw material consumption, ÅF Pöyry Pulse increases the equipment utilization and enables high availability, and increases the uptime of the existing infrastructure.

                                                                                  ÅF Pöyry Pulse tools are planned to be commissioned in Rottneros and Vallvik starting in January 2020.

                                                                                  About Pulse, Click here 

                                                                                  Further information, please contact:

                                                                                  Mikael Fränckel
                                                                                  Head of Business Area Process Industry
                                                                                  Tel: +46 10 505 87 06
                                                                                  E-mail: mikael.franckel@afconsult.com

                                                                                  David Andersson
                                                                                  Section Manager Industrial Digitalization, Process Industries division
                                                                                  Tel: +46 10 505 54 84
                                                                                  E-mail: david.a.andersson@afconsult.com

                                                                                  Mikael Ankerfors
                                                                                  Head of Smart Site Global Solutions, Process Industries division
                                                                                  Tel: +46 10 505 29 80
                                                                                  E-mail: mikael.ankerfors@afconsult.com

                                                                                  ÅF Pöyry is a leading international engineering, design and consultancy company. We create solutions for our clients from a sustainability perspective and based on global trends such as urbanisation and digitalisation. We bring together over 16,000 dedicated experts in the fields of infrastructure, industry and energy, all of whom work globally to create sustainable solutions for future generations.

                                                                                  Making Future.

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                                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 07 Oct 2019 17:07:18 +0200
                                                                                    ANDRITZ launches MasterDry dryer fabric portfolio http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8259-andritz-launches-masterdry-dryer-fabric-portfolio http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8259-andritz-launches-masterdry-dryer-fabric-portfolio

                                                                                    International technology Group ANDRITZ presents its new “MasterDry™” dryer fabric portfolio based on premium-performance dryer fabric technology.

                                                                                    • World-class performance woven and spiral fabric technology
                                                                                    • For all applications including high-temperature and contamination-prone positions with improved sheet quality and long life
                                                                                    • Best-in-class seam technology for fast installation
                                                                                    • Modernized and expanded global manufacturing capabilities

                                                                                    MasterDry includes best-in-class woven and spiral fabrics specifically designed for the broadest range of applications, from the fastest low-caliper, single-tier positions, for high-temperature positions, and for those positions requiring extreme contamination resistance. It includes specially engineered woven or spiral dryer fabrics to cover an entire paper machine producing paperboard/packaging and graphical papers or also pulp machines, thus providing customers with a very comprehensive suite of high-performance dryer fabric options.

                                                                                      MasterDry offers a complete portfolio of high-quality woven and spiral dryer fabric technology for every application in paperboard/packaging, graphical, and pulp machines. © ANDRITZ MasterDry offers a complete portfolio of high-quality woven and spiral dryer fabric technology for every application in paperboard/packaging, graphical, and pulp machines. © ANDRITZ

                                                                                    “We will continue to focus on R&D to launch new innovative products and to invest in our plants to become the premier global supplier of the highest quality dryer fabric technology with shortest delivery times,says Bill Butterfield, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at ANDRITZ Fabrics and Rolls.

                                                                                    With the new MasterDry portfolio of dryer fabrics, ANDRITZ once again confirms its position as one of the global market leaders for the supply of innovative fabrics, press felts, and roll technology solutions.

                                                                                    For more information, please visit andritz.com/fabrics-and-rolls.

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

                                                                                    ANDRITZ stands for passion, partnership, perspectives and versatility – core values to which the company is committed. The listed Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria. With almost 170 years of experience, 29,600 employees, and more than 280 locations in over 40 countries worldwide, ANDRITZ is a reliable and competent partner and helps its customers to achieve their corporate and sustainability goals.

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

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                                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 07 Oct 2019 08:19:25 +0200
                                                                                      Ametek Surface Vision strengthens leadership team with several key appointments http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8257-ametek-surface-vision-strengthens-leadership-team-with-several-key-appointments http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8257-ametek-surface-vision-strengthens-leadership-team-with-several-key-appointments

                                                                                      AMETEK Surface Vision, a world leader in surface inspection technologies, has announced sweeping appointments across its senior global team to support the business’s worldwide growth plans.

                                                                                      Ben Wileman has been promoted to the new role of Division Vice President and Business Manager for Surface Vision. Moving from his last role as Division Vice President — Global Sales and Marketing for Surface Vision and its sister business, AMETEK Land, Ben will now focus on growing Surface Vision’s business through the application of AMETEK’s four core growth strategies of global and market expansion, new products, operational excellence and acquisitions. 

                                                                                      “Combined, these four strategies deliver sustained business growth while continually bringing customers improved benefits at all levels. I look forward to bringing this philosophy into Surface Vision, so the business continues to flourish within the constructive, consistent and mutually successful approach customers want,” said Wileman.

                                                                                      2019 10 04 083039The newly-appointed senior leadership team (clockwise, from top left): Mike Hevey, Alan Tarry, Ben Wileman, Jason Zyglis

                                                                                      With a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronic Engineering from Sheffield Hallam University, Ben holds more than 14 years of experience at AMETEK in a variety of technical, sales and customer-facing roles. Additionally, he’s an AMETEK-certified Growth Kaizen Facilitator, further strengthening his drive for Surface Vision’s growth.

                                                                                      On the operational end of the spectrum, Alan Tarry is now Division Vice President - Operations for AMETEK Land and Surface Vision. Alan will be fully responsible for operational strategies and performance across both businesses. Formerly the Director of Operations at AMETEK Land since 2015, Alan’s continuous improvement and specialist supply chain experience will transform operational efficiencies across both companies’ manufacturing operations.

                                                                                      Prior to joining AMETEK, Alan held senior operational and supply chain transformational roles at ABB and has a Higher National Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Doncaster Technical College. Like Ben, Alan is an AMETEK-certified New Product Growth Kaizen Facilitator and has facilitated several AMETEK operational and new product events.

                                                                                      Charged with developing strategy to remain competitive in current markets while identifying diversification opportunities, Mike Hevey has been appointed Division Vice President – Engineering and Product Management. Joining Surface Vision from SEASPAN Shipyards in Vancouver, Canada, Mike will implement an effective engineering structure to develop and support the world leading SmartView® and SmartAdvisor® surface inspection and monitoring systems, identify new product opportunities, manage the product lifecycle and introduce new products to the market.

                                                                                      Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, and a Master of Business Administration degree in Engineering and Industrial Management from the University of Loughborough.

                                                                                      Finally, Jason Zyglis will assume responsibility for global sales as Division Vice President of Sales and Project Management. With a deep knowledge of Surface Vision products and applications, Jason will lead the sales and project teams in addressing complex customer challenges as well as implementing a customer-first culture across the organization.

                                                                                      “I’m very pleased to announce these senior appointments at Surface Vision, who will maintain and develop our market-leading position into the next decade,” said Justin Smith, Division Vice President and Business Unit Manager for Surface Vision. “Their combined technical, business and customer experience will provide leadership across Surface Visions’ global sales and marketing, engineering and operational functions, effectively transforming the opportunities and benefits for our customers worldwide.”

                                                                                      About AMETEK Surface Vision
                                                                                      AMETEK Surface Vision (formerly Cognex Surface Inspection Systems Division) is a world leader in automated online surface inspection solutions with a broad product portfolio optimized for web and surface inspection and monitoring and process surveillance applications.

                                                                                      Its product portfolio includes three distinct product lines: SmartView® systems, SmartAdvisor® systems and Slit Inspection. Each product line uniquely enables customers to inspect the surfaces of materials processed in a continuous fashion across the metals, paper, plastics, nonwovens and glass industries. For more information, visit ameteksurfacevision.com

                                                                                      AMETEK Surface Vision is unit of AMETEK Process and Analytical Instruments, a division of AMETEK, Inc., a global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices.

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                                                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 04 Oct 2019 08:29:51 +0200
                                                                                        Paper Converting Machine Company acquires STAX Technologies. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8256-paper-converting-machine-company-acquires-stax-technologies http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8256-paper-converting-machine-company-acquires-stax-technologies

                                                                                        Tissue manufacturer enhances its packaging portfolio to offer the global market broader solutions.

                                                                                        Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), part of the Barry-Wehmiller Converting Solutions Platform, acquired STAX Technologies (STAX), headquartered in Čačak, Serbia. The acquisition adds reciprocating flow technology to PCMC’s tissue packaging product line offering.

                                                                                        STAX is a market leader in the tissue packaging equipment industry, whose core product offerings include wrappers, bundlers, casepackers and palletizers. Since its entrance into the market more than 15 years ago, STAX has built a global customer base and continues to deliver innovative and cost-effective solutions to the market.

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                                                                                        “This marks a new era for PCMC,” said Sergio Casella, PCMC-Italy President. “By adding STAX’s expertise and capabilities, we are the only manufacturer to offer both reciprocating and continuous flow equipment as well as complete solutions from unwinders through palletizers for customers worldwide.

                                                                                        This acquisition will fuel STAX’s global expansion, as PCMC’s well-established footprint provides the parts and service network customers need in today’s competitive tissue market. “Our field service technicians will now deliver the same exceptional service on STAX equipment like they have on PCMC machines for the last century,” said Casella.

                                                                                        "This new partnership with STAX Technologies provides PCMC with an exciting opportunity to build a stronger, more sustainable global tissue packaging organization,” added Bob Chapman, Barry-Wehmiller Chairman and CEO. “We look forward to working alongside STAX’s team members whom we know will greatly benefit from Barry-Wehmiller’s unique, people-centric culture, financial strength and unwavering commitment to purpose-driven growth.”

                                                                                        About PCMC

                                                                                        Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) specializes in the design and manufacture of high-performance converting machinery for the tissue, nonwovens and package-printing industries worldwide. Our comprehensive product offerings include rewinding, laminating, printing, embossing, perforating and packaging equipment for tissue and towels; folding and converting machines; and a complete range of flexographic printing presses and laser anilox cleaners, serving the flexible-packaging, prime-label and carton-converting industries. For more about PCMC, which is part of Barry-Wehmiller, go to www.pcmc.com

                                                                                        About STAX

                                                                                        STAX Technologies is a renowned international company entirely focused on the continuous development of its technological innovations dedicated predominantly to the world of tissue paper packaging and to other related professional services. Since its foundation, 18th February, 2002 in Cacak, STAX Technologies has been focused on a continuous development and manufacturing of the packaging machines for the Tissue Converting Industry. Over the years, by introducing endless innovations, we have become one of the leading companies in the packaging industry. Swiftness in adapting to the quickly changing market trends and constantly supplying newly developed technological achievements is what differentiates STAX Technologies from any other manufacturer. To learn more, go to www.staxtechnologies.com 

                                                                                        About BARRY-WEHMILLER

                                                                                        Barry-Wehmiller is a diversified global supplier of engineering consulting and manufacturing technology for the packaging, corrugating, sheeting and paper-converting industries. By blending people-centric leadership with disciplined operational strategies and purpose-driven growth, Barry-Wehmiller has become a $3 billion organization with nearly 12,000 team members united by a common belief: to use the power of business to build a better world. CEO Bob Chapman shares the story of the company’s transformation in his book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family. To learn more, go to www.barrywehmiller.com 

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                                                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 04 Oct 2019 08:21:00 +0200
                                                                                          Sappi Europe joins HP Indigo’s Alliance One media programme http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8255-sappi-europe-joins-hp-indigo-s-alliance-one-media-programme http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8255-sappi-europe-joins-hp-indigo-s-alliance-one-media-programme

                                                                                          Sappi Europe is pleased to announce that it has signed a collaboration agreement with HP Indigo, as part of HP Indigo’s Alliance One programme. The alliance underlines both companies’ continued commitment to print media as the leading force in wood free coated paper and digital imaging technologies respectively.  The collaboration will cover commercial, research & development and market related topics with multiple contacts being established as part of the co-development  between the two companies.

                                                                                          sappi logoSappi’s flagship Magno and GalerieArt products have been certified for use on HP Indigo presses, providing unrivalled global availability of certified paper for use on the HP Indigo installed base.

                                                                                          Marco Eikelenboom VP Sales & Marketing at Sappi Europe commented:

                                                                                          “As market leader in coated graphical papers, our Sappi Europe Alliance One collaboration with HP Indigo is a logical component in our mission to secure the attractiveness of printed media within the media mix. Only such true relationships can safeguard the required drive for product innovation, which is exhibited in our certified media portfolio as part of the Magno, GalerieArt and EuroArt families. We’re looking forward to working together with HP Indigo & the other Alliance One media members on the sustainable success of printed media”.

                                                                                          Alon Bar-Shany, HP Indigo’s General Manager completed:

                                                                                          “Sappi and HP Indigo have worked together for years to help our joint customers grow profitably. It is very exciting to take our relationship to the next level I look forward to working together and bring the Sappi quality and capabilities to our customers.”

                                                                                          About Sappi

                                                                                          Sappi is a leading global provider of sustainable woodfibre products and solutions, in the fields of Dissolving wood pulp, Printing papers, Packaging and speciality papers, Casting and release papers, Biomaterials and Bio-energy. As a company that relies on renewable natural resources, sustainability is at our core. Sappi European mills hold chain of custody certifications under the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and/or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™) systems. Our papers are produced in mills accredited with ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50 001 and OHSAS 18001 certification. We have EMAS registration at 8 of our 10 mills in Europe. 

                                                                                          Sappi Europe SA is a division of Sappi Limited (JSE), headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with 12,500 employees and 18 production facilities on three continents in nine countries, 37 sales offices globally, and customers in over 150 countries around the world.

                                                                                          Learn more about Sappi at www.sappi.com.

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                                                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 04 Oct 2019 08:17:54 +0200
                                                                                            Second phase of mbo secures further jobs and safeguards the Arjowiggins brand http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8254-second-phase-of-mbo-secures-further-jobs-and-safeguards-the-arjowiggins-brand http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8254-second-phase-of-mbo-secures-further-jobs-and-safeguards-the-arjowiggins-brand

                                                                                            The management team of Arjowiggins Creative Papers has taken ownership of the remainder of the company’s activities, protecting nearly 300 jobs in Europe and China and safeguarding the future of the iconic Arjowiggins brand.

                                                                                            The announcement follows the successful completion last week of a management buy-out of the companies UK operations which saved hundreds of jobs and two historic paper mills in Aberdeen and Kent.

                                                                                            The latest deal protects the Guarro Casas mill in Spain, which has been in operation since the end of the 17th century, the Quzhou mill in China and offices in France and Milan. This brings the total number of jobs secured to around 750.

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                                                                                            The new company, Arjowiggins Group Ltd, will be based in Scotland and managed by an experienced leadership team under the direction of current Managing Director Jonathan Mitchell.

                                                                                            Arjowiggins is a name synonymous with paper manufacturing with prestigious brands such as Conqueror, Curious Collection, Rives, Pop'Set and Keaykolour. It is also the leader in the tracing paper market under the Gateway brand and also manufactures security documents and Powercoat for printed electronics.

                                                                                            Jonathan Mitchell, managing director, comments: “This is great news, not just for everyone at Arjowiggins but for the industry as  a whole. The completion of the second phase of the MBO draws to a close an unsettling period for the business and we’re delighted to now be able to start a new chapter in the brand’s history.

                                                                                            “I’d like to extend my sincere thanks once again to our staff, customers, suppliers and the Scottish Government. Without their ongoing support this deal would simply not have been possible.

                                                                                            "Arjowiggins Creative Papers has world-leading brands and products and a talented team. There will be no major strategic change for the business. The priority now is to continue the projects we have already committed to, strengthen our activities in a sustainable manner and identify future opportunities for the sector."

                                                                                            About Arjowiggins Creative Papers

                                                                                            Arjowiggins Creative Papers is one of the world’s leading producers of fine, smart and technical papers as well as security documents. We are the makers of well-known ranges such as Conqueror, Curious Collection, Keaykolour, Pop’Set, Rives or Gateway and more recently Powercoat for printed electronics. Our papers are manufactured across 4 mills, in Europe and China.

                                                                                            Our products offer an extensive array of weights, colours, finishes and applications and are chosen the world over in the creation of printed communication of all kinds. They are developed and manufactured with expertise that has been passed down from generation to generation, through over 250 years of paper-making.

                                                                                            Our mission is to help designers, printers, advertisers and brand owners to channel the unique qualities of print and provide them with the finest and most innovative papers, wherever they may be. Through our products, our manufacturing and our service to customers, our promise is to deliver international standards for creative papers.

                                                                                            Arjowiggins’ creative papers are distributed worldwide.

                                                                                            www.arjowigginscreativepapers.com 
                                                                                            www.powercoatpaper.com 
                                                                                            www.arjowiggins-translucentpapers.com

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                                                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 04 Oct 2019 08:15:29 +0200
                                                                                              Peter Sävelin new Mill Director at Vallvik Mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8252-peter-saevelin-new-mill-director-at-vallvik-mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8252-peter-saevelin-new-mill-director-at-vallvik-mill

                                                                                              Rottneros has appointed Peter Sävelin as Mill Director at Vallvik Mill. Peter most recently comes from BillerudKorsnäs, where he held the position as Senior Technology Specialist. He will take office no later than 1 January 2020 and will be part of the Rottneros Group Management Team.

                                                                                              Peter SävelinPeter Sävelin“I am very pleased that Peter will take over as Mill Director at Vallvik Mill. Vallvik has taken a number of decisive steps in recent years when it comes to both capacity growth and safety as well as leader- and employeeship. New production records and a wonderful drive in the organization are clear evidence of the success. I am convinced that Peter will continue to develop the mill to new heights thanks to his strong leadership skills and solid competence”, says Lennart Eberleh, President and CEO of Rottneros.

                                                                                              “I feel proud and happy but at the same time also humbled by the task. I am looking forward to taking the overall responsibility for Vallvik Mill and getting to know all the employees in the goal-oriented organization. It is also exciting to be part of the management team of a listed company with a clear focus on creating shareholder value combined with high sustainability ambitions”, says Peter Sävelin.

                                                                                              For more information please contact:
                                                                                              Lennart Eberleh, President and CEO, Rottneros AB, +46 (0)270 622 65, lennart.eberleh@rottneros.com

                                                                                              Rottneros is an independent producer of market pulp. The Group comprises the parent company Rottneros AB, listed on NASDAQ Stockholm, and its subsidiaries Rottneros Bruk AB and Vallviks Bruk AB with operations involving the production and sale of market pulp. The Group also includes Rottneros Packaging AB, which manufactures fibre trays, and the wood procurement company Rottneros Baltic SIA in Latvia. The Group has about 300 employees and had a turnover of approximately SEK 2.3 billion in the 2018 financial year.

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                                                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 04 Oct 2019 08:07:40 +0200
                                                                                                Congratulations, banana-shaped design! Winner of the Grand Finale of PIDA – Packaging Impact Design Award http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8251-congratulations-banana-shaped-design-winner-of-the-grand-finale-of-pida-packaging-impact-design-award http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8251-congratulations-banana-shaped-design-winner-of-the-grand-finale-of-pida-packaging-impact-design-award

                                                                                                For 15 years running, BillerudKorsnäs has arranged and hosted PIDA - Packaging Impact Design Award, a competition among design students in France, Germany, Sweden and the UK. For the first time in the history of the competition, an all-European winner has been selected. The Grand Finale was held at Luxe Pack Monaco, the world’s leading trade fair for luxury packaging, and the title went to “Bois Underwear” by Swedish students from design college Nackademin.

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                                                                                                The students behind the winning design are Natasha Bosnjak, Alicia Lundgren and Christian Koch. Their design qualified for the Grand Finale by winning the Gold Award at the Swedish PIDA event. They suggested that packaging design in the future may very well be fun, playful and edgy. The winner is a retail pack for men’s underwear in the shape of a banana, which you peel to open.

                                                                                                “We are so happy about this prize,” says Alicia Lundgren. “It means everything. And it means a lot that we just followed our hearts, never held back, and disregarded the usual Scandinavian design conventions. We managed to make sustainability look fun, and we are very pleased with that.”

                                                                                                A glimpse of the future

                                                                                                For every year, the competition has a new theme. This year’s brief was "Bring the Future" and the students’ challenge was to develop a sustainable packaging concept for the year 2030. The jury looked at the innovativeness, sustainability, user-friendliness, concept and communication of the contesting design projects. Bois Underwear received high marks on all points, and its colourful appearance drew a lot of attention. In total, 36 design projects were nominated and four of them made it to the Grand Finale.

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                                                                                                The Grand Finale winner was elected by a jury comprising a mix of industry professionals – designers, converters, brand owners and other specialists – all of whom have been on the jury at one of the previous PIDA-events this year.

                                                                                                “The brief presented to students at the PIDA 2019 was ambitious. Imagining the packaging of the future seems simple at first sight, but that is without counting the current trends that are the new technologies, the sustainable development and the aging of the population,” says Sophie Lindhe, Brand Project Coordinator, at BillerudKorsnäs.

                                                                                                Young talents become tomorrow’s packaging designers

                                                                                                 The international competition PIDA is a BillerudKorsnäs initiative and is carried out in collaboration with leading universities and colleges in Sweden, the UK, France and Germany. Each year, about 200 design students participate.

                                                                                                “With PIDA we achieve several different purposes at the same time,” says Anders Gathu, Marketing Manager at BillerudKorsnäs. “We aim the spotlight on the importance of packaging for brands, consumer benefits and the environment. We want to shine light on the young talents who will become tomorrow’s packaging designers and bring them together with industry professionals. By offering a meeting place for ideas, innovation and inspiration, we help push industry development forward.”

                                                                                                Natasha Bosnjak, Alicia Lundgren and Christian Koch won the PIDA Grand Finale.

                                                                                                For more information about PIDA, please contact:

                                                                                                Sophie Lindhe, Brand Project Coordinator, BillerudKorsnäs

                                                                                                E-mail: sophie.lindhe@billerudkorsnas.com

                                                                                                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 Fri, 04 Oct 2019 08:03:18 +0200
                                                                                                  Toscotec chosen for an extensive rebuild of PM1 at JSC "Yarpaper", Russia. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8249-toscotec-chosen-for-an-extensive-rebuild-of-pm1-at-jsc-yarpaper-russia http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8249-toscotec-chosen-for-an-extensive-rebuild-of-pm1-at-jsc-yarpaper-russia

                                                                                                  JSC "Yarpaper" selected Toscotec for a major rebuild of its paper machine at Yaroslavl mill, northeast of Moscow, Russia. PM1 has a wire sheet width of 2,830 mm, produces test liner and fluting in the range of 100 to 150 gsm, using 100% waste paper. 

                                                                                                  Toscotec will supply the approach flow system, including screens, fan pumps, TT Headbox-H fitted with dilution control system and a newly designed Fourdrinier make up. The sheet path in the press section will be optimized, including the sheet transfer to the dryer section. 

                                                                                                  Toscotec will supply a new complete dryer section, with 35 TT SteelDryers designed to operate at 10 barg, along with framing, canvas rolls, doctors, stabilization boxes, stretchers, guiding and tail threading system and the mechanical drives for the entire paper machine. 

                                                                                                  The scope also includes the engineering, erection supervision, commissioning, start-up assistance and training.

                                                                                                  (from right to left:) Mr. Sergey Dotsenko, Chairman of the Board of Directors of JSC (from right to left:) Mr. Sergey Dotsenko, Chairman of the Board of Directors of JSC "Yarpaper" and Mr. Alessandro Mennucci, CEO of Toscotec.

                                                                                                  This major rebuilding project will modify the entire paper machine, including the approach flow system and sets ambitious targets of production increase and quality improvement, maintaining the same PM length, thereby reducing the impact on the existing building. 

                                                                                                  Chairman of the Board of Directors of JSC "Yarpaper", Mr. Sergey Dotsenko, says, “This operation represents a strategic investment aimed to improve product quality, increase our production output and efficiency. As an FSC-certified manufacturer, we are focused on the sustainability of our operations. After the joint evaluation of the project, we selected Toscotec because of their understanding of our needs and development of the best technical solution in order to increase the process and drying efficiency of PM1. This is in step with boosting its capacity and expanding the product range from 90 to 160 gsm. The rebuild will be in line with our environmental standards.” 

                                                                                                  Toscotec’s Head of Sales Application Gian Luca Fornesi says, “This is our first important paper & board project in Russia. Thanks to the support of Pulp & Paper Processes, Ltd., we are glad to enter the Russian market with such a recognised producer and such an extensive rebuild, which spans from the approach flow to the wet section of the paper machine, down to the dryer section. Most sections will be newly designed, or extensively rebuilt, to achieve a substantial production increase. During the project evaluation, we assessed a number of possible solutions for the customer and we are confident that our rebuild will eliminate the main bottlenecks of this production line.”

                                                                                                  The delivery is scheduled for August 2020. 

                                                                                                  About JSC “Yarpaper”

                                                                                                  Established in 2003, JSC "Yarpaper" specializes in the production of paper and cardboard, using 100% recycled raw materials that are certified according to FSC requirements. In 2018, it recycled 62,000 tons of waste paper. It currently produces 55,000 t/y of fluting of 100 to 140 g/m² and test liner of 110 to 150 g/m². Its customer base includes the leading manufacturers of corrugated packaging in Russia.

                                                                                                  For further information, please contact:

                                                                                                  Enrico Fazio, Head of Sales, Toscotec Paper & Board division, enrico.fazio@toscotec.com

                                                                                                  Gian Luca Fornesi, Head of Sales Application, Toscotec Paper & Board division, gianLuca.fornesi@toscotec.com

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                                                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 01 Oct 2019 07:57:37 +0200
                                                                                                    Valmet builds a new pilot facility at its Fiber Technology Center in Sundsvall http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8248-valmet-builds-a-new-pilot-facility-at-its-fiber-technology-center-in-sundsvall http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8248-valmet-builds-a-new-pilot-facility-at-its-fiber-technology-center-in-sundsvall

                                                                                                    Valmet invests in a new pilot facility at its Fiber Technology Center in Sundsvall to strengthen the company’s research and development capabilities related to bioenergy, biofuels and biochemicals. The new pilot facility will start up in October 2020.       

                                                                                                    Valmet focuses in its R&D work on ensuring an advanced and competitive offering of its technologies and services, enhancing raw material and energy efficiency, and promoting the use of renewable raw materials. In addition to the company’s traditional focus on pulp, paper and energy technologies, Valmet is putting increasing efforts to develop new biorefining processes for the efficient use of various biomass-based raw materials.

                                                                                                    Valmet has decided to invest in a new pilot facility at its Fiber Technology Center in Sundsvall.Valmet has decided to invest in a new pilot facility at its Fiber Technology Center in Sundsvall.

                                                                                                    The new pilot facility in Sundsvall will further strengthen Valmet’s research and development capabilities in biomass conversion and enables pilot trials together with customers and partners.

                                                                                                    A platform for future innovation

                                                                                                    With the upcoming pilot facility in Sundsvall, Valmet can demonstrate state-of-the-art technology to customers and investors within the biorefinery business.

                                                                                                    ”Successful research and development work requires cooperation with customers and partners. This investment will strengthen Valmet’s continuing development within the biomass conversion field and our possibilities to contribute to the fossil fuel phase-out and decreased climate impact. The new pilot facility will be an important platform for future innovations,” says Mats Arnberg, Director, Biomass Conversion, Pulp and Energy business line, Valmet.  

                                                                                                    The investment comprises new pilot equipment called BioTracTM, which uses Valmet DNA control system. The equipment can be modified for various processes and used with various raw materials. It could potentially be operated 24/7.

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

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

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

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                                                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 27 Sep 2019 11:37:13 +0200