Pulp-Paperworld.com / European News http://www.pulp-paperworld.com Wed, 18 Sep 2019 00:40:55 +0200 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Vision Paper and Board partner with SCA to launch new paper category http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8201-vision-paper-and-board-partner-with-sca-to-launch-new-paper-category http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8201-vision-paper-and-board-partner-with-sca-to-launch-new-paper-category

Leading papermaker SCA Graphic Paper has created a brand-new paper category for graphical printers: Fine Wood-Containing Paper (FWP) narrows the gap between woodfree and wood-containing offset papers as never before.

Leading the way in this innovative new segment is Frontier, a high bulk, high opacity offset paper with a premium feel ideal for magazines, supplements, direct mail, puzzle books and notebooks.

Frontier is being launched in the UK in partnership with Vision Paper and Board in 70, 75 and 80gsm weights and is available as part of their Your Size Bespoke sheeting service.

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Peter Featherstone, Sales Office Manager for Vision Paper and Board, says: “SCA Frontier is an exciting new type of paper, the brightest wood-containing offset paper in the world.  And with the lower substance range, combined with high bulk and opacity, printers can reduce their costs through improved yield without sacrificing the quality of their product.”

Neil Coleman, Sales Manager for SCA Graphic Paper UK, agrees. “Our new FWP paper category is an ambitious one,” he states, “It’s a category that challenges accepted industry norms when it comes to what a wood-containing paper can be and can achieve. Printers or publishers want their magazines, supplements and catalogues to be just a bit more special and SCA Frontier is the ideal choice for this.”

With an ISO brightness of 86% and a CIE whiteness of 105%, the difference between a wood-containing and a woodfree offset has never been so slight, and the high bulk and opacity associated with this type of pulp contributes to the premium quality of the grade.

SCA Frontier is available for mill direct sales in reels, or from Vision Paper and Board in both sheets and reels.  Neil Coleman explains the partnership decision: “We chose to work with Vision Paper because of their ability to produce sheets in a wide range of sizes to tight deadlines.  With 3 versatile sheeters at their disposal, as well as reel rewinding capability, we are confident of their ability to help us develop this exciting new grade in the UK market.”

Peter Featherstone confirms: “SCA are a leading paper producer, and Europe’s largest private forestry owner, but, despite their size, they are still ready to innovate and are not afraid to shake up existing perceptions of how paper should be. We are delighted to be associated with this project and relish the opportunity to develop sales of the world’s brightest wood-containing offset paper.”

To accompany the launch of SCA Frontier, a full colour brochure has been produced on the paper to highlight the outstanding results that can be achieved.  Copies are available on request from Vision Paper and Board.

The Snowy Owl

The unique Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus, sometimes Nyctea scandiaca) has more bulk and is whiter than most birds – and all other owls. Its natural habitat is in the northern Arctic tundra regions of North America, Russia and Northern Europe.

About SCA Graphic Paper

  1. SCA is Europe’s largest private forestry owner with over 2 million hectares of forest
  2. SCA Ortviken paper mill in Sweden produces around 775,000 tpa and employs in excess of 600 people
  3. Ortviken mill has FSC and PEFC chain of custody certification as well EU Ecolabel
  4. The mill uses biofuel instead of oil and self generates around 50% of the electricity is uses.

About Vision Paper and Board

  1. Vision Paper and board is the UK’s leading merchant-converter, established for 10 years with annual sales in excess of 85,000 tonnes and part of the £80M turnover Middleton Group employing over 300 people. 
  2. Converting equipment includes 4 sheet cutters; a mill winder and guillotining facilities to enable a 24-48 hour express conversion service incorporating bespoke size availability to provide significant cost and waste savings.
  3. Vision Paper and Board have made significant investment in their conversion and storage facility in the Midlands and can offer product availability from 20,000 tonnes of UK held graphical paper, board and packaging board comprising flat sheets, cutter reels, HSWO and cut-star reels. A varied customer base includes; commercial print, publishing, print management and the graphical and packaging board sectors, as well as business papers to stationers, wholesalers and education authorities.
  4. Vision Paper and Board recognises its responsibility towards protecting the environment and has achieved the internationally recognised FSC® and PEFCTM chain of custody certification.

About Tangent Paper Services

Tangent Paper Services offers technical and PR solutions to the paper industry, with customers including paper merchants and mill sales offices.  We also offer freelance copywriting services to paper and printing trade magazines and will accept commissions for articles and features.

For further information, please contact Tony Hardy on +44 07764 879976 or email: tony@tangentpaper.com

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    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Sun, 08 Sep 2019 18:25:26 +0200
    Metsä Board’s FBB latest printed samples highlight recent packaging trends http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8200-metsae-board-s-fbb-latest-printed-samples-highlight-recent-packaging-trends http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8200-metsae-board-s-fbb-latest-printed-samples-highlight-recent-packaging-trends

    To demonstrate how paperboard can boost brand appeal, Metsä Board has launched a new set of packaging samples. The samples demonstrate the various finishing effects and how the paperboard surface can enhance them and create impressive visual and tactile effects. The samples have been designed to inspire end-users in sectors such as food, beautycare, pharmaceuticals, luxury packaging and graphic applications. The samples are produced using the enhanced Metsä Board folding boxboard portfolio.

    Excellent printability, whiteness and smoothness. on background, CMYK printing on top, micro-embossing and multilayer embossing. Printing grey drop shadow requires high smoothness. Unprinted inner box and two colour printed tray (black/copper)Excellent printability, whiteness and smoothness. on background, CMYK printing on top, micro-embossing and multilayer embossing. Printing grey drop shadow requires high smoothness. Unprinted inner box and two colour printed tray (black/copper)The organic cosmetics sample has an uncoated surface with a multilayer embossing that give a special touch and feel. White and gold hot foil stamping adds a luxurious finish to the packaging. The chocolate sample also uses a multilayer embossing with a metallic appearance added to the CMYK printing on silver PE laminate in the text area.

    The most demanding sample is the headset packaging that combines various effects requiring many features from the paperboard. The cover of the box is first hot-foiled, then printed with white and CMYK, and finally a multilayer embossing were added to give touch and feel. On the front of the packaging there are tone changes made with grey drop shadows which require a high level of smoothness from the board. On the side of the box there is a silver hot-foil in the background with CMYK printing combining micro-embossing, a multilayer embossing and a debossing. Keeping a rich black colour and small white text on the back of the packaging requires excellent printing properties from the board.

    The samples display the desire for natural and organic packaging in the market and show how luxury finishing such as multilayer embossing, micro embossing, glossy varnishes, hot foil stamping, spot pantones and even holographic can really add the WOW factor to everyday items. “The samples have been designed taking into consideration what the market is looking for such as the increased use of uncoated boards, especially in cosmetics, with a surface that is highly receptive to special effects and finishing. Sustainability remains an important issue and our boards are lightweighted to give bulk and stiffness with the use of less raw materials,” says Ilkka Harju, Packaging Services Director, Metsä Board.

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      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Sun, 08 Sep 2019 17:51:45 +0200
      Voith supplies Papierfabrik Palm with complete BlueLine stock preparation line for new build project in Aalen http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8199-voith-supplies-papierfabrik-palm-with-complete-blueline-stock-preparation-line-for-new-build-project-in-aalen http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8199-voith-supplies-papierfabrik-palm-with-complete-blueline-stock-preparation-line-for-new-build-project-in-aalen

      At the beginning of June 2019, the green light was given for the construction of the new Papierfabrik Palm paper mill for the production of testliner and corrugated baseboard. Voith will be supplying the stock preparation line for the project and has to this end designed one of the largest and most advanced BlueLine systems worldwide. As well as the entire stock preparation unit from feed-in of the recovered paper to the finished stock, the scope of supply also includes the complete design of the line and its measuring, control and instrumentation systems. Voith had already provided Papierfabrik Palm with support during the conceptual and approval phase for the new build project.

      The stock preparation unit will produce 2,200 metric tons of stock per day. A precondition for the high quality of the product is an extremely clean furnish. At the same time, the company laid particular emphasis on achieving a sustainable, environmentally compatible paper production process. With its BlueLine concepts, Voith has already realized systems all around the world that achieve a maximum yield of high quality stock with low energy consumption and therefore meet the requirements imposed by Palm. The latest examples of these are the stock preparation lines for packaging papers at Leipa in Schwedt, at Hamburger Rieger Containerboard in Spremberg or at Propapier in Sandersdorf-Brehna. The expansion of the stock preparation line at the Aalen-Neukochen plant in 2018 has also been designed and installed by Voith.

      Voith BlueLine stock preparationVoith BlueLine stock preparation

      Voith BlueLine EcoProcess
      The design of the stock preparation line is based on the EcoProcess developed by Voith. The comprehensively tried and tested solution allows for an energy-optimized machine configuration. EcoProcess combines a strict counterflow principle with smart water cycle separation. In conjunction with water management across all systems, this results in a controlled discharge of dissolved and colloidal impurities with low water consumption. A cutting-edge, flexible long fiber screening concept, minimal solids content in the inlet to the waste water treatment facility and a special additional preparation line for largely clean recovered paper will result in high fiber yield and minimal waste volume. At the same time, the EcoProcess concept provides the basis for a stable paper manufacturing process and thus a consistently high product quality.

      IntensaPulper and IntegraScreen components for efficiency and sustainability
      For Palm and Voith, sustainability and efficiency were the key factors when choosing the individual components. For example, thanks to its optimized machine housing, the IntegraScreen ensures consistent flow and pressure conditions around the screen, which results in high contaminant separation efficiencies. An additional reject dilution step and the integration of an external reject recirculation to the machine reduces thickening of the reject and increases fiber yield.

      The IntensaPulper ensures efficient yet energy-saving pulping. Thanks to the combination of a special vat geometry and the asymmetric arrangement of the rotor, the internal flow pattern of the IntensaPulper converts the flow energy into pulping performance. As a result, energy savings of up to 20 percent can be achieved. String-free disposal of contaminants from the pulper is ensured thanks to the IntensaMaXX, which was specially developed for this application.

      The HiClean HCL5-I cleaner is another addition to the range of energy-efficient components in the stock preparation line. Smooth interior surfaces and a flow-optimized head piece enable maximum separation efficiencies in this technology developed by Voith. The patented EcoMizer reject dilution allows high reject concentrations at low overflow rates. As a result, the HiClean HCL5-I cleaner can work reliably and efficiently with high stock densities of up to three percent. The effect of this high intake stock consistency is a low energy consumption.

      About Palm
      Palm is one of the leading companies in the European paper industry. The Palm Group is divided into Papierfabrik Palm with its 5 paper mills for the manufacture of paper and Palm Packaging Group with 26 plants for the manufacture of corrugated board. The third pillar of our operations, which encompasses the purchasing of raw materials for all our papers and corru-gated boards made from 100% recycled paper are joined under the umbrel-la of Palm Recycling consisting of two recycling companies. www.palm.de

      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 Sun, 08 Sep 2019 16:01:17 +0200
        Recard, a new successful startup in Sweden for Klippans Bruk AB http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8198-recard-a-new-successful-startup-in-sweden-for-klippans-bruk-ab http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8198-recard-a-new-successful-startup-in-sweden-for-klippans-bruk-ab

        Recard announces the successful start up of PM11, the new plant of Klippan Bruk in Sweden that took place on August 19, 2019.

        The new PM increases the annual capacity by 30.000 tonnes of coloured and white high quality tissue.

        Recard supplied the client with a Turn Key Project including a Tissue Machine Crescent Former with a maximum operating speed of 1.700 mpm;  trim at reel by 3.200 mm and with a gross production capacity of 110 tpd. Auxiliaries systems serving the machine are duo-system hood, steam and condensate system, vacuum system, mist removal system and dust suction system.

        The Recard team and the first Jumbo reel during the start up at Klippan Bruck The Recard team and the first Jumbo reel during the start up at Klippan Bruck

        The scope of supply includes a stock preparation system for 100% pre-dried virgin pulp, broke line, approach flow system, fiber recovery system and water distribution. The supply for Klippan Mill comprises also a high performing slitting rewinder with 3 unwind stands.

        To complete the Turn Key also the plant electrification have been supplied including mainly MCC, Drives, AC motors and power and signal cables and DCS and QCS are also included in the scope.

        Turn Key Recard’s Services include full detailed engineering, mechanical erection, supervisions, start up assistance and personnel training.

        “This is the 138th start-up for us, - declared Recard's Managing Director, Ing. Riccardo Campo - but the excitement and satisfaction for women and men of Recard seeing the first Jumbo reel made by our tissue machine is always unique. The plant was built with a turnkey contract signed with Klippan Bruk, an historic paper mill that blends well with the tradition of Recard to build unique machinery as each component is designed and built with artisan care to achieve the performance required by the customer”.

        With Klippan’s PM11, continues the series of Recard successful start-up’s in which the first reel is perfect and ready to the market.

        Recard guarantees high performances, user friendliness and energy saving. The accuracy of the project, the manufacturing quality and the care give to the installation, ensure the respect of all customer’s targets.

        Klippans Bruk AB History

        Klippans Bruk AB has a long tradition of papermaking. It began in 1573 when renowned astronomer Tycho Brahe´s uncle started producing paper near the monastery at Herrevadskloster. In 1832 the country’s first paper machine was installed at Klippan Mill.

        Through the years the paper products have varied following the markets requests.

        From 1962 the production of tissue for napkins started at Klippan Mill and with more than 50 years’ experience of producing it Klippans Bruk AB is today one of the world´s leading producers of deep-coloured tissue.

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          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 04 Sep 2019 10:37:25 +0200
          BillerudKorsnäs appoints EVP Sustainability http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8197-billerudkorsnaes-appoints-evp-sustainability http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8197-billerudkorsnaes-appoints-evp-sustainability

          BillerudKorsnäs Sustainability Director Malin Ljung Eiborn will on the 1st of October take place in the Executive Leadership Team of BillerudKorsnäs. Sustainability thus becomes a separate function at group level instead of, as previously, part of the communication department.

          Malin Ljung EibornMalin Ljung EibornIn BillerudKorsnäs, supplier of sustainable packaging materials and solutions, sustainability is integrated in the business. The company's purpose “we challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future” becomes even clearer when the group wide responsibility now becomes part of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT).

          - Sustainability is today at the heart of our business. We will continue to take the lead and to include sustainability in the ELT as its own group function therefore feels natural. The fact that Malin in her relatively short time in the company has already contributed strongly to our development made including here in the ELT an easy decision to take, says Petra Einarsson President and CEO.

          - I am very happy about this opportunity and look forward to now stepping into the ELT and continue to develop sustainability as a strong driving force for our company's continued development.  Since sustainability is part of everything we do, this is also an important step in getting the whole company moving in the same direction towards a sustainable future, says Malin.

          Malin Ljung Eiborn has been Director Sustainability and public affairs at BillerudKorsnäs since January 2018. Before that she worked for the communications agency Prime where she was partner and part of developing the sustainability offering. Malin has previously worked for many years at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has a Master’s degree in EU law.”

          For further information, please contact:
          Malin Ljung Eiborn, +46 (0) 76 797 35 30, malin.ljungeiborn@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 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 Tue, 03 Sep 2019 10:45:30 +0200
            19 new apprentices at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8196-19-new-apprentices-at-mitsubishi-hitec-paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8196-19-new-apprentices-at-mitsubishi-hitec-paper

            On August 1, 2019, nineteen new apprentices were warmly welcomed to Mitsubishi HiTec Paper. Five paper technologists, three industrial mechanics, three electronics technicians, one cutting machine operator, four machine and plant operators, one IT specialist and two industrial clerks began their careers at the mills in Bielefeld and Flensburg.

            For the new apprentices (thirteen in Bielefeld and six in Flensburg) it is now time to undergo intensive training involving many interesting experiences. Whether at the large state-of-the-art production machines, in the administration or in the IT of the German manufacturer of coated special papers for the global market, experienced instructors guide and assist with help and advice. To ensure it is not all too much like hard work, the apprentices also enjoy medieval markets, where the traditional art of paper-making is brought to life for interested visitors.

            The new apprentices at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, Bielefeld plant.The new apprentices at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, Bielefeld plant.

            "For us, training young people has been a priority for a long time," says Marcel Bornemann, HR Administrator at the Flensburg plant. "We also look outside the box; for example, coming soon, we have a one day seminar on "addiction prevention", because career and health go hand in hand.”

            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 Tue, 03 Sep 2019 10:34:48 +0200
              ANDRITZ to supply three paper machine approach flow systems to Hamburger Rieger in Germany http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8195-andritz-to-supply-three-paper-machine-approach-flow-systems-to-hamburger-rieger-in-germany http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8195-andritz-to-supply-three-paper-machine-approach-flow-systems-to-hamburger-rieger-in-germany

              International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Hamburger Rieger GmbH, Papierfabrik Spremberg, to supply three paper machine approach flow systems as well as broke screening for the new greenfield production line PM2 in Spremberg, Germany. Start-up is scheduled for mid-2020.

              The paper machine, with a total capacity of 500,000 tons per year, will produce both brown and white top test liner. The PMA systems for the top and back layers will be equipped with ANDRITZ ShortFlow Deaeration systems, comprising deaerators, the corresponding vacuum pumps, as well as the proven ModuScreen HBE screens for stock and dilution water screening. The patented ShortFlow Deaeration system enables effective air removal with partial deaeration. In comparison with conventional deaeration concepts on the market, ShortFlow Deaeration has an extremely small footprint.

                ANDRITZ ModuScreen HBE screen © ANDRITZ ANDRITZ ModuScreen HBE screen © ANDRITZ

              The third PMA system will supply the back layer headbox with white water for cross-profile control. A two-stage broke screening system completes the scope of supply.

              Hamburger Rieger is part of the Hamburger Containerboard Division of the Austrian Prinzhorn Group. The RiegerLiner, RiegerTop and SpreeWhite product lines have made the company the market leader in the white-covered corrugated board sector. Producing two million tons in seven plants, Hamburger Containerboard is one of the leading producers of high-quality corrugated board in Europe.

              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 Tue, 03 Sep 2019 08:02:02 +0200
                The ‘Better with Less – Design Challenge’ 2019–2020 packaging design competition opens for entries http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8194-the-better-with-less-design-challenge-2019-2020-packaging-design-competition-opens-for-entries http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8194-the-better-with-less-design-challenge-2019-2020-packaging-design-competition-opens-for-entries

                The Better with Less – Design Challenge, organised by Metsä Board, the European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards and part of Metsä Group, is now in its second year. Its aim is to inspire designers to create more environmentally-friendly packaging solutions for e-commerce, cosmetics and food.

                Submissions in the four categories: cosmetics, e-commerce, food packaging and a ‘wild card’ category, are open now until 5 January, 2020 at www.betterwithless.org. The competition invites professional packaging designers, as well as packaging design students, from all over the world to submit entries.

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                The main prize for the Better with Less – Design Challenge is EUR 7,000, with the second prize EUR 2,000 and the third prize EUR 1,000. Additionally, Metsä Board will award one design student with the opportunity for an internship with its packaging design team at its Excellence Centre in Äänekoski, Finland. The winners will be announced in spring 2020.

                The huge amount of plastic used in packaging is a global concern, in part because global plastic waste input into the oceans annually amounts to almost nine million tonnes. The Better with Less – Design Challenge is looking for innovative, sustainable and recyclable packaging solutions for everyday goods.

                The Better with Less – Design Challenge was first launched by Metsä Board in 2017–2018, with great success – over 300 packaging designs from 38 countries were submitted. The  winning design found a truly innovative, environmentally friendly paperboard alternative to plastic bubble wrap.

                A world-class jury of renowned packaging design experts includes: Alissa Demorest, Chief Editor of luxury packaging magazine Formes de Luxe; Andrew Gibbs, Founder, CEO & Chief Editor of The Dieline; Charles Ng, Founder & Chief Brand Consultant of MCL Group Hong Kong / China; Clark Goolsby, Chief Creative Officer of Chase Design Group; and Stefan Junge, Professor in Packaging Technology at Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin. The chairman, and member of the competition jury, is Ilkka Harju, Packaging Services Director, EMEA and APAC at Metsä Board.   

                “We need to challenge the packaging world with new solutions – new ways of thinking and new innovations. This competition is all about lessening environmental impact without compromising brand experiences. We aim to help advance innovative and sustainable packaging design throughout the world,” states the competition’s chairman and member of the jury, Ilkka Harju, Packaging Services Director, EMEA and APAC at Metsä Board.   

                The competition can be followed on social media with the hashtag #betterwithless  

                Metsä Board’s Better with Less – Design Challenge is an initiative to inspire packaging designers all over the world to create packaging solutions that create better brand experiences with less environmental impact. www.betterwithless.org #betterwithless  

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                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.

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

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                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 02 Sep 2019 09:08:42 +0200
                  SCA invests in Obbola kraftliner mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8192-sca-invests-in-obbola-kraftliner-mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8192-sca-invests-in-obbola-kraftliner-mill

                  SCA to build a new paper machine for the production of kraftliner at its Obbola paper mill in Umeå. The annual production in Obbola will increase from the current 450,000 tonnes of kraftliner to 725,000 tonnes to meet the growing demand for renewable packaging. The investment amount is SEK 7.5 billion.

                  2018 04 23 102625SCA produces kraftliner – paper for transport packaging – at the paper mills in Obbola (Umeå) and Munksund (Piteå). SCA has today decided to invest to increase kraftliner capacity to 725,000 tonnes of kraftliner per year, an increase of 275,000 tonnes. The new paper machine will start operation in the first quarter of 2023. 

                  The total investment amounts to SEK 7.5 billion over a five-year period. The investment replaces necessary reinvestments in Obbola of approximately SEK 2.5 billion. The investment will be mainly financed by operating cash flow, complemented by regular group financing acitivities.

                  In addition to the Obbola paper mill, SCA also produces kraftliner at Munksund paper mill in Piteå. Over the past twelve months SCA’s kraftliner operations had an EBITDA margin of 35%. With a kraftliner trend price of EUR 600 per tonne, the investment is expected to generate an annual EBITDA improvement of approximately SEK 800-1,000 million after full ramp-up.

                  A profitable investment

                  Demand for paper based packaging is growing. This trend is being driven by a number of factors – increased e-commerce, a growing population and the ambition to reduce the use of plastic.
                  “This is a profitable investment in a growing segment,” says CEO Ulf Larsson. “We expect the investment to be profitable already during the first year of operation and to contribute positively to the return on capital from our industrial operations.”

                  “With the investment in Obbola we can meet the increased demand for sustainable packaging,” says Mats Nordlander, President, Paper. “We have access to high-quality wood fiber from Norrland. We have efficient and reliable supply of wood and logistic operations. As a result of this investment in the markets’s most advanced kraftliner machine with the best available technology, we will considerably improve the mill’s competitiveness, cost position and product quality.”

                  Full production during construction

                  The new paper machine is being constructed in a new building in line with the current paper machine. As a result the plant will be in full production during the entire construction period before switching over from the old machine to the new one ahead of the start up in 2023. The new plant’s ramp-up to full capacity is expected to take three years.

                  The total investment amount of SEK 7.5 billion includes investments in environmental improvements of approximately SEK 1 billion, including a reduction in the need for oil by 8,000 cubic meters per year and improvements in the water treatment capacity. Following the investment, SCA’s own industrial processes will be 97 per cent fossil-free.

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                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 02 Sep 2019 08:45:41 +0200
                    myMondi.net – Mondi launches web platform for outstanding print and design inspired by paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8191-mymondi-net-mondi-launches-web-platform-for-outstanding-print-and-design-inspired-by-paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8191-mymondi-net-mondi-launches-web-platform-for-outstanding-print-and-design-inspired-by-paper

                    Mondi, a global leader in paper and packaging, has launched a new website to market their Uncoated Fine Paper (UFP) brands. At myMondi.net, professionals from the printing and design industries will find everything they need to know about Mondi’s high-quality paper brands, as well as paper recommendations, local distributor details and multimedia content that educates and inspires.

                    Two years after launching their business-to-business e-commerce platform for direct customers, Mondi has now expanded their digital strategy with a new platform addressing everyone who would like to choose the right paper to create truly impactful print materials.

                    marketingei others logo 8795“Many printers, publishers, art directors and graphic designers love working with our paper, but as a manufacturer we don’t speak to them as much as we would like to. Digital platforms give us the chance to share our knowledge, start a conversation, and learn more about the needs of people who create beautiful things with our paper,” says Johannes Klumpp, Marketing and Sales Director at Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper.

                    Designed around user needs

                    The new website was designed with audience needs in mind, based on comprehensive interviews and user experience research. It offers detailed information on all Mondi branded papers as well as the opportunity to get in touch and start a conversation with Mondi paper experts. A ‘where to buy’ function lists distributors for each country and paper brand, and the “paper finder” provides smart recommendations for specific projects.

                    The website shows a growing reference project database with articles showcasing inspiring print projects, know-how articles, best practice stories, videos and podcasts on paper and print.

                    The user has the option to test the quality of Mondi’s papers by ordering free sample folders for the flagship brands Pergraphica and Color Copy. Additionally, an event calendar with the possibility to register for design and industry events is available.

                    A new home for PERGRAPHICA®, Color Copy and NAUTILUS®

                    The website replaces microsites for the Mondi UFP flagship brands Pergraphica and Color Copy, collecting all brand content and product information in one place. Stories, design books and magazines printed on Pergraphica, know-how articles about topics such as CO2 offsetting for paper production, and recent episodes of the Mondi Print and Paper podcast will also be available on myMondi.net. With its recent expansion of the portfolio, Mondi’s recycled fine paper brand NAUTILUS® will also appear on the site, as will NEUJET® premium papers for high-speed inkjet presses and office paper brands such as IQ, MAESTRO® or Niveus®.

                     

                    About Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper

                    Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper is a business unit of Mondi Group. In six operating sites in Austria, Slovakia, Russia, and South Africa, Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper produces pulp and environmentally responsible office and professional printing papers tailored to the latest professional digital and offset print technologies.

                    The  company  complies  with  the  strictest  international  certification  standards  to  support  sustainable production processes through the responsible management of forest, water and air resources.

                    All Mondi uncoated fine papers belong to the Green Range of papers that are FSC™ or PEFC™ certified, 100% recycled or bleached entirely without chlorine.

                    Its renowned brands such as Color Copy, PERGRAPHICA®, NAUTILUS®, NEUJET®, IQ, MAESTRO®, BIO TOP 3®, DNS®, Snegurochka or ROTATRIM are used in office environment on laser or inkjet printers and by professional printers on digital or offset  presses to create brochures, transactional material, folders, invitations, business cards, letterheads or other high-impact communication.

                    Converters appreciate the excellent printability and smooth handling of Mondi’s professional printing papers.

                    www.mymondi.net

                    About Mondi

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

                    Mondi has a dual listed company structure, with a primary listing on the JSE Limited for Mondi Limited under the ticker MND, and a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange for Mondi plc, under the ticker MNDI. Mondi is a FTSE 100 constituent, and has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Index Series since 2007.

                    www.mondigroup.com

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                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 30 Aug 2019 09:40:03 +0200
                      South African pulp producer Sappi chooses ABB to help boost output and ease environmental impact http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8190-south-african-pulp-producer-sappi-chooses-abb-to-help-boost-output-and-ease-environmental-impact http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8190-south-african-pulp-producer-sappi-chooses-abb-to-help-boost-output-and-ease-environmental-impact

                      ABB will provide Sappi’s Vulindlela project with automation, electrification and instrumentation to futureproof operations

                      Sappi, the world’s largest producer of dissolving wood pulp, has chosen digital technology leader ABB to supply engineering, procurement and construction for the electrical, control and instrumentation portion of their project Vulindlela. The project is an ambitious plan to increase mill production by approximately 14 percent while reducing the pulp mill’s environmental impact. Due for completion in the winter of 2020, the project includes the design, supply, installation and commissioning of all electrical and automation equipment at Sappi’s Saiccor Mill located in Umkomaas, South Africa.

                      “Our ability to deliver a complete, multi-faceted solution, centered around a collaborative automation platform that supports the optimization of the entire production process, was key to securing this flagship order,” said John Manuell, Local Business Line Manager for South Africa, ABB Process Industries. “We look forward to helping Sappi reduce its environmental impact with safe processes and equipment, as well as assisting in realizing significant production gains.”

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                      Based on the ABB Ability™ System 800xA distributed control system (DCS), the automation solution is the first pulp and paper project to use the single channel, Ethernet-based Select IO, which enables the decoupling of project tasks. This can lead to a significant reduction in commissioning time and helps ensure on-time, on-budget project execution.

                      Additionally, the solution is complemented with software tools including Field Information Manager to help manage smart field devices and mobile workplaces that will give operators and production staff access to plant information from anywhere in the mill.  

                      “A history of working successfully with ABB gave us full confidence in their ability to provide a complete solution that will help futureproof our operations,” said Wayne Weston, Vulindlela Project Director, Sappi. “As world leaders in dissolving wood pulp, we welcome this pioneering, integrated solution that will help us achieve our Project Vulindlela goals.”

                      Other ABB Ability™ digital offerings, such as Asset Management, Energy Management, Safety systems and Manufacturing Operations Management will help provide total visibility into, orchestration and control of Sappi Saiccor’s entire operation.  In addition to the automation platform, the scope includes the extension of the 132kV distribution infrastructure, the medium voltage reticulation and the process electrification.

                      Sappi Limited is a global leader in paper, paper pulp and dissolving wood pulp solutions, Sappi Limited (SAP - listed and in the Top 40 on the JSE), is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa; has over 12,000 employees; manufacturing operations on three continents, in seven countries (nine mills in Europe, three mills in America and four mills in South Africa) and customers in over 150 countries worldwide.

                      ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader with a comprehensive offering for digital industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB is today a leader in digital industries with four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by its common ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s market leading Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.

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                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 30 Aug 2019 09:37:27 +0200
                        SupremeFilm: Voith launches new premium polyurethane roll cover for film presses http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8189-supremefilm-voith-launches-new-premium-polyurethane-roll-cover-for-film-presses http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8189-supremefilm-voith-launches-new-premium-polyurethane-roll-cover-for-film-presses

                        With SupremeFilm, Voith is enhancing its product range for film presses with a new high-performance roll cover made from polyurethane (PU).

                        • Stable run times and uniform profile 2-sigma thanks to very high abrasion resistance
                        • High film transfer rates for ideal application
                        • Transfer of proven technology from press section to film presses

                        SupremeFilm is Voith’s new high-performance PU roll cover for film presses.SupremeFilm is Voith’s new high-performance PU roll cover for film presses.

                        To positively influence paper characteristics like printability, coating and starch are applied to the paper in the coating and sizing section using applicator units. Voith’s new SupremeFilm roll cover works well in the Voith Speed Sizer AT, and is also suitable for challenging applications in film presses produced by other manufacturers.

                        “For years, PU roll covers have been successful high-end solutions for the press section,” explains Ralf Moser, Global Product Manager Finishing Section at Voith. “We are now exploiting the excellent qualities of this material, which we have adapted specifically to the requirements of the film press.”

                        Dietmar Muser, Manager Paper Mill at Sappi Ehingen GmbH, is convinced of SupremeFilmDietmar Muser, Manager Paper Mill at Sappi Ehingen GmbH, is convinced of SupremeFilm

                        SupremeFilm is characterized by an extremely homogeneous and constant film transfer. Beyond that, it retains its surface roughness over its entire service life thanks to Voith's innovative filler material concept. This ensures ideal application for paper grades with high quality specifications. Moreover, the PU material is highly abrasion-resistant, which results in longer grinding intervals and consistent profile 2-sigma values.

                        Sappi’s Ehingen paper mill was one of the first customers to successfully use the new SupremeFilm roll cover in the film press. “We aim to be constantly evolving and continually making our production more efficient. To enable this, new technologies were necessary. This was also the reason why we opted to use a promising new development with Voith,” says Dietmar Muser, Manager Paper Mill, Sappi Ehingen GmbH. “And this paid off, as the already very good results got even better. SupremeFilm allowed us to keep the 2-sigma profiles constant over an unprecedented installation period. This means that we achieved our main goal of producing perfect paper quality. In addition, we benefited from reduced maintenance costs and a longer run time between roll changes.”

                        For more information about SupremeFilm, visit the Voith website: www.voith.com/rollcovers

                        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 Fri, 30 Aug 2019 07:54:57 +0200
                          ANDRITZ successfully starts up rebuilt paper machine at PJSC Kyiv Cardboard and Paper Mill, Ukraine http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8188-andritz-successfully-starts-up-rebuilt-paper-machine-at-pjsc-kyiv-cardboard-and-paper-mill-ukraine http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8188-andritz-successfully-starts-up-rebuilt-paper-machine-at-pjsc-kyiv-cardboard-and-paper-mill-ukraine

                          International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up the rebuilt BM1 for PJSC Kyiv Cardboard and Paper Mill at their site in Obukhiv, Ukraine.

                          The rebuild of the packaging paper machine covered the upgrade of the press and calender sections, including extensions to the existing automation system. To improve the machine’s capacity and the surface quality of the paper, ANDRITZ relocated the existing press from the second to the third press position and installed a new PrimePress X shoe press in the second position. Due to its special shoe design, the PrimePress X enables gentle dewatering and reduced energy consumption. In the calender section, a new PrimeCal Hard hard-nip calender was installed to provide a consistent CD caliper profile, bulk control, and excellent surface finish.

                            ANDRITZ PrimePress X shoe press for gentle dewatering and bulk savings. © ANDRITZ ANDRITZ PrimePress X shoe press for gentle dewatering and bulk savings. © ANDRITZ

                          The BM1 has a design speed of 800 m/min and a working width of 4.2 m. It produces White Top Liner, White Lined Chipboard, and Testliner in a range of 125–420 gsm. Start-up of the rebuilt BM1 ran smoothly according to schedule and achieved the promised guarantee values for dryness, bulk and smoothness right away.

                          PJSC Kyiv Cardboard and Paper Mill, part of the Austrian Pulp Mill Holding, is one of the largest European cardboard and paper producers. The main raw material used for production at Obukhiv is recycled 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 Wed, 28 Aug 2019 13:21:07 +0200
                            ANDRITZ launches new StrataPress SX single-seam press felt technology http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8187-andritz-launches-new-stratapress-sx-single-seam-press-felt-technology http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8187-andritz-launches-new-stratapress-sx-single-seam-press-felt-technology

                            StrataPress SX is specifically engineered for the most demanding positions in paperboard/packaging, graphical, and pulp machines. Its patented, integrated seam ensures strength and durability while delivering rapid and safe installation.

                            It is specially designed with a game-changing combination of materials, base fabric structures and unique batt concepts that deliver the highest sheet quality, faster machine speeds, reduced energy consumption, and extended life potential.

                            “With StrataPress SX, for the first time in our industry, customers can now enjoy the convenience and safety of seam felts along with the superior machine performance previously only available from premium-class endless press felts. And with its unique compressibility and nip dampening characteristics, StrataPress SX provides that superior dewatering performance even in the hardest press nip applications, and with reduced operating costs,” says Bill Butterfield, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at ANDRITZ Fabrics and Rolls.

                              StrataPress SX is specifically engineered for the most demanding positions in paperboard/packaging, graphical, and pulp machines © ANDRITZ StrataPress SX is specifically engineered for the most demanding positions in paperboard/packaging, graphical, and pulp machines © ANDRITZ

                            STRATAPRESS SX – THREE PRODUCT CLASSES

                            As StrataPress SX technology is built utilizing three distinct warp systems, there is an exact product specification specially engineered to maximize machine performance for graphical, board and packaging, and pulp grades.

                            StrataPress SX is also available with ANDRITZ’s exclusive “QS” Quick Saturation technology. Hydrophilic components embedded in the base fabric structure ensure optimized water management to provide improved start-up behavior, enhanced profiles and better NIP dewatering over the entire service lifetime.

                            With the new StrataPress SX technology, 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 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 Wed, 28 Aug 2019 12:50:48 +0200
                              merQbiz® Introduces BaleVision™, an Industry-First Quality Solution for Recovered Paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8186-merqbiz-introduces-balevision-an-industry-first-quality-solution-for-recovered-paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8186-merqbiz-introduces-balevision-an-industry-first-quality-solution-for-recovered-paper

                              Data analytics and insights empower smarter procurement – maximizing supplier performance and optimizing business processes

                              merQbiz®, a solutions and analytics provider for buyers and sellers in the recovered paper (RCP) industry, introduces BaleVision, providing companies actionable insights into their RCP quality. Combining a leading quality assessment tool with comprehensive data, BaleVision helps RCP buyers maximize supplier performance and sellers earn a fair price for their product.

                              Until now, the industry has had limited options for measuring RCP quality. Conventional measurement methodologies – such as ocular inspections and bale breaking – can be costly, labor intensive and highly subjective. Furthermore, any data collected is often unreliable and provides very little information for business decision-making and process optimization.

                              BaleVision data analytics give RCP sellers and buyers valuable insights for more informed decision-making.

                              BaleVision overcomes these limitations with a device for effective quality measurement and a system for data analysis and visualization. The quality assessment tool analyzes the bale from the inside out, collecting detailed data on fiber content, moisture, plastic, ash and other bale contaminants. merQbiz has partnered with the manufacturer, PTS, to be the exclusive distributor of the device in North America.

                              But the real power of BaleVision is two-fold: It significantly increases the volume of bales that can be inspected and delivers data analytics that provide information transparency via dashboards. Combining the customer’s data with market and seasonal data, the system supplies trend analyses for quality, operations, procurement and finance.

                              “BaleVision is an industry-first solution that gives sellers insights into the real value of their paper and enables mills to proactively optimize procurement and operational processes,” said John Fox, President & CEO of merQbiz. “There’s nothing like it in the industry that can deliver this level of value.”

                              As a comprehensive quality performance program, BaleVision includes data collection, bale inspections, data analysis and industry trends. merQbiz will tailor the solution to each customer’s requirements, and it can be integrated with existing enterprise technology platforms or function as a stand-alone system.

                              To complement BaleVision, merQbiz is launching a new analytics platform that will house the dashboards and related services such as claims management and an RCP export procurement solution.

                              BaleVision is now available in North America and will soon be rolled out in other international markets. To learn more or schedule a demo, email info@merqbiz.com or visit www.merqbiz.com/quality.

                              About merQbiz

                              merQbiz is a services provider for buyers and sellers in the RCP industry. The company delivers solutions across quality, analytics, logistics and procurement to help customers grow their business. Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Beach in Los Angeles, merQbiz is a joint venture of Voith and Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures. www.merqbiz.com

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                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 28 Aug 2019 12:26:45 +0200
                                Metsä Board aims for fossil free mills as part of company’s 2030 sustainability targets http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8185-metsae-board-aims-for-fossil-free-mills-as-part-of-company-s-2030-sustainability-targets http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8185-metsae-board-aims-for-fossil-free-mills-as-part-of-company-s-2030-sustainability-targets

                                Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, has just published its sustainability targets for 2030. One of the company’s targets is to achieve fossil free mills by 2030 with zero fossil CO2 emissions.  This ambitious target includes both emissions from the company’s own energy production (scope 1) as well as purchased energy (scope 2). Currently, 82% of the energy used at Metsä Board mills is fossil free.

                                In addition, Metsä Board is aiming for a 30% reduction in water use per product tonne and a minimum of a 10% energy efficiency improvement by 2030 compared to the 2018 level. These will also play an important role in reaching the fossil free mills target.

                                “The new targets demonstrate our commitment to mitigate climate change supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Naturally, this requires investment. Our recently announced plan to renew the Metsä Board Husum pulp mill would be a substantial step to take us towards our target of 100% fossil free production,” says Mika Joukio, CEO of Metsä Board.

                                Metsä Board Husum mill site in SwedenMetsä Board Husum mill site in Sweden

                                The main raw material in Metsä Board’s paperboard production is renewable and 100% traceable wood sourced from sustainably managed Northern European forests. Metsä Board’s target is to reach a minimum of 90% share of certified wood out of all sourced wood raw material by 2030. In 2018, the company’s share of certified wood raw material was 79%.

                                Metsä Board is part of Metsä Group that is already a significant carbon sink as its operations already result in more carbon being bound than being emitted. Metsä Board’s sustainability targets are based on the strategic sustainability 2030 objectives of Metsä Group. More information about Metsä Board’s sustainability and all new sustainability targets for 2030 as a whole can be found at the company’s website: https://www.metsaboard.com/Sustainability/Pages/Sustainability-targets.aspx

                                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, 28 Aug 2019 11:57:57 +0200
                                  Metsä Board participates in paperboard cup collection initiative in France http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8183-metsae-board-participates-in-paperboard-cup-collection-initiative-in-france http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8183-metsae-board-participates-in-paperboard-cup-collection-initiative-in-france

                                  Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is one of the founding members of Alliance Gobelet Carton that was founded in the spring to organise a pilot for the collection and recycling of paperboard cups in France. The first collections with partnering restaurants will start soon.

                                  Alliance Gobelet Carton is an association of four paperboard cup producers and two paperboard producers. It aims to create a collection system to recycle paperboard cups and to bring together cup producers, paperboard suppliers, cup users and the recycling sector. Participants in the scheme will be issued with a collection box that can take up to 750 cups. Piloting the collection system will begin with selected fast food restaurants and vending machine companies in France over the coming weeks.

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                                  “Paperboard cups can be collected after use, recycled and used as valuable raw material when producing new packaging products. This is what we intend to demonstrate through the pilot project and to create a model that can be widened to more extensive use”, says Laurence Sovran, Sales Manager at Metsä Board.

                                  Metsä Board

                                  www.metsaboard.com

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

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

                                  Metsä Group

                                  www.metsagroup.com

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

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

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                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 22 Aug 2019 07:27:37 +0200
                                    At the PKV paper and board mill, Papermaking 4.0 technologies are increasing overall production and reducing energy costs http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8180-at-the-pkv-paper-and-board-mill-papermaking-4-0-technologies-are-increasing-overall-production-and-reducing-energy-costs http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8180-at-the-pkv-paper-and-board-mill-papermaking-4-0-technologies-are-increasing-overall-production-and-reducing-energy-costs

                                    The ongoing development of its products is just as much an integral part of the corporate philosophy of paper and board manufacturer Papier- und Kartonfabrik Varel (PKV) as the constant improvement of production efficiency. To achieve these goals the company, which was established in 1938, has been working with Voith for many years. For its current rebuild of the PM 4, PKV is also relying on the expertise of the technology group from Heidenheim.

                                    • IIoT OnCumulus platform the basis for fast, reliable and secure access to all machine and production data.
                                    • OnEfficiency.Dewatering module and Tandem NipcoFlex press increase dry content by 1 percent
                                    • 15 percent increase in total output planned

                                    On the PM 4, PKV produces packaging papers with a wide range of basis weights from 120 to 280 grams per square meter. Previously, the web width on the pope roller was 5,250 mm. As part of the rebuild, the width will be increased to 5,450 mm. The new width necessitates various adjustments to upstream components. Voith team will increase the widths of the first dryer group, the existing headboxes, the wire and press sections and the Fourdrinier wire.

                                    The key items on PKV’s agenda were increasing the total output by 15 percent, improving runability and reducing specific energy costs. In addition, optimizing the dewatering capacity is intended to raise the dry content downstream of the Tandem NipcoFlex press by at least one percent.

                                    Varel paper millVarel paper mill

                                    IIoT platform OnCumulus: pivotal to digitalization
                                    An essential prerequisite to achieving the desired effects was the integration of the latest Papermaking 4.0 technologies. In this context, the OnCumulus platform is absolute crucial, as it enables fast, reliable and secure access to data from local machines and systems in the cloud and makes them available for efficient use. Other modules from the Voith OnCare product range like OnEfficiency.Strength or OnEfficiency.Dewatering are used to monitor paper production at PKV. All modules and components are networked with one another. The PKV team also has transparent access to all relevant data at any time.

                                    Fewer strength fluctuations
                                    OnEfficiency.Strength uses statistical models and virtual sensors to reduce strength fluctuations in machine direction. As a result fiber use and starch use are optimized. Continuous measurements and automatic adjustments to parameters ensure fewer fluctuations, which in turn minimizes broke, reduces deviations in production output and improves paper quality during grade changes.

                                    Stable dry content
                                    By means of systematic regulation of the former vacuum the OnEfficiency.Dewatering module stabilizes the dry content upstream of the press. This helps to save energy, while the Papermaking 4.0 technology ensures consistently high ply bond strength. To ensure the requested one percent improvement in dry content, Voith installed a Tandem NipcoFlex system designed in this case for web widths of up to 5,700 mm. Its innovative design allows optimum dewatering for the entire basis weight range of the PM 4. As a result, PKV can further improve the strength and surface quality of its corrugated baseboard made from secondary and virgin fibers. A closed web run in combination with separation suction boxes allows production speeds of up to 1,200 m/minute and is therefore the main basis for the substantial increase in production capacity requested by customer.

                                    Initial clothing of PM 4 by Voith
                                    To achieve the required dry contents, it is important that the clothing is perfectly matched over the entire paper machine. From the outset, the PM 4 will be fitted with I-Series forming wires, Infinity press felts and MultiTech dryer fabrics.

                                    More uniform CD profile
                                    In addition, the existing ModuleJet II headbox system in the backliner headbox will be extended by adding an OnQ Profilmatic CD profile control. OnQ Profilmatic can determine the proportion of random noise in the measurements. Its continuous dynamic profile mapping allows exact local assignment of the actuator control zones to the measured values. This results in more uniform CD profiles and therefore improved paper quality. On the Fourdrinier wire, the extensively proven HiVac high vacuum suction box will replace the previously used couch roll. The vacuum system helps reduce the paper machine’s energy consumption and increases the dry content of the paper web.

                                    Saving resources in the white top and achieving optimum paper edge
                                    EdgeExpert returns the white paper fibers to the appropriate system, ensuring that these fibers are preserved for use in the white top. EdgeDeckle S is the latest tool for controlling the edge in the wire section. It ensures a good paper edge with optimum profile quality.

                                    Efficient cleaning systems for greater runability
                                    The installation of cutting-edge cleaning systems like CleanLine Excell or ProLub improves runability and increases the total output of the PM 4. The permeability of the Voith clothing is maintained for longer, which results in a more homogeneous paper web. In addition, CleanLine Excell needs much less water than high-pressure showers and cleans so effectively that the use of chemical cleaners is much reduced or dispensed with altogether.

                                    Safer reel change
                                    The EcoChange W reel changing system, which works with traversing high-pressure water jet nozzles, is another component which has enabled Voith to achieve PKV’s specified goals like an increase in total output and improvement in the runability of the PM 4. The system enables efficient changing of the paper rolls and will be integrated as part of the adjustment of the Pope roller’s web width, resulting in minimal broke during reel changes.

                                    In addition, Voith’s scope of supply also includes upgrading the air systems, adapting the dryer hood and drive technology, and automating the paper machine. In this context, the Voith team was also able to contribute its expertise in detail engineering and is supporting PKV with the approval of the plant in accordance with the German Federal Immission Control Act.

                                    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, 19 Aug 2019 12:25:28 +0200
                                      Sappi Embarks on a journey of Digital Transformation http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8179-sappi-embarks-on-a-journey-of-digital-transformation http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8179-sappi-embarks-on-a-journey-of-digital-transformation

                                      Sappi has appointed Kouris Kalligas as Head of Digital Transformation for Sappi Europe. Kouris started his career in Sappi in 2008 as a management trainee and then became the Supply Chain Service Manager for Sappi Europe. He then spent 5 years in Silicon Valley navigating the world of Venture Capitalists, gaining first-hand experience of running a tech start-up. 

                                      sappi logoBerry Wiersum, Sappi Europe’s CEO comments on three reasons as to why Sappi is ready for a Digital Transformation. ‘’One is driven by the market we operate in, one is driven by its own workforce, and the third one is driven by the desire to not only be good, but great.

                                      1. The market Sappi operates in is a tough one. But over the last few years  we have done much to start winning in the graphics market  and we have  made big strides  to grow in our  Packaging & Specialities  business. . . However, markets continue to change and the digital revolution requires us to offer our customers the solutions they will be looking for in the future.
                                      1. Sappi’s  workforce is ready to embrace new initiatives and digital solutions offer a new platform for innovation and efficiency. They give our workforce the opportunity to contribute to improving Sappi and make the company ready for the future.
                                      1. In its long history Sappi has constantly adapted and transformed to meet the requirements of its customers and changing markets, so it is logical for us to invest in new technology as it’s developed. We firmly believe that Digital Transformation will play a positive role in the future dynamism of the company.”

                                      In the coming years, Sappi aims to launch internal initiatives with the goal to empower its workforce with new methods & tools to do business, introduce a more connected experience with customers and seek partnerships across the value chain. 

                                      Sappi has already launched Octoboost, a technology startup whose core mission is to develop innovative digital solutions for the print industry. Sappi is also implementing

                                      transformative initiatives in Sales, Supply Chain, and Manufacturing to take advantage of new technologies and applications in the world of Industry 4.0.

                                      Kouris will play a key role in the navigating Sappi’s journey of digital transformation in the years ahead.

                                      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 Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:21:24 +0200
                                        Mitsubishi HiTec Paper with two innovations at Labelexpo Europe 2019 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8178-mitsubishi-hitec-paper-with-two-innovations-at-labelexpo-europe-2019 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8178-mitsubishi-hitec-paper-with-two-innovations-at-labelexpo-europe-2019

                                        With two innovations in store, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper is presenting a wide range of coated specialty papers for the label and packaging market at Labelexpo Europe 2019. The new products: jetscript METAL VPG 1018, a metallic- silver gloss inkjet paper for the water-based inkjet printing of self-adhesive labels, as well as barricote BAG WGOM, a fully recyclable barrier paper for flexible food packaging with multi-barrier against water vapour, grease and oil, oxygen and aroma as well as mineral oil migration.

                                        As a paper product, the new jetscript METAL VPG 1018 (110 g) is purely fibre-based with a silver metallic glossy finish and a transparent, microporous inkjet coating for excellent printing performance. The inkjet paper impresses with its high print density, fast drying, compatibility with latex inks and optimum performance in the self-adhesive production process. "This makes it particularly suitable for eye-catching and high-quality labels in the beverage, cosmetics or food sector. But also for other applications such as wrapping paper, advertising panels and displays, "says Nic Holmer, Director Sales of the Bielefeld specialty paper manufacturer.

                                        Silver metallic glossy inkjet paper for eye-catching labels: jetscript METAL VPG 1018 (left). Fully recyclable paper with multi-barrier for flexible food packaging: barricote BAG WGOM (right).Silver metallic glossy inkjet paper for eye-catching labels: jetscript METAL VPG 1018 (left). Fully recyclable paper with multi-barrier for flexible food packaging: barricote BAG WGOM (right).

                                        With the new barricote BAG WGOM (89 g), Mitsubishi launches a particularly sustainable barrier paper for flexible food packaging, which impresses with a universal multi-barrier. "Because it protects food and consumers not only from water vapour, fat / oil and oxygen / aroma, but also from mineral oil migration (MOSH / MOAH), and thus

                                        offers particularly wide barrier protection," adds Nic Holmer. In addition, BAG WGOM can be heat-sealed very effectively and is approved for direct food contact. The virgin fibre paper product is 100% free of plastic films, aluminium and fluorocarbons, fully recyclable, and FSC® or PEFC™ certified.

                                        In addition, Mitsubishi will be showcasing a comprehensive range of coated specialty papers for the label market at

                                        Labelexpo Europe:

                                        >     Thermoscript thermal papers, amongst others for linerless applications, with extra high heat resistance or with back protection

                                        >     Jetscript inkjet papers, amongst others a light 70 g version, for ticket and tag applications or with an embossed surface

                                        >     Supercote cast-coated label papers, amongst others for wet glue labels, composite cans and shoulder boxes

                                        Samples and further information will be available at the Mitsubishi stand of Labelexpo Europe 2019 in Brussels (Hall 6, Stand 6A09), but also at the Fachpack 2019 in Nuremberg (Hall 7A, Stand 7A641) - or directly from the sales department at sales.mpe@mitsubishi-paper.com 

                                        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, 19 Aug 2019 11:41:11 +0200
                                          ANDRITZ successfully starts up tissue production line with shoe press and steel Yankee at Africaine Paper Mills, Algeria http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8177-andritz-successfully-starts-up-tissue-production-line-with-shoe-press-and-steel-yankee-at-africaine-paper-mills-algeria http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8177-andritz-successfully-starts-up-tissue-production-line-with-shoe-press-and-steel-yankee-at-africaine-paper-mills-algeria

                                          International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up the PrimeLineCOMPACT tissue production line, including stock preparation, delivered to Africaine Paper Mills (APM) in Algeria.

                                          The ANDRITZ energy-efficient tissue machine has a design speed of 2,100 m/min and a working width of 2.85 m and produces tissue for high-quality facial wipes as well as toilet and towel paper grades. The machine is equipped with the latest ANDRITZ shoe press technology PrimePress XT Evo. With its energy-efficient design, improved dewatering, and reduced need for thermal drying, the shoe press minimizes energy consumption. Furthermore, the 16 ft. PrimeDry Steel Yankee enables a high drying capacity.

                                            Successful start-up of the ANDRITZ PrimeLineCOMPACT tissue production line at Africaine Paper Mills in Algeria. © ANDRITZ Successful start-up of the ANDRITZ PrimeLineCOMPACT tissue production line at Africaine Paper Mills in Algeria. © ANDRITZ

                                          The stock preparation system also consists of equipment with the highest energy efficiency, such as a FibreSolve FSV pulper with innovative rotor, well-proven TwinFlo double-disc refiners as well as ModuScreen HBE headbox screens for the approach flow system. Fiber recovery and broke handling are also part of the scope of supply.

                                          Start-up of the mill was a great success, and the collaboration with ANDRITZ was very good. It is the first tissue machine for APM, and we are proud to announce the first paper on reel. For us, good paper quality combined with energy-efficiency is of utmost importance. The combination of a steel Yankee and a shoe press enables efficient drying with substantial energy savings.” Ziad Haffar, General Manager, Africaine Paper Mills (APM).

                                          Africaine Paper Mills (APM) is an innovative paper manufacturing company founded by people with longtime and profound experience in the paper making industry. Its expansion plans include paper mills in several countries belonging to the MENA (Middle East & North Africa) region.

                                          The successful start-up once again confirms ANDRITZ’s strong position as one of the global market leaders in the tissue industry and as supplier for complete tissue production lines, key components, and services.

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

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                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 19 Aug 2019 10:31:46 +0200
                                            ANDRITZ acquires KEMPULP http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8175-andritz-acquires-kempulp http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8175-andritz-acquires-kempulp

                                            International technology Group ANDRITZ has acquired the Swedish company KEMPULP, a specialist provider of process technologies for the chemical pulping industry.

                                            The company designs and markets technologies used in chemical pulping, including pulp washing, oxygen delignification and bleaching technologies.

                                            The acquisition includes all of KEMPULP’s intellectual property rights, technical expertise, tools, systems and inventory. The company supplies process solutions, equipment, upgrades, parts and services that complement ANDRITZ’s existing offering for pulp producers.

                                              COMPACT PRESS from KEMPULP © ANDRITZ COMPACT PRESS from KEMPULP © ANDRITZ

                                            KEMPULP has a number of well-known products and technologies in its portfolio, including the COMPACT PRESS®, DualOx®, DualOmix®, DualSmix®, DUFLO®pump, DualD™, DualDmix®, DualZmix®, DUFLO®pump, and DynaDisc™.

                                            Joachim Schönbeck, Executive Board member of ANDRITZ AG and responsible for Pulp & Paper Capital Systems says: “KEMPULP’s products and process technologies will continue to be a strong player on the market, providing solutions that complement the ANDRITZ technologies and equipment for specific chemical pulping processes – both for new plants and upgrades to existing installations. As a result, KEMPULP’s process technologies and products will enable ANDRITZ to offer optimized solutions to the benefit of its customers.”

                                            The KEMPULP organization will be fully integrated into the ANDRITZ Pulp & Paper organization. KEMPULP is located in Karlstad, Sweden and has approximately 30 employees.

                                            ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER
                                            ANDRITZ Pulp & Paper is a leading global supplier of complete plants, systems, equipment, and comprehensive services for the production and processing of all types of pulp, paper, board, and tissue. The technologies cover processing of logs, annual fibers, and waste paper; production of chemical pulp, mechanical pulp, and recycled fibers; recovery and reuse of chemicals; preparation of paper machine furnish; production of paper, board, and tissue; sizing, calendering and coating of paper; as well as treatment of reject materials and sludge. The service offering includes system and machine modernization, rebuilds, spare and wear parts, on-site and workshop services, optimization of process performance, maintenance and automation solutions, as well as machine relocation and second-hand equipment. Biomass, steam and recovery boilers for power production, gasification and flue gas cleaning plants, systems and plants for the production of nonwovens 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, 19 Aug 2019 10:03:28 +0200
                                              Mondi fills recycled paper gap with extended NAUTILUS® range http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8174-mondi-fills-recycled-paper-gap-with-extended-nautilus-range http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8174-mondi-fills-recycled-paper-gap-with-extended-nautilus-range

                                              Mondi fills recycled paper gap with extended NAUTILUS® range

                                              Leading global packaging and paper group Mondi has taken action to address the shortage of uncoated recycled fine paper in Europe. Mondi’s uncoated recycled fine paper brand NAUTILUS® has been extended to include a full portfolio for professional print and office applications. Leading distributors such as Antalis, Europapier and Igepa have partnered with Mondi to make the paper available to customers across Europe and beyond. To meet market demand, Mondi’s Neusiedler mill has a good supply of fast moving recycled paper grades and formats in stock to ensure quick delivery and long-term availability of NAUTILUS®.

                                              Full portfolio with certified sustainability

                                              All NAUTILUS® papers are part of Mondi’s Green Range, are FSC™ certified and carry the EU Ecolabel. As a 100% recycled paper, NAUTILUS® Classic additionally features a Blue Angel certification. The range is available in ten substances from 70 to 350 g/m2 and sheet formats for offset printing, as well as in reels, SRA3, A3 and A4.

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                                              Johannes Klumpp, Marketing & Sales Director for Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper says,“With the new and improved NAUTILUS® mill brand, we prove our commitment to the recycled paper market. When it comes to consistent quality, service, delivery times and long-term availability, recycled papers now match the standard of premium papers made from virgin fibre”.

                                              Strong distribution network

                                              Along with extending the brand range, Mondi also activated their network of distribution partners. Agreements with key international players such as Antalis, Europapier and Igepa are in place, which means that the full NAUTILUS® range is readily available from stock for professional printers and other customers across Europe now.

                                              “We are delighted with this new distribution agreement. We believe that Mondi has the right product and service to become the market leader in the recycled uncoated paper segment. They also have a good track record of establishing strong brands in the market”, says Xavier Jouvet, Group Marketing & Purchasing Director for Antalis.

                                              Helmut Limbeck, CEO of Europapier Group, adds, “We have a longstanding business partnership with Mondi, which was an excellent foundation for this new business opportunity in the recycled paper market. Mondi shows the commitment we need from an industry partner and brand owner, and NAUTILUS® has the potential to become the new standard with the support of our distribution network.”

                                              “We were impressed by the speed and dedication Mondi displayed when it came to extending the NAUTILUS® brand to a full recycled paper range including professional print. Combined with Igepa group’s excellent customer service, most reliable logistics and delivery, we see a lot of potential in our cooperation”, says Elmar Schätzlein, Managing Director for Igepa group.

                                              NAUTILUS® portfolio overview

                                              NAUTILUS® SuperWhite combines the benefits of a 100% recycled paper with a whiteness level expected from fresh fibre office papers (150 CIE). Along with its strong haptic appeal, NAUTILUS® SuperWhite features unusually clean surface qualities leading to a unique visual appeal. Folio format and reels are available from 80 to 350 g/m2, office formats in 80 g/m2.

                                              NAUTILUS® Classic is a 100% recycled paper, combining a bulky touch and feel with high opacity and a natural recycled look (112 CIE). Available in folio formats and reels from 70 to 300 g/m2, as well as A4 and A3 in 80 g/m2.

                                              NAUTILUS® for high-speed inkjet: both NAUTILUS® SuperWhite and Classic are also available in a surface-treated quality optimised for high-speed inkjet printing. These are suitable for dye as well as pigment inks.

                                              NAUTILUS® ReFresh is a three-layered 30% recycled paper. A fully recycled layer in the middle is covered by outer layers made from FSC™ certified totally chlorine free fresh fibres. The so-called TRIOTEC® process enables a whiteness level of 161 CIE for this 80 g/m2 office paper.

                                              About Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper

                                              Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper is a business unit of Mondi Group. In six operating sites in Austria, Slovakia, Russia, and South Africa, Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper produces pulp and environmentally responsible office and professional printing papers tailored to the latest professional digital and offset print technologies.

                                              The company complies with the strictest international certification standards to support sustainable production processes through the responsible management of forest, water and air resources.

                                              All Mondi uncoated fine papers belong to the Green Range of papers that are FSC™ or PEFC™ certified, 100% recycled or bleached entirely without chlorine.

                                              Its renowned brands such as Color Copy, PERGRAPHICA®, NAUTILUS®, NEUJET®, IQ, MAESTRO®, BIO TOP  3®, DNS®, Snegurochka or ROTATRIM  are used in office environments on laser or inkjet printers and by professional printers on digital or offset presses to create brochures, transactional material, folders, invitations, business cards, letterheads or other high-impact   communication.

                                              Converters appreciate the excellent printability and smooth handling of Mondi’s professional printing papers.

                                              About Mondi

                                              Mondi is a global leader in packaging and paper, delighting its customers and consumers with innovative and  sustainable  packaging  and  paper  solutions. 

                                              Mondi  is  fully  integrated  across  the  packaging  and paper value chain -from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and plastic films, to developing and manufacturing effective industrial and consumer packaging solutions. Sustainability is embedded in everything Mondi does.

                                              In 2018, Mondi had revenues of €7.48billion and underlying EBITDA of €1.76nbillion.Mondi has a dual listed company structure, with a primary listing on the JSE Limited for Mondi Limited under the ticker MND, and a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange for Mondi plc, under the ticker MNDI.

                                              Mondi is a FTSE 100 constituent, and has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Index Series since 2007.

                                              www.mondigroup.com

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                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 15 Aug 2019 12:14:48 +0200
                                                World’s most modern board machine successfully commissioned at BillerudKorsnäs in Gruvön http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8172-world-s-most-modern-board-machine-successfully-commissioned-at-billerudkorsnaes-in-gruvoen http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8172-world-s-most-modern-board-machine-successfully-commissioned-at-billerudkorsnaes-in-gruvoen

                                                On June 28, 2019, the BM 7, the most modern, most efficient and largest board machine in the world, was successfully commissioned at the BillerudKorsnäs production facility in Gruvön, Sweden. The Voith XcelLine board machine has been equipped with a pioneering technological setup that sets new performance benchmarks for production lines for four different board grades. At a design speed of 1,200 m/min and web width of 8,800 mm, the capacity of the BM 7 is 550,000 metric tons per year. Start-up took just seven days from stock on wire to paper on reel.

                                                • New performance benchmarks in board production
                                                • Cutting-edge technologies and smart digital solutions
                                                • Features other innovations like highly specialized coating units and use of carbon fiber components

                                                “Not only is the start-up of the new BM 7 in Gruvön running to schedule; the collaboration with the Voith team has also been first-rate. As a result we were able to meet all major milestones and have been producing high-quality liners for our customers on the BM 7 since the end of June. We will continue to focus on the successful start-up of the BM 7, safety, production stability, efficiency improvements and innovation,” says Maria Engnes, Program Director NEXT Generation of BillerudKorsnäs.

                                                “With the board machine in Gruvön, currently the most modern in the world, Voith Paper has once again been able to reinforce its position as a technology leader and innovation driver,” adds Patrick Romes, Senior Project Manager, Voith Paper.

                                                BillerudKorsnäs, Voith XcellLine KM 7 Gruvön, SwedenBillerudKorsnäs, Voith XcellLine KM 7 Gruvön, Sweden

                                                State-of-the-art: outstanding technological features
                                                Some of the standout features of the former section include a three-ply wire section with a DuoFormer D II hybrid former, two state-of-the-art DuoShake shakers and a fiber orientation control system. The scope of supply also includes various MasterJet Pro F systems with additional IntraDamp modules for the headbox. In the press section, a Tandem NipcoFlex shoe press with SolarPress roll covers ensures optimum dewatering.
                                                In the dryer section, EvoDry steel cylinders are being used in a board machine for the first time. The special cylinders allow highly efficient and safe paper drying thanks to higher heat transfer and greater working width. Another first at a European paper mill is the high performance winder VariFlex XL.

                                                In the finishing section, the BM 7 is also the first board machine worldwide to be fitted with Curl Control. For maximum flexibility and optimum product quality, the machine also has four different coating units: two SpeedSizer systems, one JetFlow F and one DynaCoat AT. Both the SpeedSizer units and the DynaCoat AT have carbon fiber supporting structures to ensure stable CD profiles with consistent coating performance.

                                                Papermaking Next Level: integrative digital solutions
                                                The Papermaking 4.0 solutions OnEfficiency and OnCare, which allow all process data to be monitored and controlled online in a user-friendly format, are also major components of the BM 7. Among other things, OnEfficiency Forming enables de-watering, retention and flocculation to be stabilized and coordinated at the same time. The OnCare package including integrated asset management ensures maximum machine availability thanks to highly efficient preventive maintenance of the entire paper machine. This in turn also helps reduce project costs.

                                                from left to right, Magnus Johansson, BillerudKorsnäs, project manager KM 7, Christian Merz, Chief Commissioning Engineer Voith Paperfrom left to right, Magnus Johansson, BillerudKorsnäs, project manager KM 7, Christian Merz, Chief Commissioning Engineer Voith Paper

                                                Initial clothing of BM 7 by Voith
                                                Voith was engaged to supply the initial clothing for the BM 7. In addition, as main supplier for the BillerudKorsnäs mill, Voith will over the next three years supply the CleanWeave dryer fabrics, Kinetic and Infinity press felts and I-Series forming fabrics. This will ensure consistently high paper quality and is yet further evidence of the customer’s trust in Voith and confirmation of Voith’s success as a full-line supplier.

                                                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 Wed, 14 Aug 2019 20:45:57 +0200
                                                  Toscotec to supply an AHEAD-2.0L tissue line on a turnkey basis to Paloma in Slovenia. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8169-toscotec-to-supply-an-ahead-2-0l-tissue-line-on-a-turnkey-basis-to-paloma-in-slovenia http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8169-toscotec-to-supply-an-ahead-2-0l-tissue-line-on-a-turnkey-basis-to-paloma-in-slovenia

                                                  The Slovak Hygienic Paper Group appointed Toscotec as turnkey supplier of a new tissue line at Paloma mill in Sladki Vrh, Slovenia.

                                                  The delivery is scheduled for March 2020 and the start-up for June 2020. 

                                                  The turnkey supply includes one AHEAD-2.0L tissue machine, equipped with a second generation Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD, Toscotec’s shoe press technology TT NextPress and gas-fired hoods TT Hood-Duo. The net sheet width is 5,500 mm, the maximum operating speed is 2,000 m/min and the production is 220 tpd. The AHEAD-2.0L machine will replace the mill’s existing PM6 and will manufacture high quality toilet tissue, kitchen towel and napkins for household and professional use in the AfH segment. 

                                                  Toscotec will provide its proprietary Distributed Control System TT DCS and a complete electrification system. The scope also includes stock preparation equipment and accessories, Toscotec’s patented TT SAF (Short Approach Flow), the machine’s dust and mist removal systems and a shaft puller.

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                                                  As part of a comprehensive service package, Toscotec will supply onsite erection, supervision, commissioning and start-up, as well as training programs to the mill’s personnel.

                                                  Following a capital increase by the private-owned investment fund Eco Investment in 2016, and the integration into the Slovak Hygienic Paper Group (SHP) group, the Slovenian tissue supplier Paloma aims to become the leading manufacturer of hygienic paper products in the Adriatic region and beyond.

                                                  Richard Zigmund, CEO of SHP Group, says: “When we decided to invest in new capacity at Paloma’s production base, we started looking for a machinery supplier who could manage and successfully complete complex turnkey projects. Toscotec proved to have the right credentials to support our strategic program and supply the state-of-the-art technology we need to set Paloma’s manufacturing at full capacity.”+

                                                  “This new project strengthens Toscotec’s position as the leading turnkey supplier in tissue” says Alessandro Mennucci, CEO of Toscotec, “we look forward to working with Paloma, who has a longstanding tradition in the production of hygienic paper products and has built a strong team of highly specialized professionals. Based on their investment targets, we developed a fully customized design aimed at improving the mill’s energy efficiency and manufacturing processes, in step with this capacity increase.”

                                                  About Paloma d.d.

                                                  Founded in 1873, Paloma is a public limited company with a long-lasting tradition in the manufacture and marketing of hygienic paper products in Europe. The company’s annual production capacity is 72,000 tonnes of tissue and it currently employs 675 people. Paloma is predominantly export-oriented and it currently holds the position of market leader in South-East Europe.

                                                  For further information, please contact:

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

                                                  Matteo Giorgio Marrano, Area Sales Manager, Tissue division, matteo.giorgiomarrano@toscotec.com

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                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 31 Jul 2019 18:47:11 +0200
                                                    Better with Less – Design Challenge 2019–2020 announces an impressive jury of renowned packaging design experts http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8165-better-with-less-design-challenge-2019-2020-announces-an-impressive-jury-of-renowned-packaging-design-experts http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8165-better-with-less-design-challenge-2019-2020-announces-an-impressive-jury-of-renowned-packaging-design-experts

                                                    The Better with Less – Design Challenge arranged for the first time in 2017–2018 was an impressive success, with over 300 packaging designs submitted to the competition. This year’s Design Challenge is approaching, and the world-class jury of renowned packaging design experts has now been announced.

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                                                    Last year, Metsä Board’s Better with Less – Design Challenge inspired students and professional packaging designers from 38 countries to contribute their work showcasing more environmentally-friendly packaging solutions. This year, the Better with Less – Design Challenge will again have a world-class jury of renowned packaging design and branding experts:

                                                    Alissa Demorest, Editor in Chief of luxury packaging magazine Formes de Luxe, has extensive experience in the luxury-goods sector from both a brand and supplier perspective. Andrew Gibbs, Founder, CEO & Editor in Chief of Dieline has been called an “innovator in the world of design”. Charles Ng, Founder & Chief Brand Consultant of MCL Group Hong Kong / China, takes a holistic approach of brand design from brand auditing, brand analysis to brand strategy that provides creative works covering packaging, graphics, products, spatial and retail. Clark Goolsby, Chief Creative Officer of Chase Design Group, emphasizes the value of design, and the lasting cultural and financial impact it can have for products and organizations. Stefan Junge, Professor in Packaging Technology at Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin, has more than 20 years of experience in the field of packaging technology, having for example held the position of Corporate Packaging Manager at Sika and multiple positions at Nestlé.

                                                    “We are excited to have this multitalented international jury of renowned packaging design experts involved in the Better with Less – Design Challenge. Together we want to encourage packaging designers all over the world to create new, more environmentally-friendly solutions for everyday packaging,“ states the competition jury chairman and member of the competition jury Ilkka Harju, Packaging Services Director, EMEA and APAC at Metsä Board.   

                                                    Better with Less – Design Challenge 2019–2020 will be launched in September.

                                                    Metsä Board’s Better with Less – Design Challenge is an initiative to inspire packaging designers all over the world to create packaging solutions that create better brand experiences with less environmental impact. www.betterwithless.org #betterwithless  

                                                    Metsä Board
                                                    www.metsaboard.com

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

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

                                                    Metsä Group
                                                    www.metsagroup.com

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

                                                    Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 5.7 billion in 2018, and it employs approximately 9,300 people. The Group operates in some 30 countries. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and is owned by approximately 103,000 Finnish forest owners.

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                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 15 Jul 2019 08:41:51 +0200
                                                      New sustainable technologies for wood-to-textile value chain enables increased production of man-made cellulose fibres in Europe http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8164-new-sustainable-technologies-for-wood-to-textile-value-chain-enables-increased-production-of-man-made-cellulose-fibres-in-europe http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8164-new-sustainable-technologies-for-wood-to-textile-value-chain-enables-increased-production-of-man-made-cellulose-fibres-in-europe

                                                      GRETE, the Green chemicals and technologies for the wood-to-textile value chain project, has been granted EUR 2.6 million by the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), which is partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium. The project will improve the existing wood-to-textile value chains by developing breakthrough technologies that can open up the identified bottlenecks and enable increased production of man-made cellulose fibres in Europe.

                                                      The GRETE project will tackle the bottlenecks of creating wood-to-textile value chains by developing innovative technologies for wood pulp modification, cellulose dissolution and fibre quality generation. Currently, the raw material base for the production of man-made cellulose fibres is limited as only dissolving grade wood pulps are used commonly. The project will tackle this by widening the sustainable raw material basis for man-made cellulose fibres.

                                                      vtt logo 2019“More sustainable textile fibres are in high demand. A route of great potential, in this respect, is wood-based textile fibres. With the GRETE project we aim to find improved technologies for the wood-to-textile fibre value chain“, explains CEO Niklas von Weymarn, Metsä Spring.

                                                      The solvent systems used for the production of commercial man-made cellulose viscose and lyocell fibres are based on toxic and explosive chemicals, but the GRETE technologies will increase safety, sustainability and feasibility of man-made cellulose fibre manufacturing. Currently, there are several steps in the textile production value chain, e.g. finishing treatments and dyeing of textiles, which cause extensive freshwater pollution. Fibres with novel functional properties open up the possibility for targeted and water-scarce finishing treatments.

                                                      The Executive Director for Innovation and Technological Development at Altri SA, Gabriel Sousa, describes their motivation for taking part in the project: “By participating in the GRETE project, Celbi SA - a subsidiary of Altri SA - will gain understanding on the pulp-regenerated cellulose-textile value chain and technologies and also understand the key requirements and specs for pulp on future markets. Celbi also aims to gain a clear view on the viability of ionic liquids use for cellulosic textile fibres.”

                                                      The issues to be solved in the project play a significant role in developing sustainable and green technologies for the European industry. The industrial partners of the project are strongly committed to the project and a separate stakeholder group will provide assistance to strategic decision-making. The consortium is led by VTT, and is built around many of the most distinguished research centres and universities acting in this field.

                                                      The project is coordinated by VTT. Partners: University of Helsinki, Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, Universidade de Aveiro, Metsä Fibre Oyj, Celbi SA, Material Connexion Italia SRL and Vertech Group.

                                                      VTT is a visionary research, development and innovation partner. We drive sustainable growth and tackle the biggest global challenges of our time and turn them into growth opportunities. We go beyond the obvious to help the society and companies to grow through technological innovations. We have over 75 years of experience of top-level research and science-based results. VTT´s turnover and other operating income is 268 M€.

                                                      VTT is at the sweet spot where innovation and business come together.

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                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 15 Jul 2019 08:25:53 +0200
                                                        Bosch Packaging Technology and BillerudKorsnäs intensify innovation collaboration http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8163-bosch-packaging-technology-and-billerudkorsnaes-intensify-innovation-collaboration http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8163-bosch-packaging-technology-and-billerudkorsnaes-intensify-innovation-collaboration

                                                        The demand for sustainable packaging among consumers and brand owners all over the world is growing at an exponential rate, which in many cases drives a strong need to replace plastic packaging. Strong partnerships are required to bring about the development and innovation needed to meet this demand. A good reason for Bosch Packaging Technology and BillerudKorsnäs to intensify their successful collaboration.

                                                        Already in 2016, Bosch and BillerudKorsnäs presented their first major joint innovation - Sealed Paper Packaging on a vertical form, fill and seal machine (VFFS). The ZAP module from Bosch makes it possible to process mono-material Axello® ZAP paper from BillerudKorsnäs on VFFS technology with dust-tight sealing. Now Bosch Packaging Technology and BillerudKorsnäs are developing new sustainable paper-based packaging innovations. Both companies are further strengthening their approach to work closely with partners along the value chain to find better solutions for a sustainable future.

                                                        bosch logo english“Developing sustainable packaging solutions is an urgent and challenging topic. New solutions must be sustainable and at the same time ensure efficient processing. By combining the expertise of BillerudKorsnäs in the field of paper-based packaging material with our technological know-how, we will be able to answer both challenges,” says Dr Stefan König, president of Bosch Packaging Technology.

                                                        “The collaboration with Bosch Packaging Technology offers new perspectives for sustainable packaging. Bosch brings many years of experience in technology and implementation into the cooperation. By joining forces, we can realize our ideas in a more targeted way and shape the future of packaging together,” says Petra Einarsson, president and CEO of BillerudKorsnäs.

                                                        The first concrete result of this enhanced collaboration is the development of a new packaging concept called Pearl. It aims to show how uniquely formed and right-sized small packages, called shaped paper pods, can contribute to a more sustainable future by utilising the unique formability of the FibreForm® material (the leading 3D-formable paper on the market, patented by BillerudKorsnäs). The material is processed on machinery from Bosch Packaging Technology, who not only contributes long-standing expertise in forming, filling and sealing of a wide variety of materials to the cooperation but also ensures the subsequent industrialization of the newly developed technologies for commercial production.

                                                        In industries like beauty and personal care, bread spreads, savoury and confectionery, single-use plastic packaging is widespread. “The goal is to support these industries with a sustainable packaging system and replace plastic in product samples, inserts, refills, portion packs and disposable packaging,“ says Simon Johansson, project manager Packaging Solutions at BillerudKorsnäs. “We have already passed several milestones in the project,” Torsten Sauer, project manager sustainability at Bosch Packaging Technology adds. “Now we are inviting selected brand owners to join our journey towards a sustainable future.”

                                                        The Pearl concept will be shown for the first time at FOOMA (International food & technology exhibition), South hall, booth 3C-34, in Tokyo July, 9 to 12, 2019.

                                                        Together with further sustainable packaging solutions and developments, the Pearl concept will also be exhibited at the leading packaging tradeshows such as FachPack (September 24 to 26, 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany), PackExpo (September, 23 to 25, 2019 in Las Vegas, USA) and Interpack (May 7 to 13, 2020 in Dusseldorf, Germany).

                                                        About Bosch Packaging Technology

                                                        Based in Waiblingen near Stuttgart, Germany, and employing 6,300 associates, the Bosch Packaging Technology division is one of the leading suppliers of process and packaging technology. At over 30 locations in more than 15 countries worldwide, a highly-qualified workforce develops complete solutions for the pharmaceuticals, food, and confectionery industries. These solutions are complemented by a comprehensive after-sales service portfolio. A global service and sales network provides customers with local points of contact. More information is available online at www.boschpackaging.com                                             

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                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 08 Jul 2019 12:47:22 +0200
                                                          Inapa authorized to conclude acquisition of Papyrus Deutschland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8162-inapa-authorized-to-conclude-acquisition-of-papyrus-deutschland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8162-inapa-authorized-to-conclude-acquisition-of-papyrus-deutschland

                                                          German antitrust authorities have finalized their analysis and cleared the acquisition.  Inapa will become the leading paper distribution group in Western Europe after the transaction, expected to be completed within 30 days.

                                                          German antitrust authorities have completed the verification of the sale of Papyrus Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG (Papyrus) to the Inapa Group (Inapa). Inapa, which is already active on the paper wholesale market in Germany through its subsidiary Papier Union GmbH (Papier Union), taking over the shares previously held by OptiGroup.

                                                          2015 06 15 080407On October 24, 2018, Inapa and Optigroup signed a binding agreement to combine their respective paper distribution operations in Germany, Papyrus and Papier Union, creating a stronger paper merchant in the German market. At this point, all conditions of the share purchase agreement have been met and it is expected that the closing of the transaction will happen in the next 30 days.

                                                          By joining the two operations, Inapa Group will optimize synergies and complement the activity carried out by Papyrus, which had a turnover of 569 million euros in 2018, with its German subsidiary, Papier Union, which had a turnover of 380 million euros.

                                                          ‘Of course we are pleased about the approval of the antitrust authorities, as the period of uncertainty is over. This transaction is a milestone for Inapa Group, due to its size and synergies potential. The closing of the transaction is planned to be quick, so that we can begin to shape the future, with a close cooperation between Papyrus and Papier Union’ states the Group CEO, Diogo Rezende.

                                                          ‘This transaction is a milestone and will further strengthen the position of Inapa, growing the Group’s topline in more than 50% and becoming the leading Western European paper merchant. The Group will have a leading position in Germany, France and Portugal. Optigroup investment in the convertible bonds that it will be issued by Inapa, clearly shows that they also believe in the value creation potential of this transaction’’ comments Diogo Rezende.

                                                          About Inapa Group

                                                          Founded in 1965, the Inapa Group occupies a position of reference in the European paper distribution market and holds prominent positions in the  distribution of packaging and visual communication, with annual sales of 860 million euros. It is the only Portuguese multinational company listed in the paper distribution sector in Europe.

                                                          With a team of 1350 employees, the Inapa Group operates in 10 countries - Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, the Netherlands, Turkey and Angola.

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                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 08 Jul 2019 12:43:47 +0200
                                                            ANDRITZ to rebuild OCC line and install newly developed PrimeScreens X at Cartiere del Polesine in Italy http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8161-andritz-to-rebuild-occ-line-and-install-newly-developed-primescreens-x-at-cartiere-del-polesine-in-italy http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8161-andritz-to-rebuild-occ-line-and-install-newly-developed-primescreens-x-at-cartiere-del-polesine-in-italy

                                                            International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Cartiere del Polesine to rebuild an existing OCC line including reject treatment at the mill in Adria, Italy. In addition to all main process components, ANDRITZ will also install two newly developed PrimeScreens X for primary-stage fine screening as well as fractionation. Start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020.

                                                            The fluting and testliner production line will have a line capacity of 400 bdmt/d and process AOCC (American Old Corrugated Container) as well as special waxed waste paper as raw material.

                                                            An ANDRITZ FibreFlow drum pulper with extended pulping and screening section will slush the difficult-to-handle raw material in order to ensure gentle pulping, high fiber yield, and reliable operation. Specific trials on the industrial-scale drum pulper at the ANDRITZ Stock Preparation Pilot Plant in Graz, Austria, confirmed future pulp properties and operating characteristics in advance.

                                                            ANDRITZ PrimeScreen X with top-feed stock inlet. Photo: ANDRITZANDRITZ PrimeScreen X with top-feed stock inlet. Photo: ANDRITZ

                                                            Different types of ANDRITZ ModuScreen pressure screens as well as two next-generation PrimeScreens X will be part of the screening processes. The innovative top-feed concept of the new screen was decisive for Cartiere del Polesine to order ANDRITZ’s new screening technology. The top-down design takes advantage of gravity to remove heavy contaminants quickly and minimize wear on rotor and screen basket. Top-down also improves the removal of light rejects, preventing their accumulation in the feed area, which again extends the life of wearing components.

                                                            The scope of supply also includes reject treatment, basic engineering and site services.

                                                            Cartiere del Polesine is a major player in the Italian and European containerboard industries and focuses on sustainable and innovative production. Four paper machines in two different mills produce around 300,000 tons of containerboard per year.

                                                            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, 08 Jul 2019 12:39:30 +0200
                                                              Metsä Board to establish faster availability for white kraftliners http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8159-metsae-board-to-establish-faster-availability-for-white-kraftliners http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8159-metsae-board-to-establish-faster-availability-for-white-kraftliners

                                                              Metsä Board – part of the Metsä Group - has announced the start of a new WKL Common Stock Service to help streamline and enhance the order-delivery processes of white kraftliners in continental Europe.

                                                              As part of the commitment to develop customer focused services, Metsä Board has created this new service to improve the availability of white kraftliners and help corrugated converters be more responsive and competitive. The new Common Stock service, which was started in March, provides the converters with easy access and reliable availability to ready-made standard white kraftliner reels from Metsä Board’s warehouse in Lübeck.

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                                                              This service enables a genuine just-in-time delivery service based upon improved availability of local stock. It includes a comprehensive fixed offering consisting of industry standard specifications and stock items, optimised to market requirements.

                                                              “The service is designed to help corrugated converters become more competitive, win new business and manage special promotions as well as react to one-off orders and urgent jobs”, says Veijo Korkalainen, VP Sales, White Kraftliners. “We are delighted with the enthusiastic feedback we have received as our customers see Common Stock as a great solution to tighter deadlines.”

                                                              Metsä Board
                                                              www.metsaboard.com

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

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

                                                              Metsä Group
                                                              www.metsagroup.com

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

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

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                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 08 Jul 2019 12:31:53 +0200
                                                                Stora Enso plans consolidation of spruce production to one sawmill in Finland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8157-stora-enso-plans-consolidation-of-spruce-production-to-one-sawmill-in-finland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8157-stora-enso-plans-consolidation-of-spruce-production-to-one-sawmill-in-finland

                                                                Stora Enso plans to consolidate the Finnish spruce (whitewood) production to Varkaus sawmill. The plan includes a permanent closure of Kitee sawmill and production increase to Varkaus. The objective is to improve profitability and competitiveness by creating a fully integrated sawmill for spruce production in Varkaus, optimising the synergies from the existing LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber), pulp and board mills.

                                                                The consolidation plan is part of Stora Enso’s profit protection programme of EUR 120 million targeting reductions in variable and fixed costs. The possible consolidation is subject to completion of the co-determination negotiations at Kitee sawmill which will start in August. The production at Kitee sawmill is planned to be stopped gradually until the end of 2019.

                                                                stora new 2017“The planned consolidation would enable us to optimise the full potential of Varkaus mill as an integrated mill, delivering a variety of value added wood products such as further processed sawn wood and LVL. This would provide us possibilities for improved product mix, stronger R&D and innovation as well as opportunities for efficient and automatised production. In Varkaus we also see strong synergies with Stora Enso’s pulp and board mills when it comes to shared raw material, logistics, infrastructure and energy usage. This consolidation would further enhance Stora Enso’s position as a global provider of high quality wood products and innovative wood-based solutions”, says Jari Suominen, Head of Stora Enso’s Wood Products division.

                                                                At Kitee sawmill the planned closure would result in a reduction of maximum 85 FTEs (full-time equivalents). Varkaus sawmill and LVL mill currently employ a total of 105 people. An increased production in Varkaus would require an additional 20 FTEs. Decisions regarding the planned consolidation, closure and employee reduction will be taken after the co-determination negotiations have been concluded.

                                                                Stora Enso will record restructuring related costs and write-downs of EUR 11 million as an item affecting comparability (IAC) in the second quarter 2019 results. Approximately EUR 5 million of the provisions will have a cash impact.

                                                                The planned closure would not have a significant impact on Group sales or operational EBIT this year.

                                                                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, 08 Jul 2019 12:20:10 +0200
                                                                  SEK 8.8 million to research projects http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8154-sek-8-8-million-to-research-projects http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8154-sek-8-8-million-to-research-projects

                                                                  The Södra Research Foundation has decided to grant an additional SEK 8.8 million to 12 research projects linked to forestry and the forest industry.

                                                                  The funding was awarded to projects including process development in the pulp industry, recycling textiles and controlling pulpwood flows. 

                                                                  södra logo“The linear life cycle for textiles needs to become circular, but the lack of recycling technologies is a major problem. One of the projects that has received funding will further develop a process to recycle mixed textiles that is compatible with today’s Swedish forest industry, which will be of interest to both our industry and the textile industry,” said Catrin Gustavsson, Senior Vice President Innovation and New Business at Södra. 

                                                                  Several forest-related projects were awarded funding, for example studying genetic gains, Douglas fir, damage to pine and better swarming forecasts for spruce bark beetles. 

                                                                  “There is a desire to increase the share of pine in young forests, not least given climate change.  However, we can see increasing problems with disturbance of growth in regeneration stands of pine, which is causing concern about the initiative. The Foundation’s funding for a research project that aims to clarify the cause-effect relationship will hopefully guide us in how we can address these problems,” said Göran Örlander, Forestry Strategist and Chairman of the Research Foundation.

                                                                  In conjunction with this autumn’s call for proposals, research into the “efficient utilisation of resources” in the forest industry is particularly welcomed. The call for proposals concerns both core forest industry products and by-products.  

                                                                  “The efficient use of wood raw material, by-products from harvesting, energy, water and chemicals keeps costs down and improves profitability. At the same time, it also benefits society, businesses and individuals by minimising environmental and climate-change impacts,” said Göran Örlander.

                                                                  Read more about the Södra Research Foundation.

                                                                  For more information, please contact:
                                                                  Göran Örlander, Chairman of the Södra Research Foundation and forestry strategist at Södra
                                                                  E-mail: goran.orlander@sodra.com

                                                                  Catrin Gustavsson, Board member of the Södra Research Foundation and Senior Vice President Innovation and New Business at Södra.
                                                                  E-mail: Catrin.Gustavsson@sodra.com

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

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                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 08 Jul 2019 12:11:09 +0200
                                                                    Sappi and PerfectPattern boost print efficiency with OctoSprint http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8151-sappi-and-perfectpattern-boost-print-efficiency-with-octosprint http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8151-sappi-and-perfectpattern-boost-print-efficiency-with-octosprint

                                                                    Sappi and PerfectPattern signed a global strategic alliance in an effort to roll-out AI driven dynamic print planning and ganging technology to print businesses worldwide.

                                                                    The partnership aims to enable offset and digital printers the opportunity to make significant savings in paper waste, plate consumption and production time. The SaaS-based offer utilises PerfectPattern´s sPrint One technology.

                                                                    OctoBoost is Sappi´s internal startup which develops innovative digital solutions for the print industry, well in-line with Sappi´s commitment to improve printers´ business and ultimately make print more efficient, attractive and sustainable.

                                                                    Perfect Pattern GmbH is a Munich based company which creates industrial Artificial Intelligence solutions, using Reinforcement Learning, intelligent prediction models and other AI technologies to control and optimize industrial production processes.

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                                                                    • Robert Meissner, Perfect Pattern Founder and COO
                                                                    • Fabian Rüchardt, Perfect Pattern CEO
                                                                    • Flavio Froehli, Sappi Europe - Director Business Strategy & Development
                                                                    • Anna Oñate, Sappi Europe -  Intrapreneur, OctoBoost CEO & Co-founder

                                                                    Sappi´s first digital product, OctoBoost, was launched in October 2018 in the DACH region and further rolled out to the Benelux and Nordic markets this year. Based on the e-commerce platform Magento and sPrint One it combines future-proof online print with powerful dynamic planning and ganging technology. It also provides insightful metrics through print intelligence dashboards.

                                                                    For those printers who are already advanced in the online print journey and need no web-to-print solution, Sappi has launched OctoSprint: The technology will be distributed exclusively by Sappi & the OctoBoost team through a flexible SaaS model.

                                                                    Significant savings, higher productivity

                                                                    The technology is compatible with all digital and offset printing machinery. It has proven to reduce paper waste (by up to 50%), plate consumption (by up to 40%) and increase print capacity (by up to 22%), while automating pre-press and planning efforts. Average net savings are up to 5% of a print house´s revenue. Print businesses can find out concrete savings potentials through an OctoDiagnosis simulation on www.octoboost.com.

                                                                    “Sappi and PerfectPattern´s enhanced partnership is a natural match”, says

                                                                    Anna Oñate, CEO and Co-Founder of OctoBoost. “Both companies are passionate about print with the ambition of transforming the industry through further co-developing print automation and efficiency technologies.”

                                                                    “Manufacturing companies in all industries need to optimize their competitiveness – and Artificial Intelligence can unlock significant potential for value creation in industrial production”, says Fabian Rüchardt, CEO of PerfectPattern. “We are very pleased to extend our partnership with Sappi OctoBoost to enable the printing industry to take advantage of the benefits of artificial intelligence for their business in an straightforward manner.”

                                                                    About PerfectPattern

                                                                    PerfectPattern was established in 2012 as a technology and software company based in Munich. The team creates software solutions that combine unique, powerful algorithms for process optimization with artificial intelligence. The solutions enable the fully automatic planning of virtually any production process in real time, making the “smart factory” a reality. The three key objectives are flexibility, punctuality and the reduction of production costs.

                                                                    PerfectPattern has developed two revolutionary KI technologies, PYTHIA and CORTEX. PYTHIA is a platform product for pattern recognition, time series prediction and anomaly detection in real-time data streams. Through the innovative combination of methods from deep learning, stochastic and quantum field theory, it unsupervised finds even the most hidden patterns. CORTEX is a decision making technology that reaches decisions based on the global objective functions through reinforcement learning. CORTEX is the basis of sPrint One.

                                                                    Further information is available at www.perfectpattern.de, where you will also find a growing glossary of artificial intelligence terms

                                                                    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 Mon, 08 Jul 2019 11:59:21 +0200
                                                                      Valmet introduces ultra-high definition optics to fiber analysis http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8150-valmet-introduces-ultra-high-definition-optics-to-fiber-analysis http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8150-valmet-introduces-ultra-high-definition-optics-to-fiber-analysis

                                                                      Utilizing more than 35 years of experience in laboratory and online fiber measurements, Valmet has launched a completely redesigned optics module. The ultra-high definition optics can measure more fibers with much higher resolution in order to expand application areas and improve measurement precision.

                                                                      Since its launch in 2013, the Valmet Fiber Image Analyzer (Valmet FS5) has made precise standardized fiber morphology measurements possible without special training, sample preparation or laboratory facilities. Now, the new optics feature a wider measurement cell to allow improved shive particle measurement, a larger image area to measure more and longer fibers and an ultra-high definition camera providing faster fiber analysis and increased sharpness for better fibril and small particle detection. The new optical module is also available as an upgrade to existing Valmet FS5 analyzers.

                                                                      "Our Research & Development team did it once again! The improvements in the optics allow our customers to see smaller particles, identify particles like parenchyma cells, and to be able to measure longer fibers or larger shives particles than before," says Tommi Niskanen, the Product Manager for Valmet FS5.

                                                                      Valmet's redesigned optics module can measure more fibers with much higher resolution in order to expand application areas and improve measurement precision.Valmet's redesigned optics module can measure more fibers with much higher resolution in order to expand application areas and improve measurement precision.

                                                                      Valmet FS5 is intended for use in regular mill testing while also meeting the requirements for research laboratories. The results are ISO standard compliant and fully traceable and provide a better understanding of the paper making potential of the pulp, helping papermakers to better manage the process to get targeted end product quality.

                                                                      The upkeeping requirements for Valmet FS5 are minimal and each unit is calibrated with an accredited calibration tool at Valmet's production center in Kajaani, Finland.

                                                                      "Valmet FS5 platform has been validated by over one hundred happy customers globally. The possibilities with the new optics have created positive feedback from both our old and new customers," says Tuomo Kälkäjä, Director for Valmet's analyzers, measurements and performance solutions.

                                                                      Ultra HD technology detects smaller particles

                                                                      The Valmet Fiber Image Analyzer enables pulp and paper mills to unlock the true value potential of their raw material for optimum end product quality. With the new compact and user-friendly unit, customers can benefit from a wider range of available measurements combined with improved usability and reliability resulting in savings in terms of both time and resources.

                                                                      The analyzer requires no special facilities other than water, drain and electricity. It is transportable for use on the machine floor as well as shift laboratory, when and where needed for fast and accurate pulp property analysis. Easily programmed for customized analysis and reporting, the FS5 is provided with basic measurements of fiber dimensions (length & width), fines, coarseness and curl, with two optional measurement packages that add blend ratio, external fibrillation, kink and cell wall thickness as well as neural network classification of vessel cells, shives, parenchyma cells, fiber entanglements, and more.

                                                                      Read more: www.valmet.com/fs5

                                                                      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

                                                                      For further information, please contact:

                                                                      Tommi Niskanen, Product Manager, Valmet Fiber Image Analyzer, Automation Business Line, Valmet, tel. +358 400 758 915

                                                                      Tuomo Kälkäjä, Director, analyzers, measurements and performance solutions, Automation Business Line, Valmet, tel. +358 50 317 0803

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                                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 08 Jul 2019 11:56:00 +0200
                                                                        Valmet introduces new stand-alone wet end control package for paper, board and tissue machines http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8148-valmet-introduces-new-stand-alone-wet-end-control-package-for-paper-board-and-tissue-machines http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8148-valmet-introduces-new-stand-alone-wet-end-control-package-for-paper-board-and-tissue-machines

                                                                        Valmet introduces new control product called Valmet Stand-Alone Retention Control (Valmet RET) for retention and break-time headbox ash consistency management. It offers benefits for paper, board and tissue makers previously only available to the users of Valmet DNA process control and Valmet IQ quality control system. 

                                                                        Utilizing the Valmet Retention Measurement (Valmet RM3), low consistency measurement and control hardware with state-of-art model predictive control, the product enables users to take control of the wet end to a new level.

                                                                        valmet logo rgb"Both controls, based on the Valmet IQ MD Optimizer, already have a proven track record. We know that by stabilizing the wet end we can offer improved quality, chemical and energy savings as well as better runnability for virtually all grades," says Timo Rantala, Product Manager, Automation, Valmet.

                                                                        Active wet end management for stability and runnability

                                                                        Valmet Stand-Alone Retention Control improves paper quality in the machine direction by reducing variations in basis weight, paper ash and moisture. Additional advantages include fewer wet end breaks, savings in chemicals and drying steam as well as better control of grade changes and start-ups - all leading to higher productivity.

                                                                        As the very first pilot user of Valmet Stand-Alone Retention Control mentioned: "Retention measurement and control are fully reliable solution, which both are used all the time. We can say they are standards at our paper machine."

                                                                        Technical information about Valmet Stand-Alone Retention Control

                                                                        The goal of Valmet Stand-Alone Retention Control is to minimize consistency variations within the short circulation and stabilize wet end operation. It stabilizes white water consistency by controlling retention aid flow.

                                                                        The goal of breaktime headbox ash control is to keep paper web ash content stable and thus make web threading easier, breaktime shorter and paper ash on target right after sheet break. Breaktime headbox ash consistency control becomes automatically operational during sheet break.

                                                                        Both controls reside in Valmet hardware installed in the cross-connection room. This enables fast deliver, short implementation and tuning time of the control product in the mill. A secure remote connection to Valmet RET allows a fast response and remote help from Valmet locations around the world. Connection to mill system can be made with standard 4.20 mA I/O signals or optional digital links.

                                                                        Read more: https://www.valmet.com/retention-control

                                                                        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

                                                                        For further information, please contact:

                                                                        Timo Rantala, Product Manager, Automation, Valmet, +358 40 512 8278, timo.rantala@valmet.com

                                                                        Jukka Nokelainen, Business Manager, Automation, Paper Analyzers, Valmet, +358 400 284 150, jukka.nokelainen@valmet.com

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                                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 08 Jul 2019 11:47:42 +0200
                                                                          New management, ambitious plans – iT’s Tissue’s next steps http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8147-new-management-ambitious-plans-it-s-tissue-s-next-steps http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8147-new-management-ambitious-plans-it-s-tissue-s-next-steps

                                                                          A new management structure marks the beginning of an ambitious three-year programme for iT’s Tissue, the Italian Technology Experience.

                                                                          After seven years and three editions of the unique live technology open-house event, Marco Dell’Osso has been appointed Chairman, leading an independent management team to take the brand forward.

                                                                          “Our network of founding members represents the best of Italian technology in the field of tissue,” said Dell’Osso. “We have also benefited from the involvement of high-level partners who have brought complementary expertise to our initiative. We intend to extend this relationship more widely to a group of companies with shared values and standards of excellence. As such we can enhance the experience of our visitors and partners and ensure we are offering the best the world has in terms of tissue technology, networking and vision for the future.”

                                                                          Left to right: Stefano Bortoletto, CFO; Maddalena Marcone, Events and PR Manager; Marco Dell'Osso, ChairmanLeft to right: Stefano Bortoletto, CFO; Maddalena Marcone, Events and PR Manager; Marco Dell'Osso, Chairman

                                                                          The iT’s Tissue management team includes Stefano Bortoletto, CFO, Maddalena Marcone, Events and PR Manager, and other experienced professionals.

                                                                          The next iT’s Tissue in the heart of Italy’s “Tissue Valley” has been confirmed for June 2021 with the founding network members and the participation of a wider group of global partners.

                                                                          On behalf of the founding members, Past President Massimo Franzaroli said: “We are delighted to hand the torch to a new management team with the experience and ability to support the growth of iT’s Tissue. The network will continue to give its enthusiastic support to the brand and the unique experiences it offers.”

                                                                          iT’s Tissue also intends to apply its visionary approach to a new event in 2020, details of which will be announced in due course.

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                                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 08 Jul 2019 11:45:10 +0200
                                                                            Valmet to supply an extensive paper machine grade conversion rebuild for Stora Enso in Finland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8146-valmet-to-supply-an-extensive-paper-machine-grade-conversion-rebuild-for-stora-enso-in-finland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8146-valmet-to-supply-an-extensive-paper-machine-grade-conversion-rebuild-for-stora-enso-in-finland

                                                                            Valmet will supply an extensive paper machine grade conversion rebuild for Stora Enso at its Oulu Mill in Finland. In the project, originally Valmet-supplied paper machine PM 7, which is currently producing fine papers, will be rebuilt to produce high-quality virgin-fiber-based kraftliner grades.

                                                                            The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the second quarter 2019. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

                                                                            Happy faces after shaking hands after the deal (from left): Teemu Houhala, Kari Räisänen (both from Valmet), Ari-Pekka Määttänen, Rickard Arnqvist (both from Stora Enso), Jari Vähäpesola (Valmet), Ari Saarnio, Harri Metsärinne (both from Stora Enso), Kirsi Peltola, Marko Oinonen, Pasi Ronkainen (all three from Valmet), Janne Myllykangas (Stora Enso) and Kimmo Kyllönen (Valmet).Happy faces after shaking hands after the deal (from left): Teemu Houhala, Kari Räisänen (both from Valmet), Ari-Pekka Määttänen, Rickard Arnqvist (both from Stora Enso), Jari Vähäpesola (Valmet), Ari Saarnio, Harri Metsärinne (both from Stora Enso), Kirsi Peltola, Marko Oinonen, Pasi Ronkainen (all three from Valmet), Janne Myllykangas (Stora Enso) and Kimmo Kyllönen (Valmet).

                                                                            The project is part of Stora Enso's investment plan to transform to higher profitability business with grade conversion projects. Oulu Mill will cease to produce wood-free coated papers by the end of 2020. The start-up of the rebuilt PM 7 is scheduled for the end of 2020.

                                                                            "The conversion of Oulu Mill will enable Stora Enso to further improve its position in the growing packaging business and we are taking a major step forward in our transformation," says Project Director Ari Saarnio from Stora Enso. 

                                                                            "Valmet and Stora Enso have had a long and successful cooperation over the years at all of Stora Enso's mills. Our strong experience in complicated projects and grade conversions is essential for this project. It is also an advantage that the paper machine was originally supplied by Valmet in 1997. It will smoothen the project execution further. The selected technology will enable high end-product quality and production capacity in a sustainable way," says Jari Vähäpesola, President of Paper Business Line, Valmet.

                                                                            Technical details about the delivery

                                                                            Valmet's delivery will include a new world-class production line for virgin-fiber based kraftliner (both brown and white-top). All the equipment will be delivered with installation.

                                                                            The 9,000-mm-wide (wire) PM 7 will be producing kraftliner and white top liner grades with a basis weight range of 80-225 g/m2. The design speed of the new parts will be 1,300 m/min. The annual capacity will be 450,000 tonnes.

                                                                            Information about the customer Stora Enso

                                                                            Part of the bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper. The company employs some 26,000 people in more than 30 countries. The Oulu Mill in northern Finland currently produces wood-free coated paper and bleached softwood pulp.

                                                                            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

                                                                            For further information, please contact:

                                                                            Jari Vähäpesola, President, Paper Business Line, Valmet, tel. +358 40 558 6555

                                                                            Kari Räisänen, Sales Director, EMEA and NA, Board and Paper Mills, Valmet, tel. +358 40 518 0567

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                                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 08 Jul 2019 11:35:55 +0200
                                                                              From plastic to paper and bioplastics: Fabio Perini and Casmatic make eco-friendly tissue products packaging conversion possible http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8142-from-plastic-to-paper-and-bioplastics-fabio-perini-and-casmatic-make-eco-friendly-tissue-products-packaging-conversion-possible http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8142-from-plastic-to-paper-and-bioplastics-fabio-perini-and-casmatic-make-eco-friendly-tissue-products-packaging-conversion-possible

                                                                              Replace plastic packaging with a new eco-friendly, combined paper and bio-plastic material on Casmatic packaging machines.

                                                                              Plastics are the most used materials in the world of packaging, but they need to be limited in light of recent restrictions of the European Commission concerning disposable products. In response, Fabio Perini has developed a "green" primary and secondary packaging solution that can easily adapt to current systems and existing equipment. This provides cost efficiencies for Fabio Perini customers and helps them actively contribute to safeguarding the environment while keeping up with technology and productivity.

                                                                              To accomplish this, Fabio Perini had to identify the most suitable alternative to plastic for primary packaging. This material had to be not only eco-sustainable, recyclable and/or compostable, but also as versatile as the polyethylene in terms of abundant availability, product protection, packaging options, printability, and resistance to production-related mechanical stress.

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                                                                              Fabio Perini and a partner company conducted numerous materials tests on the latest generation packaging machines such as the CMW1000 and Carbon T, and ultimately developed an innovative, totally ecological material that combines paper and bioplastic to form properties that can be interchanged with normal polyethylene.

                                                                              The new Paper Packaging Solution addresses the facts that paper alone is not strong enough and water-repellent for primary packaging and that bioplastic alone is not economically viable for use on an industrial scale. Paper Packaging Solution is a paper coupled with Mater-Bi, a totally ecological bioplastic having the same properties as plastic polymers, but with the added benefits of being recyclable, biodegradable, and compostable.

                                                                              Two different types of Paper Packaging Solution products are available: a low-weight paper, 25 gm2, and a thicker paper, 40 gm2. Both are FSC-certified and are laminated or extruded with bioplastics with thicknesses ranging from 7 to 9 microns to ensure high pack weldability and an excellent product hygroscopic barrier.

                                                                              Further, Paper Packaging Solution products are available in virgin paper or recycled paper. The 100% biodegradable virgin paper is certified "Vinicotte OK compost," which has the fibers closely joined to accommodate the higher heat needed for bioplastic fusion and perfect packaging seals, as well as being more resistant. The 100% recyclable and compostable paper has looser fibers. The

                                                                              heat passes through it more easily to create package seals, but the looser fibers affect its resistance.

                                                                              Paper Packaging Solution products are fully compatible with Casmatic's latest generation packaging machines — such as Casmatic A6T, CMW1000 and the new Carbon T — thanks to the "bio-pack kit." This innovative device makes it is possible to select the desired type of packaging material from the control panel and the Casmatic packaging machine automatically sets various parameters, including heat and time, required to perfectly seal the packages according to the packaging composition.

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                                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 08 Jul 2019 11:20:24 +0200
                                                                                Jori Ringman becomes Director General of CEPI http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8141-jori-ringman-becomes-director-general-of-cepi http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8141-jori-ringman-becomes-director-general-of-cepi

                                                                                CEPI, the European association representing the forest fibre and paper industry, announces that Jori Ringman has unanimously been appointed by the CEPI Board as successor to Sylvain Lhôte at the helm of the Brussels-based organisation.

                                                                                “I am honoured to be entrusted the role of leading a team of great professionals, representing a sector with fascinating potential. The growing demand for sustainable, recyclable products is increasing the importance of fibre-based products in a wide range of sectors. The European paper industry will enable the EU economy to transform itself and become a more sustainable and resilient society” said Jori Ringman, newly appointed Director General of CEPI.
                                                                                He added “I am proud to take on this challenge and look forward to helping advance sustainability, innovation and opportunities for pulp and paper sector companies and workers across Europe.”
                                                                                Kalle Sundström, CEPI Chairman and CEO of Stora Enso: “In this challenging time, with the sudden and unexpected death of Sylvain Lhôte, I am glad to be able to count on the experience and competence of Jori Ringman to efficiently deliver on what has been prepared by the CEPI team over the last months, and continue to shape the strategic presence of our industry at EU level.”

                                                                                jrwpJori Ringman is an expert in sustainability, environment, circular economy and consumer protection. In 2016, he was appointed Deputy Director General of CEPI.

                                                                                Prior to joining CEPI as Recycling Director in February 2005, he was a civil servant in the European Commission. He has also worked in the European Parliament Environment Committee as a political advisor (1999 – 2004), as a journalist and editor in Finland, and as Secretary General of a parliamentary group in the Finnish National Parliament in Helsinki.

                                                                                Mr. Ringman has a background in Economics, Econometrics and Business Management and broad experience in communications, public administration and politics. He also holds an MSc in Environmental Decision-making.
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                                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 08 Jul 2019 11:15:36 +0200
                                                                                  Detergent packaging now even more sustainable http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8140-detergent-packaging-now-even-more-sustainable http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8140-detergent-packaging-now-even-more-sustainable

                                                                                  Walki offers solutions made of 100 percent renewable raw materials and soon also made of circular polymers

                                                                                  Walki, a leading manufacturer of packaging solutions, offers cardboard-based laminate constructions for washing powders and other hygroscopic products that are particularly sustainable – while at the same time providing optimum product protection and allowing perfect processing. Headquartered in Espoo, Finland, the company uses tall oil-based barriers instead of petroleum-based barriers and is already developing laminates with certified circular polymers to market readiness so as to close the material cycle.

                                                                                  walkilogoWalki®Pack D is a solution developed especially for packaging washing powders. "D" stands for detergent. It consists of a strong grey cardboard as the base material, a barrier layer for protection from water vapour and a thin, coated paper for printing and finishing. Conventionally, this type of water vapour barrier is manufactured from petroleum-based polymers. As an innovator and pioneer in the field of sustainability, Walki has also developed an even more sustainable concept called Walki®Wood Pack-D, which uses alternatives made from tall oil for the barrier. Tall oil is a by-product of pulp production. As such, it is obtained from vegetable raw materials, but it does not compete with food production. Tall oil can be used to produce coatings with the same properties and barrier levels as those produced from crude oil.

                                                                                  Identical properties to conventional coatings

                                                                                  The tall oil-based barrier protects the product just as effectively against clumping, keeps it dry and free-flowing and responds identically in the course of further processing. "The laminate construction with the alternative barrier layer is exactly the same as the previous one and can be replaced without having to adapt packaging production or filling lines. It consists of 100 percent renewable raw materials and is completely recyclable," says Stefan Erdmann, Technical Service & Development Manager Barrier Board at Walki. Walki®Wood Pack D can be used to package any type of powdery, hygroscopic product, such as wallpaper paste or tile adhesive.

                                                                                  Certified circular polymers for a zero-waste future

                                                                                  One step further is a concept that is currently close to market maturity and is expected to be available on an industrial scale from 2020: Walki is a pioneer in the use of certified circular polymers, which allow the material cycle to be closed. This is because they are produced in an innovative process from low-value, mixed plastic household waste that would otherwise be incinerated or landfilled. They are manufactured by SABIC, a long-term Walki partner. “Walki is a pioneer when it comes to sustainability. Today, more than 80 percent of our products are made from renewable or recycled raw materials. Our goal is to increase this to 100 per cent by 2030," says Leif Frilund, President and CEO Walki Group. "We have already taken an important step with our tall oil based barrier solutions. Another step will be the introduction of products with circular polymers.”

                                                                                  For additional information, please contact:
                                                                                  Stefan Erdmann
                                                                                  Technical Service & Development Manager Barrier Board
                                                                                  Tel. +49 2551 6863

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                                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 08 Jul 2019 10:40:22 +0200
                                                                                    The Modern Man takes a greener approach http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8139-the-modern-man-takes-a-greener-approach http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8139-the-modern-man-takes-a-greener-approach

                                                                                    Provider of premium grooming products adapts its packaging to reflect sustainable values and customer expectations

                                                                                    The Modern Man has been sending luxury male grooming products to customers around the world since 2009 and as an e-commerce business, robust and impactful packaging has always been crucial. The company began collaborating with DS Smith in 2014 and, as a result, developed an eye-catching e-commerce pack, which guaranteed its high-end products arrived in perfect condition, no matter the destination.

                                                                                    The original e-commerce pack had a real “wow” factor when opened as the inner liner of the box was printed with a striking design. While The Modern Man was delighted with the packaging, over time, it became more concerned about whether the packaging aligned with its green credentials.

                                                                                    Matt Crowson, founder of The Modern Man, explains: “We were increasingly distributing a number of vegan and sustainable grooming products and it seemed incongruous for us to be using additional resources to print on the inside of the box. While telling our brand story has always been crucial, our approach to this narrative changed. Recyclable packaging, made with recycled materials, and resulting in minimal waste became a top priority. We got in touch with DS Smith and together began work on a new design.

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                                                                                    “Once again, it was essential that the packaging solution secured and protected the products – many of our items are bottles and if they break in transit, our brand and sales will naturally suffer. Over the last few years, our customers’ average order value has grown and we have moved towards even higher-end products, so it’s crucial that the packaging looks good and reflects the quality of the products we sell. Finally, from an operational point of view, we wanted the boxes to be quick and easy to assemble for our teams in the warehouse.”

                                                                                    DS Smith’s expert design team worked closely with The Modern Man to create a more sustainable e-commerce pack, made from recycled materials. It took the printing out of the inside and incorporated a recyclable, corrugated pad which secures the product without any need for void fill or packing materials. There is hardly any empty space so the company is not paying to ship air and the product is protected and safe. The box is self-locking, easy to assemble and tamper proof. The addition of an easy opening strip also ensures there is a seamless opening process for customers when receiving their package.

                                                                                    Rob Carle, UK head of e-commerce sales, DS Smith comments: “Many of The Modern Man’s products are being shipped across the world. Therefore, Matt and the team needed to have 100 per cent confidence that its packaging could withstand the rigours of the supply chain. We were able to provide this peace of mind as the design was tested on our unique DISCS™ equipment.”

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                                                                                    Named after the types of testing (Drop, Impact, Shock, Crush, Shake), DISCS™ is an industry leading process, which assesses whether packaging can survive the average e-commerce supply chain. Each piece of equipment replicates a part of the product journey and therefore provides real world testing.

                                                                                    Matt Crowson adds: “The final piece of the puzzle for us is that DS Smith also takes away our waste cardboard and recycles it. This closed loop model means that old packaging is being turned into strong, high quality, recycled papers by DS Smith rather than going to landfill. We feel that this greener approach is vital for our brand integrity – it matters to us and it matters to our customers.”

                                                                                    Speaking about his experience of working with DS Smith, Matt concludes: “Over the last five years, we have enjoyed a truly collaborative relationship with DS Smith, which has grown over time to include our two newer brands Calissa.com and salonwholesale.com. DS Smith are easy to work with and flexible. It has been such an encouragement that a large, international packaging company has been willing to work with us, a relatively small e-commerce start-up. We have a genuine, personal connection with the DS Smith team and share a deep passion for working sustainably and stewarding the earth’s resources effectively.”

                                                                                    For more information on DS Smith, please visit https://www.dssmith.com/packaging

                                                                                    For more information on The Modern Man, please visit https://www.themodernman.co.uk/

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                                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 08 Jul 2019 10:36:16 +0200
                                                                                      Sappi Lanaken PM8 successful start-up after rebuild http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8138-sappi-lanaken-pm8-successful-start-up-after-rebuild http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8138-sappi-lanaken-pm8-successful-start-up-after-rebuild

                                                                                      Sappi’s Lanaken mill in Belgium has recently undergone a two month long rebuild on its PM8. As of June, 12th 2019 the PM now has the ability to produce woodfree coated paper in addition to light weight coated paper. 

                                                                                      sappi logoAfter a scheduled ramp-up and optimization this widened product capacity will provide excellent flexibility. Sappi will use this flexibility to meet the market demands.

                                                                                      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 Mon, 08 Jul 2019 09:50:44 +0200
                                                                                        A.Celli and SINAMICS upgrade: stepping into the future! http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8135-a-celli-and-sinamics-upgrade-stepping-into-the-future http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8135-a-celli-and-sinamics-upgrade-stepping-into-the-future

                                                                                        Why migrating from SIMOVERT to SINAMICS will improve the safety and performance of your A.Celli plant:

                                                                                        Starting in 1996, the Siemens SIMOVERT MASTERDRIVES family of converters was sold and installed on a worldwide level and, of course, A.Celli adopted this innovative technology for its product range as a versatile and high-performance modular system for all the plants it manufactures.

                                                                                        The colossus Siemens, strong of incisive research and evolution, has taken a further step forward on the market, by presenting the global industrial scenario with a new generation of converters for the most sophisticated demands: SINAMICS.

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                                                                                        This new large family of converters maintains the identical spirit of innovation and production excellence typical of SIMOVERT MASTERDRIVES. SINAMICS guarantees huge advantages in terms of performance, diagnosis and results. Additionally, all product variants – both cabinet and built-in units – stand out for their modular structure and easy maintenance.

                                                                                        For this reason, the A.Celli Group is once again collaborating with this new family of Siemens products by installing excellence on its recent plants. In forthcoming maintenance operations, we strongly recommend replacing the old and obsolete components with the new SINAMICS G130/G150 or S120CM/S150 products.

                                                                                        To support A.Celli’s choice is not just the strong factor of innovative excellence, but also a strictly practical reason: the supply of the older SIMOVERT MASTERDRIVES spare parts technology is no longer guaranteed. Hence, without a parts stock at customers’ premises, exists a real risk of plant stoppage that could prove deleterious and entail negative consequences.

                                                                                        So, contact A.Celli Service for a quick consultancy or a dedicated case study.
                                                                                        A.Celli SINAMICS Upgrade: stepping into the future!

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                                                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 05 Jul 2019 10:20:52 +0200
                                                                                          Sustainable Sake-packaging winner of PIDA UK 2019 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8133-sustainable-sake-packaging-winner-of-pida-uk-2019 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8133-sustainable-sake-packaging-winner-of-pida-uk-2019

                                                                                          For the first time, the British edition of PIDA – Packaging Impact Design Award – got its own event, held on 5 June in Leeds. This year, sustainability and recycling were in focus. The contesting design students presented creative and fun ideas on how to package flowers, drinks and accessories in a more environmentally friendly way. And the design that had the best concept according to the jury, was Ekitai Sake, created by students from Sheffield Hallam University.

                                                                                          “We are surprised, chocked an honored. We made a recyclable, sustainable bottle and we’ve completely removed the glass. It’s the most sustainable product we could think of and we really tried to push it and make it look luxurious” says Will Sutton who together with teammates Chao-Lun Cheng and Jiaming Gong won the Gold Award of PIDA UK 2019. Their design Ekitai Sake is now qualified for the European final in Monaco this fall, at Luxe Pack - the world's largest luxury packaging fair.

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                                                                                          High quality all around

                                                                                          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 innovation, sustainability, user-friendliness, concept and communication of the contributions. Ekitai Sake received high marks on all points and the students were praised for their attention to detail, the branding and the functionality of the packaging.

                                                                                          The motivation of the jury:

                                                                                          “A unanimous decision by the judges to give the PIDA Gold Award to this excellent innovative pack design, very strong in all categories. The combination of structure, branding and functionality proved a winning concept. The judges appreciated the attention to detail, the ergonomics of the bottle and use of the lid to drink with as a workable concept. Additional environmental impact reductions by replacing glass and reducing energy required to provide a stunning design that further enhanced the excellent packaging & product combined concept.”

                                                                                          A glimpse into the future of packaging

                                                                                          In addition to the PIDA Gold Award, winners were elected in three more categories. The prize for the Highest Level of Innovation went to the design Believers, dreamers and you for its unique playful design and great shelf impact. Winner of Highest Level of Sustainability and Highest Level of User Friendliness award was the design Lit Life for the economical use of the material and for the functionality of the packaging.

                                                                                          “The projects catapulted us into the future of packaging innovation and design and previewed ideas and concepts that we will one day see on our shelves and have in our homes. All of the projects were great and it was a very proud day for all involved as it had been a dream for three years to hold this event in the UK”, says Gareth Fisher, project leader of PIDA UK at BillerudKorsnäs.

                                                                                          Young talents become tomorrow’s packaging designers

                                                                                          The international competition PIDA is arranged by BillerudKorsnäs and is carried out in collaboration with leading universities and colleges in Sweden, the UK, France and Germany. Each year, over 200 design students participate. In this year’s edition of PIDA UK, students from Sheffield Hallam University competed. The jury consists of a mix of industry professionals – designers, converters, brand owners and other specialists.

                                                                                          “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.”

                                                                                          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 Thu, 04 Jul 2019 09:26:12 +0200
                                                                                            Voith PaperSchool: Customized training courses for the paper industry http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8132-voith-paperschool-customized-training-courses-for-the-paper-industry http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8132-voith-paperschool-customized-training-courses-for-the-paper-industry

                                                                                            The new website of the Voith PaperSchool is now online. The school offers comprehensive training courses covering all aspects of the paper manufacturing process. In addition to a wide range of existing training courses, participants can also access personalized training content – using the latest methods like computer-assisted training or virtual reality and with hands-on training on the actual machines and equipment. This allows them to achieve a sustained improvement in their skills and know-how.

                                                                                            Whether employees from machine operation, maintenance or management, paper producers are constantly faced with the challenge of instructing and training new personnel and further developing existing employees. This is necessary to ensure safe and efficient plant operation across the entire paper manufacturing process. However, the resources and expertise needed to provide this kind of training are often lacking. As a full-line supplier with a broad range of services, Voith offers targeted training programs underpinned by the latest best practice experience through its well-established PaperSchool under the Servolution concept. In doing so, Voith can draw on its long-standing experience and expertise in this area; the long-established company conducted its first training for customers as far back as 1910.

                                                                                            The Voith PaperSchool employs effective training methods and offers a tailored transfer of knowledge and skills for different needs.The Voith PaperSchool employs effective training methods and offers a tailored transfer of knowledge and skills for different needs.

                                                                                            Customer-specific and standardized training modules
                                                                                            The training courses are available at the Voith Training Centers around the world, on site at customer’s paper mill, as well as online. Participants can develop specialized knowledge under the guidance of Voith experts. The training is tailored to all needs and imparts basic, intermediate and advanced knowledge. The exact training plan can be put together according to specific personal requirements – a common definition and prioritization of training content and methods take place.

                                                                                            The training courses cover various areas of paper production and stock preparation, maintenance such as example auxiliary systems, maintenance strategies and methodologies like communication, analysis and structured problem-solving.

                                                                                            Effective training methods
                                                                                            Different methods are used to impart knowledge and skills: classroom, hands-on, e-learning and virtual reality training. In classroom training, an expert provides the trainees with general knowledge about paper production and answers questions. In the case of hands-on training, trainees learn certain tasks in a controlled classroom setting under instruction. The training can be extended to include exposure to real-life conditions on the machines. The e-learning method, on the other hand, allows participants to learn according to their own timetable, regardless of location – and therefore is available 24/7. Learning outcomes is ensured by means of continuous testing and repetitions, and a support team is available 24/7 to answer any questions the trainee may have.

                                                                                            Innovative virtual reality training
                                                                                            One new kind of method is virtual reality training, an interactive training in a computer-generated environment. For training purposes, this cutting-edge technology makes it possible to simulate a virtual exploration of an entire paper machine or the behavior in a hazardous situation without actually endangering the people taking part. In addition, virtual reality training can be used to allow trainees to learn and practice various assembly operations, so they can subsequently perform proper maintenance on the actual machine.

                                                                                            Further information and booking for available training courses can be found on the new website of the Voith PaperSchool: www.voith.com/paperschool. In the future, the trainings can also be easily booked via the Voith Paper Webshop.

                                                                                            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, 02 Jul 2019 10:13:53 +0200
                                                                                              ANDRITZ launches new StrataPressTM felt technology for enhanced press performance http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8130-andritz-launches-new-stratapresstm-felt-technology-for-enhanced-press-performance http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8130-andritz-launches-new-stratapresstm-felt-technology-for-enhanced-press-performance

                                                                                              International technology Group ANDRITZ has officially launched its new StrataPress™ felt technology enabling unmatched performance on today’s most demanding press positions.

                                                                                              Innovative StrataPress™ press felts provide a comprehensive new portfolio of high-performance technology specially developed to help maximize machine press performance. StrataPress™ is designed with a game-changing combination of materials, base fabric structures and unique batt concepts, which ensure highest sheet quality, faster machine speeds, and reduced energy consumption. The StrataPress™ portfolio offers both endless and seamed technology to enable any machine to run more efficiently with products specifically engineered for each application, with any grade and in every press configuration.

                                                                                              The StrataPress™ press felt portfolio offers both endless and seamed technology to enable the press section to run more efficiently with products specifically engineered for each application with any grade and in every machine configurationThe StrataPress™ press felt portfolio offers both endless and seamed technology to enable the press section to run more efficiently with products specifically engineered for each application with any grade and in every machine configuration. Photo: ANDRITZ

                                                                                              “Our innovative StrataPress portfolio of endless and seamed felts provides customers a comprehensive new platform specifically engineered to deliver unprecedented machine performance for improved sheet quality and reduced operating costs. It is available worldwide for machines producing all grades of containerboard, graphical papers, tissue, and pulp,” says Bill Butterfield, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at ANDRITZ Fabrics and Rolls.

                                                                                              With the new StrataPress™ technology, 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 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 Tue, 02 Jul 2019 10:00:57 +0200
                                                                                                T.CON earns SAP award for excellent mill expertise in Germany http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8129-t-con-earns-sap-award-for-excellent-mill-expertise-in-germany http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8129-t-con-earns-sap-award-for-excellent-mill-expertise-in-germany

                                                                                                For the first time, SAP SE honors T.CON's excellent expertise for the mill process industry. As a demonstration of the outstanding expert know-how of T.CON in the industry, T.CON can now display the “SAP Recognized Expertise in the mill products industry in Germany” certificate.

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                                                                                                SAP awards the “SAP Recognized Expertise” certificate to partners with impressive industry-specific or solution-specific expertise. There are currently over 15,000 SAP partners specialized in various industries across the globe, each with its own special features and characteristics. The mill products sector includes not just weaving mills but also businesses in the foil, paper, board, felt, textile and metal industries. The outstanding expertise T.CON has developed in the German mill products industry has now been recognized in the award.

                                                                                                There are only four SAP partners in the world who have been certified with “SAP Recognized Expertise” for this sector. “We have a unique process knowledge and solution expertise in this industry, even when taken right across the globe”, explains Andreas Laschinger, T.CON’s Strategic Business Field Head for mill products.

                                                                                                This expertise has led, among other things, to the development of the ERP solution package T.CON SMART FOR MILL. Its individual components cover the business and economic processes for producers of rolls and sheets: From development to procurement, through planning, production, quality management, maintenance, sales and shipping, and all the way to integrated accounting. All the functions in the T.CON solution packages are adapted to meet the needs of the mill industry.

                                                                                                Industry expertise guarantees ROI

                                                                                                “Our solution package is based on processes optimized for SAP S/4HANA and comprises applications for all aspects of reel and sheet based production. They can be seamlessly integrated into operative workflows”, explains Sasa Mihajlovic, Business Lead Production Mill Industries at T.CON. “They give our customers a real added value and make a huge contribution to making the business more competitive. What’s more, our industry expertise guarantees that the associated investments pay for themselves rapidly and sustainably.”

                                                                                                The “SAP Recognized Expertise” award is issued as part of the SAP PartnerEdge program. SAP partners must meet high standards in order to receive the award. These include proof of industry expertise. The partner must also have successfully carried out a specified number of customer projects in the sector in that country.

                                                                                                T.CON company profile

                                                                                                T.CON is a successful German SAP consulting and systems company. Its team of 300 SAP experts across our five sites performs complete installations, carve-outs and optimization projects in German-speaking countries and throughout the world. T.CON links up processes, systems and people, rethinks business processes and exploits the opportunities and possibilities in digitalization to benefit its customers. T.CON’s customers can achieve their corporate goals more easily and reliably, work more profitably and establish themselves even more successfully in the competitive environment. As an owner-operated business and SAP Gold Partner, T.CON has an emphasis on sustainable growth and pursuing long-term goals.

                                                                                                Links:

                                                                                                The trim webinar recording:

                                                                                                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72s_9Fx3GLk&feature=youtu.be

                                                                                                TRIM explanatory video:

                                                                                                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHlTwGaKxpc&feature=youtu.be

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                                                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 26 Jun 2019 19:29:39 +0200
                                                                                                  ANDRITZ receives a major order for an extensive rebuild from Stora Enso in Finland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8125-andritz-receives-a-major-order-for-an-extensive-rebuild-from-stora-enso-in-finland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8125-andritz-receives-a-major-order-for-an-extensive-rebuild-from-stora-enso-in-finland

                                                                                                  International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Stora Enso to supply production technologies and key process equipment for rebuild of the fiberline and drying machine as well as for modernization of the stock preparation system at its Oulu Mill, Finland. Start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2020.

                                                                                                  The order is part of Stora Ensoʼs project to convert the mill’s existing fine paper production to containerboard production based on virgin fiber kraftliner as well as to increase the capacity of the pulp mill and pulp drying line. The typical end uses for kraftliner are in packaging segments that require high strength, quality and purity, such as food, fruit and vegetables as well as heavy duty packaging.

                                                                                                  ANDRITZ will convert the existing fiberline to produce high-Kappa unbleached pulp, rebuild the pulp drying machine and modernize the stock preparation system at Stora Enso’s Oulu Mill. Photo: ANDRITZ ANDRITZ will convert the existing fiberline to produce high-Kappa unbleached pulp, rebuild the pulp drying machine and modernize the stock preparation system at Stora Enso’s Oulu Mill. Photo: ANDRITZ

                                                                                                  “Conversion of the Oulu Mill will enable Stora Enso to further improve its position in the growing packaging market and take a major step forward in our transformation. ANDRITZ has proven experience in similar rebuilds, and its strong position in pulp drying further contributed to this supplier selection,” says Ari Saarnio, Project Director, Stora Enso Oulu Conversion Project.

                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                  A passion for innovative technology, absolute customer focus, partnership, reliability, and integrity are core values to which ANDRITZ is committed. The listed Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria. With almost 170 years of experience, 29,000 employees, and more than 280 locations in over 40 countries worldwide, ANDRITZ is a reliable and competent partner and helps its customers to achieve their corporate and sustainability goals.

                                                                                                  ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER

                                                                                                  ANDRITZ Pulp & Paper is a leading global supplier of complete plants, systems, equipment, and comprehensive services for the production and processing of all types of pulp, paper, board, and tissue. The technologies cover processing of logs, annual fibers, and waste paper; production of chemical pulp, mechanical pulp, and recycled fibers; recovery and reuse of chemicals; preparation of paper machine furnish; production of paper, board, and tissue; sizing, calendering and coating of paper; as well as treatment of reject materials and sludge. The service offering includes system and machine modernization, rebuilds, spare and wear parts, on-site and workshop services, optimization of process performance, maintenance and automation solutions, as well as machine relocation and second-hand equipment. Biomass, steam and recovery boilers for power production, gasification and flue gas cleaning plants, systems and plants for the production of nonwovens 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 Wed, 26 Jun 2019 10:37:23 +0200
                                                                                                    Minerals Technologies Initiates ENVIROFIL® PCC Production http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8122-minerals-technologies-initiates-envirofil-pcc-production http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8122-minerals-technologies-initiates-envirofil-pcc-production

                                                                                                    First Commercial Deployment for Innovative Minerals Recycling Technology

                                                                                                    Technology Provides Environmental and Cost-Reduction Solutions for Customers

                                                                                                    Minerals Technologies Inc. (NYSE: MTX) (“MTI” or “the Company”) have just announced that it has completed the installation and deployment of ENVIROFIL® PCC at UPM-Kymmene Corporation’s (“UPM”) paper mill in Schongau, Germany. This is the first commercial deployment of ENVIROFIL® PCC and follows extensive collaboration with UPM. 50,000 dry metric tons of recovered pigments are scheduled for paper production annually at UPM’s satellite plant.

                                                                                                    2014 07 30 103250 min tech logoENVIROFIL® PCC is a new, innovative recycling technology that allows papermakers to recover mineral pigments from deinking residue by converting these raw materials to ENVIROFIL® PCC. This process has proven to substantially improve waste paper yield, mitigating solid waste disposal costs and reducing the environmental impact of the deinking process.

                                                                                                    “We are very pleased to work with UPM to deploy our newest recycling technology, which helps to address important sustainability challenges that our customers are facing at the paper mill,” said Douglas T. Dietrich, Chief Executive Officer of Minerals Technologies. “This collaboration with UPM demonstrates the value ENVIROFIL® PCC can provide our customers who are seeking ways to recover waste from the production process. We continue to develop innovative new solutions across our portfolio to meet evolving demands from customers, who require products geared towards environmental and recycling issues in addition to cost reduction solutions.”

                                                                                                    Wolfgang Ohnesorg, General Manager of UPM Schongau, added, “The circular economy and resource efficiency offer solutions to the scarcity of natural resources, climate change and many other environmental challenges. Many of the challenges we face could be solved if materials and products were recycled and used more efficiently. In the value chain of forest industry products, UPM is involved in creating circular economy solutions.”

                                                                                                    “UPM’s research into paper mill side streams aims to find more efficient ways to utilize by-products. In line with UPM’s Biofore approach, we continuously develop innovative ways to reduce our own waste and residues and to recycle waste into new products. The collaboration with MTI is an excellent example of our efforts to promote a circular economy. The project is part of UPM’s Zero Solid Waste target, which aims to develop solutions for recycling surplus materials to ensure that they produce added value. We already recycle or recover 90% of the process waste at UPM with our goal to further reduce the emissions and waste related to our production,” Mr. Ohnesorg concluded.

                                                                                                    D.J. Monagle III, MTI Group President, Specialty Minerals and Refractories, commented, “We have a longstanding relationship with UPM, and we are excited to further strengthen our partnership. Through this new solution, we are providing an enhanced process for our customers to convert waste material that would normally be deposited to a landfill into a valuable pigment for producing paper. We see additional opportunities to commercialize ENVIROFIL® PCC to support our customers’ efforts to reduce process waste as well as to deploy our other high-value paper technologies.”

                                                                                                    About Minerals Technologies Inc.
                                                                                                    New York-based Minerals Technologies Inc. (MTI) is a resource- and technology-based growth company that develops, produces and markets worldwide a broad range of specialty mineral, mineral-based and synthetic mineral products and related systems and services. MTI serves the paper, foundry, steel, construction, environmental, energy, polymer and consumer products industries. The company reported sales of $1.808 billion in 2018. For further information, please visit our website at www.mineralstech.com. (MTI-G)

                                                                                                    About UPM Communication Papers
                                                                                                    UPM Communication Papers is the world's leading producer of graphic papers, offering an extensive product range for advertising and publishing as well as home and office uses. The high performing papers and service concepts of UPM add value to our customers' businesses, while actively fulfilling demanding environmental and social responsibility criteria. With headquarters in Germany, UPM Communication Papers employs approximately 8,000 people. More about UPM Communication Papers and its products at www.upmpaper.com

                                                                                                    About UPM
                                                                                                    We deliver renewable and responsible solutions and innovate for a future beyond fossils across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Communication Papers and UPM Plywood. We employ around 19,000 people worldwide and our annual sales are approximately EUR 10.5 billion. Our shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. UPM Biofore - Beyond fossils. www.upm.com

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