International technology Group ANDRITZ has officially launched its new tissue machine for textured tissue, the “PrimeLineTEX”, enabling customers to produce textured tissue of a quality superior to dry crepe and very close to structured (TAD) tissue, while at the same time achieving significant cost savings.

PrimeLineTEX is available with widths of 5.6 or 2.8 m and produces high-quality tissue for towel and sanitary applications. The machine offers up to 25% fiber savings compared to dry crepe and consumes up to 50% less energy than a TAD machine. The PrimeLine TEX is substantially shorter in length than other market solutions and uses only one additional fabric instead of two. Furthermore, the PrimeLineTEX machine can switch between production of textured and dry crepe tissue within a much shorter time than comparable solutions.

  The ANDRITZ tissue pilot plant in Graz, Austria – the PrimeLineTIAC – is currently configured as a PrimeLineTEX machine and offers customers the opportunity to test and develop their future textured tissue. © ANDRITZ The ANDRITZ tissue pilot plant in Graz, Austria – the PrimeLineTIAC – is currently configured as a PrimeLineTEX machine and offers customers the opportunity to test and develop their future textured tissue. © ANDRITZ

As a turnkey supplier, ANDRITZ can offer the complete textured tissue production line, including stock preparation, pumps, and the automation system.

“Our new PrimeLineTEX tissue machine enables customers to produce high-quality tissue close to TAD but with substantially reduced investment and operating costs. It is available to all markets worldwide, without any restrictions. This new machine offers profitable advantages for our customers,” says Klaus Blechinger, Vice President Tissue at ANDRITZ.


The ANDRITZ tissue pilot plant in Graz, Austria – the PrimeLineTIAC – is currently configured as a PrimeLineTEX machine and now offers customers the opportunity to test and develop their future textured tissue. The first paper samples will be available during the Tissue World Milan trade show from March 25 to 27, 2019 at the ANDRITZ booth, F680.

With the new PrimeLineTEX machine, ANDRITZ once again confirms its strong position as one of the global market leaders for the supply of complete tissue production lines and the right partner for innovative solutions.

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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.

Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE: CLW) has just introduced NuVo®, a new brand of cup stock paperboard that provides foodservice operators choice and differentiation through customized material to fit their specific brand needs. The newly-branded cup stock paperboard is now available to Clearwater Paper’s customers.

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“We are excited to introduce NuVo to our customers, with a quality standard that we believe stands apart from any other paperboard cup product in the market,” said Steve Bowden, senior vice president of the pulp and paperboard division. “Our newly-branded NuVo products are an important part of our plan at Clearwater Paper to offer innovative and sustainable solutions that fit the evolving needs of our customers.”

NuVo is distinct, offering an option of up to 32% post-consumer recycled fiber. Operators may also choose an enhanced surface technology which offers uniform and consistent ink coverage, a premium white shade and a high definition process print capability. The brand also offers Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) chain of custody certification which helps operators show their commitment to sustainability.

NuVo is a brand promise that Clearwater Paper intends to continually evolve to provide customers innovative choices to maximize differentiation and sustainability.


Clearwater Paper manufactures quality consumer tissue, away-from-home tissue, parent roll tissue, bleached paperboard and pulp at manufacturing facilities across the nation. The company is a premier supplier of private label tissue to major retailers and wholesale distributors, including grocery, drug, mass merchants and discount stores. In addition, the company produces bleached paperboard used by quality-conscious printers and packaging converters, and offers services that include custom sheeting, slitting and cutting. Clearwater Paper's employees build shareholder value by developing strong customer relationships through quality and service.

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Voith is taking part at the Tissue World in Milan from March 25 to 27, 2019. The innovative solutions for tissue production from Voith will be displayed at booth F500 in hall 3.

  • Voith will participate at the Tissue World exhibition in Milan
  • XcelLine tissue machine can be experienced in Virtual Reality at Voith booth. Also at the booth: Papermaking 4.0 solutions and the CleanLine Excell cleaning technology.
  • Presentations at the conference about “The smart evolution for Tissue 4.0” on March 27 further insights into “Performance and Safety in the Yankee area” on March 26

As a full-line supplier, Voith generates crucial added value especially for the tissue industry. From BlueLine stock preparation lines to the XcelLine tissue machines the systems are designed from a single source and cover all areas of tissue manufacturing. The interactions are perfectly matched to make the tissue production as valuable as possible.

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Presentations at the conference
Marcus Schwier, Director Tissue Sales & Application and Christian Schmid, Head of Process Line Package at Voith Paper will give a joint presentation about “The smart evolution for Tissue 4.0” on March 27, from 11:40 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. in the official conference session "Smart and Sustainable – Strategies to Stay Sharp as a New Decade Dawns”.

Marco Pettena, Sales Director Tissue at Voith Paper will provide further insights into “Performance and Safety in the Yankee area” and will explain how to improve not only the energetic performance but increase as well the safety working with this key part of the tissue machine. March 26, from 8:35 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. session “Yankee Safety & Reliability Workshop“.

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XcelLine Tissue Machines: Xcellent Performance.
XcelLine, the new generation of tissue machines by Voith, is the key to building an optimized, sustainable supply chain. With XcelLine tissue machines, Voith offers efficient paper production on a new level. All single components, technologies and services are perfectly coordinated and integrated. Their interplay leads to excellent performance over the entire lifecycle of the tissue machine. Perfect design, coordination and reliability of all secondary systems are also part of Voith’s scope of supply.

Papermaking 4.0: Virtual Reality Solutions for Tissue
Virtual Reality Solutions by Voith enable to experience your individual tissue machine easily in virtual reality. Also trainings can be carried out in virtual reality. The complete immersion in the virtual world enhances the training effect. The result: More transparency, efficiency and safety over the entire life cycle.

Voith CleanLine Excell consistent and uniform cleaning

CleanLine Excell: Consistent and uniform cleaning
High fiber retention and uniform dewatering are key factors of performance in the forming and press sections of a tissue machine. CleanLine Excell cleans the surface and structure of forming and press fabrics more effectively than oscillating high-pressure needle jet showers or standard traversing showers. The especially for tissue machines developed CleanLine Excell cleaning head provides greater fabric permeability retention which leads to better uniformity, less water and energy consumption.

About the company
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.

Specified by brand owners seeking a unique visual and haptic solution for their communications, Heaven 42 was initially launched in 2007 and is now being produced by Sappi through its sustainable manufacturing platform in Europe.

sappi logoAs the owner of the Heaven 42 brand IGEPA wanted to ensure the long term availability and quality standards of the product and Sappi, as the leading producer of fine paper, was able to meet these stringent requirements and ensure continuity of supply.

Heaven 42 absolute white offers a 155 CIE whiteness enabling vibrant colour reproduction combined with the distinctive haptic of a soft-mat surface in basis weights 115g/m2 to 400g/m2.

Flavio Froehli, Sales Director at Sappi said: ‘’Sappi and IGEPA have a long and successful partnership, we are looking forward to supporting the brands future success by utilising Sappi’s leading manufacturing and service platform’’.

About Sappi

Sappi Europe SA is the leading European producer of coated fine paper used in premium magazines, catalogues, books and high-end print advertising. Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, Sappi Europe is recognised for innovation and quality. Its graphic paper brands include Magno, Quatro, Vantage, Royal, Galerie and GalerieArt ranges. Algro®, Leine®, Parade®, Fusion® and Atelier™ are the brands for innovative solutions of speciality papers and boards.

Sappi papers are produced in mills accredited with ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification and EMAS registration for all our mills in the EU. Sappi European mills hold chain-of-custody certification under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) and/or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™) schemes.

Sappi Europe SA is a division of Sappi Limited (JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with 12,500 employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in nine countries, sales offices in 50 countries, and customers in over 100 countries around the world. Learn more about Sappi at

International technology Group ANDRITZ launches the next generation of its highly successful ModuScreen family of pressure screens – the new PrimeScreen X. The newly developed screen has thoroughly been tested in most demanding OCC applications and shows significant improvements in energy efficiency, screening performance and maintainability.

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The PrimeScreen X builds on the success of more than 5,400 globally installed ANDRITZ pressure screens in stock preparation applications and offers additional and innovative key benefits to our customers.

  • Top-feed stock inlet. 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 the accumulation in the feed area, which again extends the life of wearing components.
  • New PrimeRotor and foil design. The PrimeScreen X can be equipped with the new PrimeRotor, which improves screening efficiency and reduces energy consumption by up to 25%, compared to a competitive screen in a comparable application. The PrimeRotor foils are interchangeable with any other ANDRITZ foils and the rotor could be installed in any screen type available on the market.
  • Easier maintenance. The design of the new rotor attachment and basket fixing results in reduced downtime, as maintenance and replacement of rotor and basket is quick and easy.
  • Enhanced geometry. The optimized screen basket height-to-diameter ratios comply with the requirements of different furnishes and applications, helping to reduce the thickening factors and leading to a better control of fiber loss.
  • Versatile in application. The PrimeScreen X is suited to all screening applications independent of the raw materials.

Wolfgang Lashofer, Senior Vice President and Global Division Manager of Paper, Fiber and Recycling Division at ANDRITZ: “Our new PrimeScreen X reduces energy consumption significantly and improves performance of our customers’ plants, thus meeting exactly market demands”.

Information about the PrimeScreen X and PrimeRotor can be obtained at:


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.

Global paper manufacturer and distributor PAPELERA NACIONAL S.A. (PANASA) is enhancing its sustainability with a new Global Water & Energy (GWE) wastewater treatment plant in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

The GWE anaerobic plant will convert organic contamination present in the wastewater to up to 4,200 Nm3 of biogas, which when utilized as a fuel, is an equivalent of 2,818 kg fuel oil per day.

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PANASA has been producing Kraft paper since 1968. Throughout the years the company has increased its production, installed new equipment and optimized fiber control and preparation processes. 50 years later, it can produce 18 times more paper, with annual production volumes exceeding 180,000 metric tons.

By choosing GWE’s solution, PANASA has the opportunity to tackle two of the most significant problems faced by the pulp and paper industry – efficient wastewater treatment and fossil fuel dependency.

Turning problem into profit

The organic contamination present in the PANASA’s wastewater stream will be converted to biogas by GWE’s ANUBIXTM – T Expanded Granular Sludge Bed (EGSB).

“ANUBIX™-T reactors are designed with a focus on minimal maintenance and operational requirements. Their tower-like design also saves a significant amount of space compared with other wastewater treatment plant designs,” says GWE, which has more than 400 high-efficiency wastewater treatment projects in 64 countries. GWE recently rebranded from Global Water Engineering to reflect a growing focus on green energy generation.

“The high efficiency of the wastewater treatment system helps to reduce the environmental footprint of forward-thinking companies like PANASA,” says GWE.

The savings produced by replacing fossil fuels will ultimately cover the entire cost of the wastewater treatment plant and then go on producing profit virtually in perpetuity, says GWE.

GWE’s ANUBIX™-T, including auxiliary equipment and tanks, was chosen after a thorough supplier selection process. GWE’s new waste-to-energy technologies will be incorporated into PANASA’s existing aerobic wastewater treatment facilities as a turn-key project.

“Selection of the ANUBIX™-T turn-key solution is a testament to the engineering ingenuity of the system, and the hard work of the entire GWE team in making sure all of PANASA’s needs were met,” says GWE.

ANUBIX™-T ultra-high loading rate anaerobic reactor

GWE’s ANUBIX™-T can be used for the anaerobic treatment of wastewater streams in a broad range of applications, including breweries, soft drinks and other beverages production, paper mills, starch production, and many others.

ANUBIX™-T is an ultra-high loading-rate system utilizing expanded granular sludge bed technology. It is suitable for high-strength wastewaters with organic content up to 15,000 mg/l.

GWE has ANUBIX™-T installations in several countries globally, where the generated biogas is often used to power boilers, or sold back to the grid for a profit.

At the project design phase, additional provisions can be implemented for pre-settling of solids, heating, cooling, CO2 degasification, and inline neutralization, to customize the installation to suit unique requirements.

The ANUBIX™-T reactor is capable of handling very high loading rates of up to 25 kg COD/m³/d, depending on the type of wastewater.

MicroCapture has re-launched its range of formaldehyde-free microencapsulated fragrances amid industry concerns about the environmental impact of using melamine formaldehyde encapsulates in paper disposables.

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The newly launched range will trade under the brand names MentholCapTM - a range of natural eucalyptus and menthol based decongestants and AromaCapTM - a range of on-trend fragrances. All are formulated using all-natural biodegradable capsule wall materials and botanical and nature identical fragrances. The tissue fragrance specialist has also added three new allergen-free fragrances to the AromaCapTM range to respond to a growing trend for fragrances which are free from any of the 22 identified allergen species which occur in commonly used botanical and nature identical fragrance formulations.

MicroCapture’s Commercial Director, Sam Fells explains: “Driven by our existing customers’ requirements, we’ve never used melamine formaldehyde or synthetic polymers and increasingly we’re being asked by new customers to help them move their encapsulates to a more environmentally sound formulation. All our encapsulates are based on shell walls made from natural gums and gels. We’ve extended the range to include a number of new on-trend fragrances including bergamot & green tea, rose & sandalwood and lavender & geranium as well as an extra strength menthol eucalyptus.”

AromaCapTM and MentholCapTM fragrances have a friction release action for a fresh burst of fragrance when the tissue is handled by consumers in use. They are supplied ready to use requiring no dilution and are best suited to application towards the end of the conversion process via low - pressure spray or rotary spray systems such as Weko.

Supplied with a 12 month shelf life in bulk form, once applied AromaCap and MentholCap fragrances stay intact on the tissue almost indefinitely. Says Sam, “I have an old box of menthol tissues made by Stuart Edgar back in the late 1980s, the fragrance is still there and still releases when you handle the tissue. Not that I’m suggesting anyone should aspire to keeping finished stock for 30 years, but it’s amazing how long it lasts once applied!”

2019 03 21 095357MicroCapture is a specialist manufacturer with over 25 years’ experience of developing microencapsulated fragrances specifically for use in tissue applications.

MicroCapture’s fragrances are used worldwide by the largest tissue convertors.

AromaCap and MentholCap fragrances are skin safe and REACH certified for use in tissue and other dry cosmetic applications.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don’t work harder; work smarter.

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

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

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

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

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

Skilling up

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

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

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

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

Adapting for change

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

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

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

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

The coming revolutions

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

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

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

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

Stephen Woodhouse is Chief Digital Officer at Pöyry.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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