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International technology Group ANDRITZ has signed a letter of intent with Metsä Fibre to deliver key production technologies for a new bio-product pulp mill with an annual capacity of 1.3 million tons of pulp in Äänekoski, Finland. The order value for ANDRITZ is over 100 million euros. Start-up of the planned mill is scheduled for August 2017.
ANDRITZ’s scope of supplies includes:
- A complete wood processing plant with three debarking and chipping lines, three stacker-reclaimer chip handling systems, and bark handling. Each debarking line can process both softwood and hardwood, is designed for world record capacities (pine/spruce/birch: 470/350/270 m3 solid-over-bark per hour), and includes a de-icing conveyor, a debarking drum (5 x 48 meter), and the world’s biggest horizontally fed HHQ chipper, ensuring high capacity without compromising the chip quality.
- A softwood and hardwood fiberline comprising a chip feeding system, a two-vessel continuous cooking plant, a new evaporation system for liquor extraction, and seven DD (Drum Displacer) washers for brownstock washing and bleaching. The softwood capacity of this line will be the highest in the world by far (3,900 tons per day).
- The world’s most energy-efficient black liquor evaporation plant with the highest capacity in Europe (1,650 tons/hour). The plant will have seven stages and concentrate black liquor to the very high dry solids content of 85% for efficient combustion in the recovery boiler. In addition, ANDRITZ will also deliver chloride removal systems to enhance the chemical recovery process and to produce liquid methanol, which will be used as a biofuel source.
- A recausticizing plant, which will be the largest in Europe (white liquor production of 16,000 m3/day), with two centrifuges for dregs, slaker-classifier, white liquor disc filter, and lime mud disc filter.
The new mill will be a next-generation bio-product pulp mill which can convert wood raw material into bio-materials and bio-energy in addition to high-quality pulp. It will not use any fossil-based fuels as all of the energy required will be generated from wood. The erection of the new mill is the largest investment in the Finnish forest industry ever.
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The ANDRITZ GROUP is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors. The publicly listed, international technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of around 24,500 employees. ANDRITZ operates over 250 production sites as well as service and sales companies all around the world. The ANDRITZ GROUP ranks among the global market leaders in all four of its business areas. One of the Group’s overall strategic goals is to strengthen and extend this position. At the same time, the company aims to secure the continuation of profitable growth in the long term.
ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER
The business area is a leading global supplier of equipment, systems, and services for the production and processing of all types of pulps, paper, tissue, and cardboard. The technologies cover the processing of logs, annual fibers, and waste paper; the production of chemical pulp, mechanical pulp, and recycled fibers; the recovery and reuse of chemicals; the preparation of paper machine furnish; the production of paper, tissue, and board; the calendering and coating of paper; as well as treatment of reject materials and sludge. The service range includes modernization, rebuilds, spare and wear parts, service and maintenance, as well as machine transfer and second-hand equipment. Biomass, steam, and recovery boilers, gasification plants for energy production, flue gas cleaning plants, production equipment for biofuel (second generation) and biomass pelleting, biomass torrefaction, plants for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, plastic films, and panelboards (MDF), and recycling plants are also allocated to the business area.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has ordered a stop to a multi-million-dollar pulp making plant in the southern province of Long An over its troubled operations, fueled by material disputes with local jute growers, the provincial People’s Committee announced Tuesday.
The Phuong Nam pulp mill in Long An Province, located in southern Vietnam
Phuong Nam pulp mill was constructed by Tracodi, a subsidiary of the Transport Ministry-run CIENCO 6, under a VND2 trillion (US$94.34 million) investment funded by the state budget.
The facility broke ground in March 2006 in Long An, around 60km west of Ho Chi Minh City, and was put into operation a year later at a capacity of producing 100,000 tons of paper pulp from jute plants per year.
But the mill had been producing well below its full capacity until 2009, when its operations were suspended for many reasons, including the conflicts with jute growers and machinery breakdowns.
The plant went back into service in 2012, with a new production line installed. Long An authorities also zoned 10,000 hectare land plots to grow jute plants to supply raw materials to the pulp mill.
But the new machinery repeatedly malfunctioned while the plant could only manage to source 1,000 hectares of jute plants for its production.
In 2013, when jute growers had already started their new crops, the plant operator abruptly announced that it would stop sourcing materials from them.
The Prime Minister has thus decided to pull the plug on the crippled factory, seven years after the troubles began.
The People’s Committee of Long An will have to cooperate with the Ministry of Industry and Trade and Ministry of Finance to work out a solution to sell or liquidate the facility and submit a report to the premier by the end of next month, Nguyen Thanh Nguyen, deputy chairman of the committee, said.
“In principle, we will try to find a suitable buyer for the plant to prevent waste,” Thanh said, adding the plant still plays a role of boosting agricultural economy in the province.
It was hoped that the pulp mill would give a boost to the agricultural development in Long An, where most of the agricultural land is more suitable to grow jute plants than paddy.
In 2007 the province’s agriculture department launched a program encouraging growers to replace their paddy fields with jute plants to serve the Phuong Nam factory.
The area of jute plants thus jumped from 3,100 hectares to more than 10,000 hectares.
But the plant and jute growers got into a dispute in their very first transaction as farmers complained that their products were purchased at dirt cheap prices.
Despite intervention from authorities, the conflict remained unresolved as the pulp mill refused to increase purchase price.
“While the plant was expected to bring in economic benefits for the province, it turned out to be a wasteful investment while the farmer’s confidence was rocked,” said an official from the agriculture department.
Domtar Corporation has announced the appointment of Michael D. Garcia to the position of President of Domtar Pulp and Paper, effective May 1, 2014. In this capacity, Mr. Garcia will oversee the operations of North America's largest producer of uncoated freesheet paper and top-three market pulp producers, through a network of thirteen mills in the United States and Canada. Mr. Garcia joins Domtar from his role as CEO of Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium Company in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
"With over 20 years of international management experience in paper and steel and aluminum manufacturing and marketing on three continents, Michael brings a wealth of strategic and operational expertise to this key position at the helm of our core business," said Domtar President and CEO John D. Williams.
"Bringing together management responsibility for both the manufacture and marketing of our diverse mix of pulp and paper products under a single executive is consistent with our establishment of a two-division structure for Domtar," said Williams. Domtar established a Personal Care division in 2011 to advance the company's growth strategy in absorbent hygiene products.
Mr. Garcia holds an MBA from Harvard University's Graduate School of Business Administration and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.
The port of Baltimore handled more automobiles, cargo containers and wood pulp in 2013 than ever before, a record-setting performance despite continuing labor unrest on its public docks.
Solidifying its place as the nation's No. 1 port for automobile imports and exports, the Maryland Port Administration said Tuesday that it handled 749,100 cars and trucks in 2013, up from 652,000 in 2012. The increase was due in part to newly inked contracts with auto manufacturers, including a five-year deal with Mazda announced in August.
In all, the port's public marine terminals handled 9.6 million tons of cargo in 2013, matching 2012's record, but container cargo grew 1 percent to 6.4 million tons from 6.3 million tons in 2012. Wood pulp cargo increased 23 percent to 591,570 tons and also set a record. The previous record was set in 2011, with 515,433 tons.
Maryland port officials have targeted all three commodities as areas of growth for the port.
Gov. Martin O'Malley, in a statement, credited the success to "shrewd infrastructure investments, unique job-creating public-private partnerships, and long-term contracts with major international shipping companies."
The port of Baltimore signed a 50-year, $1.3 billion public-private partnership with Ports America Chesapeake in 2009 that allowed it to invest in major new infrastructure — including cranes to work the latest generation of massive container ships — and begin courting more international clientele.
Including Baltimore's private terminals, the port moved 30.3 million tons of international cargo across its docks in 2013, valued at more than $52 billion.
Baltimore ranks first among U.S. ports for handling automobiles, farm and construction machinery and imported forest products, sugar, aluminum and gypsum, and second for exported coal.
The port employs more than 14,600 people and is responsible for $3 billion in personal wages and salaries, and more than $300 million in annual state and local taxes, the MPA said.
Last year's success came despite a three-day work stoppage in October and labor unrest ever since, which has caused some companies to divert business elsewhere.
International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from UPM to deliver a complete new pulp drying line and to upgrade the cooking and brown stock handling of fiberline 3 at theUPM Kymi pulp mill in Kouvola, Finland.
ANDRITZ’s scope of supply comprises:
- complete pulp drying line with screening plant, TwinWireFormer pulp machine, airborne dryer, cutter-layboy, and bale finishing systems, including mechanical erection.
- modifications of cooking and brown stock handling, including a new multi-stage DD Washer to enhance brown stock washing in fiberline 3.
The pulp machine will be based on ANDRITZ’s well proven TwinWireFormer technology, which is suited for processing both, Nordic hardwood and softwood, in one machine. The pulp drying line enables a high specific throughput at reliable operation, which is a main feature of the ANDRITZ TwinWireFormer concept.
With this investment, UPM Kymi mill’s annual pulp production capacity will increase by 170,000 tons, up to 700,000 tons of bleached northern softwood and birch pulp. The investment forms a significant part of UPM’s target to reach a 10% increase in its 3.3 million ton pulp capacity over the next three years.
ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER
ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER is a leading global supplier of equipment, systems, and services for the production and processing of all types of pulps, paper, tissue, and board. 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, tissue, and board, calendering and coating of paper, as well as treatment of reject materials and sludge. The service range includes modernization, rebuilds, spare and wear parts, service and maintenance, as well as machine transfer and second-hand equipment. Biomass, steam, and recovery boilers, gasification plants for energy production, flue gas cleaning plants, production equipment for biofuel (second generation) and biomass pelleting, biomass torrefaction, plants for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, plastic films, and panelboards (MDF), and recycling plants are also allocated to the business area.
UPM Kymi is a modern and environmentally efficient mill integrate producing pulp, paper and energy. Kymi produces bleached softwood and hardwood kraft pulp as well as coated and uncoated fine paper. UPM Kymi employs about 600 people and is located in South East Finland in Kouvola.
UPM Pulp is one of the world’s leading producers of northern softwood, birch and eucalyptus pulp supplying global customers mainly in the growing end use segments such as tissue, speciality papers and board through its own sales and technical service network close to customers. UPM Pulp operates four modern pulp mills, three in Finland and one in Uruguay, as well as eucalyptus plantations in Uruguay. UPM Pulp employs approximately 1,500 people and has an annual pulp production capacity of 3.3 million tonnes. Pulp Business is part of the UPM Biorefining Business Area. www.upm.com/pulp
Through the integration of the bio and forest industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy,
UPM is proceeding as planned with its EUR 160 million investment to increase pulp production at the Kymi mill in Kouvola, Finland. The company has signed agreements within the KYMI-700 project concerning the planning, new debarking plant and pulp drying machine as well as modernisation of the softwood fibre line. The parties have agreed not to disclose the value or further details of the agreements.
The KYMI-700 project consists of a new debarking plant, a new pulp drying machine and modernisation of the softwood fibre line. The project will be completed in the final quarter of 2015.
The planning of the KYMI-700 project has been commissioned from the local engineering office CTS Engtec Oy. Raumaster from the Finnish city of Rauma will supply the new debarking plant. The complementary pulp drying machine and modernisation of the fibre line will be supplied by the Austrian company Andritz. Supply of the rest of the equipment and systems will proceed according to the plan.
With this investment UPM Kymi mill’s annual pulp production capacity will increase by 170,000 tonnes up to 700,000 tonnes of bleached northern softwood and birch pulp. The investment forms a significant part of UPM’s target to reach a 10% increase in its 3.3 million tonne pulp capacity over the next three years.
UPM announced the investment by a release dated 28 February 2014.
Resolute Forest Products Inc. has announced a $105 million upgrade to its Calhoun, Tennessee, pulp and paper mill, including the installation of a modern continuous pulp digester and other wood chip processing equipment. When completed by mid-2016, the project will contribute to significantly lower the mill's costs, increase its pulp capacity and improve the mill's versatility.
"This investment will make a good mill even better," said Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer. "It will improve the mill's long-term competitiveness by lowering its costs and giving it the flexibility to adjust grade production to changing market dynamics. This is a significant capital project, which reflects the company's commitment to this facility and confidence in the business environment in Tennessee."
In addition to creating approximately 50 new jobs to join the 480 employees currently at the mill, Resolute expects the project's implementation to produce efficiencies from better wood yield and lower steam and chemical usage. It will also increase the pulp machine's production output and maximize dryer utilization for internal purposes, giving the mill the versatility to manufacture a range of products, including specialty papers such as Resolute's Align™ uncoated freesheet substitutes, and value-added grades not presently in the product offering.
The Calhoun mill currently operates 3 machines and a pulp dryer and has a total mill capacity of approximately 609,000 metric tons of market pulp, specialty papers and newsprint. Along with Resolute's other mills in the area, it sources its fiber from the competitive and stable U.S. southeast fiber basket.
"We received support for this project from the State of Tennessee, McMinn County, and the Tennessee Valley Authority, which has supplied power to the mill since its startup in 1954," Garneau continued. "These partners and our employees helped move the project forward quickly, and we appreciate their commitment to our Calhoun operation."
"For more than 50 years, Resolute Forest Products has had a thriving presence in East Tennessee which can be felt far beyond the borders of our state," stated Bill Hagerty, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. "Tennessee's global momentum is fueled by companies that extend their brand on a worldwide scale, and with customers in nearly 100 countries, Resolute is one of those companies. I appreciate the company's decision to further expand and invest in Calhoun, and for the jobs that will be created for our citizens."
"TVA congratulates Resolute Forest Products on its announcement that adds new investment and jobs in Calhoun," said John Bradley, Tennessee Valley Authority's senior vice president of economic development. "Growth like this happens when TVA and economic development partners like the state of Tennessee, McMinn County, and other local leaders support existing business expansion."
The Calhoun mill has continuously produced paper products at its current site since 1954. Over this period of time, the mill has been a contributor to the community through employment, the purchase of local goods and services, the payment of state and local taxes, charitable contributions and community involvement.
John Gentry, McMinn County Mayor, explained the role of the operation in the county: "Resolute Forest Products has been an invaluable corporate citizen of McMinn County for over five decades. The company could have chosen to place this expansion at one of their numerous locations, so it goes without saying that this $105 million capital investment makes a strong statement about the company's commitment to its Calhoun plant and the confidence it has in McMinn County's workforce."
SOURCE Resolute Forest Products Inc.
Sawlog prices trended upward throughout the world in the 4Q and the Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) rose the highest level in over two years.
The two global wood fiber indices, SFPI and HFPI, have trended in opposite directions during most of 2013. The Softwood Wood Fiber Price Index (SFPI) has gone up for two straight quarters to reach US$99.51/odmt in the 4Q/13, while the Hardwood Wood Fiber Price Index (HFPI) fell for the fifth consecutive quarter.
NBSK prices have steadily trended upward for almost 18 months, while HBKP prices have stayed flat.
Lumber production slowed down towards the end of 2013 in both the US and Canada.
The optimism is returning to the sawmilling sector in the Nordic countries.
China’s importation of lumber was 19% higher in 2013 than in 2012
Wooden housing starts in Japan were up 12% in 2013
After two quarters of double-digit growth, wood pellet exports from North America to Europe increased just two percent in the 3Q/13.
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Irving Pulp & Paper will invest $450 million in a two-phased modernization program of the west side pulp mill. It is the largest investment in a pulp mill in Canada since 1993. The project will generate 1.2 million in person hours of construction work over two phases – equivalent to a total of 600 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs. The pulp mill investment involves no provincial or federal government funding.
“This investment is a tribute to the everyday skill, passion and dedication of all employees who help sustain world class forest products operations from our home here in New Brunswick. The pulp mill is a cornerstone for thousands of jobs – from foresters and woods workers to private wood producers, sawmills, paper, corrugated medium and high value tissue products. Throughout New Brunswick, small and medium enterprises are the backbone of the industry – over 1700 suppliers in more than 250 communities.” said Jim Irving, Co-CEO of J.D. Irving, Limited.
“We appreciate the commitment of the Province to ensure a sustainable wood supply that makes this modernization program possible,” Irving continued. “A growing wood supply will be achieved while ensuring responsible environmental performance that includes watercourse protection, habitat conservation, an ongoing $1.5 million investment in forest research every year as well as independent 3rd party audits. That is the commitment of our team of more than 150 forestry professionals who work in the woods of New Brunswick. ” said Jim Irving.
This spring the company will invest $198 million in a 24 month project to build a new chip screening and handling system as well as a new pulp digester which cooks the wood chips. The modern new digester will replace the 14 existing digesters at the site. The project will reduce air and noise emissions. As part of the Environmental Impact Assessment process for this project, a public meeting will be held at St. Patrick’s School on March 25, 2014.
A second investment of $250 million will commence with engineering work this coming fall. The project involves installing a modern new pulp dryer to replace the existing 3 dryers on site. This project is estimated to take 30 months with the construction start date dependent on market conditions.
“New Brunswick’s forestry sector was built by strong partners, and Irving Pulp and Paper’s $450-million mill rejuvenation project demonstrates that the future of our province’s biggest economic sector is as bright as its past,” said Premier David Alward. “I want to congratulate Irving Pulp and Paper for the confidence it is placing in New Brunswick’s greatest resource, its people. This project will put boots in the woods and in our mills in every region of our province.”
“We are very excited about this announcement,” said Mel Norton, Mayor of Saint John. “This significant capital investment in Irving Pulp & Paper will not only solidify a major employer in our City but will also assist in maintaining over 160 other businesses in Saint John that provide about $30 million in goods and services a year to this west side facility.”
“This announcement today is proof of what can happen when government, industry and labour work together to support and strengthen the local economy,” said Jerry Dias, National President at Unifor, the country’s largest private-sector union. “It will sustain thousands of good jobs and Irving’s investment will generate hundreds of new jobs. This means great things for our workers, for the people of Saint John and for communities throughout New Brunswick.”
Further company announcements will be made tomorrow at JDI sawmills in Doaktown and Chipman and in Northern NB and Sussex at the end of the month.
Many stands in hall 11 on the exhibition site in Frankfurt are already booked by exhibitors from all areas of the pulp and paper industry during Zellcheming-Expo from 24 - 26 June 2014. One glance in the exhibitor list shows well-known industry players and promises established quality and a fresh breeze at the same time.
Renowned companies like Kemira, Gebr. Bellmer, Omya, Clariant, Dienses-Werke, Getec, Kolb, Sachtleben Chemie as well as Villvorth grant visitors a comprehensive insight and an overview concerning solutions in the chemical and engine building area, in the further processing of paper, energy efficiency and packaging.
The exhibition focuses on the following topics:
- Raw materials, additives, preparation
- Clothing, apparatus
- Machinery and fittings
- Electronics, measurement and controlling
- Paper production
Joint stand „Research and Science“
For the first time, the joint stand „Research & Science“ offers universities and research institutes the possibility to present their current and future projects.
Initiator of the joint stand is the association Zellcheming e.V. who presents its own activities on this platform and gives its members a hub for any requests. The idea is to build a bridge between research, science and the industry.
Market place „Fibers in Process“
A new element offers an integrated trend lounge in the existing concept of the market place „Fibers in Process“, organized by dfv Mediengruppe. In keeping with the character of a coffee house instead of a typical lecture platform the speeches have an interactive format with possibilities for questions and interchange.
The trend lounge presents itself together with the focus areas „Technology & Services“, „Materials & Processing“ and „Research & Development“ in one area. The program is structured into matching blocks of topics. Its content is co-ordinated with the topics of the exhibition and the focus area. In addition to application reports the trend lounge also presents input of experts from neighboring industry areas like packaging and the further processing of paper. Discussions take place about topics like mineral planning, Life Cycle Management while planning machines and plants and new areas of applications for the raw material pulp.
Further information on Zellcheming-Expo 2014 is available at: www.zellcheming-expo.de