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The official inauguration of the Metso Technology Center will take place on May 28, 2010 in Shanghai. The opening of the center brings facilities for the world’s newest and most modern valve factory and supply center as well as facilities for the production, assembly and testing of process automation systems. In addition to the office premises, the center also comprises premises for Automation business line’s sales, project and engineering units in China. All of Automation business line’s units in the Shanghai area will be operating at the new center.
The Metso Technology Center, located in the Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone, comprises 20,000 square meters of floor space for manufacturing and 9,500 square meters of office area. Initially, the center will employ about 250 people. Later, in 2013, the number of employees forming a functional entity is estimated to increase to 650. Metso’s applications, solutions and knowledge-based services are designed to improve customers’ process performance and profitability by increasing productivity, quality, process availability and environmental friendliness.
With a strong presence in China, Metso can provide better service to energy, oil and gas, and pulp and paper customers, especially in China and Asia Pacific. It also enables the development of a global supply chain for valve production.
One of the most notable transactions over the course of some years has been the delivery of more than 3,000 rotary control valves and 1,000 automated valves and 3,500 intelligent valve controllers to one of the world’s largest ethylene project in China.
Metso is also the leading supplier of automation solutions to the pulp and paper industry in the Chinese markets. Metso is a clear industry leader in flow control devices for the pulp and paper industry, with a 60% share of the markets served. Metso has supplied over 100 control systems to the power industry and well over 100 control systems to the pulp and paper industry.
Metso made its first deliveries to China back in the 1950s. It started its own operations in China through a joint venture in the 1980s. Today, Metso operates in 16 different localities in China, where it has about 2,600 employees.
Metso is a global supplier of sustainable technology and services for mining, construction, power generation, automation, recycling and the pulp and paper industries. We have about 27,000 employees in more than 50 countries. www.metso.com/automation
Esa Lumme, Director Shanghai Plant, Metso’s Automation business line Tel: +86 1391 865 8049
Anhui Bilun Tissue Paper (Smile) and PMP has achieved the next step in common cooperation. With a significant support of tissue mill directors: Mr. He Sheng Lin, General Manager, Mr. Xu Ming Yan, Chief Engineer and Mr. Wang Junyi, Assistant to GM, Smile and PMP intensified activities to extended the goals defined in contract for machine parameters. As tests has confirmed, the machine is capable to produce tissue with a capacity from 5 to 10% more than it was planned. Stabilization of the machine allows paper mill to achieve additional profits.
The signed Performance Protocol is a confirmation that the way of activity and development was chosen correctly. In addition optimum combination between costs and quality was achieved. The quality of the tissue is premium and the final product is impressive that brings Smile a good position among tissue producers.
PMP Group supplied a 2.82 m reel trim crescent former Intelli-Tissue™ 900 machine with a maximum operating speed of 1150 m/min and capacity of 51 tpd. PMP’s scope of supply covered stock preparation, approach flow system, entire machine including auxiliary systems like lubrication system, steam & condensate and vacuum system and steam box. The TM produces virgin fiber-based tissue in a basis weight range of 13-18 gsm.
In order to support our expanding business in China and Asia m-clean papertech AB opened a project office in Shanghai 2010-03-01. In addition to project handling this will also be our Asian center for service and after market with stock of most common spare parts. The office is already in full operation and welcomes all your inquiries.
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Chinese Rayon Producer Buys Minority Interest in Neucel Specialty Cellulose
Zhejiang Fulida Ltd. has taken a direct minority investment in Neucel Specialty Cellulose Ltd. and signed a long-term supply agreement to procure Neucel's chemical cellulose product. Fulida is one of the leading producers of rayon in the world.
Neucel plans to use the investment to accelerate its capital plan targeted mainly at capacity expansion in addition to cost and quality improvements.
"This partnership will enable us to gain an improved market presence in China and solidify our strong position in both the viscose and specialty markets," said Bob Taylor, president and CEO of Neucel.
"Viscose rayon fibre production capacity has increased greatly in China and competition has become intense. With the relationship with Neucel, Fulida gains a smooth and stable supply of dissolving pulp materials," said Jainer Qi, CEO of Fulida.
Neucel plans to deploy the available capital immediately to keep pace with the high customer demand in the chemical cellulose market. The company notes that this capital will complement the funding provided by the Government of Canada's Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program to further reduce its energy consumption.
UPM's President and CEO Jussi Pesonen stated today in the company's Annual General Meeting that demand is recovering in UPM's main markets and signs of increased investment activity are emerging.
"Chemical pulp market and prices have been stronger than anticipated. Demand for pulp in China has been on a good level already for some time and the consequences of the natural catastrophe in Chile are further impacting the market situation."
"The prices for fine and speciality papers have increased due to good demand and increased cost of pulp. However, the significant decline in newsprint and magazine grade prices materialised."
"The stevedores' strike in Finland caused significant costs and loss of revenue, the main impact of which will affect March and April 2010. The estimated direct daily costs will remain below EUR 3 million, as we were able to have part of our production running throughout the strike. For example our pulp mills and speciality paper machines remained operating."
Pesonen said in the Annual General Meeting that UPM is moving on to a new development phase. "Our productivity has undergone vital increase during the last five years. Our production units and operating processes are now efficient and modern. We cannot identify needs for major structural changes in the company in the foreseeable future. Continuous improvement and cost efficiency continue to be part of our everyday operations but strategic initiatives and building on UPM's strengths will be clearly more our focus."
The CEO’s presentation in the AGM is available on ONE.UPM and at www.upm.com > Investor Relations.
Appleton Coated LLC, NewPage Corporation, and Sappi Fine Paper North America – together with the United Steelworkers commended the U.S. Department of Commerce for its preliminary countervailing duty determinations against subsidized coated paper imports from China and Indonesia.
As a result of these determinations, the Department of Commerce will impose tariffs on imports of coated paper to offset the unfair advantage provided by subsidization. The Department of Commerce found that Chinese coated paper was subsidized by an average rate of 8.38 percent.
Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) producers Gold East, Gold Huasheng, Ningbo Zhonghua and Ningbo Asia Pulp and Paper received a subsidy margin of 12.83 percent, while Sun Paper received a rate of 3.92 percent. In Indonesia , APP/Sinar Mas producers Tjiwi Kimia and Indah Kiat received a subsidy margin of 17.48 percent. All other Indonesian producers/exporters will be subject to this same rate. The result of the Department's actions will be the immediate requirement that these importers of paper from the subject countries will have to post bond or cash deposits in an amount equal to the announced margins pending final resolution of the cases later this year.
The companies and the USW filed unfair trade cases on September 23, 2009 with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission ("ITC") alleging that certain coated paper from China and Indonesia had been dumped and subsidized resulting in injury to the domestic industry and its employees. The paper products covered by the petitions include coated paper used in high-quality writing, printing and other graphic applications, using sheet-fed presses with a GE brightness rating of 80 or higher and weighing up to 340 grams per square meter.
International technology Group Andritz has received an order from Nanning Phoenix Pulp & Paper Co. Ltd, Guangxi, China to supply a PrimeLine high-speed tissue machine. Start-up is scheduled for mid- 2011.
Andritz™s scope of supply includes a complete stock preparation plant that is also designed for bagasse pulp and the PrimeLineTM machine, which has a design speed of 2100 m/min and a width of 3.65 m. The machine will feature a two-layer PrimeFlow headbox, an EquiDry hood, and a PrimeDry Steel Yankee " a high-precision drying cylinder for excellent drying at low cost.
Part of the machine and equipment will be manufactured in Europe and part in China by Andritz Technologies Ltd, Foshan.
This order is the 11th high-speed tissue machine delivered to China by Andritz Pulp & Paper, making it one of the leaders in the Chinese market.
Metso will supply two fine paper machine rebuilds for Shandong Chenming Paper Holdings Limited subsidiary mills in China. The total value of the orders is approximately €10 million. The orders are a continuation to Metso's earlier deliveries to Shandong Chenming Paper.
Metso's delivery to Wuhan Chenming Hanyang Papers PM 1 in Wuhan, Hubei province will include a ValSizer film size press, a TurnFloat air dryer and an upgrade of the after-dryer section. A rebuild of the press section with a SymBelt shoe press and an upgrade at the BCTMP (bleached chemithermomechanical pulp) plant will be supplied to Shouguang Chenming Art Papers PM 5 in Shouguang, Shandong province. The rebuilt Wuhan PM 1 is scheduled to start up late 2010, the rebuilt Shouguang PM 5 in 2011.
Wuhan Chenming Hanyang Paper Co., Ltd. and Shouguang Chenming Art Paper Co., Ltd. are subsidiaries of Shandong Chenming Paper Holdings Limited, one of the biggest paper producers in China. In 2008, the companys paper production capacity was over 3 million tons, turnover over EUR 2.0 billion and the number of employees 17,000.
Between 2000 and 2005, Chinese timber imports tripled from 10 million to 30 million cubic metres. The import of sawn solid wood products also experienced a similar trend. During the second quarter of 2009, China was the world's second-biggest importer of sawn softwood products.
The biggest volumes originate from Russia and Canada. Imports from Europe remain relatively modest. During the first six months of this year, almost 30% more sawn solid wood products were imported than during the corresponding period in 2008.
Chinese wood businesses visiting SCA
Autumn 2009 several wood finishing companies from visited SCAs saw mills in Tunadal, Bollsta, Rundvik and Munksund. Several of SCA's customers from China expressed the hope of establishing a close collaborative relationship with the aim of securing longterm and reliable supplies of raw material.
Swedish wood has become popular in China, partly due to IKEA starting operations there. "The lighter Nordic wood varieties are seen as modern and trendy amongst young Chinese," says Edmunt Tong, SCA in China. Spruce and pine from Scandinavia have increasingly replaced dark wood varieties in furniture and interior design.
Doing business together since 2005
Since 2005, SCA Timber, working in collaboration with a wood finishing company in Southern China, has licensed the manufacture of window components from Swedish raw material for distribution to customers in Italy and the United Kingdom.
However, the focus has recently shifted to the sale of sawn timber to companies who produce items for the local market. The 1.3 billion Chinese, who are rapidly garnering an increasingly higher standard of living, constitute what is an almost insatiable market.
One such company is Shenzhen Sampo Furniture, the owner of which CEO is Guo Xian Yang. Previously his company manufactured pine furniture for the Japanese market. When demand for furniture in Japan fell, Yang decided to focus on the domestic Chinese market instead.
Today, his company has more than 70 stores in 20 or so Chinese cities. In a few years, he estimates he will be selling his furniture in more than 500 stores. "I work from the conviction that each store will generate sales of USD 100,000 a month," notes Yang delightedly.
Wood finishing for the export market
Another customer category in China being prioritised by SCA is those companies which manufacture products for the export market. Simon Wang is CEO of Zhanjiang Huapin Wooden Products, whose 300 employees produce doors made from pine, primarily for customers in the UK and Ireland, but also for customers in the Middle East.
"We make around 150,000 door sets per year," says Wang, "both in solid and veneered woods. But we're now also taking a look at furnishing components such as panels and mouldings, made from both pine and spruce."
Wholesalers and distributors
A third customer category for SCA in China is timber wholesalers and distributors on the domestic market. One of these companies is Jiang Men Gao Hong, which will soon be celebrating 10 years of importing wood raw material intended for use in sauna furnishing and furniture manufacture.
International technology Group ANDRITZ has signed a contract to acquire KMPT AG, headquartered in Vierkirchen, Germany, including its affiliates in England, France, Italy, China, and the United States.
The ANDRITZ ENVIRONMENT & PROCESS business area is thus strengthening its product offerings for solid/liquid separation. The acquired company has approximately 280 employees and generates annual sales of about 50 MEUR. It was agreed to not disclose the purchase price; the contract is subject to approval by the relevant authorities and is expected to come in force during the second quarter of 2010.