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These are landmark results in a sector that has developed in different ways during the pandemic: on the one hand costs of raw materials and energy increased; on the other hand, new opportunities arose within the fields of e-commerce and of eco-sustainable products.

Oswaldo Cruz Jr., Chief Executive Officer of the Körber Business Area Tissue, comments: “Our customers are under tremendous pressure. There is certainly a great demand for tissue products, but due to the increase in costs, their margins decreased. It is therefore important to actively support them in terms of speed and technologically advanced solutions and services, but more importantly through an integrated approach to help them to reduce costs ".

Oswaldo Cruz Jr., Chief Executive OfficerOswaldo Cruz Jr., Chief Executive OfficerTherefore, to respond to developments and stay at the forefront of shaping our customers’ success, the Körber Business Area Tissue is evolving more and more from a machinery supplier to a strategic partner that provides broader solutions. This includes for example combining skills in converting and packaging with those of other Business Areas within the Körber ecosystem, such as the Business Area Supply Chain’s cutting-edge logistics, or the Business Area Digital’s cloud-based technology and advanced AI-driven software.

This approach is complemented by the characteristics that have made Körber the only truly integrated and global supplier in recent years with an exclusive product portfolio on the market and a global presence. Mauro Luna, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer of the Körber Business Area Tissue continues: “Think globally, act locally- is our great strength in addition to our large portfolio that allows us to serve different requirements. In China for example, practical and solid products without a core are preferred, so we offer technologies such as Solid + that enable our customers to manufacture such products. In the United States soft and voluminous products are preferred, so we offer Perini Constellation, which makes uniform and soft rolls at very high speeds.

Our broad range of product is supplemented by an on-the-ground presence throughout the world: in addition to the Tuscan headquarters with the plants in Lucca, Bologna and Porcari, there are production facilities in the United States, Brazil, China, and offices in Japan with a total of over 1.200 people employed. This enables us to operate a considerable sales force and number of technicians worldwide who can respond to customer inquiries quickly and promptly”.

This global setup is also vital for product development. In China for example, alternative fibers to cellulose such as bamboo or wheat have already been used for some time. We adapt and offer the expertise gained from working with these alternative fibers easily for other markets. 

Another key element that in 2021 enabled Körber Business Area Tissue to support clients in overcoming their challenges and achieving their Overall Equipment Effectiveness objectives was certainly innovation, which is never an end in itself, but always aims to increase production efficiency or support customers in the development of new business, such as e-commerce.

Luca Frasnetti Chief Technology Officer of the Körber Business Area Tissue concludes: "This year there are three key innovations that we have presented and that will mark our development for the next few years. Warm-up Contactless, a breakthrough innovation that uses induction for embossing; Casmatic Zephyrus that allows our customers to develop and increase business related to e-commerce in a simple, fast and personalized way; and SAMs, real-time production supervisors which identify any possible deviation from what has been established and take appropriate decisions within the previously established limits, regardless of an operator's skill level".

Körber Business Area Tissue

At Körber, our ultimate goal is to empower our customers’ ongoing success. We are the only truly integrated and global provider of advanced solutions for the tissue business. We offer the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of tissue technology to support customers across the entire value chain from roll to fold, from converting to packaging. Our advanced, automated, and easy-to-use integrated solutions are a fundamental asset to shape the success in tissue, take our customers operations to the next level, and strengthen their overall financial performance while optimizing their total cost of ownership.

About Körber

We are Körber – an international technology group with about 10,000 employees, more than 100 locations worldwide and a common goal: We turn entrepreneurial thinking into customer success and shape the technological change. In the Business Areas Digital, Pharma, Supply Chain, Tissue and Tobacco, we offer products, solutions and services that inspire. We act fast to customer needs, we execute ideas seamlessly, and with our innovations we create added value for our customers. In doing so, we are increasingly building on ecosystems that solve the challenges of today and tomorrow. Körber AG is the holding company of the Körber Group.

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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.

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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.

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.

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Thursday, 22 May 2014 07:28

Vietnam PM pulls plug on $94mn pulp mill

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.

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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.

Losing confidence

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.

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Uruguay's President Jose Mujica, speaking without realising a microphone was on, has insulted Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and her late husband and predecessor, Nestor Kirchner.

"This old lady is worse than the cross-eyed man," Mr Mujica, 77, said, according to a video posted on Todo Noticias Television channel website and audio posted on Uruguay's El Observador. "He was more of a politician, she's stubborn."

Relations between the neighbouring countries have deteriorated since Ms Kirchner restricted imports and tightened controls on the exchange market. The measures, which limit access to foreign currencies, have hurt Uruguay's exports and tourism industry. A $1.1 billion investment in a pulp mill on the river bordering both countries led to a four-year bridge blockade by Argentina, which accused Uruguay of violating an international accord on the river's use.

In 2007, when then Uruguayan president Tabare Vazquez allowed the pulp mill to start operations, Mr Kirchner told him he had "stabbed Argentina in the back". In 2002, Uruguayan president Jorge Batlle accused Argentines of being a "bunch of thieves", a comment for which he later apologised during a trip to Buenos Aires.

Mr Mujica, a former guerrilla who took office in 2010, said later he had not spoken publicly about Argentina at the event in Uruguay and would not offer clarifications, the Montevideo-based newspaper El Pais reported.

Officials at Uruguay's Presidential Office declined to comment when reached by telephone. Phone calls seeking comment from Argentine presidential spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro weren't immediately returned.

Mr Kirchner, who died in October 2010 from a heart attack, was president from 2003 to 2007. His wife succeeded him and was re-elected in 2011.

Read more:  http://www.smh.com.au/world/uruguay-president-lets-slip-crosseyed-insult-20130405-2hag7.html#ixzz2PZaPn5CP

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abiti122011Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) has announced that its paper mill in Dolbeau-Mistassini (Québec) is to resume operations. This decision follows the receipt of a notice of acceptance of the tender regarding the sale of electricity to be produced at the Company's Mistassini cogeneration facility to Hydro-Québec. The restart of operations represents an investment of $20 million.

Production of soft nip calendered (SNC and SCB) commercial printing paper will resume as soon as the recall of employees is completed. The restart of the mill will provide direct employment for approximately 135 workers.

"We spared no effort to relaunch the Dolbeau mill because it is a good investment," stated Richard Garneau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Resolute, who was in the Lac-Saint-Jean region to confirm the news. "With today's announcement, Resolute will be more competitive than ever."

The Company is currently assessing its network of paper mills to ensure that production continues to be balanced.


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Statements in this press release that are not reported financial results or other historical information of Resolute Forest Products Inc. are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as the words "should", "would", "could", "will", "may", "expect", "believe", "anticipate", "attempt", "project" and other terms with similar meaning indicating possible future events or potential impact on Resolute's business or shareholders.

The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are not guarantees of future performance. These statements are based on management's current assumptions, beliefs and expectations, all of which involve a number of business risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. The potential risks and uncertainties that could cause Resolute's actual future financial condition, results of operations and performance to differ materially from those expressed or implied in this press release include, but are not limited to, the possibility of unexpected developments associated with the mill's reopening or its subsequent operation, and all other potential risks and uncertainties set forth under the heading "Risk Factors" in Part I, Item 1A of Resolute's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, filed with the SEC and Resolute's other filings with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities.

All forward-looking statements in this press release are expressly qualified by the cautionary statements contained or referred to above and in Resolute's other filings with the SEC and the Canadian securities regulatory authorities. Resolute disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.



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Tembec Inc. (“Tembec”) has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Tembec Industries Inc. (the “Company”), commenced an offer to exchange (the “exchange offer”) up to US $50 million in aggregate principal amount of the Company’s outstanding 11.25% Senior Secured Notes due 2018 issued in February 2012 (the “initial notes”) that are tendered in the exchange offer for an equal principal amount of 11.25% Senior Secured Notes due 2018 that have been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).
As previously announced, the initial notes were issued as additional notes under the Company’s indenture dated as of August 17, 2010 pursuant to transactions exempt from registration under the Securities Act. The exchange offer is being made to eligible holders of the initial notes pursuant to the requirements of a registration rights agreement entered into by the Company in connection with the issuance of the initial notes.
A Form F-10 registration statement filed by the Company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) regarding the exchange offer was declared effective by the SEC. As described in the registration statement, the exchange offer will expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on September 24, 2012, unless extended by the Company. 
This press release is neither an offer to sell nor the solicitation of an offer to buy any security and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale of any security in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.  Initial notes may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and any applicable state securities laws.
A copy of the registration statement and other materials related to the exchange offer may be obtained on request from the Company at 800 René-Lévesque Boulevard West, Suite 1050, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3B 1X9, attention: Corporate Secretary.
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Catalyst Paper today announced that it has reached agreement with Pacifica Deep Sea Terminals Incorporated on the sale of its Elk Falls site in Campbell River. The $8.6 million sale of the 400-acre industrial site and adjacent properties is expected to close September 5, 2012. It completes Catalyst’s comprehensive bid review process which began earlier this year.

“We are very pleased to have attracted an experienced developer with the capacity and an industrial concept that will fully utilize the site’s infrastructure and bring new business and jobs to the region,” said Kevin J. Clarke, Catalyst President and Chief Executive Officer.

The former pulp and paper site was indefinitely curtailed in 2009 and closed permanently in 2010. Since then, equipment has been decommissioned and demolition work has been completed to prepare the site for sale and redevelopment to other industrial uses. The Elk Falls mill began operation in 1952, and at its peak, produced 784,000 tonnes of pulp, paper and kraft paper annually.

“The site is strategically located to serve a variety of marine, light manufacturing, clean energy and distribution uses,” said Pacifica Owner and Director Harold Jahn, “and we intend to transform it into a dynamic industrial park and port facility with the goal of creating 400 full time jobs in the Campbell River region over the next three years.”

Mr. Jahn is the director and owner of numerous Canadian private firms launched in a range of industries over the past 20 years. He is currently developing three industrial parks in northern Alberta.Within the new Pacifica Industrial Park, Mr. Jahn plans to base his companies that are presently developing algae based solar cells, a lithium battery manufacturing facility, ocean wave energy equipment fabrication and an electric vehicle assembly plant.

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Multi Umwelttechnologie AG has over 15 years experience with culture media for immobilising micro-organisms during the treatment of sewage water.

During this time, we have used almost every known carrier in many different large plants, types of sewage water and areas of application. The knowledge that we have gained as a result, along with the comprehensive data material, enables us to make a well-founded assessment of the specific performance data of the in some cases extremely different carriers.

Since Multi Umwelttechnologie AG was at no time linked to a particular supplier, we were able - on the basis of the operational experience gained - to undertake targeted optimisation either of the carrier itself or the process conditions. The emphasis here was on minimising operational problems arising from the weaknesses of "conventional" culture media that these days cannot be overlooked.

The thorough implementation of our requirements for an optimum carrier led to one result: the Mutag BioChip™. From our point of view, this is currently the "best available carrier" specifically for purifying types of sewage water that are difficult to treat.

More information is available at www.mutag-biochip.com

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Input costs have continued to rise further in the last months as a result of pulp, chemicals and oil prices all going up substantially, with the weaker Euro exacerbating the effect. This is hitting both manufacturing and distribution costs and is reducing margins on Sappi’s coated fine papers to unacceptable levels, despite the selling price rise implemented by Sappi as from march 8th. There is no sign of these rising cost trends being reversed in the coming months.

Sappi will therefore implement a further price increase of at least 10% on its coated fine paper grades. Prices for these grades in Europe have not yet recovered from their all-time lows reached at the beginning of this year and are still low in world terms at a time of brisk order intake and increasingly high operating rates. We expect operating rates to remain strong for the foreseeable future.

This price increase will apply to woodfree coated sheets and reels for deliveries as from 1st of June 2010 onwards.

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Suzano Papel e Celulose Ltda, Brazil, has awarded Pöyry a contract for pre-engineering and preparatory work for mill infrastructure for a 1.3 million t/a bleached eucalyptus market pulp mill to be built in the state of Maranhao, Brazil. The value of Pöyry's assignment is about EUR 7.3 million. The client is expected to make the final investment decision in spring next year.

The concept of the mill is based on the use of the best available technologies and the best environmental practices, which constitute a state-of-the-art level pulp mill. Using existing eucalyptus plantations as raw material, the mill is to produce more with less use of natural resources, at low production costs, progressive environmental impact reduction and minimum risk of accidents at work.

The assignment now received strengthens Pöyry's position as the leading engineering solutions provider for the pulp and paper sector in the world.


Additional information by:

Martin Kuzaj, President, Industry Business Group, Finland

Tel. +358 10 33 21179

Sanna Päiväniemi, Director, Investor Relations, Pöyry PLC, Finland

Tel. +358 10 33 23002

Pöyry is a global consulting and engineering company dedicated to balanced sustainability. We offer our clients integrated management consulting, total solutions for complex projects and efficient, best-in-class design and supervision. Our in-depth expertise extends to the fields of energy, industry, urban & mobility and water & environment. Pöyry has 7000 experts operating in about 50 countries, locally and globally. Pöyry's net sales in 2009 were EUR 674 million and the company's shares are quoted on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki (Pöyry PLC: POY1V).



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