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metso story 1Metso and Chinese pulp and paper industry top executives gathered together on May 18 in an industry summit focusing on the promotion of sustainable development in the industry. The event, supported by China Paper Industry Chamber of Commerce, took place in the Finland pavilion at the Shanghai World EXPO, and was followed by an awards ceremony, hosted by Metso.


"Ever increasing energy costs and emissions regulations, as well as the need to decrease fresh water usage are major considerations for the process industry around the world today. Pulp and paper industry is no exception. Investment in the development and implementation of the best available technology is the only way to boost energy and materials efficiency, and to reduce emissions and water consumption", states Ari Harmaala, President of Metso Operations in China.


The event focused on two main themes: How to solve the contradiction between shortage of raw material supply and rapid growth in investments in China, and how to produce pulp and paper in a sustainable way. Today, carbon emissions and ecological sustainability are already of high concern in China, but they are expected to grow in importance as stricter policies are being implemented.


China is the world's leading producer of paper and board with its annual production of over 80 million tons. Due to rapid investment in the industry since 1990s, China has the most modern pulp and paper making fleet in the world. Metso has played a key role in this development by having supplied about 35 percent of China's paper and board machine capacity built since 2000, thus earning its position as the market leader in China.


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Since the outset of its pulp and paper operations in China in the 1950's, Metso's scope of operations has expanded to include the mining, construction, energy and recycling industries. Today, Metso employs close to 3,000 professionals in 24 local subsidiaries and sales and service outlets in China. In 2010, two new locations will be inaugurated. One of them is the technology center to be opened in Shanghai on May 28 comprising a state-of-the-art valve factory and a supply center as well as assembly and testing facilities for process automation systems. In fall 2010, Metso will open its third service center in China, in Zibo, Shandong, for the pulp and paper industry.


Metso is one of the sponsors of the Finland pavilion at the World EXPO. During the EXPO, Metso will arrange several targeted customer events focusing on clean solutions that help overcome demanding process industry challenges regarding eco-efficient operations.


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


Further information for the press, please contact:
Ari Harmaala, President of Metso Operations in China, tel. +86 13911792766

Source: www.metso.com

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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

Published in European News
Thursday, 11 March 2010 15:00

Everybody has an idea that matters

Sappi, the global manufacturer of sustainable paper, has been supporting graphic design for the non-profit community for ten years now. Because everybody has an idea that matters, Sappi has decided to open up its "Ideas That Matter" programme to a wider community of engaged citizens. As of today, not only graphic designers (professionals or students) but public and private non-profit organisations can now submit their print campaign(s) or other projects.

Some issues in today's world demand urgent response. This is why individuals or groups can apply at any time during the year. Sappi's Ideas That Matter judging committee will evaluate the applications all year round and award paper grants on an ad hoc basis. Grants in the form of tree planting can also take place, in an area that has suffered forest fire or to offset carbon emissions for example.

To be eligible, print campaigns, projects or CSR programmes must demonstrate an environmental, sustainable and / or humanitarian impact. This can include: reducing carbon emissions, environmental footprints, improving the quality of life of people or promoting prosperity by developing local economies and encouraging sustainability.

Students have in addition the opportunity to enter a separate annual Ideas That Matter competition, within their school's curriculum. The deadline for students' entries is 1st June 2010 with winners announced mid-July.

Manue Gheysen, European Marketing Initiatives Team Leader at Sappi, said: "Sustainability is everyone's concern today and the enhanced Ideas That Matter programme reflects this change in consciousness. Sappi papers are fully sustainable and serve as the ideal medium for initiatives which advocate people's well-being, the planet and prosperity. We much look forward to extending our support to more new and creative ideas, that matter."

Sectors eligible for entries, which apply to the annual student competition and the ongoing submission by professionals, include: agriculture, animals, energy, environment, forestation, healthcare, people, science, water and education.

For all details about the new format of Sappi's Ideas that Matter and how to enter, applicants can visit: www.sappiideasthatmatter.com or contact their local Sappi representative. To find out more about Sappi: www.sappi.com or Sappi on Facebook and LinkedIn.

More about Sappi

Sappi Fine Paper Europe 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 Fine Paper Europe is recognised for innovation and quality. Its brands include Magno, HannoArt, Tempo, Quatro, Royal, Allegro, Era, EuroArt Plus, EuroBulk, Furioso, Galerie, Mega, as well as Cento and Tauro for the uncoated graphic papers. Algro, Leine and Parade are the brands for speciality labelling and packaging papers and boards.

Sappi papers are produced in mills accredited with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification and EMAS registration for all our mills in the EU. SFPE's 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 Fine Paper Europe is a division of Sappi Limited (NYSE, JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with over 17,000 employees and manufacturing operations on four continents in 9 countries, sales offices in 50 countries, and customers in over 100 countries around the world. Learn more about Sappi at www.sappi.com.

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Published in European News
Thursday, 11 March 2010 10:00

Membrana Achieves NSF Standard 61

Membrana, a leading membrane and degassing device manufacturer, is pleased to announce that it has expanded its ability to service various water treatment sectors that require the NSF Mark for drinking water components. Liqui-Cel® High purity 10 x 28 Membrane Contactors and Liqui-Cel® 14 x 28 Membrane Contactors, both with X-40 and X-50 membrane, have successfully passed all testing requirements and document reviews at NSF. An official NSF listing can be found at www.nsf.org

Many Liqui-Cel® Contactors already meet FDA requirements pert title 21of the Federal Code of Regulations. Adding the NSF Mark to some of the Liqui-Cel® products now allows the contactors to be safely utilized in drinking water systems as well. Using Liqui-Cel® Contactors in Municipal Water applications is a new application of Membrane Contactors where the NSF Mark is required.

Liqui-Cel®, MicroModule®, MiniModule®, and SuperPhobic® Membrane Contactors are used around the world for adding or removing oxygen (O2), carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen (N2) to or from different liquids in digital printing, analytical/biotechnology, semiconductor, power, pharmaceutical, photographic, food and beverage, and many other industries. For example, O2 negatively impacts many processes; it is corrosive and can oxidize materials. In the power and industrial areas, piping and equipment are susceptible to corrosion. Specifically to the semiconductor and ink market, high levels of dissolved gases can cause lower yields and slower process speeds.

Liqui-Cel® Contactors are also used to add gasses to liquids to enhance megasonic cleaning. The beverage industry looks to membrane contactors for carbonation, nitrogenation and deoxygenation. These reflect only a few examples of the variety of applications where Membrana Membrane Contactors are used.

Membrana's Filtration Group also manufactures a variety of membranes and devices used for filtration in various industries and applications.

Polypore International, Inc. is a global high technology filtration company specializing in microporous membranes. Polypore's flat sheet and hollow fiber membranes are used in specialized applications that require the removal or separation of various materials from liquids, primarily in the ultrafiltration and microfiltration markets. Based in Charlotte, NC, Polypore International, Inc. is a global leader with manufacturing facilities or sales offices in nine countries serving six continents.

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Kemira Oyj and VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland) will establish a Center of Water Efficiency Excellence in Finland. The total cost of the research, which will be performed at the center, is estimated at 120 M€, including external funding. The investments will be allocated into 4 years, resulting further investment activities in projects for piloting and proof on concept purposes. The center will employ 200 persons annually.

The current Finnish competence of the water sector is being gathered into one center. The goal is to develop unique water knowledge to Finland and to create new business opportunities for companies in the environmental technology sector. The research center supports Kemira's strategic target to become a leading water chemistry company and to promote profitable growth by generating new business in the already strong field of water knowledge. Kemira will arrange a press conference today, March 9 at 10.15 (Helsinki time), including presentations by Harri Kerminen, Kemira's President and CEO, along with Paula Lehtomäki, Minister of the Environment, Johan Grön, Kemira EVP of R&D and Technology, and Erkki KM Leppävuori, President and CEO of VTT.

The main partners of the Center of Water Efficiency Excellence are Kemira and VTT. "The aim is to develop new technology, which helps to enhance the water usage and recycling, and to create more sustainable and energy-efficient solutions for the water intensive industry. When choosing the research sectors, one of the main selection criteria has been the growth of the global markets. Some examples of the research sectors are the cost-efficient cultivation of sea water into drinkable water, the utilization of bio mass resulting from the waste water treatment in production processes of energy and bio energy, and the decomposition of products", says Johan Grön.

"Already today, Kemira is one of the leading water chemistry companies globally. We have operations in 40 countries, an experience of decades in water technology, and a wide competence for different needs in water management. For Kemira, this is a strategic project, in which we are looking for growth based on new products and customer relations. The lack of water and the problems caused by it is a sizable challenge globally for industries and megacities. The regions suffering from water scarcity are usually those where the industrial and population growth is the most rapid. This is why the water-intensive industry is constantly looking for solutions to improve their water efficiency. Normally, the water availability is not a problem in Finland but we have competencies to solve the challenges caused by water scarcity. For Kemira and other environmental technology companies, this provides growth opportunities", says Harri Kerminen.

''VTT has the know how and the structure that can combine different fields of technologies and expertise that meet well with the qualifications in developing new and open-minded environment and water technology. I believe that those products that are being developed in a center based on top expertise and know how meet high market demands and possess growing international potential. I also hope that this will open up a new commercialization of technology opportunity where top end technology can be exploited in water purification, recycling, monitoring and treatment of process waters'', says VTT's President & CEO Erkki KM Leppävuori. According to Veli-Pekka Saarnivaara, CEO, Tekes (the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation), "Tekes wants to be actively involved in this project and in constructing a strong basis for competence in Finland, and in new business activities in order to solve a growing global problem".

Press Conference
March 9, 2010 at 10.15 (EET), at Gallery Kalhama & Piippo Contemporary, Mannerheimintie 3 B, 5th floor (Helsinki, Finland). The conference is in Finnish. The material is available in Finnish and English on the Kemira web site. Further information: Anna-Kaisa Säkkinen, phone +358 50 387 6293.

Kemira Oyj
Päivi Antola, Senior Manager, Investor Relations and Financial Communications

Further information:

Kemira Oyj
Johan Grön, EVP, R&D and Technology,
Phone +358 10 862 1058
Leena Lie, VP of Communications
Phone +358 40 7457943

Kari Larjava, Vice President
Phone +358 40 500 9673

Kemira is a global 2.5 billion euro chemicals company that is focused on serving customers in water-intensive industries. The company offers water quality and quantity management that improves customers' energy, water, and raw material efficiency. Kemira's vision is to be a leading water chemistry company. Its paints and coatings business, Tikkurila, aims to be the market leader in decorative paints and selected wood and metal coatings in chosen markets.


VTT, Technical Research Centre of Finland, is the biggest multi-technological applied research organisation in Northern Europe. VTT provides high-end technology solutions and innovation services for domestic and international customers, companies, and the public sector. The personnel count of VTT is 2,900.


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Published in European News
Friday, 19 February 2010 12:45

NewPage Press release

Wisconsin Rapids Water Works and Lighting Commission (WRWWLC) signed an agreement with Consolidated Water Power Company (CWPCo), a subsidiary of NewPage Corporation, to purchase CWPCo utility transmission and distribution assets.

Located in Wisconsin Rapids, CWPCo provides power to retail customers in [central Wisconsin]. CWPCo also owns and operates five hydroelectric projects along 33 miles of the Wisconsin River in DuBay, Stevens Point, Whiting, Biron and Wisconsin Rapids. The agreement with WRWWLC includes the assets necessary to deliver power to CWPCo's retail customers, and does not include the CWPCo hydroelectric facilities.

An application for approval of this sale was jointly filed later the same day with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. Time of closing is dependent on regulatory review and Commission approvals. The purchase price for the utility assets will be equal to the net book value of the assets at the time of closing.

About Wisconsin Rapids Water Works and Lighting Commission (WRWWLC)
The Wisconsin Rapids Water Works and Lighting Commission is a municipally owned electric and water utility. WW&LC serves 14,500 electric and 8,500 water meters in a service territory that includes the City of Wisconsin Rapids and all or parts of the towns of Grand Rapids, Seneca, Sigel, Grant and the Village of Biron.

About Consolidated Water Power Company (CWPCo)
A subsidiary of NewPage Corporation, Consolidated Water Power Company (CWPCo) owns and operates five hydroelectric projects along 33 miles of the Wisconsin River in central Wisconsin located in DuBay, Stevens Point, Whiting, Biron and Wisconsin Rapids. These five hydrofacilities house 39 hydrogenerators with a combined installed capacity of 35.2 megawatts (annual electricity use by about 75,000 households) and provide river water stability for recreational purposes and other uses. CWPCo also owns 24 percent of the Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company, which regulates the river upstream of DuBay, and is represented on the board of directors. The private corporation regulates a uniform flow in the Wisconsin River and helps coordinate the operation of hydroelectric plants on the Wisconsin River. This centralized coordination helps generate increased hydroelectricity and improve flood control capabilities.

About NewPage Corporation
Headquartered in Miamisburg, Ohio, NewPage Corporation is the largest coated paper manufacturer in North America, based on production capacity, with $3.1 billion in net sales for the year ended December 31, 2009. The company's product portfolio is the broadest in North America and includes coated freesheet, coated groundwood, supercalendered, newsprint and specialty papers. These papers are used for corporate collateral, commercial printing, magazines, catalogs, books, coupons, inserts, newspapers, packaging applications and direct mail advertising.

NewPage owns paper mills in Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Nova Scotia, Canada. These mills have a total annual production capacity of approximately 4.4 million tons of paper, including approximately 3.2 million tons of coated paper, approximately 1.0 million tons of uncoated paper and approximately 200,000 tons of specialty paper. To learn more, visit www.NewPageCorp.com

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Published in North American News
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 10:38

M-clean now has 300 installations worldwide


m-clean papertech AB reached a milestone with 300 installations of MultiJet and MultiJet&Brush cleaning units worldwide.

The success is a result of m-clean papertech AB's utmost commitment to customer care, our in-depth knowledge of the trade and our streamlined organization consisting of highly qualified and motivated personnel that gives our customers the highest cleaning efficiency, reliability, quality and performance in the world.

m-clean papertech AB is the leading developer and manufacturer of equipment within the high-pressure water cleaning field for machine clothing and rolls.

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Published in European News