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Based on many years of experience in cleaner technology, Voith introduces the AdaptClean rebuild kit, the latest optimization option within its BlueLine product range. The AdaptClean technology enables a quick and easy conversion of existing low consistency cleaners from a diameter of 105 mm. The upgrade involves removing all parts below the headstock. A Voith cleaner cone and the Easy EcoMizer are then attached to the existing headpiece using an adapter. A dilution water line with pump makes the system ready for use again within a few hours.

  • The new AdaptClean system leads to efficiency increases as well as significant fiber and energy savings for existing low consistency cleaner with a diameter of 105 mm or more
  • The rebuild kit consists of an adapter, the tried and tested cones in various material designs, and the Easy EcoMizer
  • The modernization is possible for most plants worldwide, regardless of manufacturer

"With the new AdaptClean system, we now offer an efficient and fast rebuild worldwide and independent of manufacturer for existing cleaner systems," explains Elmar Ott, Product & Service Manager at Voith Paper. "Due to the optimized service lives and higher plant efficiency, customers thus achieve cost savings every day through the modernization, even for originally non-Voith cleaners. The ROI of the AdaptClean system is therefore less than one year."

To realize the best cost-benefit combination, the new AdaptClean system is available in a wide range of cone materials. The proven Easy EcoMizer enables clog-free operation with optimal fiber backflushing, significantly reducing fiber losses compared to conventional systems. By reducing the amount of fiber, a significant increase in ash content in the rejects can be realized. In addition, increased inlet stock consistency achieves further energy savings.

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Voith also supports its customers with suitable spare parts after the rebuild. In addition to the AdaptClean concept, Voith offers many additional services and individual measures to optimize processes and plant efficiency. Thanks to worldwide service locations and the OnPerformance.Lab remote service center, customers can receive competent support at any time and from any location. Find more information here.  

About Voith Paper 
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, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, the company today has around 21,000 employees, sales of € 4.9 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger 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 and products on the market and offers paper manufacturers holistic solutions from one source. The company’s continuous stream of innovations facilitates resource-conserving production and helps customers minimize their carbon footprint. With its leading automation products and digitalization solutions from the Papermaking 4.0 portfolio, Voith offers its customers state-of-the-art digital technologies to improve plant availability and efficiency for all sections of the production process.

Liansheng Pulp & Paper (Zhangzhou) Co., Ltd. has successfully started up two ANDRITZ tissue machines including stock preparation and automation systems at its mill in Zhangzhou, Fujian Province, China.

The tissue machines of the type PrimeLineTM W 2000 have a design speed of 2,000 m/min and a working width of 5.65 m. Both are equipped with energy-saving components like 20 ft. PrimeDry Steel Yankees and steam-heated hoods.

The stock preparation systems, using NBKP (Needle Bleached Kraft Pulp) and LBKP (Leaf Bleached Kraft Pulp), feature FibreSolve FSV pulpers, a pulp screw press and HC refiners to achieve consistencies in the range of 25%-30% and excellent fiber properties. The scope also includes the approach flow systems, broke handling, and a comprehensive fabrics and rolls package (forming fabrics, press felts, roll covers) for optimum dewatering at high speed.

  Successful start up of the PrimeLine tissue production lines at Liansheng Pulp & Paper © ANDRITZ Successful start up of the PrimeLine tissue production lines at Liansheng Pulp & Paper © ANDRITZ

Fan Lele, Vice Sales General Manager of Household Paper, Liansheng Pulp & Paper, says: “We were really excited to hold the first tissue in our hands. The tissue quality has been excellent right from the start.”

Liansheng Pulp & Paper (Zhangzhou) Co., Ltd., a new production base of the Liansheng Paper Group, was established in 2020, in order to enter the household paper production industry. It is the largest packaging paper manufacturer in Fujian, China with a special focus on environmental-friendly production.

ANDRITZ GROUP

International technology group ANDRITZ offers a broad portfolio of innovative plants, equipment, systems, services and digital solutions for a wide range of industries and end markets. Sustainability is an integral part of the company’s business strategy and corporate culture. With its extensive portfolio of sustainable products and solutions, ANDRITZ aims to make the greatest possible contribution to a sustainable future and help its customers achieve their sustainability goals. ANDRITZ is a global market leader in all four of its business areas – Pulp & Paper, Metals, Hydro and Separation. Technological leadership and global presence are cornerstones of the group’s strategy, which is focused on long-term profitable growth. The publicly listed group has around 29,700 employees and over 280 locations in more than 40 countries.

ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER

ANDRITZ Pulp & Paper provides sustainable technology, automation, and service solutions for the production of all types of pulp, paper, board and tissue. The technologies and services focus on increased production efficiency, lower overall operating costs as well as innovative decarbonization strategies and autonomous plant operation.

The product portfolio also includes boilers for power generation, flue gas cleaning systems, various nonwoven technologies, and panelboard (MDF) production systems. With waste-to-value recycling, shredding and energy solutions, waste and by-product streams from production are converted into valuable secondary raw materials as well as into sustainable resources for energy generation. State-of-the-art IIoT technologies as part of Metris digitalization solutions complete the comprehensive product offering.

Voith delivered effective commissioning trainings for the November 2022 start-up of the world’s largest kraftliner machine, SCA’s PM 2 in Obbola, Sweden. Thanks to Voith's PapermakingAcademy and comprehensive documentation, the SCA team was optimally prepared for operation of its new state-of-the-art facility.

  • Effective commissioning training provided by the PapermakingAcademy to ensure successful start-up of SCA’s PM 2 in November 2022
  • PapermakingAcademy bundles Voith’s training offerings along the entire life cycle of a plant
  • Customers benefit from in-depth expert know-how and application-oriented training courses

“A key factor to the successful start-up here in Obbola has been the training given to the employees,” says Lisa Lundström Hämälä, Process Engineer at SCA. “Voith prepared extensive training materials, and Voith and SCA together made sure there were several occasions for each training so employees could attend while also running our old, now closed paper machine.”

Voith is a leading provider of comprehensive expert training for the papermaking industry. With the PapermakingAcademy, the company offers target group-specific training programs and courses that cover the entire life cycle of a paper machine and the plant’s components. The PapermakingAcademy enables customers to use and operate their paper machines to their optimal capacity. During commissioning, this results in a faster take-over. At the same time, Voith supports papermakers with in-depth expert knowledge to drive forward efficiency and lift their plants to the next level of performance.

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Training offerings of the PapermakingAcademy cover the entire life cycle of a paper machine
“The new training modules include all sections of the paper machine and cover its entire life cycle,” says Zahida Sakic-Kramer, Director Design Main Sections at Voith Paper, describing an important aspect of the PapermakingAcademy. “This allows us to support customers precisely where and when they need it – and with the help of new, digital tools.”

“With the PapermakingAcademy, we are expanding the previous training offered by the Voith PaperSchool, which primarily covered service-related topics,” adds Stefanie Schmied, Concept Manager Digital Training at Voith Paper. “Voith Paper now offers a comprehensive course catalog – from basic training units on our new machines and commissioning to in-depth, application-oriented expert training of specific service activities.”

The PapermakingAcademy course catalog gives information about all courses, the respective learning objectives and the recommended target groups. This ensures that participants get the maximum benefit from training in homogeneous learning groups and that customers can make use of a comprehensive and unique training offering to educate their personnel in the best possible way.

For further information on the PapermakingAcademy and the current course catalog, please visit: www.voith.com/papermakingacademy 

Visit our website to learn more about SCA’s PM 2 in Obbola: www.voith.com/corp-en/industry-solutions/papermaking/obbola-pm-2.html

About the Voith Group
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, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, the company today has around 21,000 employees, sales of € 4.9 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger 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 and products on the market and offers paper manufacturers holistic solutions from one source. The company’s continuous stream of innovations facilitates resource-conserving production and helps customers minimize their carbon footprint. With its leading automation products and digitalization solutions from the Papermaking 4.0 portfolio, Voith offers its customers state-of-the-art digital technologies to improve plant availability and efficiency for all sections of the production process.

The leading full-line supplier Voith, in collaboration with its customer Visy, a global packaging and resource recovery company, held a two-day workshop on decarbonization in papermaking last week in Melbourne. This event was supported by Appita, the leading Australasian pulp and paper technical association. The Energy Summit brought together leaders and experts to discuss the latest solutions and proven technologies for energy efficiency, cost savings and operational improvements.

  • Experts present leading technologies and solutions
  • The companies cooperate on decarbonization workshop for sustainable paper production
  • During a World Café, topics such as customized rebuild solutions, service activities, as well as efficient spare and wear parts packages were discussed

The summary was positive throughout, as Jean-Yves Nouaze, Executive General Manager at Visy Pulp & Paper, also confirmed in his opening speech on Visy's decarbonization strategy: "We have a relentless focus on energy efficiency across our pulp and paper factories and developing our own energy supply through on-site clean energy plants. The Energy Summit is an important way for us to stay up to date with state-of-the-art solutions and proven technologies to further drive energy efficiency. By bringing experts together in one room, we have been able to generate new insights and share expertise.”

During the event, various Voith experts showed leading technologies as well as international perspectives that promote energy efficiency in papermaking. On the first day, Michael Weiss, CTO at Voith Paper, presented current research and development work at Voith Paper on decarbonization and minimization of energy consumption and gave an insight into the energy situation in the German and European paper industry. In addition, Mark Grenning, Director of Policy and Regulation of the Energy Users Association of Australia (EUAA), presented current developments and challenges in the Australian energy market for large energy users in his keynote speech.

"The Energy Summit builds on a very good partnership with Visy and is a great example of how we can work together to drive decarbonization and energy efficiency in paper manufacturing," emphasizes Michael Weiss. "With our holistic approach and forward-looking solutions, we are aiming for CO2-neutral production by 2030 and are committed to a sustainable future."

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Dieter Wenninger, Regional President Products & Services Asia at Voith Paper: "The Energy Summit was a remarkable platform for the exchange of innovative solutions and proven technologies. We also explored efficient rebuild concepts that make a significant contribution to sustainability in paper production. The event not only strengthened our very good partnership with Visy, but also helped to further drive our spare and wear parts business as well as service activities in the region."

On the second day, Voith experts presented opportunities for energy savings along Voith Paper's full-line portfolio as part of a World Café. Topics such as efficient spare and wear parts packages, suitable service and maintenance concepts, as well as analyses of energy consumption and audits were discussed by the mixed groups consisting of representatives from Voith and Visy. The latest developments in digital transformation and automation were also presented. The Voith subsidiary Meri also presented efficient water management concepts that can lead to further resource savings.

Papermaking for Life sustainability program
As part of the innovation and development initiative "Papermaking for Life," Voith Paper presents versatile technologies and solutions that lead to more efficient and sustainable processes in papermaking. The emphasis is on water, energy and fiber savings as well as digitalization, innovations and partnerships as levers for more sustainable production. Another focus is on Voith's own activities at its locations worldwide. https://voith.com/Papermaking-for-Life/Energy

About Visy
Visy is a global leader in packaging and resource recovery and has been a pioneer in sustainability since its inception. The innovation, production and logistics capabilities are organized around an integrated, closed-loop approach. Together, they give rise to customized solutions that deliver lasting value to our customers, partners and communities. We have been in business for over 70 years and have more than 140 sites across Australasia, as well as commercial offices in Asia and Europe. With over 7,000 employees, our innovative approach provides end-to-end solutions for our customers' needs in paper, primary packaging, fiber packaging, packaging materials and consumables, point-of-sale displays, automation, material handling, logistics and recycling. https://www.visy.com.au/

About Voith Paper 
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, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, the company today has around 21,000 employees, sales of € 4.9 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger 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 and products on the market and offers paper manufacturers holistic solutions from one source. The company’s continuous stream of innovations facilitates resource-conserving production and helps customers minimize their carbon footprint. With its leading automation products and digitalization solutions from the Papermaking 4.0 portfolio, Voith offers its customers state-of-the-art digital technologies to improve plant availability and efficiency for all sections of the production process.

Valmet will deliver two fiber line improvement projects to SCA Obbola mill in Sweden. The projects support SCA’s earlier investments. The first installations will take place during the mill’s spring shutdown in May 2023.

The orders were included in Valmet's orders received of the first quarter 2023. The value of the orders will not be disclosed.

The deliveries include a Valmet ImpBin chip impregnation system rebuild and the installation of Valmet Wash Filter Hoods. The ImpBin rebuild will stabilize and increase the mill’s pulp production and improve its energy efficiency. The new wash filter hoods will primarily improve the mill’s safety during regular maintenance and annual shutdowns.

“We have developed an excellent customer relationship with the SCA Obbola mill over the years and are happy to continue our good co-operation. These orders continue SCA Obbola’s extensive investments in the mill’s fiber line and show SCA’s trust in Valmet’s expertise and ability to improve their performance. Through the long-term partnership Valmet is able to contribute to the continuous development of all SCA’s mills,” says Andreas Lindstedt, Corporate Account Manager, EMEA, Valmet.

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Technical information about the delivery

Valmet’s delivery will include two projects. The Valmet ImpBin chip impregnation system rebuild enables a thorough impregnation of the chips with liquor before cooking, leading to more stable and increased pulp production.

The new wash filter hoods are made of strong and durable glass-fiber reinforced plastic FRB with low weight. They offer easy removal and re-installation, thus improving safety during inspection and maintenance. Installation of the new filter hoods will take place during 2024.

About the customer SCA

SCA offers packaging paper, pulp, wood products, renewable energy, services for forest owners and efficient transport solutions. In 2022, SCA had approximately 3,300 employees and sales amounted to approximately EUR 1.9 billion. SCA was founded in 1929 and has four pulp and paper mills in Sweden. In October 2022, SCA started up the world's largest paper machine for the production of kraftliner at its Obbola mill.

Valmet is a leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. With our automation systems and flow control solutions we serve an even wider base of process industries. Our 17,500 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers’ performance forward – every day.

The company has over 220 years of industrial history and a strong track record in continuous improvement and renewal. In 2022, a major milestone was achieved when the flow control company Neles was merged into Valmet. Valmet’s net sales in 2022 were approximately EUR 5.1 billion. 

Valmet’s shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki and the head office is in Espoo, Finland.     

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Toscotec will supply two TT SYD MG Steel Yankee Dryers for Machine Glazed paper to the Indian paper manufacturer Chandpur Enterprises Ltd. at their paper manufacturing facility near New Delhi in Uttar Pradesh. The MG dryers will replace the two local steel cylinders installed on their PM1 and PM2 that produce MG Paper in the basis weight range from 40 to 70 gsm. The start-up of the two dryers is scheduled for mid-2024. 

TT SYD MG: Toscotec’s Steel Yankee expertise for MG application 
Especially designed for MG application, TT SYD MG dryers tap into Toscotec’s 20+ year experience in the design and manufacturing of Steel Yankee Dryers. This expertise ensures the highest paper quality with optimal smoothness and an increase in the drying performances of MG machines. After the rebuild, the reliability and thermal energy efficiency of TT SYD MG will substantially boost the performance of the complete production lines. 

A big leap in production capacity and paper quality
The two TT SYD MG dryers are designed for a maximum steam pressure of 10 barg and have a diameter of 14ft and 16ft respectively for PM1 and PM2. In order to ensure optimal paper gloss, they will feature Voith’s Terradry metallization, designed specifically for MG application. 

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The replacements have two targets. The first is to substantially increase the machines’ production capacity overcoming the operating limits of the existing MG cylinders. The second target is to significantly improve paper quality, and moisture profile uniformity. 

Amit Mittal, Executive Managing Director at Chandpur Enterprises Ltd., says, “These projects are an integral part of Chandpur’s expansion strategy. We expect to achieve a strong boost in production output, in order to secure the increasing amount of orders we are receiving. Toscotec’s advanced technology will allow us to be well equipped to reap the benefits of the current positive growth trend of MG Papers in India”.

Giancarlo Gianlorenzi, Sales Manager at Toscotec, says, “I’d like to thank Chandpur Enterprises Ltd. for their trust in Toscotec’s advanced technology in a market with strong price competition. Based on the positive results of our TT SYD MG’s references, we are confident that they will achieve the competitive advantage and reliability they seek in the MG paper market.”

About Chandpur Enterprises Ltd.
Founded in 1998, Chandpur Enterprises Ltd. manufactures different grades MG Paper at their production base in Chandpur, Uttar Pradesh, India. The company produces approximately 3,000 tons per month for the domestic and Asian markets. 

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Giancarlo Gianlorenzi
Sales Manager, Paper & Board division Toscotec
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Fabio Bargiacchi
Sales Manager, Tissue division Toscotec
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Toscotec has been certified to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 45001:2018 occupational health and safety management system. The certification was issued by Certiquality, an independent third-party assurance body validated by Italy’s national accrediting agency Accredia. 

Health and safety culture is considered of paramount importance at Toscotec. This new certification is part of a broader effort to prioritise safety through education, training, and awareness-raising activities at all its locations, and it confirms Toscotec’s strong focus on identifying, addressing, and reducing potential risks. The ISO 45001 certification complements the company’s long-standing ISO 14001:2015 and EMAS certifications.

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Andrea Marzaro, Operations Director (COO) at Toscotec, says, “Achieving and maintaining ISO certifications is part of Toscotec’s corporate sustainability strategy. The ISO 45001 keeps us on the right track to monitor, manage, and deliver continuous improvement on our Occupational Health and Safety system. Along with our long-time environmental certifications, day by day we put in place a valuable, reliable, and effective HSE (Health, Safety, Environment) management system and team.”

About Toscotec
Founded in 1948, Toscotec specializes in the design and manufacture of turn-key projects, complete machines, rebuilds and stand-alone systems for the tissue and paper and board industries. Headquartered in Lucca, Italy, with subsidiaries and service centers in China and North America, Toscotec offers cutting-edge technology and customized solutions to paper producers around the world. Energy efficiency, energy saving, and quality are the basis for all its research and development, design, and manufacturing. From 30th April 2020, Toscotec is part of the Voith Group.

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Andrea Marzaro
Operations Director (COO), Toscotec
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Valmet has been chosen as the second most attractive employer by engineering students in Finland. The ranking was published in Universum’s annual Talent Research, which is the biggest employer survey in Finland.

In recent years, Valmet has been actively developing its student and university collaboration in Finland and abroad. The focus has been on developing new trainee programs, establishing a global concept for university cooperation, starting to collaborate with schools to make engineering as a subject more attractive to middle schoolers and continuing to run an active summer trainee program in Finland and Sweden. For 2023, Valmet is set to have nearly 600 students working in Valmet locations around Finland.

valmet logo rgb“An important recognition like this means that our continued efforts and investments in different student opportunities, such as trainee programs and internships, have again proven valuable. It is our pleasure to offer a workplace for students where they can participate in real projects gaining valuable experience and grow their expertise. In return, the students bring energy and fresh ideas which generate valuable development opportunities to the whole organization. Thank you to the students who contributed to Universum’s research and to the Valmeteers around the world for making Valmet an attractive work community,” says Julia Macharey, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Operational Development, Valmet.

Information about the Universum Talent Research

Every year, university students vote for their ideal employers in Finland's largest career-related study – the Universum Talent Research. This year, over 13,000 students from different areas of study in Finland provided insight on company characteristics they find most attractive in a potential employer as well as who they perceive to be their ideal employer. Valmet was included in the ranking in the fields of Engineering, Business, Natural Sciences and Information Technology.

Valmet is a leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. With our automation systems and flow control solutions we serve an even wider base of process industries. Our 17,500 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers’ performance forward – every day.

The company has over 220 years of industrial history and a strong track record in continuous improvement and renewal. In 2022, a major milestone was achieved when the flow control company Neles was merged into Valmet. Valmet’s net sales in 2022 were approximately EUR 5.1 billion.

Valmet’s shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki and the head office is in Espoo, Finland.    

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Valmet will deliver a new refiner with chip washer capacity of 28 ton/h to ARAUCO’s new MDF plant located in Zitácuaro, Mexico. The start-up of the system is planned for the last quarter of 2024.

The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the first quarter 2023. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

“We are proud to have had the opportunity to supply Valmet’s spear head defibrator system technology to ARAUCO’s new mill site in Mexico. We are looking forward to further deepening the relationship and developing new projects and investments together in the future,” says Leif Sundberg, Sales Manager, Fiberline Sales, Pulp and Energy business line, Valmet.

“For us at ARAUCO, incorporating technology that guarantees both safety and quality is always the main priority. Our growth depends on a safe operation and technology such as Valmet’s, giving us a solid foundation to produce quality boards for the Mexican market,” says Jose Manuel Hernández, the CEO of ARAUCO México.

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Information about the delivery
Valmet’s delivery includes all main machinery of the second-generation EVO 64 Defibrator system and chip washing, related motors as well as process design and engineering. The delivery also includes commissioning, installation, and start-up advisory.

Valmet’s defibrators are equipped with a patented grinding house that is unique in the industry. This feature enables both energy and resin savings, providing low operating costs and resulting in an environmentally friendly defibrator system for the production of high-quality wood fibers to MDF.

Information about the customer ARAUCO
ARAUCO is a global leader in sustainable forestry, being the first forestry company in the world to achieve a Carbon Neutral certification. ARAUCO is the main board producer in North America, leading the trends in decors and melamine boards for architectural and interior design solutions. The company operates in the forestry, pulp, lumber, plywood, composite panels, millwork, and renewable energy businesses. The company has a revenue of about USD 7 billion. The company operates altogether 42 sawmills, panel mills and pulp mills in North America, South America, Europe and South Africa.

Valmet is a leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. With our automation systems and flow control solutions we serve an even wider base of process industries. Our 17,500 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers’ performance forward – every day.

The company has over 220 years of industrial history and a strong track record in continuous improvement and renewal. In 2022, a major milestone was achieved when the flow control company Neles was merged into Valmet. Valmet’s net sales in 2022 were approximately EUR 5.1 billion. 

Valmet’s shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki and the head office is in Espoo, Finland.     

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The 100% paper design of the charity's iconic poppy will be available from this year's Poppy Appeal onwards

James Cropper, specialist papermaker based in the English Lake District, has collaborated on the creation of the Royal British Legion’s new plastic-free poppy that’s now made entirely from paper.

Working with the Royal British Legion (RBL), and design consultancy Matter, James Cropper is proud to have co-created the poppy which will reduce carbon emissions by 40 per cent. It is free from single-use plastic and can be recycled in ordinary paper recycling collections.

The design is part of the charity’s commitment to reducing single-use plastic in all its activities in a drive to be economical, sustainable, and less impactful to the environment. The new poppy maintains the iconic poppy design and leaf shape and can be fastened with a pin, inserted into a buttonhole, or stick on versions are available.

Marking 45 years of partnership with the RBL, the paper provided for the new design is made from a blend of renewable fibres from responsible sources, 50 per cent of which has been recovered from paper coffee cup production via James Cropper’s CupCycling facility in Cumbria.

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Steve Adams, Chief Executive Officer at James Cropper, said: “Every year since 1978, red and green papers made at our paper mill are transformed into millions of poppies for the annual Poppy Appeal that continues to provide vital support to the Armed Forces community.

“Although we are involved each year, we never take for granted what this symbol means to so many families and the country as a whole. Everyone at James Cropper is very proud of our long-standing involvement in the production of the paper poppy, worn the world over as a symbol of respect and remembrance.”

The original paper poppy design was first produced in the 1970s. A request went out to paper mills for assistance in finding a bleed-free paper, and the partnership between James Cropper and the RBL began. James Cropper now delivers over three miles (5km) of narrow red and green paper rolls, which are made into millions of poppies, to the RBL and Poppyscotland’s poppy factories every year.

The Royal British Legion’s Executive Director of Marketing, Fundraising and Remembrance, Gary Ryan said, “We're proud to have designed a plastic-free poppy that will enable people to show their support for our Armed Forces community in a more sustainable way. We are thankful to our long-standing supplier James Cropper who developed the innovative paper used in the new poppy. The company’s industry-leading technology which reuses waste from the manufacture of coffee cups has ensured the iconic poppy is now made entirely from responsibly sourced materials. The Royal British Legion provides a lifeline for serving personnel, veterans and their families facing hardship, injury and bereavement. We hope our new plastic-free poppy, which will be available alongside existing poppy stocks, will encourage people to support the Poppy Appeal this year and help us continue our vital work.”

John MacDonald, Design Director at Matter said: “We didn’t want to simply reduce single use plastic, but to eliminate it completely. Paper offered a single-material solution that could be easily recycled, as well as offering a bold, elegant approach for the next generation of poppies. When applied well, paper is such a beautiful material. The new poppy uses papers entirely bespoke to the RBL, with print finish details that lift 3D form and deliver a quality that the remembrance occasion deserves.”

With sustainable solutions at the heart of the James Cropper mission, the new poppy contributes to its vision to drive growth of upcycled fibre within the company’s paper products to 50 per cent by 2025: pioneering materials to safeguard our future.

James Cropper’s FibreBlend Upcycled Technology model organises the plethora of fibre blend options available to customers into a clear offer, demonstrating the limitless expertise available to them. From the world’s first technology to upcycle used coffee cups to the industry leading incorporation of used jeans into fully recyclable paper for packaging - transforming waste into beautiful paper and packaging is at the core of the FibreBlend Upcycled Technology mission.

The plastic-free poppy will be available for the 2023 Poppy Appeal alongside remaining stocks of the current poppy, which can be returned to Sainsbury’s stores for recycling.

James Cropper   

James Cropper is a prestige paper innovator based in the English Lake District, supplying distinct, custom-made paper products to many of the world’s leading luxury brands, art galleries and designers.   

Throughout 176 years of high-quality paper production, the business has been carefully stewarded and nurtured by six generations of the Cropper family and is renowned globally for individual expertise in colour and fibre innovation.  

The Royal British Legion 

The Royal British Legion (RBL) is the UKs largest charity dedicated to supporting the needs of the Armed Forces community, past and present and their families. The RBL is the champion of Remembrance and safeguards the Armed Forces Covenant. It is well known for the annual Poppy Appeal and its emblem the red poppy. For further information, visit rbl.org.uk

Matter

We are a team of designers, committed to making a difference. A creative studio of thinkers and makers, inspired by what we can achieve for a positive future. For the people who experience our products, for the organisations we transform and for the world we live in.

User-experience and responsible design are at the centre of everything we do. Our services include product and packaging design, brand strategy, sustainable futures, concept visions and prototyping.

We are Matter. Difference, made.

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