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#VoithCares funding program continues

The #VoithCares program was launched this fiscal year together with the Hanns Voith Foundation. Through the program, Voith financially supports the volunteer work of employees throughout the world. A total of 50,000 euros has been donated to nonprofits. For the next fiscal year, employee activities are being sought to receive funding.

  • Funding of 50 social projects planned for the coming fiscal year
  • Applications from Voith employees now open
  • Impressive response in the first year

Social responsibility is more than just a buzzword for the global technology group Voith: the company directly funds education and training, science and research, and social, sports, and cultural activities worldwide. To support their socially involved Voithians, the company launched #VoithCares. Through active employee nominations, 50 organizations and their measures were selected and given financial support. Each of 26 projects in Europe and Africa received 1,000 euros. Among others, the Crailsheim child protection association, the Heidenheim wind orchestra, and an education initiative for children in Ghana were supported. Nine projects from nonprofit organizations in North America, nine in Asia and six projects in South America also received funding. The workforce response was overwhelming – almost 100 applications were received.

Due to its huge success, the initiative is now continuing for another round. Voith is inviting employees at all of its locations throughout the world to submit nonprofit projects.

“Social responsibility is important to us at Voith Paper, and I am proud of the exceptional response and commitment of our employees to the #VoithCares program,” says Andreas Endters, President & CEO Voith Paper. “In the upcoming fiscal year, we will support additional social projects worldwide to have a positive impact on education, social issues, and culture. Our employees are the key to our success.”

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In fiscal 2023–24, 50 projects from all over the world will be selected and funded with a maximum 1,000 euros each by the Voith Group and the Hanns Voith Foundation within the scope of the program. Voith employees can submit applications until the end of September. The donations will then be made in the following fiscal year. Voith will report on the selected organizations and measures on a regular basis.

About #VoithCares
As part of the #VoithCares program, Voith and the Hanns Voith Foundation annually award financial support to a select number of employee-nominated projects and nonprofits, in which the employees also personally volunteer. Nominated projects must align with Voith’s DNA, “sustainable technologies for future generations," and fall into the categories of digitalization; technology, innovation and decarbonization; or social causes. Projects selected benefit children, youth, young adults or those who are disadvantaged. Through the #VoithCares program, the company supports both employees and nonprofits in the communities Voith serves around the world and encourages employees to volunteer in their local communities so we can make the world a little better – together.

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 20,000 employees, sales of €4.3 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.

International technology group ANDRITZ received an order from Norske Skog Skogn to supply a thermomechanical pulping (TMP) line for its newsprint mill in Levanger, Norway.

The ANDRITZ solution combines secondhand and new equipment to provide a customized package that precisely fits the local conditions.

The new line will allow Norske Skog Skogn to change its raw material mix and thus reduce variable costs and the environmental impact of its operations, in particular NOx emissions, fossil CO2 emissions, and landfilled waste.

  Norske Skog Skogn, Levanger Norway © Hattrem Norske Skog Skogn, Levanger Norway © Hattrem

“With this investment, we are taking an important step in securing Norske Skog Skogn’s long-term competitiveness, and we will further improve our environmental performance,” says Managing Director Håvard Busklein at Norske Skog Skogn AS. “We wanted a solution that would make the best possible use of the available space and existing equipment. The ANDRITZ team offered us a smartly engineered solution that precisely meets our needs.”

The new line will have the capacity to produce 100,000 tons of thermomechanical pulp per year and is scheduled to start operating in the first half of 2024. Various used machines will be refurbished and upgraded and combined with new equipment.

The scope of supply includes:

  • a new LC refiner, type TF58
  • refurbishment of the pre-treatment equipment
  • a secondhand first stage refiner, type RGP76CD-A, with ANDRITZ control system
  • refurbishment of secondary stage refiner, type RGP65

Norske Skog is a world leading producer of publication paper with strong market positions and customer relations in Europe and Australasia. Norske Skog aims to further diversify its operations and continue its growth through a range of energy and bio product development projects. The Group is headquartered in Norway and has approximately 2,100 employees.

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.

Mirae Paper started up a TT SYD Steel Yankee Dryer supplied by Toscotec to replace an existing cast iron Yankee on PM2 at their Jeonju mill in South Korea. This is Mirae Paper’s second TT SYD installation following another Yankee replacement by Toscotec on PM3 in 2013. 

Market leadership through continuous development
2023 07 18 101054With over 260 TT SYD sold worldwide, Toscotec is the undisputed market leader of Steel Yankee Dryers in the global tissue market. This leadership gives Toscotec a vast experience of monitoring and servicing steel Yankees that operate in the most diverse conditions across 5 continents worldwide. This combined expertise propels the strides that Toscotec continuously makes in product improvement developments.

The latest generation of TT SYD installed on Mirae Paper’s PM2 benefits from an ideal ratio of the height, width, and distance between the Yankee’s internal ribs and the optimization of its shell thickness. This design guarantees the highest possible thermal energy transfer efficiency at the drying heart of the tissue machine.

Following the global success of its Steel Yankees, in 2016 Toscotec set up its TT SYD Technology Center in Massa (Italy), an integrated facility fully dedicated to their manufacturing with a short and easy route to a seaport to accelerate shipping anywhere in the world.

Yeong Rok Lee, Mirae Paper’s Production Manager, says, “We are very happy with the outcome of this second Yankee replacement by Toscotec. This new Yankee on PM2 has been performing very efficiently for over 2 months now. Just like our first TT SYD on PM3 has done for more than 10 years now, with great reliability and substantial energy savings.”

Simone Pieruccini, Pressure Vessel Technical Manager at Toscotec, says, “Toscotec has without a doubt the longest and largest experience in the design, manufacture, and service of steel Yankees in the tissue industry. This allows us to continuously raise the bar in terms of technological progress and service quality. We are happy that Mirae Paper can benefit from this experience on both PM2 and PM3, increasing capacity while reducing operational costs.” 

About Mirae Paper Co., Ltd.
Established in 2000, Mirae Paper operates one paper mill in Jeonju, South Korea. The company manufactures up to 65,000 tpy of high quality tissue, including toilet tissue, handkerchiefs, and towels, using both virgin and recycled fibres. It distributes its products mainly to the Korean market. 

Contact
Fabio Bargiacchi
Sales Manager, Tissue division Toscotec
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International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from Mpact Operations (Pty) Ltd. (“Mpact”) to upgrade a pulping line at its Mkhondo Paper Mill in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The upgrade will boost the line’s capacity and improve the strength properties of the product. This will help the customer respond to the strong domestic and international demand for high-quality sustainable packing solutions.

As Brian Smith, project director, Mpact explains: “With the technological solution proposed by ANDRITZ, we can increase our mill’s performance and make our production more sustainable at the same time. In addition, we get everything from a single source – three good reasons for choosing ANDRITZ as a partner.”

2023 06 29 123159ANDRITZ will upgrade the entire neutral sulphite semi-chemical pulping (NSSC) line, which processes eucalyptus and pine to provide fluting and linerboard for the production of containerboard. The comprehensive ANDRITZ solution comprises key equipment for the wood processing, cooking, washing and refining sections to increase the line’s capacity from 225 bdmt/d to 365 bdmt/d and at the same time enhance product quality.

• A new chipping line will provide excellent chip size distribution to secure a homogenous cooking result with minimal amounts of fines for improved material efficiency.
• The conversion of the cooking system will maximize fiber quality and pulp cleanliness.
• The use of clean condensate to generate fresh steam for chip pre-steaming will provide clear environmental benefits in terms of fresh-water usage and primary steam utilization.
• Excellent washing results with the new generation Compact Press technology will lead to high humidity resistance of the product.
• ANDRITZ TwinFlo Prime refiners will optimize the fiber quality prior to washing and thus the product quality. Using water-lubricated bearing technology, the latest LC refiner innovation allows a more environmentally friendly operation.
• ANDRITZ PrimeFilter D will ensure superior preparation of clear and super clear filtrate.

ANDRITZ will also provide the supervision over the erection, commissioning, and start-up as well as the training of the operating personnel. Start-up of the upgraded line is scheduled for the first half of 2025.


The upgrade to the pulping line is part of the bigger mill upgrade project where Mpact announced in December 2022 the approval of a R1.2 billion (~ EUR 60 million) capital investment project at its Mkhondo Paper Mill. It forms part of Mpact’s portfolio optimization and strategically positions the mill to meet the increasing demand for quality, sustainable, fresh produce packaging solutions driven by robust growth in the South African export fruit sector.

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.

MPACT
Mpact Operations (Pty) Ltd is the largest paper and plastics packaging manufacturer and recycling business in Southern Africa. It is an accredited manufacturer of recycled-based packaging and industrial paper grades, such as containerboard and cartonboard.

The company has three mills – Felixton (based in KwaZulu-Natal), Mkhondo (based in Mpumalanga) and Springs (based in Gauteng). Each of its three paper mills are ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, which means that its environmental management systems are aligned to an internationally accepted framework. These accreditations also mean that its quality management systems ensure the manufacturing of a consistent product offering.

Customers for Mpact’s packaging and industrial paper include corrugated board and box producers that require containerboard, while cartonboard is sold to folding carton and other producers of industrial products, as well as for other uses such as cards and book covers.

For more information on the division visit https://www.mpact.co.za/our-products/paper-business/paper-manufacturing

International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from DS Smith to supply a complete stock preparation line and an innovative reject treatment system for the mill in Porcari that produces new packaging papers from 100% recycled paper. The stock preparation line includes Europe’s largest FibreFlow drum pulper.

The equipment provided by ANDRITZ will be used on the new paper machine, due to start up mid-2025, that will provide a range of paper grades for the FMCG and e-commerce sectors serviced by DS Smith.

Stefano Andreotti, Project Manager at DS Smith, says: “The new equipment from ANDRITZ, as well as helping us to recover more water, will help us capture, clean and use fibres that would normally get rejected in the paper making process, so they can be once again used in our recycling loops.”

The new stock preparation line will have a design capacity of 1,650 bdmt per day and process various types of raw material, such as OCC (old corrugated containers), mixed papers and board as well as new shavings of corrugated board. The system includes the following technological highlights:

  • A FibreFlow drum pulper with a pulping zone diameter of 4,500 mm and a total drum length of 50,000 mm – the largest of this type in Europe – for gentle pulping of the raw material mix and efficient removal of coarse contaminants.
  • 9 PrimeScreen X screens with state-of-the-art rotor design providing high screening efficiency at low energy consumption and superior stock quality.
  • 2 PrimeFilter D filters to handle higher feed consistencies and higher-freeness pulp, even in the most demanding applications.

From left to right: Alessandro Romagnolo, Deputy Project Manager Lion PM3, DS Smith; Esther Huala, Commercial Sales Manager, ANDRITZ; Giulio Giannini, General Counsel, DS Smith; Stefano Rovai, Engineering Project Manager, DS Smith; Mario Menapace, Sales Manager, ANDRITZ; Roy Dodenbier, Global Category Manager Capex Procurement, DS Smith; Peter Clewes, Vice President Fiber, ANDRITZ; Stefano Andreotti, Project Manager Lion PM3, DS Smith; Colin Beckett, Senior Category Manager, DS SmithFrom left to right: Alessandro Romagnolo, Deputy Project Manager Lion PM3, DS Smith; Esther Huala, Commercial Sales Manager, ANDRITZ; Giulio Giannini, General Counsel, DS Smith; Stefano Rovai, Engineering Project Manager, DS Smith; Mario Menapace, Sales Manager, ANDRITZ; Roy Dodenbier, Global Category Manager Capex Procurement, DS Smith; Peter Clewes, Vice President Fiber, ANDRITZ; Stefano Andreotti, Project Manager Lion PM3, DS Smith; Colin Beckett, Senior Category Manager, DS Smith

The innovative reject treatment system will be able to handle 135 bdmt per day. It will comprise a robust ADuro C shredder as well as ReCo reject compactors to process the rejects from pulping and coarse screening in the most efficient way.

The scope of supply also contains basic and detail engineering, installation and supervision, commissioning, and operator training.

DS Smith is a leading provider of sustainable fibre-based packaging worldwide, which is supported by recycling and papermaking operations. It plays a central role in the value chain across sectors including e-commerce, fast moving consumer goods and industrials.

Headquartered in London and a member of the FTSE 100, DS Smith operates in 34 countries employing around 30,000 people and is a Strategic Partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Its history can be traced back to the box-making businesses started in the 1940s by the Smith family.

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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.

In mid-June, PM 16 from Chinese paper manufacturer Huawon successfully started up at the Ma'anshan site, Anhui Province, with leading solutions from Voith. With the PM 16, Huawon will produce high-quality, environmentally friendly décor base paper and thus strengthen its market position at home and abroad.

  • In mid-June, Huawon's PM 16 was successfully started up at the Ma'anshan site
  • PM 16 is equipped with highly efficient Voith solutions and produces high-quality décor paper for premium customers at home and abroad
  • Huawon's President Dou Zhengliang praises the reliable quality of the Voith system and emphasizes the successful cooperation

The solutions supplied by Voith include key components for the BlueLine stock preparation system for virgin fiber, WEP, headbox, DuoShake DG and calender. The PM 16 already represents Huawon's fifth follow-up order with Voith. Through the internal exchange of experience, valuable knowledge from the past could be transferred, further optimizing the design of the new paper machine and raising it to a higher level.

Dou Zhengliang, Chairman of Huawon, expressed his satisfaction with the successful start-up of PM 16: "The successful start-up of PM 16 has once again proven the reliable quality of Voith equipment and raises Huawon's production capacity and scale to a new level. I would like to thank the employees of both companies for their trustful cooperation. Voith is a global technical leader in the field of specialty papers and has a wealth of experience. We will deepen cooperation with Voith and jointly develop new markets for specialty papers."

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"Huawon has achieved remarkable success in the field of décor papers with its outstanding innovation, excellent quality standards and first-class customer service," says Lin Carlos, Vice President Order Execution and Manufacturing at Voith Paper Asia. "I would like to thank all the professionals for their contribution to this endeavor. We are confident that we can achieve more great successes together in the future and help Huawon become a leading national brand for world-class décor base papers."

During the project, the Voith-Huawon team demonstrated deep mutual trust and shared expertise. Despite the challenges to global supply chains, the two companies coordinated flexibly and completed all tasks with dedication to enable the project to progress smoothly.

About Huawon
Despite market challenges, Huawon continued to develop against the trend in 2022, achieving sales volume of 227,400 tons of decorative paper, up 12.3 percent year over year. Huawon's operating profit reached RMB 3,436 billion, a year-over-year increase of 16.88 percent. Huawon has several production lines of décor paper with international leading standard. The company attaches great importance to technological progress. Its products are sold in all parts of the world and have successfully reached the global top field for décor paper. Adhering to the guiding principles of "professionalism, focus, consistency and development," Huawon is steadily moving towards greater goals.

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.

Italian specialty paper manufacturer Cartiere di Guarcino has started up PM2 at its Guarcino paper mill after a successful rebuild of the forming and press sections supplied by Toscotec. PM2 produces high-quality decor specialty papers.

Targets achieved 
The rebuild achieved its dual target of paper quality improvement and production increase. Firstly, the project ensured improved fiber distribution in Cross Direction (CD) by guaranteeing the efficient operation of the shaking system. As a result, Toscotec delivered enhanced formation and paper quality. Secondly, the press section rebuild increased post-press dryness, leading to a production capacity increase. 

A fully customized rebuild 
Based on the analysis of PM2’s operating conditions, Toscotec delivered a fully customized design solution applying both Toscotec’s and Voith’s technology in the forming and press sections. 
In the forming section, Toscotec installed a customized breast roll and Voith’s FloatBearings to enhance paper formation by boosting the performance of an existing shaking unit. It installed Voith’s EdgeMasters on the forming wire to deliver optimal paper web edge, as well as successfully operationalized a new wire stretcher and tail cutting unit. 
In the press section, the rebuild consisted in the installation of a new second nip with associated felt run, the overhauling of the hydraulic system, and a customized technological doctoring system equipped with savealls to improve water removal. 

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Simone Principia, Plant Manager of Cartiere di Guarcino, says: “Thanks to the good teamwork between Toscotec, Voith and CDG technicians, the start-up went very smoothly, and we continue to see performance improvements even beyond our expectations. The fully tailor-made technological solutions provided by Toscotec have increased PM2’s production and set a higher standard of quality, which is key for our customers.” 

Enrico Fazio, Sales Director of Toscotec’s Paper & Board division, says: “The synergy with Voith was very successful on this rebuild, where we implemented the best tailor-made solution for Cartiere di Guarcino. In the high-end segment of decor papers, they are now fully equipped to meet the market’s demanding requirements, thanks to their solid papermaking capability.” 

About Cartiere di Guarcino S.p.A.
Cartiere di Guarcino, part of Neodecortech Group, is an Italian manufacturer of decor specialty papers operating a production facility in Guarcino, Frosinone. It specializes in high quality products for application in office and home furniture and laminate flooring, including unicolours, print base papers, backer papers and underlays. In line with its sustainability-focused strategy, the paper mill uses electrical and thermal energy produced by Bio Energia Guarcino, a carbon-free cogeneration plant fuelled by animal fats and vegetable oil residues. 

Valmet will deliver Valmet DNA Integrated Operations (IOP) for off-grid distribution management to Rohe Solutions Oy in Hamina, Finland.

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

valmet logo rgbRohe Solutions started a pilot with Valmet DNA Integrated Operations in October 2022 and were happy with the set-up and integration of IOP and the on-site gateway. They were also pleased with the strong safety features and the integration to Rohe’s internal Microsoft environment, enabling a safe and easy implementation.

The platform is also suitable for biomethane container and hydrogen-based gases like synthetic methane, distribution, which makes it futureproof for the customer.

“Valmet DNA Integrated Operations can be taken into use easily and is a scalable solution for managing off-grid distribution of energy. It is an excellent fit for Rohe’s fast-paced operations,” says Tiina Stenvik, Director, Performance Solutions, Automation Systems, Valmet.

“We are aiming to provide the best customer experience and the Valmet solution is one piece to the puzzle to fulfill this target,” says Jani Hautaluoma, Head of Technology, Rohe Solutions.

Technical information about the delivery

The delivery will include the Valmet DNA Integrated Operations platform with the latest capabilities. The platform will measure levels and pressures of the gases transported as well as the plant operability in an Azure environment.

About the customer Rohe Solutions Oy

Rohe Solutions Oy is a joint venture of Hamina Energy and Alexela Energia. The company is engaged in the sales of natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG). Rohe provides LNG services based on the needs of industrial manufacture, heavy goods transport, and sea transport. The services range from the mere delivery of LNG to complete turnkey solutions.

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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Walki Group has invested in Finnish start-up The Paper Lid Company (‘TPLC’). TPLC’s sustainable paper lid manufacturing site in Masku, Finland, is ready for scaling up production volumes supported by Walki’s material conversion and printing capabilities.

End users of hot and cold cup lids are increasingly looking for alternatives to replace plastic lids with more sustainable solutions. While the use of plastic lids has not yet been widely banned by regulation, restaurants, coffee chains, retailers and others are already taking action to transition away from single-use plastic lids.

TPLC has developed a unique way of manufacturing high-quality recyclable paper lids. The lid developed by TPLC fits firmly to the cup, has a pleasant touch and feel, can be customprinted and comes at a competitive price compared to plastic alternatives. The raw material for the lids is produced with dispersioncoating technology which makes the lid recyclable in paper waste streams.

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Walki's startup investment initiative Walki Ventures has invested in TPLC and established a strategic partnership to support TPLC in implementation of the ambitious growth plan the founders have laid out. Walki will support TPLC in several areas, including development of recyclable raw material for the lids and printing services for custom and single-color printed lids. TPLC will also become a member of Walki’s R&D Community, helping the company to articulate sustainability benefits towards the customers in a fact-based manner.

“We are very excited to partner with Walki and get access to the resources that come with this partnership. Raw material plays a very important role both in our production process and quality of the end product. With Walki’s material knowhow, printing capabilities and other support, we are ready to start supplying the market in larger scale”, says Matti Salonoja, CEO and co-founder of TPLC.

About Walki

At Walki, we believe in a sustainable and circular tomorrow. Our mission is to accelerate the world’s transition into a zero-waste future in packaging and promote the use of energy efficient materials across industries. Walki’s product solutions are designed to bring value to customers in many different markets; from sustainable materials for packaging applications to energy saving performance materials.

Walki is a fast growing international group organized in three business areas: Consumer Packaging, Industrial Packaging and Engineered Materials, with operations in twelve different countries, both in Europe and Asia. Our production facilities are located in Finland, Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, the UK, Poland, Russia and China. We are employing about 1 500 people globally and we expect a turnover for this year of more than 700 MEUR. To best cater to our global customers, we aim to continue investing in state-of-the-art production facilities and promoting our tradition of innovation and exceptional service worldwide.

STORA ENSO OYJ STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE 15 June 2023 at 15:00 EEST

2023 06 19 100311As announced by Stora Enso on 12 October 2021, it was included in the European Commission's inspection of the wood pulp sector and subject to inspections at its premises. Today, the European Commission has announced that after a thorough and careful assessment, it has decided to close its investigation.

Investor enquiries:
Anna-Lena Åström
SVP Investor Relations
Tel. +46 70 210 7691  

Part of the global bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable products in packaging, biomaterials and wooden construction, and one of the largest private forest owners in the world. We believe that everything that is made from fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. Stora Enso has approximately 21,000 employees and our sales in 2022 were EUR 11.7 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Oy (STEAV, STERV) and Nasdaq Stockholm AB (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY). storaenso.com/investors


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