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Valmet introduces the Valmet Fiber Furnish Control application package for board and papermakers to stabilize refiner operation for maximized production efficiency with ensured furnish quality. Based on real time measurements of multiple fiber properties and freeness, the control features advanced feedback and feedforward solutions together with model predictive control.

The Valmet Fiber Furnish Control application can be fully integrated into an existing Valmet DNA Automation System or Valmet IQ Quality Control System. The solution is also available as a stand-alone version including all necessary basic licenses and hardware if required.

Demonstrated results

valmet logo rgbIn the development phase, the control performance of the Valmet Fiber Furnish Control was followed closely for 18 months at a mill in Finland, where the solution ensured that stock production and quality targets were met from two fiber lines, while providing energy savings. In the fiber refining lines, freeness variability was reduced by 30% to almost 70% compared to the time before the control was introduced.

“In the one and a half years since the project started, the reduction in web breaks due to the more homogenous fiber furnish resulted of several extra days of production. The best thing was the positive feedback from the operators on how they were able to focus more on controlling the machine when making grade changes,” says Ismo Joensuu, Manager, Board & Paper Analyzers, Automation business line, Valmet.

Key fiber properties taken into account

Typically, refiner controls have been based on specific energy or freeness targets where key fiber properties such as fiber length, fines, shives and fibrillation are followed. Valmet Fiber Furnish Control can be connected to a Valmet Fiber Furnish Analyzer, which continuously measures these properties in adjusting the specific energy setpoint for target freeness. Another key element of the control are Valmet’s consistency measurements which provide reliable and accurate measurements essential for the stabilizing control functions.

Read more: www.valmet.com/fiber-furnish-control

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.   

Valmet's net sales in 2020 were approximately EUR 3.7 billion. Our 14,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.   

Read more www.valmet.com

Nouryon, a global specialty chemicals leader, has signed a 15-year agreement with Suzano, a world leading eucalyptus pulp producer. Under the long-term agreement, Nouryon will commission its sustainable Integrated Manufacturing Model for the new Suzano eucalyptus pulp mill in the municipality of Ribas do Rio Pardo, located in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. The project, called the “Cerrado Project”, is a $2.8 billion pulp mill with annual production capacity of 2.55 million tons per year and one of the largest private-sector investments currently under development in Brazil. The pulp mill production is scheduled to commence in the second half of 2024.

“At Nouryon, we are committed to providing our customers innovative and sustainable solutions while continuously optimizing our own operations and environmental footprint. We are pleased to build on our long-term relationship with Suzano as they embark on this significant investment to meet the world’s growing demand for sustainable end-products developed from renewable materials,” said Johan Landfors, Executive Vice President and President, Technology Solutions and Europe at Nouryon.

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Nouryon has successfully operated its Integrated Manufacturing Model in Brazil since 2005 with four existing pulp mill installations that support the country’s fast-growing pulp industry. The concept provides Suzano with tailor-made onsite solutions to manage essential raw materials needed in pulp production. Nouryon will invest in a hydrogen peroxide and a sodium chlorate manufacturing facility at the site and will construct and sell a chlorine dioxide manufacturing facility and tank farm to Suzano. Nouryon will be using renewable electricity from Suzano’s new pulp mill to produce sodium chlorate. Additionally, the production process will generate green hydrogen, which is used to sustainably manufacture hydrogen peroxide. It will provide important sustainability benefits as the onsite facilities reduce transportation of raw materials, improve overall safety and maximize available resources.

“Nouryon is proud to partner with Suzano on this important project and grow our Renewable Fibers business in South America – where the market continues to grow at nearly twice the global average,” said Antonio Carlos Francisco, Vice President, Technology Solutions South America at Nouryon. “Supplying both hydrogen peroxide and sodium chlorate in the region for the first time strengthens our leading position in specialty chemicals and underscores our commitment to growing with our customers.”

Read more about Nouryon’s work in the pulp, tissue and packaging industry, about other investments that Nouryon has made to grow with its customers and about our commitment and contribution to a sustainable future.

International technology group ANDRITZ has successfully started up a new 950 t/d HERB chemical recovery boiler at JK Paper Limited, Unit: CPM at Fort Songadh, in the Tapi District of Gujarat state, India.

The boiler is designed to process hardwood black liquor and enables environmentally friendly and more energy-efficient operation compared to the direct-contact evaporator boiler currently used at the mill. This will significantly increase the mill’s pulp production and power-to-heat-ratio. The boiler also features a unique air system to minimize air emissions.

The scope of supply also included:

  • Engineering for the entire system except for the civil works and the electrical and automation equipment
  • Complete pressure parts
  • Auxiliaries such as start-up oil burners, black liquor burners, smelt spouts and high-pressure steam valves and piping
  • Safety-related system (SRS)

  New HERB recovery boiler from ANDRITZ at JK Paper Limited, Unit: CPM © ANDRITZ New HERB recovery boiler from ANDRITZ at JK Paper Limited, Unit: CPM © ANDRITZ

AS Mehta, President & Director of JK Paper Ltd, says: “The entire ANDRITZ team has worked tirelessly and zealously to see that the commissioning was trouble-free and fast. This has been achieved despite many constraints during the COVID-19 pandemic. Team JK Paper conveys its warmest gratitude to the ANDRITZ team for this wonderful support.”

This is the fourth HERB recovery boiler ANDRITZ is currently installing in India, demonstrating ANDRITZ’s strong presence in the Indian pulp and paper market.

JK Paper Ltd. is one of the leading integrated pulp, paper, and packaging board manufacturers in India, offering quality paper and packaging board products through innovative and state-of-the-art technology from mixed hardwood raw material.

ANDRITZ GROUP
International technology group ANDRITZ offers a broad portfolio of innovative plants, equipment, systems and services for the pulp and paper industry, the hydropower sector, the metals processing and forming industry, pumps, solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors, as well as animal feed and biomass pelleting. Plants for power generation, flue gas cleaning, recycling, and the production of nonwovens and panelboard complete the global product and service offering. Innovative products and services in the industrial digitalization sector are offered under the brand name Metris and help customers to make their plants more user-friendly, efficient and profitable. The publicly listed group has around 26,800 employees and more than 280 locations in over 40 countries.

ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER
ANDRITZ Pulp & Paper provides equipment, systems, complete plants and services for the production of all types of pulp, paper, board and tissue. The technologies and services focus on maximum utilization of raw materials, increased production efficiency and sustainability as well as lower overall operating costs. Boilers for power generation, flue gas cleaning systems, plants for the production of nonwovens and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling and shredding solutions for various waste materials also forma part of this business area. State-of-the-art IIoT technologies as part of Metris digitalization solutions complete the comprehensive product offering.

Voith has achieved an ambitious sustainability goal: As of the beginning of 2022, Voith has successfully reduced the CO2 emissions at all its sites to “net zero.” Therefore, the Group’s operations will be climate neutral from January onwards.

  • Climate neutral production confirms Voith’s role at the forefront of industry
  • Voith products contribute to reducing carbon footprint
  • Independent rating agency ISS ESG gives Voith an excellent sustainability performance rating

Voith logoThis success confirms Voith’s pioneering role in the decarbonization of industrial production. All Voith sites worldwide undertook enormous efforts to achieve this major accomplishment. Increased energy efficiency and the comprehensive use of renewable energy sources were key factors in reaching the Group’s CO2 reduction goals.

Enhanced energy efficiency and energy from renewable sources
Since fiscal 2011/12, Voith has successfully reduced its energy consumption by 28 percent. In addition, the Group relies on energy from renewable sources. Until the beginning of fiscal 2021/22, the proportion of renewable energies in the Voith-wide electricity mix could be increased from 44 percent in the previous year to 87 percent. In addition, the Voith sites are generating more and more energy from solar and hydropower – currently approximately 6 GWh/a. CO2 emissions, which are still unavoidable at the moment, are voluntarily mitigated through carbon offsets.

Sustainable Voith technologies contribute to the decarbonization of industry
Voith also supports its customers in reducing their carbon footprint and achieving their sustainability and climate protection goals. “Developing sustainable technologies for future generations is at the core of Voith’s DNA. We have already achieved our goal of climate neutral production today. This clearly demonstrates the Voith team’s strong implementation skills,” emphasized Voith Group CEO Dr. Toralf Haag. “Our customers can also rely on this strength. We combine our expertise to support them in meeting their climate protection goals.”

Voith products are already saving more CO2 emissions than they produce. This is confirmed by a TÜV-verified analysis of the Voith products launched in 2019/20 and their potential deployment. According to the report, Voith products achieve annual CO2 savings of almost 3 million tons compared to 2.2 million tons produced. The Group is continuously striving to further reduce the carbon footprint of its products during their service life at customer sites.

Independent rating confirms leadership position
Sustainability is a core element of Voith’s corporate strategy. This includes various measures for the improvement of companies, society and the environment. Their success is monitored and controlled at regular intervals. In 2021, the independent rating agency ISS ESG rated Voith’s sustainability contribution a B minus for the first time. Voith is thus among the three best companies in its industry worldwide and continues to maintain the “Prime Status.”

About the Voith Group
The Voith Group is a global technology company. With its broad portfolio of plants, products, services, and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets for energy, paper, raw materials, and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith today has around 20,000 employees and earns 4.3 billion euros in sales. It has locations in more than 60 countries and is one of Europe's major family-owned companies.

Dynamic inventory management system ensures timely delivery of packaging materials to keep manufacturing and distribution flowing

AGE Industries, Ltd, a leading supplier of innovative and custom packaging and shipping solutions for industry and government agencies, offers Just-in-time (JIT) delivery of corrugated boxes, fiber tubes, and packaging materials. During the current supply chain challenges, customers rely on AGE Industries’ dynamic inventory management system and efficient operations for timely delivery of packaging materials to keep manufacturing and distribution flowing.

AGE Industries offers a comprehensive one-stop shop for corrugated boxes, fiber tubes, and ancillary shipping items including stretch wrap, bubble tape, and labels. An in-house design and engineering team works with customers to develop custom solutions and ensure that exact specifications are met. 

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Custom design solutions enhance the protection of products and reduce shipping costs, and custom printing increases brand awareness and supports point-of-purchase marketing campaigns. Options for custom boxes are limitless which allows you to tailor your packaging for its market.

With six manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Mexico, AGE Industries ships to any location in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Products can also be delivered to anywhere in the world by AGE Industries or one of its affiliated partners, providing customers with an integrated program for satisfying all their custom design and packaging needs.

For more information about the AGE Industries, Ltd, visit www.ageindustries.com.

About AGE Industries, Ltd.

Founded by Arthur G. Eltzroth in 1974, AGE offers innovative custom packaging and shipping solutions for private industry and governmental agencies. AGE designs and manufactures corrugated boxes, fiber tubes, and wood crating for Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and New Mexico in the United States. AGE Box de Mexico, based out of Reynosa, Tamps. Mexico, provides custom corrugated packaging and overall packaging solutions for Mexico. AGE meets WBENC, Tx HUB, and CMBL certifications.

International technology group ANDRITZ has received a repeat order from HKB-Hoa Lu Paper Joint Stock Company to supply a complete OCC line including reject treatment system for its mill in Nho Quan District, Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam.

Start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2022.

The OCC line will have a design capacity of 500 t/d and process mixed OCC (Old Corrugated Containers) as raw material to produce high-quality testliner and corrugated medium for the Vietnamese and Chinese markets.

  PrimeScreen X with highly efficient PrimeFoil rotor foils © ANDRITZ PrimeScreen X with highly efficient PrimeFoil rotor foils © ANDRITZ

ANDRITZ’s scope of supply comprises the complete stock preparation equipment including the approach flow, fiber recovery, and reject treatment systems, featuring the following technological highlights:

  • PrimePulping LC system with innovative design for lowest fiber loss in slushing and reject removal
  • PrimeScreen X equipped with patented PrimeFoil rotor foils for optimum efficiency and lower power consumption
  • Dispersing system with CompaDis disperser allowing superior fiber strength development and excellent final paper properties
  • ModuScreen HBE for efficient and low-pulsation screening in the approach flow
  • DiscFilter Saveall for high fiber recovery rate and superior filtrate quality at high availability
  • Reject treatment line with ReSed separator for efficient removal of heavy solids from the liquid streams and ReCo Reject Compactor ensuring highest possible reject dryness.

ANDRITZ will also provide the detail engineering and erection as well as operation and maintenance (EOM) support.

In 2008, Phuong Dong Packaging Paper Manufacturing Co., Ltd, the parent company of HKB-Hoa Lu Paper Join Stock, and ANDRITZ collaborated the first time to build an OCC line at Phuong Dong Packaging Paper mill. The excellent performance of this line, especially in terms of product quality and energy consumption, was the decisive criterion for the customer to award the contract for the second OCC line to ANDRITZ.

HKB-Hoa Lu Paper Joint Stock Company was established in 2020 as an affiliate of Phuong Dong Packaging Paper Manufacturing Co., Ltd. and focuses on the production of various board products.

ANDRITZ GROUP
International technology group ANDRITZ offers a broad portfolio of innovative plants, equipment, systems and services for the pulp and paper industry, the hydropower sector, the metals processing and forming industry, pumps, solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors, as well as animal feed and biomass pelleting. Plants for power generation, flue gas cleaning, recycling, and the production of nonwovens and panelboard complete the global product and service offering. Innovative products and services in the industrial digitalization sector are offered under the brand name Metris and help customers to make their plants more user-friendly, efficient and profitable. The publicly listed group has around 26,800 employees and more than 280 locations in over 40 countries.

ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER
ANDRITZ Pulp & Paper provides equipment, systems, complete plants and services for the production of all types of pulp, paper, board and tissue. The technologies and services focus on maximum utilization of raw materials, increased production efficiency and sustainability as well as lower overall operating costs. Boilers for power generation, flue gas cleaning systems, plants for the production of nonwovens and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling and shredding solutions for various waste materials also form a part of this business area. State-of-the-art IIoT technologies as part of Metris digitalization solutions complete the comprehensive product offering.

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Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE: CLW) has just introduced NuVo® withBioPBS™, a sustainable cup stock that provides foodservice operators with a compostable alternative to hot cups coated with low-density polyethylene.

NuVo® withBioPBS™ is the first cup stock to combine a compostable barrier, 35% post-consumer fiber, Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) chain-of-custody certification (FSC-C008402), and a high-definition print surface.

“When we launched the NuVo® brand in 2019, we made a promise to continually innovate to maximize product differentiation and sustainability. We are pleased to continue delivering on that commitment by introducing NuVo® withBioPBS™, a next-generation cup stock that we believe will allow our customers to be at the forefront of growing trends in sustainability,” said Steve Bowden, senior vice president and general manager of the pulp and paperboard division.

You can find additional information about NuVo® on the Clearwater Paper website at Clearwater Paper Corporation - Paperboard Products.

ABOUT BioPBS™

BioPBS™ is supplied to Clearwater Paper by Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation and PTTMCC Biochem Company Limited, a 50-50 joint venture between MCC and PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited.

ABOUT CLEARWATER PAPER

Clearwater Paper is a premier supplier of private-branded tissue to major retailers, including grocery, drug, mass merchants and discount stores. In addition, the company produces bleached paperboard used by quality-conscious printers and packaging converters, and offers services that include custom sheeting, slitting, and cutting. Clearwater Paper's employees build shareholder value by developing strong relationships through quality and service.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including statements regarding product quality, attributes, and development; sustainability and customers. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations that are subject to change, and actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include those risks and uncertainties described from time to time in the company's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements based on new developments or changes to the company’s expectations.

For additional information on Clearwater Paper, please visit our website at www.clearwaterpaper.com.

Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, is proud of the successful partnerships it has established for marketing its PERGRAPHICA® brand. PERGRAPHICA® is Mondi’s premium paper range for the creative design, publishing and luxury packaging markets.

  • Mondi’s Catching Feels campaign won 14 B2B marketing awards in 2021
  • Mondi, Adobe Stock and artist Rachael Presky collaborate on educational webinars for the creative industry
  • Mondi has built a strong distribution network for PERGRAPHICA® across Europe
  • Mondi’s entire PERGRAPHICA® range is CO2-neutral since April 2021

“We are incredibly proud of the overwhelming feedback we have received from our partners, including Adobe Stock, for PERGRAPHICA® and our Catching Feels campaign. There are a lot of shared values between Adobe Stock and PERGRAPHICA®. Adobe Stock´s motto of inspiring creatives and ‘Say it with Adobe Stock’ are very similar to PERGRAPHICA®’s own ‘Creatives inspiring creatives’”, says Johannes Klumpp, Marketing & Sales Director at Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper.

14 prestigious B2B marketing awards for Catching Feels, the PERGRAPHICA® campaign

Mondi’s Catching Feels campaign, developed in a unique digital to analogue partnership with Adobe Stock, has garnered no less than 14 B2B marketing awards. Among these are:

  • 3 awards at the B2B Marketing Awards, the largest and most prestigious marketing awards in the B2B arena. Catching Feels won Gold for Best Brand Initiative, Silver for Best Creative Campaign and Silver for Most Commercially Successful Campaign.
  • At the Global ACE Awards, recognising the best-of-the-best in B2B creative achievement from across the globe, Catching Feels came first in the category ‘Integrated Marketing Campaigns – $250,000-$1 Million Budget’.
  • At the Drum Awards for the Digital Industries 2021, Catching Feels won the closely contested B2B category in recognition of its ‘digilogue’ approach.

The campaign launched in autumn 2020 transitions seamlessly between the screen and PERGRAPHICA® papers. QR codes take readers from the printed page onto a dedicated digital platform for paper lovers, pergraphica.com, complemented by virtual events for creatives, printers and publishers.

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Collaboration with Adobe Stock and artist Rachael Presky in support of the creative industry

Celebrating the success of Catching Feels, Mondi hosted a session at Adobe Max 2021 in late October, Adobe’s virtual conference connecting creatives from around the world. The session entitled ‘Catching Feels: A Sensory Journey from Screen to Print’ gave creatives an exclusive look behind the scenes of Mondi’s successful, multi-award-winning integrated marketing campaign.

Additionally, Mondi is collaborating with Rachael Presky, UK-based illustrator and contributor to the Adobe Stock Premium Collection, a premium stock image library enhancing creative projects and empowering creatives. Experts from Mondi have been joining forces with Rachael Presky to offer educational and inspirational webinars on the creative journey from the screen to the printed page. Rachael is one of six artists chosen to contribute to the Catching Feels campaign for their ability to bring feelings to life in their creative work.

Mondi’s strong distribution network offering PERGRAPHICA® to creative design, publishing and luxury packaging markets across Europe

Mondi has deepened its collaborations with distribution partners to enhance availability of PERGRAPHICA® papers across Europe. The new Dark & Deep Colours and Infinite Black products in particular have received very positive feedback and won over new customers, marking Mondi’s successful entry into the luxury packaging market. In addition to the PERGRAPHICA® white design shades, Europapier has been offering the PERGRAPHICA® Dark & Deep Colours range in Austria, Eastern Europe and the Ukraine since late 2020. Distribution partners for Germany are IGEPA and Antalis. In the UK, France and Switzerland, Antalis offers the full white range including SRA3 and Indigo.

“We have a long-standing partnership with Mondi. The new PERGRAPHICA® Colours for creative design and luxury packaging are a fantastic addition to our portfolio for German customers. We value our collaboration with Mondi, in particular the training and support their packaging team provides for our staff here at IGEPA”, says Sabine Reister, Product Manager Paper & Print at the IGEPA Group.

Since April 2021, Mondi’s entire PERGRAPHICA® range has been CO2-neutral thanks to an internationally recognised carbon offset project run by ClimatePartner. All PERGRAPHICA® shades, surfaces and grammages are made in Austria and meet strict global sustainability standards according to FSCTM as well as the EU Ecolabel.

About Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper

Uncoated Fine Paper is a business unit of Mondi Group. In six operating sites in Austria, Slovakia, Russia, and South Africa, Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper produces pulp and environmentally sound office and professional printing papers tailored to the latest professional digital and offset print technologies. The company complies with the strictest international certification standards to support sustainable production processes through the responsible management of forest, water and air resources. All Mondi uncoated fine papers belong to the Green Range of papers that are FSC™ or PEFC™ certified, 100% recycled or bleached entirely without chlorine.

Its renowned brands such as Color Copy, PERGRAPHICA®, NAUTILUS®, NEUJET®, IQ, MAESTRO®, BIO TOP 3®, DNS®, Snegurochka or ROTATRIM are used in office environments on laser or inkjet printers and by professional printers on digital or offset presses to create brochures, transactional material, folders, invitations, business cards, letterheads or other high-impact communication. Converters appreciate the excellent printability and smooth handling of Mondi’s professional printing papers.

About Mondi

Mondi is a global leader in packaging and paper, contributing to a better world by making innovative packaging and paper solutions that are sustainable by design. Our business is integrated across the value chain – from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and plastic films, to developing and manufacturing effective industrial and consumer packaging solutions. Sustainability is at the centre of our strategy and intrinsic in the way we do business. We lead the industry with our customer-centric approach, EcoSolutions, where we ask the right questions to find the most sustainable solution. In 2020, Mondi had revenues of €6.66 billion and underlying EBITDA of €1.35 billion.

Mondi has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange (MNDI), and a secondary listing on the JSE Limited (MNP). Mondi is a FTSE 100 constituent, and has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Index Series since 2007.

Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) has just announced the indefinite idling of pulp and paper operations at its Calhoun (Tennessee) mill. Tissue manufacturing and converting will continue at the site and the adjacent distribution center will remain in full operation.

The company anticipates that the decision will directly affect 350 hourly and salaried positions at the Calhoun mill. The facility, which employs a total of 545 people, has an annual capacity of 147,000 metric tons of pulp and 149,000 metric tons of paper as well as 60,000 metric tons of premium tissue.

abiti122011"We have taken the very difficult decision to indefinitely idle pulp and paper operations at Calhoun knowing how hard this is for the affected employees and their families," said Remi G. Lalonde, president and chief executive officer. "Success has proved elusive at Calhoun's pulp and paper operations, despite the best efforts of our dedicated employees and significant investments of time, energy and resources over the last few years."

The company continues to accumulate significant financial losses at the mill, even with the current strong market conditions for both the pulp and uncoated freesheet paper it manufactures. On a trailing twelve-month basis ending September 30, the pulp and paper operations in Calhoun produced an operating loss of $62 million before corporate expense allocation, including a depreciation expense of $10 million. In addition to these financial losses, the Calhoun mill faced additional significant production upsets in November and December.

Once the indefinite idling is completed, the company anticipates an improvement in its overall operating income, of approximately $35 million to $40 million, which reflects the lost pulp integration benefit with its tissue manufacturing of approximately $15 million and approximately $5 million from on-going costs associated with closed site maintenance.

Pulp and paper operations will continue for up to 60 days to ensure an orderly shutdown, to accommodate environmental safeguards and to transition customers. "Our focus now will be to support our employees through this difficult time, to operate for the remaining period with the same degree of focus on safety and quality, and to facilitate a smooth transition for our customers," added Mr. Lalonde. "As business conditions for our tissue operations continue to improve after a challenging 2021, our priorities remain focused on driving performance progress to leverage the full potential of our converting operations and the quality of the paper from the machine, together with the right customer mix, to seize the upside, even as the lost integration benefit will add to pulp costs."

The company will work with union leadership and will apply the mill's collective agreement and applicable federal and state laws as well as provide severance benefits to those directly affected. Resolute will also engage government officials and other local authorities in an effort to mitigate the impact of the indefinite idling.

As a result of today's announcement, the company expects to record, in the fourth quarter, non-cash impairment and accelerated depreciation charges of approximately $135 million to reduce the carrying value of the pulp and paper fixed assets to their residual value, as well as a write-down of inventory and a write-off of other assets of approximately $32 million in total. The company also estimates cash closure costs of approximately $45 million, mainly related to decommissioning, severance and other termination benefits, and other costs. Most cash closure costs will be disbursed in 2022.

About Resolute Forest Products

Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including market pulp, tissue, wood products and papers, which are marketed in over 50 countries. The company owns or operates some 40 facilities, as well as power generation assets, in the United States and Canada. Resolute has third-party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to internationally recognized sustainable forest management standards. The shares of Resolute Forest Products trade under the stock symbol RFP on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Resolute has received regional, North American and global recognition for its leadership in corporate social responsibility and sustainable development, as well as for its business practices. Visit www.resolutefp.com for more information.

SOURCE Resolute Forest Products Inc.

Toscotec participated in the dryer section rebuild of PM2 at Omnia Advanced Materials Alife mill in Italy with the supply of 16 TT SteelDryers. PM2 produces highly customized specialty paper including gaskets, absorbency, and filtration media for numerous industrial and consumer applications. 

Toscotec has designed and customized the new TT SteelDryers according to PM2 specifications, with a diameter of 1,250 mm, a trim width of over 2,300 mm, and an operating pressure of 10barg, and it applied a cover on many of the dryer cans to guarantee high cleanliness throughout the papermaking process following the press section. With their higher operating pressure, Toscotec’s TT SteelDryers, are set to improve PM2 performance, as they guarantee a higher specific evaporation rate, compared with the existing cast iron cans. 

Francesco Giusti, Plant Manager at Omnia Advanced Materials, says: “We chose Toscotec for the steel dryers supply, because they were able to offer the best guarantees of quality and the highest number of references. Toscotec has achieved technological excellence in the design and manufacture of TT SteelDryers. Based on their reputation in the market, we are confident they will also provide professional solutions.” 

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Enrico Fazio, Sales Director of Toscotec’s Paper & Board division, says, “It is important for Toscotec to strengthen its experience in the rebuild of machines manufacturing specialty papers. The size of these TT SteelDryers will be entirely customized following the specific requirements of Omnia Advanced Materials. It is the perfect opportunity for Toscotec to prove its flexibility and customer-oriented approach.”

About Omnia Advanced Materials
Founded in the 1950s by the Fronzoni family in Italy, Omnia Advanced Materials remains to this day a private company owned by Gino Fronzoni with operations in both Alife, Italy and Beaver Falls, NY, USA. It produces a wide range of tailor-made products including absorbent media (such as air fresheners, fragrant scent strips, humidity indicators), industrial filter applications in the F&B, pharmaceutical, chemical and automotive industries, and gasket material (for which they are a market leader manufacturing over 50 different types of sealing materials for commercial and industrial automotive, hydraulic applications, gas compressors, and other industrial applications).

For further information, please contact:
Enrico Fazio, Sales Director, Toscotec Paper & Board division, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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