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ÅF has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management contract by Sappi Limited to improve the environmental footprint of the Saiccor Mill in South Africa and expand its capacity.

2017 10 17 090247The project is an equal effort joint venture between ÅF and the project, engineering and technical services company, Wood. The project is estimated to be 320 000 hours, which makes it the largest pulp and paper order ever secured by ÅF.

Saiccor Mill is situated south of the port of Durban and is the single largest producer of dissolving wood pulp, used in particular for viscose staple fibres in clothing and textiles.

“South Africa is one of our strongest pulp and paper markets and this contract further strengthens our position as an international engineering and design company with focus on end-to-end projects and solutions”, says Mikael Fränckel, Head of Process Industry at ÅF.

The project will be executed by an international ÅF-Wood team with engineers and designers from South Africa, Sweden, Finland and Brazil.

Upon completion of the expansion, the production capacity will be 890,000 tons per annum of sulphite chemical cellulose as bleached alpha 92 pulp - used for production of viscose staple, filament and lyocell fibres.

The mill will also be in line with European environmental legislations and standards with reduced carbon dioxide emissions and substantially reduced chemical oxygen emissions.

The project is expected to be completed by Q3 – 2020.

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With the acquisition, ÅF becomes the largest actor in service design and user experience in Sweden and will have sales of more than SEK 200 million. The acquisition is a part of ÅF’s strategic initiative in digitalization and design.

inUse’s clients include AstraZeneca, Ikea, SL and Panasonic. In addition to digital design solutions, inUse also conducts training activities and arranges Scandinavia’s largest conference in service design and user experience, “From Business to Buttons”.

2017 10 17 090247ÅF has a strong base in architecture, landscape architecture, light and industrial design and is now Sweden’s largest player in service design and user experience. With the acquisition of inUse, ÅF has a total of around 600 employees in design and architecture.

­­­­– User experience and the interaction between people and technology are increasingly important, including in the development of smart cities and digitalization of industry. The market is growing fast. By combining ÅF’s expertise in industry and infrastructure with inUse’s expertise in service design and user experience, we create a unique offering, says Jonas Gustavsson, President and CEO of ÅF.

inUse will keep its name and brand and, together with ÅF’s operations in design, will form a new business area in ÅF’s Technology division (Digital Solutions division as of 1 January 2018).

­– Together with ÅF, we are able to offer our clients a broader and more complete range of solutions and services. For our employees, this further entails an opportunity to work in more projects of interest with a wide scope, says Kjell Persson, CEO of inUse.

inUse has 100 employees based in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Denver, USA. The company has annual sales of around SEK 90 million. inUse will be consolidated by ÅF as of the month of November 2017.

For further information, please contact:
Ann Granberg, Market area manager ÅF +46 70 826 19 04
Kjell Persson, CEO of inUse +46 76 136 37 45

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Thursday, 28 September 2017 19:45

ÅF digitalises Millcon’s production

ÅF has been commissioned to introduce a new digital production system for Millcon, which works with paperboard rewinding for the paper industry.

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The new production system is an important part of Millcon’s digitalisation strategy and will lead to better utilisation, planning and control of the production process.

– Increased digitalisation is a prerequisite for us to grow while maintaining high product quality and providing fast deliveries, says Johan Millgårdh, CEO of Millcon.

The production system is based on ÅF’s proprietary ÅF MES platform, which is also used by other clients like Holmen, BillerudKorsnäs, Stena Recycling and Semper.

– With our solution, Millcon will have full control over its production process with a solution that can be integrated with the external systems of its customers and partners, says Richard Hellberg, assignment manager at ÅF.

Commissioning is scheduled for January 2018.

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ÅF has acquired Eitech’s automation business, thereby strengthening our range of services in the field of automation for industrial clients throughout Sweden. This acquisition is part of ÅF’s strategy to meet the strong demand in this area.

af logo newEitech’s business currently offers automation services to customers in automotive manufacturing, the pulp and paper industry, mines and steel mills, as well as infrastructure and energy companies. Eitech works with customer’s such as ABB, Teracom, Olofsfors, Trafikverket and Wipro. Eitech has specialist competence in automation and at the same time a large proportion of project commitments. This complements ÅF’s current business and creates opportunities to continue to commit to large projects.

“We are pleased to welcome Eitech’s automation specialists to our organisation. The acquisition will further reinforce our position in the fields of industrial digitalisation, automation and robotics. We look forward to working together and to exchanging expertise and experience,” says Jonas Gustavsson, President and CEO of ÅF.

“In ÅF, the automation division will find an owner with high ambitions and the potential to develop the business. At the same time, ÅF is considered to be an attractive workplace that offers engineers excellent development opportunities, something that has been an important aspect in our decision to choose ÅF,” explains Olle Backman, CEO of Eitech.

Eitech’s automation business has an annual turnover of approximately SEK 90 million and 42 employees based in Umeå, Stockholm, Malmö and Gothenburg.

The company will be consolidated from 1 September 2017 and integrated with ÅF’s Industry Division.

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ÅF has been commissioned by Stora Enso to build a new lean gas system at Skutskär Mill to reduce sulphur emissions and improve the smell in the surrounding area. The assignment is an end-to-end solution worth about SEK 10 million. The new system is expected to be operational in autumn 2017.

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The assignment includes project management, process design, piping design, electricaland automation, construction and fire safety.

“A major technical challenge is finding an optimal process design that connects the dispersed odorous gases in the factory to a pipe system for combustion,” says Stefan Hännestrand, project manager at ÅF. “This project requires expertise and collaboration between disciplines.”

In addition to a new lean gas system, ÅF was entrusted to modernise the control systems on the roll cutters at Skutskär Mill, a project that has been ongoing since 2015.

ÅF was also recently commissioned by Stora Enso to plan a new chemical plant at Skoghall Mill.

For further Information:

Stefan Hännestrand, project manager, ÅF, +46 (0)10 505 86 88, stefan.hannestrand@afconsult.com.
Lars Olsson, account manager, ÅF, +46 (0)10 505 87 12, lars.olsson@afconsult.com.

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The paper mill in Hallstavik in Sweden is back to operating at full capacity after a major fire in November last year. ÅF was on site just days after the big fire to inspect and replace damaged equipment. Several of the plant’s machines for pulp production of book and magazine paper were damaged in the fire. Production stood completely still, but after two weeks production of book paper started up and now production of magazine paper is also up and running.

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“Although the damage turned out to be more extensive than we first thought, we managed to keep to the schedule, thanks in large part to ÅF’s efforts,” says Daniel Peltonen, Mill Manager at Hallsta paper mill.

During the clean-up and reconstruction work, ÅF took the lead in project and assembly management along with the inspection and commissioning of the processing plant. At most, about 40 ÅF consultants were involved in the Project.

For more information contact Tomas Brink, Project Manager, +46 10 505 24 69, tomas.brink@afconsult.com

ÅF is an engineering and consulting company for the energy, industrial and infrastructure markets, creating progress for our clients since 1895. By connecting technologies we provide profitable,  innovative and sustainable solutions to shape the future and improve people's lives. Building on our strong base in Europe, our business and clients are found all over the world.

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Wednesday, 20 January 2016 09:12

ÅF modernises pulp mill in Sweden

ÅF has been contracted to modernise the control systems in linerboard manufacturer Metsä Board’s pulp mill in Husum, Sweden. The contract is for an end-to-end solution and covers conversion to new, modern Siemens control systems for the bleach, cooking and recycling plants.

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ÅF is responsible for project management, hardware design, computer programming, construction management and commissioning, and the job is expected to continue throughout 2016, starting immediately.

“The challenge will be to minimise downtime and there is much to be done within a short period,” says Peter Bredal, project manager at ÅF. “Metsä Board will have a modern and future-proof plant after the conversion.”

The contract covers conversion of seven Siemens Teleperm M systems into Siemens PCS7 systems. ÅF has extensive experience with similar conversions, both in Sweden and internationally. They include a system conversion at the Spanolux MDF factory in Belgium.

For further information, contact Peter Bredal, project manager, ÅF, peter.bredal@afconsult.com, +46 10 505 24 71

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ÅF has signed a consultancy contract with Tammervoima Oy for a new CHP plant in Tampere, Finland.

The assignment includes pre-engineering, implementation engineering, procurement, project management as well as site and commissioning management services. The value of the contract for ÅF is about 5 million euros including option of 1 M€ for delivery, site and commissioning services.

Tammervoima will build a new waste-to-energy CHP at the Tarastenjärvi power plant site in Tampere,  Finland. The plant will use about 150 000 tons of municipal waste as fuel annually. Output of the power plant will be c. 100 GWh power and c. 300 GWh heat. The project starts immediately and commercial operation starts in late 2015.

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On 12 January ÅF reported signing a contract worth approximately SEK 100 million for consulting services relating to the construction of a third reactor at the Álvaro Alberto Nuclear Power Station (CNAAA) in Angra dos Reis in the federal state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This initial contract, which will be managed by ÅF Switzerland, related to services under the category of "Owner's Engineering Responsibilities".

 

Today ÅF can announce that a new contract, worth almost SEK 600 million, has been signed that includes the 3D Modelling of the piping, ventilation and electrical engineering design, technical support services and the as-built design for the Nuclear Island buildings of ANGRA 3 Nuclear Power Station. The project will be managed by resources from ÅF Finland and working with a significant number of local sub-contractors to ÅF.

 

As with the initial contract, the principal is once again Electrobrás Termonuclear S.A - Electronuclear (ETN). This company is a subsidiary of Electrobrás, a stock market listed company, which is majority owned by the Brazilian state.

 

ÅF's involvement in this new project is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2012 and is scheduled for completion during 2019.

 

ÅF won the tender primarily as a result of its high level of expertise and extensive reference portfolio from projects for the international nuclear power industry. ÅF is currently the world's sixth largest energy consulting company and one of the world's leading independent consultants in the field of nuclear power.


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    The ÅF Group is a leader in technical consulting, with expertise founded on more than a century of experience. We offer highly qualified services and solutions for industrial processes, infrastructure projects and the development of products and IT systems. Today the ÅF Group has more than 4,700 employees.

    Our base is in Europe, but our business and our clients are found all over the world.

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ÅF has recruited Ulrika Lundgren to the position of, Vice President, Head of Mergers & Acquisitions. Ulrika will take up this new position on 1 September and will, at the same time, join the ÅF Group Management team.

This is a new position in the ÅF Group and one that confirms the Group's continuing, long-term commitment to investment in growth through corporate acquisitions.

Ulrika Lundgren has many years' experience of M&A and strategic business development and joins ÅF from a post with the defence and security company Saab AB. Her previous employers have included Gambro, Investor and Handelsbanken.

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    The ÅF Group is a leader in technical consulting, with expertise founded on more than a century of experience. We offer highly qualified services and solutions for industrial processes, infrastructure projects and the development of products and IT systems. The ÅF Group currently has more than 4,600 employees. Our base is in Europe, but our business and our clients are found all over the world.

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