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Domtar has successfully started up a commercial-scale LignoBoost™ lignin separation plant at its Plymouth, North Carolina mill, in the USA. This is the first commercial installation of a LignoBoost plant in the world and the technology is supplied by Metso.
The LignoBoost plant is integrated with the pulp mill and separates and collects lignin from the pulping liquor. This provides the Plymouth NC mill with numerous benefits. Lignin is a high-quality bio-based alternative to fossil fuel based materials. Separation of a portion of the mill’s total lignin production also off-loads the recovery boiler, and allows an increase in pulp production capacity.
Domtar’s production of BioChoice™ lignin began in February with a targeted rate of 75 tons a day.  A wide range of applications and markets for BioChoice lignin are being developed including fuels, resins, and thermoplastics. Having lignin available in large quantities and high quality from the Domtar plant will help develop the future lignin market for the industry.
“The technology has been developed by Innventia in Sweden, in association with Chalmers University of Technology. Metso purchased it and is furthering the development. We continue to work together to refine the technology to develop new lignin applications in partnership for current and future customers. LignoBoost has generated a great deal of interest in the pulp & paper industry globally and this is a major breakthrough for all parties involved in this first-of-a-kind project,” says Gene Christiansen, Senior Manager, Business Development Innovations at Metso’s Power business line for North America.
Note: BioChoice is a trademark of Domtar. LignoBoost is a trademark of Metso.

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The new OptiConcept M containerboard line combines high productivity and low operating cost
Metso will supply Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing Ltd. with an OptiConcept M containerboard production line for their Chongqing site in Sichuan Province in China. The new production line is targeted to produce a high-quality end product with excellent strength properties. The start-up of the production line is scheduled for 2014. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

Metso’s novel OptiConcept M production line stands for economy of total investment, personnel safety and machine usability as well as reduction of environmental load.
“This production line optimizes the machine investment in line with the mill’s capacity needs and ensures optimized productivity at minimal operational cost,” summarizes  Sami Anttilainen, R&D Director, Paper business line, Metso.

The design of the machinery allows, for instance, for easy and safe changing of rolls and wear parts, thus reducing the total duration and cost of service and maintenance shutdowns. An exceptionally spacious walkway design improves accessibility and safety, also on the drive side of the machine.

The main part of the order is included in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power second quarter 2013 orders received. The automation package is included in Automation’s second quarter 2013 orders received.

Technical information

Metso’s delivery will comprise a complete OptiConcept M boardmaking line from headbox to reel with related air systems. A comprehensive automation package comprises a mill-wide Metso DNA automation solution with machine and process controls, a Metso IQ quality control system and a Metso IQ Dilution Profiler.

The 7.25-m-wide (wire) PM 20 will produce testliner grades out of recycled raw material in the basis weight range of 70-160 g/m2. The production capacity of PM 20 will be  approximately 1,160 tonnes per day and the design speed  1,100 m/min.

Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing Ltd. manufactures various linerboard and corrugating medium grades for different industrial packaging purposes and operates also in pulp making, plantation and recovered paper collection. The company was founded in 1994. At present, the company has five plants in China.

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Metso will expand its global service network by opening a new service center to serve Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A.'s 1.5-million-tonne greenfield pulp mill in Maranhão, northeastern Brazil. The service center will supply roll grinding and other maintenance services, and will have a storage for selected spare parts and consumables. The center will be located in Imperatriz, close to the Maranhão mill, and will be operational in late 2013. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new service center was held in Imperatriz on April 25, 2013.

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The groundbreaking ceremony of the new service center to be built in Imperatriz was held on April 25, 2013. Pictured are (left to right) Adriano Canela, Project Manager, Suzano Papel e Celulose,  Sebastião Madeira, Mayor of City of Imperatriz, Elio Krummenauer, Director, Services, South America, Metso, Volnei Remor Hilbert, Industrial Manager of Suzano Maranhão mill, Celso Tacla, Area President, South America, Pulp, Paper and Power, Metso, and Jukka Tiitinen, President, Services business line, Pulp, Paper and Power, Metso.

"This investment is in line with Metso's strategy for services growth. Local support to customers and long-term partnerships bring value both to our customers and Metso," says Jukka Tiitinen, President, Services business line, Pulp, Paper and Power, Metso.

In addition, Metso and Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A. have agreed that Metso will establish mill maintenance for the entire Maranhão mill. With the agreement Metso will take responsibility for the establishment of the mill's maintenance management system and support Suzano in establishing materials management operations. The value of the agreement will not be disclosed.

"We have decided to contract Metso to bring equipment manufacturer's process knowledge and maintenance expertise in establishing maintenance for the Maranhão mill. We expect to have efficient maintenance plans and organization in order to contribute to a reliable start-up and quick learning curve, from the first days of operation," says José Alexandre, Industrial Director, Suzano Papel e Celulose.

All main technology for the Maranhão pulp mill is being supplied by Metso. Metso's scope of supply covers wood handling, cooking plant and fiberline, pulp drying and baling, evaporation, power boiler, recovery boiler, causticizing and lime kiln, and an integrated automation solution for all process areas. The mill is scheduled to start up in the second half of 2013.

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Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business is to initiate a global cost competitiveness program to adapt to changes in the marketplace and improve profitability. The program will target an annual cost reduction of approximately EUR 100 million by 2016.

“The program is aimed at improving our cost competitiveness in a market that is continuing to experience major structural changes,” says Pasi Laine, President of Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business. “We are also aiming to improve our profitability with the help of the program.”

Permanent structural changes in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business’ operating environment have impacted its operations and undermined its competitiveness and profitability. The underlying reasons for the situation lie in the continuing downturn in demand for paper machinery and the growing trend towards cheaper technology solutions.

“New communications technologies are continuing to weaken the consumption of printing and writing paper grades and have been reflected in a slow-down in the market for new paper machines. A lighter cost structure and greater flexibility will be essential to competing more effectively as we move forward,” Pasi Laine says.

“In the power generating sector, we are also experiencing a slower investment cycle in Europe and a significant decrease in demand in North America due to low energy prices resulting from the increased use of shale gas. We must take action to reduce our overall costs if we are to be able to reach our targeted profitability level on new orders,” he adds.

Planning of the program will now begin in all of Metso Pulp, Paper and Power's organisations, at all locations. As planning continues and becomes more concrete, information will be made available to employees and stakeholders in due course.

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The new OptiConcept M production line will provide high productivity at low operating cost

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Metso will supply an OptiConcept M containerboard production line with an extended scope of supply implementation for the Ban Pong mill of Siam Kraft Industry Co., Ltd. in SCG Paper in Ratchaburi, Thailand. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for 2014. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

The novel OptiConcept M production line represents a new way to design, build and operate a paper machine. It is designed for high productivity at low operating cost. The innovative industrial design and engineering of the OptiConcept M production line facilitate assembly of the line. In its design, usability and safety are also at a new level. 

The order is included in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power first quarter 2013 orders received.

Technical information

Metso’s delivery will comprise a complete OptiConcept M boardmaking line from headbox to reel including an approach flow system, steam and condensate systems, surface size preparation and supply systems, a winder and machine clothing. The automation solution includes MD/CD and machine controls, profilers for the headbox and condition monitoring sensors for the critical machine sections.

In addition, Metso’s extended scope of supply will include complete mill engineering, and mechanical installation and supervision services related to commissioning, testing and start-up of the machine.

The 7.25-m-wide (wire) PM 16 will utilize a new sizing method providing better strength properties. The production capacity of PM 16 is approximately 300,000 tonnes of recycled fluting in the basis weight range of 90-150 g/m2. The design speed is 1,300 m/min.

Siam Kraft Industry Co., Ltd. in SCG Paper produces and markets industrial and packaging paper in Thailand and internationally. It offers corrugating medium, linerboard, coreboard, industrial sack kraft, bag papers, plaster linerboard, duplex board as well as converted and finished products. The company was founded in 1984 and is based in Bangkok, Thailand. Siam Kraft Industry Co., Ltd. operates as a subsidiary of SCG Paper.

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Tuesday, 02 April 2013 10:08

Metso: Get inspired by tissue

Tissue paper can be attractive for many reasons depending on your needs and who you are. In an “emergency” situation you don’t even want to think about being without it. No way! An iPad may be good for many reasons or uses but it can never replace a roll of tissue paper.

But last week, attending the Tissue World exhibition in Barcelona, Spain I realized that tissue paper can be most valuable for other reasons.

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I happened to meet there a guy who is collecting tissue hankies. In his collection, he has handkerchiefs from all over the world and from most companies, and some of the samples are really old. Last time he counted them there were more than 12.000 different packages of various brands. The collection is so amazing that the organizers of Tissue World sponsored his booth. 

Creative use of tissue

In the opposite part of the exhibition hall I found another exhibitor who has developed a new creative way of utilizing tissue.

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In the booth they exposed the most fascinating and beautiful dresses; made of tissue paper. One more attractive than the other with embroideries and other fantastic decorations. 

tiss 3The most valuable I suppose was the one made of 500 Euro bills. Who wouldn’t want to own that? But on the other hand I hope they were fake 500 Euro bills or otherwise there will not be much left of the dress when the exhibition closes!

There might be one small disadvantage with these dresses though. You have to stay indoors. 

Imagine what would happen if you went out wearing a dress made of tissue paper and it started to rain…

What is best in tissue? 

However, most of the people were at Tissue World Barcelona exhibition to learn about new developments and the latest in tissue technology. They wanted to meet the supplier who can provide a machine that produces the best tissue paper with highest softness and bulk and of course to the lowest price!?

Most of the big machine suppliers were exhibiting in Barcelona (except the Italians who boycotted the event this year for various reasons). All tissue machine suppliers provided paper samples. 

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We are of course stating that our Advantage NTT paper is the best in the market and we are also offering paper rolls to potential customers. But one thing is for sure. Our competitors do not provide as attractive packages as we do. In fact they don’t have any packages at all. 

Maybe Metso’s toilet paper gift box will be the next collector's item?

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The target is to produce packaging materials based on recycled raw materials

Metso will supply Blue Paper with a grade conversion rebuild of their paper machine at their mill site in Strasbourg, France. The target is to produce packaging materials on a paper machine that previously produced LWC, light weight coated paper, a grade that is suffering from a drastic decline in demand. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for the last quarter of 2013.

“This delivery is an example of much called-for innovative approach to the structural change the paper industry is facing.  By retrofitting the existing printing paper machine with a few new key components Metso is able to provide the customer and the Strasbourg papermaking community with a solution that enables continuation of industrial operations on-site,” says Markus Laitila, Vice President of Paper Mills business unit, Metso.

The main part of the order is included in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power fourth quarter 2012 orders received. The automation system modification is included in Automation’s fourth quarter 2012 orders received.

Technical information

Metso’s delivery will comprise headbox and forming area modernizations and modernization of the press, dryer and sizing sections and reel. Metso will also modify air systems and automation systems.

The original paper machine has a trimmed width of 8.5 m and it produced LWC paper at a speed of 1,500 m/min. After the grade conversion rebuild, the paper machine will have a high annual capacity of fluting and testliner grades in the basis weight range of 70-130 g/m².

Blue Paper SAS is a joint venture established by the Belgian VPK Packaging Group NV and the German Klingele Papierwerke. VPK Packaging Group NV is an integrated packaging group with 33 companies across twelve European countries. Klingele, a German family-owned company, is one of the leading independent producers of containerboard and packaging made of corrugated board. The company consists of one paper mill, six integrated corrugated plants and seven converting plants in Europe and Africa. Klingele and VPK have a combined corrugated packaging production of more than 1 million tonnes per year and a paper production of 600,000 tonnes per year.  

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Proven automation solution and information management helps waste-to-energy plants to maximize performance and operate safely.

Metso has been awarded its 5th repeated order from the CNIM group for the automation of another greenfield waste-to-energy plant in Great Blakenham (Suffolk, UK). Metso will supply an extensive Metso DNA automation system and safety system to the new plant. This order comes after similar ones for WtE plant in Turin (Italy), Tallin (Estonia), North Hykeham (Lincolnshire, UK) and Four Ashes (Stafford, UK).

Metso DNA provides one system for all process controls and plant information management. The integrated process automation system covers all plant processes from boilers to turbines. High-level reliability is ensured through an integrated, TÛV certified safety solution.

Metso’s automation solutions play a significant role in managing waste-to-energy plants successfully and help them reaching their goals of maximizing incineration capacity, keeping combustion and steam production stable while allowing high availability of the production processes.

The new Suffolk waste-to-energy plant is owned by the Suffolk County Council and will be operated by Sita Suffolk limited. It will have an electric output of 20 MWe enough to power 30 000 homes and it is designed to handle an annual amount of 269 000 tons of residual waste. The plant is planned to go on line by the end of 2014.

The CNIM group acts as a contractor in the Suffolk project. Established in 15 countries, the CNIM Group designs and produces turnkey industrial solutions and offers expert research, expertise and operations services in the fields of environment, energy, defense and industry. The group has 3,000 employees, and its turnover was 665 million euros in 2011.

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The Board of Directors of Metso Corporation has decided to commence a process to study the potential separation of the company’s Pulp, Paper and Power businesses into a new company, which would be listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki stock exchange. Metso’s current Mining and Construction and Automation businesses would remain in the current company after the possible separation. The contemplated transaction would be designed to help the two companies to capitalize on their strengths in their respective markets faster and more efficiently.

Jukka Viinanen, Metso’s Chairman of the Board, says that Metso has developed its businesses purposefully during the past years to the point where entering the next stage of development would be smoother as separate companies. “Both of them are strong global businesses with well-established positions in their customer industries. By separating the two, we would seek to accelerate strategy implementation, as clearer business structures would increase the focus and ambition of the two companies with distinct growth strategies. The Board also believes that both companies would be seen as attractive investments, which has the potential to increase value for our shareholders.”

”Developing Mining, Construction and Automation and Pulp, Paper and Power businesses separately would help the already strong two entities to fully realize their potential. This would in turn benefit our customers and personnel through more focused management, superior competence development and customer services, and through enabling both companies to cultivate their technology and services offering that would match their goals perfectly,” says Matti Kähkönen, Metso’s President and CEO.

The study relating to the possible separation will concentrate on a range of issues, including certain matters pertaining to taxation and financing. Metso will also discuss the potential demerger with its customers, suppliers, rating agencies, creditors, employees and other relevant third parties. The Metso Board aims to finalize the study process and announce further details about the possible separation by the end of the second quarter of 2013.

Although no decisions have been taken, the separation, if carried out, would likely be by means of a demerger (i.e. partial demerger as defined in the Finnish Companies Act), after which the Mining, Construction and Automation businesses would remain with Metso, whereas Pulp, Paper and Power businesses would constitute the new company, which would be listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki stock exchange. The new company would initially have the same ownership structure as Metso and would be totally independent from it without any cross-ownership between Metso and the new company. This strategy study will be headed by Metso’s President and CEO Matti Kähkönen.

If implemented, the demerger would leave Metso shareholders’ ownership in the company unchanged. In addition, Metso shareholders would receive shares in the new company as demerger consideration in proportion to their shareholding in Metso.

If Metso decides to pursue the demerger, the Board of Metso would expect to approve and register a demerger plan by the end of the second quarter of 2013.Metso’s Extraordinary General Meeting would be expected to make its final decision on the potential demerger during the second half of 2013. The demerger and listing of the new company’s shares would be expected to take place before the end of 2013.

Significant shareholders of Metso (Solidium, Cevian Capital, Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company and Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company) have expressed their support to the Board’s decision to commence a strategy study relating to the possible demerger.

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Metso has once again received an order for a complete tissue production line for Syktyvkar Tissue Group in Russia. The new tissue machine will be installed at the company’s new site in Semibratovo, located some 220 km from Moscow. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for mid 2014. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

The order follows the previous Metso installation of an Advantage DCT 100 tissue machine in 2007 and a major tissue machine rebuild during 2012.

”We consider Metso not only to be a supplier of first-class equipment. Over the years friendly relations have been established and we are happy that our cooperation is going on,” says Mark Reznik, Managing Partner, Syktyvkar Tissue Group.

”We are very pleased that Syktyvkar has ordered their third consecutive major project from us. This is proof that our way of working as partners with our customers is rewarding for both sides,” says Leif Forsberg, Senior Vice President, Sales, Tissue Mills business unit, Metso.

The main part of the order is included in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power first quarter 2013 orders received. The automation package is included in Automation’s first quarter 2013 orders received.

Technical information

Metso’s delivery will comprise a complete high-speed tissue production line featuring an Advantage DCT 100 HS tissue machine equipped with an OptiFlo headbox, a Metso cast iron Yankee cylinder and an Advantage AirCap Yankee hood. Metso will also supply stock preparation equipment including an OptiFiner conical refiner, OptiScreen cleaning and screening technology and converting broke equipment.

In addition, Metso’s scope of supply will comprise an electrification package, pumps, agitators, instruments, a vacuum system and white water handling. The delivery will include basic and detail engineering for the new tissue machine and services for installation and start-up of the machine. Furthermore, Metso will supply Metso DNA automation for process, machine and drive controls and Metso IQ quality controls.  

The new line will have a width of 2.7 m and an operating speed of 2,000 m/min and it will add another 30,000 tonnes per year of bathroom tissue, napkin and towel grades to the company's existing production.

Syktyvkar Tissue Group is today one of the best known companies on the Russian market for tissue products with a market share of around 10 %. Today the company employs 385 people and produces approximately 45,000 tonnes of tissue. Headquarters and existing production facilities of the company are located in Syktyvkar, capital of the republic of Komi in the northwestern part of Russia.

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