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Samskip subsidiary Nor Lines will include calls at Rotterdam for the first time in its weekly multipurpose liner service connecting to Western, Mid and Northern Norway, with effect from June 1st.

2018 04 23 102625The service is provided by Nor Lines’ state of the art, LNG-fuelled vessels MV Kvitnos and MV Kvitbjorn. These flexible ships will sail in 14-day loops, connecting Rotterdam and Eemshaven with Norwegian ports from Hammerfest in the far north, and taking in calls including Sandnes/Tananger, Bergen, Trondheim, Ålesund, Bodo and Tromso.

In Rotterdam, the call will be accommodated at the SCA Logistics terminal, whose lay-out, equipment and experience focus on multipurpose vessels, RoRo, Break-bulk and containers can be handled in one place which is essential for this service.

“SCA Logistics already handles RoRo and container feeder traffics to/from Sweden, open hatch traffic to USA and act as stripping and stuffing facility for overseas importers and exporters. This new Norlines service will strengthen SCA Logistics Rotterdams position as an important hub  to and from Scandinavia. By combining SCA Logistics marine services and Nor lines we will  strengthen the  short sea  network.  This should open up interesting opportunites for  our customers,” says Roelf Buist, Managing Director SCA LogisticsTerminal Rotterdam.

SCA Logistics is part of SCA, and has its own network of shortsea feeders, RoRo vessels and terminals in Northwest Europe. SCA Logistics Terminal Rotterdam offers complete logistics solutions, including terminal handling, transportation, container stuffing and stripping, customs formalities and agency. SCA has an area of 23 ha with 720 m quay and a 160m RoRo berth available. The terminal has 75,000 m2 of warehouse space and the opportunity for general cargo, breakbulk and container handling. SCA Logistics Rotterdam handles besides SCA products about 50% goods for other customersforest products, containers, industrial cargo and project cargo , especially in trades between European continent , Scandinavia and North America. The terminal in Rotterdam employs about 100 people. 

The core of SCA’s business is the forest, 2.6 million hectares in northern Sweden. Around this unique resource, we have built a well-developed value chain based on renewable raw material from our own and others’ forests
We offer paper for packaging and print, pulp, wood products, renewable energy, services for forest owners and efficient transport solutions. 
2017 the forest products company SCA had approximately 4,000 employees and sales amounted to approximately SEK 16.7 bn (EUR 1,6 bn). SCA was founded in 1929 and has its headquarters in Sundsvall, Sweden. More information at www.sca.com

Valmet recently made two successful Advantage DCT 200 tissue line startups at Lee & Man's tissue mill at Chongqing, China. The first machine in the startup queue was TM13, which started producing high quality paper right from the start on January 18. The second startup was on March 3, when just as good tissue paper hit the reel on TM15. 

"Valmet has sold a total of nine tissue machines to Lee & Man since 2014. All startups have been characterized by good collaboration, efficient installations and steady startup curves. Efficient project execution and tissue lines that deliver good results right from the first roll have become the trademarks of Valmet's and Lee & Man's winning co-operation," says Valmet's project manager Tomas Eklund. A big part of a successful delivery is trustworthy technology. Valmet's well proven Advantage technology has been designed with the success of tissue makers in mind.

Efficient teamwork forms another great part of the success that has been achieved by Valmet and Lee & Man in Chongqing. "We work as one to reach our mutual aims. At this point, we know each other so well that the machines, more or less, start with a push of a button," says Eklund.

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Valmet will start two more Advantage DCT 200 tissue production lines for Lee & Man during 2018. All at the same mill in Chongqing and with the same scope of delivery - complete tissue production lines featuring stock preparation systems and Advantage DCT 200HS tissue machines.

Technical information about the deliveries

All nine machines are equipped with OptiFlo headbox and cast alloy Yankee cylinders. The Advantage tissue technology includes ViscoNip press, steam heated AirCap hood, WetDust dust system and a SoftReel P reel. Basic engineering and site services are also included in the delivery. Valmet's automation package is also included, with Valmet DNA machine and process control system (DCS), as well as Valmet IQ quality control system (QCS) and Valmet IQ Dilution Profiler.

The tissue machine has a width of 5.6 m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min. Each machine has the capacity to produce 60,000 tons of toilet and facial tissue per year. Lee & Man uses virgin wood pulp and bleached bamboo fiber as raw material.

About the customer Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing

Established in 1994, Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing Ltd has grown from a small company into a leading paper and pulp manufacturer. The company's 6,500 employees are located at the company's five production sites in China. The company had a capacity of 7 million tons of container board, duplex board and tissue paper as well as 180,000 tons of pulp in 2014.

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 2017 were approximately EUR 3.1 billion. Our more than 12,000 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

Gold Transparent colour logo 2018Greycon has won the coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category in recognition of the company’s sustained success in overseas expansion. 

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is the UK’s most prestigious business accolade. The Queen’s Award highlights outstanding achievement in the fields of innovation, international trade and sustainable development. The Award celebrates companies and individuals who are outstanding in their field. Greycon demonstrated successfully to the judging panel that its strategic diversification into new growth markets and geographies across the globe deserved recognition at the very highest level. 

Constantine Goulimis, Greycon’s CEO and founder, commented: “I’m delighted to announce Greycon’s important achievement in one of the most high-profile and celebrated awards for commercial success. The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade is a wonderful validation of our achievements. I am immensely proud of the whole Greycon team for winning the highest business accolade that a UK company can receive. It is the peak of achievement in terms of recognition for our proactive, dedicated approach to championing international business growth. Greycon’s strong profile outside the UK is one of our key differentiators and winning the award is further proof that the strategy to diversify Greycon is working.”

Colleague David Mushin said: “Targeting growth, Greycon has proved highly responsive at aligning business with our target industry’s priorities such as Sustainability, Customer Service, geographies and buoyant global sectors that offer the greatest opportunities, such as the Plastic Film & Flexible Packaging, Nonwoven, Metals, Converting, and Paper & Board industries. We have combined our reputation with organic growth and new strategic appointments in key markets internationally, while QA Emblem IT 2018continuing to improve our position in the UK.”

About Greycon

Greycon is the world’s leading provider of production planning, forecasting, scheduling and manufacturing execution systems that have been designed specifically for roll-based & flat sheet industries. Greycon operates throughout the world. Greycon’s strength is the extensive range of specialist software solutions for Plastic Films & Flexible Packaging, Nonwovens, Metals, Converting, Paper and Board industries supported by powerful optimisation algorithms and a highly experienced team of consultants.

www.greycon.com

For the fourteenth consecutive year, BillerudKorsnäs organizes the international packaging design competition Packaging Impact Design Award (PIDA). Together with approximately 200 students from leading design universities in Sweden, Germany, France and England, the packaging phenomenon unboxing will be challenged.

Unboxing, the moment when a packaging is opened for the first time, is not only the consumer's first encounter with a product, but also increasingly critical for a brand's ability to make a first personal, and through social media, global impression. The possibility of differentiation through unboxing is the theme of the 2018 edition of BillerudKorsnäs design contest PIDA.

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However, the brief to the contestants is more far-reaching than just embracing the first impression. It is about creating a sustainable, innovative and functional packaging concept with a unique unpacking experience that differs from the conventional solutions we see in stores and e-commerce today.

"During the fourteen years we have worked with PIDA, the competition has succeeded in becoming an international institution and one of the most important meeting places for new generation packaging designers and the established industry with brand owners, converters and design agencies. PIDA is a way for us to push forward the development of sustainable packaging design and this year we want to challenge conventional packaging solutions by bringing unboxing to a new level where it can reach its full potential in terms of creativity, sustainability and innovation,"says Lena Dahlberg Manager Carton Solution at BillerudKorsnäs.

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The competition brief was sent to the participants during January and the concept presentation/announcement of winners will occur at three separate events; in Stockholm on May 22 for Swedish and English students, in Paris on June 21 for French students and in Ludwigsburg on November 8 for German students. A novelty this year is the addition of an international award, the Peoples Choice Grand Final Award, where the public is invited to designate a total winner via Facebook. The nomination of the respective winners from England, France, Sweden and Germany starts after all regional competitions have been settled, and the entry that receives the most likes and shares is then named as the total winner of Peoples Choice Grand Final Award.


About PIDA
BillerudKorsnäs Packaging Impact Design Award (PIDA), has been organized annually since 2005 in collaboration with leading colleges and universities in France, Germany and Sweden. The goal
with the competition is to put the packaging at the center and show how significant packaging is for both the product and the environment. Every year, approximately 200 design students participate in the competition, which is an integral part of the education. Read more about PIDA at http://pida.billerudkorsnas.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/PIDAcommunity/

BillerudKorsnäs provides packaging materials and solutions that challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future. We are a world-leading provider of primary fibre based packaging materials and have customers in over 100 countries. The company has 8 production sites in Sweden, Finland and the UK and about 4300 employees in over 13 countries. BillerudKorsnäs has an annual turnover of about SEK 22 billion and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. www.billerudkorsnas.com

Toscotec’s steel Yankee dryer TT SYD-18FT was successfully fired up at Fujian Jinmin Reconstituted Tobacco Development Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of China National Tobacco Corporation, at its Luoyuan mill, Fujian, China. The TT SYD reached top performance immediately after start-up at the end of March.

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The advantages of TT SYD can benefit all grades and types of paper, not least reconstituted tobacco paper. After Toscotec’s successful reconstituted tobacco application in the U.S., the Chinese reconstituted tobacco paper producer Fujian Jinmin is now operating a big diameter TT SYD, which guarantees top drying efficiency at the lowest possible consumption cost.

From the delivery of the first TT SYD in 2000 throughout 18 years of successful and safe applications and two generations of design, this achievement further reinforces Toscotec’s position as the number one supplier of steel Yankee dryers worldwide. The number of TT SYD sold in five continents around the globe has recently reached more than 200 units, way ahead of the competition. Based on its ever-growing experience, Toscotec has constantly been upgrading its design and it is currently in the process of honing the third generation of TT SYD.

Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, will be at TAPPI’s PaperCon 2018 to highlight Archroma’s solutions and expertise to enhance both the optical and functional properties of board and paper – with a special focus on sustainability.

Archroma is at TAPPI’s PaperCon 2018, Booth #923. (Photo: Archroma)Archroma is at TAPPI’s PaperCon 2018, Booth #923. (Photo: Archroma)

With a one million square foot facility in Martin, South Carolina, the company is one of only a few specialty chemical and dye manufacturers in the US dedicated to serving the paper and textile industry.

Archroma strongly believes, based on its extensive experience in packaging and paper solutions, that sustainability can generate innovation, performance and can even lead to cost reductions for customers.

Visitors at Booth #923 will be able to explore solutions for:

Eco-advanced brightness and whiteness from concentrated Leucophor® liquids

Archroma will take the opportunity of TAPPI’s PaperCon to introduce its new patented disulfonated fluorescent whitening agent (FWA), Leucophor® ACK liquid, to North American papermakers. Bringing a new ecological focus to the field of FWA, Archroma’s ultra-concentrated Leucophor® ACK liquid is free of urea and other additives that increase nitrogen load and COD in back- and wastewaters, while its higher actives content brings advantages of fewer deliveries, reduced freight costs, lower greenhouse gas emissions and better use of storage capacity. Leucophor® ACK liquid enables brilliant whiteness in stock and coating applications, and complies with major international eco-labels.

New patented, urea-containing alternative, Leucophor® ACS liquid, retains the advantages of fewer deliveries, reduced freight costs, better use of storage capacity and a lower carbon footprint.

  • Leucophor® ACK liquid has been selected for the TAPPI’s PaperCon New Technology Showcase program. Archroma’s global OBA expert Andrew Jackson will deliver a short presentation of the technology on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 around 12:00pm.

Stronger, more sustainable packaging and paper – Cartastrength® & Cartaseal®

Archroma offers a unique system combining: 1) Its Cartastrength® process chemicals to increase the stability of corrugated fiberboard and allow manufacturers to achieve high levels of dry strength with lower amounts of fresh fibers; and 2) the coatings from its Cartaseal® range including fluorine-free alternatives to wax water barriers that facilitate recycling by breaking down during repulping without the need of further additives.

Archroma will present at the booth the latest addition to the range, Cartastrength® HWM liq, which provides high performance wet strength in particular to tissue paper, whist coming in high solids form for low shipping and storage costs. Cartastrength® HWM liq is FDA compliant and displays lower AOX (Adsorbable organic halides) than typical Grade 1 products.

Prevention of stickie and pitch contamination. Pulp & paper deposit control – Cartaspers®

Pitch and stickies are the result of natural resin residues and other adhesive material found in wood fibers and in address labels or self-sealing envelopes. Both can seriously compromise recycled papermaking by clogging up machinery and causing unwanted agglomerations and deposits.

Archroma’s Cartaspers® polymers can solve that problem in different ways. The latest innovation in the range, Cartaspers® PLH liquid, is a single-product breakthrough enabling easy and highly-effective control of pitch and stickies deposition especially in soft water pulp and papermaking environments. Pulp mill tests already report easier application, better performance and significant cost savings compared to alternative deposit control systems.

Cartaspers® is a replacement for talc-based products; it is a liquid form solution offering both consistent quality and easier application than talc. Easy to use and effective in a wide variety of environments, our deposit control polymers reduce downtime, improve end-product quality and bring a host of other economic and ecological advantages.

Eco-advanced, high performance oil and grease barrier for food packaging – Cartaguard®

When applied to products such as fast food boxes and wrappers, pet food packaging, molded pulp plates and boxes containing bouillon cubes, Archroma’s Cartaguard® KST & KMP coatings provide strong and long-lasting barrier against grease and water.

The series includes an additive that has been optimized for the production of molded pulp packaging and can be added to thick stock.
These cationic fluoropolymers have been approved for food contact both by the American FDA and Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).

Supporting the next generation of papermakers

Last but not least, Archroma is a proud official sponsor of the TAPPI’s 14th Annual Runnability 5k Fun Run/Walk that will take place on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018. The event aims at helping bright students achieve a future career in the pulp and paper industry. All proceeds will go to supporting TAPPI’s Scholarship Funds.

“At Archroma, we deliver innovative colors and chemicals to safely enhance your products and brands, while respecting the planet. As we like to say: It’s our nature! We strive to show customers how we can develop creative solutions together and reduce the environmental impact of their products and production processes,” comments Robin McCann, Head of Sales, North America, Packaging & Paper Specialties, at Archroma.

Leucophor®, Cartastrength®, Cartaseal®, Cartaspers® and Cartaguard® are trademarks of Archroma registered in many countries.
© 2018 Archroma

About Archroma

Archroma is a global color and specialty chemicals company headquartered in Reinach near Basel, Switzerland. It operates with 3,000 employees over 35 countries and with 24 production sites. Its three businesses – Brand & Performance Textile Specialties, Packaging & Paper Specialties, and Coatings, Adhesives & Sealants – deliver specialized performance and color solutions to meet customers’ needs in their local markets, touching and coloring people’s lives every day, everywhere.

Archroma is passionate about delivering leading and innovative solutions, enhancing people’s lives and respecting the planet. The company is committed to challenging the status quo in the deep belief that it can make its industry sustainable; an approach reflected in its innovations, world-class quality standards, high service levels and cost-efficiency. Products enhanced, colors enhanced, performance enhanced – “Life enhanced”.

www.archroma.com

Integrated Test & Measurement (ITM), a leading provider of structural test and measurement engineering software, test and monitoring systems, and related services, announces the latest release of its software platform, iTestSystem. Specifically designed for use with National Instruments (NI) cDAQ hardware, the iTestSystem software suite enables test engineers to organize, acquire, view and analyze important engineering data.

This latest release contains a number of enhancements including support for additional data acquisition hardware along with advanced event triggering functionality.  These and other enhancements give engineers a tool to collect, analyze and trend data from sensors connected to their products and processes enabling them to predict failures, evaluate operating conditions and determine vibration levels.

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iTestSystem v16 New Features & Enhancements:

-       Automated Data Collection / Trending

-       Expanded Data Acquisition Hardware Support

-       Automated Data Analysis

-       Enhanced Tools for Data Viewing & Analysis

-       New Data Management and Email Notification Services

iTestSystem Platform Manager, Chase Petzinger comments:

“Our newest release of iTestSystem software contains a number of customer-driven enhancements and new functionality across the board.  Of note is an advanced triggering feature in MultiDAQ (iTestSystem’s data acquisition application) that will help ensure comprehensive data collection.  As a key unattended testing component, MultiDAQ is configured to collect data at regular intervals.  Our newest release takes this a step further by triggering data capture when certain conditions are met and only during times when the system is active. This ensures that anomalies and other key events are captured and made available to the test engineer without wasting disk space.”

Information

A complete list of software features and specifications, along with other ITM products and services, is available by calling 1-844-837-8797, e-mailing info@itestsystem.com or on the web at itestsystem.com.

About ITM

Headquartered in Milford, OH (USA), Integrated Test & Measurement, LLC (ITM) focuses on three vertical spaces: Industrial Monitoring, Testing Services, and Configuration-based Test Software, iTestSystem. Founded in 2001, ITM helps companies reduce costs and improve efficiencies in product development, manufacturing, and production activities. Today, ITM provides software development, structural and mechanical testing services, industrial monitoring, strain gauging, and data analysis solutions to clients on six continents. For more information on ITM, iTestSystem and ITM’s other products and services visit itestsystem.com

With BrokeGo, Voith has developed a reliable fabric for broke conveyors which quickly and safely removes broke following a web break. The strong and highly wear-resistant belt transports the broke directly to a pulper for further processing.

The ribbed surface of the Voith BrokeGo stops the paper slipping from the belt. The underside is made from wear-resistant material, which results in a longer service life.The ribbed surface of the Voith BrokeGo stops the paper slipping from the belt. The underside is made from wear-resistant material, which results in a longer service life.

Web breaks cannot always be avoided. Generally, the broke paper drops into  an area underneath the machine. To remove this broke efficiently and safely, Voith has developed BrokeGo, which is suitable for all paper grades. The ribbed upper surface stops the paper slipping from the belt. The underside is made from wear-resistant material, which results in a longer service life.

BrokeGo needs to have very different properties from the dryer fabrics that are often used as conveyor belts in the broke conveyor. BrokeGo was specially developed to meet the specific requirements of paper transport after web breaks in particular.

About Voith Paper
Voith Paper is a Group Division of Voith and the leading partner and pioneer in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-conserving products to reduce the use of energy, water and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

About Voith
Voith is a global technology group. With its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith today has more than 19,000 employees, sales of €4.2 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.

Voith Paper, world leader in innovation for the paper industry, completed the successful start-up of the TM 6 XcelLine machine at SEPAC, a company headquartered in the Brazilian state of Paraná that is among the country’s five largest manufacturers of tissue paper for sanitary purpose. Installed in the company’s Mallet plant in Paraná, the TM 6 machine went into service at the end of 2017 and produced paper within the necessary quality specifications from the very first day. The machine is capable of producing nearly 110 metric tons of paper per day and has a design speed of 2,000 meters per minute.

2016 09 22 073412Voith’s scope of supply covered the entire tissue machine, which was fitted with a MasterJet Pro T headbox, a CrescentFormer, a NipcoFlex T shoe press, an EvoDry Y steel Yankee cylinder, a high-efficiency EcoHood T hood and a MasterReel winder. The project also included the ancillary systems, automation systems, as well as installation supervision, commissioning and complete start-up assistance.

The project’s main features are the NipcoFlex T shoe press and its 4.8 meter steel Yankee cylinder, which besides ensuring greater speed and quality, enables SEPAC’s machine to consume up to 20 percent less thermal energy.

The project is part of the growth strategy pursued by SEPAC, a company focused on manufacturing tissue paper from virgin cellulose fibers, and will increase its annual production capacity to approximately 180,000 tons, making it one of the country’s largest tissue manufacturers. SEPAC’s growth strategy began in 2007, with the purchase of its TM 3 from Voith. Over the last ten years, Voith has supplied four tissue machines to SEPAC – a clear demonstration of the successful partnership built on trust and respect that the companies have developed over the period.

About SEPAC
Sepac is one of Latin America’s largest tissue paper producers, with 40 years of experience in the domestic and international markets. Headquartered in the state of Paraná, the company is a market leader in the segment of tissue paper for sanitary purposes in Brazil’s South Region. Its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Mallet (located in the Brazilian state of Paraná) and its successful distribution network reinforce the company’s significant growth potential. Sepac’s towels, napkins and toilet papers are marketed in all regions of Brazil and the Mercosur countries under the Duetto, Paloma, Maxim and Stylus brands.

In 2017, Sepac also joined the personal care segment with the launch of its BabyBoo disposable diapers brand. The operation is initially focused on the special and value segments with the BabyBoo “Fases” and BabyBoo “Dia a Dia” lines, which are distinguished by their attributes of absorption, comfort and anatomical shape.

About Voith Paper
Voith Paper is a Group Division of Voith and the leading partner and pioneer in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-conserving products to reduce the use of energy, water and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

About Voith
Voith is a global technology group. With its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith today has more than 19,000 employees, sales of €4.2 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.

Metso has signed an agreement to acquire the valve automation division of the India-based valve technology company Rotex Manufacturers and Engineers Pvt. Ltd (RMEPL). The company has a market-leading position in India in the actuator business and an advanced offering of switches, process valves, and valve automation products and solutions.

The acquired division's sales in the last fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, were approx. INR 1,550 million (EUR 19 million) and it employs approximately 275 people. It has two manufacturing facilities in the Mumbai area and sales offices in Mumbai, Vadodara, Kolkata and Pune. 

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The acquisition will complement Metso's actuation and valve automation offering and enable a full range of actuators for all major valve markets and a broader offering of limit switches for mid-market applications. It also introduces new products to Metso's process-valve portfolio for the oil and gas, pulp and paper, mining, water treatment and other process industries. 

"This acquisition represents an important strategic step for Metso's valves business. It expands our offering for the current customer segments, especially outside North America, and increases our presence in attractive new industries and application areas," says John Quinlivan, President, Valves business area, Metso. "In addition, the acquisition strengthens our capacities and our presence in the important Indian market."

"We are confident that RMEPL's capabilities and technological solutions will align perfectly with Metso's offering and global valve network. This acquisition will benefit our customers and employees who have been the most important asset of the Rotex Group," says Amit Shah, Managing Director, RMEPL. 

Closing of the acquisition is estimated to occur in July 2018 subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The parties have agreed to not disclose the value of the transaction.

About Rotex Manufacturers and Engineers

Rotex Manufacturers and Engineers is part of the privately-owned Rotex Group. It produces actuators, limit switches, valve automation components and valves. Its customers include major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of valves, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies, and mainly India-based major end customers in the oil and gas and power industries. Rotex Group will continue to retain full ownership in other businesses, including solenoid valves, positioners, electro-hydraulic controls for actuators, and its German subsidiary, Magwen valves.

Metso is a world-leading industrial company offering equipment and services for the sustainable processing and flow of natural resources in the mining, aggregates, recycling and process industries. With our unique knowledge and innovative solutions, we help our customers improve their operational efficiency, reduce risks and increase profitability. Metso is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki in Finland and had sales of about EUR 2.7 billion in 2017. Metso employs over 12,000 people in more than 50 countries. metso.com