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In July 2017, PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) signed a contract for a delivery of wet end rebuild with a new Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox, fourdrinier and reel rebuild for Australian Paper’s paper machine (PM4) located in Morwell, Australia.

pmp logo 2016It is a big pleasure to announce that PM4 with new PMP Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox, fourdrinier and reel has started up smoothly on September 10th at 4:12 am of local time. First jumbo roll appeared on the reel at 4:54 am. Two days later, machine started to produce saleable paper.

The scope of supply covered new 4-channel Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox of 7 m pondside. This unit ensures excellent formation and production flexibility for the mill (basis weight from 110 to 270 g/m2). Headbox technology is a part of PMP’s Intelli-Paper® platform for papermakers. Over the years PMP Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox has become an iconic solution in the Pulp & Paper Industry. Currently, there are over 150 PMP’s headboxes working successfully on 6 continents.

The scope of delivery included also stock approach equipment (attenuator, LS Screens – 3 units), fourdrinier and reel rebuild.

The project goal was to improve CD profile, tensile ratio and formation of the final product and increase the machine speed to 750 mpm. It is worth to mention that it is already second PMP Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox working in Australian Paper Maryvale mill. The first one was implemented on PM2 on April 2018. This is a good example of a solid partnership between PMP and Australian leader in paper making.

About Australian Paper:

Australian Paper - owned by Nippon Paper Industries, is an Australian registered company with a long and proud history in local manufacturing of pulp, paper and packaging. Australian Paper’s Maryvale mill has been located in Gippsland, Victoria since 1937 and is a major employer in the region. The company is Australia’s leading manufacturer of office, printing and packaging papers. Learn more about Australian Paper at: www.australianpaper.com.au

About PMP:

PMP is a global provider of tissue, paper & board technology and has been supporting the pulp and paper industry for over 160 years, executing projects on 6 continents, in 34 countries. The Company has its headquarters in Jelenia Góra, Poland and has 6 facilities in 4 countries (Poland, USA, China, Italy). PMP is a recognized international player in both the paper & tissue industry. Learn more about PMP at: www.pmpgroup.com

Master papermaker, James Cropper, will sign the Waste to Wealth Commitment today at the Waste to Wealth Summit - an event convened by Business in the Community – The Prince’s Responsible Business Network. 

200 leaders from business, government, academia and civil society will gather at the event to tackle the challenges of climate change and the destruction of natural habitats by committing to actions in a Waste to Wealth Commitment. The Commitment will help to collectively double the nation’s resource productivity and reduce avoidable waste by 2030 (supercharging the UK Industrial Strategy’s 2050 targets).   

2018 11 22 103057The event, held today at Veolia Southwark’s integrated waste management facility in London, will be attended by the HRH The Prince of Wales where he will deliver a keynote address. The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, will also deliver a speech in which he will detail how the government will support businesses which are stepping up to this challenge.  

James Cropper is one of over 40 Waste to Wealth Commitment signatories and is pledging to continue its work as a key innovator in the packaging and recycling industries, having already created world-first technologies. The papermaker’s unique CupCycling™technology - the world’s first process dedicated to upcycling disposable coffee cups – has seen 30 million coffee cups recycled to date. Instead of going to waste, the cups are turned into beautiful papers and consumer packaging. The process involves removing the tricky polyethylene coating that makes take-away cups waterproof, while preserving the precious paper fibres. 

Taking this process a step further, James Cropper’s latest innovation in plastic-free packaging – COLOURFORM™ – uses paper fibre from renewable forests, as well as used coffee cups to create plastic-free packaging. With over 173 years’ worth of experience in papermaking behind it, COLOURFORM was a natural evolution for James Cropper, offering brands, and in turn consumers, more choice. The packaging is 100 per cent renewable, recyclable and biodegradable, which means that even if it is not recycled, it breaks down without any harm to the environment.

Signing the Waste to Wealth Commitment recognises the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) conclusion from October 2018 that there is only 12 years to change the world’s relationship with the resources people use to avoid catastrophic climate change and restore the health of the environment.  The Waste to Wealth Commitment signatories are committing to the following actions: 

Set targets to improve the productivity of resources that are key for our business.    

Work collectively towards doubling the nation’s resource productivity and reduce avoidable waste by 2030, contributing in the way that is most relevant to their business. 

Redesign how resources are used in our products, services and operations. 

Collaborate across our organisations, value chains and sectors. 

Reconvene and report on progress annually to share learning and demonstrate results.  

Phil Wild, CEO at James Cropper, said:  

2018 11 22 103033“Earlier this year we hosted one of the BITC’s Seeing is Believing roundtables at our paper mill where our plastic-free packaging and coffee cup recycling processes were used as inspiration for discussion on what more businesses can do to create value from waste. We’ve developed these processes over a number of years because we recognise the need for brands to consider their packaging design and explore plastic-free alternatives.  

“To date, we have recycled 30 million coffee cups at our world-first CupCycling facility. However, we actually have the capacity to convert 500 million per year into papers for packaging, and effectively utilising this capacity is one of the key areas of focus as part of our commitment today.”

Gudrun Cartwright, environment director at Business in the Community, said: 

“James Cropper has demonstrated leadership and commitment to tackle systemic challenges by signing up to the Waste to Wealth Commitment.   

“2030 is a critical year if we are to ensure we have an environment in which business and communities can flourish. The risks of inaction are enormous, but so too are the opportunities that could be created from a prosperous and resilient, low carbon economy.  We must make the most out of precious resources, waste as little as possible and find ways of turning the waste we do create into new wealth. 

“We welcome other organisations to sign up to the Waste to Wealth Commitment and take action to solve this critical problem.” 

Based in the English Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage site, sustainability is at the heart of everything James Cropper does. It has a commitment to the highest standards of sustainability ranging from sourcing raw materials, to investment in renewable energy, and world-leading recycling innovation.

About James Cropper

James Cropper is a prestige paper innovator based in the English Lake District, supplying distinct, custom-made paper products to many of the world’s leading luxury brands, art galleries and designers. 

Throughout 173 years of high quality paper production, the business has been carefully stewarded and nurtured by six generations of the Cropper family and is renowned globally for individual expertise in colour, dedicated responses to the most challenging custom projects and award-winning commitment to the highest standards of sustainability. 

COLOURFORM™ moulded fibre packaging is the latest sustainable paper innovation from James Cropper. The plastic-free packaging is bespoke in terms of colour, shape, surface finish and functionality and is used across a wide range of product categories from cosmetics to consumer electronics.

James Cropper is a member of the Paper Cup Recovery & Recycling Group (PCRRG), a cross-industry group that exists to develop collection and recycling opportunities for paper cups and identify and support solutions that sustainably transform used paper cups into a valuable resource.

For more information, visit www.jamescropper.com

Paperworld China, Asia’s leading trade fair dedicated to the stationery and office supplies industries, is opening its door from 22 November for the highly anticipated 2018 edition. The three-day fair will feature 442 exhibitors, with a strong international contingent coming from the 16 countries and regions of China, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United States.

2018 11 22 102505Held across 23,000 sqm of exhibition space in Hall 1 of the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai), the fair welcomes some of the industry’s leading companies to showcase their latest stationery and office supplies under the theme of “Stationery trends. Tomorrow’s office”. Key industry players taking part this year include AKASHIYA, Beifa, CASIO, Comix, EDU³, Fila, Guangbo, International Paper, Monami, Morning Glory, M&G, Pilot, Platinum, Schneider, Shanghai Marie, Simbalion, Ultrahard, Umajirushi, Uni, Zebra, ZIPIT, and many more.

Original designs and innovation to spearhead the future of the Chinese stationery industry

As is always the case at Paperworld China, visitors to the fairground will find a berth of stationery and office supply products in one place. Everything from original designs, time tested products and glimpses into future trends can be found at the fair at four distinct zones: Stationery and Hobby, Tomorrow’s Office, Quality Suppliers, and Oriental Products.

A snapshot of modern stationery retail can be found at the Small yet Beautiful showcase, which returns to the Stationery and Hobby zone with an upgraded structure and expanded scale. The showcase functions as a mock retail store that spans 250 sqm and includes a cafe area and an interactive art workshop. Adaptations of Zakka, a Japanese concept that describes a wide variety of consumer lifestyle goods, are also on display at the zone alongside Chinese stationery and products for home and office environments. The zone’s wide variety of items and unique methods of display truly reflect the new buying patterns of China’s modern consumer market.

Fairgoers will also find modern and forward thinking products at the Tomorrow’s Office zone. In cooperation with Sunon Group and Zhejiang Growin International Exhibition & Convention Co Ltd, a special showcase will be dedicated to demonstrating new and modern settings for office, lifestyle and learning which align with future technological changes such as the upcoming 2019 launch of a 5G network in China. Among many highlights at the zone are office electronic appliances and desktop devices from Cixi and Shenzhen.

On top of showcasing the latest trends, Paperworld China 2018 will also shine a light on originality and intellectual property protection. The Design area is a new spot that promotes original brands and producers of unique products to showcase their creations and enhance their brand image. The originality concept has been highlighted through all of Paperworld China's promotional channels, including WeChat and Weibo. The line-up of brands include AIT, Card Lover, Douban, Ggem, Happihood, Honorscent, Maru, Orange Creation, Sozen Design, Tom Horse, Tsnow Stationery, Whitehole, Xiaolin Creative and more. Having so many original stationery brands together at the fair is expected to help inject new energy into the Chinese stationery industry.

Another way through which the fair provides a platform for local brands to shine is through the ‘Best Stationery of China BSOC’ awards. The awards are organised to discover excellent stationery design work from China and around the world and are also intended to show appreciation towards the increasing standard of design in the local industry. The awards have received over 300 designs from around the globe, more than 200,000 votes and over 1,000,000 followers on WeChat and Weibo. The entries and the winning designs will be showcased during the fair.

Fringe programme to share trends and updated market information

In addition to the ‘Best Stationery of China BSOC’ awards, a series of seminars and interactive events will provide plenty of opportunities for learning and information exchange. 

Among many highlights is the ‘Sino-Japanese Book Stationery Industry Summit Forum’. The forum will be led by industry leaders from Japan and China and will address the merging of the book and stationery industries. Attendees will also learn about the evolving retail landscape through examples of Japanese stationery stores and new retail environments that function as open, cultural spaces.  

Another highlight is the ‘Hobby Town DIY Workshop’, where famous handicraft lecturers from China and Japan will teach and interact with handicraft lovers. The workshop will include classes about Japanese style ‘Hamanaka’ knitting, ‘Marusho’ paper cutting, freestyle DIY and much more.  

Meanwhile, the ‘Time Will Tell-Chenzao Book Club Shanghai Meeting’ will be held in cooperation with the renowned women’s brand and journal supplier ‘Chenzao’. The meeting will focus on how journals can be used to achieve personal goals and improve time management.

For more information about the show, please visit www.paperworldchina.com or email: stationery@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com.

Other Paperworld brand shows include:

  • Hong Kong International Stationery Fair
    7 – 10 January 2019, Hong Kong
  • Stationery & Write Show presented by Paperworld
    9 – 12 January 2019, Mumbai
  • Paperworld
    26 – 29 January 2019, Frankfurt am Main
  • Paperworld Middle East / Playworld Middle East
    18 – 20 March 2019, Dubai

For more details about these fairs, please visit www.global.paperworld.messefrankfurt.com

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Berli Jucker Cellox Ltd. to supply a PrimeLineCOMPACT VI tissue machine with shoe press, including stock preparation and automation systems, for their mill in Prachinburi, Thailand. The machine is designed for grammages from 13 to 40 g/m2 used for all kinds of high-quality tissue and towels.

The tissue machine has a design speed of 1,800 meters per minute and a paper width on reel of 2,800 mm. It is equipped with the ANDRITZ PrimeControl automation system for an optimized production process.

The combination of a 16 ft. PrimeDry Steel Yankee and the latest PrimePress XT Evo shoe press technology enables a high drying capacity and achieves remarkable cost savings and operational flexibility as well as improved product quality.

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The scope of supply also includes the stock preparation system, with two lines in order to process both short-fiber and long-fiber pulp, and the option of adding recycled fiber. Additionally, it is equipped with an approach flow system and Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) for fiber recovery. The installed water system is designed to minimize water consumption, thus ensuring highest efficiency.

“Due to the intensive R&D activities at the new ANDRITZ PrimeLineTIAC tissue pilot plant in Graz, we believe that ANDRITZ is the right partner to provide the expertise and equipment for a high-quality tissue production line, for example the latest shoe press technology PrimePress XT Evo that provides high productivity and product quality as well as the PrimeDry Steel Yankee that enables high efficiency of resources,” says the senior management of Berli Jucker Cellox Ltd.

This order once again confirms ANDRITZ’s strong market position as one of the leading suppliers of machines and systems to the Asian tissue industry.

ANDRITZ GROUP

ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metal working and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial segments. Other important fields of business are animal feed and biomass pelleting, as well as automation, where ANDRITZ offers a wide range of innovative products and services in the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) sector under the brand name of Metris. In addition, the international technology Group is active in power generation (steam boiler plants, biomass power plants, recovery boilers, and gasification plants) and environmental technology (flue gas cleaning plants) and offers equipment for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard, as well as recycling plants.

A passion for innovative technology, absolute customer focus, reliability, and integrity are the central values to which ANDRITZ commits. The listed Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria. With over 160 years of experience, 29,000 employees, and more than 280 locations in over 40 countries worldwide, ANDRITZ is a reliable and competent partner and helps its customers to achieve their corporate and sustainability goals.

ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER

ANDRITZ Pulp & Paper is a leading global supplier of complete plants, systems, equipment, and comprehensive services for the production and processing of all types of pulp, paper, board, and tissue. The technologies cover processing of logs, annual fibers, and waste paper; production of chemical pulp, mechanical pulp, and recycled fibers; recovery and reuse of chemicals; preparation of paper machine furnish; production of paper, board, and tissue; sizing, calendering and coating of paper; as well as treatment of reject materials and sludge. The service offering includes system and machine modernization, rebuilds, spare and wear parts, on-site and workshop services, optimization of process performance, maintenance and automation solutions, as well as machine relocation and second-hand equipment. Biomass, steam and recovery boilers for power production, gasification and flue gas cleaning plants, systems and plants for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling and shredding solutions for various waste materials also form a part of this business area.

On November 19th Vinda Personal Care (China) Limited started up two Toscotec supplied AHEAD-2.0M tissue machines in Xiaogan city, Hubei, China. With the start-up of these production lines, Vinda inaugurates its second production base in Xiaogan, located in the vicinity of its existing mill.

Both AHEAD-2.0M lines feature a second generation large diameter TT SYD, Toscotec’s shoe press technology TT NextPress and the energy-efficient TT DOES solution (Drying Optimization for Energy Savings). This new configuration will grant additional improvements of the finished product’s quality in terms of softness and basis weight uniformity, and an additional reduction of steam consumption. The two AHEAD-2.0M machines will increase the group’s annual production by over 60,000 tons.

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Anna Wang, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Vinda International Holdings says, “This is what we count on when we work with Toscotec, our long-term partner: a successful start-up, on time and on budget. Vinda Personal Care (China) is a very strategic production base for the Group, we are investing on its operations and therefore we expect efficient performances and very low consumptions on these new Toscotec’s lines.”

Stefano Raffaelli, Toscotec’s Customer Care and Project Manager, comments, “We achieved an important objective today. At Vinda’s new Xiaogan mill, we started up the first two of Toscotec’s machines with advanced technological features in China. We also delivered on the mill’s requirement to start up both machines at the same time, thanks to the great coordination of Toscotec’s and Vinda’s teams during the entire installation and commissioning period. We continuously support Vinda’s growth with our most advanced technology. We are currently installing another two tissue machines at Xiaogan mill that will feature significant upgrades both in the forming and pope reel sections.”

Toscotec is installing other two tissue lines at Vinda Personal Care (China), scheduled for start-up over the next few months.

For further information, please contact:

Gabriele Martinelli, Sales Manager Asia & Pacific, Toscotec Tissue division, Gabriele.Martinelli@toscotec.com

Michael Zhao, General Manager of Toscotec Paper Machine (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., Michael.Zhao@toscotec.com

Valmet-supplied Advantage DCT 200HS tissue production line including an extensive automation package was successfully started up at ICT Iberica's mill in Burgo, Spain, in September 2018. The new tissue line meets the company's intention to adopt state of the art technology for highest quality tissue production. Valmet has previously delivered four tissue lines to ICT companies in Italy, France and Poland.

"Thanks to the teamwork between Valmet and ICT technicians, the project achieved all the objectives, both in terms of quality and timing. The capability to manage the main planning of all the phases - engineering, installation and commissioning - in a flexible way, the final tuning of the on-site activities, joined with the skills of the team members involved in the project, were the keys to achieve a regular and smooth start-up," says Silvano Marcelli, Technical manager at ICT and Antonio Jordan, Project manager at ICT Iberica.

"Despite all the work, all people involved did a great job. Together we managed to achieve a very good result and a start-up according to the plan. It was one of the smoothest start-up's I have ever seen," says Stefan Ziegel, Project manager at Valmet.

Successful startup in Burgo, Spain on September 12, 2018.Successful startup in Burgo, Spain on September 12, 2018.

The production line was optimized to save energy and enhance final product quality. The new line will add 70,000 tons a year of high-quality toilet, towel, facial, and napkin grades for the European market. The raw material for the new line will be virgin fiber. The flexibility of Valmet's Advantage ViscoNip press makes it possible to adjust the production to fit current and future market needs, from production of tissue with high bulk and softness to energy- and cost-efficient products with high quality, only within minutes.

Technical information of the delivery

Valmet's scope of delivery comprised a complete tissue production line including a stock preparation system and an Advantage DCT 200HS tissue machine. The delivery also included a two-layer OptiFlo Headbox, Advantage ReTurne energy recovery system, Advantage ViscoNip press and Advantage SoftReel reel, as well as Advantage AirCap hood, steam generator and a complete mill equipment system from bale handling to fan pumps.

Complete engineering, training, start-up and commissioning were also included in the delivery as well as an extensive Valmet automation package.

About the customer ICT

ICT Group, has been in the tissue business since 1978 and is a European market leader that specializes in premium products. The business also includes the sales of parent reels to converters and diapers and personal hygiene products. ICT Group operates ten paper machines in four European countries and the global production capacity currently amounts to about 540,000 tons per annum which will increase to 610,000 tons by the end of 2018, when the latest investment in Spain will be completed. The ICT Group has a revenue of approximatively EUR 700 million and employees over 1,400 people. Read more: www.ictgroup.net

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.

James Cropper CEO Phil Wild comments: “It’s encouraging to see the Government seek to work closely with industry to progress the development of a sustainable infrastructure around recycling. 

"Significant strides have been made in the supply chain already. This can only improve as more plastic-free packaging solutions are made available and the infrastructure for waste materials works to keep recyclable materials in the value chain.  

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“We have shown that there are credible plastic-free packaging alternatives through our COLOURFORM innovation, which is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. It was inspired by the principles of a circular economy – one where packaging leaves no trace. 

“Partnerships between brands, recycling facilities, waste management companies and government are key in building on the great work that is already being done in establishing best practice for ‘on-the-go’ recycling.  

“We hope that the decision from the Chancellor will put fire in the bellies of UK businesses to accelerate plans to seek plastic-free packaging alternatives.”

Specifically on the latte levy, Phil says: “While the levy would have been a welcome positive step towards tackling the issues surrounding disposable coffee cups, it wasn’t the only solution. More needs to be done to build an effective infrastructure, not just for cups, but other waste materials, to facilitate effective recycling and keep recyclable materials in the value chain."

Some fast facts: 

  • James Cropper's CupCycling plant is the world’s first process dedicated to upcycling disposable coffee cups. This valuable waste stream is turned instead into beautiful papers and consumer packaging. The process involves removing the tricky polyethylene coating that makes take-away cups waterproof, while preserving the precious paper fibres. 
  • James Cropper's CupCycling facility has recycled 24 million cups since September 2017 alone - one positive step in reducing the 2.5 billion takeaway cups currently being thrown away in the UK every year. But the real area of interest is the potential to do more; the facility has the capacity to upcycle 500 million each year. 
  • Their latest innovation COLOURFORM (visited by The Prince of Wales this year), takes CupCycling one step further by using the paper fibre from used coffee cups, the process creates 100% plastic-free packaging solutions for businesses. The packaging is already being used by several household brands.
  • Companies that work with James Cropper to create a circular economy for their packaging include coffee shops (Costa), waste management partners (Veolia) and brands (Lush, Selfridges).  
  • There’s also a huge amount of work being done to make recycling consistent and easy to do. For example, Leeds is currently trialling an ‘On the Go’ scheme led by Hubbub which ensures people are never more than five minutes away from a recycling station. There’s over 30 cup recycling stations in Leeds City Centre alone, which include Caffè Nero, Costa, McDonald's, Pret a Manger and Starbucks. It’s an amazing example of how collective pledges can bring about real change in cities

Following a major rebuild of the dryer section supplied by Toscotec with the installation of TT SteelDryers, Cascades Packaging fired up its PM1 at Kingsey Falls mill, Canada. The machine was started up on schedule on September 23rd, with the support of Toscotec’s service engineers, who also provided the commissioning and the erection supervision onsite.

Toscotec implemented an efficient rebuild aimed to achieve the highest production increase with the lowest possible impact on the existing machine. Toscotec customized its engineering design in order to efficiently integrate its new dryer section into the existing equipment. The project was completed in record time and maintaining the overall length of the dryer section and the width of the dryers’ frame.

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Mathieu Gendron, Mill Manager of Cascades Kingsey Falls, says, “Toscotec delivered the project according to the tight schedule we agreed upon. After start-up, we are seeing a promising increase in the production and we are confident that it will match the project targets”.

Fabrizio Charrier, Toscotec’s P&B Area Sales Manager, comments, “we are happy to see that the first results after start-up indicate that we will achieve the project’s target of 8% production increase. This is a very significant result, especially if you consider that the scope of the rebuilding was reduced to a minimum, in order to limit shutdown and construction costs”. 

About the Cascades Group

Established in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibers. The Company employs 11,000 employees, who work in more than 90 production units located in North America and Europe. With its management philosophy, half a century of experience in recycling, and continuous efforts in research and development as driving forces, Cascades continues to deliver the innovative products that customers have come to rely on.

For further information, please contact:

Enrico Fazio, Head of Sales, Toscotec Paper & Board division, enrico.fazio@toscotec.com

Fabrizio Charrier, Area Sales Manager, Toscotec Paper & Board division, fabrizio.charrier@toscotec.com

BMI Healthcare, the UK’s largest network of private hospitals, is ending the use of plastic and non-recyclable cups in each of its 58 hospitals and clinics across England, Wales and Scotland.

2018 11 05 205906Altogether, the hospital group uses around 4 million single-use disposable coffee/tea cups and a further 1.2 million water cups, each year. By the end of November 2018, patients and visitors will instead be offered recyclable paper water cups and compostable paper coffee cups, which break down within 30 days after use, leaving no adverse effects on the environment.

Jason Hession, Head of Hotel Services for BMI Healthcare, said: “Our previous tea and coffee cups were either Styrofoam or double-walled plastic-lined cups, while our water cups were plastic. None of these break down properly in the environment and we at BMI Healthcare share concerns over the effects of plastic on our wildlife, our oceans and in the food that we eat. By moving to the new recyclable cups, we hope to contribute to the long-term health of our planet and hope we inspire others to do the same. And, of course, we will continue to use, wash and re-use crockery as far as possible.”

The new cups are the latest in a company-wide drive to replace non-essential single-use plastics. BMI Healthcare has already replaced plastic spoons with wooden stirrers, and plastic cutlery with bamboo knives, forks and spoons.

About BMI Healthcare

Established in 1970, BMI Healthcare is the UK’s largest independent provider of private healthcare with 58 hospitals and healthcare facilities. More than 7,000 consultants practice at BMI hospitals, which handle more than 2m patient visits a year.

An independent survey of 116,747 patients carried out by Quality Health, the same company which assesses patient satisfaction within the NHS, between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017, showed that 98.5% would recommend their hospital to their families and friends. 95.2% rated the overall quality of their nursing care as excellent or very good, 95.2% said that their hospital’s diagnostic imaging met or exceeded their expectations and 98.3% would apply the same rating to their experience of physiotherapy.

For more information or to make an appointment, visit www.bmihealthcare.co.uk

Valmet has expanded the operations of its service center in Sorocaba, Brazil, to include comprehensive spreader roll services. The new spreader roll workshop is ready to serve customers in the pulp, paper, board and tissue industries as of November 2018.

valmet logo"With this investment Valmet is able to offer spreader roll services for its customers in all continents. We have already got very positive feedback from our Brazilian customers for these services," says Jukka K. Toikkanen, Global Technology Manager, Roll Maintenance, Valmet. "Our state-of-the-art spreader roll service workshop in Sorocaba, provides high quality and fast services to our customers. We have invested in a separate dust-free clean room for the handling and installation of bearings, which ensures high quality and contributes to longer roll running times."

Valmet spreader roll reconditioning services result in a clear increase in service intervals and cut overall maintenance costs. In addition to keeping spreader rolls in excellent condition, spreader roll services also ensure optimized roll performance, improved end product quality and reliable, wrinkle-free runs.

Information about Sorocaba service center

Valmet's roll service center in Sorocaba, Brazil provides modular maintenance solutions such as roll maintenance services, roll reconditioning services and roll upgrades for all type of rolls - now also for spreader rolls. 

Valmet is constantly expanding its services offering close to customers all around the world, by providing services from own service centers, on site and through the help of Industrial Internet applications and remote connections. In addition to Sorocaba, Valmet provides spreader roll services from seven other locations around the world.  

Read more: Spreader roll services

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.

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