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Valmet will supply two more containerboard production lines with related automation systems for Nine Dragons Industries Co., Ltd., China. The orders for the four previous machines were published in 2017 (PM 39 and PM 40, PM 41 and PM 42). The latest two production lines will be located in Dongguan (PM 43) and Quanzhou (PM 45) and are similar to the previous four containerboard production lines.

The two new containerboard production lines will be designed to produce high-quality testliner grades out of 100 percent recycled raw materials as the four production lines ordered last year. The start-ups of PM 43 and PM 45 are scheduled to take place within a few months' timeframe in 2019. The start-ups of the four previous production lines are scheduled to take place a few months apart from each other starting from mid-2018.

The order of PM 45 is included in Valmet's first quarter 2018 orders received and the order of PM 43 was included in Valmet's third quarter of 2017 orders received. The value of the orders will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type and scale is typically around EUR 90-110 million.

"Nine Dragons is committed to produce high quality containerboard products. We can deliver this promise with Valmet's technically advanced board machines. Advanced technology and the modern and distinctive industrial design were certainly important factors in these decisions. I'm pleased that Nine Dragons has had such a good cooperation with Valmet in the negotiations of these six machines and all the previous projects," says Mr. MC Liu, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nine Dragons.

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"Nine Dragons' decision to purchase six-in-a-row energy and resource efficient containerboard machines is quite exceptional. The company values our innovative, modernly designed and sustainable board making technology. We are pleased to continue the good cooperation with Nine Dragons," says Jari Vähäpesola, President of Paper Business Line, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery

Valmet's deliveries for PM 43 and PM 45 container board making lines are similar to the four previous ones. The deliveries will include steam and condensate systems, broke collection pulpers for stock preparation, a board machine from headbox to winder including a full scope automation package and process ventilation equipment.

The containerboard machines will include OptiSizer Combi sizers combining both film and pond application for both sides. Film application is an optimal solution for lower basis weight grades. Pond application is for substantially higher basis weight grades needing higher penetration. This combination gives flexibility and opportunities to optimize the properties of different grades.

As in the previous orders, the full scope automation packages include Valmet DNA process and machine controls and condition monitoring. Board final quality is managed with Valmet IQ quality control system, comprehensive range of profilers as well as web inspection and monitoring system. The deliveries comprise also modern analyzers from pulping and wet end to laboratory testing.

PM 43 and PM 45 will produce testliner grades with a basis weight range of 75-140 g/m2.

About the customer Nine Dragons

Founded in 1995, Nine Dragons Paper Group is the world's largest in recovered paper based paper manufacturing in terms of production capacity. The company and its subsidiaries produce linerboard, high performance corrugating medium and coated duplex board. The group's paper machines in China are located in a number of locations. The group produces printing and writing paper in Dongguan and Taicang and packaging paperboard and specialty paper in Leshan, Sichuan Province. The group has also acquired 100% control equity interest in Hebei Yongxin Paper Co., Ltd.

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 3.2 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.

Emerson has introduced the Rosemount 8712EM Wall Mount Magnetic Flow Meter Transmitter with additional protocols, powerful diagnostic capabilities and usability features to help users in the pulp and paper, metals and mining, and other industries gain quick and easy insight into their processes.

Rosemount 8712EM wall mount transmitter provides easy navigation in the field and additional protocols for increased measurement confidence

Rosemount 8712EM Wall Mount Magnetic Flow Meter Transmitter.Rosemount 8712EM Wall Mount Magnetic Flow Meter Transmitter.The meter’s local operator interface was designed using Human Centered Design concepts, making it easier and faster for technicians to navigate in the field. According to Scott Dudek, product manager for Rosemount magnetic flow meters, “The Rosemount 8712EM melds usability pioneered by Emerson’s Human Centered Design Group with the quality, capabilities, and reliability that customers have come to trust from Emerson.”

The Rosemount 8712EM’s diagnostic suite includes high process noise detection and ground fault detection. The electrode coating diagnostic offers two set points to alert when coating is present and when it is affecting flow measurement, enabling preventative maintenance. Smart Meter Verification continuously monitors the health and performance of the meter for ultimate measurement confidence.

Universal transmitter capability allows the 8712EM to operate with any existing magnetic flow meter sensor and allows backwards compatibility with all Rosemount magnetic sensors. This feature not only makes the transmitter easier to integrate with older units, but it also enables the use of the 8712EM’s advanced diagnostic features.

The Rosemount 8712EM supports HART 7 for 32-character-long tag capability for reduced start-up time, as well as options for intrinsically safe HART outputs and Modbus RS-485.

For more information, visit www.Emerson.com/magneticflowmeter

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and engineering company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and residential markets. Our Emerson Automation Solutions business helps process, hybrid, and discrete manufacturers maximise production, protect personnel and the environment while optimising their energy and operating costs. Our Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions business helps ensure human comfort and health, protect food quality and safety, advance energy efficiency, and create sustainable infrastructure. For more information visit www.Emerson.com

Metsä Board, the leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards, is pleased to announce that its revolutionary paperboard cup design, ‘Lidloc’, has won an iF Design Award at a prestigious awards ceremony held at the BMW Welt in Munich on 9 March.

The Lidloc design has broken new ground in paperboard cup design and recognises the increased focus upon developing sustainable packaging. The design has a patent pending and is based upon an extension to a standard cup structure that folds and locks into an integrated lid.

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Cyril Drouet, Metsä Board’s Design & Innovation Director has worked closely on this exciting project with his design team. He explains the benefits of this innovative design: “We have designed this to be a one-piece construction that removes the need for a separate plastic lid. It is easy to fold and assemble with a secure lid-locking design. The integrated lid is spill proof and offers extra branding power as it can be printed as one piece with the rest of the cup. The lid also contains an integrated ‘sip’ mechanism for hot beverages as well as being ideal for cold drinks with a straw.”

Lidloc is an example of how Metsä Board develops lighter, more environmentally friendly and more efficient packaging and helps to use the potential of lightweight fresh fibre paperboards in an innovative way.

For over 60 years, the iF Design Award has been recognised the world over as a label for design excellence. The international high-profile jury assessed more than 6,400 entries from 54 countries to determine who would receive this coveted seal of design excellence.

Metsä Board
www.metsaboard.com

Metsä Board is a leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards including folding boxboards, food service boards and white kraftliners. Our lightweight paperboards are developed to provide better, safer and more sustainable solutions for consumer goods as well as retail-ready and food service applications. We work together with our customers on a global scale to innovate solutions for better consumer experiences with less environmental impact. The pure fresh fibres Metsä Board uses are a renewable resource, traceable to origin in sustainably managed northern forests.

The global sales network of Metsä Board supports customers worldwide, including brand owners, retailers, converters and merchants. In 2017, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.8 billion, and it has approximately 2,350 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

Metsä Group
www.metsagroup.com

Metsä Group is a forerunner in bioeconomy utilising renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. Metsä Group focuses on wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards and tissue and cooking papers.

Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 5.0 billion in 2017, and it employs approximately 9,100 people. The Group operates in nearly 30 countries. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and owned by approximately 104,000 Finnish forest owners.

Energy savings and high product quality in Metsä Board Kyro: goals achieved with Energy Recovery System and GemDryer® Infrared drying system

Metsä Board Kyro produces coated folding boxboard for packaging. It was decided to replace the existing gas infrared equipment on board machine n°1 with the goals of higher reliability, higher efficiency and significant energy savings.  The start-up took place in September 2017.

Metsä Board and Bekaert Solaronics share a long history of partnership and Metsä Board counted on the experience of Bekaert Solaronics in the upgrade and optimization of non-contact drying systems.

Bekaert Solaronics supplied a 4-row GemDryer® infrared drying system equipped with Gem9E emitters. The exhaust air from the GemDryer® is used as make-up air for the existing air-dryer via the ERS link. This reduces the gas consumption of the air dryers and thereby the energy efficiency of the total drying is significantly improved as well.

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Significant energy savings and optimal product quality

Energy savings guarantees of 300 kW have been achieved while keeping the good drying strategy from quality point of view. The combination of the new Bekaert Solaronics Gem9E emitters and the ERS energy link implemented after the coating station increases the efficiency while keeping the same drying capacity. As a result, the cost of drying is decreased by 30% for the coating station compared to the situation before the rebuild.

The solutions meets also the customer needs in terms of flexibility, reliability and ease of maintenance.
According to Petri Huiko, Production Manager in Kyro mill, all the goals have been fulfilled: “we are very satisfied by the performance of the Bekaert Solaronics solution”.

About Metsä Board
Metsä Board is a leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards including folding boxboards, food service boards and white kraftliners. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, has approximately 2,350 employees and totals €1.8 billion of combined sales.
Metsä Board Kyro mill produces high-quality fully coated folding boxboard for packaging and graphic applications.

About Bekaert and Bekaert Solaronics
Bekaert is a world market and technology leader in steel wire transformation and coating technologies. We pursue to be the preferred supplier for our steel wire products and solutions by continuously delivering superior value to our customers worldwide. Bekaert (Euronext Brussels: BEKB) is a global company with almost 30 000 employees worldwide, headquarters in Belgium and €4.4 billion in annual revenue. Founded in 1967, Bekaert Solaronics supplies customized drying and heating systems based on gas and electrical infrared technology to a wide range of industries. Today, more than 1 000 systems have been installed worldwide. The company also provides maintenance services and is available to assist on upgrades or improved energy efficiency of existing systems.

Effective March 7, 2018, Solenis International, L.P. (“Solenis”) completed the acquisition of 100 percent of the shares of Topchim NV (“Topchim”).  Headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, Topchim is a leading ecological coating company for the paper, cardboard, and packaging converting industries in Europe. Solenis will integrate the Topchim business as part of its strategy to expand its offering to the pulp and paper market.

2017 12 04 184100“The purchase of Topchim represents Solenis’ commitment to new and innovative technologies,” stated John Panichella, Solenis president and CEO. “The acquisition will enable Solenis to serve the growing barrier coatings market while maintaining our commitment to environmental sustainability.”

“Through the development of proprietary technologies based on bio-renewable materials, Topchim has created a distinct competitive advantage in the barrier coatings market,” said Ludwig Krapsch, vice president, Solenis Pulp and Paper EMEA.

“We are excited to join the Solenis family,” stated Eric Jӧnsson, managing director, Topchim. “The combination of Topchim’s pioneering technologies and talented team with Solenis’ global network and reputation of service excellence provides a unique platform to grow sustainable products globally.”

About Solenis
Solenis is a leading global producer of specialty chemicals for water intensive industries, including the pulp, paper, oil and gas, chemical processing, mining, biorefining, power and municipal markets. The company’s product portfolio includes a broad array of process, functional and water treatment chemistries as well as state-of-the-art monitoring and control systems. These technologies are used by customers to improve operational efficiencies, enhance product quality, protect plant assets and minimize environmental impact. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, the company has 34 manufacturing facilities strategically located around the globe and employs a team of approximately 3,700 professionals in 118 countries across five continents. For additional information about Solenis, please visit www.solenis.com

Friday, 09 March 2018 23:50

Gardner Denver Acquires Runtech Systems

Gardner Denver Holdings Inc. (NYSE: GDI), a leading global provider of mission-critical flow control and compression equipment, announced that it has acquired Runtech Systems Oy for a net purchase price of approximately $93 million funded by cash on hand. Based in Kolho, Finland, Runtech is a leading global manufacturer of turbo vacuum technology systems and optimization solutions for use in a variety of process-oriented industrial end markets. Runtech will be part of Gardner Denver’s Industrials Segment.

Runtech byGD logo“Runtech is a market-leader with a history of innovation, excellent customer relationships and strong talent with deep market expertise,” said Vicente Reynal, Gardner Denver’s CEO. “This transaction is aligned with our strategy of leveraging core, mission-critical technologies to drive growth and build additional value at acquired companies. Runtech’s technology will enable expansion into new and attractive markets. It is a great addition to the Gardner Denver family,” added Reynal.

“This is an exciting time for our customers and employees,” said Kimmo Loippo, Chairman and co-founder of Runtech. “Both companies are aligned, with an entrepreneurial mindset and a passion for developing innovative customer-focused solutions,” added Loippo. Juha Karvinen, co-founder and developer of EcoFlow™ and Eco-Pump™ said, “Together our combined capabilities will further expand the technology to broader flow control, vacuum and pressure solutions for the betterment of our customers.”

For more information, visit: www.gardnerdenver.com

The EU has today released a report related to a Trade Barrier Regulation ("TBR") investigation launched following a complaint submitted by CEPI, the European association representing the paper industry. The report upheld the complaint finding that the measures imposed by Turkey on the imports of certain varieties of paper such as office paper, books, envelopes and paper used for direct mail marketing (otherwise known as uncoated wood free (“UWF”) paper) from the EU were inconsistent with both WTO and the EU–Turkey Customs Union rules.

cepilogo“CEPI takes pride in its strong commitment to free trade with its partners. The decision by the Turkish authorities to remove these unfair measures is applaudable; however this issue should never have been escalated in the first place. It is our expectation that the Turkish authorities stand by their obligations under the EU-Turkey Customs Union Agreement in the future” says Sylvain Lhôte, Director General at CEPI.

In advance of the Commission’s publication of the report Turkey pre-emptively removed the unfair trade measures. With this in mind, the EU has decided not to pursue the matter further. The industry will however remain vigilant that similar measures do not hinder the free flow of trade between the EU and Turkey in the future, particularly in light of the modernisation of the EU-Turkey Customs Union Agreement.

Background to the trade complaint:

Following an inconclusive safeguard investigation on UWF imports in 2014-2015, Turkey extended in 2016 an existing import licensing system which targeted €150 million of EU exports of UWF paper products.The Turkish non-automatic import licensing system with regard to UWF paper was based on an arbitrary price threshold and created a significant and unfair obstacle to EU-Turkey trade. The contested system posed a clear violation of WTO and the EU-Turkey Customs Union Agreement. The European paper industry already exports 22% of its produce outside the EU and will continue to remain an advocate for free trade and take a firm stance where this is put at risk.

For more information, please contact Bernard Lombard, Industrial Policy Director at b.lombard@cepi.org or by phone at (+32) 2 627 49 22

Valmet has developed an innovative online solution for measuring lime mud moisture - Valmet Lime Mud Moisture Measurement. It can be used to monitor lime mud filter performance on the conveyor belt to improve lime mud quality. The new solution is also applicable as a feedforward measurement for lime kiln power control. Through more accurate power control, it is possible to optimize energy consumption and gain significant energy savings.

"The problem with laboratory measurements is that samples are taken so seldom that measurement data cannot be used for power control. It is possible only with an online measurement," says Timo Laurila, Business Manager, Recovery Analyzers and Advanced Process Controls, Automation, Valmet.

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Valmet Lime Mud Moisture Measurement is a non-contacting measurement that provides the moisture content of lime mud. It features an infrared sensor with a special optical design, resulting in excellent measurement accuracy. The solution is based on Valmet's long experience in moisture measurement technology.

Excellent results reported by pulp mills

This new lime mud moisture measurement has already proven its capabilities in pulp mills. According to customers, its correlation with laboratory measurements has either been on a very high level or the lime mud moisture measurement is even more accurate. Lime mud filter operations can be seen immediately in the moisture measurement level. Moisture sensor cleaning is not needed, not even in a dusty environment. The measurement can be used in lime filter maintenance planning, too.

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 3.2 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.

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services has upgraded Metsä Board Corporation's issuer credit rating to investment grade, from BB+ to BBB-. The outlook of the rating is stable.

2014 01 30 083551The upgrade reflects Metsä Board’s strong performance in 2017 and the expectation of strong cash flows in the coming years. The stability of Metsä Board’s business operations is supported by solid and long-lasting customer relationships as well as the strong market position.

At the same time, Standard & Poor’s raises the ratings of Metsä Board’s senior unsecured bonds, maturing in 2019 and 2027, from BB+ to BBB-.

The upgrade does not have an impact on Metsä Board’s current financing costs.

Further information:
Jussi Noponen, CFO, tel. +358 10 465 4913
Katri Sundström, VP, Investor Relations, tel. +358 400 976 333

Metsä Board
www.metsaboard.com

Metsä Board is a leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards including folding boxboards, food service boards and white kraftliners. Our lightweight paperboards are developed to provide better, safer and more sustainable solutions for consumer goods as well as retail-ready and food service applications. We work together with our customers on a global scale to innovate solutions for better consumer experiences with less environmental impact. The pure fresh fibres Metsä Board uses are a renewable resource, traceable to origin in sustainably managed northern forests.The global sales network of Metsä Board supports customers worldwide, including brand owners, retailers, converters and merchants.

In 2017, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.8 billion, and it has approximately 2,350 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 10:08

Essity restructures in Chile

Essity is restructuring its production facility in Santiago, Chile, to further improve quality and cost for the Consumer Tissue and Professional Hygiene businesses in the country. These measures are aligned with the company’s strategy to optimize the production footprint to increase cost and capital efficiency and further increase value creation in the Consumer Tissue and Professional Hygiene business areas.

2018 02 28 100908The restructuring measures include the closure of one tissue machine and two converting lines.

The restructuring costs amount to approximately SEK 140m, and will be recognized as an item affecting comparability in the first quarter of 2018. Approximately SEK 30m of these costs are expected to impact cash flow.

For additional information, please contact:   

Henrik Sjöström, Media Relations Manager, +46 8 788 51 36, henrik.sjostrom@essity.com  

Johan Karlsson, Vice President Investor Relations, +46 8 788 51 30, johan.ir.karlsson@essity.com

Essity is a leading global hygiene and health company dedicated to improving well-being through our products and solutions, essentials for everyday life. The name Essity stems from the words essentials and necessities. Our sustainable business model creates value for people and nature. Sales are conducted in approximately 150 countries under the leading global brands TENA and Tork, and other strong brands, such as Jobst, Leukoplast, Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Nosotras, Saba, Tempo, Vinda and Zewa. Essity has about 48,000 employees and net sales in 2017 amounted to approximately SEK 109bn (EUR 11.3bn). The headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and the company is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. More information at www.essity.com