Pulp-Paperworld.com / European News http://www.pulp-paperworld.com Sat, 22 Feb 2020 22:07:49 +0100 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb European paper and board production follows the EU economy downward trend in 2019 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8428-european-paper-and-board-production-follows-the-eu-economy-downward-trend-in-2019 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8428-european-paper-and-board-production-follows-the-eu-economy-downward-trend-in-2019

According to preliminary figures, the European paper and board production has decreased by 3.0% in 2019 (European Paper Industry countries covered by the data: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom), compared to the previous year.

2019 saw new capacities coming on stream, and upgrades of existing ones, but closures and lower production operating rates dragged down paper and board production. This downward trend was observed in all the top paper and board producing countries.

2020 02 21 105500The slowing down of the EU’s economy in 2019 - from 1.9% in 2018 to 1.1% in 2019 (Source: European Commission), combined with global instability and trade tensions, impacted the European paper and board consumption, which recorded a 4% decline.

Domestic paper and board deliveries in Europe went down by 2.6% compared to 2018, while imports declined by 3.9% according to preliminary figures. Paper and board exports grew by close to 0.9%.

Contrary to previous years, packaging paper and board production remain relatively stable in 2019, unable to offset the on-going decline of graphic grades.

The overall production of graphic grades – newsprint and printing & writing papers - fell by more than 8.0% in 2019.

The production of sanitary and household papers registered a limited growth, +1.0%.

Total pulp production (integrated pulp, plus market pulp) increased by 0.8%. It was overperformed by market pulp production which jumped by 6.1%, as a result of recent massive investments in new capacities. This growth in production is driven by the export market demand. Similarly, exports of market pulp jumped by close to 40% in 2019 according to Eurostat.

To respond to this higher demand, the European paper industry has invested significantly to increase the production of market pulp and further implement the bio-refinery concept. These investments combine higher efficiency in raw material use and the production of highly innovative bio-based products, besides market pulp.

Pulp produced in Europe comes from sustainably managed forests, for example through programs like PEFC (Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification) and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), and is increasingly used in various value chains. The level of certified wood, chips and sawmilling by-products was 74% in 2018.

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    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 21 Feb 2020 10:53:18 +0100
    Sappi Europe to increase prices for Woodfree Coated and Woodfree Uncoated paper grades by 5-8% for all European markets. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8427-sappi-europe-to-increase-prices-for-woodfree-coated-and-woodfree-uncoated-paper-grades-by-5-8-for-all-european-markets http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8427-sappi-europe-to-increase-prices-for-woodfree-coated-and-woodfree-uncoated-paper-grades-by-5-8-for-all-european-markets

    sappi logoDecreasing profitability combined with further cost increases makes a 5-8% price increase in all Sappi’s European markets unavoidable. This increase affects WFC and WFU sheets and reels and is valid as per the 14th of April 2020. Your local sales office representative will contact you with further market related details.

    About Sappi

    Sappi is a leading global provider of sustainable woodfibre products and solutions, in the fields of Dissolving wood pulp, Printing papers, Packaging and speciality papers, Casting and release papers, Biomaterials and Bio-energy. As a company that relies on renewable natural resources, sustainability is at our core. Sappi European mills hold chain of custody certifications under the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™) systems. Our papers are produced in mills accredited with ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50 001 and OHSAS 18001 certification. We have EMAS registration at 8 of our 10 mills in Europe. 

    Sappi Europe SA is a division of Sappi Limited (JSE), headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with 12,500 employees and 18 production facilities on three continents in nine countries, 37 sales offices globally, and customers in over 150 countries around the world.

    Learn more about Sappi at www.sappi.com

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      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 21 Feb 2020 10:50:30 +0100
      Sappi Europe initiates consultations regarding the future of Paper Machine 2 at its Stockstadt mill Germany http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8424-sappi-europe-initiates-consultations-regarding-the-future-of-paper-machine-2-at-its-stockstadt-mill-germany http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8424-sappi-europe-initiates-consultations-regarding-the-future-of-paper-machine-2-at-its-stockstadt-mill-germany

      Sappi’s strategy recognises the leadership position of the company in graphic papers markets and the need to strengthen its position in these markets to deliver maximum value to the company.  The continuing and accelerating structural drop in demand for coated papers in Europe and elsewhere has made it impossible for Sappi Europe to fill its capacities adequately and to be sufficiently profitable in its current form. Importantly the current unfavourable market situation is caused by factors that are beyond Sappi’s control.

      sappi logoTaking these market conditions into account, Sappi has undertaken a thorough review of its European production assets. It has concluded that the least disruptive way to adjust its capacity in line with market demand would be to operate fewer machines. Exhaustive analysis indicates that the preferred option to achieve this would be to relocate the entire production output of Paper Machine 2 at Stockstadt mill (some 240,000 tpa of coated graphic paper) to other Sappi paper machines in Europe.

      To this end, Sappi Europe has today begun a process of consultation with the competent employee representatives at Stockstadt mill. The task at hand is to identify viable alternatives for Paper Machine 2.

      Berry Wiersum, CEO of Sappi Europe commented: “We fully recognise and commend the enormous efforts, both past and present, that employees and the management of Stockstadt mill have undertaken to reduce costs in order to earn better margins. Despite these relentless efforts the situation will not improve in the foreseeable future. We very much regret that we are confronted with this situation and hope that the consultation period can be used to find jointly socially acceptable solutions. At the same time, it is imperative that we not lose sight of the overall objective of improving the competitiveness of Stockstadt mill and securing its future.”

      The mill currently employs 760 people, of which up to 150 positions may be impacted by the consultations. Sappi stands ready to provide the required support and to implement the decisions reached as a result of the consultation process.

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        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 21 Feb 2020 09:38:37 +0100
        Valmet to supply a new evaporation line to Century Pulp and Paper in India http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8418-valmet-to-supply-a-new-evaporation-line-to-century-pulp-and-paper-in-india http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8418-valmet-to-supply-a-new-evaporation-line-to-century-pulp-and-paper-in-india

        Valmet will supply an evaporation line to Century Pulp and Paper’s (CPP) pulp mill in Lalkuan, India. The new evaporation line will meet the future needs of the mill's ongoing pulp production capacity expansion, together with the existing evaporation line. This investment will also improve the overall steam economy of the mill.

        The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the fourth quarter 2019. The value of an order of this size and delivery scope is typically below EUR 10 million. The new evaporation line is planned to start up during latter part of 2020.

        valmet logo“In an Integrated pulp and paper mill, the recovery line is a vital part in securing the mill’s operations. In view of this, we decided to go with the latest and most advanced evaporation technology. We evaluated different alternatives and decided to choose Valmet. Our new plant should be commissioned by December 2020,” says P.K. Mittal, Head of Process, Century Pulp and Paper.

        “Century has always been in the forefront of implementing efficient technologies across the entire value chain and the Valmet Evaporator is another step in this direction,” says J.P. Narain, CEO, Century Pulp and Paper.

        “This is Valmet’s first evaporation plant installation in India. We were able to offer clear technical advantages through our customized and detailed design done by our technical team, and the solution was appreciated by the customer. The project execution has started in a very smooth way and both the customer and Valmet’s teams work as one team for successful execution of the project. We are looking forward to creating a good reference with leading technology in India,” says Varun Jain, Director, India Region, Valmet.

        Details about Valmet's delivery

        Valmet’s delivery includes a new 7-effect evaporation plant with a design capacity of 275 tons of evaporated water per hour, producing heavy liquor of 75% dry solids. The plant is designed to handle black liquor based on 60% bagasse and 40% wood. The delivery covers main evaporator effects, a surface condenser, an integrated foul condensate treatment plant, flash tanks, main supporting structures, and a vacuum system.

        The new evaporation line is based on proven tube evaporator design and will feature Valmet’s patented vapor recycling technology. The new evaporator line includes a stripper to treat foul condensate and ICT (Internal Condensate Treatment) for producing more clean-quality condensate for recycling in the mill.

        Information about the customer Century Pulp and Paper

        Century Pulp and Paper (CPP) is a division of Century Textile and Industries Ltd (CTIL). The company’s manufacturing unit, located in Lalkuan, Uttarakhand, manufactures a wide range of paper products including writing and printing paper, tissue paper, and paper board. The premises also house a manufacturing facility for producing raw material for viscose filament yarn, staple fibre, and paper grade pulp. Over the years, the company has augmented its capacities by commissioning a prime-grade tissue paper plant along with three sheet-cutting units across the northern and eastern part of India.

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          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 21 Feb 2020 09:09:54 +0100
          A.Celli Dust Removal System – Slitting dust is a problem of the past http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8417-a-celli-dust-removal-system-slitting-dust-is-a-problem-of-the-past http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8417-a-celli-dust-removal-system-slitting-dust-is-a-problem-of-the-past

          A.Celli developed the Dust Removal System with the aim of removing issues caused by dust loads in the slitting area

          Nowadays dust issues are becoming more and more a prime concern, especially for hygienic fabric producers, high speed spunmelt production lines and other lines sensitive to the aforementioned issues, such as Spunlace, Airlaid and Meltblown ones.

          In fact, dust deposition in the slitting area may reduce the cutting efficiency, contaminating the finished product and contributing to environmental pollution. In order to reduce the dust originated by the slitting processes in the rewinding section, A.Celli designed an efficient Dust Removal System.

          A.Celli Dust Reduction System

          This solution can be installed on in-line slitting winders, rewinders, spooling lines and printing lines, and it consists mainly of individual suction heads positioned on the knife holder and equipped with a blower system to remove dust accumulation on the knives. Other parts of the system are the suction line, a fan equipped with an inverter and a control unit, pipes and ducts to convey dust and air to the fan and a filter for dust/air separation.

          There is also the possibility to add suction nozzles over the knives to increase the efficiency of the system.

          The A.Celli Dust Removal System guarantees minimized dust loads on products and winders, expanded cleaning intervals, more production hours, the reduction of maintenance activities and the extension of the machinery useful life.

          Furthermore, minimizing the dust in operational areas actually supports people’s health and safety.

          Contact us for a consultancy or a dedicated case study

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            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 21 Feb 2020 09:06:56 +0100
            UpElement: Unique felt technology to quickly reach full production speed http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8416-upelement-unique-felt-technology-to-quickly-reach-full-production-speed http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8416-upelement-unique-felt-technology-to-quickly-reach-full-production-speed

            Voith introduces UpElement to its expanding portfolio of tissue press fabrics. The modular treatment increases efficiency by achieving significantly faster startup times. Through an optimized surface enhancement UpElement improves dewatering properties during startup. As a result, manufacturers benefit from a higher production yield over the run of one felt cycle.

            Smooth performance during startup is crucial for maximum efficiency in tissue production. With UpElement Voith offers an innovative solution that is specially tailored to meet these production challenges. As part of the Voith’s Element-Series of add-on solutions, the modular treatment complements the manufacturer’s existing press fabrics portfolio for tissue, and thus fits in well with the PressMax AdvancedPRODUCTS.

            The modular treatment UpElement enables faster startup times and higher production gains.The modular treatment UpElement enables faster startup times and higher production gains.

            Faster startup time, stable operating conditions
            Due to their unique technology, the felts have a higher saturation capability during startup which ensures optimal dewatering of the paper web. UpElement makes startup up to 50 percent faster compared to standard press fabrics, without compromising operational stability or long-term performance.

            Higher production yield with each Voith felt
            By reaching full machine speed significantly faster, UpElement not only keeps energy consumption to a minimum, but also delivers notably higher production output per felt: Depending on the operating setup, UpElement can increase output by an additional 100,000 € worth of saleable product per year. In this way, a quick return on investment can be expected.

            “UpElement has proven itself in several trial runs resulting in immediate repeat orders from international tissue manufacturers,“ says Susanne Klaschka, Global Product Manager Press Section, Voith Paper. “We are proud to provide customers with yet another innovative solution to make tissue production even more efficient, more profitable and more sustainable.”

            For more information about UpElement please visit: www.voith.com/fabrics

            About the Voith Group
            The Voith Group is a global technology company. 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, the company today has more than 19,000 employees, sales of € 4.3 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger family-owned companies in Europe.

            The Group Division Voith Paper is part of the Voith Group. As the full-line supplier to the paper industry, it provides the largest range of technologies, services, components and products on the market and offers paper manufacturers solutions from one single source. The company’s continuous stream of innovations takes papermaking to the next level and facilitates resource-conserving production. With its Servolution concept, Voith offers its customers tailored service solutions for all sections of the production process. Voith Papermaking 4.0 ensures that equipment is optimally connected, while the secure use of generated data enables paper manufacturers to improve plant availability and efficiency.

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              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 20 Feb 2020 11:30:55 +0100
              Plant reliability and availability ensured: Metso’s valve services involved in 250 major shutdowns globally in 2019 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8415-plant-reliability-and-availability-ensured-metso-s-valve-services-involved-in-250-major-shutdowns-globally-in-2019 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8415-plant-reliability-and-availability-ensured-metso-s-valve-services-involved-in-250-major-shutdowns-globally-in-2019

              Customers in various process industries continued to trust in the valve services of Metso’s valve business, future Neles Corporation, in 2019 to secure plant availability, reliability, safety and environmental compliance. Last year Metso’s flow control experts took part in around 250 major shutdowns globally.

              Services that include specialized maintenance planning, on-time start-up and effective execution will ensure the safety and availability of the plant until the next planned shutdown. Unless you are prepared for the unexpected with the right partner and proper planning, an unexpected stop can happen affecting materials, schedules and resources.

              metso”It is very important that customers can rely on our know-how during a tightly scheduled shutdown project. Having us as a reliability partner for shutdown planning secures that the right valves are maintained and that the correct materials and resources are available when needed,” says Sami Nousiainen, VP of Valves Services at Metso.

              Metso delivers tag-specific service reports, test certificates and recommendations for future maintenance, upgrades and replacements to improve the plant’s process reliability and safety.

              “We currently use diagnostic data, performance data and historical maintenance data to determine which valves need be maintained during shutdown. In the future, we want to be able to utilize this data even more effectively,” Nousiainen adds.

              Metso has a broad valve maintenance experience and in-depth expertise in shutdowns around the world which brings customers significant benefits. Metso offers valve services through its 40 service locations around the world.

              About future Neles Corporation

              The future Neles Corporation is a well-known flow control solutions and services provider to the oil and gas refining, pulp, paper and bioproducts industry, chemicals and other process industries. Neles employs about 2,900 people and it has operations in more than 40 countries. Neles’ unaudited carve-out sales for full-year 2019 were EUR 660 million and its carve-out operating profit was EUR 93 million.

              Neles Corporation is planned to be created in a partial demerger of Metso, in which Metso’s Flow Control business would become the independent Neles Corporation and it would continue Metso’s listing on Nasdaq Helsinki. Simultaneously, Metso’s Minerals Business would combine with Outotec to create Metso Outotec.

              The closing of the transaction is currently expected to take place on June 30, 2020, subject to regulatory approvals. The Extraordinary General Meetings of both Metso and Outotec approved the transaction on October 29, 2019.

              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 3.6 billion in 2019. Metso employs over 15,000 people in more than 50 countries. metso.comtwitter.com/metsogroup

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                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 20 Feb 2020 11:16:02 +0100
                Södra first in the world with fossil-free biomethanol http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8412-soedra-first-in-the-world-with-fossil-free-biomethanol http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8412-soedra-first-in-the-world-with-fossil-free-biomethanol

                Södra has built the world’s first plant for commercial biomethanol, a sustainable fuel from forest biomass, at Södra’s pulp mill in Mönsterås. Over the next few days, a first pilot delivery will go to Emmelev A/S, a customer that will be using biomethanol in its biodiesel production.

                Södra decided to invest in a biomethanol production facility in 2017. This initiative shows that Södra is working towards a circular economy, resource-efficiency and being fossil-fuel free.

                “It is with pride that we have now started up the first commercial plant in the world for biomethanol. The transition to a bioeconomy means that all raw materials must be used efficiently. Biomethanol is produced from the crude methanol recovered from the manufacturing process at Södra’s pulp mills. It is part of the circular process that already exists in Södra’s mills, in which all parts of forest products are used for the best possible effect. With this step, we are showing the way to a fossil-free society, and it is fully in line with our own strategy for fossil-free transportation by 2030,” said Henrik Brodin, Strategic Business Development Manager at Södra.

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                The investment is also broadening Södra’s product portfolio with a new bioproduct.

                “More and more people are realising why we need to switch to fossil-free alternatives. That’s why it feels so great that we can bring biomethanol to the market as a substitute for fossil methanol in the transport sector as well as a chemical base. Demand for bio-based products is favourable and we have long experience in delivering other bioproducts to the fuel and chemical industries. As we now continue to build on that, it feels particularly gratifying to have made a first pilot delivery to our customer Emmelev A/S.  We are now looking forward to continuing the development of the product together with our customers,” said Viktor Odenbrink, Sales Manager at Södra Cell Bioproducts.

                Emmelev A/S is a Danish family-owned agricultural company that has developed large-scale biodiesel production from local canola, but uses fossil methanol as a raw material in production.

                “Biodiesel will play a key role in the transition to a fossil-free Denmark and we are very happy that Swedish biomethanol will now be used in production. Our biodiesel will be 100% renewable and based on locally sourced raw materials. Biodiesel produced from Danish canola and Swedish forests can secure fuel supplies for heavy road transport, as well as buses and construction machinery. This will be crucial for a transformation of the energy sector. We emphasise local and regional production and consider Sweden part of our local area, and we have good relationships with Swedish companies. It therefore feels natural to be entering into an agreement with Södra,” said Morten Simonsen, co-owner of Emmelev A/S.

                Founded in 1938, Södra is Sweden’s largest forest-owner association, with 52,000 forest owners as its members. We conduct modern and responsible forestry, and operate state-of-the-art mills in which we process our raw material. In 2019, net sales amounted to SEK 23 billion and employees totalled 3,100. Through value-generating relationships and a long-term approach, Södra shows the way for the next generation of forestry.

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                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 20 Feb 2020 10:38:26 +0100
                  Toscotec to rebuild PM4 at Papeterie Le Bourray’s mill, France http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8411-toscotec-to-rebuild-pm4-at-papeterie-le-bourray-s-mill-france http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8411-toscotec-to-rebuild-pm4-at-papeterie-le-bourray-s-mill-france

                  Papeterie Le Bourray selected Toscotec to rebuild its PM4 tissue machine at Saint-Mars-la-Brière, near Le Mans, France. The start-up is scheduled for mid-2020.

                  The rebuild scope includes the modification of the existing Approach Flow System with a new fan pump and a fully hydraulic TT Headbox designed to operate in Tisco Former configuration, but capable of being upgraded into Crescent Former configuration in the future. Toscotec will provide full beginning to end support consisting of the detailed engineering, dismantling of the existing components, and installation of new components, commissioning, start-up supervision, and training. The estimated overall shutdown time will be less than a week. 

                  The target of the rebuild is to improve sheet formation quality and CD basis weight profile, as well as increasing the machine speed. The tissue line is dedicated to the production of towel tissue using chemical pulp and waste paper.

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                  Francois Bourdin, CEO of Papeterie Le Bourray, says, “We are glad to work with Toscotec, who is a leader in the manufacture of tissue machines. This headbox is our first major project since we restarted the mill in April 2019, and it will allow us to improve our quality and seek new markets.

                  Riccardo Gennai, Toscotec Sales Manager for Europe, says, “We are glad to have been selected as the supplier of this important rebuilding project. Toscotec is well positioned in Western Europe for new projects, but also for major rebuilds, which require a high degree of customization and flexibility, as well as a very tight schedule, where you coordinate all aspects of the project in order to reduce the machine downtime to a minimum. Over the last ten years, we completed more than 20 rebuilds in Western Europe.”

                  For further information, please contact:

                  Marco Dalle Piagge, Sales Director, Toscotec Tissue division, marco.dallepiagge@toscotec.com

                  Riccardo Gennai, Sales Manager, Toscotec Tissue division, riccardo.gennai@toscotec.com

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                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 20 Feb 2020 09:38:38 +0100
                    Valmet introduces a full range of Industrial Internet solutions to pulp, board, paper, tissue and energy producers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8405-valmet-introduces-a-full-range-of-industrial-internet-solutions-to-pulp-board-paper-tissue-and-energy-producers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8405-valmet-introduces-a-full-range-of-industrial-internet-solutions-to-pulp-board-paper-tissue-and-energy-producers

                    Valmet introduces a full range of new, data-driven Industrial Internet solutions to pulp, board, paper, tissue and energy producers. The Valmet Industrial Internet (VII) solutions combine advanced monitoring and prediction applications, Advanced Process Controls (APC), dynamic process simulators and remote services from Valmet Performance Centers into comprehensive solutions that provide tangible benefits to customers.

                    VII solutions are tailored for each customer industry

                    The new VII solutions have been created for the specific needs of pulp, board, paper, tissue and energy producers. The purpose is to efficiently utilize data and Valmet’s expertise to reduce energy consumption, improve chemical and environmental efficiency, optimize pulp and paper quality, increase process reliability, maximize production and enable efficient management of the customer’s equipment fleet.

                    Performance Centers and Valmet Customer Portal are key elements of the VII solutions

                    Remote services from Valmet’s eight Performance Centers are a key part of the VII solutions. The Performance Centers make Valmet’s expertise easily available for customers through remote connections and tools.  

                    valmet logo rgbCustomers can collaborate with Performance Center experts, access the Industrial Internet applications, follow-up their Key Performance Indicators and see performance reports via Valmet Customer Portal.

                    “Our customers’ needs have been the starting point of developing these data driven Industrial Internet solutions. We have integrated our process, automation and services know-how and extensive Industrial Internet application portfolio into a value-added solution offering. Ultimately, the aim is to empower our customers to move toward autonomous plants or mills, which will result in significantly more efficient production processes and operations. We want to engage our customers in a dialogue with data to move their performance forward,” says Jari Almi, Vice President, Industrial Internet, Automation business line, Valmet.

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                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 04 Feb 2020 08:48:07 +0100
                      Valmet to deliver defibrator system to Çamsan Entegre in Turkey http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8404-valmet-to-deliver-defibrator-system-to-camsan-entegre-in-turkey http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8404-valmet-to-deliver-defibrator-system-to-camsan-entegre-in-turkey

                      Valmet will supply a Defibrator™ system to Çamsan Entegre Ağaç Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş in Turkey. The start-up of the system is planned for the middle of 2020.

                      valmet logo rgbThe order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the fourth quarter 2019. The value of the order will not be disclosed. An order with this scope of supply is usually valued in the range of EUR 2-5 million.

                      "The EVO 64 system is specially designed for production levels up to 35 tons per hour, which will be perfect for Çamsan Entegre in this case. We are really pleased that Valmet was chosen as the supplier in this project," says Leif Sundberg, Sales Manager, Pulp and Energy, Valmet.

                      Information about Valmet’s delivery
                      The scope of Valmet’s supply includes a complete EVO 64 defibrator system with a steam separator. This is the first steam separator delivery for Valmet in Turkey.

                      Information about the customer Çamsan Entegre Ağaç Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş
                      Çamsan Entegre is a Turkish Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) and laminated parquet flooring producer. Their paper impregnation capacity is 90.000.000 m² per year. Çamsan Entegre is a domestic leader and is mainly exporting to Iran, Egypt, Iraq, T.R.N.C., Azerbaijan, Kuwait, Greece, Albania, Tunisia, Bulgaria, Kosova, Georgia, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.

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                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 04 Feb 2020 08:45:05 +0100
                        Data as an Asset: iREEL and intelligent collaboration between production and converting lines http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8401-data-as-an-asset-ireel-and-intelligent-collaboration-between-production-and-converting-lines http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8401-data-as-an-asset-ireel-and-intelligent-collaboration-between-production-and-converting-lines

                        Big data has been a buzzword for a few years now, as computer capabilities increase and data acquisition grows.

                        In the manufacturing sector, industries are seeing massive increases in the amount of data coming from their production lines, thanks to Industry 4.0 technology that makes use of machines embedded with sensors and wirelessly connected to the cloud for machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) communication.

                        However, along with these massive amounts of data comes the need to effectively manage them, and this links directly to the concept of data as an asset.

                        2020 01 28 140846Data as an Asset explained

                        A data point is only a number which, considered in isolation, may have no value, and the same reasoning can also be extended to an entire data set. The concept of Data as an asset that implies that data acquire value when put in relation to other data and to business operations. In other words, these data, when analyzed together, increase their total value by helping inform business and factory decisions and strategy more effectively than they could do if considered by themselves

                        Read more: How to set up data driven production processes in tissue & nonwovens industries

                        How to manage Data as an Asset

                        Traditionally, a tissue and nonwovens company collected data that would provide a view into the productivity and profitability of a production line. This might be data such as costs, the production volume and the demand for the product.

                        Now, thanks to the Industry 4.0, the companies are provided with detailed machine data (speed and tension) and environmental data (temperature and humidity).

                        • The first step in managing data as an asset is to combine the traditional data with the operational ones to come up with a complete picture of the operations and the productivity.
                        • The next step is to ensure that all data is accessible via a machine-and software-independent platform. This platform must provide features such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to analyze the data and recognize patterns, thanks to which the companies can enjoy fully automated adjustments to the production processes and predictive maintenance scheduling.
                        • Finally, these data must be accessible to and well-managed by everyone at the company. It should be everyone’s responsibility to ensure these data are used to balance corporate operations for maximum profitability. This allows every worker at the company, from the top down, to optimize the data for their needs, while still recognizing the needs of the company as a whole.

                        Read more: How to manage data governance in an Industry 4.0 system

                        Using Data as an Asset for intelligent collaboration

                        With Industry 4.0 technologies and proper management of data as an asset, tissue and nonwovens companies can ensure intelligent collaboration between the production line and the converting line. Each machine on these two lines, as we previously said, will be outfitted with sensors capable of transmitting operational data in real-time, and all of these data will flow to a single platform where they can be integrated and analyzed by AI.

                        The advantage of this setup is that the AI will be able to detect anomalies and small changes in the operation of any single machine or one of its part that might disrupt the flow of production and converting.

                        An example might be when the master roll rewinder is not moving at a speed fast enough to accommodate the rolls coming off the production line. The data will reflect this inconsistency and the speed of either the toilet roll rewinder or the production line will be adjusted automatically by the AI program.

                        Another example could be when there is a faulty part in the paper log cutter, resulting in the need to take the converting line offline. The data analysis will result in the automatic redirection of the roll coming off the production line to a functioning converting line.

                        Read more: How to measure tissue and nonwovens mill machinery performance with real time analytics

                        A.Celli Digital Solutions for Data as strategic Asset

                        A.Celli Digital Solutions has been designed to fully and automatically manage data as an asset. This cloud-based platform provides:

                        • a distributed real time monitoring system called “Machine Monitoring”;
                        • a business intelligence platform called “Efficiency 4.0”;
                        • a Product Passport methodology called “iREEL”. 

                        iREEL is particularly important when it comes to intelligent collaboration between the production and converting lines, because it provides a fully integrated framework that enables communication between the data that comes from the different machines on each line and the data coming from industrial and business applications.

                        Data is no longer something companies can afford to collect and store somewhere they will gather virtual dust, but they must be viewed as an asset that can be used to positively impact production and corporate operations. In the tissue and nonwovens industry, data as an asset is a critical component in ensuring the smooth flow of product from the production line to the converting line and the optimal efficiency of the production process.

                        For more information about one of the best Industry 4.0 solution that can boost productivity on your tissue and nonwovens production line, download our free eBook "A.Celli Digital Solution: Your Fellow Traveller on Your Journey Through Industry 4.0"!

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                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 28 Jan 2020 14:09:17 +0100
                          Voith sets World Record with QualiFlex CrownT at Hayat Kimya Alabuga TM 4 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8400-voith-sets-world-record-with-qualiflex-crownt-at-hayat-kimya-alabuga-tm-4 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8400-voith-sets-world-record-with-qualiflex-crownt-at-hayat-kimya-alabuga-tm-4

                          Hayat Kimya Alabuga TM 4 sets a new world record by using Voith’s QualiFlex CrownT sleeve on the ViscoNip application in Russia. The paper mill produces virgin fiber-based toilet paper, paper napkins and kitchen towels.

                          • New sleeve world record with a running time of 661 days
                          • Voith’s QualiFlex extends its leading position for shoe press applications

                          In December 2017, a QualiFlex CrownT sleeve was installed at Hayat Kimya TM 4 maintaining stable machine production during the entire sleeve lifetime. Voith’s QualiFlex CrownT sleeve reached a world record life of 661 days and 473,810,000 nip cycles. The former world record sleeve on such an application was set in China, achieving 585 days.

                          Voith’s QualiFlex CrownT sleeve.Voith’s QualiFlex CrownT sleeve.

                          The customer was very satisfied with the result. “My congratulations to the whole Voith team for this excellent result and belt quality. My personal thanks to Voith for the support and proper service during the runtime of this belt,” says Mr. Lenar Safin, Tissue Production Chief at Hayat Kimya.

                          Press sleeves for every requirement
                          With QualiFlex CrownT, Voith offers a superior press sleeve for tissue shoe press applications which enables stable machine operating conditions and optimum efficiency. Selected polyurethane materials ensure the highest possible abrasion resistance under challenging high temperature conditions.
                          Compared to the conventional press sleeves, QualiFlex CrownT is especially designed for tissue applications. Conventional press sleeves show strong reactions to harsh conditions, and often suffer from hydrolysis, higher wear and reduced void volume.

                          Hayat Kimya Site in Tatarstan, Russia.Hayat Kimya Site in Tatarstan, Russia.

                          With Voith’s QualiFlex CrownT, open area and void volume can be designed exactly to the customer’s needs. The special heat-resistant material formulation makes this press sleeve the perfect choice for very demanding applications.
                          Voith QualiFlex press sleeves extend the leading position for shoe press applications in the tissue sector.

                          About the Voith Group
                          The Voith Group is a global technology company. 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, the company today has more than 19,000 employees, sales of € 4.3 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger family-owned companies in Europe.

                          The Group Division Voith Paper is part of the Voith Group. As the full-line supplier to the paper industry, it provides the largest range of technologies, services, components and products on the market and offers paper manufacturers solutions from one single source. The company’s continuous stream of innovations takes papermaking to the next level and facilitates resource-conserving production. With its Servolution concept, Voith offers its customers tailored service solutions for all sections of the production process. Voith Papermaking 4.0 ensures that equipment is optimally connected, while the secure use of generated data enables paper manufacturers to improve plant availability and efficiency.

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                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 28 Jan 2020 11:09:32 +0100
                            With MobiLab, SpeedUp Certificate, 3D Scan, Voith extends its Measurement and Diagnostic Services http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8397-with-mobilab-speedup-certificate-3d-scan-voith-extends-its-measurement-and-diagnostic-services http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8397-with-mobilab-speedup-certificate-3d-scan-voith-extends-its-measurement-and-diagnostic-services

                            Voith is adding three new products to its range of Measurement and Diagnostic Services. MobiLab is a mobile analysis laboratory to investigate and optimize stock quality on site. With the SpeedUp Certificate, Voith is examining the possibilities for paper manufacturers to operate their paper machines above the original design speed, in consideration of the machine-dynamic behavior. And 3D Scan produces high-precision digital images of the current condition of the production facilities.

                            As part of its Servolution range, Voith’s Measurement and Diagnostic Services are tailored specifically to the requirements of the paper industry. Plant operators benefit from the mechanical and technological expertise of a full-line supplier and service experts with more than 10 years industry experience on average. This means that Voith’s Measurement and Diagnostic Services not only ensure smooth operation but also improve the economic efficiency of the system.

                            “Through our Measurement and Diagnostic Services, we are offering paper manufacturers tailored solutions that are state-of-the-art,” explains Stefan Natterer, Head of Measurement and Diagnostic Service at Voith. “And we are continually adding new technologies and services like MobiLab, SpeedUp Certificate and 3D Scan to our range.”

                            Through its Measurement and Diagnostic Services, Voith offers customized solutions for optimizing paper production.Through its Measurement and Diagnostic Services, Voith offers customized solutions for optimizing paper production.

                            MobiLab – mobile laboratory to optimize stock preparation
                            In the event of quality and process fluctuations in the paper production process, plant operators face the challenge of identifying the triggers. Generally, this has to be determined by analyzing and evaluating a large number of stock samples. However, as only very few paper manufacturers maintain a well-equipped wet laboratory on site, large numbers of samples must be sent to designated institutes for testing. This not only involves a significant logistical effort but is generally also very time-consuming and costly. Due to the complex process necessary to preserve the samples, valuable results may be falsified or even rendered worthless.

                            The solution: the Voith MobiLab – a fully equipped mobile containerized wet laboratory for the analysis of typical problems in the stock preparation process, from fiber loss to issues with chemicals mixing. When trying to identify the causes, Voith experts on site can utilize all the usual analysis processes.

                            In addition to laboratory measurements in the MobiLab, Voith also offers the Wet End Process Analysis Package. Thanks to a combination of various measurement techniques (pressure pulsation, stock density, air content, online paper transmission and offline Tapio analysis) the basis weight stability profiles of the paper can be determined, for example. Using a paper sample database and best practices, the current status and any faults can be identified quickly and efficiently and action initiated to rectify them. In addition, the MobiLab can be used when trialing new paper grades or qualities in the course of machine tests on actual customer equipment – to get the best possible results from what are generally expensive field tests.

                            The Voith MobiLab is a fully equipped wet laboratory for analyzing stock samples directly on site.The Voith MobiLab is a fully equipped wet laboratory for analyzing stock samples directly on site.

                            SpeedUp Certificate – verifying speed increase options
                            In theory, the operating speed of a paper machine can be increased by installing a new, technologically improved component, and as a result the cost efficiency of the entire manufacturing process improved. But what if the original maximum design speed of the paper machine is lower than the potential speed of the new component?

                            With the Voith SpeedUp Certificate, companies can have an audit performed on the entire paper machine to determine whether the design of the machine components is suitable for a future operating speed that is higher than the original design speed. For example, machine dynamic limitations such as vibrations, critical speeds, drive design, condition of existing components and technological process considerations are checked as necessary. Unsuitable components are identified, and the measures required to increase the operating speed are indicated. Such measures could include, for example, the replacement of unsuitable guide rolls or adding bracing to the machine frame.

                            Following successful completion of a speed-up inspection by Voith, the machine gets a “Type Design Speed Certificate” that defines a new maximum design speed of the analyzed components and machine groups. This gives paper manufacturers a reliable basis to work with before they increase the production speed of their machine.

                            : With the 3D Scan, Voith experts on site can create a digital spatial image of a machine and its environment.: With the 3D Scan, Voith experts on site can create a digital spatial image of a machine and its environment.

                            3D Scan – spatial image of actual machine accurate to the millimeter
                            Paper mills change over time, for example as a result of upgrades and the installation of new components. Often, however, this is not documented in the design drawings, which can cause complications in the event of further rebuilds.

                            With the 3D Scan, the Voith experts on site can create a digital spatial image of a machine and its environment, and in this way record the actual situation of the machine to an accuracy of one millimeter at a scanning distance of ten meters and a maximum scanning range of 360 meters. The real data obtained can be stored as point clouds in various formats and then processed to be used as a template for a rebuild project, installation check or for measurements on your desktop. Point cloud data can be combined with CAD data to produce a machine model including all cable and piping. The spatial review in the 3D CAD system with automatic collision check reduces the likelihood of complicated rework and adaptations on site.

                            Attila Bencs, General Manager at Hamburger Hungaria Ltd., views this as a distinct advantage: “When converting the pulpers at our plant in Dunaújváros, the 3D Scans had already given us the most accurate information in advance on the spatial conditions on site. The improved visualization was beneficial to both all project participants and machine operators,” Bencs says, summing up the extremely useful deployment of the 3D Scan by Voith, and adding: “This saved us a lot of time and work for the rebuild.”

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                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 27 Jan 2020 10:28:30 +0100
                              Valmet to supply a board machine rebuild to Umka in Serbia http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8396-valmet-to-supply-a-board-machine-rebuild-to-umka-in-serbia http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8396-valmet-to-supply-a-board-machine-rebuild-to-umka-in-serbia

                              Valmet will supply a board machine rebuild to Umka Cardboard Mill in Serbia. The main target of the rebuild is to increase the customer’s production capacity. The start-up of the rebuilt paper machine PM 1 is scheduled for the second half of 2021.

                              The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the fourth quarter 2019. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 15-20 million.

                              "This rebuild is one of the most important strategic decisions we have made in the course of 80 years long history of the mill. We are pleased that this project is going to be completed by Valmet, a global leader in the supply of process technology in the paper industry. I strongly believe in the success and bright future of Umka Cardboard Mill, with planned capacity of over 200,000 tonnes, further quality improvements and wider product portfolio,” says Milos Ljusic, Managing Director of Umka.

                              "The co-operation between Valmet’s and Umka’s teams has been excellent. Together, we built up a solution which will help Umka increase production capacity and improve their end product quality," says Pekka Turtinen, Senior Sales Manager at Valmet.

                              Umka’s and Valmet’s teams at the Umka 80-year anniversary celebration. From left: Kari Räisänen (Valmet), Milos Ljusic (Umka), Jadranka Priljeva (Umka), Staniša Lukić (Umka), Nikola Pejović (Umka) and Pekka Turtinen (Valmet)Umka’s and Valmet’s teams at the Umka 80-year anniversary celebration. From left: Kari Räisänen (Valmet), Milos Ljusic (Umka), Jadranka Priljeva (Umka), Staniša Lukić (Umka), Nikola Pejović (Umka) and Pekka Turtinen (Valmet)

                              Improved production capacity

                              Valmet's delivery will include major changes in the wet end of the paper machine PM1 with broke collection, approach flow system and three OptiFlo Foudrinier headboxes to meet the growing productivity and quality requirements of high-quality board machine, as well as an OptiFormer Multi forming section with multiple foudriniers and modifications in the press section.

                              The delivery will also include an OptiCoat Layer curtain coating station with supply system and an OptiDry Turn air dryer and an OptiWin Drum two-drum winder. Related spare parts and paper machine clothing for start-up and Valmet DNA Machine Controls System will also be included. A two-year Valmet Performance Center on-demand expert support will further help Umka to reach its targets.

                              The 3,700-mm-wide (wire) PM1 will produce white lined chipboard grades with a basis weight range of 160-450 g/m2. The design speed of the new parts will be 440 m/min. The daily design capacity will be approximately 620 tonnes.

                              Information about the customer Umka

                              Umka Cardboard Mill has been a part of KappaStar Group since its privatization in 2003. Mill’s production capacity is currently 130,000 tonnes per year. Umka exports over 80% of its production to over 30 European countries. The most important export markets are Poland, Hungary, Romania and Russia. Umka’s cardboard is widely used in the manufacturing of cardboard packaging for the food, confectionery, pharmaceutical, chemical, tobacco, textile, and automotive industries, as well as for spare parts production within the machine industry. It is also used for lamination in the manufacture of transport packaging.

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                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 27 Jan 2020 10:11:57 +0100
                                ANDRITZ has signed a preliminary agreement for a significant pulp mill order http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8395-andritz-has-signed-a-preliminary-agreement-for-a-significant-pulp-mill-order http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8395-andritz-has-signed-a-preliminary-agreement-for-a-significant-pulp-mill-order

                                andritz logo smlInternational technology Group ANDRITZ and UPM have signed a preliminary agreement under which ANDRITZ is to supply energy-efficient and environmentally friendly pulp production technologies as well as key process equipment. The final contract will have a mid-triple-digit million euro order value for ANDRITZ and is expected to be booked in Q1 2020. Further details of the agreement will be disclosed after the final contract has been signed, which is expected to happen in the coming weeks.

                                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 and absorbent hygiene products, dissolving pulp, and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling and shredding solutions for various waste materials also form a part of this business area.

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                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 23 Jan 2020 15:34:28 +0100
                                  Endress+Hauser Releases Liquiphant FTL51B and FTL41 Point Level Instruments http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8394-endress-hauser-releases-liquiphant-ftl51b-and-ftl41-point-level-instruments http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8394-endress-hauser-releases-liquiphant-ftl51b-and-ftl41-point-level-instruments

                                  Both instruments reliably detect the point level of liquids in storage tanks, containers, and pipes. They also provide proof test, verification, and IIoT functionality.

                                  January 16, 2020—Endress+Hauser releases Liquiphant FTL51B and FTL41 vibrating fork (vibronic) level instruments. The FTL51B features Industry 4.0 and IIoT capabilities, including access via wireless Bluetooth technology, automatic proof tests and verification, and easy commissioning via a mobile device. In addition, operational clarity is provided by a high-visibility LED.

                                  2020 01 23 085905The Liquiphant FTL51B can be used in storage tanks, containers, and pipes for point level detection of all types of liquids. The instrument’s vibronic sensor is not affected by changing media properties, flow, turbulence, gas bubbles, foam, vibration, or build-up. The instrument works in process temperatures of -58 to 302°F (-50 to 150°C) and pressures up to 1450 psi (100 bar). It can be used in SIL2 and SIL3 hazardous locations, and has built-in automatic maintenance and verification functions.

                                  The economical, general-purpose FTL41 is similar to the FTL51B, but works at lower pressures, up to 580 psi (40 bar), and with a narrower temperature range of -40 to 302 °F (-40 to 150 °C).

                                  Both perform proof tests, with the FTL51B meeting SIL and WHG (Water Resources Act) requirements. The proof test can be activated remotely at a control system, or locally via a magnet or push button test. The proof test diagnoses the sensor for corrosion and build-up, and ensures the entire instrument is operating properly. Verification can be activated either manually or automatically via Endress+Hauser’s Heartbeat Technology, providing a verification report sufficient as documentation for various regulatory agencies.

                                  Access via Bluetooth technology and a mobile device—such as smartphone—allows a user to identify each device, commission it, check the status, start a proof test, and download verification documentation. Bluetooth has a range of 33 ft, allowing a technician to access Liquiphant instruments installed in hard-to-reach locations, such as at the top of tanks.

                                  For more information visit https://eh.digital/liquiphant_us

                                  About Endress+Hauser

                                  Endress+Hauser is a global leader in measurement instrumentation, services and solutions for industrial process engineering. Endress+Hauser provides sensors, instruments, systems and services for level, flow, pressure and temperature measurement as well as analytics and data acquisition. We work closely with the chemical, petrochemical, food & beverage, oil & gas, water & wastewater, power & energy, life science, primaries & metal, renewable energies, pulp & paper and shipbuilding industries. Endress+Hauser supports its customers in optimizing their processes in terms of reliability, safety, economic efficiency and environmental impact. The Group employs nearly 14,000 personnel worldwide and generated net sales of more than 2.4 billion euros (2.7 billion U.S. dollars) in 2018.

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                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 23 Jan 2020 09:02:05 +0100
                                    A focus on the perfect packaging http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8393-a-focus-on-the-perfect-packaging http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8393-a-focus-on-the-perfect-packaging

                                    OPTIMA will be presenting a packaging system with countless new technical refinements, an improved welding station, and digital Smart Services at the INDEX 2020 Trade Show

                                    "Packaging at its finest"– this is Optima's slogan for INDEX 2020. The company will be showcasing two major themes that are of interest to the nonwovens industry. Optima is focusing on unique, sustainable packaging concepts that manufacturers can use to make their mark in the marketplace. The company is also presenting digital solutions under the heading “Smart Services”. These are designed to make packaging processes even more efficient and assist operators. INDEX will be held in Geneva from March 31 to April 3, 2020.

                                    Today's consumers have a lot of requirements when it comes to the packaging for hygiene products. They expect a product that is perfectly suited to their needs, available in the right quantity and preferably available in high-quality, sustainable packaging. Here, differentiation is the solution. That is why “unique, sustainable packaging" will be one of the themes at INDEX 2020. "We will be showing how packaging can be optimized even further by using new technical solutions," explained Oliver Rebstock, Managing Director of OPTIMA nonwovens GmbH.

                                    Manufacturers are successful at the point of sale when they use unique, sustainable packaging

                                    This can be achieved by means of an innovative welding station developed by Optima Nonwovens, for example. This has a positive effect on the quality of the packaging. Oliver Rebstock also revealed, “Another major focus will be a system, consisting of a stacker and a packaging machine, which also concentrates on an optimized packaging design and features numerous new technical refinements.”

                                    Differentiation in the marketplace is achieved both with improved packaging and with new packaging concepts. Optima Nonwovens is open to working collaboratively to develop new packaging solutions. Here, the options include alternative materials such as paper or starch films, new types of packaging such as cardboard packaging, or packaging with a new added value such as the opportunity to customize. However, there is also potential for completely new concepts, which Optima would like to discuss with visitors.

                                    Innovative packaging processes have a positive effect on packaging quality. This can be achieved with an optimized welding station, for example. Innovative packaging processes have a positive effect on packaging quality. This can be achieved with an optimized welding station, for example.

                                    Line management software and optimized operator guidance improve efficiency

                                    In its second subject area, Optima will be demonstrating how further improvements can be made to the efficiency of packaging processes. This is achieved through process optimization with Optima's line management software. This means that production resources can be used in the best possible way and the overall equipment effectiveness can be improved for entire production lines. Sustainability goals can also be met because waste is reduced.

                                    Paper hygiene producers are increasingly faced with the challenge of finding qualified staff to operate packaging machines. In many countries, labor costs are also rising. An example of the application clearly illustrates how Optima uses remote support to assist operators as part of the OPTIMA Total Care life cycle management program. This means that quality issues can be resolved quickly, and the time taken to change formats can be reduced. This support is possible with every conceivable end device, including Augmented Reality glasses, which are used by the customer's operators to connect with Optima service staff.

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                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 21 Jan 2020 23:37:16 +0100
                                      Bosch Packaging Technology is now Syntegon http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8392-bosch-packaging-technology-is-now-syntegon http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8392-bosch-packaging-technology-is-now-syntegon

                                      Syntegon Technology is the new name among the market leaders in the processing and packaging industry. Known as Bosch Packaging Technology until late 2019, the former Bosch division has just presented itself as an independent enterprise at the company headquarters in Waiblingen (Germany). Syntegon Technology’s business focus is on intelligent and sustainable technologies for the pharmaceutical and food industries. Extending the service range is a priority for the company. Syntegon Technology employs 6,100 people at more than 30 locations worldwide. It posted 1.3 billion euros in sales in 2019. Bosch disclosed its plans to sell the packaging machinery division to a newly incorporated entity managed by CVC Capital Partners, a leading private equity and investment advisory firm, in July 2019. The transaction was completed according to plan, with the company gaining full independence at the turn of the year.

                                      Transaction wrapped up on schedule as business development remains stable

                                      The sale of Bosch Packaging Technology was completed on January 2, 2020, as envisioned. Bosch had announced in June 2018 that it intended to sell its packaging division, finding a buyer a year later in CVC Capital Partners (CVC). Bosch Packaging Technology then expanded its headquarters in Waiblingen, Germany, augmenting it with new departments required for the switch. Business developments remained stable in the interim, bucking the trend in the sluggish machine engineering sector. Sales in 2019 came to 1.3 billion euros, matching the previous year’s figure.

                                      The new owner, CVC, aims to vigorously develop the company as a whole and expand intra-group synergies. Commenting on the closing of the sale, Marc Strobel, a partner at CVC Capital Partners said, “CVC is delighted to see the transaction completed on schedule. Syntegon Technology has a strong presence in many market segments, great technological know-how, and innovative power. We want to build on these strengths jointly with management and the entire workforce.”

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                                      Into the future with a new brand

                                      “Processing and packaging technology for a better life!” This is Syntegon’s mission statement. The company is determined to improve the lives of consumers and patients with intelligent and sustainable processing and packaging solutions. A new corporate brand was developed over the past few months. The name Syntegon stands for synergy, technology, and focus on the future. The new corporate color green underscores the importance of sustainability and health. The square in the newly designed logo symbolizes a package as well as packaging technology’s ability to protect products.

                                      The entire workforce will celebrate the independent company’s launch with management on January 16, 2020. The ceremony at the Waiblingen headquarters, broadcasted live around the world, will be followed by events held at the individual locations. Syntegon Technology will share the news with its business partners today. Chairman of the Executive Board Dr. Stefan König takes this opportunity to send an emphatic message: “We are building on 150 years of experience and the 64,000 machines deployed by our customers, and pursuing new avenues of business. Now, more than ever before, we are working on intelligent and sustainable technologies and embracing the collaboration with our business partners in the true spirit of partnership.”

                                      Greater flexibility and focus on caring partnerships

                                      This newly gained independence enables Syntegon Technology to be even more flexible. And newly added departments at the headquarters such as Purchasing and IT shorten the distances between in-house units and facilitating interaction with customers and suppliers. Whereas the company had been part of a large corporation with diverse divisions, it can now create a business framework that is an even better fit for the industry. This new setup will enable the company to enhance its profile as a leading processing and packaging company.

                                      Syntegon Technology aims to set new priorities for services. Impelled by the spirit of partnership with its customers, the company is striving to improve its processes. One goal is to reduce response times to customer enquiries; another is to further increase the availability of service technicians. Syntegon Technology is also investing in a customer and technology center at its Waiblingen headquarters. The processing and packaging technology company collaborates with global corporations and regional market leaders, and is determined to offer even more attractive services for medium-sized enterprises and startups.

                                      Intelligent and sustainable technologies

                                      Syntegon Technology has intensified its efforts to develop intelligent and sustainable technologies. Drawing on a deep well of experience in developing and integrating software solutions, the company uses connected components as well as components enhanced with artificial intelligence to this end. It puts a premium on ensuring sophisticated technologies are simple to use. The greater goal is to collect and evaluate data to avoid machine downtime, maximize product quality, and optimize overall plant efficiency.

                                      The enterprise is pursuing two approaches to produce sustainable packaging – one is to use mono materials rather than conventional multilayer films, and the other is to use paper packaging as an alternative to plastic. Syntegon Technology supports its customers on the path to a sustainable future with material testing, machine applications, and innovative packaging designed to meet the requirements of products, transport modes, and regional circumstances. The company has also significantly reduced its machines’ energy consumption.

                                      The numbers speak for themselves

                                      A campaign to train the spotlight on Syntegon Technology’s new brand is underway. The company is letting the numbers tell the story. Featuring prominently on the website at www.syntegon.com/numbers, these persuasive figures show what Syntegon is all about. The next highlight on the agenda is the Düsseldorf interpack trade fair, where the company will present its fresh, new brand identity to customers in May 2020.

                                      About Syntegon Technology

                                      Syntegon Technology is a leading global process and packaging technology provider. Formerly the packaging division of the Bosch Group, the company, headquartered in Waiblingen (Germany), has been offering complete solutions for the pharmaceutical and food industries for over 50 years. More than 6,100 employees at 30 locations in more than 15 countries generated a total revenue of 1.3 billion euros in 2019. The portfolio of intelligent and sustainable technologies includes stand-alone machines, as well as complete systems and services. Fields of application in the pharmaceutical industry are the production, processing, filling, inspection and packaging of liquid and solid pharmaceuticals (e.g. syringes and capsules). In the food industry, the portfolio includes process technology for confectionery as well as packaging solutions for dry foods (e.g. bars, bakery products and coffee), frozen foods and dairy products.

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                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 21 Jan 2020 23:06:16 +0100
                                        Chocolate producer Kultasuklaa chose Metsä Board's eco-barrier paperboard http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8391-chocolate-producer-kultasuklaa-chose-metsae-board-s-eco-barrier-paperboard http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8391-chocolate-producer-kultasuklaa-chose-metsae-board-s-eco-barrier-paperboard

                                        Kultasuklaa is a Finnish family enterprise, that has been making hand-finished chocolates at its factory in Finland since 1990. The company had one important wish for its new luxury ‘It’s all about love’ praline box: it had to have less plastic. In order to achieve its objective Kultasuklaa collaborated with Metsä Board, the leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards and part of the Metsä Group.

                                        The new eco-barrier paperboard MetsäBoard Prime FBB EB was selected for the package due to it being plastic-free and providing suitable grease and moisture resistance. The paperboard is safe for direct food contact and provides high brightness, as well as a smooth surface with excellent printability. As the paperboard is plastic-free, it does not require plastic separation and can be easily recycled.

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                                        The packaging was designed to reflect the pure and fresh paperboard. Its surface provides a pleasant touch and feel through the use of a soft touch varnish and hot foil. “The packaging does justice, not only to cocoa as a raw material, but also to the pralines which are pulled out from the side of the heart-shaped packaging; this reinforces the product as a luxury gift and creates a feeling of pleasure and high quality. The new design and use of the eco-barrier board has also achieved our objective of reducing the plastic content whilst protecting the delicate nature of the pralines inside,” said chocolate entrepreneur and owner of Kultasuklaa, Juri Kaskela.

                                        The four-praline box has an innovative structure: the external packaging is made from a single piece of paperboard, which forms a heart. The pralines are protected by the eco-barrier paperboard on the packaging’s inner surface. The grid that keeps the pralines in place and separate is made from a single piece of eco-barrier paperboard. “By working in partnership with Kultasuklaa on this exquisite project, we have created a new functional heart-shaped box design that is eye-catching, but also protects the contents and reduces the plastic content,” said Ilkka Harju, Packaging Services Director, EMEA and APAC at Metsä Board. The packaging was converted by Prem and Cadpack in Finland.

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                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 21 Jan 2020 22:44:49 +0100
                                          Valmet to start co-determination negotiations in the Fabrics Business Unit in Finland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8390-valmet-to-start-co-determination-negotiations-in-the-fabrics-business-unit-in-finland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8390-valmet-to-start-co-determination-negotiations-in-the-fabrics-business-unit-in-finland

                                          Valmet is planning changes in the Fabrics Business Unit which is part of the Services Business Line in order to secure the unit’s profitability and future competitiveness. The most important action in the preliminary plan is to move the dryer fabric and wide filter fabric production from Tampere in Finland to Valmet’s unit in Portugal. The possible actions will have employee impacts. The functions under consideration are part of Valmet Technologies Oy.

                                          valmet logo rgbAs a consequence of the above, Valmet starts co-determination negotiations in Fabrics’ operations in Tampere on January 21, 2020. The co-determination negotiations are estimated to last six weeks and they include Fabrics’ personnel in Tampere. The co-determination negotiations can result in the reduction of 90 persons at maximum mainly during year 2021 by estimate, and in possible temporary lay-offs and part-time work during 2020. Fabrics Business Unit employs altogether approximately 500 persons in its Tampere operations.

                                          Fabrics Business Unit develops and manufactures press felts, shoe press belts, dryer fabrics and wide filter fabrics in Tampere. Valmet’s location in Portugal, to which the dryer fabric and wide filter fabric production possibly is relocated, develops and manufactures filter fabrics and other industrial textiles.

                                          Active review of operations’ locations is part of Valmet’s normal business development globally. In recent years, for example, Valmet’s production of evaporation plants from Sweden and the production of Quality Control Systems (QCS) from China have been relocated to Finland. Valmet employs 5,100 persons in Finland of which 2,000 in Tampere. At the moment Valmet has approximately 160 open positions in Finland.

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                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 21 Jan 2020 11:03:29 +0100
                                            Fabrizio Tonello is the new A.Celli Paper Technical Director http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8389-fabrizio-tonello-is-the-new-a-celli-paper-technical-director http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8389-fabrizio-tonello-is-the-new-a-celli-paper-technical-director

                                            A.Celli Group is pleased to announce that Eng. Fabrizio Tonello has been appointed to the technical management of A.Celli Paper with effect from January 7, 2020.

                                            As Technical Director (TD), Tonello will be in charge of managing the technological development, identifying and implementing new product strategies and market opportunities, sharing the already started digital transformation process of the commercial offer of A.Celli Paper S.p.A.

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                                            Eng. Fabrizio Tonello has a Nuclear Engineering degree from the Polytechnic of Turin and has gained many years of experience in the tissue and paper sector, covering key roles in the staff of important industrial companies such as PMT Italia Srl and Beloit Corporation.

                                             “I am sure that Fabrizio will be able to carry out this task in an excellent way, guaranteeing the quality of project management and the achievement of the business objectives.” says Mario Fazzi on behalf of A.Celli Group.

                                            We welcome Fabrizio aboard and wish him to achieve great goals together with the A.Celli Group Team.

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                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 20 Jan 2020 22:26:38 +0100
                                              Valmet launches a new microwave consistency measurement for pulp and paper makers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8386-valmet-launches-a-new-microwave-consistency-measurement-for-pulp-and-paper-makers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8386-valmet-launches-a-new-microwave-consistency-measurement-for-pulp-and-paper-makers

                                              Valmet launches a completely redesigned Valmet Microwave Consistency Measurement – Valmet MCA (patent pending) for pulp and paper makers. Valmet MCA is now provided by digital electronics and the new Direct Sweep Detection measurement to offer higher performance measurement sensitivity and accuracy than competing analog designs.

                                              A wider applicability with the new Twin Blade sensor

                                              Valmet MCA’s new Twin Blade sensor complements the offering, along with the newly redesigned Flow Through sensor, by allowing paper and pulp makers to install it in larger pipe diameters. The Flow Through sensors are totally interchangeable with earlier installations.

                                              Valmet Microwave Consistency MeasurementValmet Microwave Consistency Measurement

                                              With a wider applicability, the new Twin Blade sensor can also be used to measure unscreened pulp. The sensor’s completely redesigned clamp mounted probe is suitable for the much higher conductivity environment of chemical pulping.

                                              “This new measurement technology is a leap forward in terms of performance and usability. For long Valmet has been the market leader in microwave consistency measurements with more than 6,000 deliveries. The new Valmet MCA now leads the way for all pulp and paper needs,” says Marko Heikkinen, Product Manager, Automation business line, Valmet.

                                              The new and easy-to-use operating unit

                                              Commissioning and operation have also been enhanced with the Valmet Bridge user interface, a new 7’’ touch screen control platform designed for use with Valmet process sensors and analyzers. With comprehensive diagnostics, Wi-Fi and Industrial Internet ready capabilities, Valmet Bridge user interface provides a user-friendly experience and intuitive access to transmitter operation and remote services from Valmet.

                                              The industrial standard in total consistency measurement

                                              Valmet MCA measures total consistency of the pulp process stream independent of fiber length, freeness, wood species or blend. The measurement is not affected by flow rate, brightness or color and enables better control for more efficient production, improved quality and economic savings with fewer process upsets and less off grade product. With low lifetime costs, the sensor is simple to install and requires no regular maintenance to keep commissioning and running costs to a minimum.

                                              Read more: https://www.valmet.com/valmetmca

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                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 20 Jan 2020 08:59:04 +0100
                                                How deep learning can help you recognize tissue and nonwovens machine defects http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8385-how-deep-learning-can-help-you-recognize-tissue-and-nonwovens-machine-defects http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8385-how-deep-learning-can-help-you-recognize-tissue-and-nonwovens-machine-defects

                                                Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the ability for a machine to take in information, analyze it and come to conclusions based on that analysis, and it is taking the world by storm. The idea behind AI is that we can program a machine to mimic the learning and decision-making capability of humans, therefore allowing us to automate processes.

                                                AI has many applications nowadays, such as:

                                                • speech recognition;
                                                • facial recognition;
                                                • medical diagnosis;
                                                • automated customer support;
                                                • machine learning and deep learning

                                                The AI global market share is expected to reach nearly $170 billion by 2025 and this technology is being adopted by numerous industries, including:

                                                • healthcare and medicine;
                                                • education;
                                                • human resources;
                                                • marketing;
                                                • finance;
                                                • retail and eCommerce;
                                                • public relations;
                                                • manufacturing.

                                                Industry 4.0 How deep learning can help you recognize paper and nonwoven machine defects

                                                According to a McKinsey survey, 47% of respondents say they have incorporated at least one AI capability into their business operations. Within the manufacturing sector, AI, specifically machine learning, is being used on the factory floor. In particular, it has specific and impressive application when it comes to machine operations and maintenance.

                                                Deep learning: how it works

                                                Deep learning is a subset of machine learning. The latter uses an algorithm to analyze data, detect patterns in those data, learn from them and adjust processes and operations accordingly, without the need for human intervention. Usually, machine learning requires a structured and labelled data set to use as a reference for the analysis, and this is referred to as supervised machine learning. However, this poses limitations, which include the tediousness of labelling data, data bias, and difficulty in transferring what is learned in one situation to another.

                                                When it comes to Deep Learning, these limitations are minimized because this is a form of unsupervised machine learning that does not require a structured and labelled reference data set.

                                                While both types of machine learning are useful in an industrial setting, Deep Learning is particularly useful when it comes to exploring raw data and making inferences that will reveal hidden structures within those data, and this is highly relevant when it comes to machine operations on the tissue and nonwovens production line.

                                                How deep learning is used to identify machine defects

                                                On the production line, machines operates around the clock and under extreme pressure, and obviously they experience wear over time that can easily result in unexpected breakdowns and idle times that negatively impact production.

                                                Read more: 4 Tools for Tissue and Nonwovens Machines to Reduce and Optimize Idle Times

                                                This loss of productivity can, in turn, seriously impact profits. However, until now, workers on the production line had no way of monitoring machinery at a detailed level during operations. Getting close to machinery when it is working poses a safety risk and many critical machine parts are not within the line of sight of workers.

                                                Thanks to Industry 4.0, smart machines outfitted with sensors that transmit real-time operational data over the cloud are becoming increasingly common. Hundreds, even thousands of data points flow in every minute and these data are received by a machine-and-software-independent platform, where the data will be integrated and analyzed thanks to machine learning.

                                                It is important to understand that the data that flows in are chaotic and raw. Deep Learning can take these data and separate them into layers that forms the structure of the neural network, such as the input layer, hidden layer, and output layer. Deep Learning neural networks can analyze the data over time to map the degradation of machine parts and machine function and determine when any machine part is coming close to the end of its lifecycle.

                                                Subsequently, predictive maintenance can be scheduled such that a particular machine can be taken offline at the most advantageous time. This will ensure that operations will continue to run smoothly and at optimal levels without abrupt interruptions.

                                                Deep learning for better tissue and nonwovens machine productivity

                                                Minimizing machine downtime is one of the most important factors to ensure that tissue and nonwovens production lines remain at optimal levels of operation. Deep learning is an AI tool that is leading the way in the detection of machine defects that are not visible to workers on the production line. These defects can be caught in time to schedule predictive maintenance in order to avoid unplanned machine idle times and loss of profit.

                                                For more information about how AI, deep learning, and automation can improve productivity on your tissue and nowovens production line, download our eBook “5 Industry 4.0 Tools that Boost Productivity in the Tissue Paper and Nonwovens Industry”!

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                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:26:37 +0100
                                                  Twenty in 2020: BCMPA to celebrate milestone birthday at UK's largest packaging show http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8384-twenty-in-2020-bcmpa-to-celebrate-milestone-birthday-at-uk-s-largest-packaging-show http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8384-twenty-in-2020-bcmpa-to-celebrate-milestone-birthday-at-uk-s-largest-packaging-show

                                                  The British Contract Manufacturers and Packers Association (BCMPA) will be turning 20 in 2020 – and will mark its anniversary at the Contract Pack & Fulfilment show in February.

                                                  Formed in 2000, the BCMPA will be hosting a 20th anniversary celebration dinner for its 150-plus members during the exhibition at the Birmingham NEC on Wednesday, February 26.

                                                  2020 01 17 150934The Contract Pack & Fulfilment show, which takes place on February 26 and 27, forms part of Packaging Innovations, the UK’s largest packaging exhibition.

                                                  Fittingly, 20 BCMPA members will also be exhibiting, showcasing the full spectrum of services represented by the BCMPA, and reflecting its updated identity as the Association for Contract Manufacturing, Packing, Fulfilment & Logistics. A number of them will also be presenting at the show’s fulfilment and e-commerce industry forum seminars, sharing knowledge and best practice with those attending. 

                                                  Rodney Steel, chief executive of the BCMPA since 2003, said: “We are very proud to be celebrating our 20th anniversary during such an exciting time for both the Association and the industry.

                                                  “We can’t wait to share this milestone celebration with our accredited members and reflect on the success and growth of the BCMPA over the past 20 years.”

                                                  The BCMPA, which will have its own Hospitality Lounge at the NEC show, is internationally recognised for providing a valued resource for brand owners, retailers, manufacturers and e-commerce companies looking for professional outsourcing partners.  

                                                  Its membership numbers have grown significantly over the years and it now attracts members from a wide range of industry sectors, including food, drink, beauty, household goods, automotive, chemical, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical markets.

                                                  “Outsourcing is of increasing importance to UK business across multiple sectors,” said Rodney. “As a result, our industry now embraces a huge range of services right across the supply chain, as more and more companies look for extended support in their manufacturing, packing, fulfilment and logistics requirements.”

                                                  He said that growing demand from e-commerce businesses and companies requiring greater manufacturing flexibility meant that the role of outsourcing specialists was now much more pivotal.

                                                  The BCMPA and its members have seen a shift in behaviour as brands and companies are appreciating the benefits of a full end-to-end service as well as the traditional support with a particular part of the supply chain.

                                                  “From providing additional packing capacity during peak periods, to assisting in a complete new product development project, to a total solution from manufacture to final delivery, accredited members of the BCMPA are able to provide tailored support in line with customer requirements,” Rodney continued.

                                                  “The valuable conversations we will have with visitors to the show will create the perfect opportunity both to celebrate our 20 years as an Association and provide practical advice regarding the wide range of facilities and services our members offer.”

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                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:10:17 +0100
                                                    Brigl & Bergmeister has launched a new Recycling Label Paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8383-brigl-bergmeister-has-launched-a-new-recycling-label-paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8383-brigl-bergmeister-has-launched-a-new-recycling-label-paper

                                                    With Niklakett Medium PURE the label paper specialist offers now a high wet strength recycled label paper made from 100% recovered fibres. The paper is designed to sustain highest industry standards without any compromise towards production efficiency in converting and environment. The grade is currently available in 70 gsm, also as Niklakett Medium Pure Fashion, with a linen embossed surface.

                                                    b b logoTo complete the new PURE product line the company will also launch with NiklaSelect PURE, a non-wet strength label paper, also purely based on 100% waste paper fibres.

                                                    „With our new PURE line we are setting a new standard for the labelling industry.  Our PURE grades are developed and designed to have the same performance through the value chain as our well known standard products. Surface and opacity are at highest values, the performance in converting and labelling has proven excellent results ...“Markus Bammer, Technical MD at B&B, stated.

                                                    Jürgen Schulz, MD Sales & Marketing added: „Sustainability is one of the key drivers along our entire company policy. Our standard Niklakett Medium is already cradle to cradle certified and by introducing our new “PURE”-line we continue to offer innovative and environmental friendly products which meet highest international standards”.

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                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 17 Jan 2020 14:49:15 +0100
                                                      Colourform™ is poised and ready to take traditional packaging out of the box http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8381-colourform-is-poised-and-ready-to-take-traditional-packaging-out-of-the-box http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8381-colourform-is-poised-and-ready-to-take-traditional-packaging-out-of-the-box

                                                      Blending technological solutions with a growing eco-conscious consumer mind-set, COLOURFORM™ is the latest packaging innovation from the James Cropper group, which is making waves in the packaging industry. 

                                                      COLOURFORM™ is thermoformed, plastic-free, natural fibre packaging.  Easily recyclable and biodegradable, it is available in customised shapes, colours and textures. It has been developed in response to the needs of premium brands who want to offer a quality, unique and sustainable customer experience.  

                                                      To help brands realise the capabilities of COLOURFORM™, the team, including the most experienced craftsmen, colour scientists, engineers and sustainable innovators in the industry, developed Poise to inspire sustainable innovation in packaging. 

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                                                      Craig Marshall, COLOURFORM™ managing director, says: “As Poise demonstrates, the technology behind COLOURFORM™ allows us to challenge conventional packaging shapes and integrate a wide range of sophisticated functionality and features, including hinges and clasps for inner and outer packaging. With precision embossing and meshing capabilities, we can also build in patterns, imagery and typography which contribute to the brand narrative. You can even protect your signature colour with our colour matching expertise - we can match anything a customer brings to us. Every project we deliver is unique, making the possibilities endless.” 

                                                      COLOURFORM™ uses 100% natural renewable wood fibres from sustainably managed forests and high-quality recycled fibres from its own world-class reclaimed fibre plant, giving new life to waste from a variety of sources including used coffee cups.  

                                                      Craig Marshall continues: “There’s a new dawn of opportunity afoot for brands and we want to show them what it looks like. Packaging now needs to be both environmentally friendly and beautiful; the challenge for brands is to deliver against future thinking in order to meet consumer expectations. 

                                                      “Our goal is to innovate. COLOURFORM™ exists as a direct response to the needs of the market – it reconciles the need for sustainable packaging with the desire for premium and bespoke aesthetics. 

                                                      “We recently worked with a futurologist who predicted that as consumers mount pressure on brands to deliver sustainable alternatives, we will see a very rapid change in consumer behaviour.  Consumers will actively avoid products packaged in materials which cannot be easily recycled, or end their life in landfill. COLOURFORM™ is a great example of a step change that we should start to expect as standard.” 

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                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 16 Jan 2020 10:05:07 +0100
                                                        Chatbots and Augmented Reality are the future (present) of industrial maintenance http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8378-chatbots-and-augmented-reality-are-the-future-present-of-industrial-maintenance http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8378-chatbots-and-augmented-reality-are-the-future-present-of-industrial-maintenance

                                                        There are many tools in the modern digital age capable of increasing the efficiency of businesses operations, personalizing the communication with workers and customers and ensuring an advanced and streamlined interaction between humans and machines. Two of the most recent tools to be adopted by the manufacturing industry are chatbots and augmented reality (AR).

                                                        How Chatbots and Augmented Reality work

                                                        Industry 4.0 Chatbot and augmented reality are the future present of industrial maintenanceIndustry 4.0 Chatbot and augmented reality are the future present of industrial maintenanceChatbots are communication softwares that allow the interaction between man and machine by using natural language thanks to a so-called conversational interface, eliminating the need of interaction through programming languages. These softwares are therefore able to understand users’ questions and respond accordingly.

                                                        Augmented reality is a technology that allows workers, thanks to the so-called overlay, to “enhance” the real world field of view by superimposing data, information, and diagrams onto it by using smartphone and tablet displays or wearable devices such as head-mounted displays (HMD).

                                                        The role of Chatbots and Augmented Reality

                                                        The chatbot market is expected to reach a staggering $1.25 billion worldwide by 2025. Chatbots have been used until now usually for customer support, allowing companies to connect more easily with clients 24/7, but they can also be used by the manufacturing sector to:

                                                        • manage supplies and inventory;
                                                        • aid with order fulfilment and delivery;
                                                        • simplify supply chain communications;
                                                        • enable maintenance crews to check the conditions of machinery and equipment in the workplace;
                                                        • facilitate maintenance crews operations.

                                                        The augmented reality market is also booming and is expected to grow to nearly $19 billion worldwide by 2024. This technology is being used to:

                                                        • train plant workers;
                                                        • improve worker productivity during machine installation, monitoring, and troubleshooting by providing them with real-time information so they can make adjustments/changes as they work;
                                                        • improve the product design process by providing a visualization of the product in context and collaboration between parties that are separated geographically;
                                                        • facilitate inspection and maintenance.

                                                        As we can see the many uses of chatbots and augmented reality can help a company significantly improve overall operations, product quality and, ultimately, profits.

                                                        Chatbots and AR in Industrial Maintenance: the main benefits

                                                        These two technologies allow workers to gather information quickly and test maintenance scenarios, all while working directly with the machine. The benefits of using chatbots and augmented reality in industrial maintenance are many, including:

                                                        • fewer human errors;
                                                        • faster execution of maintenance and repairs;
                                                        • fewer machine breakdowns;
                                                        • less machine downtime;
                                                        • reduced maintenance costs;
                                                        • improved operational speed and productivity;
                                                        • better regulatory compliance;
                                                        • higher profits.

                                                        With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at how chatbots and augmented reality can achieve these goals.

                                                        Chatbots and AR for Tissue and Nonwovens Production Line Maintenance

                                                        Like we said in previous articles[1], thanks to Industry 4.0 the machines on the tissue and nonwovens production lines can be outfitted with dozens, even hundreds of sensors that are constantly transmitting operational data in real-time.

                                                        When wearing or using augmented reality devices, maintenance workers can have the data coming in from the machinery overlaid on their field of view. These can be environmental data, such as temperature and pressure, and machine-specific data, such as speed. Thanks to this interactive information, workers can identify operational errors and faulty parts and plan a predictive maintenance schedule that will help minimize machine breakdown while keeping them operating at optimal efficiency. They can also spot problems on the production line that need to be dealt with immediately, before they cause a disruption to production.

                                                        Read more: 4 Tools for Tissue and Nonwovens Machines to Reduce and Optimize Idle Times

                                                        Chatbots support augmented reality by allowing workers to ask for information for a specific machine, such as the availability of a required spare part or access to the operating manual to determine the best course of action for repair. The information requested will be displayed via augmented reality.

                                                        Integration is the Key

                                                        The integration of data is a key element to ensure a fully operational system of industrial maintenance is in place. To achieve this, the company needs a machine-and software-independent solution capable of gathering the data from every machine on the production line. These data will be integrated, analyzed and then displayed on a computer, mobile device, or augmented reality device, allowing the remote operation of a production line and an efficient maintenance process.

                                                        Read more: Cloud Computing and Integration with Machine and Corporate Applications

                                                        Chatbots and AR are here to help you boost productivity

                                                        Companies within the manufacturing sector need to bring their technological presence to the next level to survive in today’s competitive climate. Ultimately, Industry 4.0 technology, combined with chatbots and augmented reality, will help tissue and nonwovens companies remain competitive by obtaining high quality products while reducing costs.

                                                        For more information about the various tools capable of boosting productivity on your tissue and nonwovens production line, please take a look at our eBook “5 Industry 4.0 Tools that Boost Productivity in the Tissue Paper and Nonwovens Industry”!

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                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 09 Jan 2020 09:16:30 +0100
                                                          BREAKING NEWS: Paper Mill evacuated due to chemical Leak http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8377-breaking-news-paper-mill-evacuated-due-to-chemical-leak http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8377-breaking-news-paper-mill-evacuated-due-to-chemical-leak

                                                          A Chemical leak at a Artic Paper in Munkedal Sweden in the morning of Wednesday 8th Jan 2020

                                                          Photo: Robert Betzehag/Rescue PhotoHazmat crew are on site at the paper mill in Munkedal to investigate the leak

                                                          "We are looking into what happened with the correct equipment, to see what form of chemicals have leaked from a machine says Peter Gustafsson from the Fire Department."

                                                          The papermill has now been evacuated and two people have been treated for chemical effects by ambulance personnel also on scene.

                                                          Göran Lindqvist site manager at the paper mill:

                                                          - Right now, a cleanup is underway. Preliminary is was a mix of two different chemicals that were labeled incorrectly. Then it became a chemical reaction. An estimated 50 liters has been leaked, he says.

                                                          MORE to follow....

                                                          source: expressen.se

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                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 08 Jan 2020 11:33:22 +0100
                                                            Artificial intelligence develops Swedish forestry industry in new collaboration http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8375-artificial-intelligence-develops-swedish-forestry-industry-in-new-collaboration http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8375-artificial-intelligence-develops-swedish-forestry-industry-in-new-collaboration

                                                            ForestX and Tenfifty have initiated collaboration to develop services for the forest industry within the fields of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). The aim is to show how new technology can be used operationally to optimise, rationalise and simplify processes within the Swedish forestry industry. First up is a pilot project for Sveaskog.

                                                            Both ForestX and Tenfifty are based in Gothenburg, Sweden and work in different specialist areas of IT. Tenfifty customises AI solutions and ForestX works on digitisation of the forestry industry, including the wood, pulp and paper industries.

                                                            Photo (from left) Anders Bjurström, Tenfifty, Christer Ranvald, Sveaskog, Christer Lindqvist, ForestX and David Fendrich, Tenfifty initiate pilot projects regarding AI and machine learning for the forestry industryPhoto (from left) Anders Bjurström, Tenfifty, Christer Ranvald, Sveaskog, Christer Lindqvist, ForestX and David Fendrich, Tenfifty initiate pilot projects regarding AI and machine learning for the forestry industry

                                                            “The Swedish forest industry has much to gain from the possibilities of AI. The area is enormous and exciting. Our ambition with Tenfifty, a specialist in the field, is to find ways that can change approaches within the industry. It is important to prioritise and invest in processes that create the best benefit for the forestry industry,” says Christer Lindqvist, ForestX’s founder and marketing manager.

                                                            First up is a pilot project for the customer Sveaskog.
                                                            “We see great advantages in technology. Integrating AI as part of an operational flow is what we are looking at initially as part of the project,” says Christer Ranvald, project manager at Sveaskog.

                                                            The parties also see opportunities in the pulp and paper industries.
                                                            “ForestX has the requisite expertise to achieve major improvements in the forestry industry – one of most important industries for Sweden and the future. Together we can apply AI and machine learning where they create the best optimisation effects,” concludes Anders Bjurström, Tenfifty’s CEO.

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                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 08 Jan 2020 10:33:14 +0100
                                                              Kemira rated as top 1% for sustainability by global rating platform EcoVadis http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8374-kemira-rated-as-top-1-for-sustainability-by-global-rating-platform-ecovadis http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8374-kemira-rated-as-top-1-for-sustainability-by-global-rating-platform-ecovadis

                                                              Kemira has been awarded with the Gold level rating by the global sustainability rating platform EcoVadis. With a total score of 75 out of 100, this puts Kemira among the top 1% of companies in the world.

                                                              Companies scoring between 62 and 100 receive the Gold rating and make up the top 5%. This is the fifth consecutive year that Kemira has achieved a Gold rating.

                                                              Logo slogan belowThis score reflects Kemira’s long-standing commitment to sustainability and transparency. It gives confidence to our customers that they are protected from upstream supply chain risks and shows our stakeholders that we act on the full breadth of sustainability issues.

                                                              “At a time when customers and the public are increasingly expecting companies to act decisively on sustainability issues such as climate change, we find this recognition of our dedication to science and comparability of performance metrics very encouraging,” says Rasmus Valanko, Director, Corporate Responsibility.

                                                              Already more than half of Kemira’s revenue comes from products and solutions that improve resource efficiency for its customers. Add to that the fact that Kemira’s core business is in developing technologies and solutions to help recycle and reuse water, and the case is clear: Kemira is making a major positive impact on sustainability.

                                                              “Sustainability is an integral part of how we do business in Kemira. It contributes to our profitability and it’s what differentiates us in the market,” adds Jari Rosendal, President & CEO.

                                                              EcoVadis is a collaborative platform providing sustainability ratings and performance improvement tools for global supply chains. The EcoVadis methodology framework assesses companies' policies and actions as well as their published reporting related to the environment, labor and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement. The EcoVadis methodology is based on the international sustainability standards of the Global Reporting Initiative, United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), and ISO 26000.

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                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 08 Jan 2020 10:19:23 +0100
                                                                Walki Group strengthens the Zero Waste Future Platform and licenses Earth Coating technology from Smart Planet Technologies http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8372-walki-group-strengthens-the-zero-waste-future-platform-and-licenses-earth-coating-technology-from-smart-planet-technologies http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8372-walki-group-strengthens-the-zero-waste-future-platform-and-licenses-earth-coating-technology-from-smart-planet-technologies

                                                                Annika Sundell, Executive Vice President, InnovationWalki Group has entered into a license agreement with Smart Planet Technologies, for the use of Earth Coating™ in a number of next generation environmental packaging applications. Earth Coating™ is a plastic reduction technology providing superior performance and improved recyclability for all types of plastic, paper, and paperboard packaging applications.

                                                                With this technology Walki takes a big step towards a zero-waste future. Today above 80% of our products are made out of renewable or recyclable materials. Our goal is to reach 100 % by the year 2030.

                                                                “The technology agreement will contribute to accelerating some of the developments Walki is working on and further expanding our versatile Zero Waste Future Platform providing sustainable barrier solutions for our customers”, says Annika Sundell, Executive Vice President, Innovation

                                                                The license agreement is valid for the European markets and covers seven product application verticals, spanning from board packaging to flexible packaging.

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                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 07 Jan 2020 20:14:09 +0100
                                                                  Metsä Board mills to serve as innovation platforms in VTT’s joint project for new digital solutions http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8370-metsae-board-mills-to-serve-as-innovation-platforms-in-vtt-s-joint-project-for-new-digital-solutions http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8370-metsae-board-mills-to-serve-as-innovation-platforms-in-vtt-s-joint-project-for-new-digital-solutions

                                                                  Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is participating in a joint project called SEED, led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, in which forest companies are developing new digital solutions together with companies in the ICT industry.

                                                                  In the two-year project, forest industry mills will serve as innovation platforms for app developers and research institutions focused on solving production challenges. The cooperation aims to find new digital solutions that increase production efficiency.

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                                                                  Metsä Board’s pilot project focuses on the management of spare parts’ data content, the goal being to unify and expand the master data of spare part names with the help of automation and artificial intelligence. If successful, the project would reduce maintenance costs significantly and the technology could also be applied to the needs of other business areas.

                                                                  “We’re looking forward to the experimental concept development for increasing the productivity of mills. When we combine a mill’s systems, the data online and the know-how of our experts, we can expect new and so far unforeseen opportunities,” says Maintenance Director Perttu Vikman from Metsä Board.

                                                                  The total volume of SEED project is approximately EUR 7 million. Its main sponsor is Business Finland. When the project kicked off, there were a total of 20 companies involved.

                                                                  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 2018, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.9 billion, and it has approximately 2,400 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

                                                                  Metsä Group
                                                                  www.metsagroup.com

                                                                  Metsä Group is a forerunner in sustainable 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 greaseproof papers.

                                                                  In 2018, Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 5.7 billion, and it employs approximately 9,300 people. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and is owned by approximately 103,000 Finnish forest owners.

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                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 07 Jan 2020 10:17:31 +0100
                                                                    Valmet and Fabio Perini start Industrial Internet ecosystem partnership to provide digital solutions for tissue production and converting http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8369-valmet-and-fabio-perini-start-industrial-internet-ecosystem-partnership-to-provide-digital-solutions-for-tissue-production-and-converting http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8369-valmet-and-fabio-perini-start-industrial-internet-ecosystem-partnership-to-provide-digital-solutions-for-tissue-production-and-converting

                                                                    Valmet and Fabio Perini have established an Industrial Internet ecosystem partnership to strengthen collaboration in the tissue industry. The target is to allow tissue producers and converters to work together more efficiently, and to exchange knowledge and resources for the benefit of their customers.

                                                                    The partnership combines Valmet's comprehensive tissue making technology and process optimization know-how with Fabio Perini’s strong expertise in complete solutions for converting and packaging machines as well as in the converting process and technology. The two companies’ solid expertise combined with data from tissue mills and converting plants will provide a new dimension to tissue mill optimization.

                                                                    valmet logo rgbThe collaboration aims at providing an unbroken chain of production data from the tissue machine to the converting line and utilizing artificial intelligence-driven applications in the tissue production process to make the converting operations downstream more efficient. This will bring significant mill-level quality and efficiency improvements for tissue producers and converters.

                                                                    “Starting from customer needs, Valmet and Fabio Perini are now taking the first steps to develop solutions where innovation goes beyond company borders, covering both tissue production and converting processes. Through collaboration with our common customers we can provide new digital solutions and services to help move tissue mills’ performance forward,” says Jari Almi, Vice President, Industrial Internet, Valmet.

                                                                    “We believe an open innovation model is a key concept through which companies within tissue business can create different partnerships to make their innovation process more efficient, as well as exchange knowledge and resources. By combining the strengths of our companies, we can facilitate broad innovation and fast adaptation, enable new business and service models and help improve the profitability of companies in the tissue business,” says Oswaldo Cruz Junior, CEO of Körber's Business Area Tissue.

                                                                    Both Valmet and Fabio Perini have a long history in offering measurement and optimization applications for tissue production. These reliable measurements have provided proven results for their customers.

                                                                    Information about Fabio Perini

                                                                    Fabio Perini S.p.A. with the brands Fabio Perini, Casmatic and Concept X, is specialized in the production of machinery, lines and integrated systems, for the converting and packaging of tissue paper, for a wide range of products: toilet rolls, kitchen towels, industrial rolls. Founded in 1966 at Lucca, the Italian district of tissue production and converting technology, Fabio Perini is a point of reference for its high level of innovation and advanced technology. Fabio Perini S.p.A. is the leading company of the Körber Group’s Business Area Tissue. www.fabioperini.com

                                                                    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 2018 were approximately EUR 3.3 billion. Our more than 13,000 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

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                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 07 Jan 2020 10:01:36 +0100
                                                                      Future Neles strengthens its valves service availability with new service centers in Portugal and France http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8368-future-neles-strengthens-its-valves-service-availability-with-new-service-centers-in-portugal-and-france http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8368-future-neles-strengthens-its-valves-service-availability-with-new-service-centers-in-portugal-and-france

                                                                      Metso’s valve business, future Neles Corporation, will establish two new service centers in Lisbon, Portugal, and in the Mulhouse area, France, to increase its valves’ service availability and presence close to customers. Service centers offer valve repair services as well as predictive maintenance services, e.g. digitalized process diagnostic services and shutdown planning, to help customers to increase their plant reliability.

                                                                      “We are constantly developing our operations to fulfill our customers’ needs. We have a comprehensive service portfolio, ranging from genuine quality parts to complex shutdown solutions. We want to be a reliability partner by helping our customers to reduce the risks of valve failure and expensive unplanned shutdowns,” says Timo Hänninen, Vice President of Valve Services at Metso. 

                                                                      The service center in Portugal was opened during the third quarter of 2019. The opening of the service center in France is planned for the second quarter of 2020.

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                                                                      Future Neles currently has 40 service sites in more than 20 countries. “Our valve services experts are involved in more than 150 large-size shutdowns globally every year, and today we have more than 100 valve service agreements with our customers,” Hänninen says.

                                                                      About future Neles Corporation

                                                                      The future Neles Corporation is a well-known flow control solutions and services provider to the oil and gas refining, the pulp, paper and bioproducts industry, the chemicals and other process industries. Neles employs 2,900 people and it has operations in more than 40 countries. Neles’ unaudited carve-out sales for full-year 2018 were EUR 593 million (January-September 2019: EUR 493 million) and carve-out operating profit was EUR 83 million (January-September 2019: EUR 75 million.)

                                                                      Neles Corporation is planned to be created in a partial demerger of Metso, in which Metso’s Flow Control business would become the independent Neles Corporation and it would continue Metso’s listing on Nasdaq Helsinki. Simultaneously, Metso’s Minerals Business would combine with Outotec to create Metso Outotec.

                                                                      The partial demerger is targeted to be completed in the second quarter of 2020, subject to the receipt of all required regulatory and other approvals. The Extraordinary General Meetings of both Metso and Outotec approved the transaction on October 29, 2019.

                                                                      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 3.2 billion in 2018. Metso employs over 14,000 people in more than 50 countries.

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                                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 06 Jan 2020 09:30:22 +0100
                                                                        4 Tools for Tissue and Nonwovens Machines to Reduce and Optimize Idle Times http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8367-4-tools-for-tissue-and-nonwovens-machines-to-reduce-and-optimize-idle-times http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8367-4-tools-for-tissue-and-nonwovens-machines-to-reduce-and-optimize-idle-times

                                                                        In today’s world consumers want to know if the companies they do business with are acting in a sustainable manner. In addition, the environment is teetering dangerously close to the point of no return when it comes to carbon emissions, and manufacturers are increasingly expected to reduce waste and energy usage, while making the highest quality products possible.

                                                                        This is a tall order, but it is one that every company within the manufacturing sector must meet, including the tissue and nonwovens ones.

                                                                        One of the issues that has to be addressed to achieve our objective is the loss of productivity on a production line, and one of the top reasons for this is machine idle times.

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                                                                        What is Idle Time

                                                                        Idle times occur when a machine is unproductive for reasons that are outside of the control of workers or management. During this idle time, workers are generally waiting while a machine is being serviced or it is offline, and the production can continue only if the idle machine can be bypassed.

                                                                        Impact of machine Idle Times

                                                                        When machinery on the production line is idle, the cost for a factory is between 5% and 20% of its productivity capacity. Not only that but an estimated 80% of industrial facilities are not able to accurately estimate the scope of their machine idle times.

                                                                        It is common for facilities to underestimate the cost of these machine idle times by as much as 200% to 300%, and when it comes to meeting production targets and profit margins this is unacceptable. The starting point for a tissue and nonwovens plant is to gain an understanding of their machinery and what causes idle times to occur.

                                                                        Causes of Idle Times

                                                                        Idle times can be either planned or unplanned. The former are generally for regular machine maintenance, software and hardware upgrades, inspections, and anything else required for the upkeep of the machine, while the latter are are generally due to machine breakage or malfunction, software or hardware errors, or overall poor performance. It goes without saying that unplanned idle times are costly and obviously more disruptive because they can cause significant interruption to productivity. 

                                                                        According to the American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC) unplanned idle times are responsible for a loss of between $0.40 and $1.20 for every $20, and it is therefore vitally important for every manufacturing company to avoid these phenomena.

                                                                        Reducing and Optimizing Machine Idle Times: 4 key tools

                                                                        The Industry 4.0 technology is the answer to these problems.

                                                                        Industry 4.0 has brought machine communication and automation to a point at which data can be collected from every machine of the production line in real-time and subsequently analyze these data in isolation or in relation to those coming from every other machine.

                                                                        Read more: How to measure tissue and nonwovens mill machinery performance with real time analytics

                                                                        To accomplish this, there are a number of tools that tissue and nonwovens companies need to have in place.

                                                                        1. Machine Sensors

                                                                        Each machine on the production line will be equipped with numerous sensors in order to collect data in real-time during operation. These data will reveal, for example, the operating state of the machine, its speed, vibrations and other environmental factors, such as temperature and humidity, that the human senses cannot detect.

                                                                        2. The Cloud

                                                                        Thanks to Cloud computing, the various machines will be connected wirelessly to each other, as well as to computers and mobile devices used by workers on the production line and in head office. This will allow for the remote collection and analysis of data from any production line in any plant.

                                                                        Read more: Cloud Computing and Integration with Machine and Corporate Applications

                                                                        3. Software/Platform

                                                                        The data that are sent across the cloud will need to be integrated into a single platform capable of analysing them and to allow both a bird’s eye view of the production line and a closeup view of the operation of any individual machine.

                                                                        This data integration is incredibly important in light of the fact that the machines on production lines tend to have their own unique software, isolating their data from those of the other machines and from every other data related to business operations. 

                                                                        4. AI/Machine Learning

                                                                        Finally, artificial intelligence and machine learning will be capable of analyzing the data coming in, recognize anomalous ones and act accordingly. Machine learning will use algorithms to understand anomalous readings and to schedule predictive maintenance. These tools are key in improving machine performance and reducing unplanned idle times or avoiding it altogether.

                                                                        Reduce Idle Time and Boost Productivity with Industry 4.0

                                                                        We have seen that, despite the pressures to which companies are subjected, there is nowadays a technology capable of minimizing or eliminating machine idle times.

                                                                        Thanks to these tools you will be able to gather all the data sent by disparate machines in any production line, integrate them, analyze them, interpret those analyses, and implement automated measures to ensure machines are always running at peak efficiency.

                                                                        For more information on how to keep your tissue and nonwovens production line operating at peak efficiency, download our free eBook “5 Industry 4.0 Tools that Boost Productivity in the Tissue Paper and Nonwovens Industry”!

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                                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 03 Jan 2020 23:38:24 +0100
                                                                          Metsä Board to modernise finishing area at Kyro mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8364-metsae-board-to-modernise-finishing-area-at-kyro-mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8364-metsae-board-to-modernise-finishing-area-at-kyro-mill

                                                                          Metsä Board will modernise its board machine finishing area at Kyro mill in Kyroskoski. The rebuild includes a new reeler, winder and renewal of the reel broke handling system. Metsä Board’s Kyro mill produces high quality coated folding boxboard and the new eco-barrier paperboard.

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                                                                          The investment value is EUR 20 million and the new machinery is scheduled to start up during autumn 2021. The annual production capacity of Metsä Board Kyro mill is 190,000 tonnes.

                                                                          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 2018, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.9 billion, and it has approximately 2,400 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

                                                                          Metsä Group
                                                                          www.metsagroup.com

                                                                          Metsä Group is a forerunner in sustainable 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 greaseproof papers.

                                                                          In 2018, Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 5.7 billion, and it employs approximately 9,300 people. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and is owned by approximately 103,000 Finnish forest owners.

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                                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 03 Jan 2020 12:28:35 +0100
                                                                            Greycon have partnered with Allard Emballages http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8362-greycon-have-partnered-with-allard-emballages http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8362-greycon-have-partnered-with-allard-emballages

                                                                            With their business expanding, Allard Emballages decided it was the opportune moment to implement a planning and MES software to replace their internal customised system. Their older system worked well for them for many years, however, as with many internal  systems, they started to experience the downfalls  lacking support while the business complexity is changing. With objectives to reduce the risk of technology obsolescence and increase efficiencies,  Allard Emballages decided the best solution  for their requirements was to implement the Greycon software  into their Varennes site.

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                                                                            “I would like to thank the Greycon team for the implementation of our new MES in our Varennes site. During this project, I worked with different Greycon representatives, all of whom had very good sense of customer relationships, good general knowledge about the process, and good expertise of the information systems of a paper mill. I’d like to say a special thank you to Leví, Nicolas and Angelos for visiting our site, I appreciated your skills and kindness throughout the whole process.”
                                                                            Frédéric Bourge
                                                                            Project Manager at Allard Emballages

                                                                            Working closely with Allard Emballages, considering their requirements and  necessities, Greycon implemented  opt-Studio for  order entry, planning and scheduling, and GreyconMill for manufacturing execution. The software   included production recording and tracking, quality management, transport planning and shipping, product labelling and reporting with GreyconMill capability to integrate with Microsoft Reporting Services.

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                                                                            The project was a great success with a smooth transition from the older in-house MES system to the new one, allowing the Varennes team to continue with their normal operations without issues.

                                                                            BENEFITS

                                                                            • Visibility of order flow and status
                                                                            • Integrated system  (covering  planning, production, quality, logistics)
                                                                            • Up-to-date technology & long-term support

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                                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 03 Jan 2020 10:18:04 +0100
                                                                              Voith Group plans takeover of Toscotec S.p.A. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8361-voith-group-plans-takeover-of-toscotec-s-p-a http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8361-voith-group-plans-takeover-of-toscotec-s-p-a

                                                                              Technology Group Voith is planning on acquiring 90 percent of the shares in Toscotec S.p.A. A corresponding purchase contract was signed on Dec. 20, 2019. Both parties agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

                                                                              2016 09 22 073412Toscotec S.p.A. is a global supplier of systems, products and services for the paper industry with headquarters in Lucca, Italy. Its focus is on tissue machines for manufacturing sanitary products such as paper towels, paper napkins, or toilet paper. The closing of the transaction is anticipated to occur at the first half of 2020 and is subject to regulatory approvals and meeting of other usual closing conditions.

                                                                              “Especially in the tissue range, Toscotec is a highly regarded and established company that strengthens our offering in this important growth area. With this acquisition, Voith can expand its position as a full-line supplier in all areas of the paper industry and gains a tradition-rich, powerful and agile unit,” says Andreas Endters, President & CEO Group Division Voith Paper, explaining the significance of the takeover.

                                                                              Toscotec S.p.A. has specialized in the manufacturing of machines for the tissue and paper industry since 1948. “The focus of our efforts is on maximum production efficiency, reduced consumption, and the highest quality. We are happy to have gained a renowned partner with Voith that pursues sustainable business activities and a likewise sustainable investment strategy,” emphasizes Alessandro Mennucci, CEO at Toscotec.

                                                                              The Lucca-based company, with locations in China and the U.S., develops and produces paper machines, systems, and components for the manufacturing of sanitary papers, paper and board. Toscotec S.p.A. supplies its customers with state-of-the-art technologies and services, from the production line through conversions and rebuilds to individual components. Toscotec S.p.A. employs around 200 people and generates a turnover of approximately 100 million euros.

                                                                              About the Voith Group

                                                                              The Voith Group is a global technology company. 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, the company today has more than 19,000 employees, sales of € 4.3 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger family-owned companies in Europe.

                                                                              The Group Division Voith Paper is part of the Voith Group. As the full-line supplier to the paper industry, it provides the largest range of technologies, services, components and products on the market, and offers paper manufacturers solutions from a single source. The company’s continuous stream of innovations takes papermaking to the next level and facilitates resource-conserving production. With its Servolution concept, Voith offers its customers tailored service solutions for all sections of the production process. Voith Papermaking 4.0 ensures that equipment is optimally connected, while the secure use of generated data enables paper manufacturers to improve plant availability and efficiency.

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                                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 02 Jan 2020 10:16:25 +0100
                                                                                Södra: SEK 8 million for resource efficiency http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8357-soedra-sek-8-million-for-resource-efficiency http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8357-soedra-sek-8-million-for-resource-efficiency

                                                                                This autumn, the Södra Research Foundation called for research projects with a ‘Resource efficiency’ theme. SEK 8 million has now been granted to seven research projects with topics ranging from the core products and processes of the forest industy, to new innovations in the use of forest byproducts.
                                                                                One of the projects being funded is called ‘Resource-efficient chipping of spruce bark-beetle damaged wood for chemical pulp production.’ This project focuses on developing a new drum-chipping technology for the pulping process.

                                                                                Catrin Gustavsson, Board member of the Södra Research Foundation and President Innovation and New Business at Södra.Catrin Gustavsson, Board member of the Södra Research Foundation and President Innovation and New Business at Södra.“This new technology could lead to higher raw material utilisation and higher pulp yields, especially when using wood with low moisture content. We want to use our raw materials as efficiently as possible therefore, any improvement to our processes and equipment that leads to a higher fibre yield is of major interest to the entire forest industry,” said Catrin Gustavsson, President of Innovation and New Business at Södra.

                                                                                Other projects are focused on the timber industry with aims ranging from increased utilisation of spruce for sustainable façades, bio-based surface treatments for wood and digitalisation of timber drying processes.

                                                                                “In the move towards a bio-based society, wood holds a unique position as a raw material from a renewable source. If we want to remain competitive in the timber industry, we will have to introduce new measurement techniques and increase our use of digitalisation and robotics,” said Göran Örlander, forestry strategist and Chairman of the Södra Research Foundation.

                                                                                Funding is also going to projects focusing on developing new forest-based materials and processes. Examples include the production of carbon fibre from kraft lignin and cellulose, porous materials for medical use, and a new process for the extraction of vanillin and vanillic acid from lignin.

                                                                                “Finding new products, processes and applications for the forest industry’s by-products is an important complement to our existing business and contributes to the replacement of fossil-based products,” said Catrin Gustavsson.

                                                                                Read more about the Södra Research Foundation.

                                                                                 

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                                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 18 Dec 2019 09:38:41 +0100
                                                                                  Papierfabrik Palm: Voith supplies calender rolls with heating for PM 7 at King’s Lynn http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8354-papierfabrik-palm-voith-supplies-calender-rolls-with-heating-for-pm-7-at-king-s-lynn http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8354-papierfabrik-palm-voith-supplies-calender-rolls-with-heating-for-pm-7-at-king-s-lynn

                                                                                  Ten years ago Papierfabrik Palm put the PM 7 supplied by Voith into service at its King’s Lynn facility in the UK. Voith has now been engaged to supply new calender rolls with heating system for the newsprint paper machine. The rolls are scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

                                                                                  • Rolls cast at Hüttenwerke Königsbronn foundry
                                                                                  • High-quality newsprint and excellent printing results
                                                                                  • Improved paper quality and expanded product portfolio

                                                                                  Rolls cast at the Hüttenwerke Königsbronn foundry
                                                                                  The scope of the order consists of identical calender rolls and a new heating system. The calender rolls are being cast at Hüttenwerke Königsbronn in the Heidenheim district, a foundry that can look back on a 650-year history.
                                                                                  The casting for the roll tube has an outer diameter of around 1.6 meters, is about 11 meters long and weighs approximately 76 metric tons. The material used is ductile cast iron, which allows the finished calender rolls to be heated up to a surface temperature of 210°C. “These dimensions make them the heaviest calender rolls worldwide made from the modern material CDI”, says Christian Tenbruck, Vice President Sales & Application at Voith. The rolls also undergo an induction-hardening process during fabrication. Higher load capacity, fatigue strength and durability are just some of the benefits of this hardening process.

                                                                                  Calender roll blank at Hüttenwerke Königsbronn.Calender roll blank at Hüttenwerke Königsbronn.

                                                                                  High-quality newsprint and excellent printing results
                                                                                  Thanks to close collaboration between Voith and Papierfabrik Palm, the PM 7 was able to go into production operation three weeks earlier than scheduled in 2009.
                                                                                  The newsprint machine has a wire width of 11,400 mm and is designed for a maximum speed of 2,200 m/min. At a production capacity of 400,000 metric tons per year, the machine produces improved paper grades from 100 percent recovered paper in the basis weight range 40–52 g/m² in addition to standard newsprint. The modernization will further improve paper quality and extend the company’s product range.
                                                                                  The order for the calender rolls is a further vote of confidence in Voith and a continuation of the longstanding and successful business relationship between the two companies. The transport of the completed rolls to King’s Lynn is scheduled for May 2020.

                                                                                  Casting process at Hüttenwerke KönigsbronnCasting process at Hüttenwerke Königsbronn

                                                                                  About the Voith Group
                                                                                  The Voith Group is a global technology company. 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, the company today has more than 19,000 employees, sales of € 4.3 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger family-owned companies in Europe.

                                                                                  The Group Division Voith Paper is part of the Voith Group. As the full-line supplier to the paper industry, it provides the largest range of technologies, services, components and products on the market and offers paper manufacturers solutions from one single source. The company’s continuous stream of innovations takes papermaking to the next level and facilitates resource-conserving production. With its Servolution concept, Voith offers its customers tailored service solutions for all sections of the production process. Voith Papermaking 4.0 ensures that equipment is optimally connected, while the secure use of generated data enables paper manufacturers to improve plant availability and efficiency.

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                                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 17 Dec 2019 09:18:10 +0100
                                                                                    CMYUK appointed strategic UK distributor for Beaver Paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8353-cmyuk-appointed-strategic-uk-distributor-for-beaver-paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8353-cmyuk-appointed-strategic-uk-distributor-for-beaver-paper

                                                                                    Premium US dye-sublimation media solutions portfolio offered by the UK’s premier digital textile hub

                                                                                    Beaver Paper, the leading global manufacturer of sublimation media to the dye-sublimation and digital print industry, has appointed CMYUK as a strategic distributor for its premium dye sublimation papers in the UK and Ireland.

                                                                                    CMYUK, the UK’s largest independent supplier of digital wide format printers, cutters and materials will initially be supplying three-premium dye-sublimation products from Beaver Paper.  However, as the relationship continues, CMYUK expects to further expand this specialist portfolio offering with additional dye-sublimation papers for its fashion and interiors range.

                                                                                    L to R: Joel Willcock, CMYUK Key Accounts & Textile Business Development; Robin East, CMYUK Group Director; Alexander van Es, Beaver Area Sales North West Europe.L to R: Joel Willcock, CMYUK Key Accounts & Textile Business Development; Robin East, CMYUK Group Director; Alexander van Es, Beaver Area Sales North West Europe.

                                                                                    As of now, CMYUK is offering the following dye-sublimation products from Beaver Paper:

                                                                                    ProTexTM Protection Tissue (25 gsm): A high-yield, protective tissue specifically manufactured for grand format, dye-sublimation, and rotary heat calenders at 3.2m wide. The tissue is made from high-density, highly formed natural eucalyptus fibre providing highly robust barrier properties. It is recyclable and the formaldehyde-free formulation prevents yellowing of white synthetic textiles. ProTex™ extends the life of the calender belt and its heat resistant properties prevent web tear outs. Longer roll lengths are designed to aid productivity by reducing the amount of roll changes.

                                                                                    TexPrint®UT: A utility textile grade digital dye-sublimation print paper, which is not only economical with ink usage but offers highest colour yields. Designed for cost-conscious, high volume textile printing environments, it allows heat to migrate through the print sheet quicker, allowing lower calendar dwell times and faster transfer speeds, while deposing the richest and deepest dye-gas penetration. This paper boasts super lay-flatness that resists cockling even under heavier ink loads.  A specially developed binder applied to the non-print side controls fiber-contamination of sticky-belt platens on high-speed digital textile printers.

                                                                                    CMYUK will be supplying two weights of the TexPrint®UT print paper. TexPrint®UT/92 is a middleweight 92gsm paper suitable for soft signage, décor and tradeshow exhibits, while TexPrint®UT/72 is a lightweight 72gsm applicable for soft signage, trade show exhibits, banners and blinds.

                                                                                     “We are excited about our new partnership with CMYUK, one of the premier distributors in the region, said Philip Prieur, CEO and Director of Beaver Paper. “Through this partnership, we will be able to extend our reach and offer our customers in the UK and Ireland superior service.”

                                                                                    Joel Willcock, Textile Business Development Specialist at CMYUK said, “Beaver Paper is a prestigious global company that manufactures superior products for the professional, dye sublimation market. Partnering with them for the UK and Ireland is a perfect fit, since we are regarded as the premier hub for the facilitation of digitally printed textiles. CMYUK is delighted to stock and supply these initial papers. In the near future we expect to add lighter papers for the highest of production speeds, as well as additional products orientated towards fashion, décor and interiors.” 

                                                                                    This year marks Beaver Papers 40th year in business. To celebrate, it has unveiled new branding and released a number of new products. It has also developed a brand-new interactive website to further support its distributors.

                                                                                    About Beaver Paper

                                                                                    Beaver Paper is a globally recognized producer of TexPrint® sublimation paper, ProTex™ tissue and TexStyles® graphic fabrics to the dye sublimation and digital print industry. With 40 years of experience, Beaver Paper offers the most comprehensive portfolio of sublimation media. Our products can be found in 51 countries worldwide and are carried by distributors as well as direct sales out of the Georgia headquarters or its wholly owned sales and distribution facilities in Los Angeles, Calif., Willstätt, DE and Zaandam, NL. Our worldwide distribution partners possess the knowledge and expertise to ensure superior results. Beaver Paper customers have our commitment to providing exceptional, quality products every time.

                                                                                    About CMYUK

                                                                                     CMYUK is the UK's largest independent supplier of large format digital printers, cutting equipment and materials for all production environments. It offers the latest LED UV curable, textile, solvent or aqueous-based printers, the most versatile cutting and finishing products, and efficient end-to-end, productivity software. It also provides installation, training and support.

                                                                                    CMYUK is home to the most advanced, state-of-the-art showroom and demonstration centre in the UK. Based In Shrewsbury, this is an unrivalled, knowledge-based facility that offers matchless testing and sampling opportunities.

                                                                                    CMYUK is the UK hub for digital textile printing. It supplies printing and finishing equipment, materials, and a comprehensive, consultative approach to print service providers (PSPs) and other businesses wishing to expand into new market sectors.

                                                                                    CMYUK is a distributor for EFI (exclusive UK and Ireland), ESKO (exclusive UK), Mimaki (UK and Ireland), PONGS®  (exclusive UK and Ireland), Gerber MCT (exclusive UK and Ireland), Graphtec (UK and Ireland), Klieverik (UK and Ireland), Berger (exclusive UK), HP (UK), AE Sewing Machines (exclusive UK and Ireland), Easymount (UK and Ireland).  

                                                                                    www.cmyuk.com

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                                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 17 Dec 2019 08:36:09 +0100
                                                                                      Mondi celebrates five wins at the WorldStar Awards http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8348-mondi-celebrates-five-wins-at-the-worldstar-awards http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8348-mondi-celebrates-five-wins-at-the-worldstar-awards

                                                                                      Mondi, global leader in innovative and sustainable packaging and paper solutions, has been recognised in four product categories at the WorldStar Packaging Awards. The annual competition rewards the greatest achievements in packaging innovation and technologies worldwide, with a focus on both sustainability and end-user convenience. While the judging process was hosted in November in Indonesia, the Gala Awards Ceremony will take place at the interpack 2020 trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany.

                                                                                      marketingei others logo 8795“Our guiding principle, ‘Sustainable by design’ is reflected in each packaging solution that has been recognised by the WorldStar Awards this year. It is very important to us to support all our customers to help with their bespoke packaging needs and assist them with reaching their individual sustainability goals," said Armand Schoonbrood, COO Mondi Corrugated Solutions.

                                                                                      The winning Mondi products are:

                                                                                      1. UpliftBox in the Household category from Mondi Corrugated Solutions Grünburg
                                                                                      2. DashV1Box in the Transit category from Mondi Corrugated Solutions Ansbach
                                                                                      3. Stabilization Box in the Other category from Mondi Corrugated Solutions Bupak s.r.o.
                                                                                      4. StripPouch in the Household category from the German cleaning products maker Werner & Mertz and Mondi Consumer Flexibles
                                                                                      5. Protector Bags in the Transit category from Mondi Paper Bags and aPak, a Swedish Packaging dealer

                                                                                      Mondi´s vision is to contribute to a better world. It follows our customer-centric approach, "EcoSolutions", to support its customers to meet their sustainability goals.

                                                                                      “These awards underline that packaging can be part of the solution in protecting products, being fit for purpose while reducing material and transport needs. A fresh approach with reinvention and collaboration has shown we are at the forefront of sustainable packaging solutions.” says Graeme Smith, Head of Product Sustainability for Flexible Packaging and Engineered Materials. Mondi’s approach centres around three actions to optimise packaging choices:

                                                                                      Replace less sustainable products with solutions that help our customers fulfil their commitments, following our principle of paper where possible, plastic when useful.

                                                                                      Reduce the overall environmental footprint and the volume of raw material used through design, operational efficiency and material choices.

                                                                                      Recycle by developing fit-for-purpose paper and plastic packaging solutions that are designed for recycling.

                                                                                      Schoonbrood continued: “At Mondi, we have dedicated in-house design teams that work in close collaboration with our customers to deliver individual packaging solutions that add real value. We are proud that these teams have been recognised externally for their dedication to continuously find innovative ways to protect delicate goods in different shapes and sizes – while also being sustainable within transport and logistics.”

                                                                                      Further details on the award-winning packaging innovations

                                                                                      • UpliftBox: The Mondi solution UpliftBox features swivel covers. Once moved during opening, the tractive force activates a mechanism that raises the lifting platform to the top of the box, creating an emotional experience for the end-user. Designed by Herbert Reitbrugger, Mondi Corrugated Solutions Grünburg.
                                                                                      • DashV1Box: introduces a single standard packaging for automotive dash boards that has reduced processing costs by 31% and quality complaints by 80%. This sustainable solution uses 100% corrugated material. The unique ergonomics of the product made it difficult to find a one-fit solution, but DashV1Box meets all the demands. Different component lengths are accommodated by variable corrugated fittings. Designed by Marco Rammler, Mondi Corrugated Solutions Ansbach.
                                                                                      • Stabilization Box: answers a dairy customer`s request for a stabilizing solution which would reinforce the whole pallet block and prevent boxes from shifting into the middle – at the same time not obstructing the airway that secures proper cooling for the delicate product. Eva Hrychová, Mondi Corrugated Solutions Bupak, developed this perforated interlay, made from three-layer corrugated board.
                                                                                      • StripPouch: Mondi and Werner & Mertz’s innovative, 100-percent recyclable pouch leapfrogs sorting and recycling hurdles on the way to “true recyclability.” The new design features a complete mono-material (PE) also for the spout and cap. Detachable printed panels enhance the recyclate quality due to the ability to separate the decorative panels from the pouch after use. Designed by Mondi Consumer Flexibles.

                                                                                      Protector Bags:  The paper-based, ‘envelope-like’ Protector Bags have increased efficiency, reduced workload and lowered overall costs to our customers by more than 70% for packaging and shipping door consoles. The lightweight, 100% recyclable bags also are sustainable by design – requiring less material, using paper instead of plastic, and halving the number of trips needed to move components from place to place. At the same time, the packaging process is now less strenuous for the people involved as closing the bags simple as sealing an envelope.

                                                                                      About Mondi

                                                                                      Mondi is a global leader in packaging and paper, delighting its customers and consumers with innovative packaging and paper solutions that are sustainable by design. Our business is fully integrated across the packaging and paper value chain – from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and plastic films, to developing and manufacturing effective industrial and consumer packaging solutions. Sustainability is embedded in everything we do. In 2018, Mondi had revenues of €7.48 billion and underlying EBITDA of €1.76 billion.

                                                                                      Mondi has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange (MNDI), and a secondary listing on the JSE Limited (MNP). Mondi is a FTSE 100 constituent, and has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Index Series since 2007.

                                                                                      About the WPO:

                                                                                      WPO – World Packaging Organisation is a non-profit, non-governmental, international federation of packaging institutes, associations, federations and other interested parties including corporations and trade associations.

                                                                                      About the WorldStar Award categories:

                                                                                      • Beverages: Packaging for liquid or dry tea, coffee, water and soft drinks including wine, beer and spirits
                                                                                      • Electronics: Packaging of all electrical items
                                                                                      • Food: All food packaging including fresh, frozen, dried or other
                                                                                      • Health & Personal Care: Includes the packaging of cosmetics, toiletries, supplements, vitamins, perfumes, hair body and oral-care. 
                                                                                      • Household: Includes the packaging of household items, toys, stationery, gifts, clothing, garden equipment and decorating 
                                                                                      • Labelling and Decoration: The addition of content to a pack, which creates a unique or innovative appearance, function or communication.  This may include labels, sleeves, tags, coding/markings, etching, directly applied inks or by any other similar process.
                                                                                      • Luxury: Includes seasonal and religious festival gift packaging and high-end products like perfume or jewelry that has the ability to "wow" the consumer
                                                                                      • Medical & Pharmaceutical: Packaging of all medicines including prescription, over the counter and medical equipment packaging
                                                                                      • Packaging Materials & Components: Any specific material or component, which creates a differentiating appearance, unique functionality or notable innovation that, enhances a pack's performance.
                                                                                      • Point of Sale: End of aisle display units
                                                                                      • Transit: Industrial (heavy duty) and distribution packaging – inter-company packaging and internet packaging
                                                                                      • Other: Miscellaneous packs that are not included in any other category.
                                                                                      • plus SPECIAL AWARDS
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                                                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 06 Dec 2019 09:14:58 +0100
                                                                                        WEPA chose Toscotec for 7 custom-made hood and air system rebuilds on a turnkey basis http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8347-wepa-chose-toscotec-for-7-custom-made-hood-and-air-system-rebuilds-on-a-turnkey-basis http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8347-wepa-chose-toscotec-for-7-custom-made-hood-and-air-system-rebuilds-on-a-turnkey-basis

                                                                                        Since 2006, German tissue manufacturer WEPA Group has chosen Toscotec for all its hood rebuilds at various paper mills in Germany and Italy. These projects were all turnkey operations, where Toscotec supplied the complete package for the rebuild, from its engineering design, to the components supply, down to onsite dismantling operations, erection, commissioning and start-up. For these rebuilds, Toscotec developed a custom-made design of its hoods aimed to increase production and reduce energy consumption to a minimum; it engineered the nozzle boxes and customized the air system according to WEPA’s requirements, in order to achieve top operation flexibility in cross direction moisture control and better machine runnability. Overall, Toscotec supplied other hood and air systems to WEPA in Germany, France and Poland as part of the supply of new tissue lines. The following three projects are a selection of the rebuilds carried out from 2006 to 2019.  

                                                                                        WEPA Marsberg-Giershagen PM5 drying section rebuild.

                                                                                        2019 12 06 080740WEPA chose Toscotec for 7 custom-made hood and air system rebuilds on a turnkey basis. In 2006, WEPA Marsberg-Giershagen mill in Germany invested in the rebuild of the drying section of its PM5 and selected Toscotec for the supply of high-temperature hoods and its Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD-15FT. WEPA believed in this new technology at a time when Toscotec had only manufactured a few TT SYD, and its innovative steel design had only just been introduced into what was a cast iron-dominated tissue market back then. Thirteen years later, WEPA has successfully installed another 6 TT SYDs and Toscotec has developed and implemented three successive product generations and sold over 220 steel Yankees worldwide, including 5,600 mm width and 22 ft diameter TT SYDs. WEPA’s foresight was proved right, for steel Yankees are now recognized as the new technological standard in the tissue industry at a global level.

                                                                                        The gas-fired hoods supplied to WEPA Marsberg-Giershagen in 2006 operate at 600-650°C and are equipped with low emission burners running on high-temperature combustion air. The energy necessary to heat up the combustion air is recovered from the air system itself through the use of heat exchangers. As a result, the advantage of low emission burners is twofold: one is the reduction of air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) and carbon oxide (CO), and the second is cutting the overall gas consumption. 

                                                                                        WEPA Italia Cassino PM13 drying section rebuild.

                                                                                        In 2013, Toscotec supplied a hood rebuild to WEPA Italia Cassino in southern Italy. The German Group confirmed the Italian supplier as the turnkey supplier of its second hood rebuild based on the advantages of Toscotec’s technical proposal. 

                                                                                        Firstly, the project was completed according to schedule, in a record time of only 6 months from contract signature to start-up. Secondly, the engineering design was custom-made based not only on the machine specifications, but also on the installation logistics, in order to avoid opening up the roof of the machine building and renting external crane equipment. Toscotec designed and manufactured these double-width hoods in separate modules and consequently achieved a significant reduction of the installation time and costs. According to WEPA’s needs, in order to reduce machine down time and speed up the mill’s administrative procedures, Toscotec realized a particular layout where the air system was installed outside the building. 

                                                                                        In 2016, Toscotec also installed a TT SYD of 18ft diameter and 5,890 mm face length on the same machine. 

                                                                                        WEPA Leuna PM10 hood rebuild in 2019. 

                                                                                        For WEPA Leuna mill in Germany, Toscotec supplied the turnkey rebuild of PM10 hoods. 

                                                                                        As with WEPA Cassino, the Italian manufacturer was asked to factor in the installation logistics while developing the custom-made design of PM10 5,600 mm web width hoods. The advantage was that the hoods were carried into the machine building through its regular entrance and lifted using the building cranes. This reduced time and cost, as it avoided work on the roof and rental of external cranes.  

                                                                                        Toscotec completed the project on schedule within 7 days of machine down time, during which it performed the dismantling of the old parts, erection of the new ones, commissioning, and start-up. Achieving this required precise planning and the onsite assembly of key components before shutdown.  

                                                                                        Mr. Lars-Helge Peters, WEPA Leuna Mill Manager, said: “Inside the building we had to do a big crane job with evident space restraints, but Toscotec handled it very well. The start-up was perfectly on schedule, on Monday April 8th at 7 am. During the six months after the rebuild, we achieved two positive results: the first is a 3-5% reduction of PM10 overall energy consumption (gas and electrical power) and the second is the improvement of the moisture profile across all grades, from kitchen towel to toilet paper. Also, on this new configuration, compared with the old hoods, we observed an increased stability of the hood section and better runnability.” 

                                                                                        Successful outcome across 7 projects. 

                                                                                        The results of 7 hood rebuilding projects over 13 years have been consistently a reduction of gas and power consumption higher than the contract guarantees and a significant increase in the run-ability of the machine, both in terms of overall efficiency and cross direction moisture profile

                                                                                        Since their first drying section rebuild of 2006, WEPA and Toscotec began a fruitful cooperation that not only led to the successful completion of 7 hood rebuilds, but also to five complete tissue lines, three of which were turnkey supplies.  

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                                                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 06 Dec 2019 08:08:42 +0100
                                                                                          New PMP Intelli-Nip® Shoe Press has been successfully started up in Smurfit Kappa Morava Paper! http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8346-new-pmp-intelli-nip-shoe-press-has-been-successfully-started-up-in-smurfit-kappa-morava-paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8346-new-pmp-intelli-nip-shoe-press-has-been-successfully-started-up-in-smurfit-kappa-morava-paper

                                                                                          On August 2018, PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) has signed a contract for a press part rebuild of PM#2 in Smurfit Kappa Morava Paper, Czech Republic. On September 2019, a new core technological component, PMP Intelli-Nip® Shoe Press has been launched. This last 2 years have been very productive of projects for press part modernization or new press.

                                                                                          logo pmp passionPMP Intelli-Nip® Shoe Press technology is a connection of two main advantages – media consumption reduction and paper properties enhancement. This solution is attractive for papermakers all over the world. Yearly, PMP executes many of projects regarding press section for machines which produces more than 3 500 000 tons of paper per year. It is possible to increase production efficiency for even 40%, after PMP components implementation.

                                                                                          The main goals of project for Smurfit Kappa Morava were to increase production through speeding up the machine, improve runnability of press section and increase dryness after press.

                                                                                          After rebuild, the machine produces fluting and testliner in basis weight range of 100-170 g/m2 (main basis weight: 120 g/m2) from 100% waste paper. Maximum operating speed is 600 m/min. Sheet width at press section is 2650 mm and maximum nip pressures are:

                                                                                          • 1st nip – 80 kN/m,
                                                                                          • 2nd nip – 120 kN/m,
                                                                                          • 3rd nip – 1250 kN/m.

                                                                                          Scope of supply includes also design, manufacturing, pre-assembly, assembly on site and start-up supervision.

                                                                                          Furthermore after start-up, PMP Intelli-Nip® Shoe Press reaches 55.72% of dryness after press (by 1000 kN/m, 150 g/m2).

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                                                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 04 Dec 2019 22:04:20 +0100
                                                                                            Sustainable future of paper-based products: First European recyclability guidelines for optimal packaging design http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8344-sustainable-future-of-paper-based-products-first-european-recyclability-guidelines-for-optimal-packaging-design http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8344-sustainable-future-of-paper-based-products-first-european-recyclability-guidelines-for-optimal-packaging-design

                                                                                            The use of paper for packaging purposes is growing every year, due to its excellent environmental performance but also to the increasing demand related to e-commerce and delivery services. There is a strong expectation from consumers, brands and retailers to have recyclable packaging material. A packaging recycling rate of 85% is already achieved today and the paper value chain continues to improve.

                                                                                            2018 10 18 102805In order to achieve even higher recycling targets while expanding the functionality of paper based packaging, it is important to start from the design-phase, considering both the intended purpose as well as the end-of-life. The recyclability guidelines - developed by Cepi, CITPA, ACE and FEFCO, – give concrete guidance for designers to make sure functionality goes hand in hand with recyclability.

                                                                                            “Retailers and brand-owners exploring new fibre based solutions want to see their packaging back in the loop after use. With these guidelines the paper and board value chain gives the answer what this means and requires in practice. In this spirit Cepi co-launched the new alliance 4evergreen, together with more than 30 companies on 20 November. The aim of the alliance is to boost the contribution of fibre-based packaging in a circular and sustainable economy that minimises climate and environmental impact” said Ulrich Leberle, Raw Materials Director at Cepi.

                                                                                            In this context, the new European guidelines intend to become the go-to document to learn more about the implications of certain converting steps on the recyclability of used paper-based packaging. The signatories of the document hope they act as a source of inspiration for innovation and the introduction of new techniques. They are convinced that a widespread awareness among the value chain (including retailers and brand owners) can truly improve the recyclability of products. They are also convinced the guidelines will help meet national protocols and requirements and further close the circularity of our industry.

                                                                                            You can download a copy of the guidelines here.

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                                                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 04 Dec 2019 21:24:58 +0100
                                                                                              ANDRITZ and Mondi discuss major technology trends for the pulp and paper industries http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8342-andritz-and-mondi-discuss-major-technology-trends-for-the-pulp-and-paper-industries http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8342-andritz-and-mondi-discuss-major-technology-trends-for-the-pulp-and-paper-industries

                                                                                              At the beginning of this week, international technology Group ANDRITZ welcomed a delegation of more than 25 experts from different mills and locations of the Mondi Group at its headquarters in Graz to discuss major technology trends and the latest innovations in the pulp and paper industries.

                                                                                              The various presentations given by representatives of ANDRITZ focused on mechanical pulping, stock preparation and recycled fiber systems, paper and board machines, rejects and recycling technologies, fabrics and rolls, and power boilers. ANDRITZ Automation experts demonstrated the capabilities of the Metris UX Digital Solutions by remotely monitoring the ANDRITZ Metris X control system installed at the Mondi paper production mill in Štětí, Czech Republic.

                                                                                                Site visit of Mondi representatives at the stock preparation pilot plant at the ANDRITZ headquarters. © ANDRITZ Site visit of Mondi representatives at the stock preparation pilot plant at the ANDRITZ headquarters. © ANDRITZ

                                                                                              “It was a very interesting conference with a good mix of well-known proven technologies and latest innovations like the Vertical Screw Thickener, large steel cylinders, smart rolls, and solutions for digitalization. We collected some food for thought, and our teams are looking forward to more detailed technical discussions with ANDRITZ”, commented Lars Mallasch, Mondi Director Technology & Capex Corrugated Packaging.

                                                                                              The two-day event also included a guided workshop tour and a visit to the stock preparation pilot plant to get an impression of ANDRITZ’s manufacturing capabilities and R&D activities. “It was a great honor for ANDRITZ to welcome so many representatives of the Mondi Group here in Graz. This is a further proof of the excellent long-term partnership between the two companies”, said Wolfgang Lashofer, Manager of the Paper, Fiber and Recycling division. “

                                                                                              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 and absorbent hygiene products, dissolving pulp, and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling and shredding solutions for various waste materials also form a part of this business area.

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                                                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 02 Dec 2019 08:42:23 +0100
                                                                                                Acquisition of BTG successfully closed http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8340-acquisition-of-btg-successfully-closed http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8340-acquisition-of-btg-successfully-closed

                                                                                                After all required regulatory approvals were received, Voith successfully closed on the acquisition of BTG on December 1, 2019. The Swiss-based company offers a high-value portfolio of optimized and customized solutions for a range of applications, primarily for paper manufacturers.

                                                                                                Voith logo“The acquisition of BTG is an important strategic step for Voith. With BTG and its portfolio that is highly complementary to our own products and services, we strengthen our position as a full-line supplier,” states Andreas Endters, CEO of Voith Paper.

                                                                                                The agreement for the acquisition was signed on September 19 between Voith and Spectris plc, the former parent company of BTG, for a total gross cash consideration of €319 million. BTG will remain entrepreneurial in nature and will operate under the established BTG brand. Therefore, Voith and BTG customers will be able to purchase via their existing sales channels as usual.

                                                                                                BTG supplies companies mainly in the areas of packaging, graphic papers and tissue. Its portfolio includes beds and rods for film-metering size presses, high-performance ceramic and cermet coating blades, and pulp and paper process control sensors and laboratory instruments. Moreover, BTG is a decisive partner in the digital transformation of the pulp and paper industry with its offerings in the areas of data analytics, automation and software.

                                                                                                “We are very excited with the acquisition of BTG by Voith. Together, we will have some tremendous opportunities to deliver more value to our customers, including integrated technologies, as well as Papermaking 4.0 and IIoT solutions. We are looking forward to joining forces with Voith. This will also present more opportunities for our employees going forward,” says Rob Crossman, BTG President.

                                                                                                About the Voith Group
                                                                                                The Voith Group is a global technology company. 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, the company 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 larger family-owned companies in Europe.

                                                                                                The Group Division Voith Paper is part of the Voith Group. As the full-line supplier to the paper industry, it provides the largest range of technologies, services, components and products on the market and offers paper manufacturers solutions from one single source. The company’s continuous stream of innovations takes papermaking to the next level and facilitates resource-conserving production. With its Servolution concept, Voith offers its customers tailored service solutions for all sections of the production process. Voith Papermaking 4.0 ensures that equipment is optimally connected, while the secure use of generated data enables paper manufacturers to improve plant availability and efficiency.

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                                                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 02 Dec 2019 08:22:38 +0100
                                                                                                  A.Celli - 24/7 Assistance http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8339-a-celli-24-7-assistance http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8339-a-celli-24-7-assistance

                                                                                                  A.Celli Group has always guaranteed continuous and immediate assistance to its customers with a free of charge 24/7 service

                                                                                                  The A.Celli Group provides its customers with various access channels to request assistance: in the first instance, in case of emergencies, contact can be made by telephone, using a dedicated H24 number, for real time solutions; there is also a dedicated e-mail address, accessible directly or via website and, finally, the chatbot, on the A.Celli website too.

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                                                                                                  If the problem is solved by phone, the technician who took charge of the request will trace the event, indexing it with various references, so that it remains memorized and usable for the data entered, both for use by the supplier company and by the customer.

                                                                                                  If, on other hand, the problem cannot be solved immediately, the customer is asked to open a "ticket" on A.Celli website. This procedure generates an email that is automatically sent to the Customer Care team in charge of assistance. Also in this case, from taking charge of the request, up to the solution of the problem, the intervention is traced: in this way an archive of cases is created with relative operations and resolution times, which can be consulted afterwards and which provides important data for the development of predictive maintenance (in the field of Industry 4.0).

                                                                                                  Every A.Celli machine is connected to the web via VPN: this connection allows remote access to the machine data (remote assistance). Using the VPN, the dedicated team verifies the solvability of the problem: generally it is possible to take action on software anomalies or regulation, solving the same and restoring the optimal activity of the machine.

                                                                                                  If, instead, it is deduced that the problem is of mechanical or process type, a technical on site intervention by our specialists becomes necessary.

                                                                                                  Recently the A.Celli site has been implemented with a chatbot which, once activated, allows the identified customer to request the Customer Care service, specifying which of the two companies he wishes to interface with (A.Celli Paper or A.Celli Nonwovens) and choosing the way in which to be contacted by the assistance team. Also in this case a "ticket", which will trace the whole solution path, will be opened.

                                                                                                  Summarizing, A.Celli customers can always count on Customer Care services, managed by skilled and experienced technicians:

                                                                                                  • Telephone assistance and emergencies 24/7
                                                                                                  • Chatbot
                                                                                                  • Ticket opening (assistance request)
                                                                                                  • Teleservice VPN
                                                                                                  • On-site technical interventions
                                                                                                  • Process supervision
                                                                                                  • Training programs
                                                                                                  • Safety analysis of the machine
                                                                                                  • Technical documentation
                                                                                                  • Worldwide local assistance
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                                                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 29 Nov 2019 09:32:36 +0100
                                                                                                    Mondi launches inspiring book and video collaboration for PERGRAPHICA® Infinite Black http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8338-mondi-launches-inspiring-book-and-video-collaboration-for-pergraphica-infinite-black http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8338-mondi-launches-inspiring-book-and-video-collaboration-for-pergraphica-infinite-black

                                                                                                    Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, published an inspiring book and an online video highlighting their new uncoated tinted design paper, Pergraphica Infinite Black. Entitled “Poems in Black”, the new book not only demonstrates creative ways of working with black paper and special finishes, it also explores the mystical nature of the colour black through the medium of poetry. Shortly after publication, “Poems in Black” won the Austrian print and media industry’s 2019 Golden Pixel Award in the tactile sensation category.

                                                                                                    Each chapter in the book features an innovative special finishing application on black paper, such as laser-cut patterns, hologram foil, heat-sensitive ink and gold glitter varnish. Opposite those graphic designs, white-on-black printed poems capture the idea represented, written by the brand manager responsible for Pergraphica at Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper, Zoe Truchy.

                                                                                                    2019 11 29 092028“The luxury packaging and creative cover segments not only demand the best printability for their materials, they need to be sure that their paper of choice will work with the latest developments in special finishing technology. With ‘Poems in Black’, we prove that Pergraphica Infinite Black fulfils all of these demands with a beautiful book of our own.” says Johannes Klumpp, Marketing & Sales Director at Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper.

                                                                                                    With the launch of “Poems in Black”, Mondi also published a video online, which is the result of a collaboration with Lorenz Boegli. The Swiss screen printer, known for pushing the boundaries of his craft, created a double gate brochure in Pergraphica Infinite Black 300 g/m2 using his signature printing technology, RGB print, as it can only be realised on black paper. Boegli was inspired by the Greek myth of Prometheus, who, in his version, stole colours from the gods. “How the colour came to humans” retells this story in modern screen-printing as well as in the medium of film. The video can be watched online at mymondi.net.

                                                                                                    “With its satin surface feel, Pergraphica Infinite Black lies between the poles of uncoated and coated paper. It combines the advantages of both poles such as haptics and excellent printing properties such as excellent raster image results and quick drying.” says Lorenz Boegli.

                                                                                                    Pergraphica is Mondi’s range of premium uncoated design papers first introduced four years ago. Originally consisting of three different shades of white and rough as well as smooth surfaces, the Pergraphica line was recently extended with Pergraphica Ivory Rough 1.5, a bulky paper for text-rich book applications, and Pergraphica Infinite Black, a deep black paper designed for cover and luxury packaging applications. Pergraphica Infinite Black is available in folio sheets in six different weights from 120 to 350 g/m2. The entire Pergraphica portfolio is made in Austria, meeting the strict international sustainability standards set by FSC™ and the EU Ecolabel. Service standards are equally high, with Mondi’s Neusiedler mill having a good supply of fast-moving Pergraphica formats in stock to ensure quick delivery and long-term availability.

                                                                                                    Order samples and find more information on the Pergraphica range, reference projects and videos on www.pergraphica.com as well as on Instagram @pergraphica.

                                                                                                    About Mondi

                                                                                                    Mondi is a global leader in packaging and paper, delighting its customers and consumers with innovative packaging and paper solutions that are sustainable by design. Our business is fully integrated across the packaging and paper value chain – from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and plastic films, to developing and manufacturing effective industrial and consumer packaging solutions. Sustainability is embedded in everything we do. In 2018, Mondi had revenues of €7.48 billion and underlying EBITDA of €1.76 billion.

                                                                                                    Mondi has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange (MNDI), and a secondary listing on the JSE Limited (MNP). Mondi is a FTSE 100 constituent, and has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Index Series since 2007.

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                                                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 29 Nov 2019 09:21:03 +0100