Pulp-Paperworld.com / European News http://www.pulp-paperworld.com Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:02:59 +0200 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Stora Enso’s SC paper machine (PM8) at Kvarnsveden Mill in Sweden shut down http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7285-stora-enso-s-sc-paper-machine-pm8-at-kvarnsveden-mill-in-sweden-shut-down http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7285-stora-enso-s-sc-paper-machine-pm8-at-kvarnsveden-mill-in-sweden-shut-down

In February 2017, Stora Enso announced that it planned to permanently shut down paper machine 8 (PM8) at Kvarnsveden Mill in Sweden due to structural weakening of magazine paper demand in Europe. Co-determination negotiations with employees at the mill are still ongoing, but PM8 was permanently shut down yesterday. The number of people affected by the reorganization of the mill and shutdown will be determined during Q3 2017.

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PM8 had an annual capacity of 100 000 tonnes of super-calendered uncoated magazine paper (SC). The closure of PM8 at Kvarnsveden Mill will not impact Stora Enso’s SC paper offering. In Europe, Stora Enso continues to produce SC paper at Kvarnsveden Mill PM12 as well at Maxau Mill in Germany and Langerbrugge Mill in Belgium. The group also serves its SC customers from Dawang Mill in China.

Production at Kvarnsveden Mill will continue on two lines, PM10 for improved newsprint paper and PM12 for SC papers.

Stora Enso will make every effort in co-operation with the local community to help the affected personnel find new employment opportunities, and mitigate the impact of the reorganisation and PM8 closure through individual solutions. All job openings in other Stora Enso units will be available to those affecte.

Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper on global markets. Our aim is to replace fossil-based materials by innovating and developing new products and services based on wood and other renewable materials. We employ some 25 000 people in more than 35 countries, and our sales in 2016 were EUR 9.8 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Nasdaq Stockholm (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY). storaenso.com

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    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:22:50 +0200
    Higher bulk with lower raw material usage: Voith’s EcoCal Plus reduces production costs in board manufacturing http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7284-higher-bulk-with-lower-raw-material-usage-voith-s-ecocal-plus-reduces-production-costs-in-board-manufacturing http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7284-higher-bulk-with-lower-raw-material-usage-voith-s-ecocal-plus-reduces-production-costs-in-board-manufacturing

    With the new EcoCal Plus calender, Voith is ensuring that papermakers can produce high-grade board products with high stability and lower basis weight. The special thermal smoothing of the EcoCal Plus allows raw material savings of up to 3.5 percent. In addition, the process results in an improved surface structure of the paper.

    The demand for board grades with maximum possible bulk has been growing steadily over the last few years. With lightweight and stable board products, significant cost savings can be achieved for example in the mail-order business. At the same time, board packaging products are increasingly important for advertising of consumer goods by focusing attention on the package contents which indirectly support its sales. Good printability and surface quality are just as important as stability and low weight. Both properties are positively influenced by the EcoCal Plus calender.

    For the production of these board grades, the manufacturers usually use high fresh fiber content. Secondary fibers are only added in some cases. Lower basis weights and maintaining or improving board properties are therefore crucial for lowering resource consumption and production costs on the manufacturer side.

    2017 06 22 112039The new Voith EcoCal Plus calender is ensuring that papermakers can produce high-grade board products with high stability but with low raw material use. It can be integrated into existing plants as part of an upgrade.

    Thermal smoothing key to paper quality
    The hard nip calender plays a decisive role in the manufacturing of high-quality, stable board with low basis weight. It smoothes the paper surface and gives the board a uniform surface. This is where Voith’s EcoCal Plus comes in. The machine calender used for pre-calendering makes use of the fact that surfaces can be smoothed more easily when moisturized and warm. Voith thus equipped the EcoCal Plus with an external induction-heated system that additionally heats the thermo roll to a temperature of up to 260°C. This is considerably higher than the temperatures of conventional systems with 200°C. The EcoCal Plus also has an additional nozzle moisturizer for intensifying the bulk-preserving smoothing effect by regulating the paper web temperature.

    More bulk and better surface structure
    With thermal smoothing, less mechanical force must be applied to the paper web. As a result, the bulk loss is much lower than with conventional calendering. Paper smoothed with the EcoCal Plus thus has a higher specific volume. The process has another advantage: through the optimum interplay between temperature, moisture, and line load, the board surface structure is optimized. This is especially important for the packaging of high-grade foodstuffs, cosmetics, electronics, and medical products. The uniform surface and the higher stiffness greatly ease the tasks of board finishing and printing.

    Cost savings through lower fiber consumption
    The moisture and temperature gradients used in calendering with the EcoCal Plus require only a negligible amount of additional energy. However, this is more than balanced by the economic advantages offered by the EcoCal Plus. The EcoCal Plus technology allows papermakers to reduce their fiber consumption. This saving greatly improves the cost efficiency of the plant: an annual production of 500,000 tonnes with a one-percent saving in raw materials use translates into savings of around 250,000 euros per month for the manufacturer. In practice, the savings potential is much higher: EcoCal Plus calenders have been in operation since 2011 and have achieved bulk savings of up to 3.5% due to the uniqueness of the technology. Thus, the break-even point for investment in the technology can be reached after half a year, depending on the machine size. Alternatively, with the EcoCal Plus, lower-cost raw materials can be used to achieve the same board quality, which also drastically lowers production costs.

    The EcoCal Plus calender can be integrated into existing plants as an upgrade. Especially practical is the ability of the calender to be installed in a short period of time during a planned shutdown. In new plants the technology provides great efficiency right from the start.

    Voith Paper is a group division of Voith and is one of the leading partners and pioneers in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-saving products to reduce the use of energy, water and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

    For 150 years, Voith’s technologies have been inspiring customers, business partners and employees around the world. Founded in 1867, Voith today has around 19,000 employees, sales of €4.3 billion and locations in more than 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe. Being a technology leader, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive.

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      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:19:48 +0200
      Michael Berggren appointed as mill manager of Vallvik Mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7283-michael-berggren-appointed-as-mill-manager-of-vallvik-mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7283-michael-berggren-appointed-as-mill-manager-of-vallvik-mill

      Rottneros has appointed Michael Berggren as mill manager of Vallvik Mill. Michael most recently comes from Ahlstrom-Munksjö, where he has been chief of production at Aspa Bruk. He will take office no later than 21 September 2017 and will be part of Rottneros Group Management. 

      2017 04 26 094503It is very pleasing that Michael has accepted the position as mill manager of Vallvik Mill. He is a solid leader with many years of experience from the pulp and paper industry in different positions, mainly within production. Michael is an excellent addition in the continued work of our long-term development plan, Agenda 500. Although we have achieved a great deal so far, we can develop the organization's competence and increase capacity utilization even further. As a result, we will be able to maximize the output from our investments in the future, said Lennart Eberleh, President and CEO of Rottneros.

      For further information, please contact:
      Lennart Eberleh, President and CEO Rottneros AB, +46 270 622 65

      This information is information that Rottneros AB (publ) is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, at 09.45 CET on 21 June 2017. 

      Rottneros is an independent producer of market pulp. The Group comprises the parent company Rottneros AB, listed on NASDAQ Stockholm, and its subsidiaries Rottneros Bruk AB and Vallviks Bruk AB with operations involving the production and sale of market pulp. The Group also includes Rottneros Packaging AB, which manufactures fibre trays, and the wood procurement company Rottneros Baltic SIA in Latvia. The Group has just over 280 employees and had a turnover of approximately SEK 1.7 billion in the 2016 financial year.

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        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:08:15 +0200
        AEGLE Zero. The natural choice. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7279-aegle-zero-the-natural-choice http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7279-aegle-zero-the-natural-choice

        AEGLE Zero, a new uncoated folding boxboard with an uncoated reverse, has been added to the range of packaging materials offered by Kotkamills from their BM2 cartonboard machine in Kotka, Finland.​

        2017 06 20 093827AEGLE Zero is a special uncoated packaging grade, suitable for food and non-food end-uses, where a natural look is as important as excellent printability and conversion properties. The grade is made from the same strong, virgin Nordic fibre that AEGLE Pro and AEGLE White are made from and offers the same opportunity for creative design. Printability, CD stiffness and value are all offered by this special new grade.

        “The tactile and natural looking surface of AEGLE Zero provides the opportunity for creative packaging design where values of pure, organic quality are implicit in the final product choice. It offers a real opportunity for packaging differentiation and is suitable for a range of printing processes and finishing techniques, like hot and cold foiling. A natural choice from Kotkamills AEGLE range of folding boxboards,” says David Ingham, Sales Director Consumer Boards at Kotkamills.

        AEGLE Zero is produced in the range of 305 to 615 micron and is available to order now.

        Kotkamills Group in brief

        Kotkamills is a responsible partner that delivers renewable products and performance to its customers' processes via product innovations created from wood, a renewable raw material. The key brands of the company include Absorbex® and Imprex®, both innovative laminating paper products for the laminate, plywood and construction industries. Moreover, Kotkamills offers ecological, technically sound and visually attractive wood products for demanding joinery and construction. In summer 2016, Kotkamills started up a new board machine producing AEGLE(TM) Folding Boxboard and ISLA(TM) Food Service Boards, including the capability to add barriers on-machine. All Consumer Boards material solutions are fully recyclable and repulpable.

        Kotkamills has two production sites in Finland, located in Kotka and Imatra. The majority shareholder of Kotkamills is MB Funds, a Finnish private equity firm.

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          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:37:30 +0200
          ANDRITZ and PulpEye enter into cooperation agreement http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7278-andritz-and-pulpeye-enter-into-cooperation-agreement http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7278-andritz-and-pulpeye-enter-into-cooperation-agreement

          International technology Group ANDRITZ and PulpEye have entered into a cooperation agreement to promote, market, and sell PulpEye analyzer technology exclusively in ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER package offerings.

          This ANDRITZ and PulpEye cooperation will enable customers to benefit from improved online chip and fiber datalytics in order to optimize the right process parameters in fiberlines and pulping processes, for instance by improving yield and optimizing chemical consumption. Furthermore, ANDRITZ and PulpEye can also provide customers with a remote online platform for operations support through IoT solutions.

          2017 06 20 092141PulpEye sampling and analyzing cabinet

          PulpEye is an innovative measurement technology company focusing globally on online pulp quality analysis applications for the pulp and paper industry. The PulpEye equipment is used to control the quality of any kind of pulp – sulfate and sulfite pulps, both short and long fiber, bleached and unbleached, TMP, CTMP and BCTMP as well as NSSC, OCC, and de-inked pulps. Recent product launches include modules measuring vessel cells and fiber wall thickness, as well as a fast consistency calibration module.

          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, tissue, and cardboard. The technologies cover the processing of logs, annual fibers, and waste paper; the production of chemical pulp, mechanical pulp, and recycled fibers; the recovery and reuse of chemicals; the preparation of paper machine furnish; the production of paper, tissue, and cardboard; the calendering and coating of paper; as well as the 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, as well as gasification plants for power generation, flue gas cleaning plants, plants for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling plants are also part of this business area.

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            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:22:06 +0200
            ABB’s pulp & paper Network Platform 800 scanner wins Red Dot design award http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7277-abb-s-pulp-paper-network-platform-800-scanner-wins-red-dot-design-award http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7277-abb-s-pulp-paper-network-platform-800-scanner-wins-red-dot-design-award

            ABB’s recently introduced Network Platform 800 scanner has been recognized with the prestigious Red Dot award in the groundbreaking design category. This completely new scanner’s structure provides customers with a stable, solid foundation for precision measurements of product quality and consistency during the process of making pulp or paper. The scanner detects the slightest imperfections in the paper web to ensure that on-spec product is made for and delivered to end customers. ABB worked with Irish product design firm Dolmen to design the scanner to be durable, accurate, and perform flawlessly in rough mill environments.

            “We are delighted to be honored with this prestigious design award,” said Jim Fisher, Global Product Group Manager for Pulp and Paper, “This underscores ABB’s ongoing commitment to continuously improving our customers’ experience and delivering products that help to be more successful.”

            • Red Dot design award recognizes the most innovative product designs from around the world
            • Network Platform 800 scanner awarded with Red Dot for high design quality
            • Completely new scanner design provides pulp and paper customers with solid, stable foundation for precision measurements of product quality and consistency

            Manufacturers and designers from around the globe are invited each year to enter their products in the competition. The jury of around 40 independent designers, design professors and specialist journalists test, discuss and assess each individual product. The year’s competition included more than 5,500 entries from 54 countries. The Network Platform 800 received the “Red Dot for high design quality”.

            2017 06 20 080731Network Platform 800 is a right-sized scanner for today’s small-to-mid size paper machines.

            The Network Platform 800 is a high-performance scanner correctly-sized for today’s small-to-mid size paper machines of up to 6.2 meters (244 inches) sheet width. When combined with ABB’s leading-edge paper sensors and controls, Network Platform 800 is a critical component of the ABB quality control (QCS) system for improving paper quality, optimizing paper machine stability and improving process efficiency. Its combination of powerful processing and real-time data acquisition provides precise sensor and frame coordination, fast signal processing and world-class measurement accuracy.

            Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award, stated “The Red Dot winners are pursuing the right design strategy. They have recognized that good design and economic success go hand in hand. The award by the critical Red Dot jury documents their high design quality and is indicative of their successful design policy.”

            About the Red Dot Design Award:

            In order to appraise the diversity in the field of design in a professional manner, the Red Dot Design Award breaks down into the three disciplines of Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept. The Red Dot Award is organized by Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and is one of the world’s largest design competitions. In 1955, a jury convened for the first time to assess the best designs of the day. In the 1990s, Red Dot CEO Professor Dr. Peter Zec developed the name and brand of the award. Ever since, the sought-after Red Dot award has been the revered international seal of outstanding design quality. More information is available at www.red-dot.org

            About ABB

            ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees. www.abb.com

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              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:08:11 +0200
              More Efficiency in stock preparation: InfiltraDiscfilter with new HiCon 2.0 technology from Voith http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7276-more-efficiency-in-stock-preparation-infiltradiscfilter-with-new-hicon-2-0-technology-from-voith http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7276-more-efficiency-in-stock-preparation-infiltradiscfilter-with-new-hicon-2-0-technology-from-voith

              In the BlueLine stock preparation product portfolio, the InfiltraDiscfilter with new HiCon 2.0 technology from Voith satisfies two of the key customer requirements for modern paper manufacturing, enabling efficient and resource-conserving production, an increase in fiber yield and water consumption may be reduced. The improved efficiency in the stock preparation offers a potential capacity increase of up to 20 percent at the disc filter and savings in pump energy of maximum 50 percent.

              • Prevents vat thickening
              • Minimizes maintenance and operating costs
              • Up to 20 percent capacity increase and 50 percent less pump energy

              Conventional disc filters not only necessitate a high level of monitoring and maintenance; especially in the event of process fluctuations they can cause malfunctions that result in costly machine downtimes. These kinds of problems are triggered above all by uncontrolled highs in stock consistency in the disc filter. If such highs go undetected this often results in a thickening in the vat, especially in high freeness ranges. In these circumstances the disc filter clothing is exposed to high mechanical stresses and can readily become damaged. In the worst-case scenario the entire filter is damaged. To prevent such difficulties, the stock flow is diluted upstream of the disc filter, which is associated with a considerable increase in pump energy and loss of drainage capacity.

              2017 06 19 100820The InfiltraDiscfilter with new HiCon 2.0 technology from Voith is used in the BlueLine stock preparation unit at Schoellershammer PM 6.

              For its HiCon 2.0 technology Voith is also relying on the proven bagless system but has added two new decisive innovations: Firstly, the HiCon disc filters are fitted with a solid system which safely guides the discs. As a result the new disc filters are much more robust and have even longer service lives. In addition, the flow pattern in the vat is reversed, by feeding each individual disc with the flow of stock separately from the others. The patented innovative technology from Voith's BlueLine range prevents the occurrence of critical areas in which the pulp thickens. This allows production to be run with a stock consistency that is up to two percent. Disc filters with HiCon technology can optionally be integrated into existing machines during an upgrade.

              With the launch of its BaglessPlus technology in 2012, Voith had already eliminated a large number of vulnerabilities in conventional filters and had thus set a new benchmark for disc filters. On the one hand because the bagless filters reduced maintenance and operating costs, and on the other because they can better withstand critical situations and therefore reduce the number of costly shutdowns.

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

              About the company
              For 150 years, Voith’s technologies have been inspiring customers, business partners and employees around the world. Founded in 1867, Voith today has around 19,000 employees, sales of €4.3 billion and locations in more than 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe. Being a technology leader, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive.

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                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:10:25 +0200
                Valmet to supply an Advantage NTT tissue production line to Sofidel S.p.A in Spain http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7275-valmet-to-supply-an-advantage-ntt-tissue-production-line-to-sofidel-s-p-a-in-spain http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7275-valmet-to-supply-an-advantage-ntt-tissue-production-line-to-sofidel-s-p-a-in-spain

                Valmet will supply a complete tissue production line to Sofidel's Ibertissue mill in Buñuel, Navarra, in Spain. The delivery includes an Advantage NTT 200 tissue production line, stock preparation equipment and automation system. Start-up of the new line is scheduled for third quarter 2018.

                The order was included in Valmet's first quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

                The up-coming new line in Spain will be Sofidel's fourth Valmet Advantage NTT tissue line in Sofidel's machine fleet. Previously the company has bought one NTT machine to their Delitissue mill in Poland and two NTT machines to their new site, Circleville in Ohio, USA. All in all, this is the 15th tissue machine supplied by Valmet to Sofidel.

                "What we have seen from the performance of the Advantage NTT lines started up so far, we are more convinced than ever that this is the technology for the future. It will give us the flexibility we need to get a competitive advantage in the market," says Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of Sofidel

                2017 04 07 074900Valmet Advantage NTT tissue machine

                "We are of course excited that Sofidel once again decided to go for the Advantage NTT technology to support their path toward future tissue making. It is a perfect match for Sofidel's ambition to produce high quality tissue products with low energy consumption supporting their goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions," says Jan Erikson, Vice President, Sales, Tissue Mills business unit, Valmet. 

                Technical information of the delivery

                The new tissue machine will have a design speed of 1,800 m/min in textured mode and 2,000 m/min in plain mode. The production line is optimized to save energy and fiber as well as add possibilities for product differentiation and increased capacity of premium quality products.

                Valmet's scope of supply comprises a complete tissue production line including an Advantage NTT tissue machine, with an OptiFlo headbox and a cast alloy Yankee cylinder. It will also be featured with the Advantage tissue technology including, an AirCap hood with Air system, WetDust system and a SoftReel B reel. Valmet will also deliver detailed mill engineering, stock preparation equipment as well as an automation package including DCS (distributed control) and QCS (quality control) systems.

                About the customer Sofidel S.p.A

                The Sofidel Group is one of the leading manufacturer of paper for hygienic and domestic use worldwide. Established in 1966, the Group has subsidiaries in 13 countries - Italy, Spain, the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Romania, Turkey and the USA - with more than 5,500 employees, a consolidated turnover of 1,842 million Euros (2016) and a production capacity of over one million tonnes per year. Sofidel is a member of UN Global Compact and the international WWF Climate Savers programme.

                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 2016 were approximately EUR 2.9 billion. Our 12,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:05:32 +0200
                  HexaSolutions invests in eCon synchro knife sheeter from BW Papersystems to double yearly output http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7273-hexasolutions-invests-in-econ-synchro-knife-sheeter-from-bw-papersystems-to-double-yearly-output http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7273-hexasolutions-invests-in-econ-synchro-knife-sheeter-from-bw-papersystems-to-double-yearly-output

                  French paper converter will also highly improve cut and stack quality

                  HexaSolutions, a paper and board converter based in Château-Thierry, Champagne province, in the heart of France, refer to themselves as firefighters. Firefighters for their customers: offset printers. No matter if they urgently need a specific paper grammage or a certain sheet size or if they want to use their existing rolls but in a smaller width, HexaSolutions is dedicated to serving their customers, offering customized solutions in superior quality.

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                  For providing such around-the-clock services, the company heavily relies on its equipment. Having started their business 5 years ago, HexaSolutions sees a permanent growth especially in their folio sheeting business. With the rising demand for high quality stacks, with grammages ranging from 100 g/m2 in paper up to 400 g/m2 in board, their existing sheeting equipment no longer meets the high requirements in cut quality.

                  By investing now, in a new eCon synchro knife folio sheeter from BW Papersystems’ brand MarquipWardUnited, HexaSolutions will be able to provide their customers with press ready stacks with superior cut and stack quality and the quick delivery they need.

                  "The cut quality and the wide spectrum of production capacities of the eCon sheeter were really the key factors of this investment," said Christophe Kopp, Managing Director of HexaSolutions. "As a converter, we should provide the best stack quality and the best delivery time for our customers based around Paris, so we were convinced to make the right choice with BW Papersystems equipment." His new eCon folio sheeter has a 1650 mm working width, is equipped with 4 unwinds and features the industry leading MarquipWardUnited knife technology with a maximum knife load of 1000 g/m² for flexibly converting a wide range of products. This new sheeter ideally supports HexaSolutions’ mission to be their customers’ firefighters.

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                  But HexaSolutions does not only want to improve its product quality with the addition of a new synchro knife sheeter from BW Papersystems, they also expect to double their production output from 5,000 tons to 10,000 tons per year. Their ambitious goal: HexaSolutions wants to become the Number 1 paper and board converter for Paris, the capital city of France, and its suburbs. "Our eCon sheeter will be the most modern sheeter installed in a paper converting plant in France, and so with this new investment our target is to establish ourselves as a premium folio sheet supplier," concludes Kopp.

                  HexaSolutions’ decision for an eCon sheeter from BW Papersystems and MarquipWardUnited continues its global success story. Since its launch in September 2014, the eCon has been sold more than 40 times. The sheeter in France marks the 7th installation in Europe, with more installations to come in the next months.

                  ABOUT BW PAPERSYSTEMS
                  BW Papersystems incorporates nine of the strongest brands in the industry: BW Bielomatik, Curioni, JAG SYNCHRO, Kugler-Womako, MarquipWardUnited, SHM, VortX, WillPemcoBielomatik and Wrapmatic. Market leading technology is available for folio-size, cut-size and digital-size sheeting and packaging of paper, board and other materials, plus stationery, passport production, RFID processing, Book-on-Demand finishing and specialized paper converting applications.  For the corrugating industry, we offer full corrugators, rotary die cutters, flexo folder gluers and starch mixing systems. www.bwpapersystems.com 

                  ABOUT BARRY-WEHMILLER
                  Barry-Wehmiller is a diversified global supplier of engineering consulting and manufacturing technology for the packaging, corrugating, sheeting and paper converting industries. By blending people-centric leadership with disciplined operational strategies and purpose-driven growth, Barry-Wehmiller has become a $2-plus billion organization with 11,000-plus team members united by a common belief: to use the power of business to build a better world. CEO Bob Chapman shares the story of the company’s transformation in his new book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family  To learn more, go to www.barrywehmiller.com

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                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:17:59 +0200
                    Pöyry and Betulium sign co-operation agreement to unlock full value chain benefits for clients in bio-based businesses http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7272-poeyry-and-betulium-sign-co-operation-agreement-to-unlock-full-value-chain-benefits-for-clients-in-bio-based-businesses http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7272-poeyry-and-betulium-sign-co-operation-agreement-to-unlock-full-value-chain-benefits-for-clients-in-bio-based-businesses

                    Pöyry and Betulium have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for co-operation that will enable both companies to serve their clients better in bio-based businesses. Pöyry and Betulium share common objectives in bioindustry: together they have the know-how and experience which can be used especially in the field of nanocellulose for composites, plastics and similar materials as well as for wood-based nanocellulose and material testing in both the forest and chemical industries.

                    poyry logo 2017Betulium Oy is a Finnish clean-tech company established in 2013. Betulium provides renewable, biodegradable, and high-performance water-based cellulose materials to replace or supplement synthetic organic polymers in a vast number of industrial applications. Betulium runs a pilot plant producing material on an industrial scale in Espoo, Finland. Nanocellulose can be used in the manufacture of paper, feeds, foods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

                    Pöyry has a proven track record in process engineering excellence in the chemicals and biorefining sectors and knows the complex bioindustry value chain, megatrends, drivers and business partners. Pöyry's highly-skilled experts can help clients to identify value added opportunities and commercialise bioproducts with engineering solutions that maximise profitability, sustainability and health, safety and environmental (HSE) aspects.

                    "Our services in bio-based solutions cover the whole project life cycle from identifying opportunities through market studies and developing the business idea to the design and start-up of industrial scale production plants. This co-operation initiative will benefit both parties but especially our clients who can make use of the whole value chain advantages reached from one source, enabling smoother and more efficient R&D operations," says Nicholas Oksanen, Executive Vice President of Pöyry's Industry Business Group.

                    Did you know? Pöyry has been delivering bioindustry solutions for 60 years. 
                    http://www.poyry.com/services/smart-solutions/bioindustry

                    About Poyry

                    Pöyry is an international consulting and engineering company that delivers smart solutions across power generation, transmission & distribution, forest industry, chemicals & biorefining, mining & metals, transportation and water. Pöyry's net sales in 2016 were EUR 530 million. The company's shares are quoted on Nasdaq Helsinki (POY1V). Approximately, Poyry has 5500 experts. 40 countries. 130 offices.

                    www.poyry.com

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                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:05:23 +0200
                      Valmet launches new Industrial Internet offering and starts partnership with Tieto http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7271-valmet-launches-new-industrial-internet-offering-and-starts-partnership-with-tieto http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7271-valmet-launches-new-industrial-internet-offering-and-starts-partnership-with-tieto

                      Valmet takes its Industrial Internet services to the next level by launching a new offering and opening four Performance Centers for energy, pulp, paper and board and tissue customers. At the same time, Valmet has signed a partnership agreement with Tieto, which is the first step in building a leading Industrial Internet ecosystem bringing the key players together.  

                      valmet logo"Valmet is the leading process technology, automation and services provider for pulp, paper and energy industries globally. The technologies we provide to our customers are equipped with advanced sensors and measurement devices that gather important data from machines and processes. Furthermore, Valmet's automation systems that many of our customers have provide a solid data source. Combining the data from these sources with data from customers' other mill and plant systems creates an enormous amount of data. The core benefit to our customers is that our experts know which data to analyze and how to utilize it. This know-how is built into our Industrial Internet applications and services," says Jari Almi, Director, Industrial Internet, Valmet.

                      Industrial Internet offering for reliability and performance

                      Valmet's Industrial internet applications and services are built to improve the reliability and performance of customers' processes. The Industrial Internet enabled reliability services consist of online monitoring, predictive diagnostics and data analysis to improve mill and plant efficiency, to help to plan right-timed maintenance and to prevent unplanned shutdowns. Valmet's Industrial Internet enabled performance services concentrate on integrating data from different systems together with production data to optimize mill and plant level operations. They also include both individual process and the whole machine fleet optimization services.

                      Four Performance Centers to provide Industrial Internet services

                      Valmet has established four Performance Centers that are the customer's channel to all Valmet Industrial Internet applications and services. Customers can contact the Performance Centers and get real-time support from Valmet experts and the customer's processes can also be monitored remotely. Moreover, the Performance Centers offer data discovery and big data analysis services based on agreed targets. Performance Centers have been established for pulp, energy, paper, board and tissue industry customers and the Valmet experts work in them both physically and virtually where ever they are through a remote connection.

                      Solution ecosystem with leading industry players

                      To provide comprehensive Industrial Internet offering to its customers, Valmet is building an Industrial Internet solution ecosystem that brings leading industry players together.  The purpose of the ecosystem is to create new value-adding applications and services to pulp, paper and energy industries. This will offer superior performance for Valmet's customers, compared to each actor operating independently. The now signed partnership with Tieto is a significant step in building the ecosystem.

                      "This partnership with Tieto is an important step towards creating a strong Industrial Internet ecosystem and comprehensive services for our customers. Through this cooperation and the companies' complementary offerings, production process and business data can be integrated and optimized for the customers' benefit," says Jari Almi.

                      "We are pleased to be part of new data-driven ecosystems and to deepen our partnership with Valmet to innovate new services and solutions around supply chain and processes optimization. The collaboration starts around Enterprise Resource Planning and Manufacturing Execution Systems, and we are looking forward co-creating new opportunities around industrial internet and data to our customers," says Satu Kiiskinen, Executive Vice President, Tieto.

                      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 2016 were approximately EUR 2.9 billion. Our 12,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

                      Tieto aims to capture the significant opportunities of the data-driven world and turn them into lifelong value for people, business and society. We aim to be customers' first choice for business renewal by combining our software and services capabilities with a strong drive for co-innovation and ecosystems. www.tieto.com    

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                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:53:02 +0200
                        Mondi gives its Nr.1 brand Color Copy a fresh new look http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7270-mondi-gives-its-nr-1-brand-color-copy-a-fresh-new-look http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7270-mondi-gives-its-nr-1-brand-color-copy-a-fresh-new-look

                        New packaging design with improved strength and convenience options

                        Mondi, the international paper and packaging Group, announces the relaunch of its market leading brand Color Copy with a new branding, improved packaging and 100% satisfaction guarantee. The focus of the campaign is to tell the story of Color Copy as the brand customers trust and have relied on for over a quarter of a century for perfect print results and consistent quality. The paper quality remains unchanged.

                        Color Copy enjoys very high brand awareness and a strong reputation. It is still by a large margin the most recognised brand name for colour applications in Europe (40% vs. 14% for second ranked brand), confirmed again by the latest 2016 EMGE Cut-size Survey.  Mondi carried out extensive marketing research in 2016 with customers and end-users surveyed across ten countries. The aim was to better understand why end-users had stayed loyal to the brand over the years and how they saw the benefits of Color Copy for their business. “While we received some insights into what we can do better, the clear message we received from 92% of users was that they are very satisfied with the quality of the paper and we shouldn’t change anything here. So we’ve focused on the branding, packaging and convenience options where we could make Color Copy even better – on the outside -  while retaining strong brand recognition,” explains Johannes Klumpp, Marketing & Sales Director, Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper. 

                        2017 06 14 072604This is the first time Color Copy has undergone any significant rebranding in its 28 years of existence. As part of the rebranding, Color Copy’s packaging has been improved threefold: in terms of design, strength and convenience. The wrappers and boxes are fully branded with a bold new look to make a bigger impact at the point of sale. The wrappers are stronger than ever with an improved base paper and now feature an easy-open tear strip for greater consumer convenience.

                        What’s more, Mondi now offers a shelf-ready packaging option for paper and office supply retailers. This high-quality perforated box requires no unpacking. It comes ready for shelf display and highlights Color Copy’s eye-catching new branding to attract shoppers.

                        100% Satisfaction Guaranteed.

                        Mondi guarantees true-to-life, brilliant colour copies and perfect print results every time with Color Copy, and offers to replace the paper if not 100% satisfied with the results. Color Copy is specifically designed to meet the needs of digital colour printing. It is available in a variety of standard paper formats and reels, and in grammages ranging from 90 gsm to 400 gsm.

                        In July Mondi will begin the rollout of its new Color Copy branding and packaging, followed by related sub-brands in the fall. The rollout is accompanied by a comprehensive marketing campaign with the clear and reassuring slogan of “Doing a great job.” Johannes Klump explains: “For us, ‘Doing a great job.’ is more than a claim. It reflects the performance the brand has delivered consistently for over two decades. It’s also a promise. It’s you AND me together. And it’s our mission with Color Copy – to continue to do a great job for our customers every day.” The focus is on emotional messaging and compelling images that emphasise Color Copy’s guaranteed reliability. The teaser campaign, which ran from the end of April until mid-June, included magazine, billboard and online advertising, with weekly promotional prize giveaways. The marketing strategy will also include a relaunch of the Color Copy microsite (www.colorcopy.com) in a fully responsive design by the end of June, as well as an end-user social media campaign in the fall, and all new print and online marketing and sales tools.

                        About Color Copy

                        Color Copy is the leading brand for colour applications and is CO2 neutral. It is specifically designed to meet the needs of digital printing and guarantees true-to-life, brilliant colour copies and perfect print results every time. Color Copy has an elegant and smooth feel and its soft white hue gives accurate colour reproduction that emphasises your image. It also has an exceptional environmental profile, being CO2 neutral in addition to having FSC®, EU Ecolabel and ISO 9706 certifications. Color Copy is part of Mondi’s Green Range of sustainably produced products. www.colorcopy.com

                        We are Mondi: IN TOUCH EVERY DAY

                        Mondi is an international packaging and paper Group, employing around 25,000 people across more than 30 countries. Our key operations are located in central Europe, Russia, North America and South Africa. In 2016, Mondi had revenues of €6.7 billion and a return on capital employed of 20.3%.

                        We are fully integrated across the packaging and paper value chain - from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and compound plastics, to developing effective and innovative industrial and consumer packaging solutions. With over 100 products customised into more than 100,000 solutions, we offer more than you may expect. Leading brands around the world rely on our innovative technologies and products across a variety of industries such as agriculture; automotive; building and construction; chemicals and dangerous goods; food and beverages; graphic and photographic; home and personal care; medical and pharmaceutical; office and professional printing; packaging and paper converting; pet care; retail and e-commerce; and shipping and transport.

                        We believe sustainable development makes good business sense. It's integral to our responsible and profitable growth, and embedded in everything we do, every day. We continue to look for ways to do more with less, promote the responsible management of ecosystems, develop and inspire our people, and enhance the value that our sustainable product solutions create.

                        Mondi has a dual listed company structure, with a primary listing on the JSE Limited for Mondi Limited under the ticker code MND and a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange for Mondi plc, under the ticker code MNDI. We have been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the JSE's Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index since 2007.

                        About Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper

                        Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper is part of Mondi Group. In 4 paper mills in Austria, Slovakia, and Russia Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper produces environmentally sound office and professional printing papers tailored to the latest professional digital print technology. The company complies with the strictest international certification standards to support sustainable production processes through the responsible management of forest, water and air resources. All Mondi uncoated fine papers belong to the Green Range of papers that are FSC® or PEFC™ certified, 100% recycled or bleached entirely without chlorine.

                        Its renowned brands such as Color Copy, DNS®, IQ, MAESTRO®, NAUTILUS®, BIO TOP 3®, PERGRAPHICA® or Snegurochka are used in office environments on laser or inkjet printers and by professional printers on digital or offset presses to create brochures, transactional material, folders, invitations, business cards, letterheads or other high-impact communication.

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                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:26:44 +0200
                          ANDRITZ to rebuild board machine for Knauf Petroboard http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7269-andritz-to-rebuild-board-machine-for-knauf-petroboard http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7269-andritz-to-rebuild-board-machine-for-knauf-petroboard

                          International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from AO Knauf Petroboard to rebuild the KM 2 board machine at its mill in Kommunar, Russia. The board machine – with a basis weight range from 100-320 g/m2, a working width of 4,260 mm, and a design speed of 700 m/min – has an annual capacity of 155,000 t/a for production of gypsum board made of 100% waste paper raw material. Start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2018.

                          The rebuild includes the supply of a new wire section with three PrimeForm SW Fourdrinier wires and new PrimeFlow SW headboxes, one of which contains a PrimeProfiler F consistency profiling system.

                          ANDRITZ will also supply the main components in the approach flow systems for the top, filler, and back layers at KM 2. The scope of supply comprises several ModuScreen HB-E screens, which combine lowest energy requirements with minimum pulsations at lowest fiber loss. A new ANDRITZ couch pit pulper will manage broke handling. In order to significantly improve water management of the mill, a fiber recovery system with an ANDRITZ save-all Disc Filter will be installed.

                          2017 06 13 105054ANDRITZ will supply a new wire section with three Fourdrinier wires to Knauf Petroboard, Russia. “Photo: ANDRITZ”.

                          ANDRITZ AUTOMATION will deliver a complete new Multi Motor Drive for the entire machine as well as the electrification and automation equipment. The delivery will be handled on an EPC basis, where ANDRITZ takes responsibility for the installation work, including piping and cabling, as well as the required supervision works related to erection, commissioning, and training.

                          The ANDRITZ GROUP

                          ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors as well as for animal feed and biomass pelleting. Other important business segments include automation and service business. In addition, the international Group is also active in the power generating sector (steam boiler plants, biomass boilers, recovery boilers, and gasification plants) and in environmental technology (flue gas cleaning plants) and offers equipment for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard as well as recycling plants. The publicly listed technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of approximately 25,200 employees. ANDRITZ operates more than 250 sites in over 40 countries.

                          ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER

                          ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER is a leading global supplier of complete plants, systems, equipment, and comprehensive services for the production and processing of all types of pulp, paper, tissue, and cardboard. The technologies cover the processing of logs, annual fibers, and waste paper; the production of chemical pulp, mechanical pulp, and recycled fibers; the recovery and reuse of chemicals; the preparation of paper machine furnish; the production of paper, tissue, and cardboard; the calendering and coating of paper; as well as the 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, as well as gasification plants for power generation, flue gas cleaning plants, plants for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling plants are also part of this business area.

                          Knauf – a family business

                          Knauf is one of the leading manufacturers of building materials and systems in Europe and far beyond. Knauf is operating worldwide, with production facilities and sales organizations on all five continents in more than 80 countries and at more than 220 locations. Knauf plants produce modern dry-lining systems, plasters and accessories, thermal insulation composite systems, paints, floor screed and floor systems, equipment and tools for applying these products, as well as insulation materials.

                          AO KNAUF PETROBOARD

                          AO KNAUF PETROBOARD is a Russian structural unit of the international KNAUF Group, which has been investing in Russia for almost 25 years. KNAUF has 15 new or fully renovated production companies in Russia, with 36 production plants manufacturing 1,400 products.

                          KNAUF PETROBOARD has a leading position on the markets in Russia and the CIS countries in manufacture of packaging and wall lining board used to make gypsum plasterboard. The main raw material used in the manufacture of lining board is waste paper. Implementation of this project will provide the means to cover the growing demand for lining board from companies in Russia and the CIS countries and make them less dependent on import of these products.

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                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:51:46 +0200
                            Computerworld Names International Paper to 2017 List of 100 Best Places to Work in IT http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7268-computerworld-names-international-paper-to-2017-list-of-100-best-places-to-work-in-it http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7268-computerworld-names-international-paper-to-2017-list-of-100-best-places-to-work-in-it

                            IPLOGO

                            Computerworld have just announced that International Paper has been recognized as a 2017 Best Places to Work in IT, one of 100 top organizations that challenge their IT staffs while providing great benefits and compensation. Organizations will be included in coverage in Computerworld along with results from the 24th annual Best Places to Work in IT survey.

                            IP ranked 26th, on Computerworld's 2017 list for IT professionals in the large company category. The company's 1,400 IT team members deliver technology solutions for business advantage and support services to the company's 55,000 global team members, using information resources across 645 locations, speaking 13 languages and doing business in 44 currencies. 

                            "I am proud of this team and really happy to see them recognized for helping International Paper become one of the most successful, sustainable and responsible companies in the world," said Bob Wenker, Vice President and Chief Information Officer. "Being listed as one of the Best Places to Work in IT is a great achievement, made possible by a committed group of talented team members. I am extremely proud of them." 

                            About the Best Places to Work in IT list
                            The Best Places to Work in Information Technology (IT) list is an annual ranking of the top 100 work environments for technology professionals by IDG's Computerworld. The list is compiled based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, career development, training and retention. In addition, Computerworld conducts extensive surveys of IT workers, and their responses factor heavily in determining the rankings.

                            About International Paper
                            International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, Asia and Russia.  We produce packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; papers that facilitate education and communication; and paper bags, cups and food containers that provide convenience and portability. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and employ approximately 55,000 colleagues located in more than 24 countries.  Net sales for 2016 were $21 billion.  For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.

                            About Computerworld
                            Computerworld from IDG is the leading technology media brand helping senior IT, business decision-makers and key influencers navigate change with effective business strategy. As the voice of business technology, Computerworld enables the IT value chain with unique editorial coverage from setting strategies to deriving value. Computerworld's award-winning website (www.computerworld.com), focused conference series, strategic marketing solutions and research forms the hub of the world's largest (40+ edition) global IT media network and provides opportunities for IT vendors to engage this audience. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 7.2 million monthly page views (Omniture, January 2016 – March 2016 average) and was recognized in BtoB's 2013 Media Power 50 list; recognition Computerworld has received for more than 5 consecutive years. Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary IDG. Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com.

                            SOURCE International Paper

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                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:10:55 +0200
                              Valmet and Södra Cell sign mill-wide Learning Agreement http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7266-valmet-and-soedra-cell-sign-mill-wide-learning-agreement http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7266-valmet-and-soedra-cell-sign-mill-wide-learning-agreement

                              Valmet and Södra Cell in Sweden have signed a three-year agreement for web-based training via the Valmet Online Learning portal. Valmet will provide online courses for all main mill processes to about 600 employees at all three Södra mills in Sweden; Värö, Mörrum, and Mönsterås.

                              Previously, Södra has purchased Valmet's online training as part of the Värö mill expansion project. Based on excellent training results and positive feedback from the trainees, Södra is now extending the agreement to all three mills over a period of three years.

                              2017 06 13 095154Valmet Learning Services offers organization-wide training solutions tailored to the customers' needs.

                              "Developing the skills of our employees, both our current and newly employed, is of utmost importance. Having effective methods and tools for education is an important prerequisite. We truly believe that together with our skilled intern teachers, the Valmet Online Learning Portal will be an important part of a strong concept," says Stefan Sandberg, Mill Manager at Södra Cell Mörrum, Sweden.

                              Valmet Online Learning is a fully-featured Learning Management System (LMS), offering individual and group level reporting and a diversity of collaboration features, available from computers and mobile devices. It provides 24/7 access to a large online course library for operators, maintenance staff, and other personnel in the pulp, paper, energy, and other process industries. Assessments, evaluations, and certificates are integrated in the portal and can be easily customized.

                              "Valmet Online Learning is an efficient tool to get our customers' new employees quickly up to speed in their new roles. For experienced operators, the online courses are a time-saver when preparing for re-certification tests. We also see that our customers value the extensive reporting features which support each employee's individual competence development," says Lisa Månsson, Global Manager, Valmet Online Learning.

                              Information about Valmet Learning Services

                              Valmet Online Learning is part of the company's recently launched customer training offering - Valmet Learning Services. The renewed offering is designed to help improve the reliability and performance of the customers' processes.

                              "Increased mobility and digitalization create new opportunities, but also poses new challenges to businesses when it comes to developing and retaining talent. Employees expect learning to be available anywhere, at any time. Valmet Online Learning offers the features and flexibility needed to continuously build and maintain skills and expertise for individuals, teams, and organizations. Helping our customers to develop their people is a key factor in our commitment to move our customers' performance forward," says Emmeli Olén, Director, Valmet Learning Services.

                              Information about the Customer Södra

                              Södra was founded in 1938 and is the largest forest-owner association in Sweden and an international forest industry Group, with a membership of more than 50,000 forest owners. Södra's operations are based on responsible forestry and on industries where they convert the raw material into sawn timber, paper and dissolving pulp, and green energy.

                              Find out more about our offering at www.valmet.com/services/learningservices

                              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 2016 were approximately EUR 2.9 billion. Our 12,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:52:59 +0200
                                New visual book for Mondi IQ color shows expressive side of tinted papers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7262-new-visual-book-for-mondi-iq-color-shows-expressive-side-of-tinted-papers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7262-new-visual-book-for-mondi-iq-color-shows-expressive-side-of-tinted-papers

                                Mondi has published an expressive new visual book for its IQ color range of uncoated tinted papers that is itself a piece of art. Entitled ‘The Art of Seeing’, it invites people to take a journey through colour and explore visual phenomena and perception. Its 288 pages are filled with vivid colours, creative elements and optical illusions. The dynamic visual book inspires the imagination with the unlimited possibilities that IQ color offers for professional printers and the creative industries.

                                “The Art of Seeing” visual book – a new approach to colour
                                The fantastic journey into colour begins already on the front cover, which presents a visual ‘game’ in which differently coloured cards can be rearranged to trick the eye and change the pattern on the cover. ‘The Art of Seeing’ demonstrates this flexibility through a series of clever optical illusions that use a variety of printing and finishing methods.

                                2017 06 12 065325

                                Explore Mondi’s world of colour
                                Designers can easily remove colour samples from specially perforated pages to experiment with different ideas and colour combinations. Within the book are samples of all 36 standard colours - ready to be explored and used in creative projects. Johannes Klumpp, Marketing and Sales Director, Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper, says, “We designed ‘The Art of Seeing’ as a visual tool to really inspire professional printers and graphic designers to use IQ color tinted papers.
                                 
                                ‘The Art of Seeing’ was printed in Austria by Holzhausen Druck GmbH. Hannes Fauland Jr., Customer Service at Holzhausen, had worked with IQ color papers before, and he said that after this project he will certainly work with them even more. “The project showed us how in this special case the sequence of colours bound together one after the other can put you in a good mood and generate a positive feeling,” he remarked.
                                 
                                IQ color – an extensive colour range
                                The IQ color range encompasses 36 standard colors, from soft pastels to bright neons and bold black. The new visual book shows off the superb colour uniformity and consistency of IQ color, with its smooth surface and even fibre distribution for high-quality printing. It achieves top print results whether using digital laser, hybrid or offset printing technologies. IQ color also features a high degree of light-fastness for a print product that will last for years.  “IQ color delivers better print quality and more flexibility than you expect – the possibilities are endless”, added Klumpp.
                                 
                                Jutta Wacht, Art Director at the creative agency Say Say Say, Inc., which designed the book, was impressed by the variety of weights and formats in which IQ color is available, from A4 and A3 to folio sheets and reels. “The great number of formats and different grammages show that IQ color is perfectly suited to professional printing. Its good printability showed us that you can easily use colourful paper for a book project or a catalogue,” she said. Commenting on the impact of the unique visual book, she explained: “When you flip through the many colours, you are immediately inspired to work with tinted papers.”
                                 
                                What is also inspiring to designers and creatives is that Mondi offers the option of creating custom colours, substances and formats for IQ color. IQ color is also available in standard office formats. As a multifunctional office paper, it achieves best print results whether using laser printers or copiers or inkjet printing.
                                 
                                Sustainable. Every day.
                                For professional printers who are committed to sustainability, IQ color offers a strong environmental profile. The tinted papers are produced exclusively at the Mondi Neusiedler mill in Austria from FSC® certified virgin fibre. As part of Mondi’s Green Range of products, IQ color is fully biodegradable and recyclable and carries the EU’s Ecolabel. What’s more, the dyes are compliant with EN 71-3, the European standard for safety of toys, and the black paper (B100) is certified for food contact applications.

                                We are Mondi: IN TOUCH EVERY DAY
                                Mondi is an international packaging and paper Group, employing around 25,000 people across more than 30 countries. Our key operations are located in central Europe, Russia, North America and South Africa. In 2016, Mondi had revenues of €6.7 billion and a return on capital employed of 20.3%.

                                We are fully integrated across the packaging and paper value chain - from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and compound plastics, to developing effective and innovative industrial and consumer packaging solutions. With over 100 products customised into more than 100,000 solutions, we offer more than you may expect. Leading brands around the world rely on our innovative technologies and products across a variety of industries such as agriculture; automotive; building and construction; chemicals and dangerous goods; food and beverages; graphic and photographic; home and personal care; medical and pharmaceutical; office and professional printing; packaging and paper converting; pet care; retail and e-commerce; and shipping and transport.

                                We believe sustainable development makes good business sense. It's integral to our responsible and profitable growth, and embedded in everything we do, every day. We continue to look for ways to do more with less, promote the responsible management of ecosystems, develop and inspire our people, and enhance the value that our sustainable product solutions create.

                                Mondi has a dual listed company structure, with a primary listing on the JSE Limited for Mondi Limited under the ticker code MND and a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange for Mondi plc, under the ticker code MNDI. We have been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the JSE's Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index since 2007.

                                About Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper

                                Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper is part of Mondi Group. In 4 paper mills in Austria, Slovakia, and Russia Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper produces environmentally sound office and professional printing papers tailored to the latest professional digital print technology. The company complies with the strictest international certification standards to support sustainable production processes through the responsible management of forest, water and air resources. All Mondi uncoated fine papers belong to the Green Range of papers that are FSC® or PEFC™ certified, 100% recycled or bleached entirely without chlorine.

                                Its renowned brands such as Color Copy, DNS®, IQ, MAESTRO®, NAUTILUS®, BIO TOP 3®, PERGRAPHICA® or Snegurochka are used in office environments on laser or inkjet printers and by professional printers on digital or offset presses to create brochures, transactional material, folders, invitations, business cards, letterheads or other high-impact communication.

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                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Mon, 12 Jun 2017 07:09:00 +0200
                                  Valmet to supply an upgrade of the washing process area for Stora Enso's Heinola fluting mill, in Finland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7261-valmet-to-supply-an-upgrade-of-the-washing-process-area-for-stora-enso-s-heinola-fluting-mill-in-finland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7261-valmet-to-supply-an-upgrade-of-the-washing-process-area-for-stora-enso-s-heinola-fluting-mill-in-finland

                                  Valmet will supply an upgrade of the washing process area for Stora Enso's Heinola fluting mill in Finland with the TwinRoll Evolution wash press (TRPE). The upgrade will improve the Heinola's Neutral-Sulfite Semi-Chemical (NSSC) line washing, which will result in a better product quality and strengthened competitive position.  

                                  valmet logoThe order was included in Valmet's first quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The installation is scheduled to start up during spring 2018.

                                  "This will be the first fifth generation Valmet TwinRoll wash press delivery to Finland. The press will give more flexibility in production and ensure an improved washing of the NSSC pulp before the board machine, and in that way, improve the quality of the final product," says Lari Lammi, Senior Process Manager at Valmet.

                                  "We want to improve the pulp washing efficiency with moderate washing water volumes. A TwinRoll Press showed to be a compact solution when the alternative washers were more in numbers or bigger in size. We are waiting the start-up with great interest to see the TwinRoll Press operation and washing efficiency," says Timo Riuttanen, Process Development Manager at StoraEnso Heinola mill.

                                  Information about Valmet's delivery

                                  The scope of delivery includes the Valmet Twinroll evolution wash press (TRPE) with basic engineering, training and site services as well as spare parts. The TRPE wash press features displacement washing and pressing to 30-32% consistency at 2.5-10% feed consistency. The TRPE wash press is ideal for applications where high washing efficiency and capacity are required.

                                  Information about the customer Stora Enso and Heinola fluting mill

                                  Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper on global markets. Stora Enso group has some 25,000 employees in more than 35 countries, and is publicly listed on the Helsinki and Stockholm stock exchanges. The sales in 2016 were EUR 9.8 billion, with an operational EBIT of EUR 191 million.  

                                  Heinola Fluting Mill produces semi-chemical (SC) fluting which is used as a raw material in the corrugated board industry. The SC fluting produced at Heinola mill in Finland has been developed especially for demanding circumstances and tough requirements.

                                  There are approximately 230 employees at the Heinola Fluting Mill. The Mill is an integrated pulp and board mill, and the annual production capacity is 300 000 tons of fluting.

                                  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 2016 were approximately EUR 2.9 billion. Our 12,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:10:19 +0200
                                    Bekaert Solaronics installs infrared drying system UniDryer®V3 after sizing at Ahlstrom-Munksjö, Arches mill, France http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7260-bekaert-solaronics-installs-infrared-drying-system-unidryer-v3-after-sizing-at-ahlstrom-munksjoe-arches-mill-france http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7260-bekaert-solaronics-installs-infrared-drying-system-unidryer-v3-after-sizing-at-ahlstrom-munksjoe-arches-mill-france

                                    Bekaert Solaronics supplied Ahlstrom-Munksjö Arches with two 2-rows UniDryer® V3 hoods for drying of abrasive paper base after size press on its PM4.

                                    Ahlstrom-Munksjö Arches (formerly known as Arjowiggings Arches) is the oldest customer of Bekaert Solaronics. The first IR drying system was installed in 1966 on the PM5. Since then, Ahlstrom-Munksjö Arches continued to count on Bekaert Solaronics for all its projects as seven infrared drying systems have been installed in the paper mill. 

                                    2017 06 06 103343The main objectives of the new UniDryer® V3 are to dry efficiently the paper coats and achieve guaranteed moisture at the inlet of sizer 2.

                                    The UniDryer® V3 is a very compact system in which high performance gas infrared emitters are alternated with high temperature and velocity air nozzles without requiring a heat exchanger or an external gas burner. These features result in a fast heat-up, a high evaporation rate and ultimately in better product quality.

                                    About Ahlstrom-Munksjö Arches SAS
                                    The Arches mill was founded in 1492. Acquired by the international paper group Munksjö in 2011, the Arches paper mill employs today 470 people and possesses a wide range of machinery, including 7 paper-making machines and three rotary presses.  Ahlstrom-Munksjö Arches produces decor papers, abrasive backing papers, fine art papers and papers for art publishing.

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

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                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Tue, 06 Jun 2017 10:55:20 +0200
                                      Valmet celebrates 1,000 customer pilot trials at its Tissue Technology Center in Karlstad, Sweden http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7258-valmet-celebrates-1-000-customer-pilot-trials-at-its-tissue-technology-center-in-karlstad-sweden http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7258-valmet-celebrates-1-000-customer-pilot-trials-at-its-tissue-technology-center-in-karlstad-sweden

                                      On Thursday May 4 Valmet Tissue Technology Center celebrated its thousandth external customer pilot trial in Karlstad, Sweden.  The very special occasion was celebrated together with the Tissue research cluster managed by RISE, who are conducting development work together with the Valmet R&D team.

                                      2017 06 06 085617The thousandth customer tissue trial were celebrated by the whole Valmet and RISE team

                                      Valmet's Tissue Technology Center has a long history of being a base for Valmet's tissue technology research and development, as well as for joint development with customers. Many of the world's leading tissue producers have utilized this unique resource to develop and verify their products and processes, during the years.

                                      "We are proud to announce the historic milestone of 1,000 pilot trials together with customers. Counted in trial days this results in well above 3,000 days of pilot machine operations. All these days and all great cooperation with tissue and paper producers from all over the world, as well as partner suppliers to the tissue industry has given us tremendous knowledge, experience and insights in the tissue making process. We are excited to continue this journey together with our customers," says Karl-Johan Tolfsson, Manager of Valmet Tissue Technology Center.  

                                      Valmet Tissue Technology Center is a unique resource for cultivating and realization of ideas, innovations and verifying new technologies. It plays a significant role in Valmet's own tissue technology development but it is also utilized by our partners and customers to improve their product quality and machine performance and find the best solution for their requirements.

                                      2017 06 06 085640Eduardo Izquierdo, Director at FPC, part of the Tissue research cluster is checking the paper quality together with Karl-Johan Tolfsson, Manager of Valmet Tissue Technology Center

                                      Valmet's own R&D centers and pilot machines form the backbone of the company's research and development work. Altogether, Valmet has 16 R&D centers and pilot facilities located in Finland, Sweden and Portugal.  Valmet's research and technology development work aims to ensure an advanced and competitive offering of technologies and services for current and future customers, enhance raw material efficiency, and promote the use of renewable raw materials.

                                      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 2016 were approximately EUR 2.9 billion. Our 12,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Tue, 06 Jun 2017 08:57:18 +0200
                                        Voith’s EdgeExpert saves 4% virgin fibers at Smurfit Kappa http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7257-voith-s-edgeexpert-saves-4-virgin-fibers-at-smurfit-kappa http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7257-voith-s-edgeexpert-saves-4-virgin-fibers-at-smurfit-kappa

                                        The use of EdgeExpert makes it possible for paper manufacturers to precisely adjust the web edge of paper layers right from the headbox. This unique concept developed by Voith guides the high-quality virgin fibers right back into the material cycle. EdgeExpert can be used for both single- as well as multi-layer machines.

                                        Without EdgeExpert, the entire web edge of the high-quality pulp layer is removed after the couching step, and then it is no longer possible for the high-quality pulp to be reused in the best quality layer. In the end, paper manufacturers can save raw materials worth much more than 100,000 € per year by adjusting the web edge with Edge Expert and the return directly after the headbox. An investment in EdgeExpert pays for itself after just a few months. Olivier Adt, Production manager at Smurfit Kappa, is convinced of the new EdgeExpert after the experiences with the PM 5 in Biganos, France: “We have been using the new system for several weeks now and have already been able to save 4% of white virgin fibers in the top layer. In addition, since the installation, we have benefited from the exact seal with the forming wire, without any pulp projection. There are also no fiber deposits on the system, thanks to the well-designed nozzles, allowing us to keep a very good uptime of the paper machine.”

                                        2017 06 02 080127It is easy and cost-effective to retrofit existing machines with EdgeExpert – regardless of the original machine manufacturer.

                                        The technology of EdgeExpert is based on a specially developed design and results in a homogeneous jet even in the edge area. A perfect seal to the wire side helps to keep the wire edge as clean as possible and makes for a precise web edge. This not only makes the threading into the press section easier later on, but at the same time minimizes contamination and machine downtimes as well. Moreover, EdgeExpert consumes very little water thanks to the design of the nozzles.

                                        In addition, the edge width can be independently varied from zero to 120 millimeters on both sides and set while production is running. This increases flexibility in paper production. The first models of EdgeExpert are already in use in three machines in Europe and South America.

                                        It is easy and cost-effective to retrofit existing machines with EdgeExpert – regardless of the original machine manufacturer. The assembly process only takes a few hours during a scheduled downtime. Moreover, the easily operable swivel device makes it very easy to exchange the forming fabric.

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

                                        For 150 years, Voith’s technologies have been inspiring customers, business partners and employees worldwide. Founded in 1867, Voith today has around 19,000 employees, sales of €4.3 billion and locations in more than 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe. Being a technology leader, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive.

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                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Fri, 02 Jun 2017 07:57:21 +0200
                                          The Italian GapCon tissue S.r.l. joined the PAPCEL Group of companies http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7253-the-italian-gapcon-tissue-s-r-l-joined-the-papcel-group-of-companies http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7253-the-italian-gapcon-tissue-s-r-l-joined-the-papcel-group-of-companies

                                          At the end of 2016, the Czech supplier of papermaking technology carried out an acquisition of another competitor from Western Europe with the aim to strengthen its market position for production of not only tissue papers.

                                          The Czech company PAPCEL is a leading supplier of complete technology for production of all commercially available paper grades. In the last three years, the company PAPCEL realized the acquisitions of several competing companies from Western Europe, thus significantly strengthened its market position. This year, PAPCEL plans to reach the revenues level of 1.7 billion CZK.

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                                          By the end of 2016, the Italian company GapCon tissue S.r.l. joined the PAPCEL Group of companies. Following the acquisition of the Italian group Comecart (Burgo Group), the French company ABK Machinery and the Spanish company Gorostidi, another world famous manufacturer of technology for packaging grades as well as graphic and tissue papers joined the PAPCEL Group of companies.

                                          The Italian GapCon is an established manufacturer of paper technology with a strong customer base in Europe, Asia and Latin America. GapCon owns a number of patented technologies. When delivering tissue technology, GapCon is one of the few suppliers offering a very unique concept of Shoe press positioning in the paper machine press part. GapCon employs almost 30 employees, has a very strong team of experts with experience acquired from many investment projects worldwide, supplies the paper machines on a turn-key basis and has a team of experts in engineering, assembly and commissioning. In its history, GapCon has executed a number of paper machine installations, in particular for the production of packaging grades and tissue paper.

                                          Through the acquisition of GapCon, the Czech company PAPCEL has expanded the team of experts, strengthening the design department and manufacturing facilities. GapCon will become the competence centre for research, development and delivery of tissue machines. The synergy of the companies will allow extending the distribution network, increase direct sales and the number of reference projects.

                                          GapCon has gained references in paper groups and paper mills as ProGest Group, Naini Group of Industries, KMK Paper, Arjo Wiggins, Georgia Pacific, Ecopaper, etc. At the beginning of this year, GapCon has successfully commissioned a new Tissue Machine in Argentina (machine width on reel 3,450 mm).

                                          For the first time, the Group will be introduced at the exhibition Tissue World Milan, which will be held in April 2017.

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                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Fri, 02 Jun 2017 07:16:58 +0200
                                            The Czech PAPCEL continues to purchase its competitors http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7252-the-czech-papcel-continues-to-purchase-its-competitors http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7252-the-czech-papcel-continues-to-purchase-its-competitors

                                            Following the recent acquisition of GapCon tissue at the end of 2016, PAPCEL acquired another major player in the world market of papermaking industry - in April 2017, the company PAPCEL completed acquisition of the Italian company PMT Italia S.p.A.

                                            papcel logoThe Czech company PAPCEL continues to make acquisitions of western competitors. A new member, the Italian manufacturer PMT Italia S.p.A. joined the PAPCEL Group of companies, consolidating its position among the world leading players supplying technology for the papermaking industry. Nowadays, PAPCEL Group comprises of leading and highly qualified patented technology suppliers with strong references worldwide. By merging with the Italian PMT, PAPCEL Group gains references in the USA and in China. This year PAPCEL expects to exceed the magical limit of revenues over 2 billion CZK for the entire Group of companies.

                                            Management of the joint-stock company PAPCEL continues to purchase other western European papermaking manufacturers. The latest acquisition was made in April 2017, i.e. the acquisition of the Italian company PMT Italia S.p.A., based in Pinerolo. Thanks to the purchase of the Italian company Comecart, based in the town of Cuneo (former Burgo Group); the Czech PAPEL founded a manufacturing division PAPCEL Italy in 2015. Establishing the new manufacturing division significantly expanded the production potential, which is now being used by GapCon tissue S.r.l., a member of the Group. The Italian company PMT is completing a very strong group of companies and Italy is becoming a very strong technical-manufacturing “competence” centre for production of tissue papers, printing & writing papers and packaging paper grades. The purchase of manufacturing facilities from PMT premises expanded the manufacturing park and increased the production capacities.

                                            The Italian company PMT is a world-known manufacturer and specialist in the supplies of technology for the production of graphic papers and packaging paper grades. By merging with PMT, the number of employees has increased by more than 70 for the whole Group. The design “know-how” of the company has broadened, including direct sales.
                                            The Italian PMT is a specialist in the supplies of machines with width over 5,000 mm. Over the last decade, the company has built more than 20 new paper machines and has carried out more than 100 refurbishments. The company has very strong references on the markets of Latin America, in China and the USA. The US and Australian markets where PMT has its sales agencies expanded the business portfolio of the entire Group. The company PMT Italia S.p.A. offers and supplies complete paper machines with very advanced solutions.

                                            In the past 5 years, the PAPCEL Group has achieved its greatest historical achievements under the leadership of Mr. David Dostál, the Managing Director of PAPCEL. The company has increased the number of employees (more than 370 people work in the Group). The company has significantly increased technological know-how and production portfolio. In 2017, the company expects growth in sales revenues and increase in customer portfolio.

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                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Fri, 02 Jun 2017 07:11:30 +0200
                                              ANDRITZ presents “Metris – Industrial IoT Solutions” http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7248-andritz-presents-metris-industrial-iot-solutions http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7248-andritz-presents-metris-industrial-iot-solutions

                                              International technology Group ANDRITZ has combined its innovative IoT (Internet of Things) solutions, which are field-proven in many reference plants, with immediate effect under the technology brand “Metris – Industrial IoT Solutions”. Metris technologies are the very latest state-of-the-art in the IoT/Industry 4.0 sector and can be fully tailored to individual customer requirements.

                                              Substantial customer benefits

                                              Based on extensive and long-term experience as a supplier of technologies and systems for various industries, ANDRITZ offers a broad portfolio of intelligent, digital solutions that provide significant support to customers in achieving their production and corporate goals:

                                              • Enhancing plant efficiency and profitability
                                              • Optimizing the use of resources
                                              • Constant and highest product quality
                                              • Avoiding production downtime
                                              • Maximum user-friendliness, for example easy control via smartphone or tablet PC

                                              Metris is based on three pillars of technology: Smart Sensors, Big Data, and Augmented Reality.
                                              In addition to the use of conventional Smart Sensor technologies for analysis of measurements and signals, ANDRITZ offers micro and wireless sensors as well. This can be used to optimize operation of the plants or systems by analyzing specific parameters that are freely selected by the customer.

                                              2017 06 01 090630Metris – Industrial IoT Solutions: technology brand of the ANDRITZ GROUP for innovative IoT solutions for various industries Photo - Andritz

                                              In the Big Data sector, Metris products calculate any deviations in production in advance by means of field-proven simulation processes and use them to derive the control actions required. In this way, for example, production downtime can be avoided or the use of consumables reduced.

                                              With Augmented Reality applications, information is made visible where it is needed, which is on the spot at the plant itself. The technology focuses on showing the information in context so that the operating personnel gets the best possible support, particularly for complex control actions.

                                              ANDRITZ OPP: successful IoT solution already in use for many years

                                              Over ten years ago, ANDRITZ developed OPP (Optimization of Process Performance) – a system to optimize equipment and plants in the pulp and paper industry – for the PULP & PAPER business area and has continued to improve it further on the basis of customer experience. The OPP system detects any anomalies and deviations in pulp and paper production at an early stage by analyzing production data. Sheet breaks or other adverse effects on production can thus be predicted at an early stage.

                                              As a result, countermeasures can be implemented in good time, guaranteeing reliable production and also optimizing operations and the use of resources. ANDRITZ OPP systems are being used successfully all over the world. Large corporations like Metsä Fibre, Smurfit Kappa, or Fibria have relied on the success of the OPP system for many years.

                                              Now ANDRITZ has developed OPP further for use in other business areas and is offering solutions for different sectors. The technologies used are adapted to the requirements and needs of each individual customer.

                                              Gerhard Schiefer, head of ANDRITZ AUTOMATION: “With Metris, we are combining all of the ANDRITZ GROUP’s IoT solutions under a single technology brand that stands for innovation and know-how. We offer scalable, multi-branch IoT solutions down to machine level that can be used for new and also existing machines and systems and support our customers substantially in achieving their goals in terms of productivity and efficiency in the best possible way.”

                                              The ANDRITZ GROUP

                                              ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors as well as for animal feed and biomass pelleting. Other important business segments include automation and service business. In addition, the international group is also active in the energy generating sector (steam boiler plants, biomass boilers, recovery boilers, and gasification plants) and in environmental technology (flue gas cleaning plants), and offers equipment for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard (MDF). The publicly listed technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of approximately 25,200 employees. ANDRITZ operates more than 250 sites in over 40 countries.

                                              ANDRITZ AUTOMATION

                                              More than 2,000 ANDRITZ employees worldwide develop automation solutions and products for digitization and
                                              networking of systems and components. ANDRITZ AUTOMATION helps industrial facilities around the world to realize their full potential by maximizing output, minimizing costs, and optimizing operations. The experienced ANDRITZ
                                              AUTOMATION team focuses on the design of electrical, control, and instrumentation systems, drawing on some of the world’s leading simulation, advanced process control, and operator training tools.

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                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Thu, 01 Jun 2017 09:03:41 +0200
                                                Valmet to supply a moisturizer system to Schumacher Poledno's corrugated line in Poland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7246-valmet-to-supply-a-moisturizer-system-to-schumacher-poledno-s-corrugated-line-in-poland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7246-valmet-to-supply-a-moisturizer-system-to-schumacher-poledno-s-corrugated-line-in-poland

                                                Valmet will supply a moisturizer system to Schumacher Poledno's corrugated line in Bukowiec, Poland. The Valmet IQ Moisturizer with two beams will enable the mill to improve corrugated board quality and reduce production losses caused by warped board. The system will be started up in July 2017.

                                                The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. Typically, the order value of these kinds of automation system deliveries is below EUR one million.

                                                valmet logoThe order was preceded by a successful trial of the Valmet moisturizer beams in late 2016 on the customer's 2.8-meter-wide production line.

                                                "We had good experience with re-moisturizing high-grammage 5-ply boards with another device. However, the patented nozzles of the Valmet IQ Moisturizer provide a fine water mist instead of a water jet onto the board and thus offer better controllability. We can now use the device for all board grades without having the negative impact of water stripes," comments Slawomir Kubinski, Maintenance Manager at Schumacher Poledno.

                                                "We are very pleased that the Schumacher team gave us the opportunity to present the advantages of Valmet IQ quality controls for the first time in Poland. Poland has a strong corrugated board market, consisting of both liner production and a high number of corrugated lines. It was great to get positive feedback from the Schumacher team about the improvements already during the first trials," states Christian Kallich, Country Manager, Central and Eastern Europe, Automation, Valmet.       

                                                Technical information about Valmet IQ Moisturizer

                                                Valmet IQ Moisturizer is the industry's most advanced family of moisturizing systems. The air-atomized micro-droplet nozzle, combined with a linear water control valve and an electromechanical actuator with position feedback, is an application-matched solution for corrugated board makers to correct all kinds of warping, decrease cracking tendency and optimize glue consumption.

                                                Information about the customer Schumacher Group

                                                Schumacher Poledno is part of Schumacher Packaging Group, one of the largest family-run manufacturers of corrugated and solid boards. It operates 15 plants at 13 locations in Germany, Poland and the Netherlands. In 2016, the group had an annual turnover of EUR 500 million.

                                                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 2016 were approximately EUR 2.9 billion. Our 12,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Thu, 01 Jun 2017 08:49:58 +0200
                                                  Packaging industry continues to demand new solutions from functional and barrier coating suppliers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7245-packaging-industry-continues-to-demand-new-solutions-from-functional-and-barrier-coating-suppliers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7245-packaging-industry-continues-to-demand-new-solutions-from-functional-and-barrier-coating-suppliers

                                                  Global demand for functional and barrier coatings in paper and paperboard applications, is forecast to grow by 4.9% year-on-year to $5.18 billion by 2022.

                                                  Exclusive data from the new Smithers Pira report – The Future of Functional and Barrier Coatings for Paper and Board to 2022 [http://www.smitherspira.com/industry-market-reports/paper/paper-packaging/the-future-of-functional-and-barrier-coatings] determines that future growth will be driven by a resurgent global outlook and the greater penetration of into transition economies. The Asia-Pacific market will represent over 54% of worldwide functional and barrier coatings use by 2022, up from 46% in 2012, with Japan the only major economy in the region expected to have a reduced demand. China leads the way with 34.2% of world consumption.

                                                  pira logoPeter A. Signoretti, author of the report, comments: “There are many demands from the market that require a growing number of substantial advances in technology, leading to greater innovation at numerous levels. Market demands for more sustainable packaging are increasing, as are regulatory requirements that are forcing companies to consider new alternatives.

                                                  “The rate of technology change continues to challenge the industry, and the packaging industry continues to demand new solutions from functional and barrier coating suppliers. When implementing new and innovative technologies suppliers will be required to stay relevant to the market.”

                                                  The food and beverage market will continue to dominate demand for paper and paperboard packaging, and the need for functional and barrier properties. Aseptic packaging continues to expand the use of aluminium foil as a barrier coating for paperboard packaging, while water-based, other high-barrier coatings and biopolymers are expected to make inroads into more traditional petroleum-based wax and plastic laminate paperboard products for fresh food bakery, frozen food and takeaway applications. Novel water-based alternative solutions to silicone in baked goods markets and safer solutions to replace fluorochemicals will continue to be active.

                                                  Cost will continue to drive the market to search for innovative approaches to replace fibre content. The use of micro-fibrillated cellulose and functional coatings will reduce the amount of fibre needed, while maintaining package strength and integrity. Paper and paperboard laminations will be looked at harder for these types of applications. Paper converters are under pressure from consumer brands to reduce waste,

                                                  emissions, volatile chemicals and any hazardous processes. This is putting pressure on packaging companies to provide products with safer and more sustainable functional and barrier coating options.

                                                  The ever-growing e-commerce market will also play a role in future growth, and functional and barrier coating technology will be expected to provide the properties needed to ship more products directly to shoppers worldwide. Food products in particular will need insulating, and lower cost and sustainable products are being sought to replace non-sustainable materials like expanded polystyrene, wax, polyethylene, and polyvinylidene chloride (PVdC). The potentially expanded use of drone delivery will also require tougher and innovative packaging alternatives.

                                                  The Future of Functional and Barrier Coatings for Paper and Board to 2022 [http://www.smitherspira.com/industry-market-reports/paper/paper-packaging/the-future-of-functional-and-barrier-coatings] is based on a combination of in-depth primary and secondary research. Primary research included refinement of Smithers Pira’s databases on paper and board packaging throughout the world and interviews targeting key decision makers.

                                                  This exclusive content was contextualized and integrated and integrated with secondary research drawn from third-party databases and historical data – including official statistics, trade associations, trade directories, market reports, journals, websites, and industry contacts – and detailed analyses of economic data.

                                                  Smithers Pira is the worldwide authority on packaging, paper and print industry supply chains. Established in 1930, Smithers Pira provides strategic and technical consulting, testing, intelligence and events to help clients gain market insights, identify opportunities, evaluate product performance and manage compliance. For more information please visit www.smitherspira.com

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                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Wed, 31 May 2017 08:22:44 +0200
                                                    PERGRAPHICA® design papers launched in Spain through SET http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7244-pergraphica-design-papers-launched-in-spain-through-set http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7244-pergraphica-design-papers-launched-in-spain-through-set

                                                    ‘Paper for Perfectionists’ in graphic design and fine printing

                                                    The PERGRAPHICA® portfolio of premium uncoated fine papers from Mondi is now available in Spain through paper merchant SET. PERGRAPHICA® is designed for the exacting needs of the creative and commercial print industries. It provides excellent printability on a choice of textures, shades and weights. Produced by the Mondi Neusiedler mill in Austria, PERGRAPHICA® is FSC® and EU Ecolabel certified.
                                                     
                                                    PERGRAPHICA® complements Mondi’s offering at the high end of its professional print portfolio. It is called ‘Paper for Perfectionists’ because it fulfils the most demanding requirements for sophisticated and elegant printed documents. Graphic designers, advertising agencies and fine book publishers are just a few of the creative industries that will appreciate PERGRAPHICA®’s variety of options: two textures (Rough and Smooth), three shades (High White, Classic and Natural) and six grammages between 90 and 300 g/m2.

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                                                    Joan Saliner, Managing Director of SET, commented on the decision to offer this portfolio for the first time in Spain: “PERGRAPHICA® arrived at the right moment when our sales force was asking for a design paper to present to the market. I fell in love with all the marketing created around PERGRAPHICA®: very elegant and charming catalogues that send the right message to the market of what PERGRAPHICA® represents.”
                                                     
                                                    As a hybrid paper, PERGRAPHICA® works well with all printing technologies. It delivers consistent, high-quality results whether used for offset or digital printing. It is also well-suited to a variety of post-print processing such as cellophaning, embossing, creasing, die-cutting and more. PERGRAPHICA® is available in standard folio formats 64x90 cm SG/LG, 72x102 cm SG/LG and other folio formats upon request.
                                                     
                                                    PERGRAPHICA® is a Mondi Green Range product – one of many that support customers in going green. It is FSC® certified for responsible forestry, bears the EU’s Ecolabel and is produced exclusively in an ISO 14001-certified mill. It is also the only design paper brand included in the WWF’s ‘Check Your Paper’ resource for third-party audited, environmentally friendly pulp and paper products (checkyourpaper.panda.org).
                                                     
                                                    Local distribution partners add to customer convenience
                                                     
                                                    Mondi uses a network of distribution partners to sell PERGRAPHICA® in certain European markets. Customers can obtain samples and place orders through their local paper merchant. In many European countries clients can obtain samples and purchase PERGRAPHICA® through local distribution companies. In central and eastern Europe, it is sold through Europapier. It is available in Germany from Paper Union, in Italy from Burgo Distribuzione, in Russia from Double V, and now in Spain from SET.

                                                    We are Mondi: IN TOUCH EVERY DAY

                                                    Mondi is an international packaging and paper Group, employing around 25,000 people across more than 30 countries. Our key operations are located in central Europe, Russia, North America and South Africa. In 2016, Mondi had revenues of €6.7 billion and a return on capital employed of 20.3%.

                                                    We are fully integrated across the packaging and paper value chain - from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and compound plastics, to developing effective and innovative industrial and consumer packaging solutions. With over 100 products customised into more than 100,000 solutions, we offer more than you may expect. Leading brands around the world rely on our innovative technologies and products across a variety of industries such as agriculture; automotive; building and construction; chemicals and dangerous goods; food and beverages; graphic and photographic; home and personal care; medical and pharmaceutical; office and professional printing; packaging and paper converting; pet care; retail and e-commerce; and shipping and transport.

                                                    We believe sustainable development makes good business sense. It's integral to our responsible and profitable growth, and embedded in everything we do, every day. We continue to look for ways to do more with less, promote the responsible management of ecosystems, develop and inspire our people, and enhance the value that our sustainable product solutions create.

                                                    Mondi has a dual listed company structure, with a primary listing on the JSE Limited for Mondi Limited under the ticker code MND and a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange for Mondi plc, under the ticker code MNDI. We have been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the JSE's Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index since 2007.

                                                    About Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper

                                                    Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper is part of Mondi Group. In 4 paper mills in Austria, Slovakia, and Russia Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper produces environmentally sound office and professional printing papers tailored to the latest professional digital print technology. The company complies with the strictest international certification standards to support sustainable production processes through the responsible management of forest, water and air resources. All Mondi uncoated fine papers belong to the Green Range of papers that are FSC® or PEFC™ certified, 100% recycled or bleached entirely without chlorine.

                                                    Its renowned brands such as Color Copy, DNS®, IQ, MAESTRO®, NAUTILUS®, BIO TOP 3®, PERGRAPHICA® or Snegurochka are used in office environments on laser or inkjet printers and by professional printers on digital or offset presses to create brochures, transactional material, folders, invitations, business cards, letterheads or other high-impact communication.

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                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Wed, 31 May 2017 08:17:37 +0200
                                                      Not just paper: beverage cartons can also be used to make dispensers! http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7243-not-just-paper-beverage-cartons-can-also-be-used-to-make-dispensers http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7243-not-just-paper-beverage-cartons-can-also-be-used-to-make-dispensers

                                                      At the Pulire exhibition, Lucart presents an example of circular economy unprecedented in Italy 

                                                      The sustainability and innovation of this product have allowed Lucart to win the coveted EU Ecolabel award

                                                      Can a recycled paper product be supplied inside a dispenser made with reclaimed materials? Now it can: this is the successful case history presented by Lucart at Pulire, the largest professional cleaning industry trade show in Italy, a world-leading event in the sector held in Verona from 23rd to 25th May.

                                                      Thanks to the Fiberpack® project, the innovative and sustainable project developed in collaboration with Tetra Pak®, Lucart can now recycle 100% of the components of a beverage carton, allocating 74% of cellulose fibres to the production of recycled paper products and the remaining 26%, consisting of 22% polyethylene and 4% aluminium, to the production of AL.PE.®, a recovered material intended for industries that produce building materials, urban furniture elements and objects of everyday use. Lucart used this material to create a full range of washroom area dispensers, combining the concept of sustainability with the three key elements that are most in-demand on the market: manageability, design and reliability.

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                                                      This way, Lucart achieved a major goal: offering a superior quality recycled paper product contained in a dispenser made from recycled materials, thus providing an actual example of circular economy also for beverage cartons.

                                                      “Circular economics: The Future of Production, Consumption and the Entire Life Cycle. A Challenge for Businesses and the Community": this is the title of the conference promoted by Afidamp (the Italian Association of Professional Cleaning Equipment Manufacturers), which saw the participation of Lucart with a speech by Francesco Pasquini, Sales and Marketing Director of Lucart's Away From Home Business Unit.

                                                      "Our aim was to provide a practical example of sustainable innovation through solutions that stand out for being both original and effective. Two innovative raw materials have been combined to create two product ranges, which, as a single system, are capable of bringing the sustainability of the Lucart Professional brand in the daily business of customers in the Away From Home market," said Francesco Pasquini, Sales and Marketing Director of Lucart’s Away From Home Business Unit.

                                                      This project focused on sustainability and innovation is the reason why Lucart was chosen by Ecolabel – which, today, celebrates its 25 years of activity at a European level – as the winner of the Ecolabel Award on the occasion of the second edition of the EU Ecolabel National Awards. 
                                                      EU Ecolabel is the ecological quality brand of the European Union (EU Ecolabel) for products and services, which, in addition to guaranteeing high performance standards, are characterised by a low environmental impact throughout the entire life cycle.

                                                      Lucart Professional received this prestigious award for category B, which is dedicated to the most innovative products and/or services from an environmental point of view, in terms of design, use or initiatives taken.

                                                      "We are very proud to receive this prestigious award, which is also a reward for our determination in pursuing the circular business model. It is no surprise that in 1998 we were the first Italian company to obtain the Ecolabel certification and, therefore, to believe that product sustainability should be achieved by taking into account the entire life cycle of a product," stated Guido Pasquini, Lucart’s Commercial Director - "We sincerely hope that the Ecolabel certification will increasingly become a benchmark for this type of economy.”

                                                      Lucart 
                                                      Lucart, a multinational Italian industrial group founded in 1953 by the initiative of Pasquini’s family, is leader in Europe of mono-glazed paper, tissue products (paper articles intended for daily consumption, such as toilet paper, kitchen paper, napkins, tablecloths, handkerchiefs, etc.) and airlaid products. The company's production activities are distributed over 3 Business Units (Business to Business, Away from Home and Consumer) operating in the development and sales of various products with distinctive brands such as Tenderly, Tutto, Grazie Natural and Smile (Consumer area), Lucart Professional, Tenderly Professional, Fato and Velo (Away from Home area). Lucart's production capacity is more than 300,000 tons of paper/year, split over 10 continuous machines and 58 converting lines. The consolidated turnover is equal to about € 400 million, with a total workforce of 1,300 employees, 7 production plants (5 in Italy, 1 in France and 1 in Hungary). For further information, please visit the website www.lucartgroup.com

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                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Fri, 26 May 2017 09:58:03 +0200
                                                        Stora Enso and Aalto University to build special stage for public debate forum SuomiAreena http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7237-stora-enso-and-aalto-university-to-build-special-stage-for-public-debate-forum-suomiareena http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7237-stora-enso-and-aalto-university-to-build-special-stage-for-public-debate-forum-suomiareena

                                                        Aalto University and Stora Enso have joined hands in building Finland. The outcome of the co-operation is the Aika (Time) stage for the public debate forum SuomiAreena, in Finland, in honour of Finland’s centenary year of independence. The base of the stage is made up of 50 laminated veneer lumber frames with 100 legs symbolising Finland’s era of independence.

                                                        Students at Aalto University’s Department of Architecture were given the challenge of designing a stage using Stora Enso’s LVL material in just 100 hours. The design had to be of high architectural quality and innovative, and meet the technical requirements of SuomiAreena. Antti Hannula and Antti Rantamäki, students of landscape architecture were selected winners of the competition.

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                                                        “Stora Enso wants to promote the use of renewable materials and show what a tree can do. We have been involved in planning and organising several events that celebrate Finland 100 years. Through our participation in SuomiAreena, we can communicate the opportunities of building with wood as well as our other renewable solutions. The Aika stage will be implemented in the spirit of the centenary together with Aalto University, using high-quality Finnish wood material and design and processing expertise,” says Seppo Parvi, Stora Enso’s CFO and Country Manager Finland.

                                                        “At Aalto University, we are educating game changers who are able to see and combine science, arts and business in a new way. Aalto was recently ranked as one of world’s 55 technology challenger universities, and it maintains close contact with business and society at large. The Aika stage to be built for SuomiAreena is an outstanding piece of work, reflecting our values and ways of operating,” says Eero Eloranta, Aalto University’s Vice President of Education.

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                                                        “The Aika stage will be one of the highlights of the week-long SuomiAreena event. Visitors can see anything but traditional panel debates on the stage. During the week, there will be cooking, innovations, business pitches, hackathons and a cavalcade of the most interesting projects of the Finland 100 programme,” says Mari Haavisto, Executive Producer of SuomiAreena.

                                                        The surface area of the Aika stage is 285 square metres, and the spectator area contains 150 seats. The stage will be built of Stora Enso’s structurally strong LVL, which is manufactured in Varkaus, Finland. The stage is covered with translucent Vitrea profiled glass.

                                                        The Aika stage will be built in front of the Sokos Hotel Vaakuna, at Gallen-Kallelankatu 7, Pori, for the duration of the SuomiAreena forum (10‒14 July 2017). Once the event is over, the stage will be moved to Aalto University’s campus in Otaniemi, Espoo, to enrich the lives of students and the public.

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                                                        Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper on global markets. Our aim is to replace fossil-based materials by innovating and developing new products and services based on wood and other renewable materials. We employ some 25 000 people in more than 35 countries, and our sales in 2016 were EUR 9.8 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Nasdaq Stockholm (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY). storaenso.com 

                                                        Aalto University: Shaping the future. Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art are together with technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has 11 000 students and more than 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

                                                        disclamer: The illustrations are based on sketches and do not necessarily conform to the final appearance and structure

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                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Wed, 24 May 2017 09:53:10 +0200
                                                          BillerudKorsnäs fluting production in Gruvön up and running http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7236-billerudkorsnaes-fluting-production-in-gruvoen-up-and-running http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7236-billerudkorsnaes-fluting-production-in-gruvoen-up-and-running

                                                          billkorlogoAs communicated earlier BillerudKorsnäs experienced a major breakdown in the digester in the semi-chemical pulp production line in Gruvön. The problem has now been resolved. The pulp line and the fluting machine PM6 is back in production.

                                                          The impact on EBITDA for the breakdown is estimated to approximately SEK 25 million after compensation from insurance.

                                                          “The impact of the breakdown could be limited thanks to a very efficient work in the mill, and we could start up production relatively quickly. Now we have to limit the indirect damage in the form of missing deliveries and customer relations,” says Per Lindberg, CEO of BillerudKorsnäs.

                                                          Related article : BillerudKorsnäs production of semi-chemical pulp supplying PM6 in Gruvön experience breakdown

                                                          BillerudKorsnäs provides packaging materials and solutions that challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future. We are a world-leading provider of primary fibre based packaging materials and have customers in over 100 countries. The company has 8 production sites in Sweden, Finland and the UK and about 4 300 employees in over 13 countries. BillerudKorsnäs has an annual turnover of about SEK 22 billion and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. www.billerudkorsnas.com

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                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Wed, 24 May 2017 09:47:26 +0200
                                                            Mitsubishi HiTec Paper presents B.A.U.M. environmental prize 2017, "science" category http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7235-mitsubishi-hitec-paper-presents-b-a-u-m-environmental-prize-2017-science-category http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7235-mitsubishi-hitec-paper-presents-b-a-u-m-environmental-prize-2017-science-category

                                                            Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, the Bielefeld producer of coated speciality papers, has presented the Environmental award, science category, to Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen at the annual meeting of B.A.U.M. on 17th& 18th May in Frankfurt a.M. / Germany.

                                                            The German Working Group for Environmentally Conscious Management (B.A.U.M. eV ) has honoured company representatives, scientists and journalists who have made outstanding contributions to the environment and sustainability every year since 1993. In 2017, the focus was on sustainable investment.

                                                            2017 05 23 100252Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen with the award certificate l to r: Dieter Brübach (B.A.U.M.), Dr. Thomas Holzmann (German Federal Environmental Agency), Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen (University of Hamburg), Prof. Dr. Maximilian Gege (B.A.U.M.), Martin Odeland (B.A.U.M.), Dr. Bernd Gerecht (Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH)

                                                            "It is time to recognize the fact that we have the power to promote sustainable economic activity through investment," emphasizes Prof. Dr. Maximilian Gege, chairman of B.A.U. M. "Some of our award winners are involved in responsible investment scientifically, journalistically or practically within their companies."

                                                            "As a long-standing B.A.U.M. member, we are pleased to present the environmental award in the science category to Prof. Dr. Bassen this year," says Dr. Bernd Gerecht from Mitsubishi HiTec Paper. "As an energy-intensive company, we attach particular importance to sustainable production, sustainable products and an appropriate company orientation. Sustainability and company success go hand in hand for us. "

                                                            Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen conducts research on the fundamentals and concepts of Responsible Investment, i.e. sustainable investment. He examines the link between sustainability successes and the financial success of companies. The professor of business administration at the University of Hamburg has been particularly interested in the relevance of climate data for many years. He also explores experimentally the behaviour of investment professionals in investment decisions in sustainable financial products. A further focus of his work is sustainability reporting and its impact on the performance of companies, as well as the importance of sustainability information for the efficiency of capital markets.

                                                            Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH is a German subsidiary of Mitsubishi Paper Mills Ltd., Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of specialty paper. The roughly 700 employees at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper produce high-quality direct thermal, digital imaging, carbonless, label and barrier papers at two tradition-rich locations in Bielefeld and Flensburg.
                                                            Each factory stands out for own base paper production, state-of-the-art production machinery and innovative coating technologies. Through its dense global sales network, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper supplies a full range of specialty papers featuring a modular system for every application and printing technology – and is a highly capable partner whenever customized coated paper solutions are required.
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                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Tue, 23 May 2017 10:23:19 +0200
                                                              The industry’s first SIL 3 certified single controller for water and steam enables plants to protect valuable assets and improve worker safety http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7234-the-industry-s-first-sil-3-certified-single-controller-for-water-and-steam-enables-plants-to-protect-valuable-assets-and-improve-worker-safety http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7234-the-industry-s-first-sil-3-certified-single-controller-for-water-and-steam-enables-plants-to-protect-valuable-assets-and-improve-worker-safety

                                                              The industry’s first sil 3 certified single controller for water and steam enables plants to protect valuable assets and improve worker safety

                                                              Emerson’s Mobrey™ Hydratect™ 2462 provides proven, reliable detection of water or steam. It can now be used within an SIS loop to further reduce risk of dangerous failure.

                                                              Emerson’s water and steam detection system is the world’s first single controller solution to be certified to IEC 61508 for safety instrumented functions up to SIL 3. The Mobrey™ Hydratect™ 2462 Water and Steam Detection System is used in a wide variety of applications where the detection of water or steam is vital for safe and efficient plant operation, such as boilers, steam drums and steam line drain pots. This helps to protect valuable plant assets, prevent downtime, save costs and improve worker safety.

                                                              2017 05 23 095842The Mobrey™ Hydratect™ 2462 Water and Steam Detection System is certified to IEC 61508 for safety instrumented functions up to SIL 3.

                                                              The functional safety assessment performed by Exida enhances Hydratect’s reputation for reliability and durability. Exida, world leaders in functional safety certification, have assessed Hydratect and determined that it meets the requirements of SIL 3. The Hydratect system is ideal for the most demanding applications within power generation, refineries, chemical, steel, pulp and paper plants. It can operate in process conditions of up to 300 bar and 560°C. Failure of equipment in such applications can have serious consequences – the Hydratect offers the benefit of SIL 3 approval guaranteeing its reliability.

                                                              Hydratect is a modern replacement for conventional float switches, and consists of a compact twin-channel electronic unit, connected to a pair of electrodes. Each channel gives independent indications of the presence of water or steam that are more reliable than those obtained with electro-mechanical devices, which have the possibility of failing in an unsafe condition. By installing the electrodes in vessels or steam lines and measuring the resistance, the presence of water can be detected, allowing appropriate safety measures to be taken.

                                                              By detecting low water level in steam drums, Hydratect helps to prevent boiler tubes overheating, which could lead to an explosion, while detecting high water level prevents the generation of wet steam which could cause costly turbine blade erosion. Using Hydratect to detect water in steam line drain pots, as part of a turbine water induction prevention system (TWIP), helps prevent damage to turbine blades, cylinders and the housing.

                                                              The electronics unit provides a local indication of steam, water and fault states, and features configurable fault and trip outputs. Component failure, cable faults, ground faults and electrode problems are continuously self-monitored. Additional reliability is provided by triple redundancy of critical components, which ensures that failures result in a safe condition. An individual power supply to each channel further enhances reliability.

                                                              About Emerson

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

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                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Tue, 23 May 2017 09:59:01 +0200
                                                                Metsä Board achieves EcoVadis Gold rating for its sustainability practices http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7233-metsae-board-achieves-ecovadis-gold-rating-for-its-sustainability-practices http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7233-metsae-board-achieves-ecovadis-gold-rating-for-its-sustainability-practices

                                                                Metsä Board, the leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards and part of Metsä Group, has achieved the Gold level rating by EcoVadis for its approach to sustainability. Overall Metsä Board was ranked in the top 1% of suppliers assessed by EcoVadis across all categories.

                                                                “We are very proud to have achieved this level of ranking. The assessment further enforces Metsä Board’s continued commitment to sustainability. We recognise that sustainability must go beyond regulatory compliance to also focus on how companies manage their economic, social, and environmental impacts, as well as their relationships with stakeholders such as customers, employees, suppliers and government,” says Soili Hietanen, VP Sustainability and Energy at Metsä Board.

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                                                                As part of the process, Metsä Board’s recent achievement of A-List recognitions in CDP’s Water and Climate programmes as well as Leadership status in CDP’s 2016 Forest and Supply Chain programmes were important considerations for the EcoVadis team.

                                                                EcoVadis operates a platform allowing companies to assess the environmental and social performance of its suppliers on a global basis. The criteria include four themes; the environment, labour practices, sustainable procurement and fair business practices. The methodology and criteria used are in line with international Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) standards including the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), UN Global Compact, and ISO 26000.

                                                                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 2016, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.7 billion, and it has approximately 2,500 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

                                                                Metsä Group
                                                                www.metsagroup.com   

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

                                                                Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 4.7 billion in 2016, and it employs approximately 9,300 people. The Group operates in some 30 countries. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and owned by approximately 104,000 Finnish forest owners.

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                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Tue, 23 May 2017 09:55:46 +0200
                                                                  Standard HMIs used to reconfigure safety control functions http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7231-standard-hmis-used-to-reconfigure-safety-control-functions http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7231-standard-hmis-used-to-reconfigure-safety-control-functions

                                                                  Using ABB’s safety PLC, standard HMIs such as control panels and mobile devices can be used to alter functional safety control functions in industrial applications.

                                                                  ABB has developed a method of using standard human machine interface (HMI) products such as control panels, industrial PCs and mobile devices to reconfigure safety control functions.

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                                                                  Using ABB’s AC500-S safety programmable logic controller (PLC), operators of equipment such as harbor and factory cranes, hoists, elevators, airport passenger bridges, automatic guided vehicles (AGVs), robots, mining and pulp & paper machinery can select, modify and amend their safety control functions. This allows them to achieve high functional safety standard requirements while benefiting from the convenience and low costs of using standard HMIs.

                                                                  Operators of these industrial applications need to reconfigure their safety control functions to adapt to changed application conditions and to optimize machine productivity. These reconfigurations, known as safety actions, are often performed using mechanical or electro-mechanical mode selector switches connected to the digital safety inputs of a safety PLC.

                                                                  This method suffers from limited user-friendliness, inability to make modifications to switch layout and function, limited number of selection options and relatively high costs for the mode selector switches and digital safety input channels.

                                                                  ABB solves these challenges by allowing standard HMIs, such as control panels, industrial PCs and mobile devices to interface with an ABB AC500-S safety PLC to carry out these safety actions.

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                                                                  Standard HMIs that support at least two different Ethernet based communication protocols can be used. ABB recommends Modbus©/TCP and ABB ETH. A mean time between failures (MTBF) greater than 22.5 years is required for standard HMIs to satisfy PL d (ISO 13849-1) requirements. HMIs with lower MTBFs may only satisfy PL c (ISO 13849-1) requirements.

                                                                  Benefits of using standard HMIs include cost savings on safety I/O channels and mode selector switches. The ability to select from a wide range of HMI products offers the user independence from any one vendor, a larger range of input options and greater flexibility to adapt the connections and layout of the HMIs.

                                                                  The method allows connecting to high and low level safety systems remotely. One example is in the selection of a crane, allowing it to be controlled remotely using the emergency stop located on the operator desk. A network links the AC500-S safety PLC in the control room with the safety PLCs at the cranes. The user in the control room can select, using standard HMI equipment, which of the cranes will stop if the emergency stop button is activated on the remote operator control station. Pressing the remote emergency stop button on the operator’s desk will therefore stop the selected crane only. Independent of the remote emergency stop function, all cranes still have their own local emergency stop controls.

                                                                  ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees. www.abb.com

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                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Tue, 23 May 2017 09:47:04 +0200
                                                                    James Cropper brings home a third award for sustainability initiative http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7230-james-cropper-brings-home-a-third-award-for-sustainability-initiative http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7230-james-cropper-brings-home-a-third-award-for-sustainability-initiative

                                                                    British master papermaker James Cropper has added another trophy to its award cabinet following its win of the prestigious Green Award at Luxe Pack New York.

                                                                    The company won the award at the exhibition for its support of the Burneside Community Energy (BCE) project, a social initiative that saw the installation of a 250KW Solar PV Array on the roof of James Cropper’s mill in the village of Burneside in the Lake District.

                                                                    The multi-award winning project, which launched in December 2015, generates clean, green electricity, and enables residents of the village – many of whom are also employees – to benefit from investment in renewable energy.

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                                                                    James Cropper recently won in the same category for this project at Luxe Pack’s Shanghai edition. This time, James Cropper was selected as a winner by an esteemed panel of judges comprising senior packaging consultants from brands including Elizabeth Arden, Bacardi and Estee Lauder, as well as the editor-in-chief of Beauty Packaging.

                                                                    Susan Wilson, group packaging director at James Cropper, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have picked up the Green Award again for a project so close to our hearts. The installation generates 200,000 kWh of renewable electricity per year, which is enough to offset the energy requirements of our specialist laminating and technical coating facility, or the equivalent of powering 50 UK homes. It’s also been calculated that the initiative will reduce our carbon dioxide emissions by 1.91 million kilograms over the next two decades.”

                                                                    As well as the positive impact on the environment, the BCE scheme delivers a five per cent annual dividend to investors, and an additional £50,000 for a community fund to deliver projects of social and environmental benefit to Burneside over a 20-year period.  The scheme has been widely praised as a sustainable, eco-friendly solution that benefits the local parish and demonstrates James Cropper’s long-term commitment to supporting sustainable initiatives in the community.

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                                                                    Luxe Pack is the premier exhibition for creative and innovative packaging and this year marked its 15th show in New York, which took place on 10 and 11 May at Pier 92 in the city. The event played host to over 250 leading global packaging manufacturers and suppliers within the beauty, fragrance, wine and spirit, and gourmet food markets.

                                                                    Susan added: “We’ve been loyal exhibitors at Luxe Pack for many years now and have witnessed more and more brands and suppliers plough investment into sustainability initiatives as green credentials become increasingly important to consumers. At James Cropper, we’ve always strived to innovate in this arena, and to be recognised within the packaging industry for this commitment means a great deal indeed.”

                                                                    James Cropper was also recently highly commended at Insider Media’s 2017 Made in the North West Awards in the Green / Sustainable Manufacturer category.

                                                                    For more information about James Cropper, visit www.jamescropper.com.

                                                                    About James Cropper

                                                                    James Cropper are prestige paper innovators based in the English Lake District, supplying distinct, custom-made paper products to many of the world’s leading luxury brands, art galleries and designers. Celebrating 170 years of high quality paper production in 2015, the business has been carefully stewarded and nurtured by six generations of the Cropper family and is renowned globally for individual expertise in colour, dedicated responses to the most challenging custom projects and award-winning commitment to the highest standards of sustainability.

                                                                    A network of global sales and production facilities from Europe to the Far East provides local customer service to international clients, while its historic base in the village of Burneside retains nearly two centuries worth of papermaking expertise.

                                                                    About Technical Fibre Products (TFP)

                                                                    As well as paper products, James Cropper plc also incorporates Technical Fibre Products (TFP), manufacturers of non-woven materials from carbon, glass and polymer fibres, which play a key part in production of composites in the automotive, energy and aerospace sectors.

                                                                    About James Cropper 3D Products

                                                                    With James Cropper 3D Products, James Cropper plc has created the next generation of sustainable moulded paper packaging. Available in a wide variety of colours and with a naturally tactile finish, the product has a clear focus on quality and is design-engineered to suit all packaging needs. Features to improve product value and packaging integrity, such as personal embossing, natural hinges and cut-outs, enhance brand impact. All packaging products are recyclable and made from 100 per cent renewable natural fibres.

                                                                    For further information visit: www.jamescropper.com , www.jc3dp.com and www.tfpglobal.com.

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                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Tue, 23 May 2017 09:43:14 +0200
                                                                      Global Forest and Paper Industry CEOs Discuss Future http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7229-global-forest-and-paper-industry-ceos-discuss-future http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7229-global-forest-and-paper-industry-ceos-discuss-future

                                                                      The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) eighth biennial International CEO Roundtable has taken place in Berlin, Germany. More than 20 forest based industry CEOs and association leaders from around the world met to discuss industry innovation, sustainability aspects, current political aspects and future trends that may impact the industry at local and international levels.  

                                                                      cepi blue“The global forest and paper industry stands firm in achieving its sustainability commitments based on its common values. Today’s conference provides us with an opportunity to reaffirm these values in today’s interconnected and fast-paced world,” said Peter Oswald, Mondi Group CEO designate (from 11 May 2017), who chaired the roundtable.

                                                                      The CEOs discussed industry improvements in sustainability practices and innovation. They also watched the 3 global finalists of the Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovations Award presenting their projects in a wide range of activities relevant to forest-based science, products using forest-based raw materials, process improvements or other innovations throughout the value chain. The global finalists of the Award and their respective projects can be found at http://www.icfpa.org/who-we-are/blue-sky-young-researcher-and-innovation-award

                                                                      Keynote speaker Prof. Dr. Michael Huether, economist and director of the Institute der deutschen Wirtschaft, provided insights about the effects of Global Political Disruption on the forest based industry.

                                                                      The next ICFPA International CEO Roundtable will take place in Canada in 2019.

                                                                      The ICFPA represents more than 30 national and regional forest and paper associations around the world.

                                                                      For more information about the sustainability of the global forest and paper industry, visit icfpa.org.

                                                                      Winners of Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Award

                                                                      Against the backdrop of these discussions, the ICFPA announced the winners of the Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Award, a global award that aims to stimulate interest by young researchers carrying out projects in a wide range of activities relevant to forest-based science, products as well as process improvements or other innovation throughout the value chain.

                                                                      The theme of the 2016-2017 global competition was “Game Changing Technologies for the Forest and Paper Industries – Unfolding Potential of Forest, Paper and Wood-Based Products”. Each participating country nominated national candidates to compete internationally. This year, 12 projects were nominated by ICFPA members to the international phase. Based on the assessment of a jury composed of experts of different regions and organisations, three winners were selected:

                                                                      -       Koh Sakai, with the project ‘Cellulose nanofibres prepared by phosphorylation’

                                                                      -       Shuji Fujisawa, with the project ‘Biocompatible nanocellulose/polymer composite microparticles formed by emulsion-templated synthesis’

                                                                      -       Esthevan Gasparoto, with the project ‘Cutting-edge technologies for forest monitoring and measurement’

                                                                      Two South African students among finalists

                                                                      South Africa’s Sonja Boshoff and Ryan Merckel won the South African round and were counted among the 12 finalists. Boshoff’s work looked at the potential of biological and thermochemical technologies for the conversion of solid waste streams from paper and pulp mills into energy. She is currently a research engineer at Mpact Paper, Stellenbosch.

                                                                      Merckel pitched his research on Catalytic Pyrolysis for Upgrading of Bio-oil. He has recently been selected as an exchange student with Malardalen University in Sweden. He is doing his PHd through the University of Pretoria as part of the PAMSA co-funded project with the Department of Science and Technology. 

                                                                      “The ICFPA congratulates all the participants and the global winners of the first edition of this global competition. We believe it is important to foster knowledge and stimulate innovative research among young researchers.  Our industry is a vibrant and dynamic workplace for the future and therefore we will continue our support of students and young professionals”, said ICFPA President Elizabeth de Carvalhaes.  

                                                                      For more information on the award and researchers finalists: http://www.icfpa.org/who-we-are/blue-sky-young-researcher-and-innovation-award

                                                                      The ICFPA represents more than 30 national and regional forest and paper associations around the world. For more information about the sustainability of the global forest and paper industry, visit icfpa.org.

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                                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Tue, 23 May 2017 09:37:55 +0200
                                                                        Smurfit Kappa celebrates a decade of excellence in sustainability achievements http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7225-smurfit-kappa-celebrates-a-decade-of-excellence-in-sustainability-achievements http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7225-smurfit-kappa-celebrates-a-decade-of-excellence-in-sustainability-achievements

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                                                                        Smurfit Kappa is well on its way to meeting its ambitious 2020 sustainability goals, according to its tenth annual sustainability report which was released today. In the decade since it started formally measuring its sustainability impact, Smurfit Kappa reached full Chain of Custody certification for its entire raw material supply chain. At the same time it has cut CO₂ emissions by 23% and the quality of its discharge water improved by 32%, both on track for its 2020 target of 25% and 33% respectively.

                                                                        Smurfit Kappa’s sustainability report, which measures year-on-year progress with a focus on five priority areas (Forest, Climate Change, Water, Waste and People), shows that over the past ten years the packaging giant has also achieved a significant reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfill and has invested €60 million in water treatment plants.

                                                                        Smurfit Kappa is also celebrating over ten years of investment in social and scientific projects with the aim of supporting the communities in which it operates. Over €30 million has been invested in projects ranging from providing improved facilities and play therapy at a school for children with disabilities in Italy, to working with Colombian universities to study and protect the flora and fauna in the company’s forests.

                                                                        “Smurfit Kappa is playing its part in creating a sustainable future by building a profitable business based on sustainable principles. We will continue to pioneer innovative ways to be sustainable to create value for both our customers and shareholders,” said Tony Smurfit, Group CEO of Smurfit Kappa. 

                                                                        Steven Stoffer, Group Vice President of Development, with responsibility for sustainability within Smurfit Kappa, said: “Compared to other packaging materials, paper is the most sustainable, therefore sustainability is within the very DNA of our company. These latest results are a testament to the contribution everyone at Smurfit Kappa makes to reach our ambitious goals. We’re proud of the progress we’ve made over the past decade, and very pleased to be on track to meet our 2020 sustainability goals.”

                                                                        Key findings from the 2016 report include:

                                                                        Forest

                                                                        • Over 90% of packaging supplied to customers is Chain of Custody certified

                                                                        Climate Change

                                                                        • 22.9% reduction of fossil CO₂ emissions per tonne of paper produced (against 2005 baseline)

                                                                        Water

                                                                        • Completed mill-specific water risk assessments in eleven paper mills
                                                                        • 31.9% reduction in relative amounts of COD in discharge water (compared to 2005)

                                                                        Waste

                                                                        • 13.3%  reduction in waste sent to landfill

                                                                        People

                                                                        • Health and Safety: Reduced the Lost Time Accident (LTA) frequency rate by 10% in 2016
                                                                        • Implemented over 1,000 follow-up actions as a result of the MyVoice employee survey

                                                                        Click here to download the 2016 report.

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                                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Thu, 18 May 2017 10:54:46 +0200
                                                                          Toscotec supplied AHEAD tissue machine started-up at Paper Prime S.A. in Vila Velha de Rodão, Portugal. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7224-toscotec-supplied-ahead-tissue-machine-started-up-at-paper-prime-s-a-in-vila-velha-de-rodao-portugal http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7224-toscotec-supplied-ahead-tissue-machine-started-up-at-paper-prime-s-a-in-vila-velha-de-rodao-portugal

                                                                          Paper Prime, a company belonging to the Trevipapel Group, and Toscotec announce the successful start-up of the new TM1. The installation and commissioning were performed according to the scheduled time and the start-up went very smoothly.

                                                                          Toscotec’s turn-key project for TM#1 includes a stock preparation plant for dry virgin pulp, AHEAD-2.0S tissue machine with Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD-16FT, machine auxiliaries including Milltech Gas fired Hood, steam & condensate and dust removal system, electrification starting from medium voltage cabinets  & control system, additional plants and complete engineering and erection activity. A three unwind stand rewinder TT WIND-H completes the supply.

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                                                                          “This start-up is a good example of what the two teams can achieve thanks to the efficient combination of Toscotec’s latest technology and excellent team work. We finalized the installation and commissioning in time and only two weeks after start-up the new Toscotec AHEAD-2.0S has achieved the operating speed of 2,000 mpm. It has been a pleasure to be a part of PaperPrime's project and we wish them good luck for their new business." says Marco Dalle Piagge, Sales Director of Toscotec S.p.A.

                                                                          Located in Lousã, district of Coimbra, Portugal, Trevipapel S.A also has 2 converting plants strategically located in the center of the country, where are converted 20.000 tpy, serving the internal market and exporting its Joker brand products to Spain, central Europe, Africa and South America.

                                                                          About Toscotec

                                                                          Toscotec is a turnkey supplier to the global tissue industry. Since 1948, Toscotec offers complete production lines, plant retrofits, turnkey projects, and individual machineries.  Headquartered in Lucca, the nerve center of the Italian paper district, with offices and service centers in China and North America, the Group serves all the leading paper producers with customized solutions, leveraging on the experience gained in more than 60 years of activities. Key to the Group’s success is the engineering and R&D department, run by a team of highly qualified engineers. Read more at www.toscotec.com

                                                                          Trevipapel, S.A

                                                                          Established in 1999 with the objective to convert part of the products sold by the company Socigene, Trevipapel S.A. has grown from a small private company into one of the leading manufacturer providers of professional hygiene products (AfH) in Portugal. www.trevipapel.com

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                                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Thu, 18 May 2017 10:50:21 +0200
                                                                            Tieto signs deal with SCA Forest Products to manage SAP environment http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7223-tieto-signs-deal-with-sca-forest-products-to-manage-sap-environment http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7223-tieto-signs-deal-with-sca-forest-products-to-manage-sap-environment

                                                                            Tieto has signed a three-year contract with SCA, Europe's largest private forest owner, to handle SAP Application Lifecycle Management Services for its forestry business area. The deal means Tieto will be responsible for application management and support.

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                                                                            "We are extremely pleased that SCA Forest Products has entrusted us with the management of their extensive SAP environment. Tieto takes great pride in helping the forest industry meet the challenges brought on by digitalization and we are excited for the opportunity to work with SCA over the coming years," says Christer Lindqvist, Customer Executive for forest industry Sweden at Tieto.

                                                                            Under the contract, Tieto will provide application management within five major areas, including Incident Management, Problem Management, Event Management, Change Request Management and Change Control Management.

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                                                                            Tieto will also support the implementation of Digital Core S/4HANA and increase the use of automatization and insights to business processes through SAP Solution Manager, while the use of offshore delivery centres is expected to help SCA cut costs. The contract also includes a framework agreement for further deals during the three-years period.

                                                                            Tieto has 20 years of SAP experience and offers several specialised solutions for the forest and paper industries.  

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                                                                            “This deal confirms Tieto’s position as a leading partner to the forest industry in the Nordics. Our aim is to help SCA follow industry best practices and at the same time ensure business continuity and lowering application maintenance costs,” says Christer Lindqvist. 

                                                                            For more information about SAP S/4HANA:  https://campaigns.tieto.com/sap-solutions/sap-transformation

                                                                            About SCA
                                                                            SCA is Europe’s largest private forest owner, encompassing some 2.6 million hectares of forest land, and produces forest products with a strong environmental profile. Operations are based on in-depth customer insight, high innovative ability and a sustainability perspective at all levels. SCA sells paper for packaging and print, pulp, solid-wood products and renewable energy. www.sca.com

                                                                            About Tieto
                                                                            Tieto aims to capture the significant opportunities of the data-driven world and turn them into lifelong value for people, business and society. We aim to be customers’ first choice for business renewal by combining our software and services capabilities with a strong drive for co-innovation and ecosystems. www.tieto.com

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                                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Thu, 18 May 2017 09:47:04 +0200
                                                                              AFT (Aikawa Fiber Technologies) receives Approach Systems order for new BillerudKorsnäs board machine in Gruvön, Sweden http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7222-aft-aikawa-fiber-technologies-receives-approach-systems-order-for-new-billerudkorsnaes-board-machine-in-gruvoen-sweden http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7222-aft-aikawa-fiber-technologies-receives-approach-systems-order-for-new-billerudkorsnaes-board-machine-in-gruvoen-sweden

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                                                                              BillerudKorsnäs has selected AFT (Aikawa Fiber Technologies) to supply a compact POM System for all three layers of their new 550,000 tonnes per year board machine at the Gruvön mill in Sweden.

                                                                              According to Timo Koivisto , Vice President, Process and Equipment Solutions for AFT, “Compact and highly efficient, POM® paper machine wet end and headbox screening will deliver superior cleanliness in a compact package. The simple POM System, with its small footprint, has become the de facto alternative to traditional complex approach flow, eliminating capital and high operating costs.”

                                                                              The order includes a complete POM System for all three layers and headbox screening, including:

                                                                              • 3 - POMix stock processors
                                                                              • 9 - POMp degassers
                                                                              • 3 - POMLock drop legs
                                                                              • 11- MaxFlow Headbox screens
                                                                              • Cascade cleaning system, process pumps and auxiliaries plus associated basic engineering.

                                                                              The system will come on stream in early 2019, coinciding with the start-up of BillerudKorsnäs’ new board machine.

                                                                              The BillerudKorsnäs’ board machine at the Gruvön site is the company’s largest investment ever, one of the largest in Sweden in recent years. The investment of SEK 5.7 billion includes the construction of the new board machine at the Gruvön site and rebuilds in the existing pulp mill. The board machine’s annual capacity of 550,000 tonnes will make it one of the largest of its kind in the world. The machine will produce liquid packaging board, cartonboard, food service board and liner.

                                                                              AFT is a global supplier specializing in recycled fiber stock preparation, screening, refining and paper machine approach flow. With over 110 years of experience in manufacturing and supplying tailored solutions, AFT helps to improve performance with trademarked advancements: Finebar- ultra low intensity refining, Powerwave- energy efficient screening, MaxiPulper- advanced pulping technologies, POM Systems and more.

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                                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Thu, 18 May 2017 07:28:08 +0200
                                                                                BillerudKorsnäs production of semi-chemical pulp supplying PM6 in Gruvön experience breakdown http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7221-billerudkorsnaes-production-of-semi-chemical-pulp-supplying-pm6-in-gruvoen-experience-breakdown http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7221-billerudkorsnaes-production-of-semi-chemical-pulp-supplying-pm6-in-gruvoen-experience-breakdown

                                                                                BillerudKorsnäs experienced a major breakdown in the digester in the semi-chemical pulp production line in Gruvön. The pulp line supplies the fluting machine PM6 with pulp and consequently no fluting from PM6 can currently be produced. The breakdown of the pulp line does not have an impact on the integrated chemical pulp mill, neither does it impact the production of kraft paper, liner or liquid packaging board at the mill.  

                                                                                billkorlogo“At this point in time it is not possible to estimate the financial damage and consequences on customer deliveries, but it will have a significant impact on the current quarter financials. We will return with additional information when we know what the impact will be,” says Per Lindberg, CEO of BillerudKorsnäs.

                                                                                BillerudKorsnäs provides packaging materials and solutions that challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future. We are a world-leading provider of primary fibre based packaging materials and have customers in over 100 countries. The company has 8 production sites in Sweden, Finland and the UK and about 4 300 employees in over 13 countries. BillerudKorsnäs has an annual turnover of about SEK 22 billion and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. www.billerudkorsnas.com

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                                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Thu, 18 May 2017 07:22:15 +0200
                                                                                  Valmet to deliver pulp dewatering equipment and automatic pulper feed system to BillerudKorsnäs's Gruvön pulp and paper mill in Sweden http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7220-valmet-to-deliver-pulp-dewatering-equipment-and-automatic-pulper-feed-system-to-billerudkorsnaes-s-gruvoen-pulp-and-paper-mill-in-sweden http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7220-valmet-to-deliver-pulp-dewatering-equipment-and-automatic-pulper-feed-system-to-billerudkorsnaes-s-gruvoen-pulp-and-paper-mill-in-sweden

                                                                                  Valmet will deliver dewatering equipment and an automatic pulper feed system to Gruvön pulp and paper mill in Sweden. The order is part of the investment in a new board machine and rebuild of the existing pulp mill at the Gruvön site. The whole investment is the largest in the history of BillerudKorsnäs and one of the largest in Sweden in recent years.

                                                                                  valmet logoThe order was included in Valmet's first quarter 2017 orders received and the value of the order will not be disclosed. The start-up of the new equipment is planned to first quarter 2019.

                                                                                  BillerudKorsnäs is investing in Gruvön mill to meet the growing demand for sustainable packaging solutions for food and beverages globally.

                                                                                  "Valmet's automatic pulper feed system, including bale storage, destacking and dewiring for baled pulp, will make the bale receiving line process efficient and safe, ensuring a good area working environment. With the new automatic system, based on Valmet's proven Bale handling with RoboSafety(TM) technology, BillerudKorsnäs will ensure the stock feed for the new board machine with a minimum of operator intervention," says Per Jangdal, Sales Manager at Valmet. 

                                                                                  "To adapt pulp production to the new requirements, TwinRoll presses will be placed in close vicinity to the new board machine stock preparation. Our presses will wash the pulp one last time before it moves to the new board machine," says Patrik Lidbäck, Sales Manager at Valmet.

                                                                                  Valmet announced earlier in May 2017, that Valmet will supply an upgrade of the evaporation plant at BillerudKorsnäs Gruvön pulp and paper mill.

                                                                                  About the customer BillerudKorsnäs

                                                                                  BillerudKorsnäs is a leading company within renewable packaging materials. Together with their partners, they create sustainable packaging solutions. The company has about 4,200 employees and eight production units, one of which is the Gruvön mill. BillerudKorsnäs head office is located in Solna, Sweden.

                                                                                  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 2016 were approximately EUR 2.9 billion. Our 12,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki. 

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                                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Thu, 18 May 2017 07:19:48 +0200
                                                                                    Metsä Board launches its unified offering of products and services http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7217-metsae-board-launches-its-unified-offering-of-products-and-services http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7217-metsae-board-launches-its-unified-offering-of-products-and-services

                                                                                    The Better with Less initiative highlights the company’s aims to improve consumer experience and make packaging even more sustainable

                                                                                    Metsä Board launches its clarified product and service portfolio on May 4th at Interpack in Düsseldorf. The company presents its offering of premium paperboards and related services, with focus on contributing to even more sustainable, safe and efficient packaging, now found under one Metsä Board family.

                                                                                    The Better with Less initiative showcases Metsä Board’s aim to create, together with its customers, considered and innovative, renewable contemporary packaging solutions fitting brands and demands of the future world.

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                                                                                    “Consumers expect better experiences with less environmental impact. Brand owners are looking at how to optimise packaging to be more sustainable, safer and lighter in weight. We are known for our pioneering expertise in high-quality, lightweight paperboards and are committed to improving further. Now with our unified product portfolio and targeted services we can provide even stronger support to our customers to jointly improve sustainability and efficiency of packaging throughout the value chain,” says Mika Joukio, CEO of Metsä Board.

                                                                                    As part of the launch Metsä Board renews the product names of its premium quality lightweight paperboards to bring the offering to customers in a clearer way that makes product selection even easier. The three service areas – Packaging Analysis & Design, Availability Services and Technical Expertise and R&D – complement the products and provide collaboration initiatives for joint development with customers to develop better and lighter packaging.

                                                                                    While the company’s offering and product names will be harmonised, the products and their specifications will remain unchanged. All Metsä Board mills hold PEFC™ and FSC® Chain-of-Custody certificates, as well as the highest environmental and manufacturing quality standards. Metsä Board’s paperboards use fresh forest fibres from sustainably managed northern European forests.

                                                                                    The new brand imagery was created with a Stockholm based photographer and image maker Carl Kleiner. Kleiner is known for creating playful, high quality and eye-catching visuals for global companies such as Calvin Klein, Google, Hermès, H&M and Nike. The new brand visuals utilise the Metsä Group Moose symbol’s angular forms to design a striking category colour coded visual. All the images were crafted by hand, through precise printing, cutting, layering of Metsä Board’s board materials.

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                                                                                    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 2016, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.7 billion, and it has approximately 2,500 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

                                                                                    Metsä Group
                                                                                    www.metsagroup.com

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

                                                                                    Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 4.7 billion in 2016, and it employs approximately 9,300 people. The Group operates in some 30 countries. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and owned by approximately 104,000 Finnish forest owners.

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                                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Mon, 15 May 2017 09:01:21 +0200
                                                                                      How is M&A activity shaping the European tissue industry? http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7215-how-is-m-a-activity-shaping-the-european-tissue-industry http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7215-how-is-m-a-activity-shaping-the-european-tissue-industry

                                                                                      Pirkko Petäjä, Principal at Pöyry Management Consulting, and Mikko Helin, Senior Consultant

                                                                                      Since 2000, the European tissue volume has grown from 5.7 million tons to almost 8.5 million tons. A clear trend connected to this growth has been consolidation of the largest players.

                                                                                      Consolidation is a clear trend in the European tissue industry

                                                                                      poyry logo 2017The large producers have been growing through sizeable acquisitions, as well as by organic growth. The most active acquirers have been SCA, Sofidel and WEPA, while all of the mentioned, and in addition ICTTronchetti, have also been active builders of new capacity. The capacity share of the three largest players has grown from approximately 40% to 50%.

                                                                                      The business environment is better in a consolidated market. The impact of consolidation is also reflected in the performance of individual companies; after the consolidation steps in Europe, SCA’s tissue business experienced evidently higher and more stable margins. While large companies have been becoming even larger, there has been a continuous stream of new entrants to the tissue business, as barriers to entry are relatively low. The Eastern European industry especially is still fairly fragmented, and consolidation could significantly improve this business environment.

                                                                                      European tissue M&A over the last 15 years

                                                                                      The leading European tissue companies have targeted major strategic acquisitions, such as SCA’s acquisition of P&G and G-P, Sofidel’s acquisition of LPC and WEPA’s of Kartogroup. These deals have resulted in significant synergy benefits and positively impacted the business environment. There is, however, a limited number of opportunities for large acquisitions. Finding one buyer for all, or the majority of, assets has become difficult. This has led K-C to actively divest its less profitable units and locations, where it does not have ‘number 1 brand position’. Since 2000, K-C has divested some 300,000 t/a tissue capacity as individual mills to different buyers.

                                                                                      In the same time period, most of the largest companies in the industry have made a clear transformation through acquisitions. SCA, the clear leader in the M&A activity, has more than doubled its size in the last 15 years. Sofidel first expanded throughout Europe with new mills, and then through acquisitions. Sofidel has grown into a million ton company, and has recently started to expand outside of Europe. WEPA made one of the biggest leaps by first acquiring Kartogroup, and more recently through active organic growth and complementary smaller acquisitions. Kimberly Clark has been a clear exception - its capacity in Europe has reduced over 30%. Metsä Tissue has been stagnant. The last acquisition they made was ten years ago, and the company’s organic growth has been cautious, mainly replacing outdated capacity. Companies on the smaller end of this spectrum have grown steadily and have doubled their capacity since 2000. Lucart has made acquisitions and built mills in France and Italy, and Carrara in Italy.

                                                                                      Recent M&A ac tivities focused on small companies and individuals mills

                                                                                      In the last five years, since SCA’s G-P acquisition in 2012, European tissue acquisitions have been relatively small. Deals have included re-arrangements related to the aftermath of the G-P exit: Sofidel’s completion of its portfolio through purchase of selected targets, and WEPA’s strategic acquisitions in the UK and France, and divestment of two Italian mills. In addition, recent deals have involved acquisitions of individual single mills, or small companies, where the buyer is often a private equity fund and in many cases, the seller is K-C.

                                                                                      In some cases, there is distinct strategic benefit to the smaller deals. These are often concentrated to the CEE, currently a ‘hot’ area in European tissue. The Paloma deal, whereby the Slovenian company finally ended up with the Slovakian SHP, is one step towards Eastern European consolidation. Also, the Abris Capital acquisition of the Romanian Pehart Tec forms a future platform for further consolidation. In the Iberian Peninsula, strategic investments include Cominter acquiring Cellulosas de Hernani, and Portucel acquiring AMS. The acquisition by Portucel (now the Navigator Company) of AMS-Paper in Portugal anticipates a future significant move into the tissue sector. Other strategic acquisitions include purchase of independent converters or independent converters acquiring base paper mills.

                                                                                      Industrial buyers complement their portfolios with acquisitions and target stronger position, consolidation and synergy benefits. Financial investors have become more interested in tissue acquisitions than before. In many cases, there is a clear strategic intent behind these deals as well.

                                                                                      Characteristics of organic growth and new builds

                                                                                      A large share of the new tissue capacity in Europe has been built by larger companies that have renewed their assets or grown organically.

                                                                                      • Tronchetti has built 350,000 t/a new capacity in the last some fifteen years
                                                                                      • SCA has closed down 180,000 t/a obsolete capacity and built 275,000 t/a new
                                                                                      • Sofidel has grown outside Italian markets with 250,000 t/a new capacity WEPA has soon built 190,000 t/a new capacity, speeding up in the last few years

                                                                                      New capacity has also been built by small and medium size established players and by newcomers. The Iberian Peninsula specifically has seen many investments (AMS, Suavecel, Paper Prime, Renova) and more capacity increases are planned. Eastern Europe has also seen an increase of new investments. Part of these has been made by established large groups such as SCA and ICT. Russian companies such as Syassky and Syktyvkar Tissue Group have also grown to sizable players in a relatively short time. Pehart Tec investments have been supported by the new owner, Abris Capital.

                                                                                      There are various players adding single width machines to replace old capacity, or just to grow or start producing tissue. Only the largest industrial companies have added double width machines.

                                                                                      New Generation of Tissue Entry

                                                                                      Tissue capacity increase is not only by expansion of existing producers but there is versatile motivation for new entrants. This can be push or decline of their current businesses - for example, smaller pulp mills losing competitiveness and integrating to tissue or graphic paper sites, looking for new opportunity due to their declining market. There are also cost benefits for this type of entry in terms of both manufacturing and investment costs. For a newcomer the entry is often much easier to an existing site.

                                                                                      Entry into the tissue market often starts from converting. When capacity is high enough for a paper machine, many independent converters start to consider their own paper production. Margins are normally higher for an integrated player as the concept has many cost benefits, while the producer is also stronger and less vulnerable with its own base paper. Consequently, adding base paper production is attractive to sizable independent tissue converters.

                                                                                      Investors are currently active in the tissue sector making base paper additions possible, and enabling consolidation moves. Therefore, even investors can be considered a new entrant group.

                                                                                      Large family companies and financial owners increasing their share of the industry

                                                                                      In the 1990s large multinational paper or hygiene companies accounted for a large share of tissue companies in Europe. Family companies were small and more locally based. A significant share of tissue companies were private, local single mill companies.  The number of large listed and multinational companies has reduced from those days. Current major ones include SCA, K-C and Metsä Group (Metsä Tissue). The exit of North American companies from Europe has reduced the presence of multinationals and non-European companies significantly.

                                                                                      Family-owned companies have grown significantly, spreading across and even outside of European regions. New family companies have also become more visible. In addition, the industry has seen the reincarnation of family companies, such as Carrara Group carrying the family name of former Cartoinvest owners and the independent converter Leicester Tissue Company owned by the Tejani family (former owner of LPC).

                                                                                      Financial owners are also becoming more common in tissue, especially in growth areas such as Iberia and Eastern Europe. Local funds have been common participants in smaller deals, while large international funds have always shown interest when anything significant has been for sale, as now related to the recent split of SCA into two companies.

                                                                                      There are investors behind several tissue companies, either full or partial. In addition, there are various small privately or even state owned companies. For many small companies the ownership structure is not known.

                                                                                      The European top 100 tissue base paper producers’ capacity is broken down into different ownership categories. Family and private companies account for approximately 40% of capacity. Listed, large, and often multinational companies are the second biggest group.

                                                                                      Investor ownership of tissue base paper producers accounts for approximately 7% of ownerships. This analysis does not include independent converters, which are mostly private companies, but can also be owned by investor funds (e.g. Accrol Paper). Minority ownerships, such as the case of Syktyvkar Tissue Group (30% Venture Investments & Yield Management), are also excluded from this estimate. Considering all of this, it is fair to say that some 10% of the European tissue business is in the hands of financial owners. There are no large groups involved in this type of ownership at the moment, although in Eastern Europe this kind of players are developing.

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                                                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Fri, 12 May 2017 10:21:32 +0200
                                                                                        Mondi launches new swatch book for BIO TOP 3® portfolio http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7212-mondi-launches-new-swatch-book-for-bio-top-3-portfolio http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7212-mondi-launches-new-swatch-book-for-bio-top-3-portfolio

                                                                                        A strikingly original new swatch book for Mondi’s BIO TOP 3®, designed with the needs of creative industries in mind, is now available in Europe. A well-known brand in its 28th year on the market, BIO TOP 3® is already widely recognised as a premium uncoated off-white paper with a best-in-class environmental profile. The new swatch book, with the theme ‘by Nature’, shows off the quality and versatility of the BIO TOP 3® portfolio while highlighting its pure and authentic appeal.

                                                                                        ‘It’s not a shade, it’s an attitude’ is the tagline of BIO TOP 3® -- and the new swatch book has plenty of attitude. The offset printed book provides beautiful examples of colour printing and blind embossing in a section entitled ‘inspired by Nature’. Another section called ‘versatile by Nature’, which is stitched to the cover of the swatch book, clearly explains the versatile applications and benefits of BIO TOP 3® in areas such as corporate communication, book printing, packaging and others.

                                                                                        Jutta Wacht, Art Director at the Austrian creative agency Say Say Say, Inc., which designed the swatch book, explained the two-part concept: “BIO TOP 3®’s versatility and its natural shade inspired us to create a multidimensional swatch book that consists of a practical part showing the versatility of applications in a visual approachable way, and an emotional part – a detachable book – featuring the most fascinating landscapes on earth and its sublime colour shades that pay tribute to BIO TOP 3®’s natural shade.”

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                                                                                        In touch with the needs of eco-conscious designers and printers

                                                                                        Professional designers, printers and publishers who seek an authentic, natural, sustainable look and feel for their projects will find what they need in the BIO TOP 3® portfolio. Mondi offers BIO TOP 3® next in folio and reels for professionals in digital, preprint and offset printing; BIO TOP 3® high-speed inkjet in reels for full colour high-speed inkjet applications with special surface treatment for dye and pigment ink; BIO TOP 3® extra for all sustainable office printing needs; and matching BIO TOP 3® envelopes.

                                                                                        The swatch book was printed in Austria by Holzhausen Druck GmbH. Hannes Fauland Jr., Customer Service at Holzhausen, was impressed by the paper’s printability and results: “The BIO TOP 3® book turned out to be exceptionally beautiful. The paper is really outstanding to print on – we used normal offset printing. I had left a sample of the swatch book in a meeting room and a regular customer of mine looked through it. He has already decided to use BIO TOP 3® for his next book.”

                                                                                        Luděk Lorenc, Chief Technical Officer at the Czech printing house PB tisk, also believes in the paper’s advantages: “We used BIO TOP 3® next for printing the book Kmeny, as this paper fully met requirements given by the publisher. BIO TOP 3® next was the ideal choice for this project due to its natural shade, high bulk and trouble-free runnability. Based on our good experience with this paper, we have decided to include BIO TOP 3® next in our sample book of materials for book printing.”

                                                                                        Sustainable. Every day.

                                                                                        In addition to its unique off-white shade and high bulk, BIO TOP 3® also has an impeccable environmental profile that will appeal to those seeking credibility and authenticity in communication. It is totally chlorine free (TCF) bleached and made without optical brightening agents (OBAs) to retain its natural off-white shade and pleasant uncoated feel. The paper is produced exclusively at the ISO 14001 certified Mondi Neusiedler mill in Austria from FSC™ certified resources. BIO TOP 3® is part of Mondi’s Green Range and carries the EU Ecolabel as well as the Austrian Ecolabel and is available with a CO2 neutral option.

                                                                                        BIO TOP 3® is a premium uncoated off-white paper that is inspired by nature and conveys a natural, sustainable attitude in whatever printed materials it is used for.

                                                                                        We are Mondi: IN TOUCH EVERY DAY
                                                                                        Mondi is an international packaging and paper Group, employing around 25,000 people across more than 30 countries. Our key operations are located in central Europe, Russia, North America and South Africa. In 2016, Mondi had revenues of €6.7 billion and a return on capital employed of 20.3%.

                                                                                        We are fully integrated across the packaging and paper value chain - from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and compound plastics, to developing effective and innovative industrial and consumer packaging solutions. With over 100 products customised into more than 100,000 solutions, we offer more than you may expect. Leading brands around the world rely on our innovative technologies and products across a variety of industries such as agriculture; automotive; building and construction; chemicals and dangerous goods; food and beverages; graphic and photographic; home and personal care; medical and pharmaceutical; office and professional printing; packaging and paper converting; pet care; retail and e-commerce; and shipping and transport.

                                                                                        We believe sustainable development makes good business sense. It's integral to our responsible and profitable growth, and embedded in everything we do, every day. We continue to look for ways to do more with less, promote the responsible management of ecosystems, develop and inspire our people, and enhance the value that our sustainable product solutions create.

                                                                                        Mondi has a dual listed company structure, with a primary listing on the JSE Limited for Mondi Limited under the ticker code MND and a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange for Mondi plc, under the ticker code MNDI. We have been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the JSE's Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index since 2007.

                                                                                        About Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper
                                                                                        Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper is part of Mondi Group. In 4 paper mills in Austria, Slovakia, and Russia Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper produces environmentally sound office and professional printing papers tailored to the latest professional digital print technology. The company complies with the strictest international certification standards to support sustainable production processes through the responsible management of forest, water and air resources. All Mondi uncoated fine papers belong to the Green Range of papers that are FSC® or PEFC™ certified, 100% recycled or bleached entirely without chlorine.

                                                                                        Its renowned brands such as Color Copy, DNS®, IQ, MAESTRO®, NAUTILUS®, BIO TOP 3®, PERGRAPHICA® or Snegurochka are used in office environments on laser or inkjet printers and by professional printers on digital or offset presses to create brochures, transactional material, folders, invitations, business cards, letterheads or other high-impact communication.

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                                                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Fri, 12 May 2017 10:06:50 +0200
                                                                                          Toscotec finalizes a drying section rebuilding project including a new drive system and tail feeding for Smurfit Kappa Italia - at Ponte all’Ania, Lucca. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7211-toscotec-finalizes-a-drying-section-rebuilding-project-including-a-new-drive-system-and-tail-feeding-for-smurfit-kappa-italia-at-ponte-all-ania-lucca http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7211-toscotec-finalizes-a-drying-section-rebuilding-project-including-a-new-drive-system-and-tail-feeding-for-smurfit-kappa-italia-at-ponte-all-ania-lucca

                                                                                          Smurfit Kappa Italia has successfully started up its PM3 at Ponte dell’Ania mill, after a dryer section rebuild supplied by Toscotec.

                                                                                          The scope of the delivery was an advanced mechanical transmission section in “silent drive” with a new frame on the drive side for the whole machine, the installation of uni-run vacuum rolls in the first drying battery and an automatic air paper threading system in the first two drying sections and on the size press. The modification has completely changed the dryer section layout with the relocation of fabric rolls, improving machine runnability and reducing noise and vibration.

                                                                                          logo optToscotec service specialists have provided the complete mechanical erection and supervision of the project and the commissioning and start up assistance for the fine-tuning of the new equipment.

                                                                                          “The project was completed before the date agreed upon with SK and the performance was achieved immediately after start-up. The new drive technology exceeds all our expectations with regard to downtime improvements and it allowed a considerable reduction of noise and vibration that will reduce maintenance cost” - says Massimiliano Listi, Mill Manager of Smurfit Kappa Ania.

                                                                                          “This project contributes to strengthening the partnership between Smurfit Kappa and Toscotec” - says Enrico Fazio, Toscotec Sales Manager – P&B division.

                                                                                          “It is worth mentioning that, in addition to this project, which consolidates the long-standing collaboration with Lucca-based SK Ania, in the last two years Toscotec has taken part in almost all the projects developed by Smurfit in South America (Colombia, Mexico and Argentina) and it has just begun an important cooperation with the group in France. With this important rebuild project, Toscotec consolidates its leadership in the dryer section best available technology.”.

                                                                                          About Smurfit Kappa Ania
                                                                                          Smurfit Kappa Ania is one of the main producers of recycled paper jumbo rolls in Italy.
                                                                                          The mill occupies an area of 100,000 sqm and employs 120 people.
                                                                                          The annual production is over 200,000 tpy, with 100% recycled fibers.
                                                                                          The mill operates two paper machines, which produce corrugated cardboard packaging in a wide range of paper grades out of recycled fibers.

                                                                                          About Toscotec - The flexibility and intense activity of research and development enable Toscotec to supply equipment and machinery for all the paper industry and to meet customer requirements.

                                                                                          Since 1948, Toscotec is a leader supplier offering proprietary solution from complete production lines to rebuilds, modernization projects and even single components.

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                                                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Thu, 11 May 2017 10:11:56 +0200
                                                                                            ANDRITZ to supply tissue machine with steel Yankee and shoe press to PMI, Algeria http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7210-andritz-to-supply-tissue-machine-with-steel-yankee-and-shoe-press-to-pmi-algeria http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7210-andritz-to-supply-tissue-machine-with-steel-yankee-and-shoe-press-to-pmi-algeria

                                                                                            International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Paper Mill Investment (PMI) to supply a tissue machine with steel Yankee and shoe press to Algeria. The new plant will produce high-quality facial wipes as well as toilet and towel papers. Start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2018.

                                                                                            The new ANDRITZ PrimeLineCOMPACT tissue machine has a design speed of 2,000 meters per minute and a paper width of 2.85 meters. The order includes a complete ANDRITZ stock preparation for virgin pulp with a capacity of 135 bdmt/day.

                                                                                            2017 05 11 092706The ANDRITZ tissue machine for PMI, Algeria, is fitted with PrimePress XT Evo, the latest shoe press technology. “Photo: ANDRITZ”.

                                                                                            The tissue machine is equipped with the latest ANDRITZ shoe press technology (PrimePress XT Evo). Thanks to the energy-efficient design, improved dewatering, and reduced need for thermal drying, the shoe press minimizes energy consumption. The 16 ft. PrimeDry Yankee is made entirely of steel and enables a high drying capacity.

                                                                                            Paper Mill Investment (PMI) is a new innovative paper manufacturing company founded by people with longtime and profound experience in the paper making industry. Its expansion plans include paper mills in several countries of the MENA region.

                                                                                            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, tissue, and cardboard. The technologies cover the processing of logs, annual fibers, and waste paper; the production of chemical pulp, mechanical pulp, and recycled fibers; the recovery and reuse of chemicals; the preparation of paper machine furnish; the production of paper, tissue, and cardboard; the calendering and coating of paper; as well as the 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, as well as gasification plants for power generation, flue gas cleaning plants, plants for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling plants are also part of this business area.

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                                                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Thu, 11 May 2017 09:28:12 +0200
                                                                                              PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) Appoints New President http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7209-pmp-paper-machinery-producer-appoints-new-president http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7209-pmp-paper-machinery-producer-appoints-new-president

                                                                                              PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) – a global provider of tissue, paper and board technologies for the Pulp & Paper industry as well as solutions for other heavy industries, today announced that it has appointed Miroslaw Pietraszek as President effective April 28th, 2017. Zbigniew Manugiewicz, PMP’s co-founder and former President, will continue to serve as a member of PMP’s supervisory board of directors.

                                                                                              2017 05 09 072006Miroslaw Pietraszek has spent over 45 years in the Pulp & Paper industry. Miroslaw Pietraszek has been connected with the company for his entire business career and most recently held a position of Vice President Operations. Miroslaw has demonstrated his range of management, experience and dedication that will be essential to PMP’s success in the years ahead.

                                                                                              PMP’s outgoing President, Zbigniew Manugiewicz will remain actively involved in the company as a member of the supervisory board. He will continue to assist the company with long-term strategy development. Zbigniew Manugiewicz joined the company in 1979 and served as PMP’s President for last 17 years. Under his leadership, PMP has become a recognized player in the Pulp & Paper industry worldwide. Today, PMP’s products and solutions can be found in 34 countries on 6 continents, including key references in a diverse array of pulp and paper corporations.

                                                                                              “Miroslaw is the right person to lead PMP to the next stage of growth.” said Manugiewicz.” I truly expect to continue to see great things from my successor, because I have the highest confidence in him and the rest of PMP’s management team.”

                                                                                              “I am honored to take the company’s leadership. My personal goal is to continue PMP’s strategy to be perceived as a technological integrator, strong and agile, and to increase PMP’s focus on being a customer driven supplier of investment goods that create opportunities and add value.” said Pietraszek.

                                                                                              Aaron Braaten, PMP Group Chairman of the Board said: “PMP has always been a pro-active, agile and flexible corporation. I am confident in Miroslaw’s vision for PMP and I am sure this change will empower our growth and create new opportunities for our customers.“

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                                                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Tue, 09 May 2017 07:20:27 +0200
                                                                                                AEGLE Zero. The natural choice. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7208-aegle-zero-the-natural-choice http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7208-aegle-zero-the-natural-choice

                                                                                                AEGLE Zero, a new uncoated folding boxboard with an uncoated reverse, has been added to the range of packaging materials offered by Kotkamills from their BM2 cartonboard machine in Kotka, Finland.

                                                                                                2017 05 09 071541AEGLE Zero is a special uncoated packaging grade, suitable for food and non-food end-uses, where a natural look is as important as excellent printability and conversion properties. The grade is made from the same strong, virgin Nordic fibre that AEGLE Pro and AEGLE White are made from and offers the same opportunity for creative design. Printability, CD stiffness and value are all offered by this special new grade.

                                                                                                “The tactile and natural looking surface of AEGLE Zero provides the opportunity for creative packaging design where values of pure, organic quality are implicit in the final product choice. It offers a real opportunity for packaging differentiation and is suitable for a range of printing processes and finishing techniques, like hot and cold foiling. A natural choice from Kotkamills AEGLE range of folding boxboards,” says David Ingham, Sales Director Consumer Boards at Kotkamills.

                                                                                                AEGLE Zero is produced in the range of 305 to 615 micron and is available to order now.

                                                                                                Kotkamills Group in brief

                                                                                                Kotkamills is a responsible partner that delivers renewable products and performance to its customers' processes via product innovations created from wood, a renewable raw material. The key brands of the company include Absorbex® and Imprex®, both innovative laminating paper products for the laminate, plywood and construction industries. Moreover, Kotkamills offers ecological, technically sound and visually attractive wood products for demanding joinery and construction. In summer 2016, Kotkamills started up a new board machine producing AEGLE(TM) Folding Boxboard and ISLA(TM) Food Service Boards, including the capability to add barriers on-machine. All Consumer Boards material solutions are fully recyclable and repulpable.

                                                                                                Kotkamills has two production sites in Finland, located in Kotka and Imatra. The majority shareholder of Kotkamills is MB Funds, a Finnish private equity firm.

                                                                                                www.kotkamills.com

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                                                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Tue, 09 May 2017 07:16:30 +0200
                                                                                                  Burgo group celebrates twenty years of illustration http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7207-burgo-group-celebrates-twenty-years-of-illustration http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7207-burgo-group-celebrates-twenty-years-of-illustration

                                                                                                  From May 27th to June 25th, in the Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza (Italy), Burgo Group opens to the public the precious artistic heritage that has gathered in twenty years of illustrated calendars. Visitors could appreciate the works of some of the most famous international illustrators, involved in the execution of the famous calendar since 1997:

                                                                                                  Jean Michel Folon, Emanuele Luzzati, Milton Glaser, Lorenzo Mattotti, Altan, Roberto Perini, Paul Davis, Moebius, Giorgio Maria Griffa, José Munoz, Loustal, Tullio Pericoli, Cecco Mariniello, Fabian Negrin, Alessandro Sanna, Luca Caimmi, Shout, Ping Zhu.

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                                                                                                  Paper as a key vehicle for spreading ideas, this is the message behind the ideal partnership between the Group and the art of Illustration.  This synergy began in 1997 with the unique vision of the man flying with paper wings by Jean Michel Folon, it traveled across different countries and continents and investigated many visual art techniques, and arrived nowadays with the freshness of the watercolors of a young American illustrator, Ping Zhu.

                                                                                                  To celebrate such a significant event Burgo made an artbook, Burgo Collection 1997 -2017, curated by Francesco Poroli and printed on Burgo coated paper R4 Next satin. The book will be  featured  on    May 31st, in association with Illustri Festival. Robert Newman, a famous American art director who signed the introductory text, will attend the event which is part of the extensive program of Illustri Festival 2017, the third edition of the two-year festival of illustration; a whole month of meetings, workshops and eight great exhibitions which will animate the most prestigious monuments in the city and will involve more than ninety illustrators.

                                                                                                  Burgo Group is one of Europe's leading producers of graphical and specialty papers. The Group is configured as a true 'system', developed around the world of paper: from the production, distribution, recycling of paper and the processing of forestry products, to study, planning, realisation and engineering of paper plants, as well as factoring and energy.

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                                                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Administrator) European News Tue, 09 May 2017 07:11:50 +0200
                                                                                                    ABB AbilityTM Smart Sensor now available for the European market http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7205-abb-abilitytm-smart-sensor-now-available-for-the-european-market http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7205-abb-abilitytm-smart-sensor-now-available-for-the-european-market

                                                                                                    Based on smart sensing technology, ABB’s pioneering condition monitoring solution is set to convert millions of low voltage (LV) motors into intelligent, connected machines. It is now available in Europe, and will soon be released in the US.

                                                                                                    ABB Ability Smart Sensor is a remote condition monitoring solution that enables users to check the status of their LV motors from a smartphone or dedicated web portal. The compact sensor of the size of a smartphone can be attached to motors of many manufacturers to pick up operating and performance data. The data are transmitted to the cloud and processed to produce useful information on motor health and performance. This information is supplied to the user in an easy-to-understand format. The solution enables predictive analytics that can boost uptime while reducing energy consumption.

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                                                                                                    “We are extremely proud to announce that the ABB Ability Smart Sensor is now entering the European market, and will soon be available in the US. It has been successfully trialed with many of our customers around the world. This solution is truly a quantum leap for millions of LV motors”, said Otto Preiss, Managing Director of ABB's Motors and Generators business unit. “It enables plant operators to do effective maintenance planning for their motors, assess the efficiency of their operation and prevent costly downtime. We are confident that this solution will not only transform maintenance approaches but also create added operational value for our customers.”

                                                                                                    “Our pilot testers reported very positive results with the smart sensors”, said Jonas Spoorendonk, Global Product Manager of ABB Ability Smart Sensor. “In a typical example, a sensor at a chemical plant in Germany indicated that a pump motor was running in overload every time it started. The problem turned out to be the incorrect operation of a valve. This was causing high pressure in the system and a great deal of stress on the pump and seals – a situation that the plant’s regular maintenance had no way to detect. In many other cases sensors have provided early warnings of bearing problems, enabling motors to be replaced well before they failed.”

                                                                                                    It is estimated that predictive maintenance based on data from the solution can help to reduce downtime by up to 70 percent, extend motor lifetime by as much as 30 percent and cut energy consumption by up to 10 percent. The sensor units can be factory fitted on new motors or retrofitted on installed motors within minutes. They are available for both ABB and non-ABB motors.

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                                                                                                    The sensors in the first release are CE certified and compatible with safe-area induction motors for direct on-line S1 duty, ABB IEC sizes 160-450 and ABB NEMA sizes 140-449. Quick installation of the sensor unit is made easy as no additional wiring or machining is required. Initial monitoring functionality will cover bearing health, vibration, surface temperature, speed, supply frequency, and number of starts. Later releases will expand the range of functionality, and energy consumption monitoring is expected to be added during Q3 2017. A firmware update will be provided to bring this function to already installed sensor units. The first systems will utilize a smartphone app to transfer data. A gateway unit for automated data uploading will become available later in 2017.

                                                                                                    The smart sensor condition monitoring solution is part of ABB Ability, which brings together all of ABB's digital solutions and services, each built from a unique combination of sector knowledge, technology leadership and digital expertise. The smart sensor solution and ABB Ability will be highlighted on ABB’s stand at this year’s Hannover Messe in Hall 11, A35.

                                                                                                    About ABB

                                                                                                    In 2016, ABB Germany generated sales of EUR 3.28 billion with 10,540 employees. ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees. www.abb.de

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