Pulp-Paperworld.com / European News http://www.pulp-paperworld.com Mon, 23 Sep 2019 13:14:21 +0200 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Cost reduction programme with positive result effects of SEK 600 million with full effect 2021 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8240-cost-reduction-programme-with-positive-result-effects-of-sek-600-million-with-full-effect-2021 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8240-cost-reduction-programme-with-positive-result-effects-of-sek-600-million-with-full-effect-2021

BillerudKorsnäs introduces a cost reduction programme to ensure long-term efficiency and profitability. The measures include staff cuts in mainly administration, purchasing-related savings and efficiency improvements throughout the business.

billkorlogoAs a part of a strategic update, BillerudKorsnäs is introducing a cost reduction programme expected to generate positive effects on earnings of around SEK 600 million with lasting effects beginning in 2021. The positive effects in 2020 are expected to amount to approximately SEK 250 million. As part of the programme, BillerudKorsnäs has decided to reduce the number of employees by up to 300. This decision affects the entire operation and negotiations with the trade unions will begin shortly.

“There is considerable potential to increase our cost efficiency within BillerudKorsnäs. We are a well-positioned, fundamentally stable company that continuously improves our operational efficiency. This programme will ensure long-term efficiency and profitability,” says Petra Einarsson, CEO and President of BillerudKorsnäs.  

In addition to increasing the efficiency of the business operations, the updated strategy also involves BillerudKorsnäs accelerating its innovation and repositioning solutions. The strategy focuses on clearer priorities and concrete initiatives that enable strong execution with the aim of continuing to challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future.

For further information, please contact:
Ivar Vatne, CFO, +46 8 553 335 07
Lena Schattauer, Head of Investor Relations, +46 8 553 335 10

This information constituted inside information prior to publication. This is information that BillerudKorsnäs 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 persons set out above, at 08:45 CET on 16 September 2019.

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 units, in Sweden, Finland and the UK, and about 4,500 employees in over 13 countries. BillerudKorsnäs has an annual turnover of approximately SEK 24 billion and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. www.billerudkorsnas.com

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    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 23 Sep 2019 10:47:15 +0200
    Stora Enso’s 5G technology solution in mill maintenance receives recognition http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8239-stora-enso-s-5g-technology-solution-in-mill-maintenance-receives-recognition http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8239-stora-enso-s-5g-technology-solution-in-mill-maintenance-receives-recognition

    As one of the first companies in its industry, Stora Enso has implemented 5G technology to enable high density (HD) 360° camera solutions in their production environment. On 16 September, this solution was awarded second place in the Industry of Things World Award 2019 – in the category “Best implementation of IIoT* technology on the shop floor”.

    The 5G technology enables deployment of applications requiring fast and powerful wireless connections, such as augmented- and virtual reality applications, as well as real-time 360° camera solutions. The newly implemented 360° cameras, in Stora Enso’s production environment, are utilised to produce high density (HD) video streams which can be viewed in real-time and enabling fast, reliable remote monitoring.

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    “Stora Enso has set out to be a pacemaker of IoT within our industry. This award is proof that we are continuing to be a forerunner within digital innovation and that we are building digital into the fabric of our company. Our digitalisation programme is a key component in securing our long-term leadership position as the renewable materials company,” says Teemu Salmi, Stora Enso’s CIO and Head of Digitalisation.

    The 5G connection, in combination with the 360° video stream, means that all necessary information is easily and visually at the disposal of Stora Enso experts all around the world. When something unexpected happens, the video stream gives a real-time view and information of the event, irrespectively of geographical distance.

    “This solution will help us in achieving key targets – such as optimising efficiency, flexibility, and availability in our production. In addition, it will also allow us to increase safety as trainings can be completed remotely prior to entering the physical production environment,” says Marko Yli-Pietilä, Stora Enso’s Head of Smart Operations.

    For Stora Enso, this is only the beginning as the 5G technology will also enable other applications. For future operations, Stora Enso is piloting autonomous vehicles and machines which can be controlled remotely thanks to the low latency of 5G.

    *Industrial Internet of Things

    Part of the bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper. We believe that everything that is made from fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. Stora Enso has some 26 000 employees in over 30 countries. Our sales in 2018 were EUR 10.5 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 (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 20 Sep 2019 09:06:23 +0200
      Lower pace of KM7 start-up affects third quarter result http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8238-lower-pace-of-km7-start-up-affects-third-quarter-result http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8238-lower-pace-of-km7-start-up-affects-third-quarter-result

      Due to a lower pace in the initial start-up of the new board machine at Gruvön, the effect on the result in the third quarter is adjusted by approximately SEK 150 million. The effects in the fourth quarter and the full year 2020 are expected to be unchanged. The machine is still expected to make a positive contribution to EBITDA in 2021.

      billkorlogoThe customer response on produced and sold material is positive and the technical quality is satisfactory. However, production volumes from KM7 in 2019 are expected to be lower than previously planned. This is mainly due to lower pace in the initial start-up in combination with the complexity of the integration with the existing mill. The market demand for the material produced continues to be good and the machine is still expected to run at full production capacity in 2023.

      The negative full year effect 2019 on EBITDA for the start-up of KM7 is adjusted from SEK 500 million to SEK 650 million. The effect on the result impacted the first half year by SEK 190 million and is estimated to impact the third quarter by approximately SEK 300 million and the fourth quarter with approximately SEK 160 million.

      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 units in Sweden, Finland and the UK and about 4,500 employees in over 13 countries. BillerudKorsnäs has an annual turnover of approximately SEK 24 billion and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. www.billerudkorsnas.com

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        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 20 Sep 2019 08:30:47 +0200
        New shoe-blade gap former DuoFormer CBh with excellent first results at Smurfit Kappa http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8237-new-shoe-blade-gap-former-duoformer-cbh-with-excellent-first-results-at-smurfit-kappa http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8237-new-shoe-blade-gap-former-duoformer-cbh-with-excellent-first-results-at-smurfit-kappa

        Voith expands its portfolio in the forming section with the DuoFormer CBh – a cost- and space-efficient shoe-blade gap former solution for the fabrication of packaging papers at high production rates, providing paper producers with the utmost flexibility and a fast return on investment.

        • Compact design is ideally suited for rebuilds and new machines alike
        • Features a unique, smart combination of well-known, reliable components from Voith’s DuoFormer product family
        • Lower operating costs compared to other former concepts at reasonable investment

        Papermakers who are either looking for a new former with a very good quality-performance ratio or are faced with the challenge of having to replace their existing former to gain productivity benefit from the DuoFormer CBh. Due to its compact design, it is ideal for rebuilds where space is at a premium.

        Its dewatering elements are designed to achieve the best possible combination of dewatering capacity and paper strength with minimum effort. Using a full ceramic slotted impingement shoe cover design and a high vacuum suction box (HiVac) instead of a suction couch roll, the DuoFormer CBh ensures the highest dry content and lower maintenance costs compared to market standard solutions.

        The compact design of the DuoFormer CBh is suited both for rebuilds and new machines.The compact design of the DuoFormer CBh is suited both for rebuilds and new machines.

        Voith’s DuoFormer CBh can be applied in a wide operation window, allowing for sustainable and reliable papermaking. It operates up to a maximum speed of 1,600 m/min. The drainage section’s capacity is exactly designed for desired production rates.

        Well-devised design enables a steep ramp-up curve
        After undergoing extensive testing at Voith pilot facilities in Heidenheim, the new former concept has already proven itself in actual use. “We chose Voith to supply this shoe-blade gap former for Roermond PM 1 because of the high quality and technology level of their equipment and their people. Based on our past experiences with Voith delivering successful projects, we felt good about investing in their technology, because it pays off in the long term,” says Wouter Lap, Managing Director of Netherlands-based manufacturer Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier.

        “Once again, the decision for Voith proved to be the right one. We had a great ramp-up curve from stock on wire to saleable quality within only one day after the rebuild that changed the entire forming section into an innovative DuoFormer CBh concept. We have seen a significant increase in the quality of our packaging papers and a production boost up 20% since the startup. Overall, we are very pleased with the results,” Lap concludes.

        For more information about the DuoFormer CBh please visit

        www.voith.com/duoformer-cbh

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

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

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          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 20 Sep 2019 08:18:22 +0200
          Recard, a new successful startup in Sweden for Klippans Bruk AB http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8236-recard-a-new-successful-startup-in-sweden-for-klippans-bruk-ab http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8236-recard-a-new-successful-startup-in-sweden-for-klippans-bruk-ab

          Recard was successfully started-up the new plant PM11 for Klippans Bruk in Sweden the last 19th august 2019.  This new machine will add an annual capacity of 30.000 tonnes/year of coloured and white high quality tissue to the market.

          The Recard’s supply, based in a turn key project, includes a Tissue Machine Crescent Former with a maximum operating speed of 1.700 mpm, trim at reel by 3.200 mm and with a gross production capacity of 110 tpd. Auxiliaries systems serving the machine are duo system hood, steam and condensate system, vacuum system, mist removal system and dust suction system.

          The scope of supply includes a stock preparation system for 100% pre-dried virgin pulp, broke line, approach flow system, fiber recovery system and water distribution. The supply for Klippan Mill comprises also a high performing slitting rewinder with 3 unwind stands.

          The Recard team and the first Jumbo reel during the start up at Klippan Bruck The Recard team and the first Jumbo reel during the start up at Klippan Bruck

          To complete the Turn Key also the plant electrification have been supplied including mainly MCC, Drives, AC motors and power and signal cables and DCS and QCS are also included in the scope.

          Turn Key Recard’s Services include full detailed engineering, mechanical erection, supervisions, start up assistance and personnel training.

          “This is the 138th start-up for us, - declared Recard's Managing Director, Ing. Riccardo Campo - but the excitement and satisfaction for women and men of Recard seeing the first Jumbo reel made by our tissue machine is always unique. The plant was built with a turnkey contract signed with Klippan Bruk, an historic paper mill that blends well with the tradition of Recard to build unique machinery as each component is designed and built with artisan care to achieve the performance required by the customer”.

          With Klippan’s PM11, continues the series of Recard successful start-up’s in which the first reel is perfect and ready to the market. 

          Recard guarantees high performances, user friendliness and energy saving. The accuracy of the project, the manufacturing quality and the care give to the installation, ensure the respect of all customer’s targets.

          Klippans Bruk AB History 

          Klippans Bruk AB has a long tradition of papermaking. It began in 1573 when renowned astronomer Tycho Brahe´s uncle started producing paper near the monastery at Herrevadskloster. In 1832 the country’s first paper machine was installed at Klippan Mill. 

          Through the years the paper products have varied following the markets requests.

          From 1962 the production of tissue for napkins started at Klippan Mill and with more than 50 years’ experience of producing it Klippans Bruk AB is today one of the world´s leading producers of deep-coloured tissue.

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            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 22:43:18 +0200
            Best Practices for Toscotec Steel Yankee Dryer Maintenance. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8235-best-practices-for-toscotec-steel-yankee-dryer-maintenance http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8235-best-practices-for-toscotec-steel-yankee-dryer-maintenance

            Maintenance managers and supervisors in tissue mills are required to work to budget and cut the costs of maintenance wherever possible. An efficient management of your TT SYD (Steel Yankee Dryer) helps reduce maintenance costs and avoiding the risk of emergency stops.  

            What to do to reduce the maintenance cost of your TT SYD:

            1. PERIODIC STRUCTURAL CHECKS & NDE

            Within 2 years after start-up and every 5 years after the first inspection, you should perform structural checks and NDE of the structural welds and connecting bolts of your Yankee, according the following Non Destructive Examination (NDE) methods: Magnetic Particle Inspection (MPI), single beam Ultrasonic Testing (UT) and automated ultrasonic testing (Phased Array - PA and Time Of Flight Diffraction - TOFD). 

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            This will ensure compliance with the requirements of your local pressure vessel regulations and insurance.

            2. CHECK YOUR SYD INTERNALLY & THE CONDENSATE REMOVAL SYSTEM 

            Once a year, plan an internal inspection of your TT SYD and its condensate removal system. 

            Make sure you thoroughly clean the soda straws - one by one, from the bottom of the grooves - and their blocking clips. Check inside the straws if there is any magnetite: its build-up may be a sign of corrosion. This clean up will also ensure a uniform moisture profile on the paper. You should also check the sealing of the condensate removal pipes, to ensure maximum heat transfer efficiency. 

            3. CHECK THE STEAM & CONDENSATE SYSTEM’S WATER QUALITY

            The chemical parameters of the boiler’s water circuit and of the Yankee’s condensate must remain within the recommended ranges. This will ensure the smooth operation of the boiler, of the steam and condensate system and of the equipment and machinery integrated in this circuit, including your TT SYD and the instrumentation. 

            You should continuously monitor the key chemical parameters and make periodical tests, to ensure that the water quality is under control. Increase the frequency of the tests if you suspect there is a contamination in the steam and condensate system.

            If the water quality is under control, you should see a thin and uniform layer of magnetite (black oxide, Fe3O4) that adheres tightly on the internal surfaces of your TT SYD. This layer creates a barrier to possible corrosion.

            4. VISUAL CHECK OF THE METALIZED COATED SURFACE

            Perform a visual inspection of the metalized surface on each shutdown of the paper machine. A scratch or localized damage on the metalized coating may significantly affect the runnability of your SYD. In this case, you should consider making a spot repair of the damage. If you see chatter marks, consider checking the doctor blades for vibration, the machine frame for vibration resonance, the chemical coating application and the process parameters in general for large variances from centerlines.

            5. MEASURE THE ROUGHNESS OF THE METALIZED COATED SURFACE 

            Once a year, measure the roughness of the metalized coated surface. This will allow you to better understand the status of the metallization, in terms of chemical coating, blades, etc. If you find an increasing porosity of the metalized coating, consider planning a polishing/grinding job, before it starts affecting paper quality.

            6. CHECK THE JOURNALS INSULATING SLEEVES 

            The insulating sleeves protect the bearings, especially during warm-up of the Yankee. Once a year, check if the insulation sleeves are working properly by using a contact thermometer to measure the temperature of the Yankee journals during production. Once every 5 years, perform a pressure test or dismantle the insulating sleeve pipes (depending on your type of sleeve), in order to verify the conditions and good functioning of the sleeves. Repair or replace any damaged part. It is good practice to replace the gaskets and insulation packing/wrap after 5 years of operation.

            7. CHECK THE DECKLE INSULATION

            At least once a year, during ordinary maintenance, check the tightening of the SYD deckle insulation screws. This is important to avoid any possible damage due to their fall and passage between the press and the Yankee, and it ensures a safe working area for the operators. 

            At least once a year, you should also thoroughly clean the deckle insulating panels. If the TT SYD is at room temperature, you may use high-pressure water to do so. This clean up eliminates the risk of possible damage to the panels and to the components adjacent to the Yankee, due to build-up of fibers and chemicals. 

            8. CHECK THE DOCTOR BLADES SETTING

            The doctor blades should be of the right length and mounted cantered in the middle, to make sure that they cover the Yankee’s surface completely during the oscillation of their support. Usually, the rule is LBLADE = LYD – LOSCILLATION.

            If you use oscillating doctor blade holders, make sure that their movement is smooth and steady. Jerky movements may cause grooves or streaks on the metallization. This will eliminate the risk of damaging the surface of the metalized coating and will increase its lifetime.

            9. CHECK THE STEAM ROTARY JOINTS

            Check the wear level of the sealing graphite according to the indications of the supplier. If it exceeds the max allowable wear, replace the sealing graphite during machine stop and with the steam rotary joints at room temperature.  

            10. CHECK THE TIR 

            Once a year, measure the TIR (Total Indicated Runout) of your TT SYD. Measure the TIR at grinding pressure and with the paper sheet off. You may also do this measurement in cold conditions, to get a rough indication of roundness status of your SYD. A TIR test helps you identifying possible problems and creating a database of reference records. 

            11. LONG-TERM SHUTDOWN OF TT SYD

            In case of long-term shutdown, remove all the condensate inside the Yankee dryer, clean the heads/deckle insulation panels and remember to rotate the Yankee by 90° once every two days. 

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              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 22:38:44 +0200
              Valmet introduces new inline optical total consistency and ash measurement http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8234-valmet-introduces-new-inline-optical-total-consistency-and-ash-measurement http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8234-valmet-introduces-new-inline-optical-total-consistency-and-ash-measurement

              Valmet has launched a new Valmet Optical Consistency Measurement (Valmet OC2R), which has been developed for recycled pulp manufacturing applications, as well as general stock preparation applications in paper, tissue, and board.

              Valmet OC2R shares the total consistency measurement method utilized in the original Valmet Optical Consistency transmitter with the added capability of ash content available as a second measured value. Particularly in low-consistency measurements, Valmet’s optical transmitters are frequently the only possible measurement technique to provide reliable results. Valmet OC2R offers easy and low-cost installation with a measuring probe that makes insertion and removal possible without requiring special tools or a process stop.

              For mechanical and chemical pulp, as well as for recycled fiber furnishes, Valmet OC2R is an ideal choice for control applications, from re-pulping and screening all the way to the machine chest.

              Valmet introduces new inline optical total consistency and ash measurement.Valmet introduces new inline optical total consistency and ash measurement.

              “The addition of the ash measurement to total consistency opens new possibilities for recipe management in pulp blending, better broke handling, and reducing machine chest furnish variability. In recycled fiber processing, the benefits of the two measurements include better end product quality with improved strength and optical properties,” says Heikki Föhr, Product Manager, Valmet Optical Consistency Measurement, Automation business line, Valmet.

              Technical information about Valmet Optical Consistency Measurement (Valmet OC2R)

              Valmet OC2R joins the Valmet Optical Consistency Measurement (Valmet OC) family of transmitters, each optimized for use with eucalyptus pulp, recycled fiber and chemical pulps in addition to mechanical furnishes. Installed in an area of turbulent flow, the temperature and vibration resistant probes are self-cleaning even in the demanding environment of recycled fiber processing. Sharing the same basic components and modules optimized for each application, they have gained a deserved reputation for accuracy, reliability, and ease of installation.

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

              For further information, please contact:
              Heikki Föhr, Product Manager, Valmet Optical Consistency Measurement, Automation business line, Valmet, tel. +358 50 551 0730
              Sami Saarenmaa, Business Manager, Measurements, Automation business line, Valmet, tel. +358 40 583 4147

              Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

              Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

              Valmet's net sales in 2018 were approximately EUR 3.3 billion. Our more than 13,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

              Read more www.valmet.com

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                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 22:32:39 +0200
                Global Hygiène signs the acceptance of TM A.Celli iDEAL® 1800S http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8233-global-hygiene-signs-the-acceptance-of-tm-a-celli-ideal-1800s http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8233-global-hygiene-signs-the-acceptance-of-tm-a-celli-ideal-1800s

                In August the French customer's technicians validated the Factory Acceptance Test, carried out at A.Celli Paper’s facilities, for the tissue machine, the heart of the complete turnkey plant, entirely supplied by A.Celli Paper.

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                The new iDEAL®1800S machine has a 2850 mm format and an operating speed of 1800 mpm. The turn-key project also includes an E-WIND® T100 rewinder and a R-WAY® roll-handling system.

                The Yankee supplied is the forged one of the latest A.Celli generation and has a diameter of 15’.

                The tests carried out fully satisfied the customer's expectations, authorizing the shipment of the machinery to its headquarters in Charavines, in south-eastern France.

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                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 22:28:13 +0200
                  Ola Thomasson new Mill Director at Rottneros Mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8231-ola-thomasson-new-mill-director-at-rottneros-mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8231-ola-thomasson-new-mill-director-at-rottneros-mill

                  Rottneros has appointed Ola Thomasson as Mill Director at Rottneros Mill. Ola most recently comes from Valmet, where he has held the position as Director Global Site Operations Tissue. He will take office no later than January 1, 2020 and will be part of the Rottneros Group Management Team.

                  2019 05 04 225725“I am very pleased to welcome Ola to the position as Mill Director of Rottneros Mill. His solid experience as a leader and strong career in the pulp and paper industry in various production positions are excellent qualifications to take Rottneros Mill to the next level”, says Lennart Eberleh, President and CEO Rottneros.

                  “I am extremely proud and very humble about being offered this role. Rottneros has a very long and interesting history. Thanks to all fantastic employees, Rottneros offers a wide range of products and a very close proximity to the market. It is all the talented people who make a difference every day. Together with the extensive investments made in recent years I see a great future for the mill, not the least as a very modern working place. I look forward to come on board as part of the team”, says Ola Thomasson.

                  For more information please contact:

                  Lennart Eberleh, President and CEO, Rottneros AB, +46 (0)270 622 65, lennart.eberleh@rottneros.com 

                  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 about 300 employees and had a turnover of approximately SEK 2.3 billion in the 2018 financial year.

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                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 22:21:29 +0200
                    Ted Baker achieves seasonal sustainability with DS Smith http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8229-ted-baker-achieves-seasonal-sustainability-with-ds-smith http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8229-ted-baker-achieves-seasonal-sustainability-with-ds-smith

                    Fashion retailer enhances sustainability credentials with reusable e-commerce box

                    Ted Baker set out to improve the sustainability of its e-commerce packaging, while retaining its trademark ‘wow’ factor for customers. For an innovative solution, Ted turned to leading packaging strategist, DS Smith.

                    Responding to a changing market

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                    With an increasing awareness on issues relating to improved environmental performance, Ted Baker wanted to take the lead in redesigning their packaging to better respond to their customers’ needs.

                    As part of this revamp, packaging production was on shored – moving it from the Far East back to the UK - a decision which contributed to the reduction of company’s carbon footprint, while allowing the brand the flexibility to update the packaging design to reflect seasonal campaigns, and the reactivity to deal with increased peaks in trade.

                    In need of packaging robust enough to withstand multiple journeys through a complex supply chain, the new e-commerce packaging focused on the reuse and recycle principles of the circular economy. Working with DS Smith, the company developed a completely recyclable box with the aim of reusing 20% of its boxes annually – a target that has already been exceeded with an average reuse rate of 27%. To accompany the new box, an innovative reusable and resealable sleeve was designed, using the brand’s bold and exciting designs.

                    Rob Carle, UK Head of Sales, e-commerce at DS Smith, said “The sleeve protects the parcel during transit and means that customers can return items in the same box by simply reversing the sleeve and securing it back around the box. It arrives back in the Distribution Centre with no labels on it, and so can be used again for other customer orders, doing potentially upwards of three journeys through the courier network.”

                    Georgina Jarvis, Print Production Manager at Ted Baker, said “Finding a solution to the environmental considerations of packaging returns has been an ongoing challenge. By working with DS Smith, we were able to make the concept a reality.”

                    Testing the concept

                    Protecting the product and the condition of the box is a vital role of the sleeve. For this reason, the packaging design and its eight size variations were tested in DS Smith’s state-of-the-art DISCS laboratory to simulate the rigours of the e-commerce supply chain journey. A significant amount of time was spent testing the packaging for efficiency on Ted Baker’s packing line to ensure that pack time was not affected.

                    The unboxing experience

                    Focusing on sustainability, it was important for Ted Baker to have a partner able to respond quickly to any design and print requests. Alongside improving the sustainability of the packaging, the inside of the box and the new sleeve provide a blank canvas for colourful and impactful lithographic designs to enhance the customer unboxing experience. The decorative print on the interior of the box is hidden from view on arrival to the customer and gives an added ‘wow factor’ during the unboxing experience.

                    Georgina explains, “Developing a collaborative relationship with DS Smith and finding the perfect solution to our e-commerce packaging has been a fulfilling experience.”

                    Rob adds, “Ted Baker are really pushing the boundaries of packaging design with new print techniques, and it’s exciting for DS Smith to be supporting them on this constantly evolving brief each season.”

                    Ted Baker and DS Smith are continuing to develop new seasonal print designs to entice and engage customers, while striving to increase the continued use of the boxes and maintain momentum on improving sustainability metrics for the company.

                    For more information on DS Smith and its digital print capabilities, please visit: https://www.dssmith.com/packaging

                    For more information on Ted Baker and its global sustainability strategy, please visit: http://www.tedbakerplc.com/teds-responsibilities/sustainability-and-the-environment

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                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 22:13:48 +0200
                      Sofidel unveils new recyclable packaging for leading household paper towel regina blitz and regina toilet paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8227-sofidel-unveils-new-recyclable-packaging-for-leading-household-paper-towel-regina-blitz-and-regina-toilet-paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8227-sofidel-unveils-new-recyclable-packaging-for-leading-household-paper-towel-regina-blitz-and-regina-toilet-paper

                      This latest step towards responsible and sustainable packaging practices is part of a more comprehensive product innovation strategy from the Sofidel Group

                      Sofidel, one of the leading global manufacturers of tissue paper for hygienic and domestic use – particularly well-known for its Regina brand – enhances its commitment to innovation and sustainability by launching its single-roll household towel Regina Blitz wrapped in kraft paper, a plant-based material that is renewable, biodegradable and easy to recycle – rather than plastic.

                      2019 09 19 220447The Regina brand is well known for its Regina Blitz household towel which has entered the hearts and homes of so many consumers. For this reason, the first product wrapped in kraft paper packaging launched by the Group to the UK market will be Regina Blitz household paper towel which is scheduled to hit UK stores in mid-October.

                      This has been a standout year for the Regina Blitz brand, named the winner in the ‘Household Paper Category’ in the 2019 ‘Product of the Year Awards’. The Regina Blitz packaging will replace the previous polyethylene packaging.

                      This is one of a number of initiatives that Sofidel is implementing this year: the company is also announcing the launch of two new products that join now the Regina product range: Regina Seriously Soft and Regina Seriously Strong toilet papers wrapped in Mater-Bi® – a biodegradable and compostable material which contains constituents from natural origin.

                      Philippe Defacqz, Sofidel Line of Business Director – Brand comments; “Regina keeps looking to the future. Regina products hold a leading position in the marketplace thanks to their high level of quality and innovation that the brand brings with it to offer the best product experience to our consumers”.

                      This move aligns the brand to the growing consumer demand for environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions to the category and comes as part of an extensive product innovation strategy currently being implemented by the Group.

                      The Group is implementing eco-conscious packaging solutions in a bid to help fight the increasing amount of global plastic pollution. Sofidel is aiming to eliminate the equivalent of 600 tonnes of plastic a year from the packaging of its main European brands (including Regina, Cosynel, Nalys, Le Trèfle, Sopalin and KittenSoft) by the end of 2020. This will be achieved mainly thanks to the introduction of paper packaging in place of or alongside the existing products.

                      A new phase in the environmental sustainability strategy

                      The announcement is part of a broader vision, the overall goal set by the Sofidel Group is a 50% reduction in the use of conventional plastic in its production by 2030 (compared to 2013), which is equivalent to the elimination of over 11,000 tonnes of plastic released onto the market every year.

                      Sofidel’s ongoing commitment to its environmental strategy remains consistent with the policies and investments implemented in recent years by the Group, specifically:

                      • responsible procurement of raw material (100% virgin pulp certified by independent third parties in compliance with forestry certification schemes)
                      • energy-efficient plants (over 100 million euros in investments in cogeneration, photovoltaic, hydroelectric and biomass energy over a period of 10 years – 2009/2018)
                      • rational use of water resources within production processes (7.1 l/kg against a sector benchmark of 15-25 l/kg)
                      • technological innovation of production assets (Advantage New Tissue Technology (NTT) paper machines by Valmet and Constellation converting lines by Fabio Perini)

                      The Sofidel Group

                      The Sofidel Group is one of the leading manufacturers 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 6,000 employees, net sales of 1,706 million Euros (2018) and a production capacity of over one million tonnes per year (1,308,000 tonnes in 2018). “Regina”, its most well-known brand, is present on almost all the reference markets. Other brands include: Softis, Le Trèfle, Sopalin, Thirst Pockets, KittenSoft, Nalys, Cosynel, Yumy, Volare, Lycke, Forest, Nicky, Papernet. A member of the UN Global Compact and the international WWF Climate Savers program, the Sofidel Group considers sustainability a strategic factor with regards to growth and is committed to promoting socially and environmentally responsible development.

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                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 22:05:38 +0200
                        Cargill launches new high-performance wet-end starch to improve packaging paper making process http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8224-cargill-launches-new-high-performance-wet-end-starch-to-improve-packaging-paper-making-process http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8224-cargill-launches-new-high-performance-wet-end-starch-to-improve-packaging-paper-making-process

                        C*iBond™ 25957 enables improvement of paper strength and quality combined with increased production efficiency for paper manufacturers

                        Cargill has expanded its range of packaging ingredients with the launch of C*iBond® 25957, a high-performance, cationic, wet-end starch specifically designed for packaging paper applications.

                        C*iBond® 25957 maximizes fiber bonding, significantly improves paper strength and quality, while enhancing production performance in an environmentally-friendly and cost-efficient way. Obtained from renewable resources, the wheat-based starch offers high levels of availability and is designed for applications such as case material, folding box board, solid bleached board and plasterboard.

                        “This is an important addition to our innovative C*iBond® range of wet-end starches, which gives manufacturers greater control over the papermaking process and improves formation, drainage, retention and strength of the finished paper,” says Regis Houze, Cargill paper and packaging category manager.

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                        The new starch enables improved fiber/filler retention during the wet-end phase, increased fiber bonding and reduced fiber loss on water. Its excellent dewatering behavior has the potential to accelerate the drying process and further increase production speed.

                        C*iBond® 25957 helps fulfil the rising demand among manufacturers for environmentally-friendly packaging solutions. “Because of its improved bonding characteristics, this starch enables the use of a higher proportion of recycled fiber, while allowing paper producers to recycle more water. There is a reduced need for additional chemicals as it leaves less residue during the wet-end phase,” says Andreas Voigt, Cargill senior technical service specialist.

                        For more than forty years, Cargill has been working closely with papermakers to understand their needs and offer a highly functional range of products for wet-end, surface treatment and coating applications. We will continue to innovate and contribute with added-value solutions to the current broad range of starches and derivatives for industrial use.

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                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 21:47:04 +0200
                          Improved paper quality and increased production capacity with Voith BlueLine products at Umka in Serbia http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8222-improved-paper-quality-and-increased-production-capacity-with-voith-blueline-products-at-umka-in-serbia http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8222-improved-paper-quality-and-increased-production-capacity-with-voith-blueline-products-at-umka-in-serbia

                          Increasing production capacity by over 90 percent and switching to more economic raw materials while increasing cleanliness of the end products – these were the two goals of the Serbian paper manufacturer Umka d.o.o. when upgrading its cardboard machine BM1. Part of the project was thereby an upgrade of the stock preparation with an InjectaCell Compact flotation unit and InfiltraDiscfilter disc filter from Voith’s BlueLine portfolio. Due to the excellent performance of the new products, the company has laid the groundwork to achieve these goals.

                          • Compact flotation – minimum space requirement and excellent technological results
                          • Robust disc filters with wide operating window

                          The whole rebuild project was part of Umka’s initiative to expand its production from approximately 105,000 metric tons of cardboard per year to more than 200,000 metric tons. Until that time, Umka has supplied 30 European countries with cardboard in three quality grades. The increased capacity gives the company, founded in 1939, the opportunity to tap into other markets.

                          Voith BlueLine stock preparation with InjectaCell CompactVoith BlueLine stock preparation with InjectaCell Compact

                          On the lookout for cost-effective raw materials
                          During the rebuild, not only was the capacity on the agenda, but so too was the quality of the raw materials. The demand for the bright white recovered paper used by Umka had increased significantly in recent years. Also, it was becoming more and more difficult to buy raw material, and prices were continuously rising. Plant operators were therefore setting their sights increasingly on more cost-effective raw materials such as newspaper and magazine paper, which were available on the market in sufficient quantities. However, the technology required to process such raw material grades is considerably more advanced compared to conventional approaches. Investing in a new stock preparation system was therefore an important first step toward implementing the corporate strategy. “Previously, we worked with one loop and without a flotation system, but the planned changes were inconceivable with this arrangement. Our long-term goals could only be realized by integrating a flotation unit into a second loop,” explains Dragoslav Nešković, Project Leader at Umka.

                          The Voith team’s first task was to extend the existing stock preparation to deal with the new challenges, like reliably removing contaminants such as inks, stickies and glue from the paper suspension. To increase storage capacity of the stock preparation and to separate water loops from paper machine for improved paper machine performance, a disc filter was installed.

                          Compact flotation – minimum space requirement and excellent technological results
                          As a smart solution to effectively integrate the new machines into the existing building, Umka selected the InjectaCell Compact flotation unit ICC2/44 in combination with InfiltraDiscfilter IDF370. The new compact flotation system from Voith’s BlueLine range is based on InjectaCell (ICC) technology. It saves up to 50 percent energy compared to Voith’s famous EcoCell, which was the standard until 2012.

                          Schematic drawing of the InjectaCell Compact flotation systemSchematic drawing of the InjectaCell Compact flotation system

                          In InjectaCell Compact, secondary flotation cells are omitted. The first primary cells take over their task in addition to their normal duty. Due to this combined function, they are called fiber recovery (FR) cells. The foam from the consecutive primary cells is re-aerated by special injectors in these fiber recovery cells, thus maintaining the yield on an excellent level. A further important aspect of the InjectaCell Compact is the InjectaPump (ICP). InjectaPump is a combination of foam destroyer and pump that brings the foam from the primary cells to the fiber recovery injectors. As this is installed close to the flotation cells and no foam tank is needed any more, the whole InjectaCell Compact unit can be mounted on one floor.

                          The essential components of the flotation unit date back to the late 1960s. Profound knowledge in the properties of deinking foam and customer needs led to the development of this unique concept of fiber recovery cells. “The compact flotation technology is quite new. However, the feedback from all customers which operate InjectaCell Compact has always been very positive,” Dr. Antje Voiron from Voith points out. Despite their compact design, the quality of the results is comparable to that of conventional two-stage flotation systems. Thanks to the innovative technology, Umka can produce a fiber suspension with precisely the properties that the company requires for its products.

                          Robust disc filters with wide operating window
                          The wide range of raw materials and the successive increase of the production by more than 40 percent were also special challenges in this project. Thanks to the robustness of InfiltraDiscfilter, it can accommodate broad production ranges and varying freeness of the used furnish. In conventional filters using polypropylene (PP) filter bags, such conditions need extremely close operator attention in order to avoid damage of the PP bags. The BaglessPlus discs take such variations easy. Its design is based on many years of experience with over 500 installed filter discs. Their unique bagless technology makes the InfiltraDiscfilters robust and reliable – two characteristics that are most wanted in the paper industry.

                          Voith BlueLine stock preparation with InfiltraDiscfilterVoith BlueLine stock preparation with InfiltraDiscfilter

                          Both InfiltraDiscfilter and InjectaCell Compact have proven to be highly reliable, simple to operate and virtually maintenance-free. The operating costs, which are lower compared to conventional technologies, were a further argument for Umka to decide to work with Voith stock preparation equipment again after many years.

                          The board machine currently produces about 130,000 metric tons of paper, and Umka is already taking a positive view: “The performance of the InjectaCell Compact and the InfiltraDiscfilters has fully met our expectations. Our employees also appreciate the easy operation and reliability of Voith products,” says Dragoslav Nešković, Project Leader at Umka.

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

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

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                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 21:30:21 +0200
                            Millions more coffee cups destined for James Cropper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8221-millions-more-coffee-cups-destined-for-james-cropper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8221-millions-more-coffee-cups-destined-for-james-cropper

                            Earlier this week, the winners of The Cup Fund by Hubbub and Starbucks were announced at a launch event in London. James Cropper is proud to have been selected as the recycling partner on four of these projects. 

                            An estimated seven million coffee cups from cities across the country including Bristol, York, Gloucester and London, will be headed to the Lake District as a result. The coffee cups, collected by the Bristol Waste Company, Forge Recycling, Better Bankside, Team London Bridge and Paper Round recycling schemes, will be given a second life using James Cropper’s CupCyclingTMfacility.

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                            As a perfect example of circular design, the cups will be transformed into beautiful packaging, paper and an array of stationery – giving businesses the chance to go green when it comes to paper supplies.

                            Richard Burnett, market development manager at James Cropper, commented:“We are thrilled to have been selected as a partner on these innovative projects. Each project will have a significant impact on how Britons recycle their coffee cups, by providing both education and recycling facilities to the public.

                            “We have recycled over 100 million coffee cups at our CupCyclingTM facility already but have the capacity to for up to 500 million per year; being part of these initiatives will enable us to give more used coffee cups a second life as premium paper and packaging products.

                            “This is a huge step forward in creating value from the used coffee cup waste stream, and we’re delighted to be part of it.”

                            The winners of The Cup Fund will commence their projects from September 2019, with James Cropper ready to receive bales of used coffee cups immediately.

                            About James Cropper 

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

                            Throughout 174 years of high-quality paper production, the business has been carefully stewarded and nurtured by six generations of the Cropper family and is renowned globally for individual expertise in colour, dedicated responses to the most challenging custom projects and award-winning commitment to the highest standards of sustainability.   

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

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                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 21:25:09 +0200
                              New sheeting line starts up at Metsä Board’s Äänekoski mill in Finland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8217-new-sheeting-line-starts-up-at-metsae-board-s-aeaenekoski-mill-in-finland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8217-new-sheeting-line-starts-up-at-metsae-board-s-aeaenekoski-mill-in-finland

                              Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, has started a new paperboard sheeting line at its Äänekoski mill in Finland. The investment was earlier announced in a press release on 15 November 2018. The new line will increase the annual capacity of the sheeting plant by 35,000 tonnes to a total of 120,000 tonnes. The value of the investment was EUR 11 million. The new sheeting line will enable quicker deliveries to Metsä Board customers.

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                              In addition to the new sheet cutter, the investment included additional automation to the existing sheet cutters, as well as equipment for cutter reel handling and storage. The new sheeting line is located in the existing sheeting plant.

                              Metsä Board Äänekoski mill produces premium coated folding boxboard for demanding end-uses where lightweight and excellent printing properties bring benefits to the customers globally. MetsäBoard Pro FBB Bright folding boxboard is recommended for packaging of chocolate and confectionery, food, healthcare and beautycare and for graphic applications.

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                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 11:19:29 +0200
                                Can Södra make the most sustainable pulp? http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8216-can-soedra-make-the-most-sustainable-pulp http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8216-can-soedra-make-the-most-sustainable-pulp

                                Södra has taken on the challenge of making the world´s most sustainable pulp. From the seedlings in our nurseries to the way we package our finished bales, we’ve been examining every step of the process in a bid to take sustainability even further.

                                A sustainable future requires everyday heroes – and new ways of thinking. It can be as simple as actively choosing products from sustainably-managed forests, but we also need to maximize our part.

                                Maria Staxhammar, Sales director and Project Leader: “We can see that for our customers, sustainability remains a top priority and an ongoing concern. We would like to help them add value by embarking on the journey to a more sustainable future together. Through Pulp+ services, customers are invited to engage with us and see what aspects of the process we could tailor to offer them the most sustainable pulp possible.” 

                                “At the same time, we want to build on the Hero campaign and continue to educate and raise awareness of how sustainable pulp and paper products can be,” explains Communication Manager, Linda Ottosson. “for our customers, but to a much wider audience too. With this in mind a series of videos launches today which follows the journey of our pulp from seedling to customer and is aimed to paper users everywhere.”

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                                Episode one which just launched . Follow the journey to a more sustainable future as we travel from London to the heart of Södra’s operations in southern Sweden. We begin in one of Södra’s nurseries with Site Manager Tord Barone and Growing Manager Falkenberg, Johan Henriksson. 
                                Forest regeneration and regrowth are the key to sustainable forestry and to strengthening the profitability of forest estates.  Our integrated seed orchards use the latest techniques to breed trees that will ensure optimal forest regeneration and regrowth for the future. We also have a unique focus on greenhouse spruce orchards to provide customers with faster access to selectively-bred seedlings.

                                Södra’s nurseries are now completely free of fossil fuels. To heat the facilities, natural gas has been replaced by wood pellets from our sawmills and green energy from our pulp mills, while biodiesel fuels our machinery and vehicles. 

                                Södra has invested some SEK 10 million in environmental improvements with the result that all our nurseries, greenhouses and staff premises are now run entirely on renewables. 

                                We have employed a program of integrated pest management for the last 15 years where chemicals are viewed as a last resort – the result is that chemical pesticides have been halved in a decade and we are working to reduce this number further still.

                                These are just a few examples of sustainability at the first stage of our process. If we were to maximise the most sustainable aspects of every part of the pulp production process, from paper straps to fossil-free nurseries and transport, would the result be the world’s most sustainable pulp?

                                And if we could show everyone how sustainable we already are, could we help change the perception of this highly underrated industry?

                                Tune in to find out: Customers can start the conversation right now via Pulp+ and everyone can visit www.sodra.com/theJourney, look out for the videos on social media and share them. 
                                 

                                Founded in 1938, Södra is Sweden’s largest forest-owner association, with nearly 52,000 forest owners as its members. We conduct modern and responsible forestry, and operate state-of-the-art mills in which we process our raw material. In 2018, sales amounted to SEK 24 billion and employees totalled 3,100. Through value-generating relationships and a long-term approach, Södra shows the way for the next generation of forestry.

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                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 11:14:50 +0200
                                  Mitsubishi HiTec Paper shows product innovation at the Fachpack 2019 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8214-mitsubishi-hitec-paper-shows-product-innovation-at-the-fachpack-2019 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8214-mitsubishi-hitec-paper-shows-product-innovation-at-the-fachpack-2019

                                  Mitsubishi HiTec Paper is at Fachpack 2019 in Nuremberg for the first time and is presenting the brand new barricote BAG WGOM - a fully recyclable barrier paper for flexible food packaging, with multi-barriers against water vapour, grease and oil, oxygen and aroma as well as mineral oil migration.

                                  Fully recyclable paper with multi-barrier for flexible food packaging: barricote BAG WGOMFully recyclable paper with multi-barrier for flexible food packaging: barricote BAG WGOMWith the new barricote BAG WGOM (89 g), Mitsubishi is launching a particularly sustainable barrier paper for flexible food packaging, which has an impressive universal multi-barrier. It protects food and consumers not only from water vapour, grease or oil and oxygen or aroma, but also from mineral oil migration (MOSH / MOAH), thus offering a particularly wide barrier protection.

                                  The paper, produced from virgin fibres, consists of a particularly high proportion of renewable raw materials, and is

                                  100% free of plastic films, aluminium and fluorocarbons. Of course, BAG WGOM is approved for direct food contact as well as being FSC® or PEFC ™ certified.

                                  "Furthermore, BAG WGOM is fully recyclable" says Michael Kater, sales manager for barrier papers at Mitsubishi. "Due to its very good heat-sealability, it is particularly suitable for heat-sealed bag packaging of dry and greasy foods, and it is the intelligent alternative to film packaging made of PE, PP or BOPP film. This fits in perfectly with the theme of Fachpack 2019: Environmentally friendly packaging. "

                                  Samples and further information of the complete barricote range are available at Fachpack 2019 in Nuremberg (Booth 7A641), and also at the Mitsubishi booth at Labelexpo Europe 2019 in Brussels (Booth 6A09) - or at barricote.mpe@mitsubishi-paper.com.

                                  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 750 employees at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe produce high-quality direct thermal, inkjet, 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 Europe supplies a full range of specialty papers for many applications and printing technologies – and is a highly capable partner whenever customized coated paper solutions are required.

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                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 11:07:34 +0200
                                    Metsä Board introduces a new plastic-free eco-barrier paperboard for food and food service end uses http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8213-metsae-board-introduces-a-new-plastic-free-eco-barrier-paperboard-for-food-and-food-service-end-uses http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8213-metsae-board-introduces-a-new-plastic-free-eco-barrier-paperboard-for-food-and-food-service-end-uses

                                    Consumers and brands around the world are looking for more sustainable alternatives to plastic packaging, with easy recyclability being key. To meet these needs Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is introducing a new plastic-free eco-barrier paperboard that can be recycled in paper or paperboard waste streams according to local recycling schemes.

                                    New MetsäBoard Prime FBB EB has a medium barrier against moisture and grease, which makes it especially suitable for food and food service packaging. Furthermore, since the eco-barrier board is plastic-free, it does not require a plastic separation process making it easy and cost-efficient to recycle.

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                                    “Packaging is a necessity – for food distribution and safety – as well as avoiding food waste. Paperboard packaging made from renewable materials is a sustainable choice, and with further development of the barrier properties of the paperboard we are now able to cater for a greater number of applications. Our new plastic-free eco-barrier paperboard provides many interesting opportunities for food and food service packaging as well as other end uses where barrier properties are needed,” says Katja Tuomola, Business Development Director, Metsä Board.

                                    MetsäBoard Prime FBB EB is made of pure fresh fibres sourced from sustainably managed Northern European forests. It is safe for direct food contact and is free from optical brighteners (OBA free) and fluorochemicals. It is available both with PEFC™ or with FSC© certification. As well as being easy to recycle, MetsäBoard Prime FBB EB is lightweight, contributing to the reduction of carbon footprint throughout the whole chain.

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

                                    The global sales network of Metsä Board supports customers worldwide, including brand owners, retailers, converters and merchants. In 2018, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.9 billion, and it has approximately 2,400 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 11:03:25 +0200
                                      James Cropper brings world-famous colour lab to luxe pack 2019 and exclusively unveils new industry report http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8212-james-cropper-brings-world-famous-colour-lab-to-luxe-pack-2019-and-exclusively-unveils-new-industry-report http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8212-james-cropper-brings-world-famous-colour-lab-to-luxe-pack-2019-and-exclusively-unveils-new-industry-report

                                      James Cropper is poised to present its expertise in the art of colour at Luxe Pack 2019. The specialist papermaker will bring its acclaimed colour lab experience to Monaco from its home in Kendal, in the English Lake District.  

                                      The company’s master colour blender, Mark Starrs, and resident colour trend expert, Alison Rodwell, will showcase the incredible detail involved in the bespoke colour matching process via demonstrations exploring the process through which James Cropper has become the world’s foremost makers of coloured paper.   

                                      James Cropper will also launch its Progressive Palettes report at the event. The report is the result of collaboration with designers from across a range of sectors and takes a deep dive into what’s driving colour trends now and in the future. Anyone who is interested can register for the report here ahead of time and pick up a hard copy at booth DB09.  

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                                      Initial excerpts released from report findings indicate that in just a decade, the biggest driver of colour selection for branding and packaging has moved from fashion to social media, with technology predicted to become the biggest influence by 2030.    

                                      Aligning with the theme for Luxe Pack 2019, the research also charts the rising role sustainability credentials will play in years to come, from the departure of using colours such as browns and greens in favour of broader palettes, to the intrinsic place sustainability agendas hold in packaging design briefs today.  

                                      Stefan Pryor, packaging specialist says: “Our offering for Luxe Pack 2019 demonstrates two fundamental areas of our business; our expert colour capabilities and our game-changing work in the sustainability arena, which offers brands the opportunity to use high quality papers and plastic-free packaging incorporating circular design without compromising on beauty. 

                                      “By picking up our Progressive Palettes report, those attending will gain a unique insight into the modern context of colour, while learning what is influencing design for brands from all categories now and in the future. It has been developed specifically for those striving to stay one step ahead, as the landscape we navigate and consumer expectations become more and more complex. 

                                      “We’ve also chosen this year to unveil a brand new COLOURFORM™ demonstrator, further showcasing the extent to which plastic-free packaging can deliver. COLOURFORM is a unique combination of colour accuracy, 3D design possibilities and high-quality sustainable materials, all working together in harmony, to deliver a bespoke and premium brand experience.”  

                                      James Cropper is a world-class advanced materials and paper products group, with an operational reach in over 50 countries.  Specialists in luxury papers, packaging and bespoke colour, the company provides a series of innovative plastic-free paper and packaging solutions which include its world-first CupCycling™ technology and COLOURFORM innovation, underpinned by an impressive colour lab holding around 4,000 live shade recipes and an archive of some 200,000 colours.   

                                      The business is renowned globally for its dedicated responses to custom projects and its award-winning commitment to the highest standards of sustainability. 

                                      About the campaign  

                                      Research commissioned by James Cropper and conducted by Censuswide in March 2019 amongst 500 designers from a range of disciplines.  

                                      Censuswide abide by and employ members of the Market Research Society which is based on the ESOMAR principles.  

                                      About James Cropper   

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

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

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

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                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 11:00:01 +0200
                                        Mosaico Group & A.Celli Paper: rebuilding of the PM#5 machine http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8211-mosaico-group-a-celli-paper-rebuilding-of-the-pm-5-machine http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8211-mosaico-group-a-celli-paper-rebuilding-of-the-pm-5-machine

                                        Efficiency and quality of wrapping with the new A.Celli Pope Reel

                                        The Italian company, part of Burgo Group, a well-known producer of graphic and special papers, based in Lugo di Vicenza, has accepted the reconstruction of the pope reel section of the multi-cylinder PM#5 machine made by A.Celli Paper.

                                        The start-up, which took place successfully and entirely within the agreed times, and the good quality of the product supplied by A.Celli have allowed the customer to obtain excellent results for the past year with all types of special papers produced by the plant.

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                                        Mosaico Group specifically requested A.Celli Paper to optimise the PM#5 Paper Machine by replacing the end-of-line section with a new pope reel, with center wind technology, equipped with automatic NIP, tension and torque controls and that uses HMI software to interface with the machine's DCS.

                                        The design peculiarities, both hardware and software, and the manufacture of the new section permit optimal management at a production speed up to 900 mpm, with a width of 2830 mm, for special papers.

                                        A.Celli’s experts are available for consultancy, for any equipment inspections and for detailed control planning, as well as for updating and improving the efficiency of pre-existing machinery and software, in order to optimize its performance in terms of productivity, safety and automation.

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                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 10:56:33 +0200
                                          Voith Group to acquire BTG, a Spectris Company http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8209-voith-group-to-acquire-btg-a-spectris-company http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8209-voith-group-to-acquire-btg-a-spectris-company

                                          Voith has signed an agreement with Spectris plc to acquire BTG for a total gross cash consideration of €319 million. With BTG, a multinational provider of integrated, highly specialized process solutions for the global pulp and paper industry, Voith strengthens its position as full-line supplier.

                                          2016 09 22 073412The transaction is expected to close late in the fourth quarter of 2019. The closing is subject to the company obtaining all regulatory approvals as well as other customary closing conditions.

                                          “BTG and Voith together have 250 years of technological experience in the global paper industry. This strategic step will bring many advantages for the entire industry. With BTG, we found an ideal match to complement our portfolio and get the chance to add a high-performing company with widely recognized expertise in the pulp and paper market. This helps us to expand our competitive position as a full-line supplier for the paper industry in the areas of consumables, instruments, services and software,” states Toralf Haag, President & CEO of the Voith Group.

                                          BTG offers a high-value portfolio of optimized and customized solutions for a range of applications, mainly in the areas of packaging, graphic papers and tissue. Among these are beds and rods for film-metering size presses, high-performance ceramic and cermet coating blades, and pulp and paper process control sensors and laboratory instruments. All of these technologies are supported with expert services and application support. Furthermore, BTG is a decisive partner in the digital transformation of the pulp and paper industry with its offerings in the areas of data analytics, automation and software. It will therefore add value to Voith’s Papermaking 4.0 portfolio. More information can be found at www.btg.com.

                                          “We are excited about this opportunity. Voith is a well respected player in the paper industry and our offering is highly complementary to theirs. As part of the Voith Group, we will be able to offer our employees and our customers more opportunities, supporting BTG growth and allowing us to realise our full potential”, says Rob Crossman, BTG CEO.

                                          BTG, founded in 1921 in Sweden, is today headquartered in Éclépens, Switzerland, and employs around 600 professionals across the world. It operates four manufacturing sites, three research centers and several regional application centers. BTG has developed strong market positions, particularly in the pulp and paper industry, through a strong passion and commitment to delivering sustainable value to customers.

                                          About the Voith Group

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

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                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 10:50:20 +0200
                                            Cartiera Confalone selects Toscotec for the turnkey supply of a new energy-efficient tissue line. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8208-cartiera-confalone-selects-toscotec-for-the-turnkey-supply-of-a-new-energy-efficient-tissue-line http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8208-cartiera-confalone-selects-toscotec-for-the-turnkey-supply-of-a-new-energy-efficient-tissue-line

                                            Cartiera Confalone is the protagonist of an important investment that will see the construction of a new advanced production base in Montoro, Avellino, with leading-edge tissue technology. The plant includes an automated warehouse and one AHEAD 2.2 tissue line supplied by Toscotec on a turnkey basis. Cartiera Confalone’s Montoro mill represents the biggest tissue investment in the south of Italy in the last twenty years and it will give new impetus to the local job market. 

                                            The start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2020. The new tissue line consists of one AHEAD 2.2 tissue machine, equipped with TT NextPress, a second generation TT SYD and gas-fired hoods designed with numerous stages of energy recovery. The sheet trim is 2,850 mm, the design speed is 2,200 m/min and the production capacity is over 35,000 tpy. The tissue line is dedicated to the production of toilet tissue, napkins and towels and it will process 100% pre-dried virgin pulp and converting broke. 

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                                            The turnkey supply also includes the complete stock preparation, Toscotec’s patented TT SAF (Short Approach Flow) ensuring a higher operation efficiency, the complete electrical and control system, including the DCS and the QCS and the dust and mist removal systems for the tissue machine. The vacuum plant, an automatic vibration monitoring system for the tissue machine and the hall ventilation system complete the supply. 

                                            The turnkey scope includes two newly designed OPTIMA 2200 slitter rewinders, which feature tension and nip control systems, and are equipped with a dedicated dust removal system. The core-assist drive system installed on the pope reel and the optimized nip control of the OPTIMA 2200 rewinders will ensure premium tissue quality, preserving the bulk and hand-feel of the finished product. 

                                            Toscotec will also provide the detailed mill engineering, the plant and the machine erection, commissioning and start-up supervision and training programs. 

                                            The relationship between Toscotec and Cartiera Confalone S.p.A. dates back to 1999 when Cartiera Confalone installed a MODULO-PLUS tissue machine at its mill in Maiori in the province of Salerno and then replaced its cast-iron Yankee with a TT SYD in 2013. 

                                            Gaetano Confalone, Sole Director of Cartiera Confalone, says, "This Toscotec line represents a key technological investment for our mill. We have been working with Toscotec for over 20 years, since the project of our first tissue line. We are pleased with the deep expertise of the Toscotec team, not only for developing a new custom made solution based on our requirements, but also for its proven capability in managing turnkey projects of this magnitude. This line will be key to the future growth of our brand."

                                            Alessandro Mennucci, CEO of Toscotec, says, "We are honoured to have been selected for this turnkey operation by Cartiera Confalone. The contract includes our most advanced technology such as TT NextPress, and a very wide scope, from the stock preparation down to two slitter rewinder lines. This is where Toscotec is able to showcase its abilities as a true specialist for turnkey solutions.” 

                                            The award of this turnkey contract is a testament to Toscotec’s status as the leading supplier of turnkey solutions in the tissue market.

                                            About Cartiera Confalone

                                            With origins dating back to 1800, when a paper mill was opened in Maiori for the production of handmade paper, Cartiera Confalone produced flattened and creped paper until its conversion into tissue paper in the 1970s. It is a family-run business focusing on the production of toilet paper, kitchen roll, napkins and jumbo rolls of various width. Cartiera Confalone’s products are distributed throughout Italy, in particular in the centre and in the south of Italy, with a turnover that in recent years has seen a significant increase both in Northern Italy, in the U.E. and extra U.E..

                                            www.confalone.it

                                            For further information, please contact:

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

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                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 10:46:23 +0200
                                              PMP to provide two rebuilds for Asia Pulp & Paper Sinar Mas mill in Indonesia http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8207-pmp-to-provide-two-rebuilds-for-asia-pulp-paper-sinar-mas-mill-in-indonesia http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8207-pmp-to-provide-two-rebuilds-for-asia-pulp-paper-sinar-mas-mill-in-indonesia

                                              Paper Machinery Producer (PMP) recently signed a contract for the delivery of two rebuilds for the Press and Dryer Section for Asia Pulp & Paper Sinar Mas’ (APP) Pindo Deli Mill in Indonesia. The agreement is the result of an earlier successful cooperation between PMP and APP, signed off in August 2018.

                                              pmp logo 2016The scope includes the supply of press section rebuild with new Intelli-Nip® Press and Intelli-Nip® Module 1500. This state-of-the-art technology will ensure higher dryness following the press section and will improve the paper quality in the mill.

                                              The scope of supply for both projects also includes design, on site transportation and services.

                                              As part of the contract, PMP will also be delivering new core items for the dryer section rebuild.

                                              About PMP:

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

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                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 10:42:24 +0200
                                                Metsä Board implements artificial intelligence in quality management http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8206-metsae-board-implements-artificial-intelligence-in-quality-management http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8206-metsae-board-implements-artificial-intelligence-in-quality-management

                                                Metsä Board’s Kyro mill is to begin using artificial intelligence for quality management on its folding boxboard machine. Supplied by Voith, the software uses measurement results related to the quality properties of and the mill’s process data. By combining various process parameters and using statistical models the system can automatically predict quality values and adjust process parameters in real time. This improves the production efficiency of the folding boxboard machine and improves quality consistency.

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                                                 “Artificial intelligence will contribute to high efficiency and accuracy of production process control. Production waste will decrease, product quality consistency will further improve and grade changes will be quicker,” says Ari Kiviranta, SVP Development at Metsä Board. “The operators at the mill can now focus on comprehensive management and operational development.” 

                                                Metsä Board is also investigating different possibilities to take artificial intelligence into use at other Metsä Board mills.

                                                Metsä Board

                                                www.metsaboard.com

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

                                                The global sales network of Metsä Board supports customers worldwide, including brand owners, retailers, converters and merchants. In 2018, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.9 billion, and it has approximately 2,400 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 18 Sep 2019 11:37:24 +0200
                                                  Vision Paper and Board partner with SCA to launch new paper category http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8201-vision-paper-and-board-partner-with-sca-to-launch-new-paper-category http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8201-vision-paper-and-board-partner-with-sca-to-launch-new-paper-category

                                                  Leading papermaker SCA Graphic Paper has created a brand-new paper category for graphical printers: Fine Wood-Containing Paper (FWP) narrows the gap between woodfree and wood-containing offset papers as never before.

                                                  Leading the way in this innovative new segment is Frontier, a high bulk, high opacity offset paper with a premium feel ideal for magazines, supplements, direct mail, puzzle books and notebooks.

                                                  Frontier is being launched in the UK in partnership with Vision Paper and Board in 70, 75 and 80gsm weights and is available as part of their Your Size Bespoke sheeting service.

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                                                  Peter Featherstone, Sales Office Manager for Vision Paper and Board, says: “SCA Frontier is an exciting new type of paper, the brightest wood-containing offset paper in the world.  And with the lower substance range, combined with high bulk and opacity, printers can reduce their costs through improved yield without sacrificing the quality of their product.”

                                                  Neil Coleman, Sales Manager for SCA Graphic Paper UK, agrees. “Our new FWP paper category is an ambitious one,” he states, “It’s a category that challenges accepted industry norms when it comes to what a wood-containing paper can be and can achieve. Printers or publishers want their magazines, supplements and catalogues to be just a bit more special and SCA Frontier is the ideal choice for this.”

                                                  With an ISO brightness of 86% and a CIE whiteness of 105%, the difference between a wood-containing and a woodfree offset has never been so slight, and the high bulk and opacity associated with this type of pulp contributes to the premium quality of the grade.

                                                  SCA Frontier is available for mill direct sales in reels, or from Vision Paper and Board in both sheets and reels.  Neil Coleman explains the partnership decision: “We chose to work with Vision Paper because of their ability to produce sheets in a wide range of sizes to tight deadlines.  With 3 versatile sheeters at their disposal, as well as reel rewinding capability, we are confident of their ability to help us develop this exciting new grade in the UK market.”

                                                  Peter Featherstone confirms: “SCA are a leading paper producer, and Europe’s largest private forestry owner, but, despite their size, they are still ready to innovate and are not afraid to shake up existing perceptions of how paper should be. We are delighted to be associated with this project and relish the opportunity to develop sales of the world’s brightest wood-containing offset paper.”

                                                  To accompany the launch of SCA Frontier, a full colour brochure has been produced on the paper to highlight the outstanding results that can be achieved.  Copies are available on request from Vision Paper and Board.

                                                  The Snowy Owl

                                                  The unique Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus, sometimes Nyctea scandiaca) has more bulk and is whiter than most birds – and all other owls. Its natural habitat is in the northern Arctic tundra regions of North America, Russia and Northern Europe.

                                                  About SCA Graphic Paper

                                                  1. SCA is Europe’s largest private forestry owner with over 2 million hectares of forest
                                                  2. SCA Ortviken paper mill in Sweden produces around 775,000 tpa and employs in excess of 600 people
                                                  3. Ortviken mill has FSC and PEFC chain of custody certification as well EU Ecolabel
                                                  4. The mill uses biofuel instead of oil and self generates around 50% of the electricity is uses.

                                                  About Vision Paper and Board

                                                  1. Vision Paper and board is the UK’s leading merchant-converter, established for 10 years with annual sales in excess of 85,000 tonnes and part of the £80M turnover Middleton Group employing over 300 people. 
                                                  2. Converting equipment includes 4 sheet cutters; a mill winder and guillotining facilities to enable a 24-48 hour express conversion service incorporating bespoke size availability to provide significant cost and waste savings.
                                                  3. Vision Paper and Board have made significant investment in their conversion and storage facility in the Midlands and can offer product availability from 20,000 tonnes of UK held graphical paper, board and packaging board comprising flat sheets, cutter reels, HSWO and cut-star reels. A varied customer base includes; commercial print, publishing, print management and the graphical and packaging board sectors, as well as business papers to stationers, wholesalers and education authorities.
                                                  4. Vision Paper and Board recognises its responsibility towards protecting the environment and has achieved the internationally recognised FSC® and PEFCTM chain of custody certification.

                                                  About Tangent Paper Services

                                                  Tangent Paper Services offers technical and PR solutions to the paper industry, with customers including paper merchants and mill sales offices.  We also offer freelance copywriting services to paper and printing trade magazines and will accept commissions for articles and features.

                                                  For further information, please contact Tony Hardy on +44 07764 879976 or email: tony@tangentpaper.com

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                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Sun, 08 Sep 2019 18:25:26 +0200
                                                    Metsä Board’s FBB latest printed samples highlight recent packaging trends http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8200-metsae-board-s-fbb-latest-printed-samples-highlight-recent-packaging-trends http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8200-metsae-board-s-fbb-latest-printed-samples-highlight-recent-packaging-trends

                                                    To demonstrate how paperboard can boost brand appeal, Metsä Board has launched a new set of packaging samples. The samples demonstrate the various finishing effects and how the paperboard surface can enhance them and create impressive visual and tactile effects. The samples have been designed to inspire end-users in sectors such as food, beautycare, pharmaceuticals, luxury packaging and graphic applications. The samples are produced using the enhanced Metsä Board folding boxboard portfolio.

                                                    Excellent printability, whiteness and smoothness. on background, CMYK printing on top, micro-embossing and multilayer embossing. Printing grey drop shadow requires high smoothness. Unprinted inner box and two colour printed tray (black/copper)Excellent printability, whiteness and smoothness. on background, CMYK printing on top, micro-embossing and multilayer embossing. Printing grey drop shadow requires high smoothness. Unprinted inner box and two colour printed tray (black/copper)The organic cosmetics sample has an uncoated surface with a multilayer embossing that give a special touch and feel. White and gold hot foil stamping adds a luxurious finish to the packaging. The chocolate sample also uses a multilayer embossing with a metallic appearance added to the CMYK printing on silver PE laminate in the text area.

                                                    The most demanding sample is the headset packaging that combines various effects requiring many features from the paperboard. The cover of the box is first hot-foiled, then printed with white and CMYK, and finally a multilayer embossing were added to give touch and feel. On the front of the packaging there are tone changes made with grey drop shadows which require a high level of smoothness from the board. On the side of the box there is a silver hot-foil in the background with CMYK printing combining micro-embossing, a multilayer embossing and a debossing. Keeping a rich black colour and small white text on the back of the packaging requires excellent printing properties from the board.

                                                    The samples display the desire for natural and organic packaging in the market and show how luxury finishing such as multilayer embossing, micro embossing, glossy varnishes, hot foil stamping, spot pantones and even holographic can really add the WOW factor to everyday items. “The samples have been designed taking into consideration what the market is looking for such as the increased use of uncoated boards, especially in cosmetics, with a surface that is highly receptive to special effects and finishing. Sustainability remains an important issue and our boards are lightweighted to give bulk and stiffness with the use of less raw materials,” says Ilkka Harju, Packaging Services Director, Metsä Board.

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                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Sun, 08 Sep 2019 17:51:45 +0200
                                                      Voith supplies Papierfabrik Palm with complete BlueLine stock preparation line for new build project in Aalen http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8199-voith-supplies-papierfabrik-palm-with-complete-blueline-stock-preparation-line-for-new-build-project-in-aalen http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8199-voith-supplies-papierfabrik-palm-with-complete-blueline-stock-preparation-line-for-new-build-project-in-aalen

                                                      At the beginning of June 2019, the green light was given for the construction of the new Papierfabrik Palm paper mill for the production of testliner and corrugated baseboard. Voith will be supplying the stock preparation line for the project and has to this end designed one of the largest and most advanced BlueLine systems worldwide. As well as the entire stock preparation unit from feed-in of the recovered paper to the finished stock, the scope of supply also includes the complete design of the line and its measuring, control and instrumentation systems. Voith had already provided Papierfabrik Palm with support during the conceptual and approval phase for the new build project.

                                                      The stock preparation unit will produce 2,200 metric tons of stock per day. A precondition for the high quality of the product is an extremely clean furnish. At the same time, the company laid particular emphasis on achieving a sustainable, environmentally compatible paper production process. With its BlueLine concepts, Voith has already realized systems all around the world that achieve a maximum yield of high quality stock with low energy consumption and therefore meet the requirements imposed by Palm. The latest examples of these are the stock preparation lines for packaging papers at Leipa in Schwedt, at Hamburger Rieger Containerboard in Spremberg or at Propapier in Sandersdorf-Brehna. The expansion of the stock preparation line at the Aalen-Neukochen plant in 2018 has also been designed and installed by Voith.

                                                      Voith BlueLine stock preparationVoith BlueLine stock preparation

                                                      Voith BlueLine EcoProcess
                                                      The design of the stock preparation line is based on the EcoProcess developed by Voith. The comprehensively tried and tested solution allows for an energy-optimized machine configuration. EcoProcess combines a strict counterflow principle with smart water cycle separation. In conjunction with water management across all systems, this results in a controlled discharge of dissolved and colloidal impurities with low water consumption. A cutting-edge, flexible long fiber screening concept, minimal solids content in the inlet to the waste water treatment facility and a special additional preparation line for largely clean recovered paper will result in high fiber yield and minimal waste volume. At the same time, the EcoProcess concept provides the basis for a stable paper manufacturing process and thus a consistently high product quality.

                                                      IntensaPulper and IntegraScreen components for efficiency and sustainability
                                                      For Palm and Voith, sustainability and efficiency were the key factors when choosing the individual components. For example, thanks to its optimized machine housing, the IntegraScreen ensures consistent flow and pressure conditions around the screen, which results in high contaminant separation efficiencies. An additional reject dilution step and the integration of an external reject recirculation to the machine reduces thickening of the reject and increases fiber yield.

                                                      The IntensaPulper ensures efficient yet energy-saving pulping. Thanks to the combination of a special vat geometry and the asymmetric arrangement of the rotor, the internal flow pattern of the IntensaPulper converts the flow energy into pulping performance. As a result, energy savings of up to 20 percent can be achieved. String-free disposal of contaminants from the pulper is ensured thanks to the IntensaMaXX, which was specially developed for this application.

                                                      The HiClean HCL5-I cleaner is another addition to the range of energy-efficient components in the stock preparation line. Smooth interior surfaces and a flow-optimized head piece enable maximum separation efficiencies in this technology developed by Voith. The patented EcoMizer reject dilution allows high reject concentrations at low overflow rates. As a result, the HiClean HCL5-I cleaner can work reliably and efficiently with high stock densities of up to three percent. The effect of this high intake stock consistency is a low energy consumption.

                                                      About Palm
                                                      Palm is one of the leading companies in the European paper industry. The Palm Group is divided into Papierfabrik Palm with its 5 paper mills for the manufacture of paper and Palm Packaging Group with 26 plants for the manufacture of corrugated board. The third pillar of our operations, which encompasses the purchasing of raw materials for all our papers and corru-gated boards made from 100% recycled paper are joined under the umbrel-la of Palm Recycling consisting of two recycling companies. www.palm.de

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

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

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                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Sun, 08 Sep 2019 16:01:17 +0200
                                                        Recard, a new successful startup in Sweden for Klippans Bruk AB http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8198-recard-a-new-successful-startup-in-sweden-for-klippans-bruk-ab http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8198-recard-a-new-successful-startup-in-sweden-for-klippans-bruk-ab

                                                        Recard announces the successful start up of PM11, the new plant of Klippan Bruk in Sweden that took place on August 19, 2019.

                                                        The new PM increases the annual capacity by 30.000 tonnes of coloured and white high quality tissue.

                                                        Recard supplied the client with a Turn Key Project including a Tissue Machine Crescent Former with a maximum operating speed of 1.700 mpm;  trim at reel by 3.200 mm and with a gross production capacity of 110 tpd. Auxiliaries systems serving the machine are duo-system hood, steam and condensate system, vacuum system, mist removal system and dust suction system.

                                                        The Recard team and the first Jumbo reel during the start up at Klippan Bruck The Recard team and the first Jumbo reel during the start up at Klippan Bruck

                                                        The scope of supply includes a stock preparation system for 100% pre-dried virgin pulp, broke line, approach flow system, fiber recovery system and water distribution. The supply for Klippan Mill comprises also a high performing slitting rewinder with 3 unwind stands.

                                                        To complete the Turn Key also the plant electrification have been supplied including mainly MCC, Drives, AC motors and power and signal cables and DCS and QCS are also included in the scope.

                                                        Turn Key Recard’s Services include full detailed engineering, mechanical erection, supervisions, start up assistance and personnel training.

                                                        “This is the 138th start-up for us, - declared Recard's Managing Director, Ing. Riccardo Campo - but the excitement and satisfaction for women and men of Recard seeing the first Jumbo reel made by our tissue machine is always unique. The plant was built with a turnkey contract signed with Klippan Bruk, an historic paper mill that blends well with the tradition of Recard to build unique machinery as each component is designed and built with artisan care to achieve the performance required by the customer”.

                                                        With Klippan’s PM11, continues the series of Recard successful start-up’s in which the first reel is perfect and ready to the market.

                                                        Recard guarantees high performances, user friendliness and energy saving. The accuracy of the project, the manufacturing quality and the care give to the installation, ensure the respect of all customer’s targets.

                                                        Klippans Bruk AB History

                                                        Klippans Bruk AB has a long tradition of papermaking. It began in 1573 when renowned astronomer Tycho Brahe´s uncle started producing paper near the monastery at Herrevadskloster. In 1832 the country’s first paper machine was installed at Klippan Mill.

                                                        Through the years the paper products have varied following the markets requests.

                                                        From 1962 the production of tissue for napkins started at Klippan Mill and with more than 50 years’ experience of producing it Klippans Bruk AB is today one of the world´s leading producers of deep-coloured tissue.

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                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 04 Sep 2019 10:37:25 +0200
                                                          BillerudKorsnäs appoints EVP Sustainability http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8197-billerudkorsnaes-appoints-evp-sustainability http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8197-billerudkorsnaes-appoints-evp-sustainability

                                                          BillerudKorsnäs Sustainability Director Malin Ljung Eiborn will on the 1st of October take place in the Executive Leadership Team of BillerudKorsnäs. Sustainability thus becomes a separate function at group level instead of, as previously, part of the communication department.

                                                          Malin Ljung EibornMalin Ljung EibornIn BillerudKorsnäs, supplier of sustainable packaging materials and solutions, sustainability is integrated in the business. The company's purpose “we challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future” becomes even clearer when the group wide responsibility now becomes part of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT).

                                                          - Sustainability is today at the heart of our business. We will continue to take the lead and to include sustainability in the ELT as its own group function therefore feels natural. The fact that Malin in her relatively short time in the company has already contributed strongly to our development made including here in the ELT an easy decision to take, says Petra Einarsson President and CEO.

                                                          - I am very happy about this opportunity and look forward to now stepping into the ELT and continue to develop sustainability as a strong driving force for our company's continued development.  Since sustainability is part of everything we do, this is also an important step in getting the whole company moving in the same direction towards a sustainable future, says Malin.

                                                          Malin Ljung Eiborn has been Director Sustainability and public affairs at BillerudKorsnäs since January 2018. Before that she worked for the communications agency Prime where she was partner and part of developing the sustainability offering. Malin has previously worked for many years at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has a Master’s degree in EU law.”

                                                          For further information, please contact:
                                                          Malin Ljung Eiborn, +46 (0) 76 797 35 30, malin.ljungeiborn@billerudkorsnas.com

                                                          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 units in Sweden, Finland and the UK and about 4300 employees in over 13 countries. BillerudKorsnäs has an annual turnover of about SEK 22 billion and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. www.billerudkorsnas.com

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                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 03 Sep 2019 10:45:30 +0200
                                                            19 new apprentices at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8196-19-new-apprentices-at-mitsubishi-hitec-paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8196-19-new-apprentices-at-mitsubishi-hitec-paper

                                                            On August 1, 2019, nineteen new apprentices were warmly welcomed to Mitsubishi HiTec Paper. Five paper technologists, three industrial mechanics, three electronics technicians, one cutting machine operator, four machine and plant operators, one IT specialist and two industrial clerks began their careers at the mills in Bielefeld and Flensburg.

                                                            For the new apprentices (thirteen in Bielefeld and six in Flensburg) it is now time to undergo intensive training involving many interesting experiences. Whether at the large state-of-the-art production machines, in the administration or in the IT of the German manufacturer of coated special papers for the global market, experienced instructors guide and assist with help and advice. To ensure it is not all too much like hard work, the apprentices also enjoy medieval markets, where the traditional art of paper-making is brought to life for interested visitors.

                                                            The new apprentices at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, Bielefeld plant.The new apprentices at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, Bielefeld plant.

                                                            "For us, training young people has been a priority for a long time," says Marcel Bornemann, HR Administrator at the Flensburg plant. "We also look outside the box; for example, coming soon, we have a one day seminar on "addiction prevention", because career and health go hand in hand.”

                                                            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 750 employees at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe produce high-quality direct thermal, inkjet, 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 Europe supplies a full range of specialty papers for many applications and printing technologies – and is a highly capable partner whenever customized coated paper solutions are required.

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                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 03 Sep 2019 10:34:48 +0200
                                                              ANDRITZ to supply three paper machine approach flow systems to Hamburger Rieger in Germany http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8195-andritz-to-supply-three-paper-machine-approach-flow-systems-to-hamburger-rieger-in-germany http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8195-andritz-to-supply-three-paper-machine-approach-flow-systems-to-hamburger-rieger-in-germany

                                                              International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Hamburger Rieger GmbH, Papierfabrik Spremberg, to supply three paper machine approach flow systems as well as broke screening for the new greenfield production line PM2 in Spremberg, Germany. Start-up is scheduled for mid-2020.

                                                              The paper machine, with a total capacity of 500,000 tons per year, will produce both brown and white top test liner. The PMA systems for the top and back layers will be equipped with ANDRITZ ShortFlow Deaeration systems, comprising deaerators, the corresponding vacuum pumps, as well as the proven ModuScreen HBE screens for stock and dilution water screening. The patented ShortFlow Deaeration system enables effective air removal with partial deaeration. In comparison with conventional deaeration concepts on the market, ShortFlow Deaeration has an extremely small footprint.

                                                                ANDRITZ ModuScreen HBE screen © ANDRITZ ANDRITZ ModuScreen HBE screen © ANDRITZ

                                                              The third PMA system will supply the back layer headbox with white water for cross-profile control. A two-stage broke screening system completes the scope of supply.

                                                              Hamburger Rieger is part of the Hamburger Containerboard Division of the Austrian Prinzhorn Group. The RiegerLiner, RiegerTop and SpreeWhite product lines have made the company the market leader in the white-covered corrugated board sector. Producing two million tons in seven plants, Hamburger Containerboard is one of the leading producers of high-quality corrugated board in Europe.

                                                              ANDRITZ GROUP

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

                                                              ANDRITZ stands for passion, partnership, perspectives and versatility – core values to which the company is committed. The listed Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria. With almost 170 years of experience, 29,600 employees, and more than 280 locations in over 40 countries worldwide, ANDRITZ is a reliable and competent partner and helps its customers to achieve their corporate and sustainability goals.

                                                              ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER

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

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                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 03 Sep 2019 08:02:02 +0200
                                                                The ‘Better with Less – Design Challenge’ 2019–2020 packaging design competition opens for entries http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8194-the-better-with-less-design-challenge-2019-2020-packaging-design-competition-opens-for-entries http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8194-the-better-with-less-design-challenge-2019-2020-packaging-design-competition-opens-for-entries

                                                                The Better with Less – Design Challenge, organised by Metsä Board, the European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards and part of Metsä Group, is now in its second year. Its aim is to inspire designers to create more environmentally-friendly packaging solutions for e-commerce, cosmetics and food.

                                                                Submissions in the four categories: cosmetics, e-commerce, food packaging and a ‘wild card’ category, are open now until 5 January, 2020 at www.betterwithless.org. The competition invites professional packaging designers, as well as packaging design students, from all over the world to submit entries.

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                                                                The main prize for the Better with Less – Design Challenge is EUR 7,000, with the second prize EUR 2,000 and the third prize EUR 1,000. Additionally, Metsä Board will award one design student with the opportunity for an internship with its packaging design team at its Excellence Centre in Äänekoski, Finland. The winners will be announced in spring 2020.

                                                                The huge amount of plastic used in packaging is a global concern, in part because global plastic waste input into the oceans annually amounts to almost nine million tonnes. The Better with Less – Design Challenge is looking for innovative, sustainable and recyclable packaging solutions for everyday goods.

                                                                The Better with Less – Design Challenge was first launched by Metsä Board in 2017–2018, with great success – over 300 packaging designs from 38 countries were submitted. The  winning design found a truly innovative, environmentally friendly paperboard alternative to plastic bubble wrap.

                                                                A world-class jury of renowned packaging design experts includes: Alissa Demorest, Chief Editor of luxury packaging magazine Formes de Luxe; Andrew Gibbs, Founder, CEO & Chief Editor of The Dieline; Charles Ng, Founder & Chief Brand Consultant of MCL Group Hong Kong / China; Clark Goolsby, Chief Creative Officer of Chase Design Group; and Stefan Junge, Professor in Packaging Technology at Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin. The chairman, and member of the competition jury, is Ilkka Harju, Packaging Services Director, EMEA and APAC at Metsä Board.   

                                                                “We need to challenge the packaging world with new solutions – new ways of thinking and new innovations. This competition is all about lessening environmental impact without compromising brand experiences. We aim to help advance innovative and sustainable packaging design throughout the world,” states the competition’s chairman and member of the jury, Ilkka Harju, Packaging Services Director, EMEA and APAC at Metsä Board.   

                                                                The competition can be followed on social media with the hashtag #betterwithless  

                                                                Metsä Board’s Better with Less – Design Challenge is an initiative to inspire packaging designers all over the world to create packaging solutions that create better brand experiences with less environmental impact. www.betterwithless.org #betterwithless  

                                                                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.

                                                                Metsä Group
                                                                www.metsagroup.com

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

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                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 02 Sep 2019 09:08:42 +0200
                                                                  SCA invests in Obbola kraftliner mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8192-sca-invests-in-obbola-kraftliner-mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8192-sca-invests-in-obbola-kraftliner-mill

                                                                  SCA to build a new paper machine for the production of kraftliner at its Obbola paper mill in Umeå. The annual production in Obbola will increase from the current 450,000 tonnes of kraftliner to 725,000 tonnes to meet the growing demand for renewable packaging. The investment amount is SEK 7.5 billion.

                                                                  2018 04 23 102625SCA produces kraftliner – paper for transport packaging – at the paper mills in Obbola (Umeå) and Munksund (Piteå). SCA has today decided to invest to increase kraftliner capacity to 725,000 tonnes of kraftliner per year, an increase of 275,000 tonnes. The new paper machine will start operation in the first quarter of 2023. 

                                                                  The total investment amounts to SEK 7.5 billion over a five-year period. The investment replaces necessary reinvestments in Obbola of approximately SEK 2.5 billion. The investment will be mainly financed by operating cash flow, complemented by regular group financing acitivities.

                                                                  In addition to the Obbola paper mill, SCA also produces kraftliner at Munksund paper mill in Piteå. Over the past twelve months SCA’s kraftliner operations had an EBITDA margin of 35%. With a kraftliner trend price of EUR 600 per tonne, the investment is expected to generate an annual EBITDA improvement of approximately SEK 800-1,000 million after full ramp-up.

                                                                  A profitable investment

                                                                  Demand for paper based packaging is growing. This trend is being driven by a number of factors – increased e-commerce, a growing population and the ambition to reduce the use of plastic.
                                                                  “This is a profitable investment in a growing segment,” says CEO Ulf Larsson. “We expect the investment to be profitable already during the first year of operation and to contribute positively to the return on capital from our industrial operations.”

                                                                  “With the investment in Obbola we can meet the increased demand for sustainable packaging,” says Mats Nordlander, President, Paper. “We have access to high-quality wood fiber from Norrland. We have efficient and reliable supply of wood and logistic operations. As a result of this investment in the markets’s most advanced kraftliner machine with the best available technology, we will considerably improve the mill’s competitiveness, cost position and product quality.”

                                                                  Full production during construction

                                                                  The new paper machine is being constructed in a new building in line with the current paper machine. As a result the plant will be in full production during the entire construction period before switching over from the old machine to the new one ahead of the start up in 2023. The new plant’s ramp-up to full capacity is expected to take three years.

                                                                  The total investment amount of SEK 7.5 billion includes investments in environmental improvements of approximately SEK 1 billion, including a reduction in the need for oil by 8,000 cubic meters per year and improvements in the water treatment capacity. Following the investment, SCA’s own industrial processes will be 97 per cent fossil-free.

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                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 02 Sep 2019 08:45:41 +0200
                                                                    myMondi.net – Mondi launches web platform for outstanding print and design inspired by paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8191-mymondi-net-mondi-launches-web-platform-for-outstanding-print-and-design-inspired-by-paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8191-mymondi-net-mondi-launches-web-platform-for-outstanding-print-and-design-inspired-by-paper

                                                                    Mondi, a global leader in paper and packaging, has launched a new website to market their Uncoated Fine Paper (UFP) brands. At myMondi.net, professionals from the printing and design industries will find everything they need to know about Mondi’s high-quality paper brands, as well as paper recommendations, local distributor details and multimedia content that educates and inspires.

                                                                    Two years after launching their business-to-business e-commerce platform for direct customers, Mondi has now expanded their digital strategy with a new platform addressing everyone who would like to choose the right paper to create truly impactful print materials.

                                                                    marketingei others logo 8795“Many printers, publishers, art directors and graphic designers love working with our paper, but as a manufacturer we don’t speak to them as much as we would like to. Digital platforms give us the chance to share our knowledge, start a conversation, and learn more about the needs of people who create beautiful things with our paper,” says Johannes Klumpp, Marketing and Sales Director at Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper.

                                                                    Designed around user needs

                                                                    The new website was designed with audience needs in mind, based on comprehensive interviews and user experience research. It offers detailed information on all Mondi branded papers as well as the opportunity to get in touch and start a conversation with Mondi paper experts. A ‘where to buy’ function lists distributors for each country and paper brand, and the “paper finder” provides smart recommendations for specific projects.

                                                                    The website shows a growing reference project database with articles showcasing inspiring print projects, know-how articles, best practice stories, videos and podcasts on paper and print.

                                                                    The user has the option to test the quality of Mondi’s papers by ordering free sample folders for the flagship brands Pergraphica and Color Copy. Additionally, an event calendar with the possibility to register for design and industry events is available.

                                                                    A new home for PERGRAPHICA®, Color Copy and NAUTILUS®

                                                                    The website replaces microsites for the Mondi UFP flagship brands Pergraphica and Color Copy, collecting all brand content and product information in one place. Stories, design books and magazines printed on Pergraphica, know-how articles about topics such as CO2 offsetting for paper production, and recent episodes of the Mondi Print and Paper podcast will also be available on myMondi.net. With its recent expansion of the portfolio, Mondi’s recycled fine paper brand NAUTILUS® will also appear on the site, as will NEUJET® premium papers for high-speed inkjet presses and office paper brands such as IQ, MAESTRO® or Niveus®.

                                                                     

                                                                    About Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper

                                                                    Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper is a business unit of Mondi Group. In six operating sites in Austria, Slovakia, Russia, and South Africa, Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper produces pulp and environmentally responsible office and professional printing papers tailored to the latest professional digital and offset print technologies.

                                                                    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, PERGRAPHICA®, NAUTILUS®, NEUJET®, IQ, MAESTRO®, BIO TOP 3®, DNS®, Snegurochka or ROTATRIM are used in office environment 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.

                                                                    Converters appreciate the excellent printability and smooth handling of Mondi’s professional printing papers.

                                                                    www.mymondi.net

                                                                    About Mondi

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

                                                                    Mondi has a dual listed company structure, with a primary listing on the JSE Limited for Mondi Limited under the ticker MND, and a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange for Mondi plc, under the ticker MNDI. Mondi is a FTSE 100 constituent, and has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Index Series since 2007.

                                                                    www.mondigroup.com

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                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 30 Aug 2019 09:40:03 +0200
                                                                      South African pulp producer Sappi chooses ABB to help boost output and ease environmental impact http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8190-south-african-pulp-producer-sappi-chooses-abb-to-help-boost-output-and-ease-environmental-impact http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8190-south-african-pulp-producer-sappi-chooses-abb-to-help-boost-output-and-ease-environmental-impact

                                                                      ABB will provide Sappi’s Vulindlela project with automation, electrification and instrumentation to futureproof operations

                                                                      Sappi, the world’s largest producer of dissolving wood pulp, has chosen digital technology leader ABB to supply engineering, procurement and construction for the electrical, control and instrumentation portion of their project Vulindlela. The project is an ambitious plan to increase mill production by approximately 14 percent while reducing the pulp mill’s environmental impact. Due for completion in the winter of 2020, the project includes the design, supply, installation and commissioning of all electrical and automation equipment at Sappi’s Saiccor Mill located in Umkomaas, South Africa.

                                                                      “Our ability to deliver a complete, multi-faceted solution, centered around a collaborative automation platform that supports the optimization of the entire production process, was key to securing this flagship order,” said John Manuell, Local Business Line Manager for South Africa, ABB Process Industries. “We look forward to helping Sappi reduce its environmental impact with safe processes and equipment, as well as assisting in realizing significant production gains.”

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                                                                      Based on the ABB Ability™ System 800xA distributed control system (DCS), the automation solution is the first pulp and paper project to use the single channel, Ethernet-based Select IO, which enables the decoupling of project tasks. This can lead to a significant reduction in commissioning time and helps ensure on-time, on-budget project execution.

                                                                      Additionally, the solution is complemented with software tools including Field Information Manager to help manage smart field devices and mobile workplaces that will give operators and production staff access to plant information from anywhere in the mill.  

                                                                      “A history of working successfully with ABB gave us full confidence in their ability to provide a complete solution that will help futureproof our operations,” said Wayne Weston, Vulindlela Project Director, Sappi. “As world leaders in dissolving wood pulp, we welcome this pioneering, integrated solution that will help us achieve our Project Vulindlela goals.”

                                                                      Other ABB Ability™ digital offerings, such as Asset Management, Energy Management, Safety systems and Manufacturing Operations Management will help provide total visibility into, orchestration and control of Sappi Saiccor’s entire operation.  In addition to the automation platform, the scope includes the extension of the 132kV distribution infrastructure, the medium voltage reticulation and the process electrification.

                                                                      Sappi Limited is a global leader in paper, paper pulp and dissolving wood pulp solutions, Sappi Limited (SAP - listed and in the Top 40 on the JSE), is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa; has over 12,000 employees; manufacturing operations on three continents, in seven countries (nine mills in Europe, three mills in America and four mills in South Africa) and customers in over 150 countries worldwide.

                                                                      ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader with a comprehensive offering for digital industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB is today a leader in digital industries with four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by its common ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s market leading Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.

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                                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 30 Aug 2019 09:37:27 +0200
                                                                        SupremeFilm: Voith launches new premium polyurethane roll cover for film presses http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8189-supremefilm-voith-launches-new-premium-polyurethane-roll-cover-for-film-presses http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8189-supremefilm-voith-launches-new-premium-polyurethane-roll-cover-for-film-presses

                                                                        With SupremeFilm, Voith is enhancing its product range for film presses with a new high-performance roll cover made from polyurethane (PU).

                                                                        • Stable run times and uniform profile 2-sigma thanks to very high abrasion resistance
                                                                        • High film transfer rates for ideal application
                                                                        • Transfer of proven technology from press section to film presses

                                                                        SupremeFilm is Voith’s new high-performance PU roll cover for film presses.SupremeFilm is Voith’s new high-performance PU roll cover for film presses.

                                                                        To positively influence paper characteristics like printability, coating and starch are applied to the paper in the coating and sizing section using applicator units. Voith’s new SupremeFilm roll cover works well in the Voith Speed Sizer AT, and is also suitable for challenging applications in film presses produced by other manufacturers.

                                                                        “For years, PU roll covers have been successful high-end solutions for the press section,” explains Ralf Moser, Global Product Manager Finishing Section at Voith. “We are now exploiting the excellent qualities of this material, which we have adapted specifically to the requirements of the film press.”

                                                                        Dietmar Muser, Manager Paper Mill at Sappi Ehingen GmbH, is convinced of SupremeFilmDietmar Muser, Manager Paper Mill at Sappi Ehingen GmbH, is convinced of SupremeFilm

                                                                        SupremeFilm is characterized by an extremely homogeneous and constant film transfer. Beyond that, it retains its surface roughness over its entire service life thanks to Voith's innovative filler material concept. This ensures ideal application for paper grades with high quality specifications. Moreover, the PU material is highly abrasion-resistant, which results in longer grinding intervals and consistent profile 2-sigma values.

                                                                        Sappi’s Ehingen paper mill was one of the first customers to successfully use the new SupremeFilm roll cover in the film press. “We aim to be constantly evolving and continually making our production more efficient. To enable this, new technologies were necessary. This was also the reason why we opted to use a promising new development with Voith,” says Dietmar Muser, Manager Paper Mill, Sappi Ehingen GmbH. “And this paid off, as the already very good results got even better. SupremeFilm allowed us to keep the 2-sigma profiles constant over an unprecedented installation period. This means that we achieved our main goal of producing perfect paper quality. In addition, we benefited from reduced maintenance costs and a longer run time between roll changes.”

                                                                        For more information about SupremeFilm, visit the Voith website: www.voith.com/rollcovers

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

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

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                                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 30 Aug 2019 07:54:57 +0200
                                                                          ANDRITZ successfully starts up rebuilt paper machine at PJSC Kyiv Cardboard and Paper Mill, Ukraine http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8188-andritz-successfully-starts-up-rebuilt-paper-machine-at-pjsc-kyiv-cardboard-and-paper-mill-ukraine http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8188-andritz-successfully-starts-up-rebuilt-paper-machine-at-pjsc-kyiv-cardboard-and-paper-mill-ukraine

                                                                          International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up the rebuilt BM1 for PJSC Kyiv Cardboard and Paper Mill at their site in Obukhiv, Ukraine.

                                                                          The rebuild of the packaging paper machine covered the upgrade of the press and calender sections, including extensions to the existing automation system. To improve the machine’s capacity and the surface quality of the paper, ANDRITZ relocated the existing press from the second to the third press position and installed a new PrimePress X shoe press in the second position. Due to its special shoe design, the PrimePress X enables gentle dewatering and reduced energy consumption. In the calender section, a new PrimeCal Hard hard-nip calender was installed to provide a consistent CD caliper profile, bulk control, and excellent surface finish.

                                                                            ANDRITZ PrimePress X shoe press for gentle dewatering and bulk savings. © ANDRITZ ANDRITZ PrimePress X shoe press for gentle dewatering and bulk savings. © ANDRITZ

                                                                          The BM1 has a design speed of 800 m/min and a working width of 4.2 m. It produces White Top Liner, White Lined Chipboard, and Testliner in a range of 125–420 gsm. Start-up of the rebuilt BM1 ran smoothly according to schedule and achieved the promised guarantee values for dryness, bulk and smoothness right away.

                                                                          PJSC Kyiv Cardboard and Paper Mill, part of the Austrian Pulp Mill Holding, is one of the largest European cardboard and paper producers. The main raw material used for production at Obukhiv is recycled paper.

                                                                          ANDRITZ Pulp & Paper is a leading global supplier of complete plants, systems, equipment, and comprehensive services for the production and processing of all types of pulp, paper, board, and tissue.

                                                                          The technologies cover processing of logs, annual fibers, and waste paper; production of chemical pulp, mechanical pulp, and recycled fibers; recovery and reuse of chemicals; preparation of paper machine furnish; production of paper, board, and tissue; sizing, calendering and coating of paper; as well as treatment of reject materials and sludge.

                                                                          The service offering includes system and machine modernization, rebuilds, spare and wear parts, on-site and workshop services, optimization of process performance, maintenance and automation solutions, as well as machine relocation and second-hand equipment. Biomass, steam and recovery boilers for power production, gasification and flue gas cleaning plants, systems and plants for the production of nonwovens and absorbent hygiene products, dissolving pulp, and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling and shredding solutions for various waste materials also form a part of this business area.

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                                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 28 Aug 2019 13:21:07 +0200
                                                                            ANDRITZ launches new StrataPress SX single-seam press felt technology http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8187-andritz-launches-new-stratapress-sx-single-seam-press-felt-technology http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8187-andritz-launches-new-stratapress-sx-single-seam-press-felt-technology

                                                                            StrataPress SX is specifically engineered for the most demanding positions in paperboard/packaging, graphical, and pulp machines. Its patented, integrated seam ensures strength and durability while delivering rapid and safe installation.

                                                                            It is specially designed with a game-changing combination of materials, base fabric structures and unique batt concepts that deliver the highest sheet quality, faster machine speeds, reduced energy consumption, and extended life potential.

                                                                            “With StrataPress SX, for the first time in our industry, customers can now enjoy the convenience and safety of seam felts along with the superior machine performance previously only available from premium-class endless press felts. And with its unique compressibility and nip dampening characteristics, StrataPress SX provides that superior dewatering performance even in the hardest press nip applications, and with reduced operating costs,” says Bill Butterfield, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at ANDRITZ Fabrics and Rolls.

                                                                              StrataPress SX is specifically engineered for the most demanding positions in paperboard/packaging, graphical, and pulp machines © ANDRITZ StrataPress SX is specifically engineered for the most demanding positions in paperboard/packaging, graphical, and pulp machines © ANDRITZ

                                                                            STRATAPRESS SX – THREE PRODUCT CLASSES

                                                                            As StrataPress SX technology is built utilizing three distinct warp systems, there is an exact product specification specially engineered to maximize machine performance for graphical, board and packaging, and pulp grades.

                                                                            StrataPress SX is also available with ANDRITZ’s exclusive “QS” Quick Saturation technology. Hydrophilic components embedded in the base fabric structure ensure optimized water management to provide improved start-up behavior, enhanced profiles and better NIP dewatering over the entire service lifetime.

                                                                            With the new StrataPress SX technology, ANDRITZ once again confirms its position as one of the global market leaders for the supply of innovative fabrics, press felts, and roll technology solutions.

                                                                            For more information, please visit andritz.com/fabrics-and-rolls.

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

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                                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 28 Aug 2019 12:50:48 +0200
                                                                              merQbiz® Introduces BaleVision™, an Industry-First Quality Solution for Recovered Paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8186-merqbiz-introduces-balevision-an-industry-first-quality-solution-for-recovered-paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8186-merqbiz-introduces-balevision-an-industry-first-quality-solution-for-recovered-paper

                                                                              Data analytics and insights empower smarter procurement – maximizing supplier performance and optimizing business processes

                                                                              merQbiz®, a solutions and analytics provider for buyers and sellers in the recovered paper (RCP) industry, introduces BaleVision, providing companies actionable insights into their RCP quality. Combining a leading quality assessment tool with comprehensive data, BaleVision helps RCP buyers maximize supplier performance and sellers earn a fair price for their product.

                                                                              Until now, the industry has had limited options for measuring RCP quality. Conventional measurement methodologies – such as ocular inspections and bale breaking – can be costly, labor intensive and highly subjective. Furthermore, any data collected is often unreliable and provides very little information for business decision-making and process optimization.

                                                                              BaleVision data analytics give RCP sellers and buyers valuable insights for more informed decision-making.

                                                                              BaleVision overcomes these limitations with a device for effective quality measurement and a system for data analysis and visualization. The quality assessment tool analyzes the bale from the inside out, collecting detailed data on fiber content, moisture, plastic, ash and other bale contaminants. merQbiz has partnered with the manufacturer, PTS, to be the exclusive distributor of the device in North America.

                                                                              But the real power of BaleVision is two-fold: It significantly increases the volume of bales that can be inspected and delivers data analytics that provide information transparency via dashboards. Combining the customer’s data with market and seasonal data, the system supplies trend analyses for quality, operations, procurement and finance.

                                                                              “BaleVision is an industry-first solution that gives sellers insights into the real value of their paper and enables mills to proactively optimize procurement and operational processes,” said John Fox, President & CEO of merQbiz. “There’s nothing like it in the industry that can deliver this level of value.”

                                                                              As a comprehensive quality performance program, BaleVision includes data collection, bale inspections, data analysis and industry trends. merQbiz will tailor the solution to each customer’s requirements, and it can be integrated with existing enterprise technology platforms or function as a stand-alone system.

                                                                              To complement BaleVision, merQbiz is launching a new analytics platform that will house the dashboards and related services such as claims management and an RCP export procurement solution.

                                                                              BaleVision is now available in North America and will soon be rolled out in other international markets. To learn more or schedule a demo, email info@merqbiz.com or visit www.merqbiz.com/quality.

                                                                              About merQbiz

                                                                              merQbiz is a services provider for buyers and sellers in the RCP industry. The company delivers solutions across quality, analytics, logistics and procurement to help customers grow their business. Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Beach in Los Angeles, merQbiz is a joint venture of Voith and Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures. www.merqbiz.com

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                                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 28 Aug 2019 12:26:45 +0200
                                                                                Metsä Board aims for fossil free mills as part of company’s 2030 sustainability targets http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8185-metsae-board-aims-for-fossil-free-mills-as-part-of-company-s-2030-sustainability-targets http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8185-metsae-board-aims-for-fossil-free-mills-as-part-of-company-s-2030-sustainability-targets

                                                                                Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, has just published its sustainability targets for 2030. One of the company’s targets is to achieve fossil free mills by 2030 with zero fossil CO2 emissions.  This ambitious target includes both emissions from the company’s own energy production (scope 1) as well as purchased energy (scope 2). Currently, 82% of the energy used at Metsä Board mills is fossil free.

                                                                                In addition, Metsä Board is aiming for a 30% reduction in water use per product tonne and a minimum of a 10% energy efficiency improvement by 2030 compared to the 2018 level. These will also play an important role in reaching the fossil free mills target.

                                                                                “The new targets demonstrate our commitment to mitigate climate change supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Naturally, this requires investment. Our recently announced plan to renew the Metsä Board Husum pulp mill would be a substantial step to take us towards our target of 100% fossil free production,” says Mika Joukio, CEO of Metsä Board.

                                                                                Metsä Board Husum mill site in SwedenMetsä Board Husum mill site in Sweden

                                                                                The main raw material in Metsä Board’s paperboard production is renewable and 100% traceable wood sourced from sustainably managed Northern European forests. Metsä Board’s target is to reach a minimum of 90% share of certified wood out of all sourced wood raw material by 2030. In 2018, the company’s share of certified wood raw material was 79%.

                                                                                Metsä Board is part of Metsä Group that is already a significant carbon sink as its operations already result in more carbon being bound than being emitted. Metsä Board’s sustainability targets are based on the strategic sustainability 2030 objectives of Metsä Group. More information about Metsä Board’s sustainability and all new sustainability targets for 2030 as a whole can be found at the company’s website: https://www.metsaboard.com/Sustainability/Pages/Sustainability-targets.aspx

                                                                                Metsä Board

                                                                                www.metsaboard.com

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

                                                                                The global sales network of Metsä Board supports customers worldwide, including brand owners, retailers, converters and merchants. In 2018, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.9 billion, and it has approximately 2,400 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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                                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 28 Aug 2019 11:57:57 +0200
                                                                                  Metsä Board participates in paperboard cup collection initiative in France http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8183-metsae-board-participates-in-paperboard-cup-collection-initiative-in-france http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8183-metsae-board-participates-in-paperboard-cup-collection-initiative-in-france

                                                                                  Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is one of the founding members of Alliance Gobelet Carton that was founded in the spring to organise a pilot for the collection and recycling of paperboard cups in France. The first collections with partnering restaurants will start soon.

                                                                                  Alliance Gobelet Carton is an association of four paperboard cup producers and two paperboard producers. It aims to create a collection system to recycle paperboard cups and to bring together cup producers, paperboard suppliers, cup users and the recycling sector. Participants in the scheme will be issued with a collection box that can take up to 750 cups. Piloting the collection system will begin with selected fast food restaurants and vending machine companies in France over the coming weeks.

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                                                                                  “Paperboard cups can be collected after use, recycled and used as valuable raw material when producing new packaging products. This is what we intend to demonstrate through the pilot project and to create a model that can be widened to more extensive use”, says Laurence Sovran, Sales Manager at Metsä Board.

                                                                                  Metsä Board

                                                                                  www.metsaboard.com

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

                                                                                  The global sales network of Metsä Board supports customers worldwide, including brand owners, retailers, converters and merchants. In 2018, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.9 billion, and it has approximately 2,400 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

                                                                                  Metsä Group

                                                                                  www.metsagroup.com

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

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

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                                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 22 Aug 2019 07:27:37 +0200
                                                                                    At the PKV paper and board mill, Papermaking 4.0 technologies are increasing overall production and reducing energy costs http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8180-at-the-pkv-paper-and-board-mill-papermaking-4-0-technologies-are-increasing-overall-production-and-reducing-energy-costs http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8180-at-the-pkv-paper-and-board-mill-papermaking-4-0-technologies-are-increasing-overall-production-and-reducing-energy-costs

                                                                                    The ongoing development of its products is just as much an integral part of the corporate philosophy of paper and board manufacturer Papier- und Kartonfabrik Varel (PKV) as the constant improvement of production efficiency. To achieve these goals the company, which was established in 1938, has been working with Voith for many years. For its current rebuild of the PM 4, PKV is also relying on the expertise of the technology group from Heidenheim.

                                                                                    • IIoT OnCumulus platform the basis for fast, reliable and secure access to all machine and production data.
                                                                                    • OnEfficiency.Dewatering module and Tandem NipcoFlex press increase dry content by 1 percent
                                                                                    • 15 percent increase in total output planned

                                                                                    On the PM 4, PKV produces packaging papers with a wide range of basis weights from 120 to 280 grams per square meter. Previously, the web width on the pope roller was 5,250 mm. As part of the rebuild, the width will be increased to 5,450 mm. The new width necessitates various adjustments to upstream components. Voith team will increase the widths of the first dryer group, the existing headboxes, the wire and press sections and the Fourdrinier wire.

                                                                                    The key items on PKV’s agenda were increasing the total output by 15 percent, improving runability and reducing specific energy costs. In addition, optimizing the dewatering capacity is intended to raise the dry content downstream of the Tandem NipcoFlex press by at least one percent.

                                                                                    Varel paper millVarel paper mill

                                                                                    IIoT platform OnCumulus: pivotal to digitalization
                                                                                    An essential prerequisite to achieving the desired effects was the integration of the latest Papermaking 4.0 technologies. In this context, the OnCumulus platform is absolute crucial, as it enables fast, reliable and secure access to data from local machines and systems in the cloud and makes them available for efficient use. Other modules from the Voith OnCare product range like OnEfficiency.Strength or OnEfficiency.Dewatering are used to monitor paper production at PKV. All modules and components are networked with one another. The PKV team also has transparent access to all relevant data at any time.

                                                                                    Fewer strength fluctuations
                                                                                    OnEfficiency.Strength uses statistical models and virtual sensors to reduce strength fluctuations in machine direction. As a result fiber use and starch use are optimized. Continuous measurements and automatic adjustments to parameters ensure fewer fluctuations, which in turn minimizes broke, reduces deviations in production output and improves paper quality during grade changes.

                                                                                    Stable dry content
                                                                                    By means of systematic regulation of the former vacuum the OnEfficiency.Dewatering module stabilizes the dry content upstream of the press. This helps to save energy, while the Papermaking 4.0 technology ensures consistently high ply bond strength. To ensure the requested one percent improvement in dry content, Voith installed a Tandem NipcoFlex system designed in this case for web widths of up to 5,700 mm. Its innovative design allows optimum dewatering for the entire basis weight range of the PM 4. As a result, PKV can further improve the strength and surface quality of its corrugated baseboard made from secondary and virgin fibers. A closed web run in combination with separation suction boxes allows production speeds of up to 1,200 m/minute and is therefore the main basis for the substantial increase in production capacity requested by customer.

                                                                                    Initial clothing of PM 4 by Voith
                                                                                    To achieve the required dry contents, it is important that the clothing is perfectly matched over the entire paper machine. From the outset, the PM 4 will be fitted with I-Series forming wires, Infinity press felts and MultiTech dryer fabrics.

                                                                                    More uniform CD profile
                                                                                    In addition, the existing ModuleJet II headbox system in the backliner headbox will be extended by adding an OnQ Profilmatic CD profile control. OnQ Profilmatic can determine the proportion of random noise in the measurements. Its continuous dynamic profile mapping allows exact local assignment of the actuator control zones to the measured values. This results in more uniform CD profiles and therefore improved paper quality. On the Fourdrinier wire, the extensively proven HiVac high vacuum suction box will replace the previously used couch roll. The vacuum system helps reduce the paper machine’s energy consumption and increases the dry content of the paper web.

                                                                                    Saving resources in the white top and achieving optimum paper edge
                                                                                    EdgeExpert returns the white paper fibers to the appropriate system, ensuring that these fibers are preserved for use in the white top. EdgeDeckle S is the latest tool for controlling the edge in the wire section. It ensures a good paper edge with optimum profile quality.

                                                                                    Efficient cleaning systems for greater runability
                                                                                    The installation of cutting-edge cleaning systems like CleanLine Excell or ProLub improves runability and increases the total output of the PM 4. The permeability of the Voith clothing is maintained for longer, which results in a more homogeneous paper web. In addition, CleanLine Excell needs much less water than high-pressure showers and cleans so effectively that the use of chemical cleaners is much reduced or dispensed with altogether.

                                                                                    Safer reel change
                                                                                    The EcoChange W reel changing system, which works with traversing high-pressure water jet nozzles, is another component which has enabled Voith to achieve PKV’s specified goals like an increase in total output and improvement in the runability of the PM 4. The system enables efficient changing of the paper rolls and will be integrated as part of the adjustment of the Pope roller’s web width, resulting in minimal broke during reel changes.

                                                                                    In addition, Voith’s scope of supply also includes upgrading the air systems, adapting the dryer hood and drive technology, and automating the paper machine. In this context, the Voith team was also able to contribute its expertise in detail engineering and is supporting PKV with the approval of the plant in accordance with the German Federal Immission Control Act.

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

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

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                                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:25:28 +0200
                                                                                      Sappi Embarks on a journey of Digital Transformation http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8179-sappi-embarks-on-a-journey-of-digital-transformation http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8179-sappi-embarks-on-a-journey-of-digital-transformation

                                                                                      Sappi has appointed Kouris Kalligas as Head of Digital Transformation for Sappi Europe. Kouris started his career in Sappi in 2008 as a management trainee and then became the Supply Chain Service Manager for Sappi Europe. He then spent 5 years in Silicon Valley navigating the world of Venture Capitalists, gaining first-hand experience of running a tech start-up. 

                                                                                      sappi logoBerry Wiersum, Sappi Europe’s CEO comments on three reasons as to why Sappi is ready for a Digital Transformation. ‘’One is driven by the market we operate in, one is driven by its own workforce, and the third one is driven by the desire to not only be good, but great.

                                                                                      1. The market Sappi operates in is a tough one. But over the last few years  we have done much to start winning in the graphics market  and we have  made big strides  to grow in our  Packaging & Specialities  business. . . However, markets continue to change and the digital revolution requires us to offer our customers the solutions they will be looking for in the future.
                                                                                      1. Sappi’s  workforce is ready to embrace new initiatives and digital solutions offer a new platform for innovation and efficiency. They give our workforce the opportunity to contribute to improving Sappi and make the company ready for the future.
                                                                                      1. In its long history Sappi has constantly adapted and transformed to meet the requirements of its customers and changing markets, so it is logical for us to invest in new technology as it’s developed. We firmly believe that Digital Transformation will play a positive role in the future dynamism of the company.”

                                                                                      In the coming years, Sappi aims to launch internal initiatives with the goal to empower its workforce with new methods & tools to do business, introduce a more connected experience with customers and seek partnerships across the value chain. 

                                                                                      Sappi has already launched Octoboost, a technology startup whose core mission is to develop innovative digital solutions for the print industry. Sappi is also implementing

                                                                                      transformative initiatives in Sales, Supply Chain, and Manufacturing to take advantage of new technologies and applications in the world of Industry 4.0.

                                                                                      Kouris will play a key role in the navigating Sappi’s journey of digital transformation in the years ahead.

                                                                                      About Sappi

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

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

                                                                                      Learn more about Sappi at www.sappi.com.

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                                                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:21:24 +0200
                                                                                        Mitsubishi HiTec Paper with two innovations at Labelexpo Europe 2019 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8178-mitsubishi-hitec-paper-with-two-innovations-at-labelexpo-europe-2019 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8178-mitsubishi-hitec-paper-with-two-innovations-at-labelexpo-europe-2019

                                                                                        With two innovations in store, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper is presenting a wide range of coated specialty papers for the label and packaging market at Labelexpo Europe 2019. The new products: jetscript METAL VPG 1018, a metallic- silver gloss inkjet paper for the water-based inkjet printing of self-adhesive labels, as well as barricote BAG WGOM, a fully recyclable barrier paper for flexible food packaging with multi-barrier against water vapour, grease and oil, oxygen and aroma as well as mineral oil migration.

                                                                                        As a paper product, the new jetscript METAL VPG 1018 (110 g) is purely fibre-based with a silver metallic glossy finish and a transparent, microporous inkjet coating for excellent printing performance. The inkjet paper impresses with its high print density, fast drying, compatibility with latex inks and optimum performance in the self-adhesive production process. "This makes it particularly suitable for eye-catching and high-quality labels in the beverage, cosmetics or food sector. But also for other applications such as wrapping paper, advertising panels and displays, "says Nic Holmer, Director Sales of the Bielefeld specialty paper manufacturer.

                                                                                        Silver metallic glossy inkjet paper for eye-catching labels: jetscript METAL VPG 1018 (left). Fully recyclable paper with multi-barrier for flexible food packaging: barricote BAG WGOM (right).Silver metallic glossy inkjet paper for eye-catching labels: jetscript METAL VPG 1018 (left). Fully recyclable paper with multi-barrier for flexible food packaging: barricote BAG WGOM (right).

                                                                                        With the new barricote BAG WGOM (89 g), Mitsubishi launches a particularly sustainable barrier paper for flexible food packaging, which impresses with a universal multi-barrier. "Because it protects food and consumers not only from water vapour, fat / oil and oxygen / aroma, but also from mineral oil migration (MOSH / MOAH), and thus

                                                                                        offers particularly wide barrier protection," adds Nic Holmer. In addition, BAG WGOM can be heat-sealed very effectively and is approved for direct food contact. The virgin fibre paper product is 100% free of plastic films, aluminium and fluorocarbons, fully recyclable, and FSC® or PEFC™ certified.

                                                                                        In addition, Mitsubishi will be showcasing a comprehensive range of coated specialty papers for the label market at

                                                                                        Labelexpo Europe:

                                                                                        >     Thermoscript thermal papers, amongst others for linerless applications, with extra high heat resistance or with back protection

                                                                                        >     Jetscript inkjet papers, amongst others a light 70 g version, for ticket and tag applications or with an embossed surface

                                                                                        >     Supercote cast-coated label papers, amongst others for wet glue labels, composite cans and shoulder boxes

                                                                                        Samples and further information will be available at the Mitsubishi stand of Labelexpo Europe 2019 in Brussels (Hall 6, Stand 6A09), but also at the Fachpack 2019 in Nuremberg (Hall 7A, Stand 7A641) - or directly from the sales department at sales.mpe@mitsubishi-paper.com 

                                                                                        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 750 employees at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe produce high-quality direct thermal, inkjet, 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 Europe supplies a full range of specialty papers for many applications and printing technologies – and is a highly capable partner whenever customized coated paper solutions are required

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                                                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:41:11 +0200
                                                                                          ANDRITZ successfully starts up tissue production line with shoe press and steel Yankee at Africaine Paper Mills, Algeria http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8177-andritz-successfully-starts-up-tissue-production-line-with-shoe-press-and-steel-yankee-at-africaine-paper-mills-algeria http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8177-andritz-successfully-starts-up-tissue-production-line-with-shoe-press-and-steel-yankee-at-africaine-paper-mills-algeria

                                                                                          International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up the PrimeLineCOMPACT tissue production line, including stock preparation, delivered to Africaine Paper Mills (APM) in Algeria.

                                                                                          The ANDRITZ energy-efficient tissue machine has a design speed of 2,100 m/min and a working width of 2.85 m and produces tissue for high-quality facial wipes as well as toilet and towel paper grades. The machine is equipped with the latest ANDRITZ shoe press technology PrimePress XT Evo. With its energy-efficient design, improved dewatering, and reduced need for thermal drying, the shoe press minimizes energy consumption. Furthermore, the 16 ft. PrimeDry Steel Yankee enables a high drying capacity.

                                                                                            Successful start-up of the ANDRITZ PrimeLineCOMPACT tissue production line at Africaine Paper Mills in Algeria. © ANDRITZ Successful start-up of the ANDRITZ PrimeLineCOMPACT tissue production line at Africaine Paper Mills in Algeria. © ANDRITZ

                                                                                          The stock preparation system also consists of equipment with the highest energy efficiency, such as a FibreSolve FSV pulper with innovative rotor, well-proven TwinFlo double-disc refiners as well as ModuScreen HBE headbox screens for the approach flow system. Fiber recovery and broke handling are also part of the scope of supply.

                                                                                          Start-up of the mill was a great success, and the collaboration with ANDRITZ was very good. It is the first tissue machine for APM, and we are proud to announce the first paper on reel. For us, good paper quality combined with energy-efficiency is of utmost importance. The combination of a steel Yankee and a shoe press enables efficient drying with substantial energy savings.” Ziad Haffar, General Manager, Africaine Paper Mills (APM).

                                                                                          Africaine Paper Mills (APM) is an 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 belonging to the MENA (Middle East & North Africa) region.

                                                                                          The successful start-up once again confirms ANDRITZ’s strong position as one of the global market leaders in the tissue industry and as supplier for complete tissue production lines, key components, and services.

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

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                                                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 19 Aug 2019 10:31:46 +0200
                                                                                            ANDRITZ acquires KEMPULP http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8175-andritz-acquires-kempulp http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8175-andritz-acquires-kempulp

                                                                                            International technology Group ANDRITZ has acquired the Swedish company KEMPULP, a specialist provider of process technologies for the chemical pulping industry.

                                                                                            The company designs and markets technologies used in chemical pulping, including pulp washing, oxygen delignification and bleaching technologies.

                                                                                            The acquisition includes all of KEMPULP’s intellectual property rights, technical expertise, tools, systems and inventory. The company supplies process solutions, equipment, upgrades, parts and services that complement ANDRITZ’s existing offering for pulp producers.

                                                                                              COMPACT PRESS from KEMPULP © ANDRITZ COMPACT PRESS from KEMPULP © ANDRITZ

                                                                                            KEMPULP has a number of well-known products and technologies in its portfolio, including the COMPACT PRESS®, DualOx®, DualOmix®, DualSmix®, DUFLO®pump, DualD™, DualDmix®, DualZmix®, DUFLO®pump, and DynaDisc™.

                                                                                            Joachim Schönbeck, Executive Board member of ANDRITZ AG and responsible for Pulp & Paper Capital Systems says: “KEMPULP’s products and process technologies will continue to be a strong player on the market, providing solutions that complement the ANDRITZ technologies and equipment for specific chemical pulping processes – both for new plants and upgrades to existing installations. As a result, KEMPULP’s process technologies and products will enable ANDRITZ to offer optimized solutions to the benefit of its customers.”

                                                                                            The KEMPULP organization will be fully integrated into the ANDRITZ Pulp & Paper organization. KEMPULP is located in Karlstad, Sweden and has approximately 30 employees.

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

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                                                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 19 Aug 2019 10:03:28 +0200
                                                                                              Mondi fills recycled paper gap with extended NAUTILUS® range http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8174-mondi-fills-recycled-paper-gap-with-extended-nautilus-range http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8174-mondi-fills-recycled-paper-gap-with-extended-nautilus-range

                                                                                              Mondi fills recycled paper gap with extended NAUTILUS® range

                                                                                              Leading global packaging and paper group Mondi has taken action to address the shortage of uncoated recycled fine paper in Europe. Mondi’s uncoated recycled fine paper brand NAUTILUS® has been extended to include a full portfolio for professional print and office applications. Leading distributors such as Antalis, Europapier and Igepa have partnered with Mondi to make the paper available to customers across Europe and beyond. To meet market demand, Mondi’s Neusiedler mill has a good supply of fast moving recycled paper grades and formats in stock to ensure quick delivery and long-term availability of NAUTILUS®.

                                                                                              Full portfolio with certified sustainability

                                                                                              All NAUTILUS® papers are part of Mondi’s Green Range, are FSC™ certified and carry the EU Ecolabel. As a 100% recycled paper, NAUTILUS® Classic additionally features a Blue Angel certification. The range is available in ten substances from 70 to 350 g/m2 and sheet formats for offset printing, as well as in reels, SRA3, A3 and A4.

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                                                                                              Johannes Klumpp, Marketing & Sales Director for Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper says,“With the new and improved NAUTILUS® mill brand, we prove our commitment to the recycled paper market. When it comes to consistent quality, service, delivery times and long-term availability, recycled papers now match the standard of premium papers made from virgin fibre”.

                                                                                              Strong distribution network

                                                                                              Along with extending the brand range, Mondi also activated their network of distribution partners. Agreements with key international players such as Antalis, Europapier and Igepa are in place, which means that the full NAUTILUS® range is readily available from stock for professional printers and other customers across Europe now.

                                                                                              “We are delighted with this new distribution agreement. We believe that Mondi has the right product and service to become the market leader in the recycled uncoated paper segment. They also have a good track record of establishing strong brands in the market”, says Xavier Jouvet, Group Marketing & Purchasing Director for Antalis.

                                                                                              Helmut Limbeck, CEO of Europapier Group, adds, “We have a longstanding business partnership with Mondi, which was an excellent foundation for this new business opportunity in the recycled paper market. Mondi shows the commitment we need from an industry partner and brand owner, and NAUTILUS® has the potential to become the new standard with the support of our distribution network.”

                                                                                              “We were impressed by the speed and dedication Mondi displayed when it came to extending the NAUTILUS® brand to a full recycled paper range including professional print. Combined with Igepa group’s excellent customer service, most reliable logistics and delivery, we see a lot of potential in our cooperation”, says Elmar Schätzlein, Managing Director for Igepa group.

                                                                                              NAUTILUS® portfolio overview

                                                                                              NAUTILUS® SuperWhite combines the benefits of a 100% recycled paper with a whiteness level expected from fresh fibre office papers (150 CIE). Along with its strong haptic appeal, NAUTILUS® SuperWhite features unusually clean surface qualities leading to a unique visual appeal. Folio format and reels are available from 80 to 350 g/m2, office formats in 80 g/m2.

                                                                                              NAUTILUS® Classic is a 100% recycled paper, combining a bulky touch and feel with high opacity and a natural recycled look (112 CIE). Available in folio formats and reels from 70 to 300 g/m2, as well as A4 and A3 in 80 g/m2.

                                                                                              NAUTILUS® for high-speed inkjet: both NAUTILUS® SuperWhite and Classic are also available in a surface-treated quality optimised for high-speed inkjet printing. These are suitable for dye as well as pigment inks.

                                                                                              NAUTILUS® ReFresh is a three-layered 30% recycled paper. A fully recycled layer in the middle is covered by outer layers made from FSC™ certified totally chlorine free fresh fibres. The so-called TRIOTEC® process enables a whiteness level of 161 CIE for this 80 g/m2 office paper.

                                                                                              About Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper

                                                                                              Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper is a business unit of Mondi Group. In six operating sites in Austria, Slovakia, Russia, and South Africa, Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper produces pulp and environmentally responsible office and professional printing papers tailored to the latest professional digital and offset print technologies.

                                                                                              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, PERGRAPHICA®, NAUTILUS®, NEUJET®, IQ, MAESTRO®, BIO TOP  3®, DNS®, Snegurochka or ROTATRIM  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.

                                                                                              Converters appreciate the excellent printability and smooth handling of Mondi’s professional printing papers.

                                                                                              About Mondi

                                                                                              Mondi is a global leader in packaging and paper, delighting its customers and consumers with innovative and  sustainable  packaging  and  paper  solutions. 

                                                                                              Mondi  is  fully  integrated  across  the  packaging  and paper value chain -from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and plastic films, to developing and manufacturing effective industrial and consumer packaging solutions. Sustainability is embedded in everything Mondi does.

                                                                                              In 2018, Mondi had revenues of €7.48billion and underlying EBITDA of €1.76nbillion.Mondi has a dual listed company structure, with a primary listing on the JSE Limited for Mondi Limited under the ticker MND, and a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange for Mondi plc, under the ticker MNDI.

                                                                                              Mondi is a FTSE 100 constituent, and has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Index Series since 2007.

                                                                                              www.mondigroup.com

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                                                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 15 Aug 2019 12:14:48 +0200
                                                                                                World’s most modern board machine successfully commissioned at BillerudKorsnäs in Gruvön http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8172-world-s-most-modern-board-machine-successfully-commissioned-at-billerudkorsnaes-in-gruvoen http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8172-world-s-most-modern-board-machine-successfully-commissioned-at-billerudkorsnaes-in-gruvoen

                                                                                                On June 28, 2019, the BM 7, the most modern, most efficient and largest board machine in the world, was successfully commissioned at the BillerudKorsnäs production facility in Gruvön, Sweden. The Voith XcelLine board machine has been equipped with a pioneering technological setup that sets new performance benchmarks for production lines for four different board grades. At a design speed of 1,200 m/min and web width of 8,800 mm, the capacity of the BM 7 is 550,000 metric tons per year. Start-up took just seven days from stock on wire to paper on reel.

                                                                                                • New performance benchmarks in board production
                                                                                                • Cutting-edge technologies and smart digital solutions
                                                                                                • Features other innovations like highly specialized coating units and use of carbon fiber components

                                                                                                “Not only is the start-up of the new BM 7 in Gruvön running to schedule; the collaboration with the Voith team has also been first-rate. As a result we were able to meet all major milestones and have been producing high-quality liners for our customers on the BM 7 since the end of June. We will continue to focus on the successful start-up of the BM 7, safety, production stability, efficiency improvements and innovation,” says Maria Engnes, Program Director NEXT Generation of BillerudKorsnäs.

                                                                                                “With the board machine in Gruvön, currently the most modern in the world, Voith Paper has once again been able to reinforce its position as a technology leader and innovation driver,” adds Patrick Romes, Senior Project Manager, Voith Paper.

                                                                                                BillerudKorsnäs, Voith XcellLine KM 7 Gruvön, SwedenBillerudKorsnäs, Voith XcellLine KM 7 Gruvön, Sweden

                                                                                                State-of-the-art: outstanding technological features
                                                                                                Some of the standout features of the former section include a three-ply wire section with a DuoFormer D II hybrid former, two state-of-the-art DuoShake shakers and a fiber orientation control system. The scope of supply also includes various MasterJet Pro F systems with additional IntraDamp modules for the headbox. In the press section, a Tandem NipcoFlex shoe press with SolarPress roll covers ensures optimum dewatering.
                                                                                                In the dryer section, EvoDry steel cylinders are being used in a board machine for the first time. The special cylinders allow highly efficient and safe paper drying thanks to higher heat transfer and greater working width. Another first at a European paper mill is the high performance winder VariFlex XL.

                                                                                                In the finishing section, the BM 7 is also the first board machine worldwide to be fitted with Curl Control. For maximum flexibility and optimum product quality, the machine also has four different coating units: two SpeedSizer systems, one JetFlow F and one DynaCoat AT. Both the SpeedSizer units and the DynaCoat AT have carbon fiber supporting structures to ensure stable CD profiles with consistent coating performance.

                                                                                                Papermaking Next Level: integrative digital solutions
                                                                                                The Papermaking 4.0 solutions OnEfficiency and OnCare, which allow all process data to be monitored and controlled online in a user-friendly format, are also major components of the BM 7. Among other things, OnEfficiency Forming enables de-watering, retention and flocculation to be stabilized and coordinated at the same time. The OnCare package including integrated asset management ensures maximum machine availability thanks to highly efficient preventive maintenance of the entire paper machine. This in turn also helps reduce project costs.

                                                                                                from left to right, Magnus Johansson, BillerudKorsnäs, project manager KM 7, Christian Merz, Chief Commissioning Engineer Voith Paperfrom left to right, Magnus Johansson, BillerudKorsnäs, project manager KM 7, Christian Merz, Chief Commissioning Engineer Voith Paper

                                                                                                Initial clothing of BM 7 by Voith
                                                                                                Voith was engaged to supply the initial clothing for the BM 7. In addition, as main supplier for the BillerudKorsnäs mill, Voith will over the next three years supply the CleanWeave dryer fabrics, Kinetic and Infinity press felts and I-Series forming fabrics. This will ensure consistently high paper quality and is yet further evidence of the customer’s trust in Voith and confirmation of Voith’s success as a full-line supplier.

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

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

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                                                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 14 Aug 2019 20:45:57 +0200
                                                                                                  Toscotec to supply an AHEAD-2.0L tissue line on a turnkey basis to Paloma in Slovenia. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8169-toscotec-to-supply-an-ahead-2-0l-tissue-line-on-a-turnkey-basis-to-paloma-in-slovenia http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8169-toscotec-to-supply-an-ahead-2-0l-tissue-line-on-a-turnkey-basis-to-paloma-in-slovenia

                                                                                                  The Slovak Hygienic Paper Group appointed Toscotec as turnkey supplier of a new tissue line at Paloma mill in Sladki Vrh, Slovenia.

                                                                                                  The delivery is scheduled for March 2020 and the start-up for June 2020. 

                                                                                                  The turnkey supply includes one AHEAD-2.0L tissue machine, equipped with a second generation Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD, Toscotec’s shoe press technology TT NextPress and gas-fired hoods TT Hood-Duo. The net sheet width is 5,500 mm, the maximum operating speed is 2,000 m/min and the production is 220 tpd. The AHEAD-2.0L machine will replace the mill’s existing PM6 and will manufacture high quality toilet tissue, kitchen towel and napkins for household and professional use in the AfH segment. 

                                                                                                  Toscotec will provide its proprietary Distributed Control System TT DCS and a complete electrification system. The scope also includes stock preparation equipment and accessories, Toscotec’s patented TT SAF (Short Approach Flow), the machine’s dust and mist removal systems and a shaft puller.

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                                                                                                  As part of a comprehensive service package, Toscotec will supply onsite erection, supervision, commissioning and start-up, as well as training programs to the mill’s personnel.

                                                                                                  Following a capital increase by the private-owned investment fund Eco Investment in 2016, and the integration into the Slovak Hygienic Paper Group (SHP) group, the Slovenian tissue supplier Paloma aims to become the leading manufacturer of hygienic paper products in the Adriatic region and beyond.

                                                                                                  Richard Zigmund, CEO of SHP Group, says: “When we decided to invest in new capacity at Paloma’s production base, we started looking for a machinery supplier who could manage and successfully complete complex turnkey projects. Toscotec proved to have the right credentials to support our strategic program and supply the state-of-the-art technology we need to set Paloma’s manufacturing at full capacity.”+

                                                                                                  “This new project strengthens Toscotec’s position as the leading turnkey supplier in tissue” says Alessandro Mennucci, CEO of Toscotec, “we look forward to working with Paloma, who has a longstanding tradition in the production of hygienic paper products and has built a strong team of highly specialized professionals. Based on their investment targets, we developed a fully customized design aimed at improving the mill’s energy efficiency and manufacturing processes, in step with this capacity increase.”

                                                                                                  About Paloma d.d.

                                                                                                  Founded in 1873, Paloma is a public limited company with a long-lasting tradition in the manufacture and marketing of hygienic paper products in Europe. The company’s annual production capacity is 72,000 tonnes of tissue and it currently employs 675 people. Paloma is predominantly export-oriented and it currently holds the position of market leader in South-East Europe.

                                                                                                  For further information, please contact:

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

                                                                                                  Matteo Giorgio Marrano, Area Sales Manager, Tissue division, matteo.giorgiomarrano@toscotec.com

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                                                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 31 Jul 2019 18:47:11 +0200
                                                                                                    Better with Less – Design Challenge 2019–2020 announces an impressive jury of renowned packaging design experts http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8165-better-with-less-design-challenge-2019-2020-announces-an-impressive-jury-of-renowned-packaging-design-experts http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/8165-better-with-less-design-challenge-2019-2020-announces-an-impressive-jury-of-renowned-packaging-design-experts

                                                                                                    The Better with Less – Design Challenge arranged for the first time in 2017–2018 was an impressive success, with over 300 packaging designs submitted to the competition. This year’s Design Challenge is approaching, and the world-class jury of renowned packaging design experts has now been announced.

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                                                                                                    Last year, Metsä Board’s Better with Less – Design Challenge inspired students and professional packaging designers from 38 countries to contribute their work showcasing more environmentally-friendly packaging solutions. This year, the Better with Less – Design Challenge will again have a world-class jury of renowned packaging design and branding experts:

                                                                                                    Alissa Demorest, Editor in Chief of luxury packaging magazine Formes de Luxe, has extensive experience in the luxury-goods sector from both a brand and supplier perspective. Andrew Gibbs, Founder, CEO & Editor in Chief of Dieline has been called an “innovator in the world of design”. Charles Ng, Founder & Chief Brand Consultant of MCL Group Hong Kong / China, takes a holistic approach of brand design from brand auditing, brand analysis to brand strategy that provides creative works covering packaging, graphics, products, spatial and retail. Clark Goolsby, Chief Creative Officer of Chase Design Group, emphasizes the value of design, and the lasting cultural and financial impact it can have for products and organizations. Stefan Junge, Professor in Packaging Technology at Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin, has more than 20 years of experience in the field of packaging technology, having for example held the position of Corporate Packaging Manager at Sika and multiple positions at Nestlé.

                                                                                                    “We are excited to have this multitalented international jury of renowned packaging design experts involved in the Better with Less – Design Challenge. Together we want to encourage packaging designers all over the world to create new, more environmentally-friendly solutions for everyday packaging,“ states the competition jury chairman and member of the competition jury Ilkka Harju, Packaging Services Director, EMEA and APAC at Metsä Board.   

                                                                                                    Better with Less – Design Challenge 2019–2020 will be launched in September.

                                                                                                    Metsä Board’s Better with Less – Design Challenge is an initiative to inspire packaging designers all over the world to create packaging solutions that create better brand experiences with less environmental impact. www.betterwithless.org #betterwithless  

                                                                                                    Metsä Board
                                                                                                    www.metsaboard.com

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

                                                                                                    The global sales network of Metsä Board supports customers worldwide, including brand owners, retailers, converters and merchants. In 2018, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.9 billion, and it has approximately 2,400 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

                                                                                                    Metsä Group
                                                                                                    www.metsagroup.com

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

                                                                                                    Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 5.7 billion in 2018, and it employs approximately 9,300 people. The Group operates in some 30 countries. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and is owned by approximately 103,000 Finnish forest owners.

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                                                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 15 Jul 2019 08:41:51 +0200