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Illustri Festival 2019 will be held in Vicenza from May 18th to June 23rd, with the collaboration of Burgo Group which will present its project Cartaceo#01, Paper: a never-ending material.

After the success of  BookCity  Milano 2018, the illustrations of  Emiliano Ponzi and the storytelling of Gabriella Greison arrive in Vicenza to tell us a story about the paper as an never-ending material, a material with endless possibilities, born form a machine that seems to never end, which throughout human history has taken our dreams and stories and propelled them into the future in a never-ending exchange, transforming over and again into new and different products.

The exhibition inside the  Basilica Palladiana (Sala degli Zavatteri), curated by  Francesco Poroli, reproduces the unfolding  of a leporello, the paper object created by the collaboration between Ponzi and Greison, while the animations curated by Emiliano Ponzi run on a monitor togegher with the reading of the story Paper: a never-ending material.

The opening of all the exhibitions is scheduled for Saturday, May 18th from 10.00 am. The complete program and contents of the exhibitions are available at the following link:

www.illustrifestival.org

Leicester Tissue Company (LTC), a toilet and kitchen roll manufacturer, is set to increase its manufacturing capabilities by up to 100 per cent after securing a £6 million funding package from HSBC UK.

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The business, which is currently operating at full capacity, is in the process of installing two new production lines that will complete later this year at its new 105,000  sq. ft. plant in Thurmaston, Leicester. The multi-million pound investment will create an extra 50 full-time jobs.

LTC currently produces 20,000 tonnes of tissue per year and supplies to high-profile retailers, including Poundland, Aldi and Wilkinsons. Once the new lines have been implemented, LTC will generate an extra 20,000 tonnes of tissue per year, enabling the business to fulfill new interest from several supermarket brands.

Ayaz Tejani, Managing Director of LTC, said:

“As a manufacturer for some of the UK’s leading retail brands, it’s important that we regularly invest in new machinery to meet high consumer demands. We have a long-term vision for growth and these plans are currently underway with the installation of the new production lines. We’re incredibly grateful to our HSBC UK Relationship Director, Richard Parker, who understood our business and funding requirements. We look forward to working closely with him again as the business grows.”

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Roger Pratt, Area Director for Corporate Banking in East Midlands, HSBC UK, said:

“HSBC UK is committed to supporting ambitious SMEs with their expansion plans, and LTC is no exception. The tissue market is extremely competitive and due to rising consumer demand, Ayaz and his team have a great opportunity to grow the business. We’re excited about the business’s potential and we wish them the best for the future.”

Established in 2013, LTC has experienced rapid growth. After six years trading, the business has increased its turnover to £20 million and employs 70 people. It prides itself on producing quality paper and with future capacity set to increase, LTC has the foundations to grow the business further. In the next 12 months, LTC hopes its new investment will increase annual turnover by 90 per cent to £38 million.

HSBC Holdings plc

HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of HSBC, is headquartered in London. HSBC serves customers worldwide from offices in 66 countries and territories in our geographical regions: Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America, and Middle East and North Africa. With assets of $2,659bn at 31 March 2019, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations.

MyVoith is a global platform that brings together the company’s digital services and business related information in one location. The platform offers users personalized access to their applications, services, and data from the Voith world. These include industry-specific webshops, asset management solutions and further self-service applications, as well as the Voith IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) applications and services. Applications from different industries will be available for the global launch, further applications will be added over time. Voith implements the platform my.voith.com for customers, partners, and suppliers of the Voith Group.

MyVoith as a global platform for digital applications and services
MyVoith is consolidating Voith’s digital applications and services on one single platform – globally and across all of its industries based on latest security and data privacy standards. After logging in, registered users can configure and personalize the dashboard according to their individual needs. In the App Zone, users will have access to industry-specific apps such as the Voith webshop and service applications or IIoT solutions. The Voith IIoT platform OnCumulus is also integrated into MyVoith. This gives users the ability to control IIoT applications directly from the platform. Furthermore, the online platform MyVoith serves as a digital central point of contact for all communication with Voith – from order history to exclusive, personalized information.

The dashboard of MyVoith is easy to use and offers the ability for personalization.The dashboard of MyVoith is easy to use and offers the ability for personalization.

“During the development of MyVoith we have taken care to enhance and continuously improve the platform based on customer requirements and feedback. Consequently, we pay special attention to and rely on the comments and ideas from our customers and partners”, states Felix Holzer, Head of E-Business Operations at Voith.

Single sign-on for all features for a consistent user experience
MyVoith gives customers the possibility to have access to Voith applications or to use a quick and easy way to contact Voith specialists regardless of time zone or region. The platform is developed as a responsive web application and can easily be reached via smartphones and other mobile devices like tablets. My.voith.com will replace the existing collaboration platform, Voith Extranet, and offers customers and partners a state-of-the-art digital user experience in a highly secure environment. The underlining technologies and protocols feature single sign-on across all applications as well as dynamic and smooth integration capabilities.

One platform instead of many different access points
Customers, partners and suppliers benefit from a comprehensive platform compared to the previous individual access points for different Voith applications. “MyVoith is the next logical and systematic step in our digitalization strategy. It has the goal of providing innovative solutions and improving productivity through digital services,” explains Holzer. By bringing together all of Voith’s services on a central platform with a single login, Voith offers its customers a consistent, standardized, and user-friendly experience. “MyVoith creates the perfect framework for our customers and partners to fully exploit the potential of digitalization in their daily business,” says Holzer.

If you are interested in more information about MyVoith please go to www.voith.com/myvoith

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.

Producing paper is about large volumes. The step from manufacturing in lab to industrial production therefore faces great challenges. Uncertainty regarding supply, demand and price often makes new concepts stick to the "valley of death". You don't want to build a factory until you know that everything works.

2019 05 20 170454Pilot facilities are a good way to bridge this gap. But even here, it can be difficult if the amount of pulp to be tested is small. At RISE, researchers and operating staff have now found a way forward through so-called pulse production.

“Normally we need at least one ton of pulp to run the full-scale pilot paper machine, FEX. The fact that we have now managed to run the machine with as little as 40 kg is a breakthrough. This means that companies that are considering expanding their product portfolio with specialty paper can test this in full scale without having to produce large quantities of raw material,” says Mikael Magnusson, researcher in paper technology.

In practice, the new method of pulse production means that the plant is started with ordinary pulp. Then switched to another chest with special pulp without disrupting production.

“Manufacturing was extra challenging as the pulp contained fibres with very low bonding properties. The excitement was tremendous for both RISE and present customers to see if the web were to break or if the extremely short production would work. But with careful preparation and talented operating staff it all worked out well and the production pulse came to a cheer, says project manager Mikael Bouveng.

The new method means that the threshold is significantly reduced for investments in narrow products with a high profit margin or where demand is low.

Previously successful results with pulse production will be presented at the international conference PaperCon 5-8 May in Indianapolis, USA.

For more information, please contact Mikael Magnusson, email mikael.magnusson@ri.se, tel. +46 76 876 71 92

About RISE

RISE is the Swedish Research Institute and innovation partner. In international collaboration with industry, academia and the public sector, we ensure the competitiveness of the business community and contribute to a sustainable society. Our 2,700 employees support and promote all manner of innovative processes. RISE is an independent, state-owned research institute that offers unique expertise and about 100 testbeds and demonstration facilities, instrumental in future-proofing technologies, products and services. www.ri.se

Cartiera Marchigiana selected Toscotec to completely rebuild the dryer section of its paper machine at Montelupone, Macerata, Italy. This is a repeated order for Toscotec, who has recently been entrusted with a turnkey rebuild project by Cartiera Cama, which has the same ownership of Cartiera Marchigiana. Thanks to the advantages of TT SteelDryer technology, the rebuild will boost PM1’s drying capacity and efficiency, without increasing the paper machine’s length.

Toscotec will supply a new frame for several dryer batteries included in the rebuild and 23 TT SteelDryers, designed for an operating steam pressure of 10 barg, featuring bearing housings, steam fits and turbulence bars. The scope also includes stretchers, guides, doctors, canvas rolls and walkways, as well as an overhaul of the mechanical drives. The service package includes onsite erection, supervision, commissioning and start-up assistance.

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The delivery is planned in two phases, from July through December 2019. PM1 has a reel trim of 2,340 mm and produces core board and carton board from 650 to 1,200 gsm, using 100% waste paper.

Davide Bettanti, CEO of Cartiera Marchigiana, says, “Both for Cartiera Cama and for Cartiera Marchigiana we were looking to invest in the best available technology, because we rely on technological innovation to reduce the environmental impact of our mills. We placed two major orders together for our two production bases, because we want to ensure the same product innovation and quality upgrade across our mills, to ensure the flexibility we need to satisfy the demands of the market. Our expansion, in terms of production increase, must also go hand in hand with the rationalization of our energy consumption and with a significant efficiency boost. We have high expectations for the outcome of Toscotec’s rebuilds.”

Enrico Fazio, Toscotec’s P&B Head of Sales, says “We are very pleased about this second order. Just like we are doing for Cartiera Cama, also for Cartiera Marchigiana we will design and implement the best solution, in order to deliver on the mill’s plans of production increase and energy use optimization.”

About Cartiera Marchigiana S.r.l.

Established in 1961 by Galbiati Giancarlo, Cartiera Marchigiana manufactures chipboard in sheets and laminated and printed cardboard, for a total capacity of 23,386 tons of cardboard in 2018, which is primarily absorbed by the board games and footwear sectors. Thanks to a strategic logistic position, almost 90% of its production is dedicated to the Italian market. Certified ISO 14001 since 2016, the company is focused on the reduction of its environmental footprint in the areas of water, paper and energy, using 100% recycled paper as raw material.

www.cartieracama.it

For further information, please contact:

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

When produced where the environmental impact of producing electricity is low, and where the forest is sustainably managed, paper from fresh fibres has lower environmental impact than paper from recycled fibres. That’s the conclusion of a new life cycle study made by IVL, Swedish Environmental Research Institute.

HolmenThe study uses a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology, comparing 100% fresh fibre-based paper produced at Holmen Paper in Sweden with 100% recycled-based paper produced with German production conditions. The study shows that paper based on fresh fibre has a lower environmental impact than recycled paper, not least when it comes to emissions. The study was also subject to a third-party review. 

“In Holmen, we are extremely focused on sustainability and it’s vital to know that when we embarked on this journey, we were studying our own environmental impact and were in no way interested in discrediting recycled paper. But the key findings in this study are very important because it shows that the general misconception that recycled paper is better for the climate is in fact wrong”, says Lars Lundin, CEO at Holmen Paper.

An important variable in the findings of the study is the energy mix. Producing paper from fresh wood resources requires more energy than paper produced from recycled resources. However, the study shows that if low-emission renewable energy resources are used for the fresh fibre production, the environmental effects can be significantly reduced. One reason the Swedish scenario does so well is that the Swedish electricity mix has a lower environmental impact compared to the German.

“The study shows that paper from fresh fibres has a lower environmental impact in several aspects. When comparing climate impact, eutrophication and acidification the difference between fresh and recycled fibres is significant in favour for the fresh fibre, despite higher energy consumption”, says Håkan Stripple from the Swedish Environmental Research Institute.

Fresh fibre is also essential for the whole recycling process. The cellulose fibres in paper cannot be recycled more than about 5-7 times. After that, the fibre quality is so low you can no longer use it to produce paper. Therefore, the addition of fresh fibre is vital for the paper recycling process.

“To combat climate change, we need to lower our emissions and replace fossil based materials. All paper is renewable, degradable and climate smart, but we need to acknowledge the fact that paper from fresh fibres is, in many cases, better for the climate and an essential prerequisite for recycled paper”, concludes Lars Lundin.

The Whitepaper “Environmental benefits of fresh fibre” is available to download at www.holmen.com 

Holmen’s business concept is to own and add value to the forest. The forest holdings form the basis of the business – an ecocycle in which the raw material grows and is refined into everything from wood for climate-smart building to renewable packaging, magazines and books. The forest is managed to provide a good annual return and stable value growth while our production operations are run with a focus on profitability and greater value added. In 2018 Holmen’s net sales were just over SEK 16 billion and the group has approx. 3 000 employees. Holmen’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm, Large Cap. For more information, visit www.holmen.com

Resolute Forest Products Inc. have just announced a 5-year extension of its senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility ("ABL credit facility") with an aggregate lender commitment of up to $500 million at any time outstanding, subject to borrowing base availability based on specified advance rates, eligibility criteria and customary reserves.

abiti122011"This successful extension improves certain terms and conditions, and supports the execution of our growth and transformation initiatives for the future," said Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer. "By renewing and extending the ABL through May 2024, we are taking advantage of our strong financial position and of attractive bank market conditions to lock-in a competitive source of liquidity for the long-term," added Remi Lalonde, senior vice president and chief financial officer.

The ABL facility is completely undrawn, with the exception of approximately $51 million of ordinary course letters of credit outstanding. The extension of the ABL credit facility includes a number of modifications, including a voluntary reduction in the lenders commitment of $100 million, which will lower fees while preserving the current available liquidity. The $500 million facility includes a $300 million tranche available to Resolute's U.S. borrowers and its Canadian borrowers, as well as a $200 million tranche available only to its U.S. borrowers, in each case subject to the borrowing base availability of those borrowers. The facility includes a $60 million swingline sub-facility and a $200 million letter of credit sub-facility. The credit agreement also provides for an uncommitted ability to increase the revolving credit facility by up to $500 million, subject to certain terms and conditions.

The credit agreement for the ABL facility contains customary covenants, representations and warranties, and events of default for asset-based credit agreements of this type. The company's obligations under the facility are guaranteed by certain material subsidiaries and they are secured by first priority liens on accounts receivable, inventory and related assets.

The ABL credit facility is provided by a syndicate of six banks, with Bank of America as administrative agent and collateral agent. Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Bank of Montreal acted as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners; CIBC and TD acted as co-documentation agents.

Troutman Sanders LLP and McCarthy Tétrault LLP represented Resolute.

About Resolute Forest Products

Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including market pulp, tissue, wood products, newsprint and specialty papers, which are marketed in close to 70 countries. The company owns or operates some 40 facilities, as well as power generation assets, in the United States and Canada. Resolute has third-party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to internationally recognized sustainable forest management standards. The shares of Resolute Forest Products trade under the stock symbol RFP on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Resolute has received regional, North American and global recognition for its leadership in corporate social responsibility and sustainable development, as well as for its business practices. Visit www.resolutefp.com for more information.

SOURCE Resolute Forest Products Inc.

The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) has announced the three global winners of the 2018-2019 Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Award. University of Pretoria Masters student Martin Wierzbicki along with Elina Pääkkönen (Finland) and Chinmay Satam (USA) were lauded for their novel wood-based research projects. They made their official presentations in Vancouver, Canada last week to industry executives at the ICFPA-hosted international CEO Roundtable, a biennial gathering of forestry and forest product companies.

The international competition – now its second round – aims to attract submissions from aspiring scientists and young engineers who are developing novel solutions using wood fibre, process improvements or other products along the forestry-pulp-paper value chain.

The research projects were judged against the theme of disruptive technologies that can revolutionise the future of forest-based products and services. The 2018/2019 contest invited submissions in two particular areas: future generation forestry and innovation in the wood-based industry. These issues are particularly topical as the world seeks greener, sustainable and renewable alternatives to packaging, fuel and materials.

Pääkkönen, Satam and Wierzbicki inspired Steve Voorhees, CEO of WestRock. “We recognize them for their many years of work to develop these exciting renewable wood and paper-based solutions,” said Voorhees.

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Designer wood for better industrial processing

Martin Wierzbicki, an MSc graduate from University of Pretoria in South Africa carried out research on genome-based biotechnology for designer wood.

Wierzbicki’s work has focused on how the genetic makeup of trees can be changed to improve how wood reacts to industrial processing in order to maximise the extraction of biopolymers such as cellulose, lignin and xylan (a complex sugar found in plant cells). Separating wood components into distinct processing streams as cleanly as possible allows each component to be used to make high value products, but is hampered by the strong associations between wood biopolymers that make industrial breakdown difficult and costly. 

“I have combined genetics, genomics, big data and wood chemistry analyses to build a gene network model,” he explained. “My model treats the tree as a ‘living biorefinery’, where we have control of how the wood is made.”

He hopes that his work will help companies to improve breeding techniques to reduce the loss of valuable components during wood processing and to introduce novel properties for advanced biomaterial production in trees.

Foam cushioning made from renewable fibres?

“Could we replace non-renewable packaging materials, like expanded polystyrene (EPS), with more sustainable materials?” posed Elina Pääkkönen, a senior scientist at VTT, the Technical Research Centre of Finland.

The objective of the work is to develop a viable earth-friendly packaging material from wood fibres using foam-assisted forming technology. “This is much like a common polystyrene foam cushioning, but made from common papermaking pulps,” explained Pääkkönen.

The process involves mechanically mixing fibres, water and a foaming agent resulting in an aqueous fibre-containing foam with an air bubble content between 50-70%. These foam-formed fibre products are based on a 100% renewable material –  wood fibres or even recycled paper fibres – and can be recycled or composted in the same way as cardboard packaging. Another advantage is that companies already have the machinery and expertise with which to produce this material.

Compostable and recyclable packaging barrier made from cellulose and crab shells

Chinmay Satam, a PhD chemical engineering candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the USA, is developing multi-layer films made from chitin nanofibre and cellulose nanocrystals for sustainable barrier applications to replace commonly used plastic barriers such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

Oxygen and water barriers are very important, especially in food packaging and electronic applications, but these tend to be petrochemical derived and non-renewable. Satam has been exploring the potential of biomaterials and developing a cost-competitive, compostable, recyclable and renewable material.

Like cellulose (found in plant cell walls), chitin is an abundantly occurring substance found in the exoskeletons of crabs, insects and spiders, as well as the cell walls of fungi. “Chitin and cellulose are known to be excellent oxygen barriers but not as effective against water,” said Satam, “however by combining tiny chitin nanofibres and cellulose nanocrystals with a cheap renewable polymer with good water vapour barrier properties like polylactic acid, I have developed a composite that yields the best of both.” His focus now lies in process development to bring the production of these materials to pulp mills.

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The competition process

Each country association hosted a regional round calling upon young researchers to showcase their work. After being put through a local adjudication process, countries submitted their top contenders for the global round.

“The jury unanimously praised the quality of the submissions but had the difficult duty of selecting the winners from 13 strong entries from around the world,” said Bernard de Galembert, Innovation and Bioeconomy Director at the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), who led the competition process.

A diverse jury of prominent experts from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO), forest-based company Metsä Spring and research institutes from New Zealand and Canada evaluated the submissions against several criteria: compliance with the overall theme, level of innovation, quality of the abstract, clarity of the results, capacity to solve industry challenges and ambitions as well as probability of implementation and upscaling.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019 08:31

Kristin Israelsson leaves Rottneros AB

The Mill Director of Rottneros Mill, Kristin Israelsson, has decided to take up a position outside Rottneros and will therefore leave her position as Mill Director. Kristin has six months' notice and remains in full capacity during this period.

2019 05 04 225725The recruitment of a new Mill Director for Rottneros Mill will begin immediately.

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 SIA Rottneros Baltic in Latvia. The Group has about 300 employees and had a turnover of approximately SEK 2.3 billion in the 2018 financial year.

Kathy Buckman Gibson was recognized as Woman of the Year by the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry’s (TAPPI’s) Women in Industry Division at its recent annual PaperCon conference.

Kathy Buckman Gibson Kathy Buckman Gibson Buckman Gibson is a TAPPI Fellow and received the association’s Herman L. Joachim Distinguished Service Award in 2007. She has served as a Trustee of the TAPPI Foundation and is a past Board Member of TAPPI, PIMA (Paper Industry Management Association), and the Center for Paper Business Industry Studies (CPBIS). She also served on the Board of the Pulp and Paper Foundation of North Carolina State University.

Buckman Gibson is an owner and Director of Buckman. She has been involved with the pulp and paper industry for more than 25 years while working at Buckman in various capacities including Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Chairman of the Board.

Currently Buckman Gibson is CEO and President of KBG Technologies, LLC, a joint venture between herself and Buckman established in 2018. KBG Technologies is a certified woman-owned business providing chemistries and smart technologies to the pulp and paper industry and water treatment market.

Buckman Gibson currently focuses her community efforts on expanding early childhood education and Pre-K in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee.  She has also served in various leadership roles for National Girls Incorporated, United Way of the Mid-South, Mid-South Reading Alliance, the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, the National Civil Rights Museum and more. 

About Buckman

Buckman is completely committed to helping our customers succeed, regardless of the challenges facing them, the industry they operate in or their location in the world. To fulfill that commitment, we surround our rigorously trained industry experts with the highest-quality chemicals, the latest smart technology and advanced data analysis. All focused on helping our customers’ operations improve productivity, increase profitability and ensure safety, compliance and sustainability. That’s more than chemistry. That’s Chemistry, connected.

About KBG Technologies

KBG Technologies believes the right chemistry can mean the difference between good and great results.  Founded by Kathy Buckman Gibson, former chairman of the board of Buckman, KBG Technologies is a full-service distributor for Buckman as well as other chemical suppliers, providing personal customer service and a North American distribution network. As a certified woman-owned business, KBG brings a unique approach that not only helps facilities meet their profitability and efficiency goals, but also their diversity goals.

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