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Upgrade at Arauco Licancel Cellulose Plant will deliver increased response times and reliability, while enhancing flexibility for remote working

Global technology company ABB has been contracted by manufacturer of forest products, Arauco, to modernize its Licancel Cellulose Plant in Chile to deliver faster response times, greater cyber security, upgraded operator interfaces, enhanced process reliability and flexibility for remote working.

Arauco will continue to utilize ABB Ability™ System 800xA distributed control system (DCS) and extend its use as the foundation for all operations at the plant. This will be done in two key stages: updating the existing System 800xA to version 6.1 and migrating from older DCS Infi 90 systems to new process communication and termination units to modernize the communications, network and controllers.

Moving to an ABB Ethernet network will allow more flexibility with the control system, enabling remote working and reliability improvements.

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This will support Arauco’s process improvement plans for Licancel, its 154,000 ton capacity plant for unbleached kraft pulp (UKP) cellulose located in the Licantén district of Maule region. Arauco is driving sustainable forest management and use of renewable sources across the country through local research and development into technologies to meet these aims.

Following detailed engineering studies, teams from ABB will collaborate with Arauco staff on site to complete the upgrade and system commissioning, resulting in a fully-migrated system and a platform fit for future adaptations and trends.

“This modernization marks a departure from technologies that have been in place since the 1990s,” said Jorge Mesa, Licancel Plant Manager, Arauco. “Having the new, improved distributed control system and applications in place will better equip us to facilitate tackling our additional technological development projects, and achieving our best ever process performance at Licancel.”

“The latest version 6.1 of the ABB Ability ™ System 800xA offers the advantage of improved security, performance and interaction,” said Julio Arellano, Service Group Leader of ABB’s Minerals and Pulp & Paper Plant in Chile. “Operators will be able to quickly identify and respond to faults using new tools and protocols on the modern graphical interface units. Compared to the previous infrastructure, there will be fewer control system uncertainties to overcome, allowing Arauco’s people to focus on what they do best.”

“This project builds on our existing and longstanding relationship with Arauco across its wood pulp and processing portfolio. The renewed activity with Licancel is testament to the quality and service of the original system, which served the plant for more than two decades. Arauco not only entrusted to us the technology involved, but also the integration process.”

ABB is working in more than 50 countries to provide its comprehensive portfolio of integrated digital solutions, automation and electrification systems, industry-focused products and services to help customers optimize all phases of the papermaking process. The company works across packaging, paper, tissue and pulp disciplines to help drive availability, performance, cost and quality improvements.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. www.abb.com

Process Automation: ABB’s Process Automation business is a leader in automation, electrification and digitalization for the process and hybrid industries. We serve our customers with a broad portfolio of products, systems, and end-to-end solutions, including our #1 distributed control system, software, and lifecycle services, industry-specific products as well as measurement and analytics, marine and turbocharging offerings. As the global #2 in the market, we build on our deep domain expertise, diverse team and global footprint, and are dedicated to helping our customers increase competitiveness, improve their return on investment and run safe, smart, and sustainable operations.

With Pure DecorX™, BillerudKorsnäs is introducing the latest development in White Top Kraftliner. The launch opens up great improvement potential for decorative corrugated packaging, in terms of strength, print appearance and sustainability.

Pure DecorX is a 3-ply construction made of 100% primary wood fibres, which makes the liner strong, stiff and with high thickness. In practice, this means great lightweighting opportunities, high runnability in converting machines, reduced risk of washboarding, and enhanced packaging performance.

The use of only primary fibres also makes Pure DecorX a climate-smart choice: it is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable, and the fibres can be traced back to responsibly managed forestry.

Thanks to its strength and superior printability Pure DecorX is an excellent choice for premium consumer goods.Thanks to its strength and superior printability Pure DecorX is an excellent choice for premium consumer goods.

Pure DecorX is coated for surface smoothness, yielding excellent print results in terms of lifelike image reproduction and colour fidelity. This makes the product very competitive in applications such as shelf-ready packaging, displays, and packaging of food & beverages and premium consumer goods.

“Thanks to our knowledge, experience, and state-of-the-art technology we have been able to secure the quality parameters needed for the highest pre- and post-print demands in one product,” says Rolf Gustafsson, Director Product Management Containerboard BillerudKorsnäs. “Customers can use just one coated quality for pre-print as well as for post-print – an extra benefit.”

 The new liner is produced on KM7, the world’s most modern board machine. Product quality parameters are monitored in real time using advanced sensor technology, which ensures unique product consistency. And with the impressive capacity of 550,000 tons a year, availability is secured. 

The BillerudKorsnäs range of Pure liners are backed up by the Containerboard BoxLab services, where customers can turn for support and advice on optimisation of packaging solutions.

For more information, click on the link: http://billerudkorsnas.com/pure-decorx

Rolf Gustafsson, Director Product Management Containerboard, BillerudKorsnäs, +46705730086, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Robin Ekström, Sales Director Containerboard, BillerudKorsnäs, +46722221836, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kemira has appointed Terhi Kivinen as Chief Communications Officer of Kemira Oyj starting from May 1, 2021.

Terhi Kivinen joined Kemira as Director Global Communications and Stakeholder Relations in March 2020 and prior to Kemira has had a long career in communications, IR, sustainability and marketing in international and Finnish organizations. She will report to Jari Rosendal, President & CEO of Kemira Oyj in her new role.

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For more information, please contact:

Kemira Oyj
Mikko Pohjala, Vice President, Investor Relations
Tel. +358 40 832 0709

Kemira is a global leader in sustainable chemical solutions for water intensive industries. We provide best suited products and expertise to improve our customers’ product quality, process and resource efficiency. Our focus is on pulp & paper, water treatment and oil & gas. In 2020, Kemira had annual revenue of around EUR 2.4 billion and around 5,000 employees. Kemira shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. 
 www.kemira.com 

International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up a new 500 t/d HERB chemical recovery boiler at Kuantum Papers Limited in Saila Khurd, Hoshiapur district in the state of Punjab, India.

The boiler is designed to handle a mixture of hardwood and agro-based black liquor and enables environmentally friendly and more energy-efficient operation compared to a conventional boiler with direct contact evaporator. Thus, the mill’s pulp production as well as the power-to-heat-ratio are substantially increased. The boiler also features a unique vertical air system to minimize air emissions.

The scope of supply also comprised:

  • Engineering for the entire system except civil work and electrical and automation equipment
  • Complete pressure parts
  • Auxiliaries such as start-up oil burners, black liquor burners, smelt spouts
  • Safety-related system (SRS)

First black liquor firing at Kuantum Papers Limited “Photo: ANDRITZ”.First black liquor firing at Kuantum Papers Limited “Photo: ANDRITZ”.Pavan Khaitan, Managing Director, Kuantum Papers Limited, says: “We are very satisfied with the successful start-up of the ANDRITZ boiler. The entire team at ANDRITZ has worked tirelessly with us for successful commissioning of the HERB recovery boiler along with the set of evaporators.”

This is the first of six HERB recovery boilers currently being installed in India by ANDRITZ, thus showing the strong market share ANDRITZ holds on the Indian pulp and paper market.

Kuantum Papers is active in the production and marketing of wood-free writing and printing paper, thereby providing an alternative to wood-based paper while conserving precious resources and protecting the environment.

ANDRITZ GROUP

International technology group ANDRITZ offers a broad portfolio of innovative plants, equipment, systems and services for the pulp and paper industry, the hydropower sector, the metals processing and forming industry, pumps, solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors, as well as animal feed and biomass pelleting. Plants for power generation, flue gas cleaning, recycling, and the production of nonwovens and panelboard complete the global product and service offering. Innovative products and services in the industrial digitalization sector are offered under the brand name Metris and help customers to make their plants more user-friendly, efficient and profitable. The publicly listed group has around 27,200 employees and more than 280 locations in over 40 countries.

ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER

ANDRITZ Pulp & Paper provides equipment, systems, complete plants and services for the production of all types of pulp, paper, board and tissue. The technologies and services focus on maximum utilization of raw materials, increased production efficiency and sustainability as well as lower overall operating costs. Boilers for power generation, flue gas cleaning systems, plants for the production of nonwovens and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling and shredding solutions for various waste materials also form a part of this business area. State-of-the-art IIoT technologies as part of Metris digitalization solutions complete the comprehensive product offering.

The papermaking process starts with pulping and separation of coarse contaminants to prepare the pulp for the subsequent cleaning steps. Based on its many years of expertise, Voith Paper now introduces the latest technology within the BlueLine stock preparation – the IntensaDrum Duo, a two-piece drum pulper. The machine, suitable for recovered paper, is perfect for very high production volumes and is characterized by extreme robustness and high reliability and efficiency. The two-piece modular design corresponds to the IntensaDrum ID45XL, which has been used successfully many times for smaller production quantities.

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Maximum robustness for large production volumes
How well the machine concept works in practice is demonstrated by the installation of the IntensaDrum Duo at the company Progroup as part of the Taurus PM 3 project in Germany. With a diameter of 4.5 m each, the 48 m long drum pulper and the 23 m long screening drum have since then been processing 3,000 tons of recovered paper per day. The total length of the IntensaDrum Duo, which weighs over 300 tons, is 78 meters. This makes the stock preparation plant in the Taurus project the largest of its kind in the world.

Advantages of a two-piece design
In order to enable this high production volume with a one-piece drum pulper, the free hanging areas would have to be significantly enlarged. This would significantly increase the dynamic loads in all directions and lead to extreme design challenges. With the two-piece design, Voith has successfully overcome these technical limitations of one-piece single drums. The ability to run very high production volumes over one drum pulper and thus also over one stock preparation line leads to a significant reduction in investment and operating costs.

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High mechanical engineering quality combined with long experience
IntensaDrum Duo processes the production volumes of two standard drum pulpers. As only one pulper is now required and the complete production is processed in one line, maintenance and servicing costs can be significantly reduced. At the same time, the IntensaDrum Duo impresses with its enormous robustness due to its modular design.

"The IntensaDrum Duo is based on the same drum design as the IntensaDrum ID45XL,” says Pierre-Haakon Berger, Global Product Manager for drum pulpers at Voith Paper. “Many customers use the IntensaDrum successfully for small and medium production volumes. When developing the IntensaDrum Duo, we were therefore able to utilize the experience from this size. Standard machine components also ensure high engineering quality in the design of the IntensaDrum Duo. Compared to a one-piece design, the two-piece IntensaDrum Duo offers significant advantages with these dimensions in terms of transport and installation."

Resource-saving process
Special lifting bars guide the suspension in the pulping area from the bottom and almost to the top. Once at the top, the suspension falls back onto the drum body. Since there is no rotor to reduce the size of the reject, the process is extremely careful. The fibers and reject are also gently separated in the screening section. In addition, water from the shower pipes can enter the drum through the screening area so that the fibers can be efficiently washed away from the reject. Also, the absence of wear parts results in a constant accept quality of the stock as well as lower production and shutdown costs.

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Berger adds, "Due to the very gentle pulping process, the recycled fibers are disintegrated without shear forces. This process is particularly gentle on resources because foreign materials, for example plastic, are not destroyed and can therefore be sorted out at an early stage."

For more information on the proven IntensaDrum and the new IntensaDrum Duo, please follow this link: www.voith.com/pulping.

You can also experience the drum pulpers via augmented reality: for this, please download the IntensaDrum app onto your tablet or smartphone via the Google or Apple app store. Subsequently, experience the interactive functions by activating the AR mode in the lower right corner and following the instructions on the screen.

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 20,000 employees, sales of € 4.2 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger family-owned companies in Europe.

The Group Division Voith Paper is part of the Voith Group. As the full-line supplier to the paper industry, it provides the largest range of technologies, services and products on the market and offers paper manufacturers holistic solutions from a single source. The company’s continuous stream of innovations facilitates resource-conserving production and helps customers minimize their carbon footprint. With its leading automation products and digitalization solutions from the Papermaking 4.0 portfolio, Voith offers its customers state-of-the-art digital technologies to improve plant availability and efficiency for all sections of the production process.

Valmet will deliver a new evaporation line 3 for Södra Cell Mönsterås pulp mill in Sweden. The new line will replace the oldest evaporation line 1 at the mill. The new evaporation plant is scheduled to start-up in the first quarter of 2023.

The value of the order will not be disclosed. However, a project of this size and scope is typically valued at around EUR 30 million. The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the second quarter 2021.

“Our existing evaporation line 1 is over 40 years old and due to high recurring maintenance costs it now needs to be replaced with a new modern evaporation plant representing the state-of-the-art technology, which is more energy efficient and increases our mill’s performance. In hard competition Valmet presented the best overall solution for us and we are looking forward to this cooperation,” says Jonas Olander, Project Leader at Södra Cell Mönsterås.

“We have a long cooperation with Södra Cell and the Mönsterås mill’s evaporation plant. We tailored this new line to meet the customer needs for reliability and efficiency. The new line will increase the evaporation capacity and further improve the mill’s steam economy and energy efficiency by producing high dry solids for the recovery boiler. The water efficiency of the mill is improved by providing clean condensate for reuse at the mill,” says Fredrik Kall, Director, Evaporation, Ash & Bio Technology, Pulp and Energy, Valmet.

Valmet will deliver a new evaporation line to Södra Cell Mönsterås mill (Photo Södra Cell)Valmet will deliver a new evaporation line to Södra Cell Mönsterås mill (Photo Södra Cell)

Technical information about the delivery

The new evaporation line 3 will have a capacity of 530 tonnes evaporated water per hour. The 7-effect line will feature Valmet Tubel technology for highest energy efficiency, availability and easy washing. The evaporation line will produce clean condensates for reuse in the mill processes. The line includes preparedness for lignin extraction with LignoBoost technology. Valmet’s delivery also includes inspection of the existing evaporation line 2.

About the customer Södra Cell and the Mönsterås mill

Södra is Sweden's largest forest owners’ association and an international forest industry group where operations are based on the processing of members forest raw material. Södra Cell is one of Södra’s four business areas. With its pulp mills at Värö, Mörrum and Mönsterås, Södra Cell is one of the leading producers of market pulp in the world. Södra Cell is also a major producer and supplier of biofuels, green electricity, district heating and raw material for liquid biofuels. Mönsterås has a production capacity of 750,000 tonnes per year of softwood and hardwood pulp.

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 2020 were approximately EUR 3.7 billion. Our 14,000 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

Sappi Europe announces a price increase for all its woodfree coated and woodfree uncoated paper grades by 7 – 10 % effective 1. June 2021 for all markets in Europe. This is in addition to the previously announced and implemented increases.

2020 11 02 094120Sharply rising input costs in raw materials and freight rates due to global logistic constraints make the increase unavoidable and will likely be followed by subsequent increases as the trend continues.

Sappi’s sales team will be in contact with customers to discuss the detail and support the implementation, taking into account individual existing agreements.

About Sappi

Sappi is a leading global provider of sustainable woodfibre products and solutions, in the fields of Dissolving 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™ C015022) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC/07-32-76) 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 5 of our 10 mills in Europe.

Sappi Europe is a division of Sappi Limited (JSE), headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with 12,500 employees and 19 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

Digital sheet break solution provides a root cause analysis within one minute and acts as early warning system in a way not possible with current manual solutions

ABB has released Sheet Break Performance, an ABB Ability™ Performance Service that automatically curates, calculates and contextualizes key data points into an intuitive user interface to reduce the time to identify the root cause of sheet breaks for swift corrective action, while also determining optimal operational parameters to help prevent unplanned downtime.

The digital service quickly pinpoints the underlying issues and recurring trends that prohibit optimum performance in paper mills and specifically addresses pain points such as frequent sheet breaks, long recovery times and increases in paper rejects.

The diagnosis and root cause identification of each sheet break event is traditionally performed manually by operators who often need to access the information from different sources, such as process control systems, drives and quality management systems. This requires the breakdown of data from multiple systems and interactions between process variables, which is time consuming.

ABB’s digital offering, which is built on a powerful combination of a proprietary analytics engine, advanced algorithms and online monitoring , provides a root cause analysis within one minute after the break.

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With the ability to monitor the real time variations in the operating parameters as well as the interactions between the various sections of the paper machine, operators are alerted to abnormalities and detrimental changes in the system that could lead to sheet breaks. This serves as an early warning system allowing the operators to take corrective actions and prevent unplanned downtime.

This switch from manual to digital analysis can prove to be a useful stepping stone in a mill’s transformation and can also help to make a mill more sustainable by lowering energy usage, raw material and water footprint while improving fiber recovery. Plus, it reduces safety concerns with operators less frequently having to enter the dryer to extract broken paper.

“ Unlike similar offerings, ABB’s deep process and domain expertise - coupled with an integrated data fusion technique that curates and contextualizes data from multiple sources - provides a holistic view across multiple systems and processes for both customer and ABB experts to better identify root causes of sheet breaks and prevent downtime ,” says Ramesh Satini, Global Product Manager, Pulp & Paper Control Systems, ABB.

“ This overcomes the issue of mills having limited time or resource to manage manual break analysis, which cannot account for correlation among hundreds of process parameters and their impact on each other. ABB guides operations and fast-tracks improvement initiatives with recommended grade-specific parameters and predictive alerts to maximize operational effectiveness. ”

Delivered via the ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations service delivery model, it is fully integrated with ABB Ability™ Analytics framework, with on-premise or cloud deployment options.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. www.abb.com

Process Automation: ABB’s Process Automation business is a leader in automation, electrification and digitalization for the process and hybrid industries. We serve our customers with a broad portfolio of products, systems, and end-to-end solutions, including our #1 distributed control system, software, and lifecycle services, industry-specific products as well as measurement and analytics, marine and turbocharging offerings. As the global #2 in the market, we build on our deep domain expertise, diverse team and global footprint, and are dedicated to helping our customers increase competitiveness, improve their return on investment and run safe, smart, and sustainable operations.

Valmet will deliver a metering size press with sizing starch preparation and sizer supply system to Emami Paper Mills for its paper making line (PM3), which is located at its Balasore mill in Odisha, India.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the first quarter 2021. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The delivery is scheduled for the fourth quarter 2021.

valmet logo“We chose Valmet for their superior technology and look forward to working closely with them to make this project a success,” says Mr. M.B.S Nair, President, Emami Paper Mills.

“We are honored to contribute to Emami’s strategic path for a more flexible product mix of writing and printing, and newsprint and containerboard. Our design of the main equipment and unique offering of complete scope together with size kitchen will help in achieving the objective effectively. This rebuild will be the leading reference in the country for grade conversions,” says Varun Jain, Director, India Region, Valmet.  

Technical details about Valmet’s delivery

Valmet’s delivery includes the design, construct, supply, commissioning and start-up of the new metering size press with automated sizing starch preparation and sizer supply systems. These will ensure stable and streak-free sizing layer controlled by film thickness, clean and high efficiency operation, and also user-friendly operation.

The delivery also covers an air turn unit with an air system, a tail threading system including tail cutters, a vacuum conveyor F, a rope stretcher and rope drives with extended engineering services and training services to ensure the smooth start-up and operation.

After the rebuild, PM3 will produce mainly writing and printing paper (newsprint if needed) with the wire width 3,560 mm and the basic weight range of 45–90 g/m2. The daily capacity will be 233–275 tonnes with the maximum speed of 900–1,100 m/min.

Information about Emami Paper Mills Limited

Emami Paper is a part of Emami Group and it specializes in the manufacture of newsprint, writing and printing paper and multilayer coated board. Emami Paper is the largest newsprint manufacturer in India, and one of the most environment friendly paper mills in Eastern India.

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 2020 were approximately EUR 3.7 billion. Our more than 14,000 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

PPRC

The industry’s longest-running trade show and conference returns to Chicago this October with a new venue designed for even more networking and engagement.

Recycling Today has announced that registration is now open for the publication’s annual Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference (PPRC). The conference will take place Oct. 20-21, 2021, in Chicago and will once again be co-located with the MRF Operations Forum, which will take place Oct. 19.

New this year, the conference will be hosted at a different venue. The Marriott Marquis Chicago will be home to nearly a week of education and unmatched networking opportunities.

After a year of uncertainty, the longest-running conference and trade show in the paper and plastics recycling industries is back. Join us once again in Chicago this October to address the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the recycling sector.

This is your opportunity to connect with industry leaders from throughout the supply chain, including brand owners, recyclers and consumers of recyclables. A growing number of CPG companies are making commitments to use recycled content, but this is only possible if the supply chain works together to address recovery challenges. Be sure your voice is part of the conversation at the PPRC 2021.

“We can’t wait to welcome back our attendees, sponsors and exhibitors in person this year,” says Jim Keefe, publisher of Recycling Today. “With a new venue and reformatted programming, this year’s event is a great way to resume face to face connections.”

The PPRC will take place over a two-day span, concluding on Thursday, Oct. 21. This year, select programming is also coming right from the exhibit hall floor. The day before the conference, those interested in better understanding recycling plant operations and technology are invited to attend the MRF Operations Forum. In its sixth year, this forum provides the only opportunity for operators to learn and discuss the ever-changing world of recycling plant optimization.

Both events offer discounted registration rates for multiple attendees and for those who attend the PPRC and MRF Operations forum, even greater discounts are available.

More information on the conference and forum, including how to register, can be found on the event websites. Attendees who register by Oct. 13, 2021, will receive discounted pricing.

Companies interested in sponsoring either event should contact their sales representatives. Act fast to reserve your spot – our exhibit hall is a sellout!

About Recycling Today

The recycling industry is responsible for collecting, processing and marketing billions of dollars-worth of metals, paper, plastics and other recovered materials. Through Recycling Today and Recycling Today Global, market directories and industry conferences, GIE serves the scrap and recycling industry in North America and globally.

About GIE Media, Inc.

GIE Media, based in Valley View, Ohio, was founded in 1980 and has grown over 40 years into a leading marketing and communications business-to-business media company serving 17 industries -- including the recycling industry through the publications Recycling Today, Waste Today and Construction & Demolition Recycling. The goal of Group Interest Enterprises is to publish the highest quality business magazines, websites, e-newsletters, conferences, reference books and other forms of business media in growth industries, with a quality standard based upon editorial value and market leadership. The company employs more than 100 journalists, content specialists, designers, producers, and sales and marketing professionals.

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