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Monday, 08 April 2019 21:48

Michael Berggren leaves Rottneros Group

The Mill Director for Vallvik Mill, Michael Berggren, has decided to take up a position outside Rottneros and will therefore leave his position as Mill Director. Michael has six months' notice and will remain in full capacity during this period.

2017 04 26 094503“Vallvik Mill has, under Michael's management, developed rapidly and major efforts are being made to achieve the decided goals”, says Lennart Eberleh, President and CEO of Rottneros AB. “Vallvik Mill has today a strong and competent organisation and I feel confident that Vallvik Mill will continue to develop on its current path. We begin to see the result of a value-based leadership that in a structured and systematic way works towards improved productivity and higher capacity utilisation. I would like to thank Michael for his efforts for Vallvik Mill and Rottneros and wish him good luck in his continued career. It is rewarding to see Rottneros contribute to the personal development of its staff who are sought after by other companies.”

“It has been very developing and rewarding to have been responsible for the development of Vallvik Mill after major investments have been made”, says Michael Berggren. “It was no easy decision to now accept the assignment to become the mill manager for Aspa Bruk, part of Ahlström-Munksjö, but in the end I made the decision based on personal reasons. I am happy and proud of what we have achieved in Vallvik in the last few years and I will miss all the competent and happy colleagues.”

The recruitment of a new Mill Director for Vallvik Mill will begin immediately.

For further information please contact:
Lennart Eberleh, President and CEO, Rottneros AB, +46 (0)270 622 65, lennart.eberleh@rottneros.com

The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, at 12:00 CET on 8 April 2019.

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.

Valmet will supply an Advantage DCT 100TS tissue production machine to Papel San Francisco in Mexico. The new machine will be installed at the company's mill in Mexicali and the start-up is planned for the third quarter of 2020.

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2019 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

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The new tissue line will fulfill Papel San Francisco's need of new capacity for standard tissue products. Valmet has previously delivered four tissue machines to the company. Three Advantage DCT machines started up in 2006, 2009 and 2018. In addition, Papel San Francisco was the first to start up an Advantage NTT line in 2013, which fulfills the company's demand of textured tissue.

"The choice to select the Advantage DCT machine was quite easy. Equipped with the Advantage ViscoNip press, it is the most efficient and best choice for the grades we need to produce. It is also in our philosophy to go for low energy consumption and lowest possible emissions to air and water. With this new tissue line, we expect to achieve the best tissue quality combined with lowest energy consumption," says Dario Palma y Meza Espinoza, Operational Director, Papel San Francisco.

"We are very proud to be the chosen supplier and partner for yet another expansion by Papel San Francisco. After many years of several projects together, we know that Papel San Francisco is a very demanding customer expecting continuous improvements. The company is continuously running their assets at or near world record speed and still achieving very high efficiency numbers. This is yet another opportunity for us to take another step forward in performance in a very strong and trustful relationship," says Jan Larsson, Director of Sales, North America, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet. 

From left: Jan Erikson (Valmet), Dario Palma y Meza (PSF), Julio Rodriguez (PSF), Jan Larsson (Valmet), Fernando De La Torre (PSF), Enrique Zarate (PSF), Anders Lorentzon (Valmet) and Jose Luis Emanuel Garcia (PSF).From left: Jan Erikson (Valmet), Dario Palma y Meza (PSF), Julio Rodriguez (PSF), Jan Larsson (Valmet), Fernando De La Torre (PSF), Enrique Zarate (PSF), Anders Lorentzon (Valmet) and Jose Luis Emanuel Garcia (PSF).

Technical information about the delivery

The new tissue machine will have a width of 2.8 m and a design speed of 2,200 m/min. It will add 30,000 tons tissue paper per year to Papel San Francisco's current production of toilet tissue, kitchen towels and napkins.

Valmet's scope of delivery will comprise an Advantage DCT 100TS tissue machine. The machine will be equipped with OptiFlo headbox and cast alloy Yankee cylinder. The machine will also be featured with the well proven Advantage tissue technology including ViscoNip press, AirCap hood and WetDust dust system. Start-up and commissioning are also included in the delivery.

About the customer Papel San Francisco

Papel San Francisco started up their first tissue machine in 1980. In the past 35 years the company has grown steadily and is today operating six tissue machines with a yearly capacity of 180 000 tons of tissue products.

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

Mondi, the global packaging and paper Group, has announced that Fenner Paper is their distributing partner for Pergraphica in the United Kingdom. This ensures full availability of the product white range in folio formats and optimal customer service nationwide.

Award-winning projects

marketingei others logo 8795“We launched Pergraphica only four years ago, and we are already seeing award-winning projects in Germany, Russia, Italy, Poland, Slovakia or the Czech Republic printed on our premium paper. I’m happy that we have now found a great partner in Fenner Paper to continue our creative journey in the UK”, says Johannes Klumpp, Marketing and Sales Director at Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper.

Even before the agreement, a prestigious book project was realised on Pergraphica in Great Britain: “AOP50”, celebrating the 50 years anniversary of the Association of Photographers. Further creative projects are showcased on Pergraphica’s Instagram account.

PERGRAPHICA®, paper for perfectionists

Pergraphica is Mondi's exclusive design paper range that fulfils the needs of the creative and professional printing industry in the premium segment. Pergraphica meets the highest requirements for demanding, high-quality print projects and meets the strict criteria of numerous renowned international sustainability standards, such as FSC® or EU Ecolabel.

Its range is characterised by excellent printing properties and is available in two different surfaces (rough and smooth), in five colour variants (High White, Classic, Natural, Ivory and Infinite Black) and in six grammages between 70 and 350 g / m² in Folio and digital formats.

At the beginning of the year 2018, Mondi launched its "Vienna Stories" campaign for Pergraphica. Its centerpiece, the Pergraphica Collection Box with the book "Vienna Stories", won the Special Prize for Paper for the Paperazzo Haptics Award 2018. Several customer projects realised with Pergraphica, such as the special issue of the Hamburger Abendblatt for the opening of the Elbphilharmonie, were awarded creative prizes. In addition, the programme leaflets at the Moscow Bolshoi Theater, the current yearbook of the Creativ Club Austria and the Czech design magazine Barlife are printed on Pergraphica, among others.

The emotional power of paper

“What is special about Pergraphica is that the brand is not only committed to premium print quality, but also to inspiring paper lovers everywhere. It’s all about creatives inspiring other creatives, and that absolutely fits our idea of working with the industry”, says Justin Hobson, Marketing Director at Fenner Paper.

“With the Vienna Stories campaign and a beautiful book on the creative scene in Pergraphica’s home town, Mondi has shown that they are more than just great papermakers. They get the emotional power of paper and print.”



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.


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 sound 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, DNS®, IQ, MAESTRO®, NAUTILUS®, BIO TOP 3®, Pergraphica, NEUJET®, 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 Fenner Paper

Fenner Paper has developed over 30 years to become one of the leading independent paper merchants in the UK. With a warehouse in Kent, papers are distributed nationally by contract distribution and through links with other paper merchants. The wide range of speciality products are sourced from some of the most established paper mills in Europe with a collection of papers and board for print, packaging and box covering. The Fenner Paper range is of interest to all printers and designers who need creative and distinctive paper solutions.

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from the Ilim Group to supply a wood processing plant with two debarking and chipping lines, chip and bark handling equipment, and a SmartWoodyard advanced control system to the Koryazhma mill in the Arkhangelsk region, Russia. Start-up is scheduled for mid-2021.

The new woodyard will replace existing woodroom and chip storage facilities, which have a pneumatic conveying system. The technology supplied by ANDRITZ will substantially contribute towards reducing emissions and operating costs, resulting in environmentally friendly, high-quality chip production and considerable savings in raw material.

HQ-Press bark press increases the energy value of bark. © ANDRITZHQ-Press bark press increases the energy value of bark. © ANDRITZ

The ANDRITZ scope of supply includes new debarking and chipping lines with:

  • unique de-icing process for logs in the debarking drums
  • horizontally fed HHQ-Chipper
  • two HQ-Press bark presses
  • chip and bark handling equipment, including chip storage
  • SmartWoodyard advanced control system, including Decision Support Wall (DSW) and process optimization system with smart sensors like WoodScan, BarkScan, ChipperEKG, CrusherEKG, and ScanChip wood chip analyzer.

Description from the Ilim Group:

The Ilim Group leads the Russian pulp and paper industry in terms of market share, production, and investment, as well as being one of the world’s leading players in this industry. The largest pulp and paper company in the world, International Paper, is a strategic partner of the Ilim Group. Over the past few years, the Ilim Group has invested 3.2 bn US dollars in the development of its own enterprises, which is unprecedented for the Russian pulp and paper market. In the next five years, the company plans to invest another 3.6 bn US dollars in the modernization of facilities and the launch of new capacities. Implementation of the investment program will allow the group to increase the volume of production by one million tons. As a result, the Ilim Group will retain its leadership position and produce 4.4 million tons of final products per year by 2023 (in 2018, the company produced 3.4 million tons).

The Ilim Group’s production facilities are located in the Arkhangelsk, Irkutsk, Leningrad, and Moscow regions. The Ilim Group exports its products to more than 70 countries. The key market is the export market, and the main partners are Asian countries (especially China, with 40% of the exports).

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.

The paper and packaging professionals will meet again this year at Tappi´s PaperCon 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA from May 05th to 08th. At booth no. 707, the company Technidyne will be the contact for all inquiries regarding the innovative testing equipment from the German company emtec Electronic GmbH. The representative from the U.S. will showcase a variety of testing instruments by which the complete production process can be controlled and guided in the right direction. From the wet end to the finished product, the application of the equipment enables an efficient process, to get the best possible quality with the lowest possible costs.

The smallest, lightest and most-modern charge measuring systems for the wet-end in paper and board production are the CAS touch! and the FPA touch! These instruments are used to measure the interaction between particles or fibers with additives and process chemicals in the pulp suspension. The use of both instruments in the production process helps to optimize the utilization of chemicals with the target to stabilize the process, to improve the product quality and to reduce costs.

FPA touch & CAS II touchFPA touch & CAS II touch

Besides this, the EST12 emtec Surface & Sizing Tester is shown. A useful tool to determine those surface properties of paper and board, that are relevant for the converting process, in particular the surface hydrophobia (sizing) as well as the surface porosity. Both parameters help to predict the converting behavior while printing, coating and gluing. The usage of the device enables the optimal runnability during the finishing or converting processes of paper and board.

Especially for tissue and nonwoven products, the popular TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer gives reliable and objective information about the three basic parameters, which determine the human feeling: the softness, roughness and stiffness. From these three, an overall hand feel value can be calculated. The availability of these values opens a huge amount of chances to optimize the tissue production and converting processes. New for hand sheet measurements: an updated version of the TSA and an improved measuring method for hand sheets (made in the lab) enables a reliable prediction of the final product quality in the lab without expensive trials at the tissue machine.

Pasaban upgrades the electrical cabinets of a cardboard sheeter for Okab in order to improve the machine’s performance.

The Okab Group has been providing cardboard and paper converting services to European market since 1969. It originally started converting envelopes, cutting paper sheets and currently provides tailormade converting services such as, sheeting, rewinding and ream wrapping across the entire continent from its plants in France, Germany and Sweden.

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Pasaban has been working with the Okab group designing and manufacturing their paper and cardboard sheeting machines for more than two decades. During this time, we have manufactured more than 10 machines, just two of which are now more than 15 years old. That is the case of the KDD 1700, designed to work with high quality coated cardboard.

After analysing the possibilities for upgrading the sheeter, it was decided to update the electronic components. The PLCs, the hardware of the machine’s computer, and the electrical cabinets were replaced.

With this update, all the Okab’s sheeters now use the same technology.

For more information about upgrades to improve your old paper converting equipment performance, check our Upgrades section table at www.pasaban.com

Friday, 29 March 2019 08:31

Safety first! Efficiency, too

How a manufacturer of paper-based office material, operating its converting line mainly with blind or visually impaired employees, is able to combine the highest operational safety requirements with an impressive increase in output, reliability, and product quality.

AVRE[1] is a private, non-profit organization[2] reliably supplying its main customer, federal government agencies, with copy paper. Like other manufacturers of paper-based office products, AVRE pays utmost attention to product quality, reliability, and equipment efficiency. Yet, their most important requirement is operational safety. This is certainly what makes AVRE special as a manufacturer of office supplies. The converting line must be handled primarily by employees who are blind or visually impaired operators, making up over 75 percent of AVRE’s direct labor force.[3]

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AVRE needs to be prepared for new product requirements in the future. Therefore, modernizing its existing converting line was urgently needed back in 2015. AVRE wanted to increase its production with a reliable, more flexible solution, guaranteeing higher output without losing product quality. Today, an SHM Digicut sheeter[4] operates in line with a Model 32 ream wrapper[5] from BW Papersystems. Both machines are customized to AVRE’s accessibility requirements and operational safety, yet they reach an average output of 12 tons of paper in a 7.5-hour shift.

How to combine efficiency, increased output, and quality with the highest operational safety?

AVRE used to manufacture its products on two Lenox sheeters. Lenox is a historical brand of BW Papersystems for which the company still offers parts and service support. In 2012, AVRE had already invested in a modern and customized Model 32 ream wrapper[6] from BW Papersystems. They mainly produced 8.5x11 copy paper with occasional changes to a 9x12 format. On good days, AVRE converted 8 to 9 tons of paper. But it wasn’t only time-consuming format changes that caused trouble. Growing quality and output issues of the two sheeters became more and more of a problem. AVRE had difficulties keeping the sheeters running at capacity. In addition, AVRE wanted to create additional business through a broader product portfolio, including digital formats.

Higher output, better product quality, and varied size flexibility were not the only requirements AVRE had. The new sheeter had to be equipped in such a way that it could be operated by blind or visually impaired operators, as well as by sighted maintenance staff. A potential equipment supplier would thus have to manage balancing apparently conflicting objectives: highest operational safety and special accessibility requirements with higher output and efficiency.

Designing a modern converting line for visually impaired operators requires some innovative engineering.

In 2012, AVRE became aware of a possible solution to their problems when they came to Sheboygan, WI for machine acceptance of the ream wrapper. BW Papersystems’ project managers had linked the Model 32 to an SHM Digicut sheeter to demonstrate its full potential. AVRE was immediately taken with the idea to have both ream wrapper and sheeter from the same manufacturer, guaranteeing an easy and well-proven linkage between both systems.

Using leading dual rotary cross-cutting technology from BW Papersystems, the SHM Digicut is designed to meet any quality requirements. The size flexible crosscutter and the quick-change gripper discharge offer maximum size flexibility for cut sizes and digital sizes. Using several collating boxes for different formats allows for gripper discharge changes within 15 minutes or less. All other sections of the line involved when changing formats can easily be adapted via touch panel. Only the slitters are adjusted manually. Auto-slitters are available if required.

Once these conditions were met, discussions about finding solutions for AVRE’s unique requirements could begin.

In order to meet AVRE’s accessibility requirements, BW Papersystems’ engineers developed individually designed screens. They combined default display screens for maintenance people and larger screens for visually impaired operators. Those displays use strong color contrast and extra-large characters and symbols that are easy to read and familiar to people who are blind or visually impaired. In addition, plexiglas stencils with tactile symbols can be placed over the screens, for example, at the ream wrapper unit.

Additional support in the event of disturbances is provided by voice output. Multiple sensors, safety locks, and other control systems monitor both the sheeter and the ream wrapper. Operators are immediately informed verbally about low paper rolls, sheet transfer faults, or if a door is opened while the machine is running, to name just a few of them.

In order to avoid serious injuries and to guarantee the highest level of operational safety, BW Papersystems has placed additional guarding at the slitter and crosscutter, at the entire tape section, and the gripper discharge. On the drive side of the machine, guarding is placed around the main drive to avoid accidental access.

Output records meet highest acceptance amongst operators

The result is impressive! While AVRE used to process 8 to 9 tons of paper with two sheeters on a good day, the company today produces an average of 12 tons of copy paper in a 7.5-hour shift. "During normal operation, we were able to increase output by more than 30 percent. And we are really proud of the records our operators set with the SHM Digicut,” says Charles Gardner, Director of Manufacturing at AVRE. “In a 9-hour shift, we have already achieved several times 18 tons of paper, once even 20 tons. Our record with the old sheeters was 13 tons of paper in 13 hours."

One important factor is certainly the generally higher uptime of the line. The wear of parts is considerably lower, too. And, if parts or services are needed, BW Papersystems is available around the clock. In most cases, replacement parts, coming from warehouses in the US, can be shipped within 24 hours. In case of an unscheduled machine downtime, BW Papersystems offers fast support via online diagnostics and remote services.

The high acceptance of the customized production line among the operators contributes to the fact that the system delivers top performance again and again. “The machine’s accessibility for visually impaired operators makes working on the line a pleasure,” says John Skinner, Team Lead at AVRE. He adds: “The additional guarding on areas with high risk of injury completely meet our high standards for a safe working environment.”

Furthermore, changeover times are dramatically reduced. Instead of over an hour, a new format can now be converted only after 15 minutes or less. "Looking ahead, this gives us all the necessary strategic flexibility we need," says Ken Fernald, President/CEO of AVRE. "Even though we are focusing on 8.5x11 commodity cut-size papers right now, we wish to keep the option open to serve new markets and customers with additional formats in the future, including digital sizes.”


Reaching boundaries, moving boundaries

Today, AVRE runs its converting line at 751 fpm, equaling 87 percent of maximum speed. Most of the time, the company is making production requirements, but they are very close to maxing out their capabilities. AVRE is thinking about adding a second roll stand to the line to double production if required.

"We are looking forward to being able to expand production on the AVRE line with a second roll stand," says Sven Gruenwoldt, Sales Director at BW Papersystems. "Both the SHM Digicut and the Model 32 ream wrapper offer sufficient capacity to handle double the production volume resulting from an additional unwind. And he proudly adds: "We are already hearing of new production records set by the operators from AVRE".

[1] Link to: http://www.avreus.org/

[2] Link to: http://www.avreus.org/about/about-avre-1.html

[3] Link to: http://www.avreus.org/about/about-avre-1.html

[4] Link to: https://bwpapersystems.com/product-groups/machine/folio-size-sheeters-packaging/digital-size-sheeting-machines/shm-digicut

[5] Link to: https://bwpapersystems.com/product-groups/subgroup/cut-size-sheeters-packaging/cut-size-packaging-machines

[6] Link to https://www.bwpapersystems.com/product-groups/machine/cut-size-sheeters-packaging/cut-size-packaging-machines/model-32


BW Papersystems, part of Barry-Wehmiller, combines extremely strong brands, innovative technologies and long-standing global experience in the corrugating and finishing, sheeting and packaging, and stationery, book-binding and security-documents industries. BW Papersystems brings together 10 brands - BW Bielomatik, BWP Zerand, Curioni, JAG SYNCHRO, Kugler-Womako, MarquipWardUnited, SHM, VortX, WillPemcoBielomatik and Wrapmatic - that synthesize manufacturing in the paper process industries. We offer market-leading technology for full corrugators in a variety of configurations, rugged rotary die cutters and flexo folder gluers, as well as starch-mixing systems. Customers rely on us for folio-size, cut-size and digital-size sheeting and packaging of paper, board and other materials. In addition, BW Papersystems’ portfolio includes stationery, passport production and specialized paper-converting applications, as well as book-on-demand binding lines, digital print finishing and RFID processing technology. For more, go to bwpapersystems.com.


Barry-Wehmiller is a diversified global supplier of engineering consulting and manufacturing technology for the packaging, corrugating, sheeting and paper-converting industries. By blending people-centric leadership with disciplined operational strategies and purpose-driven growth, Barry-Wehmiller has become a $3 billion organization with nearly 12,000 team members united by a common belief: to use the power of business to build a better world. CEO Bob Chapman shares the story of the company’s transformation in his book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family. To learn more, go to barrywehmiller.com

Skjern Papirfabrik A/S chose Toscotec for the complete rebuild of its paper machine’s dryer section at Skjern mill, Denmark. The delivery is scheduled for the third quarter of 2019. PM1 has a wire width of 3,200 mm and produces core board from 90 to 450 gsm using 100% recycled fibres.

Toscotec will supply a new frame for the entire dryer section and 19 TT SteelDryers, designed for an operating steam pressure of 10 barg, and equipped with bearing housings, steam fits and turbulence bars. The TT SteelDryers will replace most of the mill’s existing cast iron cans. The scope of supply also includes: a new tail blowing system in the press section and new mechanical drives for the entire paper machine. An interesting feature of this project is the supply of blowing doctors, which will improve air circulation in the pockets. The services package consists of onsite erection, supervision, commissioning and start-up assistance.  

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The target of the rebuild is to increase the drying capacity by over 20%, without increasing the paper machine’s length, thanks to the advantages of TT SteelDryers and the higher steam pressure. The upgrade will also aim to improve the stability of the web run. The tail threading will increase the machine efficiency, thanks to the new tail blowing system in the press and new ropes system throughout the entire dryer section. As a result, Toscotec expects to boost both the efficiency and ease the run ability of the paper machine.

Enrico Fazio, Toscotec’s P&B Head of Sales, says “This is Toscotec’s first paper & board reference in Denmark. We are happy to enter the northern European market, because it is very high-tech oriented. We are proud that Skjern mill chose our technical solution. Thanks to Toscotec’s advanced technology, the rebuild will meet the targets of the customer, maintaining the same machine length.”

Kurt Larsen, Project Manager of Skjern Papirfabrik A/S, says, “We are very much focused on the environmental sustainability of our mill. Toscotec’s technology will boost efficiency and production, as well as meet our targets of specific consumption reduction.”

For further information, please contact:

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

Valmet will supply OptiConcept M containerboard making line with automation solutions and a winder for GS Paperboard & Packaging (GSPP) Sdn., Bhd. in Selangor, Malaysia. With the new production line PM 3, GSPP will produce high-quality testliner and fluting grades as well as strengthen its position in the Malaysian market. The start-up of PM 3 is scheduled for 2021. 

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter of 2019 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of order of this type is typically around EUR 60-70 million.

valmet logo"We have built a strong and long-lasting relationship with Valmet, which set a very good base for the negotiations. Valmet's excellent references were another important cornerstone. OptiConcept M boardmaking lines stand out with their energy- and resource-efficient processes and high-speed production. We are convinced with Valmet's technology, which is reliable throughout the whole boardmaking line," says Sia Boon Soon, President of GS Paperboard & Packaging.

"The customer had a clear idea about the machine concept from the very beginning. Thanks to our close cooperation and interactive discussions with the PM3 project team, we were able to find together a solution that fits well for the customer's needs," says Timo Puijola, Senior Sales Manager, Valmet.    

Technical details about the delivery

Valmet's delivery will include equipment for stock preparation system with broke and approach flow systems. The delivery for the new high-capacity containerboard machine will include an OptiConcept M containerboard machine, which is already the 26th OptiConcept M line sold globally. The delivery consists of a complete machine from headbox to reel followed by an OptiWin Drum two-drum winder with transfer rails. The delivery will also include an OptiAir Hood high humidity hood, OptiAir Recovery heat recovery with other related air and ventilation systems, a surface starch preparation system and supply system for sizer as well as Valmet Paper Machine Clothing package for start-up. The automation delivery includes Valmet DNA Automation System for process and machine controls and Valmet IQ Quality Management Solution.  

The 7,250-mm wide (wire) containerboard machine will produce fluting and testliner grades with a design basis weight range of 70-180 g/m2. The design speed of the machine will be 1,200 m/min and the design daily capacity 1,445 tonnes.

About the customer GS Paperboard & Packaging

GS Paperboard & Packaging Group Sdn., Bhd. (GSPP) is the largest containerboard and integrated paper and packaging manufacturer in Malaysia with 2 paper machines and 18 converting machines. It operates as a subsidiary of Oji Holdings Corporation, which is Asia's biggest and the world's fourth largest pulp and paper company.

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

Read more www.valmet.com

Old Point Elementary students and officers from York County Sheriff’s Department and Rock Hill Police exchanged handwritten letters for six months. Domtar employees host event for them to meet face-to-face for the first time.

dom logoDomtar Corporation announced that employee volunteers from the company’s converting facility in Rock Hill, SC visited Old Pointe Elementary School to host a PaperPal™ event for Fifth Grade students and local York County Sheriff’s Department and Rock Hill Police officers. The PaperPal program brings generations together through handwritten letters. The officers and students exchanged letters for six months and met in person for the first time today. Research shows that handwriting has tremendous neurological benefits for the developing minds of young children, and it is an effective way to communicate on a more emotional level. Domtar makes a wide variety of every day products from sustainable wood fiber, and it is one of the world’s largest producers of uncoated freesheet papers, as well as a complete line of absorbent hygiene solutions. The company’s Rock Hill converting facility employs 50 people in the local community.

“Authentic handwriting is not just practice for our students, its how we can relate to and connect with the real world”

“Authentic handwriting is not just practice for our students, its how we can relate to and connect with the real world,” said Bill Cook, superintendent of Rock Hill Schools. “Our partnership with Domtar has been a great way to connect our students to the larger community. We are grateful for partners like Domtar who demonstrate through action that we are on one team with one mission for one Rock Hill.”

“The PaperPal program was a great way for our officers to meet students on a personal level and let them know that we care and we’re here to protect them,” said Kevin R. Tolson, York county sheriff.

Domtar started the PaperPal program in 2015 with a school and retirement community in Van Nuys, Calif. The idea, chronicled in a short video, was so successful that the groups wanted to continue writing letters even after the initial two-month program officially ended.

“Besides the educational and cognitive benefits of PaperPal, we are excited to see how this program sparks smiles and hugs for both children and adults,” said Michelle Osborne, Domtar Rock Hill’s administrative coordinator.

To understand more about the benefits of handwriting for different generations, consider the research and expert opinions cited below:

  • Experts at Indiana University conducted brain scans on pre-literate children to determine whether printing letters, tracing them or typing is the most effective method in the learning process. The children tried each method, and then received a functional MRI scan in a device designed to look like a spaceship. The results? If children wrote by hand, the experts saw neural activity in three areas of the brain that was far more enhanced. These areas get activated in adults when they read and write.
  • A study in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience shows how hand-writing can help adults learn new symbols – anything from music notes to Mandarin. Researchers found that if adults wrote the symbols, there was a stronger, longer-lasting recognition.
  • Good handwriting can play a role in classroom performance. It can take a generic classroom test score from the 50th percentile to the 84th percentile, while bad penmanship could tank it to the 16th, said an education professor at Vanderbilt University.
  • Handwriting can be a useful cognitive exercise for baby boomers trying to keep their minds sharp as they grow older, according to a neuroscientist at Duke University.
  • Children in grades two, four and six wrote more words, faster, and expressed more ideas when writing essays by hand instead of with a keyboard, according to a study by a University of Washington professor of educational psychology.

About Domtar

Domtar is a leading provider of a wide variety of fiber-based products including communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp and absorbent hygiene products. With approximately 10,000 employees serving more than 50 countries around the world, Domtar is driven by a commitment to turn sustainable wood fiber into useful products that people rely on every day. Domtar’s annual sales are approximately $5.5 billion, and its common stock is traded on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges. Domtar’s principal executive office is in Fort Mill, South Carolina. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com.

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