US-based Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL) presented its 2020 Product of the Year award to Hazen Paper Company for an Arctic Blue Gin package featuring images of flaming Northern Lights. Metsä Board, the leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards and part of Metsä Group, designed the package structure, the original graphics and the embossing. The impressive package uses the lightweight and strong MetsäBoard Pro FBB Bright folding boxboard 350 g/m2.
“Producing a highly challenging holographic package requires a lot from the material. Smoothness and stiffness are needed to get the large hologram surface adhered to the paperboard without any flaw. Here the Metsä Board team was able to deliver,” says John Hazen, president of Hazen Paper Company. “The paperboard has a very uniform smooth surface, scores and folds exceptionally well, and has economic and environmental superiority. It is an optimal paperboard for transfer metallising and ideal for a high-end graphic arts application, with both beauty and brawn.”
“We wanted to convey an image of a clean, crisp, winter night, highlighted with northern lights rippling across the Finnish sky. The imagery really stands out and provides exceptional visual elements for maximum brand enhancement,” says Mark Beamesderfer, Packaging Services Director Americas of Metsä Board.
Metsä Board is a leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards and forerunner in sustainability. We produce premium lightweight folding boxboards, food service boards and white kraftliners for consumer goods packaging as well as retail-ready and food service applications. We work together with our customers on a global scale to innovate solutions for better consumer experiences with less environmental impact. The pure fresh fibres Metsä Board uses are a renewable resource, traceable to origin in sustainably managed northern forests. We aim for completely fossil free mills and raw materials by 2030.
The global sales network of Metsä Board supports customers worldwide, including brand owners, retailers, converters and merchants. In 2019, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.9 billion, and it has approximately 2,400 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.
Metsä Group is a forerunner in sustainable bioeconomy utilising renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. Metsä Group focuses on wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards and tissue and greaseproof papers.
In 2019, Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 5.5 billion, and it employs approximately 9,300 people. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and is owned by approximately 103,000 Finnish forest owners.
Toscotec is pleased to announce that, following the obtainment of all required regulatory approvals, Voith has successfully completed its acquisition of Toscotec. Toscotec is now part of the Voith Group.
Andreas Endters, President and CEO of Voith Paper, says: “Toscotec’s acquisition matches Voith’s targets of strategic growth in a perfect way. Toscotec’s range of products and services effectively supports our portfolio and further strengthens our position as a full-line supplier in important areas of the paper industry.”
Toscotec will continue to offer its portfolio as established. The company will remain entrepreneurial in nature and will operate under the established Toscotec brand. In the area of tissue, Toscotec will carry out the business with new lines and major rebuilds for the whole Voith Group in the future. Voith Paper will continue to serve its delivered tissue machines. All other business activities will remain unaffected, and Voith and Toscotec customers will be able to purchase via their existing sales channels as usual.
Alessandro Mennucci, CEO of Toscotec, says: “This acquisition is a landmark in the history of our company. By joining forces with Voith, we plan to pursue new ambitious goals. We will build on our expertise and strong reference base in the paper industry and will be able to offer added value to our customers.”
Established in 1948, Toscotec specializes in the design and manufacture of machinery and equipment for the production of tissue, paper, and board. Headquartered in Lucca, Italy, and with subsidiaries in China and the USA, Toscotec provides its customers with state-of-the-art technologies and customized solutions from complete production lines to rebuilds and single components. Technology Group Voith acquired 90 percent of the shares.
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 € 4.3 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger family-owned companies in Europe.
ANDRITZ Brasil Ltda., part of international technology Group ANDRITZ, has received an order to supply dynamic simulation solutions for Klabin’s Puma II pulp mill project in Ortigueira, Paraná, Brazil.
ANDRITZ Automation will be responsible for development of the dynamic simulation models, DCS checkout (DCS logic test and validation) and operator training simulator (OTS). ANDRITZ’s proprietary simulation tool IDEAS™ will be used to model the recovery boiler #2 and power boiler #2 supplied by ANDRITZ and the evaporator #2 supplied by another vendor. The simulated models will be used to test and verify process design concepts, identify and correct errors in the control logic and provide realistic, hands-on training modules for the operators, helping Klabin to achieve a faster and smoother start-up. In addition, the simulator will allow training of operators on the core processes in a risk-free environment prior to operating the actual plant.
“The well proven ANDRITZ IDEAS simulation tool has been used during commissioning, start-up and training in almost all pulp & paper greenfield projects in Brazil since 2002. We are very proud that Klabin decided again to choose IDEAS as the main simulation tool for the Puma II project. IDEAS’ incomparable technology, its unique training platform as well as the outstanding results from the Puma°I project, where ANDRITZ supplied simulation tools for key process areas in addition to major equipment and technologies, were decisive in award of the order to ANDRITZ,” says Leonardo Alves, Application and Sales Manager in Brazil for the Automation division. “Today, IDEAS software is also used to create digital twins of client mills. These digital twins run online. This kind of application can be used to measure the conditions and/or physical characteristics of a process and provide virtual measurements where real-world measurements are impossible, thus real-time plant optimization has become a reality,” he concludes.
For Klabin’s Puma II project, ANDRITZ will supply energy-efficient and environmentally friendly pulp production technologies and key process equipment, including the wood processing plant, recovery boiler, power boiler and white liquor plant.
International technology Group ANDRITZ has officially launched its new PrimeLineVRT – Vertical CrescentFormer – tissue machine for the production of dry crepe tissue.
The PrimeLineVRT features a vertical CrescentFormer in the forming section that enhances dewatering of the fiber web. This enables higher dryness right after the press section and an increase in paper caliper. Depending on the grade and basis weight of the paper produced, between two and four additional percentage points of dryness can be achieved after the press section compared to standard CrescentFormer configurations.
“The advantage of this new technology is that we do not need additional fabrics and fabric loops or any extra space in the basement for installation of the equipment.This results in lower building costs as well as easier operation and maintenance compared to similar technologies on the market,” says Stefano Marenco, Director of PrimeLineTIAC and R&D Tissue at ANDRITZ.
The PrimeLineVRT was developed and extensively tested at the ANDRITZ Tissue Innovation and Application Center in Graz, Austria. With this new technology that is tailormade for significant improvement of dry crepe production, ANDRITZ once again confirms its strong position as one of the global market leaders for the supply of innovative key components used in conventional to ultra-premium grades within the tissue industry.
New sensors offer widest variety of measurement options available, incorporating unique principles for unparalleled levels of accuracy and control, with reduced maintenance.
ABB has just launched its KPM KC9 Optical Consistency Transmitter family, a new range of sensors that provide accurate measurement of total and/or ash consistency for better wet end measurement and control in pulp and paper processes. The sensors are suitable for pulp, paper, board and tissue manufacturers using virgin or recycled raw materials, particularly those using ash fillers, where only optical sensors are effective to measure ash consistency.
Available as either inline or bypass sensors, the entire KPM KC9 Optical Consistency Transmitter family offers the widest range of sensor options currently available and is best suited to measure the lowest consistency ranges. Providing reliable and accurate results, the sensors permit maintenance while processes are running, unlike other consistency sensors which require a shutdown and emptying of the process pipe.
The sensors work in tandem with ABB’s KPM KRA/KRT Retention Measurement System, used to monitor and control paper and board machine retention. Available in two options, the KRA unit measures white water total consistency as well as ash consistency. The KRT unit measures total consistency only.
“These new sensors employ unique measuring principles to ensure each application is covered cost effectively without compromising measurement accuracy,” said Per Sandstrom, Head of Lab and Process Testing Measurements, Pulp and Paper, Process Industries, ABB. “The sensors provide better control of deinking processes and machine wet end, enabling the highest proportion of on spec product with limited maintenance and lower installation costs.”
Besides its Optical Consistency Transmitter, ABB’s retention measurement system includes all necessary modules to ensure accurate and trouble-free measurement of headbox or white water stock, where consistency is so low that only optical technologies can be used. The system and sensors are part of ABB’s complete solution set for the wet end, including quality control, automation, advanced process control, instrumentation and much more.
The KPM KC9 Optical Consistency Transmitter range
The KPM KC9 inline consistency sensors are developed to measure single component fiber consistency in liquids from 0-14 percent.
The KPM KC9 bypass consistency sensors are developed to measure consistency in liquids from 0–5 percent.
All the new models with updated electrical and software design are evolved from industry-proven KPM OC Optical Consistency Transmitters. These were originally developed in cooperation with Cerlic, which has a 40-year heritage in pulp and paper applications.
For further information on the KPM KC9 Optical Consistency Transmitter family of sensors, please visit: https://new.abb.com/pulp-paper/abb-in-pulp-and-paper/products/process-measurements
Businesses in Brazil benefit from Sulzer engineering solutions
Since 1948 Sulzer has established a network of technically advanced repair and maintenance facilities. Today, service centers specializing in the repair and maintenance of all types of rotating equipment support local industry.
The Brazilian service centers are positioned to deliver quality equipment and maintenance services using high-precision instruments and machine tools. The experienced and dedicated teams of engineers provide flexible, round-the-clock support to customers in many industrial sectors.
Sulzer provides tailored engineering solutions to key businesses in the area, such as water, pulp and paper, refineries, hydrocarbon processing, fertilizers, power generation and more general industry. Every day, the teams take on the challenges posed by customers to deliver the best quality repairs that offer improved reliability and productivity.
To see how Sulzer can support the region watch the latest overview video:
Sulzer supports Brazilian customers with high quality pumping solutions as well as its rotating equipment services for all industries. Specialist designers can deliver retrofit projects that re-engineer large pumps to perform more efficiently and offer better productivity.
Marcelo Alves, President South America – Rotating Equipment Services and Managing Director at Sulzer in Brazil says “We have experience in working on gas turbines, industrial compressors, large scale pumping installations as well as motors and generators. From installing new equipment to repairing and maintaining existing assets, we have the skills and expertise to support the Brazilian industry.
“Whatever the project, our engineers have the support of the wider Sulzer organization, which has extensive knowledge and resources that offer cutting-edge solutions. In all of Sulzer’s facilities, customers are welcomed to discuss challenges and inspect on-going work, keeping communication at the heart of every project.”
Sulzer’s global network of 180 production and service sites distributed across more than 50 countries, including Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Venezuela, makes it possible for the company to support Brazil’s global competitiveness in its key sectors with state-of-the-art engineering solutions. Brazilian businesses can benefit from a wide range of services to boost operational efficiency while minimizing their downtime.
Valmet will supply the final stage of its four-stage forming section rebuild to Stora Enso’s Skoghall Mill in Sweden. The target of Valmet’s four-stage development project is to further improve production capabilities of the Stora Enso Skoghall Mill forming section.
The latest order is included in Valmet's orders received of the first quarter 2020. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
“Innovation and continuous long-term development describe well our cooperation with Valmet. Together we came up with a solution that fulfils our targets for this upgrade project,” says Marie Morin, Mill Director from Stora Enso.
“Stora Enso Skoghall Mill is committed to long-term development of its machines. This type of cooperation is based on trust and openness and we look forward to successfully conclude the last phase of this project,” says Kirsi Peltola, Sales Manager from Valmet.
Valmet supplied the first stage in 2017 and has since then upgraded other parts of the forming section step-by-step on an annual basis. The last stage of the rebuild will be started up at the end of year 2020.
Information about the customer Stora Enso
Part of the bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper. The company employs some 26,000 people in more than 30 countries. Skoghall Mill in western Sweden is a modern world-class producer of cartonboard for demanding consumer packaging and printing purposes, including liquid packaging and dry foodstuffs board.
Toscotec will be at Tissue World Miami 2020 Booth D-20 to showcase its innovative Tissue Technology including the Energy-Savings solutions customized for Sofidel America.
On March 13 at 1:00 pm, Sofidel’s Vice Chief Technical Officer Davide Mainardi and Toscotec’s Sales Director Marco Dalle Piagge will jointly present “Energy Efficient Solutions for Sofidel America: a Case Study”, which offers a detailed analysis of this new integrated tissue mill from a sustainability perspective.
The presentation will focus on Toscotec’s scope of supply that included Detailed Process Engineering of the plant and layout (“Inside the Box”) to cut energy consumption and ensure top efficiency in the use of thermal and electrical energy. In particular, Toscotec’s design focused on the energy recovery from the Tissue Machine Drying Section and Auxiliary Systems, Process Optimization, as well as on the reduction of water consumption and Virgin Fiber usage.
Toscotec will also take part in the following events of the Tissue World Miami Conference:
On March 10, at 1:00 pm, John Holton, Technical Support Toscotec North America, will moderate the Yankee Dryer Workshop titled “Troubleshooting and Problem Solving” and will deliver a presentation on the subject of “Overview of Yankee Diagnostics”.
On March 11, at 2:10 pm, Toscotec Technical Director Paolo Raffaelli will take part in the Senior Management Symposium’s Panel Discussion “Business Resilience in the '20s: Technological, Liability, and Human Resource Challenges”.
The Toscotec teams of North America and Toscotec Italy will be at Booth D-20 from Wednesday, March 11, through Friday, March 13.
International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up the PrimeLineTM W6 tissue machine, including stock preparation, re-evaporation plant, hall-ventilation, automation, and electrification, at Arkhbum Tissue Group LLC in Vorsino (Kaluga region), Russia.
The ANDRITZ tissue machine – with a design speed of 2,100 m/min and a paper width of 5.6 m – produces high-quality facial, toilet, napkin, and kitchen towel grades made of 100% virgin pulp. The combination of a 16 ft. PrimeDry Steel Yankee and the latest PrimePress XT Evo shoe press technology enables a high drying capacity and achieves remarkable cost savings and operational flexibility compared to systems with conventional presses and cast Yankee dryers. The re-evaporation system that feeds energy back to the production process enables additional savings.
The scope of supply also included stock preparation with an approach flow system. The centerpiece of the stock preparation line is the ANDRITZ Papillon refiner, which treats fibers gently in the cylindrical refining zone in order to achieve superior fiber properties at low energy consumption. ANDRITZ also provided process pumps, piping, instrumentation, electrification and automation as well as on-site services.
This successful start-up confirms ANDRITZ’s strong position as one of the global market leaders for supply of complete tissue production lines, key components, and services.
Valmet will deliver cooking and fiberline to Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd. (TNPL) for their unit 2, located in Mondipatti in the Trichy District, India. The site has a 200,000 tons per year multilayer board machine, which has been in operation since 2016. The new pulp mill will have a capacity of 165,000 tons per year of bleached hardwood kraft pulp and the start-up is planned for the first quarter of 2021.
The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the fourth quarter 2019. The value of the order will not be disclosed. An order with this scope of supply is usually valued in the range of EUR 20-30 million.
Valmet has a long-term relationship with TNPL. Valmet has previously supplied two fiberlines based on hardwood and bagasse respectively to their unit 1, located in Kagithapuram in the Karur District, India.
“Valmet’s technology is proven to meet TNPL’s strict requirements for low water consumption and raw material efficiency, which have special importance in this region. Since the launch of our latest third generation continuous cooking system in late 2018, we have been well received by the market and this order is yet another acknowledgment of that. Furthermore, this will be Valmet’s first modern reference in India for a continuous digester system, so we are proud and grateful to be a part of the project together with TNPL,” says Eva Engelfeldt, Senior Sales Manager, Fiber Processing Business Unit, Valmet.
“The unit 2 is a leading manufacturer of pulp and paper board in India. The new pulp mill with Valmet’s cooking and fiberline technology will further strengthen our ambition to maintain the leading position,” says S J Varadarajan, General Manager (Projects), TNPL. “The Valmet fiberline brings the latest technology to the TNPL Unit 2 with thrust on water conservation and environment protection. This fiberline will go a long way in making the operations of our unit 2 profitable,” says S V R Krishnan, Executive Director (Operations), TNPL.
Information about Valmet’s delivery
The scope of Valmet’s supply includes main equipment and process design for continuous cooking, deknotting, screening, brown stock washing, oxygen delignification, a three stage ECF bleaching and DNCG systems including pressure vessels, instruments and pumps.
Information about Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd.
Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers is situated at Kagithapuram in the Karur District of the Tamil Nadu province in India. The company produces newsprint and printing & writing papers using hardwood and bagasse as the primary raw materials.