Pulp-Paperworld.com / American News http://www.pulp-paperworld.com Sat, 24 Aug 2019 10:22:54 +0200 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Battery Ventures Acquires Forest2Market, Inc., and Fisher International, Inc. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8181-battery-ventures-acquires-forest2market-inc-and-fisher-international-inc http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8181-battery-ventures-acquires-forest2market-inc-and-fisher-international-inc

Combined companies will offer unprecedented data-driven insights to global forest products markets

Battery Ventures, a global technology-focused investment firm, announced that it has acquired two companies:

fisher logoForest2Market, Inc. a firm supplying data, analytics, supply chain expertise and strategic consulting services to the global forest products industry; and Fisher International, Inc. a firm supporting the pulp and paper industry with business intelligence and strategy consulting services.

Forest2Market and Fisher International will continue to operate individually as the transition is planned and implemented.

"We believe both Forest2Market and Fisher International are leaders in their industry, with sophisticated business intelligence platforms that offer data-intense, technology-based solutions for the global forest products industry. Combined, the companies will offer greater insight to customers and provide better customer solutions and service, while setting the stage for dynamic, profitable growth for both companies going forward," said Jordan Welu, principal at Battery Ventures. Welu and Battery’s Dave Tabors will join Peter J. Stewart, founder and CEO of Forest2Market, on the board of directors.

Stewart will also become CEO of the combined organizations. Rod Fisher, the founder and president of Fisher International, will step away from the day-to-day management of the company and serve as a senior advisor to both the new CEO and Fisher International customers.

The Forest2Market team and the balance of the Fisher International team will remain in place. "I look forward to working with the Fisher International and Forest2Market teams. We believe this will create powerful new products and services and provide unprecedented global data-driven insight to our customers," said Stewart.

These acquisitions put both companies on a path to attain their long-term corporate goals. "Forest2Market's goal for the last five years has been to expand both internationally and across the value chain, from wood raw materials to end-products markets, and the combination of Forest2Market and Fisher International will accelerate that growth,” Stewart added. “We will continue to work with Battery to grow the companies, build out the value chain and offer the data and analytics that our forest products industry customers around the globe rely on to make complex business decisions."

"Pete and I have worked on specific engagements over the years, and we've talked about ways our companies can work together to enhance the value we bring to all of our customers," said Fisher. "Battery Ventures recognized the opportunity to join these two complementary companies as a way to increase the efficiency with which both companies deliver data, end-to-end insight, guidance and platform solutions. The synergies are clear, and I am excited to see the many advantages we will bring to our customers as a result of our working together."

About Forest2Market, Inc.

Forest2Market provides pricing data, supply chain expertise and strategic consulting services to participants in the global wood and fiber supply chain. The Forest2Market's unique databases contain more than 400 million rows of transaction data; they are the foundation for all analytics available in the firm's business intelligence platform, SilvaStat360, as well as client resource studies and consulting engagements. Founded in 2000, Forest2Market is headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. To learn more, visit www.forest2market.com.

About Fisher International, Inc.

Fisher International supports the pulp and paper industry with business intelligence and strategy consulting services. With research resources in nearly every pulp and paper producing country in the world, Fisher’s comprehensive databases, analytical technologies and expert consultants are used by the paper industry around the world every day. Founded in 1985, Fisher is headquartered in South Norwalk, Conn. To learn more, visit http://www.fisheri.com.

About Battery Ventures

Battery strives to invest in cutting-edge, category-defining businesses in markets including software and services, web infrastructure, consumer internet, mobile and industrial technologies. Founded in 1983, the firm backs companies at stages ranging from seed to private equity and invests globally from offices in Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area, London, Israel and New York. Follow the firm on Twitter (@BatteryVentures) and at www.battery.com, and find a full list of Battery investments here.

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    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:37:28 +0200
    Blue Tissue and A.Celli Paper: TM1 started-up http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8168-blue-tissue-and-a-celli-paper-tm1-started-up http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8168-blue-tissue-and-a-celli-paper-tm1-started-up

    On July 7th the A.Celli iDEAL® Master Tissue Machine was successfully started-up, beginning production for the Mexican customer Blue Tissue Sapi de C.V. The new turnkey plant, which includes the two-plies slitter A.Celli E-Wind® T100 rewinder, in addition to the tissue machine, integrates the existing Customer’s converting line.

    The A.Celli iDEAL® was installed in the Apizaco plant, in the Mexican state of Tlaxcala, with a great teamwork between the technicians of A.Celli Group and the Customer’s staff.

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    This is a single machine (2700 mm pope reel width) for the production of tissue rolls with a diameter of 2500 mm, working at 2000 mpm speed, ensuring a production of 110 t/d.

    An advanced version of DCS has been installed, with a very brand new graphic interface.

    The Tissue Machine is also equipped with the latest generation of steel A.Celli iDEAL® forged YD.

    Apizaco, which means "place of thin water" in the native language náhuatl, therefore "place with a little river", is located at an altitude of 2,424 m and in a strategic position between the capital, Mexico City, and the port of Veracruz, on the east coast.

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      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Wed, 31 Jul 2019 16:58:13 +0200
      Dr. Phil Harding to Join Willamette Falls Paper Company as the Director of Technology and Sustainability http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8160-dr-phil-harding-to-join-willamette-falls-paper-company-as-the-director-of-technology-and-sustainability http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8160-dr-phil-harding-to-join-willamette-falls-paper-company-as-the-director-of-technology-and-sustainability

      Willamette Falls Paper Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Columbia Ventures Corporation in Vancouver, Washington, announces Dr. Phil Harding will join Willamette Falls Paper Company as the Director of Technology and Sustainability.
       
      Dr. Harding has spent the past twelve years serving as the Linus Pauling Chair of Chemical Engineering at Oregon State University. He will bring his wealth of industrial chemical engineering and business experience to develop paper and other products from wheat straw, recycled fiber, and hemp. His background includes work in the paper industry with James River Corporation and in microelectronics with Hewlett-Packard, with responsibilities including process engineering, research and development, product reliability, global manufacturing and research strategy. He is the winner of the Oregon State University Carter Award for Outstanding and Inspirational Teaching, is a certified Professional Engineer, and holds 15 patents.

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      “We are excited to welcome Dr. Harding to the team at Willamette Falls Paper Company,” states Brian Konen, President of Willamette Falls Paper Company. “His expertise in our industry and his innovation and forward thinking on sustainability will be critical for our new product development and the long-term viability of the business.”
       
      “It is an honor to join Brian Konen and Columbia Ventures Corporation CEO, Ken Peterson, in not only restarting the paper mill, but also creating new market segments that synergistically engage economic opportunity and sustainability,” states Dr. Harding. “State and federal regulatory movement on managing carbon emissions strongly favor our location and business interests.”
       
       
      COLUMBIA VENTURES CORPORATION (CVC) is a private equity diversified holding company. Notably, CVC is the majority owner of Northwest Straw Pulp, LLC which is in the final stages of constructing a first-of-its-kind pulp mill near Starbuck, Washington, to manufacture high-quality pulp fiber from wheat straw. At full production, it expects to annually produce 140,000 tons of pulp that will be able to directly substitute for hardwood pulp in terms of specifications and quality.
       
      WILLAMETTE FALLS PAPER COMPANY, INC. is a newly formed company which owns and operates the machinery and equipment at the paper mill in West Linn, Oregon. The company is a non-integrated mill, capable of making coated and uncoated grades with an annual capacity of 260,000 tons. The Willamette Falls Paper Company looks to be an innovative leader in environmental paper production.

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        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 08 Jul 2019 12:36:43 +0200
        Paper Formulation Technology is a Key Driver for Sustainable Packaging http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8158-paper-formulation-technology-is-a-key-driver-for-sustainable-packaging http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8158-paper-formulation-technology-is-a-key-driver-for-sustainable-packaging

        As interest groups raise awareness about plastic waste, governments around the world are starting to ban various types of plastics, especially single-use packaging items. We all know the reasons behind this push: Plastic waste is filling our landfills and waterways and breaks down very slowly in the environment.

        Ultimately, the impact will not be confined to items such as grocery bags and straws. Analysts expect the movement to extend to plastic bottles, disposable cups, food-service packaging and ready-meal containers. In fact, several major consumer brands, as well as a significant number of European retailers, have moved to reduce or eliminate their use of plastics in packaging. And more will certainly follow.

        Renewed Focus on Paper Materials

        In this new paradigm, the pulp and paper industry has an opportunity to rise to the challenge of providing more environmentally friendly fiber-based solutions to replace all those plastic straws, bottles, disposable cups and food containers. But before that happens, it’s important to address the foundational aspects of packaging production that will enable these products to be replaced with environmentally friendly alternatives, especially in food applications.

        Made with Solenis Barrier Coatings technologyMade with Solenis Barrier Coatings technology

        The Enabling Technologies

        Almost anything, of course, is technically recyclable at a cost. But what makes a paper package most valuable in this new world is whether a material is repulpable. To this end, the goal is to replace paraffin wax or polyethylene (PE), fluorocarbon for grease barriers and the use of PE in cups and food-service applications. To achieve this goal, special formulations are required for paper packaging that act as a barrier to water, hot/cold liquids, greases and oils, moisture and water vapor—to name just a few. Suitable replacement formulations include barrier biowaxes used for different applications. Individual barrier products can also form a “system” consisting of one to three different coatings, each having different functions, with the final system design depending on the end producer’s requirements.

        As the packaging industry moves toward fiber-based material for more sustainable solutions, there are some key issues to consider when it comes to paper material formulation.

        Is it repulpable? Repulpability enables creation of a segregation system for post-consumer cups that can be repulped, where the fiber is recovered and reused to produce paper and paperboard products, perhaps even back into cups. The value of the fiber in these cups is very high, enough to make it economically feasible to develop the infrastructure needed to collect, segregate and recover these containers after use. Therefore, the barrier formulation should enable repulpability. This is not typically economically viable with PE-coated cups.

        Is it compostable? The long-term objective, of course, is to recover the fiber. In the short term, if the material can be redirected to composting facilities – as opposed to landfills – this helps with consumer messaging and is a step forward for brand owners and the environment as well. As a result, fiber material with compostable barrier formulations have a significant advantage over PE products, which cannot be composted. However, this is still secondary to repulpability.

        How is the formulation produced? This is a key point on sustainable sourcing, where many consumer brand owners have aspirational goals of using more than 50 percent sustainably sourced raw materials. Manufacturers of paper barrier coating formulations are seeking to minimize non-fossil fuel derived components and maximize renewably sourced raw materials. Some barrier solutions for example are 100% non-fossil based. 

        Is the barrier formulation functional? Barrier formulations must meet the functional requirements of the material being replaced. These requirements include resistance to oil, grease and water in applications like hamburger wrap, and resistance to staining for on-the-go coffee cups. Many paper-based packages are designed for consumer appeal and branding, and involve printing, sealing, gluing, flexibility and elasticity. As a result, paper barrier formulations must still allow the same packaging functionality while meeting sustainability goals.

        Does the formulation facilitate manufacturing? One of the biggest advantages with some barrier coating formulations is that you can apply them using paper machine coaters, off-machine coaters or even flexo/reverse gravure printing presses. With some barrier coatings you can even convert the coated board into cups on existing cup-making machines designed to work with PE. As a result, very little capital expenditure is required to utilize these barrier systems; paper manufacturers can run them now if they have a coater.

        The good news is that awareness of fiber as a functional packaging alternative continues to gain ground. For example, in the Next Gen Cup Challenge, a global consortium that includes major food industry players recently issued a challenge to “identify and commercialize existing and future solutions for the single-use, hot and cold fiber cup system.” Solutions could include cup lids, sleeves and straws, as well as reusable and alternative delivery systems. Nearly 500 entrepreneurs, inventors and scientists from more than 50 countries, including a team from Solenis, responded enthusiastically with ideas and potential solutions. Solenis was recognized as one of 12 final winners and work to scale its proposed solution is underway.

        Working together, the paper industry can make a difference in reducing plastic waste in the environment and supporting the circular economy in 2019 and beyond.

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          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 08 Jul 2019 12:23:55 +0200
          West Linn Paper Mill Site to Re-open as Willamette Falls Paper Company http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8155-west-linn-paper-mill-site-to-re-open-as-willamette-falls-paper-company http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8155-west-linn-paper-mill-site-to-re-open-as-willamette-falls-paper-company

          Willamette Falls Paper Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Columbia Ventures Corporation in Vancouver, Washington, announces the purchase of the paper-making assets associated with the mill located in West Linn, Oregon and has entered into a five-year lease with renewal options for the related real estate and buildings.

          The new operation owns three paper machines, capable of making coated and uncoated grades with the potential capacity of 260,000 tons. Willamette Falls Paper Company plans a near-term startup of at least one paper machine, returning it as the only coated freesheet producer on the West Coast. Initially, the mill will employ about 85 people, which will increase as they bring up one or two of the remaining paper machines.

          2019 07 08 121500While the mill’s initial focus will be on traditional paper products, the long-term focus on sustainable paper-making will be its key to success. Willamette Falls Paper looks to integrate the use of non-traditional fiber sources such as pulp from wheat straw, agricultural waste and the new farm crop of hemp into the process. In addition to making paper from sustainable fiber, the mill also plans to work with local waste management companies to help find solutions to improve the recycling rate in the region. Recent export restrictions on paper waste have made paper disposal a problem. The mill looks to address the need for better recycling options.

          “We look forward to working with former customers to produce the quality products that they need,” states Brian Konen, President of Willamette Falls Paper Company. “Paper has been a part of the West Linn community for 130 years, and I am confident there are many more years of production ahead of us. Our previous employees were shocked and disappointed when the mill shut down 20 months ago, and it has been a goal of mine to find a new owner and restart the plant. Many highly skilled and experienced employees want to return to work in West Linn, and we are excited to welcome them back.”

          Ken Peterson, CEO of Columbia Ventures Corporation says, “I am very optimistic because we were able to quickly develop a business plan to justify acquiring and reopening the paper mill. I am thankful to the various parties, including Portland General Electric, for working quickly and cooperatively to make it happen. The mill’s success means a reliable source for U.S. paper production to displace foreign paper imports. As we re-establish the business, we also intend to look for other ways to contribute to the economic life of the community outside of just pure paper-making.”

          COLUMBIA VENTURES CORPORATION (CVC) is a private equity diversified holding company. Notably, CVC is the majority owner of Northwest Straw Pulp LLC which is in the final stages of constructing a first-of-its-kind pulp mill near Starbuck, Washington, to manufacture high-quality pulp fiber from wheat straw. At full production, it expects to annually produce 140,000 tons of pulp that will be able to directly substitute for hardwood pulp in terms of specifications and quality.

          WILLAMETTE FALLS PAPER COMPANY, INC. is a newly formed company which owns and operates the machinery and equipment at the paper mill in West Linn, Oregon. The company is a non-integrated mill, capable of making coated and uncoated grades with an annual capacity of 260,000 tons. The Willamette Falls Paper Company looks to be an innovative leader in environmental paper production

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            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 08 Jul 2019 12:13:34 +0200
            North American paper producer eases into the future with ABB digital solutions http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8153-north-american-paper-producer-eases-into-the-future-with-abb-digital-solutions http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8153-north-american-paper-producer-eases-into-the-future-with-abb-digital-solutions

            Port Townsend Paper Company (PTPC) moves forward with ABB Ability™ Advanced Digital Services

            PTPC, a North American producer of pulp and paper products, began an evolution path in April 2018 for its mill in Port Townsend, Washington, USA. The mill’s distributed control system (DCS), which was nearing the end of its lifecycle, started a phased evolution upgrade. As a result, the mill will be able to continue operations and avoid a weeks-long shutdown while ABB performs services and upgrades during planned downtime.

            2015 10 07 184308As part of the agreement, ABB migrated the mill’s existing Human Machine Interface (HMI) to ABB Ability™ System 800xA.  As the industry’s leading control system, System 800xA also serves as an integrated electrical control system, a safety system and a collaboration enabler with the capacity to improve engineering efficiency, asset utilization and operator performance.

            The mill also added OPT800 Cook/B, which is part of the ABB AbilityTM Advanced Process Control offering for pulp mills.  OPT800 Cook/B is the latest version of the Advanced Batch Digester Management System that sequences and schedules PTPC’s batch digesters to process wood chips into pulp more efficiently, helping to increase production. PTPC will also benefit from minimized kappa variation and steam leveling, which will result in reduced chemical and steam usage.

            The mill also receives ABB Pulp and Paper Care as part of the agreement. This is a modular service agreement framework designed to cut complexity, control cost, and maximize capital for ABB customers. ABB Pulp and Paper Care can address customer needs such as:

            • Rapid Response guarantees fast and flexible service response to maximize equipment availability. Services include spare parts management programs, 24/7 technical support, and remote support services.
            • Lifecycle Management provides powerful tools and ABB knowledge base to optimize and extend equipment life through use of ABB Automation Sentinel subscription.
            • Performance Improvement increases productivity through usability and efficiency optimization of equipment and processes. Services provided can include Site Services, Resident Service Engineering, and System 800xA Performance Services.

            Port Townsend Paper Corporation (PTPC) produces kraft pulp, paper, containerboard, and specialty products by blending virgin and recycled fibers at its mill headquarters in Port Townsend, Washington, USA. Along with its sister corrugated packaging facility, Crown Packaging in British Columbia, PTPC offers a variety of sustainable solutions to its customers. PTPC is recognized as a market-driven, entrepreneurial specialty kraft paper and containerboard producer that consistently provides high quality products. Its mission is to maximize EBITDA while continuously upgrading manufacturing assets and improving employee capabilities.

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

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              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 08 Jul 2019 12:05:33 +0200
              ANDRITZ receives long-term maintenance and service contract for Arauco’s MAPA project in Chile http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8152-andritz-receives-long-term-maintenance-and-service-contract-for-arauco-s-mapa-project-in-chile http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8152-andritz-receives-long-term-maintenance-and-service-contract-for-arauco-s-mapa-project-in-chile

              International technology Group ANDRITZ has been chosen as the maintenance and service partner for Arauco’s MAPA project in Chile. The long-term ANDRITZ SYNERGY™ service agreement covers the entire mill, including all pre-engineering, commissioning, start-up and integral maintenance there as well as supply of spare and wear parts and after-sales service. The service agreement, which will start in September 2019 and run for more than nine years through to February 2029, will be managed locally by ANDRITZ Chile. It is the largest maintenance and service contract ANDRITZ has ever been awarded.

              This order follows the announcement by ANDRITZ in October last year that it would be supplying major woodyard equipment, fiberline, white liquor plant and evaporation technologies and equipment for the MAPA project. The scope also includes a complete operator training system with an exact model of the plant areas to train the operators in customer-specific operating scenarios. Completion of the MAPA project will make the Chilean company the third largest supplier of eucalyptus pulp globally. The modernization and expansion project is due to start up in the first quarter of 2021 and will see the mill producing 2.1 million tons of pulp annually.  

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              “This is an important order for ANDRITZ because it further strengthens our relationship with the Arauco group, which represents almost half of the Chilean pulp production market," says Luis Binotto, Senior Vice President and Division Manager at Sindus ANDRITZ. 

              ANDRITZ SYNERGY™ Services is a long-term service agreement for process equipment and a contract that has the flexibility to cover certain defined areas or the entire mill. The heart of the ANDRITZ SYNERGY™ Services agreement is process and equipment expertise in combination with customer experts to achieve the agreed targets.

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

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                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Mon, 08 Jul 2019 12:02:40 +0200
                Update from Port Hawkesbury Paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/8149-update-from-port-hawkesbury-paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/8149-update-from-port-hawkesbury-paper

                A fire in one of the wood chip silos on the Port Hawkesbury Paper (PHP) Mill site was discovered at approximately 7:20 PM (ADT) on Thursday, June 20th. The mill Emergency Response Team and the Louisdale Volunteer Fire Department responded to the initial call. The nature of the fire required additional resources, and firefighters from four local fire departments were brought in to assist.

                2019 07 08 115323Two Port Hawkesbury Paper employees and two volunteer firefighters were taken to hospital for treatment. Both PHP employees have been released along with one of the firefighters. We have been told the second firefighter is expected to be released later today.

                The fire is under control, and the PHP response team are making progress toward extinguishing it completely. External fire department resources are no longer on site.

                Port Hawkesbury Paper is extremely grateful for all those who responded to this incident. As a result of their professional actions, the mill's production has not and will not be impacted.

                The mill is cooperating with the Department of Labour and Advanced Education in their incident investigation. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the mill.

                For additional information, please contact: Mike Hartery

                Port Hawkesbury Paper

                Office: 902-625-6220

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                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) Canadian News Mon, 08 Jul 2019 11:52:48 +0200
                  Domtar Corporation Names Marie Cyr New Dryden Mill Manager http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/8134-domtar-corporation-names-marie-cyr-new-dryden-mill-manager http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/8134-domtar-corporation-names-marie-cyr-new-dryden-mill-manager

                  Domtar Corporation have just announced Marie Cyr as manager of the company’s mill in Dryden, Ontario, effective August 1, 2019. Cyr succeeds Jim Blight, who will retire in August.

                  Domtar Logo 0 0Since December 2013, Marie has served as the Windsor Mill's pulp mill manager and superintendent, responsible for developing the pulp mill's strategy and leading its manufacturing operations. Marie is an inspirational leader with experience working with large teams in operations, maintenance and engineering. She joined the Windsor Mill in 1995 as a maintenance engineer and project manager, and has held roles of increasing responsibility in maintenance and planning in the Windsor Mill's pulp and converting operations.

                  Marie is a strong advocate for using the continuous improvement tools to foster a culture of learning and growth. She also has a unique ability to quickly bring teams together and unify them toward accomplishing an objective. We are confident her leadership will help the Dryden Mill continue to be successful.

                  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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                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) Canadian News Fri, 05 Jul 2019 10:05:09 +0200
                    SEALS DELIVER LONG LIFE IN CHEMICAL PROCESSING APPLICATIONS http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8128-seals-deliver-long-life-in-chemical-processing-applications http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8128-seals-deliver-long-life-in-chemical-processing-applications

                    Based on a proprietary and patented crosslinking system that has been developed specifically for the chemical processing industry, DuPont™ Kalrez® Spectrum™ 7275 seals exhibit minimal swelling and improved retention of physical properties when exposed to aggressive chemicals such as concentrated nitric acid, organosilanes, chlorosilanes, pure ethylene oxide, butyraldehyde, amines, vinyl monomers and acrylic monomers. Kalrez® 7275 seals are available in the UK from authorised distributor Dichtomatik Ltd.

                    2019 06 26 191617DuPont™ Kalrez® Spectrum™ 7275 seals exhibit minimal swelling and improved retention of physical properties when exposed to aggressive chemicals.

                    Any process plant that uses chemicals as an inherent part of its operations knows the importance of reliable, long-lasting seal technology. With Kalrez® 7275, which is a special perfluoroelastomer product, users enjoy excellent compression set resistance and good retention of physical properties after ageing at high temperatures. In fact, the seals will deliver a higher level of performance in any aggressive chemical processing application with temperatures up to 300°C, especially where high resistance to strong oxidisers such as nitric acid, chlorine and chlorine dioxide is required.

                    2019 06 26 191646Durability of Kalrez® Spectrum™ 7275 relative to the MTBR of the incumbent FFKM in a chlorine dioxide/water stream.

                    Among those able to vouch for the benefits of Kalrez® 7275 is a paper mill in North America that relies on chlorine dioxide for its pulp bleaching operations. The paper mill was experiencing frequent failures of a pump handling chlorine dioxide in water. According to the reliability engineer, the incumbent non-black FFKM seal typically failed within 5 months of installation because of the extremely aggressive nature of the stream. However, following replacement of the seals with Kalrez® 7275, seal life doubled to more than 12 months, removing the pump from the paper mill’s list of “bad performers” and into routine yearly maintenance. Increasing the MTBR (mean time between repair) in this way contributes to reduced maintenance costs and longer equipment life, while improving process safety.

                    Aside from pumps, Kalrez® 7275 will benefit many other applications which depend on mechanical seals as part of their critical processes, including valves, compressors, filtration columns and analytical equipment.

                    2019 06 26 191707Pump seal life was more than doubled when using Kalrez® 7275 seals at a paper mill in North America.

                    Uniquely identifiable by its light brown colour, Kalrez® 7275 offers: a Shore hardness (A) of 75 (on the slab) and 81 Shore M (on the O Ring); 100% Modulus of 9.7 MPa; tensile strength at break of 14.5 MPa; elongation at break of 160%; and compression set of 22% (70 hours at 204°C). The product is available in a broad series of standard O-ring sizes and custom parts for a wide range of sealing applications.

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                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Wed, 26 Jun 2019 19:24:53 +0200
                      James Smith joins Toscotec North America. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8124-james-smith-joins-toscotec-north-america http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8124-james-smith-joins-toscotec-north-america

                      Toscotec North America, Inc. Green Bay, WI and Toscotec S.p.A. Lucca, Italy announced that James Smith has joined the group as Paper & Board Sales Manager for North America.

                      James Smith, Paper & Board Sales Manager for North AmericaJames Smith, Paper & Board Sales Manager for North America

                      James has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin and more than 30 years of experience in the paper industry with various roles of technical and sales leadership for key industry players. These include Beloit Corporation for North America and Asia Pacific, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Paperchine and PMT Italia for the North American market.

                      James will actively contribute to Toscotec’s growing paper and board business in North America, catering to new customers in the U.S. and Canada.

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                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Wed, 26 Jun 2019 10:30:52 +0200
                        PMP to support Convertipap’s tissue business expansion in the Americas! http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8123-pmp-to-support-convertipap-s-tissue-business-expansion-in-the-americas http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8123-pmp-to-support-convertipap-s-tissue-business-expansion-in-the-americas

                        The Tissue sector is performing a continuous growth worldwide, and this trend is about to even strengthen in the coming years. Currently tissue papers are daily necessities of every human being. Taking current trends into account, Latin America and Eastern Europe are the key areas that are ready to grow.

                        logo pmp passionConvertidor de Papel, S..A de C.V. (Convertipap) is a paper producer that decided to follow above trends and to expand its tissue business. Now, the family business has strategically expanded and has two plants located in the Mexican Republic; but it’s not over, currently Mexican producer decided about another investment, that will shift its business to the next level.

                        The company just announced a market expansion that will be possible thanks to the investment in the new tissue machine, that will be added to its already impressive fleet. Convertipap decided to award PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) with an order for a delivery of Intelli-Tissue® Advanced 2100 Tissue Machine.

                        PMP will supply a new Crescent Former Intelli-Tissue® Advanced 2100 machine with a maximum capacity of 41,000 tpa, reel trim of 2850 mm and the maximum balance speed of 2100 mpm. Machine will produce high quality tissue with the basis weight range of 12.5-40 gsm at the reel.

                        The new project will be an exciting step in the Mexican’s market development. Convertipap presents an aggressive development strategy with a plan to continue its increase of the market share. One of the main goals is to become the preferred tissue supplier in the Mexican region, offering a wide span of premium tissue products.

                        PM6 will be equipped with state-of-the-art equipment designed and manufactured by PMP, including core technological units, such as hydraulic headbox Intelli-Jet V®, Intelli-Former® CF type, Intelli-Press®, gas heated yankee hood Intelli-Hood®, 15’ steel Yankee Dryer Intelli-YD® as well as reel Intelli-Reel® with extended rail storage. Scope of supply will cover also stock preparation system, dust & mist removal systems, recovery steam generator, mechanical & electrical drives, steam & condensate system, vacuum system, lubrication system, TM controls, baseplates, start-up supervision and training services. Delivery and start-up are scheduled for the middle of 2020.

                        The whole project will definitely open the door to success both for Convertipap, that is continuously developing in the Mexican market, but also for PMP, as their first tissue project in Mexico will be its flag reference in the Latin American market.

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                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Wed, 12 Jun 2019 09:44:01 +0200
                          Humanized technology and its transformations in the pulp and paper sector is the theme of the ABTCP 2019 Congress http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8120-humanized-technology-and-its-transformations-in-the-pulp-and-paper-sector-is-the-theme-of-the-abtcp-2019-congress http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8120-humanized-technology-and-its-transformations-in-the-pulp-and-paper-sector-is-the-theme-of-the-abtcp-2019-congress

                          2019 06 03 064803

                          In the Industry 4.0 or Fourth Industrial Revolution that all productive sectors are currently experiencing, space takes on life in real time through man-machine integration and its interconnections, generating innovation in products, equipment design and transforming the organizational culture of companies. Within this context, the Brazilian Pulp and Paper Technical Association (ABTCP) based itself to define this year’s theme: HUMANIZED TECHNOLOGY: products, innovation, design and culture in Industry 4.0 for the 52nd Pulp and Paper International Congress.

                          The event, which will be held at the Hotel Transamerica in São Paulo, October 22-24, will not include the Exhibition of Technologies, and will have as guest president for the ABTCP 2019 Congress, Márcio Bertoldo, Manufacturing VP of International Paper Brazil in Latin America. “This Congress offers a unique opportunity for learning and networking, bringing together specialists to provide their different points of view and experiences to discuss business themes centered on the Pulp and Paper sector.” Bertoldo added that we are living in a scenario of constant changes and by gathering industry and academia professionals to discuss trends is of utmost importance for generating innovation and sharing good practices.

                          According to the president of the ABTCP 2019 Congress, the pulp and paper sector has always focused on the pursuit of product and process innovations to quickly respond to market changes and keep up with the evolution of customer needs. This further reinforces the relevance of the topic selected by ABTCP for this year’s event with a focus on boosting competitiveness. “The pursuit of new solutions is necessary for the survival of businesses and never stops. This pursuit refers to the ability to introduce and develop even better new products that satisfy customer demands and help conquer new markets, generating benefits for everyone,” said Bertoldo.

                          During the ABTCP Congress, says Bertoldo, a positive environment is created to show participants best practices in Management, Sustainability, Innovation, and the latest advancements in various technical areas. Additionally, International Paper Brazil’s executive points out that the event creates opportunities for developing knowledge and skills, promoting better operating efficiency and a lot of information exchanging, facilitating discussions about the latest technologies, operational improvements and business developments among the sector’s key players.

                          According to the president of the ABTCP 2019 Congress, Industry 4.0, also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, refers to a level of automation through the use of new technologies and use of intelligent machines, providing productivity gains, better quality and production, while also reducing costs. It is a new work model associated with technological progress.

                          “With evolution, industry is adopting technologies that will provide more operational flexibility for machinery and equipment, with greater capacity utilization and faster reaction times, to increase the productivity and profitability of businesses. However, it is important to point out that the use of human capabilities in processes is fundamental for everything to work in a seamless and efficient manner,” said Bertoldo, reflecting on the theme of this year’s ABTCP 2019 Congress: HUMANIZED TECHNOLOGY: products, innovation, design and culture in Industry 4.0.

                          For more information about ABTCP 2019: www.abtcp2019.org.br

                          Event date: October 22-24, 2019

                          Venue: Hotel Transamerica, in São Paulo/SP
                          Address: Av. Dr. Mário Villas Boas Rodrigues, 387 – Santo Amaro • São Paulo-SP-Brazil

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                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Wed, 12 Jun 2019 09:27:56 +0200
                            Valmet agrees on a major pulp and board technology delivery to Klabin in Brazil http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8113-valmet-agrees-on-a-major-pulp-and-board-technology-delivery-to-klabin-in-brazil http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8113-valmet-agrees-on-a-major-pulp-and-board-technology-delivery-to-klabin-in-brazil

                            Valmet has signed contracts for a large pulp and paper technology delivery to Klabin S.A. in Brazil. The order consist of a kraftliner machine (PM27), a new fiberline, a new continuous cooking and a pulp dryer rebuild. The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2019 orders received and the value of the order is around EUR 260-290 million.

                            Furthermore, Valmet and Klabin have signed Letters of Intent (LOI) for the delivery of a second kraftliner machine (PM28) and a second cooking and fiberline for which the final agreements are expected to be signed and delivery schedule to commence in May 2021.

                            valmet logo rgbThe now agreed order for the delivery of a kraftliner production line is Valmet's first large board making technology delivery to Brazil and means an important breakthrough to the Brazilian paper industry market for Valmet.

                            "Our upcoming new kraftliner production line will be the world's first production line for kraftliner made from 100 percent eucalyptus pulp. We have done, together with Valmet, a lot of conceptual and engineering developments for this innovative solution that will deliver a high performance kraftliner for the corrugated container industry," says Francisco César Razzolini, Industrial Technology, Innovation, Sustainability, Project and Pulp Business Officer at Klabin.

                            "This first major paper technology order enhances Valmet's position in the Brazilian market, where we have been so far especially known as a partner for pulp producers," says Jari Vähäpesola, President, Paper Business Line, Valmet.

                            The pulp technology delivery for its part will create the first reference for Valmet's new continuous cooking technology, CompactCooking G3, which was launched in 2018. Moreover, the rebuild of the pulp dryer will increase the capacity of the current pulp drying line delivered by Valmet in 2016.

                            "Klabin wanted a solution with high pulp quality to meet challenging end-product requirements with high availability and decided to trust Valmet to deliver this. This is a significant order for our pulp business in South America and proves the competitiveness of our new innovations in cooking and fiber line technology," says Bertel Karlstedt, President, Pulp and Energy business line, Valmet.

                            The employment impact of the krafliner production line (PM27) delivery is over 500 man years mainly in Europe, Brazil and China and of the pulp technology delivery almost 500 man years mainly in Finland, Sweden and Brazil.

                            Technical details of the delivery

                            Valmet will supply a complete kraftliner board production line with an extended scope of supply delivery, including a wide mill engineering package. The delivery consists of equipment for stock preparation system and approach flow system as well as a complete multiply kraftliner machine (PM 27) from headbox to reel, followed by a winder with automated transfer rails and roll handling systems. The delivery also includes air systems for the machine, a hall ventilation system as well as a wet end chemical system and surface starch preparation and sizer supply systems.

                            The automation delivery includes Valmet DNA Automation System for process and machine controls and Valmet IQ Quality Management Solution. A large Valmet Industrial Internet package with Manufacturing Execution System (MES) is included in the delivery as well as Valmet Paper Machine Clothing package for start-up for all machine clothing positions.

                            The 9,000-mm wide (wire) machine will produce high quality kraftliner and white top liner grades with a design basis weight range of 80-200 g/m2. The design speed of the machine will be 1,200 m/min and the design daily capacity 1,555 tonnes.

                            The cooking and fiber line delivery includes a complete cooking plant and fiber line with a capacity of 2000 ADt per day. The cooking plant features Valmet's next generation continuous cooking technology, CompactCooking G3, and includes ImpBin technology for steaming and impregnation of the wood chips. This two-vessel system provides excellent pulp quality with very low reject content. 

                            The cooking and fiber line is proven to be easy to maintain and delivers high yield, low energy consumption and high availability. The new cooking features improve the flexibility and deliver optimized bleachability especially for eucalyptus based hard wood production.

                            The pulp drying line upgrade includes e.g. a new baling line, automatic tail threading equipment, process equipment debottlenecking and roll handling line upgrade. These upgrades increase the capacity of both market pulp and fluff pulp production and improve safety. 

                            Information about the customer

                            Klabin S.A. is the biggest paper producer and exporter of paper for packaging in Brazil, it is the only company offering one-stop shop solutions in hardwood, softwood and fluff pulp, and the leader in corrugated board packaging and industrial bags. The company was founded in 1899, and it has 18 industrial plants units of which 17 in Brazil and one in Argentina.  

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

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

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

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                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Wed, 29 May 2019 08:54:49 +0200
                              ANDRITZ to supply major pulp production technologies and key process equipment for Klabin’s pulp mill in Brazil http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8112-andritz-to-supply-major-pulp-production-technologies-and-key-process-equipment-for-klabin-s-pulp-mill-in-brazil http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8112-andritz-to-supply-major-pulp-production-technologies-and-key-process-equipment-for-klabin-s-pulp-mill-in-brazil

                              International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from Klabin to supply energy-efficient and environmentally friendly pulp production technologies and key process equipment for Klabin’s “PUMA II” project in Ortigueira, Paraná, Brazil. The order value for ANDRITZ is in the range of approx. 190 million euros. Start-up has been scheduled in the second quarter of 2021.

                              This order once again confirms the excellent business relationship between ANDRITZ and Klabin. ANDRITZ also supplied major technologies and process equipment for Klabin’s pulp mill in Ortigueira (Puma Unit), which was started up successfully in 2016.

                              In 2016, ANDRITZ also delivered the Wood Processing Plant with four debarking and chipping lines, each having world record capacities (pine/euca 400/350 m3 sob/h) when started up in 2016. Photo: ANDRITZ In 2016, ANDRITZ also delivered the Wood Processing Plant with four debarking and chipping lines, each having world record capacities (pine/euca 400/350 m3 sob/h) when started up in 2016. Photo: ANDRITZ

                              For Puma II, the ANDRITZ scope of supply includes the following equipment, to be supplied on full EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction) basis:

                              • A complete Wood Processing Plant using the same proven technology as the existing ANDRITZ woodyard for the Puma Unit line; including two eucalyptus debarking and chipping lines, chip storage with 360° stacker-reclaimer, chip screening, bark handling with ANDRITZ BioCrushers, bark storage, and a purchased biomass receiving system for the new power boiler. Each debarking line can process both eucalyptus and pine with world record capacities (pine/euca 400/350 m3 sob/h) and consists of an ANDRITZ debarking drum, which provides excellent debarking results with very low wood losses, and the unique, horizontally fed HHQ-Chipper (XL model), ensuring high capacity without compromising on chip quality.
                              • The white liquor plant delivered by ANDRITZ in 2016 for Klabin’s pulp mill in Ortigueira, Paraná, Brazil, has one of the world’s largest recausticizing plants, with 16,000 m3 white liquor production daily. Photo: ANDRITZThe white liquor plant delivered by ANDRITZ in 2016 for Klabin’s pulp mill in Ortigueira, Paraná, Brazil, has one of the world’s largest recausticizing plants, with 16,000 m3 white liquor production daily. Photo: ANDRITZAn ANDRITZ HERB Recovery Boiler for a combustion capacity of 3,300 tds/d with high steam parameters of 103 bar(a) and 502°C to maximize power generation. The HERB recovery boiler features energy-efficient recovery from gases cooling and feed water preheating technology to maximize steam production for power generation. It is designed for long operating periods without requiring wash water. ANDRITZ’s delivery includes state-of-the-art sootblowing control technology. Optimum sootblowing results are controlled by ANDRITZ’s lastest technology innovations: the Hanging Heat-Transfer Surface Weight Indicator (HEWI) and the sootblowing Advanced Control Expert (ACE).       
                              • A complete White Liquor Plant, consisting of the same technology as the mill’s existing ANDRITZ white liquor plant in the Puma unit. The new recaustizing plant (5,000 m3/d capacity) includes efficient green liquor filtration with LimeGreen filters – producing clean green liquor and minimizing waste to landfill, white liquor filtration with a LimeWhite filter – maximizing the white liquor quality, and efficient lime mud filtration with a LimeDry filter - ensuring high lime mud dryness, which results in low heat consumption in the kiln. The LimeKiln has a multifuel burner and capacity of 450 t/d.
                              • A Power Boiler based on ANDRITZ EcoFluid Bubbling Fluidized Bed (BFB) technology. The scope of supply includes a biomass-fired boiler with flue gas cleaning and other auxiliary equipment. The new Power Boiler is combined with the Recovery Boiler to form a “Boiler Island”, and some of the auxiliary equipment is shared between the two boilers. This provides savings in both investment and operating costs. The capacity of the boiler is 220 t/h of superheated steam, which is brought to a steam turbine shared with the Recovery Boiler. The fuels used are bark and wood rejects from the mill.

                              The ANDRITZ order also includes some items for the existing Puma Unit pulp line:

                              • Wood Processing Plant rebuild to increase capacities in the 360° stacker-reclaimers and conveyors, and
                              • Preparation for the eucalyptus and pine cooking feeding systems, densities expected in the future, addition of a first stage for oxygen delignification and ANDRITZ Stirox white liquor oxidation for the eucalyptus line.

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

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                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Wed, 29 May 2019 08:49:18 +0200
                                Kathy Buckman Gibson named Woman of the Year http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8097-kathy-buckman-gibson-named-woman-of-the-year http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8097-kathy-buckman-gibson-named-woman-of-the-year

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

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

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

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

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

                                About Buckman

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

                                About KBG Technologies

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

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                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 09 May 2019 23:11:13 +0200
                                  Valmet to supply a quality management solution to Cartones Ponderosa in Mexico http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8084-valmet-to-supply-a-quality-management-solution-to-cartones-ponderosa-in-mexico http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8084-valmet-to-supply-a-quality-management-solution-to-cartones-ponderosa-in-mexico

                                  Valmet will supply a Valmet IQ Quality Management Solution to Cartones Ponderosa's cartonboard machine BM1 in Mexico. The comprehensive solution will improve machine efficiency and the overall end-product quality.

                                  The order was included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2018 orders received. Typically, the value of these kinds of automation system deliveries is below EUR two million.

                                  "This project gives our customer the most complete and innovative single quality management solution of all Mexican mills. It provides measurements for fiber analysis online, coating characteristics, such as surface topography, and PPS (Parker Print Surf) direct photographic readings for printability predictions. With our solution, the mill can achieve its desired end-product properties with improved efficiency," says Miguel Sagahon, Sales Manager, Automation, Valmet.

                                  Valmet will supply a Valmet IQ Quality Management Solution to Cartones Ponderosa's cartonboard machine BM1 in Mexico.Valmet will supply a Valmet IQ Quality Management Solution to Cartones Ponderosa's cartonboard machine BM1 in Mexico.

                                  Information about Valmet's delivery

                                  Valmet's delivery consists of a Valmet IQ Quality Control System (QCS) with three scanners and related measurements and controls. The scope of basis weight, coating and moisture measurements and controls is complemented with surface topography, fiber orientation, optical caliper as well as gloss measurements and controls. This will open up an opportunity for a deep, unrivaled analysis of the paper structure and quality properties.

                                  Valmet IQ Steam Profiler and Valmet IQ Induction Profiler provide effective moisture and caliper profile management to improve production efficiency and board quality. The Valmet IQ profilers feature advanced self-diagnostics and a compact design for easy maintenance and installation.

                                  Information about the customer Cartones Ponderosa

                                  Cartones Ponderosa, based in Mexico, produces and supplies recycled coated board for the manufacture of folding cartons. The company produces more than 50% of the total Mexican recycled coated board grades and is the only exporter in its field. Located in San Juan del Río, Querétaro, the mill started production in 1979 with a total capacity of 66,000 tons per year. At present, it produces 240,000 tons per year and is continuously investing in its boxboard machine, making it one of the most productive and efficient machines on the continent.

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

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

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

                                  Read more www.valmet.com

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                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Tue, 07 May 2019 10:04:47 +0200
                                    BIDITUP & Maynards Announces Liquidation of the Complete Facility and Total Assets of Oregon Paper Mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8080-biditup-maynards-announces-liquidation-of-the-complete-facility-and-total-assets-of-oregon-paper-mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8080-biditup-maynards-announces-liquidation-of-the-complete-facility-and-total-assets-of-oregon-paper-mill

                                    logo biditupBIDITUP Auctions and Appraisals Worldwide and Maynards, global leaders in asset conversion is announcing that the entire plant and assets of West Linn Paper Mill will soon be coming to auction. West Linn Paper Mill is closing its door after 128 years as one of the Oregon’s premier industrial businesses. This significant 2-day global “online only” webcast auction of some of the most sought-after assets in the paper milling industry will take place on Wednesday and Thursday June 19th & 20th, 2018, starting each day at 8AM PDT.

                                    There are over 2,000 lots in this huge sale. Featured assets include:

                                    • • Complete Fourdrinier Paper Machines (3)
                                    • • Coating Plant
                                    • • Stock Preparation System Equipment
                                    • • Lamb-Grey Roll Wrapping Line
                                    • • Maxson Sheeter
                                    • • Shop Equipment including: Lab Equipment, Store Rooms, Tool Rooms & Machine Shops
                                    • • Rolling Stock including: Forklifts, Scissor Lifts, Roll Clamp Trucks, Industrial Carts & Golf Carts
                                    • • Misc. Shop Equipment, Spares & Tools, Electrical, Plant Support Equipment
                                    • • Plus Much More!

                                    For a catalog and complete listing of the assets for sale, please visit us on the web at www.biditup.com.

                                    "A sale of this magnitude is really a very important development for the any customers in the paper milling industry -- especially those who are looking to upgrade, update or add to their services and equipment with high-quality assets from a well-established company,” said Steven Mattes, CEO of BIDITUP. “With over 2000 lots being offered, this opportunity should provide interest to our customers in all industries, as there is literally something for everyone in all asset categories,” Mattes added.

                                    This global “online only” webcast auction will commence at 8AM PDT on Wednesday June 19th and Thursday June 20th, 2018.  Assets will be available for inspection at West Linn Paper Mill, 4800 Mill Street, West Linn, Oregon 97068. Inspections will take place on Monday, June 17th and Tuesday, May

                                    18th from 9am - 4pm OR By Appointment. For more information please call 818-508-7034 or contact us

                                    at smattes@biditup.com.

                                    BIDITUP Auctions Worldwide (www.biditup.com) is a subsidiary of Industrial Assets and was established in 1977 and is a global leader in asset conversion and provides auction, real estate, and appraisal

                                    services to a comprehensive array of markets. The company is recognized as one of the world's leaders in the auction industry.

                                    Maynards Industries (www.maynards.com) was founded in 1902. As auctioneers with an established global presence, Maynards conducts over 100 asset auctions and liquidations each year worldwide.

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                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Sun, 05 May 2019 10:56:46 +0200
                                      Valmet continues to strengthen its stable business by acquiring J&L Fiber Services Inc. in the U.S. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8076-valmet-continues-to-strengthen-its-stable-business-by-acquiring-j-l-fiber-services-inc-in-the-u-s http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8076-valmet-continues-to-strengthen-its-stable-business-by-acquiring-j-l-fiber-services-inc-in-the-u-s

                                      Valmet has on May 1, 2019 completed the acquisition of J&L Fiber Services Inc., a manufacturer and provider of refiner segments to the pulp, paper and fiberboard industry. The company is located in Wisconsin, U.S. The enterprise value of the acquisition is approximately EUR 51 million on a cash and debt free basis subject to ordinary post-closing adjustments.

                                      valmet logoJ&L Fiber Services manufactures and supplies low-consistency refiner segments that are important wear parts used in pulp and paper production, complementing Valmet's offering in refiner segments. It also supplies high-consistency refiner segments that are used in thermomechanical pulping and medium density fiberboard (MDF) refining.

                                      In the last twelve months, the company had net sales of approximately EUR 30 million with an EBITA margin of around 15 percent. The acquired operations employ about 100 people, most of whom are located in Wisconsin, U.S. J&L Fiber Services operates globally through a sales representative and distribution network. Over 75 percent of its sales goes to North America. The acquired business becomes a part of Valmet's Services business line, as Waukesha Service Center.

                                      "We are continuously strengthening our stable business, meaning Services and Automation. The recent acquisition of North America -based GL&V is now followed by adding J&L Fiber Services' complementary refiner segment products to our services offering. This acquisition also further strengthens our local presence especially in North America. I warmly welcome the 100 new employees to become part of the Valmet team and into our strong, global Services organization," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.

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

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

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

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                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Sat, 04 May 2019 22:54:17 +0200
                                        Verso Announces Closure of Paper Mill in Luke, Maryland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8074-verso-announces-closure-of-paper-mill-in-luke-maryland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8074-verso-announces-closure-of-paper-mill-in-luke-maryland

                                        Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) has just announced it will permanently close its paper mill in Luke, Maryland, in response to the continuing decline in customer demand for the grades of coated freesheet paper produced at the mill, along with rising input costs, a significant influx of imports, and rising compliance costs and infrastructure challenges associated with recent environmental regulation changes. The closure, which is expected to be complete by June 30, will reduce Verso's coated freesheet production capacity by approximately 450,000 tons, reducing total annual paper production capacity to approximately 2.7 million tons.

                                        Verso Logo"It is unfortunate that we had to make the decision to close the Luke Mill, but the continuing decline in demand for the grades of paper manufactured there left us no choice but to close this facility that has struggled with profitability for a number of years," said Verso Interim Chief Executive Officer Leslie T. Lederer. "The company explored the possibility of producing alternate grades of paper products but the conclusion remained the same – we could not achieve profitability at the mill in today's market environment.  Consistently matching the supply of our graphic paper products with customer demand for these products, reducing our costs and rapidly diversifying our product portfolio into growing markets remain essential drivers for Verso's long-term success, and we continue to vigorously pursue these objectives."  

                                        Most of the Luke Mill's paper grades are already qualified to be produced on other Verso paper machines, and the company is working to assure all customer needs are met, according to Verso President of Graphic and Specialty Papers Michael A. Weinhold.  "Because Verso is continually evaluating the best use of our highly flexible manufacturing system to assure we deliver the quality, reliability and value our customers depend on, our Luke Mill customers can remain confident in Verso's ability to meet their needs now and in the future," he said.  "We will be working closely with our customers to assure they continue to receive the high quality products and exceptional service they have come to expect from Verso."

                                        Approximately 675 employees will be impacted by the closure of the Luke Mill.  Employees were notified in accordance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act that their last day of employment with Verso is expected to be June 30.  Eligible hourly employees will receive a severance allowance in accordance with local collective bargaining agreements, and the company will begin effects bargaining with the local unions soon.  Salaried employees will receive a severance allowance in accordance with Verso's established severance policy.  In compliance with the WARN Act, Verso sent notification of the decision to close the mill to the appropriate authorities in Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia, and will continue to work with state and local officials to help Luke Mill employees take full advantage of all available support resources.

                                        "The decision to close this mill that has been in operation for more than 130 years was an extremely difficult one, and is in no way a reflection on the dedicated men and women who work there," Lederer said.  "We know that this will be an extraordinarily emotional and challenging time for our Luke Mill team, and Verso is committed to treating them with fairness, respect and dignity during this difficult time. We will also do our utmost to ensure employee safety during the transition. I want to thank each and every member of the Luke team for their hard work and dedicated service to the mill, to Verso and to our customers."

                                        About Verso
                                        Verso Corporation is the turn-to company for those looking to successfully navigate the complexities of paper sourcing and performance. A leading North American producer of specialty and graphic papers, packaging and pulp, Verso provides insightful solutions that help drive improved customer efficiency, productivity, brand awareness and business results. Verso's long-standing reputation for quality and reliability is directly tied to our vision to be a company with passion that is respected and trusted by all. Verso's passion is rooted in ethical business practices that demand safe workplaces for our employees and sustainable wood sourcing for our products. This passion, combined with our flexible manufacturing capabilities and an unmatched commitment to product performance, delivery and service, make Verso a preferred choice among commercial printers, paper merchants and brokers, converters, publishers and other end users. For more information, visit us online at versoco.com

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                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Sat, 04 May 2019 22:21:01 +0200
                                          Resolute Announces Four-Year Renewal of U.S. Labor Agreements http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8067-resolute-announces-four-year-renewal-of-u-s-labor-agreements http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8067-resolute-announces-four-year-renewal-of-u-s-labor-agreements

                                          Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) has just announced a four-year renewal of the master collective agreement covering unionized employees of three U.S. pulp, paper and tissue mills. Unionized employees voted overwhelmingly to ratify the agreement at facilities in Calhoun (Tennessee), Augusta (Georgia) and Coosa Pines (Alabama).   

                                          abiti122011"We are pleased to have reached agreement prior to contract expiration, indicative of our collaborative working relationship. As we look ahead, we have enhanced operational stability as, together, we focus on improving efficiency and the overall competitive position of these mills," said Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer. "Our continued union/management partnership serves the best interests of our employees, customers, shareholders and a range of other stakeholders."

                                          The agreement takes effect for the Calhoun pulp, paper and tissue mill in May 2019 and runs through April 2023, in addition to spanning the four-year period between May 2020 and April 2024 for the Augusta newsprint mill and Coosa Pines fluff pulp operation.   Approximately 775 unionized employees are covered by the agreement and are represented by the United Steelworkers (USW), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the U.S. and Canada (UA). The agreement improves wages in each of its four years. 

                                          About Resolute Forest Products

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

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

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                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 03 May 2019 14:06:45 +0200
                                            Voith and TSP form joint venture http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8061-voith-and-tsp-form-joint-venture http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8061-voith-and-tsp-form-joint-venture

                                            Voith and TSP, a leading American technology service company, have launched a new joint venture – TSP OnCare Digital Assets Inc.

                                            “With the new joint venture between Voith and TSP, Voith is enlarging its footprint in North America in the important field of automation and digitalization services. With TSP, we have the right partner to expand our customer base and tap into new markets,” states Marcos Blumer, Executive Vice President & COO of Voith Digital Ventures.

                                            • Joint venture will be one of the main QCS service providers in the United States
                                            • Combined market share of more than 20 percent in the United States
                                            • Voith greatly expands its capabilities for automation and digital products services
                                            • The joint venture will continue to provide multi-vendor service and support for all OEMs

                                            voith logo 2013The new company TSP OnCare Digital Assets, in which Voith holds the majority, will be led by a united management team comprised of both Voith Digital Ventures and TSP. The company is headed by Stephan Keuschnigg-Zingl, Senior Vice President Automation Services and Upgrades at Voith Digital Ventures North America. This approach to leadership will utilize the combined expertise of both companies while ensuring consistency and continuity for customers.

                                            “The strategic position of TSP OnCare Digital Assets to support all digital systems within our customers’ complex environment is reducing complexity and risk in the plant maintenance of our customers’ digital assets,” said Stephan Keuschnigg-Zingl, President TSP OnCare Digital Assets “and is complimented with a lean, flexible service organization and strong training and recruiting capabilities.”

                                            TSP OnCare Digital Assets will combine the business strengths of both companies to provide a superior, multi-vendor service experience for all OEMs, combining more than 20 percent of the market in paper machine quality control systems (QCS) and monitoring systems services. As part of an ongoing and continuous effort to serve all systems within a customer’s complex environment, TSP OnCare Digital Assets is dedicated to invest in employee training to maximize capabilities and in remote service and training systems.

                                            “Our primary business purpose is to provide excellent service to our industrial automation customers,” said Rick Skaggs, Director TSP OnCare Digital Assets and President and founder of TSP. “Our customers can expect to continue receiving superior service, now strengthened by Voith’s technology expertise.”

                                            To learn more about TSP OnCare Digital Assets Inc. visit www.oncaredigitalassets.com

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

                                            The Group Division Voith Digital Ventures bundles the Voith Group’s long standing automation and IT expertise with the deep know-how in the fields of hydropower, paper machines and drive engineering. As an incubator, this Group Division is pushing for the development of new digital products and services. For decisively shaping the digitalization of mechanical and plant engineering, Voith is driving the industrial Internet of things (IIoT) forward. The Group Division plays a central role in digital innovations and applications for new markets as well as the development and responsibility for existing and new digital venture activities.

                                            About TSP
                                            Founded in 2002, TSP is an award-winning and customer-endorsed technology service company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. From data center and network services to backup and disaster recovery, TSP’s product is its people, dedicated #TSProckstars who share the goal of providing an entirely positive, above and beyond service experience. A certified minority-owned business servicing companies throughout the United States and Canada, TSP offers a wide range of customized IT services and solutions tailored for each clients’ business needs.

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                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 03 May 2019 13:45:10 +0200
                                              iDEAL® forged YD: a new state-of-the-art Yankee has been shipped to Mexico http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8058-ideal-forged-yd-a-new-state-of-the-art-yankee-has-been-shipped-to-mexico http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8058-ideal-forged-yd-a-new-state-of-the-art-yankee-has-been-shipped-to-mexico

                                              More and more affirmations for the A.Celli’s forged steel patented solution.

                                              A.Celli Paper is pleased to announce the delivery of another iDEAL® Forged_YD new generation Yankee.

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                                              Particularly, we are talking about a valuable collaboration with the Mexican customer Grupo Corporativo Papelera, sealed with an agreement for the supply of a new generation iDEAL® Forged_YD – 16” Yankee Cylinder for the El Tepetloxto plant, in Mexico.

                                              iDEAL® forged YD is the new production technology, conceived and patented by A.Celli Paper, which allows us to make cylinders with a seamless shell, starting from a single piece of steel that is shaped and worked with hot forging and rolling systems.

                                              The result is a homogenized and high-quality manufacturing material structure.

                                              A.Celli Paper iDEAL® forged YD: the future of Steel Yankee Dryers!

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                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Fri, 03 May 2019 12:45:28 +0200
                                                AstenJohnson and Heimbach to merge their PMC businesses http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8056-astenjohnson-and-heimbach-to-merge-their-pmc-businesses http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8056-astenjohnson-and-heimbach-to-merge-their-pmc-businesses

                                                The shareholders and boards of AstenJohnson and Heimbach are in advanced negotiations to merge the Paper Machine Clothing and Advanced Fabric businesses of both companies. Together they employ over 3,400 employees globally, with manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. The merger is subject to further due diligence and approval by competition law authorities and is expected to close in the second half of 2019. The Heimbach Technical Textiles and Filtration businesses and the AstenJohnson Eagle Nonwovens and Foss Performance Materials businesses will not be part of the transaction.

                                                astenjohnson logoTogether, these companies share a history of family ownership that dates back well over 200 years. This common foundation will result in exceptional value and support for our customers globally. In addition, we believe this long-term orientation and ability to exceed customer expectations will ensure ongoing stability for employees worldwide. 

                                                AstenJohnson and Heimbach have a lasting association as global partners in technology. There is a deep respect between these two companies, noted for their quality of people, inventive solutions and products. The combination of AstenJohnson and Heimbach presents an unparalleled opportunity to provide our customers in the pulp and paper industry with a unique world-class suite of products, services and solutions.  

                                                As we get regulatory approval and move forward, we will provide our employees and customers with additional details regarding our next steps to unlock the value in this merger.

                                                About AstenJohnson
                                                AstenJohnson is a global manufacturer of pulp & paper machine clothing, advanced and filtration fabrics, filaments, and nonwoven fabrics for filtration, automotive, cured-in-place piping and composites. As a supplier to the paper industry since 1790, it has a thorough knowledge of technical textiles and processes – and knows how to apply its expertise to help customers be more profitable. The company employs approximately 2,100 people. Its corporate headquarters is in Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

                                                About Heimbach Group
                                                Heimbach is one of the world‘s leading suppliers of innovative products and services supplying Paper Machine Clothing to the paper industry. Their main expertise is in development, manufacture and sales of forming fabrics, press felts, dryer fabrics and transfer belts for paper machines – worldwide. Nine production sites provide employment for a 1,300 strong work force. Their technologically advanced products come with comprehensive customer service and on-site technical support.

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                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 03 May 2019 10:40:43 +0200
                                                  Verso Corporation Announces Executive Leadership Change http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8055-verso-corporation-announces-executive-leadership-change http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8055-verso-corporation-announces-executive-leadership-change

                                                  Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) has just announced that B. Christopher DiSantis has stepped down as President and Chief Executive Officer and member of the Verso Corporation board of directors effective as of April 5, 2019.  Leslie Lederer, former chairman, interim president and CEO of Catalyst Paper Company, has been named as interim Chief Executive Officer as of April 5 in order to ensure a smooth transition until such time as a permanent CEO has been identified and retained.  Verso's board of directors intends to undertake a robust succession process to find a successor for DiSantis, including a search process that will include internal and external candidates.

                                                  Verso Logo"On behalf of the entire board, I want to thank Mr. DiSantis for his leadership and contributions to Verso's success and wish him the best in his future endeavors," said Co-Chairman of the Board Alan Carr.  Co-Chairman Gene Davis added, "We are thrilled to have Les join us and, given his industry expertise and proven leadership qualities, we look forward to him leading our talented and experienced team."

                                                  "I feel honored and privileged to have been part of Verso's leadership team and board," DiSantis said.  "The economic turnaround driven by Verso's management and associates is a great victory for stockholders.  I leave the company in capable hands, poised for continued success and wish my many colleagues the brightest of futures."

                                                  About Verso Corporation
                                                  Verso Corporation is the turn-to company for those looking to successfully navigate the complexities of paper sourcing and performance. A leading North American producer of specialty and graphic papers, packaging and pulp, Verso provides insightful solutions that help drive improved customer efficiency, productivity, brand awareness and business results. Verso's long-standing reputation for quality and reliability is directly tied to our vision to be a company with passion that is respected and trusted by all. Verso's passion is rooted in ethical business practices that demand safe workplaces for our employees and sustainable wood sourcing for our products. This passion, combined with our flexible manufacturing capabilities and an unmatched commitment to product performance, delivery and service, make Verso a preferred choice among commercial printers, paper merchants and brokers, converters, publishers and other end users. For more information, visit us online at www.versoco.com 

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                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 03 May 2019 10:38:19 +0200
                                                    Leading paper manufacturer PANASA profits from green energy http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8039-leading-paper-manufacturer-panasa-profits-from-green-energy http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8039-leading-paper-manufacturer-panasa-profits-from-green-energy

                                                    Global paper manufacturer and distributor PAPELERA NACIONAL S.A. (PANASA) is enhancing its sustainability with a new Global Water & Energy (GWE) wastewater treatment plant in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

                                                    The GWE anaerobic plant will convert organic contamination present in the wastewater to up to 4,200 Nm3 of biogas, which when utilized as a fuel, is an equivalent of 2,818 kg fuel oil per day.

                                                    PANASA has been producing Kraft paper since 1968. Throughout the years the company has increased its production, installed new equipment and optimized fiber control and preparation processes. 50 years later, it can produce 18 times more paper, with annual production volumes exceeding 180,000 metric tons.

                                                    By choosing GWE’s solution, PANASA has the opportunity to tackle two of the most significant problems faced by the pulp and paper industry – efficient wastewater treatment and fossil fuel dependency.

                                                    PANASA’s Global Water & Energy wastewater treatment plant in EcuadorPANASA’s Global Water & Energy wastewater treatment plant in Ecuador

                                                    Turning problem into profit

                                                    The organic contamination present in the PANASA’s wastewater stream will be converted to biogas by GWE’s ANUBIXTM – T Expanded Granular Sludge Bed (EGSB).

                                                    “ANUBIX™-T reactors are designed with a focus on minimal maintenance and operational requirements. Their tower-like design also saves a significant amount of space compared with other wastewater treatment plant designs,” says GWE, which has more than 400 high-efficiency wastewater treatment projects in 64 countries. GWE recently rebranded from Global Water Engineering to reflect a growing focus on green energy generation.

                                                    “The high efficiency of the wastewater treatment system helps to reduce the environmental footprint of forward-thinking companies like PANASA,” says GWE.

                                                    The savings produced by replacing fossil fuels will ultimately cover the entire cost of the wastewater treatment plant and then go on producing profit virtually in perpetuity, says GWE.

                                                    GWE’s ANUBIX™-T, including auxiliary equipment and tanks, was chosen after a thorough supplier selection process. GWE’s new waste-to-energy technologies will be incorporated into PANASA’s existing aerobic wastewater treatment facilities as a turn-key project.

                                                    “Selection of the ANUBIX™-T turn-key solution is a testament to the engineering ingenuity of the system, and the hard work of the entire GWE team in making sure all of PANASA’s needs were met,” says GWE.

                                                    ANUBIX™-T ultra-high loading rate anaerobic reactor

                                                    GWE’s ANUBIX™-T can be used for the anaerobic treatment of wastewater streams in a broad range of applications, including breweries, soft drinks and other beverages production, paper mills, starch production, and many others.

                                                    ANUBIX™-T is an ultra-high loading-rate system utilizing expanded granular sludge bed technology. It is suitable for high-strength wastewaters with organic content up to 15,000 mg/l.

                                                    GWE has ANUBIX™-T installations in several countries globally, where the generated biogas is often used to power boilers, or sold back to the grid for a profit.

                                                    At the project design phase, additional provisions can be implemented for pre-settling of solids, heating, cooling, CO2 degasification, and inline neutralization, to customize the installation to suit unique requirements.

                                                    The ANUBIX™-T reactor is capable of handling very high loading rates of up to 25 kg COD/m³/d, depending on the type of wastewater.

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                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Thu, 11 Apr 2019 21:03:37 +0200
                                                      Valmet to deliver fifth tissue production line to Papel San Francisco in Mexico http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8032-valmet-to-deliver-fifth-tissue-production-line-to-papel-san-francisco-in-mexico http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8032-valmet-to-deliver-fifth-tissue-production-line-to-papel-san-francisco-in-mexico

                                                      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.

                                                      Valmet Advantage DCT 100TS tissue machineValmet Advantage DCT 100TS tissue machine

                                                      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.

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                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Fri, 29 Mar 2019 09:05:57 +0100
                                                        Technidyne showcases emtec´s innovations at the PaperCon 2019 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8029-technidyne-showcases-emtec-s-innovations-at-the-papercon-2019 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8029-technidyne-showcases-emtec-s-innovations-at-the-papercon-2019

                                                        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.

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                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 29 Mar 2019 08:39:50 +0100
                                                          Domtar Corporation Connects Old Pointe Elementary Students and Local Law Enforcement Through PaperPal™ Handwriting Program http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8024-domtar-corporation-connects-old-pointe-elementary-students-and-local-law-enforcement-through-paperpal-handwriting-program http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8024-domtar-corporation-connects-old-pointe-elementary-students-and-local-law-enforcement-through-paperpal-handwriting-program

                                                          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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                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 26 Mar 2019 08:30:09 +0100
                                                            Clearwater Paper Launches NuVo® Cup Paperboard Solution http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8022-clearwater-paper-launches-nuvo-cup-paperboard-solution http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8022-clearwater-paper-launches-nuvo-cup-paperboard-solution

                                                            Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE: CLW) has just introduced NuVo®, a new brand of cup stock paperboard that provides foodservice operators choice and differentiation through customized material to fit their specific brand needs. The newly-branded cup stock paperboard is now available to Clearwater Paper’s customers.

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                                                            “We are excited to introduce NuVo to our customers, with a quality standard that we believe stands apart from any other paperboard cup product in the market,” said Steve Bowden, senior vice president of the pulp and paperboard division. “Our newly-branded NuVo products are an important part of our plan at Clearwater Paper to offer innovative and sustainable solutions that fit the evolving needs of our customers.”

                                                            NuVo is distinct, offering an option of up to 32% post-consumer recycled fiber. Operators may also choose an enhanced surface technology which offers uniform and consistent ink coverage, a premium white shade and a high definition process print capability. The brand also offers Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) chain of custody certification which helps operators show their commitment to sustainability.

                                                            NuVo is a brand promise that Clearwater Paper intends to continually evolve to provide customers innovative choices to maximize differentiation and sustainability.

                                                            ABOUT CLEARWATER PAPER

                                                            Clearwater Paper manufactures quality consumer tissue, away-from-home tissue, parent roll tissue, bleached paperboard and pulp at manufacturing facilities across the nation. The company is a premier supplier of private label tissue to major retailers and wholesale distributors, including grocery, drug, mass merchants and discount stores. In addition, the company produces bleached paperboard used by quality-conscious printers and packaging converters, and offers services that include custom sheeting, slitting and cutting. Clearwater Paper's employees build shareholder value by developing strong customer relationships through quality and service.

                                                            Source: Clearwater Paper Corporation

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                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 26 Mar 2019 08:18:43 +0100
                                                              Leading paper manufacturer PANASA profits from green energy http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8018-leading-paper-manufacturer-panasa-profits-from-green-energy http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8018-leading-paper-manufacturer-panasa-profits-from-green-energy

                                                              Global paper manufacturer and distributor PAPELERA NACIONAL S.A. (PANASA) is enhancing its sustainability with a new Global Water & Energy (GWE) wastewater treatment plant in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

                                                              The GWE anaerobic plant will convert organic contamination present in the wastewater to up to 4,200 Nm3 of biogas, which when utilized as a fuel, is an equivalent of 2,818 kg fuel oil per day.

                                                               PANASA’s Global Water & Energy wastewater treatment plant in EcuadorPANASA’s Global Water & Energy wastewater treatment plant in Ecuador

                                                              PANASA has been producing Kraft paper since 1968. Throughout the years the company has increased its production, installed new equipment and optimized fiber control and preparation processes. 50 years later, it can produce 18 times more paper, with annual production volumes exceeding 180,000 metric tons.

                                                              By choosing GWE’s solution, PANASA has the opportunity to tackle two of the most significant problems faced by the pulp and paper industry – efficient wastewater treatment and fossil fuel dependency.

                                                              Turning problem into profit

                                                              The organic contamination present in the PANASA’s wastewater stream will be converted to biogas by GWE’s ANUBIXTM – T Expanded Granular Sludge Bed (EGSB).

                                                              “ANUBIX™-T reactors are designed with a focus on minimal maintenance and operational requirements. Their tower-like design also saves a significant amount of space compared with other wastewater treatment plant designs,” says GWE, which has more than 400 high-efficiency wastewater treatment projects in 64 countries. GWE recently rebranded from Global Water Engineering to reflect a growing focus on green energy generation.

                                                              “The high efficiency of the wastewater treatment system helps to reduce the environmental footprint of forward-thinking companies like PANASA,” says GWE.

                                                              The savings produced by replacing fossil fuels will ultimately cover the entire cost of the wastewater treatment plant and then go on producing profit virtually in perpetuity, says GWE.

                                                              GWE’s ANUBIX™-T, including auxiliary equipment and tanks, was chosen after a thorough supplier selection process. GWE’s new waste-to-energy technologies will be incorporated into PANASA’s existing aerobic wastewater treatment facilities as a turn-key project.

                                                              “Selection of the ANUBIX™-T turn-key solution is a testament to the engineering ingenuity of the system, and the hard work of the entire GWE team in making sure all of PANASA’s needs were met,” says GWE.

                                                              ANUBIX™-T ultra-high loading rate anaerobic reactor

                                                              GWE’s ANUBIX™-T can be used for the anaerobic treatment of wastewater streams in a broad range of applications, including breweries, soft drinks and other beverages production, paper mills, starch production, and many others.

                                                              ANUBIX™-T is an ultra-high loading-rate system utilizing expanded granular sludge bed technology. It is suitable for high-strength wastewaters with organic content up to 15,000 mg/l.

                                                              GWE has ANUBIX™-T installations in several countries globally, where the generated biogas is often used to power boilers, or sold back to the grid for a profit.

                                                              At the project design phase, additional provisions can be implemented for pre-settling of solids, heating, cooling, CO2 degasification, and inline neutralization, to customize the installation to suit unique requirements.

                                                              The ANUBIX™-T reactor is capable of handling very high loading rates of up to 25 kg COD/m³/d, depending on the type of wastewater.

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                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Mon, 25 Mar 2019 08:01:27 +0100
                                                                Solenis TopScreen™ Barrier Coating Technology Named One of World’s Best in NextGen Cup Design Challenge http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8011-solenis-topscreen-barrier-coating-technology-named-one-of-world-s-best-in-nextgen-cup-design-challenge http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8011-solenis-topscreen-barrier-coating-technology-named-one-of-world-s-best-in-nextgen-cup-design-challenge

                                                                Solenis has been named as one of only 12 winners in the NextGen Cup Challenge, a global innovation competition backed by giants of the food-service industry to redesign and create a widely recyclable and/or compostable fiber hot and cold to-go cup. The Challenge attracted nearly 500 entries from more than 50 countries.

                                                                Solenis received the award in the Innovative Cup Liners category for its TopScreen™ recyclable and compostable barrier coatings technology.

                                                                Solenis TopScreen barrier coatings are suitable for packaging applications that require specific liquid/moisture vapor barrier properties and can replace barriers composed of polyethylene (PE). In the same family are formulations designed to replace perfluorocarbon (PFC) in a variety of applications where grease resistance and moisture vapor barrier properties are required.

                                                                Solenis TopScreen™ recyclable and compostable barrier coatings technology replaces plastic liners for fiber to-go cups.Solenis TopScreen™ recyclable and compostable barrier coatings technology replaces plastic liners for fiber to-go cups.

                                                                TopScreen formulations are produced with a minimum or no fossil fuel components and a maximum of sustainably sourced raw materials. Ideal as a more sustainable and cost-effective barrier option for PE-free cups, Solenis TopScreen barrier coatings can be used to produce fully recyclable and repulpable paper and paperboard packaging. TopScreen barrier coatings can be applied on paper machine coaters or offline coating equipment, providing flexibility for cup makers and utilization of existing cup-making equipment. As a truly global materials supplier, Solenis is uniquely positioned to implement the TopScreen barrier coating solution for paper cups anywhere in the world.

                                                                More than 250 billion fiber to-go cups are used annually. The PE lining that keeps them from leaking also prevents them from being recycled or composted. Instead, they wind up in landfills or waterways, contributing to the growing plastics pollution problem.

                                                                The NextGen Cup Challenge was initiated by the NextGen Consortium, a multi-year partnership of leading food-service industry players convened by Closed Loop Partners to address single-use food packaging waste globally. 

                                                                “This is outstanding recognition for the great work done over the past several years by our research and development team,” said Larry Hutchinson, Solenis global market development manager for Consumer Board. “The demand for a more sustainable paper cup is growing worldwide and this award confirms that Solenis is among the leaders in providing an immediate and viable solution.”

                                                                About Solenis

                                                                Solenis is a leading global producer of specialty chemicals for water intensive industries, including the pulp, paper, oil and gas, chemical processing, mining, biorefining, power and municipal markets. The company’s product portfolio includes a broad array of process, functional and water treatment chemistries as well as state-of-the-art monitoring and control systems. These technologies are used by customers to improve operational efficiencies, enhance product quality, protect plant assets and minimize environmental impact. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, the company has 41 manufacturing facilities strategically located around the globe and employs a team of approximately 5,200 professionals in 120 countries across five continents. For additional information about Solenis, please visit www.solenis.com.

                                                                About Closed Loop Partners
                                                                Closed Loop Partners (CLP) is an investment platform that invests in sustainable consumer goods, recycling and the development of the circular economy. Investors include many of the world’s largest consumer goods companies and family offices interested in investments that provide strong financials returns and tangible social impact. In 2018, CLP launched the Center for Circular Economy, a New York City-based collaboration center for innovators to commercialize products, services and technologies that are leading the transition from a linear take, make, waste economy to a restorative one in which materials are shared, re-used, and continuously cycled. Learn more at www.closedlooppartners.com

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                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 11 Mar 2019 10:04:09 +0100
                                                                  International Paper Named One Of The 2019 World's Most Ethical Companies® By Ethisphere For The Thirteenth Time http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8001-international-paper-named-one-of-the-2019-world-s-most-ethical-companies-by-ethisphere-for-the-thirteenth-time http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8001-international-paper-named-one-of-the-2019-world-s-most-ethical-companies-by-ethisphere-for-the-thirteenth-time

                                                                  International Paper (NYSE: IP) a world leader in renewable fiber based packaging, pulp and paper products, has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as one of the 2019 World's Most Ethical Companies.

                                                                  IPLOGOInternational Paper has been recognized for thirteen consecutive years, and is one of only two honorees in the forestry, paper and packaging industry, underscoring their commitment to leading with integrity and prioritizing ethical business practices.

                                                                  In 2019, 128 honorees were recognized spanning 21 countries and 50 industries. The thirteenth class of honorees illustrate how companies continue to be the driving force for improving communities, building capable and empowered workforces, and fostering corporate cultures focused on ethics with a strong sense of purpose.

                                                                  "It is an honor once again to be included on this list and to be among companies whose principles and practices uphold the highest standards of ethics and corporate social responsibility," said Sharon Ryan, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. "Our work does not stop inside International Paper, we expect our business partners to share our values and principles as described in our Supplier Code of Conduct. Throughout our global supply chains, we promote safe and healthy working conditions; high ethical standards; protection of human rights and dignity; responsible use of natural resources and compliance with all applicable laws."

                                                                  "Today, employees, investors and stakeholders are putting their greatest trust in companies to take leadership on societal issues. Companies that take the long view with a purpose-based strategy are proven to not only outperform but last," said Ethisphere's Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. "I congratulate everyone at International Paper for earning this recognition."

                                                                  Methodology & Scoring
                                                                  The World's Most Ethical Companies assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute's Ethics Quotient® (EQ) framework, which offers a quantitative way to assess a company's performance in an objective, consistent and standardized manner. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics.

                                                                  Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35 percent), culture of ethics (20 percent), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20 percent), governance (15 percent) and leadership and reputation (10 percent). All companies that participate in the assessment process receive their scores, providing them with valuable insights into how they stack up against leading organizations.

                                                                  ­­Honorees
                                                                  The full list of the 2019 World's Most Ethical Companies can be found at https://worldsmostethicalcompanies.com/honorees.

                                                                  Best practices and insights from the 2019 honorees will be released in a report and webcast in March and April of this year. Sign up to receive the report.

                                                                  About International Paper
                                                                  International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, India and Russia. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; and papers that facilitate education and communication. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., employ 53,000 colleagues and serve more than 25,000 customers in 150 countries. Net sales for 2018 were $23 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.

                                                                  About the Ethisphere Institute
                                                                  The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character and measure and improve culture. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World's Most Ethical Companies recognition program and provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA). More information about Ethisphere can be found at: https://ethisphere.com

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                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 28 Feb 2019 08:50:04 +0100
                                                                    Toscotec’s Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD starts up at CMPC in Argentina. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7977-toscotec-s-steel-yankee-dryer-tt-syd-starts-up-at-cmpc-in-argentina http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7977-toscotec-s-steel-yankee-dryer-tt-syd-starts-up-at-cmpc-in-argentina

                                                                    Papelera del Plata, part of CMPC Tissue Latam group, fired up a TT SYD-12FT supplied by Toscotec. The new TT SYD is installed on PM3 at Papelera del Plata - Zarate mill in Argentina. This is a repeated order for Toscotec, who in 2010 fired up another TT SYD at CMPC Tissue’s Industria Papelera Uruguaya SA in Uruguay. These TT SYD replaced two existing Steel Yankee dryers supplied by another manufacturer.

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                                                                    The new TT SYD-12FT features a diameter of 3,660 mm and a face width of 2,800 mm. The scope of supply includes Toscotec’s patented deckle insulation system, which allows for safe and practical application of the deckle insulation on the Yankee’s heads without any machining, the drive group, support and bearings, and the main components of the steam and condensate system. The service package included the engineering design, installation supervision, commissioning and start-up assistance, as well as onsite training program. 

                                                                    Simone Pieruccini, Toscotec’s Pressure Vessel Technical Manager, says “In order to meet the stringent delivery requirements of the customer, we manufactured and delivered the TT SYD in record time. From the project kick-off meeting to the notice of goods ready for shipment, it took us only 3 and a half months. Thanks to the good cooperation with Papelera del Plata, installation, commissioning and start-up were very successful and the TT SYD started performing well from day one.”

                                                                    About CMPC

                                                                    CMPC is one of the biggest pulp and paper producer in Latin America, with industrial operations in eight countries. Its products range from wood products, pulp, packaging paper and tissue and are marketed in 45 countries worldwide. CMPC uses fibres originating from sustainable, certified plantations and recycled materials, and has an annual tissue capacity of 700,000 tonnes.

                                                                    For further information, please contact:

                                                                    Marco Dalle Piagge, Sales Director, Toscotec Tissue division, Marco.Dallepiagge@toscotec.com

                                                                    Gabriele Romanini, Area Sales Manager, Toscotec Tissue division,  Gabriele.Romanini@toscotec.com

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                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Fri, 25 Jan 2019 10:40:20 +0100
                                                                      WestRock Named to Fortune’s List of World’s Most Admired Companies http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7976-westrock-named-to-fortune-s-list-of-world-s-most-admired-companies http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7976-westrock-named-to-fortune-s-list-of-world-s-most-admired-companies

                                                                      WestRock Company has just announced that it has been named to FORTUNE magazine’s annual list of World’s Most Admired Companies for the fourth consecutive year.

                                                                      WestRock ranked second among companies in the packaging and container industry.

                                                                      2015 10 18 094836The World’s Most Admired Companies survey measures nine attributes considered critical to a company’s global success, from investment value and quality of management and products to social responsibility and people management. A company’s score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be listed. The list, widely considered to be the definitive report card on corporate reputation, is based on company surveys and peer ratings from senior executives, directors and analysts. 

                                                                      “WestRock is honored to be recognized by FORTUNE as one of the world’s most admired companies for the fourth consecutive year,” said Steve Voorhees, WestRock chief executive officer. “This ranking recognizes the commitment and dedication of our 50,000 team members around the world to delivering value for our customers and stockholders.”

                                                                      The full list appears in the February issue of FORTUNE and is available now at http://fortune.com/worlds-most-admired-companies/ and on newsstands.

                                                                      About WestRock

                                                                      WestRock (NYSE: WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s 50,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 320 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at www.westrock.com

                                                                      Source: WestRock Shared Services, LLC

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                                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 25 Jan 2019 10:36:58 +0100
                                                                        International Paper Again Selected to FORTUNE's List of World's Most Admired Companies http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7975-international-paper-again-selected-to-fortune-s-list-of-world-s-most-admired-companies http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7975-international-paper-again-selected-to-fortune-s-list-of-world-s-most-admired-companies

                                                                        2014 10 30 071412inter paper logoInternational Paper (NYSE: IP) announced that it has been named again by FORTUNE magazine as one of the "Worlds Most Admired Companies."  International Paper has earned this recognition sixteen times in the last seventeen years based on scores achieved in the following categories:

                                                                        1. Ability to attract and retain talented people
                                                                        2. Quality of management
                                                                        3. Social responsibility to the community and the environment
                                                                        4. Innovativeness
                                                                        5. Quality of products or services
                                                                        6. Wise use of corporate assets
                                                                        7. Financial soundness
                                                                        8. Long-term investment value
                                                                        9. Effectiveness in doing business globally

                                                                        "This recognition reflects the exceptional talent and commitment of International Paper's 52,000 employees around the globe," said Mark Sutton, chairman and chief executive officer. "We work with the world's leading brands to make products that improve peoples' lives and we mobilize our people, products and resources to address critical needs in the communities where our employees live and work. I want to thank our global team members for this well-deserved achievement."

                                                                        About International Paper
                                                                        International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, India and Russia. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable worldwide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness and papers that facilitate education and communication. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and employ approximately 52,000 colleagues located in more than 24 countries. Net sales for 2017 were $22 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com

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                                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 25 Jan 2019 10:35:17 +0100
                                                                          Domtar Corporation Names New Mill Managers for Kingsport, TN and Nekoosa, WI http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7974-domtar-corporation-names-new-mill-managers-for-kingsport-tn-and-nekoosa-wi http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7974-domtar-corporation-names-new-mill-managers-for-kingsport-tn-and-nekoosa-wi

                                                                          Domtar Corporation has announced two well-qualified leaders to manage its Kingsport, Tennessee and Nekoosa, Wisconsin, mills.

                                                                          Marty Barfield has been named manager of the company’s mill in Kingsport, Tennessee. Since September 2015, Marty has been the Plymouth Mill's pulp production manager, leading manufacturing for two softwood fiber lines and two fluff pulp machines with a keen focus on employee safety. He was instrumental in the mill's successful NC2 retirement and NC5 transition, including his leadership on a number of continuous improvement projects to increase the mill's output.

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                                                                          Marty brings more than 30 years of experience to this role. He began his career working a number of technical, engineering, maintenance and operational positions at Procter & Gamble before joining Domtar in 1989, where he has served in roles of increasing operational responsibility at the Marlboro and Plymouth mills. Marty earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from N.C. State University.

                                                                          Marty Burkhardt has been named manager of the Nekoosa, Wisconsin mill. Marty previously was Nekoosa's operations manager, responsible for all aspects of safety, environmental, productivity, reliability and continuous improvement across Nekoosa's manufacturing operations. His commitment to reliability and continuous improvement has helped increase the mill's pulp production while also reducing its chemical usage.

                                                                          Marty's 20-plus years of diverse experience include roles of increasing responsibility in the pulp mill, paper operations, the recovery process as well as power and utilities at both Verso Corp. and Alliant Energy before joining Domtar in 2017. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

                                                                          “We are excited to promote these two deserving internal candidates to mill management positions” said Mike Garcia, president pulp and paper division. “Their commitment to production, employee safety, strategic planning and reliability will help ensure Kingsport and Nekoosa continue to drive value for our company.”

                                                                          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 $5.1 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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                                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 25 Jan 2019 10:33:00 +0100
                                                                            Fabio Perini Brazil wins the Best Companies to Work prize http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7964-fabio-perini-brazil-wins-the-best-companies-to-work-prize http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7964-fabio-perini-brazil-wins-the-best-companies-to-work-prize

                                                                            The Joinville, Santa Catarina, site honored with the prestigious award for 2018

                                                                            Fabio Perini Brazil, a branch of Fabio Perini S.P.A., a leading global supplier of machinery and services for tissue converting and packaging, gained a place of honor in the authoritative ranking of US Institute “Great Place to Work® Certified” which since the ‘90s has been implementing the worldwide ranking of the best places of work all over the globe. Fabio Perini Brazil gained 11th place in the regional ranking of mid-range companies.

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                                                                            The mission of the Great Place to Work Institute is evaluating companies’ working conditions and management of service suppliers. Through employee and employers’ surveys, the people management, the workplace and the employees’ confidence are evaluated, and a ranking is elaborated on the basis of indicators of credibility, respect, impartiality, pride to belong.

                                                                            Silvana Dellacqua – Human Resources Manager of Fabio Perini – pointed out the company’s utmost attention towards human relations and resource development: “We keep investing in technical training and language support, in order to promote more effective communications among employees, and over the years we have developed an efficient network of relationships among different teams. In addition, the existing communications channels allow our employees to contribute their suggestions to enhance collaboration, therefore stimulating people’s interest and involvement.”

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                                                                            “I wish to congratulate everybody for this achievement – commented Dineo Silverio, Company President for Brazil and South America - People are what makes the difference in growing a business. A high level of internal satisfaction reflects itself automatically in the satisfaction of the customers in our market. Employee management is a strategic factor for the evolution of our business, because the satisfaction to be working for a company translates into greater efficiency and better quality of the final product”.

                                                                            This important milestone confirms the high quality of Fabio Perini S.p.A., which enters with full rights in the international community of the “Great place to work” certified companies.

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                                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:36:22 +0100
                                                                              Resolute Completes Sale of Catawba, SC, Paper and Pulp Mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/7954-resolute-completes-sale-of-catawba-sc-paper-and-pulp-mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/7954-resolute-completes-sale-of-catawba-sc-paper-and-pulp-mill

                                                                              Resolute Forest Products Inc.has just announced that, on December 31, 2018, it completed the previously disclosed sale of the Catawba, South Carolina, paper and pulp mill to New-Indy Containerboard, LLC ("New-Indy"), pursuant  to the terms of the asset purchase agreement dated October 2, 2018. The total purchase price of about $300 million consists of $260 million in cash, before customary closing adjustments, and the assumption of approximately $40 million of balance sheet liabilities, largely net pension benefit obligations.

                                                                              abiti122011"We are pleased to have completed the sale of the Catawba mill to New-Indy and wish the new team every success with its investment in the diversification of the mill's operations," stated Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer of Resolute. "We want to thank our employees for their hard work and dedication toward this successful outcome, and are pleased that the community will continue to benefit from the mill's economic and social impact."

                                                                              As previously disclosed, Resolute has agreed to use the majority of the proceeds from the asset sale to repurchase $225 million of its 5.875% Senior Notes due in 2023, thereby improving financial flexibility.

                                                                              TM Capital Corp. acted as Resolute's financial advisor on the transaction, while Akerman LLP and Troutman Sanders LLP acted as Resolute's legal counsels.

                                                                              About Resolute Forest Products

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

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

                                                                              SOURCE Resolute Forest Products Inc.

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                                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) Canadian News Fri, 04 Jan 2019 12:11:16 +0100
                                                                                ANDRITZ to upgrade thermo ground wood line at Melhoramentos Florestal, Brazil http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7949-andritz-to-upgrade-thermo-ground-wood-line-at-melhoramentos-florestal-brazil http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7949-andritz-to-upgrade-thermo-ground-wood-line-at-melhoramentos-florestal-brazil

                                                                                International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Melhoramentos Florestal to supply a high-consistency bleaching and wet lap system with a capacity of 125 admt/d to upgrade the existing thermo ground wood line at Fazenda Levantina Camanducaia, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2019.

                                                                                2018 12 03 100054The line processes eucalyptus and pine as raw material to produce unbleached and bleached market thermos ground wood pulp for local board and tissue producers. The new PHC (peroxide high consistency) bleaching stage will replace the existing spray-bleaching system in the dewatering machine and achieve highest brightness levels at lowest consumption of chemicals. A universally applicable and reliable ANDRITZ Twin Wire Press will be installed to dewater pulp to a dryness of up to 33%, followed by a high-consistency mixer to guarantee gentle blending of pulp and chemicals. In order to achieve even retention time in the bleach tower, a new ANDRITZ discharge system will ensure continuous and uniform pulp discharge.

                                                                                A complete wet lap system and finishing line are also part of the scope of supply. After dewatering to a consistency of 45% on another ANDRITZ Twin Wire Press, a wetlap cutter and layboy (CLB) will operate fully automatically to form wet bale stacks. The finishing line consists of various pallet conveyors.

                                                                                With this upgrade, Melhoramentos Florestal will be able to increase pulp production and, in particular, bleaching efficiency by means of a safe process with low energy consumption that will allow greater flexibility in producing various pulp grades – an important feature with which to approach a wider range of end customers.

                                                                                ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER

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

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                                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Mon, 03 Dec 2018 10:01:30 +0100
                                                                                  Cascades Packaging starts up PM1 at Kingsey Falls after major rebuild by Toscotec. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/7938-cascades-packaging-starts-up-pm1-at-kingsey-falls-after-major-rebuild-by-toscotec http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/canadian-news/item/7938-cascades-packaging-starts-up-pm1-at-kingsey-falls-after-major-rebuild-by-toscotec

                                                                                  Following a major rebuild of the dryer section supplied by Toscotec with the installation of TT SteelDryers, Cascades Packaging fired up its PM1 at Kingsey Falls mill, Canada. The machine was started up on schedule on September 23rd, with the support of Toscotec’s service engineers, who also provided the commissioning and the erection supervision onsite.

                                                                                  Toscotec implemented an efficient rebuild aimed to achieve the highest production increase with the lowest possible impact on the existing machine. Toscotec customized its engineering design in order to efficiently integrate its new dryer section into the existing equipment. The project was completed in record time and maintaining the overall length of the dryer section and the width of the dryers’ frame.

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                                                                                  Mathieu Gendron, Mill Manager of Cascades Kingsey Falls, says, “Toscotec delivered the project according to the tight schedule we agreed upon. After start-up, we are seeing a promising increase in the production and we are confident that it will match the project targets”.

                                                                                  Fabrizio Charrier, Toscotec’s P&B Area Sales Manager, comments, “we are happy to see that the first results after start-up indicate that we will achieve the project’s target of 8% production increase. This is a very significant result, especially if you consider that the scope of the rebuilding was reduced to a minimum, in order to limit shutdown and construction costs”. 

                                                                                  About the Cascades Group

                                                                                  Established in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibers. The Company employs 11,000 employees, who work in more than 90 production units located in North America and Europe. With its management philosophy, half a century of experience in recycling, and continuous efforts in research and development as driving forces, Cascades continues to deliver the innovative products that customers have come to rely on.

                                                                                  For further information, please contact:

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

                                                                                  Fabrizio Charrier, Area Sales Manager, Toscotec Paper & Board division, fabrizio.charrier@toscotec.com

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                                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) Canadian News Thu, 08 Nov 2018 08:26:48 +0100
                                                                                    Valmet opens a new spreader roll service workshop in South America http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7936-valmet-opens-a-new-spreader-roll-service-workshop-in-south-america http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7936-valmet-opens-a-new-spreader-roll-service-workshop-in-south-america

                                                                                    Valmet has expanded the operations of its service center in Sorocaba, Brazil, to include comprehensive spreader roll services. The new spreader roll workshop is ready to serve customers in the pulp, paper, board and tissue industries as of November 2018.

                                                                                    valmet logo"With this investment Valmet is able to offer spreader roll services for its customers in all continents. We have already got very positive feedback from our Brazilian customers for these services," says Jukka K. Toikkanen, Global Technology Manager, Roll Maintenance, Valmet. "Our state-of-the-art spreader roll service workshop in Sorocaba, provides high quality and fast services to our customers. We have invested in a separate dust-free clean room for the handling and installation of bearings, which ensures high quality and contributes to longer roll running times."

                                                                                    Valmet spreader roll reconditioning services result in a clear increase in service intervals and cut overall maintenance costs. In addition to keeping spreader rolls in excellent condition, spreader roll services also ensure optimized roll performance, improved end product quality and reliable, wrinkle-free runs.

                                                                                    Information about Sorocaba service center

                                                                                    Valmet's roll service center in Sorocaba, Brazil provides modular maintenance solutions such as roll maintenance services, roll reconditioning services and roll upgrades for all type of rolls - now also for spreader rolls. 

                                                                                    Valmet is constantly expanding its services offering close to customers all around the world, by providing services from own service centers, on site and through the help of Industrial Internet applications and remote connections. In addition to Sorocaba, Valmet provides spreader roll services from seven other locations around the world.  

                                                                                    Read more: Spreader roll services

                                                                                    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 2017 were approximately EUR 3.1 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.

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                                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Mon, 05 Nov 2018 10:54:36 +0100
                                                                                      ANDRITZ to supply major pulp production technologies and key process equipment for ARAUCO’s MAPA project in Chile http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7931-andritz-to-supply-major-pulp-production-technologies-and-key-process-equipment-for-arauco-s-mapa-project-in-chile http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7931-andritz-to-supply-major-pulp-production-technologies-and-key-process-equipment-for-arauco-s-mapa-project-in-chile

                                                                                      2018 10 18 100442International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A. to supply energy-efficient and environmentally friendly pulp production technologies and key process equipment for modernization and extension of the ARAUCO pulp mill in Horcones, Arauco, Chile. The order value for ANDRITZ is in the region of 300 million euros; start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2021.

                                                                                      The ANDRITZ scope of supply includes – on full EPS (Engineering, Procurement, Supervision) basis:

                                                                                      • A complete wood processing plant with three debarking and chipping lines, one chipping line for forest-debarked wood, chip storage with stacker-reclaimer blending bed system, chip screening, bark handling with BioCrushers, and is completed with HQ-Press bark presses that increase dryness of the bark and consequently the energy efficiency and production of the bio mass boiler. Eucalyptus is debarked at a rated capacity of 360 m3/h solid over bark per line using RotaBarker technology, which provides excellent debarking results with very low wood losses. The chipping process uses horizontally fed HHQ-Chippers, ensuring high capacity (400 m3/h solid under bark) without compromising on chip quality. The operation is supported further by SmartWoodyard products like the advanced decision support information system, ChipperEKG and CrusherEKG condition monitoring systems, and ScanChip chip analyzers for chip quality measurements.
                                                                                      • A complete fiberline with a capacity of 4,700 admt/d bleached pulp, including Lo-Solids continuous cooking with TurboFeed chip feeding system, brown stock washing with multistage DD-Washers, 2-stage oxygen delignification followed by deknotting, screening, and multistage DD-Washers. Bleaching is based on proven upflow reactor technology and washing is performed with DD-Washers after every stage, all contributing to low chemical consumption, high-quality pulp, and low environmental emissions.

                                                                                       

                                                                                      • An energy-efficient black liquor evaporation plant with a high capacity of 1,750 tons/hour. The plant will have a 7+ Effects heat economy system and concentrate black liquor to the high dry solids content of 80% for efficient combustion in the recovery boiler. The plant is equipped with the latest of ANDRITZ’s innovations in secondary condensate quality enhancement for 100% reuse in other departments of the mill. The scope also includes a tank area and methanol liquefaction system. ANDRITZ’s lamella technology and the unique process solution for scaling control reduces washing needs, ensuring minimum plugging of heat surfaces and good cleanability, which results in high availability and increases the overall production and efficiency of the plant.
                                                                                      • Complete white liquor plant, including efficient green liquor filtration with LimeGreen filters – producing clean green liquor and minimizing waste to landfill, white liquor filtration with LimeWhite filter – maximizing the white liquor quality, and efficient lime mud filtration with two LimeDry filters providing high dry solids content and low residual alkaline. The capacity of the recaustizicing plant is 15,300 m3/d. The delivery also includes two lime kilns (capacity 700 t/d each) with low heat consumption and low emissions to meet Arauco’s tight emission permits.

                                                                                      “During the sales phase, we assessed the capabilities of the company and ANDRITZ demonstrated its competence, commitment and professionalism. Congratulations to the whole ANDRITZ team, who have worked hard, efficiently, and with passion and professionalism for this outcome. We are just starting, but I am sure this will be a great project for all concerned,” says Franco Bozzalla, Senior VP Pulp and Energy at ARAUCO.

                                                                                      The MAPA project will renew and increase ARAUCO’s efficiency and pulp production, and in addition, it will strengthen ARAUCO’s competitiveness and leadership in global markets.

                                                                                      ANDRITZ GROUP

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

                                                                                      A passion for innovative technology, absolute customer focus, reliability, and integrity are the central values to which ANDRITZ commits. The listed Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria. With over 160 years of experience, 29,000 employees, and more than 280 locations in over 40 countries worldwide, ANDRITZ is a reliable and competent partner and helps its customers to achieve their corporate and sustainability goals.

                                                                                      ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER

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

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                                                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Mon, 22 Oct 2018 08:17:29 +0200
                                                                                        WestRock Provides Update on Hurricane Michael’s Impact on Panama City, Florida, Mill and its Expected Return to Operations http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7928-westrock-provides-update-on-hurricane-michael-s-impact-on-panama-city-florida-mill-and-its-expected-return-to-operations http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7928-westrock-provides-update-on-hurricane-michael-s-impact-on-panama-city-florida-mill-and-its-expected-return-to-operations

                                                                                        WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK), a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, today provided updated information on the impact of Hurricane Michael on its containerboard and pulp mill located in Panama City, Florida.

                                                                                        2015 10 18 094836The Panama City area has been substantially impacted by Hurricane Michael, and the priority remains the safety and health of our employees and their families. We are pleased to report that all of Panama City mill’s employees have been accounted for and are safe. The Company is working to support our team and the community as recovery continues.

                                                                                        As previously reported, the Company’s mill in Panama City received extensive damage from Hurricane Michael. Due to the extraordinary efforts of employees, contractors, vendors, our insurance carrier and government officials, the Company has already made substantial progress in assessing the damage and implementing required repairs to return the mill to operation.

                                                                                        The Company expects that the linerboard production system will return to full production capacity within 30 days. Market pulp production is expected to begin by the end of November, but will likely be limited to no more than 50% of the mill’s market pulp production capacity for an estimated period of approximately six months. The mill has normal annual production capacity of 353,000 tons of linerboard and 292,000 tons of market pulp.

                                                                                        The total cost to the Company from Hurricane Michael is currently unknown. While the Company maintains property damage and business interruption insurance coverage, there will be a time lag between the initial incurrence of costs and the receipt of insurance proceeds as the Company restores the mill back to normal operations.   

                                                                                        The Company will provide an additional update on the status of the mill on its November 5, 2018, earnings conference call.

                                                                                        About WestRock

                                                                                        WestRock (NYSE: WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s 45,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 300 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at www.westrock.com

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                                                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 19 Oct 2018 09:11:46 +0200
                                                                                        emtec at ABTCP 2018 in Sao Paulo http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7921-emtec-at-abtcp-2018-in-sao-paulo http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/7921-emtec-at-abtcp-2018-in-sao-paulo

                                                                                        As every year, emtec Electronic will attend the ABTCP in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The exhibition takes place from October 23rd to 25th. The German producer of innovative lab and online testing equipment can be found at booth no. 137/138 together with its Brazilian representative Elof Hansson.

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                                                                                        Emtec will present the state-of-the-art charge measuring systems CAS touch! and FPA touch! Both devices are used to optimize the wet-end process, by measuring 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. Another device that can be used in the wet-end of the tissue and paper production is the DFA – Dynamic Filtration Analyzer, which helps to determine the influence of chemicals on drainage and retention behavior.

                                                                                        But, also producers of base and final products will find innovative measurement equipment at the booth: the well-known TSA – Tissue Softness Analyzer which is used to reliably assess the Softness, Smoothness/Roughness and Stiffness as well as the overall Hand Feel of tissue and nonwoven materials. Additionally, the EST – Surface & Sizing Tester is shown. The EST is a useful tool to determine important paper surface properties such as surface hydrophobia / sizing as well as the surface porosity, which influence printability, coatability and gluability of paper and board.

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                                                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:56:18 +0200
                                                                                          Solenis Introduces New imPress™ ID Paper Additives for HP Indigo Digital Presses http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7920-solenis-introduces-new-impress-id-paper-additives-for-hp-indigo-digital-presses http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7920-solenis-introduces-new-impress-id-paper-additives-for-hp-indigo-digital-presses

                                                                                          Designed specifically for HP Indigo digital presses, the new imPress™ ID chemistries are up to eight times more efficient at generating print adhesion

                                                                                          Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, has introduced a new line of imPress™ ID paper additives designed exclusively for HP Indigo digital presses. The new imPress™ ID chemistries are up to eight times more efficient at generating Indigo print adhesion. With these new additives, paper mills can efficiently and cost-effectively produce papers with a three-star rating for HP Indigo digital presses.

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                                                                                          “As digital printing continues to take market share from offset presses, the demand for papers optimized for digital printing systems will increase,” said Tom Hayden, Global Marketing Director, Printing and Writing. “Our imPress™ ID additives are very easy to run, so papermakers can diversify by quickly adding Indigo-approved grades to their portfolios. Mills that already produce Indigo grades can enjoy a number of additional benefits.”

                                                                                          A main benefit is improved runnability. With imPress™ ID paper additives, no changes are required to the size press or machine settings. The chemistry is non-charged, so it doesn’t form deposits, agglomerate or cause stickies-related issues. In addition, the new imPress™ ID products are exceptionally versatile and work well with optical brightening agents and other size press chemistries.

                                                                                          “Our researchers spent a great deal of time refining this product,” said Dan Varnell, Solenis Research Fellow. “The result is an innovative chemistry that dramatically increases the performance of the paper printed on Indigo presses."

                                                                                          In the past, polyethyleneimine (PEI) or poly(ethylene/acrylic acid) was used to promote Indigo image adhesion, but PEI resulted in yellowing issues and P(Et/AA) dispersions required special conditions. The Solenis imPress™ ID technology relies on thermodynamic attraction of the print ink to the paper treatment. Free energy drops as the ink and the treated paper interact with each other, resulting in more efficient adhesion.

                                                                                          Currently, imPress™ ID-115 and ID-120 are available in North America, and imPress™ ID-215 and ID-220 are available in Europe.

                                                                                          For more information about Solenis imPress™ ID paper additives and technology, visit www.solenis.com/imPress.

                                                                                          About Solenis

                                                                                          Solenis is a leading global producer of specialty chemicals for water intensive industries, including the pulp, paper, oil and gas, chemical processing, mining, biorefining, power and municipal markets. The company’s product portfolio includes a broad array of process, functional and water treatment chemistries as well as state-of-the-art monitoring and control systems. These technologies are used by customers to improve operational efficiencies, enhance product quality, protect plant assets and minimize environmental impact. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, the company has 35 manufacturing facilities strategically located around the globe and employs a team of approximately 3,700 professionals in 118 countries across five continents. For additional information about Solenis, please visit solenis.com.

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                                                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:44:17 +0200
                                                                                            WestRock Provides Update Following Hurricane Michael http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7917-westrock-provides-update-following-hurricane-michael http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7917-westrock-provides-update-following-hurricane-michael

                                                                                            WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK), a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, today provided an initial update following the landfall of Hurricane Michael and its impact on the company’s containerboard and pulp mill located in Panama City, Florida.  

                                                                                            2015 10 18 094836As always, our first priority is the safety of our employees and their families. The Panama City area has been devastated by this hurricane, and we are working to support our employees and this community as the recovery begins.

                                                                                            An orderly shut-down process was started on Monday. The mill was in the direct path of the hurricane’s landfall, and it sustained a substantial amount of damage to buildings and equipment.

                                                                                            Our team is currently assessing the extent of the damage to the mill.  At this time, we do not know when the mill will resume operations; this will depend upon the extent of the damage to our facility and the storm’s impact on local infrastructure, including available power supply, the ability of our employees to travel to the mill, and other factors. 

                                                                                            The mill has annual production capacity of 353,000 tons of linerboard and 292,000 tons of market pulp.

                                                                                            The continued storm path is projected to traverse several states in which we have additional operations and the potential impact, if any, on these operations is unknown at this time.

                                                                                            We will provide additional updates as more information is available, and we have fully assessed the impact to our employees, local infrastructure and the mill.

                                                                                            About WestRock

                                                                                            WestRock (NYSE: WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s 45,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 300 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at www.westrock.com

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                                                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 11 Oct 2018 18:43:12 +0200
                                                                                              Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH sets up own sales organization in the U.S. for all North America. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7911-brigl-bergmeister-gmbh-sets-up-own-sales-organization-in-the-u-s-for-all-north-america http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7911-brigl-bergmeister-gmbh-sets-up-own-sales-organization-in-the-u-s-for-all-north-america

                                                                                              b b logoAs part of ROXCEL HOLDING, Brigl & Bergmeister (B&B) is now present in the U.S. with its own sales organization. Roxcel Trading is located in Greenville, SC and Portland, OR, and plans to open an Atlanta, GA office in 2019 to support the company’s growth. “The demand for our label and packaging papers is still growing," says B&B Managing Director and owner Ahmad PORKAR. "By maintaining a permanent presence at additional locations, we can shorten delivery times and transport routes, are even closer to our customers and can also further improve our local service quality.

                                                                                              Phillip Flauder, who has long term sales experience in North America, has recently taken over market responsibility for B&B sales. Philipp will be based in in the new Atlanta office once established. (contact details: philipp.flauder@roxcel.com)

                                                                                              BRIGL & BERGMEISTER

                                                                                              B&B is the leading manufacturer of label papers and flexible packaging papers. Annually, some 100 billion labels are printed on B&B papers, and our papers bear the face of innumerable famous brands.

                                                                                              The Brigl & Bergmeister plant is located at the heart of Europe, in Niklasdorf in Styria | Austria.

                                                                                              ENAGES, the thermal recycling plant of B&B, supplies the factory with 100% CO2-neutral energy in the form of steam and electricity.

                                                                                              The Papirnica Vevče factory is situated in Slovenia, in the greater area of Ljubljana. A cooperation that had originally started as a joint venture has developed into a fully-fledged partnership. Since 2004, Papirnica Vevče has been a 100% subsidiary of Brigl & Bergmeister.

                                                                                              Brigl & Bergmeister, ENAGES, as well as Papirnica Vevče are part of the Vienna-based Roxcel Holding.

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                                                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 11 Oct 2018 08:26:23 +0200
                                                                                                Sofidel America partners with Toscotec for the turnkey supply of two tissue lines at its new Oklahoma mill. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7907-sofidel-america-partners-with-toscotec-for-the-turnkey-supply-of-two-tissue-lines-at-its-new-oklahoma-mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7907-sofidel-america-partners-with-toscotec-for-the-turnkey-supply-of-two-tissue-lines-at-its-new-oklahoma-mill

                                                                                                Toscotec will provide a complete plant with two AHEAD-2.0L tissue machines on a full turnkey basis to Sofidel America’s integrated plant (paper mill and converting) in Inola, Oklahoma, the second greenfield investment of the Group in the United States. The start-up is scheduled for the last quarter of 2019 for PM1 and for the first quarter of 2020 for PM2.

                                                                                                The supply includes two AHEAD-2.0L tissue machines, equipped with second generation TT SYD and gas-fired TT Milltech-DYH Duosystem Hoods, with a high level of energy recovery. Each  AHEAD-2.0L machine features a sheet trim of 5,500 mm, an operating speed of 2,000 m/min and is designed for an annual production capacity of over 80,000 tons.

                                                                                                The supply also comprises the stock preparation equipment and accessories, Toscotec’s TT SAF (Short Approach Flow) ensuring increased operation efficiency, the Distribution Control System (DCS) and Quality Control System (QCS) and the dust and mist removal systems.

                                                                                                The project’s turnkey scope includes the boiler plant, the compressed air station, the bridge crane, the shaft puller, the roll handling and wrapping systems, the chemical preparation system, the hall ventilation system and the water treatment system (Fresh Water Treatment Plant and Waste Water Treatment Plant).

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                                                                                                Toscotec will also provide the detailed mill engineering according to US codes and standards, the construction management, the plant and the machine erection, commissioning and start-up supervision and training programs.

                                                                                                The two tissue lines are dedicated to the production of toilet paper and towels and will process 100% pre-dried virgin pulp.

                                                                                                Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of Sofidel, states: "Toscotec’s tissue lines represent an important part of our expansion plan in the US, one of the most important markets for our Group. A key technology investment for our new, integrated plant in Inola to serve the South-Central and Central-Western United States. We opted for one of the most advanced and energy-efficient technology, to help pursuing our penetration in the American market and sustaining the high quality of our products."

                                                                                                The construction of the plant – that will combine sustainability and technological innovation – started in March 2018 and will be completed by mid-2020. Once fully operational, the new facility will employ 300 full-time workers. Since the beginning of the expansion to the United States in 2012, Sofidel has now operations in seven states: Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

                                                                                                Sofidel is a family-run company owned by Stefani and Lazzareschi families, and is the second biggest player in Europe today, and the sixth worldwide in tissue paper manufacturing, with net sales of 1,947 million USD (2017) and a production capacity of over one million tonnes per year (1,098,000 tonnes in 2017).

                                                                                                "We are honoured to have been selected for such an important investment by Sofidel. And even more so, this project represents the joint effort of two Lucca-based Italian companies who set out to succeed in the USA. I know that we have already achieved important synergies and I firmly believe that working together for a shared expansion target will lead to a successful outcome," says Alessandro Mennucci, CEO of Toscotec. 

                                                                                                The Sofidel Group

                                                                                                The Sofidel Group is one of the leading manufacturer of paper for hygienic and domestic use worldwide. Established in 1966, the Group has subsidiaries in 13 countries – Italy, Spain, the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Romania, Turkey and the USA - with more than 6,000 employees, net sales of 1,724 million Euros (2017) / 1,947 million USD (2017) and a production capacity of over one million tonnes per year (1,098,000 tonnes in 2017). “Regina”, its most well-known brand, is present on almost all the reference markets. Other brands include: Softis, Le Trèfle, Sopalin, Nouvelle, Thirst Pockets, KittenSoft, Nalys, Cosynel, Yumy, Soft & Easy, Volare, Onda, Lycke, Forest, Nicky, Papernet. A member of the UN Global Compact and the international WWF Climate Savers program, the Sofidel Group considers sustainability a strategic factor with regards to growth and is committed to promoting socially and environmentally responsible development.

                                                                                                Sofidel America

                                                                                                Sofidel America is a subsidiary of the Sofidel Group. It was established in 2012 through the acquisition of the Cellynne tissue company which was founded in 1988 with two converting plants in Green Bay (Wisconsin) and Henderson (Nevada), and one integrated plant in Haines City (Florida). The company is now active in seven states – the original three already listed, as well as Oklahoma (Tulsa), Mississippi (Hattiesburg), Ohio (Circleville) and Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) where the company has its American headquarters. Furthermore, a new integrated plant is currently under construction in Oklahoma (Inola).

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                                                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 11 Oct 2018 08:02:37 +0200
                                                                                                  Sofidel tissue company opens manufacturing plant in Circleville, Ohio, its largest, most innovative worldwide http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7901-sofidel-tissue-company-opens-manufacturing-plant-in-circleville-ohio-its-largest-most-innovative-worldwide http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/7901-sofidel-tissue-company-opens-manufacturing-plant-in-circleville-ohio-its-largest-most-innovative-worldwide

                                                                                                  Italian tissue paper manufacturer Sofidel has just opened a 280-acre plant, one of its most technologically and environmentally advanced paper plants in the world, with innovative machinery that increases both the quality of its products and the energy efficiency of its operations.

                                                                                                  The Circleville, Ohio, plant is Sofidel’s largest worldwide and its first integrated paper mill built from the ground up in the United States. Since expanding to the United States in 2012, Sofidel now has operations in seven states: Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

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                                                                                                  “The United States is a crucial market for us and is where we intend to grow,’’ said Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of the Sofidel Group. “This plant will help us fuel our growth significantly and further our commitment to sustainable, environmentally responsible development. We are extremely proud of this plant and look forward to being an important part of the Circleville community for decades to come.”

                                                                                                  “This is an historic moment for Sofidel,’’ said Emi Stefani, chairman of the Sofidel Group. “This facility is our largest, most modern and sustainable to date and employs the best technology available in the tissue paper industry.’’Sofidel has invested about $400 million in the site and, once running at full capacity, the facility will employ approximately 700 people.

                                                                                                  The plant is an integrated facility that incorporates a paper mill, where pulp is transformed into paper, a converting plant that produces the finished product, and a state-of-the-art warehousing facility. The plant has a total production capacity of 140,000 tons a year.

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                                                                                                  The facility is equipped with two Advantage New Tissue Technology (NTT) 200 paper mill machines, manufactured by Valmet, a global leader in the development and supply of technologies for the pulp, paper and energy processing industries. Advantage NTT 200 technology allows the production of standard tissue and textured paper and will enable Sofidel to further increase the quality of its products, reduce water usage, and recycle heat to power driers and fuel the plant. Each machine can produce 2,000 meters of 5.5-meter-wide paper sheets per minute.

                                                                                                  The plant has 10 lines for producing the finished products, including three Constellation lines manufactured by Fabio Perini, with advanced reeling technology that preserves the product’s softness while ensuring uniform sheet separation from start to finish of every roll.

                                                                                                  The plant features a new system for recovering heat generated by turbines. The heat will be conveyed through extractor hoods and used to dry the rolls of paper, then produce steam. The system will supply almost all the energy needed to dry the paper and, under certain operating conditions, will power the entire machine.

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                                                                                                  In addition, the plant has adapted techniques from the food and beverage industry to improve logistics. An automated system transfers paper reels from the paper mill to the converting lines using laser guided vehicles (LGVs). An automated Smart Store warehouse is capable of handling more than 50,000 pallets of finished product, creating a space savings of up to 40 percent.

                                                                                                  At the grand opening, Lazzareschi and Stefani were joined by Brian Lenihan, acting executive director of SelectUSA, and Kenny McDonald, president and chief economic officer for Columbus 2020. Sofidel clients and suppliers, federal, state and local officials, and other stakeholders also attended the event. The project was made possible through assistance from SelectUSA, JobsOhio, Columbus 2020, the Pickaway Progress Partnership and other public and private partnerships.

                                                                                                  The Sofidel Group
                                                                                                  The Sofidel Group is one of the leading manufacturers of paper for hygienic and domestic use worldwide. Established in 1966, the Group has subsidiaries in 13 countries – Italy, Spain, the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Romania, Turkey and the USA - with more than 6,000 employees, net sales of 1,947 million USD (2017) and a production capacity of over one million tonnes per year (1,098,000 tonnes in 2017). “Regina”, its most well-known brand, is present on almost all the reference markets. Other brands include: Softis, Le Trèfle, Sopalin, Nouvelle, Thirst Pockets, KittenSoft, Nalys, Cosynel, Yumy, Soft & Easy, Volare, Onda, Lycke, Forest, Nicky, Papernet. A member of the UN Global Compact and the international WWF Climate Savers program, the Sofidel Group considers sustainability a strategic factor with regards to growth and is committed to promoting socially and environmentally responsible development.

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                                                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 05 Oct 2018 08:33:16 +0200