Pulp-Paperworld.com / American News http://www.pulp-paperworld.com Mon, 16 Dec 2019 09:36:14 +0100 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Verso Introduces Influence® Coated Paper Promotion 30 Years of Influence®. Made for Life. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8345-verso-introduces-influence-coated-paper-promotion-30-years-of-influence-made-for-life http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8345-verso-introduces-influence-coated-paper-promotion-30-years-of-influence-made-for-life

Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS), a leading North American producer of coated papers, has just introduced a new promotion for its market-leading No. 3 coated paper, Influence®, titled 30 Years of Influence. Made for Life.

"Over the past 30 years, the Influence® brand has gained a solid reputation with printers because of its consistent quality and unparalleled pressroom performance, printability and runnability," said Verso President Mike Weinhold. "This reputation is largely due to the dedicated and proud Verso workforce that takes personal ownership in making and delivering a high quality product to our customers."

2019 12 04 212920

Influence® is designed to perform on web offset or rotogravure printing presses, is available in a variety of basis weights and finishes, and offered with chain-of-custody certification and recycled content. It is ideally suited for printing applications including publication covers, catalogs, magazines, brochures, direct mail and custom publishing that is targeted to a particular audience or type of consumer.

"Influence® is made in America's northern heartland at our Quinnesec and Escanaba mills in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and our Wisconsin Rapids Mill," said Verso Brand Manager Tim Nordin. "These central locations put us close to major Midwest printing hubs such as Chicago, Minneapolis and Detroit, allowing us to service printers with better lead times, greater availability and faster deliveries."

Nordin adds, "Influence® is recognized for its optical properties and excellent surface gloss and smoothness, resulting in truer, more vibrant image reproduction and contrast. In addition, it heightens the sensory experience of print, giving it the touch, feel and eye-grabbing appeal you simply can't get with electronic media. Studies continue to show that print on paper is a highly effective way to reach people and is still a critical part of the marketing media mix. And we can all feel good about using paper because it's made from trees grown in responsibly managed forests, one of earth's most renewable resources."

For more information about Influence®, please visit www.versoco.com

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

  • verso
  • Verso Paper Corp
  • verso corporation
    ]]>
    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Wed, 04 Dec 2019 21:30:03 +0100
    Valmet delivers key technology for Bracell’s new pulp mill in Brazil http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8336-valmet-delivers-key-technology-for-bracell-s-new-pulp-mill-in-brazil http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8336-valmet-delivers-key-technology-for-bracell-s-new-pulp-mill-in-brazil

    Valmet will deliver key technology for Bracell’s project to build a new pulp production line at the mill located in Lençóis Paulista, São Paulo state, Brazil. Valmet’s delivery includes an evaporation plant and a white liquor plant, in which the lime kilns are fueled with gasified biomass.

    The order was included in Valmet's orders received of the third quarter 2019. The value of the delivery will not be disclosed. However, a project of this size and scope is typically valued around EUR 200-250 million.

    valmet logo rgbIn May 2019, Bracell announced its plan for a substantial expansion of the São Paulo pulp mill in Lençóis Paulista (formerly Lwarcel) to increase its current production capacity of 250,000 tons per year (tpy) by an additional 1,250,000 tpy to reach 1.5 million tpy. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

    “The new São Paulo unit in Lençóis Paulista will feature best-in-class technology with a flexible line designed primarily to produce dissolving pulp. This project is the largest private investment in the São Paulo state in the last 20 years and it generates employment opportunities for the entire region,” tells Carlos Pastrana, Projects Director from Bracell.

    “Our technology represents new innovations and is designed for flexible production with high energy efficiency. The project will have a significant employment impact both for engineering and production in Brazil and the Nordics,” says Bertel Karlstedt, Business Line President, Pulp and Energy, Valmet.

    About Valmet’s delivery

    Valmet’s delivery includes an evaporation plant with a super concentrator. The plant features Valmet’s TUBEL technology for highest availability and easy washing. The evaporation is designed for high energy efficiency with energy recovery from hot weak black liquor.

    The white liquor plant is an essential part in the mill’s chemical recovery process. Valmet’s delivery includes the complete white liquor plant with recausticizing and two lime kilns. In addition, Valmet delivers two biomass dryers and two biomass gasifiers. The two lime kilns are fueled with biogas decreasing the need for fossil fuels. The white liquor plant is designed for producing high quality white liquor for cooking with lower operating cost with renewable furnace fuels and low specific heat consumption.

    Valmet also delivers non-condensable gas (NCG) handling system to control and minimize the odors emerging from the chemical recovery processes.

    “Valmet has extensive experience in delivering fossil fuel free lime kilns, which are fueled with either wood powder or gasified biomass. Using gasified biomass is a sustainable and economical solution for large mills. Our solution works seamlessly together throughout the whole process from biomass drying, gasification and lime kiln to emission control. Our evaporation technology represents leading energy efficiency and is designed for long lifetime and high availability,” says Fernando Scucuglia, Director, Pulp & Energy, South America, Valmet.

    Information about the customer Bracell

    Bracell is one of the largest specialty cellulose producers in the world. Bracell has operated in Brazil for 15 years. The company has main operations in Bahia Specialty Cellulose in Camacari, Bahia and in Lençóis Paulista, São Paulo. By the time the expansion project completes in 2021, Bracell will have annual production capacity of 2.0 million tons of dissolving pulp and will employ 7,300 direct and indirect employees.

    For further information, please contact:
    Bertel Karlstedt, Business Line President, Pulp & Energy, Valmet, tel. +358 10 672 0000
    Celso Tacla, Area President, South America, Valmet, tel. +55 41 3341 4581

    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

    • valmet
    • valmet corporation
      ]]>
      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Thu, 28 Nov 2019 10:19:49 +0100
      Verso Corporation Announces Appointment of Two Independent Members to its Board of Directors http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8323-verso-corporation-announces-appointment-of-two-independent-members-to-its-board-of-directors http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8323-verso-corporation-announces-appointment-of-two-independent-members-to-its-board-of-directors

      Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) has just announced that Nancy M. Taylor and Randy J. Nebel have been appointed as independent members of Verso's Board of Directors effective immediately.

      Co-Chairman of the Board, Gene Davis, said, "We are very excited to welcome both Nancy and Randy. Each brings exceptional leadership, strategic and operating experience that will further diversify the Board's perspectives and skillsets. Given their vast experience and perspectives, we are confident that they will make immediate contributions to our Board, our stockholders and the company."

      Verso LogoWith more than 20 years in senior management, as well as leadership roles in manufacturing and sales, Ms. Taylor brings extensive strategic, finance and corporate governance knowledge to the Board. She served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tredegar Corporation, a manufacturing company, from February 2010 to June 2015, and currently serves on the board of two other NYSE-listed companies.

      Mr. Nebel brings extensive paper and packaging industry knowledge and senior leadership experience to the Board. He served as Executive Vice President of Integrated Packaging at KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation from January 2017 to November 2018, and previously served on the board of the National Association of Manufacturers.

      "We are honored to have these exceptionally talented leaders join our Board," said Co-Chairman of the Board, Alan Carr. "Each of these senior executives brings with them an abundance of experience and a proven track record of business accomplishment and operational excellence. We look forward to benefitting from their guidance and insight as we implement our strategic process and continue in our effort to maximize shareholder value over the long term."

      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.

      • verso
      • Verso Paper Corp
      • verso corporation
        ]]>
        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 25 Nov 2019 08:34:44 +0100
        Verso Corporation Announces Sale of Androscoggin and Stevens Point Mills for $400 million http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8319-verso-corporation-announces-sale-of-androscoggin-and-stevens-point-mills-for-400-million http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8319-verso-corporation-announces-sale-of-androscoggin-and-stevens-point-mills-for-400-million

        Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS or the "Company") has just announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Androscoggin mill, located in Jay, Maine, and its Stevens Point mill, located in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, to Pixelle Specialty Solutions LLC for $400 million, subject to post-closing adjustments.

        The sale, which has been unanimously approved by the Company's Board of Directors (the "Board"), is subject to and conditioned upon the receipt of approval from the Company's stockholders at a special meeting of stockholders, as well as certain regulatory and other customary approvals. The transaction is anticipated to be completed in the first quarter of 2020.

        Verso LogoGene Davis, Co-Chairman of the Board, stated "We have undergone a thorough and comprehensive strategic process and firmly believe that the sale of these two mills at the agreed upon terms and conditions is in the best interests of the Company and our stockholders. We could not be more pleased by the efforts of the entire Senior Leadership Team and of Les Lederer, our Interim Chief Executive Officer since April."

        Net cash proceeds of the transaction are anticipated to be approximately $336 million, after the assumption by Pixelle of approximately $35 million of pension liabilities, anticipated working capital adjustments, and the payment of transaction related expenses.  The Board intends to return a significant portion of the net proceeds to stockholders either by way of dividend or share repurchase, conducted either by way of modified Dutch tender offer, accelerated share repurchase program or open market purchases, and to determine and announce the amount and form of such return promptly following the closing of the transaction. In addition, Verso will utilize approximately $54 million of the net proceeds to reduce a portion of its unfunded pension liability. Any remaining net proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes while the Board continues its ongoing review of the Company's strategic alternatives.

        Verso today also announced that Adam St. John had been named as the Company's Chief Executive Officer and appointed as a member of the Board.  Mr. St. John has been Senior Vice President of Manufacturing for all Verso mills and a long-standing member of the Senior Leadership Team.  Prior to joining the Company, Mr. St. John served in a senior management capacity at Georgia Pacific.  Mr. Lederer will continue to serve as a Senior Transaction Advisor to the Company.

        Alan Carr, Co-Chairman of the Board, further stated:  "With almost three decades of paper industry experience and more than a decade of experience with Verso, we are confident that Adam is the right choice to lead the Company consistent with our strategic focus.  Under Adam's guidance, we expect that our remaining mills will generate sufficient EBITDA and cash flow to permit the Company to enhance its competitive market position, so as to create future growth and other opportunities."

        Houlihan Lokey acted as financial advisor and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP acted as legal counsel to the Company in connection with the transaction.

        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 www.versoco.com 

        Participants in the Solicitation
        The Company, its directors, executive officers and other persons related to the Company may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the Company's stockholders in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of the Company and their ownership of Company common stock is set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 2018, as amended on April 30, 2019. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitations and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the proxy statement and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when such materials become available.

        • verso
        • Verso Paper Corp
        • verso corporation
          ]]>
          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:10:59 +0100
          Willamette Falls Paper Company Trials First Run of Non-wood Paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8311-willamette-falls-paper-company-trials-first-run-of-non-wood-paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8311-willamette-falls-paper-company-trials-first-run-of-non-wood-paper

          Willamette Falls Paper Company has made its first successful trial of non-wood paper grades using pulp from local agricultural waste – producing both coated and uncoated grades using 10% non-wood pulp fiber.
           
          Additional machine and press trials are ongoing to refine the paper properties and specifications. However, preliminary outcomes from press room trials and initial customer feedback show very promising results. The mill expects to announce the commercial production of coated and uncoated grades by mid-November.

          2019 09 19 105309“We want to be the first coated paper mill to offer non-wood grades made in the U.S. and sourced with local agricultural waste, in this case, straw,” says Phil Harding, Director of Technology and Sustainability at Willamette Falls Paper Company. “Our long-term focus is sustainable papermaking, and successful trials using non-wood raw materials is another step toward this goal.”
           
          Working with several key suppliers, including Trinseo, Willamette Falls is confident it is one step closer to developing both uncoated and coated grades that will have similar characteristics to the mill’s standard grades.
           
          “Trinseo is pleased to partner with Willamette Falls Paper Company in the development of the first domestic non-wood containing coated papers. Finding innovative ways to increase the use of sustainable materials is a critical focus for us, the industry, and modern society, so we’re thrilled to continue our support in their development and commercialization of this new product,” said Todd Crook, North America Latex Binders business director for Trinseo.
            
          ABOUT WILLAMETTE FALLS PAPER COMPANY, INC. 
          Willamette Falls Paper Company is a newly formed company that owns and operates a 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, including the use of non-wood fibers as an alternative pulp source. www.wfpaperco.com

          • willamette falls paper company
            ]]>
            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Wed, 06 Nov 2019 08:59:40 +0100
            WestRock Honored for Packaging Design Excellence by Paperboard Packaging Council http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8303-westrock-honored-for-packaging-design-excellence-by-paperboard-packaging-council http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8303-westrock-honored-for-packaging-design-excellence-by-paperboard-packaging-council

            Company Receives 13 Awards at Annual Paperboard Packaging Competition, Including the Sustainability Award of the Year

            WestRock Company, a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, was recognized for packaging design excellence at the 76th annual North American Paperboard Packaging Competition. The company won 13 awards - the most of any entrant - including the Sustainability Award of the Year.

            2015 10 18 094836Sponsored by the Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC), the competition is judged by a panel of packaging experts. The awards recognize packaging that represents the best in converting excellence, innovation and sustainability that the North American folding carton industry has provided its customers over the past year.

            The First Alert package produced by WestRock, which received the Sustainability Award of the Year, replaces a fully enclosed PET blister clamshell with a NatraLock® blister card, a sturdy, flexible, more sustainable alternative to traditional blister seal and clamshell applications.

            “WestRock connects people to products through innovative, sustainable packaging,” said Pat Lindner, Chief Innovation Officer and President, Consumer Packaging for WestRock. “We are proud to have been honored by the Paperboard Packaging Council and even prouder of the trust our customers have placed in us. These winning designs represent the value we can provide our customers when we combine our market insights and commitment to sustainability with the design and innovation capabilities of our talented employees.”

            In addition to the Sustainability Award of the Year, WestRock received two Gold and 10 Excellence awards for a variety of packaging solutions. A full list is included below, and images can be viewed here.

            • First Alert, Sustainability Award of the Year & Excellence Award
            • Keurig 2018 Winter Holiday Collection, Gold Award
            • WestRock Paper Palette, Gold Award
            • Chick-fil-A Menu XL Menu Tab with Hinged Tray, Excellence Award
            • Oatly Gift Pack, Excellence Award
            • XOFLUZA™ Dosepak, Excellence Award
            • MAYZENT® BAF312 Dosepak, Excellence Award
            • Heineken/Eisenbahn EconoDozen®, Excellence Award
            • Nestlé Goodnight Pillow Pack, Excellence Award
            • Glad® ForceFlex® Plus with MetPet, Excellence Award
            • Michelob ULTRA Beveled Corner 8-Pack, Excellence Award
            • Coca-Cola Shaped Packs, Excellence Award

            WestRock

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

            • westrock
              ]]>
              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Wed, 06 Nov 2019 08:31:27 +0100
              Honeywell and Papertech collaborate on camera- based quality control system for the flat sheet industries http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8297-honeywell-and-papertech-collaborate-on-camera-based-quality-control-system-for-the-flat-sheet-industries http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8297-honeywell-and-papertech-collaborate-on-camera-based-quality-control-system-for-the-flat-sheet-industries

              Offering fuses Honeywell’s expertise in flat sheet quality control systems with Papertech’s know-how in web monitoring and inspection to help manufacturers boost production quality and efficiency

              Honeywell has just announced its collaboration with  Papertech to develop and market TotalVision™, a connected, camera-based detection system for the flat sheet industries. The system enables customers to identify and resolve defects on the production line, improving quality and efficiency. The fully integrated total quality control solution is designed for flat sheet and film processes in which surface detection and production break monitoring capabilities are critical for competitive success. This new solution is designed for paper, pulp, tissue, board, extruded film, calendaring, lithium-ion battery, copper and aluminium foil producers.

              2019 10 28 204924

              Combining Honeywell’s  ExperionMX™ technology with market-leading Papertech’s TotalVision™ defect detection and event capturing capabilities, the solution provides a single-window operating environment for all aspects of process and quality control. Customers benefit from faster root cause determination of runnability and quality problems, thereby saving significant time in lost or downgraded production. When integrated with connected offerings such as  Honeywell QCS 4.0, system data and analytics can be accessed anytime, anywhere, from any device.

              “Honeywell represents an ideal collaborator for Papertech as our industry-leading WebInspector WIS and our WebVision web monitoring system (WMS) single platform TotalVision™ camera system seamlessly integrate with Honeywell’s quality control systems for a range of industries,” said Kari Hilden, CEO of Papertech Inc. “We look forward to working with the global Honeywell team and their customers.”

              Honeywell will continue to support existing camera system users with parts and services, while offering an easy migration path to the new solution. Given the collaborative nature of the agreement, customers can choose to take a single party, single-window approach or to engage with Honeywell and Papertech separately.

              “As the world moves from plastic to biomaterial-based packaging, and from hydrocarbon-based transportation to electric vehicles, flat sheet producers are under increased pressure to ensure output consistently meets a variety of performance and safety requirements,” said Michael Kennelly, Global Business Leader for sheet, film and foil industries, Honeywell Process Solutions. “By bringing together Honeywell’s core strengths of measurement, control, connected applications and services in flat sheet production with Papertech’s leadership in web monitoring and inspection systems, we uniquely provide customers with that capability along with industry-beating lifecycle costs.”

              Papertech is the global industry-leading machine vision system supplier for a range of web-based production lines with more than 1200 TotalVision™ installations in 42 countries. It is part of the IBS Paper Performance Group, a company with a more than 50-year history in delivering papermakers a full range of proven machine efficiency and product quality optimization solutions.

              For more information visit Honeywell Quality Control Systems and  Papertech TotalVision solutions.

              • honeywell
              • papertech
                ]]>
                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 28 Oct 2019 20:49:59 +0100
                Domtar Joins Forces With the Student Conservation Association to Revitalize the Community Kitchen of Bennettsville, SC http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8295-domtar-joins-forces-with-the-student-conservation-association-to-revitalize-the-community-kitchen-of-bennettsville-sc http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8295-domtar-joins-forces-with-the-student-conservation-association-to-revitalize-the-community-kitchen-of-bennettsville-sc

                Employee volunteers from Domtar’s Bennettsville paper mill and Tatum converting facility helped transform the Community Kitchen of Bennettsville with construction and installation of new picnic tables, benches, shade sails and storage bins.

                Domtar Logo 0 0Domtar Corporation has just announced that it joined forces with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) in a conservation project to revitalize the Community Kitchen of Bennettsville. More than 80 employees from our Bennettsville, S.C. paper mill and Tatum, S.C. converting facility transformed the Community Kitchen’s courtyard through construction and installation of new picnic tables, porch swings, benches, shade sails and storage bins. The volunteers also created planters with native flowers and bushes, installed solar lighting, as well as sleeping benches and mats for the homeless. Domtar makes a wide variety of everyday products from sustainable wood fiber, and it is one of the world’s largest producers of uncoated freesheet paper, as well as an innovator in absorbent technology. The company’s Bennettsville paper mill employs 348 people and the Tatum converting facility employs 33 people in the community.

                “Caring is one of Domtar’s core values—caring for our employees, customers, and the communities we serve,” said Domtar corporate responsibility manager, Heather Alverson Stowe. “Sustainability is one of Domtar’s community investment focus areas, which is why we lead community conservation projects with non-profit partners like the Student Conservation Association that engage employees, benefit our neighbors, and enrich our environment.”

                “This was the most fantastic event we have ever had,” said Roger Griggs, founder and owner of the Community Kitchen. “We are so grateful to Domtar and all of the volunteers who came together for this project. The work that was done will make a huge difference in this community.” The Community Kitchen of Bennettsville offers food, clothing and housing for less fortunate citizens of the community. It serves over 150 lunches, Monday through Friday, to people in need in the local community.

                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.

                About Student Conservation Association

                The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is America’s largest and most effective youth conservation service organization. SCA conserves lands and transforms lives by empowering young people of all backgrounds to plan, act, and lead, while they protect and restore our natural and cultural resources. Founded in 1957, SCA’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders, and 70% of its alumni worldwide are employed or studying in conservation-related fields. For more, visit www.thesca.org.

                • domtar
                • Domtar Corporation
                  ]]>
                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 24 Oct 2019 09:18:56 +0200
                  ANDRITZ technologies achieve production record at Eldorado Brasil http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8292-andritz-technologies-achieve-production-record-at-eldorado-brasil http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8292-andritz-technologies-achieve-production-record-at-eldorado-brasil

                  The Eldorado Brasil pulp mill in Três Lagoas, Brazil, set an outstanding production record of 5,576 ADmt/d on September 21, 2019, with ANDRITZ technologies. In addition, production has been running for the past 200 consecutive days without a sheet break on the MS2 line.

                    ANDRITZ pulp drying line © ANDRITZ ANDRITZ pulp drying line © ANDRITZ

                  The mill was started up successfully at the end of 2012 and has achieved several production records since then. Metris OPP, which is part of ANDRITZ’s digital solutions, has been supporting Eldorado Brasil to reach these excellent results. ANDRITZ delivered the woodyard, complete fiberline, white liquor plant, and the new generation of pulp drying plants to Eldorado, including two parallel Twin Wire Former pulp machines, two airborne dryers, two cutter-layboys with 6,670 m working width, and four bale finishing lines.

                  These outstanding results are based on the combination of strong customer and supplier partnership, technology, and excellent planning and implementation.

                  Eldorado Brasil’s greenfield pulp mill achieves annual production of around 1.8 million mt of dried, bleached eucalyptus market pulp.

                  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.

                  ANDRITZ GROUP

                  ANDRITZ is an international technology group providing plants, systems, equipment, and services for various industries. The company is one of the technology and global market leaders in the hydropower business, the pulp and paper industry, the metal working and steel industries, and in 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 company is active in power generation (steam boiler plants, biomass power plants, recovery boilers, and gasification plants) and environmental technology (flue gas and exhaust gas cleaning plants) and offers equipment for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard, as well as recycling plants.

                  ANDRITZ stands for passion, partnership, perspectives and versatility – core values to which the company is committed. The listed Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria. With almost 170 years of experience, approximately 29,600 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
                    ]]>
                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Thu, 24 Oct 2019 08:53:39 +0200
                    Valmet to supply a coated board machine to Graphic Packaging International in the United States http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8282-valmet-to-supply-a-coated-board-machine-to-graphic-packaging-international-in-the-united-states http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8282-valmet-to-supply-a-coated-board-machine-to-graphic-packaging-international-in-the-united-states

                    Valmet will supply a coated board machine for Graphic Packaging International’s (GPI) mill in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in the United States. With this investment in the latest coated board technology, GPI is committing to sustainable packaging with exceptional product quality and cost competitiveness for producing coated recycled board (CRB) grades. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for the first half of 2022.

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

                    valmet logo“Valmet has offered us innovative yet proven technology to reach our high product quality targets. We have had a long and good cooperation with Valmet. Our relationship is based on mutual trust, which is very important in large projects like this one,” says Rusty Miller, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Technology, GPI.

                    “Valmet has a very good relationship with Graphic Packaging International, and we have had successful projects with them. We are happy to be involved in this important project to provide a new coated board machine in the United States,” says Dave King, Area President, North America, Valmet.

                    Technical details about the delivery

                    The board machine will produce coated recycled board (CRB) grades (white line chip board, WLC grades) with an annual capacity of approximately 500,000 short tons which corresponds to 454,000 metric tons.

                    Valmet’s operations in North America

                    Valmet’s operations in North America support the pulp, paper and energy industries with 1,334 employees and a network of 18 service, production and sales units across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Valmet’s machines produce 86 million tons of paper, board, tissue and pulp per year. This represents 70 percent of the North American production.

                    Information about the customer Graphic Packaging

                    Graphic Packaging International, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is committed to providing consumer packaging that makes a world of difference. The company is a leading provider of paper-based packaging solutions for a wide variety of products to food, beverage, foodservice, and other consumer products companies. The company operates on a global basis, is one of the largest producers of folding cartons and paper-based foodservice products in the United States, and holds leading market positions in coated recycled paperboard, coated unbleached kraft paperboard and solid bleached sulfate paperboard. The company’s net sales in 2018 were approximately USD 6 billion. It has over 70 facilities and over 17,000 employees worldwide.

                    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

                    • valmet
                    • valmet corporation
                      ]]>
                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 21 Oct 2019 14:37:45 +0200
                      iDEAL® forged YD: confirmed the success of the next generation Yankee in Mexico http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8265-ideal-forged-yd-confirmed-the-success-of-the-next-generation-yankee-in-mexico http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8265-ideal-forged-yd-confirmed-the-success-of-the-next-generation-yankee-in-mexico

                      The Tissue Machine A.Celli iDEAL® Master of the Mexican customer Blue Tissue S.A.P.I. de C.V., equipped with an A.Celli forged Yankee Dryer, regularly produces excellent tissue paper.

                      The A.Celli iDEAL® Master Tissue Machine’s start-up, last July, confirmed the good quality of the forged product, highlighting the simplicity of its installation.

                      The 16’ Yankee A.Celli iDEAL® Forged_YD is in full production and is the only steel shell Yankee in the world running without a weld, therefore does not require routine inspections of seams in the high fatigue stress areas.

                      2019 10 09 221645

                      For all technical characteristics and relative advantages, in terms of consumption and safety, we invite you to read our article dated September 25th, by clicking here.

                      Great satisfaction for the whole A.Celli team: from R&D Department, where the intuition for the new product started, to the Technical Office, from the Sales Managers to the Project Managers, to the Marketing Department, as well as a special thanks to the Extreme Automation Department for the application of the innovative DCS that allows smart process control and constant machine monitoring in Industry 4.0 perspective.

                      • acelli paper
                      • acelli
                        ]]>
                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Wed, 09 Oct 2019 22:16:30 +0200
                        Domtar to Reduce Papermaking Capacity at Two Mills http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8258-domtar-to-reduce-papermaking-capacity-at-two-mills http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8258-domtar-to-reduce-papermaking-capacity-at-two-mills

                        Domtar Corporation has just announced that it will permanently shut down two of its paper machines.

                        The closures will take place at the Ashdown, Arkansas pulp and paper mill, and the Port Huron, Michigan paper mill. These measures will reduce the Company’s annual uncoated freesheet paper capacity by approximately 204,000 short tons, and will result in a workforce reduction of approximately 100 employees. The closure of the Ashdown paper machine will be effective immediately and the closure of the Port Huron machine by mid-November.

                        Domtar Logo 0 0“I wish to sincerely thank colleagues impacted by the closures and recognize their hard work and contribution to Domtar over many years. As difficult as these actions are, we believe they are necessary in light of the declining market for uncoated freesheet paper. 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 us,” said John D. Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer of Domtar.

                        The Ashdown mill will continue to operate one paper machine with an annual uncoated freesheet paper production capacity of 200,000 short tons and employ approximately 725 people. In addition, the mill operates one of the world’s largest fluff pulp machines, with the flexibility to produce softwood pulp depending on market conditions. As a result of the closure of the paper machine, the mill will produce an incremental 70,000 ADMT of softwood and fluff pulp, which will ramp up over the next 12 months.

                        The Port Huron mill will continue to produce a wide variety of technical and specialty papers for a broad range of customers, utilizing three machines with a total annual production capacity of 95,000 short tons. Following the closure, the mill will employ approximately 212 people.

                        “The closure of the two paper machines will enable us to right-size our paper production capacity with our customer demand. This proactive measure is necessary due to increased imports and declining paper demand,” added Williams.

                         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.
                         

                        • domtar
                        • Domtar Corporation
                          ]]>
                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 04 Oct 2019 08:33:47 +0200
                          California Lawmakers Reject Bill to Ban Paper Receipts http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8253-california-lawmakers-reject-bill-to-ban-paper-receipts http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8253-california-lawmakers-reject-bill-to-ban-paper-receipts

                          California lawmakers recently rejected a bill meant to ban paper receipts. The proposal would have required businesses to ask customers if they wanted a paper receipt before printing one, and businesses would have been forbidden to print coupons or advertisements on receipts unless requested by the customer.

                          Assembly Bill 161 by Assemblymember Phil Ting of San Francisco stalled in the state’s Senate Appropriations Committee as the legislature pared bills before the final two weeks of the session. Advocates of the California bill to ban paper receipts, dubbed Skip the Slip, suggested it would reduce paper waste in the state.

                          2019 10 04 081040

                          The bill initially would have required businesses to provide customers electronic receipts unless a paper printout was requested. After an outcry about privacy concerns related to digital receipts and what it would cost small businesses to use new payment software, that provision was dropped. The move to ban paper receipts also faced strong opposition from the California Restaurant Association and the California Retailers Association.

                          The bill also sought to ban the use of certain chemicals on paper receipts by promoting myths about the amount of bisphenol A (BPA) and bisphenol S (BPS) in lightweight thermal paper, the health risks associated with handling thermal paper and claims that BPA and BPS make paper receipts unrecyclable.

                          “The defeat of this legislation to ban paper receipts is an important victory for Domtar,” says Tom Howard, Domtar’s vice president for government relations. “California represents almost 10 percent of the receipt paper market, and other states, including Illinois and New York, have watched developments with the bill closely. California legislators took a hard look at the value receipts bring to consumers and decided consumers’ interests are paramount.”

                          Jessica Mause of the Keep the Receipt opposition group told the Los Angeles Times, “Public policy should be based on facts and sound science, not misinformation and unsubstantiated claims. We’re pleased that legislators recognized paper receipts are not only preferred by the majority of consumers but are also safe for consumers and employees.”

                          Paper Receipts Are Safe and Recyclable

                          Lawmakers in Illinois and Connecticut have approved measures to ban paper receipts and other documents that are printed on thermal paper that contains BPA. New York has a similar bill under consideration.

                          But such bills promote myths about this type of paper. Lightweight thermal receipt paper manufactured in the United States is BPA-free. We know because we make it at our Marlboro Mill and send it to Appvion in Appleton, Wisconsin, which applies the BPA-free thermal coating. At the time of this writing, Appvion is the largest North American producer of thermal point-of-sale receipt paper, and the company hasn’t used BPA since 2006.

                          While BPA can still be found in lightweight thermal receipt paper produced in Asia and Europe (the EU is phasing it out), the amounts are well within the acceptable levels monitored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration. Paper receipts made from imported thermal paper don’t pose the significant health risk mentioned in the Skip the Slip bill to ban paper receipts. The same is true for all lightweight thermal receipt paper that contains BPS.

                          Similarly, claims that paper receipts can’t be recycled are overstated. Lightweight thermal receipt paper is just as recyclable as any other paper and doesn’t pose any more of a threat to the recycling stream than other materials containing phenols, such as aluminum cans and plastic bottles. In fact, as BPA levels in imported lightweight thermal receipt paper continue to fall, this will become even less of a concern.

                          Howard says the disruptions caused by attempts to ban paper receipts will negatively impact businesses models that are predicated on paper.

                          “Not all areas have sufficient internet connectivity to sustain this [type of] bill,” he says. “And not everyone carries a smartphone all the time. That would be problematic for businesses like dry cleaners and wholesale superstores where paper is an essential part of business operations.”

                          Skip the Myths

                          When it comes to legislation to ban paper receipts, skip the myths before you skip the slips.

                          “We are committed to not only protecting our industry’s interests but also advocating for people’s right to choose paper,” Howard says.

                          Debunk other paper myths by reading these articles:

                          • domtar
                            ]]>
                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Fri, 04 Oct 2019 08:11:01 +0200
                            ANDRITZ Brasil wins ABTCP 2019 awards http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8245-andritz-brasil-wins-abtcp-2019-awards http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/south-american-news/item/8245-andritz-brasil-wins-abtcp-2019-awards

                            ANDRITZ Brasil Ltda., part of international technology Group ANDRITZ, has received the best manufacturer award in two categories of this year’s ABTCP “Best of of the Pulp & Paper Industry Award”:

                            • Machines and equipment for pulp production (for the fifth consecutive year)
                            • Equipment and systems for liquor recovery and energy generation (for the second consecutive year)

                            These awards, which are considered as the most important in the South American pulp and paper sector, are based on expert assessments as well as on votes by customers, suppliers and other stakeholders in the Brazilian pulp and paper industry.

                            premeio destaques 2019 data

                            Every year, ABTCP (Associação Brasileira Técnica de Celulose e Papel – the Brazilian Pulp and Paper Technical Association) honors companies that have contributed substantially to technological developments in the pulp and paper industry and thus to increasing productivity and competitiveness in this sector.

                            ANDRITZ Brasil has 400 employees located in Curitiba, Araucária, Belo Horizonte and Serra and is the ANDRITZ GROUP’s “South American hub”, with focus on pulp and paper technologies and services. Over the past ten years, ANDRITZ has obtained a leading position in the Brazilian pulp market due the continuous technological developments, improved workflows and a dedicated local organization that has enabled on-time deliveries and shown extraordinary performance in project execution. The ANDRITZ GROUP has around 2,850 employees in Brazil.

                            ANDRITZ GROUP

                            ANDRITZ is an international technology group providing plants, systems, equipment, and services for various industries. The company is one of the technology and global market leaders in the hydropower business, the pulp and paper industry, the metal working and steel industries, and in 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 company is active in power generation (steam boiler plants, biomass power plants, recovery boilers, and gasification plants) and environmental technology (flue gas and exhaust gas cleaning plants) and offers equipment for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard, as well as recycling plants.

                            ANDRITZ stands for passion, partnership, perspectives and versatility – core values to which the company is committed. The listed Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria. With almost 170 years of experience, approximately 29,600 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 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.

                            • Andritz
                              ]]>
                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) South American News Thu, 26 Sep 2019 08:40:37 +0200
                              Mark Sterry and Barbara Ness to Join Willamette Falls Paper Company Sales Team http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8241-mark-sterry-and-barbara-ness-to-join-willamette-falls-paper-company-sales-team http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8241-mark-sterry-and-barbara-ness-to-join-willamette-falls-paper-company-sales-team

                              Willamette Falls Paper Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Columbia Ventures Corporation in Vancouver, Washington, is pleased to announce that industry professionals, Mark Sterry, and Barbara Ness have joined the company as Regional Sales Managers.

                              Barbara Ness’ background includes over 25 years of extensive paper, printing and packaging experience with Georgia Pacific, Wausau, Graphic Packaging, and most recently with iVEX. Her previous roles in new business development, as well as technical service and sales, will bring a broad understanding of all aspects of paper and packaging uses. Ms. Ness will cover the Pacific Northwest region.

                              2019 09 19 105309Mark Sterry has worked in the printing and paper industry for over 30 years. He started his career in corporate print purchasing and worked on both the mill side with Repap, Stora Enso, New Page and Moorim, as well as on the merchant side with Unisource, Veritiv, and Pro-Con. He has held various positions as a regional sales manager and specialty sales manager. Mr. Sterry is located in Northern California and will cover the Southwest region.

                              “Barbara and Mark will bring a wealth of paper knowledge and valuable experience to our customers and help develop long-lasting partnerships,” states Brian Konen, President of Willamette Falls Paper Company. “We are excited to reintroduce a variety of products to market and look to Barbara and Mark to use their expertise to help find new opportunities and grow our market share in the West.”

                              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 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. Willamette Falls Paper Company is a leader in environmentally sustainable paper production.

                              For additional information, please email inquiries to:
                              info@wfpaperco.com

                              ]]>
                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 23 Sep 2019 10:53:40 +0200
                              WestRock to Reconfigure North Charleston, SC, Paper Mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8230-westrock-to-reconfigure-north-charleston-sc-paper-mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8230-westrock-to-reconfigure-north-charleston-sc-paper-mill
                              • Shut down of one paper machine will reduce linerboard capacity by approximately 288,000 tons
                              • Focuses mill on manufacture of differentiated DuraSorb® and KraftPak® products
                              • Enables approximately $40 million EBITDA improvement

                              WestRock Company have just announced that it is reconfiguring its North Charleston, SC, paper mill to improve the mill’s operating efficiency and long-term competitiveness.

                              2015 10 18 094836As part of the reconfiguration, WestRock will permanently shut down one of the mill’s three paper machines and related physical infrastructure, eliminating approximately 288,000 tons of linerboard capacity. The reconfigured mill’s production capacity will total approximately 605,000 tons per year, consisting of three grades: kraft linerboard; KraftPak, an unbleached folding carton kraft paper; and DuraSorb, a saturating kraft paper used for decorative laminate and industrial end uses.

                              “The actions that we are taking at our North Charleston mill will substantially improve the long-term competitiveness of the mill by reducing our on-going operating costs and capital needs, and focusing more than half of the mill’s production on the high-value, differentiated DuraSorb and KraftPak products,” said Steve Voorhees, chief executive officer of WestRock. “Reducing the production of linerboard at this mill will help balance our supply with customer demand across our system.”

                              The company anticipates that the reconfiguration will increase WestRock’s annual EBITDA by approximately $40 million, primarily due to the reduction in operating costs from the shutdown of the paper machine and its associated infrastructure. This reconfiguration includes an anticipated workforce reduction of approximately 260 positions at this mill over a five-month period, starting in January 2020.

                              “We understand that this reconfiguration will impact our employees, their families and the community,” continued Voorhees. “Our teams are working to provide support and resources to our employees and their families as we move forward.”

                              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 team members support customers around the world from locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at www.westrock.com

                              • westrock
                                ]]>
                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 22:17:21 +0200
                                Verso Announces New Anthem Plus® Coated Paper Promotion http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8228-verso-announces-new-anthem-plus-coated-paper-promotion http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8228-verso-announces-new-anthem-plus-coated-paper-promotion

                                American Product. American Jobs. American Pride.

                                Verso Corporation, a leading producer of coated papers, has just introduced a new promotion for its economy coated paper, Anthem Plus®, titled Anthem Plus®. Solid Performer. The promotion features the product's satin finish and matching digital companion, Blazer Digital®.

                                "Anthem Plus® is the all-American economy coated paper with all the qualities and performance commercial printers want at the price they need," said Verso President of Graphic and Specialty Papers Mike Weinhold. "It has 92-bright, blue-white optics in gloss and satin finishes, from 60 lb. text to 130 lb. cover. It also offers USPS-compliant 7 pt. and 9 pt. basis weights and a matching digital product, Blazer Digital®. Anthem Plus® is made with pride right here in the U.S., supporting local economies and American jobs. That's why it's known as the all-American product."

                                The promotion demonstrates the print quality of Anthem Plus® Satin 100 lb. text and cover and includes crossover pages showcasing the compatibility of Blazer Digital® Satin 100 lb. text. With beautiful solids and brilliant reproduction, Anthem Plus® and Blazer Digital® are the go-to economy coated stocks for offset and digital applications.

                                2019 09 19 220848

                                "Anthem Plus® is a great sheet that comes with Verso's superior service and immediate availability, which means our customers get what they need, when and where they need it," said Verso Brand Manager Tim Nordin. "With more than 200 Anthem Plus® SKUs in our warehouses across the country, we're ready to meet our customers' needs day-in and day-out, even when demand surges. Verso is willing and able to quickly cut custom sizes of Anthem Plus® to meet our customers' just-in-time delivery needs."

                                "Verso's paper mills have served the toner market with the very best in coated papers for more than two decades, delivering digital papers expertise, dedicated production capacity and the broadest digital papers product portfolios in the industry," said Verso Brand and Product Manager Michelle Garrett. "Blazer Digital® is an economical, 92-bright coated digital paper with basis weight and finish choices similar to Anthem Plus®."

                                Anthem Plus® has the flexibility to perform in virtually every sheetfed printing application, including direct mail, brochures, catalogs, posters, newsletters, calendars, bill stuffers, flyers and manuals. It is available with post-consumer recycled fiber, complies with Lacey Act requirements and is chain-of-custody tri-certified to the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC® - C014984 -BV-COC-953662), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™ - BV-PEFCCOC-US09000012), and Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI® - BV-SFICOC-US09000011) standards.

                                To learn more about Anthem Plus® and Blazer Digital®, please visit versoco.com.

                                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

                                SOURCE Verso Corporation

                                • verso
                                • Verso Paper Corp
                                • verso corporation
                                  ]]>
                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 22:10:07 +0200
                                  Verso Showcases Sterling® Premium Coated Paper in ELEVATE YOUR IMPRESSION Promotion http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8220-verso-showcases-sterling-premium-coated-paper-in-elevate-your-impression-promotion http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8220-verso-showcases-sterling-premium-coated-paper-in-elevate-your-impression-promotion

                                  Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) continues to celebrate the power of print in its latest promotion titled Sterling® Premium. ELEVATE YOUR IMPRESSION. Sterling® Premium is Verso's premium coated sheetfed printing paper.

                                  "Sterling® Premium has set a new standard for premium coated papers," said Verso President of Graphic and Specialty Papers Mike Weinhold. "The combination of optics with premium surface quality, print performance, product breadth, sustainability, Verso service and an affordable price makes Sterling® Premium a great choice for marketers who want to elevate their brand's image and make a lasting impression."

                                  ELEVATE YOUR IMPRESSION. This beautifully printed set of cards is the fourth in a series of promotions for Sterling® Premium. The cards showcase the 96 bright, white shade, exceptional surface and print quality of 120 lb. Sterling® Premium Silk Cover and 120 lb. Sterling® Premium Digital™ for HP Indigo Silk Cover through colorful, attention-grabbing imagery printed using creative techniques and special inks, including chrome (metallic), fluorescent DayGlo® and vibrant Kaleido® inks.

                                  2019 09 19 211035

                                  "This promotion demonstrates and celebrates the power and possibilities of print," said Verso Brand Marketing Manager Ryan Graham. "In branding, a great first impression entices customers to explore and learn more. Print not only delivers an immediate and captivating draw to your brand with rich, colorful imagery, but also provides a tactile experience that no electronic media can match. There's no doubt that printing on Sterling® Premium delivers eye-catching graphics and a human touch that will elevate your brand and leave a lasting impression," he said.

                                  Made in the U.S.A., Sterling® Premium has the widest and deepest offering of any premium grade, with a full line of sizes and finishes including gloss, silk and matte, with weights to meet a broad spectrum of requirements. Sterling® Premium offers true premium selection, with the industry's broadest range of basis weights—70 lb. text through 130 lb. cover, including 7 pt. and 9 pt. caliper guaranteed products for direct mail. The product line also includes two matching digital companion products, Sterling® Premium Digital™ and Sterling® Premium Digital™ for HP Indigo, guaranteed on all digital offset, toner and HP Indigo print equipment. Sterling® Premium is manufactured with 10% post-consumer waste (PCW) recycled fiber, complies with Lacey Act requirements and is chain-of-custody tri-certified to the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC® - C014984 -BV-COC-953662), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™ - BV-PEFCCOC-US09000012), and Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI® - BV-SFICOC-US09000011) standards.

                                  To learn more about Sterling® Premium, please visit our website versoco.com.

                                  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
                                  www.versoco.com 

                                  • verso
                                  • Verso Paper Corp
                                    ]]>
                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 21:11:01 +0200
                                    Ensuring paper quality - web monitoring and inspection on a high-speed paper coating line http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8218-ensuring-paper-quality-web-monitoring-and-inspection-on-a-high-speed-paper-coating-line http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8218-ensuring-paper-quality-web-monitoring-and-inspection-on-a-high-speed-paper-coating-line

                                    AMETEK Surface Vision has delivered a reliable, comprehensive state-of-the-art solution for early defect detection and classification on a major paper manufacturer’s premium paper coating line, increasing productivity and winder throughput.

                                    Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH is a paper manufacturer based in Bielefeld, Germany. Known for high-quality products, it is part of the Japanese company Mitsubishi Paper Mills Ltd, and produces coated inkjet, thermal, carbonless, label and barrier papers.

                                    The Bielefeld site operates two paper machines, three coating machines, and seven winders. The premium coating machine, designated SM3, is the most productive coating line at the plant, used for the coating of thermal paper for different applications, so defects need to be detected as early as possible.

                                    2019 09 19 184639

                                    The coated paper produced by the SM3 line has to meet the quality standards demanded by customers. The existing web inspection system was aging and no longer able to meet Mitsubishi’s increased requirements, and so had to be replaced with a state-of-the-art web inspection solution that delivered the best available results.

                                    Marco Saitta, Sales Account Manager at AMETEK Surface Vision, said: “Over the years, Mitsubishi assessed the best service and support to be delivered by AMETEK Surface Vision directly. They also found our inspection systems were the easiest to use and provided the most accurate results in terms of defect detection and classification.”

                                    The AMETEK Surface Vision solution

                                    To provide the highest-quality solution for SM3, AMETEK Surface Vision supplied the company’s SmartView and SmartAdvisor® inspection systems, which offers a complete and integrated set of web inspection and web monitoring tools on the same machine.

                                    SmartView is AMETEK Surface Vision’s versatile, modular system for the detection, monitoring and reporting of surface defects on a range of products. It combines powerful software, linescan camera technology, high-intensity lighting and industry-leading engineering to deliver a trusted, automatic solution.

                                    SmartAdvisor is an easy-to-use, reliable video monitoring and process analysis solution for continuous production lines. Using high-speed video and camera synchronization technology, it boosts machine efficiency, finds defects and detects process upsets from startup.

                                    2019 09 19 184705

                                    These products can also be coupled together in a comprehensive Smart System configuration. This allows synchronization of the final quality camera images with the over-the-line, distributed process monitoring cameras, so final defects can be traced through the line, identifying the root cause of the defect.

                                    The Smart System is supported by the Advanced Winder Advisor (AWA), a precision marking solution developed specifically for SmartView systems operating in the paper industry.

                                    Axel Kümper, Mitsubishi’s Production Manager for SM3, said: “We have found the AWA to be a very impressive tool, because it stops within a maximum of 10 centimetres from the defect. While there are other solutions available, this has proven to be the most effective one for identifying defect locations for easy removal or patching.”

                                    Meeting customer requirements

                                    Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe Gmbh reported excellent results from using the new system on SM3.

                                    Axel Kümper said: “With this new system, we are able to meet the highly demanding quality requirements of the thermal paper market, delivering defect-free material to our customers.”

                                    About AMETEK Surface Vision

                                    AMETEK Surface Vision is a world leader in automated online surface inspection solutions with a broad product portfolio optimized for web and surface inspection and monitoring and process surveillance applications.

                                    Its product portfolio includes two distinct product lines: SmartView® systems and SmartAdvisor® systems. Each product line uniquely enables customers to inspect the surfaces of materials processed in a continuous fashion across the metals, paper, plastics, nonwovens and glass industries. Learn more by visiting ameteksurfacevision.com.

                                    • ametek
                                      ]]>
                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 19:02:03 +0200
                                      Willamette Falls Paper Company is now FSC Certified http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8210-willamette-falls-paper-company-is-now-fsc-certified http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8210-willamette-falls-paper-company-is-now-fsc-certified

                                      Willamette Falls Paper Company, Inc. has achieved Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Chain-of-Custody certification through SCS Global Services.
                                       
                                      FSC Chain-of-Custody certification assures consumers that the products they are purchasing have been responsibly managed and harvested. FSC-certified products are tracked throughout their life cycle, from forest to end product. For a final product to be certified, all companies along the supply chain (in this case from forest to paper mill) need to be FSC certified. All certification audits and assessments are done by third-party companies. Certification for Willamette Falls Paper Company (FSC-C151152) was performed by SCS Global Services.
                                       
                                      2019 09 19 105309By becoming FSC certified, Willamette Falls Paper Company is one step closer to achieving its sustainability goals.
                                       
                                      “We are dedicated to offering environmentally sound options to our customers,” says Brian Konen, President of Willamette Falls Paper Company. “Our long-term focus is sustainable papermaking, and FSC certification is just the first stage.”
                                       
                                      Looking to the future, Willamette Falls Paper Company will explore the use of non-traditional fiber sources such as wheat straw and hemp in the papermaking process. The company also plans to work with local waste management companies to find better solutions for paper recycling in the West Linn region.
                                       
                                      ABOUT WILLAMETTE FALLS PAPER COMPANY, INC.
                                      Willamette Falls Paper Company 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. www.wfpaperco.com.

                                      ABOUT SCS GLOBAL SERVICES
                                      SCS Global Services is a leader in environmental and sustainability certification. A founding member and one of the first certification bodies accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council in 1996, SCS is one of the world’s leading FSC certifiers with more than 35 million acres of responsibly managed forests and 4000 companies in the FSC supply chain worldwide. SCS programs span a cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, and more. SCS is a Certified B Corporation™, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices. Learn more at www.scsglobalservices.com.
                                       
                                      ABOUT FSC
                                      FSC is the most rigorous international standard for responsible forestry. FSC certified forests conserve biological diversity, water resources and crucial ecosystems. The FSC standard also upholds worker rights and supports economic prosperity in surrounding communities. The FSC Chain of Custody certification ensures that certified wood products are tracked from forest to final product (and if applicable, that qualified recycled materials are used), adding legitimacy to the FSC claim throughout the supply chain.

                                      • willamette falls paper company
                                      • willamette falls paper company
                                        ]]>
                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Thu, 19 Sep 2019 10:52:10 +0200
                                        AstenJohnson announces end of proposed transaction to merge Heimbach and AstenJohnson PMC businesses http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8193-astenjohnson-announces-end-of-proposed-transaction-to-merge-heimbach-and-astenjohnson-pmc-businesses http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/usa/north-american-news/item/8193-astenjohnson-announces-end-of-proposed-transaction-to-merge-heimbach-and-astenjohnson-pmc-businesses

                                        AstenJohnson CEO Kevin Frank said: “We regret to announce that the proposed transaction to merge the Heimbach and AstenJohnson PMC (Paper Machine Clothing) businesses has been called off. While both companies have a high level of respect for each other and saw great potential to merge, the obstacles simply proved too great to overcome at this time.”

                                        astenjohnson logoAstenJohnson is committed and confident of delivering superior value to all its stakeholders and continues to focus on its growing PMC and Nonwovens business while searching for future strategic growth opportunities.

                                        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.

                                        • astenjohnson
                                        • Heimbach
                                          ]]>
                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Mon, 02 Sep 2019 08:49:52 +0200
                                          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.

                                          • fisher international
                                            ]]>
                                            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.

                                            2019 07 31 165752

                                            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.

                                            • acelli paper
                                              ]]>
                                              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.

                                              2019 07 08 123624

                                              “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.

                                              • willamette falls paper company
                                                ]]>
                                                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.

                                                • solenis
                                                  ]]>
                                                  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

                                                  • west linn
                                                    ]]>
                                                    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.

                                                    • abb
                                                      ]]>
                                                      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.  

                                                      2019 07 08 120220Photo: ANDRITZ

                                                      “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.

                                                      • Andritz
                                                        ]]>
                                                        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

                                                        • Port Hawkesbury Paper LP
                                                          ]]>
                                                          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.

                                                          • Domtar Corporation
                                                          • domtar
                                                            ]]>
                                                            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.

                                                            • dupont
                                                              ]]>
                                                              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.

                                                              • Toscotec
                                                                ]]>
                                                                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.

                                                                • pmp poland
                                                                • PMP
                                                                  ]]>
                                                                  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

                                                                  • ABTCP
                                                                    ]]>
                                                                    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.

                                                                    • valmet
                                                                    • valmet corporation
                                                                      ]]>
                                                                      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.

                                                                      • Andritz
                                                                        ]]>
                                                                        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.

                                                                        • Buckman
                                                                          ]]>
                                                                          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

                                                                          • valmet
                                                                          • valmet corporation
                                                                            ]]>
                                                                            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.

                                                                            • biditup
                                                                            • maynards
                                                                              ]]>
                                                                              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.

                                                                              • valmet
                                                                              • valmet corporation
                                                                                ]]>
                                                                                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

                                                                                • verso
                                                                                • Verso Paper Corp
                                                                                  ]]>
                                                                                  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.

                                                                                  • Resolute Forest Products
                                                                                    ]]>
                                                                                    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.

                                                                                    • voith
                                                                                    • voith paper
                                                                                      ]]>
                                                                                      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.

                                                                                      2019 05 03 124428

                                                                                      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!

                                                                                      • acelli paper
                                                                                      • acelli
                                                                                        ]]>
                                                                                        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.

                                                                                        • astenjohnson
                                                                                        • Heimbach
                                                                                          ]]>
                                                                                          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 

                                                                                          • verso
                                                                                          • Verso Paper Corp
                                                                                            ]]>
                                                                                            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.

                                                                                            • panasa
                                                                                              ]]>
                                                                                              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.

                                                                                              • valmet
                                                                                              • valmet corporation
                                                                                                ]]>
                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                • Emtec
                                                                                                • emtec electronic
                                                                                                  ]]>
                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                  • domtar
                                                                                                  • Domtar Corporation
                                                                                                    ]]>
                                                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) North American News Tue, 26 Mar 2019 08:30:09 +0100