Since September 1996, the at-speed balancing bunker in Sulzer’s Houston Service Center has been performing a critical service for clients from all over the world. As an integral part of the diagnostic and repair process for large rotating components, this facility offers plant owners and OEMs a specialty service that ensures continued reliability.
Humans are driving an unprecedented loss of flora and fauna, prompting fears that we are in the midst of a sixth great extinction event, with one third of all species in the wild facing threat of extinction. Speaking at the World Economic Forum today, Aida Greenbury, Chief of Sustainability of Asia Pulp and Paper Group (APP), made the case for why global leaders need to see people as the solution rather than as the problem, and work together to empower communities to build a sustainable economy that will help to safeguard the environment and biodiversity at the same time.
Ahlstrom Corporation’s Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders was held today in Helsinki. According to a stock exchange release published by Ahlstrom, the EGM resolved, inter alia, to approve the combination of Ahlstrom’s and Munksjö’s business operations through a statutory absorption merger of Ahlstrom into Munksjö and approve the merger plan. The EGM also authorised Ahlstrom’s Board of Directors to resolve on the distribution of an extra dividend in the total amount of maximum EUR 0.49 per each outstanding share in Ahlstrom prior to the completion of the combination. All decisions were taken in accordance with the proposals of Ahlstrom’s Board of Directors.
Xavier Engel is the new President of the French Federation of Cardboard and Paper Stationery (FFCP). He succeeds Guy Brochard, president of Tallineau Emballage, who has been FFCP’s president since 2010. Xavier Engel (68) is CEO of Calendriers de Paris. This federation gathers 400 companies and 20,000 employees. Its turn over is 3,4 billion euros.
Solenis will increase prices on its process chemicals for pulp and paper manufacturing as well as its polyacrylamide (PAM) products for industrial water treatment in Asia Pacific, effective immediately or as contracts allow. A 5-10% increase will occur on select process chemicals and PAMs, while varying increases can be expected for different products and countries where there has been significant local currency devaluation.
Valmet will deliver a defibrator system to Luso Finsa in Portugal for their fiberboard production plant. The very first developed EVO-56 defibrator system was also ordered by the Finsa Group back in 2006 to its Padron mill in Spain and now they have rewarded Valmet with a repeat order. The system is scheduled to be delivered in the second quarter of 2017.
Iggesund Paperboard’s parent company, the Holmen Group, has gained a place on the Global 100, an index of the hundred most sustainable corporations in the world. Holmen ranks 21 and is the only company from the forest industry on the prestigious list.
The Nordic Bioeconomy Panel under The Nordic Council of Ministers has chosen UPM BioVerno and GrowDex® in the Nordic bioeconomy - 25 cases for sustainable change catalogue. UPM BioVerno is a renewable diesel made of crude tall oil, a wood residue from pulp production. GrowDex® is a wood-based nanocellulose hydrogel developed for the needs of the pharmaceutical industry.
Stora Enso has initiated a process with the Government of Guangxi with the target to remove the authorisation for the hardwood chemical pulp mill from its investment permit. Stora Enso has previously announced that it considers building a chemical pulp mill at its Beihai Mill site, once the consumer board machine is up and running. The final decision is still subject to the decision of Stora Enso’s Board of Directors.
ANDRITZ has received an order from KAMA Karton LLC, Krasnokamsk, Russia to supply a complete production line for folding box board with a basis weight range from 200 to 350 g/m2. The board machine has an annual capacity of 220,000 tons and is complemented by a new wood handling line, a BCTMP plant with HC bleaching, as well as stock preparation, approach flow, broke, and fiber recovery systems. ANDRITZ will also deliver the Motor Control Center, the Multi Motor Drive and a complete PrimeControl system for the entire line. The line is scheduled to be started up during the first quarter of 2019.
International suppliers of stationery and office supplies are turning to the Middle East and Africa (MEA) for future business growth, with the UAE presenting itself as the ideal gateway to access hard-to-reach markets.
Growth in the global stationery and office supplies market is expected to come from emerging markets such as the MEA. Analysts TechNavio forecast an annual market increase in the region of 15 per cent, while Conlumino, another analyst, estimate the MEA market for paper, stationery and office supplies, will be worth US$12 billion by 2019.
EKO PAPER, a Russian exporter of the newsprint made from 100% thermo-mechanical pulp (TMP), has launched its corporate website in the corporate identity and with the high functionality for Company’s clients and partners.
Valmet will supply a new evaporation plant, a combustion plant for gases generated in the production process and related automation systems for Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper mill in Novodvinsk, Russia. The delivery will be part of execution of the second stage of the mill`s priority investment project Reconstruction of Board Production.
ANDRITZ has successfully completed the rebuild of a sludge screw press at Stora Enso’s Anjala paper mill in Anjalankoski, Finland.
The turnkey upgrade of the sludge screw press, which has been out of operation for the past few years, included dismantling of the baskets and shaft, rebuild of the baskets with new screen plates, overhaul of the counter-pressure unit, supply of all parts needed for the overhaul, as well as erection of the unit. The upgraded press replaced an existing, outdated sludge dewatering unit.
BillerudKorsnäs is taking a further step into the Internet of Packaging by investing in a minority holding in UK technology company Hanhaa. The company’s solution allows users to track not only the location but also the condition of their deliveries in real time and on a large scale no matter the country or carrier.
The investment is being made by BillerudKorsnäs Venture AB, which was formed last spring to develop new business for the Group by linking up with interesting innovation companies in early stage. The objective is to gradually generate and develop new business. The aim is to work closely with companies and actively contribute to developing new solutions in the packaging value chain. This is a relatively small investment for BillerudKorsnäs in financial terms.
Valmet has entered into a strategic value-added reseller (VAR) agreement for power and process industry automation with Consulta Enterprises in India. The agreement covers India, the United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.
On 15th December 2016, Toscotec shipped the first two TT SYD-22FT of 2° generation (diameter 6705 mm) from the port of Marina di Carrara, Tuscany.
The first two Steel Yankee Dryers ofthe largest diameter ever built have left the dockand this is further proof of Toscotec’s leadership in the design and manufacturing of the main component of the tissue drying section. The TT SYD-22FT is at the heart of Toscotec PRODERGY tissue machine, which is equipped with a Steam Hood to achieve the maximum operating speed of 2000 mpm.
ANDRITZ has received an order from Sun Paper Holding Lao Co. Ltd. to supply main production technologies and equipment for a new pulp mill located in the city of Xepon, Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Start-up is expected in mid-2018.
The Nomination Board of Valmet proposes to the next Annual General Meeting, which is planned to be held on March 23, 2017, that the number of members of the Board of Directors until closing of the Annual General Meeting 2018 will be seven and that
Bo Risberg, Lone Fønss Schrøder, Rogerio Ziviani, Aaro Cantell, Jouko Karvinen and Tarja Tyni are re-elected as Board members,
Eriikka Söderström is elected as a new Board member.
The Netherlands-based paper manufacturer, Van Houtum, has announced a €5 million investment in a joint venture for the production of ECOR, a sustainable alternative to particleboard and other materials, made from recycled waste resources ranging from paper and agricultural waste, to textiles and even beverage cups as a raw material feedstock. The ECOR green building materials emerged on the Netherlands market about a year ago, from a regional subsidiary of Noble Environmental Technologies in Venlo.
Sonoco today announced it is implementing a $60 per ton price increase for all grades of uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) in the United States and Canada.
Sonoco previously announced a URB price increase of $40 to $60 per ton in October 2016, and the Company is revising the increase for all grades to $60 per ton, effective with shipments beginning February 6, 2017.
“This increase is necessary to capture higher recycled fiber and other costs so we can continue providing high-quality, value-adding products to our customers,” said Palace Stepps, division vice president of sales and marketing for Sonoco’s U.S. and Canada paper and adhesives.
Lecta increases the production capacity of its Metalvac range of metallized papers.
In accordance with Lecta’s strategic plan, a new coating and lacquering line made by the Swiss manufacturer Polytype was recently put into operation at the Leitza mill.
In the manufacture of metallized papers, it is necessary to apply specific coatings to ensure paper quality : first a proper fixing of the aluminum on the paper and then optimum printability of the metallized coat. The new coating and lacquering machine incorporates the latest technical developments in the application of these coatings to guarantee the highest quality.
Metsä Group’s Wood Products Industry Metsä Wood sells its wood element business located in Pälkäne, Finland, to Lapwall Oy. The transaction is expected to be finalized by the end of January. Personnel of the wood element business will in its entirety transfer to the new owner’s payroll.
In connection with the transaction the parties agreed on a multiyear contract concerning Kerto® LVL and spruce plywood deliveries. “Lapwall is an important partner for us, with whom we develop the wood construction ecosystem,” says EVP Esa Kaikkonen from Metsä Wood.
The divestment does not have a material financial impact on Metsä Group.
After forty-two years of service to the company Mat Quaedvlieg has retired from his position as Vice President Manufacturing, R&D and Technology Sappi Europe on December 31st, 2016. He will continue as VP Strategic Business Projects on a part time basis.