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Week of 6 April 2020: How appropriate--it is safety month!

Week of 6 April 2020: How appropriate--it is safety month!

No, I am not going to give you another COVID-19 advisory. You have no doubt already read countless admonishments on that subject. You do need to take them seriously, of course. But at this point, for the literate and sighted part of the population, I say let Darwinism take its course--you have been warned. For the infirm, the weak, the young and the very old -be generous and help them out. What is appropriate, though, in this first week of Safety Month, is to warn you about distractions. I can't think of another time in my nearly seventy years of life that I have ever seen the entire world focused on one subject as it is now. And, admit, it is a distraction. Distractions take our attention off safe practices.

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Week of 30 March 2020: Brave new world: How do you do maintenance with a 6 foot separation between employees?

Week of 23 March 2020: Maintenance Contractors need to step up their game

Week of 16 March 2020: Ford vs. Ferrari

Week of 9 March 2020: What to maintain?

Week of 2 March 2020: Maintenance Again

Week of 24 February 2020: Transportation entities must watch their Public Relations

Week of 17 February 2020: Conveyors are transportation, too!

Week of 10 February 2020: Cancer!

Week of 3 February 2020: What's developed in transportation in the last year?

Week of 27 January 2020: Dainty and Rugged Capital Projects

Week of 20 January 2020: Leveraging Capital Negotiations

Week of 13 January 2020: The Emotion in Capital Budgets

Week of 6 January 2020: Do low interest rates make for sloppy capital projects?

Week of 30 December 2019: Power & Energy: Hubris and Finality

Technology

ABB launches new Optical Consistency Transmitter sensors

ABB launches new Optical Consistency Transmitter sensors

ABB has launched its KPM KC9 Optical Consistency Transmitter family, a new range of sensors that provide accurate measurement of total and/or ash consistency for better wet end measurement and control in pulp and paper processes.

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 Moisture Measurements to Suit Many Applications

Moisture Measurements to Suit Many Applications

MoistTech uses its 40 years of expertise to enhance clients' manufacturing processes and protect their products.

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Spotlight

Fulton Systems: Critical Manufacturer to Essential Business

Fulton Systems: Critical Manufacturer to Essential Business

Since 1924, Fulton Systems, Inc. is a strategic manufacturer and supplier to the pulp and paper industry. We provide thermodynamic and heat transfer equipment to raw paper machine and paper mill operations. This industry is an essential business as identified by the Department of Homeland Security document "Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response, Version 1."

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Businesses, including paper mill, provide toilet paper bonuses amid shortage

Businesses, including paper mill, provide toilet paper bonuses amid shortage

Clearwater paper, which produces toilet paper at its mill in Lewiston, confirmed that the company was gifting 36 rolls of bathroom tissue to each of its 3,300 employees.

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Corrugated Box Industry Keeps Supply Chain Moving Amid COVID-19 Challenges

McGraw-Hill Reports Company-Wide Sales of Digital Products Overtake Print for the First Time in a Fiscal Year

Jim's travels

Where is Jim this week?

As I travel, I am always looking for someone to go to dinner with, share a barbeque sandwich lunch and so forth.

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Pratt Industries and Talo Analytic International celebrate 25 year relationship

Pratt Industries and Talo Analytic International celebrate 25 year relationship

Gary Byrd of Pratt Industries and Jim Thompson of Talo Analytic International recently celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the two companies' relationship. The relationship started in November of 1993.

For the occasion, Talo Analytic International commissioned a "tombstone" reminiscent of those typically prepared to celebrate a deal closing and presented it to Mr. Byrd.

Talo Analytic International began working with Pratt Industries when Pratt's Conyers, Georgia Mill was first financed. Talo Analytic International has been the principal technical adviser on the financing of every Pratt mill in the United States. Talo Analytic International was also a key adviser on the Visy Tumut Mill in Australia in the late 1990's.

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A visit to Advanced Coil Technology

Successful Road Trip to Louisiana and Texas

Industree 4.0

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COVID-19: Mondi adapts production line in Germany to make much-needed face mask components

Mondi produces elastic, three-layer laminate straps using nonwoven material for one billion face masks.

Neenah Announces Vectorply Acquisition Not Completed

Neenah, Inc. announced that it had not closed on its agreement to acquire Vectorply Corporation on April 1 as originally contemplated. Neenah had agreed to acquire Vectorply from MSouth Equity Partners for $155 million in cas...

COVID-19: Conifex Timber to temporarily curtail operations at Mackenzie sawmill for two weeks

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting global demand for forest products. In response, effective April 6, 2020, Conifex Timber Inc. will temporarily curtail operations at its Mackenzie, British Columbia, Canada sawmill for two we...

Japan International Cooperation Agency signs $72-million loan agreement with Klabin

In this project, Klabin S.A. is carrying out an expansion of its existing facility in Paraná State in southern Brazil. By further promoting the use of biofuel it is expected to control the GHG emission. This project will con...

Temporary furloughs at Södra Wood

Södra Wood is implementing temporary partial furloughs at its production facilities in Mönsterås and Orrefors due to a reduction in demand in the UK and the Republic of Ireland during the ongoing pandemic. Södra Wood Ltd ...

P&G Charmin facility ramping back up after fire

A Procter & Gamble Co. manufacturing plant that makes Charmin toilet paper and Bounty paper towels suffered fire damage Monday, but workers are getting equipment affected by the blaze back into service.

PCA Announces Plans to Take Economic Downtime at its Jackson, Alabama Uncoated Freesheet Mill

Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) has announced that it is idling one of its two uncoated white paper mills for two months (May-June).

J.D. Irving Nova Scotia facility closed following new COVID-19 cases

The J.D. Irving Sawmill near Truro, N.S., has reported that three of their staff members have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The first staff member to be diagnosed has received the appropriate medical care and is now self-isol...

Leading Stories

COVID-19: Mondi adapts production line in Germany to make much-needed face mask components

COVID-19: Mondi adapts production line in Germany to make much-needed face mask components

Mondi produces elastic, three-layer laminate straps using nonwoven material for one billion face masks.

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Neenah Announces Vectorply Acquisition Not Completed

Neenah Announces Vectorply Acquisition Not Completed

Neenah, Inc. announced that it had not closed on its agreement to acquire Vectorply Corporation on April 1 as originally contemplated. Neenah had agreed to acquire Vectorply from MSouth Equity Partners for $155 million in cash.

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COVID-19: Conifex Timber to temporarily curtail operations at Mackenzie sawmill for two weeks

COVID-19: Conifex Timber to temporarily curtail operations at Mackenzie sawmill for two weeks

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting global demand for forest products. In response, effective April 6, 2020, Conifex Timber Inc. will temporarily curtail operations at its Mackenzie, British Columbia, Canada sawmill for two weeks.

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Japan International Cooperation Agency signs $72-million loan agreement with Klabin

Japan International Cooperation Agency signs $72-million loan agreement with Klabin

In this project, Klabin S.A. is carrying out an expansion of its existing facility in Paraná State in southern Brazil. By further promoting the use of biofuel it is expected to control the GHG emission. This project will contribute to the development of Brazil's sustainable forest industry and to strengthening the supply chains.

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Temporary furloughs at Södra Wood

Temporary furloughs at Södra Wood

Södra Wood is implementing temporary partial furloughs at its production facilities in Mönsterås and Orrefors due to a reduction in demand in the UK and the Republic of Ireland during the ongoing pandemic. Södra Wood Ltd in the UK and the production facility in Hamina, Finland, may also be affected by the decision.

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P&G Charmin facility ramping back up after fire

P&G Charmin facility ramping back up after fire

A Procter & Gamble Co. manufacturing plant that makes Charmin toilet paper and Bounty paper towels suffered fire damage Monday, but workers are getting equipment affected by the blaze back into service.

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PCA Announces Plans to Take Economic Downtime at its Jackson, Alabama Uncoated Freesheet Mill

PCA Announces Plans to Take Economic Downtime at its Jackson, Alabama Uncoated Freesheet Mill

Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) has announced that it is idling one of its two uncoated white paper mills for two months (May-June).

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J.D. Irving Nova Scotia facility closed following new COVID-19 cases

J.D. Irving Nova Scotia facility closed following new COVID-19 cases

The J.D. Irving Sawmill near Truro, N.S., has reported that three of their staff members have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The first staff member to be diagnosed has received the appropriate medical care and is now self-isolating as recommended by health care professionals. Two more have since been diagnosed, leading to a temporary shut down of the mill.

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Anthony Pratt to spend $1 million funding the trial of two drugs that may treat COVID-19

Anthony Pratt to spend $1 million funding the trial of two drugs that may treat COVID-19

Mr Pratt, who is the billionaire chairman of packaging companies Visy Industries and Pratt Industries, also issued 'a call to arms' to Australia's wealthiest to join the fight against COVID-19, as the number of confirmed cases hit 4,514.

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Canfor Revises Event Format for Annual General Meeting Due to COVID-19 and Announce First Quarter Results Conference Call

Canfor Revises Event Format for Annual General Meeting Due to COVID-19 and Announce First Quarter Results Conference Call

As the COVID-19 pandemic is quickly evolving, the companies will continue to monitor the circumstances of the virus and any recommendations or directives of government and health authorities and will advise shareholders as necessary of any further updates regarding the AGMs.

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Huhtamaki has completed the acquisition of full ownership of its Brazilian joint venture company Laminor

Huhtamaki has completed the acquisition of full ownership of its Brazilian joint venture company Laminor

Huhtamaki has completed the acquisition of full ownership of its joint venture company Laminor S.A. in Brazil.

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COVID-19: Kruger Announces the Temporary Shutdown of its Brompton Mill

COVID-19: Kruger Announces the Temporary Shutdown of its Brompton Mill

Kruger Specialty Papers announced the temporary shutdown of its Brompton facility, effective Friday, April 3, for an indefinite period of time.

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Have you tried the Paperitalo Supplier Directory lately?

Have you tried the Paperitalo Supplier Directory lately?

If you are looking for goods and services in the pulp and paper industry, you need to check out the Paperitalo Directory!

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Weyerhaeuser provides COVID-19 business update

Weyerhaeuser provides COVID-19 business update

Weyerhaeuser Company provided an update on actions it is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19: Norske Skog provides Operational Update

COVID-19: Norske Skog provides Operational Update

In Norway, Saugbrugs will cease production on one paper machine due to negative market developments as a result of the corona virus restrictions. As a result of this, there will be given notice of temporary layoffs. In addition, administrative personnel at headquarters has been temporarily laid off as a result of the corona situation. The Skogn mill will delay temporary layoffs as earlier announced.

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Louisiana-Pacific Says Reduced 2020 Capital Expenditure Plans By 50%

Millwright: In 'abrupt but good' turnaround, WestRock grants sick leave

LSC Communications Prepares Bankruptcy Filing As Shareholder Revolts

International Paper Reaches Agreement to Sell Brazilian Corrugated Packaging Business to Klabin

Pratt Industries driver tests positive for COVID-19

Operations continue at Irving facility after employee confirmed to have COVID-19

Industry News

Cascades collaborates with partners to manufacture medical visors

Cascades collaborates with partners to manufacture medical visors

This comes in response to an initiative led by the Tristan and Bauer companies, which will ensure the final assembly of the components.

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Molpus Woodlands Group Purchases 66,946 Acres in Southeast Mississippi

Molpus Woodlands Group Purchases 66,946 Acres in Southeast Mississippi

The Molpus Woodlands Group, LLC, a timberland investment management organization headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, has, on behalf of two clients, successfully purchased approximately 66,946 acres of timberland in southeast Mississippi.

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Appvion Announces FDA Certification

Appvion Announces FDA Certification

Appvion Operations, Inc., a leading manufacturer of specialty, high value-added coating solutions and coated paper products, announces that it is now certified compliant with FDA cGMP regulations for the manufacture of food packaging.

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Quad Provides Business Update Related to COVID-19

Quad Provides Business Update Related to COVID-19

Given the uncertainty of the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, Quad is withdrawing its full-year 2020 financial guidance issued on February 18, 2020.

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö's Liquid Technologies business response to COVID-19

Ahlstrom-Munksjö's Liquid Technologies business response to COVID-19

The rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world has exposed major gaps in the abilities of most countries to respond to a virulent new pathogen. This has inevitably led to an increase in the demand for healthcare goods in general and particularly protective medical products made of fabrics, medical devices, diagnostics and screening tools.

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Greif completes sale of Consumer Packaging Group to Graphic Packaging

Greif completes sale of Consumer Packaging Group to Graphic Packaging

Greif, Inc. has completed its previously announced divestiture of the Consumer Packaging Group business for $85 million in cash to Graphic Packaging Holding Company.

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Resolute to Hold its Annual Meeting of Stockholders on May 12, 2020

Resolute to Hold its Annual Meeting of Stockholders on May 12, 2020

Resolute officials are actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and are being respectful of the public health and travel concerns shareholders have and the protocols that federal, state, provincial and local governments have imposed. Considering it is not possible to hold an in-person annual meeting, the company will hold a virtual meeting.

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J.D. Irving donates $1 Million to Food Depot Alimentaire to help New Brunswickers in Need

J.D. Irving donates $1 Million to Food Depot Alimentaire to help New Brunswickers in Need

J.D. Irving, Limited announced that the company is donating $1 million to the Food Depot Alimentaire. The donation is to help offset the growing demand on New Brunswick's network of 60 food banks across the province due to the financial hardships caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Huggies to Donate Five Million Diapers to National Diaper Bank Network and $1 Million to United Way For COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Huggies to Donate Five Million Diapers to National Diaper Bank Network and $1 Million to United Way For COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Kimberly-Clark's Huggies® brand announced that it will donate five million diapers to the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) to meet this growing need, and $1 million to United Way COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund to support community social services.

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Essity acquires smart ultrasound technology for incontinence care

Essity acquires smart ultrasound technology for incontinence care

Hygiene and health company Essity is strengthening its offering in incontinence products through the acquisition of the Dutch company Novioscan. The company develops a wearable ultrasound technology that monitors the bladder and enables continence control. The purchase price is approximately SEK 70m (EUR 6.5m) on a debt-free basis.

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Enviva Reports Limited COVID-19 Impact in Uncertain Environment

Holmen postpones the Annual General Meeting due to COVID-19

Judge dismisses Chemours lawsuit against DuPont

Metsä Group's investment projects in Finland progress - the world's most modern sawmill will be built in Rauma

(Adv.) Allnorth Americas knows remote

Essity's Board of Directors proposes postponement of dividend decision

UPM's Annual General Meeting will be held by special arrangements on 31 March 2020

Orora gets OK for Australasian fiber sale

Weyerhaeuser completes sale of Montana timberlands

UPM received a sufficient majority of votes for the approval of Annual General Meeting proposals

Lenzing suspends 2020 guidance due to COVID-19 crisis

Academic Spotlight

NC State Names New Dean of College of Natural Resources

NC State Names New Dean of College of Natural Resources

Myron Floyd has been named dean of the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University after a nationwide search. His appointment becomes effective April 1.

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As Paper Days approaches, we catch up with University of Maine Senior Eliza Hosford

As Paper Days approaches, we catch up with University of Maine Senior Eliza Hosford

Paperitalo Publications was able to catch up with Eliza Hosford, a senior in the program. Miss Hosford is from Bucksport, Maine and graduated in 2016 from Bucksport High School as valedictorian. We asked her a few questions about her experiences at UMaine.

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With N.C. State foundation's annual meeting and banquet nearing, we interview junior Claire Hammontree

With N.C. State foundation's annual meeting and banquet nearing, we interview junior Claire Hammontree

The foundation's annual Spring Advisory Board Meeting and Pulp and Paper Celebration Banquet is coming up on Thursday, March 26. Paperitalo Publications was able to catch up with Claire Hammontree, a junior in the program and we asked her a few questions about her experiences at N.C. State.

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Interview with UWSP Paper Science and Engineering Senior Austin Jackson

Packaging Corporation of America donates $1 million to Miami University

Q&A with N.C. State Paper Science and Engineering Junior Michael McKenzie

Paper Science Students Explore Personal Care Career Opportunities

A random walk with Gene

Testing...

Testing...

I’ve been working with kids preparing for the ACT/SAT for over 10 years. Through this time, I’ve come to some conclusions. I hope you find them of interest.

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Environmental Science

TALOtech

Check out TALOtech groups on LinkedIn

Check out TALOtech groups on LinkedIn

The purpose of the TALOtech groups on LinkedIn is to provide a convenient forum for people working within the manufacturing part of this industry to share technical and operating related dialog to promote safe and competitive operations.

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Directed Search

Directed Search

Frustrated when you search for "pulp" and come up with "John Travolta"? This should help:

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People in the News

Greif, Inc. Announces new Board member

Greif, Inc. announced the election of Robert M. Patterson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of PolyOne Corporation, to the Greif Board of Directors effective immediately.

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Rayonier Advanced Materials appoints two new independent directors to the Board

The Board will nominate David C. Mariano as a Class III Director, along with Paul Boynton and De Lyle W. Bloomquist, at the upcoming 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders

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Domtar names Kurt Mehlberg as new Nekoosa, Wisconsin mill manager

He joins Nekoosa from the Rothschild Mill, where he has been paper and converting leader since 2015.

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Metsä Group appoints Christoph Zeiler as SVP Corporate Affairs, Germany

He is responsible for corporate affairs in Germany and is Metsä Group's key contact to German decision makers in the European Union.

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Monadnock Paper Mills Announces New Senior Sales Representative

Prior to joining Monadnock, Tali was a sales executive with Mondi Group - Fiber Industrial Packaging Division where she realized measurable growth in new business.

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Kathi Rowzie Joins Two Sides North America as VP of Operations

Two Sides North America is pleased to announce that Kathi Rowzie has joined the organization as vice president of operations.

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Ari Tanninen, Sales Director is appointed as Senior Vice President, Consumer Boards (SVP) at Kotkamills

Ari Tanninen, Sales Director at Consumer Boards is appointed as Senior Vice President, Consumer Boards (SVP). Ari will take responsibility for the entire business management, which CEO Markku Hämäläinen has taken care of during the past six months.

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Mikael Olsson to leave Trivselhus

Trivselhus President, Mikael Olsson, has informed the Board of Directors that he is to relinquish his position for health reasons. Maria Bergön will succeed him as Interim President and the Board will initiate a recruitment process for a new president.

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Shan Cooper Named to Veritiv Board of Directors

Cooper is Executive Director for the Atlanta Committee for Progress, which provides leadership on key issues important to economic growth and inclusion for the citizens of Atlanta.

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Lenzing appoints two new members to its management board

The Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG has appointed two new members to the company's Management Board.

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Glatfelter Elects Marie T. Gallagher to Board of Directors

Glatfelter announced Marie T. Gallagher, Senior Vice President and Controller of PepsiCo, Inc. ("PepsiCo"), has been elected to the Board of Directors.

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Supplier News

Valmet to supply a hard nip sizer to Asia Paper Manufacturing in the Republic of Korea

Valmet will supply a new sizing section with a hard nip sizer to Asia Paper Manufacturing at Sihwa Mill in the Republic of Korea.

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Valmet and Orora's Botany Mill renew the Mill Maintenance Outsourcing agreement in Australia

Valmet and Orora Limited have signed a multi-year Mill Maintenance Outsourcing (MMO) agreement to continue taking care of the site maintenance of Orora's Botany B9 board making line in New South Wales, Australia.

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ABB to provide automation and power systems for New-Indy's Catawba mill

New-Indy Containerboard has chosen technology leader ABB to provide the integrated electrical and automation systems and equipment for its Columbia paper machine rebuild in Catawba, South Carolina, USA. New-Indy Containerboard is rebuilding its paper machine 3 to diversify its product capabilities.

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Voith supplies extension of recycled fiber plant for Yarpaper in Russia

JSC Yarpaper, specialist in the production of paper and cardboard in Russia, signed the contract with Voith for the extension of existing recycled fiber line.

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Valmet to supply key containerboard machine technologies to Sri Andal in India

Valmet will supply key board making technologies to Sri Andal Paper Mills for its new containerboard making line, located in Tamil Nadu, India.

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Valmet completes co-determination negotiations in the Fabrics Business Unit

Valmet will relocate the dryer fabric and wide filter fabric production from Finland to Portugal.

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ABB to replace dry end drive system for PM12 at WestRock's mill in Longview, Washington

Installation and commissioning of the project is planned for completion by year-end 2020.

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Voith Launches New Generation of Sensors

Voith has developed a new generation of sensors with regards to availability, reliability and maintenance handling.

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Valmet to supply the world's fastest coated board making line for APP's Guangxi Jingui Pulp and Paper in China

Valmet will supply a coated board making line (PM 2) with extensive packages of automation and Industrial Internet solutions for APP's Guangxi Jingui Pulp and Paper's (GJPP) Qinzhou mill in China. The start-up is scheduled for 2021.

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Kadant Solutions Attending Tissue World Miami

Kadant Solutions, a division of Kadant Inc., is participating in Tissue World Miami to be held March 10-13, 2020 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Florida.

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Voith to supply OCC system for Graphic Packaging International's CRB machine in Michigan

Graphic Packaging International has selected Voith to provide a complete recycled stock preparation system for its new Coated Recycled Board (CRB) machine being built in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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Esko strengthens foothold in Middle East with leading reseller Dynagraph

Esko, the global innovator of integrated software and hardware solutions, has agreed a new deal with Dynagraph to resell its entire portfolio across Saudi Arabia.

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Valmet to supply the final stage of forming section rebuild to Stora Enso's Skoghall Mill in Sweden

The target of Valmet's four-stage development project is to further improve production capabilities of the Stora Enso Skoghall Mill forming section.

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Valmet to deliver Defibrator system to Guangxi Shangsi Hualin in China

Valmet will supply a Defibrator system to Guangxi Shangsi Hualin Forestry Industry in China. The start-up of the system is planned for the middle of 2020.

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Valmet to supply a new evaporation line to Century Pulp and Paper in India

The new evaporation line is planned to start up during latter part of 2020.

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