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Week of 9 December 2019: Solar is getting closer to making economic sense without subsidies

Week of 9 December 2019: Solar is getting closer to making economic sense without subsidies

Solar cells are continuing to improve in efficiency. My best source tells me that within a few years, we will likely be seeing solar arrays of multiple layers, each layer tuned to a particular wavelength emitted by the sun. Why is this important now?

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Week of 2 December 2019: For the 46th Year in a row...energy is a big topic

Week of 25 November 2019: Creativity, the imperfect mortar in the Innovation and Strategy Structure

Week of 18 November 2019: Strategy Pitfalls

Week of 11 November 2019: Sources of Innovation

Week of 4 November 2019: Innovation

Week of 28 October 2019: A whole different look at Quality, part 4

Week of 21 October 2019: A whole different look at Quality, part 3

Week of 14 October 2019: A whole different look at Quality, part 2

Week of 7 October 2019: A whole different look at quality, part 1

Week of 30 September 2019: What will management in the future look like?

Week of 23 September 2019: The Most Important Machine

Week of 16 September 2019: Bean Bags and other Nonsense

Week of 9 September 2019: The Second Most Important Task

Week of 2 September 2019: The Most Important Management Job

Week of 26 August 2019: Pulp Rats 2019--Fourth Week: Fos commutes

Week of 19 August 2019: Pulp Rats 2019--Third Week: Fos in the Supply Room

Week of 12 August 2019: Pulp Rats 2019 - Second Week

Week of 5 August 2019: Pulp Rats for 2019--first week

Technology

Airmaster Aerator L.L.C. receives new patent

Airmaster Aerator L.L.C. receives new patent

The United States Patent Office awarded Airmaster Aerator L.L.C. patent number 10,301,202 B2 on May 28, 2019. The title of the patent is "System and Method for Aeration by Air Infusion." The inventor is listed as Dean A. Caldwell, DeRidder, LA. Caldwell is the CEO of Airmaster Aerator.

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Latest IDC Survey: Customers Are on the Move to SAP S/4HANA

Business innovation goes hand in hand with business process innovation. Intelligent enterprises connect business processes end-to-end for better outcomes.

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Spotlight

Wieland Stacks Up

Wieland Stacks Up

In October, Wieland, a general contracting and construction management firm, announced it has been awarded the contract for the new Graphic Packaging mill project in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and has become a go-to company for the pulp and paper industry.

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 'Bible business has really gone soft': Philly printer to lay off 174, shut plant by Christmas

'Bible business has really gone soft': Philly printer to lay off 174, shut plant by Christmas

An enterprise that printed more than a billion Bibles since its founding during the Civil War says its Northeast Philadelphia plant will be shut by Christmas.

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Paper Industry International Hall of Fame dinner set for 3 Oct in Appleton, Wisc.

Exclusive Interview with Cascades-Sonoco's Jeff Stacy, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security added to Specialty Papers US 2019 Program

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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Devon Barnes (L) and Jim Thompson
Devon Barnes (L) and Jim Thompson

A visit to Advanced Coil Technology

I just love to visit our clients. Today (13 May 2019), I was visiting Devon Barnes, President of Advanced Coil Technology, LLC in Owatonna, Minnesota. Advanced Coil makes liquid-to-air coils for any application.

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Successful Road Trip to Louisiana and Texas

Jim Thompson asked to speak at Georgia Tech

Industree 4.0

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CNG's Spicers Paper/PPI Adds to Packaging Business, Acquires Southern California's Kilmer, Wagner & Wise

Central National Gottesman Inc. (CNG), which owns a range of sales and distribution businesses in the global pulp, paper, tissue, packaging, wood products and metals industries, announced that its Spicers Paper division will ...

Stora Enso creates new packaging materials division

Stora Enso is merging its container board business in the Packaging Solutions division with the Consumer Board division, creating a new Packaging Materials division.

Fire at Graphic Packaging facility in Ohio

A fire was reported at a Graphic Packaging facility in Kenton, Ohio early Dec. 3.

Rayonier Advanced Materials proposes governance changes

Re-Proposes Declassification of Board of Directors and Elimination of Supermajority Voting Provisions.

Pregis invests $5 million in fourth W&H blown film line in Grand Rapids, MI facility; boosts capacity by another 4 million pounds

Pregis is announcing another $5 million investment in its Pregis Films facility located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Additionally, Pregis is leasing an additional 35,000 square feet in the same location for expanded warehousing...

Green Bay Packaging's new mill won't be ready until 2021, but environmental emissions already cut

Green Bay Packaging Inc. officials on Monday celebrated a major environmental milestone in the construction of the company's new $500-million paper mill.

Atlas Holdings and Blue Wolf Capital Issue Letter to Verso Corporation Board of Directors

"We believe that Stevens Point, one of the Specialty Mills, is the "crown jewel" of Verso. Consequently, stockholders should expect full value for this asset."

Fire at Sonoco Paper Mill in Ontario

A small fire was contained at the Sonoco Paper Mill in Glen Miller north of Trenton Tuesday morning, Dec. 3.

Leading Stories

CNG's Spicers Paper/PPI Adds to Packaging Business, Acquires Southern California's Kilmer, Wagner & Wise

CNG's Spicers Paper/PPI Adds to Packaging Business, Acquires Southern California's Kilmer, Wagner & Wise

Central National Gottesman Inc. (CNG), which owns a range of sales and distribution businesses in the global pulp, paper, tissue, packaging, wood products and metals industries, announced that its Spicers Paper division will add Kilmer, Wagner & Wise (KWW) Paper Company to its packaging portfolio.

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	 Stora Enso creates new packaging materials division

Stora Enso creates new packaging materials division

Stora Enso is merging its container board business in the Packaging Solutions division with the Consumer Board division, creating a new Packaging Materials division.

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Fire at Graphic Packaging facility in Ohio

Fire at Graphic Packaging facility in Ohio

A fire was reported at a Graphic Packaging facility in Kenton, Ohio early Dec. 3.

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Rayonier Advanced Materials proposes governance changes

Rayonier Advanced Materials proposes governance changes

Re-Proposes Declassification of Board of Directors and Elimination of Supermajority Voting Provisions.

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Pregis invests $5 million in fourth W&H blown film line in Grand Rapids, MI facility; boosts capacity by another 4 million pounds

Pregis invests $5 million in fourth W&H blown film line in Grand Rapids, MI facility; boosts capacity by another 4 million pounds

Pregis is announcing another $5 million investment in its Pregis Films facility located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Additionally, Pregis is leasing an additional 35,000 square feet in the same location for expanded warehousing capability.

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Green Bay Packaging's new mill won't be ready until 2021, but environmental emissions already cut

Green Bay Packaging's new mill won't be ready until 2021, but environmental emissions already cut

Green Bay Packaging Inc. officials on Monday celebrated a major environmental milestone in the construction of the company's new $500-million paper mill.

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Atlas Holdings and Blue Wolf Capital Issue Letter to Verso Corporation Board of Directors

Atlas Holdings and Blue Wolf Capital Issue Letter to Verso Corporation Board of Directors

"We believe that Stevens Point, one of the Specialty Mills, is the "crown jewel" of Verso. Consequently, stockholders should expect full value for this asset."

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Fire at Sonoco Paper Mill in Ontario

Fire at Sonoco Paper Mill in Ontario

A small fire was contained at the Sonoco Paper Mill in Glen Miller north of Trenton Tuesday morning, Dec. 3.

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TC Transcontinental enters into agreement with Hood Packaging Corporation for the sale of paper and woven polypropylene packaging operations

TC Transcontinental enters into agreement with Hood Packaging Corporation for the sale of paper and woven polypropylene packaging operations

TC Transcontinental announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell its paper and woven polypropylene packaging operations to Hood Packaging Corporation for a price of US$180 million (about C$239 million) subject to working capital adjustments.

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Finnish forestries plans 6-day lock-out at sawmills, plywood mills

Finnish forestries plans 6-day lock-out at sawmills, plywood mills

Finnish Forest Industries Federation said on Wednesday it would hold a 6-day lock-out from Dec. 12, closing half of the Nordic country's sawmills and plywood factories, aiming to put pressure on unions in halted pay negotiations.

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LSC Communications Addresses NYSE Listing Standards

LSC Communications Addresses NYSE Listing Standards

LSC Communications, Inc. announced that it received notification from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 20, 2019, that the Company is no longer in compliance with NYSE continued listing criteria, which require listed companies to maintain an average closing share price of at least $1.00 over a consecutive 30 trading-day period.

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö signs a non-binding letter of intent to acquire Chinese decor paper producer Minglian

Ahlstrom-Munksjö signs a non-binding letter of intent to acquire Chinese decor paper producer Minglian

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has signed a non-binding letter of intent with the majority shareholders of Hebei Minglian New Materials Technology Co., Ltd. to acquire the company, comprising a state-of-the-art greenfield decor paper plant in the city of Xingtai, Hebei Province, China.

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Molpus purchases 18,433 acres of timberland in Alabama

Molpus purchases 18,433 acres of timberland in Alabama

The Molpus Woodlands Group, LLC (Molpus) has purchased approximately 18,433 acres of timberland in east central Alabama.

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Worker dies from injuries suffered in Gorham mill accident

Worker dies from injuries suffered in Gorham mill accident

A longtime Gorham Paper and Tissue employee has died from injuries he received in an accident at the paper mill four weeks ago.

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Canfor Curtailing BC Production Capacity in December

Canfor Curtailing BC Production Capacity in December

Canfor Corporation announced it will be curtailing operations at all British Columbia sawmills at the end of December.

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Water authorities in New York sue 3M, DuPont, Chemours over PFAS

Asian pulp giants pressed to paper over rivalry to save rainforest

Lenzing starts construction work on lyocell fibers plant in Prachinburi, Thailand

Canfor recommends that shareholders take buyout offer

Avery Dennison to Acquire Smartrac's RFID Inlay Business

Graphic Packaging Holding Company Publishes Sustainability and Social Responsibility Update

Industry News

Domtar to Transfer CDN $461 Million (US $348 Million) of Canadian Pension Obligations Through Group Annuity Contracts

Domtar to Transfer CDN $461 Million (US $348 Million) of Canadian Pension Obligations Through Group Annuity Contracts

Domtar Corporation announced that it has entered into an agreement with Sun Life to purchase group annuity buy-out contracts and to transfer approximately CDN $360 million (US $271 million) in obligations and related assets from its defined benefit pension plans in Ontario, Canada.

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Cascades launches a cardboard food tray made from 100% recycled and recyclable material

Cascades launches a cardboard food tray made from 100% recycled and recyclable material

Cascades is launching an innovative container for fresh food packaging on the North American market: a cardboard tray certified1 according to Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) standards, made from 100% recycled fibres, mainly from post-consumer sources, and which is fully recyclable.

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Verso Introduces Influence Coated Paper Promotion

Verso Introduces Influence Coated Paper Promotion

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.

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AF&PA Applauds EPA's  Ambient Air Policy Modernization

AF&PA Applauds EPA's Ambient Air Policy Modernization

American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Heidi Brock issued a statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) announcement of their final ambient air policy under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program.

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Södra reduces CO₂ emissions

Södra reduces CO₂ emissions

According to a new report, Södra has a positive impact on global climate change, equivalent to 20% of Sweden's combined emissions of CO₂ equivalents.

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Tieto Corporation merges with EVRY ASA

Tieto Corporation merges with EVRY ASA

Trading on the Oslo Stock Exchange is expected to commence after the Merger is completed on 5 December 2019.

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Enviva receives approval to construct wood pellet facility in Alabama

Enviva receives approval to construct wood pellet facility in Alabama

This permit paves the way for 85 full-time jobs and an estimated 180 additional jobs in logging, transportation, and local services, as well as the creation of 300-400 jobs during construction of the plant.

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Wooden Metsä Pavilion - Designing the Optimal Structure for a Unique Building

Wooden Metsä Pavilion - Designing the Optimal Structure for a Unique Building

A joint effort by Metsä Group and Business Finland, the Metsä Pavilion will be used during the summer Olympics in Tokyo.

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IT Tech Packaging, Inc. Furthers Partnership with Its Pulp Paper Supplier Asia Symbol

IT Tech Packaging, Inc. Furthers Partnership with Its Pulp Paper Supplier Asia Symbol

The new partnership specifically involves technology exchange between ITP and Asia Symbol on a regular basis, and ITP's adding into Asia Symbol's supply chain traceability system to make sure products' quality and environmental requirements.

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Huhtamaki to continue partnership with Transplace

Huhtamaki to continue partnership with Transplace

Transplace, a leading provider of transportation management services and logistics technology, today announced the extension of its long-standing strategic partnership with Huhtamaki, Inc.

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Voith Group completes deal to buy BTG

Metsä Board awarded the EcoVadis Gold rating for the third consecutive year

Starbucks Japan to Switch to Paper Straws

Have you tried the Paperitalo Supplier Directory lately?

Smurfit's employee development is way forward in manufacturing

UPM Raflatac opens new terminal in Chelyabinsk, Russia

Sonae Arauco joins FSC

Stora Enso and CEPI member companies launch 4evergreen - an alliance to promote fiber-based packaging in circular economy

Huhtamaki joins the 4evergreen industry alliance promoting recycling of fiber-based products and circular economy

Ahlstrom-Munksjö to Sell Glass Fiber Reinforcement Business

Pinnacle and Tolko plan to build a new industrial wood pellet production facility in Canada

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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Perspectives

Paper Ballots Key to Election Security

Paper Ballots Key to Election Security

Important information belongs on paper and should be shielded from broken hard drives, data breaches and foreign hackers. Paper is personal, permanent, safe and confidential.

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Easy and free access to paper-based communications is key for millions of consumers

Easy and free access to paper-based communications is key for millions of consumers

A new International survey commissioned by Two Sides shows that most Americans and Canadians want to retain a choice to receive paper statements at no charge, and many prefer paper over digital.

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Paper Products Takes Center Stage in Graduate School

Paper Products Takes Center Stage in Graduate School

As I prepare to enter my last year of graduate school, I look back and appreciate paper and paper products' role in my success throughout the past couple years.

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Contributing to the Circular Economy:  The Paper and Wood Products Industry

Contributing to the Circular Economy: The Paper and Wood Products Industry

The paper and wood products industry's efforts to promote sustainable forest management, do more with less in the manufacturing process and recover products for recycling form the foundation of our contributions to the circular economy.

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Nip Impressions to Go

October 2019

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September 2019

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August 2019

July 2019

Energy & the Environment

Energy & the Environment News

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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

Stora Enso Appoints Jari Suominen as Head of the Forest Division

Stora Enso has appointed Jari Suominen as EVP, Head of Forest division as of 1 January 2020. He will continue as a member of the Group Leadership Team.

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Michael D. Hsu Elected Chairman of Kimberly-Clark

Hsu, 55, succeeds Thomas J. Falk, who plans to retire from the company and the Board at the end of the year after serving as Chairman for the past 16 years.

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LP Names Derek Doyle as Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation announced the appointment of Derek Doyle to vice president, controller and chief accounting officer effective immediately.

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Dillard, Tomaszewski Assume New Leadership Roles at Sonoco

Sonoco has announced the promotions of two leaders: Rob Dillard and Jeff Tomaszewski. Dillard has been named Corporate Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development. Tomaszewski has been promoted to Vice President, Global Rigid Paper and Closures and Display and Packaging.

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UPM's President and CEO Jussi Pesonen to continue in his current position until further notice

According to his executive contract he was entitled to retire in November 2020 at the age of 60.

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö announces executive management team changes

Ahlstrom-Munksjö announces executive management team changes. Markus Westerkamp, the current Vice President of the Food Packaging business, part of the Specialties business area, is appointed Executive Vice President of the Advanced Solutions business area and a member of the Group Executive Management Team as of January 1, 2020.

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WestRock names Pat Lindner Chief Innovation Officer

WestRock Company announced that Pat Lindner, president, Consumer Packaging, has been named chief innovation officer in addition to his leadership role of the Company's Consumer Packaging segment.

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Supplier News

Kadant Johnson Launches Newest Rotary Joint Innovation

The ELSX rotary joint is designed to transfer steam or thermal oil into and out of rotating equipment.

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Valmet introduces new visible imaging system for pulp mill lime kilns

Valmet has launched a new Valmet Visible Thermal Imaging System, which provides the highest quality lime kiln process monitoring for pulp mills.

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Valmet to supply an energy management solution to Kemira Chemicals' plants in Finland

Valmet will supply an energy management solution to optimize production and energy consumption at Kemira Chemicals' bleaching chemical plants in Äetsä and Joutseno in Finland.

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Metsä Board has selected Valmet to supply a new recovery boiler and an evaporation upgrade for the planned renewal of the Husum pulp mill in Sweden

Valmet and Metsä Board have signed an agreement for the supply of key technology for the planned renewal of the Husum pulp mill in Sweden.

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Andritz Brasil completes largest concreting work for Klabin's Puma II project in Brazil

Andritz Brasil Ltda. successfully completed concreting work for the base of the Line 5 debarking drum, which is part of the wood preparation equipment (Andritz scope) being supplied in partnership with Afonso França.

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Valmet to deliver a new lime kiln and a fiberline upgrade for SCA Obbola kraftliner expansion project in Sweden

The upgraded fiberline will start up in June 2021 and the new lime kiln is scheduled to start up during the last quarter of 2021.

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Valmet to deliver defibrator system to Tianjin Shengsong Wood in China

The start-up of the system is planned for the middle of 2020.

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Konecranes to Supply All Cranes for New Green Bay Packaging Paper Mill

Konecranes has been chosen to supply nine cranes, including four automated roll storage cranes, for the first new paper mill built in Wisconsin in over 30 years.

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Kadant Black Clawson Awarded Deink Line Expansion of Papel San Francisco

Kadant Black Clawson LLC, a subsidiary of Kadant Inc. (NYSE: KAI), announced it received an order from Papel San Francisco to supply a complete stock preparation and deinking line for its new tissue production line at its Mexicali, Mexico facility.

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Valmet introduces new web-based user interface for Valmet DNA automation system

Valmet introduces a new web-based user interface for its Valmet DNA automation system.

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DuPont Announces 2030 Sustainability Goals

Kemira announced a significant capacity extension of its ferric sulfate water treatment chemicals production line in Goole, UK.

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Kemira announces a multi-million investment in water treatment chemicals production in the UK

Kemira announced a significant capacity extension of its ferric sulfate water treatment chemicals production line in Goole, UK.

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Voith and SCA Partner to Build A World-leading, Innovative Production Line At the Obbola Paper Mill

The new paper machine at the Obbola paper mill in Umeå, Sweden, will produce 725,000 tons of kraftliner per year.

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Valmet maintains its position as a constituent of the Ethibel Sustainability Index Excellence Europe

Valmet has been reconfirmed as a constituent of the Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe since October 18, 2019 for the fourth consecutive year.

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Andritz presents MasterDry dryer fabric portfolio

Andritz presents its new "MasterDry™" dryer fabric portfolio based on premium-performance dryer fabric technology.

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