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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

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

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

The manufacturers of corrugated cardboard boxes are working to keep transport packaging flowing to makers of essential products including packaging for food and other consumer products, medical and pharmaceutical products, tissue and hygiene products and more amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Stora Enso tests autonomous trucks

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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Canfor Pulp Products Inc. Announces COVID-19 Response Measures, With Production and Spending Cuts

The Company is postponing the planned extended spring maintenance shut at Northwood Pulp Mill until later this year, and instead will curtail the mill for three weeks during the period the turnaround was originally scheduled ...

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, Huhtamaki withdraws its outlook for 2020 for now

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating disturbance in Huhtamaki's global trading conditions and the demand for food-on-the-go packaging is being significantly impacted.

West Fraser Announces Additional COVID-19 Production Cuts

In response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic West Fraser is taking additional steps to respond to changing operating and market conditions.

Due to COVID-19. Norbord announces big production cuts

This adjusted operating configuration will initially result in a 25% reduction to Norbord's currently operating North American mill capacity.

Kruger to Maintain All Critical Activities in Accordance With Government COVID-19 Guidelines

As a provider of goods and services that consumers and businesses rely on for their everyday needs, Kruger Inc. announced that it will be maintaining all of its operations that have been declared essential by Canadian and U.S...

Anthony Pratt's top tips for managing the crisis

Pratt said his facilities were hiring more staff to cope with surging demand. Visy has had to radically adapt. Staff are getting temperatures checked daily, social distancing is in place and office staff are working split shi...

Resolute to reduce capacity in wood products and paper segments due to COVID-19

Resolute Forest Products Inc. provided an update on the impact of the COVID-19 situation to its business.

Due to COVID-19, Sappi has declared force majeure on the Vulindlela expansion and upgrade project at its Saiccor Mill

Sappi has declared force majeure on the Vulindlela expansion and upgrade project at its Saiccor Mill in alignment with the South African Government's declaration of a nation-wide lockdown to combat the COVID-19 Epidemic.

Leading Stories

Canfor Pulp Products Inc. Announces COVID-19 Response Measures, With Production and Spending Cuts

Canfor Pulp Products Inc. Announces COVID-19 Response Measures, With Production and Spending Cuts

The Company is postponing the planned extended spring maintenance shut at Northwood Pulp Mill until later this year, and instead will curtail the mill for three weeks during the period the turnaround was originally scheduled to occur. This will result in a reduction of approximately 35,000 tonnes of Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft pulp production.

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Due to COVID-19 pandemic, Huhtamaki withdraws its outlook for 2020 for now

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, Huhtamaki withdraws its outlook for 2020 for now

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating disturbance in Huhtamaki's global trading conditions and the demand for food-on-the-go packaging is being significantly impacted.

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West Fraser Announces Additional COVID-19 Production Cuts

West Fraser Announces Additional COVID-19 Production Cuts

In response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic West Fraser is taking additional steps to respond to changing operating and market conditions.

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Due to COVID-19. Norbord announces big production cuts

Due to COVID-19. Norbord announces big production cuts

This adjusted operating configuration will initially result in a 25% reduction to Norbord's currently operating North American mill capacity.

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Kruger to Maintain All Critical Activities in Accordance With Government COVID-19 Guidelines

Kruger to Maintain All Critical Activities in Accordance With Government COVID-19 Guidelines

As a provider of goods and services that consumers and businesses rely on for their everyday needs, Kruger Inc. announced that it will be maintaining all of its operations that have been declared essential by Canadian and U.S. authorities or COVID-19 government guidelines, including the manufacture of tissue products, food packaging and containerboard, newsprint, publication and specialty papers, as well as recycling services, the bottling of beverages and the production of electricity.

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Anthony Pratt's top tips for managing the crisis

Anthony Pratt's top tips for managing the crisis

Pratt said his facilities were hiring more staff to cope with surging demand. Visy has had to radically adapt. Staff are getting temperatures checked daily, social distancing is in place and office staff are working split shifts to minimise contact.

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Resolute to reduce capacity in wood products and paper segments due to COVID-19

Resolute to reduce capacity in wood products and paper segments due to COVID-19

Resolute Forest Products Inc. provided an update on the impact of the COVID-19 situation to its business.

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Due to COVID-19, Sappi has declared force majeure on the Vulindlela expansion and upgrade project at its Saiccor Mill

Due to COVID-19, Sappi has declared force majeure on the Vulindlela expansion and upgrade project at its Saiccor Mill

Sappi has declared force majeure on the Vulindlela expansion and upgrade project at its Saiccor Mill in alignment with the South African Government's declaration of a nation-wide lockdown to combat the COVID-19 Epidemic.

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B.C. Nanaimo mill working full-speed to make pulp for medical masks, gowns

B.C. Nanaimo mill working full-speed to make pulp for medical masks, gowns

We feel a huge responsibility during the COVID-19 crisis, says the mill's president.

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Huhtamaki announces temporary layoffs amid coronavirus pandemic

Huhtamaki announces temporary layoffs amid coronavirus pandemic

Now 420 employees remain at the plant after 102 have been temporarily laid off because of a drop in demand caused by the coronavirus.

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö facilities unaffected by Italian government decree

Ahlstrom-Munksjö facilities unaffected by Italian government decree

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has announced it is not affected by the decree issued by the Italian government and that all of its plants are operational worldwide.

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Klabin suspends work and assembly of Puma II due to the coronavirus

Klabin suspends work and assembly of Puma II due to the coronavirus

Suspension is temporary; project involves about 4,500 professionals.

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Coronavirus Survey Results

Coronavirus Survey Results

Paperitalo Publications is here to help. We will continue reporting the news. Later this week, we will be conducting a more in-depth survey.

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 COVID 19: International Paper worker in S.C. tests positive; mill to continue operations

COVID 19: International Paper worker in S.C. tests positive; mill to continue operations

Officials told International Paper management that COVID-19 patients no longer have to self-isolate when both of two conditions are met.

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3M doubles output of N95 respirator masks amid coronavirus outbreak

3M doubles output of N95 respirator masks amid coronavirus outbreak

3M has doubled its production of coronavirus-protecting N95 respirator masks over the last two months - to a rate of more than 1.1 billion a year, or almost 100 million a month, according to a report.

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International Paper CEO says don't worry about diapers, 'there's plenty' of them

Toilet paper makers' message to U.S. consumers: We've got this

COVID-19: Clearwater Paper points to demand spike

Verso worker killed in line of duty working as firefighter

Millwright with potential COVID-19 exposure sent back to work at WestRock in Longview, Washington

Mondi provides COVID-19 update

Industry News

Orora gets OK for Australasian fiber sale

Orora gets OK for Australasian fiber sale

In October, Orora entered into a binding agreement with Nippon Paper Industries to sell its Australasian Fiber Business for $1.72 billion.

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Weyerhaeuser completes sale of Montana timberlands

Weyerhaeuser completes sale of Montana timberlands

Weyerhaeuser Company announced the completion of the sale of its 630,000 acres of Montana timberlands to Southern Pine Plantations for approximately $145 million in cash.

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

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

Based on received proxies and voting instructions, UPM confirms that it has received a sufficient majority of votes to support the proposed resolutions on the agenda of the Annual General Meeting on 31 March 2020. Therefore, decisions on items on the meeting agenda can be made in accordance with the proposals if the meeting will be arranged.

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Lenzing suspends 2020 guidance due to COVID-19 crisis

Lenzing suspends 2020 guidance due to COVID-19 crisis

In order to mitigate a potentially stronger than expected decline in earnings, Lenzing has already started to implement cost saving measures across its sites globally.

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Rayonier Announces the Passing of Board Chairman Richard D. Kincaid

Rayonier Announces the Passing of Board Chairman Richard D. Kincaid

Rayonier Inc. announced with great sadness that Richard D. Kincaid, Chairman of the Rayonier Board of Directors, passed away unexpectedly on March 20, 2020. Mr. Kincaid had served on the Rayonier Board of Directors since 2004, and was appointed Chairman in June 2014 in connection with Rayonier's spin-off of its Performance Fibers business.

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	 Sonoco and Tellus to introduce first sugarcane-based fibre bowl

Sonoco and Tellus to introduce first sugarcane-based fibre bowl

Branded as Natrellis™, the fiber bowl is dual-ovenable, PFAS-free, and provides an alternative to more traditional rigid plastic packages used by the majority of refrigerated and frozen food products on the market.

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Statement on Domtar's Response to COVID-19

Statement on Domtar's Response to COVID-19

At Domtar, we are not just a fiber company. We are a company of fiber. This has never been more evident than during these past several weeks as we have navigated the unprecedented and unsteady path created by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19: Norske Skog gives operational update and annual report

COVID-19: Norske Skog gives operational update and annual report

So far, Norske Skog's business units operate as normal except for Golbey, which has ceased production at PM2 due to one confirmed case of coronavirus at the PM2 line requiring a 14 day quarantine for co-workers.

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Cascades Provides an Operational Update Regarding COVID-19

Cascades Provides an Operational Update Regarding COVID-19

Cascades Inc. has provided an update regarding the evolving COVID-19 landscape.

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Tolko responds to COVID-19, 'remains open for business'

Tolko responds to COVID-19, 'remains open for business'

Like many other forestry companies, Tolko Industries shared their response to COVID-19.

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Toilet Paper Shortages in Japan to Be Resolved in A Week: Industry Head

Amid virus, humble toilet paper is suddenly a hot commodity

Huhtamaki's ambition is to be the first choice in sustainable food packaging

UPM imposes several precautionary measures with the aim of holding the Annual General Meeting as planned on 31 March 2020

Have you tried the Paperitalo Supplier Directory lately?

Update: Kimberly-Clark contractor not confirmed positive for coronavirus, only awaiting results

Ahlstrom Munksjö Oyj : Practical instructions regarding Ahlstrom-Munksjö's Annual General Meeting

Metsä Board Oyj : Metsä Board cancels its Annual General Meeting of 26 March 2020 due to COVID-19 threat

COVID-19 Pandemic: Stora Enso Cancels Its Annual General Meeting from Thursday 19 March and Postpones to a Later Date

Coronavirus pandemic: BillerudKorsnäs to postpone annual maintenance shutdown at Gruvön

Due to coronavirus pandemic, Sun Chemical issues updated Supply Chain Statement

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

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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

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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ABB to Deliver its Latest Digital Solutions to the Double A Pulp Mill in Thailand

Double A, one of Asia's leading pulp and paper producers, has selected ABB Ability™ Advanced Process Control (APC) for its pulp mill in Prachinburi, Thailand.

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Graphic Packaging International Selects Voith to Supply OCC System for New CRB Machine

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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Valmet to deliver defibrator system to Qinzhou Lvyuan Wood in China

Valmet will supply a Defibrator™ system and a Steam Separator PV system to Qinzhou Lvyuan Wood Co., Ltd. in China. The start-up of the system is planned for autumn 2020.

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Solenis Dedicates New Global Headquarters

Solenis, a producer of specialty chemicals for water intensive industries, dedicated its new world headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware. The 90,000-square-foot office replaces the company's previous headquarters on Beaver Valley Road.

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Valmet to supply cooking and fiberline to Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd. in India

Valmet will deliver cooking and fiberline to Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd. (TNPL) for their unit 2, located in Mondipatti in the Trichy District, India.

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Valmet introduces a full range of Industrial Internet solutions to pulp, board, paper, tissue and energy producers

The Valmet Industrial Internet (VII) solutions combine advanced monitoring and prediction applications, Advanced Process Controls (APC), dynamic process simulators and remote services from Valmet Performance Centers into comprehensive solutions that provide tangible benefits to customers.

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Valmet to deliver defibrator system to Çamsan Entegre in Turkey

An order with this scope of supply is usually valued in the range of Euro 2-5 million.

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Valmet to deliver key pulp mill technology and automation for LD Celulose's mill in Brazil

The value of a delivery of this size and scope is typically around Euro 200-250 million.

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Valmet to supply a board machine rebuild to Umka in Serbia

The start-up of the rebuilt paper machine PM 1 is scheduled for the second half of 2021.

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Valmet launches new microwave consistency measurement for pulp and paper makers

Valmet launches a completely redesigned Valmet Microwave Consistency Measurement - Valmet MCA (patent pending) for pulp and paper makers.

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Commission approves Synthomer's acquisition of Omnova, subject to conditions

BASF has closed the previously announced transaction to divest its ultrafiltration membrane business to DuPont Safety & Construction (DuPont).

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BASF completes the divestiture of its ultrafiltration membrane business to DuPont

BASF has closed the previously announced transaction to divest its ultrafiltration membrane business to DuPont Safety & Construction (DuPont).

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Valmet and Fabio Perini start Industrial Internet ecosystem partnership

Valmet and Fabio Perini have established an Industrial Internet ecosystem partnership to strengthen collaboration in the tissue industry.

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Valmet will supply a new Advantage DCT tissue production line to Alas Doradas in El Salvador

The start-up is planned for the first half of 2021.

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