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Quality is King

Quality is King

How do you feel when you don't receive high quality products? From pumps and other equipment to inferior waste-paper. Would you order again from a company that provided a product that failed to meet quality standards? I know I wouldn't.

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Dysfunction and Workplace Culture

Paper Bottle Trends

The Future of European Forests

Technology

Paperitalo Interviews Pemble Consulting concerning the SMS2000 Soap Management System

Some exciting news for recovery operators--the SMS2000 Interface Systems.

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University of British Columbia opens bioenergy research facility

University of British Columbia opens bioenergy research facility

Building on work conducted at UBC's Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC) over the past 15 years, the new Biorefining Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC) will bring together top academic researchers and industry partners to create leading-edge technologies that could significantly reduce reliance on carbon-intensive fossil fuels.

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Spotlight

Consumers Are Not Fooled By The Push to

Consumers Are Not Fooled By The Push to "Go Paperless" They Know It's Cost Shifting, Still Print Docs Themselves

Who doesn't feel a rush of joy when they open a handwritten card or letter received in the mail? Many of us rediscovered the simple, yet powerful pleasures of keeping in touch with pen, paper and a postage stamp during the pandemic.

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It's National Forest Products Week

It's National Forest Products Week

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock issued a statement in celebration of the 61st anniversary of National Forest Products Week (October 17-23).

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RMR Mechanical acquires George H. Bodman, Inc.

McDonald's in Canada Starts using Wooden Cutlery, Paper Straws

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

Visit to Industrial Air, Inc.

On Thursday, June 17, 2021, I had the great pleasure visiting our client, Industrial Air, Inc., of Greensboro, North Carolina. This visit was a year in the making, given the travel restrictions of the lost year of Covid 19.

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A visit to Advanced Coil Technology

Successful Road Trip to Louisiana and Texas

Industree 4.0

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WestRock adding 50 jobs in $47 million facility expansion outside Charlotte, N.C.

WestRock Company is creating 50 jobs in its plans to expand its packaging facility in Claremont, Catawba County, according to the governor's office.

Stora Enso sets ambitious goal of 100% regenerative solutions by 2050

Stora Enso is also committing to new 2030 targets for its key sustainability priorities: climate change, biodiversity and circularity.

Rottneros and Arctic Paper are collaborating on sustainable fiber trays in Poland

The start-up of the new facility is planned for the end of 2023.

Suzano Brings Its Target for Capturing 40 Million Tons of Carbon From the Atmosphere Forward To 2025

The new five-year target will be supported by the expansion of Suzano's forest covering which will involve both an uplift in commercial planting operations and setting aside new designated conservation areas that were previou...

Mercer International plans to build sawmill in Arneburg, Germany

Mercer International Inc. is in the planning stages of a new investment project in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

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!

Terrace Bay, Ontario paper mill fined over worker injury

Province levies $80,000 fine against AV Terrace Bay Inc. after worker caught in pulp machine.

Northern Pulp signals legal action against N.S. government over mill closure

Company says losses related to the closure of mill exceed $450 million.

Leading Stories

WestRock adding 50 jobs in $47 million facility expansion outside Charlotte, N.C.

WestRock adding 50 jobs in $47 million facility expansion outside Charlotte, N.C.

WestRock Company is creating 50 jobs in its plans to expand its packaging facility in Claremont, Catawba County, according to the governor's office.

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Stora Enso sets ambitious goal of 100% regenerative solutions by 2050

Stora Enso sets ambitious goal of 100% regenerative solutions by 2050

Stora Enso is also committing to new 2030 targets for its key sustainability priorities: climate change, biodiversity and circularity.

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Rottneros and Arctic Paper are collaborating on sustainable fiber trays in Poland

Rottneros and Arctic Paper are collaborating on sustainable fiber trays in Poland

The start-up of the new facility is planned for the end of 2023.

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Suzano Brings Its Target for Capturing 40 Million Tons of Carbon From the Atmosphere Forward To 2025

Suzano Brings Its Target for Capturing 40 Million Tons of Carbon From the Atmosphere Forward To 2025

The new five-year target will be supported by the expansion of Suzano's forest covering which will involve both an uplift in commercial planting operations and setting aside new designated conservation areas that were previously anthropized.

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Mercer International plans to build sawmill in Arneburg, Germany

Mercer International plans to build sawmill in Arneburg, Germany

Mercer International Inc. is in the planning stages of a new investment project in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

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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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Terrace Bay, Ontario paper mill fined over worker injury

Terrace Bay, Ontario paper mill fined over worker injury

Province levies $80,000 fine against AV Terrace Bay Inc. after worker caught in pulp machine.

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Northern Pulp signals legal action against N.S. government over mill closure

Northern Pulp signals legal action against N.S. government over mill closure

Company says losses related to the closure of mill exceed $450 million.

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Metsä Group recommends nature management as primary approach for herb-rich forests

Metsä Group recommends nature management as primary approach for herb-rich forests

From 2022 onwards, Metsä Group will review the herb-rich forests in forests owned by owner-members and intensify its guidance for the management of herb-rich forests. These measures will supplement the Metsä Group ecological sustainability programme, which was started in 2020 and is implemented in commercial forests.

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Smurfit Kappa announces sustainable new heating solution for local community

Smurfit Kappa announces sustainable new heating solution for local community

Smurfit Kappa has announced a new project at its Nettingsdorf Paper Mill, Austria that will utilise waste heat generated at the mill to help power a sustainable district heating solution for the local community of Ansfelden.

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Workplace death in Kamloops, B.C. under investigation

Workplace death in Kamloops, B.C. under investigation

The BC Coroners Service is probing the fatal incident that occurred on Oct. 15 at River City Fibre.

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UPM has sold the Kaipola mill site

UPM has sold the Kaipola mill site

UPM has sold the Kaipola mill site in Jämsä, Finland, to Kaipola Green Port Oy. Kaipola Green Port is a real estate development company owned by Finnish private citizens.

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Nova Scotia: Forestry trust fund doles out $12.4M to 2 projects

Nova Scotia: Forestry trust fund doles out $12.4M to 2 projects

Allan Eddy, a member of the task force and business development manager at Port Hawkesbury Paper, said they'll spend the next two years building a plan for the sector that considers new and different economic opportunities.

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UPM sells its Chapelle Darblay newsprint mill to the consortium of Samfi and Paprec

UPM sells its Chapelle Darblay newsprint mill to the consortium of Samfi and Paprec

The sale of Chapelle Darblay is an asset sale, and no personnel will be transferred. UPM has permanently ceased production and agreed a social plan for its employees at its Chapelle newsprint mill in Grand-Couronne, France in June 2020.

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RRD Confirms Receipt of Unsolicited Proposal from Chatham Asset Management

RRD Confirms Receipt of Unsolicited Proposal from Chatham Asset Management

Consistent with its fiduciary duties, and in consultation with its independent financial and legal advisors, the RRD Board of Directors will carefully review and consider the Chatham proposal to determine the course of action that it believes is in the best interests of the Company and RRD shareholders. RRD shareholders do not need to take any action at this time.

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Graphic Packaging Holding Company Announces Receipt of All Required Regulatory Approvals for Pending Acquisition with AR Packaging

Roseburg completes purchase of 30,000 acres of Southern U.S. Timberland

Mondi and Vafo Group unleash recyclable dog food packaging for leading Finnish brand Hau-Hau Champion

UPM launches UPM BioMotion™ Renewable Functional Fillers

West Fraser buys Angelina Forest Products for $300 million

Suzano's Sustainable Eucalyptus Fluff Will Be Internationally Showcased

Industry News

Essity presents new business areas and new sales growth target

Essity presents new business areas and new sales growth target

The business areas will be Health & Medical, Consumer Goods and Professional Hygiene. As a consequence of its higher growth ambitions, Essity has also decided on a new sales growth target of more than 5%, which includes both organic sales growth and acquisitions.

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Western Forest Products and Nanwakolas Council announce letter of understanding

Western Forest Products and Nanwakolas Council announce letter of understanding

Under this comprehensive agreement, the parties will work towards co-developing an Integrated Resource Management Plan (IMRP) and mutually beneficial business solutions in support of economic reconciliation.

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Sonoco-Alcore to Hike Tube & Core Prices in the EMEA Region

Sonoco-Alcore to Hike Tube & Core Prices in the EMEA Region

Sonoco-Alcore S.a.r.l. announces that due to continued inflationary pressure on the business it will raise prices by 50EUR / 50GBP (for the UK) per ton on all tube and core grades sold in the Company's EMEA regions.

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Greif Named to Newsweek's List of the Most Loved Workplaces for 2021

Greif Named to Newsweek's List of the Most Loved Workplaces for 2021

Greif Ranked as 59 Among 100 U.S. Companies Recognized for Colleague Sentiment and Satisfaction.

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Sappi North America's Rebecca Barnard Wins SAF Leadership Award

Sappi North America's Rebecca Barnard Wins SAF Leadership Award

Society of American Foresters Recognizes Barnard as Young Leader of the year.

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Hygienix Innovation Award Finalist: Glatfelter's GlatPure™ Back Sheet

Hygienix Innovation Award Finalist: Glatfelter's GlatPure™ Back Sheet

GlatPure™ is the first breathable, functional, non-leak barrier sheet available on the market that uses cellulose-based fibers and is compliant with the European Single-Use Plastics Directive.

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Les Crudettes salads stay fresh in Mondi's recyclable functional barrier paper

Les Crudettes salads stay fresh in Mondi's recyclable functional barrier paper

This is the first commercial food product that uses Mondi's functional barrier paper 95/5 to replace plastic bags.

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UPM Biomedicals and Cellbox in collaboration to provide a live cell shipment solution

UPM Biomedicals and Cellbox in collaboration to provide a live cell shipment solution

PM Biomedicals and Cellbox have signed an agreement for providing a unique live cell shipment solution. The plant derived and animal-free transport technology for living cell and tissue cultures allows shipping of live 3D cell assays between researchers and pharmaceutical companies.

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BillerudKorsnäs relaunches coated white-top kraftliner for litho-laminated packaging

BillerudKorsnäs relaunches coated white-top kraftliner for litho-laminated packaging

New Pure Supreme is the latest in a series of new products to come out of BillerudKorsnäs' KM7, the world's most modern board machine.

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Enviva Applauds International Energy Agency's World Energy Outlook Report 2021

Enviva Applauds International Energy Agency's World Energy Outlook Report 2021

Ahead of COP26, a new IEA report urges rapid action to achieve net zero carbon emissions and identifies a key role for modern bioenergy in this transition.

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SWM International's Scapa Healthcare Business Signs Exclusive Technology Licensing Agreement for Novel Wound Care Technology with Synedgen, Inc.

Pregis begins production in new $80 million in South Carolina film extrusion facility

Sappi collaborates with WWF for water security

Kimberly-Clark Receives Climate Leadership Award for Progress in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Essity and McDonald's are closing the loop for paper cups in Germany

Glatfelter Announces Offering of Senior Notes

Greif announces price hikes

Sonoco Announces Price Hike for Paperboard Tubes and Cores

Ahlstrom-Munksjö launches MasterTape™ Pack, a dedicated product range for pressure-sensitive packaging tape applications

UK Watchdog Clears Graphic Packaging's Planned Acquisition of AR Packaging

Metsä Board Husum commits to comprehensive and speedy clean-up of oil spill

Academic Spotlight

Graphic Packaging International Leadership Supports UMPPF

Graphic Packaging International Leadership Supports UMPPF

Mike Doss, President and CEO of Graphic Packaging International (GPI), recently made a generous donation to the UMPPF, followed by a visit to campus with his leadership team to meet with UMPPF students, faculty, and to learn about the research in pulp and paper being done at UMaine.

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Systems Automation Springboard to Internships (SASI) program at Miami University

Systems Automation Springboard to Internships (SASI) program at Miami University

Don't get swept away by the silver tsunami. Invest in a SASI intern to fill your pipeline of automation talent.

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Annual UWSP meeting, ceremony coming up

Annual UWSP meeting, ceremony coming up

Due to the uptick in COVID 19 cases locally, campus rules and corporate travel restrictions, the annual Paper Science & Chemical Engineering Scholarship and Awards Ceremony will once again be virtual, on Wednesday, October 13th starting at 5pm.

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Student Spotlight: Dylan Shumway, May 2021 graduate of Miami University

Student Spotlight: CJ Conroy of Western Michigan

Georgia Tech Student Internationally Recognized for Innovative Forest-based Industry Research

Interview with University of Maine's Chelsea Pelletier, Class of 2022

A random walk with Gene

Have a Better and Safer WIFI Router

Have a Better and Safer WIFI Router

I hope this article helps you make your home safer and gets you better performance from your WIFI system.

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Families, education and COVID-19

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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SAP Selects

About SAP Selects

This section contains a collection of Paperitalo articles highlighted by SAP for their relevance to how the paper and packaging industry is evolving and how technology can help support that progress.

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Just around the corner now

Just around the corner now

A bit of technology five years in the making. It is about time.

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Could Industry 4.0 provide transparency for the recycled fiber markets?

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

AF&PA names Eric Steiner as Vice President of Government Affairs

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced Eric Steiner as its Vice President of Government Affairs. In his new role, Steiner will help lead the paper and wood products industry's legislative agenda and drive advocacy efforts before Congress, the Administration, and key state governments.

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Jan Svedjebrant appointed acting General Counsel of SCA

A process for recruiting a new General Counsel has been initiated.

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Truvant Announces Addition to Board of Directors

Atkinson is a former Procter & Gamble executive, where he served for 36 years in a variety of roles, most recently as Chief Purchasing Officer.

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Quad to Promote Dave Honan to Chief Operating Officer and Tony Staniak to Chief Financial Officer

This announcement, part of a planned executive transition process, precedes the retirement of current Chief Operating Officer Tom Frankowski, who will depart Quad on December 31, 2021, after a 42-year career with the Company.

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Changes to Amcor plc Board of Directors

Agarwal most recently held several Global Executive Leadership roles at Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KCC) from 2008-2021, including Global Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer and President of KCC's Asia Pacific region.

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Metsä Board appoints Markku Leskelä as SVP, Development

Metsä Board announces changes in its corporate management team.

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Metsä Group appoints Jari Voutilainen as SVP, Sourcing and Logistics

Jari Voutilainen has been appointed Metsä Group's Senior Vice President, Sourcing and Logistics as of October 1, 2021.

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Massimo Reynaudo appointed Executive Vice President, UPM Communication Papers

Massimo Reynaudo has been appointed Executive Vice President responsible for UPM Communication Papers Business Area as of 1 October 2021.

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Quad Strengthens Consumer Reach and Engagement Capabilities with Appointment of Kris Persons as SVP of Direct Marketing

Persons most recently served as Vice President & Enterprise Growth Leader for Merkle, a global performance marketing agency.

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Glatfelter names Ramesh Shettigar as VP, ESG, Investor Relations and Corporate Treasurer

Glatfelter Corporation announced that Ramesh Shettigar has been promoted to its Senior Executive Team in an expanded role as Vice President, ESG, Investor Relations and Corporate Treasurer, and has been appointed as an executive officer by the Company's Board of Directors.

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Kimberly-Clark Names Doug Cunningham to Lead its EMEA Consumer Business

Kimberly-Clark Corporation announced that Doug Cunningham, currently Managing Director of Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand, has been named President of its EMEA consumer business, and report to Chairman and CEO Mike Hsu.

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Metsä Tissue appoints Tobias Lüning as SVP, Central Europe

Metsä Tissue appoints Tobias Lüning as Senior Vice President, Central Europe. Tobias has previously held various leadership positions within Metsä Tissue, latest as Vice President Supply Chain, West und Country Manager Germany.

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Kadant U.K. appoints Karl Wilkinson as Managing Director

Karl has been with Kadant U.K. for over 16 years supporting the fluid handling and doctoring, cleaning, and filtration product lines. During his tenure with Kadant U.K., he has held various management positions in engineering, commercial/customer care, marketing, and most recently in operations.

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Per Ivar Berg becomes new Managing Director at Norske Skog Saugbrugs

Per Ivar Berg (58) has been appointed new Managing Director at Norske Skog Saugbrugs AS from February 1, 2022. He has extensive experience from a number of positions in the pulp and paper industry, in addition to food industry.

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Weyerhaeuser appoints Travis Keatley as SVP of Timberlands

Weyerhaeuser has announced the appointment of Travis Keatley as senior vice president of Timberlands, effective Sept. 13. Keatley has served as vice president of Western Timberlands for the company since January 2020, and his appointment follows the planned retirement of Adrian Blocker, who will stay on through mid-October to serve as a senior advisor and aid in the transition.

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EY Announces Rusty Carter and Wes Carter of Atlantic Packaging as Entrepreneur of the Year® 2021 Southeast Award Winners

John Keppler and Enviva recognized for unstoppable leadership, bold vision, and unwavering commitment to mitigate the negative effects of climate change this decade.

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EY Announces John Keppler, Chairman and CEO of Enviva as an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Mid-Atlantic Award Winner

John Keppler and Enviva recognized for unstoppable leadership, bold vision, and unwavering commitment to mitigate the negative effects of climate change this decade.

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Pregis announces key commercial leadership roles for its expanded blown film operations

David Timm, president of Pregis' performance flexible operations, has established several pivotal roles focused on creating a whole new customer experience model.

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Boise Cascade Announces Promotion of Tom Hoffmann

Boise Cascade Company announced the promotion of Tom Hoffmann to senior vice president. He currently leads the purchasing activities for the Building Materials Distribution (BMD) division.

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Truvant Announces Addition to Board of Directors

Beck is the owner of Biltmoore Consulting and has advised clients on operations, supply chain, logistics, and general management since 2016.

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Supplier News

Pratt Industries orders the third OptiConcept M board production line from Valmet to the USA: machine designed for more sustainable board making

The start-up of PM 18 is scheduled for 2023.

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Valmet signs Euro 300 million sustainability-linked syndicated revolving credit facility

Valmet has signed a new Euro 300 million sustainability-linked syndicated revolving credit facility (RCF) agreement. The new RCF refinances an existing Euro 200 million credit facility and will be used for general corporate purposes.

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ANDRITZ successfully starts up tissue production line delivered to Xuong Giang Paper Mill, Vietnam

International technology group ANDRITZ has successfully started up the tissue production line delivered to Xuong Giang Paper Mill, Vietnam, a subsidiary company of Bac Giang Import Export JSC.

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Valmet's Fiber Technology Center starts up new pilot facility in Sundsvall, Sweden

The purpose of the pilot facility investment is to strengthen Valmet's research and development capabilities within the field of biomass pretreatment and to respond to new market demands for bioenergy, biofuels, and biochemicals.

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Solenis to Increase Prices Across All Product Lines in the Americas

Yes, by 15 to 20 percent.

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AFT starts up new POM approach flow system at Stora Enso Oulu

AFT is pleased to announce the successful start-up of a new POM® approach flow system at Stora Enso Oulu on the recently converted and commissioned board machine 7.

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Andritz receives order for disc filter rebuild from SCA Pulp in Sweden

Andritz has received an order from SCA (Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget) to rebuild a disc filter at their pulp mill in Ortviken, Sundsvall, Sweden.

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BID Group to partner with Georgia-Pacific to modernize Pineland, Texas lumber complex

BID Group has received an order from Georgia-Pacific to deliver a new sawmill at its Pineland, Texas operation which will replace the existing stud mill.

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Valmet to supply key board machine technology to Zhejiang Forest United Paper in China

The start-up is scheduled for 2023.

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Valmet to supply complete tissue production line to Arkhbum Tissue's mill in Russia

Valmet will supply a complete tissue production line including stock preparation, automation system and a Focus rewinder to Arkhbum Tissue Group LLC.

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Kemira opens new R&D center in Shanghai, China

Kemira has opened its new APAC R&D center in Pujiang Town, Shanghai, China, to meet rapidly growing market demand and accelerate efforts to develop renewable, biodegradable and recycleable products in the Asian region.

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Nine Dragons Orders Five New BlueLine OCC Lines from Voith

The new systems will have a total production capacity of 2.5 million tons per year and are scheduled to start up in 2022 and 2023.

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Andritz to supply MDF fiber preparation system to Starwood in Turkey

Start-up is scheduled for the end of 2022.

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Toscotec starts up TT SYD Steel Yankee Dryer at Cartiera Ponte d'Oro in Italy

Toscotec successfully started up a TT SYD Steel Yankee Dryer at Cartiera Ponte d'Oro Ansalcarta in Villa Basilica, Italy. The new Yankee replaced an existing cast iron dryer installed on PM1 in 1993 by Officine Meccaniche Toschi, which was renamed Toscotec in 2003.

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Valmet Oyj to supply coated board making and BCTMP production lines to one of its customer in Asia

The board making line with high productivity will produce very high-quality folding coated board grades.

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Valmet to supply high-capacity winder to Norske Skog's Golbey mill in France

Valmet will supply a high-capacity OptiWin Pro winder to Norske Skog's Golbey mill in France. The main target of Norske Skog Golbey is to have one winder to handle the 550,000-tonne capacity of the converted high-speed and high-capacity paper machine PM 1, following the paper machine conversion from production of newsprint to production of recycled containerboard.

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Andritz successfully starts up stock preparation system at Vinda Personal Care in China

With this new line, there are now more than 20 stock preparation systems from Andritz operating in different mills belonging to the Vinda Group.

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Valmet to supply a high-capacity winder to Norske Skog in France

The start-up of the winder is scheduled for 2023.

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ANDRITZ to convert paper machine from newsprint to packaging paper production for Volga Pulp and Paper Mill, Russia

Start-up is scheduled for the spring of 2023.

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Valmet and CMPC sign letter of intent for the modernization of Guaíba pulp mill in Brazil

Valmet and CMPC have signed a letter of intent (LOI) for Valmet to deliver key technology for the BioCMPC project. The target of the project is to increase the production capacity of the Guaíba pulp mill's line 2 from 1.5 million ADt/y (air dry tonnes per year) to 1.85 million ADt/y. The modernization is expected to start operation in the fourth quarter of 2023.

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Andritz to supply tissue line to Asia Symbol (Guangdong) Paper in Jiangmen Xinhui, China

Andritz has received an order from Asia Symbol (Guangdong) Paper to supply a complete tissue production line - from stock preparation to a double-width tissue machine (TM13), including automation - for energy-efficient production of high-quality grades at its mill in Jiangmen Xinhui, China. Start-up is planned for the end of 2022.

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Valmet to supply a container board making line to Kipas Kagıt in Turkey

The new board making line (PM 3) will produce high-quality fluting and liner grades.

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Voith Sets Course for Development of Sustainable Packaging Papers with World's Most Modern Pilot Coater

Eco-friendly alternatives to petroleum-based packaging have long been sought.

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Project Star: Evaporation and white liquor plants are delivered by Valmet in Brazil

The delivery includes equipment of high technological level, in terms of technical, energy and environmental performance.

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The Supreme Administrative Court has partly accepted Valmet's appeal of the reassessment decision it received

The decision will have a positive impact of about EUR 4 million on Valmet's third quarter 2021 profit for the period.

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Andritz to supply MDF production line for Kastamonu Entegre in Turkey

Andritz has received the second order in a row from Kastamonu Entegre to supply a disc chipper and a pressurized refining system for its MDF production line in Balikesir, Turkey. Start-up of the new equipment is planned for the end of 2022.

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Bellmer to supply upgrades for Sappi's kraft liner board machine at Ngodwana mill in South Africa

Bellmer to supply upgrades for kraft liner board machine at Sappi's Ngodwana mill in South Africa. Sappi Ngodwana is an integrated Paper Mill producing kraft pulp and kraft liner board. It is located in Mpumalanga province, South Africa.

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Kemira invests in new production line of ASA in Nanjing, China

Kemira announces a significant investment in the production of alkenyl succinic anhydride sizing agent (ASA) in China. ASA is one of the most effective and cost-efficient sizing agents for improving water-resistance in paper and packaging board.

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Valmet Oyj signs an extension of the maintenance operation agreement for UPM's Plattling mill in Germany

Valmet and UPM have signed an extension of the existing maintenance operations agreement for UPM's Platting mill in Germany, for an additional three years.

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Valmet Oyj will supply IQ Scanners and IQ Dilution Profiler to Xinxiang Xinya Paper in China

Valmet will supply Valmet IQ Scanners and Valmet IQ Dilution Profiler to Xinxiang Xinya Paper Co., Ltd. in China. The systems will be installed on Xinxiang Xinya Paper's paper machine PM2 to improve production runnability and end-product quality.

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Kemira increases prices of pulp bleaching chemicals in EMEA

Kemira, a global chemicals company, announces 10-15% price increases across pulp bleaching chemicals hydrogen peroxide and sodium chlorate in the EMEA region. The adjustments will be effective immediately or as contracts allow.

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ANDRITZ to Supply Tissue Plant to Astrabel, Croatia

The turn-key project includes stock preparation, tissue machine with air systems and rewinder, complete electrification and automation, and pumps.

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Kadant to Supply Pulp Thickening Systems to Shanying's facilities in China

Eight disk filters will be installed at Zhejiang Shanying Paper's facilities in Jiaxing City, China. The others will be installed at Guangdong Shanying Paper in Zhaoqing City, China.

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Valmet to supply key paper machine technology to Muda Paper Mills in Malaysia

Valmet will supply key paper machine technology, which includes several upgrading works, to Muda Paper Mills Sdn. Bhd. for its PM 9 in Malaysia.

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Solenis Releases First Comprehensive Sustainability Report

Working with an independent consulting firm, Solenis prepared the report to increase transparency and outline its efforts to sustainably improve operational efficiency and productivity.

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Valmet to supply paper machine grade conversion rebuild to its customer in Indonesia

The value of an order of this type is typically around Euro 20-30 million.

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Kadant Awarded Order for OCC and Approach Flow System for Linping's Xiao Mill

The new equipment will be installed on PM7 at Linping's Xiao mill and startup is scheduled for 2022.

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Lehto to build wood-structured office for Metsä Fiber's future Kemi bioproduct mill

The operating office will have a high degree of Finnish origin, approximately 80%, Finnish wood and high-quality products made from it will play a major role in the construction project.

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Voith receives order from Shandong Huatai Paper to rebuild PM 11

Shandong Huatai Paper decided to rebuild and modernize PM 11 in order to progressively convert newsprint production to high-quality graphic paper.

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Valmet to invest in a new service center in Guangxi, China

Valmet's new Guangxi Service Center will be in operation by the fourth quarter in 2023.

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Kadant acquires Balemaster for $54 million

Kadant Inc. has completed its acquisition of Balemaster for $54 million in cash, subject to certain customary adjustments. Balemaster will become part of Kadant's Material Handling reporting segment.

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ABB/Voith Alliance Helps SCA to Drive Bold Investment Program Forward

ABB's appointment by Voith to deliver end customer electrification package enables SCA to transform kraftliner production capabilities at Swedish pulp and paper mill.

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Kadant Receives OCC and Approach Flow System Orders for Jintian's Yancheng Mill

The OCC and approach flow systems are for its PM20 and PM21 and are scheduled to start up in 2022.

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Valmet to deliver key pulp technology to Nine Dragons' new Beihai mill in China

The deliveries will be done in phases and the start-ups are scheduled for 2023.

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Valmet to supply multifuel boiler to Kipaş Kağit Sanayi Isletmeleri's paper mill in Turkey

Valmet will supply a multifuel power boiler and auxiliary process equipment to Kipaş Kağit Sanayi Isletmeleri A.Ş.'s paper mill in Kahramanmaraş, Turkey. The new boiler will improve the reliability of the paper mill's steam and electricity supply. Additionally, its steam production capacity will be sufficient for the mill's future paper machine PM 4.

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Valmet's climate program targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative

This approval means that Valmet´s climate targets support the Paris Climate Agreement's goal to limit global warming to 1.5°C and are based on the latest climate science.

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ANDRITZ to supply chip storage system to Visy Pulp & Paper, Tumut mill, Australia

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Visy Pulp & Paper for a 243,000 m3 chip handling and storage system, including a Stacker Reclaimer RST360, for its Tumut mill in New South Wales, Australia.

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Valmet to upgrade recovery boiler for Lee & Man Pulp Manufacturing's Chongqing mill in China

Valmet will offer recovery boiler upgrade service to Lee & Man Pulp Manufacturing Limited's Chongqing mill in China.

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Zume Partners with Solenis to Open Up PFA-Free Molded Fiber Packaging and Manufacturing Playbook to Global Food and CPG Brands

In an unprecedented move, the companies are open-sourcing the recipe and playbook to encourage all brands to leverage the breakthrough in their manufacturing processes.

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ABB signs contract with RAK Mill in Indonesia

ABB has won a first order for its recently-launched Sheet Break Performance as part of a major digital transformation project at PT. Riau Andalan Kertas mill (RAK) in Indonesia, part of Asia Pacific Resources International Limited.

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Andritz AG appoints Joachim Schönbeck as new President and CEO

At the end of the Annual General Meeting deciding on the discharge for the 2021 business year (scheduled for April 12, 2022), Wolfgang Leitner will end his functions on the Andritz AG Executive Board - after 34 years of successful work there, thereof 27 years as President and CEO.

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