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Horrible Bosses

Horrible Bosses

Companies and/or owners should do more to see what the workplace environments are actually like beneath the top levels.

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Fraud Prevention

Recent Environmental Pushes

Artificial Intelligence - the next logical step for procurement

Technology

Appvion Announces Antimicrobial Technology

Appvion Announces Antimicrobial Technology

SafeShield technology prevents the replication of DNA and new cell formation! Independent lab tests demonstrate up to 99.99% reduction in non-pathogenic bacteria on the paper's surface even after printing and post processing.

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 Essity Leans on Digital Tools to Fortify Their Manufacturing Supply Chain While Improving Machine Health and Productivity

Essity Leans on Digital Tools to Fortify Their Manufacturing Supply Chain While Improving Machine Health and Productivity

Augury, a leading AI-based Machine Health solution provider, announced that Essity, an innovative global leader in professional hygiene, consumer tissue and personal care products, has chosen Augury's machine health solutions to help drive the digital transformation of its supply chain.

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Spotlight

Two Georgia-Pacific Recycled Paper Mills Open Opportunities for Paper Cup Recycling

Two Georgia-Pacific Recycled Paper Mills Open Opportunities for Paper Cup Recycling

Georgia-Pacific announced that it is now accepting mixed paper bales that contain single-use polyethylene (PE)-coated paper cups at its recycled paper mills in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Muskogee, Oklahoma.

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Forestry Workers Welcome WTO Decision on U.S. Softwood Tariffs, Time to Settle Long-Standing Dispute

Forestry Workers Welcome WTO Decision on U.S. Softwood Tariffs, Time to Settle Long-Standing Dispute

The United Steelworkers union (USW) welcomes the latest decision in Canada's favour from the World Trade Organization (WTO) on the long-standing U.S. softwood lumber dispute.

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Forest trips introduce the multipurpose use of forests to sixth grade students

As online shopping continues to grow, brands should consider consumers' packaging preferences

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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Fire reported at Sofidel mill in Ohio

A four-alarm fire at the Sofidel is being reported by news outlets. Fire personnel on the scene report two fires inside the C building at 3:50 p.m.

Fire at Evergreen Packaging facility

Officials say there is concern over a possible structural collapse.

Ox Industries restarts White Pigeon Paper Mill

Ox acquired the mill from Graphic Packaging in June and has since converted the mill from clay-coated recycled paperboard (CRB) to high strength uncoated recycled paperboard (URB).

Tony Mollica Named CEO of Twin Rivers

Tony replaces Tim Lowe, who will return to his role on the Board of Directors after acting as Interim CEO.

Georgia-Pacific lays off 270 as disrupted natural gas supply halts containerboard production in Toledo, Oregon

Production was halted, and approximately 270 hourly workers at Georgia-Pacific pulp and paper mill in Toledo were laid off on Monday evening.

Park Falls, Wisconsin paper mill re-opens

The paper mill in Park Falls is opening their doors after being closed for over a year.

Stora Enso plans to shut down one standard newsprint paper machine in Sweden

Stora Enso will start codetermination negotiations with employees at its Hylte Mill in Sweden regarding a plan to reorganise the mill, including permanent closure of paper machine PM3 and the deinking plant (DIP).

Mondi partners with SalzburgMilch and SPAR to reduce plastic waste from food packaging

Mondi is launching a fully recyclable 80% paper-based packaging solution for cold meats and cheese. The new packaging will reduce plastic usage for Austrian dairy producer SalzburgMilch by approximately 40 tonnes per year, co...

Leading Stories

Fire reported at Sofidel mill in Ohio

Fire reported at Sofidel mill in Ohio

A four-alarm fire at the Sofidel is being reported by news outlets. Fire personnel on the scene report two fires inside the C building at 3:50 p.m.

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Fire at Evergreen Packaging facility

Fire at Evergreen Packaging facility

Officials say there is concern over a possible structural collapse.

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Ox Industries restarts White Pigeon Paper Mill

Ox Industries restarts White Pigeon Paper Mill

Ox acquired the mill from Graphic Packaging in June and has since converted the mill from clay-coated recycled paperboard (CRB) to high strength uncoated recycled paperboard (URB).

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Tony Mollica Named CEO of Twin Rivers

Tony Mollica Named CEO of Twin Rivers

Tony replaces Tim Lowe, who will return to his role on the Board of Directors after acting as Interim CEO.

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Georgia-Pacific lays off 270 as disrupted natural gas supply halts containerboard production in Toledo, Oregon

Georgia-Pacific lays off 270 as disrupted natural gas supply halts containerboard production in Toledo, Oregon

Production was halted, and approximately 270 hourly workers at Georgia-Pacific pulp and paper mill in Toledo were laid off on Monday evening.

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Park Falls, Wisconsin paper mill re-opens

Park Falls, Wisconsin paper mill re-opens

The paper mill in Park Falls is opening their doors after being closed for over a year.

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Stora Enso plans to shut down one standard newsprint paper machine in Sweden

Stora Enso plans to shut down one standard newsprint paper machine in Sweden

Stora Enso will start codetermination negotiations with employees at its Hylte Mill in Sweden regarding a plan to reorganise the mill, including permanent closure of paper machine PM3 and the deinking plant (DIP).

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Mondi partners with SalzburgMilch and SPAR to reduce plastic waste from food packaging

Mondi partners with SalzburgMilch and SPAR to reduce plastic waste from food packaging

Mondi is launching a fully recyclable 80% paper-based packaging solution for cold meats and cheese. The new packaging will reduce plastic usage for Austrian dairy producer SalzburgMilch by approximately 40 tonnes per year, compared to its previously used rigid plastic trays.

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Domtar to Enter Containerboard Market with Kingsport Mill Conversion

Domtar to Enter Containerboard Market with Kingsport Mill Conversion

Over the last two years, Domtar has evaluated the merits of repurposing key paper machines as we adjust our white paper production capacity to match our customer demand. That's why we recently announced we are converting our Kingsport, Tennessee, paper mill into the company's first containerboard facility.

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Stora Enso developing sustainable barrier solutions for paperboard at Forshaga plant in Sweden

Stora Enso developing sustainable barrier solutions for paperboard at Forshaga plant in Sweden

The investment of approximately Euro 10 million enables the development and production of paperboard with barrier properties that are easier to handle in a recycling process, have a lower carbon footprint and can be compostable in industrial facilities.

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How Can Intelligent ERP Transform a Traditional Company into an Industry Pioneer?

How Can Intelligent ERP Transform a Traditional Company into an Industry Pioneer?

Shandong Century Sunshine Paper Group Co. Ltd. is a modern enterprise that focuses on papermaking, printing, and packaging.To improve its business processes and achieve more-efficient collaboration between production and marketing, Century Sunshine has embarked on a new digital transformation journey.

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Firefighters douse flames at Domtar pulp mill

Firefighters douse flames at Domtar pulp mill

Kamloops Fire Rescue says there was minimal damage after a fire broke out within a building at the Domtar pulp mill on Sept. 11.

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Kruger to permanently shut down pulp and paper production at Brompton mill in Canada

Kruger to permanently shut down pulp and paper production at Brompton mill in Canada

Due to market conditions that remain unfavorable, after a 6-month temporary shutdown, Kruger Specialty Papers is forced to permanently shut down its newsprint, specialty papers and pulp production at its Brompton Mill. However, the water treatment plant will continue to operate and the biomass cogeneration plant will restart.

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RRD Enters into Definitive Agreement to Sell its DLS Worldwide Logistics Business to TFI International for $225 Million Cash

RRD Enters into Definitive Agreement to Sell its DLS Worldwide Logistics Business to TFI International for $225 Million Cash

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its DLS Worldwide Logistics business to TFI International for $225 million in cash, subject to a customary working capital adjustment.

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Packaging Corp Evaluates Hurricane Impact on Louisiana Mill

Packaging Corp Evaluates Hurricane Impact on Louisiana Mill

Packaging Corporation of America PKG had ramped down its DeRidder containerboard mill operations before the arrival of Hurricane Laura. On Aug 27, the storm made landfall approximately 100 miles south of the company's containerboard mill in Louisiana. Notably, the storm did not make any significant property damages to the mill.

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LSC Communications Announces Sale to Atlas Holdings and Supporting Creditors

Interfor to Sell Gilchrist, Oregon Specialty Sawmill

SCA to acquire 13,000 hectares of forest land in Latvia

SCA discontinues publication paper and invests in pulp production

Graphic Packaging opens new facility in Monroe, Louisiana

CJK Group Acquires Cenveo Publisher Services and Cenveo Learning, Forms KnowledgeWorks Global Ltd.

Industry News

Holmen mills receives the highest sustainability rating

Holmen mills receives the highest sustainability rating

Holmen's paperboard and paper mills have been awarded the highest possible rating by the international assessment company Ecovadis. The paperboard mills in Iggesund and Workington as well as the paper mills Braviken and Hallsta have all been awarded Ecovadis Platinum, which means that all Holmen's mills belong to the absolute top tier of all assessed companies.

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Alan Smurfit dies suddenly at age of 77

Alan Smurfit dies suddenly at age of 77

Alan Smurfit, a member of the well-known business family that founded Smurfit Kappa, has died suddenly at the age of 77, the family has announced.

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SCA: Renewcell wants to recycle textiles in Ortviken industrial area

SCA: Renewcell wants to recycle textiles in Ortviken industrial area

Joint press release from Renewcell and SCA.

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Metsä Fibre and Econia to cooperate in prevention of grey economy in Kemi and Rauma projects

Metsä Fibre and Econia to cooperate in prevention of grey economy in Kemi and Rauma projects

Metsä Fibre and Econia have made agreements on consulting services related to contractor liability matters and the prevention of the grey economy in the Kemi bioproduct mill project and the Rauma sawmill project in Finland.

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Weyerhaeuser to Support Wildfire Relief Efforts in the Pacific Northwest

Weyerhaeuser to Support Wildfire Relief Efforts in the Pacific Northwest

Weyerhaeuser Company announced the company is making an immediate $150,000 donation to the Red Cross to support emergency response efforts in communities affected by wildfires in the Pacific Northwest, and particularly in Oregon.

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Rayonier provides hurricane Laura and Beachie creek fire update

Rayonier provides hurricane Laura and Beachie creek fire update

The company is currently assessing the magnitude of the damage and determining the salvage potential for the affected properties in both Louisiana and Oregon.

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BillerudKorsnäs is the best in the industry in sustainability

BillerudKorsnäs is the best in the industry in sustainability

In its latest ESG Risk Ratings, the sustainability analysis company Sustainalytics has ranked BillerudKorsnäs the most sustainable enterprise to invest in within the packaging sector.

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Artificial intelligence integration further improves quality consistency at Metsä Board Kemi mill

Artificial intelligence integration further improves quality consistency at Metsä Board Kemi mill

Metsä Board, a leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards and part of Metsä Group, is putting the latest artificial intelligence to good use at its Kemi mill in order to improve the runnability of its white kraftliner on a customer's corrugating line.

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Sonoco ThermoSafe's New Pegasus ULD® Receives FAA Approval

Sonoco ThermoSafe's New Pegasus ULD® Receives FAA Approval

The Pegasus ULD® is the world's first passive bulk temperature-controlled container for pharmaceutical use that is an FAA-approved unit load device, which allows it to speed through existing international ground handling and customs processes at the lowest possible cost.

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Monadnock Expands West Coast Distribution

Monadnock Expands West Coast Distribution

Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc., the oldest continuously operating paper mill in the United States, announced that it has broadened its west coast distribution. It has established a new stocking location in Kent, Washington to more fully serve its growing customer base on the U.S. West Coast.

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Metsa Spring and Itochu's fibre demo plant started operation

Have you tried the Paperitalo Supplier Directory lately?

WestRock in Evadale, Texas to receive 'notice of violation' after complaints about 'ash-like substance' on surrounding properties

PotlatchDeltic Releases Inaugural Environmental, Social, and Governance Report

UPM gives 40,000 face masks to students

Sofidel's commitment to more sustainable packaging continues

Huhtamaki rated 'A' on the MSCI ESG Ratings assessment

Södra to raise price of NBSK by USD 40 to USD 880/tonne

SCA to hike price for bleached softwood kraft pulp from October

Metsä Board launches a state-of-the-art Excellence Centre to accelerate paperboard and packaging innovation

Amcor partners in pioneering packaging technology to improve recycling

Academic Spotlight

SFI Conservation Grant to Help North Carolina State University Study Climate Change Mitigation and Preventing Biodiversity Loss in Forests

SFI Conservation Grant to Help North Carolina State University Study Climate Change Mitigation and Preventing Biodiversity Loss in Forests

North Carolina State University is investigating the crucial role that SFI-certified forests play in facilitating landscape connectivity in a changing climate.

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#MoveInMiami is Aug. 13

#MoveInMiami is Aug. 13

For the past seven years, the motto of #MoveInMiami has been, "They unpack. We give back." While the unpacking is different this year, Miamians can still support what matters to them most at Miami University on Aug. 13 through #MoveInMiami.

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Student Spotlight: Geordin Craun of Western Michigan

Student Spotlight: Geordin Craun of Western Michigan

Paperitalo Publications was able to catch up with Geordin Craun, a senior in the program. We asked her a few questions about her experiences at Western Michigan.

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NC State Names New Dean of College of Natural Resources

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

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

Interview with UWSP Paper Science and Engineering Senior Austin Jackson

A random walk with Gene

Saving energy

Saving energy

Saving energy was a topic Jim Thompson discussed a few weeks back. With fuel prices at record lows, it seems a weird time to discuss saving energy. But back in the day, when Union Camp was an entity in the 70s and 80s, the company leadership were geniuses at forecasting the paper industry fortunes six months to a year in advance. It seemed when everyone else was doing one thing we were doing another. And some time later, our approach was usually proven the best.

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TALOtech

Check out TALOtech groups on LinkedIn

Check out TALOtech groups on LinkedIn

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

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Directed Search

Directed Search

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

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People in the News

Atlas Engineered Products announces executive change

Atlas Engineered Products ("AEP") announces the departure of Executive Vice President, Brittany Ray-Wilks, effective September 11, 2020. Mrs. Ray-Wilks has been with AEP just prior to it going public in November of 2017.

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Metsä Spring appoints Annariikka Roselli as Development Manager

She will be responsible for the area of wood-based textile fibres at Metsä Spring, focusing especially on R&D-related matters.

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Minerals Technologies Names Erin N. Cutler Vice President, Human Resources

Prior to joining MTI, Cutler was employed by Pratt Industries.

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The American Wood Council names Jackson Morrill as new president and CEO

The American Wood Council (AWC) will welcome Jackson Morrill, President of the Composite Panel Association (CPA), as AWC's new President & CEO on September 16.

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Huhtamaki appoints Ann O'Hara as President, North America business segment

Clay Dunn, President, North America business segment has decided to retire at the end of 2020 after successfully leading Huhtamaki's business in North America since 2005.

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WestRock Announces MPS Leadership Change

DS Smith, the FTSE100 sustainable packaging leader, has announced the appointment of Johan van Baarle as Sales Director of its Paper Division.

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DS Smith Appoints New Sales Director for Paper in Europe and North America

DS Smith, the FTSE100 sustainable packaging leader, has announced the appointment of Johan van Baarle as Sales Director of its Paper Division.

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Stora Enso appoints Annette Stube as Head of Sustainability

Stora Enso has appointed Annette Stube as EVP, Head of Sustainability and a member of the Group Leadership Team. She will start on 1 September 2020.

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Södra strengthens its work within public affairs

Marcus Svensson has been appointed Head of Public Affairs at Södra. He will organise, coordinate and manage Södra's work within public affairs going forward.

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Interfor appoints Rick Pozzebon as CFO

He has more than 18 years of experience working with one of the big four accounting firms in both the US and Canada and in various senior corporate finance roles.

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SCA appoints new SVP Communications

SCA has appointed Anders Edholm as new Senior Vice President Communications and member of SCA's Executive Management Team.

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Kadant Appoints Bilal Mehmood President of Kadant Solutions Division

Kadant Solutions, a division of Kadant Inc., announced that Bilal Mehmood has been named president. Mr. Mehmood is currently Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Kadant Inc. and will join Kadant Solutions Division in his new capacity on July 1, 2020.

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DuPont Appoints Kimberly Markiewicz, Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

In this role, Markiewicz will advance DuPont's global DE&I programs and initiatives to help fuel innovation that leads to business success.

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DS Smith appoints Rogier Gerritsen new Managing Director of Recycling Division

DS Smith appoints Rogier Gerritsen as Managing Director of its Recycling Division. Reporting to Colin McIntyre, Divisional CEO for Paper & Recycling, Gerritsen will be responsible for the Group's recycling operations across Europe - managing around 6 million tonnes annually of paper for recycling into DS Smith's own and partner mills.

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GP Monticello names new vice president, general manager

Jeff Joyce was recently added to the team. He has worked for the company since 2000, coming in with prior experience having worked as vice president and general manager at the company's branch in Brewton, Alabama, for 12 years.

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Kimberly-Clark Professional's Stephen Becker Named CABA Chairman of the Board

Kimberly-Clark Professional and the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) are pleased to announce Stephen Becker as the CABA Chairman of the Board.

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Clearwater Paper Announces Joanne P. Shufelt as New Consumer Products Leader

Clearwater Paper Corporation announced a key divisional executive appointment. Joanne P. Shufelt is named senior vice president and general manager of the consumer products division, effective immediately.

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International Forest Products appoints Dan Stebbins as Director of Export Containerboard Sales

International Forest Products LLC (IFP) appoints Dan Stebbins as Director of Export Containerboard Sales.

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DS Smith Hires New Head of Sustainability

The FTSE100 sustainable packaging leader has announced the appointment of Wouter van Tol as Head of Sustainability and Government Affairs.

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Supplier News

Valmet to supply Metsä Board's Kemi mill with Industrial Internet solutions to enhance end-product quality and the mill's productivity

The machine produces premium quality white top kraftliner.

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Kadant Solutions Marks the Five-Year Anniversary of Ceramic Tip Creping Blades

Kadant Solutions, a division of Kadant Inc., marks a successful five-year market presence of the CeraEdge™ creping blade line for use in tissue production.

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Valmet to acquire PMP Group in Poland

Valmet has entered into an agreement to acquire PMP Group in Poland. The enterprise value of the acquisition is approximately Euro 64 million, plus a conditional and capped earn-out component.

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Finland's Solidium backs Valmet against Alfa Laval's bid for Neles

The Finnish government's investment firm Solidium backs Valmet's decision to not sell its holding in newly-formed valves maker Neles to Swedish engineer Alfa Laval, Solidium's chief executive said.

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Valmet signs an automation service agreement with Viridor in UK

Valmet and Viridor have signed a three-year service agreement for six waste-to-energy plants in the United Kingdom.

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ABB Supplies Electrical Package and Drives Automation to New Grupo Gondi Mill in Monterrey, Mexico

ABB has supplied and commissioned a full electrical solution for major packaging paper producer Grupo Gondi at its greenfield site in Monterrey, Mexico.

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Dieffenbacher to supply the world's longest continuous press to Guangxi Lelin in China

The Bhadrachalam pulp mill has an increased demand of pulp due to continuous expansion in board production.

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Valmet to supply new bleach plant and upgrade of batch cooking and fiberline to ITC's Bhadrachalam pulp mill in India

The Bhadrachalam pulp mill has an increased demand of pulp due to continuous expansion in board production.

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Komatsu Forest to deliver nine new harvesters to Belarus

The Komatsu 911 harvester is an agile machine that can be used in different conditions.

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Valmet to supply Valmet IQ quality management system to PJSC Kyiv Cardboard and Paper Mill in Ukraine

The new system will be installed in the corrugated packaging plant of the mill which is undertaking modernization actions.

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Valmet to supply start-up clothing to Stora Enso's Oulu mill in Finland

Valmet will supply start-up clothing to Stora Enso's Oulu mill in Finland. The start-up clothing includes forming fabrics, press felts, shoe press belts and dryer fabrics. The clothing order is related to Stora Enso's paper machine (PM 7) grade conversion project delivered by Valmet..

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BASF to sell global pigments business to DIC

BASF and the fine chemical company DIC have reached an agreement on the acquisition of BASF's global pigments business.

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Domtar Orders Voith BlueLine Recycled Stock Preparation System for Kingsport Tennessee Mill Conversion Project

The system includes Voith's BlueLine products including water, sludge and reject handling systems which will maximize both efficiency and quality.

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