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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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Weyerhaeuser provides COVID-19 business update

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

COVID-19: Norske Skog provides Operational Update

In Norway, Saugbrugs will cease production on one paper machine due to negative market developments as a result of the corona virus restrictions. As a result of this, there will be given notice of temporary layoffs. In additi...

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

LP Building Solutions announced adjustments to operating schedules, reductions in capital expenditures, and steps to enhance an already strong balance sheet. LP also announced amended guidance consistent with these plans and ...

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

A union push to protect workers from COVID-19 has apparently prompted Longview WestRock mill managers to update the site's procedure for handling potential exposures to the disease.

LSC Communications Prepares Bankruptcy Filing As Shareholder Revolts

Weeks after issuing an earnings that report that revealed the company lost $295 million last year, publication printer LSC Communications is preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to reports, citing "people wi...

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

This business includes three containerboard mills and four box plants.

Pratt Industries driver tests positive for COVID-19

Wapakoneta Mayor Tom Stinebaugh on Friday notified residents that a truck driver for Pratt Industries has reportedly tested positive for the novel coronavirus, while a second employee has since been sent home to self-quaranti...

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

One of Nova Scotia's cases of COVID-19 has been confirmed to be an employee at the Irving Sawmill near Truro, N.S.

Leading Stories

Weyerhaeuser provides COVID-19 business update

Weyerhaeuser provides COVID-19 business update

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

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COVID-19: Norske Skog provides Operational Update

COVID-19: Norske Skog provides Operational Update

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

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

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

LP Building Solutions announced adjustments to operating schedules, reductions in capital expenditures, and steps to enhance an already strong balance sheet. LP also announced amended guidance consistent with these plans and the uncertainties surrounding the impact of COVID-19, governmental responses, and subsequent economic recovery.

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

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

A union push to protect workers from COVID-19 has apparently prompted Longview WestRock mill managers to update the site's procedure for handling potential exposures to the disease.

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LSC Communications Prepares Bankruptcy Filing As Shareholder Revolts

LSC Communications Prepares Bankruptcy Filing As Shareholder Revolts

Weeks after issuing an earnings that report that revealed the company lost $295 million last year, publication printer LSC Communications is preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to reports, citing "people with knowledge of the plans."

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

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

This business includes three containerboard mills and four box plants.

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Pratt Industries driver tests positive for COVID-19

Pratt Industries driver tests positive for COVID-19

Wapakoneta Mayor Tom Stinebaugh on Friday notified residents that a truck driver for Pratt Industries has reportedly tested positive for the novel coronavirus, while a second employee has since been sent home to self-quarantine for two weeks.

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

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

One of Nova Scotia's cases of COVID-19 has been confirmed to be an employee at the Irving Sawmill near Truro, N.S.

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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

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

Huhtamaki announces temporary layoffs amid coronavirus pandemic

Ahlstrom-Munksjö facilities unaffected by Italian government decree

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

Coronavirus Survey Results

Industry News

Holmen postpones the Annual General Meeting due to COVID-19

Holmen postpones the Annual General Meeting due to COVID-19

The Swedish Government has decided to ban public gatherings and public events with more than 50 people as of March, 29. Since this decision is also the norm for other types of gatherings, Holmen's Board of Directors has decided to postpone the Annual General Meeting (AGM), which was planned to be held on March 30, 2020 in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Judge dismisses Chemours lawsuit against DuPont

Judge dismisses Chemours lawsuit against DuPont

A Delaware judge has granted the DuPont Co.'s request to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that it massively downplayed the cost of environmental liabilities imposed on spinoff company Chemours.

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

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

Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, has made the decision to build the world's most modern sawmill in Rauma. The value of the investment is approximately EUR 200 million.

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(Adv.) Allnorth Americas knows remote

(Adv.) Allnorth Americas knows remote

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Jay Miele, Vice President of Allnorth Americas in Alpharetta, Georgia. Allnorth Americas (www.allnorth.com) is an engineering firm headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, with offices across North America. Allnorth has perfected working remotely, meaning using professionals in their various offices collaboratively in real time to execute clients' projects. No longer is there a need to move people from office to office or office to site to quickly and efficiently execute engineering projects.

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Essity's Board of Directors proposes postponement of dividend decision

Essity's Board of Directors proposes postponement of dividend decision

The Board of Directors' previous assessment of a dividend of SEK 6.25 per share remains. The final assessment on the size of the dividend will, however, be taken at a later date when the effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic are better understood.

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

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

The company has received a sufficient number of shareholders' proxies and cancellations of attendance, allowing the meeting to be held in accordance with the regulations set by authorities following the coronavirus pandemic.

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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

Sonoco and Tellus to introduce first sugarcane-based fibre bowl

Statement on Domtar's Response to COVID-19

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

Cascades Provides an Operational Update Regarding COVID-19

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

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

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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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People in the News

Greif, Inc. Announces new Board member

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

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Rayonier Advanced Materials appoints two new independent directors to the Board

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

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Domtar names Kurt Mehlberg as new Nekoosa, Wisconsin mill manager

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

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Metsä Group appoints Christoph Zeiler as SVP Corporate Affairs, Germany

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

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Monadnock Paper Mills Announces New Senior Sales Representative

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

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Kathi Rowzie Joins Two Sides North America as VP of Operations

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

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

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

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Mikael Olsson to leave Trivselhus

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

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Shan Cooper Named to Veritiv Board of Directors

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

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Lenzing appoints two new members to its management board

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

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Glatfelter Elects Marie T. Gallagher to Board of Directors

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

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Supplier News

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

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

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

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

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Voith supplies extension of recycled fiber plant for Yarpaper in Russia

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

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

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

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Valmet completes co-determination negotiations in the Fabrics Business Unit

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

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

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

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Voith Launches New Generation of Sensors

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

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

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

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Kadant Solutions Attending Tissue World Miami

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

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

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

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Esko strengthens foothold in Middle East with leading reseller Dynagraph

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

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

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

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Valmet to deliver Defibrator system to Guangxi Shangsi Hualin in China

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

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

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

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