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Via Separations & Graphic Packaging International Announce Successful Pilot Of Industrial Electrification Technology

Via Separations & Graphic Packaging International Announce Successful Pilot Of Industrial Electrification Technology

Via Separations, an MIT spinout company developing process intensification systems to reduce energy intensity, announced its first successful pilot with Graphic Packaging International (GPI) for black liquor concentration.

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Charmin® Unveils AI Digital Doppelganger for Video Calls

Charmin® Unveils AI Digital Doppelganger for Video Calls

Charmin BRB Bot stands in for people, so they don't miss a beat while on the seat.

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Spotlight

DS Smith Survey on Shopper Struggles: Hard-to-open Products, Packages Are a Pain Point in Online Boom

DS Smith Survey on Shopper Struggles: Hard-to-open Products, Packages Are a Pain Point in Online Boom

OUCH - More than a third of consumers have hurt themselves prying open boxes.

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Ransomware Attacks Target Companies and Consumers Alike: Having Paper and Offline Backups Can Reduce Harms and Risks

Ransomware Attacks Target Companies and Consumers Alike: Having Paper and Offline Backups Can Reduce Harms and Risks

Ransomware attacks are making headlines with worrisome frequency. In May, 45% of the fuel supply for the east coast of the United States was disrupted when cybercriminals took Colonial Pipeline's computer network hostage. This latest digital exploit, which created massive commercial and consumer havoc, was international news. Missing from most reporting, however, were the facts that consumers are increasingly targeted as well - and simple steps like maintaining paper and offline backups of important records can greatly reduce the devastation.

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It Pays to Engage the News Media

DS Smith Survey: Who's Most Eager to Recycle? It's Baby Boomers

Jim's travels

Where is Jim this week?

As I travel, I am always looking for someone to go to dinner with, share a barbeque sandwich lunch and so forth.

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

A visit to Advanced Coil Technology

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

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Successful Road Trip to Louisiana and Texas

Jim Thompson asked to speak at Georgia Tech

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Sonoco Expanding Recycling of Iconic Paper Containers in U.S.

Sonoco announced it is expanding recovery and recycling of scrap materials from the production of its iconic EnviroCan™ paper containers in the U.S. to be used as raw material at three of its uncoated recycled paperboard mi...

Job cuts: Stora Enso completes co-determination negotiations at Veitsiluoto site

As a result of the negotiations, 550 people will be permanently laid off. Some 28% of the redundancies can be managed through pension arrangements.

Sappi North America Agrees To Sell Its Hydroelectric Assets To Dichotomy Power

Sappi North America, Inc., a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper, packaging products and pulp, today announced that it will sell its hydroelectric assets on the Presumpscot River in Maine to Dichotomy Power LLC...

Platinum Equity to buy McGraw Hill from Apollo for $4.5 billion

Billionaire Tom Gores' private equity firm Platinum Equity would acquire textbook publishing and educational technology company McGraw Hill for $4.5 billion from Apollo Global Management Inc, the companies said on Tuesday.

Amcor sees U.S. Plastics Pact Roadmap launch as opportunity to drive circular economy progress

Engaging nearly 100 organizations, the Roadmap outlines actions and responsibilities to achieve reusable, recyclable or compostable plastic packaging by 2025.

Klabin partners with SOSA & CNI to enhance sustainable innovation in the industry

SOSA's collaboration with Klabin is facilitated through SOSA's partnership with CNI (Brazil's National Confederation of Industry) and aims to identify new growth opportunities through open innovation.

PotlatchDeltic Reports Fire Damage at Ola, Arkansas Sawmill

PotlatchDeltic Corporation confirmed that a fire occurred at its Ola, Arkansas sawmill on the morning of Sunday June 13. The Ola and Galla Rock Fire Departments responded quickly and brought the fire under control. There were...

Resolute Announces $50 million in Lumber Investments

Resolute Forest Products Inc. declared a special cash dividend of $1.00 per share of common stock, payable on July 7 for holders of record at the close of business on June 28. The company also announced additional capital inv...

Leading Stories

Sonoco Expanding Recycling of Iconic Paper Containers in U.S.

Sonoco Expanding Recycling of Iconic Paper Containers in U.S.

Sonoco announced it is expanding recovery and recycling of scrap materials from the production of its iconic EnviroCan™ paper containers in the U.S. to be used as raw material at three of its uncoated recycled paperboard mills to produce new paperboard.

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Job cuts: Stora Enso completes co-determination negotiations at Veitsiluoto site

Job cuts: Stora Enso completes co-determination negotiations at Veitsiluoto site

As a result of the negotiations, 550 people will be permanently laid off. Some 28% of the redundancies can be managed through pension arrangements.

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Sappi North America Agrees To Sell Its Hydroelectric Assets To Dichotomy Power

Sappi North America Agrees To Sell Its Hydroelectric Assets To Dichotomy Power

Sappi North America, Inc., a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper, packaging products and pulp, today announced that it will sell its hydroelectric assets on the Presumpscot River in Maine to Dichotomy Power LLC, pending satisfactory completion of regulatory and other approvals. The move is designed to allow Sappi to focus on its core competencies and is consistent with Sappi's recent restructuring of the Westbrook site.

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Platinum Equity to buy McGraw Hill from Apollo for $4.5 billion

Platinum Equity to buy McGraw Hill from Apollo for $4.5 billion

Billionaire Tom Gores' private equity firm Platinum Equity would acquire textbook publishing and educational technology company McGraw Hill for $4.5 billion from Apollo Global Management Inc, the companies said on Tuesday.

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Amcor sees U.S. Plastics Pact Roadmap launch as opportunity to drive circular economy progress

Amcor sees U.S. Plastics Pact Roadmap launch as opportunity to drive circular economy progress

Engaging nearly 100 organizations, the Roadmap outlines actions and responsibilities to achieve reusable, recyclable or compostable plastic packaging by 2025.

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Klabin partners with SOSA & CNI to enhance sustainable innovation in the industry

Klabin partners with SOSA & CNI to enhance sustainable innovation in the industry

SOSA's collaboration with Klabin is facilitated through SOSA's partnership with CNI (Brazil's National Confederation of Industry) and aims to identify new growth opportunities through open innovation.

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PotlatchDeltic Reports Fire Damage at Ola, Arkansas Sawmill

PotlatchDeltic Reports Fire Damage at Ola, Arkansas Sawmill

PotlatchDeltic Corporation confirmed that a fire occurred at its Ola, Arkansas sawmill on the morning of Sunday June 13. The Ola and Galla Rock Fire Departments responded quickly and brought the fire under control. There were no injuries reported from the fire or environmental issues.

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Resolute Announces $50 million in Lumber Investments

Resolute Announces $50 million in Lumber Investments

Resolute Forest Products Inc. declared a special cash dividend of $1.00 per share of common stock, payable on July 7 for holders of record at the close of business on June 28. The company also announced additional capital investments of $50 million in its wood products operations to support its continued growth, and it confirmed the repayment of all amounts outstanding under its revolving and term credit facilities, reducing debt by $180 million in the second quarter.

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Paper Excellence builds Prince Albert team as work continues to restart pulp mill

Paper Excellence builds Prince Albert team as work continues to restart pulp mill

Paper Excellence announced today that several key roles have been filled as work to restart the Prince Albert pulp mill ramps up.

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Huhtamaki completes the asset acquisition of Jiangsu Hihio-Art Packaging Co. Ltd. in China

Huhtamaki completes the asset acquisition of Jiangsu Hihio-Art Packaging Co. Ltd. in China

Huhtamaki has completed the acquisition of Jiangsu Hihio-Art Packaging Co. Ltd.'s assets. Jiangsu Hihio-Art Packaging is a privately owned manufacturer of paper bags, wraps and folding carton packaging in China. The acquisition strengthens Huhtamaki's position as the leading foodservice packaging provider in Asia and expands its product portfolio allowing it to better serve both existing and new customers in China.

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Georgia-Pacific breaks ground on $300M production facility near Sweetwater, Texas

Georgia-Pacific breaks ground on $300M production facility near Sweetwater, Texas

Georgia-Pacific broke ground Tuesday on a state-of-the-art gypsum wallboard production facility near Sweetwater.

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Twin Rivers Paper Company Demonstrates Commitment to Food Safety with Receipt of FSSC 22000 Certification for Food Packaging

Twin Rivers Paper Company Demonstrates Commitment to Food Safety with Receipt of FSSC 22000 Certification for Food Packaging

The Food Safety Certification requirements provide a rigorous system to manage food safety risks and provide safe products for use by companies in the food industry. Achieving certification is a stringent process.

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Stora Enso invests in competitiveness of Anjala-Ingerois and Nymölla production sites

Stora Enso invests in competitiveness of Anjala-Ingerois and Nymölla production sites

Stora Enso has decided to invest EUR 21 million to improve the competitiveness and environmental performance of the Anjala-Ingerois production sites. Stora Enso will also invest EUR 26 million in modernising the pulp production at Nymölla in Sweden.

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	 Smurfit Kappa invests €12m to upgrade Spain bag-in-box facility

Smurfit Kappa invests €12m to upgrade Spain bag-in-box facility

Smurfit Kappa's Bag-in-Box division has announced the completion of a €12 million investment in a new flexible material production facility at its plant in Ibi, Spain.

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Norske Skog to close the Tasman mill in New Zealand and sell mill assets, 160 staff to lose jobs

Norske Skog to close the Tasman mill in New Zealand and sell mill assets, 160 staff to lose jobs

The Tasman Mill commenced newsprint production in 1955 and has produced more than 15 million of tonnes of paper during its 66-year history.

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Bill passes to assist in Verso Wisconsin Rapids mill purchase

Louisiana-Pacific breaks ground on $150M conversion of New Limerick, Maine mill

Canfor to invest $160 million in new sawmill in Louisiana and halt greenfield project in Georgia

Job cuts: UPM has completed employee consultation process in Finland

Prairie Industries Becomes Truvant

Columbia Pulp reopens mill

Industry News

That's a wrap! Mondi's new Advantage StretchWrap paper offers a more sustainable choice for pallet wrapping

That's a wrap! Mondi's new Advantage StretchWrap paper offers a more sustainable choice for pallet wrapping

Mondi's first to market Advantage StretchWrap paper is designed to wrap pallets for transport.

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Dutch/Swedish consortium gets go-ahead to continue study on production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel from forestry residues

Dutch/Swedish consortium gets go-ahead to continue study on production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel from forestry residues

The Swedish Energy Agency announced it will grant funds to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Södra, Växjö Energi, SkyNRG, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden and 2030-sekretariatet to continue their research on the development of production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in the Växjö region in Småland, Sweden. The funding will support the consortium to continue their study on an integrated Fischer-Tropsch SAF production facility using forestry residues.

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö launches FibRoc® Ceiling, its new offering of high performance solutions for ceiling applications

Ahlstrom-Munksjö launches FibRoc® Ceiling, its new offering of high performance solutions for ceiling applications

The new portfolio consists of a wide range of high performance fiber-based solutions for perforated plasterboard ceilings, mineral wool and wet felt ceilings, as well as perforated wood and metal ceilings.

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WestRock Introduces EverGrow™ Fiber-Based Produce Packaging Collection

WestRock Introduces EverGrow™ Fiber-Based Produce Packaging Collection

WestRock has achieved a proprietary approach for a produce packaging collection made using sustainably sourced wood fiber. WestRock EverGrow packaging is curbside recyclable when emptied and flattened, supporting the company's ambition to reduce waste and build a 100 percent reusable, recyclable and compostable product portfolio.

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AF&PA Announces Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future

AF&PA Announces Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future

Continuing its leadership in sustainability, the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future, a new set of sustainability goals for the paper and wood products industry.

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retailX and WestRock Announce SmartCommerce Partnership

retailX and WestRock Announce SmartCommerce Partnership

Powered by WestRock and an alliance of retail technology partners, SmartCommerce is a 4,000-sq.-ft. immersive experience on the retailX show floor, detailing the latest in retail technology.

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Sappi Europe to increase prices for all Sublimation & Inkjet grades by 8-15%

Sappi Europe to increase prices for all Sublimation & Inkjet grades by 8-15%

The unprecedented and ongoing rise of raw material costs, particularly pulp, chemicals and energy in combination with extremely high freight rates makes price adjustments unavoidable.

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International Paper Among First to Join New WWF

International Paper Among First to Join New WWF "Forests Forward" Program

Global program will help companies deliver lasting science-driven strategies to benefit nature, climate and people.

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Kimberly-Clark Among the First to Join WWF's New Forests Forward Program

Kimberly-Clark Among the First to Join WWF's New Forests Forward Program

As Kimberly-Clark works to provide the essential products its consumers need to care for themselves and their families, it is committed to doing so in a manner that cares for the world's forests and the diversity of life they support.

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Kotkamills' ISLA® product family of plastic-free consumer boards expands to ice cream packaging

Kotkamills' ISLA® product family of plastic-free consumer boards expands to ice cream packaging

Easily recyclable ISLA® Ice and ISLA® Cream barrier boards are especially suited for take-away and retail ice cream cups, bowls, and containers. ISLA® Ice and ISLA® Cream are a combination of innovative products that have been developed in parallel to work tightly together as raw materials for ice cream packaging.

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Lecta Increases Prices of Thermal and Carbonless Papers for New Orders

Verso Corporation Announces Preliminary Results of Modified Dutch Auction Tender Offer

Lecta Publishes Its New Responsible Purchasing of Wood and Forest-Based Products Policy

Mondi and Hazeleger Kaas Launch Recyclable Cheese Packaging for Dutch Market

Valmet strengthens its environmental systems business with two acquisitions

Verso Corporation Launches All-New Website

Domtar marks safety milestones for national safety month 2021

Metsä Group intensifies its research and development activity

DS Smith paper machine is setting new records in power-efficiency

Stora Enso joins WWF's Forests Forward impact platform

DS Smith Targets Net Zero emissions by 2050

Academic Spotlight

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

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

Paperitalo Publications was able to catch up with Dylan Shumway, a May 2021 graduate of the program. We asked him a few questions about his experiences at Miami.

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Student Spotlight: CJ Conroy of Western Michigan

Student Spotlight: CJ Conroy of Western Michigan

Paperitalo Publications was able to catch up with CJ Conroy, a senior in the program. We asked him a few questions about his experiences at Western Michigan.

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

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

Launched in 2016, the international contest recognizes, celebrates and promotes noteworthy innovations being developed in the global forest sector by students, researchers and engineers age 30 years and younger.

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

Catching up with N.C. State Paper Science and Engineering Student Jared Hamrick

N.C. State's Women Leaders in Pulp and Paper

Two Sides Member Spotlight: Miami University Paper Science & Engineering Foundation

A random walk with Gene

Families, education and COVID-19

Families, education and COVID-19

If you look at the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic, we have another two years or so to deal with this pandemic. Crank down on your kids' educational activities because we're in this for the long run. We're behind in education but with tenacity and effort we'll catch up and maybe even be ahead when things return to normal.

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Saving energy

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

Canfor Pulp Products Inc. and Canfor Corporation Announces Appointment of Sandra Stuart to their Board of Directors

Ms. Stuart was the first female CEO of a major bank in Canada and has an international banking career spanning 40 years and three countries.

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Quad Appoints Former Ad Age President & Publisher Josh Golden to Chief Marketing Officer Position

Quad/Graphics Inc. has announced the appointment of Josh Golden as Chief Marketing Officer effective July 5, 2021. Golden most recently served as president and publisher of the advertising and marketing trade magazine Ad Age.

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New Vice President and General Manager to lead ND Paper's Rumford Division

A pulp, packaging and paper industry veteran, Pazdera brings three decades of experience with internationally recognized companies including International Paper, MeadWestvaco, Boise Paper and, most recently, as President and Unit Head of AV Terrace Bay, in Ontario, Canada, where he oversaw day-to-day operations of an 1,100 tons per day NBSK plant.

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Sahil Tesfu joins Essity's Executive Management Team

Essity announced that Sahil Tesfu will join Essity's Executive Management Team in the newly created position Senior Vice President Group Function Strategy & Business Development.

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Sappi Europe announces the appointment of Flavio Froehli as Vice President, Marketing & Sales

Sappi Europe announces the appointment of Flavio Froehli as Vice President, Marketing & Sales with immediate effect for the entire Sappi Europe portfolio reporting to Marco Eikelenboom, Chief Executive Officer, Sappi Europe.

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Winfried Schaur appointed as Executive Vice President, Technology and Mika Kekki as Executive Vice President, UPM Plywood

Winfried Schaur appointed as Executive Vice President, Technology and Mika Kekki as Executive Vice President, UPM Plywood

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Santiago Gowland Appointed CEO of International Non-Profit, the Rainforest Alliance

Gowland previously served as Executive Vice President for Latin America and Global Innovation at The Nature Conservancy. Before that, he spearheaded sustainability initiatives in the private sector, including at Unilever and Nike.

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Change in Huhtamaki's Global Executive Team

Arup Basu, President, Flexible Packaging, and a member of Huhtamaki Global Executive Team has decided to leave Huhtamaki. The process to find Arup's successor has been initiated.

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Kadant Johnson Promotes Jim Maggard to Lead Paper, Packaging and Tissue Sales

Kadant Johnson LLC, a subsidiary of Kadant Inc. announced the promotion of Jim Maggard to director of sales for the paper, packaging, and tissue sector.

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Clearwater Paper Adds New Board Member

Clearwater Paper Corporation announced that Christine M. Vickers Tucker has been elected to the company's board of directors, effective May 18, 2021.

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Sustana Announces New Leadership Role, Director and Sustainability Ambassador

Sustana a manufacturer of premium, sustainable recycled fiber and paper products, announces the appointment of Emily Olson to Director and Sustainability Ambassador.

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Ennis Announces New General Manager of PrintXcel

Ennis, Inc. announced Jeff Monarch as the new General Manager of PrintXcel, located in Fairhope, Alabama. PrintXcel has more than 50 years of experience in printing products and services including checks and forms, direct mail, label form products, multipart mailers, online ordering and print procurement solutions and more.

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Supplier News

Valmet signs service agreement with Stora Enso's Beihai mill in China

Valmet and Stora Enso have signed a three-year service agreement for the company's Beihai mill in China. The service agreement contains the following services: support with service visit, emergency service visit response time, on-site expert and remote support via Valmet Performance Center to improve availability and optimize process performance.

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Metsä Group and LSAB Suomi sign blade deliveries agreement

Metsä Fibre has chosen LSAB Suomi Oy to deliver blades to its new Rauma sawmill in Finland. The agreement includes the blades delivered to the Rauma sawmill and their maintenance.

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ANDRITZ to supply four jet coaters to Jiangxi Five Star Paper, China

Start-up is scheduled for 2021.

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Valmet to supply a major pulp and board technology delivery to Klabin in Brazil

The start-ups of PM 28, the BCTMP line and the fiberline are scheduled for the second quarter of 2023.

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ABB Awarded Collaborative MES Agreement, Supporting Sappi's Digital Transformation Across its Entire Production Fleet

ABB has been selected by Sappi Limited (sappi.com) to support a major digital transformation project across its global manufacturing footprint in Europe, North America, and South Africa.

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Kadant Supports Cartiere Saci's Efforts to Broaden Recycling Capabilities with Implementation of Foundations™ Technology

The Heli-Drum system handles a broad range of recycled fibers and efficiently processes kraft paper, carrier board, and aseptic packages, among other furnishes.

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Metsä Fibre chooses Caverion as maintenance partner at new sawmill in Rauma, Finland

Botnia Mill Service, part of Caverion, will start as maintenance partner at the Metsä Fibre's new sawmill at Rauma, Finland. The agreement covers all sawmill process phases.

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Andritz to supply two chemi-thermomechanical pulping systems to Nine Dragons Paper Industries in China

Andritz has received an order from Nine Dragons Paper Industries to supply two chemi-thermomechanical pulping systems for their mills in China. The start-ups are scheduled for spring and summer 2022.

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Solenis to increase prices for all water treatment, process and pulp & paper product lines by 5-15%

Solenis will increase prices by 5-15% on all water treatment, process and pulp & paper product lines across the EMEA region, effective immediately.

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Andritz starts up reject handling line at Sun Paper Savannakhet in Laos

Andritz has successfully started up a complete, innovative reject handling line as well as key stock preparation equipment at Sun Paper Savannakhet, Savannakhet Province, Laos.

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Voith receives order from Nine Dragons Paper to deliver three XcelLine paper machines to China

The three lines will further strengthen the paper manufacturer's leading position in the packaging paper segment. The commissioning of the machines is planned for 2022 and 2023.

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Kemira opens new dry polymer production plant in Ulsan, South Korea

Kemira has opened a new dry polymer production plant in Ulsan, South Korea in May 2021. The plant produces high quality dry polyacrylamide (DPAM) products primarily for retention and drainage applications which are critical in modern, fast paper and board production. The investment is a joint venture between Kemira and Yongsan Chemicals.

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Andritz signs industrial maintenance contract with Smurfit Kappa Nervion in Spain

Andritz Ingeniería, SA, part of international technology Group Andritz, has received an order from Smurfit Kappa Nervion to provide industrial maintenance services for their mill in Iurreta, Spain.

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ABB received an order from Arauco in Chile

ABB has been contracted by manufacturer of forest products, Arauco, to modernize its Licancel cellulose plant in Chile to deliver faster response times, greater cyber security, upgraded operator interfaces, enhanced process reliability and flexibility for remote working.

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Valmet chosen as the third most attractive employer by the engineering students in Finland

Valmet has been chosen as the third most attractive employer by engineering students in Finland. The ranking was published in Universum's annual survey, which is the biggest employer survey in Finland. In 2020, Valmet was ranked fifth in the same category.

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Valmet to supply technology for Spinnova-Suzano joint venture textile fibre factory in Finland

The facility, producing SPINNOVA® fibre, is the first step towards scaling production volumes to one million tonnes annually within ten years. Spinnova's annual capacity could be 50,000 tonnes of textile fibre by 2024.

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Valmet receives an order from Zhejiang Jingxing Paper in China

Valmet will supply two Valmet Advantage DCT tissue lines, including automation system and three tissue rewinders, to Zhejiang Jingxing Paper Joint Stock Co., Ltd. in China.

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Kadant Starts up OCC System at Tangshan Jiluan Paper

Kadant Fiberline (China) Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Kadant Inc., announced it successfully started up its OCC system on PM1 at the Tangshan Jiluan Paper Industry mill in Tangshan. The new line has a capacity of 900 tons per day.

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Andritz to supply two semi-chemical fiberlines to Lee & Man Paper in China

The new fiberlines will have a capacity of 1,000 admt/d each and process eucalyptus wood chips to produce semi-chemical pulp, an intermediate grade between kraft pulp and mechanical pulp. Semi-chemical pulp provides excellent fiber properties for corrugated boards, such as fluting paper and other grades produced at the mill.

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ANDRITZ to supply a major expansion of the OCC line to NORPAC

ANDRITZ will install a FibreFlow drum pulper, type FFD450EE, as well as various fiber cleaning and reject handling equipment to upgrade the existing OCC line and expand the mill's production of lightweight recycled packaging papers. The stock preparation system features a capacity of 1,200 bdmt/d and processes a mix of OCC and mixed waste as raw material.

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Valmet to deliver defibrator system to Guararapes Caçador's MDF plant in Brazil

Valmet will supply a new Valmet Defibrator EVO system to the Brazilian company Guararapes. The system will be used for the company's medium density fiberboard (MDF) production as part of its major expansion at Caçador plant in Santa Catarina state.

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Environmental Paper Assessment Tool (EPAT): An innovative application to monitor sustainability of paper supply chains

The Environmental Paper Assessment Tool (www.epat.org) is a web-based platform that allows suppliers and buyers of paper and paper-based packaging to share key sustainability metrics.

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ANDRITZ to supply key pulp production equipment for Nine Dragons Paper mills in China

International technology Group ANDRITZ has been awarded orders from Nine Dragons Paper, China, to supply equipment and key process technologies for five of their mills.

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Kadant Successfully Starts Up OCC Systems at Sun Paper

Kadant Fiberline (China) Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Kadant Inc., announced it successfully started up two OCC systems at Sun Paper's PM1 and PM2 in Muang Phin, Laos. The OCC systems each have a capacity of 400,000 tons per year.

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Valmet Oyj: The new Valmet Fiberline Analyzer fulfills all major process control needs in the pulp mill

Valmet introduces the new Valmet Fiberline Analyzerto enable pulp makers to improve total pulp quality management, boost process stability and gain major savings in chemical costs from the digester blow line right up to final pulp storage.

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Valmet signs an extensive Industrial Internet services agreement with ARAUCO for new pulp production line in Chile

The target is to improve the overall efficiency and profitability of the entire mill by coordinating and optimizing across process islands.

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Voith to supply OnQuality Quality Control System to Simka Kagit in Turkey

Simka Kagit Sanayi VE Ticaret AS, a Turkish manufacturer of various converted paper and paperboard products, has commissioned Voith to supply its OnQuality Quality Control System (QCS) of scanners and sensors to the company's PM 1 in Kayseri, Turkey.

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Voith supply a complete paper production line to Modern Karton in Turkey

Paper manufacturer Modern Karton has commissioned Voith to build and deliver a high-speed production facility for the production of recovered corrugated containerboard base paper.

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Andritz to supply new HERB recovery boiler for BillerudKorsnäs' mill in Sweden

Andritz has received an order from BillerudKorsnäs to supply a HERB recovery boiler for its mill in Frövi, Sweden. Start-up is scheduled for the end of 2023. The new boiler will replace the existing recovery boiler that has been in operation in Frövi since 1969.

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Voith Introduces AquaLine - A Sustainable Water Management Concept for Paper Production

In the field of AquaLine water management, with AquaLine Flex and AquaLine Zero, Voith is introducing two concepts that not only minimize fresh water consumption but, as is the case with AquaLine Zero, can also completely close water circuits.

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ABB Secures Control System Modernization Contract for Wood Pulp Mill in Chile

Global technology company ABB has been contracted by manufacturer of forest products, Arauco, to modernize its Licancel Cellulose Plant in Chile to deliver faster response times, greater cyber security, upgraded operator interfaces, enhanced process reliability and flexibility for remote working.

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Jartek delivers packaging plant to Kuhmo Oy

Jartek Invest Oy delivers a packaging plant to Kuhmo Oy. The total investment is approximately Euro 5 million. Construction work on the project begins in July and commissioning starts in February 2022.

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Minerals Technologies signs agreement with Zhumadianshi Baiyun Paper to build PCC plant China

Minerals Technologies Inc. ("MTI") has signed an agreement with Zhumadianshi Baiyun Paper Co., LTD ("Baiyun Paper") to build a 50,000 metric ton per year satellite precipitated calcium carbonate ("PCC") plant at its paper mill in Suiping County, Zhumadian City, China.

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Metsä Fibre and Eltel sign agreement to build power line for new bioproduct mill in Finland

Metsä Fibre and Eltel have signed an agreement to build a power line from the new bioproduct mill being constructed in Kemi to the Keminmaa substation via the Pajusaari-Isohaara-Keminmaa route. The new 110 kV power line will be about 15 kilometres long.

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Valmet to deliver new evaporation line to Södra Cell Mönsterås pulp mill in Sweden

Valmet will deliver a new evaporation line 3 for Södra Cell Mönsterås pulp mill in Sweden. The new line will replace the oldest evaporation line 1 at the mill. The new evaporation plant is scheduled to start-up in the 1Q 2023.

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Valmet to supply metering size press and size kitchen to Emami Paper Mills in India

Valmet will deliver a metering size press with sizing starch preparation and sizer supply system to Emami Paper Mills for its paper making line (PM3), which is located at its Balasore mill in Odisha, India.

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Solenis Recognized as a US Best Managed Company

Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, will increase prices by 5 to 15 percent on all paper and process product lines across the EMEA region, effective immediately or as customer contracts allow.

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Voith rebuilds Papresa's PM 5 at Rentería mill in Spain

Papresa commissioned Voith to completely rebuild PM 5 at the Rentería mill in Spain. The start-up of the ambitious project is scheduled for the 1Q 2022.

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Solenis to Increase Prices on all Paper and Process Product Lines Across Europe, Middle East and Africa

Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, will increase prices by 5 to 15 percent on all paper and process product lines across the EMEA region, effective immediately or as customer contracts allow.

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Toscotec upgraded PM1 at Cartiera di Ferrara's mill in Italy

After a complete dryer section rebuild supplied by Toscotec, Cartiera di Ferrara fired up PM1 at its mill in Ferrara, Italy.

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Andritz signs industrial maintenance contract with LD Celulose S.A. in Brazil

Sindus Andritz Ltda., part of international technology Group Andritz, has received an order from LD Celulose S.A. to provide industrial maintenance services for their new mill in the city of Indianópolis, Brazil. The contract has a contract term of approximately six years and covers full maintenance of all mill areas.

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Andritz signs maintenance contract with UPM for the Paso de los Toros mill in Uruguay

The mill will have an annual production capacity of 2.1 million tons of bleached eucalyptus kraft pulp when it starts up in the second half of 2022.

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Solenis to Increase Prices on All Process and Water Treatment Product Lines Across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

The price increase is necessary due to the tightening of raw material supplies globally and escalating energy, packaging and transportation costs.

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Valmet supplies world's first AI based machine vision system to Progroup in Germany

The new machine vision system targets to increase the containerboard machine speed even further.

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Valmet to supply IQ moisturizer to DS Smith Contoire-Hamel in France

The target of the investment is to improve the moisture profile of the board for better corrugated performance.

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Valmet receives the third tissue line order from Aktül Kagit Üretim Pazarlama in Turkey

The new Advantage DCT 200 tissue line will be installed at the company's mill in Pamukova, Sakarya Province in Turkey. The start-up is planned for the second quarter 2022.

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Siempelkamp received an order from Guararapes in Brazil

The Brazilian wood-based materials producer Guararapes Paineis, S/A. placed an order for an MDF plant with Siempelkamp.

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Valmet to supply Quality Control System and IQ Moisturizer to Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill in Russia

Valmet will supply Valmet IQ Quality Control System and Valmet IQ Moisturizer to Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill, JSC, in Novodvinsk, Russia.

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Andritz starts up complete LC pulping system at Papeleira Coreboard in Portugal

Andritz has successfully started up a complete continuous low-consistency (LC) pulping system at Papeleira Coreboard in Portugal.

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Solenis to Increase Prices on Wet Strength Product Lines Across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

The price increase is necessary due to lack of raw material availability, escalating key raw material costs and a surge in freight costs that has led to additional pressure on our global supply chain.

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Andritz to supply biomass boiler plant to Fjernvarme Fyn Produktion in Denmark

Andritz has received an order from the Danish energy company Fjernvarme Fyn Produktion A/S to deliver a new biomass boiler plant complete with auxiliary equipment for their "Bio Blok 2" project..

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ABB to deliver new Ability System 800xA drives and quality control solutions to Iggesund Paperboard in Sweden

Global technology company ABB is leading a major installation of new drives, control systems and quality control solutions (QCS) for Iggesund Paperboard in Sweden, driving increased safety, higher availability and more stable operations for the board mill.

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Andritz successfully starts up new disc filter technology at Malaysia Lee & Man Paper

Andritz has successfully started up next-generation disc filter technology with eight PrimeFilter D disc filters at Malaysia Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing Limited in Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.

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The fine print...

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