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Latest Research Developments

Latest Research Developments

In a recent article from McGill University, it was announced that researchers at the university have discovered an innovative approach in improving energy efficiency of carbon conversion using waste material from pulp and paper.

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Latest Research Developments

Too soon for electric vehicles

The First Step to Success

Green Energy Trends

Innovation Trends

Quality in Work

Employee Management & AI

Paperitalo Point of View

Great Balls of Digital Fire

Great Balls of Digital Fire

Virtual sport simulators are tremendously popular nowadays. Take golf for example: walk indoors, swing your clubs, and improve your swing. (Personally, I'd rather be outdoors any day with the sun shining and a fresh breeze in my face.) You can sit in movies with 3-D glasses, play sports (indoors) with a variety of simulators, or even wear 3-D goggles for virtual reality baseball training (you don't even need a ball, just swing the bat).

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Preventative Maintenance Made Memorable

A Simplified Solution for Transportation Troubles

Investing in Tomorrow's Paper: Capital Projects

Unlocking Semiconductor Gridlock

Making Batteries Better... With Paper

Filtering Fact from Fiction: Ensuring Information Quality in the Digital Age

The Most Fascinating Part of any Tree

Thoughts on the industry

Interview from the Top - Part II

Interview from the Top - Part II

If you read my last column, you heard about how a Chief Purchasing Officer of a global, Fortune 50 manufacturing company views categories of spend, risks, contracts, and global suppliers. I did not have enough space to cover all my questions and answers from the interview, so we will pick right up where we left off.

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The time I cheated death at the mill

The time I cheated death at the mill

All paper machines operating before OSHA 1974 enactment had potential of mangling or death to the employee who worked without caution. For example: Nip guards at winder, Calendar Stacks, Press Section, Conveyor belts, ETC. were NOT equipped with personnel safety devices.

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Interview from the Top - Part I

Asymmetric Information: I'll show you mine if you show me yours

Working with the bullgang

Becoming Big(ger)

True Grit: Case Studies in Fight or Flight Scenarios

Technology

Metsä Group and CollectiveCrunch's AI application wins an international innovation competition

Metsä Group and CollectiveCrunch's AI application wins an international innovation competition

The AI application developed by Metsä Group and CollectiveCrunch for detecting insect damage won the international Innovation of Innovations prize. Metsä Fibre's Future Sawmill concept was recognised in the Business innovations category.

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UV Curing Technologies Panel Added to Print Embellishment Conference Schedule

UV Curing Technologies Panel Added to Print Embellishment Conference Schedule

To address the growing area of UV curing technologies for coatings, printing and other embellishments, three industry experts will be on hand for a panel discussion.

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Spotlight

The forest industry should face environmentalists with open mind

The forest industry should face environmentalists with open mind

Metsä Group's bioproduct mill in Kemi is visited in the documentary film "Once Upon a Time in a Forest", which premiered March 28. In the film there is a discussion between young environmentalists and representatives of Metsä Group. The documentary film follows young environmentalists over a period of more than a year, and the conversation between them and Metsä Group is recorded.

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Kimberly-Clark Unveils Next Chapter of Strategic Transformation to Unlock Highest Value Growth Opportunities

Kimberly-Clark Unveils Next Chapter of Strategic Transformation to Unlock Highest Value Growth Opportunities

Commits to 100% Natural Forest Free Ambition Across Product Portfolio.

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A Critical Balance: Virgin and Recycled Fibers Partners in Printing Paper Production

DS Smith Unveils Drypack Solution in U.S. Market to Help Seafood Processing Processors Phase Out Plastic Containers

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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Todd Brooks of NORPAC in Longview, Washington, wins Capital Arguments Project Manager of the Year Award

Todd Brooks of NORPAC in Longview, Washington, wins Capital Arguments Project Manager of the Year Award

We had an opportunity to gather on the evening of 6 October 2022 and award the Capital Arguments Project Manager of the Year Award to Todd Brooks of NORPAC in Longview, Washington. Todd came in on budget on a tough project that was done entirely during the Covid Era. Todd learned the meaning of Force Majeure and still pulled it in on budget. Great job, Todd!

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International SAP Conference For Forest Products, Paper and Packaging in Madrid

Industree 4.0

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Effluent spill at West Fraser plant in Quesnel

Consolidated forest tenure comes under control of Lake Babine First Nation.

RYAM's Tartas Plant Successfully Ships Inaugural Truckload of 2G Bioethanol

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. is pleased to announce the successful shipment of our first production of 2G bioethanol from our Tartas plant, following two years of rigorous research, development, construction, and planning...

Metsä Group collaborates with ANDRITZ on textile fiber mill pre-study

Metsä Group has entered into an extensive cooperation with international technology group ANDRITZ to conduct a pre-study for the first possible commercial mill producing the Kuura textile fiber.

Greif: Completes Acquisition of Ipackchem

At the time of closing, the cash provided included the previously disclosed transaction amount of $538 million, an additional $38 million as a ticking fee to reimburse the seller for Greif's profits, standard adjustments for ...

Greif Prepares For Opening of New Manufacturing Facility in Dallas, Texas

Scheduled to open later this spring, the new facility will significantly expand Greif's capacity in the bulk corrugated business and create opportunities in the South and Southwest regions of the United States, as well as Mex...

Berry and Glatfelter Announce Regulatory Milestone in Proposed Transaction for Spin-Off and Merger

The transaction is expected to close in the second half of calendar 2024 and is subject to approval by Glatfelter shareholders and completion of customary closing conditions.

International Paper Announces Agreement to Acquire DS Smith

Expected to Achieve Significant Synergies of At Least $514 Million

Veritiv Acquires AmeriPac

Veritiv Corporation, a leading specialty distributor of value-added packaging, facility solutions and print products and solutions, announced that it has acquired substantially all the assets of Ameripac, LLC, and Ameripac Pe...

Leading Stories

Effluent spill at West Fraser plant in Quesnel

Effluent spill at West Fraser plant in Quesnel

Consolidated forest tenure comes under control of Lake Babine First Nation.

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RYAM's Tartas Plant Successfully Ships Inaugural Truckload of 2G Bioethanol

RYAM's Tartas Plant Successfully Ships Inaugural Truckload of 2G Bioethanol

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. is pleased to announce the successful shipment of our first production of 2G bioethanol from our Tartas plant, following two years of rigorous research, development, construction, and planning.

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Metsä Group collaborates with ANDRITZ on textile fiber mill pre-study

Metsä Group collaborates with ANDRITZ on textile fiber mill pre-study

Metsä Group has entered into an extensive cooperation with international technology group ANDRITZ to conduct a pre-study for the first possible commercial mill producing the Kuura textile fiber.

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Greif: Completes Acquisition of Ipackchem

Greif: Completes Acquisition of Ipackchem

At the time of closing, the cash provided included the previously disclosed transaction amount of $538 million, an additional $38 million as a ticking fee to reimburse the seller for Greif's profits, standard adjustments for debt and cash, and the effect of foreign exchange rates.

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Greif Prepares For Opening of New Manufacturing Facility in Dallas, Texas

Greif Prepares For Opening of New Manufacturing Facility in Dallas, Texas

Scheduled to open later this spring, the new facility will significantly expand Greif's capacity in the bulk corrugated business and create opportunities in the South and Southwest regions of the United States, as well as Mexico.

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Berry and Glatfelter Announce Regulatory Milestone in Proposed Transaction for Spin-Off and Merger

Berry and Glatfelter Announce Regulatory Milestone in Proposed Transaction for Spin-Off and Merger

The transaction is expected to close in the second half of calendar 2024 and is subject to approval by Glatfelter shareholders and completion of customary closing conditions.

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International Paper Announces Agreement to Acquire DS Smith

International Paper Announces Agreement to Acquire DS Smith

Expected to Achieve Significant Synergies of At Least $514 Million

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Veritiv Acquires AmeriPac

Veritiv Acquires AmeriPac

Veritiv Corporation, a leading specialty distributor of value-added packaging, facility solutions and print products and solutions, announced that it has acquired substantially all the assets of Ameripac, LLC, and Ameripac Pennsylvania, LLC ("AmeriPac") a leading provider of turnkey contract packaging and fulfillment services with annual revenues of approximately $60 million.

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B.C. Paper Excellence pulp and paper mill fined $22,000 for leaking toxic gas into atmosphere

B.C. Paper Excellence pulp and paper mill fined $22,000 for leaking toxic gas into atmosphere

The Paper Excellence mill in Howe Sound was the company's second B.C. facility in four months that has been penalized for contaminating the environment.

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Two Rivers Lumber to build $115 million sawmill in Alabama

Two Rivers Lumber to build $115 million sawmill in Alabama

Two Rivers Lumber Co. LLC plans to invest $115 million to build a state-of-the-art sawmill in Coosa County as the company's second operation in Alabama. Demopolis-based Two Rivers Lumber has committed to creating 130 jobs at the new Alabama sawmill, which will specialize in the production of Southern Yellow Pine dimensional lumber, the Alabama Governor's Office reports.

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Metsä Board inaugurates Europe's largest and most modern folding boxboard machine in Husum, Sweden

Metsä Board inaugurates Europe's largest and most modern folding boxboard machine in Husum, Sweden

Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, inaugurated its upgraded folding boxboard machine in Husum, Sweden, on the 11th of April. Invited to the inauguration ceremony were, among others, project partners and representatives of Örnsköldsvik municipality, Swedish parliament and the forest industry.

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Georgia-Pacific Investing More than $150 Million To Grow Consumer Tissue Business

Georgia-Pacific Investing More than $150 Million To Grow Consumer Tissue Business

Engineering and related work has begun, and startup of the machine is scheduled for 2026. At peak construction, 500 construction and contract-related workers are expected to be onsite at the mill.

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B.C.'s West Fraser Timber, Lake Babine First Nation combine tenure

B.C.'s West Fraser Timber, Lake Babine First Nation combine tenure

Consolidated forest tenure comes under control of Lake Babine First Nation.

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Metsä Group starts pre-engineering project for Muoto™ wood fibre packaging products

Metsä Group starts pre-engineering project for Muoto™ wood fibre packaging products

After promising results from the ongoing demonstration phase, Metsä Group has decided to conduct, in parallel with the demo phase, a pre-engineering project related to a possible first commercial-scale factory. Muoto™ packages are renewable and recyclable bioproducts that can be utilised in, e.g., takeaway, berry, tray, and combo packaging.

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Sonoco and ENGIE Announce 140 Megawatt Virtual Power Purchase Agreement

Sonoco and ENGIE Announce 140 Megawatt Virtual Power Purchase Agreement

Sonoco Products Company, one of the largest global sustainable packaging companies, and ENGIE North America ("ENGIE") announced that they have entered into a Virtual Power Purchase Agreement ("VPPA") for production from ENGIE's Big Sampson Wind Project ("Big Sampson"), a wind power project currently under construction in Crockett County, Texas.

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Canfor closing Jackson mill as part of restructuring in Alabama

Canfor closing Jackson mill as part of restructuring in Alabama

Canfor Corp. is closing its Jackson mill in southern Alabama at the end of June as part of a restructuring of its operations in the state.

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European Commission Greenlights Smurfit Kappa Group and WestRock Merger

European Commission Greenlights Smurfit Kappa Group and WestRock Merger

In a landmark decision, the European Commission has given the green light to the proposed merger between Smurfit Kappa Group plc, headquartered in Ireland, and WestRock Company from the United States. The approval paves the way for the creation of a global packaging powerhouse, dubbed Smurfit WestRock, with a comprehensive reach across continents.

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Enviva faces NYSE compliance notice due to 10-K filing delay

Paper Excellence gives $4.5M back to B.C. after failing to re-start paper mill operations

International Paper closes in on £5bn deal for London-listed DS Smith

Kimberly-Clark to sell PPE business to Ansell for $640 million

Industry News

Sonoco Increases Quarterly Stock Dividend for 41ˢᵗ Consecutive Year

Sonoco Increases Quarterly Stock Dividend for 41ˢᵗ Consecutive Year

The Board of Directors of Sonoco increased its quarterly common stock dividend to $0.52 per share from the previous quarterly distribution of $0.51 per share. This new dividend will be paid on June 10, 2024, to shareholders of record as of May 10, 2024.

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Essity joins United Nations initiative to promote inclusive advertising

Essity joins United Nations initiative to promote inclusive advertising

Essity continues its purpose to break barriers to well-being by joining the Unstereotype Alliance, a thought and action platform convened by UN Women, with the mission to eradicate harmful stereotypes in media and advertising content.

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Ahlstrom introduces a new dual-layer filtration technology for longer lifetime and reduced size of air intake filters

Ahlstrom introduces a new dual-layer filtration technology for longer lifetime and reduced size of air intake filters

Ahlstrom introduces a new dual-layer filter media technology, available globally, that represents a leap forward in filtration and is a perfect solution to comply with future market needs.

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Have you tried the Paperitalo Supplier Directory lately?

Have you tried the Paperitalo Supplier Directory lately?

If you are looking for goods and services in the pulp and paper industry, you need to check out the Paperitalo Directory!

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WestRock's FENIX™ Bio Locking Tag Earns USDA Certified Biobased Product Label

WestRock's FENIX™ Bio Locking Tag Earns USDA Certified Biobased Product Label

The FENIX™ Bio Locking Tag represents a renewable alternative to petroleum-based products, using up to 88% fewer fossil fuel-based plastics than traditional plastic options. These plant-based horticulture tags enable WestRock customers to achieve plastic-reduction goals while ensuring critical functionality in greenhouse, nursery and retail environments.

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Sun Chemical Collaborates with Cardbox Packaging

Sun Chemical Collaborates with Cardbox Packaging

Sun Chemical announces its ongoing collaboration with packaging solutions company, Cardbox Packaging. Sun Chemical is supplying Cardbox with SunPak® FSP EcoPace sheetfed, low migration inks for high productivity, high speed folding carton printing and for its SunHub compact ink dispenser at their Austria site.

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Leave to Appeal Granted for Minority Shareholders in the Redemption Proceedings Concerning the Minority Shares in Ahlstrom Oyj

Leave to Appeal Granted for Minority Shareholders in the Redemption Proceedings Concerning the Minority Shares in Ahlstrom Oyj

On April 15, 2024, the Supreme Court announced that it has granted a leave to appeal for the minority shareholders. The Supreme Court will address the assessment of the redemption price of Ahlstrom Oyj's minority shares.

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Rengo acquires RM TOHCELLO in Japan

Rengo acquires RM TOHCELLO in Japan

Rengo has integrated the Packaging Solution business of SunTox Co., Ltd. and Mitsui Chemicals Tohcello, Inc. in an absorption-type merger and acquired 51.0% of shares issued by the Integrated Company (new trading name: RM TOCHELLO CO., LTD.) on the same date, making it into a subsidiary.

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New services for forest owners to support biodiversity

Södra carries out price hikes

Kruger Products Launches the Exclusive and Esteemed Cashmere UltraLuxe® Bathroom Guide™

Glatfelter Announces Key Roles For New Company

RRD Survey: Marketers Embrace Technology to Strategically Integrate Print and Digital

LP Building Solutions and Lennar Announce Nationwide Partnership

Pixelle Renames Industry-Leading Book Paper Brand

SCA first with electric timber truck in the forest

UPM Raflatac's RafCycle™ recycling service wins 2024 Innovator Award from the Sustainable Packaging Coalition

DS Smith announces agreement with Jonsac for the sourcing of sustainable paper bags for e-commerce customers

Ahlstrom launches LeafSaver, an innovative solution for the collection and ambient temperature preservation of plants, fungi, insects, and parasites

Menasha Packaging Continues Investment Plan with Highcon's Third Digital Die Cutting Purchase and Joining Vulcan Foundation Customer Program

LP Building Solutions Expands LP NovaCore® Thermal Insulated Sheathing Line for More Energy-Efficient Homes

Academic Spotlight

Interview with University of Maine senior Connor Alley

Interview with University of Maine senior Connor Alley

The University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation was incorporated in 1952 by 12 UMaine graduates financially supporting and preparing well-educated engineering students for careers in the pulp and paper and allied industries. Paperitalo Publications was able to catch up with senior Connor Alley. We asked him a few questions about his experiences at UMaine.

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Student Spotlight: Kateyn Gyurich of Western Michigan

Student Spotlight: Kateyn Gyurich of Western Michigan

The Western Michigan University Paper Technology Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation founded by industry leaders in 1958. The mission of the corporation has been and continues to be to support the Department of Chemical and Paper Engineering at Western Michigan University. Paperitalo Publications was able to catch up with Kateyn Gyurich, who is a sophomore in the program. We asked her a few questions about her experiences at Western Michigan.

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Student Spotlight: Nino Panetta of Georgia Tech

Student Spotlight: Nino Panetta of Georgia Tech

Paperitalo Publications was able to interview Nino Panetta, and we asked him a few questions about his experiences at Georgia Tech.

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$1.6M donation will accelerate progress within the pulp and paper industry

$1.6M donation will accelerate progress within the pulp and paper industry

The UMaine Sustainable Packaging Initiative is a research-based public and private consortium that focuses on using forest-based materials to accelerate the transition to renewable and recyclable packaging made from forest fiber.

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Student Spotlight: Megan Tardoni of Minnesota

Student Spotlight: Megan Tardoni of Minnesota

At the University of Minnesota, the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering discovers and teaches solutions for the sustainable use of renewable resources and the enhancement of the environment. Megan Tardoni is a student in the program, and she shares some of her experiences at Minnesota.

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The Case for Paper: Creating Inspiration in an Uninspired World

The Case for Paper: Creating Inspiration in an Uninspired World

There are 10 colleges or universities in the United States offering certificates or degrees in paper science and engineering. In the past decade there has been a sharp decline in college enrollment that affects the already dwindling number of paper engineering programs

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64th Annual Miami Paper Science & Engineering Foundation Banquet is April 9

64th Annual Miami Paper Science & Engineering Foundation Banquet is April 9

There are 10 colleges or universities in the United States offering certificates or degrees in paper science and engineering. In the past decade there has been a sharp decline in college enrollment that affects the already dwindling number of paper engineering programs

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SAP Selects

About SAP Selects

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

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Just around the corner now

Just around the corner now

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

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Could Industry 4.0 provide transparency for the recycled fiber markets?

Directed Search

Directed Search

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

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People in the News

New Board member - Beate Flamm appointed as Chief Culture & Communication Officer at Progroup AG

Beate Flamm joined the Board of the containerboard and corrugated sheetboard manufacturer Progroup. She is responsible for the areas of human performance management (personnel), communications and marketing, and corporate social responsibility.

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The nomination committee's proposal for Södra's AGM in 2024

Södra's election committee now presents its proposal for the board and chairman. Magnus Hall is proposed to be re-elected as chairman of the board and Håkan Larsson is proposed to be elected as a new member of Södra's board.

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Change in Huhtamaki's Global Executive Team

Marina Madanat, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, and a member of the Huhtamaki Global Executive Team, has decided to leave Huhtamaki to pursue other career opportunities.

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Change in Stora Enso's Group Leadership Team

Stora Enso appoints Tuomas Hallenberg as Executive Vice President of the Forest division and a member of the Group Leadership Team (GLT).

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FRA Announces Interim President

The Board of Directors of the Forest Resources Association (FRA) has named Tim O'Hara Interim President. Mr. O'Hara succeeds Keith Gray, who has resigned from his position as President of the Association.

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Henrik Ehrnrooth to continue as the Chair of the Board of Directors of UPM-Kymmene Corporation

Henrik Ehrnrooth was elected as Chair, and Kim Wahl as Deputy Chair of the Board of Directors of UPM-Kymmene Corporation at the Board of Directors' constitutive meeting that took place following the Annual General Meeting.

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BlueLinx Announces Executive Leadership Changes

Mike Wilson has been appointed Chief Commercial Officer, reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer.

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Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG: Peter Oswald reappointed as Chairman of the Management Board and CEO

The Supervisory Board of Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG has unanimously reappointed Peter Oswald (61) as Chairman of the Management Board and CEO until May 31, 2029 following his first period of office, which expires on March 31, 2025. At the same time, the Management Board, which currently includes CFO Franz Hiesinger (58) alongside him, will be expanded to three members.

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Stora Enso Oyj Announces Management Appointments

Kari Jordan (Chair), Håkan Buskhe and Reima Rytsölä were elected members of the People and Culture Committee. Christiane Kuehne (Chair), Helena Hedblom and Richard Nilsson were elected members of the Sustainability and Ethics Committee.

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Magnus Källström new press and PR manager at Södra

Since mid-March, Magnus Källström has been press and PR manager at Södra. He is responsible for Södra's proactive, ongoing and reactive press work nationally and internationally.

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Colbert Packaging Announces Ryan Hart Promoted to Sales and Marketing Vice President

Colbert Packaging (colbertpkg.com), a premier manufacturer of paperboard packaging, announces the promotion of Account Executive Ryan Hart to the role of Vice President, Sales and Marketing.

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Fedrigoni announces evolution in its executive team

Fedrigoni announces a significant transformation in its executive team: Rodrigo Lacerda (formerly Bostik) will take over the Self-Adhesives business unit and Fulvio Capussotti will lead RFID, Innovation, ESG and Energy Transition.

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Roseburg names Nadine Orozco as Director of Strategic Business Development

Orozco will lead execution of Roseburg's strategic initiatives to drive company growth, diversification, and profitability.

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Changes in UPM's Group Executive Team

Antti Jääskeläinen, Executive Vice President, UPM Raflatac, will be leaving UPM to assume the role of President and CEO in the Finnish logistics and distribution company Posti Group Oyj. He will continue with his duties in UPM until the end of July 2024.

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Interfor Appoints Christina Sistrunk to its Board of Directors

Her appointment increases the percentage of women directors on Interfor's Board, to 30%.

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Jimmy Lee Appointed As Chairman Emeritus Of Mercer International Inc.

Mercer International Inc. announced that Jimmy Lee is stepping down as Executive Chairman and director of the Company for personal health reasons.

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Metsä Group announces Mill Manager appointments

Janne Rantanen has been appointed VP, Mill Manager of the Äänekoski bioproduct mill as of 1 April 2024. Rantanen is currently VP, Mill Manager of the Rauma pulp mill.

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International Paper Company Announces Not Stand for Re-Election of Raymond G. Young as Member of the Board of Directors

Young's decision is not due to any disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to its operations, policies or practices.

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International Paper Company Announces Resignation of Donald G. Macpherson as Member of the Board of Directors

Macpherson's resignation is not due to a disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to its operations, policies or practices.

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Change in Kemira Oyj's Management Board: Harri Eronen appointed as Interim President, Pulp & Paper segment

Harri Eronen (1974) has been appointed as Interim President of Kemira's Pulp & Paper segment and a member of Kemira's management board as of February 12, 2024.

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Georgia-Pacific Names Chris Warburton Chief Customer Officer for Consumer Products Group

Warburton to lead sales team for both retail and away from home businesses; Erin Beckman promoted to senior vice president - GP PRO Sales

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JK Paper Limited Announces Executive Changes, Effective April 1, 2024

The Board took note that Shri Bharat Hari Singhania, Chairman, has expressed his desire to step down as Chairman and Director of the Company with effect from April 1, 2024 as he have decided to curtail his close involvement in various businesses in which he has been associated for several decades.

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Kemira appoints Harri Eronen as Interim President, Pulp & Paper segment

Harri Eronen has been appointed as Interim President of Kemira's Pulp & Paper segment and a member of Kemira's management board as of February 12, 2024. The former President of the Pulp & Paper segment Antti Salminen will start as President & CEO of Kemira on February 12, 2024.

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Roseburg Forest Products names Cybelle White new Chief Of Staff

Ms. White stepped into this role at the first of the year.

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Restoration Forest Products Group appoints Tony Flagor as CEO

Flagor has 25 years of experience in sawmill operations, including plant and production management positions at Boise Cascade, Interfor, Roseburg Forest Products, Swanson Group and Potlatch.

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AF&PA Welcomes Howard Coker as Board Chair

Officers Introduced at Winter Board of Directors Meeting

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Kimberly-Clark Appoints Grant McGee as Senior Vice President and General Counsel

McGee rejoins Kimberly-Clark from American Airlines, where he served as vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary.

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David Diekelman to Assume Role as Vice President of Sales at Willamette Falls Paper Company

Willamette Falls Paper Company is pleased to announce the appointment of David M. Diekelman to the role of Vice President of Sales. Mr. Diekelman has already assumed the position previously held by Mark Sterry, effective January 1, 2024.

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GreenFirst Announces Completion of Operational Decentralization and New Paper Mill CEO

GreenFirst Forest Products Inc. is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed the previously announced decentralization of its lumber mill and paper mill operations.

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Boise Cascade announces retirement of senior executive Tom Hoffmann

Boise Cascade Company announced the retirement of Tom Hoffmann, Senior Vice President of Purchasing, Building Materials Distribution (BMD) division, effective March 1, 2024.

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Cepi names Marco Eikelenboom, CEO of Sappi Europe, as incoming Chairperson

Marco Eikelenboom, CEO of Sappi Europe takes over as Chairperson of Cepi from his predecessor Ilkka Hämälä, CEO of Metsä Group. Marco Eikelenboom will carry out his two-year tenure as Cepi's chairperson.

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Beacon appoints Carmelo Carrubba as Interim CFO

Beacon announced the appointment of Carmelo Carrubba, Beacon's current Vice President of Strategy and Transformation, as Interim CFO, effective January 20, 2024, while the Company conducts an external search for its next CFO.

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Mill Manager appointments at Metsä Group's mills in Kemi

Pekka Kittilä, M.Sc. (Eng.), has been appointed VP, Mill Manager of Metsä Fibre's new bioproduct mill as of 1 February 2024.

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Voith Paper's Jeff Berg named Chair of Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance Board of Directors

Voith announces the appointment of Jeff Berg, Vice President Operations, Voith Paper Fabric & Roll Systems North America, as Chair of the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance Board of Directors.

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Former forest products company CEO to become CN's chief commercial officer

CN, which is the largest hauler of forest products in North America, named Lalonde as its executive vice president and special advisor to the CEO, a role he'll hold until he transitions to chief commercial officer later this year.

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Two Sides North America Announces Retirement of President Kathi Rowzie

Two Sides North America (TSNA) announced that Kathi Rowzie will retire as its president effective February 1. Over the past four years, Rowzie has led the non-profit membership organization chartered to eliminate unsubstantiated and misleading environmental claims about print, paper and paper-based packaging and to promote the paper industry's continuously improving sustainability performance.

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Supplier News

Paprima Industries, Inc. Strategic International Projects

Doug Wall, Vice President Global Sales, is pleased to announce that Paprima has secured two new strategic international orders for our industry-leading Reel-Jet™ S Water-Jet Turn-Up System.

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Valmet expands agreement with Capgemini to help enable its digital transformation

Capgemini announced that it signed a global, multi-year agreement with Valmet in Finland late in 2023.

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ABB control room, power distribution and robotics technologies help Metsä Fibre mill excel in productivity and efficiency

Rauma sawmill in Finland has been designed to reach productivity levels that are three times higher than typical outputs in Europe.

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Alkim Kagit invests in vacuum system at Kemalpasa mill in Turkey

Alkim Kagit produces over 90,000 tonnes of photocopy and offset paper annually at Kemalpasa site.

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ANDRITZ Successfully Starts Up its Second Tissue Production Line At Xuong Giang Paper, Vietnam

With this new line Xuong Giang Paper's tissue capacity will reach up to 72,000 tons per year.

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Kemira to close some manufacturing lines due to ongoing political strikes in Finland

Kemira's manufacturing lines in Oulu, Äetsä and Harjavaltam, Finland, serving pulp and paper customers will stop production this week.

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Valmet Oyj Reaches Significant Milestone for Automation Systems Business by Launching Valmet DNAe, the Next Generation Distributed Control System

Valmet Oyj is taking process automation further by introducing the next-generation distributed control system (DCS), the Valmet DNAe.

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Hengan starts up tissue machine at Xiaogan mill in China

Hengan's second TAD machine will be installed at their headquarters production base in Fujian province, and it is scheduled for start-up in 2024.

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Ittihad Paper Mill to take maintenance shutdown at Abu Dhabi mill in UAE

Ittihad Paper Mill (IPM) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, has again selected Valmet as the main supplier of field services to its annual shutdown in 2024. The shutdown will take place at the end of July 2024.

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Roseburg Forest Products to install automated panel cutting and packaging solution at MDF plant

Roseburg Forest Products has selected IMA Schelling Group for their new state-of-the-art MDF plant in Dillard, Oregon. IMA Schelling will deliver a cut-to-size plant with two highly automated packaging lines.

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Solenis Recognizes BASF's White Stone Facility for a Boiler Water Optimization Program That Reduced Water Usage, Fuel Consumption and Carbon Emissions

Solenis LLC, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, is proud to announce that a BASF site located in White Stone, South Carolina, is among the winners of a 2023 Solenis Sustainability Award.

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Valmet to reduce 109 roles in Finland and Sweden

Valmet announced on February 15, 2024, the start of change negotiations in certain parts of Services and Paper business lines, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) area organization and corporate functions. These negotiations included a plan to consider measures aimed at improving the profitability and competitiveness of the business operations, as well as adapting to the changing market situation.

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Lignatherm installs pressurized refining system at board production plant in Switzerland

International technology group Andritz has received an order from Lignatherm AG to supply a pressurized refining system for a new insulation board production plant in Küssnacht am Rigi, Switzerland.

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Metsä Group and Andritz to build demo plant for developing new lignin products

Metsä Group will construct a demo plant for lignin refining in connection with its Äänekoski bioproduct mill in Finland.

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Valmet to invest in filter fabric manufacturing in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Valmet has decided to invest in filter fabric manufacturing in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in order to better respond to the growing demand of high-performing filter fabrics in both the mining and pulp and paper industries in South America.

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Weinig takes over grinding machine portfolio from Stähle-Hess

After the technical integration phase, which will begin in the next few weeks, the Rotofinish, Gloria and Saturn machines will be produced in the Weinig Group from 2025 and offered under the Weinig brand name.

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ABB upgrades paper machine at French DS Smith mill using award-winning SynRM motors technology

DS Smith anticipates long-term energy savings, and increased machine speeds and production.

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ABB upgrades Japanese pulp and paper mill with new automated paper testing system

Next-generation Autoline delivers accurate and repeatable quality reports in minutes for more consistent performance and higher profits.

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Enersense and Andritz agree on equipment installation contract

Enersense, a provider of zero-emission energy solutions, has made an agreement with Andritz Oy for the mechanical installation works of a new debarking line at Stora Enso's Oulu cardboard factory.

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Valmet to supply the second Advantage DCT 200 tissue production line to Crown Paper Mill in Saudi Arabia

Crown Paper Mill has decided to invest in a second Valmet's Advantage DCT tissue line including an extensive automation package, flow control valves and Industrial Internet solutions to its mill in Saudi Arabia.

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Andritz to upgrade flue gas treatment systems at Södra pulp mill in Sweden

Swedish forest industry group Södra has entrusted international technology group Andritz with the upgrade of three electrostatic precipitators (ESPs) for the recovery boiler at the Mörrum pulp mill.

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A.Celli to supply press rolls for Sichuan Fengsheng Paper Technology in China

A.Celli Paper will supply the film size press and suction press rolls for Sichuan Fengsheng Paper Technology's new paper machine No 1 located in Leshan City, Sichuan province, China.

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Klabin chooses WEG to supply an IoT solution for asset management of a paper machine

WEG, internationally recognized for its expertise in electrical solutions and industrial automation, is supplying Klabin, Brazil's largest producer and exporter of sustainable paper and packaging solutions, with intelligent WEGscan sensors, and asset management software WEG Motion Fleet Management (MFM).

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Kadant Fiberline China Recommended for ISO 9001:2015 Certification

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is the world's largest developer and publisher of international standards.

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Valmet to deliver new digester top separator to Södra Cell's Mönsterås mill in Sweden

The delivery is scheduled to take place in October 2024.

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ANDRITZ hands over the world's biggest single line pulp mill to UPM

ANDRITZ supplied energy-efficient and environmentally leading technology for UPM's largest investment to date.

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RemaSawco receives order from Holmen AB

Holmen AB has called an option signed in a previous agreement with RemaSawco AB. The option applies to the board handling system RS-ProSort for the green sorting at the company's sawmill Braviken outside Norrköping.

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Siempelkamp subsidiary Pallmann acquires Febs in Slovakia

Pallmann Maschinenfabrik, located in Zweibrücken, Germany, took over the business operations of the Slovakian company Febs SK s.r.o. in Mytne Ludany.

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Toscotec to replace yankee and steam plant at PAPECO in France

The project includes modifications to the machine for the new steam system and it is planned for start-up in the Q3 2024.

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ABB delivers microwave consistency meters to Unipak Hellas in Greece

This is the first time a customer has opted to use high-quality microwave only, rather than a combination of different measurement technologies, throughout an entire facility.

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Doosan Skoda Power successfully commissions steam turbine at Metsa Fibre's Kemi bioproduct mill

Doosan Škoda Power has successfully commissioned a state-of-the-art 270 MW steam turbine at Metsä Fibre Kemi bioproduct mill in Finland. The mill in Kemi is an advanced bioproduct mill that utilizes cutting-edge technology to produce high-quality pulp from sustainably sourced wood.

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Valmet to add biomass co-firing to coal-fired circulating fluidized bed boiler in Indonesia

Valmet will supply a partial bioconversion for PT. Cikarang Listrindo Tbk's coal-fired circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boiler in Babelan, Indonesia.

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Thomas Hinnerskov Appointed President and CEO of Valmet

Valmet's board of directors has appointed Thomas Hinnerskov president and CEO of Valmet, and he will start in the position during the second half of the year. Hinnerskov succeeds Pasi Laine, who will continue as the president and CEO of Valmet until his successor starts.

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Andritz to upgrade evaporation plant for Moorim P&P in South Korea

Andritz has received an order from Moorim P&P, South Korea, to upgrade an evaporation plant at its Ulsan mill, which produces bleached kraft pulp and different types of high-quality paper.

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Valmet to supply consistency measurements to DS Smith in Italy

The measurements will be delivered during the Q4 2024.

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Valmet to cut jobs in EMEA Services and Paper divisions

Valmet, a provider of technologies, automation, and services for the pulp, paper, and energy sectors, has commenced negotiations on February 15, 2024, aimed at restructuring its Services and Paper divisions within the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) territory.

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MiCROTEC to supply CT Log to JD Irving's sawmill in New Brunswick, Canada

JD Irving, Limited purchases a MiCROTEC CT Log for installation in its veneer sawmill, located in St. Leonard, New Brunswick, Canada.

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Valmet to deliver electrostatic precipitators to Nordic Paper's Bäckhammar mill in Sweden

The take over is scheduled to be in the end of 2025.

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Kadant Acquires Simulation Software Company FrontWay

FrontWay provides fiber processing industries with simulation software and consulting services for process optimization.

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Andritz starts up world's largest single mechanical pulping line at Wuzhou Special Paper in China

Andritz has successfully started up a new high-capacity chemi-thermomechanical pulping system supplied to Wuzhou Special Paper (Jiangxi) Co. Ltd. in Hukou County, Jiujiang City, Jiangxi Province, China.

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Klabin recognizes ANDRITZ for excellent performance in Puma II project

Klabin has officially recognized ANDRITZ for its technical expertise and project management performance during the Puma II pulp and paper mill expansion project in Ortigueira, Brazil.

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Shandong Huatai Paper starts up PM 11 after rebuild

Shandong Huatai Paper and Voith Paper successfully started up PM 11 in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong.

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Toscotec to supply Yankee hoods upgrade to UnionPel in Argentina

Argentinian leading packaging paper and tissue producer UnionPel selected Toscotec to supply a technological upgrade of PM1 at their Pacheco mill in the province of Buenos Aires. The project is scheduled for the first half of 2024.

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Yuen Foong Yu Consumer Products starts up new tissue production line at Chingshui mill in Taiwan

Taiwanese tissue producer Yuen Foong Yu Consumer Products Co., Ltd. has successfully started up a new Andritz PrimeLineCOMPACT tissue production line at its mill in Chingshui.

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Valmet to deliver complete tissue line and biomass boiler to Suzano Aracruz mill in Brazil

The order also includes a biomass boiler.

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A.Celli to supply rewinder to Guiping Qiaoyu Paper in China

The delivery of the machine is scheduled for August 2024.

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Guangdong Hengan Paper starts up tissue machines at Yunfu mill in China

Hengan has now 15 Andritz tissue machines in operation.

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Bellmer supplies new winder with maximum equipment to Sappi's mill in Germany

Delivery will take place this year, which means that commissioning of the machine is planned for January 2024.

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Kadant acquires KWS Manufacturing Company

Kadant Inc. has completed the acquisition of KWS Manufacturing Company, Ltd. ("KWS") for approximately $84 million in cash, subject to certain customary adjustments.

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Smurfit Kappa Bento starts up Runtech-supplied vacuum system in Brazil

RunEco vacuum system with EP500-D2 Turbo Blower, EcoDrop water separator and EcoFlow dewatering measurement with seven measurement points has started up at Smurfit Kappa Bento PM1 in Brazil.

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ANDRITZ and Powerhouse Controls Team Up to Modernize Paper Machine Drive Systems in North America

The partnership combines Powerhouse Controls' drive solutions with ANDRITZ's extensive paper machine engineering expertise to provide customers with a tailored and comprehensive solution to their coordinated drive system challenges.

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Changes to ANDRITZ business areas

New business area established: Environment & Energy

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Voith supplies technologies for PM 2 rebuild at Schumacher Packaging in Myszków, Poland

Voith and Schumacher Packaging have successfully started up PM 2 in Myszków, Poland. Except for a few existing components, the entire production line was modernized to achieve the highest sustainability and efficiency standards.

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Runtech Systems delivers vacuum system to Sonoco Stainland

The delivery includes a RunEco EP600 Turbo Blower with ABB motor and drive, transformer, new EcoSep pre-separators, EcoFlow dewatering measurements and detailed engineering.

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Solenis to invest $193 Million in Suffolk, Va. expansion

Virginia successfully competed with Georgia and Texas for the project, which will create 34 new jobs.

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Valutec to supply wood dryers to Stora Enso's sawmill in Ala, Sweden

Stora Enso's sawmill in Ala, Sweden is investing in one TC progressive kiln, two FB-continuous kilns and three cart-fed batch kilns from Swedish Valutec.

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Valmet to supply key technology for Shandong Jin Tian He Paper's board machine in China

The start-up of the folding boxboard machine is scheduled for the second quarter of 2025.

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Valmet to supply IQ Web Inspection System to Yueyang Forest & Paper in China

The delivery will take place in July 2024.

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