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The Push for Self-Generation & Sale of Excess Power in Alberta

The Push for Self-Generation & Sale of Excess Power in Alberta

In a recent article from CBC in Canada, it was announced that a Bill 22 Electricity Statues Amendment Act was introduced in Alberta, under Canadian legislature to allow companies to generate and store their own electricity and sell the excess back to the power grid.

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Improving Workplace Safety

More on Predictive Maintenance

More Supply Chain Disruptions

Technology

Failure Prevention Associates--A whole lot of shaking going on!

Failure Prevention Associates--A whole lot of shaking going on!

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Karl Hoffower, Founder and Executive Director, Failure Prevention Associates, LLC (FPA) (www.failureprevention.com). Failure Prevention is located in Houston, Texas. FPA is comprised of experienced staff certified in Vibration Analysis, Thermography, Ultrasound Inspection, Electric Motor Testing, Field Balancing, Laser Alignment and Reliability Centered Maintenance practices. If it vibrates, FPA can analyze the situation. If it is not supposed to vibrate, FPA can facilitate the solution.

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Amcor announces strategic investment in PragmatIC Semiconductor

In its continuing efforts to discover and develop innovative technologies for the packaging industry, Amcor (NYSE: AMCR; ASX: AMC) announced its strategic investment in PragmatIC Semiconductor, a world leader in ultra, low-cost electronics.

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Spotlight

AF&PA Releases 62nd Paper Industry Capacity and Fiber Consumption Survey

AF&PA Releases 62nd Paper Industry Capacity and Fiber Consumption Survey

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released the 62nd Paper Industry Capacity and Fiber Consumption Survey, indicating overall U.S. paper and paperboard capacity declined, 0.4% in 2021, compared to the average decline of 1.0% per year since 2012.

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APRIL subsidiary RAPP supports the implementation of UN SDGs programme in high school

APRIL subsidiary RAPP supports the implementation of UN SDGs programme in high school

PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper, an operating arm of APRIL, supported the implementation of a United Nations Sustainable Development Goals ("UN SDGs") programme at SMP Global Andalan Junior High School.

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Verla, Tervasaari, Kymi, Seikku - UPM's oldest mills celebrate their 150th anniversary in many ways

Two Sides Global Anti-Greenwashing Campaign Momentum Continues as More Companies Remove Anti-paper Environmental Claims

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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Jim Thompson, left, is shown with Andy Cochrane, middle, and Allen Hunter.
Jim Thompson, left, is shown with Andy Cochrane, middle, and Allen Hunter.

Visit to Industrial Air, Inc.

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

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A visit to Advanced Coil Technology

Successful Road Trip to Louisiana and Texas

Industree 4.0

Read the monthly Industree 4.0 newsletters here

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Check out the monthly newsletters here or subscribe and have them emailed to you hot off the press!

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Irving CEO banned from Russia, says Russian Foreign Ministry

Jim Irving one of 26 Canadians on new banned list from Russian Foreign Ministry.

Sonoco Announces Transition of Chief Financial Officer

Sonoco, one of the largest sustainable global packaging companies, today announced that Julie Albrecht, who has served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since March 2019, will be departing the Company on June 30, ...

No WorkSafe orders issued to Port Mellon mill after fume incident

The WorkSafeBC inspector gave Howe Sound Pulp & Paper several safety suggestions after May 12 gas incident sent several HSPP workers to the hospital. All of the workers were able to return to work the next day.

Södra launches new major initiative

Investment of SEK 200 million in innovative companies

4 West Fraser Cariboo Pulp and Paper contractors sent to hospital after vapor exposure

Four contractors at West Fraser's Cariboo Pulp and Paper mill in Quesnel were sent to G.R. Baker Hospital after a brief exposure to a by-product of the manufacturing process.

Kimberly-Clark planning to sell tissue paper assets in Brazil, Latin America

Kimberly-Clark Corp is planning to sell its tissue paper assets in Brazil and Latin America, newspaper Valor Economico reported, saying the company is in talks with JPMorgan to reassess its business in the region.

Fire at Tolko's High Prairie division

All employees have been accounted for; one employee was injured and sent to hospital, and they are now recovering.

Part of Valmet's factory in Jyväskylä, Finland is beginning to return to normal operations

Valmet's Rautpohja factory in Jyväskylä produces paper and board machines, pulp drying machine wet ends and special components. Valmet employs approximately 1,850 people at the Rautpohja site.

Leading Stories

Irving CEO banned from Russia, says Russian Foreign Ministry

Irving CEO banned from Russia, says Russian Foreign Ministry

Jim Irving one of 26 Canadians on new banned list from Russian Foreign Ministry.

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Sonoco Announces Transition of Chief Financial Officer

Sonoco Announces Transition of Chief Financial Officer

Sonoco, one of the largest sustainable global packaging companies, today announced that Julie Albrecht, who has served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since March 2019, will be departing the Company on June 30, 2022. Albrecht will remain in the CFO role through that date to ensure a smooth and orderly transition of responsibilities. Her successor will be the subject of a future announcement as the Company is undergoing a retained search of internal and external candidates.

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No WorkSafe orders issued to Port Mellon mill after fume incident

No WorkSafe orders issued to Port Mellon mill after fume incident

The WorkSafeBC inspector gave Howe Sound Pulp & Paper several safety suggestions after May 12 gas incident sent several HSPP workers to the hospital. All of the workers were able to return to work the next day.

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Södra launches new major initiative

Södra launches new major initiative

Investment of SEK 200 million in innovative companies

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4 West Fraser Cariboo Pulp and Paper contractors sent to hospital after vapor exposure

4 West Fraser Cariboo Pulp and Paper contractors sent to hospital after vapor exposure

Four contractors at West Fraser's Cariboo Pulp and Paper mill in Quesnel were sent to G.R. Baker Hospital after a brief exposure to a by-product of the manufacturing process.

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  Kimberly-Clark planning to sell tissue paper assets in Brazil, Latin America

Kimberly-Clark planning to sell tissue paper assets in Brazil, Latin America

Kimberly-Clark Corp is planning to sell its tissue paper assets in Brazil and Latin America, newspaper Valor Economico reported, saying the company is in talks with JPMorgan to reassess its business in the region.

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Fire at Tolko's High Prairie division

Fire at Tolko's High Prairie division

All employees have been accounted for; one employee was injured and sent to hospital, and they are now recovering.

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Part of Valmet's factory in Jyväskylä, Finland is beginning to return to normal operations

Part of Valmet's factory in Jyväskylä, Finland is beginning to return to normal operations

Valmet's Rautpohja factory in Jyväskylä produces paper and board machines, pulp drying machine wet ends and special components. Valmet employs approximately 1,850 people at the Rautpohja site.

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Resolute Announces Ratification of Collective Agreement at Seven Canadian Pulp and Paper Mills

Resolute Announces Ratification of Collective Agreement at Seven Canadian Pulp and Paper Mills

Resolute Forest Products Inc. announced ratification of a four-year collective agreement by Unifor union members at seven of the company's pulp and paper mills in Canada, following an agreement-in-principle reached on May 15, 2022.

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö: Reorganization of Decor business ownership

Ahlstrom-Munksjö: Reorganization of Decor business ownership

Ahlstrom-Munksjö Holding 3 Oy's Board of Directors has agreed an ownership reorganization plan under which the production assets, debts, and liabilities relating to its Decor business will be transferred from Ahlstrom-Munksjö Holding 3 Oy, without liquidation, to a newly formed company that will be named Munksjö.

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Lindsay Goldberg Completes Sale of Pixelle Specialty Solutions

Lindsay Goldberg Completes Sale of Pixelle Specialty Solutions

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Stora Enso strengthens its presence in France and invests in French wood processing

Stora Enso strengthens its presence in France and invests in French wood processing

Stora Enso owns 1.4 million hectares of land in Sweden, and the company is one of the country's largest forest owners.

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Smurfit Kappa opens up a new world of possibilities with water-resistant paper

Smurfit Kappa opens up a new world of possibilities with water-resistant paper

AquaStop™ is the latest Better Planet Packaging innovation.

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MM Kotkamills invests Euro 30 million in two new cutters

MM Kotkamills invests Euro 30 million in two new cutters

MM Kotkamills is investing about Euro 30 million in two state-of-the-art cross cutters with automated core and waste handling. The investment is aimed at strengthening MM Kotkamills' position as a supplier of cartonboard sheets in the European cartonboard market.

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Number two paper machine at WestRock Panama City Paper Mill makes last reel of paper

Number two paper machine at WestRock Panama City Paper Mill makes last reel of paper

It's been almost a month and a half since WestRock made the announcement to close the Panama City Paper Mill. Some would say they never expected the day to come when the Panama City paper mill would close its doors for good.

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Canfor Taylor Pulp Mill curtailment likely to persist into fall

SWM and Neenah Announce Executive Leadership Team and Operational Structure for Combined Company Post Close

Fire causes major damage at Resolute sawmill in Ignace

Fire crews called to WestRock packaging in Cedar Rapids

Fire at International Paper in Prattville under investigation

Kellogg's, Sustana, Sonoco Partner to Prove Recyclability of Paper Containers

Industry News

Mondi and beck packautomaten launch FunctionalBarrier Paper solution dedicated to automated eCommerce packaging

Mondi and beck packautomaten launch FunctionalBarrier Paper solution dedicated to automated eCommerce packaging

The solution uses 95% paper and is recyclable across all European paper waste streams.

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U.S. Paper Industry Reaches Recycling High in 2021

U.S. Paper Industry Reaches Recycling High in 2021

68% of Paper Consumed in the United States Was Recycled.

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Port Townsend mill fined $27,000 for water quality violations

Port Townsend mill fined $27,000 for water quality violations

PTPC has 30 days to pay the fine, or to appeal the penalty.

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Ingevity publishes 2021 sustainability report

Ingevity publishes 2021 sustainability report

The report provides information on 2021 activity, focusing on key sustainability drivers for long-term value creation for customers, employees and investors.

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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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Sun Chemical to Increase Prices on Inks, Coatings, Consumables, and Adhesives in EMEA

Sun Chemical to Increase Prices on Inks, Coatings, Consumables, and Adhesives in EMEA

The unprecedented pace of inflationary cost movements continues to further impact the entire spectrum of raw material inputs and packaging components for the ink industry, while raw material availability remains an ongoing concern.

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Sylvamo Announces Dividend, Share Repurchase Program

Sylvamo Announces Dividend, Share Repurchase Program

Authorization to Acquire up to $150 Million of Common Stock

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Weyerhaeuser Completes Acquisition of Timberlands in North and South Carolina

Weyerhaeuser Completes Acquisition of Timberlands in North and South Carolina

With this acquisition, Weyerhaeuser now owns or manages more than 900,000 acres of timberlands in the Carolinas, and the company also operates four mills, a distribution center and tree nursery, and hosts multiple mitigation banks and real estate development projects -- employing more than 700 people between the two states.

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Quad Makes Repeat Appearance in Top 20 for Annual Agency Company Ranking

Quad Makes Repeat Appearance in Top 20 for Annual Agency Company Ranking

This is the third consecutive year that Quad has been included in the list.

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Rayonier Announces 5.6% Dividend Increase

Rayonier Announces 5.6% Dividend Increase

Rayonier Inc. announced that its board of directors has approved a 5.6% increase in its quarterly cash dividend to $0.285 per common share from $0.27 per common share.

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Packaging Corporation of America Announces 25% Dividend Increase

Ahlstrom-Munksjö launches PurposeSeal™ heat seal technology

Suzano records a landmark 2021 with publication of Annual Report

Mondi feeds pet market growth with sustainable packaging at Interzoo

Tla'amin Nation lays claim to Catalyst Paper Tis'kwat mill site

Mirax Group to acquire Interfor's Avalon Dryland Sort in Port Mellon, Canada

Sylvamo to exit Russia

Mohawk Launches Beautiful Collection Swatchbook and Companion Inspiration Piece "Make a Memory"

WestRock Publishes 2021 Sustainability Report and Announces Validated Science-Based Target for Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Mondi switches all glassine-based release liners to certified base paper

Ox Industries Acquires 150,000 Square Foot Facility in Hanover, PA

Academic Spotlight

Catching up with N.C. State Paper Science and Engineering Student Aitana Blevins

Catching up with N.C. State Paper Science and Engineering Student Aitana Blevins

Aitana Blevins shares her experiences at N.C. State.

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Student Spotlight: Rebecca Wolf of Miami University

Student Spotlight: Rebecca Wolf of Miami University

Paperitalo Publications was able to catch up with Rebecca Wolf, who will graduate in May 2022. We asked her a few questions about her experiences at Miami.

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Interview with University of Maine senior Olivia Gervais

Interview with University of Maine senior Olivia Gervais

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.

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Student Spotlight: Sophia Louden of Western Michigan

Student Spotlight: Sophia Louden 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.

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Metsä Group donates nearly one million euros in total to six universities

62nd Annual Miami Paper Science & Engineering Foundation Banquet & Annual Meeting is April 12

UMaine first U.S. university to get renewable packaging machine

A random walk with Gene

Teaching and Dash Cams

Teaching and Dash Cams

Every vehicle you own should have a dash cam. There, I said it. I mean it.

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Have a Better and Safer WIFI Router

TALOtech

Check out TALOtech groups on LinkedIn

Check out TALOtech groups on LinkedIn

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

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SAP Selects

About SAP Selects

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

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Just around the corner now

Just around the corner now

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

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Could Industry 4.0 provide transparency for the recycled fiber markets?

Directed Search

Directed Search

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

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People in the News

Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. Announces New Sales Executive

Carol Hoffman Schoedinger has joined Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. as Senior Sales Manager. Ms. Schoedinger will have responsibility for selling Monadnock's full suite of sustainable printing, packaging and technical/specialty papers in the U.S. Midwest.

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International Paper announces senior leadership transition

International Paper announced that Sharon R. Ryan, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, will retire effective June 30, 2022.

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Autumn Bayles Named to Veritiv Board of Directors

Ms. Bayles is Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain for Aramark Corporation, a global food and facilities company.

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Boise Cascade Announces Board Member Changes

Boise Cascade Company announced that Craig Dawson and Amy Humphreys were elected to its Board of Directors (Board) following the Company's Annual Shareholders' Meeting held on May 5, 2022. In addition, Richard (Rick) Fleming retired from the Board after nine years of service.

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Boise Cascade Announces Executive Leadership Promotions

Boise Cascade Company announced the promotion of two of its business leaders.

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USDA appoints six members to serve on Softwood Lumber Board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the appointment of six members to serve on the Softwood Lumber Board. The appointees will serve three-year terms, beginning immediately, to Dec. 31, 2024.

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International Paper Names Mark Nellessen Vice President, Investor Relations

Nellessen joined International Paper in 1992.

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Valmet names Katri Hokkanen as interim CFO

Ms. Katri Hokkanen has been appointed interim CFO at Valmet as of May 1, 2022.

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Södra's Nomination Committee proposes Magnus Hall as new Chair

The Nomination Committee proposes that Magnus Hall be elected new Chair of Södra's Board. Three new Board members are also proposed for election at the Annual General Meeting on 24 May.

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Metsä Group names Timo Lehesvirta as Group's Leading Nature Expert

Timo Lehesvirta, biologist, has been appointed Metsä Group's Leading Nature Expert. His task, which is completely new at Metsä Group, includes ensuring that Metsä Group's strategic targets for safeguarding nature's biodiversity are achieved and developing and implementing projects in his area of responsibility with various stakeholders.

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Mill Rock taps Feeser as senior partner

Feeser is former president of WestRock's consumer packaging business and has been a Director of Mill Rock Packaging since its inception.

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Paper Excellence appoints Stew Gibson as Chief Operating Officer

In the fourth decade of his career, Stew has worked within Catalyst Paper and its predecessors holding numerous positions including General Manager of Powell River, Vice President of Technology and Sourcing, and Vice President of Pulp Operations. He has also held a role in the solid wood sector.

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Sonoco Names Weeks Head of Investor Relations

Sonoco announced that Lisa Weeks has been named Vice President of Investor Relations, reporting to Howard Coker, President and CEO. Weeks succeeds Roger Schrum, who previously announced his intent to retire after a 16-year career with Sonoco and a more than 30-year career interacting with the global investment community. Schrum will stay on through June to help with the transition.

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Thomas Ott appointed new CEO for Mondi Flexible Packaging and Engineered Materials

Thomas Ott, 54, has been appointed CEO of the Flexible Packaging and Engineered Materials business units at Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, earlier this year.

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Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. Announces New Technical Services Manager

Frank Shaffer has joined Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. as Technical Services Manager. In this newly developed role, Frank will act as liaison between Monadnock and its vendors and customers relative to new product development, quality, sales and marketing.

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Graphic Packaging Holding Company Appoints Elizabeth Spence as Executive Vice President, Human Resources

Spence joins Graphic Packaging from Gypsum Management and Supply where she was most recently vice president and chief human resources officer.

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Alpa Sutaria Joins WestRock as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Sustainability

Alpa comes to WestRock from the Coca-Cola Company.

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Björn Wahlroos continues to chair the Board of Directors of UPM-Kymmene Corporation

Björn Wahlroos was re-elected as Chairman, and Henrik Ehrnrooth as Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of UPM-Kymmene Corporation at the Board of Directors' constitutive meeting that took place today following the Annual General Meeting. Mr Wahlroos has announced that the commencing term will be his last as the Chairman.

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Kimberly-Clark names Mondelez vet as CFO

Kimberly-Clark Corp. said Tuesday that Chief Financial Officer Maria Henry will retire from the company. She joined in 2015 and will stay on in an advisory capacity until September 1.

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LP Building Solutions Names Tony Hamill as Vice President, Siding Manufacturing

Hamill brings more than 30 years of industry and leadership experience to the role.

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Metsä Spring appoints Tarja Heikkilä as Product Manager

Metsä Spring has appointed Tarja Heikkilä as Product Manager. In this new position she is working for the project focused on developing new 3D fibre products.

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Veritiv Promotes Susan Salyer to General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Veritiv Corporation announced that Susan Salyer, Veritiv's Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance and Sustainability Officer, will be promoted to General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, effective June 1, 2022. Ms. Salyer will succeed Mark Hianik, current Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, who announced plans to retire from Veritiv.

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Kimberly-Clark Announces Nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to Board of Directors

Current board member Ian Read will be retiring in 2022.

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WestRock Welcomes Robert Quartaro as Senior Vice President, Investor Relations

WestRock Company announced Robert Quartaro has joined the Company as senior vice president, Investor Relations, adding oversight and performance depth to its incumbent team.

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PRT appoints Randy Fournier as new CEO

Most recently, Mr. Fournier served as Chief Operating Officer for Cosmo Specialty Fibers Inc., a Washington State specialty cellulose company.

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The Manufacturing Institute to Honor Adrianne Tipton, PhD, Chief Technology Officer at Novolex

The Manufacturing Institute (MI), the workforce development and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, announced it will award Novolex® Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Adrianne Tipton, with the Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Award.

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Cascades announces the candidacy of Alex N. Blanco to its Board of Directors

Alex N. Blanco is an entrepreneurial senior executive and board member with close to 40 years of international experience across multiple industries, countries and companies.

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Graphic Packaging Announces New Board Member

Aghili currently serves as executive vice president and president of the Heavy Vehicle Group of Dana Incorporated, a global leader in drivetrain and e-propulsion systems for commercial and industrial vehicles.

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Greif, Inc. Announces Election of Two New Board Members

New board members strengthen Board's expertise and diversity

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Metsä Wood appoints Kalle Parviainen as CFO

Kalle Parviainen has been appointed CFO and a member of Metsä Wood management team as of March 1, 2022. Parviainen has earlier been responsible for controlling of Metsä Wood Sales and Supply Chain.

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LP Building Solutions names Jimmy Mason as EVP, General Manager of OSB business

LP Building Solutions (LP) announced that Jimmy Mason has been named Executive Vice President, General Manager of OSB effective February 28, 2022. Mason succeeds Jason Ringblom, who was recently appointed Executive Vice President, General Manager of Siding.

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Stora Enso's CIO, Head of IT & Digitalisation Teemu Salmi leaves company

Teemu Salmi, CIO, Head of IT & Digitalisation and a member of the Group Leadership Team, has decided to leave his position at Stora Enso. After five years in the company, Teemu will assume the CEO position at Finnish cyber security company Nixu.

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DS Smith: John Melia appointed as Chair of CPI Recovered Paper Council

John Melia, Strategy Development & Innovation Director, Recycling Division, has been appointed as Chair of the Confederation of Paper Industry (CPI) Recovered Paper Council.

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Boise Cascade Announces Executive Leadership Promotions

Boise Cascade Company announced the promotion of three of its business leaders.

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LP Building Solutions' Robin Everhart Selected as 2022 Women of Influence Honoree by Nashville Business Journal

The Nashville Business Journal's Women of Influence winners are leading top companies and nonprofits, shaping their companies, improving their communities, and paving the way for the next generation of influential female leaders.

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Jackson Paper Manufacturing and Sustainable Corrugated, an H.I.G. Capital portfolio company, appoints new CEO

Clark brings more than 30 years of manufacturing and corrugated packaging experience to JPM, previously serving as the Chief Executive Officer at HarperLove and having held various leadership positions with International Paper and McKinsey & Company.

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Supplier News

Andritz successfully starts up dissolving pulp production plant for Bracell in Brazil

International technology group Andritz has successfully started up an environmentally friendly production plant for dissolving pulp at Bracell's "STAR" project in Lençóis Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil.

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Metsä Group's and Valmet's 3D fibre product demo plant is now operating

The operations at Metsä Group's and Valmet's 3D fibre product demo plant in Äänekoski has begun. At the end of 2020, Metsä Group's innovation company Metsä Spring and Valmet announced they would be investing a total of approximately 20 million euros in the demo plant.

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Andritz to supply LimeFlash-H lime kiln to Papelera Guipuzcoana de Zicuñaga in Spain

Start-up of the new lime kiln is scheduled for the second half of 2023.

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Valmet to start personnel negotiations on temporary layoffs at its valve factory in Finland

The negotiations involve around 340 employees.

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Andritz to supply pressurized refining system to Kim Tin MDF Chon Thanh in Vietnam

The new pressurized refining system will feature a design capacity of 48 bdmt/h and process rubberwood chips for producing various types of MDF products.

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Valmet launches roll cover for tissue production

To broaden its offering for tissue machines, Valmet launches a new polyurethane roll cover, Valmet Press Roll Cover PL. The roll cover's wear-resistant material and adaptive structure are developed to cope with the harsh operating conditions in tissue production, thus leading to longer lifetime of roll cover and energy savings.

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Change in Kemira Oyj's Management Board: President, Segment Pulp & Paper, Kim Poulsen is leaving Kemira

President, Segment Pulp & Paper Kim Poulsen is leaving Kemira on Wednesday May 18, 2022. He has worked for Kemira and has been a member of Kemira's Management Board since 2015.

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Valmet delivers press technology upgrade to Natron-Hayat Pulp and Paper Mill in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Natron-Hayat Pulp and Paper Mill in Maglaj, Bosnia-Herzegovina, has ordered a press technology upgrade from Valmet. The delivery includes two refurbished Twin Roll Presses and additional equipment and services to secure the trouble-free operation of the presses.

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Valmet to complete biomass boiler and flue gas system works at Vilnius Heat and Power Plant in Lithuania

Valmet has been selected in a new public procurement process as the tenderer for completing the biomass boiler, flue gas cleaning and flue gas condensing system works for Vilnius Combined Heat and Power Plant (Vilnius CHP) in Lithuania, the company announced.

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Voith to supply OCC stock preparation system to B&B Triplewall Containers in India

The rebuilt plant is scheduled to start up before the end of 2022.

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ANDRITZ upgrades tissue machines at Sofidel, Sweden, to use bio-syngas in drying - a first in the tissue industry

This is the first-time that bio-syngas will be used in the paper industry for paper drying.

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ANDRITZ to rebuild bleach plant at Stora Enso's Skutskar Mill, Sweden

The investment in new bleaching technology will increase the capacity of the mill and support Stora Enso's ambitious climate targets.

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Valmet to supply a major delivery to Eren Paper's Shotton Mill in the UK including OCC, stock preparation and container board lines

The new container board making line (PM3) will produce high-quality testliner and fluting grades, and it will use 100% recycled paper. The start-up of PM3 is scheduled for the second quarter of 2024.

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BID Group partners with Canfor for its Urbana facility modernization

BID Group announces the continued partnership with Canfor to deliver a sawmill modernization project for its Urbana, Arkansas operation.

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Valmet to supply automation technology to Lemit Papers in Morbi, India

The target of the investment is to ensure a smooth start-up, to optimize the equipment efficiency and to achieve premium board quality, Valmet announced.

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Claw Forestry Services to build new sawmill in Gloster, Mississippi

BID Group has received an order from Claw Forestry Services to deliver its first greenfield sawmill complex project in the southern United States. BID will manage, design, build, equip, and provide full start-up services for the project, located in Gloster, Mississippi.

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Valmet to supply a fine paper making line to Asia Symbol (Shandong) in China

The start-up of the new production line PM14 is scheduled for 2023.

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Kadant Launches Customer Portal: Kadant Access Portal (KAP)

The portal offers users a comprehensive suite of information management tools through a secure online portal that is tailored to the specific wants and needs of each customer.

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Papierfabriek Doetinchem upgrades wet sections of special paper machines in Netherlands

The start-ups are scheduled for 2022.

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Valmet changes its financial reporting structure and provides comparative segment information for 2021

Starting from January 1, 2022, Valmet has decided to change its financial reporting structure to better highlight the performance of Valmet's businesses. The new reporting structure reflects Valmet's operational model, anticipates the integration of Neles into Valmet, and is aligned with the way Valmet management follows the operational performance of Valmet's businesses.

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ANDRITZ to upgrade wet section of special paper machines at Papierfabriek Doetinchem, Netherlands

ANDRITZ has received an order from Papierfabriek Doetinchem, Netherlands, to upgrade the wet sections of its PM1 and PM3 special paper machines.

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LD Celulose puts into operation new pulp mill in Brazil

LD Celulose S.A, a joint venture between the Austrian company Lenzing and the Brazilian company Dexco, invested about $1.3 billion in a 500,000 tonne/year dissolving wood pulp mill in the Triângulo Mineiro region in Brazil.

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Nippon Paper Industries invests in its Akita mill in Japan

The start-up is scheduled for end of May 2023.

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Metsä Group signs site maintenance contract with TiMi Tec Oy

Metsä Group has signed a site maintenance contract with TiMi Tec Oy for the Kemi mill site, Finland. The agreement covers the site maintenance for the Metsä Fibre new bioproduct mill and Metsä Board's Kemi board mill.

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Valmet to supply sizing section rebuild to Productora Nacional de Papel in Mexico

The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled to take place by the end of 2023.

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Change in Valmet's Executive Team: CFO Kari Saarinen leaves Valmet

Kari Saarinen has decided to resign from his position as Valmet's CFO due to his share trades in Neles during the merger process and to minimize the negative impacts of this on Valmet's reputation.

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Caverion implements process electrification at Metsa Fibre's bioproduct mill in Finland

Caverion has the overall responsibility for the process electrification, installations, project management and project-related procurement in the mill's wood treatment, water and wastewater treatment and chemical treatment, and for the installation of main electricity distribution lines and earthing.

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Stora Enso invests in dataPARC system at Ingerois mill in Finland

The system is applied to support variability reduction goals by means of Statistical Process Control and Centerlining, which are integrated elements of dataPARC software platform for digital transformation.

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Zume and Solenis Double Down on Existing Partnership to Accelerate the Adoption of Sustainable Packaging in the Global Food Industry

The companies are introducing a comprehensive line of 100% PFAS-free molded fiber packaging, including hot cup lids, bowls, egg cartons, protein trays and more.

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Valmet extends fiber image analysis to automatic pulp quality prediction

A variety of pulp quality parameters, including tensile, burst, tear, short span compression (SCT), porosity or softness, can be predicted by the analyzer with results fully customizable.

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Solenis Is Creating New Packaging Centers of Excellence To Serve Global Consumer Paper Packaging Market

Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, is developing two new international centers of excellence for advancing sustainable solutions in the consumer paper packaging industry.

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Valmet to supply a fiberline modernization to CENIBRA's pulp mill in Brazil

Valmet has been selected as supplier for the modernization of the fiberline no. 1 plant to CENIBRA's pulp mill in Belo Oriente in Brazil. The fiberline will be prepared for a capacity increase of 100,000 tonnes of pulp per year. The start-up is scheduled for September 2023.

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ANDRITZ to supply high-capacity P-RC APMP line to Jiangxi Five Star Paper, China

Start-up is planned for 2023.

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Arctic Paper to install fiber furnish analyzer at Kostrzyn mill in Poland

Due to the planned investment Arctic Paper Kostrzyn S.A. will be able to improve the quality of paper production and further improve the production efficiency.

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Kadant Launches Mobile App for AngleSet™ Gauge

Kadant Solutions, a division of Kadant Inc. (NYSE: KAI), launched a new mobile app for the AngleSet gauge. The AngleSet gauge is used to set the proper angle for doctor, roll cleaning, and scraper blades for improved performance and extended blade life. Using the correct blade angle can optimize the life of the roll.

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Solenis recognized with award

After two consecutive years achieving a Gold Level evaluation status, Solenis has earned the Platinum Recognition Level for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) performance by EcoVadis, a collaborative platform providing sustainability ratings and performance improvement tools for global supply chains.

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Valmet is launching a new THRU-AIR® Bonder for Nonwovens web production

Valmet is launching a new THRU-AIR® Bonder at the IDEA 2022 nonwovens show in Miami March 28-31, 2022. With this invention Valmet offers the opportunity to make premium grade products at a competitive cost, which in turn can lead to increased market value for nonwovens web producer.

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Solenis Partners With BIO-LUTIONS To Produce Sustainable Disposable Alternatives to Single-use Plastic

Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, is partnering with BIO-LUTIONS, a Hamburg-based CleanTech company, to develop more sustainable disposable products to replace various single-use plastic products in food packaging applications.

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ANDRITZ to supply a complete pulp mill to Liansheng Pulp & Paper (Zhangzhou) Co., Ltd. in China

Start-up is scheduled for mid-2024.

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Valmet Oyj and Neles Corporation have received all competition approvals for the merger of Neles into Valmet

Completion expected to take place on April 1, 2022.

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Valmet Oyj delivers a complete automation solution for Ahlstrom-Munksjö's new glass fiber tissue line in Kentucky, USA

Ahlstrom-Munksjö continues to grow their partnership with Valmet in North America by purchasing a complete Valmet automation solution for their new glass fiber tissue line in Madisonville, Kentucky.

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AFT supplying POMix stock processors to new Pratt Industries board machine

PM18 is scheduled to start-up in fall of 2023.

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ANDRITZ paper technology sets new standards in containerboard production

The PM10 at Laakirchen Papier AG, part of the Heinzel Group, Austria, that was rebuilt by ANDRITZ has become the world's fastest converted containerboard production machine with speeds of up to 1,420 m/min at a basis weight ranging from 80 to 140 g/m².

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Norske Skog to invest in automation and quality control systems at Bruck facility in Austria

Valmet will supply Valmet DNA Automation System and Valmet IQ Quality Control System to Norske Skog's paper machine PM 3 in its Bruck facility in Austria.

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ANDRITZ to rebuild PM2 press section at Burgo Group, Avezzano, Italy

The new press section has a design speed of 1,200 m/min and a width of 5.32 m at the pope reel.

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Andritz to supply drying, air and energy technology to Essity's Mill in USA

Start-ups are estimated for the end of 2022.

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Valmet launches 'Beyond Circularity' project

Valmet will launch a new R&D and innovation project called Beyond Circularity, which improves Valmet's readiness to support the green transition in Valmet's customer industries based on the company's technology vision 2030.

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Successful Collaboration Between Voith's OnPerformance.Lab and Hamburger Containerboard Leads to Optimized Grade Change and Consistently High Quality

Successive optimization activities ensure 35 percent faster grade changes, more stable processes and significant production increases

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Kemira increases prices for all product lines in EMEA with immediate effect

Costs for all main raw materials, energy and freight have massively increased during recent months and continue to rise. The surge in costs has been further intensified by the ongoing war in Ukraine.

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United Pulp and Paper starts up OCC line at Bulacan mill in Philippines

Andritz has successfully started up a complete OCC line delivered on EPS (Engineering, Procurement, Supervision) basis to SCGP's subsidiary, United Pulp and Paper Co., Inc. (UPPC) for its mill in Bulacan, the Philippines.

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AFT announces sale of POM System for Kıvanç greenfield project

Kıvanç Tekstil may be new to packaging, but their broad experience applying innovative and environmental approaches in their textile and energy businesses is also a focus in their containerboard venture. This greenfield 1,000 tpd recycled containerboard and special packing grade board machine will utilize a wet end system with AFT's most advanced POM® technology.

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Oracle suspends operations in Russia, SAP pauses sales

Business software giant Oracle Corp said on Wednesday it has suspended all operations in Russia, while rival SAP SE later announced it would pause all sales in the country following Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

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Valmet continues to strengthen its stable business by acquiring North American-based Coldwater

Valmet has on March 1, 2022 acquired North American-based Coldwater Seals, Inc., a global provider of consumables and services to the pulp and paper industry. Coldwater operates manufacturing facilities in the United States and Sweden.

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Kemira discontinues deliveries to Russia

Kemira has decided to discontinue deliveries to Russia and Belarus starting March 1, 2022 until further notice due to the ongoing situation in the region.

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Kemira donates 50,000 euros to humanitarian aid in Ukraine

Kemira is making a donation of EUR 50,000 to the Red Cross to help and support in the humanitarian crisis of Ukraine.

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ANDRITZ successfully starts up OCC line at SCGP, the Philippines

ANDRITZ has successfully started up a complete OCC line delivered on EPS (Engineering, Procurement, Supervision) basis to SCGP's subsidiary, United Pulp and Paper Co., Inc. (UPPC) for its mill in Bulacan, the Philippines.

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Solenis to Increase Prices in the Americas Across All Product Lines

Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, will increase prices across all product lines in North America and Latin America by 10 to 25 percent, effective April 1, 2022, or as customer contracts allow.

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Steico to install two defibrator systems at Gromadka mill in Poland

The installation is scheduled for the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023.

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Valmet to supply new headbox to Naini Papers in India

The investment is targeted to strengthen Naini Paper's capability in delivering high-quality paper to its customers and secure its market position with growing productivity.

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Voith Introduces The New InduraClean (IDC) Heavyweight Cleaning System

Revised cleaner bank with modular, space-saving, flow-optimized design

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Metsä Fibre signs electrical, automation and ICT installation agreements for Kemi bioproduct mill in Finland

All the electrical, automation and ICT installation contracts for the Kemi bioproduct mill project of Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, have now been agreed

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Valmet renewed its Sustainability360º Agenda

As part of its continuous renewal and development, Valmet has renewed its Sustainability360º Agenda, which has been the backbone for building the company's acknowledged sustainability work over the years. The new agenda includes environmental, social and governance (ESG) perspectives to sustainability and covers Valmet's entire value chain including the supply chain, own operations and the use phase of Valmet´s technologies.

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