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Plastic Alternatives

Plastic Alternatives

In a recent press release, Suzano announced that Suzano Ventures, the corporate capital arm of Suzano, the world's largest market pulp producer, has made a strategic investment into the Canadian materials science startup. Bioform Technologies.

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Innovation Developments

Latest Research Developments

Too soon for electric vehicles

The First Step to Success

Green Energy Trends

Innovation Trends

Quality in Work

Paperitalo Point of View

Energy and Sustainable Solutions (...but are they effective?)

Energy and Sustainable Solutions (...but are they effective?)

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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Great Balls of Digital Fire

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

Thoughts on the industry

Difficult times are relative to what you're going through

Difficult times are relative to what you're going through

As a jack-leg millwright, I had quite a few difficult days at the mill. just like everyone else that's ever walked through the front gate...

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Portfolio Effect: Best of Breed or Single Provider?

Portfolio Effect: Best of Breed or Single Provider?

Reading Jim Thompson's column on "the package deal" a month or two ago got me thinking. I've had the privilege of working for some amazing companies offering outstanding products and services to paper manufacturers and consumer products brands. They were the best in the business, for the most part. One of the most difficult challenges for me in those massive companies on the commercial side (i.e. selling) was how broad the portfolios of products and services are that I need to represent with any given customer.

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Crashing the wrong party

Interview from the Top - Part II

The time I cheated death at the mill

Interview from the Top - Part I

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

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

Booksellers and librarians agree: young readers are fueling the printed book boom

Booksellers and librarians agree: young readers are fueling the printed book boom

Millennials and Gen Z are known as "robust samplers," meaning they are accustomed to a risk-free subscription model for media consumption. Think Netflix, Amazon Unlimited, Audible, and Spotify. As it turns out, according to a new report from the American Library Association (ALA), "in the traditional, print-centered book publishing ecosystem, libraries are the place for robust sampling."

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Chasing Fiber

Chasing Fiber

New data reveals paper materials are a leading contributor to landfill tonnage, exceeding plastic and food waste.

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FSEA Announces 31st Annual FSEA Gold Leaf Award Honorees

From Plastic to Paper: The Eco-Conscious Evolution of North American Packaging Trends

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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Mondi breaks ground on €200 million recycled containerboard mill investment in Duino, Italy

Mondi is investing €200 million into a high-quality recycled containerboard machine with an annual capacity of around 420,000 tonnes at its Duino mill near Trieste, acquired in January 2023.

Sonae Arauco invests Euro 5 million in wood recycling centres in Portugal

Sonae Arauco announces an investment in two new recycling centres in Portugal, totalling more than Euro 5 million. Strategically located in the Minho region and north of Lisbon, these two centres will complement the activity ...

Suzano Confirms Interest in International Paper Assets

Brazilian pulpmaker Suzano confirmed on Wednesday it is interested in assets owned by International Paper, but said that it has not reached any final decision about a deal.

Graphic Packaging closing second North Carolina facility this year

Graphic Packaging expects to close its Randleman operations around July 9, according to paperwork filed with the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Fire damages Appvion plant in Appleton, Wisconsin

All of the employees were able to escape unharmed. The fire is believed to be electrical in nature.

Suzano discusses higher bid for International Paper, sources say

Brazilian pulp and paper company Suzano has been in talks with its advisers about sweetening its $15 billion acquisition offer for International Paper, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Billerud will not proceed with conversion of Escanaba mill to cartonboard production

Billerud's Board of Directors has decided to not proceed with plans to convert its Escanaba mill to cartonboard production. Instead, the company will target to shift its product mix gradually towards packaging materials in No...

Stora Enso postpones conversion decision at Langerbrugge site

The decision to delay the conversion follows a recent study, which indicated that the current availability of recycled containerboard in Europe is sufficient to meet market demands.

Leading Stories

Mondi breaks ground on €200 million recycled containerboard mill investment in Duino, Italy

Mondi breaks ground on €200 million recycled containerboard mill investment in Duino, Italy

Mondi is investing €200 million into a high-quality recycled containerboard machine with an annual capacity of around 420,000 tonnes at its Duino mill near Trieste, acquired in January 2023.

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Sonae Arauco invests Euro 5 million in wood recycling centres in Portugal

Sonae Arauco invests Euro 5 million in wood recycling centres in Portugal

Sonae Arauco announces an investment in two new recycling centres in Portugal, totalling more than Euro 5 million. Strategically located in the Minho region and north of Lisbon, these two centres will complement the activity of the three already operating in the country.

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Suzano Confirms Interest in International Paper Assets

Suzano Confirms Interest in International Paper Assets

Brazilian pulpmaker Suzano confirmed on Wednesday it is interested in assets owned by International Paper, but said that it has not reached any final decision about a deal.

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Graphic Packaging closing second North Carolina facility this year

Graphic Packaging closing second North Carolina facility this year

Graphic Packaging expects to close its Randleman operations around July 9, according to paperwork filed with the N.C. Department of Commerce.

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Fire damages Appvion plant in Appleton, Wisconsin

Fire damages Appvion plant in Appleton, Wisconsin

All of the employees were able to escape unharmed. The fire is believed to be electrical in nature.

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Suzano discusses higher bid for International Paper, sources say

Suzano discusses higher bid for International Paper, sources say

Brazilian pulp and paper company Suzano has been in talks with its advisers about sweetening its $15 billion acquisition offer for International Paper, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

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Billerud will not proceed with conversion of Escanaba mill to cartonboard production

Billerud will not proceed with conversion of Escanaba mill to cartonboard production

Billerud's Board of Directors has decided to not proceed with plans to convert its Escanaba mill to cartonboard production. Instead, the company will target to shift its product mix gradually towards packaging materials in North America with a moderate investment level.

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Stora Enso postpones conversion decision at Langerbrugge site

Stora Enso postpones conversion decision at Langerbrugge site

The decision to delay the conversion follows a recent study, which indicated that the current availability of recycled containerboard in Europe is sufficient to meet market demands.

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Arauco invests in new resin technology at its plant in Trupan, Chile

Arauco invests in new resin technology at its plant in Trupan, Chile

Arauco Group has invested in the Internal Resin Injection System for their plant in Trupan, Chile. Sunds Fibertech will deliver a complete resin dosing and injection system, including automation and start-up. The start-up will be done in Q4, 2024.

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CFO and Deputy CEO Seppo Parvi leaving Stora Enso during the fourth quarter of 2024

CFO and Deputy CEO Seppo Parvi leaving Stora Enso during the fourth quarter of 2024

Stora Enso will immediately begin the search for Seppo Parvi's successor.

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Crews spend hours battling fire at Huhtamaki warehouse in Winslow, Maine

Crews spend hours battling fire at Huhtamaki warehouse in Winslow, Maine

The building was filled with stacks of shredded paper that were burning, making it difficult to isolate the source of the fire.

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Imperial Dade Acquires 3G Packaging, Inc. Expands Coverage in New York

Imperial Dade Acquires 3G Packaging, Inc. Expands Coverage in New York

Transaction Represents 86th Acquisition for Leading Distributor of Foodservice Packaging and Janitorial Sanitation Products

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Pactiv Evergreen announces deal to sell former Canton mill site

Pactiv Evergreen announces deal to sell former Canton mill site

Spirtas Worldwide is a demolition, environmental remediation and asset purchase company based in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Hugues Simon to succeed Mario Plourde as President and CEO of Cascades

Hugues Simon to succeed Mario Plourde as President and CEO of Cascades

Cascades Inc. announces the appointment of Mr. Hugues Simon as its new President and CEO. Currently President of the Wood Products business at Resolute Forest Products, Mr. Simon will assume his new role no later than July 1, 2024. The appointment follows an extensive succession planning and recruitment process, supported by an international firm, in anticipation of Mario Plourde's planned retirement.

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DS Smith launches

DS Smith launches "Customer Innovation Hub" in Madrid to facilitate collaboration with customers and develop sustainable fibre-based packaging

The customer focused innovation centre will help brands and manufacturers to meet increasing consumer demand for sustainable products and contribute towards a circular economy.

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Indonesia's APRIL Group acquires controlling stake in India's Origami

Indonesia's APRIL Group acquires controlling stake in India's Origami

The Indian tissue market is expanding rapidly, driven by consumers' evolving perceptions of hygiene and personal care, Suneel Kulkarni of APRIL said.

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Graphic Packaging to lay off 73 workers, close Memphis plant in July

Graphic Packaging to lay off 73 workers, close Memphis plant in July

According to the WARN notice, Graphic Packaging will permanently lay off 73 workers July 9-23.

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Kimberly-Clark Taps New Chief Growth Officer as It Heads Into Restructuring

Metsä Group finalizes sale of Russian subsidiaries to VLP Group

Man in custody after standoff on roof of International Paper facility in Wisconsin

Saica Group acquires a majority share of LIC Packaging, Italy

Industry News

How Novolex Is Building A Brain Trust To Educate Consumers And Achieve Our Sustainability Goals

How Novolex Is Building A Brain Trust To Educate Consumers And Achieve Our Sustainability Goals

Novolex employees thrive when developing innovative new products, identifying more sustainable solutions, and stretching the boundaries of packaging to meet unique customer needs.

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EcoVadis grants Huhtamaki Gold Medal fourth year in a row

EcoVadis grants Huhtamaki Gold Medal fourth year in a row

Huhtamaki has received the prestigious Gold Medal from EcoVadis for the fourth consecutive year, placing the company in the top 5% of more than 130,000 rated companies worldwide.

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Irving Forest Product launches new baled wood shavings product

Irving Forest Product launches new baled wood shavings product

Irving Forest Product's Dixfield, Maine sawmill is enhancing its offerings by introducing baled wood shavings as part of their value-added products. This is the first and only Irving-owned sawmill to offer baled shavings.

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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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Mondi and Meurer wake up coffee wrapping with new paper solution

Mondi and Meurer wake up coffee wrapping with new paper solution

Mondi and machine producer Meurer have collaborated to create new packaging which holds and protects food and drink products during transportation.

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Sappi Wins a 2024 SEAL Business Sustainability Award

Sappi Wins a 2024 SEAL Business Sustainability Award

Project collaboration with Sustainable Forestry Initiative recognized with the Environmental Initiative Award

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Metsä Board, Adara Pakkaus and Marvaco win Excellence in Flexography Award

Metsä Board, Adara Pakkaus and Marvaco win Excellence in Flexography Award

Metsä Board's Twisty Ice Cream Boxes by Adara Pakkaus have been bestowed a 2024 Excellence in the Flexography Award's Self Promotion Category. The Excellence in Flexography Awards is the premier awards programme for the flexographic industry in the United States.

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Weyerhaeuser, Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance Partner for Third Year to Provide Mental Health Resources for Wildland Firefighters

Weyerhaeuser, Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance Partner for Third Year to Provide Mental Health Resources for Wildland Firefighters

Fighting Fires Together campaign raises awareness and helps address mental health challenges of wildland firefighting.

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International Paper Publishes 2023 Sustainability Report

Sofidel Honored With Prestigious SEAL Environmental Initiatives Award for Amazonia Project

Stora Enso raises its guidance for the full year 2024 adjusted EBIT

Mondi Collaborates with Scan Sverige to Create A Polypropylene (PP) Based Mono-material Packaging

Georgia-Pacific Celebrates Military History Month

Graphic Packaging Partners With Morrisons To Redefine Sustainable Meat Packaging Thanks to Next-Generation Tray Technology

Sonoco Announces Retirement of Diversified Business Leader

Lecta Introduces New Thermal and Metallized Papers with Recycled Fiber, Reinforcing its Commitment to the Circular Economy

EarthChem™: Appvion's Sustainable Direct Thermal Product Portfolio

Voith and Essity receive funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action to research a process for sustainable paper

Suzano announces first quarter results and Cerrado Project nears completion

Arctic Paper signs contract for energy storage and system services

Huhtamaki recognized as a Climate Leader for three consecutive years

Academic Spotlight

Student Spotlight: Kate Ross of Miami University

Student Spotlight: Kate Ross of Miami University

The Paper Science & Engineering Foundation at Miami University was founded in 1960 through the donations of several local paper mills and corporations who wanted to ensure the education of future paper engineers. The foundation continues to actively work with students in the paper science and engineering program at Miami University. Paperitalo Publications was able to catch up with senior Kate Ross. We asked her a few questions about her experiences at Miami.

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Student Spotlight: Paul Sausville of Syracuse

Student Spotlight: Paul Sausville of Syracuse

Paperitalo Publications interviewed senior Paul Sausville and we asked him about his experiences at Syracuse.

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Interview with UWSP Paper Science and Engineering Senior Nathan Roth

Interview with UWSP Paper Science and Engineering Senior Nathan Roth

Paperitalo Publications was able to catch up with Nathan Roth, a senior in the program, and we asked him a few questions about his experiences at UWSP.

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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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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

FRA elects new board chair

During the April 29 - May 1 FRA 2024 Annual Meeting, the Forest Resources Association's Board of Directors elected Josh Sandt, Vice President, Fiber Procurement & Residuals, Canfor Southern Pine, to serve as the association's Chairman of the Board for the next two years.

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Weyerhaeuser Appoints Brian Chaney as Senior Vice President of Wood Products

Chaney to replace Keith O'Rear, who is retiring after 36 years with the company.

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Monadnock Paper Mills Welcomes New Director of Marketing and Communications

Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc., the oldest continuously operating paper mill in the United States, is pleased to announce the appointment of Chloe Jones as the new Director of Marketing and Communications.

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Boise Cascade Announces Promotion of Chris Forrey

Chris joined Boise Cascade in 2005 and was promoted to his most recent role of Senior Finance Director in March 2022, where he has led the tax, financial reporting, accounts payable, and financial systems teams. He has also been a key contributor to the investor relations and M&A efforts for the Company.

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FPA Announces 2024 Board of Directors

The Board assumed directorship on March 20, 2024.

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Richard Meyer Appointed as New Sales Director at Willamette Falls Paper Company

Rich is based in Illinois and has worked for Resolute Forest Products, Progressive Converting, Pactiv Evergreen, and Liberty Packaging representing coated, uncoated, packaging, and specialty papers.

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Women MAKE Awards Recognize Excellence In Manufacturing

The Manufacturing Institute Honored International Paper's Sarah Dale.

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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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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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Supplier News

Andritz acquires NAF AB

Following approval by the relevant authorities, the acquisition of NAF AB business by international technology group Andritz has been completed. This acquisition further strengthens the Andritz product portfolio in the field of process control and automation systems for pulp and paper mills and other process plants.

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Nordic Paper chooses digital solution from AFRY

The Scandinavian paper and pulp manufacturer Nordic Paper has chosen AFRY's MES system (Manufacturing Execution System) and platform, AFRY PaperLine, to streamline its Scandinavian manufacturing processes.

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Papresa invests in bale tester at Errentería paper mill in Spain

The scheduled delivery period will be during the Q4 2024.

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Södra Cell deepens collaboration with ABB by ordering advanced process control system for pulp production

ABB has won an order from Södra Cell to implement optimization control that will help Sweden's largest forest-owner association and leading pulp manufacturer reach new levels of efficiency.

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Solenis named best managed company, fourth consecutive year

Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals used in water-intensive industries, today announced it has been selected as a 2024 Best Managed Company and a Gold Standard winner, which honors organizations that have been recognized for four or more years as Best Managed Companies.

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Africaine Paper Mills installs new rewinder line at Rouiba tissue mill in Algeria

The start-up is scheduled for the Q4 2024.

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MEPCO commissions Voith with construction of complete production line for recycled containerboard at its Jeddah mill in Saudi Arabia

Construction will start in Q3 2024, with commissioning expected in Q4 2027.

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Caverion to deliver process electrical and instrumentation installations in the Stora Enso Oulu mill

Stora Enso Oulu Oy has chosen Caverion to deliver work related to process electrics and instrumentation installations in their Oulu mill. The work is related to the project, where one of the production lines in the Oulu mill is converted into a consumer packaging board line.

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Kemira strengthens product portfolio in Brazil's growing pulp market with exclusive distribution agreement with BIM Kemi

Under this agreement, Kemira will be the sole provider of BIM defoamer and drainage technology to Brazil's pulp market.

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Toscotec starts up tissue line at C. Y. P. Del R. S.A. in Colombia

Colombian tissue manufacturer C.Y.P. Del R. S.A. has started up a complete AHEAD 1.8 tissue line supplied by Toscotec at its mill in Risaralda. This is a repeat order for Toscotec who has successfully installed a TT SYD Steel Yankee Dryer at the same mill on PM1 in 2021.

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AFRY collaborates with Assocarta for decarbonizing Italian pulp & paper industry

AFRY has been selected by the Italian paper association, Assocarta to define a decarbonisation strategy for the pulp and paper sector that is in line with EU framework, country-specific conditions, and technological advancements.

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ANDRITZ Completes Combustion System Upgrade on Essity Tissue Machine in England

International technology group ANDRITZ successfully completed the upgrade of the combustion system on a through-air drying (TAD) tissue machine at the paper mill of Essity in Prudhoe.

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NOSTA Group transports goods for Felix Schoeller emission-free

In a pilot project, Felix Schoeller's logistics partner NOSTA Group is now supplying the plant with fully electric power.

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Valmet to deliver a fiberline upgrade to the Lecta Zaragoza mill in Spain

The delivery is scheduled for Lecta's annual shutdown in April 2025.

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Adara Pakkaus Oy to install Valmet-supplied IQ Moisturizer system

The target of the investment is to reduce warp waste, improve corrugated board quality and production efficiency.

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Prevas acquire Enmac and establish a strong strategic platform in Finland

Enmac's largest customers include Valmet, Andritz, Kemira, Metsä Group and Fortum.

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Valmet to deliver boiler rebuild to E.ON's power station in Scotland

The scheduled delivery period will be during the Q2 2024.

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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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