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Week of 16 December 2019: Power & Energy: Hydroelectric

Week of 16 December 2019: Power & Energy: Hydroelectric

Hydroelectric power has been a significant component in pulp and paper mills for over 120 years. Early modern paper mills quickly adopted electric power produced by streams near their facilities. It was a natural--the pulp and paper mills needed water and when the ability to generate hydroelectric power came along they quickly built dams and harnessed this renewable power.

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Week of 9 December 2019: Solar is getting closer to making economic sense without subsidies

Week of 2 December 2019: For the 46th Year in a row...energy is a big topic

Week of 25 November 2019: Creativity, the imperfect mortar in the Innovation and Strategy Structure

Week of 18 November 2019: Strategy Pitfalls

Week of 11 November 2019: Sources of Innovation

Week of 4 November 2019: Innovation

Week of 28 October 2019: A whole different look at Quality, part 4

Week of 21 October 2019: A whole different look at Quality, part 3

Week of 14 October 2019: A whole different look at Quality, part 2

Week of 7 October 2019: A whole different look at quality, part 1

Week of 30 September 2019: What will management in the future look like?

Week of 23 September 2019: The Most Important Machine

Week of 16 September 2019: Bean Bags and other Nonsense

Week of 9 September 2019: The Second Most Important Task

Week of 2 September 2019: The Most Important Management Job

Week of 26 August 2019: Pulp Rats 2019--Fourth Week: Fos commutes

Week of 19 August 2019: Pulp Rats 2019--Third Week: Fos in the Supply Room

Week of 12 August 2019: Pulp Rats 2019 - Second Week

Technology

Airmaster Aerator L.L.C. receives new patent

Airmaster Aerator L.L.C. receives new patent

The United States Patent Office awarded Airmaster Aerator L.L.C. patent number 10,301,202 B2 on May 28, 2019. The title of the patent is "System and Method for Aeration by Air Infusion." The inventor is listed as Dean A. Caldwell, DeRidder, LA. Caldwell is the CEO of Airmaster Aerator.

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Latest IDC Survey: Customers Are on the Move to SAP S/4HANA

Business innovation goes hand in hand with business process innovation. Intelligent enterprises connect business processes end-to-end for better outcomes.

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Spotlight

Major consumer brands linked to massive CO2 emissions from Indonesia forest fires

Major consumer brands linked to massive CO2 emissions from Indonesia forest fires

Some of the world's best known brands are fuelling climate change by sourcing palm oil and wood pulp linked to Indonesian forest fires, reveals new Greenpeace International analysis.

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Wieland Stacks Up

Wieland Stacks Up

In October, Wieland, a general contracting and construction management firm, announced it has been awarded the contract for the new Graphic Packaging mill project in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and has become a go-to company for the pulp and paper industry.

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'Bible business has really gone soft': Philly printer to lay off 174, shut plant by Christmas

Paper Industry International Hall of Fame dinner set for 3 Oct in Appleton, Wisc.

Jim's travels

Where is Jim this week?

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

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

A visit to Advanced Coil Technology

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

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Successful Road Trip to Louisiana and Texas

Jim Thompson asked to speak at Georgia Tech

Industree 4.0

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Suzano Announces R$4.4 Billion Investment Plan For 2020

The funds will be used in maintenance, expansion/modernization and logistics projects.

Cascades purchases the interest of CDPQ in Greenpac

CDPQ owns a 20.2% interest in Greenpac, a state-of-the-art lightweight containerboard mill, located in Niagara Falls, NY. The expected purchase price is approximately US$93 million.

Verso proposes new board leadership to fend off investor coup

Verso is seeking to replace the leadership of its board of directors to ward off the election a competing slate of nominees chosen by a group of investors that Verso says is waging a proxy war for control of the company.

Norske Skog Saugbrugs and Borregaard collaborating on bio composites

The parties will work to develop a new type of biocomposite that may include furniture, packaging and car interiors.

Fortress Global Enterprises Announces Unsuccessful Completion of Strategic Initiative

There is also no assurance that the Company or the Lenders will not commence any form of creditor protection or insolvency proceeding imminently or in the near future.

Worker injured at Resolute facility

The Ministry of Labour is investigating an industrial accident at Resolute Forest Products' Thunder Bay sawmill.

Swedish court clears Stora Enso over largest wildfire in decades

A Swedish district court on Monday acquitted Finnish paper firm Stora Enso of responsibility for causing Sweden's largest wildfire in 40 years, instead fining a subcontractor.

Contract worker injured in Georgia Pacific Clarendon, South Carolina facility explosion

An explosion at Georgia Pacific's Clarendon plant injured one person Monday afternoon.

Leading Stories

Suzano Announces R$4.4 Billion Investment Plan For 2020

Suzano Announces R$4.4 Billion Investment Plan For 2020

The funds will be used in maintenance, expansion/modernization and logistics projects.

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Cascades purchases the interest of CDPQ in Greenpac

Cascades purchases the interest of CDPQ in Greenpac

CDPQ owns a 20.2% interest in Greenpac, a state-of-the-art lightweight containerboard mill, located in Niagara Falls, NY. The expected purchase price is approximately US$93 million.

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Verso proposes new board leadership to fend off investor coup

Verso proposes new board leadership to fend off investor coup

Verso is seeking to replace the leadership of its board of directors to ward off the election a competing slate of nominees chosen by a group of investors that Verso says is waging a proxy war for control of the company.

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Norske Skog Saugbrugs and Borregaard collaborating on bio composites

Norske Skog Saugbrugs and Borregaard collaborating on bio composites

The parties will work to develop a new type of biocomposite that may include furniture, packaging and car interiors.

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Fortress Global Enterprises Announces Unsuccessful Completion of Strategic Initiative

Fortress Global Enterprises Announces Unsuccessful Completion of Strategic Initiative

There is also no assurance that the Company or the Lenders will not commence any form of creditor protection or insolvency proceeding imminently or in the near future.

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Worker injured at Resolute facility

Worker injured at Resolute facility

The Ministry of Labour is investigating an industrial accident at Resolute Forest Products' Thunder Bay sawmill.

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Swedish court clears Stora Enso over largest wildfire in decades

Swedish court clears Stora Enso over largest wildfire in decades

A Swedish district court on Monday acquitted Finnish paper firm Stora Enso of responsibility for causing Sweden's largest wildfire in 40 years, instead fining a subcontractor.

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Contract worker injured in Georgia Pacific Clarendon, South Carolina facility explosion

Contract worker injured in Georgia Pacific Clarendon, South Carolina facility explosion

An explosion at Georgia Pacific's Clarendon plant injured one person Monday afternoon.

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Former NHL player seriously injured on job at Grand Rapids, Minn. paper mill

Former NHL player seriously injured on job at Grand Rapids, Minn. paper mill

A former professional hockey player from Grand Rapids, Scot Kleinendorst, 59, was badly injured and fighting for his life following a heavy machinery accident at the town's paper mill, UPM Blandin, over the weekend.

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Supreme Court Rules in R. v. Resolute FP Canada Inc.

Supreme Court Rules in R. v. Resolute FP Canada Inc.

Bankruptcy Can't Stop Responsibility for Pollution Clean-up

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Fire at ST Tissue facility

Fire at ST Tissue facility

Crews responded to a fire at ST Tissue Facility's Fiber Recycling Plant Friday morning.

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Corner Brook Pulp and Paper trimming full-time staff, shutdown coming on Christmas Eve

Corner Brook Pulp and Paper trimming full-time staff, shutdown coming on Christmas Eve

Corner Brook Pulp and Paper announced Friday it is restructuring staff to keep its labour costs in line, and that will mean a loss of permanent status for some workers at Newfoundland and Labrador's only newsprint mill.

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'Santa Claus' arrested at P&G toilet paper protest

'Santa Claus' arrested at P&G toilet paper protest

Environmental protesters worried about the plight of Canadian caribou and forests dressed up as Santa Claus and reindeer and delivered coal at Procter & Gamble's headquarters on Thursday.

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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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Lenzing Group to reduce its CO2 footprint

Lenzing Group to reduce its CO2 footprint

The Lenzing Group will drastically reduce its CO2 footprint. A first milestone is set for 2030, when Lenzing plans to cut down on CO2 emissions per ton of product by 50% compared to a 2017 baseline.

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Valmet to close facility in Hudson Falls, New York

CNG's Spicers Paper/PPI Adds to Packaging Business, Acquires Southern California's Kilmer, Wagner & Wise

Stora Enso creates new packaging materials division

Fire at Graphic Packaging facility in Ohio

Rayonier Advanced Materials proposes governance changes

Pregis invests $5 million in fourth W&H blown film line in Grand Rapids, MI facility; boosts capacity by another 4 million pounds

Industry News

Klabin Partners with EcoVadis to Advance Supply Chain Sustainability Leadership and Performance in Latin America

Klabin Partners with EcoVadis to Advance Supply Chain Sustainability Leadership and Performance in Latin America

Together, the two companies will drive sustainability excellence across the global pulp and paper supply chain through proactive monitoring and assessment of supplier performance and risk.

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	 Merger of textbook giants Cengage, McGraw-Hill has ACCC worried

Merger of textbook giants Cengage, McGraw-Hill has ACCC worried

The ACCC has raised preliminary competition concerns about the merger of United States-based publishers Cengage Learning and McGraw-Hill Education.

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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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Domtar Corporation and Classroom Central Announce

Domtar Corporation and Classroom Central Announce "Powerful Pages by Domtar" Literacy Partnership

Domtar Corporation is partnering with Classroom Central to provide and promote a literacy initiative funded by Domtar, and fulfilled through Classroom Central.

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Verso Introduces Liberty Coated Paper Promotion

Verso Introduces Liberty Coated Paper Promotion

Liberty is the true No. 4 coated web printing paper made in Escanaba, Michigan.

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AF&PA Welcomes Forward Movement on Revised  U.S. - Mexico - Canada Trade Agreement

AF&PA Welcomes Forward Movement on Revised U.S. - Mexico - Canada Trade Agreement

American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock issued a statement regarding continuing negotiations to ratify the U.S. - Mexico - Canada trade agreement.

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Archroma appoints new CEO

Archroma appoints new CEO

The Board of Directors of Archroma has appointed Heike van de Kerkhof to succeed current CEO Alexander Wessels effective January 6, 2020.

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Enviva Supports Conclusions from New Report on

Enviva Supports Conclusions from New Report on "The Future of Bioenergy"

Enviva applauds a new report, The Future of Bioenergy, published December 5, 2019 in the Global Change Biology journal and authored by Walter Reid and Mariam Ali of The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and Christopher Field of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.

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Georgia-Pacific's Diboll, Texas facility celebrates 125 years of operation

Georgia-Pacific's Diboll, Texas facility celebrates 125 years of operation

Georgia-Pacific's Diboll lumber plant is celebrating 125 years of operation.

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Mondi Celebrates Five Wins At the WorldStar Awards

Mondi Celebrates Five Wins At the WorldStar Awards

The annual competition rewards the greatest achievements in packaging innovation and technologies worldwide, with a focus on both sustainability and end-user convenience.

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Two Smurfit Kappa Group Directors Retire

Appvion Announces DuraWorx Line of Converting Papers

Domtar to Transfer CDN $461 Million (US $348 Million) of Canadian Pension Obligations Through Group Annuity Contracts

Cascades launches a cardboard food tray made from 100% recycled and recyclable material

Verso Introduces Influence Coated Paper Promotion

AF&PA Applauds EPA's Ambient Air Policy Modernization

Södra reduces CO₂ emissions

Tieto Corporation merges with EVRY ASA

Enviva receives approval to construct wood pellet facility in Alabama

Wooden Metsä Pavilion - Designing the Optimal Structure for a Unique Building

IT Tech Packaging, Inc. Furthers Partnership with Its Pulp Paper Supplier Asia Symbol

A random walk with Gene

Testing...

Testing...

I’ve been working with kids preparing for the ACT/SAT for over 10 years. Through this time, I’ve come to some conclusions. I hope you find them of interest.

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Environmental Science

TALOtech

Check out TALOtech groups on LinkedIn

Check out TALOtech groups on LinkedIn

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

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Perspectives

Paper Ballots Key to Election Security

Paper Ballots Key to Election Security

Important information belongs on paper and should be shielded from broken hard drives, data breaches and foreign hackers. Paper is personal, permanent, safe and confidential.

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Easy and free access to paper-based communications is key for millions of consumers

Easy and free access to paper-based communications is key for millions of consumers

A new International survey commissioned by Two Sides shows that most Americans and Canadians want to retain a choice to receive paper statements at no charge, and many prefer paper over digital.

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Paper Products Takes Center Stage in Graduate School

Paper Products Takes Center Stage in Graduate School

As I prepare to enter my last year of graduate school, I look back and appreciate paper and paper products' role in my success throughout the past couple years.

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Contributing to the Circular Economy:  The Paper and Wood Products Industry

Contributing to the Circular Economy: The Paper and Wood Products Industry

The paper and wood products industry's efforts to promote sustainable forest management, do more with less in the manufacturing process and recover products for recycling form the foundation of our contributions to the circular economy.

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Nip Impressions to Go

October 2019

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September 2019

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August 2019

July 2019

Energy & the Environment

Energy & the Environment News

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People in the News

Verso Announces Nomination of Dr. Robert K. Beckler and Directors' Decision to Not Stand for Re-Election

Verso Corporation announced that the Board has nominated Dr. Robert K. Beckler, and Dr. Beckler has agreed to be nominated, as a director at the Annual Meeting.

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Riikka Joukio appointed Metsä Group's SVP, Climate and Circular Economy

In her new role, Joukio supports Metsä Group's cooperation with key societal stakeholders and acts as the Group's representative in climate change and circular economy related working groups and forums.

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Stora Enso Appoints Jari Suominen as Head of the Forest Division

Stora Enso has appointed Jari Suominen as EVP, Head of Forest division as of 1 January 2020. He will continue as a member of the Group Leadership Team.

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Michael D. Hsu Elected Chairman of Kimberly-Clark

Hsu, 55, succeeds Thomas J. Falk, who plans to retire from the company and the Board at the end of the year after serving as Chairman for the past 16 years.

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LP Names Derek Doyle as Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation announced the appointment of Derek Doyle to vice president, controller and chief accounting officer effective immediately.

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Dillard, Tomaszewski Assume New Leadership Roles at Sonoco

Sonoco has announced the promotions of two leaders: Rob Dillard and Jeff Tomaszewski. Dillard has been named Corporate Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development. Tomaszewski has been promoted to Vice President, Global Rigid Paper and Closures and Display and Packaging.

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UPM's President and CEO Jussi Pesonen to continue in his current position until further notice

According to his executive contract he was entitled to retire in November 2020 at the age of 60.

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö announces executive management team changes

Ahlstrom-Munksjö announces executive management team changes. Markus Westerkamp, the current Vice President of the Food Packaging business, part of the Specialties business area, is appointed Executive Vice President of the Advanced Solutions business area and a member of the Group Executive Management Team as of January 1, 2020.

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WestRock names Pat Lindner Chief Innovation Officer

WestRock Company announced that Pat Lindner, president, Consumer Packaging, has been named chief innovation officer in addition to his leadership role of the Company's Consumer Packaging segment.

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Supplier News

Voith to be carbon neutral worldwide from 2022 onwards

The company will gradually increase the share of renewable energies, both in its own generation and in its purchasing.

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Kadant Johnson Launches Newest Rotary Joint Innovation

The ELSX rotary joint is designed to transfer steam or thermal oil into and out of rotating equipment.

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Valmet introduces new visible imaging system for pulp mill lime kilns

Valmet has launched a new Valmet Visible Thermal Imaging System, which provides the highest quality lime kiln process monitoring for pulp mills.

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Valmet to supply an energy management solution to Kemira Chemicals' plants in Finland

Valmet will supply an energy management solution to optimize production and energy consumption at Kemira Chemicals' bleaching chemical plants in Äetsä and Joutseno in Finland.

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Metsä Board has selected Valmet to supply a new recovery boiler and an evaporation upgrade for the planned renewal of the Husum pulp mill in Sweden

Valmet and Metsä Board have signed an agreement for the supply of key technology for the planned renewal of the Husum pulp mill in Sweden.

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Andritz Brasil completes largest concreting work for Klabin's Puma II project in Brazil

Andritz Brasil Ltda. successfully completed concreting work for the base of the Line 5 debarking drum, which is part of the wood preparation equipment (Andritz scope) being supplied in partnership with Afonso França.

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Valmet to deliver a new lime kiln and a fiberline upgrade for SCA Obbola kraftliner expansion project in Sweden

The upgraded fiberline will start up in June 2021 and the new lime kiln is scheduled to start up during the last quarter of 2021.

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Valmet to deliver defibrator system to Tianjin Shengsong Wood in China

The start-up of the system is planned for the middle of 2020.

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Konecranes to Supply All Cranes for New Green Bay Packaging Paper Mill

Konecranes has been chosen to supply nine cranes, including four automated roll storage cranes, for the first new paper mill built in Wisconsin in over 30 years.

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Kadant Black Clawson Awarded Deink Line Expansion of Papel San Francisco

Kadant Black Clawson LLC, a subsidiary of Kadant Inc. (NYSE: KAI), announced it received an order from Papel San Francisco to supply a complete stock preparation and deinking line for its new tissue production line at its Mexicali, Mexico facility.

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Valmet introduces new web-based user interface for Valmet DNA automation system

Valmet introduces a new web-based user interface for its Valmet DNA automation system.

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DuPont Announces 2030 Sustainability Goals

Kemira announced a significant capacity extension of its ferric sulfate water treatment chemicals production line in Goole, UK.

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Kemira announces a multi-million investment in water treatment chemicals production in the UK

Kemira announced a significant capacity extension of its ferric sulfate water treatment chemicals production line in Goole, UK.

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Voith and SCA Partner to Build A World-leading, Innovative Production Line At the Obbola Paper Mill

The new paper machine at the Obbola paper mill in Umeå, Sweden, will produce 725,000 tons of kraftliner per year.

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Valmet maintains its position as a constituent of the Ethibel Sustainability Index Excellence Europe

Valmet has been reconfirmed as a constituent of the Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe since October 18, 2019 for the fourth consecutive year.

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Andritz presents MasterDry dryer fabric portfolio

Andritz presents its new "MasterDry™" dryer fabric portfolio based on premium-performance dryer fabric technology.

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