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Using IOT to improve safety

Using IOT to improve safety

Earlier this year, Stora Enso announced that they are undertaking the first company-wide global roll out of a digital solution in their mills.

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Predictive Maintenance Trends

Trucker shortage

Growth of Corrugated

Technology

Sebright Products, Inc.

Sebright Products, Inc.

If you have waste handling needs, Paperitalo recommends Sebright Products of Hopkins, Michigan.

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MoistTech: Implementing Lean Manufacturing Principles

MoistTech: Implementing Lean Manufacturing Principles

Minimize Costs with Moisture & Coat Weight Control

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Spotlight

Siegwerk and Kotkamills join forces in creating innovative solutions for the development of fiber-based packaging to promote a circular economy

Siegwerk and Kotkamills join forces in creating innovative solutions for the development of fiber-based packaging to promote a circular economy

Siegwerk, one of the leading global providers of printing inks for packaging applications and labels, and Kotkamills, a Finnish paper and paperboard manufacturer, have joined forces to create innovative solutions for printers and producers of fiber-based packaging to further drive packaging circularity.

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Mondi's new packaging for Bell Germany's 'Abraham' ham range requires 37% less material and saves 35 tonnes of plastic

Mondi's new packaging for Bell Germany's 'Abraham' ham range requires 37% less material and saves 35 tonnes of plastic

Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has produced recyclable packaging for Bell Germany's 'Abraham' range of thinly sliced gourmet ham that ensures perfect conformity with existing recycling guidelines.

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Herbal Essences Partners with The Nature Conservancy and TerraCycle® to Help Sow the Seeds of Sustainability and 'Renew the Forest'

Big boost from bamboo for Jamaica

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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LDI Acquires Miller Container Co.

Liberty Diversified International (LDI) has acquired the assets of Miller Container Company, a Quad Cities-based manufacturer of corrugated cartons and displays.

Neenah Expands Popular ENDURA® Wide Format Line Up

Neenah is expanding their popular ENDURA® Wide Format line to include ENDURA® POSTER in a new seven mil, 500-foot roll.

UPM plans to ax 51 jobs in Finland, Germany and Austria

If implemented, the plans would decrease the number of employments in the functions by up to 51.

Stora Enso introduces world's first sustainable RFID tag for microwave-safe use

Stora Enso Intelligent Packaging is expanding the selection of the sustainable ECO RFID -product family with a tag collection that is specifically designed for food & beverage items. Part of the new ECO RFID Food & Be...

Fire at UP Paper mill in Manistique, Michigan

A fire at UP Paper in Manistique Saturday morning, April 10, started in a paper machine and spread to the roof.

Rayonier Advanced Materials sells its lumber and newsprint assets to GreenFirst Forest Products

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. (RYAM) and GreenFirst Forest Products Inc., a Canadian lumber company, have entered into a binding asset purchase agreement pursuant to which RYAM has agreed to sell all of its lumber and news...

NORPAC Announces Arrival of New Recycling Equipment for Packaging Papers

North Pacific Paper Company (NORPAC) is excited to announce the arrival of a new state-of-the-art drum pulper that will help the company expand its production of lightweight recycled packaging papers and safeguard more than 4...

Neenah, Inc. Joins CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion

One of nearly 2,000 CEOs that have come together for CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, Julie Schertell, is committing herself and Neenah to advance diversity and inclusion efforts in the company and in the communit...

Leading Stories

LDI Acquires Miller Container Co.

LDI Acquires Miller Container Co.

Liberty Diversified International (LDI) has acquired the assets of Miller Container Company, a Quad Cities-based manufacturer of corrugated cartons and displays.

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Neenah Expands Popular ENDURA® Wide Format Line Up

Neenah Expands Popular ENDURA® Wide Format Line Up

Neenah is expanding their popular ENDURA® Wide Format line to include ENDURA® POSTER in a new seven mil, 500-foot roll.

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UPM plans to ax 51 jobs in Finland, Germany and Austria

UPM plans to ax 51 jobs in Finland, Germany and Austria

If implemented, the plans would decrease the number of employments in the functions by up to 51.

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Stora Enso introduces world's first sustainable RFID tag for microwave-safe use

Stora Enso introduces world's first sustainable RFID tag for microwave-safe use

Stora Enso Intelligent Packaging is expanding the selection of the sustainable ECO RFID -product family with a tag collection that is specifically designed for food & beverage items. Part of the new ECO RFID Food & Beverage Collection by Stora Enso is the world's first paper tag for microwave-safe use, ECO Meal.

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Fire at UP Paper mill in Manistique, Michigan

Fire at UP Paper mill in Manistique, Michigan

A fire at UP Paper in Manistique Saturday morning, April 10, started in a paper machine and spread to the roof.

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Rayonier Advanced Materials sells its lumber and newsprint assets to GreenFirst Forest Products

Rayonier Advanced Materials sells its lumber and newsprint assets to GreenFirst Forest Products

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. (RYAM) and GreenFirst Forest Products Inc., a Canadian lumber company, have entered into a binding asset purchase agreement pursuant to which RYAM has agreed to sell all of its lumber and newsprint facilities and related assets located in Ontario and Québec.

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NORPAC Announces Arrival of New Recycling Equipment for Packaging Papers

NORPAC Announces Arrival of New Recycling Equipment for Packaging Papers

North Pacific Paper Company (NORPAC) is excited to announce the arrival of a new state-of-the-art drum pulper that will help the company expand its production of lightweight recycled packaging papers and safeguard more than 400 mill jobs and support other indirect jobs in Cowlitz County.

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Neenah, Inc. Joins CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion

Neenah, Inc. Joins CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion

One of nearly 2,000 CEOs that have come together for CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, Julie Schertell, is committing herself and Neenah to advance diversity and inclusion efforts in the company and in the communities where Neenah employees live and work.

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Boise Cascade Announces CFO Transition

Boise Cascade Announces CFO Transition

Boise Cascade Company announced the transition of its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Treasurer position. Wayne Rancourt has communicated his intent to retire effective May 14, 2021. Our Board of Directors has promoted Kelly Hibbs (current VP, Controller) to SVP, CFO and Treasurer, effective upon Wayne's retirement.

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UPM sells its Jyväskylä plywood mill site and premises to Redeve Oy

UPM sells its Jyväskylä plywood mill site and premises to Redeve Oy

UPM sells its Jyväskylä plywood mill site and premises, located in Säynätsalo, Jyväskylä in Finland, to real estate developer Redeve Oy. The transaction was completed today, and the ownership of the real estate was transferred to Redeve immediately. At the same time, businesses currently renting premises on the site, will become tenants of Redeve.

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SAP Conference for Forest Products, Paper & Packaging is April 27-29

SAP Conference for Forest Products, Paper & Packaging is April 27-29

The full agenda is now live for the upcoming International SAP Conference for Forest Products, Paper, Packaging (April 27-29, Online).

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Domtar Sites in South Carolina Receive Workplace Safety Awards

Domtar Sites in South Carolina Receive Workplace Safety Awards

The Marlboro Mill, Tatum Converting Center and Rock Hill Converting Center received the award based on their lost workday case rate during the calendar year.

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Södra purchases sawmill and timber treatment facility in Sweden

Södra purchases sawmill and timber treatment facility in Sweden

Södra is acquiring Ture Johanssons Trävaru AB and AB Tenhults Impregneringsverk. The acquisitions will take effect immediately following approval by the Swedish Competition Authority. This process is expected to take up to six weeks.

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UPM publishes its first Green Bond Report

UPM publishes its first Green Bond Report

UPM has published its first Green Bond Report. The report provides details on the use of proceeds as well as the estimated impacts of the UPM´s EUR 750 million Green Bond issued in November 2020.

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Paper Excellence Acquires Interest in Atli Chip Limited Partnership in BC

Paper Excellence Acquires Interest in Atli Chip Limited Partnership in BC

Paper Excellence is proud to announce the acquisition of an interest in the Atli Chip Limited Partnership. The Partnership has acquired the assets of the North Island Chipping facility situated in Beaver Cove, BC, located on the traditional territory of the 'Namgis First Nation.

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Neenah Completes Purchase of ITASA

Pinnacle Renewable Energy obtains final order approving arrangement with Drax Group

Pixelle Acquires Two Specialty Papers Businesses

Essity acquires distribution rights to Sorbact in Australia and New Zealand

Fire breaks out at Evergreen Packaging mill

Stora Enso to globally exit dissolving pulp business

Industry News

Sappi Europe announces price rise for all Coated & Uncoated paper grades in Europe by 7-10%

Sappi Europe announces price rise for all Coated & Uncoated paper grades in Europe by 7-10%

Sappi Europe announces a price increase for all its woodfree coated and woodfree uncoated paper grades by 7 - 10 % effective 1. June 2021 for all markets in Europe. This is in addition to the previously announced and implemented increases.

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New Vice President and General Manager to lead ND Paper's Old Town Mill

New Vice President and General Manager to lead ND Paper's Old Town Mill

Bruce Hogan has been named the new Vice President and General Manager of ND Paper's Old Town Division. A pulp and paper industry veteran, Hogan brings 33 years of experience with internationally recognized companies including International Paper, Mohawk Fine Papers, Essity and Appvion.

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Smurfit Kappa's Bag-in-Box is first to secure Amazon's 'Frustration-Free Packaging' certification

Smurfit Kappa's Bag-in-Box is first to secure Amazon's 'Frustration-Free Packaging' certification

Smurfit Kappa's innovative three litre Bag-in-Box packaging design has received Amazon's "Frustration-Free Packaging" (FFP) certification. This is a world first for a generic packaging design, applicable for a wide range of products. The company unveiled this unique Amazon FFP pre-certification to thousands of customers at its recent invite-only virtual Better Planet Packaging event.

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Amcor partners with Nestlé to bring sustainable packaging to shelves

Amcor partners with Nestlé to bring sustainable packaging to shelves

The new packaging is made from sustainably sourced thermoformable paper and is dynamic enough to be printed on with either flexographic or gravure technology and finished with a heat or cold-seal adhesive.

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Lecta to Increase 2-side CWF and UWF prices by 8%

Lecta to Increase 2-side CWF and UWF prices by 8%

The new prices will be effective on deliveries from June 1st, 2021.

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Cascades to establish a COVID-19 vaccination hub in Kingsey Falls

Cascades to establish a COVID-19 vaccination hub in Kingsey Falls

Responding to the government's call to businesses, Cascades is announcing that it will set up a COVID-19 vaccination hub in Kingsey Falls this coming May.

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Charmin® Works to Protect, Grow and Restore Forests

Charmin® Works to Protect, Grow and Restore Forests

Charmin's commitment extends well beyond the bathroom and aims to keep forests thriving for communities and wildlife for generations to come. Why? It's simple - Charmin loves trees, no butts about it.

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Arctic Paper creates new strategic group R&D function

Arctic Paper creates new strategic group R&D function

Arctic Paper's offering in paper is now supplemented with new products in sustainable packaging solutions, a growing area that is important to the Group. Arctic Paper's Group R&D manager will report directly to the CEO.

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Sappi Europe to increase prices for all graphical papers for export markets by 8-11 percent

Sappi Europe to increase prices for all graphical papers for export markets by 8-11 percent

Sappi Europe announces a price increase for all its mechanical coated, woodfree coated and woodfree uncoated paper grades by 8-11% with immediate effect as contracts permit for its export markets. This is in addition to the previously announced and implemented increases.

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IT Tech Packaging, Inc. Announces the Receipt of Qualification for Biomass CHP Project to Supply Central Heat in Industrial Parks

IT Tech Packaging, Inc. Announces the Receipt of Qualification for Biomass CHP Project to Supply Central Heat in Industrial Parks

IT Tech Packaging, Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in North China, announced that it has obtained qualification to supply central heating in industrial parks after month-long review process for its combined heat and power generation project utilizing bio mass technology ("Biomass CHP Project").

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Lecta Joins CELAB to Promote Global Recycling in Self-Adhesive Label Industry

Monadnock now SGP Patron

Pregis announces partnership with Circular Great Lakes initiative focused on keeping plastic materials out of waste stream, environment

Essity announces price increases

Message from Verso CEO Randy Nebel

Multi-Color Corporation Acquires Australian Label Manufacturer Herrods

Monadnock Paper Mills announced distribution partnership with Case Paper

Marco Eikelenboom welcomed as the new CEO of Sappi Europe

Kimberly-Clark Announces Price Increases for North American Consumer Products Business

Handprint, a business unit of UFP Industries, announces agreement to purchase Walnut Hollow Farm

Ahlstrom-Munksjö's new Servera®Ultra technology offers restaurants innovative and sustainable packaging solutions

Academic Spotlight

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

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

Jared Hamrick shares his experiences at N.C. State.

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

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

In honor of Women's History Month, we reached out to Cindy Hendren and Jennifer Piercy of NC State's Pulp and Paper Advisory Board (PPAB) to discuss their professional journeys and goals.

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

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

The Paper Science & Engineering Foundation at Miami University has been partnering with the Paper program at the university since 1960. The program started in 1957, and in its various forms over the years has graduated over 1500 students skilled to enter the paper industry. The Foundation is among more than a dozen educational institutions and organizations that are members of Two Sides.

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Finance Authority of Maine honors Pulp and Paper Foundation with 2020 Education at Work Award

Student profile: University of Washington senior Jackie Kobal

SFI Conservation Grant to Help North Carolina State University Study Climate Change Mitigation and Preventing Biodiversity Loss in Forests

Student Spotlight: Geordin Craun of Western Michigan

A random walk with Gene

Families, education and COVID-19

Families, education and COVID-19

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

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Saving energy

TALOtech

Check out TALOtech groups on LinkedIn

Check out TALOtech groups on LinkedIn

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

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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

Leipa Group appoints Mike Petersen as Head of Sales Packaging Paper

Leipa Group appoints Mike Petersen as Head of Sales Packaging Paper, effective May 1, 2021. In this capacity, Mr. Petersen will report to Leipa Group's Chief Sales Officer, Dr. Fabian Gaus.

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FSC Canada elects Etienne Vezina to its Board of Directors

FSC Canada welcomes Etienne Vezina, Resolute Forest Products, to the FSC Canada Board of Directors. Etienne will replace Andre Gravel (economic chamber) who has decided to resign from his position.

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Rottneros appoints Pia Ohlson as new CFO

Rottneros has appointed Pia Ohlson as the new CFO of the Group. She will take office in mid August and succeeds Monica Pasanen, who will leave the post in the autumn.

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Joakim Westerlund joins Woodio's Board of Directors

Metsä Group's innovation company Metsä Spring's portfolio company Woodio has appointed Joakim Westerlund as a new Board member.

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Phil Riebel to Retire as Two Sides North America President

After starting Two Sides North America nearly a decade ago and building it into the highly successful organization it is today, Phil Riebel will retire as president of the organization effective April 1. Kathi Rowzie, who has been running the day-to-day operations of Two Sides since last March, will become president.

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

Björn Wahlroos was re-elected as Chair, and Berndt Brunow 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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Metsäliitto Cooperative elects Nina Pärssinen to its Board of Directors

The Supervisory Board of Metsä Group's parent company, Metsäliitto Cooperative, elected Nina Pärssinen as a new member of the cooperative's Board of Directors.

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Kimberly-Clark Names Paula Ramos as Chief Strategy Officer

Kimberly-Clark Corporation announced that Paula Ramos has been named Chief Strategy Officer, effective March 15, 2021, with global responsibility for the company's enterprise strategy.

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Western Forest Products appoints two new directors to its board

Western Forest Products Inc. ("Western") announced that Mr. James Arthurs and Mr. Lee Doney will not be standing for re-election as directors at Western's Annual and Special Meeting on May 6, 2021, and that Mr. Randy Krotowski and Mr. John Williamson have been appointed as independent directors to Western's Board of Directors.

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Kimberly-Clark Names Robert Long as Chief Research and Development Officer

Kimberly-Clark Corporation announced that Robert Long has been named to the newly created role of Chief Research and Development Officer, effective March 15, 2021, with global responsibility for the company's research, development, innovation and quality functions.

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Nordic Paper appoints Henrik Essén as new Head of IR and Strategy

Nordic Paper has appointed Henrik Essén to a position as Head of IR and Strategy. He will assume his position on March 1st 2021 and will be part of the executive management team of the company.

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Graphic Packaging Announces New Board Member

In her more than four-decade career with Johns Manville (JM), a leading manufacturer of premium-quality building and specialty products, Ms. Rhinehart held various executive roles and continues to serve as Chairman of the company.

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Rottneros' CFO Monica Pasanen to leave the company

Rottneros' CFO Monica Pasanen will leave her position in the autumn of 2021. Thus, the recruitment of her successor will begin immediately.

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Supplier News

Solenis Recognized as a US Best Managed Company

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Siempelkamp received an order from Guararapes in Brazil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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