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Stora Enso commissions Voith to convert former paper machine into Europe's largest board machine

Stora Enso has entrusted full-line supplier Voith with the conversion of a former paper machine. The machine at the northern Finnish site in Oulu previously produced coated graphic papers. After the successful conversion, the machine will produce high-quality folding boxboard and coated kraft back (CKB). With a production volume of 750,000 tons per year, the plant will be the largest board machine in Europe. Start-up is scheduled for early 2025.

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Perstorp sets reduction targets for water and waste

Sustainable solutions provider Perstorp has added new corporate sustainability targets, for water and waste, to its sustainability strategy. Its long-term sustainability ambition is to become Finite Material Neutral, which involves water and waste, along with raw materials, energy and catalysts. In 2021 the company set its first 2030 targets, for greenhouse gas emissions (using approved science-based targets) and (eco) toxic impact. Now Perstorp has added new sustainability targets that will address its long-term ambition.

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Andritz to supply automated threading systems for Klingele Paper in Nova Campina, Brazil

International technology group Andritz has received an order from Klingele Paper & Packaging Group in Nova Campina, Brazil, to supply automated threading systems for paper machines PM1 and PM3 producing various paper packaging grades. The systems will be installed in 2023.

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KB Folie levels up with first ThermoFlexX imager

The Polish packaging manufacturer has installed a ThermoFlexX TFxX 48 flexo plate imager to meet demands from customers for faster delivery, more flexibility, and increased sustainability. The company chose to invest in the XSYS technology for the first time as part of a determined drive to expand the capabilities of its in-house prepress department with innovative solutions.

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Make life better with the power of paper

Paper is an extraordinary material. The climate-friendly, renewable material is strong, flexible and extremely versatile. With these properties, paper offers endless potential and plays an important often unrecognized role in everyday life. Felix Schoeller combines the experience of more than 100 years of paper manufacturing with the know-how to develop solutions for life from this material together with customers and partners. Paper Made For Life - that's what the Felix Schoeller brand stands for. This is the result of an extensive process in which the company, led and accompanied by CEO Hans-Christoph Gallenkamp, explored what contribution Felix Schoeller wants to make to society today and in the future.

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ICE Europe 2023 reveals the future of the converting industry

From 14 – 16 March 2023 the converting community will meet for the 13th International Converting Exhibition in Munich, Germany. This key industry event offers contemporary expertise revolving around bespoke product and processing solutions, investment opportunities, and much more. With the show approaching fast visitors can expect a strong exhibitor line-up, the latest technology and industry trends. Once again, best practice and outstanding performances will be honoured with the prestigious ICE Awards.

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Cepi Update

A collaboration between the paper industry & heat pump producers could halve its energy needs & help decarbonise the sector

A recent collaboration between associations representing the paper manufacturing and heat pump sectors, Cepi and EHPA, has resulted in innovation which could produce energy savings of 50% in paper manufacturing. It could also be key in decarbonising one of Europe’s energy-intensive sectors. But EU regulators need to speed up incentives for affordable clean energy.

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Muller Martini with world premiere at the HID booth

At the Hunkeler Innovationdays from February 27 to March 2 in Lucerne, Muller Martini will be presenting a world first with the highly automated Prinova Digital saddle stitcher. The Vareo Pro perfect binding line with numerous further developments will also be on show at the exhibition stand.

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ABB opens its Mexico Technology and Engineering Center to increase project delivery across North America

ABB has established a new regional operations center for North America, bringing technology expertise closer to customers and building on its similar resources globally. An initial $1 million investment has been made for the new Mexico Technology and Engineering Center (MXTEC) in the city of Merida, Yucatan, to help the technology leader to reach higher project delivery capacity and increase competitiveness.

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Printer Trento – High quality standards in book production

For decades now, Printer Trento in the northern Italian city of the same name has been one of the largest and most cutting-edge book producers in Central Europe. Its five Rapida large-format presses from Koenig & Bauer produce 15 million books every year. Over 150 employees handle work for renowned publishers from home and abroad in the company’s two print centres, bookbinding shop and logistics centre.

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EU waste shipment proposals neither fair nor reasonable

Prices in Europe and the USA were quite stable during the latter months of 2022, staying at very low levels after declines in the previous quarter for OCC and deinking grades; very subdued demand for finished products seems to have been the reason behind this. Stock levels are quite high at most paper mills owing to low consumption whereas stocks in recyclers’ yards are perhaps lower as a result of reduced collection volumes. However, our main problem is the weak demand for recovered paper.

(by Francisco Donoso, DOLAF Servicios Verdes (Spain), President of the BIR Paper Division)

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Stratus Packaging embraces innovation and automation to deliver more than just labels

When you first visit Stratus Packaging, their claim is clear: “Dress up your packaging”. And when you engage with Isidore Leiser, their CEO, he will quickly tell you how they do it: “We invest in innovation to support our clients who want to do new things which require advanced technology,” he says.? “We not only deliver labels but services and customized advice.”

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