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ANDRITZ to supply new dewatering technology for RMP process to Mayr-Melnhof Karton, Austria

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Mayr-Melnhof Karton to supply a Vertical Screw Thickener (VST) dewatering system for the RMP (Refiner Mechanical Pulp) process at the mill in Frohnleiten, Austria. Start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2020.

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7th drupa Global Trends Report

The 7th drupa Global Trends Report will be published in April 2020. The results, from a survey conducted before the outbreak of the corona virus and the postponement of drupa to April 2021, show a global industry that remained positive but reflected more challenging global economic conditions. Packaging and Functional market sectors are better placed than Publishing and Commercial. North America remains buoyant but confidence has slipped in Europe and across all other regions.

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Innovative solutions for greater productivity in postpress

The various finishing processes still offer a lot of potential with regard to greater automation, higher productivity, and integrated processes. These are issues that need to be addressed by both commercial and packaging printers. Add to this the requirement for simpler and more user-friendly machines for compensating the skills shortage and reducing the level of physical work. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has listened to its customers and developed appropriate new solutions.

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Gravure’s strengths demanded in the corona crisis

Since practically all European countries have shut down public life and imposed a curfew economies and industries are heavily affected. This is valid also for the gravure industry. The machinery and equipment manufacturers are in a difficult situation as they e.g. cannot send their technicians to their worldwide customers operating their machines.

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Xeikon committed to providing ongoing critical support to all its customers during Corona crisis

Xeikon, provider of equipment, services and consumables for digitally printed labels and packaging, reconfirms its dedication to continuing to make critical consumables available for its presses. This enables customers to produce the documentation, labels and packaging required to get food, health and pharmaceutical products to market during the Corona crisis. As widely covered by the media, the coronavirus has impacted the health and well-being of many people in various countries around the world. Many businesses worldwide are impacted by production disturbances, supply and delivery interruptions, and Xeikon is committed to minimising these for its customers.

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Mondi adapts production line in Germany to make much-needed face mask components

Mondi is committed to playing its part to produce important supplies and components during the COVID-19 outbreak. As a global actor in packaging and paper, Mondi's Personal Care Components team has found a way to convert a production line at its Gronau plant in Germany to manufacture soft, elastic straps which are now being used for face masks and used by medical professionals and consumers globally.

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ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2020 canceled

Due to the increasing spread of Covid-19 in Europe and the uncertainty associated with this, Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH and the association ZELLCHEMING e.V. have jointly decided to cancel the ZELLCHEMING-Expo in Frankfurt am Main. The event was originally scheduled for 24 –25 June 2020 and will be held again next year.

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Tissue & Paper Bangkok will now take place in September 2020

Tissue & Paper Bangkok, the combination of the two long-standing brands of Asian Paper and Tissue World, which was originally scheduled to be staged in June 2020, will now be held at BITEC, Bangkok on 9 - 11 September 2020.

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Second-phase preparatory work to begin at Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill in Kemi

Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, has completed the first-phase preparatory work as part of the pre-engineering of the Kemi bioproduct mill in the Kemi mill area on schedule in January. The second phase will begin in early April. The purpose of the preparatory work is to enable the construction of the mill and a smooth start for the related earthworks. The investment decision will be made earliest at the autumn 2020, and the construction of the mill is expected to begin right after that.

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Valmet IQ: Quality management at the next level

Valmet introduces a renewed Valmet IQ Quality Management System for pulp, tissue, paper, board, and converting industries. The renewed system lets papermakers optimize quality through the entire value chain from fiber to finished product, enabling improved process performance and increased savings through the process.

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Heidelberg Label Unit (Gallus) with new management

Dr. Frank Schaum (54) has headed the Label division (Gallus) of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) in Sankt Gallen (Switzerland) since the beginning of March 2020. He succeeds Christof Naier, who left the company at his own request.

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Statement from Horst Bittermann, President of Pro Carton

“The world is facing one of its biggest challenges of our lifetimes – the COVID-19 global humanitarian situation.  Now is the time to pull together, support each other and to abide by the guidance given by our local governments and health services.  The carton and cartonboard industry is doing its utmost to maintain the flow of essential goods, in particular packaging for foods, pharmaceuticals and hygiene products being aware of its crucial role to ensure security of supply.”

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