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Drupa 2024: Exhibitors from 45 countries already on board

Some one and a half years before the start of the trade fair, drupa has reached an important milestone: over 100,000 sqm of net exhibition space have already been booked by around 900 exhibitors from 45 nations. This clearly underlines the relevance and the USP of drupa as the world’s No. 1 trade fair for print technologies.

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Valmet to supply flue gas condensing process to Vantaa Energy in Finland

Valmet will supply a flue gas condensing process to Vantaa Energy’s new high-temperature incineration plant in Vantaa, Finland. The plant is designed to process household and industry waste that is classified as hazardous and not suitable for recycling. The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the fourth quarter 2022. Its value will not be disclosed, but such an order is typically worth over EUR 15 million. The project will start in 2022 and the plant is scheduled for completion in 2025.

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CCE International: Europe’s corrugated & carton calibre returns in 2023

The 6th International Exhibition for the Corrugated and Folding Carton Industry will be back from 14 - 16 March 2023 in Munich, Germany. As Europe’s only trade fair exhibition for manufacturing and converting of corrugated and cartonboard, CCE International is a crucial hot spot for industry experts. The show incorporates the offerings of InPrint Munich and will be co-located to ICE Europe, exhibition for the conversion of flexible, web-based materials, making it appealing to both exhibitors and visitors.

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Toscotec starts up two tissue machine rebuilds in North and South America on the same day

On 11 November 2022, Toscotec has started up two tissue machine rebuilds at the production facilities of two major producers in North and South America. On both projects, the scope of the modifications was extensive, covering the wet and the dry section of the two lines. The tight periods of machine stop have been executed according to schedule.

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Lean production meets photobook

With its investment in a Diamant MC Digital Photobook bookline from Muller Martini, Orwo in Bitterfeld-Wolfen in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt is on the one hand ensuring full integration of all processes in photo book production. On the other hand, the company will become more flexible with regard to customer needs in terms of formats and spine width of its extensive product range.

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MailStreet automates sheetfed printing with Tecnau Cut & Stack

Doing a good job means going the extra mile every time. While many companies have gone through a difficult period during the pandemic, MailStreet print volumes continued to increase due to a heavy focus on e-commerce marketing and custom applications for their clients, such as personalized items like menus in meal boxes. The company motto is to make data personal by conveying custom messages to specific audiences and increasing the value of communication.

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Huhtamaki expands paper-based packaging capacity at its factory in Nules, Spain

As part of its overall commitment to support its customers’ increasing demand for paper-based packaging, Huhtamaki has today inaugurated the extension to its existing manufacturing site in Nules. The extension, which will commence production in January 2023 represents a €20 million investment and will double the site’s capacity. The investment includes a grant of €2.2 million from the Conselleria de Hacienda y Modelo Economico (Community of Valencia).

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Solenis opens two new centers of excellence

Solenis, global producer of specialty chemicals, has opened two new international centers of excellence to help drive more sustainable solutions for the consumer paper packaging industry. One center is virtual, allowing customers to participate remotely in lab experiments, while the other center is in a new facility in Mönchengladbach, Germany. Both centers are designed to simulate and test customer processes, treatment programs and paper/paperboard properties to optimize performance, efficiency and costs while focusing on sustainability.

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Laakirchen Papier AG commissions Voith with the rebuild of PM 11 for the production of containerboard

Austrian paper manufacturer Laakirchen Papier AG has commissioned full-line supplier Voith to implement the comprehensive rebuild of PM 11 at its Laakirchen site. The company, which is part of the Heinzel Group, is converting the plant from the production of graphic papers to containerboard. The planned start-up of the rebuilt production line is in the second quarter of 2024, increasing the production volume from 350,000 tons of SC papers to 500,000 tons of containerboard per year. The order was preceded by a preliminary project with Voith that showed the customer the economically viability of the PM 11 rebuild.

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Russia's war is changing wood pellet market dynamics in Europe, with prices tripling in 12 months

The international trade of wood pellets has increased yearly for over ten years thanks to growing demand in Europe and Asia. Although shipments in the first half of 2022 were practically unchanged from the same period in 2021, an anticipated increase in demand in Europe in the second half of the year is likely to make 2022 another record year of close to 30 million tons shipped worldwide. The most significant change is the rising demand in Asia, with Japan and South Korea having become the second and fourth largest markets in the world, respectively. The United Kingdom, Denmark, the Netherlands, Italy, and Belgium continue to be the major import markets in Europe.

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UK pharmaceutical specialists adds FB-350 to their production line

Scottish CV Labels has recently added another Nilpeter press to their line-up. The new FB-350 is the latest add-on and expands the company’s Nilpeter presses to a total of three. Having worked with Pharmaceutical, Medical, and Healthcare labeling solutions for more than 30 years, CV labels is very well aware of the high standards they need to meet in order to deliver the best solutions to their customers. Investing in state-of-the-art technology is a key component of the company’s strategy. This rimes well to world-class engineering with Danish roots and Nilpeter.

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Cepi Update

European forest-based materials research recognised among the world's best

Dr. Ilona Leppänen, hailing from Finland, has been recognised amongst the world's best young researchers working in forestry and forest product innovation. Her work tackles a global issue related to plastics for which no solution existed so far. After winning prizes for her work at both national and European level, the 29-year old researcher has been selected to represent Europe in the next round of the international Blue-Sky Young Researcher Innovation Awards, a major distinction in the field of forest-based materials and processes research that is awarded biennially.

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