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New Speedmaster XL 106 from Heidelberg boosts productivity

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG is once again underlining the company’s position in its core business with a world premiere. The option to increase the printing speed of the Speedmaster XL 106 to 21,000 sheets per hour makes this high-performance system the world’s fastest sheetfed offset press, according to Heidelberg, and means an annual output of over 100 million prints is now also possible in folding carton production. This press is a particularly good option for companies producing packaging in the 70 x 100 format, who are calling for ever higher machine outputs and end-to-end automation.

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Sappi realigns production of its non-wet strength wet-glue label papers

Due to growing demand, packaging and speciality paper manufacturer Sappi Europe is expanding production of its successful Parade Label Pro label paper to include higher grammages. Sappi is also expanding production of the premium paper from its Gratkorn mill in Austria to include its Alfeld mill in Germany – so ensuring greater security of supply to customers.

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Toscotec to present latest innovations at Latampaper 2022

Toscotec will participate in the Latin American Papermakers Conference 2022 from 16th to 18th November in Lima, Peru, to present its latest paper drying innovations aimed to reduce direct CO2 emissions to zero. TT Induction SYD, a revolutionary Steel Yankee Dryer that relies on electrical induction to dry paper, and TT Hydrogen Burner, a new generation of 100% hydrogen fueled burners for Yankee hoods.

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Derksen Packaging kicks off with an Omega Allpro 110 from Koenig & Bauer

It takes quite some courage to set up a new company in unsettled times. Heinrich Derksen has chosen to take the risk, however, and opened Derksen Packaging as a folding carton conversion specialist in Ammerbuch near Stuttgart on 28 October.

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Eija Pitkänen to join Metsäliitto Cooperative’s Board of Directors

At a meeting held on 27 October 2022, the Supervisory Board of Metsä Group’s parent company, Metsäliitto Cooperative, elected Eija Pitkänen as a new member of the cooperative's Board of Directors as of 1 January 2023. Pitkänen has extensive international experience in corporate responsibility matters. She currently works at Telia Finland Oy as Sustainability, Ethics & Compliance and Risk Officer. Previously, she has worked, for example, as Stora Enso Oyj's SVP, Sustainability.

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Sustainable investment decisions pay off in daily stock preparation operations

Sustainable production in stock preparation is not a vision for the future but already a reality today. Many existing plants benefit from solutions from Voith's leading BlueLine stock preparation portfolio. In the last five years, Voith experts have commissioned more than 30 plants with a total production capacity of 12.8 million tons per year. Voith has also launched more than 20 new innovative machines in recent years. Based on its experience, the company is characterized by in-depth know-how and reliable, optimized process standards. In addition, the development of new solutions is part of Voith's sustainability program “Papermaking for Life.” Every year, the technology company invests around 100 million euros in research and development of impetus-giving innovations that are intended to further increase sustainability and efficiency.

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James Cropper toasts eco-designed gifting in the champagne market

James Cropper, one of the world’s most innovative papermakers, has partnered with French, family-owned Champagne maker, Rogge-Cereser and French packaging producer, L’Agence Le Sanglier, to create an industry leading example of eco-design in the luxury drinks market. Using paper from the Rydal Packaging Collection, which unites beauty and sustainability, the minimalist design of the Rogge-Cereser champagne box infuses the art of gifting with environmental responsibility.

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Change in Valmet’s Executive Team

Ms. Emilia Torttila-Miettinen (M.Sc. Eng.) has been appointed Business Line President, Automation Systems at Valmet as of December 1, 2022. She will be a member of Valmet’s Executive Team and report to President and CEO Pasi Laine. Emilia Torttila-Miettinen began her career at Valmet in 2003 and she is currently holding the position of Vice President, Operations of the Automation Systems business line. During her career, she has gained wide experience in Valmet’s automation business by working in different management positions in automation services in 2014-2020 and in product management and engineering positions in 2004-2014.

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Conversion from gas to light heating oil – the first milestone has been reached

At the beginning of August 2022, Feldmuehle GmbH informed that it would switch its steam supply from gas to light heating oil in Q4/22 in order to be able to continue production in the event of a gas shortage. Now the first big step has been taken. On 26.10.2022, the burners and pressure control station for the steam boiler were delivered and lifted into the power plant.

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SCA and Holmen to conduct feasibility study for new sawmill

SCA and Holmen have today agreed to conduct a feasibility study regarding a potential new jointly owned sawmill in Rundvik, Nordmaling municipality in Västerbotten. A new sawmill in Norrland with high production capacity would increase the value of forest assets in the long term. The feasibility study, which only includes production cooperation at the sawmill in Rundvik, will begin immediately and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2023.

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Fedrigoni acquires the Spanish company Guarro Casas

The Fedrigoni Group, global player in the production of premium papers for luxury packaging and other creative applications, premium labels, and self-adhesive materials, has signed an agreement with the Anglo-French multinational Arjowiggings for the acquisition of Guarro Casas, with over 300 years of history and high-profile expertise in manufacturing and finishing of specialty graphic papers. The company is based in Gelida (Barcelona), Spain, where it operates a plant with 140 employees.

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Kelheim Fibres partners with TextileGenesis

Viscose speciality fibres manufacturer Kelheim Fibres partners with TextileGenesisTM, an award-winning traceability platform that creates radical transparency from fibre-to-retail and ensures authenticity and provenance of sustainable textiles against generics.

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