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Pixelle acquires specialty papers business from Verso

Pixelle Specialty Solutions (“Pixelle”) has completed its acquisition of specialty papers mills in Jay, ME (”Androscoggin”) and Stevens Point, WI from Verso Corporation. With the addition of the newly acquired mills, Pixelle is now the largest specialty papers producer in North America with production currently exceeding one million tons annually. Pixelle has “industry-leading positions” in multiple specialty paper grades including release papers, thermal labels, food and beverage labels, food packaging papers, inkjet papers, casting liners, book papers, carbonless and forms, security papers, envelope and converting papers, and various niche products.

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SIG wins Sustainability Leaders Award for reporting

SIG has won the prestigious edie Sustainability Leaders Award for Sustainability Reporting and Communications in recognition of its transparent reporting on social and environmental issues. Now in their 13th year, the edie Sustainability Leaders Awards recognise excellence in key aspects of business sustainability, including reporting and communication which is cited by expert stakeholders as one of the key drivers for leadership in sustainability.

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Mondi Group benefits from efficient ordering processes via the integrated Voith Paper Webshop

Since the Voith Paper Webshop was launched in 2017, the number of users has risen continuously. Worldwide, more than 96 companies are already using the newly developed online tool from Voith’s digital portfolio. The Mondi Group, which has more than 100 production facilities in 30 countries worldwide, is now also relying on Voith’s simple, time-saving and cost-saving ordering processes.

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FESPA

Revamped World Wrap Masters feature to return to FESPA Global Print Expo 2020

World Wrap Masters, FESPA’s popular vehicle wrapping competition, will return with reinvigorated displays and a new scoring system to FESPA Global Print Expo 2020, taking place from 24 – 27 March 2020 at IFEMA in Madrid. The competition will take place in Hall 2 for the full duration of the event, where visitors will see a host of talented wrappers showcasing their wrapping skills whilst competing for the title of World Wrap Master 2020 champion.

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Avery Dennison joins Sabic in its Trucircle initiative

Avery Dennison has taken an important step towards supplying a recycled polypropylene (rPP) label material, collaborating with Sabic in the Trucircle initiative, which encompasses circular materials and technologies to enable product manufacturers to reach their sustainability goals.

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Skanem Stavanger Acquires New FA-22 from Nilpeter

Skanem Stavanger, producer of self-adhesive labels in Norway, has acquired a new 9-colour FA-22 from Nilpeter. In addition to providing maximum levels of stability and excellent printing results on multiple substrates, the FA-22 is a perfect fit for Skanem's commitment to sustainability, renewable products, and reusable materials.

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Stefano Pecchia appointed Energy Technology Director at Toscotec

Toscotec named Stefano Pecchia its new Energy Technology Director as its tissue and paper and board business looks ahead to continued growth in 2020. Stefano Pecchia has more than twenty years of broad industry experience as a Technical Manager. He has worked on the design of energy and drying technologies for global key players, both in tissue and paper and board. He holds a bachelor degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Pisa and a master’s degree in Paper and Board.

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Rewarding Sustainable Forest Management practices will enhance biodiversity and climate resilience of EU forests

Last week, the European Commission was hosting the “International Conference on Forests for Biodiversity and Climate” in Brussels to discuss pressures on EU forest ecosystems due to, among others, climate change as well as how to best protect forests and their biodiversity for a climate neutral and climate resilient land.

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New ABB actuator launches, helping improve efficiency, safety and product quality

ABB announced the launch of its Induction xP Plus actuator for paper and packaging manufacturers seeking a powerful, efficient, rapid-acting and safe method for controlling caliper on paper machines calenders. Induction xP Plus rapidly ensures efficient heating up to 100 kW/meter in a highly-targeted area, providing unmatched flexibility for power density and heating zone width. It is the only caliper profiling system available with hybrid control zone configurations of 60 mm, 75 mm or 120 mm, enabling customers to target higher precision heat distribution at the edges, where it is often critical, as well as increasing heat density to get on spec quicker - even after sheet breaks.

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drupa

Connect to a Smart Factory

With Finishing 4.0 and the Connex workflow system, Muller Martini is making smart factories a reality for customers around the world. The company will be presenting concrete business cases and inspiring examples at drupa in Düsseldorf.

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Valmet to supply cooking and fiberline to Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd. in India

Valmet will deliver cooking and fiberline to Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd. (TNPL) for their unit 2, located in Mondipatti in the Trichy District, India. The site has a 200,000 tons per year multilayer board machine, which has been in operation since 2016. The new pulp mill will have a capacity of 165,000 tons per year of bleached hardwood kraft pulp and the start-up is planned for the first quarter of 2021. The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the fourth quarter 2019. The value of the order will not be disclosed. An order with this scope of supply is usually valued in the range of EUR 20-30 million.

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AR Packaging strengthens its operational footprint in Switzerland

AR Packaging is in a period of sustained expansion, with some latest acquisitions being rlc packaging group and K+D. As part of its strategy to hold leading market positions in  selected segments and continuously improve the operational excellence and cost-efficiency, the group now investigates actions to optimise its operational footprint in Switzerland.

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