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ABB wins drives order for two different Sun Paper projects in China and Laos

International pulp and paper producer Sun Paper has selected ABB to fulfil two orders for its facilities in Laos and Shandong, China. The first order comprises new drives for the company’s paper machine 1 (PM1) and paper machine 2 (PM2) at its Laos mill, while the second includes a synchronous motor, motor starting equipment, excitation protection control and process drives for chemical pulp production at its plant in Shandong, eastern China.

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UPM opens consultation process for potential closure of its Chapelle newsprint mill while continuing the sales process

Earlier, in September 2019, UPM announced the intention to sell its Chapelle newsprint mill in Grand-Couronne, France. It was communicated at the same time, that a process for the potential closure of the mill would be opened in case no credible offer would be received until mid-January 2020.

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Lecta will increase prices of Thermal papers

Lecta announces a price increase of Thermal papers for new orders, effective January 28, 2020. The increase will be around 8 to 10% in Thermal papers depending on country. According to Lecta, the price increase is unavoidable to offset the continuous increase in manufacturing and transport costs.

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Vprint Enhances Direct Mail Service

Contiweb announced that Vprint, a Belgian print provider with over 80 years of industrial experience, has invested in a Contiweb Ecocool dryer – its fourth Contiweb dryer to date – to improve the quality of its direct mail service. Joining three Contiweb Ecoweb dryers installed on web offset press lines, the Ecocool system is already proving to strengthen the company’s competitive edge. Vprint customers operating in the retail, mail order and automotive markets have remarked on the improved finish of premium mailings.

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ANDRITZ to supply a further high-efficiency PowerFluid circulating fluidized bed boiler with biomass firing in Japan

International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from a Joint Venture between Toyo Engineering Corporation and Nippon Steel Engineering Co., Ltd., Japan, to deliver a PowerFluid circulating fluidized bed boiler with a flue gas cleaning system. The boiler will be part of a new biomass power plant to be built in Omaezaki in Shizuoka Prefecture, Honshu Island, some 200 km southwest of Tokyo, Japan, for the Omaezakikou Biomass Power Plant. Commercial operations are scheduled to begin in mid-2023.

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Lecta's new metallized paperboard

Just over a year after introducing Diva Art into the market, Lecta expands the possibilities within the high-end packaging sector and other creative uses with its Diva Art Metal range of metallized paperboard products. Available in substances of 250, 300 and 350 g/m2, the new Diva Art Metal paperboard offers outstanding finishing and converting properties, exceptional cracking resistance and perfect folding characteristics, and excellent printability in flexographic (solvent, UV and water-based), conventional offset and UV offset printing.

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Valmet to deliver key pulp mill technology and automation for Lenzing’s and Duratex’s joint pulp mill project in Brazil

Valmet will deliver key process islands for Lenzing’s and Duratex’s joint venture named LD Celulose S.A. The new 500,000 ton/year dissolving pulp mill is located in the cities of Indianópolis and Araguari in Minas Gerais state, Brazil. Valmet’s delivery includes a fiber line, a pulp drying and baling line, an evaporation plant, a white liquor plant and a mill-wide automation system. The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the first quarter 2020. The value of the order is not disclosed. The value of a delivery of this size and scope is typically around EUR 200-250 million.

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Control Vision Talks 2020 – Call for Papers

With their continued partnership Control show organizer P.E. Schall and the EMVA enable another edition of the successful EMVA lecture forum “Control Vision Talks 2020” around the 34th Control from 5 - 7 May 2020 in Stuttgart. Embedded into the trade show in hall 8 the presentations of this forum for Machine Vision & Optical Metrology aim to educate the trade show visitor on benefits, applications and methods of machine vision and optical metrology solutions for factory automation.

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö joins SEAM, a sustainability initiative for the abrasive industry

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has joined the Sustainable European Abrasive Manufacturers (SEAM) program, a new initiative to improve sustainability of the abrasive industry. SEAM was launched on January 21, 2020 by the Federation of European Producers of Abrasives (FEPA), which represents over 80% of the abrasive product producers in Europe. The objective of the program is to support and assist abrasive manufacturers in their efforts to achieve sustainable growth and improvements in sustainability, primarily in production and distribution. The program wants to have all players in the supply chain contributing to the European sustainability system.

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ANDRITZ has signed a preliminary agreement for a significant pulp mill order

International technology Group ANDRITZ and UPM have signed a preliminary agreement under which ANDRITZ is to supply energy-efficient and environmentally friendly pulp production technologies as well as key process equipment. The final contract will have a mid-triple-digit million euro order value for ANDRITZ and is expected to be booked in Q1 2020. Further details of the agreement will be disclosed after the final contract has been signed, which is expected to happen in the coming weeks.

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A big leap forward

Thanks to a new Pantera perfect binder from Muller Martini Green Graphic ApS, located in the Danish city of Ikast, has tripled its softcover volume – and reduced staff costs at the same time. The family company, headed by Bent and Poul Sörensen, can now produce all softcover products in-house, and it now takes on orders for third parties. Because the Pantera replaced two perfect binders from another manufacturer last spring, despite the increased volume Green Graphic needs fewer employees for its new line, which has a 12-station gathering machine, a Granit three-knife trimmer and a Uno counter stacker.

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Eckenfelder goes digital with Kodak Nexfinity

When the end of the year is fast approaching and millions of new calendars are purchased, given as a gift and hung on the wall, be it by businesses or private individuals, the critical production phase has already been over at Eckenfelder GmbH & Co. KG for several weeks. This family owned firm in Hörselberg-Hainich – in the geographical center of Germany – employs 52 people dedicated to the development and end-to-end production of wall and desk calendars and notebooks. From photography, design and layout through printing to finishing, all essential steps take place under one roof.

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