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Pulp & Beyond 2024: A deep dive into climate change and the future of forest industry

The international forest industry event, Pulp & Beyond 2024, will address topics such as climate change, the green transition and the future prospects of the forest industry. The event will also feature discussions on global economy and politics, as well as the importance of innovation. Pulp & Beyond 2024 will take place from Wednesday to Thursday, April 10th to 11th, 2024, at the Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre. The main stage program of the event has been released, offering top-notch keynote speeches and panel discussions. The main stage program will be hosted and moderated by André Noël Chaker. The program for the Speaker’s Corner on the event's second stage will be announced in March.

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The air is out - and that's a good thing!

The teams from Kanzan and GAW technologies recently started-up the new working stations for the curtain coater including deaeration. Kanzan belongs to the Oji Group, one of the largest paper producers in Japan, and is one of the experts in the area of thermal and inkjet paper. At the Düren (Germany) location, the company employs around 300 people and produces on one paper machine and two coating machines with working widths of 3.20 m. The speed for a weight range of 40 - 180 g/m2 is 850m/min.

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Mondi completes acquisition of Hinton Pulp mill

Mondi has completed the acquisition of Hinton Pulp mill in Alberta, Canada, from West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd (West Fraser) for a total consideration of USD 5 million. The mill has the capacity to produce around 250,000 tonnes of pulp per annum and will provide the Group with access to local, high-quality fibre from a well-established wood basket as part of a long-term partnership with West Fraser.

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Voith presents digital solution OnView.Energy for the paper industry

Voith introduces OnView.Energy, an innovative digitalization solution for energy monitoring that enables paper manufacturers to visualize, monitor and reduce energy consumption to lower their operating costs while minimizing environmental footprint. As part of the full-line supplier’s Papermaking 4.0 portfolio, OnView.Energy is based on the IIoT platform dataPARC cloud. With this launch, Voith strengthens its position as a supplier of digital solutions in the paper industry.

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Andritz starts up world’s largest single mechanical pulping line at Wuzhou Special Paper

International technology group Andritz has successfully started up a new high-capacity chemi-thermomechanical pulping system supplied to Wuzhou Special Paper (Jiangxi) Co. Ltd. in Hukou County, Jiujiang City, Jiangxi Province, China. This is the largest fiberline worldwide with only one high-consistency refiner as the heart of the process.

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Drewsen Spezialpapiere restarts sales of new Proseal Heat Sealable Paper

Sustainability and environmentally friendly solutions are increasingly influencing our everyday lives. Brand owners, consumers and the European Parliament are demanding alternatives to plastic. In line with the changing requirements from the customers Drewsen is focussed on developing new grades that are fit for the future as sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives to plastic. Besides the existing grades Probarrier PFAS free Greaseproof Paper and Prostraw Paper for manufacturing Drinking Straws the company is now pleased to re-introduce the quality Proseal after a forced pause following a lack of raw materials.

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Toscotec to supply new rewinder line to The Navigator Company

Toscotec will supply an Optima 1800 slitter rewinder to the Navigator Company at their Cacia production base in Aveiro, Portugal. The start-up is planned for the second half of 2024. The new rewinder is equipped with tension and nip control for high quality winding, and it will process close to 2,800 mm width parent reels using two unwind stands. Toscotec will also supply the associated roll handling and trim removal system designed to feed the rewinder’s trim paper back to the tissue machine to maximize fiber savings across the entire production line. The service package includes full onsite erection, as well as erection supervision, training, commissioning, and start-up assistance.

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Valmet to supply key technology for Shandong Jin Tian He Paper’s board machine in China

Valmet will supply key technology to Shandong Jin Tian He Paper’s board machine PM 13 food grade folding boxboard line in China. The delivery will include headboxes, a former and press section, finishing technologies, automation and services. The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the fourth quarter 2023. The value of the order will not be disclosed, but such an order is typically worth of EUR 20 million to EUR 30 million. The start-up of the folding boxboard machine is scheduled for the second quarter of 2025.

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Mondi Neusiedler reduces greenhouse gas emissions from its pulp production by over 20%

In April 2023, Mondi announced an investment programme for its uncoated fine paper mill in Lower Austria, Mondi Neusiedler, to increase energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase operational safety at the mill. “We are happy to confirm that projects totalling €20 million have now been clearly defined and approved with work already in progress. These upgrades will help Mondi Neusiedler to reduce the pulp mill´s greenhouse gas emissions by over 20%, while also reducing NOx emissions by up to 10% and gas consumption by around 25%,” explains Sakari Eloranta, Technical Director Uncoated Fine Paper at Mondi.

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Toscotec delivers Energy Saving technological upgrade to Cartiera Confalone

Toscotec has started up a high efficiency TT SteamBooster steam generation system at Cartiera Confalone’s mill in Montoro, Italy. The new TT SteamBooster was implemented into the hood and steam systems of their Ahead 2.2 tissue line supplied by Toscotec on a turnkey basis in 2021.

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Sappi concludes consultation process at Lanaken Mill; ceases paper production

The persistent global economic downturn is proving to be much tougher than anticipated with depressed markets, geopolitical instability and weak economic growth combining to put significant pressure on Sappi, particularly in Europe.

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Voith: Successful PM 2 rebuild at Schumacher Packaging in Myszków, Poland

Voith and Schumacher Packaging have successfully started up PM 2 in Myszków, Poland. Except for a few existing components, the entire production line was modernized to achieve the highest sustainability and efficiency standards. “We are very satisfied with the rebuild of our PM 2 by Voith. As a leading full-line supplier, Voith was able to reduce many interfaces and thus reduce significant risks during the rebuild,” confirms Björn Schumacher, CEO Schumacher Packaging Group.

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