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Voith's XcelLine paper machine nominated for German Sustainability Award

For the 16th time, the jury of the German Sustainability Award (DNP) has nominated outstanding innovations in the field of sustainability. Out of more than 1,000 applicants, Voith's XcelLine paper machine is a finalist in the “Design” competition in the “Vision” category. With eight competitions, the high number of applicants and more than 2,000 guests at the award’s closing events, the DNP is the most comprehensive award of its kind in Europe. The award is based on the goals of the 2030 Agenda and thus on the key transformation fields such as climate, biodiversity, resources, supply chain and society.

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Excellent results for Metsä Group in the Finnish Excellence Award 2022 competition

Metsä Board was chosen as Finland’s best organisation in 2022. The company won both the Finnish Circular Economy Award and the Finnish Quality Award presented by Excellence Finland. In addition, Metsä Spring won the Quality Innovation Award, and Metsä Fibre as well as Metsä Forest were recognised for their development work.

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Smurfit Kappa acquires liner bag plant in Spain

Smurfit Kappa announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Pusa Pack S.L., a bag-in-box packaging plant located in Onda, close to Castellón in the Valencian region. Pusa Pack S.L. specialises in the manufacture of large-capacity flexible bags, sized from 200 to 1500 litres ,which are used for the storage and transport of bulk food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and other liquid and semi-liquid products. Pusa Pack will be integrated into Smurfit Kappa’s Bag-in-Box operations in Spain.

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Toscotec: Over 25 tissue machine rebuild projects in 2022

In 2022 Toscotec has managed more than 25 tissue machine rebuilds for leading manufacturers that remain confidential. The projects are located at different mills across 6 continents: Africa, North and South America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.

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Cepi Update

Cepi welcomes BASF as its newest partner

BASF SE is the latest addition to Cepi’s partnership programme with pulp and paper industry suppliers, reinforcing Cepi’s position as a key player in the process of defining a new, greener and more circular industrial model for the EU. Cepi is the Confederation of European Paper Industries. Its partnership programme answers the complexity of the paper value chain and the need for expertise on relevant issues. It serves as a forum for discussion and the exchange of technical information in the policy context of the European Union. Current partners are OMYA, Voith, Valmet, Buckman and Afry.

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Klabin successfully starts up new gasification plant supplied by Andritz

Klabin has successfully started up a biomass gasification plant at the Puma Unit, located in Ortigueira/PR, Brazil, with a new biomass treatment line supplied by Andritz. The gasification plant enables 100% fossil-free operation of the lime kiln by replacing all heavy fuel oil currently burned in one of the mill’s lime kilns, significantly reducing the Klabin pulp mill’s carbon footprint.

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VTT accelerates the development of sustainable soft materials by 50% through physics-based modeling and AI

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has expanded the application of its Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) toolbox ProperTune beyond hard materials like metals to now model and design soft materials like wood, polymers and plastics. This allows companies to cut down product development time by at least 50%, decrease cost elements of product development, reduce environmentally harmful materials and design entirely new materials that perform better. This expanded use of ICME makes it fast and economically viable for the replacement of an increased number of unsustainable materials while providing improved material performance.

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Valmet to rebuild Koehler Paper’s power boilers in Oberkirch and Kehl, Germany

Valmet will rebuild Koehler Paper’s power boilers at its Oberkirch and Kehl paper mill sites in Germany to increase the production of sustainable energy from renewable sources. The orders were included in Valmet’s orders received of the third quarter 2022. The value of the orders will not be disclosed. The joint value of such rebuilds and supply scopes is typically around EUR 20 million.

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Mondi provides sustainable eCommerce packaging solutions for Modivo SA

Mondi has been appointed as the exclusive packaging provider for one of Europe’s largest fashion enterprises. Following a product trial earlier this year, Mondi will support Modivo in switching from the standard rigid packaging currently used in the distribution of the e-retailer’s full collection of shoes, bags and clothes.

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GAW: Conversion of PM9 at Sappi Gratkorn

GAW technologies was recently commissioned by Sappi Austria Produktions-GmbH & Co KG to deliver a chemical preparation plant for the PM9. So far, multi-coated fine papers for graphic applications have been produced on the paper machine, in the future label papers for various applications such as bottles and food packaging will be produced. For these special papers, very demanding raw materials and chemicals are processed in compliance with the highest safety standards. GAW supplies both the technology and the assembly and commissioning of the highly complex system.

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PKV: 20 million tons of paper and cardboard since 1952

PKV has produced a total of 20 million tons of paper and cardboard for packaging over the past 70 years - all from waste paper. The amount produced could cover one third of Germany's surface area. The milestone of 20 million tons now reached reflects the success story of corrugated base papers and board from Varel just as much as the demand for sustainable and recyclable packaging materials, which has grown significantly over the past decades. And last but not least, the development of the production volume traces the dynamic development at the Varel site: By 1990, “only” 15 percent of the 20 million tons now produced had been produced, and by 2010, just over half.

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Valmet to deliver a pyrolyzer plant to Circa Group’s ReSolute project in France

Valmet has signed a contract with Circa to supply a pyrolyzer plant for the production of sustainable biochemicals at Circa’s ReSolute plant in France. Valmet’s delivery includes pyrolyzer technology, a circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boiler and an automation system. The ReSolute plant will produce 1,000 tonnes of bio-based solvent called CyreneTM per year. It is used to replace fossil petroleum-based solvents used in a wide variety of industries. The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the fourth quarter 2022. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The equipment deliveries are scheduled for the second and the third quarter 2023.

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