Sappi Europe: Price increase for Woodfree Coated and Woodfree Uncoated paper grades

Decreasing profitability combined with large, sudden cost increases, both in raw materials and logistics, make a price increase unavoidable. Consequently, Sappi have announced an increase of 8-10% in all European markets to be implemented at the latest by the 1st of March 2021. This increase will be made on Woodfree Coated and Woodfree Uncoated sheets and reels.


Emtec: New tissue evaluation method

Emtec’s invention, the TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer, provides a simple, quick, and reliable way to get objective measurements of the haptic properties of tissue paper. In this year’s Tissue Conference, hosted by Tissue Analytica in collaboration with NC State University and TAPPI, emtec gives a virtual presentation on the TSA’s measuring concept, possible applications, and customer success stories.


AFRY acquires ITE Østerhus in Kristiansand, Norway

ITE Østerhus specialises in electrical engineering, automation and digitalisation for industrial customers. The company's largest market areas are smelting plants and process- and food industries. Østerhus focus on a wide range of projects of various sizes and complexities. The company delivers integrated solutions including the entire hierarchy of hardware equipment, panel production, automation, system integrations and digital solutions.


Sappi Maastricht sells south-western part of the industrial estate

On Thursay, Sappi Maastricht and the Belvédère Wijkontwikkelingsmaatschappij (Neighborhood Development Company,  WOM) of the Municipality of Maastricht have signed an agreement that will finalize the sale of the southwestern part of the Maastricht paper mill site to the WOM. The sale and subsequent purchase of this land creates a win-win situation for both parties as well as to the local area and will have no negative impact on employment at the Sappi site.


ABB completes large-scale remote commissioning of winder drives for major paper producer in India

ABB has completed a large-scale remote commissioning of winder drives, upgrading and commissioning PM5 installations at ITC’s Paperboards and Specialty Papers Division mill in south-central India. The project included upgrading the mill’s complete winder drive system to ABB’s latest ACS880 drives, AC motors, AC800M controller and process panel, as well as ensuring that all new assets were fully commissioned and ready for operation.


First compostable electrostatic dissipating anti-corrosion film

EcoCortec® announces the “world’s first“ Eco-Corr Film® ESD -  biodegradable, compostable static dissipative films and bags powered by “Nano” VpCI®. This latest film technology is targeted mainly for electronics, telecommunications, packaging, and electric car industries seeking environmentally friendly packaging solutions.


Successful start-up of Sun Paper’s first paper machine outside of China

On December 11, 2020 Voith’s long-term customer Sun Paper has started up its first paper machine outside of China. The XcelLine packaging paper machine PM 1 has successfully started operation in Laos, showing the steady implementation of Sun Paper’s “Forestry-pulp-paper integration” project. The PM 1 marks the start of the customer’s expansion into South East Asia. Despite the challenging conditions exerted by COVID-19 in Laos, the packaging paper machine started up 17 days ahead of schedule, and has set up a new record from I/O check to first jumbo roll.


Stora Enso divests non-core forest holdings in southern Sweden

As part of its forest land optimisation, Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest forest assets located in southern Sweden to the forestry fund Silvestica Green Forest AB. The total area of forest land in the transaction is approximately 5 200 hectares. The selling price is approximately SEK 940 million (EUR 90 million).


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New generation of HydroMix stock mixing system from Voith

Voith has comprehensively optimized its HydroMix stock mixing system. The new generation of this tried and tested system features an automatically adjustable stock nozzle, ensures an excellent mixing quality of stock and whitewater, and guarantees consistently superior sheet quality. With a significantly expanded operating window, paper manufacturers benefit from maximum flexibility in the approach flow system of the papermaking process.


Toscotec successfully completes a dryer section rebuild at Aviretta, Germany

Toscotec successfully completed a post dryer section rebuild at German containerboard producer Aviretta. The project was executed according to the original schedule, despite Covid-19 restrictions. The paper machine (PM4) produces fluting from 60 to 130 g/m2.


Valmet to supply new flash drying and baling line and CTMP rebuild to SCA Ortviken mill in Sweden

Valmet will deliver a new flash drying and baling line and a rebuild of the existing integrated thermomechanical pulp (TMP) production line at SCA’s Ortviken mill into a chemi-thermomechanical pulp (CTMP) market pulp line, which will have a capacity of 300,000 tonnes per year. The delivery and installation of the equipment will take place during 2022 and the start-up of CTMP production is scheduled for the beginning of 2023.