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Iggesund: Launch of this year’s season’s greetings card

A highly sophisticated design and advanced finishing techniques were used to make Iggesund Paperboard’s 2020 season’s greetings card, designed by the Marianne Guély Studio in Paris. The card’s message, however, is a simple one reflecting nature and people growing together at a time when this is needed more than ever.

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Stora Enso invests EUR 80 million in wood handling at Imatra mills

Stora Enso has decided to invest in centralising and modernising the wood handling capacity at its Imatra mills in Finland. The investment of EUR 80 million will enhance Stora Enso’s production capabilities for premium packaging board. The investment supports the Group’s strategy of sustainable profitable growth through packaging in strong customer segments. The investment is planned to start in Q1 2021 and to be completed in Q3 2022.

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Södra to raise price of NBSK to USD 960/tonne

Södra Cell is increasing the price of its northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp in Europe to $960, effective 1 January 2021.

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AFRY releases its latest World Paper Markets edition with outlooks to 2035

The world paper industry is currently facing far-reaching structural changes due to the digitalisation of society and business, the globalisation of industries and the consequent redistribution of wealth. The pandemic has pushed the global paper market onto a new trajectory with significant long-term implications. World demand for paper and board is forecast to grow by 1.1%/a in the long-term, from 410 million tonnes in 2019 to 488 million tonnes by 2035.

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Valmet to supply an extensive paper machine grade conversion rebuild to Cascades, U.S.

Valmet will supply an extensive paper machine grade conversion rebuild with a wide scope of automation and services for Cascades’ Bear Island mill in Virginia, the United States. In the project, paper machine PM 1, designed to produce newspaper, will be rebuilt to produce high-quality, lightweight, 100 percent recycled linerboard and medium grades for the North American market. The start-up of the rebuilt paper machine is scheduled for the end of 2022.

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Voith realizes ropeless threading for board machines in two-tier dryer sections

In board machines, threading the paper web following shutdowns or breaks in the dryer section has until now been a complicated and time-consuming process. The process of using ropes to guide the tail through the dryer section presents safety risks and involves an extensive maintenance effort. A new Voith solution offers paper manufacturers unprecedented flexibility and reliability. The TailStabilizer can now be used for the first time in board machines with two-tier dryer sections for ropeless threading of the tail, improving both efficiency and safety. The system is being used successfully at a paper mill in China, for example.

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Mondi sponsors Bristol Gulls to raise awareness for plastic pollution

Mondi, global packaging and paper manufacturer, is the main sponsor for the Bristol Gulls, a four-woman team taking on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. They will be rowing an Eco Boat for the 4,800 km race and consuming food freeze dried in recyclable packaging provided by Mondi.

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Applications for Metsä Group’s summer jobs 2021 now welcome

Metsä Group opened up the application process for next year’s summer jobs today. “We are hiring several hundreds of summer employees in Finland for the period between April and September. The recruitment will be carried out in accordance with the appropriate safety precautions. This year we already carried out the majority of the interviews and inductions of summer employees with the help of remote connections. The application process has been improved to better meet the wishes of summer employees.”

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Norway’s largest newsprint producer selects ABB for mill digitalization

ABB has been chosen by Norske Skog Skogn to supply a comprehensive new digital platform for the company’s newsprint mill in Norway. The ABB Ability™ Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for pulp and paper will be operational by April 2021, with ABB providing five years of support as the mill undertakes its journey towards digitalization and smart operations.

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ANDRITZ successfully starts up tissue production line delivered to Xuan Mai Paper in Vietnam

International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up the PrimeLineCOMPACT tissue production line delivered to Xuan Mai Paper Co. Ltd. for its mill in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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Stora Enso invests in production line for granulated lignin

Stora Enso is investing EUR 14 million to build a granulation and packing plant for lignin, allowing easier packing and handling of lignin compared to powder and wet form. According to Stora Enso’s strategy, lignin is one of the key innovation areas for delivering growth on new applications, such as energy storage, binders and carbon fiber. The granulation plant will be located at Stora Enso’s Sunila Mill in Finland.

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Sappi appoints Marco Eikelenboom as CEO Europe

Sappi announced that Marco Eikelenboom (53), currently Vice President Marketing & Sales, Graphic Papers at Sappi Europe, has been appointed as CEO of Sappi Europe as from 1 April 2021. Marco Eikelenboom succeeds Berry Wiersum (65), a 40-year veteran of the industry in Europe, who will retire at the end of March 2021. Berry Wiersum joined Sappi as CEO of Sappi Europe, a position he held for 14 years.

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