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19 May 2022: Tissue Innovation Day

In anticipation of iT's Tissue 2022, Körber Business Area Tissue is organizing a special edition of the Tissue Innovation Days on 19 May, where customers and partners can discover the Körber ecosystem. During these sessions, dedicated to the new “one-stop-shop“ philosophy, Körber will reveal the advantages of the system that is capable of integrating all the technologies involved in the tissue converting process, from raw material to finished product and distribution logistics.

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Metsä Group awarded as Finland’s most startup-friendly company in 2021

Metsä Group has been selected as the most startup-friendly company in Finland in 2021. The award is presented by the entrepreneurial and startup community Tribe Tampere. “Metsä Group has actively developed its cooperation with the startup field, most concretely by establishing the innovation company Metsä Spring about four years ago. We are very grateful and proud that our determined contribution has led to this recognition,” says Erik Kolehmainen, who is responsible for Corporate Venturing operations at Metsä Group.

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Chris Frank named Vice President, Operations for BW Flexible Systems

BW Flexible Systems, a Barry-Wehmiller Packaging Systems company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Frank to the role of Vice President of Operations. As a member of BW Flexible Systems’ executive leadership team, Frank will direct leadership for the engineering, manufacturing, supply chain and field service teams across the company’s global locations. Frank has been with BW Flexible Systems for 15 years. He began his tenure with the company as Director of Supply Chain and was most recently Vice President of Customer Service.

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Print Against War: Delivering support to Ukraine

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has triggered a catastrophic humanitarian crisis with lives being lost and thrown into turmoil, properties and infrastructures destroyed, and millions of livelihoods being threatened every day. It is our duty as humans to provide support and assistance as best we can to the citizens of Ukraine in their deepest time of need.

This new initiative, Print Against War, is calling upon printers and converters, publishers, influencers, and suppliers to the printing and packaging industry to join forces to support their colleagues during this incredibly difficult time. Beyond the war in Ukraine, the organization’s goals extend to an ongoing ability to help restore the socioeconomic fabric of printing in any region affected by war.

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UPM Raflatac qualifies with Epson’s liner-free compatible thermal label printer

UPM Raflatac, supplier of innovative and sustainable labeling materials, announced the UPM Raflatac OptiCut™ Direct Thermal (DT) Linerless product line has been qualified on the new Epson OmniLink® TM-L100 liner-free compatible thermal label printer. This will enable Epson and UPM Raflatac to offer improved linerless label performance for OmniLink TM-L100 users in the hospitality segment.

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Valmet to supply a fine paper making line to Asia Symbol

Valmet will supply a fine paper making line with stock preparation and an extensive scope of automation to Asia Symbol (Shandong) Pulp and Paper in Rizhao, Shandong province, China. The new high-capacity fine paper making line will be designed to produce top-quality woodfree uncoated paper (WFU) grades. The start-up of the new production line PM14 is scheduled for 2023.

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ABB selected by DS Smith to upgrade automation system

ABB has been awarded a new contract by long-term customer, sustainable packaging company DS Smith, to fulfil a vision of highly automated, connected, and secure operations at their Kemsley Mill in the UK. The Kent mill is the “second largest recovered fiber-based paper operation in Europe”, boasting an annual production capacity of over 840,000 tons.

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War in Ukraine will tighten lumber markets both short and long term

One immediate impact of the war in Ukraine and the sanctions by Western countries has been a dramatic reduction in exports of forest products from Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine. The total exports from these three countries were valued collectively at 17 billion dollars in 2021. In addition to the sanctions, the Russian forest industry will struggle to source parts, equipment, and finance, which will force even non-sanctioning countries, such as China, to adapt to changes in trade flows.

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Packaging can make homecare more sustainable

Mondi has highlighted the power of packaging in creating a more sustainable homecare industry. Thomas Kahl, Head of Sustainable Packaging Solutions FMCG & Industrial Channels at Mondi Flexible Packaging, addressed industry leaders at the Smithers International Cleaning Products Conference in Prague on 29 and 30 March 2022 and discussed the ways in which packaging can help manufacturers become more proactive in their approach to the environment.

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Voith and Trützschler Nonwovens supply another carded/pulp (CP) system for EcoWipes

To further drive the company's growth, the Polish nonwovens manufacturer EcoWipes has commissioned Voith and Trützschler Nonwovens with the delivery of a second carded/pulp (CP) system at the Nowy Dwor site in Poland. The first CP line, which was also supplied by Voith and Trützschler Nonwovens, has been a great success thanks to the increasing demand for environmentally friendly hygiene wipes on the international markets.

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Andritz to upgrade wet section of special paper machines at Papierfabriek Doetinchem

International technology group Andritz has received an order from Papierfabriek Doetinchem, Netherlands, to upgrade the wet sections of its PM1 and PM3 special paper machines. The start-ups are scheduled for 2022. The aim of the investment is to improve the paper quality and provide the basis for a possible capacity increase. Andritz will deliver ModuScreen HB dilution headbox screens, PrimeFlow AT headboxes with PrimeProfiler F dilution control, and pumps for both machines.

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö expands its global range of sustainable release papers

Ahlstrom-Munksjö reinforces its commitment to the PSA (Pressure Sensitive Adhesive) industry worldwide by launching its biggest-ever global range of sustainable release papers for silicone coating. The expanded and harmonized range contains three main product families, and offers release papers based on sustainable, renewable fibers, spreading from 41 g/m2 up to 215 g/m2. Products feature various technologies and finishes to match any release liner application, even the most demanding and specified one.

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