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Stefan Breitenfeld
Dear ipw reader,

below please find a selection of the latest news from the world of pulp and paper.


your ipw and bio-fibre team

ipw news

Valmet-supplied world’s first virtual paper mill to train Mondi’s personnel prior to start-up

Valmet has delivered the world’s first fully virtual paper mill to Mondi’s new production line at the Mondi mill in Ružomberok, Slovakia. Prior to the start-up of the Valmet-supplied Old Corrugated Container (OCC) line, the stock preparation and the containerboard machine, the new machinery’s virtual design twin is being used to train operators and other personnel.


AquaLine: Voith’s sustainable water management concept for paper production

Achieving sustainable reduction of fresh water consumption is one of the key challenges in the development and operation of production facilities. In the field of AquaLine water management, with AquaLine Flex and AquaLine Zero, Voith is introducing two concepts that not only minimize fresh water consumption but, as is the case with AquaLine Zero, can also completely close water circuits.


Pöyry signs frame agreement with Grupo Nitro Group for engineering services

Pöyry, part of AFRY, signed a frame agreement to provide specialized multidisciplinary engineering and project coordination services to Grupo Nitro Group manufacturing facilities located in São Paulo State, Brazil.


BASF incubator Chemovator spins off first employee startup

BOXLAB Services GmbH is the first startup to celebrate its spin-off from Chemovator in April 2021. There, promising ideas outside of the core business of BASF are developed and build into scalable business models and companies.


Refurbishment of vacuum pumps by Voith Service Centers pays off

Even a single water ring vacuum pump impaired by corrosion and wear lowers the efficiency of the complete vacuum system and reduces operational reliability. Professional maintenance of vacuum pumps has a decisive influence on the operation and energy efficiency of the paper machine. As an alternative to buying a new pump, paper manufacturers can have their pumps comprehensively reconditioned at Voith's 20 service centers worldwide.


ANDRITZ to supply a new HERB recovery boiler for BillerudKorsnäs’ mill in Frövi, Sweden

International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from BillerudKorsnäs to supply a HERB recovery boiler for its mill in Frövi, Sweden. Start-up is scheduled for the end of 2023. The new boiler will replace the existing recovery boiler that has been in operation in Frövi since 1969.


Unpicking the future of flexible packaging

As the printing and packaging industries face new technological opportunities and age-old challenges of sustainability and supply, OQ has brought together more than 100 professionals at its webinar and breakout session at Drupa 21. Led by industry experts and leading chemical scientists, the sessions explored the changing dynamics of flexible packaging - and the far-reaching consequences of a new generation of propyls-based inks and solvents.


New ProTect NG from Voith

When measuring press felts manually, there is often a risk of jamming, tripping and slipping. At some positions, the employee is additionally exposed to enormous heat and the constant danger of a felt break also represents a significant, permanent safety risk. Yet, the measurement of felts is an important component in the papermaking process. The automated measurement with Voith's ProTect NG (Next Generation) therefore offers an excellent alternative to determine the important felt data without risk.


Stora Enso initiates a plan to permanently close down pulp and paper production at Kvarnsveden and Veitsiluoto mills

Stora Enso will start co-determination negotiations with employees at its Kvarnsveden Mill in Sweden and Veitsiluoto Mill in Finland regarding a plan to permanently close down pulp and paper production at both mills. The planned closures would take place during the third quarter of 2021, and affect directly 670 people in Finland and 440 people in Sweden.


Sappi: Price increase for all mechanical coated paper grades in Europe by 10-12%

Sappi Europe announces a price increase for all its mechanical coated paper grades by 10-12% for all European customers with immediate effect as contracts permit. This is in addition to the previously announced and implemented increases for other geographies.


Extensive paper portfolio from Mondi´s Neusiedler mill in Austria is now CO2 neutral

Mondi, global actor in packaging and paper, is now offering a comprehensive portfolio of CO2 neutral papers from its Uncoated Fine Paper business to serve the professional print, office and premium packaging sectors.


Voith: IntensaDrum Duo for production volumes of 3,000 tons of paper per day

The papermaking process starts with pulping and separation of coarse contaminants to prepare the pulp for the subsequent cleaning steps. Based on its many years of expertise, Voith Paper now introduces the latest technology within the BlueLine stock preparation – the IntensaDrum Duo, a two-piece drum pulper.


Valmet to deliver new evaporation plant to Södra Cell Mönsterås pulp mill in Sweden

Valmet will deliver a new evaporation line 3 for Södra Cell Mönsterås pulp mill in Sweden. The new line will replace the oldest evaporation line 1 at the mill. The new evaporation plant is scheduled to start-up in the first quarter of 2023. The value of the order will not be disclosed. However, a project of this size and scope is typically valued at around EUR 30 million. The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the second quarter 2021.



bio-fibre news

PTS Recovered Paper Conference

On May 18 - 19, 2021, the established PTS Conference “Recovered Paper” will take place - this time featuring two innovations: for the first time PTS goes international and switches the conference language to English, and on top of that, the event will be held as an online event - with plenty of networking opportunities. P3 / ipw / bio-fibre magazine accompany the conference as media partner.


Students of JAMK University of Applied Sciences participate in the production of Metsä Group’s Kuura textile fibre

Metsä Group’s innovation company Metsä Spring and the Institute of Bioeconomy at JAMK University of Applied Sciences have launched a cooperation that enables agrology students from JAMK to participate in the production of the Kuura textile fibre at the Äänekoski demo plant.


Kelheim Fibres joins the ZDHC “Roadmap to Zero” Programme

The Bavarian viscose speciality fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres has joined the ZDHC programme “Roadmap to Zero”. The non-profit organisation with more than 160 contributors worldwide has set itself the goal of completely eliminating harmful substances from the textile value chain. The ZDHC guidelines provide producers of Man-made Cellulosic Fibres (MMCF) with uniform criteria for measuring indicators such as wastewater, air emissions and other process-related parameters. The measured data is independently monitored and published.



I must go there:

PTS Recovered Paper Conference, 05/18/2021 - 05/19/2021, Online
30th PTS Coating Symposium 2021, 09/07/2021 - 09/08/2021, Dresden / Online
PTS Pulp Symposium 2021, 11/23/2021 - 11/24/2021, Radebeul / Online