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Voith to supply a complete BlueLine OCC system to Papresa mill in Spain

Papresa, a producer of newsprint in Southern Europe, selected Voith to deliver a complete stock preparation system for its mill in Rentería, Spain. As a full-line supplier, Voith will provide the full scope BlueLine OCC system that is scheduled for start-up in the last quarter of 2021, with a total capacity of 700 tons/day. The scope of supply is completed by a multi-year service agreement for services and consumables.

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PulPaper rescheduled to 2022

The PulPaper event will be rescheduled to the spring of 2022. The decision is due to the uncertainty caused by the pandemic situation and travel restrictions. This spring, however, a new online Virtual pre-PulPaper event is organized on Thursday 29 April 2021.

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A milestone in sustainable packaging

Sappi will introduce new barrier coating technology for functional paper packaging at its speciality mill in Alfeld, Germany, strengthening its position as a global provider of sustainable paper packaging solutions.

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Kelheim Fibres: Environmental management system validated to EMAS

The Bavarian Kelheim Fibres GmbH has become the first viscose fibre manufacturer worldwide to receive EMAS certification.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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