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Valmet to start co-determination negotiations for temporary lay-offs in Finland

The global Covid-19 pandemic causes uncertainty in Valmet’s operating environment and the company announced on April 16, 2020 a withdrawal of its guidance for 2020. The impacts of the pandemic on Valmet’s operations and business environment depend on the duration and severity of the crisis.

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New solution for capturing microplastics before they enter waterways

A thousand litres of seawater can contain up to 8.3 million particles of microplastics. Until now, identifying these very small particles has been difficult – usually they are only detected once they have accumulated in the bodies of fish. A method developed at VTT utilises nanocellulose structures for early particle identification. Nanocellulose would allow particles to be captured even before they enter waterways. The properties of nanocellulose films and hydrogels support the identification and capture of very small microplastic particles.

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Voith’s new double unwind TwinDrive significantly boosts winding capacity

Voith strengthens its winder product portfolio with the introduction of the new TwinDrive double unwind, another solution for significantly boosting winding capacity. The system was specifically developed for paper manufacturers that impose the most stringent efficiency requirements on their production process. Following the successful developments of the VariFlex Performance winder, with a set change time of less than 25 seconds, and SmoothRun, the active drum damping system to minimize vibrations, TwinDrive complements these solutions ideally to meet the highest capacity and customer requirements.

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Fabio Perini and MTC: prompt delivery for converting and packaging machines and lines

The fear generated by the coronavirus and the closures in several countries to fight the pandemic have triggered a rush to buy, or "panic buying" as the British call it. Not only food products such as pasta, milk, flour, eggs, water, but also toilet paper and tissue products are disappearing from the shelves. Many companies in the Tissue industry around the world have increased production to the maximum, however exposing machines to high risk of failure, and some of them do not have the ability to produce more.

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Latest ABB lab data management system cuts data collection and reporting time in half

ABB has launched its newest automated data acquisition and lab reporting solution, offering pulp and paper manufacturers rapid analysis of lab quality information, with reliable data storage, management and reporting. Purpose built for paper testing labs, the scalable, web-based L&W Lab Management System replaces ABB and other legacy systems, halves procedure times, and tailors lab reporting to users’ specific workflow preferences.

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Valmet to supply new reeling and winding technology for Metsä Board in Finland

Valmet will supply new reel and winding technology and surrounding equipment for Metsä Board Kyro mill in Finland. In the rebuild, new reel and winder with an automatic transfer rail connection will be installed to modernize the board machine KK 1. The start-up is scheduled for the second half of 2021. The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the second quarter 2020. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 10-20 million.

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Valmet to supply a mill-wide distributed control system to JK Paper Limited in India

Valmet will supply a complete mill-wide Valmet DNA Distributed Control System (DCS) to JK Paper Limited for their upcoming board project at Fort Songadh Mill in India. JK Paper selected Valmet’s automation system based on good references in technology, service support and low ownership costs. The installation is scheduled to start by May 2020. The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the first quarter 2020. The value of the order is not disclosed.

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VTT and 52 companies to cooperate to reduce need for plastics by using natural fibres

Materials based on natural fibres are an interesting alternative to replace fossil-derived plastics. In the future, they may replace plastics in, for example, packaging, hygiene products, building materials and textiles. The Piloting Alternatives for Plastics project brings together a wide range of Finnish and international companies to take materials developed in laboratories towards more industrial production. The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, VTT and companies.

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Gulf Paper Manufacturing Kuwait boosts capacity after dryer section rebuild by Toscotec

Established in 1978, Gulf Paper Manufacturing was the first company to start manufacturing paper in the Gulf region in 1981. Owned by two families of Kuwaiti entrepreneurs, it operates three production lines at its Mina Abdullah paper mill in Kuwait: PM1 produces packaging grades, mainly Fluting medium, Test liner and white top liner, using 100% recycled paper; PM2 manufactures tissue from 100% virgin pulp; the third is a tissue converting line.

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Launch of the European alliance for a Green Recovery

Cepi, the Confederation of European paper industries and its members across Europe, strongly support the initiative of Pascal Canfin, Chair of the Environment Committee at the European Parliament, to launch a European alliance for a Green Recovery. Cepi joins 180 political decision-makers, business leaders, trade unions, NGOs, and think tanks who have come together to create the alliance.

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New assignment for the LD Celulose S.A. pulp mill in Brazil

LD Celulose S.A., a joint venture between Duratex and Lenzing group, awarded Pöyry, part of AFRY, with an EPCM (Engineering, Procurement, Construction Management) assignment for the BOP (Balance of Plant) of the plant that will have the capacity to produce 500,000 tons of dissolving pulp per year and will represent an investment of US $ 1.3 billion. The services provided by Pöyry, part of AFRY, include interconnections between all process areas, turbo generators and steam distribution systems, the water cooling center and other complimentary systems.

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BillerudKorsnäs postpone this year´s PIDA

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, BillerudKorsnäs has decided to postpone this year’s PIDA, the Packaging Impact Design Award arranged by BillerudKorsnäs and leading design colleges. This is to prevent the spread of the infection during the events and to ensure that all contenders have equal conditions when entering the competition.

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