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Valmet to deliver defibrator system to Qinzhou Lvyuan Wood in China

Valmet will supply a Defibrator™ system and a Steam Separator PV system to Qinzhou Lvyuan Wood Co., Ltd. in China. The start-up of the system is planned for spring 2020. The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the fourth quarter 2019. The value of the order will not be disclosed. Qinzhou Lvyuan project is a new investment of Lvyuan Group to expand its production and diversify its product range. The project is located in Guangxi autonomous region. In recent years, Guangxi has actively developed the forestry industry, expanded the industrial chain and built industrial clusters.

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Sappi Europe to increase prices for Woodfree Coated and Woodfree Uncoated paper grades

Sappi Europe to increase prices for Woodfree Coated and Woodfree Uncoated paper grades by 5-8% for all Export markets with immediate effect.

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ANDRITZ to supply complete pulp mill to UPM in Uruguay

International technology group ANDRITZ was selected by UPM, headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, to supply energy-efficient and environmentally leading equipment and processes for all main process islands in fiber production and chemical recovery for their new pulp mill to be built near Paso de los Toros in central Uruguay.

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Sappi Europe initiates consultations regarding the future of Paper Machine 2 at its Stockstadt mill, Germany

Sappi’s strategy recognises the “leadership position of the company in graphic papers markets” and the need to strengthen its position in these markets to deliver maximum value to the company. The continuing and accelerating structural drop in demand for coated papers in Europe and elsewhere has made it impossible for Sappi Europe to fill its capacities adequately and to be sufficiently profitable in its current form. Importantly the current unfavourable market situation is caused by factors that are beyond Sappi’s control.

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Pixelle acquires specialty papers business from Verso

Pixelle Specialty Solutions (“Pixelle”) has completed its acquisition of specialty papers mills in Jay, ME (”Androscoggin”) and Stevens Point, WI from Verso Corporation. With the addition of the newly acquired mills, Pixelle is now the largest specialty papers producer in North America with production currently exceeding one million tons annually. Pixelle has “industry-leading positions” in multiple specialty paper grades including release papers, thermal labels, food and beverage labels, food packaging papers, inkjet papers, casting liners, book papers, carbonless and forms, security papers, envelope and converting papers, and various niche products.

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Mondi Group benefits from efficient ordering processes via the integrated Voith Paper Webshop

Since the Voith Paper Webshop was launched in 2017, the number of users has risen continuously. Worldwide, more than 96 companies are already using the newly developed online tool from Voith’s digital portfolio. The Mondi Group, which has more than 100 production facilities in 30 countries worldwide, is now also relying on Voith’s simple, time-saving and cost-saving ordering processes.

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Stefano Pecchia appointed Energy Technology Director at Toscotec

Toscotec named Stefano Pecchia its new Energy Technology Director as its tissue and paper and board business looks ahead to continued growth in 2020. Stefano Pecchia has more than twenty years of broad industry experience as a Technical Manager. He has worked on the design of energy and drying technologies for global key players, both in tissue and paper and board. He holds a bachelor degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Pisa and a master’s degree in Paper and Board.

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Rewarding Sustainable Forest Management practices will enhance biodiversity and climate resilience of EU forests

Last week, the European Commission was hosting the “International Conference on Forests for Biodiversity and Climate” in Brussels to discuss pressures on EU forest ecosystems due to, among others, climate change as well as how to best protect forests and their biodiversity for a climate neutral and climate resilient land.

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New ABB actuator launches, helping improve efficiency, safety and product quality

ABB announced the launch of its Induction xP Plus actuator for paper and packaging manufacturers seeking a powerful, efficient, rapid-acting and safe method for controlling caliper on paper machines calenders. Induction xP Plus rapidly ensures efficient heating up to 100 kW/meter in a highly-targeted area, providing unmatched flexibility for power density and heating zone width. It is the only caliper profiling system available with hybrid control zone configurations of 60 mm, 75 mm or 120 mm, enabling customers to target higher precision heat distribution at the edges, where it is often critical, as well as increasing heat density to get on spec quicker - even after sheet breaks.

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Valmet to supply cooking and fiberline to Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd. in India

Valmet will deliver cooking and fiberline to Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd. (TNPL) for their unit 2, located in Mondipatti in the Trichy District, India. The site has a 200,000 tons per year multilayer board machine, which has been in operation since 2016. The new pulp mill will have a capacity of 165,000 tons per year of bleached hardwood kraft pulp and the start-up is planned for the first quarter of 2021. The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the fourth quarter 2019. The value of the order will not be disclosed. An order with this scope of supply is usually valued in the range of EUR 20-30 million.

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ANDRITZ at INDEX 2020

International technology Group ANDRITZ will be presenting its innovative nonwovens production and textile solutions at INDEX 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland, from March 31 to April 3 (booth 2114). The broad ANDRITZ product portfolio covers state-of-the-art nonwovens and textile production technologies such as air-through bonding, needlepunch, spunlace, spunbond, wetlaid, converting and textile finishing.

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Veolia to deliver cutting-edge chemical recovery at one of the largest pulp mills in the world

The state-of-the-art chloride removal system is designed by Veolia Water Technologies to optimize the recovery process in the industry of transformation of hardwood cellulose into pulp for textile fibers and fine paper making. Rising paper consumption in Asia and growing global demand for more environmentally friendly fibers for the apparel industry are driving the increase in pulp making capacity to convert renewable fibers into a variety of fine paper products and viscose staple.

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