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Stora Enso appoints David Ekberg as Head of Packaging Solutions division

Stora Enso has appointed David Ekberg as EVP, Head of Packaging Solutions division and member of the Group Leadership Team as of 1 April 2020. David Ekberg has held the role of acting Head of Packaging Solutions since 6 December 2019. Previously he was SVP, Head of Business Unit Corrugated Nordics in the division. Before joining Stora Enso in 2017, he held several leadership positions at Climeon and Ericsson.

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Metsä Group’s investment projects in Finland progress – the “world’s most modern sawmill” will be built in Rauma

Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, has made the decision to build the “world’s most modern sawmill” in Rauma. The value of the investment is approximately EUR 200 million. Construction will begin in the spring of 2020. Production at the sawmill is set to begin during the third quarter of 2022. The coronavirus outbreak may have an impact on the schedules. The pre-engineering phase of the Kemi bioproduct mill continues, and Metsä Group expects to be ready to make a decision on this approximately EUR 1.5 billion mill in the autumn of 2020.

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Iggesund’s UK mill accident-free in 2019

Iggesund Paperboard’s paperboard mill in Workington, UK, did not have a single accident that led to absence during the whole of 2019. Quite an achievement, especially considering that more than 320 people work there, in a heavy process industry.

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Collection and recycling of used paper more important than ever in times of health crisis

The Covid-19 sanitary crisis is unprecedented. The industry associations supporting the European Paper Recycling Council (EPRC) are saddened to see that so many people have lost their lives due to the pandemic. The lockdown measures taken to slow down contamination are deeply impacting our lives as well as business operations.

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Valmet and Orora’s Botany Mill renew the Mill Maintenance Outsourcing agreement in Australia

Valmet and Orora Limited have signed a multi-year Mill Maintenance Outsourcing (MMO) agreement to continue taking care of the site maintenance of Orora’s Botany B9 board making line in New South Wales, Australia. In addition to the MMO agreement, Valmet and Orora have signed a Performance Agreement targeting clear and systematic production and maintenance improvements. Both agreements include Valmet Industrial Internet (VII) solutions to provide a live link between customer and Valmet experts for process optimization. The value of the agreements will not be disclosed. The renewed MMO agreement will be effective as of July 1, 2020.

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Chemspec Europe postponed to November 2020

Mack Brooks Exhibitions has announced the postponement of Chemspec Europe, the International Exhibition for Fine and Speciality Chemicals. The 35th edition of the event, which was planned to take place at Koelnmesse in Germany from 27 to 28 May 2020, is postponed to 11 – 12 November 2020 following the escalation of COVID-19 in Europe and globally.

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European pulp and paper sector maintains essential operations to help EU citizens tackle the COVID-19 pandemic

Cepi, the European paper industry association, and its members across Europe are shocked and saddened by the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically impacting people globally and in Europe, with a growing number of lives lost.

“We have taken the situation very seriously and implemented all necessary measures to guarantee the safety of our people: employees, transport operators and customers.”

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Pulp and Paper Products Council cancels International Pulp Week 2020

Given the uncertainty facing a large number of events around the world due to the progression of COVID-19, International Pulp Week 2020, that was scheduled to take place in Vancouver from June 14th – 16th, has unfortunately been cancelled.

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ABB to provide comprehensive automation and power solution for Project Columbia paper machine rebuild in South Carolina

New-Indy Containerboard has chosen technology leader ABB to provide the integrated electrical and automation systems and equipment for its Columbia paper machine rebuild in Catawba, South Carolina, USA. The leading supplier of high-quality recycled containerboard for the corrugated box industry is rebuilding its Number 3 paper machine to diversify its product capabilities.

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Valmet to supply key containerboard machine technologies to Sri Andal in India

Valmet will supply key board making technologies to Sri Andal Paper Mills for its new containerboard making line, located in Tamil Nadu, India. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for the first half of 2021. The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the first quarter 2020. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of a project of this type and scope is typically around EUR 12-15 million.

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ANDRITZ successfully starts up the world’s first fossil-free biomethanol plant at Södra, Sweden

International technology group ANDRITZ has recently started up the world’s first biomethanol plant using ANDRITZ’s self-developed A-Recovery+ concept at the Södra Cell Mönsterås pulp mill in southeastern Sweden.

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Smurfit Kappa launches a new tap for concentrated drinks in Bag-in-Box®

Smurfit Kappa has entered the soft-drinks market with its new QuickConnect Vitop (QVC) tap. Specifically developed with the industry in mind, the QuickConnect Vitop tap has been designed to fit existing soft drink and wine dispensers that are widely used in fast food chains and restaurants to serve drinks by the glass.

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