OnQuality: Voith launches new generation of sensors

Voith has developed a new generation of sensors with regards to availability, reliability and maintenance handling. As the main components of the Quality Measurement System, the sensors measure the most important quality parameters of the paper being produced, such as basis weight, moisture, caliper and ash. The Quality Control System reduces as much as possible the variability in machine direction (MD) and cross direction (CD). This allows paper manufacturers to move quality targets in the most profitable operational zones – for example to maximize the moisture content of the paper.


Valmet to supply coated board making line for APP’s Guangxi Jingui Pulp and Paper

Valmet will supply a coated board making line (PM 2) with extensive packages of automation and Industrial Internet solutions for APP’s Guangxi Jingui Pulp and Paper’s (GJPP) Qinzhou mill in China. The start-up is scheduled for 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 total value of an order of this type and scope is typically around EUR 150-200 million.


Clariant and Floreon announce collaboration

Clariant’s Additives business and Floreon-Transforming Packaging Limited announce an exciting new collaboration to further extend the performance properties and market potential of biopolymers, whilst preserving their environmental benefits.


ABB to upgrade paper machine drives, motors and electrical control systems at WestRock mill in Washington, USA

WestRock Company, provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, has selected ABB to replace its dry end drive system. This includes upgrades to its PM12 paper machine drives, motors and the installation of the ABB Ability™ System 800xA control system at its mill in Longview, Washington, USA. Installation and commissioning of the project is planned for completion by year-end 2020.


Stora Enso cancels its Annual General Meeting

Based on the development of the coronavirus situation and the announcements by the Finnish Government, Stora Enso has decided to cancel its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 19 March 2020.


Stora Enso to make Annual General Meeting available via webcast

Stora Enso is offering a possibility to follow its Annual General Meeting (AGM) via webcast as a precautionary measure to decrease any risk of infection of the new COVID-19 coronavirus. The company strongly encourages any shareholders who

  1. have recently visited a risk area for coronavirus infection,
  2. have symptoms of illness,
  3. or who are part of the risk group,

to consider following the AGM by webcast or authorizing another person to represent them at the meeting.


Holmen 2020 Annual General Meeting: Information relating to coronavirus

To reduce the risk of spreading the virus, Holmen’s 2020 AGM will be kept brief and will be held without any reception or food and drink afterwards. The company’s Board of Directors and Group Management will not be attending the AGM, with a few exceptions such as the Chairman of the Board and the CEO. During the AGM the CEO’s address will be reduced to a few minutes. A more extensive review of 2019 by Holmen’s CEO Henrik Sjölund will be published on at the time of the AGM.


Södra wins two awards at PPI Awards 2020

“We are absolutely delighted to announce that we won awards for both Environmental Leadership and Marketing Campaign of the Year at the 2020 PPI Awards in Portugal earlier this week,” as Södra states via press release.



Coronavirus continues to spread: drupa postponed to April 2021

The drupa trade fair scheduled for 16-26 June 2020 will be postponed to 20-30 April 2021. In doing so, Messe Düsseldorf is following the recommendation of the crisis management team of the German Federal Government to take into account the principles of the Robert Koch Institute when assessing the risk of major events. Based on this recommendation and the recent significant increase in the number of people infected with the new corona virus (SARS-CoV-2), including in Europe, Messe Düsseldorf has reassessed the situation. In addition, there is the general ruling issued by the city of Düsseldorf on 11 March 2020, in which major events with more than 1,000 participants present at the same time are generally prohibited.


Toscotec-supplied tissue line comes online at Picknik Marketing, South Africa

South African tissue manufacturer Picknik Marketing Pty Ltd started up a Modulo-Plus tissue machine supplied by Toscotec at its Johannesburg mill. The new line produced high quality tissue from day one. The Modulo-Plus machine has a sheet width of 2,750 mm, an operating speed of 1,500 m/min, and a production capacity of 75 t/d. It features a second-generation TT SYD Steel Yankee Dryer and energy-efficient, gas-fired TT Hood. The supply also includes the stock preparation and approach flow equipment and an off-line shaft puller. The service package includes erection supervision, commissioning, start-up assistance and training.


Circularity is a “no regret option” for the European industrial transition

The Green Deal has to be translated into a business case, strengthening sustainable and circular industrial value chains in Europe, and ensuring that they are considered of strategic importance. For that reason, Cepi, on behalf of the European Paper Industry, applauds the increased support to low carbon value chains in the “New approach to industrial policy” released by the European Commission on 10 March.


ANDRITZ to supply complete recovery island to Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Limited in India

International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Limited (TNPL) to supply a complete recovery island for its mill in Mondipatti Village, Tamil Nadu, India. Start-up is scheduled for early 2021.