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DS Smith to increase prices for recycled corrugated case material

15 Jun 2021 − Next round of price increase announcements starts on the market for recycled corrugated case material, prices are to rise for deliveries in July.» more

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EU approves MM’s acquisition of Kotkamills

14 Jun 2021 − The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of Kotkamills of Finland by Mayr-Melnhof of Austria. » more

Blue Paper takes unplanned six-day downtime

09 Jun 2021 − The market for recycled corrugated case material is tight in Europe and demand is strong. In this market environment, French produer Blue Paper has to halt production for six days.» more

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RDM to acquire solid board producer Eska Group

08 Jun 2021 − Reno De Medici (RDM) will acquire 100 per cent of the share capital of Fineska B.V., the Dutch holding company of Eska Group.» more

Solenis to increase prices for all water treatment, process and pulp & paper product lines by 5-15%


Solenis will increase prices by 5-15% on all water treatment, process and pulp & paper product lines across the EMEA region, effective immediately.

The price increase is necessary due to the tightening of raw material supply globally and escalating energy, packaging and transportation costs.

Solenis is a leading global producer of specialty chemicals.



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BASF, CD&R Said to Mull Exit From Water Treatment Firm Solenis


DELAWARE (From news reports) — German industrial conglomerate BASF SE and its private equity partner are considering exit options for water treatment specialist Solenis, people with knowledge of the matter said.

BASF and Clayton Dubilier & Rice are working with advisers to examine possibilities including a potential initial public offering or sale of Solenis, the people said. They are seeking a valuation of as much as $5 billion, including debt, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private.

Solenis’s owners have also held talks with several special purpose acquisition companies, including one started by former Blackstone Group Inc. executive Chinh Chu, the people said.

Deliberations are ongoing, and there’s no certainty they will lead to a transaction, the people said. Representatives for Solenis didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Spokespeople for BASF, CD&R and Chu declined to comment.

Solenis produces specialty chemicals used in water treatment and paper manufacturing. It also makes products for other water-intensive industries including chemical processing, mining and oil production. The company, led by Chief Executive Officer John Panichella, has more than 5,200 employees worldwide, according to its website.

The firm traces its origins to CD&R’s $1.8 billion purchase of Ashland Global Holdings Inc.’s water chemicals unit in 2014. It then merged with BASF’s paper and water chemicals arm in a deal completed in 2019, creating a company with $3 billion in sales. That transaction gave BASF a 49% stake in the combined company, with the remainder owned by CD&R and Solenis management, according to a statement at the time.



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Andritz to supply two chemi-thermomechanical pulping systems to Nine Dragons Paper Industries in China


Andritz has received an order from Nine Dragons Paper Industries to supply two chemi-thermomechanical pulping systems for their mills in China. The start-ups are scheduled for spring and summer 2022.

Andritz will install its well-proven P-RC APMP (pre-conditioning refiner chemical alkaline peroxide mechanical pulp) technology to ensure optimum pulp quality at lowest energy consumption and highest availability. The fiberlines will have a capacity of 1,000 admt/d and 670 admt/d, respectively, and will process a mixture of eucalyptus, acacia and poplar wood chips for the production of folding boxboard (FBB).

Andritz will supply the main equipment – from chip washing to the storage tower – for both fiberlines, featuring the following highlights:
– MSD Impressafiner for wood chip maceration to enable optimum chemical impregnation.

– High-consistency (HC) refining stage with TX68 refiner, including an advanced feeding system for optimum fiber development and lowest shive levels.

– Low-consistency (LC) refining stages with TwinFlo refiners for low specific energy consumption and well-developed fibers.

– Four newly developed PrimeFilter D disc filters for fiber recovery and thickening. The innovative disc filters feature the so-called HHw (high consistency, high freeness, wider space between discs) technology for advanced feeding and optimum flow conditions within the filter as well as CC bagless sectors for advanced operation and reduced maintenance.

The scope of supply also includes the basic engineering as well as supervision of mechanical installation, commissioning and start-up.

Nine Dragons Paper is part of the Nine Dragons Paper Group, an important global player in the pulp and paper industry with mills in China, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the United States.



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Metsä Fibre chooses Caverion as maintenance partner at new sawmill in Rauma, Finland


Botnia Mill Service, part of Caverion, will start as maintenance partner at the Metsä Fibre’s new sawmill at Rauma, Finland. The agreement covers all sawmill process phases.

“We want the best professionals and experts in their fields as our partners to ensure high availability, cost efficiency and continuous improvement at the world’s most modern sawmill. New technology and analysing the utilisation data with AI help us target maintenance more efficiently. For the Rauma sawmill it is also important that our partner is committed to common safety goals,” says Liisa-Maija Perävainio, Mill Manager at Metsä Fibre Rauma Sawmill.

Botnia Mill Service is a long-term partner of Metsä Fibre for all their pulp mills in Finland. At the Rauma site, Botnia Mill Service also takes care of the maintenance of the Rauma pulp mill.

Caverion is also carrying out installations of electrical and ICT systems for Metsä Group’s new sawmill in Finland.

Metsä Fibre is part of the Finnish forest industry group Metsä Group.



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Kadant Supports Cartiere Saci’s Efforts to Broaden Recycling Capabilities with Implementation of Foundations™ Technology


Vitry-le-Francois, France (News release) – Kadant Lamort SAS, a subsidiary of Kadant Inc. (NYSE: KAI), started-up a Heli-Drum pulping system at Cartiere Saci, a leading European producer of 100% recycled shopping bags. The Heli-Drum system handles a broad range of recycled fibers and efficiently processes kraft paper, carrier board, and aseptic packages, among other furnishes.

As part of the Foundations™ product line, the Heli-Drum is a key element in the mill’s efforts to increase productivity and to provide a consistent premium product for its customers. Properly processed raw materials are the primary guarantee of sustainably uniform, high quality finished products. The advanced technology used in the Foundations fiber processing product portfolio enables Cartiera Saci capability to proactively adapt to market needs while producing high quality paper and offering a greater selection of products.

“Our investment in Kadant’s Foundations fiber processing technology allows us to treat a wider variety of recycled furnish, as well as enable a more sustainable process overall,” commented Lorenzo Poli, Cartiere Saci CEO and president of Assocarta. “We are pleased with our long partnership with Kadant Lamort and their knowledgeable support of these critical drivers towards the future development of our mills.”

Marcello Giorgi, global sales and marketing director at Kadant Lamort, continued, “More than just an innovative set of products and technologies, the Foundations fiber processing product line is rooted in our deep industry expertise, forward-thinking consultative value, and passion of our people.”

About Kadant Lamort SAS

Kadant Lamort SAS is a leading fiber processing and recycling equipment supplier that designs, manufactures, and services equipment used in virgin and recycled paper stock preparation and paper machine approach-flow applications. The company’s products, technologies, and services play an integral role in enhancing process efficiency, optimizing energy utilization, and maximizing productivity in resource-intensive industries. For more information, visit fiberprocessing.kadant.com.

About Kadant

Kadant Inc. is a global supplier of high-value, critical components and engineered systems used in process industries worldwide. The Company’s products, technologies, and services play an integral role in enhancing process efficiency, optimizing energy utilization, and maximizing productivity in resource-intensive industries. Kadant is based in Westford, Massachusetts, with approximately 2,600 employees in 20 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.kadant.com



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Valmet to supply a major pulp and board technology delivery to Klabin in Brazil


HELSINKI (News release) — Valmet will supply a large pulp and paper technology delivery to Klabin in Brazil. The order consists of a paperboard making line (PM 28), a complete new fiberline including a new Continuous Cooking G3, and a new bleached chemi thermo mechanical pulp (BCTMP) line, all with extensive scopes of automation and Valmet Industrial Internet solutions. The start-ups of PM 28, the BCTMP line and the fiberline are scheduled for the second quarter of 2023.

The orders are included in Valmet’s orders received of the second quarter 2021. The values of the orders will not be disclosed. The delivery value of an order similar to PM 28 is typically around EUR 240-270 million, and the combined value of an order similar to the delivery of the fiberline and BCTMP line is typically around EUR 80-90 million.

These orders are part of the second phase in Klabin’s large investment project (PUMA II). Valmet’s delivery for the first phase announced in 2019 included the kraftliner machine (PM27) and the fiberline with Continuous Cooking G3. In this second phase, the BCTMP and fiber lines will be integrated with the new board making line PM 28, which will be a so-called flex machine. The machine will produce a large variety of board grades from kraftliner to coated boards such as folding box boards (FBB) and liquid packaging boards (LPB) with a reservation to add bio-barrier grades to the portfolio in the future. This combination will increase Klabin’s flexibility and reduce its exposure to market volatility.

“Over the last year, we have evaluated trends and market conditions to ultimately reach this decision of PM 28. The packaging board segment offers a huge growth potential, driven primarily by the potential substitution of single-use plastics with more sustainable options. We see an opportunity to create even more value for Klabin, reinforcing our business model, which is integrated, diversified and flexible. After the ramp-up of PM 28, Klabin is set to become one of the leading virgin fibers coated boards and kraftliner producers in the world,” says Francisco Razzolini, Director of Industrial Technology, Innovation, Sustainability and Projects and Pulp Business Officer at Klabin.

“Valmet was chosen a key partner for Klabin’s new PM 28, which will produce highly demanding coated board grades, because of our strong expertise and technical advantages. In the first phase of the project with PM 27, the cooperation between Valmet’s and Klabin’s teams has been excellent. I am proud to say that we, Valmet and Klabin, have managed the PM 27 project very well in these challenging and exceptional times. PM 27 will be started up in the near future,” says Jari Vähäpesola, President, Paper Business Line, Valmet.

“For the first phase of the project we delivered a new Continuous Cooking G3 technology that is tailored for southern hardwood. This second phase is a natural continuation in the utilization of our leading technologies. Our BCTMP technology offers excellent raw material efficiency and high bulk which enables sustainable light-weighted carton board production,” says Bertel Karlstedt, President, Pulp and Energy Business Line, Valmet.

“The paperboard segment has a big growth potential and once again Valmet and Klabin are partners to develop and introduce together high-efficiency, sustainable solutions. In this project, we are providing state-of-the-art technologies to produce high quality kraftliner and coated boards supporting Klabin’s strategic targets in this market. The industrial internet solutions embedded in the delivery will enable Klabin to move faster towards its’ sustainability and productivity targets,” adds Celso Tacla, Area President, South America, Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery

Valmet’s delivery will consist of equipment for stock preparation and approach flow systems as well as a complete three-ply coated board making line (PM 28) from headboxes to reel, followed by a winder with automated transfer rails and roll handling systems. The delivery also includes extensive packages for air systems for the machine, a hall ventilation system as well as a wet end chemical system, and surface starch and coating color preparation with supply systems for a sizer and coating stations. The machinery will be delivered installed.

The automation delivery includes Valmet DNA automation system for process and machine controls and Valmet IQ quality control system. A large Valmet Industrial Internet package with Valmet Performance Center services, a large combination of advanced monitoring and prediction applications, advanced process controls and training simulators with Valmet Virtual Mill will be included in the delivery, as well as Valmet Paper Machine Clothing package for start-up for all machine clothing positions.

The 9,000-mm wide (wire) machine will produce high quality kraftliner, liquid packaging board and folding box board grades with a design basis weight range of 150-350 g/m2. The design speed of the machine will be 1,200 m/min and the annual capacity 460,000 tonnes.

Technical information about the cooking fiberline and BCTMP line delivery

The fiberline is designed to flexibly produce eucalyptus hardwood pulp or southern pine softwood pulp. The design capacity for eucalyptus pulp is 1.000 tonnes/day and for pine pulp is 800 tonnes/day. The fiberline delivery includes a Continuous Cooking G3 with ImpBin technology for steaming and impregnation of the wood chips. This two-vessel system provides excellent pulp quality with very low reject content. The washing utilizes Valmet TwinRoll press technology for easy to maintenance and delivers high washing efficiency, low energy consumption and high availability.

“We are very proud to participate in this new phase of the Klabin Ortigueira unit expansion project. In the first phase, Klabin acquired from Valmet the first unit of our new continuous cooking technology, called G3 (Generation 3). The confirmation of this second line with the same technology reinforces Klabin’s confidence in Valmet technology, delivery capacity and especially our ability to innovate and improve processes and equipment,” says Fernando Scucuglia, Director, Pulp & Energy, South America Area, Valmet.

The new 400 tonnes per day BCTMP line includes impregnation system, high consistency refining stage, bleaching system, low consistency refining, screening, dewatering and washing. The BCTMP solution was tailored as a joint effort by Valmet and Klabin based on work done by respective technology centers. It is designed to provide high yield, low energy consumption and excellent pulp quality for the new paper machine.

The delivery for cooking & fiberline and BCTMP line will be supported by a large Valmet Industrial Internet package with Valmet Performance Center services, advanced monitoring and prediction applications, Advanced Process Controls and Training Simulators.

Information about Klabin

Klabin S.A. is the leading packaging paper producer and exporter in Brazil, the only company offering one-stop shop solutions in hardwood, softwood and fluff pulp, and the leader in corrugated board packaging and industrial bags. The company was founded in 1899 and operates 24 industrial plants of which 23 in Brazil and one in Argentina.



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ABB Awarded Collaborative MES Agreement, Supporting Sappi’s Digital Transformation Across its Entire Production Fleet


ABB has been selected by Sappi Limited (sappi.com) to support a major digital transformation project across its global manufacturing footprint in Europe, North America, and South Africa.

The rollout of ABB’s Ability™ Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for pulp and paper will be a key focus in the digital transformation across Sappi’s entire production fleet. The project has begun and will extend over several years.

The implementation of ABB Ability™ MES, specifically designed for pulp and paper process optimization, will enable the improvement of Sappi’s Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) through optimized production planning and execution. Project goals also include making better use of materials and inventory, reducing costs of production and ownership, and reducing its environmental impact by increasing its sustainability performance.

Sappi’s own IT teams will be able to deploy the solutions either collaboratively with ABB or independently in some cases, maximizing user acceptance and supportability. This will also enable Sappi to contribute to the continued innovation of their MES platform.

“For Sappi this is a key global IT initiative that will drive alignment with our Thrive25 Vision, putting in place state-of-the-art systems that will allow Sappi to thrive as the future unfolds,” said Jeff Wright, Project Director and North American CIO for Sappi. “We have partnered with ABB because of their demonstrated commitment to the pulp and paper industry, their proven technical solutions and worldwide team, as well as their clear strategies for future investment and improvement in their MES solutions.”

“ABB’s commitment to a collaborative partnership with Sappi, which supports our desire to innovate for operational performance not only during this multi-year implementation but thereafter, was also key to our decision to choose ABB.”

“We are pleased to be supporting Sappi on their digital transformation journey that will help them realize their operational goals,” said Steve St. Jarre, Global Business Development Manager at ABB. “Our MES will provide transparency across the value chain, and includes optimization of material flow within the pulp mills. We are proud to be Sappi’s chosen partner and provide the traceability needed to enable Sappi to produce the right quantity and quality of any product at the lowest cost, for optimized operations.”

ABB is working in more than 50 countries to provide its comprehensive portfolio of integrated digital solutions, automation and electrification systems, industry-focused products and services to help customers optimize all phases of the papermaking process. The company works across packaging, paper, tissue and pulp disciplines to help drive availability, performance, cost and quality improvements.

ABB (abb.com) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries.

Process Automation: ABB’s Process Automation business is a leader in automation, electrification and digitalization for the process and hybrid industries. We serve our customers with a broad portfolio of products, systems, and end-to-end solutions, including our #1 distributed control system, software, and lifecycle services, industry-specific products as well as measurement and analytics, marine and turbocharging offerings. As the global #2 in the market, we build on our deep domain expertise, diverse team and global footprint, and are dedicated to helping our customers increase competitiveness, improve their return on investment and run safe, smart, and sustainable operations.



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