ANDRITZ to supply wood processing plant for Ilim Group in Russia

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from the Ilim Group to supply a wood processing plant with two debarking and chipping lines, chip and bark handling equipment, and a SmartWoodyard advanced control system to the Koryazhma mill in the Arkhangelsk region, Russia. Start-up is scheduled for mid-2021. The ANDRITZ scope of supply includes new debarking and chipping lines with: unique de-icing process for logs in the debarking drums; horizontally fed HHQ-Chipper; two HQ-Press bark presses; chip and bark handling equipment, including chip storage; SmartWoodyard advanced control system, including Decision Support Wall (DSW) and process optimization system with smart sensors like WoodScan, BarkScan, ChipperEKG, CrusherEKG, and ScanChip wood chip analyzer. Click Read More below for additional detail.
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Oil higher after logging biggest quarterly rise in nearly a decade

Demand-side optimism picked up after the Caixin-Markit China manufacturing purchasing managers index rose above 50 in March, indicating growth. February’s reading came in below 50, which showed economic contraction. “We have a bullish setup to the week as U.S. sanctions on Iran and Venezuela — combined with OPEC+ apparent unwavering compliance, although some fissure is arguably appearing at the seems as Russia’s long-term commitment remains a big question — should keep oil prices in check,” said Stephen Innes, head of trading and market strategy with SPI Asset Management. Click Read More below for additional detail.
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ND Paper honored with award from the Maine International Trade Center

ND Paper is proud to announce we have been honored as the Foreign Direct Investor of the Year Award by the Maine International Trade Center (MITC). The award, which ND Paper’s CEO Ken Liu will accept on May 24 during the Maine International Trade Day event in Portland, Maine, recognizes foreign-owned companies that have made a strategic decision to invest in Maine by either opening a new facility or enhancing their existing operations. We’re on track to reopen the Old Town mill this year, and are making strategic investments to ensure the Rumford mill continues to operate safely and efficiently for decades to come. “What’s exciting about ND Paper is they are bringing a 100-year outlook to these mills, so our focus has switched from surviving to thriving,” said Vice President and Rumford General Manager Randy Chicoine. “These investments give the communities hope and the next generation hope of a future in the pulp and paper industry.” Click Read More below for additional detail.
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Norske Skog CEO steps down

Niels Petter Wright has decided, in full agreement with the board and with immediate effect, to step down as the CEO of Norske Skog AS. The Chair of the Board, Sven Ombudstvedt, will fill the interim CEO role until a permanent replacement is in place. During the last few months Niels Petter Wright and the Board of Directors have experienced that they have different views on how to further develop company operations. The Board of Directors wishes to express its gratitude for the service and efforts from Niels Petter Wright during his time with the company, and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours.
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Government decision threatens forestry sector

Northern Pulp says it will collect the data that government is requesting, but that it clearly means more time is required beyond the current legislated deadline to complete construction of a new waste management facility. “We are confident in our plan and we will provide more information as per the government’s request, however as we’ve seen throughout this project - these requests take time,” states Brian Baarda, Paper Excellence Canada CEO. “We require an extension to the legislated deadline, so we have enough time to collect the information and to finish our new wastewater treatment facility.” Northern Pulp says it has already completed 28 studies which formed the environmental assessment registration document at the request of the provincial and federal governments. Click Read More below for additional detail.
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Northern Ohio Printing Inc. Expects Growth Due to Heidelberg’s Prinect Production Manager

A year and a half after installation, Northern Ohio Printing Inc. (NOP) of Cleveland is reaping the benefits of increased efficiency from Heidelberg’s Prinect Production Manager — an innovative solution of delivering software by giving customers access to the complete Prinect production workflow in a simple subscription model. After 18 months using the subscription program, NOP expects that the company will continue to expand by more than 30% in the next 2 to 3 years. As the first company in the U.S. to install the Prinect Production Manager, NOP was excited about the unique opportunity to have access to a whole suite of software that didn’t need to be activated all at once — giving the company the flexibility and stability that they need. Click Read More below for additional detail.
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Proving the Power of Mail

As the first ‘currency’ for mail, JICMAIL provides accurate data on its use and effectiveness, giving brands, agencies and printers all the information they need to prove its value. Late last year, at a gala event at Old Billingsgate in London, JICMAIL won the Market Research Society’s award for Media Research. The industry-wide mail measurement tool was praised by the judges for its “credible and integrated approach that provided innovation and advanced understanding, with real potential for influence on media placement decisions.” Given that JICMAIL had only been launched earlier that year, this was a remarkable achievement, and one that provides an industry endorsement of a project that gives an effective and much-needed demonstration of the value of mail for brands, advertisers, printers and mailing houses. Click Read More below for additional detail.
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