International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up the PrimeLineCOMPACT VI tissue production line – including stock preparation and automation system – delivered to Bashundhara Paper Mills Limited in Bangladesh, India. The ANDRITZ tissue machine – with a design speed of 2,100 m/min and a paper width of 2.85 m – produces tissue for high-quality facial wipes, toilet paper, and napkins. The 16 ft. PrimeDry Steel Yankee is made entirely of steel, thus enabling high and efficient drying performance, and was manufactured at the ANDRITZ Steel Yankee Business Center in Foshan, China, which offers customers in Asia state-of-the-art manufacturing, local field service, and comprehensive quality management. For ANDRITZ, it is the first high-speed tissue machine to be installed in Bangladesh. Click read more below for additional detail.
UPM plans to invest EUR 2 billion in a new mill to be located near the city of Paso de los Toros in central Uruguay. The new mill would have capacity to produce about 2 million tonnes of eucalyptus pulp annually. A year ago UPM and the government of Uruguay signed an investment agreement which outlines the local prerequisites for a potential pulp mill. The agreement details the roles, commitments and timeline for both parties as well as the relevant items to be agreed prior to the final investment decision. Currently UPM is carrying out technical studies and applying for the necessary permits. “A pulp mill investment of this scale requires efficient logistics to enable secure wood supply and pulp deliveries from the inland mill to the port of Montevideo. This will require the construction of a modern railway to the port and a modern pulp terminal as well as development of the road network,” says Petri Hakanen, Senior Vice President of the UPM Uruguay Development Project. Click read more below for additional detail.
Ahlstrom-Munksjö has for the past years cooperated to develop a recyclable textile material made from locally sourced wood fiber. The goal of the Establishing locally grown textiles in Sweden (ENTIS) project has been to establish conditions for a more sustainable textile industry through a series of innovative cross-industry solutions. Textiles made from wood fiber already exist, but what made this project unique was that it also assessed the possibility of recycling the material and challenged existing production and recycling technologies to achieve a circular flow. The new textile that was developed can be used in the textile, interior design and furniture industries. Click read more below for additional detail.
The new Zanders Paper said that it will continue to produce its full paper product lines, while further developing some of the company's newer grades of paper and board. Terje Haglund, head of the Scandinavian investor group that acquired the company on December 1, has been active in the paper industry for more than 20 years, among others as Managing Director at Lessebo Paper in Sweden, and recently, together with a group of investors, acquired the paper manufacturer Virginal Paper (formerly Idempapers) in Belgium. “We are very much looking forward to continuing paper production at this historic industrial site. Zanders will carry on to optimize its cost structures,” Haglund said. “As a lean and healthy company, it will be well positioned to succeed in the highly competitive paper market. Zanders will continue to service its customers with the full existing product portfolio with a focus on meeting market demands.” Click read more below for additional detail.
A recent rule adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Rule 30e-3, would allow certain investment companies to use electronic delivery as the default delivery method for annual and semiannual reports, putting many Americans at a disadvantage. Twin Rivers Paper Company has challenged the agency in federal court, urging a review of the rule’s potential negative effects. Rule 30e-3, which goes into effect in January 2019 with some exceptions, would require investors to opt in for paper statements. This means that unless investors proactively ask for paper statements, they will receive electronic files by default. We, along with the Envelope Manufacturers Association trade group, the National Association of Letter Carriers, paper manufacturers Boise Paper and Monadnock Paper Mills, and others, have filed an amicus brief in support of Twin Rivers’ position on Rule 30e-3 and continued paper delivery unless recipients actively opt out. Click read more below for additional detail.
Statkraft and Norske Skog Skogn AS and Norske Skog Saugbrugs AS have entered into new long-term industrial power supply agreements for the period from 1 December 2018 to 31 December 2026. The contracts will contribute to the supply of power to Norske Skog's paper mills in Skogn and Halden, and will replace previous contracts between Statkraft and Norske Skog. "We are pleased to extend our comprehensive and long-term cooperation with Norske Skog. Norske Skog has been through a period with demanding challenges and group restructuring. Statkraft has been the main supplier of power to Norske Skog for many years, and it is a pleasure that we contribute to predictable and competitive power supply agreements, "said Hallvard Granheim, Executive Vice President of Market Operations & IT at Statkraft. Click read more below for additional detail.
The Norske Skog group has decided to invest about AUD 7 million to upgrade the Nature’s Flame wood pellets facility in New Zealand to more than double its annual production capacity to 85,000 tonnes. The increased production capacity will be commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2019. The approval of the 85,000 tonne capacity upgrade is also a building block for potential further expansion of Norske Skog’s pellet operations in New Zealand. Mr. Eric Luck, Regional President Norske Skog Australasia, comments: “The investment supports Norske Skog Australasia’s ongoing strategy to “Build Our Future from Fibre and Energy”. The additional production capacity is aimed at producing premium industrial grade pellet fuels for both the domestic New Zealand commercial and industrial market, as well as for the rapidly growing Japanese and Korean green energy generation markets.” Click read more below for additional detail.
President and CEO Ned Dwyer said one machine at Powell River’s mill and one at Port Alberni’s mill have been shut down for a temporary ten-day period. He noted that the temporary stoppage will affect around 140 employees at both mills, according to the company. “The company is working to balance labour and production time to mitigate layoffs,” Dwyer said in a statement. Dwyer also said the curtailment is due to the “sudden weakness in Asian markets”, where the company had increased its sales following recent U.S. trade actions. Click read more below for additional detail.
Stora Enso and Sulapac continue to combat the global problem of plastic waste by launching a demo for sustainable drinking straws at Slush 2018, a leading startup event that gathers 20 000 tech enthusiasts from around the world. The demo, which targets production on an industrial scale, is designed to replace traditional plastic straws with renewable ones. The straws are based on Sulapac’s biocomposite material – made of wood and natural binders – designed to be recycled via industrial composting and biodegrade in marine environments. “This is an important step for Stora Enso and showcases our long-term commitment to gradually replacing fossil-based materials with renewable solutions. Our collaboration with Sulapac is a great example of what we can achieve through partnership in terms of driving innovation to create sustainable solutions within the bioeconomy”, says Annica Bresky, EVP, Consumer Board division. Click read more below for additional detail.
In search of a replacement for petroleum-based products and materials, the world is turning its attention to biomaterials. We spoke with Mark DeAndrea, vice president and business unit leader for Domtar’s BioMaterials Innovation team, about what the future holds for biomaterials. Why is the BioMaterials Innovation team important to Domtar? The world is transitioning away from one that depends on petroleum-based products toward one that will favor bio-based products. To do so, we need access to harvestable, sustainable, renewable biomass — the largest source of which is trees. According to the USDA Forest Products Laboratory, there are more than 22 billion metric tons of standing forest in the United States alone, growing at 2 percent annually. Approximately 1 percent, or 236 million metric tons, of that supply is harvested each year. Click read more below for additional detail.