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Association News, Paper360º November 2008
Stora Enso’s Sunila Mill in Kotka, Finland, has placed a repeat order for an IQ Process and Quality Vision system (PQV) from Valmet, Finland. By monitoring dirt and shives on the mill's No. 6 pulp drying line, the system optimizes both end product quality and line efficiency. The new system will be started up in November 2016. Valmet supplied a similar PQV system for the mill's No. 4 pulp drying line in 2015.
Fortress Paper Ltd., Vancouver, B.C., Canada, this week announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Landqart AG has entered into a purchase agreement with GAM Investment Management AG (Switzerland) on behalf of Procimmo Swiss Commercial Fund II (the Purchaser) for the sale of its lands and buildings related to its security paper business located in Landquart, Switzerland, for the aggregate purchase price of CHF 44,500,000 (approximately C$59 million), subject to customary conveyancing adjustments.
Arjowiggins' Papeteries du Bourray graphic papers mill in France has ordered a Valmet DNA distributed control system (DCS) for PM 1 to replace an earlier control system that is reaching end-of-life.
Voith, Heidenheim, Gemany, has developed a “Seal Wear Monitoring” system that will make sealing strip replacement easier to plan in the future.
Valmet is developing its paper machine clothing production plant in Tampere, Finland, by investing in press felt production.
To strengthen its efforts in the prevention and mitigation of land and forest fires, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP)-Sinar Mas, Jakarta, Indonesia, this week activated the Situation Room at its head office in Jakarta.
Domtar’s Ashdown, Ark., USA, mill marked a new day in the mill and company’s history this past Thursday (Nov. 3, 2016) with a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the startup of a newly converted fluff pulp machine. The conversion—the largest capital project in the company’s history—makes Domtar the world’s third-largest fluff pulp producer. Ffluff pulp produced at the mill will be used to make absorbent hygiene products, including baby diapers and incontinence products, sold around the world.
Kruger Inc., Montreal, Que., Canada, this week unveiled the initial air emissions measurement results for its Wayagamack Mill since commissioning a new electrostatic precipitator there last June. The new equipment, installed at the Mill's biomass boiler at a cost of $4.5 million, has already cut the boiler's particulate matter emissions by 85%.
The global kaolin market is expected to reach $8.99 billion by 2024, according to a new report by Grand View Research Inc., San Francisco, Calif., USA. Rapid urbanization coupled with infrastructural development has resulted in tremendous growth in the construction sector of emerging economies including India, China, Russia, and Brazil.
According to a report by Midland Paper (Wheeling, Ill., USA) based on April's production report published earlier this week by the European Association of Graphic Paper Producers (Brussels, Belgium), total European shipments of Graphic Papers were down 6.8% in April 2016 vs. April 2015 and are down 5.6% year-to-date.
The global optical brighteners market is expected to reach $11 billion by 2024, according to a new report by Grand View Research Inc., San Francisco, Calif., USA. Rising demand for optical brighteners from various industries including paper, personal laundry, textiles, and cosmetics to improve illumination of the finished product is expected to be a principal factor in stimulating growth over the forecast period.
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Doug Wall, VP of sales and marketing, this week announced that Coldwater, Atlanta, Ga., USA, has had a record number of global orders in 2016 for its FabCurl™ and Deckle Board Edge Control Systems.
As part of an overall expansion initiative to provide worldwide distribution as well as meet specific needs of large, global accounts, Neenah Paper, Alpharetta, Ga., USA, this week announced the opening of its new European Distribution Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
According to a report this month by Recycling International, the Netherlands, Bill Moore, president of U.S.-based paper recycling consulting specialist Moore & Associates, Atlanta, Ga., estimated that newsprint machine conversions to containerboard production had amounted to some two million short tons in the last two years alone and up to five million short tons across the last decade.
At Sappi (Johannesburg, South Africa) operations in Kirkniemi, Finland, Voith (Hedenheim, Germany) has successfully converted the existing Hedemora disc filter in the stock preparation unit to the latest BaglessPlus filter technology.
Twin Rivers Paper Co., Madawaska, Me., USA, will invest approximately $12 million at its Madawaska facility as part of a strategic realignment to focus on growth-oriented market segments and maximize productivity.
According to a report this past week by The Bangor Daily News (Bangor, Me., USA), Verso (Memphis, Tenn.) has completed the expected rejection of a bankruptcy contract they received permission to break (featured in OTW 6/2/2016 edition) that would have allowed a Wisconsin papermaker to use PM 5 at its Jay, Me., mill, which Verso said this week it will use instead to make a brand new product (grease-resistant paper) to sell to food service businesses (featured in OTW 6/9/2016 edition).
Under the name "XcelLine," Voith, Germany, this week announced that it has improved and refined its paper machines for all paper grades. The machines from the XcelLine offer fast and easy startup, excellent value for money, pioneering technologies, ease of use, and integrated solutions.