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Tembec's (Canada) specialty dissolving pulp mill in Tartas, France, has ordered a Valmet IQ quality control system (QCS) and an expansion of its existing Valmet DNA distributed control system (DCS) for its pulp dryer. By complementing its current control system with this investment, the mill is targeting to improve process stability and reduce lost time during transition phases such as startups, breaks, and speed changes. Startup of the new QCS is scheduled for October 2016. Typically the order value of this kind of automation system deliveries is below EUR 1 million, according to Valmet.
PT OKI is installing BTG (U.K.) inline sensors and analyzers at its world-class new fiberline in Indonesia.
Rottneros, Sweden, has started up a new high consistency bleaching system according to plan at one of its two pulp mills in Sweden. The startup was smooth and the 48 hr. test run was approved.
Effective April 1, 2017, Södra, Sweden, is raising the price of its NBSK (northern bleached softwood kraft) pulp in Europe to $860 per metric ton. The announcement is a response to a tight global market, t7he company noted.
FPInnovations, Canada, and Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA, through its Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering (AC-PABE), this week announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to form a partnership to introduce and implement FPInnovations’ Near-Neutral Brightening (NNB) technology and other technical services to the forest products industry in Alabama, and over time to the broader U.S. Southeast.
Global sawlog prices fell in the 3Q/16 after a temporary increase in the 2Q/16 following an almost two-year-long downward trend. The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) has fallen by 14.3% in two years and is currently almost 12% below the 10-year average and 21% down from the all-time high in the second quarter of 2011, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ), Seattle, Wash., USA.
Daio Paper Co., Japan, has ordered a new white liquor pressure disc filter from Valmet (Finland) for its Mishima pulp mill in Japan. The new filter is scheduled to start up in September 2017. The value of this kind of an order is typically less than EUR 5 million, according to Valmet.
Valmet, Finland, will supply an evaporation line to Sappi Southern Africa Ltd. to be built at the company's pulp mill in Ngodwana, South Africa. The new evaporation line 3 will replace the existing line 1, and will meet the future needs of the mill's ongoing pulp production capacity expansion, together with existing evaporation line 2 that was upgraded by Valmet in 2013. The overall steam economy of the mill will also improve with this investment.
Hardwood pulp wood prices in Brazil, Indonesia, Australia, and Chile increased during the fall of 2016, resulting in a 5.6% jump of the HFPI price index from the 1Q/16 to the 3Q/16.
Valmet, Finland, will supply automation system for Kemira's new sodium chlorate production line under construction in Joutseno, Finland (photo below). The automation system will control the production process and ensure its reliable operation. The system will be delivered in April 2017.
The global food container market size is expected to reach $346.99 billion by 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research, San Francisco, Calif., USA. Technological advancement in terms of new packaging materials capable of ensuring cold storage and enhancing shelf life to the finished food products is expected to have a positive impact.
Sonoco, Hartsville, S.C., USA, this past week also announced it is implementing a $60 per ton price increase for all grades of uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) in the U.S. and Canada.
Unifor Local 514 has voted overwhelmingly in favor of entering into discussions with the Neucel specialty cellulose (dissolving pulp) mill (shut down since March 2015) in Port Alice, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada. Neucel has recently been looking at ways to cut financial costs during the pulp mill's production curtailment, and it made a request to the 514 union to reopen the five-year collective agreement that was signed back in 2013, according to an article this past week in the North Island Gazette.
Fortress Paper Ltd., Vancouver, B.C., Canada, this week announced a major investment to advance its strategic project of utilizing birch to manufacture dissolving pulp at the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill located in Thurso, Qué. Birch trees grow abundantly across Canada and are considered an underutilized species of tree. The project will ensure a better use of the mixed forest in the local region, increase economic activity, and result in other ancillary economic benefits.
Andritz has received an order from Cartulinas CMPC S.A in Maule, Chile, to upgrade the complete bleaching system at its mill in, Maule, Chile, which processes 100% radiata pine for the production of softwood BTMP (bleached thermo-mechanical pulp). Start-p of the upgraded bleaching system is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2017.
FITNIR Analyzers, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, will supply its state-of-the-art online analyzer system for measuring green and white liquor properties to Södra Cell Mönsterås, Sweden.
An Agenda 2020 (Washington, D.C., USA)-sponsored effort to improve pulping is among 13 projects designated for $3.8 million total funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) through a program designed to spur the use of high-performance supercomputers to increase U.S. industrial energy efficiency and reduce environmental impacts.
The European Investment Bank announced this past week that it is providing EUR 25 million to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the company.
Wood fiber costs currently account for almost 60% of the cash costs when manufacturing wood pulp. Prices for both wood chips and pulp logs have trended downward for a long time, but this came to an abrupt halt in the 2Q/16 when the softwood price index rose 2.3% and the hardwood price index increased 3.7% from the 1Q/16, according to the latest Wood Resource Quarterly, Seattle, Wash., USA.
Old tensions are set to reignite between Argentina and Uruguay as the Tabaré Vázquez administration is eager to move forward with the construction of the third pulp mill in the country, raising concerns of environmental groups on both sides of the Uruguay River over its impact.