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Thursday, September 17, 2020 - Member In This Issue
Weekly Spotlight
Market Roundup
Pulp & Paper
New Products
Weekly Spotlight
Valmet has on September 11, 2020, entered into an agreement to acquire PMP Group in Poland. The enterprise value of the acquisition is approximately EUR 64 million, plus a conditional and capped earn-out component. The acquisition is estimated to be completed on October 1, 2020 at the earliest.
Sustana Fiber Fox River recently reached a milestone in safety for operating one year without a recordable incident. The company’s achievement recognizes the employees for their outstanding dedication to maintaining, monitoring, and continuous improvement of their workplace safety.
A new documentary gives an inside look at the U.S. paper and packaging industry’s decades-long legacy of environmental stewardship. A story of grit, passion and dedication, “Paper Makers” provides a rare and intimate insight into how the industry’s foresters, mill workers and engineers have cared for the land, working in tandem with nature for generations.
Voith recently presented six Hawkesbury-area graduates with scholarships to assist them in their pursuit of education after high school. A total of $3,000 CAD in scholarships was awarded by Voith to local students.
Valmet and Metsä Board have signed an agreement on data-driven optimization of paperboard quality of the board machine at Metsä Board’s Kemi mill. The machine produces premium quality white top kraftliner. Valmet will supply the mill with Valmet Industrial Internet VII Data Discovery and VII for Paper Quality solutions.  
Extended Life for Calender Roll Bearings: The TL-Series.
NSK Americas
Under the extreme heat fluctuations of calendar rolls in paper making machines, the typical bearing will rapidly fail due to repeated hoop stresses. TL-Series Spherical Roller Bearings from NSK were created to dramatically increase service life and maintenance intervals, while dramatically reducing costs.
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Market Roundup
Global pulp markets have remained relatively stable this year, reports Wood Resources International (WRI) in its latest report on the global forest industry’s performance.
Merichem Company
Pulp & Paper
Due to market conditions that remain unfavorable, after a 6-month temporary shutdown, Kruger Specialty Papers is forced to permanently shut down its newsprint, specialty papers and pulp production at its Brompton Mill. However, the water treatment plant will continue to operate and the biomass cogeneration plant will restart.
Metsä Group announced that the annual maintenance shutdown of its integrated pulp and paper Kemi mill in Finland will take place during week 38 (14 - 20 September).
Each of the new tissue machines is of the type PrimeLineCOMPACT M 1600 with a design speed of 1,700 m/min and a working width of 3.65 m. All of them are equipped with a proven PrimeFlow step diffusor headbox for superior formation quality.
SCA decided to discontinue the production of publication paper and to invest SEK 1,45bn in the production of chemically pre-treated thermo-mechanical pulp (CTMP) at the Ortviken industrial site in Sundsvall. The decision has been preceded by consultations with employee representatives.
Sonoco (NYSE: SON), one of the largest global diversified packaging companies, today announced it has acquired Can Packaging, a privately-owned designer and manufacturer of sustainable paper packaging and related manufacturing equipment, based in Habsheim, France, for total consideration of €41.7 million, or approximately $49 million.
Over the last two years, Domtar has evaluated the merits of repurposing key paper machines as we adjust our white paper production capacity to match our customer demand. That’s why we recently announced we are converting our Kingsport, Tennessee, paper mill into the company’s first containerboard facility.
Best-in-class in Paper Starch Cooking.
Hydro-Thermal Corp
Hydro-Thermal's proven and original Jetcookerâ„¢ technology, combined with instantaneous gelatinization of starch, optimized adjustable shear, and precise temperature control, make starch production issues a thing of the past. Our patented starch cooking solutions use steam to deliver instantaneous heating and consistent cook temperature while effectively providing adjustable shear in any installation.
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The Global Market for Nanocoatings 2020-2030 provides a 650-page analysis of market size, applications, growth prospects, impact of COVID-19, market challenges, drivers and opportunities. 
New Products
Following a complete design upgrade of its rewinder line, Toscotec launched the new OPTIMA rewinders. The new line has achieved recognition in the market with eight rewinders already sold in Europe, North America and Asia, including single and double width machines.

Supermarket giant Aldi is taking steps to green its red meat, by rolling out cardboard packaging across its entire steak range in 890 UK stores.

The move - which it estimates could save 1,100 metric tons of plastic a year - will see the new packaging introduced for the supermarket's 15 steak products from the start of October.

Veolia Water Technologies
South Africa’s paper recovery rate is at 68.5% with 1.2 million metric tons of recyclable paper products diverted from landfill during 2019, according to Anele Sololo, general manager of RecyclePaperZA, the paper recycling association of South Africa.
Sustainable packaging producer Stora Enso is developing a new dispersion barrier technology for paperboard.
Kuraray America, Inc.
ABB's Motors and Generators division has named Jesse Henson President of their US business. 
Atlas Engineered Products (AEP) announces the departure of Executive Vice President, Brittany Ray-Wilks, effective September 11, 2020. Mrs. Ray-Wilks has been with AEP just prior to it going public in November of 2017. AEP is not replacing this role at this time.
A.Celli Paper Spa, a company specializing in technological solutions for the manufacturing of Tissue plants and winders but with an ever-increasing presence in all sectors of the paper industry, announces the appointment of Valter Canelli as the new Sales Director.
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