Pulp & Paper
Runtech Systems-Supplied Vacuum System Rebuild Started Up at Papelera de Brandia, S.A., Spain

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Thursday, June 2, 2022 - Member
Weekly Spotlight
A.G. Stacker has been named the 2022 Innovation in Utilization award winner by the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council (SVTC). A.G., custom manufacturer of corrugated material handling equipment and technology, received the award during SVTC’s 22nd Annual TechNite Ceremony, hosted on May 4th, at James Madison University.
The operations at Metsä Group's and Valmet's 3D fibre product demo plant in Äänekoski, Finland, has begun. At the end of 2020, Metsä Group's innovation company Metsä Spring and Valmet announced they would be investing a total of approximately 20 million euros in the demo plant.
UPM Raflatac has signed an agreement to acquire AMC AG (Advanced Methods of Coating), a Germany-based company. This acquisition accelerates growth and expands the product offering of UPM Raflatac.
Sun Paper, in close collaboration with ABB, has successfully launched another pulp mill, at the new Beihai location in Guangxi, China.
BURGO assigned to SAEL the automation drive revamping of its most important winder at Sarego plant in Italy. The original automation system was based on a Siemens PLC and Drives; the spare parts availability was a critical issue.
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Market Roundup
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its April 2022 Printing-Writing Monthly report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments remained essentially flat (+0.3 percent) in April compared to April 2021.
Brigl & Bergmeister (B&B) has announced a price increase of at least €200/t for its entire product range comprising label, packaging and specialty papers, according to Euwid.
Merichem Company
Runtech Systems-supplied RunEco vacuum system rebuild has started up at Papelera de Brandia, S.A., in Spain. New EP600 Turbo Blower replaces five liquid ring pumps at the mill.
Norkol Adding 10,000 Tons of Sheeting Capacity at Northlake Facility
Norkol announced the expansion of its sheeting capacity out of the company's Northlake, Illinois, paper converting facility. A new Jagenberg sheeter has been installed and will convert an additional 10,000 tons per year.
Runtech Systems Delivers a Dryer Section Modification to Smurfit Kappa Wrexen, Germany
Runtech Systems delivers a dryer section modification to Smurfit Kappa Wrexen Paper and Board GmbH PM3 in Germany. With this rebuild, the mill benefits from improved runnability with less breaks and draw, ropeless tail threading with shortened tail threading times and improved operator safety.
UPG Unified Purchasing Group
Smurfit Kappa Invests Over 35 Million Euro in First Moroccan Corrugated Packaging Plant
Smurfit Kappa has announced the construction of a new packaging plant in Morocco — its first corrugated plant in the country. Located in Rabat and covering an area of 25,000 m2, it will enable Smurfit Kappa to supply innovative and sustainable packaging solutions quickly and efficiently to its local customer base.
Thimm Group to Sell Thimm Packaging Systems Division to Rengo
Thimm Group announced that it has entered an agreement to sell Thimm Packaging Systems, the industrial goods division of the company, to Rengo Group, Japan's largest packaging supplier.
Walki Introduces a Broad Portfolio of Recyclable Materials for the Growing Frozen Food Segment
The global market for frozen food is expected to grow to 322 billion euros by 2026. Although the demand is growing globally across all age groups, it is especially popular among younger consumers.
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Hydro-Thermal Corp®
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New Products
Avery Dennison and Mactac Present New Sustainable Graphics Solutions Portfolio
Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions EMENA is continuing its increased focus on sustainability with the launch of new Sustainable Graphics Solutions product portfolios for both the Avery Dennison and the Mactac brands.
Valmet Launches Valmet Mobile Maintenance Application
Valmet launches Valmet Mobile Maintenance (VMM) application to make maintenance data available at any time and to create smoother workflows in mill maintenance operations. VMM is a mobile application for both iOS and Android devices.
Synthron Introduces New Bio-Based Barrier Products
The food packaging industry continues its transition from polyethylene-based plastics to paper, which is environmentally friendly and recyclable.
U.S. Paper Industry Reaches Recycling High in 2021
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced 68% of all paper consumed in the United States was recycled in 2021 — a rate on par with the highest rate previously achieved.
SOFIDEL: 30,000 Tons of Paper Produced Using the Wind
30,000 tons of paper, or the equivalent of nearly 150 million of Rotoloni Regina toilet paper. That’s how much Sofidel – a global leader in the production of tissue paper for hygienic and domestic use – has produced making use of clean energy from the Alcamo II onshore wind farm in Sicily, Italy, one year after signing a partnership agreement with RWE Renewables, one of the world’s leading companies in renewable energy production.
Lubrication Engineers
Rayonier Advanced Materials Appoints De Lyle W. Bloomquist as President and CEO
Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. (RYAM) today announced that De Lyle W. Bloomquist has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the company, effective immediately.
Free Webinar: Effectively Measure Total Dissolved Solids
Vaisala Oy®
The pulping industry can use liquid concentration or density as a key parameter for controlling processes such as brown stock washing and black liquor management. This can be done using refractometer technology or density meters, but what are the operational and economic benefits of both techniques? Register today for Vaisala’s upcoming webinar on November 15th at 10am ET to learn how measuring refractive index can optimize energy efficiency and safety.
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Did You Forget to Register for TAPPI Nano 2022?
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Recycled Old Rags Lead to a $349 Billion Industry
Curious how a two thousand year old concept can help you reach your sustainability goals? Attend PEERS 2022 and find out.
Learn the Ins and Outs of Coating Directly From Industry Experts
Attend the Paper and Paperboard Coating Course and learn the latest developments in packaging, barrier materials, and curtain coating.
Registration Now Open for Comprehensive Three-Day Extrusion Coating Course
Register Now for TAPPI’s International Flexible Packaging & Extrusion Division’s Three-Day Extrusion Coating Course this August in Neenah, WI.
Get Ready for a Big Industry Round Up
TAPPI and AICC serve up Texas-sized knowledge and networking at Corrugated Week 2022.
TAPPI Industry Career Center: GAF Seeks a Glass Mat Corporate Project Engineer
GAF is looking for applications to fill the position of Glass Mat Corporate Project Engineer in Dallas, Texas. Are you interested? If so, apply today.
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