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Valmet will supply Papierfabrik Niederauer Mühle GmbH with a sizer and auxiliaries for its PM3 containerboard machine located in the company's Kreuzau mill in Germany. The target of the project is to improve the strength properties of the white top liner grades. This high quality paper is used for instance…

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Shanghai Huatai Paper has halted production on an 800,000 tonne/yr coated fine paper (CFP) machine at its flagship mill in Dongying city, Shandong province, China, due to a mechanical failure. Contacts reported that the PM suspended production earlier last week, but that the firm looks set to restart it soon.…

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APP China has started mechanical tests on a new 1 million tonne/yr cartonboard PM at its Xiaogang mill in Ningbo city, Zhejiang province. The firm looks set to kick off trial runs very soon. The Valmet unit, dubbed PM 4, is 7.3 m wide and has a design speed of…

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Less than one week after a five ton/day cellulose filament demonstration plant started-up in Quebec, two forest products companies have announced a joint venture to develop applications for this new biomaterial. Resolute Forest Products and Mercer International have formed Performance BioFilaments Inc. to commercialize uses for cellulose filaments in markets…

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Twin Rivers Paper Company has been implementing its operational improvement plan since a majority interest in the company was acquired by Atlas Holdings and Blue Wolf Capital Partners in June, 2013. This improvement plan included a complete review of odor reduction at the pulp mill in Edmundston, New Brunswick, as…

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The Van Genechten Group has acquired Ost-Print, a specialised folding carton producer in the Moscow region. Already approved by the Russian Anti-Monopoly body (FAS), the acquisition takes effect immediately, informs Van Genechten. Following the acquisition of VG Contours ZAO 10 years ago, this new acquisition expands the Belgian Group's presence…

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Stora Enso has acquired 100% of the shares of the US-based company Virdia, a leading developer of extraction and separation technologies for conversion of cellulosic biomass into highly refined sugars and lignin. The upfront debt-free transaction value is approximately USD 33 million (EUR 24 million) with additional potential payouts totalling…

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Arctic Paper announces that it has received a contract with Fibria International Trade GmbH in Lustenau/Austria, according to which Fibria will deliver cellulose to Arctic Paper. The term of the Supply Contract is from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. Under the Contract, the Supplier agreed to deliver and…

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Georgia Pacific is investing $20 million into upgrading a machine that produces brown paper bags at its Palatka Pulp and Paper Operations facility. The No. 1 kraft paper machine began operations in 1948, said Terry Hadaway, public affairs manager for Georgia Pacific. This investment will be the largest at the…

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The free trade agreement (FTA) plan with the Southeast Asian countries is bound to create problems for the domestic pulp and paper industry. The FTA has increased duty-free import of paper from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, impacting domestic players. Kasi Viswanathan, MD, Seshasayee Paper & Boards, said, "The input costs…