Biofibre News

Andritz: First nonwovens pilot line for wipes with integrated wetlaid pulp process

Andritz has established a new inline Wetlace™ CP pilot line with an original design at its center of competence in Montbonnot, France. From now on, Andritz partners will be able to conduct trials and test all options available for wipes production – from carded staple fibers to pulp and various combinations thereof – thanks to the new inline Wetlace™ CP line.

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Kelheim Fibres wins Techtextil Innovation Award

The renowned viscose specialities manufacturer Kelheim Fibres has won the Techtextil Award in the “New Concept” category for their project “Cellulose-based nonwovens for highly absorbent reusable products”. The award is intended to make cutting-edge developments visible, promote unconventional thinking and intensify the dialogue between researchers, manufacturers, and users - and thus “exactly matches the philosophy of the fibre expert”.

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Huhtamaki: Expanded molded fiber manufacturing capacity in North America

Huhtamaki announced plans to expand its molded fiber product manufacturing unit in the city of Hammond, Indiana, as part of its investment in Fiber Solutions. The investment, which is expected to start ramping up towards the end of 2023, will enable Huhtamaki to better serve existing and new customers in North America with a broad range of sustainable, fully recyclable and compostable, fiber-based packaging solutions, manufactured from 100% recycled North American raw material.

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Walki invests in printing machine in Pietarsaari

Walki has made a significant investment in its Pietarsaari plant by purchasing a 10-colour flexographic printing press. The new 10-colour flexographic printing press enables better and more accurate printing, which is important particularly in the highly competitive food industry.

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ZELLCHEMING

Zellcheming-Expo 2022: Program published

With the publication of the program for Expo 2022, which will take place from June 29 to July 1, 2022, as a face-to-face event at the RheinMain CongressCenter (RMCC) in Wiesbaden, Zellcheming Service GmbH now starts the countdown to the event, which will be held as a live event again after two years.

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Edith Leeuta appointed as Fibre Circle CEO

Fibre Circle, the producer responsibility organisation (PRO) for the South African paper and paper packaging sector, has appointed Edith Leeuta as chief executive officer effective 1 May 2022. “The Fibre Circle Board is delighted to welcome Edith to the team,” says Dinga Mncube, chairman. “Her vision, drive, passion for the environment and experience are what Fibre Circle needs to ensure that our children inherit a better environment.”

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War in Ukraine will tighten lumber markets both short and long term

One immediate impact of the war in Ukraine and the sanctions by Western countries has been a dramatic reduction in exports of forest products from Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine. The total exports from these three countries were valued collectively at 17 billion dollars in 2021. In addition to the sanctions, the Russian forest industry will struggle to source parts, equipment, and finance, which will force even non-sanctioning countries, such as China, to adapt to changes in trade flows.

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö expands its global range of sustainable release papers

Ahlstrom-Munksjö reinforces its commitment to the PSA (Pressure Sensitive Adhesive) industry worldwide by launching its biggest-ever global range of sustainable release papers for silicone coating. The expanded and harmonized range contains three main product families, and offers release papers based on sustainable, renewable fibers, spreading from 41 g/m2 up to 215 g/m2. Products feature various technologies and finishes to match any release liner application, even the most demanding and specified one.

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Huhtamaki launches Push Tab blister lid

Huhtamak announces a “first-to-market sustainable innovation” for the global pharmaceutical and healthcare industry. Huhtamaki's Push Tab® blister lid is mono-material PET and free from aluminum. It is designed to meet the stringent safety requirements of highly regulated pharmaceutical and healthcare packaging and provides the industry with a more sustainable alternative to traditional push-through blister packaging.

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Timo Lehesvirta appointed as Metsä Group's Leading Nature Expert

Timo Lehesvirta, M.Sc., biologist, has been appointed Metsä Group's Leading Nature Expert. His task, which is completely new at Metsä Group, includes ensuring that Metsä Group's strategic targets for safeguarding nature’s biodiversity are achieved and developing and implementing projects in his area of responsibility with various stakeholders.

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ZELLCHEMING

Zellcheming Conference - Cellulose-Based Materials: The program is set

The growing importance of a bioeconomy strategy based on renewable raw materials is clearly reflected in the program of the Zellcheming Conference - Cellulose-Based Materials. The great potential of cellulose, the main component of plant cell walls and thus the world's most abundant organic compound, will be addressed in 24 scientific and technical presentations by internationally renowned speakers.

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Sanctions against Russian exports will permanently alter the global trade of forest products

Lumber trade flows changed almost instantly when Russia invaded Ukraine in late February. Trade sanctions and restrictions in financial transactions by Europe, North America, and major markets in Asia halted shipments from Russia and Belarus. In addition, exports from Ukraine were also disrupted. The total lumber exports from the three countries in the war zone were 34 million m3 in 2021. Over 25% of that volume was exported to countries with current sanctions against Russia and Belarus.

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