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Global Sawlog Markets Q3/2021

Record-high lumber prices in North America and Europe have moved both demand and sawlog values to some of the highest levels seen since WRQ started tracking sawlog markets in 1995. In their local currencies, log prices in the Nordic countries, the Baltic States, Central Europe, Western Canada, and the Western US were at all-time highs in the 3Q/21.

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Valmet: Automation system for biomass-fired heating plant in Finland

Valmet will supply a DNA Automation System to Turun Seudun Energiantuotanto’s biomass-fired heating plant in Oriketo, Finland. The new system will replace the existing automation system that has reached the end of its life cycle. The system will also provide a remote-control connection to the central control room at the company’s Naantali power plant. With a full heat production capacity of 40 megawatts, the Oriketo bioheat plant is one of the largest of its kind in Finland.

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AFRY achieves global top rankings in the Industrial Processes and Power sectors according to ENR

The Engineering News-Record (ENR) has presented the 2021 rankings for international top design firms in ENR Global Sourcebook. AFRY is ranked as #1 in the Pulp & Paper industry and #1 in the Power cogeneration sector, and has leading positions in several other sectors.

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Valmet to deliver automation to the Baltics’ first biogas plant fired with household and commercial biowaste

Valmet will deliver automation to the Baltics’ first biogas plant fired with household and commercial biowaste. Built by BioWOIMA Finland Oy in Tallinn, Estonia, it will produce biomethane for the natural gas network and fuel for compressed natural gas-powered vehicles. Biofertilizer for land improvement is also produced as a by-product.

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Andritz: First biomass-fired CFB boiler in Japan reaches end of warranty period

The Andritz biomass-fired PowerFluid circulating fluidized bed boiler with flue gas cleaning system delivered to Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding for the biomass power plant in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture, has been in commercial operation since December 2020 – after fulfilling all performance guarantee parameters in November 2020 as planned. The Ichihara plant reached the end of the warranty period in December 2021.

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Kelheim Fibres: Severe impact of natural gas price increases

Over the past 14 days, the wholesale cost of natural gas in Germany has risen by more than 50%. This increase presents an extraordinary challenge for industry, and there is no sign of support or intervention from the Government. Indeed, recent statements are destined to provoke a worsening of the situation.

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Bio-based textile fibres from waste

Finland-based circular fashion and textile technology group Infinited Fiber Company has selected AFRY as the main engineering partner for its new flagship factory for producing regenerated textile fibres for some of the world’s leading fashion and apparel brands.

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Stora Enso introduces portfolio for bio-based packaging foam

Stora Enso is extending its packaging offering with a new portfolio of bio-based foams from wood. The products are fully recyclable and can be used for protective and thermal packaging. Lightweight wood foams address the need for climate-friendly, renewable and circular cushioning materials in inner packaging.

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Valmet's new pilot facility is now in operation

Valmet’s new Pretreatment BioTrac pilot facility was started up at Valmet’s Fiber Technology Center in Sundsvall, Sweden. The purpose of the investment is to strengthen Valmet’s research and development capabilities within the field of biomass pretreatment and to respond to new market demands for bioenergy, biofuels, and biochemicals.

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4evergreen: Fact-based guidelines to increase recycling rate of fibre-based packaging

The 4evergreen alliance shares its first insights of research into different aspects of the fibre-based packaging value chain, in an unique industry wide attempt to increase the recycling rate of fibre-based packaging.

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Andritz starts up pressurized refining system at Biyang Huifeng, China

Andritz has successfully completed the start-up of a pressurized refining system supplied to Biyang Huifeng Wood Industry Board Co., Ltd. at its MDF production plant in Biyang, Henan province, China. With the new system, the customer is capable of processing poplar wood chips as raw material. The heart of the new system is the Andritz 54-1CP refiner, which features high energy efficiency. The scope of supply also included a maintenance-friendly 20” discharger with the latest C-feeder concept, a compensator and a proven 20” ribbon feeder.

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BIR warns: “Circular Economy must remain global”

Last week, the European Commission revealed the proposed changes to its 2013 EU Waste Shipment Regulation. The Regulation controls both imports and exports, of both hazardous and non-hazardous wastes, within the EU and to third countries outside the EU. The existing Regulation had set the rules to ensure potential adverse effects on the environment and public health caused by shipments of waste are avoided. With this proposal, the Commission intends to strengthen those rules.

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