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Kelheim Fibres joins the ZDHC “Roadmap to Zero” Programme

The Bavarian viscose speciality fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres has joined the ZDHC programme “Roadmap to Zero”. The non-profit organisation with more than 160 contributors worldwide has set itself the goal of completely eliminating harmful substances from the textile value chain. The ZDHC guidelines provide producers of Man-made Cellulosic Fibres (MMCF) with uniform criteria for measuring indicators such as wastewater, air emissions and other process-related parameters. The measured data is independently monitored and published.

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Construction of Metsä Spring and Valmet’s demo plant for 3D fibre products progressing

Metsä Group’s innovation company Metsä Spring and Valmet are building a demo plant in Äänekoski. The plant will manufacture new 3D fibre products for food packaging and other purposes.

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Metsä Group’s new textile fibre is Kuura

Kuura, the new textile fibre brand of Metsä Group’s innovation company Metsä Spring, is presented to the general public during Japan Fashion Week. Made from the pulp of the Finnish Äänekoski bioproduct mill, Kuura fibre is launched at the top fashion event this week in cooperation with Japanese trading house ITOCHU Corporation and the clothing brand THE RERACS.

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Eco-friendly splints developed for hospitals make their debut in sports

Woodcast is a lightweight biodegradable material made from wood and biopolymers, originally developed to replace the plaster casts traditionally used in hospitals. The material, invented by the Finnish high-tech company Onbone, proved to be so versatile that it is now used in a wide array of usage areas, one of them being sports.

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AFRY main partner in Metsä Fibre’s new bioproduct mill in Finland

AFRY has been awarded with a contract including project management services for the whole mill, detail engineering services for all engineering disciplines for Balance of Plant (BOP) and the digitalisation services of the mill with BIM (Building Information Modelling) and PIM (Process Information Modelling) of the project including establishment of SSOT (Single-Source-of-Truth) concept towards digital twin. AFRY will also provide project management, engineering and site services of the chlorine dioxide plant.

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We all can be Recycling Heroes!

Every year on Global Recycling Day we recognise the achievements of those outstanding individuals and organisations who have gone the extra mile to save the planet – now we want everyone to do more every year to make a collective contribution for the future of our environment.

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AFRY engineering partner when Renewcell expands operations

Renewcell has awarded AFRY an engineering assignment for their recycled textile materials production expansion at SCA's Ortviken paper mill in Sundsvall, Sweden. The assignment includes project and construction management services, process, mechanical and piping engineering, electrical, automation and instrumentation engineering, fire and HVAC design, as well as civil design. The project is a continuation of AFRY's previous feasibility studies.

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Metsä Spring invests in Montinutra, a startup that commercialises wood extract

Metsä Group’s innovation company Metsä Spring Ltd has made an equity investment in Montinutra Ltd, a startup converting forest industry side streams into high-value bioactive products. The financing round totals approximately EUR 1 million, and Metsä Spring is participating in the round with current and new private investors.

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Metsä Group builds a new bioproduct mill in Kemi, Finland

Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, has made the investment decision to build a new bioproduct mill in Kemi, Finland. The value of the investment is EUR 1.6 billion and it is the “largest investment ever made by the Finnish forest industry in Finland”. The construction phase will take approximately two and a half years, and the mill will be completed during the third quarter of 2023.

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Stora Enso will close its Virdia operations in the U.S.

Stora Enso has decided to permanently close its US-based Virdia operations during 2021. Virdia was acquired in 2014 and has focused on conversion of cellulosic biomass from sugar cane bagasse into refined sugars. The operations have consisted of a research centre in Danville, Virginia and a demo plant in Raceland, Louisiana, which will both be closed.

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ANDRITZ to supply complete MDF plant to Nile Wood, Egypt

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order – in cooperation with Dieffenbacher – to supply a complete MDF plant, including a chip washing and pressurized refining system, to Nile Wood S.A.E, a subsidiary of Egypt Kuwait Holding (EKH), for their greenfield site in Sadat City, Egypt. Start-up of the new equipment is scheduled before the end of 2021.

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Valmet to supply a boiler plant for district heat production to Seinäjoen Energia in Seinäjoki, Finland

Valmet will supply a boiler plant for district heat production to Seinäjoen Energia Oy’s Kapernaum heat plant in Seinäjoki, Finland. The new boiler will enable the company to increase the use of renewable fuels in its district heat production. The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the fourth quarter 2020. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The boiler plant will be handed over to the customer in autumn 2022.

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