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.
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.
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.
The theme of the forest industry’s PulPaper 2022 is Building tomorrow’s bioeconomy. The PulPaper event, which is free of charge for professionals in the field, will host presentations by forest industry companies on Future Square as well as the PulPaper Conference and the Green Economy Business Summit, both of which are paid events. In the exhibition area, companies in the forest industry meet their clients and present their products. PulPaper 2022 will be arranged on 29-31 March 2022 at Messukeskus Helsinki.
The board of the BIR Paper Division has appointed Mr Francisco Donoso as new divisional President. Mr Donoso is Managing Director at Alba Servicios Verdes (Spain), a long-standing member of BIR, and has been active on the Paper divisional board since 2008. He is also Vice-President of the Spanish BIR member association Repacar and board member of the ‘Union de Empresas de Recuperacion’. He holds a degree in biological sciences and a Master in Business Administration.
In the Canopy’s 2021 Hot Button Ranking, Kelheim Fibres once again occupies a high position: With a increase of 2.5 points in the evaluation, the Bavarian viscose speciality fibre manufacturer tied for third place out of around 40 viscose fibre manufacturers worldwide and a dark green/green shirt for the second year running. The Hot Button Report not only stands for responsible raw material sourcing - it is an overall sustainability indicator for viscose fibre producers.
Andritz has successfully started up a new 550 t/d Herb chemical recovery boiler (upgradable to 700 t/d) at Naini Papers Limited in Kashipur, India. The boiler is designed to handle a mixture of hardwood and agro-based black liquor and enables environmentally friendly and more energy-efficient operation compared to the black liquor incinerator previously used in the mill. Thus, the mill’s pulp production as well as the power-to-heat-ratio will increase substantially. The boiler also features a unique vertical air system to minimize air emissions.
The Swedish textile recycling company Renewcell has chosen AFRY as partner in order to digitalize production operations in their plants in Kristinehamn and Sundsvall, Sweden. AFRY will deliver an Industrial IT solution, containing AFRY MES and AFRY ProTak, to manage production information and secure both high quality, as well as high overall efficiency in the production. The delivered solution will serve as a hub for all production process information.
From 2022 onwards, Metsä Group will review the herb-rich forests in forests owned by owner-members and intensify its guidance for the management of herb-rich forests. These measures will supplement the Metsä Group ecological sustainability programme, which was started in 2020 and is implemented in commercial forests.
Renewcell and Kelheim Fibres Gmbh have signed a Letter of Intent for a long term commercial collaboration to add the crucial missing link for a circular economy for textiles in Europe. Together, the two companies will collaborate on developing commercial scale production of superior quality viscose fibers from up to 10 000 tonnes of Renewcell’s 100% textile recycled material Circulose® annually.
Valmet’s new Pretreatment BioTrac pilot facility was started up at Valmet’s Fiber Technology Center in Sundsvall, Sweden. The purpose of the pilot facility 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.
On 23.11. and 24.11.2021, the international industry meeting for pulp and fibre research will take place - the PTS Pulp Symposium 2021. The program of the upcoming event is aimed at experts who are interested in and want to learn about new fibre-based material developments and fibre products. The insightful topics from and discussions with experts and internationally recognized speakers from science and industry will be divided into four sessions: “Bioeconomy,” “New Fibre Products,” “Process Innovations” and “Fibre Forming”.