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.
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.