BIOFIBRE NEWS

Holmen offers map of spruce bark beetle damage to wood suppliers

The spruce bark beetle has rampaged through the forests of southern Sweden, affecting many forest owners. In response, Holmen has developed an analytical tool, based on satellite images and artificial intelligence, showing actual damage on a map. Now, the forest company’s private wood suppliers can access one of these maps. A service that Holmen is “first to come up with”.


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Valmet to deliver defibrator system to Qinzhou Lvyuan Wood in China

Valmet will supply a Defibrator™ system and a Steam Separator PV system to Qinzhou Lvyuan Wood Co., Ltd. in China. The start-up of the system is planned for spring 2020. The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the fourth quarter 2019. The value of the order will not be disclosed. Qinzhou Lvyuan project is a new investment of Lvyuan Group to expand its production and diversify its product range. The project is located in Guangxi autonomous region. In recent years, Guangxi has actively developed the forestry industry, expanded the industrial chain and built industrial clusters.


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SUSTAINABILITY NEWS

Rewarding Sustainable Forest Management practices will enhance biodiversity and climate resilience of EU forests

Last week, the European Commission was hosting the “International Conference on Forests for Biodiversity and Climate” in Brussels to discuss pressures on EU forest ecosystems due to, among others, climate change as well as how to best protect forests and their biodiversity for a climate neutral and climate resilient land.


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Ahlstrom-Munksjö joins SEAM, a sustainability initiative for the abrasive industry

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has joined the Sustainable European Abrasive Manufacturers (SEAM) program, a new initiative to improve sustainability of the abrasive industry. SEAM was launched on January 21, 2020 by the Federation of European Producers of Abrasives (FEPA), which represents over 80% of the abrasive product producers in Europe. The objective of the program is to support and assist abrasive manufacturers in their efforts to achieve sustainable growth and improvements in sustainability, primarily in production and distribution. The program wants to have all players in the supply chain contributing to the European sustainability system.


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BIOENERGY NEWS

ANDRITZ to supply a further high-efficiency PowerFluid circulating fluidized bed boiler with biomass firing in Japan

International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from a Joint Venture between Toyo Engineering Corporation and Nippon Steel Engineering Co., Ltd., Japan, to deliver a PowerFluid circulating fluidized bed boiler with a flue gas cleaning system. The boiler will be part of a new biomass power plant to be built in Omaezaki in Shizuoka Prefecture, Honshu Island, some 200 km southwest of Tokyo, Japan, for the Omaezakikou Biomass Power Plant. Commercial operations are scheduled to begin in mid-2023.


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Holmen to establish large-scale wind power on its land

Holmen’s Board has taken the decision to construct the Blåbergsliden wind farm on its land outside Skellefteå in northern Sweden. The investment totals SEK 1.3 billion and comprises 26 wind turbines with a combined capacity of 143 MW. “For Holmen, the establishment of large-scale wind power provides a logical complement to our hydro power. It’s also an effective way of obtaining added value from our forest ownership, and additional renewable electricity is positive for both Sweden and the climate,” says Henrik Sjölund, Holmen President and CEO.


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