Huhtamaki, a global advanced manufacturer of sustainable packaging solutions, announces its investment in Emerald Technology Ventures’ sustainable packaging fund. As a limited partner, Huhtamaki will help to foster next-generation sustainable packaging solutions and tap into nascent innovation of start-ups.
A state of the art review of the collection and sorting systems across Europe, conducted by 50 companies throughout the entire packaging value chain, highlights several recommendations to improve efficiency. The 4evergreen alliance has endorsed systems that provide adequate sorting at the point of collection.
The significant reduction of water usage in paper manufacturing is based on an increasing rate of circular water usage in paper production. At sites which use predominantly recovered paper, the water circuits are often partially or completely closed. Despite the advantages associated with the resource protection, some adverse effects can be observed caused by an increasing accumulation of dissolved, colloidal and suspended material in the process water. This comprises in addition to hampered quality of the product also side effects like increased cleaning efforts caused by agglomeration and deposition of material on paper manufacturing aggregates. The potential to release substances to the aqueous phase during disintegration has so far not been considered in the method PTS-RH 021:2012 evaluating the recyclability of packaging products.
Elkem and AFRY have signed a frame agreement to provide engineering and consulting services for Elkem’s production plants globally. The global frame agreement is a continuation of previous local frame agreements. The agreement covers engineering and consulting services such as project management, multi-disciplinary engineering, risk assessments, process optimisation, inspections, digitalisation, construction management and delivery of complete electrical, control and automation systems.
Andritz has successfully received the Final Acceptance Certificate for a biomass handling plant at Eldorado’s Onça Pintada site in Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul. This plant is part of the first thermoelectric power plant in Brazil to consume eucalyptus stumps and roots. The plant will be able to generate 50 megawatts of electricity from an innovative source – eucalyptus stumps and roots, the parts of the trees not used in the pulp manufacturing process. This expands the capacity to generate energy from waste material originating from reforestation crops that are maintained by the company itself in the states of Mato Grosso do Sul and São Paulo.
The 3D fibre product demo plant jointly owned by Metsä Group's innovation company Metsä Spring and Valmet was inaugurated in Äänekoski on Monday, 22 August 2022. The demo plant was inaugurated by Minister of Science and Culture, Petri Honkonen, President and CEO of Metsä Group Ilkka Hämälä and CEO of Valmet, Pasi Laine.
Metsä Group has made funding decisions in the most recent application process of its nature program. A diverse set of cooperation projects to safeguard the diversity of Finnish nature was chosen to be funded. Experts from key stakeholders in the natural resources sector participated in the project evaluation.
Valmet further develops its press felt production facilities in Tampere, Finland by investing in new press felt machinery and equipment. The investment includes a new pre-needling line and a new needling line. The amount of the investment is around EUR 18 million.
Valmet will deliver key technology areas for Orlen Poludnie’s S.A. planned second generation bioethanol (B2G) plant in Jedlicze, Poland. The engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) delivery includes a pretreatment BioTrac system with a capacity to process approximately 400 tons of dry straw per day, a BioPower 48 MWth lignin fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant and a Valmet DNA Automation system. The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the first quarter 2022. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
Mondi has collaborated with Essity and Dow to create new, recyclable secondary packaging for Essity’s feminine care products, using renewable materials and post-consumer recycled content that reduces use of fossil-based materials. Essity’s feminine care towels were previously packed in bags that already used 50% renewable materials. Extensive research and testing by Mondi however, resulted in the recommendation of a new solution that aligns with Essity’s packaging goals: to work towards 100% recyclability and to use up to 85% biomass, renewable or recycled material in all bags where up to 25% are recycled plastics.
International technology group Andritz has received another order from Toyo Engineering Corporation in Japan to supply a 50-MW PowerFluid circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boiler on EPS basis. The boiler will be part of the biomass power plant in Gobo, Wakayama Prefecture, in Japan. Start-up is planned for 2025.
Stora Enso and Northvolt are joining forces to create sustainable batteries using lignin-based hard carbon produced with renewable wood from the Nordic forests. The aim is to develop the world’s first industrialised battery featuring anode sourced entirely from European raw materials, lowering both the carbon footprint and the cost.