UPM Raflatac’s ambition is to be the first label materials company beyond fossils. The company takes climate action by increasing the use of certified papers and the traceability of other biobased materials, by fostering a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and by developing innovative solutions that meet the needs of sustainably minded brands and companies.
In line with Södras strategy to support a more circular, sustainable society, to strive for resource efficiency and to maximise the use of their members’ wood while adding value for customers, Södra is investigating the possibilities for a ground-breaking new pulp which will combine wood from Södra’s sustainably managed forests in southern Sweden with agricultural residue from sources close to our pulp mills.
Andritz has received an order from Steves & Sons, Inc. to supply two pressurized refining systems to Steves’ new mill in Athens, Georgia, United States. Start-up will take place in 2024. The state-of-the-art pressurized refining systems with innovative C-feeder in conjunction with HC (high-consistency) refining will process a mixture of hardwood and softwood chips for production of high-quality fibers for molded door skins.
Valmet will deliver a new refiner with chip washer capacity of 28 ton/h to Arauco’s new MDF plant located in Zitácuaro, Mexico. The start-up of the system is planned for the last quarter of 2024. The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the first quarter 2023. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
“Our tall oil, turpentine and biomethanol were the first in the world at commercial scale to be certified to both FSC® (FSC-C006947) and PEFC (PEFC/05-35-48), offering peace of mind as an environmentally-conscious choice. It’s almost a year now since we gained certification. It’s a great way for customers to understand that these are products from sustainably-managed forests,” says Viktor Odenbrink, Sales Director, Södra Bioproducts.
Valmet is to convert Helen Ltd’s coal-fired district heat boiler to bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) combustion to enable wood pellet firing at the Salmisaari ‘A’ power plant in Helsinki, Finland. The conversion promotes the company’s goal of phasing out coal and at the same time strengthens the construction of a sustainable energy system. The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the second quarter 2023. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The converted boiler will be handed over to the customer in January 2025.
International technology group Andritz has successfully started up the new velour loom it delivered to Foss Floors, Rome, United States (GA). The loom produces flooring from recycled plastic for a wide range of applications. Start-up took place in early 2023. The new 5.3 m loom, type SDV, will enable Foss Floors to meet the growing customer demand for high-quality products. Every year Foss reuses over 18 million kg (40 million pounds) of plastic to make its floor coverings, which translates into 2 billion plastic bottles recycled into carpet.
Since 2005, the CO2 emissions of the pulp and paper sector have been reduced by 36% and by substituting fossil-based products, the European forest-based industries lower the EU’s total emissions by an estimated 410 Mt CO2 per year. The equivalent of taking 85 million cars – or the entire fleet of vehicles registered in Germany and Italy – off the road. The 4th edition of Reinvest2050 offers a glimpse of how that is done, through a collection of testimonies from the movers and shakers in pulp and paper.
SCA owns around 71,000 hectares of land in the Baltics, of which approximately 59,000 hectares is forest land. The forest holding is vital for supplying SCA’s industries with raw materials and increasing SCA’s climate benefit. “We manage the forests to ensure that they grow well. This means that they bind large amounts of carbon dioxide and provide substantial amounts of raw materials for renewable products, which replace products with a larger carbon footprint,” says Jonas Mårtensson, Director SCA Forest.
The traditional PulPaper event has been fully redesigned. The next generation for PulPaper, Pulp & Beyond 2024 is the leading forum, bringing together the latest forest-based bioeconomy innovations, products, services and technologies as well as key people throughout the ecosystem. It offers new encounters, inspiration, networking and business possibilities for marketing global and sustainable solutions. The event provides the widest available showcase on the latest trends, and supports learning, employer branding and competence development. The new event format will have a strong focus on sustainability, efficiency and functionality. Pulp & Beyond will be arranged on 10-11 April 2024 at Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre in Finland.
International technology group Andritz has delivered, installed, and commissioned a mechanical textile recycling line and an airlay line at Novafiber’s nonwovens production mill in Palín, Guatemala. Both lines have been successfully operating since December 2022.
The industry is constantly innovating to increase the recycling rate of fibre-based packaging, but that innovation can be perfected by a strong understanding of how using different materials and components will impact the recyclability of fibre-based packaging solutions. So far, packaging producers across Europe have lacked a harmonised, objective method to assess and compare different packaging solutions’ suitability for efficient recycling.
(by 4evergreen Alliance)