UPM Biochemicals establishes an innovation unit at the Biomedicum research and educational centre in Meilahti, Helsinki. The unit will focus on biomedical applications for the cellulose nanofibril technology developed by UPM. At Biomedicum Helsinki, the UPM team will be working more closely with medical researchers and other operators in the field.
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International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Rottneros Bruk AB to upgrade the CTMP pulp drying line at its Rottneros mill, Sweden. After the modernization, the Flash Dryer’s capacity will be increased by more than 50% while at the same time specific heat consumption will be reduced. Start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2016.
At the 11th edition of the World Bio Markets (WBM) conference in Amsterdam, Stora Enso was awarded Bio-Based Brand of the Year for its ongoing biomaterials transformation. Arno van de Ven, Senior Vice President, Innovation in Stora Enso’s Biomaterials division, also gave a keynote speech on the company’s recent work developing innovative products and services based on wood and other second-generation biomass.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a technique that can be used to convert lignin – a by-product of pulp mills and biorefineries – into a concrete plasticiser that is competitive against the synthetic and lignosulphonate-based admixtures currently on the market. In its water-soluble form, lignin can also be used as an additive in paints, printing inks, coatings and manufacture of gypsum products.
Kadant Lamort SAS, a subsidiary of Kadant Inc., recently received the European Paper Recycling award in the category “Technology Improvement and R&D” by the European Recovered Paper Council. The award was based on Kadant Lamort’s research and development activities related to advanced fiber processing technologies and equipment for recycling polyethylene-coated cups (polycups) at James Cropper Specialty Papers in the U.K.
Phase 2 of the Irving Pulp & Paper Mill Modernization project is about 95% complete in Saint John, NB. The new digester equipment and technology is on schedule for commissioning and start-up over the next few weeks.
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, will provide integrated solutions using ABB’s market-leading automation platform System 800xA and custom-engineered software for pulp processes. The solution includes engineering for the control system and optimization of all processes at SCA Östrand's expanded pulp mill in Timrå, Sweden opening in June 2018, as well as the design of the control room.
Valmet will deliver a new white liquor plant to CMPC Celulosa S.A.'s Laja pulp mill in Chile. The new white liquor plant will replace the existing one and will comply with new environmental permits coming into force in 2018. Furthermore it will give higher white liquor plant production rate and increase flexibility of the lime cycle management within CMPC Corporation. Start-up of the new plant is scheduled to be in February 2018.
International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up pulping and screening equipment delivered for VPK Paperʼs PM 6 at Oudegem, Belgium. The upgraded stock preparation line processes corrugated paper and board packaging grades, boxboard cuttings, as well as corrugated board and has a feed capacity to the existing low-consistency pulper of approximately 900 tons per day.
Based on the patented technology to measure fibre wall thickness, PulpEye introduces PulpEye Vessel, a module to measure the quantity and size of vessel elements in hardwood pulps. The module uses circularized polarized light so that the images of fibres and vessel cells can be clearly distinguished from the background and hence easier to spot.