Thailand-based SCGP announced that it is moving ahead with an expansion plan to build a new production complex in Vinh Phuc in northern Vietnam for the production of packaging paper.

The total investment amounts to 8,133 billion VND (approx. US$353,500.00).

In a press release, SCGP said, "In order to grow alongside other industries inside Vietnam and to meet increasing demands for packaging products, SCGP has decided to expand through Vina Kraft Paper by building a new major complex in Vinh Phuc

Voith today announced price adjustments for paper machine clothing, shoe press sleeves, roll covers, mechanical roll service and doctoring solutions.

In a press release, Voith said, "The global pandemic has caused major unpredictable challenges in both public and private areas. One of these effects is enormous cost increases in many industrial sectors, for example raw materials, packaging and transport.

Voith announced that it has received an order from Shandong Huatai Paper to rebuild and modernize PM 11 located in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong. The project will convert PM 11's production from newsprint to high-quality graphic paper.

After the rebuild, the production line will have a significantly increased annual capacity of 520,000 tons at a design speed of 1,800 m/min.

China’s imports of wrapping paper, packaging paper and paperboard reached the highest level ever, picking up by +54% to 892K tonnes in 2020. Russia, India and Viet Nam constitute the largest suppliers to China. Last year, Russia and India boosted their exports to China threefold, while Viet Nam saw a 58%-spike in terms of volume of exported products to China. In 2020, the average wrapping paper import price dropped by -24.1% y-o-y.

In 2020, China increased its chemical wood pulp imports by +10% y-o-y to 24M tonnes. It was driven by rising demand for paper packaging and tableware amid the pandemic and further stimulated by a sharp fall in import prices last year. Brazil, Indonesia and Canada are the major suppliers, providing 57% of the total import volume. Bleached sulphate pulp accounted for 95% of total wood pulp imports into China. 

Canfor Pulp Products Inc. on July 29 reported second quarter 2021 results. The company reported operating income of $51.0 million for the second quarter of 2021, up $46.1 million from the operating income of $4.9 million reported for the first quarter of 2021, in large part reflecting materially higher Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft (NBSK) pulp unit sales realizations, and to a lesser extent, an 8% increase in shipments following transportation disruptions experienced in the first quarter of 2021.

Voith has received an order to supply and build a new board machine to Asia Symbol at its Rugao site, located 180 km north-west of Shanghai, China.

The new machine, designated BM 13, will have the capacity to produce up to 1,000,000 tons of high-quality coated folding boxboard per year in the basis weight range 170 - 400 g/m2. The planned design speed is 1,400 m/min.

ANDRITZ has received an order from Jiangxi Five Star Paper, China to deliver four PrimeCoat Jet coaters for online coating for their mill in Hukou county (Jiujiang city), Jiangxi province. Start-up is scheduled for 2021.

The four coaters for the white cardboard and folding boxboard production line have a design speed of 1,000 m/min and a maximum web-width of 5,660 mm. They feature a jet nozzle to apply the coating color to the paper web.

Buckman, a privately-held global company specializing in innovative chemistry and smart solutions, announced global price increases of 5 to 20% for all product offerings. The price increases will become effective immediately, or as customer contracts allow.

Price increases will vary depending on geographic region, solutions offered and market(s) served. In some areas, increases may be higher where local conditions may necessitate additional adjustments.

Siemens Energy and Heat Management have entered a strategic partnership to jointly contribute to a global reduction of the CO₂ footprint in the pulp and paper industry.

By exchanging innovations and further developing optimized steam sootblowing- and steam turbine control solutions, the companies intend to drive the transition to more sustainable, reliable, and affordable energy systems on a global scale.

Paper waste exporters worldwide now have to shift their supply chains: China, a global key processor of imported waste, banned solid waste imports in 2021. Countries with insufficient domestic paper processing capacity will now be forced to develop these facilities, against the current global trend towards the circular economy. 

Toscotec has launched the new generation design of its shoe press TT NextPress, featuring superior drying performances and energy savings, resulting from R&D activities in cooperation with Voith. TT NextPress delivers a stable after-press dryness rate of more than 47% on a tissue line operating above 2,000 mpm speed. This dryness level ensures a substantial reduction of energy consumption, as the Yankee and the hoods use significantly less thermal energy to complete the paper drying process.

ANDRITZ has received an order from Nine Dragons Paper Industries to supply two chemi-thermomechanical pulping systems for their mills in China. The start-ups are scheduled for spring and summer 2022. ANDRITZ will install its well-proven P-RC APMP (pre-conditioning refiner chemical alkaline peroxide mechanical pulp) technology to ensure optimum pulp quality at lowest energy consumption and highest availability. The fiberlines will have a capacity of 1,000 admt/d and 670 admt/d, respectively, and will process a mixture of eucalyptus, acacia and poplar wood chips for the production of folding boxboard (FBB).

Valmet will supply a Valmet IntelliTissue 1600 tissue making line to Chinese tissue producer C&S. The new line will be installed at the company's mill in Tangshan, China.

The specific value of the order was not disclosed, however a project of this size and scope is typically valued at around EUR 5-10 million, Valmet said.

Valmet IntelliTissue machines belong to the small and medium size tissue machines that were integrated to Valmet's offering when the company acquired PMP from Poland in 2020. This order will be Valmet's twelfth IntelliTissue tissue making line delivery to C&S.

Voith announced that will supply Nine Dragons with three XcelLine paper machines for the production of high performance testliner and white top testliner.

Julia Schaefer, Global Communication Manager for Voith Paper told PaperAge that at this time Voith is not authorized to state the location(s) of the mill(s) where the new machines will be installed.

The planned daily production volume of the three identical paper machines is especially high — approximately 2,400 metric tons each, at production speeds of 1,400 m/min.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has completed an investment in one of its filtration material production lines in Binzhou, China. The machine rebuild adds production capacity and new capabilities that will further enhance the product portfolio. The production line will be able to deliver the highest performing oil, fuel, air and industrial filtration materials, which will strengthen Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s offering and service for the Asian customers.

Valmet will supply two Valmet Advantage DCT tissue lines, including automation system and three tissue rewinders, to Zhejiang Jingxing Paper Joint Stock Co., Ltd. in China. The new line will support the company's increasing demand for high-quality tissue products in the domestic and international markets. The start-ups are planned for the first half of 2022.

ANDRITZ has received an order from Lee & Man Paper to supply two semi-chemical fiberlines for its mills in Dongguan, Guangdong Province, and Jiujiang, Jiangxi Province, China. Start-up of both lines is scheduled for the end of 2022.

The new fiberlines will have a capacity of 1,000 admt/d each and process eucalyptus wood chips to produce semi-chemical pulp, an intermediate grade between kraft pulp and mechanical pulp.

Kadant Fiberline (China) Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Kadant Inc., announced it successfully started up two OCC systems at Sun Paper's PM1 and PM2 in Muang Phin, Laos. The OCC systems each have a capacity of 400,000 tons per year.

The recycled containerboard machines have a design speed of 1200 mpm and a trim width of 6.6 m. PM 1 produces containerboard grades in basis weights of 140-250 gsm while PM 2 produces packaging paper grades in basis weights of 100-150 gsm.

Huhtamaki has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Jiangsu Hihio-Art Packaging Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of paper bags, wraps and folding carton packaging in China. The company currently serves international quick-service restaurants (QSR) as well as national bakery chains.

The debt free purchase price is EUR 27 million.

Market pulp is a critical global commodity within the pulp and paper industry. As such, market pulp is a constant fixture in global trade flows because of its primary role in manufacturing numerous paper grades.

Market pulp prices have always been volatile and kraft market pulp, in particular, saw some of its lowest prices in the last 10 years in 2020. However, 2021 has brought price increases with skyrocketing spot prices in February and early March. Between December 1, 2020 and late February 2021, bleached softwood kraft futures were up 48% on the Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFI), and additional price increases have been announced, leaving buyers wondering what has happened and when it will end.

ANDRITZ has successfully started up a new 500 t/d HERB chemical recovery boiler at Kuantum Papers Limited in Saila Khurd, Hoshiapur district in the state of Punjab, India. The boiler is designed to handle a mixture of hardwood and agro-based black liquor and enables environmentally friendly and more energy-efficient operation compared to a conventional boiler with direct contact evaporator. Thus, the mill’s pulp production as well as the power-to-heat-ratio are substantially increased. The boiler also features a unique vertical air system to minimize air emissions.

The InlineSENS combines both a radiation source and scintillation detector in one device. Its use of low-energy gamma radiation from an Am-241 or Cm-244 source provides for strong responses to even the slightest change in product composition, with extremely low dose rates.

The isotope Am-241 or Cm-244 is used as the radiation source. The advantage: Am-241 and Cm-244 have very low radiation energies, which correspond approximately to the energy of X-rays. The density measuring system InlineSENS offers high statistical accuracy and long-term stability by using a highly sensitive scintillation detector with patented drift compensation.

Recently, Huanlong Group officially launched the expansion project with an annual output of 50,000 tons of high-end tissue paper. The complete production line equipment of this turnkey project is provided by Baosuo Enterprise Group, including stock preparation system, white water treatment system, 2 sets of BC1600-2850 Baotuo Crescent Former Tissue Machine and other complete set of converting equipment, etc.

Pulp prices continue upward trend in March

March has been another month with no signs at all of an imminent reversal in fortunes on Europe's pulp market. Demand continues to be outstripping supply. The situation for hardwood and softwood pulp is equally strained, insiders said. If producers get their way, prices will climb again in Europe and move into line with those charged in China.

The first announcements of additional hikes in the second quarter have been on the table since the middle of March. Insiders noted that most pulp buyers are still leading a hand-to-mouth existence so they have no choice but to accept these demands.

Valmet to Deliver Key Pulp Technology to Nine Dragons in China

Valmet has received several pulp technology orders from Nine Dragons to its pulp mills in China. The deliveries include fiberlines and core components for recovery boilers and lime kilns. The deliveries will be done in phases and the start-ups are scheduled for 2022 and 2023.

The value of the order will not be disclosed. However, a project of this size and scope is typically valued at around EUR 100 million.

Valmet to Supply Board and Fine Paper Making Lines with Pulp Production to Fujian Liansheng in China

Valmet will supply a folding boxboard making line (BM 1), a fine paper making line (PM 3) and a bleached chemi thermo mechanical pulp (BCTMP) production line to Liansheng Pulp & Paper (Zhangzhou) in Zhangzhou, Fujian province, China.

Valmet said the lines will be delivered to a new greenfield pulp and paper mill in Zhangzhou, which will eventually have a total pulp and paper capacity of 3.9 million tonnes annually.

Over the past few weeks, bubble tea lovers in China have been trying to get used to one thing that many of them were prepared for: paper straws.

The roll-out of paper straws at numerous bubble tea shops across China to replace the traditional plastic alternative is down to Beijing’s new policy initiative to reduce environmental pollution by cutting down on the use of plastic products.

Andritz has received an order from Guangxi Chongzuo Lelin Forestry Development Co. Ltd. to supply a chip washing system and pressurized refining system for its production line near Chongzuo in Guangxi province, China.

With a design capacity of 80 bdmt/h, this will be the largest MDF line ever installed worldwide.

The prospects for the fast-growing tissue paper market in China are very positive. Metsä Fibre’s partners, Luck Tissue, C&S Paper and Jinboshi, are all very positive about the development of the market and the partnership.

The unexpected outbreak of COVID-19, has had negative impacts on various industries, including the paper industry in China. When the economy slowed down, the tourism industry and the food and beverage sector took a hit. As a result, the demand for napkins – paper towels which are used in the outdoor environment by the consumers – also plummeted.