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Södra’s Värö pulp mill now among the world’s largest


roduction has started at Södra’s massive new pulp mill in Sweden. One of the largest of

its type in the world, the mill at Värö was officially inaugurated at the end of September. “We are delighted to announce that production is under way. Our focus in the immediate future will be on ramping up the production rate,” said Gunilla Saltin, business area president of Södra Cell. Around SEK 4 billion (US$434m) has been invested in the mill’s expansion from 425,000 to 700,000 tonnes a year, and a further expansion is planned with another SEK 2 billion ($217m) committed.

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Södra Cell says the mill will

become one of the world’s largest, most modern and energy-efficient for the production of softwood

sulphate pulp. Lars Idermark, chief executive of Södra, commented: “The expansion is an important part

of our strategy and a necessary move if we are to develop our operations. The paper pulp market is growing globally, and we will now have the opportunity to meet this demand and to continue growing together with our customers. “We already deliver high-quality pulp to several different customer segments, which we will now be able to develop even further. This expansion will allow us to further strengthen our market- leading position and remain our customers’ preferred supplier.” Södra was founded in 1938 and is the largest forest-owner association in Sweden, with a membership of more than 50,000 forest owners. Its website says it engages in modern and responsible forestry, and operates state-of-the- art mills for the processing of its raw material.

Reseller agreement for power and process auomation

Valmet has signed a strategic value-added reseller (VAR) agreement for power and process industry automation with Globetech Pty Ltd based in Australia and Globetech Asia based in Vietnam. The agreement covers Australia, New Zealand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Singapore and possibly other South East Asian countries later on. “By having an experienced

automation partner by our side, we will be able to better serve our customers in the power and process industries. Valmet’s

system reliability and upgradability are important factors when our customers make decisions about their investments,” says Florentino Chicharo, chief executive of Globetech Pty Ltd. Valmet’s role in the partnership

is to supply its Valmet DNA automation and information platform for process control, whereas Globetech is responsible for project execution and resources. Valmet DNA is already being used in thousands of power plants and industrial processes around the world.

From left: Florentino Chicharo, chief executive of Globetech Pty Ltd; Kari Heikkilä, Director, Partner Business, Automation, Valmet; Gerry Cardozo, General Manager, Globetech Asia; and Hannu Yrjölä, Manager, Sales & Services, Thailand and Vietnam, Automation, Valmet.

Hybrid offset printer and laminator for Smurfit Kappa

Smurfit Kappa in Sweden has invested in a high-quality offset printer – the first of its kind in Europe. The innovative KBA hybrid offset printer and laminator is capable of

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printing both UV and conventional inks. The printer will be used for both litho and display operations. In addition to the new seven-

colour offset printer, Smurfit Kappa is also upgrading its display business

with a sophisticated new laminator to extend its customer offering. “This investment package

increases our printing and laminating capacity, which allows us to be more flexible and

strengthen our market offering. We are investing in the most advanced technology to be able to creatively solve our customers’ most challenging needs and to support their growth,” said Claes Bjäreholt, chief executive of Smurfit Kappa Sweden.

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