Kemira and Valmet partner to develop industrial Internet solutions Kemira and Valmet have signed a partnership agreement to develop digitalized data-based applications and services for the pulp and paper industry. With a workforce of around 4,800 employees, Kemira is a global chemicals company serving customers in water intensive industries. Valmet is a developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries with its global headquarters in Espoo, Finland. “Kemira and Valmet are leading suppliers to the industry globally and both companies are also actively developing digital solutions,” said Antti Matula, vice-president of product lines and business development at Kemira. “Ultimately, the goal is to improve the speed, quality, reliability, predictability and performance of our customers’ business. With these synergies, it makes great sense to join forces to create value and reshape business collaboration models.” “Through this co-operation and the companies’ complementary know-how, customers’ production process data can be integrated and optimized for the customers’ benefit. This provides superior performance for the customers instead of each actor operating independently,” added Jari Almi, director of industrial Internet at Valmet. www.kemira.com www.valmet.com Buckman and Engro form digital strategic alliance Buckman has entered into a strategic alliance with Engro Corp., through its digital business arm Engro Digital, in an effort to deliver process and reliability optimization to utilities and industries. The parties say the partnership will focus on developing apps on Predix, GE’s application development platform for the industrial Internet. Engro has already partnered with GE Digital to leverage Predix for developing Digital Industrial Solutions. The agreement was signed by Najam Saeed, Head of Business Development, Energy and Infrastructure, Engro Corporation – Digital Business, and Junai Maharaj, CEO and president of Bulab Holdings Inc., in the presence of senior executives from both companies at Buckman’s headquarters in Memphis, Tenn. The already decade-long partnership between Engro and Buckman will now deliver digital solutions to help industrial plants operate their utilities at optimum performance for cost optimization, asset life extension, and energy and water conservation. The first digital solutions will be available in 2018 with multiple clients already identified for pre-launch implementations, according to company representatives. www.buckman.com www.engro.com Ingevity purchases Georgia- Pacific pine chemicals business Georgia-Pacific LLC has reached an agreement to sell its pine chemicals business to Ingevity for US$315 million, including certain pine chemicals-related assets at the Crossett, Ark., plant. Separately, Ingevity will enter into several contract manufacturing arrangements for oilfield and mining products currently produced at other Georgia-Pacific facilities. The parties will also separately enter into a 20-year, market-based crude tall oil supply contract. “Although the pine chemical business has been profitable and our employees have done a great job running safe, productive assets and meeting our customers’ needs, we believe this sale to an established player in the industry is in the best interest of our customers and stakeholders,” said Rick Urschel, president, Georgia-Pacific Chemicals. Ingevity will not acquire the merchant crude tall oil or crude sulfate turpentine business; this business will be retained and operated by Georgia-Pacific. GP will continue to operate its 10 chemical facilities within the Americas to service customers in these segments. www.ingevity.com www.gp.com Organic additive for soft water pulp and papermaking Archroma, a colour and specialty chemicals company, has introduced Cartaspers PLH liquid, a one-product, organic additive that delivers “easy and highly-effective” control of pitch and stickies deposition in soft water pulp and papermaking environments. According to the company, pulp mill tests already report easier application, better performance and significant cost savings compared to alternative deposit control systems. Pitch, occurring from natural resins in virgin pulp, and stickies in recycled paper fibres, pose a challenge to pulp and paper producers because of their negative influence on papermaking productivity and paper quality. Archroma estimates packaging and tissues machines lose the equivalent of 4 per cent of their output per day due to machine contamination and sheet breaks caused by deposits, contributing to holes in the sheet, specks and printability issues, in addition to causing machine downtime and cleaning time. The anionic pale yellow, low viscosity liquid helps to passivate contamination and prevent agglomeration and deposition, without any impact on cellulosic material, explains Archroma. Cartaspers PLH liquid is suitable for use with brown stock and can be applied throughout the pulping process, as a washing aid or to passivate remaining particles in finished pulp. www.archroma.com
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