The Confederation of European Paper Industries
(CEPI) is currently revising its comparative matrix of forest
certification schemes which will ensure that it reflects the
latest thinking on forest certification and takes account of the
views of as wide a range of stakeholders as possible. Launched
in April 2000 and updated in November 2000, the matrix aims to
provide reliable information to forest, paper and wood product
users and other interested parties on the status of individual
certification schemes and labels issued under these schemes.
Marie S Arwidson, Director General of CEPI
said: "This CEPI initiative, the first of its kind, has
gained widespread international attention since its launch. Some
20,000 copies of the matrix have been distributed worldwide and
CEPI is committed to ensuring that the structure and content of
the matrix is up-to-date. This is why we are currently revising
the matrix based on the advice and comments of leading experts,
stakeholders and interest groups who are being invited to give
their views on its structure, content and future. We will then
commission a synthesis of all comments and, if the need exists,
host a final meeting. However, the ultimate aim is to hand the
entire process over to a suitable independent organisation who
would carry the project forward."
When CEPI developed the matrix, the intention
was not to judge the merits of individual certification schemes.
Instead, the matrix was designed to provide a transparent
framework, which would enable buyers of paper and wood products
to compare the features of certification schemes against
credibility principles and to draw their own conclusions. The
matrix describes forest certification schemes against criteria
and indicators (C&I) and provides an "at a glance"
benchmarking of forest certification systems. The C&I are
based on widely accepted definitions of credibility and on a
thorough analysis of the elements of certification schemes that
will contribute to market acceptability, including independence,
participation, transparency, commercial viability and the scope
of standards in relation to internationally recognised
principles for sustainable forest management.
The current review intends to explore the
structure of the matrix and the criteria and indicators on which
it is based; the method of data acquisition; the content of the
matrix; the scope, structure and contents of forest
certification systems; and the institutional framework for
gathering, analysing and distributing comparative information on
forest certification schemes.
The Confederation of European Paper
Industries (CEPI) is a non-profit-making organisation,
representing 18 member countries (13 European Union Member
States plus Norway and Switzerland with three Associate Members,
Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia) and through its member
countries, some 1,000 pulp-, paper and board-producing companies
across Europe, from small and medium-sized enterprises to
figures for Europe - 1999
for papermaking production
38.2 million tonnes
- 43.027 million tonnes : graphic papers
- 33.470 million tonnes : packaging papers
- 8,745 million tonnes : other grades
outside CEPI member countries
paper mills and 233 pulp mills
in CEPI member countries
Based in Brussels, CEPI represents the
interests of the European pulp and paper industry to the
European institutions. CEPI monitors and analyses EU
legislation and initiatives taken at EU level in the fields of
industrial, environmental, energy, forestry, recycling, and
fiscal policies. It provides a forum for its members to
exchange information and to act on emerging issues, to define
common positions and to make expert and constructive
contributions to the industry consultation process required by
the European Treaties.
CEPI possesses a wide source of information on the pulp and
paper industry in Europe, and, through its members, can
provide information on the industry in individual Member
States. It provides technical assistance to legislators, and
can identify independent experts to answer specific questions.
Metso Paper has received an approx. EUR 20
million order from AssiDomän Frövi mill in Sweden. Metso
Paper’s chemical pulping lines will supply a digesting
process for the production of pulp for bleaching. The rebuilt
process is scheduled to operate in the summer of 2002.
The current annual capacity at the mill’s
bleaching line is approx. 100,000 tonnes bleached pulp of
birch and softwood. The new cooking process, comprising of
three 300 m³ digesters, is designed for an annual capacity of
approx. 175,000 tonnes hardwood or softwood pulp in campaigns.
The delivery is a turn-key package excluding civil works and
the DCS (distributed control system) hardware.
The investment will enable the mill to
improve the high quality of the bleached pulp and also the
possibility of future capacity increases. The investment will
also lead to cost reductions such as lower energy
requirements, lower chemical consumption and higher pulp
AssiDomän’s production is focused on
packaging paper, packaging, sawn timber and wood processing.
The Group is one of Europe’s largest listed forest-owning
companies with 2.4 million hectares of productive forest land.
In 2000, the net turnover were SEK 24, 643 millions and the
employee headcount was some 12,000.
Metso Corporation is a global supplier of
process industry machinery and systems. Corporation’s fiber
and paper technology business area, Metso Paper, is the world’s
leading supplier of technology, systems and equipment for the
pulp, paper, converting and panelboard industries. Metso’s
other core businesses are divided between Metso Minerals (rock
and mineral processing) and Metso Automation (automation and
control technology). In 2000, the net sales of Metso
Corporation were EUR 3.9 billion, and the personnel totaled
approximately 22,000. Metso Corporation is listed on the
Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.
In July 2000, Portucel Empresa Produtora de
Pasta e Papel S.A., Setubal, Portugal, placed an order with
Voith Paper for the rebuild of PM 3, delivered in 1991 by
another manufacturer. The Portuguese paper producer
manufactures 275,000 tons of printing and writing paper per
annum at the mill in Setubal. The main rebuild goals were to
increase the operating speed and raise production.
Besides first-class references for upgrades
in the dryer section area, the guaranteed short rebuild time
of only eight days was decisive in awarding the order to Voith
With the help of the new ropeless tail
transfer system (based on the Voith DryStar™ concept) and
additional web stabilizers, the downtime due to sheet breaks
was considerably reduced. Also included in the rebuild were
two water-jet tail cutters.
Start-up in January 2001 was accomplished
without any problems - PM 3 was installed with excellent
teamwork and put into operation with a start-up speed of 1030
m/min. Just two months later, the rebuild goal had been
reached: PM 3 attained the targeted operating speed of 1200
m/min in March 2001.
This rebuild shows that Voith Paper is a
strong partner to the papermaking industry for optimization
rebuilds of any kind. Voith is on the way to becoming the world’s
preferred process supplier to the paper industry.
Voith has gained comprehensive experience
ranging from fiber technology to converting and printing
technology and develops solutions that cover the entire
production process from the fiber to the finished paper. The
products, systems and services offered by Voith Paper, Voith
Fabrics and Voith´s strategic partners are seamlessly
integrated and help the paper industry in optimizing their
production processes and improving paper quality.
The new Voith
Paper Service Center, in Karawang, 60 km east of Jakarta, on the
Island of Java, was officially inaugurated on April 17,
2001.This service center has a floor area of approximately 7,000
m2 and offers Voith Paper’s entire service line along with
complete roll service.
preparation and covering systems have already been in operation
since early February. Beginning October 1, 2001, polyurethane
covers will be offered and, in 2002, covers made from composite
materials will also be available.Rolls up to 12 meters long and
weighing up to 100 tons can be machined on the very modern
systems. The concept and technology of the European Voith Paper
locations were transferred to the Indonesian operations.
addition of this service center, Voith Paper is again showing
the significance it attaches to the Asian paper industry. This
follows the Asian paper industry’s endeavor to have high-class
technology available within short distances.
In addition to
the covering of rolls with a great variety of materials,
mechanical roll service will also be offered in Karawang for
suction press, floating, Nipco, anti-deflection and spreader
rolls. With an investment of 12 million US$ and the targeted
hiring of 120 employees,
will be able to serve the region of Southeast Asia, Korea,
Taiwan, India, Australia and New Zealand with the latest
technology, short manufacturing and delivery times with greater
flexibility, and a very high quality level from this Service
Center.With this investment, Voith Paper makes it clear that,
besides its role as preferred process supplier, it aims to
become the world’s preferred service company for the paper
successful optimization measures within the last nine months on
the Haindl machines, Steyrermühl PM 4 and Schwedt PM 11, the
third largest Haindl paper machine (PM 7), has also been
In a period of
only seven days, Voith Paper successfully rebuilt PM 7 at Haindl
Papier, in Schongau (supplied by Voith in 1989), and put it back
into operation by the contractual deadline.The rebuild
objectives were met in every way - quality, efficiency and the
expected production increase were reached.
Haindl Papier produces standard newsprint from 80% deinked
recovered paper and 20% TMP. PM 7 was designed for an operating
speed of 1400 m/min and already reached an average speed of 1560
m/min before the rebuild. Through these optimization measures,
PM 7 will secure itself a firm place in the "Top 5" in
speed increases since start-up of the rebuild of PM 7 at the end
of April 2001, resulted in the production speed limit of 1600
m/min. This speed was reached on a daily average after just two
weeks. The capacity will increase by 13,000 metric tons of
newsprint per annum.
carried out the following rebuild measures:
of the headbox with a ModuleJet™ unit. This improves CD
profile and fiber orientation, especially at the edges and,
thus, printability and runnability in the printing press.
A stabilization of the web run in the first dryer groups
was attained by the installation of DuoStabilizers.
reach the speed target, the fifth dryer group was designed as
a single-tier section and was provided with DuoStabilizers.
flow system was appropriately adapted to the rebuild measures
cooperation with the customer, excellent project planning and
preparation, assurance of the complete delivery of all parts
before shutdown of the machine and quality control at Voith
Paper during the manufacturing phase were decisive factors for
trouble-free project handling.
investment of approximately DM 17 million, this is the largest
rebuild of PM 7 since the start-up in 1989. Voith
is on the way to becoming the world’s preferred process
supplier to the paper industry.
Voith has gained comprehensive experience ranging from fiber
technology to converting and printing technology and develops
solutions that cover the entire production process from the
fiber to the finished paper. The products, systems and services
offered by Voith Paper, Voith Fabrics and Voith´s strategic
partners are seamlessly integrated and help the paper industry
in optimizing their production processes and improving their
Sun Paper Company Ltd.,
Shandong, P.R. China, has purchased a new stock prep system
from Thermo Black Clawson. The complete system consists of a
350 tonnes/day filler system, a 125 tonnes/day under layer
system, and a 125 tonnes/day back layer system. The three
systems that make up the project include two Hi-Con Pulpers, a
DR Hydrapulper, two Hydrapurge III detrashing systems, a
Hydrapurge II detrashing system, a Float Purger stock cleaning
system, Ultra-V coarse and fine screens, Mini-Pressure
screens, Liquid Cyclone cleaners, Ultra-Clone forward
cleaners, XTREME reverse cleaners, XX-Clone through flow
cleaners, and a MAC deinking cell. Prior to this current
installation, Sun Paper upgraded their existing back layer and
under layer systems with Thermo Black Clawson equipment in
The new stock
prep system is being installed to produce white board on a new
200,000 tons/yr paper machine. The filler system portion of the
project, which processes MW furnish, has already completed a
successful start-up in March of 2001. The under layer system is
scheduled for start-up in June 2001, and the back layer system
start-up is scheduled for July 2001. The back layer and under
layer systems will process ONP. The additional line will bring
Sun Paper’s capacity to 460,000 tons/yr of white board.
Clawson Inc. is a complete fiberline process equipment supplier
based in Middletown, Ohio, and leads the industry in the design
and manufacture of equipment used in paper recycling, chemical
pulp and papermachine approach flow systems. The multi-national
company is a subsidiary of Thermo Fibertek Inc., a public
subsidiary of Thermo Electron Corporation.