Novedades - Södra Cell AB, Södra Cell Mörrum

Novedades - Södra Cell AB, Södra Cell Mörrum

Södra Cell AB, Södra Cell Mörrum

Novedades - Södra Cell AB, Södra Cell Mörrum

Newsgrafik #121383

Södra’s sustainability achievements recognised with two Sofidel awards  (Company news)

Picture: L to r: Marcus Hellberg, sales director, Södra; Andrea Piazzolla, chief purchasing officer, Sofidel; Gunilla Saltin, CEO Södra Cell; Luigi Lazzareschi, group chief executive, Sofidel

Södra received two of the 2018 Sofidel Suppliers Sustainability Awards (3SAward) presented in Columbus, Ohio (USA) last week. Södra was named Best Supplier in the Pulp Producer Category and in the Best Sustainable Project, Social Category.

The prestigious 3SAward is an accolade awarded each year by the tissue manufacturer Sofidel to the suppliers who have distinguished themselves through their environmental and social sustainability activities.

In the Pulp Producer Category, Södra was recognised for the sustainability performance of its Swedish mills, Mönsterås, Mörrum and Värö, which between them produce close to 2 million tons of market pulp annually. The Best Sustainable Project, Social Category, was awarded for Södra’s ground-breaking “Act of a Hero” social media campaign.

Södra Cell CEO Gunilla Saltin said: “The prize for ‘Best Supplier’ shows that we at Södra maintain a high level in our sustainability efforts, thanks to the focus and commitment of our employees – this award is an honour and accolade for them. Our mills are well invested and expertly run for the benefit of customers, and selected key sustainability targets have the same status as financial ones.”

Södra’s strategy until 2020 is based on being a value-generating and cohesive Group with profitable growth, inspired by the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact. “Our ambitions on fossil free operations are high,” said Saltin. “Fossil-free and climate-positive operations are at the top of our agenda, as are sustainable forestry, sustainable innovation, resource efficiency and responsibility to our employees and those throughout the value chain.”

The “Act of a Hero” campaign was a social media expression of Södra’s belief in the sustainable role played by tissue and other paper products in society. Sofidel explained the winning formula: “For realizing an "out-of-the-box" communication approach, through a campaign developed by a b2b company and dedicated to a wide targeted audience of final customers, based on active involvement of retailers, and effective in influencing consumers' choice in favour of sustainable fibre/paper.”

“We thought out of the box for sure,” said head of marketing communications Linda Ottosson. “Our aim was to reach not only our customers, who know the sustainability credentials of our pulp, but to our customers’ customers and consumers who in many cases don’t. Through a simple but unexpected message delivered with humour and a strong human touch, the result was a level of targeted engagement beyond our most optimistic expectations, with more than 1.6 million impressions in the first three months.”
(Södra Cell AB)

Newsgrafik #120489

Thorough planning brings success  (Company news)

Södra Cell Mörrum’s (photo) dissolving pulp line has been upgraded with new TwinRoll presses in the brownstock washing area, which will increase the production capacity. The installation followed after very careful planning.

Södra Cell’s Mörrum pulp mill commissioned Valmet to deliver and install three new TwinRoll presses to replace four wash filters. The project was carried out during fall 2017 on Södra Cell Mörrum’s dissolving pulp line, which produces dissolving pulp from hardwood. “The new equipment is part of a major investment to increase the production capacity of our dissolving pulp line,” says Anders Jeppsson, Manager of project at Södra Cell Mörrum.

Södra Cell Mörrum is a state-of-the-art Swedish pulp mill with two fiber lines for production of paper pulp and dissolving pulp. Line 1 produces dissolving pulp from hardwood for the production of cellulose-based textile fibers. Line 2 produces long-fiber paper pulp from softwood.

Successful start-up
Most of the installation took place during an 18-day shutdown. The two old wash filters were dismantled and the new wash presses installed. The shutdown was preceded by careful preparations.

“We kept to the schedule, thanks to careful planning. Planning and structure are the cornerstones in a project like this, where installation takes place in an existing plant. Everyone involved has done a great job,” says Jeppsson.

Valmet built a large platform around the wash presses as part of the project. This was done to provide Södra Cell Mörrum’s employees with better access to the machinery.

“The platform is a great installation that improves our work environment. All in all, we now have what we wanted to achieve good access to the wash presses,” says Sören Einarsson, Operations Representative at Södra Cell Mörrum.

Work during the shutdown was followed by start-up, and now the guarantee trials are also completed.

“The start-up went well, and we’re happy with Valmet’s start-up organization. A certain flexibility is always necessary during start-ups like this, and Valmet provided it. The training was also good. The guarantee trials turned out well, and so far everything looks positive,” says Jeppsson.

Excellent collaboration
The brown stock washing upgrade required teamwork between Södra and Valmet, and the collaboration went well.

“We enjoy a good cooperative atmosphere where we find solutions together. This is especially important in a project of this type, where many hours are devoted to planning. The careful planning that was carried out prior to the shutdown is a good example of a success factor for future projects,” explains Jeppsson.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120417

Cellwood to supply a Pulper installation to Södra Cell Mörrum Sweden  (Company news)

On 16 February, the Board of Directors of Södra decided to invest SEK 1 billion in the pulp mill at Mörrum. The investment is the second stage of a long-term initiative at Södra Cell Mörrum, and will increase the mill’s capacity by 45,000 tonnes.

Cellwood will be a proud supplier for this project, supplying a horizontal Grubbens Pulper type W26-82/84SB for TM1.

Södra Cell Mörrum is a speciality mill. In addition to paper pulp, this mill also produces dissolving pulp. Line 1 produces dissolving pulp from hardwood, while paper pulp from softwood is produced on line 2. This high-tech operation is up and running around the clock, every day of the year.

The delivery will take place during the autumn 2018.
(Cellwood Machinery AB)

Newsgrafik #114927

Södra breaks ground for Mörrum expansion  (Company news)

Today the ground was officially broken for the new evaporator and brown stock washing system at Södra’s pulp mill at Mörrum. The investment decision was made in February 2016 and will have several positive effects.
“A ground-breaking ceremony was held today for the new evaporator and brown stock washing system. This investment will enable us to grow with our customers by increasing the production rate for paper and dissolving pulp. The energy balance at the facility will also be improved, which means we can increase our deliveries of district heating and biofuels,” said Stefan Sandberg, Mill Manager.

Södra’s investment is the second stage of a long-term focus on the pulp mill at Mörrum and brings Södra’s total investment in the facility to SEK 1.7 billion.

Increased production
In addition to investment in a new evaporation plant, the brown stock washing system on the dissolving pulp line will be modernised. The evaporator will raise the production capacity, enabling increased supplies of energy products such as electricity, district heating and biofuels. This investment will mean that Södra can offer its customers higher volumes of both paper pulp and dissolving pulp, and the expansion will increase the total annual production capacity from 425,000 to 470,000 tonnes.
“It is very exciting to be able to make such long-term investments here at Mörrum,” said Mill Manager Stefan Sandberg.

Tuesday’s ground-breaking ceremony took a slightly different turn when Södra’s President and CEO, Lars Idermark, and Mill Manager, Stefan Sandberg, used explosives instead of a spade. They commemorated the start of the project by blowing up a mound of earth.

The ceremony was also attended by Per-Ola Mattsson (Deputy Mayor of the City of Karlshamn), Daniel Wäppling (Chief Executive of the City of Karlshamn), Maria Zimdahl (Segment Executive/Vice President of the Infra Services division at NCC) and Jimmy Lindström (Head of Recycling at Skandinavien Andritz).

The construction project is scheduled for completion by November 2017.
(Södra Cell AB)

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Södra Cell Mörrum and Karlshamn Energi renew long-term partnership  (Company news)

Södra Cell Mörrum and Karlshamn Energi AB have signed a new 10-year agreement for district heating supplies. Under the agreement, Södra Cell will supply residual heat from biofuel production to Karlshamn Energi’s district heating network. The new agreement is a result of Södra Cell’s investment in a new evaporation plant, which will increase Södra’s supply capacity.

“Södra’s Board of Directors has approved major investments in Mörrum. The new seven-effect evaporator is an important step in our strategic plan to expand production capacity. In addition to district heating, it also allows for increased energy supplies of electricity and biofuels, which is highly positive,” said Stefan Sandberg, Mill Manager at Södra Cell Mörrum.

The district-heating collaboration between these two parties began in the late 1980s and has evolved over the years as the district heating network has been expanded. The district heating network has now been extended to the urban areas of Asarum, Karlshamn, Mörrum and Svängsta, and supplies more than 1,500 customers.

“I am very happy that we have signed this new long-term agreement, which will ensure a continued focus on expansion of the district heating network, stable prices for our customers and a fossil-free district heating supply,” said Anders Strange, CEO of Karlshamn Energi AB.
(Södra Cell AB)

Newsgrafik #113906

Södra Cell: 500,000 tonnes of dissolving pulp produced  (Company news)

As of mid-May, Södra has produced 500,000 tonnes of dissolving pulp at its pulp mill in Mörrum. Production started in December 2011 and has increased steadily since then.

"Demand for dissolving pulp for textile purposes is increasing globally," says Magnus Björkman, Marketing and Sales Director at Södra Cell. "Demand is being driven by population growth and rising prosperity along with a shift toward textiles that offer a more sustainable alternative."

Wood can be used in many areas and in the production of numerous products. Fibre is the main component and is thus ideal for production on an industrial scale.

"Södra made the strategic decision in 2011 to invest in an additional strong fibre product through the production of dissolving pulp," says Annica Larsson Ahlstedt, Development Manager at Södra Cell Mörrum. "We have two production lines at Mörrum - one for dissolving pulp and one for paper pulp - which provides us with ample room to grow in the future."

Replacing synthetic, oil-based fibre with fibre from forest raw material can significantly reduce the greenhouse gas effect. Substantial environmental gains can also be achieved by using forest-based textile fibres instead of cotton.

Sustainability and quality
Södra's dissolving pulp is entirely traceable to certified, sustainable forestry operations. But quality is also crucial.

"Dissolving pulp from Södra maintains a high standard of quality and is a certified sustainable product," says Magnus Björkman. "This combination is important to customers."

Following the company's recent decision to invest an impressive SEK 1 billion in Södra Cell Mörrum, its production of dissolving pulp is expected to increase even further as of 2018.
(Södra Cell AB)

Newsgrafik #113592

Valmet AB to deliver brown washing plant to Södra Cell Mörrum  (Company news)

In February 2016, Södra's Board of Directors decided to invest SEK 1 billion in a new evaporator and modernisation of the brown washing plant in the dissolving pulp line, where textile pulp is produced. Södra has now awarded Valmet AB the contract to supply the new brown washing plant.

Södra is growing together with its customers. During the 2014-2020 strategy period, Södra Cell Mörrum will gradually begin to offer larger volumes and increase production capacity from 380,000 tonnes to 500,000 tonnes, of which 200,000 tonnes will consist of high-quality dissolving pulp.

"The successful cooperation with Valmet AB on the dissolving pulp line that started in 2011 now continues with the next step. The investment will enable increased production and opportunities to further enhance the product quality of dissolving pulp", said Martin Säll, Project manager at Södra Cell Mörrum.

The startup of the new upgraded pulp line is scheduled for the fourth quarter 2017.
(Södra Cell AB)

Newsgrafik #113467

ANDRITZ to supply evaporation plant to Södra Cell Mörrum in Sweden  (Company news)

ANDRITZ Oy, member of international technology Group ANDRITZ, has received an order from Södra Cell AB to supply a new evaporation plant for the pulp mill in Mörrum. Start-up is scheduled for fourth quarter of 2017.

The new 7-effect high dry solids evaporation plant will replace existing evaporation lines and significantly enhance energy efficiency at the Mörrum mill. Based on state-of-the-art technology provided by ANDRITZ, the evaporation plant also produces a considerable amount of district heat to be supplied to the Karlshamn municipality. The plant will also produce very clean condensates, all of which can be reused in other processes of the pulp mill.
(Andritz AG)

Newsgrafik #112891

Major investment in Mörrum  (Company news)

On 16 February, the Board of Directors of Södra decided to invest SEK 1 billion in the pulp mill at Mörrum. The investment is the second stage of a long-term initiative at Södra Cell Mörrum, and will increase the mill's capacity by 45,000 tonnes.

"This is great news for us here at the mill, because our competitiveness and opportunities will increase. Södra's decision to invest in Mörrum is also important for the region," says Stefan Sandberg, Site Manager at Södra Cell Mörrum.

This particular investment includes a new evaporator, and a modernisation of the brown stock washing system in the dissolving pulp line, where pulp for textile uses is produced. A new evaporator will make it possible to increase the production rate, as well as deliveries of energy products, such as electricity, district heating and biofuels. The new investment will increase production capacity by 45,000 tonnes, bringing the total production of paper and dissolving pulp to 470,000 tonnes.

"The investment will allow us to meet customer demands for both paper and dissolving pulp. Our facility at Mörrum produces high-grade pulp with unique properties. We will now be able to offer higher volumes of these sought-after products to the market. In addition, dissolving pulp and paper pulp based on a renewable source are highly interesting from a climate perspective. More and more people are beginning to see the significance of finding materials that facilitate the transition toward a fossil-free society," says Stefan Sandberg.

The project will commence in spring 2016 and is scheduled for completion by November 2017.
(Södra Cell AB)

Newsgrafik #112089

Next step for Södra Cell Mörrum   (Company news)

The expansion at Södra Cell Mörrum is continuing. A new primary screening system and brown stock washing system will be put into operation between 23 November and 11 December. The new brown stock washing system is initially expected to increase production capacity on the softwood pulp line by 30,000 tonnes per year. The investments will contribute to higher pulp quality, more effective washing results and lower chemical consumption on the pulp line.

A new primary screening facility is being installed on the softwood pulp line, while the cleaning equipment before and after the oxygen bleacher is being replaced and upgraded. All of the equipment is being installed in existing plant premises.

"We are excited to be installing and commissioning an entirely new facility," says Jörgen Lindström, Project Manager at Södra Cell Mörrum. "Naturally, this is an important investment for Södra, but also for our customers and the nearby community. We are investing in the future."

A year and a half of planning and preparation will now come to fruition during two highly intensive weeks of installation, which will take place in conjunction with the major shutdown at the mill between 23 November and 4 December. At the height of this period, 250 employees will be involved in the disassembly, installation and start-up of the project.
(Södra Cell AB)

Newsgrafik #111432

Södra Cell Mörrum meets new environmental standards  (Company news)

On Wednesday 16 September, Södra inaugurated the upgraded biological treatment facility for process water at Södra Cell Mörrum. The investment ensures that the mill will comply with the new environmental standards set by the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED), and is part of Södra's major expansion project now being implemented across all three of its pulp mills.

On 16 September, Södra officially inaugurated a new water treatment plant to meet the latest environmental standards for sustainable industry, in compliance with the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED).

Pulp production is a water-intensive business, so treating and recycling process water to the highest standard is vital for a sustainable business, and thus an area of high priority for Södra.

This upgrade includes the addition of a new disc filter, which is used in the final stage of the treatment process. In addition, the system has been expanded to handle higher volumes of the process water in preparation for future pulp capacity increases.

The environmental impact of Södra's pulp mills is at such a low level that all of the company's pulp can be used for paper products that carry the Swan or EU ecolabels. The biological treatment facility has mainly been designed to reduce emissions of nitrogen, phosphorus and TOC (Total Organic Carbon) to the Baltic Sea. Södra aims to be more environmentally conscious than mandated by law, and to exceed the expectations placed on a modern industry.
(Södra Cell AB)

Newsgrafik #108015

Södra commences expansion of Mörrum  (Company news)

The expansion of Södra Cell Mörrum has started. On 16 October, Södra's CEO Lars Idermark turned the first soil in the project.

Earlier this year, Södra's Board of Directors decided to invest approximately SEK 700 million to increase pulp production at Södra Cell Mörrum. A new chip plant will be constructed and one of the two pulp lines will be modified.
"This is another investment that will strengthen our market position and competitiveness in market pulp. The expansion of our pulp production represents an integral part of our Group strategy and is a prerequisite for developing our business," said Idermark.

The existing facility in Mörrum currently produces 380,000 tonnes annually. The investment is expected to increase production to about 425,000 tonnes per year.
The investment includes a new chip plant and two separate wood room lines, one for softwood chips and one for hardwood chip production, and conversion of the softwood pulp line, where the existing washing facility will be replaced.
The new wood room facilities are scheduled to go into operation in December 2015 and the softwood pulp line in March 2016.
(Södra Cell AB)

Newsgrafik #106963

Valmet to supply a new wood chipping plant to Södra Cell Mörrum in Sweden  (Company news)

Valmet will deliver a new wood chipping plant to Södra Cell's Mörrum pulp mill in Sweden. The delivery is part of Södra Cell's project to increase the pulp production at the Mörrum pulp mill. The order is included in Valmet's third quarter 2014 orders received and is valued at around EUR 20 million.

Picture: Valmet GentleFeed system in operation

Valmet's delivery will consist of a complete woodroom including two wood debarking and chipping lines, bark handling and chip conveying systems. The start-up of the new wood chipping plant is scheduled for spring of 2016.
Valmet's delivery is part of Södra Cell's about 70 million euro investment to increase the pulp production at Södra Cell Mörrum, where Södra currently operates two parallel pulp lines for the production of softwood pulp and textile pulp (dissolving pulp). The investment includes a new wood chipping plant and one of the mill's two pulp lines will be upgraded. The investment is expected to increase production from 380,000 to about 425,000 tons annually.
Already in June Valmet announced it will supply the major rebuild and new equipment to Södra Cell's Värö pulp mill, where Södra Cell in making an over 400 million euro investment to increase the Värö mill's pulp production capacity from 425,000 tons to 700,000 tons per year.
"We look forward to cooperating with Valmet in this project," says Gunilla Saltin, CEO, Södra Cell.
"Good cooperation with Södra Cell continues in the Mörrum pulp mill upgrade. Valmet is the world's leading supplier of woodhandling systems. The new wood chipping plant will be utilizing industry leading technology and includes Valmet's patented log feeding system GentleFeed," says Jyrki Holmala, President, Pulp and Energy Business Line, Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #106928

Södra picks GL&V for fibreline upgrade at Mörrum  (Company news)

Södra Cell has appointed GL&V to supply a major upgrade of the softwood pulp line at its Mörrum mill.
Two weeks ago Södra announced that its Board of Directors had granted SEK 700 million for a comprehensive refurbishment of the pulp mill at Mörrum.
GL&V will be responsible for screening and washing equipment in the unbleached area of the softwood pulp line.
Investing in a new screen room and brown-stock washing is fundamental for the development of the Mörrum mill.
"We have had a good and close co-operation with GL&V while planning this project and we are convinced it will continue in the execution phase", said Jörgen Lindström, Operations Engineer at Södra Cell Mörrum.
"The Mörrum mill will be equipped with what in our opinion is undoubtedly the industry's best technology. We focus on innovation and we are glad that Södra Cell, which itself is one of the industry's most innovative companies, has chosen to partner with us", commented Fredrik Björck, Sales Manager at GL&V.
(Södra Cell AB)

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Södra invests to increase pulp production at Mörrum  (Company news)

Södra's Board has decided to invest approximately SEK 700 million to increase pulp production at Södra Cell Mörrum. A new wood-chip plant will be constructed and one of the mill's two pulp lines will be upgraded.

In February of this year, Södra's Board decided to invest just over SEK 4 billion to increase capacity at the Värö pulp mill. Investments are now also being made in the Mörrum pulp mill, where Södra currently operates two parallel pulp lines for the production of softwood pulp and textile pulp (dissolving pulp).

"This is another investment that strengthens our market position and competitiveness for market pulp. The expansion of pulp production is a key part of our Group strategy and a crucial feature of our efforts to develop our operation," said Lars Idermark, CEO of Södra.

The existing facility at Mörrum currently produces a total of 380,000 tonnes annually. The investment is expected to increase production to about 425,000 tpy.

"The investment will enable us to meet the growing demands of our customers for softwood pulp and the increasingly popular textile pulp. It will enhance our energy efficiency, result in even higher quality pulp and improve the work environment," commented Gunilla Saltin, President of the Södra Cell business area.

The project includes a new wood-chip plant with two separate wood lines, one for softwood-chip and one for hardwood-chip production, in addition to a refit of the softwood line, where the existing washing equipment will be replaced.

The first phase of the project is scheduled to be carried out in 2014-15 with completion expected March 2016.

Södra Cell Mörrum currently produces high-quality pulp and is the only Södra mill to produce textile pulp, for which demand is growing rapidly. Södra Cell is one of the largest players in the world in the area of softwood pulp and operates three pulp mills in Sweden: Mörrum, Mönsterås and Värö.
(Södra Cell AB)

Newsgrafik #101888

Södra Cell reaches 100,000 tonnes of textile pulp   (Company news)

Södra Cell has sold 100,000 tonnes of textile pulp since production began at its Morrum mill in December 2011. This milestone has been reached sooner than planned.
"We had budgeted to produce 50,000 tonnes in 2012. That we have now reached 100,000 tonnes in January of 2013 is a fantastic result," said Dag Benestad, Business Operations Manager for Södra's textile pulp.
It took 12 months to convert line 1 at Mörrum to textile pulp and the company is now looking at converting an additional line to hardwood-based textile pulp, primarily for customers in Europe and Asia.
(Södra Cell AB)

Newsgrafik #101366

Södra Cell Mörrum keeps on adding Metso Kappa Q analyzers  (Company news)

Södra Cell Mörrum enhances process management in kraft pulping with new Metso Kappa Q analyzers.
Metso has delivered a second order for a large Kappa Q analyzer unit to Södra’s Mörrum plant. The delivered analyzer replaces Mörrum’s retiring Metso Kappa analyzers after a long service of over fifteen years. The new analyzer includes the online Kappa and Brightness measurements and, as a new feature to the previous ones, online Fiber and Shives measurements. The fiber properties measurements open a new door to even tighter pulp quality and process control through the whole fiber line from cooking to baling.
“The start up was successful and now the production has got an additional strong tool to improve both quality and capacity. Metso’s way of managing and running things for the installation and start up is very professional,“ says Project Manager Sigurd Björkman, Södra Cell Mörrum.
A first order for a new Metso Kappa Q analyzer was placed in May 2011 to replace the existing analyzer installations. The analyzer had two cabinets both with separate washing and measuring chambers. One of the cabinets was equipped with brightness and the other with kappa and brightness measurements. Additionally, there was online fiber and shive measurement for all process sampling locations.
Södra Cell Mörrum mill is a Nordic pioneer in using Metso Kappa and Brightness analyzers as the key online measurements to manage kraft pulping in producing high quality pulp for global markets. The Mörrum mill purchased their first Kappa analyzer from Metso over fifteen years ago, and Mörrum’s impact on solutions development of the online brightness analyzer, in cooperation with Metso in the mid-nineteen-nineties, was substantial. During their lifecycle, the analyzers carried out altogether 4.5 million measurements. After well over a decade’s usage of two Kappa analyzers and a Brightness analyzer the mill decided to gradually replace the old analyzers with recently released modern Metso Kappa Q technology.
(Metso Oyj)

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Södra textile pulp production in progress   (Company news)

Production of textile pulp at Södra Cell Mörrum has now begun. Under full operation, annual production is expected to amount to 170 000 tonnes, and the investment in Mörrum will give Södra competitive textile pulp production based on hardwood.
Södra made a decision to invest in the production of textile pulp back in December 2010. The Group is anticipating strong market development for textile pulp as it is renewable and timber-based, and it will replace oil-based and cotton fibres. Since this decision was made, implementation of the investment and development of a new market organisation for the new customer segment have been taking place in parallel.
"We are focusing on textile pulp as this is a growing market to which we can supply a certified, renewable forest raw material," says Gunilla Saltin, president of Södra Cell.
"For Södra Cell Mörrum, this is an important step in the reinforcement of the profitability and competitiveness of the mill," says Magnus Olsson, Site Manager for Södra Cell Mörrum.
Södra's executive committee has also made a decision in principle about an appropriation limit for production of textile pulp on a further pulp line at one of the company's pulp mills. A definitive decision on a second textile pulp line at Södra will be made in 2012.
(Södra Cell AB)


Södra imposes market shutdown in Tofte   (Company news)

Södra will stop production at Södra Cell Tofte pulp mill in Norway from the beginning of week 50, 2011. This market-driven downtime is in response to weakened demand for pulp as a consequence of international financial unrest.
In addition, Södra Cell Mörrum in Blekinge will take an extended maintenance shutdown for the same reason, from 19 November to 7 December inclusive.
(Sødra Cell Tofte AS)


Metso will supply six TwinRoll Evolution wash presses to Swedish pulp mills  (Company news)

Metso will supply six TwinRoll Evolution wash presses with related additional services and equipment to four Swedish pulp mills. The wash presses, scheduled to start up between end of 2011 and mid 2012, will help the mills to increase their production capacity, optimize the fiberline and reduce the environmental impact.
To Södra Cell Mörrum pulp mill Metso will supply two new TwinRoll Evolution wash presses as a part of the mill’s investment to convert their line1 to dissolving pulp production. At full capacity Södra Cell Mörrum will produce 170,000 tonnes of dissolving pulp based on hardwood. Metso’s delivery will also include rebuild of two old presses, basic engineering and site services.
To Rottneros Vallviks Bruk AB Metso will deliver two TwinRoll Evolution wash presses, basic engineering and site services. The new wash presses will allow Vallvik to reduce the effluent flow from the bleach plant to the new biological water treatment plant.
To Korsnäs AB pulp mill in Gävle Metso will deliver a TwinRoll Evolution wash press, rebuild of existing oxygen stage, piping, basic and detail engineering and site services. The new Metso equipment will allow Korsnäs to optimize the fiberline operation which will improve the quality of their pulp.
To Korsnäs AB pulp mill in Frövi Metso will deliver a TwinRoll Evolution wash press, basic engineering and site services. The new wash press will replace an old wash press before the paper machine.
Metso's patented TwinRoll Evolution wash press is the fifth generation in a line of wash presses first introduced over 50 years ago in 1954. The new presses are unique in combining Metso’s proven machinery, process know-how and state of the art automation.
(Metso Oyj)

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Södra's income statement report for 2010  (Company news)

Picture: CEO Leif Brodén

In 2010, Södra's net profit increased by SEK 1,670 million compared with 2009 to SEK 2,332 million. Net revenue increased by SEK 3,031 million to SEK 19,727 million. The increase in profit and sales is the result of improved prices, greater productivity and good volumes. Return on capital employed increased to 23 per cent, compared with 6 per cent in 2009.
"I'm particularly pleased that we continued to increase productivity in the association in a year like this. We've implemented 3,867 (3,472) improvement suggestions from employees, and our total productivity has increased from 1.7 to 3.4 per cent," said Group Chief Executive Leif Brodén.

The pulp market has been strong all year, and this also applied in the fourth quarter. Gross price nationwide was SEK 6,689 (4,917) per tonne on average. Production increased to 2,012,000 (1,875,000) tonnes, and stocks were 152,000 (140,000) tonnes on 31 December.

At the end of the year, Södra decided to invest in the production of textile pulp in Södra Cell Mörrum. This is a new chapter for Södra, which is producing pulp for the textile industry for the first time. The pulp mill in Mörrum will be able to produce 170,000 tonnes of textile pulp based on hardwood each year.

The market for sawn timber products weakened towards the end of the year. In order to keep stocks down, Södra shut down production during the Christmas and New Year holidays 2010/2011.

During the year, a decision was made to set up a new sawmill in Värö and work is progressing according to plan. Production is expected to start in the third quarter of 2011.

"We're very positive about the long-term development of the timber market. Our confidence is supported when we look at the construction sector in Europe and USA, which is still below average, but at the same time wood is being increasingly used in construction," says Leif Brodén.

The market for interior products strengthened towards the end of the year. Prices are stronger and volumes are slowly increasing.

After increasing by nearly 50 per cent from autumn 2009 to the end of June 2010, timber prices fell during the fourth quarter as an effect of the saw mill recession. Good supply of cellulose chips meant that the pulp wood market was in balance, in spite of relatively low pulpwood stocks. Pulp wood prices increased gradually during the year and were increased again just before Christmas by a further SEK 35 to SEK 350 per cubic metre (m3sub) softwood pulp.

The membership area increased during the year by 20,000 hectares to a total of 2.37 million hectares. In 2010, Södra Skog handled a total of 16.6 million m3sub timber raw material, which is an increase of 25 per cent compared with 2009. During the year, Södra Skog increased delivery of biofuel by 16 per cent to 4.3 TWh.

"2010 was a strong year. But at the same time we know that we're influenced by global market prices over which we have no control. If we are to compete long-term, we must continue to work with what we can influence, and that is to improve our productivity," says Leif Brodén.

Other events during the year:
Södra Cell Värö became the world's first fossil-free pulp mill. Södra's other Swedish pulp mills are also expected to become fossil-free in the next three years. This may be the result of the company, in recent years, making deliberate investments in improving energy efficiency. Another effect is that Södra has become Sweden's biggest producer of green, biofuel-based electricity, and is a growing supplier of district heating and solid biofuel. The investments have squeezed much fossil-based energy out of the Swedish energy system.

During the year Södra bought, set up and commissioned 10 new wind power plants in Mönsterås. Six of these are owned by the company, and four are placed on member land in partnership with Statkraft. They will be opened in March 2011.

In 2010, Södra and the Wästberg lamp company exhibited the W101 lamp in Milan. The lamp won the year's Design S, Swedish Design Awards and the Good Design Award in USA. The lamp is made from the new pulp-based material DuraPulp, which is completely recyclable, compostable and produced in a fully sustainable way. DuraPulp saw the light of day in 2009 when the children's chair, Parupu, was presented during the design week in Milan.

Södra also decided to build a wooden tennis hall in Växjö. This is a new concept for a modern sports hall, involving a completely wooden structure. The project is being carried out together with Stefan Edberg and Carl-Axel Hageskog.

Together with partners Preem and Sveaskog, Södra opened Sunpine in Piteå, the world's first facility for the production of green diesel from forest raw materials.

The Kraftsamling skog campaign ended. In Södra, 37,000 participated in the activities, nearly twice as many as the original target. The aim of the three-year project was to give forest owners the opportunity to learn more about measures to improve growth and profitability on their forest properties.
(Södra Cell AB)


Södra to invest in textile pulp production  (Company news)

Södra’s board of directors has approved an investment to produce dissolving pulp at its Södra Cell Mörrum pulp mill. This will involve converting pulp line 1, which is currently used to produce paper pulp. At full capacity, Södra Cell Mörrum will produce 170,000 tonnes of dissolving pulp based on hardwood. The production of dissolving pulp will gradually increase to compensate lost paper pulp volumes as a result of the development of digital media.
Södra strongly believes in the potential of the dissolving pulp market, and especially in the textile fibres segment.
“The demand for renewable, wood-based textile fibre will increase as it replaces cotton fibre and oil-based synthetic fibre,” said Gunilla Saltin, CEO of Södra Cell.
The investment at Mörrum will give Södra competitive dissolving pulp production based on hardwood. However, Södra will also continue to produce paper pulp based on birch at its mill in Mönsterås.
Work on the conversion will begin immediately with production expected to start by the end of 2011. Existing production will not be affected during the construction period. (Södra Cell AB)

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