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Newsgrafik #119755
 11.04.2018

SCA: Kristina Enander new Business Area President Pulp  (Company news)

Kristina Enander, presently manager of SCA’s Ortviken paper mill, has been appointed new Business Area President Pulp.

SCA’s Business Area Pulp comprise the Östrand pulp mill in Timrå, Sweden. One of Sweden’s largest industrial investments ever is about to be concluded and put on stream. The extended pulp mill will have a capacity of one million tonnes of pulp per annum and will be the biggest production line for bleached softwood kraft pulp in the world.

Kristina Enander takes on her new position as of November 1, 2018. She succeeds Åke Westberg, who will retire from SCA.
(SCA Graphic Sundsvall AB)

Newsgrafik #118379
 27.10.2017

ABB: The digital mill  (Company news)

The only way to increase productivity is to work smarter – and that means working together, not separately. SCA’s Östrand pulp mill will be the first such mill in the world, for production of softwood kraft pulp, to use an automation system to control all of the processes in the entire mill.

Running a pulp mill is no simple enterprise. Several processes need to function on their own, but they also have to collaborate in a chain that should progress as faultlessly as possible.

“Roughly speaking, even though Östrand is a relatively modern pulp mill, we have several factories within the factory,” says Ingela Ekebro, project director for the Helios project at SCA.

“At the same time, the most competitive producer over time is the one that has the smoothest production that consistently operates at maximum capacity in all areas.”

This is the background to one of the largest investments in Swedish industrial history. SCA started reconstructing the pulp mill in Östrand in 2015, and the goal is for construction to be finished by June 2018. The project, which is called Helios, will cost a total of SEK 7.8 billion. Upon completion, production capacity will double, and the production line for bleached softwood kraft pulp will be the largest in the world.

However, being the largest is not necessarily the same as being the best – the different parts also have to work together.

“The technical level of our control is already good, but it has not been fully integrated,” says Alf Eriksson, who is the electrical and automation function manager in the project.

“We naturally purchase the best machines, but our competitors can do the same. Whether we only manage to do a good job or we are the best depends on how we run and optimize our plant.”
When planning the reconstruction, SCA decided to delay the individual parts and instead begin a procurement process for the automation system. ABB’s Ability System 800xA automation system was selected.

“This is a strategic issue. The control system is the cornerstone that affect how all parts of the factory works, which is why it was important for us to have all the different pieces in place as early as possible,” says Alf Eriksson.

However, it is not only the fully integrated automation that is new. The physical control room environment has also changed. The various processes are currently run from five different control rooms placed in different locations throughout the mill area, which is one square kilometer large.

“We have wanted to gather our personnel into one common operations center for several years,” says Anders Rönnqvist, project manager at the operations center at Östrand.

“Even if the current control rooms allow the operators to work close to operations, daily communication between the operators and with their immediate supervisor is not as close and instantaneous,” says Anders Rönnqvist.

As a result, SCA has decided to gather the control rooms for wood handling, fiber line and energy & chemical recovery into a common operations center that is centrally located in the mill area.

“Taking this step will lead to several positive effects,” says Ingela Ekebro.

“The operators will be closer to their supervisors and their colleagues, which will result in better communication and better opportunities to learn from one another. The daytime organization will also be gathered at the same place, which means communication with each other and with operations will be easier, and colleagues can help each other across department boundaries. This will in turn lead to increased understanding and knowledge of the different processes in the mill, which in the long run will lead to improved operations.”

The operations center will also be fitted with equipment from ABB.

“We liked how ABB was able to integrate the control system with the operators’ working environment,” says Anders Rönnqvist.

“It is the employees who are to perform a good job, and they have to be given the optimal conditions to do so.”

The control rooms will be fitted with ABB’s Extended Operator Workplaces (EOW), which are fully integrated operator solutions that provide both process overview and the possibility to adapt ergonomics and the work environment to the individual for everything from working posture to sound and lighting. To enable the greatest amount of operator support possible, SCA has also chosen to implement functions for advanced process control for all the process segments, integrated in the operator environment. This will provide operators with decision-making support in real time for optimal operation of the mill, at the same time as ongoing control and history are displayed.

“We are creating a modern, high tech workplace where focus is on productivity, technology and constant improvements, as well as a workplace that will continue to be appealing and attract the best possible operators in the future,” concludes Anders Rönnqvist.
(ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd)

Newsgrafik #112911
 22.02.2016

Production record 2015 at SCA Östrand  (Company news)

After a very good production throughout the year we beat the old record with 14 000 tonnes in total. We produced 428 600 tonnes of Celeste and 95 800 tonnes of Star.

Both production lines exceeded previous seasonal best. This is a result of good performance of all employees in production, our continuous improvements and that we have worked for several years to standardize our working methods.
(SCA Graphic Sundsvall AB)

Newsgrafik #112278
 17.12.2015

Sweco commissioned for land use and construction planning for pulp mill expansion  (Company news)

Sweco will be responsible for land use and construction planning, and parts of the process piping plan, for SCA’s expansion of Östrand’s pulp mill in Timrå. This investment in Östrand will double production of bleached needle-sulphate pulp and create Sweden’s largest pulp mill.

”This is one of the largest industrial investments ever made in Sweden. The assignment confirms our position as the leading expert in paper and pulp planning,” said Åsa Bergman, CEO of Sweco Sweden.

Under the assignment, Sweco’s industry specialists and structural engineers will be responsible for land use and construction planning and for parts of the process piping plan. Sweco has been carrying out assignments at Östrand since the 1920s. Sweco’s experts in areas ranging from land use and geotechnics to fire and water and sewer systems conducted project feasibility studies during the past year.

Sweco’s work on the project will begin immediately and continue through 2018, when the new mill is scheduled to begin operation.
(Sweco AB (publ))

Newsgrafik #112160
 03.12.2015

Valmet to supply key technology to SCA's Östrand pulp mill expansion project in Sweden  (Company news)

Valmet has received a major order to deliver cooking, fiber line and evaporation plant to SCA's Östrand pulp mill located in Timrå, Sweden. This delivery is part of SCA's investment to upgrade the production of bleached softwood kraft pulp at the Östrand mill from today's capacity of 430,000 tons to 900,000 tons per year. The last start-up of the renewed pulp mill is scheduled for May 2018.

The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

"This major agreement with SCA is a strong continuation of Valmet's and SCA's long term cooperation and an important achievement for our pulp technology business. The project has a significant employment impact to Valmet in Sweden, since a significant part of the equipment to be delivered in this project, will be engineered and produced in our Swedish units," says Bertel Karlstedt, President, Pulp and Energy Business Line, Valmet.

The estimated employment impact of the order is about 150 man years mainly in Sweden. A large part of the order will be delivered from Valmet's Swedish units: the cooking plant from Karlstad, fiber line from Sundsvall, and evaporation plant from Gothenburg.

Valmet has earlier delivered both pulp and tissue technology to SCA and has also extensive services contracts with SCA. The most recent delivery was the new Compact Cooking G2 for the SCA Obbola kraftliner mill.

Details about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery includes a Compact Cooking G2 (photo) together with a TwinRoll press based fiber line for both ECF and TCF pulp production at a capacity of 2,850 air dry tons per day (adt/d). The evaporation plant consist of 7 effects with a TUBEL superconcentrator for high dry solids and has a capacity of 1,150 tons of evaporated water per hour. The total package is optimized for superior water and energy efficiency.
(Valmet Corporation)

 

ANDRITZ to supply equipment for SCA's Östrand pulp mill, Sweden  (Company news)

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from SCA to supply production technologies and equipment for the extension of SCAʼs Östrand pulp mill in Timrå, Sweden. Start-up is scheduled for the second quarter of 2018. The order is expected to enter into force in the next few weeks.

The scope of supply, with a high manufacturing portion in Sweden, includes wood yard equipment, a pulp dryer with innovative, energy-saving technologies that substantially reduce the mill’s operating costs, a major upgrade of the white liquor plant, and extension of the recovery boiler, which was supplied by ANDRITZ in 2006.

The mill expansion is one of the largest industrial investments in Sweden and the largest ever in northern Sweden. SCA Östrand will double its annual production capacity from 430,000 to 900,000 tons and become the largest mill in the world for softwood kraft pulp.
(Andritz AG)

Newsgrafik #111296
 03.09.2015

SCA enhances its organization and invests  (Company news)

SCA is a global hygiene and forest products company with about 85% of its sales derived from its hygiene operations. To further intensify the focus on the Group’s two operations, SCA has decided initiate a dividing of the Group into two divisions: a Hygiene division and a Forest Products division. In relation to the Forest Products division, all forest industry and forest land currently owned by SCA will be merged into one division. A decision has also been made to invest in increased capacity for pulp production in the forest products operation.

“SCA is a global hygiene and forest products company in which we work continuously to enhance the respective operations. The enhancement of the organization and the investment in increased pulp production will secure the long-term competitiveness of the businesses,” says Magnus Groth (photo), President and CEO of SCA.

The Forest Products division will encompass all forest industry operations and all forest land currently owned by SCA. The work to realize this consolidation will now begin. There are significant synergies between the forest industry and the ownership of forest land. SCA’s forest products operation has a well-integrated supply chain with production facilities concentrated in Northern Sweden in close proximity to its forest holdings.

As of January 1, 2017, the Forest Products division will expand its quarterly financial reporting.

To satisfy the growing demand for pulp, SCA has decided to invest in increased capacity for pulp production at the Östrand pulp mill in Timrå, Sweden. The annual production capacity of bleached sulphate pulp will increase from the current level of approximately 430,000 tons to about 900,000 tons. The investment will amount to about SEK 7.8bn over a three-year period. Production is expected to commence in 2018.

“A cohesive forest products operation in a single division further highlights the value created and optimizes synergies between the forest industry and ownership of forest land. Over time, the investment in Östrand will increase sales and competitiveness and create a world-class cost position and higher margins,” says Magnus Groth, President and CEO of SCA.
(SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)

Newsgrafik #101026
 25.10.2012

New product launched by SCA  (Company news)

Picture: Johan Malker, Mikael Hjärpe, Jessica Sjöberg and Hans-Göran Nordin show the specially selected wood chips needed to manufacture Celeste Filter.

Celeste Filter is a new kraft pulp product recently launched by SCA Forest Products’ Östrand pulp mill. It is more porous than other Celeste products and is therefore well suited for production of products such as oil and air filters. Celeste filter will be delivered to producers of base paper for filters and in the next step of the value chain the filter paper is converted to end products, such as oil filters for cars.
“Celeste Filter was developed because we saw that there is a market and demand for this type of product. SCA Östrand will also provide customers with added value as a result of our strong environmental profile, service and quality,” says Johan Malker, Product Manager for Celeste.
In the initial phase, laboratory tests were carried out at SCA R&D Centre in Sundsvall.
“These were on a small scale so that we could define the conditions necessary to achieve the high degree of porosity. We discovered that wood chips from selected sawmills and the right process conditions yielded the desired qualities,” says Jessica Sjöberg, R&D engineer at SCA R&D Centre.

Good response from customers
Two large-scale test runs of Celeste Filter have been carried in the past year and the product has been distributed to a number of customers. Both trials have received good response, one of the customers in the filter segment tested the product and is very pleased with the results.
“In specialty segments, there are more meticulous requirements to produce the right quality at all times. Consistency is incredibly important and for customers it is crucial to receive the same quality each time,” explains Jessica.
(SCA Graphic Sundsvall AB)

Newsgrafik #59123
 15.09.2010

Eco-friendly food pads from Luna pulp  (Company news)

Collaboration between SCA Forest Products' pulp mill Östrand, the company Cellcomb in the Swedish province of Värmland, and SCA R&D Centre in Sundsvall has meant that SCA’s Luna pulp will be used to make food pads.

“It’s an innovative project that uses Luna’s unique product features to create new application areas,” says Bengt Nordström, Product Manager for Luna.
Cellcomb AB in the city of Karlstad is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of disposable laminated products for healthcare services, care for the elderly and the hygiene market. The company’s aim is to base its products, to the greatest degree possible, on compostable and renewable materials.
Now, the company is aiming to strengthen its position and break into the food market by offering an ecofriendly food pad for use in the packaging of fresh foods.
- Ecofriendly product
The advantage of using Luna as a food pad is that – compared with other similar products – it is an ecofriendly wood-fibre-based product. The majority of absorbent food products are manufactured from oil-based super absorbents.
“Luna’s absorption properties and strong environmental profile are a perfect match for our strategy of working with environmentally friendly disposable products,” says Göran Eriksson, President of Cellcomb.
The collaboration resulted in the establishment of a long-term agreement, which was signed at the beginning of the year.
- Strong interest
Cellcomb’s food pad has already attracted great interest. Customers primarily comprise manufactures of food trays and distributors of fresh-food packaging.
The collaboration with Cellcomb may also offer other opportunities for Luna in the future.
“Cellcomb makes disposable underpads and surgical consumables for the healthcare market, an area that may be suitable for Luna. Cellcomb will have access to SCA R&D Centres and our know-how, enabling the company to test future products,” says Nordström. (SCA Graphic Sundsvall AB)