Pulp and paper manufacturer that sells personal care business; said it will focus on packaging.
Domtar Corp., based in Fort Mill, South Carolina, said it has reached an agreement to sell its personal care business unit to New York-based American Industrial Partners (AIP) for $920 million. Domtar stated that the sale is a way to “strengthen its focus on building an industry-leading paper, pulp and packaging company”.
In the press release announcing the sale, Domtar referred to it as "the culmination of the process announced on August 7, 2020, during which the company conducted a comprehensive strategic review of the business' value creation alternatives." The Domtar website states that the company's personal care department is focused on "designing and manufacturing high-quality absorbent hygiene products for adults, infants and children."
"This sale is an important part of our strategic plan and will provide us with additional capital and resources to strengthen and invest in Domtar's future, thereby making the business portfolio more concentrated," said John D. Williams, President and CEO of Domtar "We have made solid progress in the renovation of the Kingsport, Tennessee plant, and are excited about the prospect of establishing a large-scale value-added packaging business. We expect the construction of Kingsport to officially begin in the second quarter of 2021. , Laying the foundation for the completion of North America’s premier lightweight containerboard plant, which is capable of producing and selling approximately 600,000 tons of high-quality recycled liner and corrugated paper by the end of 2022."
Domtar also has an executive office in Montreal, and the company said it is implementing a strategic plan to enter the cardboard market "with highly competitive assets and a differentiated listing strategy." Kingsport's conversion provided the company with a so-called "strategic entry point" to establish a business of up to 2.5 million tons per year and become a long-term strategic supplier in the packaging industry.
The company stated that its containerboard growth plan will be consistent with maintaining so-called "safe and stable cash flow" through its paper and pulp business. Domtar produces office, printing and specialty papers in its so-called low-cost factories, which "can produce attractive returns even in the most challenging environments." The company said it intends to continue to produce pulp that focuses on "the fastest-growing areas, including the hygiene, household paper and towel markets."
Morgan Stanley & Co. acted as Domtar's financial advisor, and New York-based Debevoise & Plimpton LLP acted as Domtar's legal advisor. Deutsche Bank Securities and Barclays Bank acted as financial advisors to AIP, and Ropes & Gray LLP and Baker Botts LLP acted as legal advisors to AIP.
The combination of advancement in accessory coupling technology and new products means that material processing is increasingly occurring at the end of the excavator arm.
Excavator and hydraulic material handler accessories used by demolition contractors and recyclers have always had multiple functions, but this century has witnessed an increase in accessories that can be used as "mini" processing plants.
At the 2020 ConExpo-Con/Agg event held in Las Vegas in March, several existing and newly introduced accessories with processing capabilities were displayed.
Several exhibiting companies also highlighted the product features designed to help users of hydraulic material handling machines to more easily replace accessories or upgrade the hydraulic system that provides power for processing and cutting accessories.
When project managers and contractors consider how to pulverize, grind, screen, and chew materials cost-effectively on site, their increasing choices allow them to use only the excavator, its operator, and custom-designed processing accessories.
At ConExpo 2020, Engcon, a Swedish company headquartered in North Haven, Connecticut, said that its display of tilter technology for excavator attachments attracted approximately 10,000 visitors.
The company said its tilt spinner is a component, usually described as a flexible wrist between the excavator arm and its attachment, allowing the excavator to rotate the bucket or other attachment 360 degrees and tilt it 45 degrees.
Engcon technology was also exhibited at other OEM booths, including those of Doosan, Hyundai, John Deere and Kobelco. Tilt spinners are connected to various excavation equipment, allowing attendees to witness the actual application of the technology or demonstrate in person in the Engcon exhibition area.
"Thousands of ConExpo attendees were able to demonstrate the Engcon tilter," said Engcon CEO Krister Blomgren. "We have received a lot of praise for allowing customers to test drive excavators with our tilter technology-this is an interesting element for visitors and a great way to learn more about how tilters change the world of excavation."
The company said that in addition to digging with a bucket, the Engcon tilter can also be equipped with a grab, a ripper, an asphalt cutter, a pallet fork and a broom.
Hydrauli Circuit Technology (HCT) in McDonough, Georgia, focuses on the hydraulic power required to efficiently operate the world's growing fleet of accessories.
HCT's Greg Hickman said that the company's extreme load assist hydraulic kit (also called a "wet kit") can operate almost any attachment on an excavator ranging from 8 to 120 metric tons.
Hickman cites shears and multi-function processors (with or without rotating motors), including crushers and crushers, as accessory types that can see the operating advantages of using wet kits. "Other accessories may include grabs (with or without rotating motors), thumbs and quick couplings," he commented.
HCT technology is based on the company's modular design. Hickman added, "We can add or reduce certain suite features that customers may or may not be interested in."
He continued, “HCT regularly consults with excavator and accessory manufacturers and distributors to keep up with the many excavator models and machine series [on the market]. Our measure of success is to provide our customers with easy-to-install A well-assembled kit, and allows customers to obtain the maximum allowable performance of the machine and accessory design."
Werk-Brau Co. Inc., headquartered in Findlay, Ohio, stated that its new series of extreme load excavator buckets are designed to be durable and effective even under severe conditions, with "aggressive digging angles, wear-resistant Robust structural steel and horizontal wear strips from AR400 to AR500."
Werk-Brau stated that the extreme load buckets manufactured in the United States range in size from 3/8 cubic yard to 10 cubic yards, and "are available in various widths, and special designs and capacities can be provided upon request."
The company added: "The Werk-Brau extreme load excavator bucket is ideal for demolition work, gravel, abrasive applications, moderate prying, and material handling with thumbs."
The blade on the bucket is made of what Werk-Brau calls "extreme load T-1 [ASTM A514 steel] material", while other critical or high wear parts use AR400 to AR500 high carbon steel to improve strength and durability , Said firmly.
Werk-Brau stated: “Starting from strong and reliable materials, the bucket is designed for heavy-duty operations and can withstand excessive wear.” “In addition to strong materials, the bucket is designed with durability in mind. Horizontal wear strips And the extra-thick cutting edge supported by the wear plate covering the entire bottom of the bucket ensures greater durability. The side wear plate protects high wear areas to extend the life of the bucket."
HCT's wet kit is designed to make on-site installation not only possible, but also seamless, Hickman said. He said: “Most of the HCT kits are based on actual internal installations in our 35,000 square foot manufacturing facility in McDonough.” Hickman added: “HCT has professionally trained product support technicians who can assist in the installation. Or customers who repair our kits provide first-class after-sales support."
Atlanta-based Geith, another manufacturer of excavator and material handling accessories, focused on coupler technology at ConExpo 2020, where it launched the G4 quick coupler for the first time.
"The connectors produced by Geith's design and manufacturing team work very well with the excavator," said Adrian Kelly, Geith's sales manager. "We have brought 60 years of experience and expertise to this new coupler, and the result is one of the safest and most efficient couplers on the market, with outstanding durability."
G4 includes a variable pin center design that allows operators to easily pick up and replace various OEM accessories. In addition, the connector can reverse the bucket, allowing the operator to dig against the wall and under the pipe.
Geith said that the G4's multi-pin pickup system is designed to easily pick up accessories with different needle diameters, thereby increasing efficiency when changing accessories. This configuration also allows the operator to change accessories without leaving the cab.
"As always, we focus on safety," Kelly said. "When designing new products, we will look for ways to make the work site safer with Geith accessories. G4 continues this tradition."
Among the new or emerging processing accessories in 2020 is the bucket crusher from Epiroc, Sweden, which has an office in Broomfield, Colorado, USA.
The company stated that its bucket crusher "combines low maintenance and high performance, while processing a variety of materials, including aggregates, asphalt, and concrete." According to Amato, the bucket crusher enables contractors to increase The versatility of the carrier, especially in the application of demolition, recycling and road construction.
The company said: “These attachments have powerful components that allow operators to smash up to 110 tons of material per hour,” and pointed out a drive system that includes two hydraulic motors and a timing belt designed to “produce all The high torque required" provides power for the crushing jaw. "
Epiroc also stated that its internally installed drive system eliminates protruding components to minimize the risk of dust entering the hydraulic system and protect critical components from flying debris. "In addition, the operator can control the diameter of the crushed material by easily adjusting the jaw exit without any special tools," the company said.
Another Swedish company focused on versatility is Brokk Inc., which has a North American office in Monroe, Washington. Brokk, which makes remote control demolition machines, also introduced the BCP planer attachment for so-called "controlled material removal from walls, floors and ceilings for cleaning, renovation and restoration applications."
The three models in the BCP series are designed to be used with the company's remote control demolition machine, "and provide up to seven times the speed of the handheld option, while providing higher precision for grinding, brushing or removing concrete, glue, carpet, and ceramic tiles. And safety and other materials," Brock said.
Lars Lindgren, President of Brokk, said: "With the BCP planer, our customers can confidently handle more jobs in more industries." "This accessory does not require bulky scaffolding and additional manpower, simplifies the removal application, and provides The accuracy that the handheld option can’t match.”
The Allu Group, headquartered in Finland, has a North American office in East Brunswick, New Jersey, and showcased its new Transformer series of screening crusher accessories. The series uses the company’s new TS blade structure to "transform the unusable The soil, construction waste and green waste are transformed into valuable materials, ultimately changing the way contractors and manufacturers work."
According to Allu, the TS blades in the Allu TS drum "rotate between the combs." The company stated that the size of the final product is determined by the space between these combs. "It has now developed an updated Allu TS blade structure that provides a higher level of versatility, efficiency and productivity."
The company said that the new TS component can get more fragment sizes from the same unit. "The single-blade setup puts two or three blades in one position, with a screening comb between each blade. Operators can now double or even triple the blade and comb, allowing sizes from 8 mm to 105 mm The change in the size of the fragments has tripled."
Allu stated that its Transformer attachment series can be used in conjunction with wheel loaders, excavators, skid steer loaders and backhoe excavators, "screening, crushing, crushing, aerating, mixing, mixing, separating, and feeding materials in one stage. And load materials to improve operational efficiency and profitability.” ”
The number of companies dedicated to research and investment to increase the productivity of attachments may convince presentation contractors and material recyclers that their industry is getting the right attention.
This article was originally published in the November and December issue of Construction and Demolition Recycling. The author is a senior editor of Recycling Today Media Group and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before graduation, three students from Stanford University developed ReMatter waste recycling software.
In April 2020, three undergraduates from Stanford University launched ReMatter, a software tool for scrap recyclers after obtaining their first official customer. Since the soft launch last spring, ReMatter CEO Wyatt Pontius said that more and more small and medium-sized scrap recyclers have purchased ReMatter software. He added that he and his two former classmates—Drake Hogo and Sean Obannon—have graduated from Stanford University and now work for ReMatter full-time.
Pontius said that this software platform was an idea he came up with during his internship at the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy at Stanford University a few years ago.
"The TomKat Center was commissioned to study recycling to see if there is room for innovation," Pontius said. "I started to pay attention to municipal recycling. I quickly realized that there are many problems with municipal recycling, which are beyond the scope of anything I can do. Therefore, I turned to waste recycling and the scale of materials moved by waste recyclers and their By providing essential companies with the necessary materials, they are shocked by the impact on the construction of this country."
After researching the scrap recycling industry and asking about the needs of several companies, Pontius said he came up with the idea of developing a software program that would help scrap recyclers manage assets and dispatch. In 2019, he also asked Hougo and O'Bannon to help develop the program.
Pontius said the final ReMatter software program enables recyclers to track assets and dispatch. Recyclers can use the software on desktop computers, tablets or smartphones to enter detailed information about the placement of trash bins and track drivers and work assignments.
He added that the company is working hard this year to deploy a complete software suite that will provide inventory management and sales modules.
Last April, when the COVID-19 pandemic began, a recycler was able to apply ReMatter to his business, Hougo said, which gave him and his colleagues the confidence to grow their business after graduation that semester. "What made us confident in the early days was that we were able to receive our first customer completely remotely," he said.
Hougo added that it is strange that due to the pandemic, most of ReMatter's customers have never personally met anyone from the company; however, he hopes that if the pandemic is resolved, the company can finally meet with customers in 2021.
O'Bannon added: "Graduating from the pandemic and taking the risk of starting a business, and most parts of this country are in difficult times, it will definitely make people feel adventurous." "We recognize that at any time, things are possible. Changes in an instant. But working in the waste recycling industry is exciting. There are many good people in this industry. So, despite the risks, we are very happy to be able to provide something for this industry."
The Earth Emergency Recycling Center purchased a Republican service site in Billings, Montana.
Earth First Aid, a recycling company based in Billings, Montana, announced that it has acquired a former Republic Service Building in the city, as well as equipment at that location.
Scott Berens, owner of Earth First Aid, said the building is much larger than its previous location at 458 Charles Street. The Earth Emergency Center provides a roadside recycling service that separates the source for residential and commercial customers in Billings.
"The lease of [Republic Services] expired on November 30, and they entered into a deal with me to take over the buildings and equipment in Billings," Behrens said. "The dismantling of the facility is costly for them, and the deal is too good to refuse my opportunity. It is a win-win situation."
He added that Republic Services plans to continue shipping materials to the Earth Emergency Center for processing.
Behrens said he sold the old facilities of the Earth Emergency Center to another local company.
Berens said that with a slightly larger facility, he can restart the facility's recycling and buy-back program. His company will also begin operating a shredding route that was previously operated by Republic Services using equipment purchased in the transaction.
"The smashing route is not very big now, but I have retained two people [from the Republic Service] who are running this route," Behrens said. "They stay on the ship with me and are happy to expand the crushing route. We will focus on this in the future."
According to the manufacturer, ACB can ventilate, pressurize and clean particles in dusty air without using any filter elements.
Air Purification Blower Co., Ltd., based in New York Heights, said it has developed and patented a series of technologies that allow the blower to clean the air without using filter elements that are clogged and often need to be replaced.
According to the company, Edward Roston is also the owner of Aero Conditioner Co. LLC. He founded Air Cleaning Blowers in 2017 to create a self-cleaning air filter blower that can be used even in the harshest industrial and military environments. .
The company stated that ACB can ventilate, pressurize and clean particles in very dusty air without using any filter elements, which helps reduce the need for ventilation in industrial, commercial and residential buildings. Cost and complications. Air Cleaning Blowers said that compared with systems that use ordinary air filters and air purifiers, these devices are simpler in size and use because they do not have filter elements that can clog, providing constant and predictable airflow, air pressure, air quality and Energy consumption.
ACB was originally developed for dusty, corrosive, and other harsh industrial and military conditions. It is used in African diamond mines, electrical control of steel plants, dust control of food manufacturing plants, and US military satellite tracking. Sexual application in trailers in the Middle East.
The company said that when ACB draws ambient air into the enclosure, they use the particles' own momentum to separate them from the clean air. They can remove sand, dust and other particles, as well as fog and rain.
ACB founder and CEO Roston said: "What we are developing at Air Cleaning Blowers is a truly innovative technology that can really help slow the spread of pathogens and protect the health of many people."
ACB can adapt to applications with airflow from 50 to 3,500 cubic feet per minute. They can also be used as pre-filters for special downstream filters, such as the media in HEPA, activated carbon and swamp coolers, to extend their life and reduce their operating costs.
The company added that it has been working with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health to develop canopies to protect people in close contact with the public or their colleagues, such as store cashiers, meat packers, and others on the production line. Protect yourself from the coronavirus. .