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Market pulp producers saw higher profits in the 1Q/18 as pulp prices jump to record high levels, while production costs increased only slightly

Strong pulp markets and record high prices for both softwood and hardwood market pulp resulted in upward price pressures on wood fiber throughout the world in the 1Q/18, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). The Global Softwood Fiber Price Index (SFPI)was up by 3.4% from the 4Q/17 to the 1Q/18, the second highest quarter-to-quarter increase in seven years. Softwood prices rose in all 20 regions covered by the WRQ with the exception of Eastern Canada, where chip prices fell 16% q-o-q (in US dollars).

Hardwood pulplogs saw a more modest price increase than softwood pulplogs, with prices rising the most in Russia, Spain and Finland. The Global Hardwood Fiber Price Index (HFPI)reached a three-year high in the 1Q/18 and was 8.0% higher than in the 1Q/17.

Profit margins continued to improve for pulp companies in the 1Q/18 as pulp prices increased faster than the wood fiber costs. Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft Pulp (NBSK) pulp prices jumped in the 1Q/18 to new record highs, while the crucial wood costs were only slightly higher. This resulted in a record low wood fiber cost percentage of 22.5% of the pulp price. With the wood fiber costs accounting for 40-60% of the total manufacturing costs, market producers can expect healthy returns in 2018.

The wood costs share for Southern Bleached Softwood Kraft Pulp (SBSK) price was also down, dropping to 16.2% . This is the lowest it has been in 25 years, and is mainly due to sharply increasing pulp prices. The SBSK pulp is produced in the US South, Iberia, Latin America and Oceania.

For Eucalyptus Bleached Kraft Pulp (EBK), the wood fiber share fell to 16.1% in the 1Q/18, the lowest cost share since 2003, according to the WRQ. As with the other major pulp grades, it was mostly the result of higher pulp prices rather any substantial changes in wood costs.

2018-07-12  READ MORE...
Toscotec’s MODULO-PLUS fired up at Celupaper S.A., Argentina.

  Celupaper S.A. successfully started up PM4, a new MODULO-PLUS tissue machine supplied by Toscotec, at its Papelera Nicaragua mill, Argentina. The tissue machine started producing sellable paper immediately after start-up and is scheduled to reach the target speed in the following weeks, after careful fine-tuning.

The new MODULO-PLUS produces 65 tpd and it features a single layer TT Headbox, TT SuctionPressRoll, TT SYD-3200MM, TT Milltech-MYH monosystem gas-fired hoods. The scope of supply also includes the approach flow system, the electrification & control system, training, erection supervision, commissioning and start-up assistance.

PM4 is part of a series of repeated orders awarded to Toscotec by the leading South American tissue producer. In 2015, the Italian manufacturer carried out the rebuilding of PM2, an existing Fourdrinier machine, and supplied a new steel Yankee dryer TT SYD-2500MM and the complete steam and condensate system. In 2016, Toscotec supplied PM3, a complete MODULO tissue line.

Mario Speranza, CEO of Celupaper S.A. says, “Thanks to the continued production increase implemented with Toscotec’s plants, we have grown significantly in the South American market. Since 2015, we boosted production by over 100 tpd. Tissue quality, machine efficiency and energy reduction are our key standards of investments in new equipment. Throughout 4 years of close partnership with Toscotec, we have achieved good results with respect to all of these aspects and have continuously improved such results”.

“PM4 project evinced once again the excellent cooperation we have with Celupaper. With every new project, we aim to improve their performances. We worked intensively together on the reduction of energy consumption, starting from the design, with our TT DOES solution (Drying Optimization for Energy Savings) all the way to the fine-tuning of the plants at the mill site. On PM4, we also optimized the layout of the electrical and auxiliary plants, to guarantee better access for the operators to the different areas of the machine" commented Toscotec’s Project Manager Pier Paolo Brunazzi.

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Kemira increases prices of sizing technologies

Kemira, a global chemicals company serving customers in the pulp and paper industry, announces price increases for sizing technologies globally.

Effective immediately or as contracts allow, the price of FennoSize ASA and AKD based offerings will increase by up to 15%.

The decision is triggered by continuous cost increases of raw materials, energy and logistics, and regulatory compliance requirements combined with limited availability of key raw materials which are used in the manufacturing of these technologies.

2018-07-11  READ MORE...
Smurfit Kappa’s industry-leading commitment to sustainability has been recognised once again by the Euronext Vigeo Eiris index.

The packaging leader was listed on the sustainability index for the sixth year in a row after distinguishing itself for its Environmental, Social and Governance (‘ESG’) performance.

The Euronext Vigeo Eiris index is composed of the 120 highest-ranking listed companies for corporate social responsibility performance. To qualify, companies are subject to examination of their sustainability programme by a team of analysts which reviews up to 330 indicators. Only companies that can produce hard evidence of their sustainability programmes and score highly against industry benchmarks make the final list.

Smurfit Kappa’s annual Sustainable Development Report provides a detailed and transparent update on its ESG performance in five strategic areas of focus : Climate Change, Forest, Water, Waste and People.

In the 2017 report, which was launched earlier this year, the company announced several key sustainability achievements including meeting three targets relating to water, climate change and health and safety ahead of time. The report also revealed that Smurfit Kappa has invested approximately €5 million in social and scientific projects to benefit the communities in which it operates.

Steven Stoffer, Group VP Development at Smurfit Kappa, said : “We are delighted to have been listed on this prestigious index again. For Smurfit Kappa, sustainability is not only about mitigating climate change and reducing inefficiency, it is also about taking a sustainable approach to every aspect of our business.

“With a growing number of investors and funds incorporating ESG criteria into their investment decisions, it’s vital for us to provide this assurance. Many of our customers also expect their business partners to have a genuine commitment to corporate social responsibility and this is something that Smurfit Kappa has won several supplier awards for.”

Smurfit Kappa is also listed on the FTSE4Good, Ethibel and STOXX Global ESG Leaders investor rating systems.

2018-07-11  READ MORE...
Alain Kouck has passed away

Alain Kouck was the president of Editis Group in France since 2002 and President of Culture Papier since 2016. A subsidiary of the Spanish Group Planeta, Editis is the second largest Group in the publishing sector in France.
In 2006, Alain Kouck succeeded Laurent de Gaulle as President of Culture Papier. This association was founded in January 2010 to promote the social and environmental values of paper. Alain Kouck was very committed and involved in this role. He was a great defender of paper and printing industries. “La Papeterie” conveys its sincerest condolences to his family and relatives

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Metso to publish its Half-Year Review for January-June 2018 on Thursday, July 26, 2018

Metso’s January-June 2018 Half-Year Review will be published on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at about 9:00 a.m. EEST and can be found at www.metso.com/latestreports.

Metso’s Interim President and CEO Eeva Sipilä will present the financial results in an audiocast and a conference call for analysts and investors, held in English, on the same day at 1:00 p.m. EEST. Webcast is viewable at www.metso.com/latestreports. A recording and a transcript will be available at the same webpage after the event has finished.

Conference call participants are requested to dial in five minutes before the event on :
United States : +1 929 477 0338
other countries : +44 (0)330 336 9104

The confirmation code for joining the conference call is 800906.

Metso will not arrange separate event for investors, analysts or the media at its headquarters on the day of the publication.

2018-07-11  READ MORE...
Valmet receives the 250th order for its successful Valmet Pulp Analyzer (Valmet MAP)


Valmet has received the 250th order for its successful Valmet Pulp Analyzer (Valmet MAP) for managing various applications regarding fiber furnish management at pulp and paper mills. The milestone analyzer will be installed at Sichuan Qianwei Fengsheng Paper Co. Ltd in China. The delivery will include a Valmet Kappa QC Analyzer, too. The raw materials used in the mill’s tissue production include bamboo.

The order was included in Valmet’s second quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The solutions will be delivered in the third quarter of 2018.

"First, we trust Valmet and its advanced analyzer solutions. With accurate measurements, we will be able to get faster and more precise online updates of key fiber and papermaking furnish properties to improve runnability and productivity. Second, stabilizing the entire fiber line control will help us reduce variation, chemical usage and production costs. Also, easy-to-maintain Valmet analyzers will improve our labor efficiency and operator effectiveness as well," says Chuanping Zhou, General Manager at Sichuan Qianwei Fengsheng Paper.

"It is nice to cooperate with a customer who really wants to develop the mill’s total pulp and tissue line performance. It means taking good care of basic issues. When the ultimate goal is clear both for the customer and the supplier, it is easy to find the right solutions and implement them. Performance improvement and development is a long-term project for which reliable analyzers and controls provide a solid foundation. It is easy for the mill and also for Valmet to take next steps towards more sophisticated solutions in the future when the foundation is reliable and in a good shape," comments Janne Määttä, Manager, Pulp & Paper Applications, Valmet.

Valmet’s existing installations at Sichuan Qianwei Fengsheng Paper include a Valmet Brightness Measurement (Valmet Cormec5 X) and a Valmet Residual Measurement (Valmet Polarox5). Valmet is currently delivering a Valmet Fiber Image Analyzer (Valmet FS5) and consistency transmitters for the mill, too.

2018-07-11  READ MORE...
ANDRITZ acquires Diatec, Italy


ANDRITZ has acquired a 70% stake in Diatec S.R.L., a leading manufacturer of converting machines for the hygiene and food packaging industries based in Collecorvino in the region of Pescara, Italy. The remaining 30% will stay in the hands of the two current shareholding families.

Diatec designs and manufactures a wide range of special machines and technological solutions, mainly for the production of baby diapers and other absorbent hygiene products, but also for food packaging. With this acquisition, ANDRITZ complements its product portfolio in Nonwoven and is now able to offer the complete supply and value chain, from the raw material, to webfoming, finishing, and converting.

Diatec was established in 1992 and has developed very favorably since then, with many international references and renowned customers around the the world. The company is known for its innovative spirit, providing flexible and sophisticated solutions for the hygiene sector.

The Diatec owners and managers, who will continue to work in the company, acknowledge that ANDRITZ is the best partner to support the company’s long-term growth and – together with employees and suppliers – to create synergies that can satisfy the demands of its customers.

Andreas Lukas, Division Manager for ANDRITZ Nonwoven, says : “We are very excited about this complementary acquisition that extends our market coverage, process technology, and product range within the nonwovens industry.”

Diatec’s General Manager, Luigi Mancini, comments : “With ANDRITZ, we have found our ideal partner to strengthen our international market position and we are looking forward to growing further within this collaboration.”


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BillerudKorsnäs will make a provision of SEK 450 million in the second quarter 2018

BillerudKorsnäs has within the scope of the recently launched group-wide program for improved production efficiency decided to implement measures with the aim of strengthening the workplace efficiency and environment at several of the Group’s mills. In total, a provision of approximately SEK 450 million will be made, of which approximately SEK 200 million will impact cash flow over a three-year period. The provision will have a negative effect on the result in the second quarter of 2018.

The measures to strengthen the workplace environment will be taken during the ordinary maintenance shutdowns, starting after the summer, and continue through two to three maintenance cycles, depending on the work carried out. The measures will include demolition of old buildings and decontamination.

As the final stage of the consolidation of Billerud and Korsnäs, it has also been decided to implement unified accounting principles regarding spare parts and consumables at the mills, which will lead to impairment losses with effect in the second quarter.

In total, a provision of approximately SEK 450 million, of which approximately SEK 200 million will impact cash flow over a three-year period, will be made in the second quarter of 2018.

The provision will be reported as an item affecting comparability under unit Other. The interim report for the period January-June 2018 will be published on 18 July 2018.

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Konecranes to deliver two industrial cranes for Brazilian pulp manufacturer

Konecranes will deliver two industrial cranes with specially designed spreader clamps to CMPC Cellulose Riograndense, located in Brazil. The order was received in the second quarter of 2018.

Celulose Riograndense produces pulp from eucalyptus short fibre cellulose. In the city of Guaíba, state of Rio Grande do Sul, Celulose Riograndense has a pulp producing unit with capacity to generate 1,75 million tonnes of pulp, supplying a diversified market worldwide.

Celulose Riograndense utilizes cranes to load pulp bale units to ships at the factory landing. The new Konecranes cranes will replace existing cranes to help improve performance and reliability of the loading process. The two cranes will be designed for the load of 2 million tonnes of pulp per year.

“CMPC is looking for partners who can offer cutting-edge solutions in their strategic activities. Currently, we have 90 percent of pulp production through cranes. When we choose Konecranes, we choose the safety, quality and reliability of a world leader in the field”, says Mr. Roberto Hallal, Logistic Manager at Cellulose Riograndense.

The order consists of two tailor-made cranes with specially designed, adjustable spreader-clamps and specific Smart Features, including Target Positioning. The cranes are operated with cameras and sensors from a movable cabin, which help to enhance operational safety. The cranes can handle loads of up to 16 tons.

“These cranes will help to improve safety and efficiency of the customer’s pulp bale loading process. Several semi-automation features will assist the crane operator in moving pulp fast and accurately. Crane features were selected after we had studied the customer’s loading process carefully. Once again, understanding the customer’s process was the key factor when selecting the right solution,” says Arto Hujanen, Director, Paper & Forest Industry at Konecranes.

The first crane will be delivered to Celulose Riograndense in December 2018, with the second one following by April 2019.

2018-07-10  READ MORE...
DS Smith Leeds recycling depot fire

A fire incident at DS Smith’s paper recycling depot in Leeds was attended to by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services on Saturday 7th July 2018.

The fire at the depot started Saturday afternoon when no staff or contractors were present on site.

Yorkshire Ambulance’s Hazardous Area teams also attended the blaze but nobody was injured in the incident. The fire was brought under control Saturday evening.

At this stage DS Smith is working with the relevant authorities to establish the cause of the fire. Any damage is yet to be fully assessed but the fire was contained to onsite storage buildings.

Due to the swift action of the fire services, building damage was limited and all mobile plant, vehicles and equipment is intact.

Production on site has been suspended for the next 2 to 3 days whilst power is restored, but collections to customers will continue as usual.

DS Smith would like to thank West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services for their speedy response and efficiency in bringing the incident safely under control.

2018-07-10  READ MORE...
Arjowiggins : exclusive negotiations with Fineska for the sale of Arjowiggins Graphic and Arjowiggins Creative Papers

Arjowiggins has entered into exclusive negotiations with Fineska for the sale of Arjowiggins Graphic and Arjowiggins Creative Papers. Once this operation has completed, Sequana will have exited its paper manufacturing activities
Arjowiggins has announced the planned sale of Arjowiggins Graphic and Arjowiggins Creative Papers to Fineska BV, the parent company of Eska Group, the renowned Dutch-based graphic cardboard business controlled by Andlinger & Company, a private investment group which also owns Crown Van Gelder (CVG), a Dutch specialty papers manufacturer.
The gross amount of the transaction should be €125 million. Given the companies’ debts and other liabilities, net proceeds from the sale should be in the region of €20 million (to be adjusted at completion of the transaction in line with balance sheet items).
The businesses to be divested reported sales of €528 million in 2017, or 19% of Sequana Group’s consolidated sales, of which 61% comprised recycled graphic and specialty (i.e., laminated and transfer) papers and 39% premium fine papers and specialty papers (i.e., bookbinding and tracing paper). They operate eight mills located in France, the UK, Spain and China and employ over 2,000 people. More precisely, Arjowiggins Graphic is composed of 3 paper mills in France (Bessé-sur-Braye, Château-Thierry and Le Bourray). On the other hand, Stoneywood (UK), Chartham (UK), Neuilly-en-Telle (France), Gelida (Espagne), Quzhou (Chine) are part of Arjowiggins Creative Papers.
Information and consultation procedures have been initiated with the relevant work councils and the planned sale will be submitted for approval by the national competition authorities in all countries where it is required. The transaction is expected to complete by the end of October 2018.
In the wake of the major restructuring operations carried out in 2014 and 2015 to refocus on specialty papers, these two divisions generated positive cash-flow in 2017 and they should report a profit in 2018.
Following a competitive bidding process that was part of Sequana’s strategy of weighing up its options and playing its part in the necessary consolidation of the paper industry, Sequana’s Board of Directors has chosen Fineska’s offer. This operation, which is satisfactory for Sequana, would also safeguard the future development of Arjowiggins Graphic and Arjowiggins Creative Papers within a private investment group that has been supporting CVG and Eska – two renowned players in the specialty papers and graphic cardboard sectors – for a number of years.
This transaction is a major milestone for Sequana that would mark its exit from all paper manufacturing activities with the exception of Arjobex. Since 2008, Sequana has been refocusing on its paper distribution business where its subsidiary Antalis boasts leading positions in Papers, Industrial Packaging and Visual Communication in Europe.
Update on the litigation with BAT
The hearings before the Court of Appeal in London took place in early June. Prior to this, BAT had abandoned a significant part of its claims, notably in relation to the first dividend. As with any legal dispute, the outcome is in the hands of the courts, however the Group remains confident of a favourable outcome. The decision of the Court of Appeal should be handed down before the end of October.
Once it has taken stock of this decision and its related impacts, Sequana will devise and present its strategy.
Commenting on these developments, Sequana’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Pascal Lebard said : “The planned sale of Arjowiggins’ Graphic and Creative Papers divisions is the culmination of the process of weighing up our options in a market that is set to continue to consolidate. It meets our objective of ensuring the long-term development of our activities as part of a major industry player or an investment fund. This was already achieved in the past with the sale of our Decor paper business (to Munksjö), our Latin American banknote businesses (sold to Fedrigoni), and Arjowiggins Healthcare (sold to Meeschaert Private Equity). By becoming part of Andlinger & Company, Arjowiggins Graphic and Arjowiggins Creative Papers would benefit from the support of a private investment group that has been supporting two renowned players in the specialty papers sector for a number of years. The sale would affect neither their business relations nor their partnership with Antalis. Once the decision of the Court of Appeal in London – which we await with confidence – is handed down in late October and once this transaction is completed, Sequana will devise and present its strategy.”
Sequana reported sales of €2.8 billion in 2017 and employed some 7,800 people worldwide. The Group is structured into two businesses :
 Antalis : leader in B2B distribution of Papers and industrial Packaging and number two in the distribution of Visual Communication media in Europe with around 5,500 employees based in 43 countries.
 Arjowiggins : global producer of recycled and specialty papers with around 2,300 employees.

2018-07-09  READ MORE...
TMC: forward thinking - Looking ahead. Anticipating market demands.

Thanks to this forma mentis, we have become the largest manufacturer of primary and secondary packaging for the field of Tissue in the world.
A 20-year experience in the course of which we have solved thousands of packaging needs for our customers and guaranteed safe solutions on which we daily build our innovations and the satisfaction of our customers.
And today, in IMA we have found the best possible partner for the further progress of our company to attain the next technological and commercial goals. Entering the IMA Group means a strong acceleration in our innovation, product development and geographical expansion projects, allowing the Group to create an undisputed international hub leader in the Nonwovens market.
Two are the great TMC novelties presented at “It’s Tissue 2018.
TMC Plastic-Free-Pack
System efficiency, duration of the investment, cost reduction and sustainability are the guidelines that inspire us. This is why we are working to reduce the thickness of the packaging material and optimize energy consumption by using sealable and biodegradable materials for packaging.
For It’s Tissue 2018 we decided to present the first plastic-free packaging with primary wrapping in heat-sealable paper and secondary cardboard grouping.
A completely natural, compostable packaging, respectful of the environment in a critical period for our planet, a moment requiring decisive and resolute interventions.
A perfectly efficient solution on existing TMC machines that, thanks to specific upgrades, can work both with paper and poly extremely easily.
Convinced of the importance of this issue and to favor the dissemination of this innovation, TMC has decided to dedicate a specialized team to all customers worldwide interested in developing this type of sustainable packaging.

DNA MAP : accelerating the future.
Controlling production efficiency is today the main industry priority. We always look for data.
More and more data. But are we sure that collecting lots of data is enough ?
Data alone are not the answer. And too many data, could be even misleading.
The true answer is DNA MAP. DNA MAP is the difference between collecting data, and really knowing how to use them successfully.
DNA MAP not only monitors real time machine conditions, but also collects raw data translating them into meaningful and valuable information, providing a prioritized action list.
DNA MAP is an open platform that :
• can dialogue with all ERP and MES systems
• can connect to any kind of equipment
• can receive and analyze data from all PLC systems
This is the future.
DNA MAP is available on PC, laptop, tablet and smartphone.
Whenever you like.
Wherever you are. Whoever you wish to share information with.
DNA MAP connects you to the new era of FORWARD THINKING.

2018-07-09  READ MORE...
Greycon provides APRIL Group with new planning software to improve customer service

Greycon is the world’s leading provider of production planning, forecasting, scheduling and manufacturing execution systems that have been designed specifically for roll-based and flat sheet industries.

Greycon was recently appointed by the APRIL Group, one of the largest, most technologically advanced and efficient makers of pulp and paper products in the world, to further optimize its sales and operations planning by integrating Greycon sales and operations solution “opt-Studio” with APRIL’s
Enterprise Resource Planning and Manufacturing Execution Systems. Greycon worked together with the APRIL Group and Accenture to deliver this solution.

Praveen Singhavi, President, APRIL Group, said : “In order to continue to meet customer demand and deliver high levels of customer service, we have integrated opt-Studio with our existing solutions.

“opt-Studio has improved end-to-end visibility of our sales orders, while being able to better optimize paper production (block planning) and finishing area scheduling.”

Vassilis Gkamouras, Senior Consultant at Greycon said : “APRIL Group is one of the most efficient pulp and paper mills in the world. The project was divided in three phased roll-outs to enable quick deployment of capabilities and took 14 months to complete.”

“The roll-out required expertise in global project management, change management, supply chain enablement and systems integration. The project was delivered on-time, in-full and within budget due to excellent team work between the partners involved.”

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United States Department of Commerce Announces Termination of Supercalendered Paper CVD Order

Resolute Forest Products Inc. is pleased to announce that the United States Department of Commerce is formally revoking the countervailing duty order on supercalendered (SC) paper from Canada, retroactive to August 3, 2015. Collection of cash deposits on imports of SC paper from Canada will cease, and all cash deposits that have been collected from importers of record since August 3, 2015, will be returned with interest.

Resolute’s cash deposits as of June 30, 2018, total $60 million. The company will also receive accumulated interest on these deposits. The precise timing of the refund will be set out in a Federal Register Notice to be published in the upcoming days. 

Revocation of the countervailing duty order is pursuant to issuance today of a final determination in the Changed Circumstances Review that the Department initiated on May 14, 2018. The Department initiated the Changed Circumstances Review after Verso Corporation, the principal remaining producer of SC paper in the United States and the only remaining petitioner, wrote to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on March 21, 2018, that it was no longer interested in the continuation of the countervailing duty order. All other interested parties in the SC paper proceedings, including the federal and provincial governments in Canada, notified the Department that they supported Verso’s request for a Changed Circumstances Review.

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Information

Statements in this press release that are not statements of historical results, performance, financial condition, or other historical information of Resolute Forest Products Inc. are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. They include, for example, statements regarding the anticipated revocation of the countervailing duty order on supercalendered paper from Canada and return of cash deposits associated therewith. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as the words "will," "expect" and other terms with similar meaning indicating possible future events or potential impact on our business or our shareholders.

The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are not guarantees of future performance. These statements are based on Resolute’s management’s current assumptions, beliefs and expectations, all of which involve a number of business risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in this press release. Some of the potential risks and uncertainties that could cause the company’s actual future performance or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed or implied in this press release include, the potential risks and uncertainties described under the heading "Risk Factors" in Part I, Item 1A of the company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017.

All forward-looking statements in this press release are expressly qualified by the cautionary statements set out or referred to above and in the company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Canadian securities regulatory authorities. The company disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

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Societal impacts have a visible role in UPM's EMAS reporting

UPM has today published the EMAS (EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) statements of its pulp and paper mills. The statements are more extensive than ever. Over the years, the company has reported on environmental impacts at its pulp and paper mills in Europe, China and Uruguay. Now the reports also provide a thorough analysis of the company’s societal impact at a local level.

According to Gabriele Wende, Director, Reporting and Product Stewardship, UPM, people are interested in companies’ impact on society in addition to the environmental matters. "Mills are a part of local people’s everyday lives, so what happens within the company is not insignificant by any means. That’s why we want to provide verified and concrete information, e.g. on our contribution to employment, tax income and purchasing power, as well as co-operation with the communities. The information also has to be easily accessible," Wende says.

"UPM’s initiative to open the scope of its environmental reporting to include social indicators shows the strong commitment of the company to transparency, a value shared by all EMAS organisations," says Kestutis Sadauskas, Director for the Green Economy at the European Commission’s Directorate General for the Environment.

"The performance of the company is verified by an independent EMAS verifier, providing the public and other stakeholders with reliable information on its contribution to sustainable development. We would encourage other companies to move in this direction too", he says.

A mathematical model of effects on consumption

Extended EMAS reporting was improved first time this year using a mathematical calculation model developed by the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy. The model was used to estimate indirect jobs and effects on consumption created by the company’s production units in Finland.

Research Director Jyrki Ali-Yrkkö from Etlatieto Oy says, that calculations can be made both regionally and nationally.

"The model is based on input-output statistics from Statistics Finland. Those statistics show how companies from different industries buy goods and services from each other," Ali-Yrkkö explains.

Local tax income generated by our business operations as well as cooperation with local operators, such as educational institutes, are an essential part of our societal impacts. Read more about these and many more societal impacts at the following websites :

www.upmbiofore.com

www.upm.com > Responsibility

The final EMAS registration is complete only when the Corporate Environmental Statement 2017 has been approved.

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Toscotec launches its key innovations at iT’s Tissue 2018.

Toscotec launched its latest innovations during iT’s Tissue 2018. The advanced technologies it presented at its NOWNEXT open house include : Toscotec’s S-Crescent Former and the new TADVISION® machine.

The S-Crescent is a high efficiency forming section, which significantly increases dryness before the pressing area, through optimized dewatering. The aim is to reduce the burden of water removal for the press and consequently the drying section, by boosting dewatering in the wet section of the tissue machine.

Drawing on the experience of its successful installation in the U.S. market in 2004, Toscotec entirely redesigned its TAD machine to achieve superior tissue properties, including bulk and absorbency, and outstanding results in energy consumption. The new TADVISION® ensures improved runnability and machine efficiency thanks to its unique serpentine TAD section, composed of three TAD honeycomb coated drums. A detailed Computational Fluid Dynamic analysis ensures a highly optimized airflow in the air-system ducts leading to the TAD section and Yankee hoods. Overall, TADVISION® ensures a more effective use of energy, bringing consumption down to 4.5-5.5 MWh/ton, a significant decrease compared to the consumption of current TAD machines, which is estimated in the range of 6.0-7.5 MWh/ton. Toscotec is continuing its energy reduction program and is committed to further reducing the overall consumption to less than 4.5 MWh/ton for a plant of the same production capability over the next few years.

The other advanced technologies presented at Toscotec’s NOWNEXT open house include new upgrades of Toscotec’s rewinding line, TT WIND-H and TT WIND-L, and an overview of Toscotec’s excellence in tissue drying, with TT SYD and the Yankee Hood and Air System plants. In particular, Toscotec’s rewinders feature improved performances through a newly perfected automatic web tension control, fast cycles, operator friendly automation and the automatic shaft handling system. The Energy and Environment department presented the most comprehensive range of drying configurations presently available in tissue making, designed to suit all needs and operating conditions, with state-of-the-art heat recovery technology, including up to six energy recovery stages in one single plant.

Finally, Toscotec’s YES (Your Expert Service) division launched its 24/7 service catering for customers round the clock all over the world, with a very special tool, YES – CONNECT-VISION, the new helmet enabling fully integrated communication and problem-shooting excellence.

This year visitors concluded their experience of NOWNEXT open house in the newly inaugurated canteen, a brand-new building within the expanded perimeter of Toscotec’s headquarters, which includes recreational space for employees, such as a fitness center and two lounges.

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Ontex confirms rejection of unsolicited proposal from PAI Partners SAS

Ontex Group NV notes the recent press speculation and confirms that it received an unsolicited and non-binding proposal from PAI Partners SAS  relating to a possible cash offer for the outstanding shares in Ontex.

Having reviewed the proposal, the Ontex board of directors has unanimously rejected it on the basis that it significantly undervalued the Company. The Ontex board of directors confirms its full confidence in the strategy being executed by the management team to deliver long-term value for Ontex shareholders.

As disclosed in Ontex’s annual report, Ontex’s CEO, Mr. Charles Bouaziz, serves on the supervisory board of PAI. As a result the board has not involved Mr. Bouaziz in discussions about the merits of PAI’s proposal. He has also recused himself from his position at PAI for as long as is appropriate.

2018-07-06  READ MORE...
Teknosavo renewed ChipSmart™ 3D - The only automated and real-time wood chip surveillance

Teknosavo has renewed the ChipSmart™ 3D chip quality surveillance device by expanding its analysis range. Fully automated analysis can be connected to the WoodSmart™ debarking optimization system, enabling real-time chip quality evaluation. With new features, the quality of wood as raw material and its potential can be optimized to the peak.

State of the art -technology to analyze chips in real time
The ChipSmart™ unit combines highly accurate camera optics and a comprehensive analysis software that applies artificial intelligence. The automatic sampler captures the chip sample from the main stream, after which the device analyzes its quality. Also manual samples can be analyzed any time when the equipment is running. The versatile ChipSmart 3D analysis tells a lot about chips - their individual dimensions, SCAN-CM 40 standard size distribution and thickness, length and width, bark and moisture content, as well as the ISO-brightness of the chips. In addition, as a new feature, the device recognizes the direction of wood fibers and quality of cutting edges of chips. The data is directed to the WoodSmart™ optimization system, which compiles real-time information of the total wood debarking and chipping process.

Controlling leads to better end products and productivity
The information from the chip analysis can help quality control in many ways. The WoodSmart™ optimization system combined with chip analysis can be used to monitoring e.g. trend of pin chips and fines, amount of accept and direct quality of cutting edge of chip. Direct chip quality monitoring indicates condition of chipper blades and counter blades. With online information, wood loss can be reduced while the need for manual work also decreases. Also, the quantity of chemicals needed for pulping process can be optimized when chip properties are known in advance. The homogeneous process provides direct savings of raw material, chemicals, energy and labor costs.

"The quality of wood delivered as raw material also has greater importance to the whole process. Fresh and healthy wood is the best raw material, that can be utilized maximally by using optimized process. It is clear that our customers will be able to get more power from quality control and improve the quality of chips with the renewed ChipSmart™", says Teknosavo’s CEO Hannu Hämäläinen.

ChipSmart™ can be installed on both new and existing barking lines. The device is always implemented to suit the needs and process of the customer.

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ANDRITZ pulp drying plant achieves new world record at UPM’s Kymi mill, Finland


The ANDRITZ pulp drying plant installed at UPM’s Kymi mill in Kouvola, Finland, achieved a new record production capacity of 2,452 tons per day on May 31, 2018. In terms of specific drying capacity, this equals 389.2 tons per day and meter of working width on the 6.3 meter wide sheet drying machine, which is a new world record for drying of bleached birch and pine kraft. The mill was started up successfully in 2015 and has achieved several production records since then.

The ANDRITZ high-capacity pulp drying line enables efficient and very quick switches between birch and pine pulp production within less than 23 minutes and handles the wide production range of 1,550°to 2,452 tons per day perfectly.

ANDRITZ high-capacity pulp drying lines feature :
• Highest capacities at highest operational reliability for any pulp grade thanks to proven pulp drying technology, including the ANDRITZ Twin Wire Former and shoe press equipment.
• Maximum production flexibility and adaptability for large production windows and short grade changing times.
• Stable operation and low maintenance due to high degree of automation.

This impressive production record is the result of ANDRITZ’s leading and proven pulp drying technology and of the excellent cooperation and partnership with UPM.

UPM Kymi is one of the world’s most efficient producers of softwood and birch pulp and is recognized worldwide for its high-quality products and excellent customer service, which makes the company a benchmark producer in Europe.

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IBC Paper Training has launched, with success, its new concept of web series

IBC Paper Training has launched, with success, its new concept of web series last Thursday by organizing a webinar LIVE about energy Optimization. More than 70 papermakers worldwide were present on the platform listening and asking questions for 1,5h. This new concept consists to give the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and innovate about Pulp & Paper Process Optimization. Every last Thursday of the month you’ll be able to assist LIVE to a webinar about various subjects such as Industry 4.0, Energy Optimization, Water Management, Felt conditioning, Maintenance via vibrations… Next to this, streaming of all the LIVE sessions and past are available any time. For more detail visit our web site : https://www.ibcpapertraining.com/webseries/

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PRIMA 2018 - Programme announced with Nordea, Costa Coffee and more...

Smithers Pira announced the programme for the 49th annual PRIMA conference, taking place in Amsterdam, Netherlands across the 19 & 20 September 2018.

This year’s PRIMA theme will cover ‘Into the New Decade – Chances and Challenges’ and will provide a platform for paper, print and packaging companies to discuss new opportunities, innovations, communication models and more to evolve and thrive in a constantly changing market place.

Global experts, include SAPPI, Anatalis International, Costa Coffee, Iceland, CEPI, The Recycling Association, Heinzel Holdings, Smurfit Kappa and others who will offer their expert perspectives within sessions and lively panel discussions on :

 Market overview and trends
 Environmental and sustainability issues
 Digitisation and the future of the graphic paper market
 The future of print in a changing media, advertising and communications market
 Packaging innovation and consumer behaviour

All delegates are invited to attend the exclusive networking reception at the end of day one for an evening of dinner and drinks on board the PRIMA candle light cruise on Amsterdam’s canals.

Current delegates who have already secured their tickets include Euro-Graph, Dow Chemical, SUEZ, Stora Enso, BASF SE, DS Smith Packaging, Crown Van Gelder B.V, Holmen Paper and many more.

Special discounts apply to PaperFIRST users when using the code PRIMA18PAP on the registration page.

Contact :

Adriana Lobo
alobo@smithers.com 
+44 (0) 1372 80 2085


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Pöyry launches plastic substitution global consultancy

Pöyry has announced the launch of a new global consultancy service, which will give companies all the information they need to switch from petroleum-based plastics to more sustainable products.

Pöyry has developed the ’Pöyry Plastics Substitution Book’ - a methodology and knowledge base of petroleum-based plastics, biobased plastics, recycled plastics and fibre-based solutions - and the properties that are necessary and useful for the various main end uses today in industrial and daily life. This makes it possible to map the best candidates to replace fossil-based plastics.

Using the methodology and knowledge base, Pöyry’s consultants can advise clients on how their existing plastics can be substituted. This database will allow all companies across all sectors - industry, manufacturing, consumer goods, agriculture - to deep dive into their plastic use, and advise how they can become more sustainable. Pöyry are already working with some Fortune 500 companies advising them on substituting petroleum-based plastic with bio-based, bio-degradable solutions.

The single largest end use for plastics is polyethylene used in packaging, with around 42 million tonnes being used every year. If this could all be substituted for paper products, it would avoid approximately 250 million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year, equivalent to 61.9 coal-fired power plants or 53,533,191 passenger vehicles driven for one year .

Project leader Petri Vasara, Pöyry’s VP and head of new concepts and bioproducts, said : "As companies come under increasing pressure to play their part in ending the "plastic ocean", Pöyry has launched a service that gives companies and authorities information they need to switch from petroleum-based plastics to more sustainable products.

"Our new global consultancy offering allows Pöyry to identify sustainable alternatives to plastic use across an entire company, with minimal disruption to its business.

The ’Pöyry Plastics Substitution Book’ is a complete approach, database and analysis tools, providing real solutions to our over-reliance on petroleum-based plastics."

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The preliminary agreement for the 100% acquisition of Barcelona Cartonboard S.A.U. was signed

Reno De Medici has signed the preliminary agreement for the 100% acquisition of Barcelona Cartonboard SAU, a Spanish company and ranked seventh in Europe in the coated cartonboard sector, with the German private equity fund Quantum Capital Partners.

Founded in 1967, Barcelona Cartonboard S.A.U. operates in the business of coated cartonboard produced from recycled fiber (WLC – White Lined Chipboard) and, secondly, from virgin fiber (FBB – Folding Box Board), a business segment developed since the end of 2016. Headquartered and with production plant in Castellbisbal, Catalonia, the company has an annual production capacity of 180,000 tons and it employs approximately 230 people.

The acquisition of Barcelona Cartoboard S.A.U. will allow the RDM Group to strengthen its presence in a well-known market, to optimize its product portfolio and to further improve the level of service to current customers and new ones. In fact, thanks to the proximity of the Barcelona plant to some of the major European converters, strategic customers will be served in a shorter time. This operation fits perfectly into RDM Group’s Vision to become the Partner of Choice for its main stakeholders.

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