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FPInnovations Announces its Support

FPInnovations is pleased with the announcements made today by Quebec Finance Minister, Carlos Leitão, in his 2017-18 Budget to increase innovation and diversification of forest products. An amount of $46 million is allocated to the forestry sector, confirming the contribution announced by Ministers Blanchette and Anglade on March 16, 2017, and enabling the creation of a new initiative for the panel industry, in addition to improving the program Innovation Bois, as presented at the Forum Innovation Bois.

2017-04-04  READ MORE...
ETS to participate in Tissue World 2017

The European Tissue Symposium, ETS, is to take part in Tissue World Milan. As well as being present with a booth, hall 3 – booth C850, the Symposium will participate in the speaker programme with a presentation on the latest science on paper towels by ETS chairman, Roberto Berardi.
The world’s largest trade fair specifically dedicated to the tissue business, Tissue World takes place from 10-12 April in Fieramilanocity, Milan. Established over 20 years, the show is a truly global event attracting almost 3000 participants with tissue makers, converters and suppliers from 89 countries around the world. It features the very latest innovations and technological advancements in tissue manufacturing and offers an excellent opportunity for networking with industry decision makers.

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First Valmet Advantage NTT machine in Europe successfully started at Renova in Portugal

In late January Portuguese tissue manufacturer Renova produced its first jumbo roll on the first Valmet Advantage NTT tissue line in Europe. The Renova 2 mill, near Torres Novas, Portugal, will utilize the flexibility of the hybrid machine to produce both plain and textured tissue for their typical tissue products in bold colors.

"We are welcoming the production of a new generation of appealing paper at our new PM 7. Now we are eager to discover what we can achieve with the combination of Renova’s proactive approach to innovation and Valmet’s sustainable Advantage NTT technology. We believe its flexibility can provide us with endless possibilities to produce specially designed textured tissue products," says Mr. Paulo Pereira da Silva, Renova, CEO.

"It’s been an exciting project and we are happy to support Renova in taking their tissue products to the next level. Advantage NTT technology is recognized as providing great opportunities to develop premium products with very high softness. We are excited to follow Renova’s journey forward," says Jan Erikson, VP Tissue Sales, Valmet.

2017-04-04  READ MORE...
Cooperation between CELLWOOD MACHINERY and D-TECHPAPER(Italy)

Welcome to D-Techpaper and Mr. Paolo De Campo to the global network of agents of Cellwood Machinery.
D-Techpaper will be responsible for promoting Cellwood Krima Hot Dispersing System on the Italian market. 
They are looking forward to a successful and long-term cooperation.
At the same time Cellwood would like to thank Mr. Ottaviano Checci for the many years of fruitful co-operation and wish him and his family a joyous and peaceful future.

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IT’S TISSUE 2018 has secured a landmark media partnership

IT’S TISSUE 2018 has secured a landmark media partnership reinforcing its status as a unique global tissue event. The highly respected and influential organisations, TAPPI and RISI, are the industry’s leading information providers, and have been named media partners for the Lucca, Italy-based event, which takes place June 25-29, 2018.

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Toscotec has received in total 8 (eight) Tissue Machine order from APP.

Two of the Tissue Machines are scheduled to come on stream in Q4 2017 and Q1 2018, respectively. In the meantime, the Italian supplier is manufacturing other 6 tissue machines which are planned for delivery between the Q3 2017 and the first half of 2018. Each tissue machine is capable of producing, among other tissue grades, 300 tpd or about 100,000 tpa of high gsm tissue.

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SCA’s acquisition of BSN medical now closed

SCA’s acquisition of BSN medical, a leading medical solutions company, has been closed. The company develops, manufactures, markets and sells products within wound care, compression therapy and orthopedics. The purchase price for the shares amounts to EUR 1,400m and takeover of net debt to approximately EUR 1,340m1). SCA consolidates BSN medical as of April 3, 2017.

2017-04-04  READ MORE...
Södra is raising price of its NBSK pulp.

Södra is raising the price of its NBSK pulp in Europe to USD 890/tonne, effective 1st of May 2017.

This latest price announcement reflects the fact that the stretched state of supply across the market globally is continuing. “Recent statistics and the fact that we are receiving requests for additional tonnage in several markets indicate that an already tight market is showing no sign of easing, on the contrary,” explained Magnus Björkman, VP Marketing and Sales, Södra Cell.

2017-04-03  READ MORE...
Valmet introduces new and improved customer training offering - Valmet Learning Services

Valmet launches a renewed customer training offering for its customers - Valmet Learning Services - to help improve the reliability and performance of its customers’ processes. The new offering is complementing the company’s new services approach - Shared Journey Forward - introduced in 2016.

Valmet Learning Services offers organization-wide training solutions tailored to the customers’ needs. The offering includes customized and standard courses, on-site, off-site, or via the Valmet Online Learning Portal. Furthermore, Valmet Training Simulators allow customers to safely practice hands-on procedures and scenarios to strengthen safe behavior and be prepared for troubleshooting and the handling of operational upsets.

2017-04-03  READ MORE...
Navigator Dreams: Global Talent Design Contest, 2017

Designers from all over the world took up Navigators’ challenge to Dream Big and Design Bigger. Between the 13th of January and the 15th of March, the world’s leading premium office paper brand received 459 proposals for Navigator Students’ 2017 packaging layout. More than twice the number of applications two years ago and almost one third more towards last year. Out of these, 30 proposals were shortlisted by Navigator and will now be assessed by a jury of renowned specialists. On the 10th of April 2017 the winners will be revealed.

2017-04-03  READ MORE...
Drones over forests approved

The County Administrative Board has approved Södra’s application for a permit to use drones all over Götaland. The aim is to make inventories of storm-affected forests safer and more efficient.

"We are happy about the County Administrative Board’s decision. The use of drones makes field work in forests safer, more time-efficient and comprehensive. It’s a good example of a new solution in the move towards digital forestry," said Johan Malmqvist, Project Manager, Södra Skog.

Following a decision by the County Administrative Board of Kronoberg, Södra is now permitted to use drones over the forest estates of its 50,000 members in Götaland. One of the aims is to make inventories of storm-felled forest more efficient. Previously, personnel had to walk through forests to find and record windfalls. The permit to use drones will also improve the regeneration potential of next-generation forest.

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö The merger has been registered and the Board of Directors has elected the Chairman and Vice Chairmen

The completion of the merger of Ahlstrom Corporation into Munksjö Oyj was registered with the Finnish Trade Register on 1 April 2017. Following the completion of the merger, the name of the combined company has changed to Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj. Trading in the new Ahlstrom-Munksjö shares issued to Ahlstrom’s shareholders as merger consideration will commence today on the Nasdaq Helsinki (trading code : AM1) and Nasdaq Stockholm (trading code : AM1S) stock exchanges.

2017-04-03  READ MORE...
Bekaert Solaronics to install two electrical infrared systems WebMate® for drying of special coatings.

Bekaert Solaronics will supply two electrical infrared drying systems in a face-to-face offset position for special coat drying after sizer to a major specialty paper group.

2017-04-03  READ MORE...
Valmet included in the Ethibel Sustainability Index Excellence Europe

Valmet has been included in the Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe for 2017. The index contains 200 of the European stock listed companies that display the best performance in terms of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Ethibel is constantly looking out for companies which may be eligible for ethical investments and to be included in its ethical investment register. From the investment register 200 of the best companies are selected to the Ethibel Sustainability Index. Main areas of assessment are human capital, environmental management, market ethics, governance, social impact and human rights. The assessment is based on external information sources such as sustainability reporting and company web sites.

2017-04-03  READ MORE...
Sonoco Launches New Portfolio of Clear Barrier Flexible Packaging

Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, has launched its ClearGuard™ portfolio of flexible packaging, offering the transparency that builds trust with consumers while providing best-in-class barrier properties for product protection.

ClearGuard structures provide a clear alternative to aluminum foil or metalized films – an important differentiator in an age when nearly half of consumers would choose one product over another simply because they can see the product inside its packaging. Crucially, ClearGuard packaging has also been proven to meet or exceed barrier requirements for a variety of growing product categories, including meat snacks, nuts, trail mixes, snack and nutrition bars, cookies and crackers.

2017-03-31  READ MORE...
Finnpulp granted environmental permit – First intelligent bioproduct plant in the world

The Regional State Administrative Agency has granted the environmental permit for Finnpulp’s bioproduct plant, which is to be built in Sorsasalo, Kuopio, and the wastewater treatment facility connected to the plant. The environmental permit defines the terms for the pulp plant’s operation in the production phase, as well as for pipeline installation work and changes made to the shore line during the construction phase.

Production is planned to start in 2020, and the plant’s annual production capacity will be 1.2 million tons of softwood pulp. Additionally, the plant will produce other bioproducts, including 60,000 tons of tall oil and 1.5 TWh of bioelectricity per year. 1 TWh of the electricity will be fed into the national grid.

Finnpulp considers the terms of the permit to be strict. The authorities have further tightened the low levels presented in the company’s permit application, which already met the EU’s best practice requirements for the industry. Finnpulp will carefully contemplate how to achieve the permit terms.

2017-03-31  READ MORE...
Capacity Expansion in Heiligenkreuz starts with Ground-Breaking Ceremony

Expansion of capacities for premium specialty fibers by 25,000 tons
Investments of about EUR 70 mn over the next twelve months
Project highlights strategic importance of Heiligenkreuz for TENCEL® premium fibers

Heiligenkreuz – The Lenzing Group is expanding production capacities for its specialty fiber TENCEL® at its site in Heiligenkreuz, Burgenland. After obtaining all required approvals and permits, the expansion project was initiated today, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by Lenzing CEO Stefan Doboczky, along with Bernd Zauner and Dieter Eichinger, the two managing directors of Lenzing Fibers, Burgenland’s Provincial Governor Hans Niessl and Alexander Petschnig, the Regional Minister for Economic Affairs.

2017-03-31  READ MORE...
ARAUCO celebrates 40 years of business with China

ARAUCO is celebrating 40 years of business with China, the world’s second economy after recently surpassing Japan to lead the Asian region. This is one of the company’s most significant milestones, and one that few companies in Chile can claim.

At present, ARAUCO is the largest supplier of pulp for the Chinese market, with a market share close to 11%, and is an important supplier of sawn timber during an extensive, steady and uninterrupted 40 year business relationship, built on reliability.

2017-03-31  READ MORE...
Energy costs a threat to Australian pulp and paper mills

Rising energy costs and poorly aligned energy policies are threatening the future of Australia’s pulp and paper industry.

Unlike many other major energy using industries, the pulp and paper industry produces significant amounts of its own renewable energy.

However, much of the industry receives little recognition and precious little return for the contribution they make to the production and supply of renewable base load electricity, let alone its supply of renewable industrial heat.

There can be no doubt that Australia has an energy problem. It is a mess, in many ways, including for pulp and paper manufacturers, whose issues include :

2017-03-31  READ MORE...
PCMC announces new tissue embosser -laminator

Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC ), part of the Barry -Wehmiller family and a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of tissue converting and packaging equipment , announced
today it will unveil the Omnia, a new tissue embosser -laminator, this summer
.

2017-03-31  READ MORE...
Kemira increases prices of polymer products in Europe

Kemira, a global chemicals company serving customers in water intensive industries, announces price increase for its polymer product line across all European countries.

The price increase is necessary due to overall significant cost increase and global tight supply of many key raw materials across our entire polymer product line :

· Increases in price of major raw materials for polymer manufacturing

· Several building block chemicals on shortage due to force majeure of chemical plants, low stock situations, and unplanned maintenance / outages

· Increased cost of sea freight due to supply reduction and reduction of available shipping routes

· Fluctuating currencies and exchange rates, as well as changes in trade conditions

The adjustment will be effective immediately or as customer contracts allow. The increase will be an average of 4-8 %.

2017-03-31  READ MORE...
Munksjö and Ahlstrom complete their merger

The Boards of Directors of Munksjö Oyj  and Ahlstrom Corporation  have today resolved to complete the merger of Ahlstrom into Munksjö in accordance with the merger plan. The combination of Munksjö and Ahlstrom creates a global leader in sustainable and innovative fiber-based solutions with a combined annual net sales of approximately EUR 2.2 billion, approximately 6,200 employees and 41 production and converting facilities in 14 countries. The registration of the execution of the merger is expected to take place on 1 April 2017.

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Speciality Cellulose: Ice Bear capacity expansion

Borregaard will invest NOK 115 million in increased capacity for Ice Bear products in Speciality Cellulose. This investment will be finalised in the second half of 2018, and will bring Borregaard’s Ice Bear capacity to approximately 60,000 tonnes.

The Ice Bear project is Borregaard’s main initiative to drive further specialisation by developing new "niches within the niches" products as well as solidifying existing market positions within speciality cellulose.

The initial Ice Bear investment has proven that Borregaard’s technology will enable the company to deliver world class quality into segments with the strictest quality requirements. The new investment enables a more optimal production process in addition to the increased capacity.

The ramp-up of the Ice Bear production will be based on market demand. The volume potential for Borregaard is, as previously communicated, estimated to be around 20-30,000 tonnes per year by end of 2018.

2017-03-31  READ MORE...
UPM and Tornator sign forestry land sales and wood supply agreements

UPM and Tornator PLC have today signed a letter of intent on forestry land sales and long-term wood supply. Tornator will annually sell a significant volume of wood from their forests to UPM mills in Eastern Finland. Additionally, the companies have agreed on forestry land sales covering 23,000 hectares of UPM-owned forest estates in North Karelia to be sold to Tornator. The forests are located in the municipalities of Ilomantsi, Juuka, Lieksa and Polvijärvi and they are both PEFC(TM) and FSC® certified (FSC C 109750). The parties have agreed not to disclose the value of the agreements.

"Our mills in Eastern Finland use all wood assortments and Tornator owns a significant number of FSC certified (FSC C 123368) forests in their vicinity with a versatile range of tree species", says Sauli Brander, SVP, UPM Wood Sourcing and Forestry. "This agreement strengthens the wood supply to UPM mills and increases the FSC certified wood volume in our mills in Eastern Finland."

"Our strategy is to grow as a forest owner and at the same time to be a responsible and competitive partner to our customers and stakeholders. The agreements with UPM support our goals extremely well. They do not affect on Tornator’s ownership or business model", explains Sixten Sunabacka, CEO, Tornator PLC.

"The UPM forest estates covered in the agreement are located in Tornator’s core area and bring along significant synergy benefits in forestry and improve our service capabilities in wood and lakeshore plot markets. Furthermore, they enhance our capability to supply double-certified wood to our current customers", says Sunabacka.

"This forestry land sales is different than our previous investor agreements as the buyer is an established forest owner in the vicinity of our mills and thus able to flexibly supply wood to UPM", continues Brander.

As part of the real estate portfolio development UPM has for several years regularly sold forest assets located far from its mills.

2017-03-30  READ MORE...

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