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PMP is expanding its presence at the North American P&P market!

PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) is pleased to announce that Al Pospischil has joined their team as a Regional Sales Manager in the Southeast, USA. Al brings over 35 years of experience to the PMP team and will help represent PMP’s products in mills in the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia and Northern Florida.

2018-06-05  READ MORE...
Predatory mites are saving birches


Södra’s nursery in Falkenberg is now using a biological method of pest control for the very first season, which means using beneficial animals instead of traditional chemical pest control. The biological method is more sustainable and creates a better work environment.

Indoor cultivation of birch is new in Sweden, and the greenhouse in Falkenberg was only opened last autumn. The birch seedlings grow well in the greenhouse environment – but pests, such as aphids and thrips, also thrive in the warm and protected environment. Some form of pest control is needed for the seedlings to survive. Biological pest control is a method that uses beneficial animals (such as hymenoptera and predatory mites) to attack the pests instead of using chemicals. The method works well in closed environments like greenhouses, but not outdoors.

“This will be the first summer the greenhouse has been used for the whole season. A biological method that is more sustainable and creates a better work environment felt like the right choice,” said Johan Henriksson, Nursery Manager at Södra Skogsplantor.

The beneficial animals are delivered in small bags that are hung in the birch seedlings. From here, they fly out and look for the areas that have been attacked. Only the areas under direct attack are targeted. Unlike chemicals, the method leaves no trace on either seedlings or the surrounding soil.

“The sustainability aspect is important for both customers and our owners, and the requirements that we have to meet as suppliers are becoming increasingly clearer in this respect. We must be innovative and find new solutions all the time, and with nature as the architect, this really is a very clever solution,” said Johan Jonsson, Head of Södra Skogsplantor.

2018-06-05  READ MORE...
ANDRITZ presents smart solutions for separation and filtration at ACHEMA


ANDRITZ will be presenting its broad range of advanced separation and filtration technologies and services at the ACHEMA fair in Frankfurt am Main from June 11 to 15, 2018, hall 5.0, stand B7.

ANDRITZ experts specialists will be on hand to provide dedicated solutions for all solid-liquid separation and filtration demands and services, be it lithium, petrochemicals and polymers, agrochemicals and fertilizers, soda ash and technical salts, or any other demanding applications.

Addressing one of the three focal topics of this year’s ACHEMA, flexible production through digital integration of the value chain, ANDRITZ presents the Metris addIQ control system that makes all separation processes smarter and more flexible.

The Metris addIQ control system is the very latest digital innovation for separation applications and provides crucial support for customers in achieving their production and business targets. It offers added value by enhancing availability and minimizing production costs by increasing overall equipment efficiency and reducing the risk of operational errors.

Features like predictive analysis allow operators to optimize availability and take preventive action to avoid downtime. Capacity and quality are easy to control and enhance with customizable systems – the Metris addIQ control system is based on the latest PLC and HMI technologies and has an integrated fail-safe system. All of the addIQ packages – Pure, Eco, Dynamic, Prime, and Flex – come with widescreen touch panels and an intuitive operator design. What’s more, mobile connectivity features and a smart analysis function combine to guarantee operational accuracy 24/7 from any location. One important aspect is that Metris addIQ is not only suitable for new machines, plants, and processes, but can also be installed in existing facilities with minimal disruption.

2018-06-05  READ MORE...
Sonoco to Acquire Conitex Sonoco Joint Venture

Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the remaining 70 percent interest in the joint venture of Conitex Sonoco for approximately $133 million in cash. Conitex Sonoco is a vertically integrated, global leader in the manufacture of paper-based cones and tubes used in the textile industry. The transaction is subject to normal international regulatory reviews and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2018.

The Conitex Sonoco joint venture was formed in 1998 between Texpack, Inc., a Spanish-based global provider of paperboard and paper-based packaging products, and Sonoco’s former North America textile cone business. In 2017, the joint venture had total sales of approximately $245 million and produced more than 300,000 tons of uncoated recycled paperboard, which was used to produce approximately 1.4 billion tubes and cones for the global spun yarn industry. The company also produces adhesives, flexible intermediate bulk containers and corrugated pallets. The joint venture has 13 manufacturing locations in 10 countries, including four paper mills and seven cone and tube converting operations as well as two other production facilities.

“The Conitex Sonoco relationship has been very successful over the past 20 years, and we see even further opportunity to grow Sonoco’s existing global paper-based tube and core business through this combination, especially in faster-growing emerging markets in Asia where we will be substantially increasing our manufacturing presence while more than doubling our current annual sales in the region,” said Rob Tiede, Sonoco president and chief executive officer.

Tiede added, “We welcome Conitex Sonoco’s nearly 1,250 employees and are excited by the prospects for further building strong relationships with our combined customers in Asia, the Americas and Europe by offering innovative packaging solutions in paperboard, textile carriers and other value-added products.”

The acquisition of Conitex Sonoco will be modestly accretive to Sonoco’s earnings in 2018. Conitex Sonoco’s Chief Operating Officer Michel Schmidlin and members of his global leadership team will remain with Sonoco, and there are no expected changes to customer relationships. When the transaction is completed, Conitex Sonoco’s financial results will be reported within Sonoco’s Paper/Industrial Converted Products segment.

2018-06-04  READ MORE...
Pulpaper startup prize awarded to Lumir

A pitch contest for startup companies was held yesterday, Wednesday May 30th, at the PulPaper exhibition held at the Messukeskus Expo and Convention Center in Helsinki. The winner Lumir, a producer of acoustical surfaces, was selected from among eight contestants. The winner was awarded a €5000 stipend donated by the Finnish Fair Foundation.
Eight startups from Finland and Sweden competed in the pitch contest’s semifinals. Following a very competitive semifinal, four companies advanced to the final. The winner of the contest, Lumir, was awarded at the PulPaper Party held last night. The criteria considered in selecting the winner included the innovativeness and originality of the business idea, the identified need and market potential of the product, the credibility of the business plan and its execution, as well as the quality of the pitch itself.
Lumir designs and manufactures acoustical surfaces for walls and ceilings designed to effectively prevent reverberation. These surfaces can be used in homes, public spaces, schools, offices, and commercial properties and are suited to new and renovation construction. These surfaces have been installed in the Parliament House and the National Library, among other locations.
According to the panel, Lumir has a finished, concrete product and strong references from users of the product. Lumir offers a clear solution to existing needs.
The audience also voted on their favorites in the final round of the pitch contest. The audience named as its favorite cleantech-industry startup Aeromon, who have developed a monitoring platform for airborne emissions. Aeromon was awarded an honorable mention in the contest.
A total of eight startups competed in the pitch contest, they were Teqmine, Koepala Packaging, Lumir, Woodio, The Infinited Fiber Company, Crosser Technologies, Aeromon, and Quva. Of these eight, Teqmine, Koepala Packaging, Lumir, and Aeromon were selected to compete in the final round on the PulPaper exhibition’s Future Square stage.
The contest’s panel of experts included Christine Hagström-Näsi (Clic Innovation), Timo Heikka (Stora Enso), Helleke Heikkinen (FIBAN), Jussi Manninen (VTT), Kaija Pehu-Lehtonen (Metsä Fibre), Antti Lindqvist (PI), and Marcus Bergström (Messukeskus).
PulPaper, PacTec and Wood & Bioenergy are events with a wide-ranging focus on the forest industry. Running from May 29th to 31st, these events are underway at Helsinki’s Messukeskus. The event was last held in 2014, when it attracted visitors from 70 countries. About 500 companies will participate in the exhibition.

2018-06-04  READ MORE...
DS Smith to acquire Europac

DS Smith plc has today announced the proposed acquisition of Europac (Papeles y Cartones de Europa, S.A.), a leading Western European integrated packaging business.

The offer price of €16.80 per Europac share values the entire share capital of Europac at €1,667 million (£1,453 million), with an implied enterprise value of €1,904 million (£1,659 million) and which represents an EV/EBITDA multiple of 8.4 times Europac’s LTM EBITDA to 31 March 2018 including the full run rate of pre-tax cost synergies.

Europac is a leading, Spanish listed, approximately 42 % family owned, highly complementary, vertically integrated packaging business. Europac has a diversified customer portfolio with strong customer relationships and FMCG orientation. In 2017 Europac delivered revenues of €868 million (c.£756 million) and had EBITDA of €158 million (c.£138 million).
The acquisition has a highly compelling strategic rationale and DS Smith expects that it will create significant value for customers and consistent and attractive returns for DS Smith shareholders :

• Exceptional scale opportunity to enhance DS Smith’s customer offer in a key packaging growth region ;

• Clear opportunity to develop Europac’s packaging assets ;

• Strengthens DS Smith’s global supply chain ;

• Substantial annual run-rate pre-tax cost synergies of €50 million (c.£44 million) and further integration benefits identified ;

• Attractive financial returns with the Acquisition accretive to earnings per share and ROIC (pretax) to exceed WACC in first full financial year of ownership.

Europac’s Board of Directors has confirmed that the Acquisition is friendly and attractive, subject to fiduciary duties and to further assessment of the acquisition on the basis of the documentation to be prepared by DS Smith and to be approved by the CNMV, as well as taking into account any advice received from its legal or financial advisers.

DS Smith has received undertakings to accept the acquisition from a total of 58.97 % of the entire share capital of Europac.

The Acquisition, DS Smith’s transaction expenses and the refinancing of Europac debt will be financed from a rights issue to raise approximately £1,000 million (c.€1,148 million) net of expenses (the “ Rights Issue”), which has been fully underwritten on a standby basis, and a new committed debt facility of €740 million (c.£645 million).

Following completion of the acquisition, DS Smith is expected to have net debt to EBITDA of less than 2.5 times by the end of the current financial year with a clear deleveraging profile to below DS Smith’s net debt to EBITDA medium term target of 2.0 times.

The acquisition is conditional on the receipt of acceptances from Europac shareholders representing at least 50 % plus 1 share of the entire share capital of Europac, receipt of regulatory approvals and the approval of DS Smith shareholders.

Subject to the satisfaction of the conditions to the Acquisition, including the receipt of regulatory approvals, the Acquisition is anticipated to complete during Q4 2018. On completion DS Smith intends to delist Europac’s shares from their listings on the stock markets of Madrid and Barcelona.

Commenting on the Acquisition, Miles Roberts, Group Chief Executive of DS Smith, said : “The acquisition of Europac is a very exciting development for DS Smith, strengthening our position as a leading global supplier of sustainable packaging solutions. We have a long-standing relationship with Europac, which is a company we have long admired, given the quality of their assets, employees and customers. This acquisition will enhance our customer offer in Western Europe, a key packaging growth region, and help us meet the rising demand for our high-quality packaging and sustainable products. It will also strengthen our global supply chain and means we can serve our, and Europac’s, customers better.

Along with improving our customer offer, this acquisition delivers value for our shareholders. We anticipate delivering attractive returns and significant synergies, which we have a strong track record of doing, as demonstrated by the successful acquisition of Interstate Resources. We look forward to working with the Europac team and further capitalising on increasing global customer demand for high quality, sustainable and engaging packaging.”

Also commenting on the Acquisition, José Miguel Isidro Rincón, Executive Chairman of Europac said : “Europac is a great company, well structured, strongly positioned with its customers and has a great management team. Iberia is the third largest packaging market in Europe and has great growth potential. In my capacity as shareholder, I believe that the offer submitted by DS Smith, which upon implementation would result in a combination with Europac, would deliver important operating and commercial synergies for both companies.”

2018-06-04  READ MORE...
Futura: remarkable revelations for iT's Tissue

The anticipation is building at Futura as it prepares to reveal a series of innovations and a super-focused service organization at FuturaLab, with its full-size, R&D converting line during iT’s Tissue in Lucca, June 25-29.
Futura’s open house during iT’s Tissue will center on built specifically for research and development.
A snapshot of innovations to be presented at It’s Tissue includes : a unique automatic reel handling and processing system which is safer, more effective and less dependent on manual operations ; advanced dust control which minimizes downtime therefore maximizes overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) ; new standards in automation and process control ; and leadership in Industry 4.0 integration.
Head of Technology and FuturaLab, Giovacchino Giurlani, said : “The ambition remains to produce a better roll more efficiently. What is changing is that to achieve this depends not only on all the adjustments and refinements possible on a converting line, but on gathering data and analysis and using this in a smart way to optimize the lines via advanced process control.”
Futura sees its role in the market as pushing the technological boundaries in consumer and professional tissue markets worldwide, while providing innovative services representing a focused new approach.
With a large number and variety of converting lines now operating throughout the world, Futura’s ProCare service and spare parts provision is evolving to ensure industry-leading support now and in the future. All will be revealed during iT’s Tissue, but a key appointment is that of Simone Graunar who, having built up considerable experience of customer service with Futura, has taken on the role of Futura’s Customer Care Manager Worldwide.

2018-06-04  READ MORE...
Valmet to invest in a new Service Center in Concepcion, Chile


Valmet has made the decision to build a Service Center in Chile to further develop its local presence close to customers in South America. Valmet’s new Service Center will be located in Concepcion province and it will be in operation by mid-2019.

The new Valmet Service Center will focus on the manufacturing of spare parts and the recovery of equipment for the pulp, paper and fiberboard industries and it will employ about 55 people.

"With a strong forestry based economy, Chile is an important market area for Valmet with customers in the pulp, paper, board, tissue and energy industries. Valmet has consistently strengthened its operations and competences in the country. Now it became the time to go one step further to better serve our customers by making the decision to invest in the new Valmet Service Center in Concepcion. With this step, we also show in concrete terms how serious we take our commitment to be close to our customers," says Celso Tacla, Area President, South America, at Valmet.

"Our customers will strongly benefit from this new Service Center. With the new Service Center, it will be possible to reduce the delivery time of our deliveries and have the needed expertise more easily available. Additionally, our Chilean customers will be closer to the best of Valmet technologies and products," says Elio Krummenauer, Valmet’s Special Projects Director in South America.

Valmet’s new Service Center in Concepcion is in line with Valmet’s Shared Journey Forward service approach which aims to provide our customers the best service experience with our services offering for process reliability and to move their performance forward.

Besides the new Service Center that will be located in Concepcion, Valmet has another three centers in South America all of them located in Brazil. Valmet has in total 120 service centers around the world.

2018-06-04  READ MORE...
Lecta Introduces New Creaset Bags

An inspiring design printed on Creaset Bags 120 g/m2 by Fiorini International.

One of the main European manufacturers of shopping bags and packaging accessories,​ Fiorini International​, has produced a new bag for Lecta’s one-side coated paper Creaset Bags range, introduced at the Packaging Première fair, an exclusive event devoted to luxury packaging held in Milan from May 15 to May 17.

Using the slogan "Pure Inspiration" and with a sophisticated design that transmits elegance and lightness, this attractive bag showcases the paper, part of a versatile range that enables you to create anything you can imagine, as the motto of the Creaset brand suggests : "Endless Possibilities". From a perfume label to a wine label to premium flexible packaging applications, the possibilities are infinite.

Creaset Bags is a glossy white one-side coated paper with excellent tensile and bursting strength resistance. It is available in 90, 100, 110 and 120 g/m2, offers optimum printing quality and is suitable for flexography and offset printing. Creaset Bags is 100% recyclable, biodegradable and compostable. It is manufactured with elemental chlorine-free (ECF) pulp and is available upon request with FSC® or PEFCTM​ certification.

2018-06-04  READ MORE...
China sets rules for third-party pre-shipment Inspection agencies

With its announcement No. 48 of 2018, the Chinese General Administration of Customs provided the Implementation Rules on the Supervision and Administration of Pre- shipping Inspection of Imported Solid Waste Used as Raw Materials, which take effect as of June 1, 2018. The announcement is pertinent to third part pre-shipment inspection agencies.

The General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China will be responsible for the supervision and administration of pre-shipping inspection agencies in the context of their services of inspection, loading under supervision and stamping with sealing marks, and the issuance of the pre-shipping inspection certificate for exports of waste as raw materials to China.

Exporters of waste to China may expect news on the first third-party pre-shipment inspection agencies to have been successful in applying to the GAC, and so may provide their services in late July at the earliest.

2018-06-01  READ MORE...
The careful choice of material is the key to success

Choosing a paperboard for a sophisticated packaging based on the kilo price can be like shooting yourself in the foot. What appears cheap can turn out to be expensive when you also consider how the material functions in the production process and what the end result looks like on the retail shelf.

When Vincenzo Leara of Gpack Group was asked to produce the packaging for the Carolina Herrera fragrance range Good Girl, he was asked to do a test. Test runs of the same packaging were done first with a well-reputed single-ply paperboard and then with the multi-ply Invercote from Iggesund Paperboard. When the results could be compared, the choice clearly fell on Invercote.

The packaging series for Good Girl requires 12 different production stages. They include gold foil stamping, embossing, partial flockage, foil stamping on flockage, negative embossing and die cutting.

“The raw material’s dimensional stability, durability and creasing ability were particularly important in this case,” Vincenzo explains. “In a multi-stage production process, the dimensional stability is decisive – if the material moves even a fraction, you can have a misregister late in the process. Then you lose everything, both the material and all the work you’ve done.”

He has over a decade’s experience of producing packaging with extremely high quality demands. Gpack, where he works, has over 50 years of experience. Vincenzo is one of the people who do not immediately consider the material’s price per kilo. Instead, he considers what is called the total cost of ownership.

“With cheaper and often lower quality material, the cost of the material is of course lower,” he says. “But if you also consider the machine set-up time between the various stages, the risks of rejects and of having something go wrong, then the more expensive and higher quality material can easily turn out to be cheaper when you take everything into account.”

The Carolina Herrera fragrance brand is owned by Puig a third-generation family-owned fashion and fragrance business based in Barcelona, which originally suggested Invercote, but which also considered the results of the test runs. The decisive factors were the appearance of the creases and also how well defined the edges of the flockage were, which was considered to be important to the packaging’s ability to catch the consumer’s eye at the point of sale.

“Overall we select our foldings brands as prescriptors, in cooperation with our printing partners, but we make the final decisions on which materials to use,” mentions Puig.

“The visible differences represent what you can experience between how a single-ply and how a multi-ply paperboard behave,” Vincenzo Leara continues. “And in my eyes Invercote performed best in terms of structure and resistance.”

The background for this lies in the increased possibilities of variation that result from the multi-ply production process, underlines Invercote product manager Edvin Thurfjell :

“We can control the paperboard’s properties by varying the fibre composition of the different layers. That option is not available to manufacturers of single-ply paperboard.”

Gpak Group was previously called Cartotecnica Goldprint but changed its name in the autumn of 2017. It has four production plants in Italy, one in Poland and the last one is in France : the company Alliora, with a total of 480 employees and a global turnover of over €85 million.

2018-06-01  READ MORE...
Sunshine Paper automates scheduling planning processes to improve efficiencies

China’s largest producer of coated and uncoated white top test liner and world-class preprint home base, Sunshine Paper, has automated its scheduling process for its five cutters by integrating opt-Studio with its SAP ERP solution. The system went live last month (April 2018).

Shandong Century Sunshine Paper Group Company Limited, founded in 2000, listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Market in 2007 owning total assets of RMB 10 billion. Sunshine Paper has a total paper capacity of 1.3 million tons per year, is one of China’s top 15 papermakers and a global top 100 papermaker.

Mr. Li Jinhai, CIO, at Sunshine Paper said : “In our endeavours to improve and optimise production processes to mitigate the increased environmental costs due to the new Environmental Protection Tax which has been implemented in China, we approached Greycon which implemented its X-Trim trim optimisation application for us in 2009, to review the planning functionality for our sheeting processes. Following its review, and based on the success of its trim solution X-Trim which they implemented for us in 2009, we requested Greycon integrate its advanced scheduling planning software, opt-Studio, with our ERP to schedule the sheet orders in our five cutters. 

“The adoption of opt-Studio provides us with improved short and mid-term planning capabilities ; we can refresh the schedule automatically on every machine in seconds, giving the planner and other users full visibility of the impact of the decisions or external events.”

Tian Jinlong, Business Development Director at Greycon said : “Rising environmental costs will intensify the competition in the paper industry and companies are implementing new solutions and upgrading existing products to ensure efficiencies are maximised. Profitable Chinese companies are finding it easier to invest in upgrading however, smaller companies are under more pressure and may even be squeezed out the market. 

“Sunshine Paper approached us with a brief to optimise its planning functionality on its cutters. The integration of opt-Studio enables the optimisation of schedules, improving the production throughput. Since the system manages the scheduling of the orders, the effort of the planners will now be diverted to analysis and optimisation instead of the routine work to feed the orders and their sequence into the ERP-system. opt-Studio will also change decision-making from that of being based on past experience, to fact-based decision-making. The powerful what-if functionality allows the planners to perform different kind of analyses to determine the most efficient way forward.

“The integration was organised using Greycon’s standard methods, Integration Manager and schedule release to Microsoft SQL Server based database table,” said Jinlong.

2018-06-01  READ MORE...
Södra Cell to raise NBSK by USD 30 to USD 1,230/tonne

Södra Cell is increasing the price of its northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp in Europe by $30/tonne to $1,230, effective 1 June. “Demand is still outstripping supply considerably and the market remains imbalanced. We see no sign of easing in the short term, and consequently the upward momentum on prices continues” commented Magnus Björkman, VP Marketing and Sales Södra Cell.

2018-06-01  READ MORE...
Capital Markets Day: UPM aims higher with continued transformation and earnings growth

UPM’s Capital Markets Day focused on the company’s value creation, strong performance and earnings growth opportunities.

2018-05-31  READ MORE...
Mondi ends production of in-line silicone coated products at Steti, Czech Republic

Mondi has announced that it will stop production of in-line silicone coated products at its facility in Steti, Czech Republic.

2018-05-31  READ MORE...
Kotkamills en route towards a plastic free world - one coffee cup at a time

ISLA® Duo cupstock is Kotkamills’ solution to an ever-growing problem. It does not contain any plastics or waxes that are harmful for the environment or health.

2018-05-31  READ MORE...
Sonoco Implementing Price Increase for All Uncoated Recycled Paperboard Products

Sonoco today announced it is implementing a $50 per ton price increase for all grades of uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) in the United States and Canada, effective with shipments beginning July 2, 2018.

2018-05-30  READ MORE...
Antalis strengthens its positions in the Nordic countries

Antalis has signed an agreement to acquire IGEPA’s Papers distribution business in Sweden and Norway ; the operation should close in the course of June.

2018-05-30  READ MORE...
New head of the Holmen Paper business area

Lars Lundin has been appointed Senior Vice President Paper and will take up his new role no later than the first of december 2018.

2018-05-30  READ MORE...
T.CON and Perlen Packaging achieve a successful global SAP S/4HANA conversion

SAP Gold Partner T.CON successfully carried out the system conversion from SAP ERP to SAP S/4HANA version 1709 in only one step at Perlen Packaging, a subsidiary of Chemie + Papier Holding AG (CPH).

2018-05-30  READ MORE...
ABB introduces new ABB AbilityTM Web Monitoring System for paper industry applications

Innovative high resolution web monitoring system designed for the fastest paper, board or tissue machines.

2018-05-30  READ MORE...
Looking back on the first-ever Global Recycling Day: “A movement has been sparked”

Levels of engagement in the inaugural, BIR-inspired Global Recycling Day far exceeded expectations, laying firm foundations for growing the event in the years to come.

2018-05-30  READ MORE...
Preem and RenFuel to create the world’s first lignin plant for biofuels

Preem and RenFuel are assessing, in collaboration with Rottneros, the construction of the world’s first lignin plant for biofuels, at the pulp mill in Vallvik, Söderhamn.

2018-05-29  READ MORE...
Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS) bundles expertise

The board of trustees of the Papiertechnische Stiftung has resolved to bring about a change in the PTS leadership with the completion of the extensive restructuring of the institute.

2018-05-29  READ MORE...

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