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Firefly presents the world's first third party approved Quick Suppression System

  As the first company in the world, Firefly has conducted and passed tests according to the test protocol for Quick Suppression Systems - ‘DFL TM170307-1261 – Quick Suppression Systems for certain high-risk areas typically found in industry applications’. It has been developed by DFL, an ISO/IEC 17025 certified test laboratory, accredited to conduct full scale fire-tests.

A Quick Suppression System is a Fixed Automatic Discharge Fire Suppression System, including flame detection, water mist suppression and control system, with strict demands on quick system response times and fast extinguishing performance. The system is designed for detection and suppression of fires/flames around critical machinery and/or high-risk areas with remarkable flame suppression capabilities, utilizing a very small amount of water.

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Mondi donates €37,250 to UNICEF for ‘Water Supply for Aleppo’

Mondi has again made a donation to UNICEF in connection with the company’s biannual customer satisfaction survey. To encourage customers to participate, Mondi promised a donation to a charity fund for each completed survey received. This year the initiative resulted in a total donation of €37,250, far surpassing the €27,000 raised by the 2015 Mondi survey.

UNICEF will use the €37,250 received from Mondi as start-up funding for a new project called ‘Water Supply for Aleppo’. Much of the infrastructure in this Syrian city has been damaged by war. With €37,250 UNICEF can restore a functioning system of running water and plumbing to five schools in Aleppo, enabling Syrian children to once again attend schools with proper hygienic facilities. UNICEF’s ‘Water Supply for Aleppo’ fund is open to further donations from the public so that more water supply infrastructure can be repaired in the city.

Dr Gudrun Berger, Executive Director, Austrian Committee for UNICEF, commented, “We are grateful for Mondi’s contributions to various UNICEF projects over the years. Their clever approach of linking their company initiative to charitable fundraising has again resulted in a significant donation for an urgently needed programme.”

Albert Klinkhammer, Mondi Group Marketing Director, said, “We are delighted that the increased participation in our customer survey has resulted in our much larger donation to UNICEF this year. We are pleased to support this project that will benefit children in Syria, and we hope that our start-up funding will inspire others to donate to this very worthy cause. We look for opportunities to make social responsibility a part of what we do. Every day.”

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Refreshed looks for Lumi

Stora Enso’s woodfree coated paper brand, Lumi, has updated its appearance. For 20 years, Lumi’s brand identity and recognition have relied heavily on its visual elements, black and white colour and round shaped logo with the brand name in it. Now the old Lumi logo has been updated and also includes an endorsement by Stora Enso. The new identity looks more modern while Lumi’s familiar black and white pattern still remains.

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UPM tests Carinata sequential cropping concept as part of Biofuels future development

UPM Biofuels is developing a new feedstock concept by growing Brassica Carinata as a sequential crop in South America. The Carinata crop produces non-edible oil suitable for biofuels’ feedstock and protein for animal feed.

The sequential cropping concept enables contract farmers to take agricultural land into use outside the main cultivation period, in winter time, without compromising existing food production. This does not cause any land use change, prevents erosion and improves soil quality. Carinata will provide additional income to local farmers, who do not normally have their fields in productive use during winter. In South America UPM grows and tests Carinata with third-party farmers in Uruguay and Brazil.

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Roll Covers The appropriate cover for every application

Roll cover technology is a key factor in improving sheet release, reducing draw, improving dewatering performance, ensuring consistent coating and sizing, and excellent calendering results. The various applications on the paper machine require a variety of roll cover designs and coating materials.

The materials used range from ceramic coatings to very soft elastomeric covers and have surface profiles ranging from plain polished to high open surfaces, as well as complex cross-machine direction crown designs.

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Delfort introduces non-fluorinated packaging paper

Delfort, global innovation leader in the development, manufacturing and distribution of special and functional papers, expands its portfolio with a fluorochemical-free, oil and grease-resistant packaging paper namely thinbarrier® OGR eco. thinbarrier® OGR eco performs with excellent oil and grease-repellant properties and is, at the same time, environmentally friendly.

QSR’s and the food service industry are increasingly requesting fluorochemical-free alternatives for food packaging that outperform the existing fluorine treated papers in both sustainability and functionality. Papers used for direct wrapping or packing of grease-containing food products such as hamburgers, wraps, french fries, soup cubes and many more, require added barriers to keep oil and grease from seeping through the packaging.

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Fibria acquires 18% of Spinnova

Fibria, a Brazilian forestry company and the world’s leading producer of eucalyptus pulp from planted forests, has signed an agreement to acquire a minority interest in Finnish-based Spinnova and partner in the development, production and marketing of new materials using its technologies.

Spinnova is a startup that develops low-cost and environmentally sustainable technologies for making fabrics. The technologies uses wood fibers to produce filaments and yarns that can replace cotton, viscose and other raw materials in both woven and nonwoven applications.

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ANDRITZ AUTOMATION opens two new offices to expand its presence in North America

ANDRITZ AUTOMATION, part of international technology Group ANDRITZ, has opened two new US locations in Pensacola, Florida, and Eugene, Oregon, thus demonstrating its commitment to provide its customers with individual and local support.
The local teams are committed to delivering progressive solutions and high-quality support for their customers’ electrical, control, and instrumentation systems in those regions

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Lenzing Invests in Thailand

Lenzing plans construction of a state-of-the-art lyocell fiber production plant in Prachinburi (Thailand) by the end of 2020
Decision to establish a subsidiary and purchase property in Industrial Park 304
Next steps : finalizing of approvals and technical planning


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Sherpack: a project to reinvent flexible paper‐based packaging

The European project Sherpack – “Innovative structured polysaccharides‐based materials for recyclable and biodegradable flexible packaging” – just started ; the kick‐off meeting was held on 14th June 2017 at CTP in Grenoble. The objective is to develop a renewable, biodegradable and recyclable flexible paper‐based packaging material, that can be easily converted by heat‐sealing and folding, with improved stiffness and grip, in order to replace materials such as plastics or aluminium foil currently used on the market by an advanced biomaterial.
Sherpack was selected among 70 proposals in the EU funded H2020 BBI‐2016‐R05 call for projects on “Advanced biomaterials for smart food packaging”. A consortium of 6 partners – 3 industrial partners and 3 research centres – from 5 EU countries received a grant from the Bio‐based Industries Joint Undertaking.
Nowadays, food packaging needs to be both functional and innovative, and to offer good end‐of‐life alternatives.
Sherpack aims at developing 2 proofs‐of‐concept for such packaging materials, through 3 major innovations that will be brought together to offer new functionalities : wet‐lamination of a thin layer of fibre specialty on the cellulosic substrate, formulation and coating of a biodegradable polymer waterborne emulsion, and specific design, formulation and printing of a polysaccharides grid to improve the grip and stiffness.

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EU launches trade investigation against Turkey following complaint by the European paper industry

Today the EU has decided to launch investigations against Turkey for breach of EU-Turkey Customs Union and WTO rules confirming the validity of a complaint lodged by the European paper industry.

CEPI, the independent voice of the paper industry in Europe, presented a trade complaint (Trade Barrier Regulation (“TBR”)) to the European Commission on the 24 April 2017. The complaint concerned the unfair non-automatic import licensing system established by Turkey concerning, inter alia, EU exports of certain varieties of paper including office paper, books, envelopes and paper used for direct mail marketing (otherwise known as uncoated wood free (“UWF”) paper). This is both the first time a TBR complaint has been launched in almost ten years and the first time CEPI as an industry association has lodged a trade complaint.

"Today’s launch of this investigation is an indictment of the Turkish authorities’ reluctance to maintain a level-playing field when it comes to free trade. Turkey should withdraw, in the spirit of the EU-Turkey Customs Union and its WTO commitments, any unfair trade barriers” say Sylvain Lhôte, Director General at CEPI.
oday the EU has decided to launch investigations against Turkey for breach of EU-Turkey Customs Union and WTO rules confirming the validity of a complaint lodged by the European paper industry. CEPI, the independent voice of the paper industry in Europe, presented a trade complaint (Trade Barrier Regulation (“TBR”)) to the European Commission on the 24 April 2017. The complaint concerned the unfair non-automatic import licensing system established by Turkey concerning, inter alia, EU exports of certain varieties of paper including office paper, books, envelopes and paper used for direct mail marketing (otherwise known as uncoated wood free (“UWF”) paper). This is both the first time a TBR complaint has been launched in almost ten years and the first time CEPI as an industry association has lodged a trade complaint. "Today’s launch of this investigation is an indictment of the Turkish authorities’ reluctance to maintain a level-playing field when it comes to free trade. Turkey should withdraw, in the spirit of the EU-Turkey Customs Union and its WTO commitments, any unfair trade barriers” say Sylvain Lhôte, Director General at CEPI.

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Voith, a family-owned company, is celebrating...


Voith, a family-owned company, is celebrating its 150th anniversaryguided by the motto “Welcome to the Next 150 Years”
• Voith President and CEO Lienhard says : “There are enormous op-portunities for Voith.”
• Throughout 2017, 19,000 employees at 160 global locations will be celebrating the event
• Ceremonial Act with guests from around the world at the headquar-ters in Heidenheim in the summer
• Voith will support 150 charitable and social projects around the globe

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Nathalie Deniau appointed as new HR manager at Essity mill in Gien, France

Nathalie Deniau has been appointed as HR Manager at Essity Mill in Gien (former SCA Gien, in France) which employs some 450 people. She succeeds Servanne Bodin, who will continue to work for Essity Group, at a national level. During the last 10 years or so, Nathalie Deniau worked for the Henkel Group, at different management functions in Human Ressources.

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Kotkamills' new Consumer Board representative in Andean countries

Kotkamills’ Consumer Board products are represented in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru by Representantes Comerciales Andinos SAC. "Our team of three is located in Lima, and is serving paper, board and packaging clients and mills since 1997 in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. We believe that Kotkamills will be a key player in our growing markets, with a good and competitive product, combined with an excellent customer service and closeness to the market", states Sales Manager Carlo Lyytinen.

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Cellwood to upgrade MP1 line for EUROPAC – Spain

Cellwood Machinery was awarded an order from Papeles Y Cartones De Europa, SA to upgrade stock preparation line MP1 with a 200 Tpd – Krima Dispersing Unit. This will be Europac´s second Krima Hot Dispersing Unit. The delivery will take place autumn 2017.

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Walki Group introduces eco-friendly solutions for Out-of-home (OOH) advertising sector

Walki Group, a leading, international producer of technical laminates and protective packaging materials has introduced the Walki®Print Media XXL family of products, which provides ‘green’ printing and imaging solutions.

This comes at a time when the OOH sector is steadily moving away from using chemically treated, moisture-resistant blueback papers and PVC-scrim for printed banners and displays. Growing awareness of the hazards that PVC poses to the environment and in particular, the difficulties faced in its disposal, has created a need for more eco-friendly products.

Using ultra-light, tear resistant and recyclable raw materials, the Walki Group has developed new ‘green’ print media by combining specific base materials and functional polymers. Walki’s solutions can be used for both front-lit and back-lit applications, with a non-reflective, inkjet-receptive layer which is suitable for both UV-curable and Latex inks.

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European paper industry’s perfomance resilient in 2016, demonstrates CEPI’s latest key statistics

In the background of increasingly uncertain global markets, European production of paper and board demonstrated resilience in 2016. This not only continues the trend of recent years but exceeds the performance of other key paper-producing regions including the United States and Canada.

European consumption of paper and board has exhibited a rise for the third consecutive year, growing by 0.3% in 2016, driven by stronger demand for certain categories of paper products particularly sustainable packaging, hygiene and speciality papers. The rise in consumption has also had a knock-on effect on imports into CEPI countries which rose by 4.5% in 2016 (7.2% of total European paper consumption). Despite this trend and increased competition globally the industry remains a net exporter, exporting approximately 21% of its production.

On another positive note a 2.7% increase was witnessed in pulp production putting a halt to recent years of decline. This was buoyed by an increase (17.8%) in the export of market pulp to non-CEPI countries, particularly Asia (20.8% increase).

Utilisation of paper for recycling has remained relatively stable as in previous years exhibiting a slight increase in 2016. The collection of paper for recycling has also moved in the right direction, displaying a modest increase of 1.0%. At the same time, exports of paper for recycling have increased by 5.6% the majority of which reached Asian markets (91.7%).

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Global packaging leader Smurfit Kappa has announced a multi-million euro investment in technology at its Nettingsdorf Paper Mill

The project consists of building a state-of-the-art recovery boiler by 2020 and a new steam turbine by 2022. This equipment will reinforce the industry-leading position that Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf currently holds, by virtue of having the lowest energy consumption in the paper industry.

The new boiler will produce energy out of biomass, reducing CO₂ emissions at the Nettingsdorf mill by 40,000 tonnes, which represents a 1.5% reduction in Smurfit Kappa Group’s total CO₂ emissions. Smurfit Kappa recently announced in its 2016 Sustainability Development Report that it has already cut CO₂ emissions by 23%, well on the way to meeting its 2020 target of 25%.
The project consists of building a state-of-the-art recovery boiler by 2020 and a new steam turbine by 2022. This equipment will reinforce the industry-leading position that Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf currently holds, by virtue of having the lowest energy consumption in the paper industry. The new boiler will produce energy out of biomass, reducing CO₂ emissions at the Nettingsdorf mill by 40,000 tonnes, which represents a 1.5% reduction in Smurfit Kappa Group’s total CO₂ emissions. Smurfit Kappa recently announced in its 2016 Sustainability Development Report that it has already cut CO₂ emissions by 23%, well on the way to meeting its 2020 target of 25%.

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PMP’s TM1 AT HEBEI JINBOSHI GROUP (CHINA) HAS BEEN BROUGHT ON STREAM!

On 22nd January 2016, PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) – a global provider of tissue, paper & board technology, signed a contract with Hebei Jinboshi Group CO., LTD. for the delivery of (2) Intelli-Tissue® 1200 EcoEc lines. Thus it is our pleasure to announce that TM1 has started-up smoothly and easily and as a result the first paper at reel appeared on 21st June 2017 in the afternoon of the local time.

TM1 is characterized with 3650mm reel trim, operating speed of 1200 m/min, daily capacity 75 t/d and a basis weight of 12.5-25 gsm.

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PAPCEL Group to supply a new tissue paper machine to Jakarta, Indonesia

ABK Groupe & PAPCEL signed a new contract with the customer PT Aspex Kumbong, West Java, Indonesia to supply a complete tissue machine including approach flow system, Crescent former, winder and auxiliary equipment.

The tissue machine is designed for a capacity of 60 tpd of tissue paper grades (facial and toilet tissue paper), 13 to 35 gsm basis weight ranges and a maximum operating speed of 1,200 mpm. The sheet width on reel trim will be 2,850 mm. ABK Groupe will also supply detailed engineering for all the supplied equipment. The commissioning of the new tissue line is scheduled for the end of 2018.

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European Tissue Association appoints Fanis Papakostas as Chairman

Fanis Papakostas, 59, has been appointed Chairman of ETS, the European Tissue Association. He will take up his new role in July 2017 after a year of service as a Vice-Chairman. He succeeds Roberto Berardi who will step down as Chairman at the end of June after more than 10 consecutive years of outstanding service and who will continue relating to ETS from an advisory role as an Honorary Chairman.
A specialist in tissue, Fanis Papakostas has spent 30 years in professional management and consulting, holding senior roles with Unilever, Beiersdorf and Kimberly-Clark where he has served as
General Manager Greece, France, and later promoted to V-P Europe covering the South and Central European countries. He also has a deep knowledge of detergents and cosmetics. His career was built
via the Marketing and Sales paths. Additionally a good supply chain and finance cross functional experience, coupled with the right exposure on administration and legal corporate matters, have
broadened his qualifications.
“I am delighted to welcome Fanis as the new Chairman,” said current ETS Chairman Roberto Berardi. “He has an unrivalled knowledge of our industry and business and after one year of working alongside
I am confident that he will be realising further opportunities for our sector.”
Commenting on his appointment Fanis Papakostas said, “ETS undertakes important work in showcasing the benefits of tissue paper and I look forward to continuing to promote these messages.
My activities will continue to aim to add value to what ETS delivers to its member companies, to their customers and of course to the tissue paper product users." Fanis Papakostas has studied and worked in five countries in the course of his career including UK, Germany, France, and Greece, and is currently based in Munich, Germany. He holds a MSc. in Operational Research from the University of Southampton, and a BBA in Business Administration from the University of Maryland

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Kadant Completes Acquisition of NII FPG Company’s Forest Products Business

Kadant Inc. announced today the completion of its acquisition of the forest products business of NII FPG Company, a global leader in the design and manufacture of equipment used by sawmills, veneer mills, and other manufacturers in the forest products industry, for approximately $173 million, net of cash acquired, subject to a post-closing adjustment. The transaction was financed through borrowings under the Company’s revolving credit facility. The business will be integrated into Kadant’s Wood Processing Segment.

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FTA Europe General Assembly 2017 – Sante Conselvan re-elected President of the Association

On Thursday 29th of June, the 2017 General Assembly of FTA Europe was held in Barcelona at the offices of FTA Europe’s Spanish Member – Graphispack / ATEF. Sante Conselvan, current President of the Italian flexo association (ATIF), was re-elected as President of FTA Europe for another mandate of two years.
Conselvan expressed his gratitude to the members for their trust in reappointing him as President, stating that “I am honoured and proud to run for other two years FTA Europe. During my first mandate, which saw the birth of the association, we have already been able to create an entity recognised in the market as a reliable stakeholder in representing the European Flexographic Industry. In this short period, FTA Europe has created a stable network among members and consolidated relations with other European and international flexographic associations. Moreover, events like the 1st FTA Europe Diamond Awards held in 2016 and the current Flexo Best Practice Tool Box Project gave a concrete demonstration of the commitment and strategy of the association to enhance flexography all around Europe. My objective for the next mandate is to continue in this direction in order to make the association grow more and enhance its visibility”.

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Heinzel Group to build second paper machine in Pöls

The Heinzel Group has now initiated its next strategic initiative in the packaging paper segment. This will see the installation of a second large paper machine for the production of bleached kraft papers at the Zellstoff Pöls AG location in Austria. Socalled MG papers are employed for flexible packaging and demonstrate above-average market growth. Kurt Maier, the Heinzel Holding CEO : “Using the new machine, we will be able to manufacture 200,000 tonnes of MG papers annually at the Pöls location. With pulp production in Pöls being expanded at the same time, this has only marginal impact on our annual
market pulp capacity of 400,000 tonnes. Following our recent investments at our Raubling and Laakirchen mills, the Pöls project represents another step forward on our packaging paper segment path.”

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