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Valmet's new equipment investment in roll service center in Finland enhances safety and quality

Valmet is improving work safety and ensuring high-quality roll cover production also in the future by investing in the state-of-the-art equipment for polyurethane and composite covering in Jyväskylä, Finland. The investment was completed at the end of 2017.

"We put a lot of emphasis on the safety of our production equipment as well as the work environment to enhance accident-free workplace and well-being at work. In addition, the new equipment contributes to our ability to keep the quality level of our roll covers high also in the future and enables us to bring new roll covers to the market," says Pekka Kruus, Valmet’s General Operations Manager for Rolls in Finland.

With the investment, the service center in Jyväskylä is also preparing for stricter environmental regulations. "We have already been working with this in mind, but the new equipment increases the sustainability of our operations, in terms of reduced waste and better energy efficiency and creates cost savings. Furthermore, the production process becomes more flexible, giving us the possibility to shorten lead times. All in all, this investment further strengthens Valmet’s service capabilities close to customers in Finland and near-by countries," says Marko Lassila, Valmet’s Director of Service Operations in Finland.

In addition to Finland, Valmet has three other European roll service centers, providing high quality roll maintenance and roll covers. These centers are located in Sweden, France and the UK.

24/7 support through Valmet Performance Center

Valmet has also established a Performance Center in Jyväskylä. It provides support around the clock in roll-related questions. The Center provides on-demand expert support, remote analytics, monitoring and optimization, as well as data discovery and analytics. Valmet Performance Centers are an integral part of Valmet Industrial Internet services, providing easy access to the expertise customers need.

Valmet is implementing its new services approach - Shared Journey Forward - by prioritizing safety, providing services close to customers, and earning customers’ trust by working together at sites and remotely.

2018-01-25 
City plan for Finnpulp site in Sorsasalo, Kuopio, confirmed

The Supreme Administrative Court has dismissed all appeals regarding the change to the city plan

Today, the Supreme Administrative Court issued its decision on the appeals to the change to the city plan concerning the site where the construction of Finnpulp’s bioproduction mill is planned. The Administrative Court stated that Finnpulp’s environmental impact assessment reports are sufficiently comprehensive. The reports reveal that any impacts caused by the activities can be managed and do not therefore pose a problem for future operations in Sorsasalo. According to the Supreme Administrative Court’s decision, the activities would not cause any adverse effects that could threaten the creation of a healthy living environment or the preservation of the natural environment.

The Supreme Administrative Court’s decision confirmed the earlier conclusion by the Administrative Court of Eastern Finland regarding the suitability of the site in Sorsasalo, Kuopio, for the construction of a bioproduction mill. According to Finnpulp, the decision is a major step forward for the project as it enables the implementation of the next phases.

Finnpulp’s bioproduct mill will be the world’s largest softwood pulp mill. The mill is scheduled to start operation in 2021.The total amount of the investment is 1.4 billion euros. The project will have an employment impact of 5,700 person-years. 200 people will be working at the site once operations commence. The new facility will use 6.7 million cubic metres of raw wood material per year.

2018-01-25 
UPM and Åbo Akademi University into strategic partnership

UPM and Åbo Akademi University expand their cooperation by signing a frame agreement covering several fields of research. UPM and Åbo Akademi University have previously already cooperated in biomedicals research which is one of Åbo Akademi University’s spearhead fields and a focus area of UPM’s Biochemicals unit. The frame agreement strengthens cooperation in biomedicals and also in paper, pulp and energy research.

UPM leads the integration of bio and forest industries and builds a sustainable and innovation-driven future for example through collaboration with partners. The purpose is to promote business development and speed up innovations also in new areas, such as biomedicals.

"We are actively looking for strategic partners on a global scale. The frame agreement with Åbo Akademi University strengthens UPM’s network of strategic partnerships in areas that are essential for our future businesses", states Pekka Hurskainen, Vice President of Technology Strategy Development at UPM.

UPM and Åbo Akademi University have already been doing successful cooperation with GrowDex® cellulose nanofibril hydrogel. It is UPM’s first commercial product developed for biomedical purposes. It is especially well suitable for 3D cell culture applications, such as pharmaceutical research and development. GrowDex is highly biocompatible with human cells and tissues.

"We are pleased with the frame agreement with UPM. This agreement continues our long term collaboration with UPM. Over the years, we have been actively collaborating in the fields of material and process research in chemical engineering and biomedicals, and we are now able to reinforce this collaboration", says Niklas Sandler, Vice-Rector, Research Affairs at Åbo Akademi University.

2018-01-25 
Hengan International celebrates the successful start-up of a new MODULO-PLUS PM26 at its Changji mill, Xinjiang – China.

The leading Chinese producer of hygiene and sanitary products has successfully started up the second of two Toscotec-supplied tissue machines installed at its Changji mill.
Hengan and Toscotec sealed their partnership at the end of a project that started one year ago with the order of two tissue machines, PM25 (started up in November 2017) and PM26, producing a total increase of 50,000 tons per year to Hengan’s production.
Both tissue machines have a production speed of 1,600 m/min and a width of 2.8 m. They are equipped with single layer headbox, one large diameter TT SuctionPressRoll, second generation TT SYD with improved rib design, TT Milltech natural gas high efficiency hood and steam and condensate removal system. The scope of supply also includes DCS/MCS, as well as erection supervision, start up assistance and training programs.
Hengan project team stated : “We are excited to start this new project. Toscotec-supplied tissue machines have all the technology we need to produce high quality tissue and to reduce the operating cost of our mill. We want to thank all those who contributed to the success of this partnership project.”
Marco Dalle Piagge, Toscotec Sales Director : “Now the two machines are running at their target operating speed and they are already producing marketable tissue. In spite of the environmental hardship of Xinjiang Autonomous Region in which the mill is located, everything goes fine and thanks to the good cooperation between our service team and the mill’s personnel, we achieved both start-ups in a very short time. It’s another success to add to our professional experience.”

2018-01-25 
Lucart will install 6 BoosTEKTM from Kadant Lamort to boost performance at his Recycling fiber plants

The BoosTEKTM Performance Pack has been successfully employed in the Laval Sur Vologne Mill, and as a results of that LUCART has decided to apply this new and disruptive technology and awarded KADANT LAMORT with 5 new additional units to Boost the performance of his Screening systems installed in all the other mills of the group.

BoosTEKTM utilizes inherent system pressure to amplify the breakdown of the stock mats that form on, and ultimately block, the screen cylinder. This proprietary technology dramatically improves the performance of the screen - increasing capacity, contaminant collection, and the yield of clean pulp fibre.

Alain Lascar, director of technology and marketing at Kadant Lamort, noted,  : "Significant savings make this a cost-effective upgrade with a compelling return on investment. We have achieved up to a 40% reduction in energy consumption or up to a 65% gain in fiber yield depending on the operational focus."

"We are pleased to announce our collaboration with Kadant. The technological developments and ideas which we have created together are in line with Lucart’s philosophy, in particular regarding energy saving and the reduction of industrial waste collection, whilst respecting the highest quality standards which is the ultimate aim of Lucart’s recycled products." said Franco Pasquini, Engineering Director, Lucart.

Installed on either the accept or the reject line of your screen, the gains can be both qualitative and quantitative. BoosTEK’s adaptive intelligent technology reacts to the needs of the upstream screen, optimizing the running conditions of the stock flow to maximize performance and output.

2018-01-24 
Perlen Packaging acquires 60% stake in Sekoya Indústria e Comércio in Brazil

Perlen Packaging is to acquire 60% shareholding in Sekoya Indústria e Comércio Ltda. of Brazil with retroactive effect from January 1, 2018. The parties have agreed not to divulge the price of the sale transaction. The formal closing is planned for the end of February 2018.

Sekoya is long-standing representative and business partner of Perlen Packaging for the Brazilian market. The company will continue to be headed by Wellington Branquinho with his team. The company also maintains its own finishing plant in Brazil which tailors film products to the specific needs of the region’s pharmaceuticals customers, enabling Perlen Packaging to enhance its supplier flexibility and serve the Latin American market faster and more efficiently.

Peter Schildknecht, CEO of the CPH Group, commented :

“We are delighted that Perlen Packaging will now have its own distribution company and finishing plant not only in North America but in Latin America, too. Following our expansion in Asia, this acquisition marks a further major step in our packaging division’s implementation of its global business strategy.”

Perlen Packaging is the packaging division of the CPH Group.

2018-01-24 
Kimberly-Clark Announces Year-End 2017 Results, 2018 Outlook, New Global Restructuring And Multi-Year Cost Savings Target

Kimberly-Clark Corporation today reported year-end 2017 results and provided its 2018 outlook. The company also announced a new global restructuring initiative and established a multi-year savings target for its ongoing cost savings program.

Executive Summary

o Fourth quarter 2017 net sales of $4.6 billion increased 1 percent compared to the year-ago period and full-year 2017 net sales of $18.3 billion rose slightly.

o Diluted net income per share for the fourth quarter was $1.75 in 2017 and $1.40 in 2016. Full-year diluted net income per share was $6.40 in 2017 and $5.99in 2016.

o Fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share were $1.57 in 2017 and $1.45 in 2016. Adjusted earnings per share exclude certain items described later in this news release.

o Full-year adjusted earnings per share were $6.23 in 2017, up 3 percent compared to $6.03 in 2016. The company’s previous guidance was for earnings at the low end of the $6.20 to $6.35 range.

o The company has established a cost savings target of more than $1.5 billion over the 2018 to 2021 time period from its ongoing FORCE (Focused On Reducing Costs Everywhere) program.

o In addition, the company announced a new 2018 Global Restructuring Program to reduce the company’s structural cost base by streamlining and simplifying its manufacturing supply chain and overhead organization. The restructuring is expected to generate annual cost savings of $500 to $550 million by the end of 2021 and accelerate the company’s return to delivering its long-term growth objectives over time.

o Net sales in 2018 are expected to increase 1 to 2 percent. Diluted net income per share for 2018 is anticipated to be $3.90 to $4.50, including charges related to the restructuring. Adjusted earnings per share in 2018 are expected to be $6.90 to $7.20, a year-on-year increase of approximately 11 to 16 percent.

2018-01-24 
Metso's valve business strengthened its presence globally with 24 new distributors in 2017

Metso signed a total of 24 new distributor agreements globally for its valve and valve controls businesses during 2017. The agreements cover many countries in Europe, such as UK, Spain, Croatia, Turkey, France and Benelux, and include four new distributors in India and Brazil. Furthermore, Metso’s local presence is strengthened through collaboration with new partners in China, Korea and other Southeast Asian countries.

The new agreements help to further expand the coverage of Metso’s valve offering in various customer industries. Depending on the country, the distributors serve process industries, such as refineries, chemical, fertilizer, steel, bioenergy, power, pulp and paper, and waste water. Many of the distributors also provide service support for Metso valves and valve controls.

"These agreements allow us to extend the availability of our valve solutions globally and provide comprehensive solutions for customers in an addition to our local services. The target is to strengthen our presence in the traditional core areas and to open new markets," says John Quinlivan, President of Metso’s Valves business.

2018-01-24 
Voith and US logistics group C. H. Robinson close partnership for digital commerce

Voith continues to expand its digital agenda and extends the range of its trading platform for recovered paper (RCP) merQbiz. For this purpose, merQbiz and the American logistics provider C. H. Robinson have agreed to an exclusive cooperation : The customers are now offered unmatched freight capacity, competitive real-time pricing and a powerful supply chain network to the platform.

The fact that we were able to win C. H. Robinson, one of the world’s largest logistics groups, as a partner for our digital trading platform shows that we have hit a nerve in the market with merQbiz," says Dr. Hubert Lienhard, CEO of Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA.

The B2B-trading-platform merQbiz was launched in 2017 by Voith. It connects buyers and sellers of recovered paper in a digital marketplace. The platform gives buyers and sellers the ability to directly network with one another and access timely and reliable information about the supply and demand of recovered paper. In addition, users can securely conduct their sales and purchasing transactions on the trading platform. Similar to the well-known online marketplaces, merQbiz evaluates the merchants, the buyers and the quality of the goods. This ensures a high level of security for all goods, logistics and payment flows as well as a high degree of transparency and professional handling. In the medium term, the trading platform’s offers will also be available to customers outside the United States.

As a result of the expansion of the product range to include integrated logistics solutions, merQbiz now also offers the automation and improvement of previously manually performed logistics processes on a user-friendly digital platform. Absolute transparency in the market now applies not only to the pricing of recovered paper, but also to the shipping costs – competitive pricing is carried out in real time and customers receive prompt transport offers that match with their trading order. C. H. Robinson’s capacities allow for access to previously unmatched freight capacities. C.H. Robinson is publicly listed on the NASDAQ. The group serves more than 113,000 customers worldwide today with logistic solution. 2,600 thereof are in the paper, board and packaging industry. In the last business year C.H. Robinson generated sales of approx. 10 billion Euros. „The integrated logistics solution is a game-changer for the industry. The supply of recovered paper will become even more predictable for our customers in the paper industry“, said John Fox, CEO of merQbiz.

In addition to its existing research and development budget, Voith invests around 100 million euros annually in digital products and services.

2018-01-24 
The proposal of Valmet's Nomination Board for the composition and remuneration of the Board of Directors

Proposal for the composition of the Board of Directors

Valmet’s Nomination Board proposes to the next Annual General Meeting, which is planned to be held on March 21, 2018, that the number of members of the Board of Directors for the term expiring at the close of the Annual General Meeting 2019 will be seven and that

 Bo Risberg, Aaro Cantell, Eriikka Söderström, Tarja Tyni and Rogerio Ziviani are re-elected as Board members,
 Monika Maurer and Pekka Kemppainen are elected as new Board members.

The Nomination Board proposes that Bo Risberg is re-elected as the Chairman of the Board and Aaro Cantell is elected as the Vice-Chairman of the Board.

Jouko Karvinen, Vice-Chairman of Valmet’s Board of Directors, and Lone Fønss Schrøder, member of the Board of Directors, have informed Valmet’s Nomination Board that they will not be available in the election of the Board of Directors in the next Annual General Meeting. Jouko Karvinen has served as a member of Valmet’s Board of Directors since 2016 and as the Vice-Chairman since 2017. Lone Fønss Schrøder has served as a member of Valmet’s Board of Directors since 2014.

"Wide diversity is important for ensuring the efficient and optimal performance of the Board of Directors. I believe that the proposed Board composition possesses a valuable mix of extensive experience, varied educational background and relevant qualifications", says Antti Mäkinen, Chairman of the Nomination Board.

Proposed new members for the Board of Directors

Monika Maurer (born 1956) was previously Chief Operating Officer of Nokia Group and, prior to this, Chief Operating Officer of Nokia’s Fixed Networks Business Group. She has also since 1985 held several positions at Alcatel-Lucent and Alcatel AG, including Chief Operating Officer of Alcatel-Lucent’s Fixed Networks Business Line between 2012 and 2016.

Pekka Kemppainen (born 1954) was previously Managing Director of KONE Elevators Australia. He has since 1984 held several positions within KONE, including Executive Vice President for Service Business between 2010 and 2017, and Executive Vice President & Area Director of Asia Pacific between 2004 and 2010.

Proposal for the remuneration of the Board of Directors

The Nomination Board proposes that there will be no changes in the remuneration of the Board of Directors.

The proposal to the Annual General Meeting is that the annual remuneration payable to the members of the Board of Directors to be elected at the Annual General Meeting for the term until the close of the Annual General Meeting in 2019 be as follows :

 EUR 100,000 for the Chairman of the Board,
 EUR 60,000 for the Vice-Chairman of the Board,
 EUR 48,000 for each Board member.

Furthermore, the Nomination Board proposes that a base fee of EUR 7,000 shall be paid for each member of the Audit Committee, EUR 14,000 for the Chairman of the Audit Committee, EUR 4,000 for each member of the Remuneration and HR Committee, and EUR 6,000 for the Chairman of the Remuneration and HR Committee.

In addition, the Nomination Board proposes that a meeting fee in the amount of EUR 700 shall be paid for those members whose place of residence is in Nordic countries, EUR 1,400 for those members whose place of residence is elsewhere in Europe and EUR 2,800 for those members whose place of residence is outside of Europe for the Board meetings attended, including the meetings of the committees of the Board of Directors. 

The Nomination Board proposes to the Annual General Meeting that as a condition for the annual remuneration the members of the Board of Directors are obliged, directly based on the Annual General Meeting’s decision, to use 40 percent of the fixed annual remuneration for purchasing Valmet shares from the market at a price formed in trading at Nasdaq Helsinki’s stock exchange list and that the purchase will be carried out within two weeks from the publication of the Interim Review for the period January 1, 2018 to March 31, 2018.

The Nomination Board

Antti Mäkinen (Managing Director, Solidium Oy) acted as the Chairman of the Nomination Board. The other members the Nomination Board were Satu Huber (CEO, Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company), Risto Murto (CEO, Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company), Timo Ritakallio (President and CEO, Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company) and Bo Risberg as an expert member in his capacity as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Valmet Oyj.

Valmet’s Board of Directors will include these proposals into the notice of the Annual General Meeting of 2018, which is estimated to be published on February 6, 2018.

2018-01-24 
Pulp mill effluent shouldn't affect fishery in Northumberland Strait, says UPEI expert

Pressure prompts store to axe event featuring book critical of Northern Pulp

· Fishermen worry Northern Pulp treatment plan will create ’dead zone’

· Waste water treatment plant could kill lobster larvae, says PEIFA

Plans by a Nova Scotia pulp mill to pipe treated effluent into the Northumberland Strait shouldn’t pose a significant risk to water quality in the strait, says an expert on the subject — though he understands why fishermen are concerned about it.

"If the effluent is treated in a very state-of-the-art treatment system, consistently, I think the likelihood for there being effects is minimal, based on what I presently know," said Mike van den Heuvel, director of the Canadian Rivers Institute at UPEI. He’s also a Canada Research Chair in watershed ecological integrity.

· Fishermen worry Northern Pulp treatment plan will create ’dead zone’

· Waste water treatment plant could kill lobster larvae, says PEIFA

Northern Pulp’s mill in Pictou, N.S., wants to start discharging its treated effluent into the strait starting in 2020 when it upgrades its treatment system.

Mike van den Heuvel says the effects of the effluent would be relatively negligible compared to the nutrients coming from Prince Edward Island as a whole. (UPEI)

Fishermen have expressed concern about contamination of a valuable fishing area in the strait — and van den Heuvel said they have every right to be — but he expects there will be little effect except perhaps in the 100 metres beyond the outflow pipe.

"Any impacts are going to be very localized," van den Heuvel said.

"It’s probably relatively negligible compared to, for example, the nutrients coming from Prince Edward Island as a whole. But you still have to consider these things in terms of what’s the cumulative impact of all these things we’re doing in the strait."

"There is some truth to the fact that dilution is the solution," he said of the plan to move the effluent pipe from a small harbour into the open waters of the strait.

Under Canadian regulations, the effluent has to be tested at least every three years, noted van den Heuvel, but he believes it would be beneficial to monitor more frequently.

"There is no legal reason or strong environmental concern to require stopping it, so I don’t know under what rationale you’d stop it."

2018-01-24 
Smurfit Kappa has opened a new recycling plant in Malaga, Spain, which will strengthen its recovered paper service in the region.

The plant, which is expected to process over 30,000 tonnes of recovered paper annually, is perfectly positioned to meet the city’s growing recycling needs.

A fleet of eco-friendly hybrid vehicles collect paper and board from households and businesses. This is then sorted at the plant and sent to the Smurfit Kappa Mengibar Containerboard Mill where it is converted into board that is used to create new packaging.

The plant is designed to ensure the highest standards in health and safety and its proximity to the city centre makes it an ideal strategic partner for the city of Malaga.

Speaking at the launch, Ignacio Sánchez, Recycling Country Manager, Spain, said : “We are proud to open the doors of this innovative new plant which is further evidence of our ongoing commitment to sustainable development.

“Paper-based packaging is 100% recyclable. All corrugated, solid board and folding carton can be put through a process to make it into another box in as little as 14 days, demonstrating a truly closed loop approach.”

Henri Vermeulen, Vice President of Smurfit Kappa Recovered Paper added : “This facility will play a significant part in our ongoing strategic priority to ensure the permanent availability of enough good quality recovered paper to guarantee the demands of all our customers in the chain. We are therefore very pleased to have opened another recovered paper plant.”

Smurfit Kappa has long been committed to best practice in recycling and has a global network of specialist recycling plants. The company recently completed the purchase of a 12,000 sq m site in Blackburn, UK to significantly increase its recycling capabilities in the region.

2018-01-24 
2161 participantions from 77 Countries travelled “Around The World in 80 pages” with Navigator.

Under the claim “Spread The Word and Travel The World”, Navigator inspired travelers from all around the globe to share their adventures. The prizes are 10.000€ in travel vouchers, a Digital Camera Nikon D5600 and the 80 best stories will be published in a book.
In the 3rd Edition of the Global Writing Contest “Around the World in 80 Pages”, Navigator, the world’s leading premium office paper brand, challenged travel enthusiasts to share their best adventures through an original story. Until December 31st, participants gave use to their writing talent and revealed their most fascinating travelling stories. From hilarious adventures to deep emotional moments, to multiple cultures and locals visited. On this 2017 Edition, the contest registered 2.161 participations, from 77 different countries around the globe. Representing a 59% increase of submi-ed stories and 18% more represented countries, in
comparison with its 2nd Edition.

2018-01-23 
Essity ranked one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies

Essity* has been recognized as one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies by Corporate Knights. The recognition was presented in connection with World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The ranking is based on publicly disclosed data from 2016 based on up to 17 key performance indicators (KPIs) covering environmental, social and governance relative to company peers. A total of 5,994 publicly listed companies with gross revenue of minimum USD 1 billion have been analyzed, encompassing all sectors and industries. The global 100 companies come from 22 countries, where Essity is one of five Swedish companies on the list.

“We are proud to be ranked as one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies. This is a recognition to Essity’s sustainable business strategy, our ability to deliver on our objectives and the Group’s transparency to stakeholders”, says Magnus Groth, CEO and President of Essity.

The global 100 companies demonstrate the strong linkage between the delivery of superior value for society and the generation of superior financial performance, having outperformed its benchmark (the MSCI All Country World index) by close to a third between 2005 and 2017.

“For Essity, sustainability has always been a business driver. Knowing there is a strong link between sustainability and profitability, we continue to strive for improvement on all levels and never settle”, says Magnus Groth.

Corporate Knights is a business and society magazine with a research division that produces rankings and financial product ratings based on corporate sustainability performance. This is the 14th annual ranking, drawing attention to leading companies’ sustainability work.

2018-01-23 
Apex International Strengthens Local Service in UK through Partnership with Draychem

Apex International, the world’s largest manufacturer of precision coating and ink transfer technology products, has joined forces with Draychem Ltd in the UK to provide a complete hardware and maintenance supply service to the printing industry in Great Britain. Draychem is also now the appointed Apex agent in Ireland for sales of anilox rolls/sleeves and glue sets.

Apex manufactures and supplies anilox rolls for the label, flexible packaging, corrugated, offset and industrial coating industries. Headquartered in Hapert, near Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Apex has regional facilities in Brazil, India, Italy and North America. With a strong reputation for quality and service, Apex has built a solid leadership of the anilox market worldwide.

Draychem Ltd is a long-established manufacturer and supplier of maintenance chemicals and deep cleaning services to the print industry in the UK. Established in 1989 by Managing Director Mike Lines, the company has a first-class track record for new product development in the field of print quality and onsite maintenance. Superior customer support and extensive staff training are also strengths of Draychem.

Bas van der Poel, Technical Sales Director at Apex commented : “With their proven high level of service and development of a long-term presence in the industry, Draychem is an ideal partner. Apex is a global player in the industry, but providing premium local service through experienced and well-qualified representatives is our top priority.”

Mike Lines of Draychem is delighted with the collaboration and future with Apex International. “Apex manufactures the best anilox rolls in the world, and at Draychem, we provide the best maintenance service in the UK. Printers in Great Britain will benefit immensely from this stellar combination.”
Draychem will work closely with Nigel Watson, Apex Sales Manager, UK & Ireland to offer the very best in print industry hardware and aftercare service.

2018-01-23 
Stora Enso is the first forest products company to set ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets

The renewable materials company Stora Enso has become the first forest products company to set ambitious science-based greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets to address significant emissions along the company’s value chain. The targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.

“For over a decade we have been actively reducing the energy-intensity of our operations and our dependence on fossil fuels,” says Stora Enso CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström. “As a company operating in a bioeconomy and using renewable raw materials, we are in a unique position to take the next step. We are now committing to further reducing our CO2and other greenhouse gas emissions in line with the 2°C limit set for global warming by the Paris Agreement. The new targets coveremissions from our own operations, but also includes engagement targets for our partners all through the value chain.” 

The target commits Stora Enso to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from operations by 31% per tonne of pulp, paper and board produced by 2030 from a 2010 base-year. To reduce emissions in the value chain, Stora Enso commits to have 70% of non-fibre suppliers and downstream transportation suppliers in terms of spend set their own GHG reduction targets by 2025, towards the aim that these suppliers adopt science-based GHG reduction targets by 2030. In addition, the company will educate 100% of customer-facing staff on the advantages of setting science-based targets by 2020.

Alexander Liedke, Manager of Sustainable Business & Markets at WWF and member of the Science Based Targets initiative steering committee said, “We congratulate Stora Enso on being the first forest products company to have their science-based targets approved by our team. By setting targets that align their business with global efforts to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, Stora Enso is positioning itself to thrive as the global economy transitions to a low-carbon future. It is particularly encouraging to see Stora Enso working with its suppliers to adopt their own science-based targets, helping to mainstream science-based target setting across the value chain.”

2018-01-23 
Voith gets another order from Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier

Following the successful Voith rebuild of PM 1 in 2016, Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier, Netherlands has trusted Voith again, this time to supply and install a new forming section and headbox for PM 1.

The main objective of the rebuild is to increase production. Speed will be increased, trim width widened to 5,080 millimeters and the efficiency to run lower basis weights of 80 grams per square meter improved. Implementation is planned for January 2019.

The most important component is the newly developed DuoFormer CBh shoe blade former without suction rolls. To ensure consistently optimal CD basis weight profiles the MasterJet Pro G/B2 headbox with OnQ ModuleJet dilution water technology was selected. Disassembly, assembly and commissioning are also part of Voith’s scope of supply.

As recently as 2016, Voith replaced the press section, dryer section and size application unit on the PM 1. This rebuild was the most successful since years both for the Roermond mill and within the Smurfit Kappa Group.

The rebuild was completed exactly within the planned downtime. After 12 hours, saleable paper could be produced and paper in A-grade quality after another 12 hours. After just 10 months, the speed of 1,000 meters per minute, which is currently limited by the wire section, was reached for all products. Smurfit Kappa therefore decided to bring forward immediately the second expansion stage, consisting of the replacement of former, headbox and approach flow system. The PM 1 will be well equipped for the future with the latest technology from Voith.

2018-01-22 
Clariant expands operations at its facility in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico

Clariant, completed the project to expand its industrial facility in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, and increased production capacity by around 15 percent.

This investment in the expansion of the plant was made to strengthen the group’s ability to serve industrial and consumer markets - not only in Mexico, but around the world, especially in the Americas.

Hariolf Kottmann, CEO of Clariant, said : "To make progress on our way to becoming a leading specialty chemicals company, Clariant focuses on the allocation of investments in areas with excellent growth potential. One of these important strategic markets in the Americas is Mexico, particularly due to its growth potential, its export strength and our highly motivated and qualified workforce".

Fernando Hernandez, Country Head of Clariant Mexico, added : "We have a strong presence in Mexico, with production plants, laboratories, and sales offices located in Santa Clara (Mexico State), Puebla, and Coatzacoalcos, which provides solutions to multiple industries and we continuously invest in new technologies to better meet the needs of our customers".

The expansion project in Coatzacoalcos took approximately two years to complete, concluding within the planned timeframe and budget and with zero accidents. Included amongst the benefits it is bringing to the local communities is the creation of indirect service jobs in areas such as transportation and maintenance, among others.

Since its opening in 2002, the Coatzacoalcos plant has continuously been expanded over the last 15 years. It currently occupies an area of 76,000 square meters, has over 100 employees and manufactures a wide variety of Clariant products.

With more than 50 years of operations in Mexico, Clariant continues to have a long history of being a preferred provider of specialty chemicals and relies on a strategy of continuous growth. Clariant’s facilities have grown over these 50 years and employ more than 600 people in its operations in Santa Clara (Mexico State), which is the national headquarters, Puebla (Puebla State) and Coatzacoalcos (Veracruz).

2018-01-22 
Sappi to invest in Gratkorn Mill’s future paper production with a further modernization project

Sappi, a leading global producer of dissolving wood pulp, speciality and packaging papers, graphic (printing and writing) paper and biomaterials is investing in its mill in Gratkorn.
After finishing the upgrade of paper machine 11 in November 2014, PM 9 will be upgraded in 2019 to the current state of the art. The aim of the project is, in addition to the exchange of technical components, to operate the papermaking process with a reduced energy demand and thus to sustainably reduce the environmental impact. Another effect of the upgrade is the optimisation of raw materials to reduce production costs. The project has a total investment of approximately € 30 million and is scheduled to be realised in the first half of 2019. The project will be carried out in cooperation with Valmet, who also carried out the upgrade of PM 11.

2018-01-22 
Procemex to deliver a Web Monitoring System to Europac Papeterie de Rouen

Procemex will supply Europac Papeterie de Rouen with a Web Monitoring system (WMS), equipped with 19 smart and high-definition cameras. This device will replaced a competitor’s equipment. The delivery is scheduled in the first quarter of 2018.
Procemex is specialized in Web Monitoring systems (WMS), in Web Inspection Systems (WIS) and in Machine Vision (MV) systems. Fanel Solutions is the representative of this Finnish company in France and in the neighbouring French speaking regions.

2018-01-22 
Eeva Sipilä appointed Metso's interim President and CEO as of February 3, 2018

Metso’s Board of Directors have appointed CFO Eeva Sipilä as Metso’s interim President and CEO as of February 3, 2018. The current President and CEO Nico Delvaux will leave his duties on February 2. His resignation was published on December 18, 2017. The search for a new President and CEO is under way.

2018-01-22 
Kemira Oyj: Proposals of the Nomination Board to the Annual General Meeting 2018

The Nomination Board proposes to the Annual General Meeting of Kemira Oyj that six members be elected to the Board of Directors and that the present members Wolfgang Büchele, Shirley Cunningham, Kaisa Hietala, Timo Lappalainen, Jari Paasikivi and Kerttu Tuomas be re-elected as members of the Board of Directors. In addition, the Nomination Board proposes that Jari Paasikivi be re-elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Kerttu Tuomas be re-elected as the Vice Chairman. All the nominees have given their consent to the position.

The Nomination Board proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the remuneration paid to the members of the Board of Directors will remain unchanged. The remuneration paid to the members of the Board of Directors would thus be as follows. The annual fees : for the Chairman EUR 80,000 per year, for the Vice Chairman and the Chairman of the Audit Committee EUR 49,000 per year and for the other members EUR 39,000 per year. A fee payable for each meeting of the Board of Directors and the Board Committees would be for the members residing in Finland EUR 600, for the members residing in rest of Europe EUR 1,200 and for the members residing outside Europe EUR 2,400. Travel expenses are proposed to be paid according to Kemira’s travel policy.

In addition, the Nomination Board proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the annual fee be paid as a combination of the company’s shares and cash in such a manner that 40% of the annual fee is paid with the company’s shares owned by the company or, if this is not possible, shares purchased from the market, and 60% is paid in cash. The shares will be transferred to the members of the Board of Directors and, if necessary, acquired directly on behalf of the members of the Board of Directors within two weeks from the release of Kemira’s interim report January 1 - March 31, 2018. The meeting fees are proposed to be paid in cash.

The Nomination Board has consisted of the following representatives : Pekka Paasikivi, Chairman of the Board of Oras Invest Oy as the Chairman of the Nomination Board ; Antti Mäkinen, Managing Director of Solidium Oy ; Reima Rytsölä, Executive Vice-President, Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company and Mikko Mursula, Chief Investment Officer, Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company as members of the Nomination Board and Jari Paasikivi, Chairman of Kemira’s Board of Directors as an expert member.

2018-01-22 
ANDRITZ to upgrade evaporation plant at Stora Enso’s Enocell Mill in Finland

ANDRITZ has received an order from Stora Enso to increase the capacity of the evaporation plant of their Enocell Mill in Finland. Start-up of the upgraded evaporation plant, which was originally delivered by ANDRITZ in 1992, is planned for the 3rd quarter of 2019.

The upgrade to the existing evaporator train, using ANDRITZ’s lamella evaporation technology, will increase the mill’s black liquor evaporation capacity from 600 originally to 800 t/h. The proven ANDRITZ lamella technology utilized for the evaporator’s heating surface provides for a high heat transfer while being extremely easy to clean, thus maximizing plant availability and minimizing time required for washing of the heating surface.

The ANDRITZ scope of supply includes two new evaporation units, additional surface condensers and the related piping and erection work.

Enocell Mill is part of Stora Enso’s Biomaterials division and will be converted entirely to produce around 430,000 tons of dissolving pulp per year.

2018-01-22 
Stora Enso signs a global framework agreement with IndustriALL Global Union, UNI Global Union and the Building and Wood Workers’ International

The renewable materials company Stora Enso signed today a global framework agreement (GFA) with the three global unions at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva. Observer signatures were made by the presidents of the Swedish Paper Workers’ Union, the Swedish Union of Forestry, Wood and Graphical Workers’, and the Finnish Paper Workers’ Union.

Stora Enso strives to provide a safe and rewarding workplace for employees and contractors, and to be an attractive employer to potential recruits. Respect for human rights is a top priority for the group. Through the GFA signed today, Stora Enso will work with the three global unions in order to uphold fundamental labour rights throughout its global operation and subsidiaries. Stora Enso will strive to implement the principles of the GFA throughout its supply chain, by continued adherence to the company’s Supplier Code of Conduct.

“We strive for a working environment where all our employees are treated with respect and in a fair manner. We are continuously working to make sure that all our units comply with the requirements. By signing the Global Framework agreement, we show our commitment and take the next step in this important area,” says Stora Enso’s CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström.

IndustriALL Global Union General Secretary, Valter Sanches, stated at the signing : “I congratulate Stora Enso and welcome our new formal relationship that gives us the means to uphold workers’ rights throughout the company’s global operation. I call upon other pulp and paper manufacturers to follow this example.”

Stora Enso reiterates its commitment to ILO core standards, and the UN Global Compact and OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises. In addition, the GFA signed today includes e.g. principles on occupational health and safety, the prohibition of child and forced labour and all forms of discrimination, which have been an integral part of Stora Enso’s policies.

2018-01-19 

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