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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”.

2017-07-06 
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.”

2017-07-06 
JSC Volga has received a new certificate on the lower substance newsprint

Svetlana A. Guryleva, the head of the Laboratory & Quality Control Department informed about it.

To receive a new conformity certificate, the technical laboratory personnel together with NP “BUMIKS” (Saint-Petersburg) [a Russian research organization] and the FBU “CSM of Nizhny Novgorod” certification body conducted a serious preparatory work that included the newsprint sample selection, carrying out of the analyses on compliance with all the statutory indicators, the required materials and documents preparation.
The received certificate once again confirms a high level of the JSC Volga’s newsprint and its compliance with the technical specifications. This certificate will be valid from the 2nd of June of the current year to 2020.

2017-07-06 
New energy-efficient air nozzle design makes installation simple

Silvent is introducing a new energy-efficient air nozzle designed for quick and easy installation.

2017-07-05 
Silvestica Green Forest Finland acquires 6,877 ha forestry land from UPM

UPM has signed a contract to sell forest estates to Silvestica Green Forest Finland Oy.

2017-07-05 
Stora Enso divests the rigid paperboard business Re-board in Sweden

Stora Enso has today signed an agreement to divest the business and assets of its Swedish subsidiary Stora Enso Re-board AB, a producer of rigid paperboard for expositions and displays, to Culas AB, which is partially owned by the current managing director of Stora Enso Re-board AB, John-Åke Svensson.

2017-07-05 
ATIP Technical day at Europac Papeterie de Rouen, France

Last June 29, Atip (Association technique de l’Industrie Papetière) organized its 2nd Technical Day of the year at Europac Papeterie de Rouen, France.

2017-07-05 
Heinzel Group to build second paper machine in Pöls

The Heinzel Group has now initiated its next strategic initiative in the packaging paper segment.

2017-07-05 
Overmade delivered a new Dynaflow FL Headbox to Pratt Paper
Overmade has completed the delivery of a Dynaflow FL Hydraulic headbox for Pratt Paper (USA).
2017-07-04 
The French journalist Rodolphe Pailliez has passed away

Rodolphe Pailliez was a journalist specialized in Graphic Arts, Printed Packaging and Labels.

2017-07-04 
Lecta'a distributor in Italy Polyedra announces the acquisition of Plot Service

Plot Service, based in Rozzano, Italy, specializes in technical assistance for professional large format graphic peripherals.

2017-07-04 
Lecta will increase prices of thermal and carbonless copy papers from Sepember 4th 2017

Lecta announces a price increase for its thermal and c​arbonless paper deliveries, effective September 4th, 2017.​

2017-07-04 
The Navigator Company is closely following the wave of especially fierce forest fires

The Navigator Company, as a leading player in the Portuguese forestry sector, is closely following the wave of especially fierce forest fires which are severely affecting mainland Portugal, and is actively involved in the fire-fighting efforts.

2017-07-04 
Pöyry and Betulium sign co-operation agreement to unlock full value chain benefits for clients in bio-based businesses

Pöyry and Betulium have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for co-operation that will enable both companies to serve their clients better in bio-based businesses.

2017-07-04 
Stora Enso invests in cross laminated timber (CLT) production in Gruvön, Sweden

Stora Enso has decided to invest EUR 45 million in a new production unit for cross laminated timber (CLT) in connection with its Gruvön Mill in Sweden.

2017-07-04 
Pöyry is proud to announce #PoyryDigital

Pöyry is proud to announce #PoyryDigital, covering its advanced suite of digital solutions and services for clients across the energy, industry and infrastructure sectors.

2017-07-04 
ADM Completes Acquisition of Chamtor

• French addition is well-positioned to meet customer needs in Western Europe
• Latest in series of enhancements to company’s global sweetener and starch footprint

2017-07-03 
DS Smith solves e-commerce supply chain challenges

DS Smith unveils industry first e-commerce testing technology, plus innovative right-size packaging solutions at #Deliver2. DS Smith, Europe’s leading packaging strategist, has revealed details of two major technological developments at one of Europe’s largest e-commerce events, #Deliver2 in Berlin.

2017-07-03 
Siemens Mechanical Drives unit to become Flender gmbh on October 1

Starting October 1, 2017, the Siemens Mechanical Drives unit (MD) will be operating in the market as Flender GmbH, a Siemens Company. Branches will also take on the new name worldwide. Earlier this year, Siemens had announced that it would be running the unit as a stand-alone company under the Siemens umbrella, to expand its leeway for action and provide a sharper, business-specific focus. The new setup is to be completed worldwide by mid-2018.
“Flender is our strong brand with a tradition more than a century old, and we’ve always done business under the name. At this year’s Hannover Messe, we highlighted Flender even more brightly, and already made quite a splash with our stand-alone fair booth for gear units and couplings. Eventually all the unit’s activities worldwide will be gathered under Flender,” says Stefan Tenbrock, CEO of Siemens Mechanical Drives. “It’s an important step in our transformation into a stand-alone firm under Siemens AG, acting as a market leader for our customers worldwide and thinking like a mid-sized company.” The business with gearboxes for wind turbines will also be part of Flender GmbH and will continue to operate under the successful Winergy brand.
The future Flender GmbH is one of the world’s leading providers of components for mechanical drive technology, producing at eight locations with more than 6,000 employees around the world. Its product range embraces a broad portfolio of gear units and couplings, drive applications and the associated services. The range of sectors it serves includes key industries like wind power, cement production, marine shipping, and conveyor and lifting technology. Flender products and services combine the latest technology with the highest quality standards, and have reliably been transmitting power in the best possible way for decades.
A. Friedrich Flender AG was founded in Düsseldorf in 1899, originally making wood pulleys. In subsequent decades, the company grew to be a leading maker of gear solutions. Siemens took over Flender in 2005 and integrated the company into its corporate group as a unit for mechanical drives. In February 2017 the company announced that it would reorganize Mechanical Drives as a stand-alone entity within Siemens, so it could implement its growth plans faster, more flexibly and more efficiently amid a challenging competitive environment.

2017-07-03 
International Paper signs agreement to sell foodservice business in china

International Paper has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its foodservice business in China to Huhtamaki Hong Kong Limited. International Paper’s foodservice business in China has two plants and a workforce of approximately 200 employees. The transaction is expected to be completed in the next couple of months, subject to satisfaction of closing conditions, including obtaining required governmental approvals.
Over the last two years, the company has finalized the sale of its corrugated packaging business in China and Southeast Asia, along with the sale of its interest in a coated board joint venture business in China. Although the Chinese and Asian markets remain strategically important for IP, the Company has determined these markets can more effectively be served through its Ilim joint venture in Russia and with products exported from the U.S. and other parts of the world.

2017-07-03 
DS Smith : proposed acquisition of Interstate Resources

DS Smith Plc announced that it, along with its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, DS Smith Holdings, Inc., has entered into a conditional agreement to acquire 80 per cent. of the total issued share capital of Indevco Management Resources, Inc. (IMRI), the holding company for the Interstate Resources, Inc. group (IMRI and its subsidiaries together, the IRI Group), from Merpas Co. S.à r.l. (Merpas) for consideration of US$920 million (approximately £722 million) (the Initial Acquisition). The Buyer will also assume or procure repayment of 100 per cent. of the IRI Group’s financial indebtedness at Completion, expected to be approximately US$226 million (approximately £177 million). The consideration for the Initial Acquisition will be subject to customary post-Completion net debt and working capital adjustments.

The Buyer intends to satisfy the consideration through : a payment of US$846 million (approximately £664 million) in cash, to be satisfied out of the proceeds of a £280 million cash placing (net of commissions and expenses) (the Placing), utilisation of up to £400 million from a new bridge facility (the New Debt Facilities) and the rest from existing cash resources ; and the issue of consideration shares with a value of US$300 million (approximately £235 million) to Merpas (the Consideration Shares).

The Buyer and Merpas UKCo (an entity within the Merpas group that will hold the shares in IMRI) have also agreed that, on fixed dates over the next four years, Merpas UKCo can require the Buyer to acquire some or all of the remaining shares in IMRI on agreed terms and, on the fifth anniversary of Completion, the Buyer shall (unless the Buyer and Merpas UKCo agree otherwise) acquire any shares in IMRI that it does not already own, on agreed terms (any such further acquisition of shares in IMRI being a Further Acquisition and, together with the Initial Acquisition, the Acquisition).

The IRI Group is a family-owned integrated packaging and paper producer concentrated on the East Coast of the United States, operating from 19 production sites and having approximately 1,500 employees. For the year ended 31 December 2016, the IRI Group had revenues of $618 million.

The IRI Group operates across the entire packaging chain including wood procurement, paper manufacturing, design, packaging manufacturing and customer logistics. Customers in the United States accounted for 94 per cent. of turnover in the year ended 31 December 2016, with the majority of the IRI Group’s customer base for its packaging products being FMCG and food customers.

2017-07-03 
GEORGIA-PACIFIC : Palatka, Florida, mill selected for $400 Million investment

Georgia-Pacific has announced that its Palatka, Florida, mill has been selected as the location for the company’s previously announced investment of more than $400 million in its GP Consumer (retail) tissue and towel business. The investment supports continued growth for key customers’ premium private label towel products.
Investments to the Palatka mill include building a new paper machine using through-air-dried (TAD) technology, as well as adding associated converting equipment and infrastructure. Engineering and related work is beginning immediately, and startup of the upgraded operation is scheduled for 2019.
Approximately 80 jobs will be created to operate the new papermaking complex, in addition to the mill’s 850 current employees. An average of 160 construction and contract-related workers are expected to be onsite at the mill every day during the project, with a potential peak of 700 contract workers per day at the height of construction.
“This upgrade to our operations in Florida underscores our long history of investment in the state by Georgia-Pacific and Koch companies,” said Christian Fischer, Georgia-Pacific president and chief executive officer. “We appreciate the ongoing support of the local community, Putnam County and state officials in our efforts to continue making our Palatka mill more competitive for the long-term.
In the last 10 years, capital investment and acquisitions in the Palatka mill have totaled $306 million and statewide investments have totaled $1.5 billion.
“The Palatka mill has been a major economic contributor in Putnam County for 70 years,” said Larry Harvey, chairman, Putnam County Board of County Commissioners. “It is gratifying that Georgia-Pacific continues to see our community as a solid location for significant investment. With this new manufacturing technology coming to the Palatka mill, we look forward to many more decades of opportunity together.”
The Palatka mill currently operates two kraft paper machines, three paper machines manufacturing paper for bath tissue and paper towels, and a number of converting operations producing finished paper products.
The improvements will allow Georgia-Pacific’s current and potential customers to grow their premium private label towel brands, as well as expand the company’s Brawny® premium paper towel brand.
In Florida, Georgia-Pacific operates three facilities and employs nearly 1,600 people with total annual compensation and benefits of more than $143 million.

2017-07-03 
Faster, smarter paper purchasing with UPM's new eOrder service

UPM celebrates a digital milestone in 2017 with the launch of its new eOrder service, a groundbreaking online tool enabling speedy, transparent 24/7 order fulfilment through an intuitive, hassle-free digital interface.

The pioneering eOrder tool forms part of UPM’s existing Customer Online (COL) portal, which already offers paper customers a variety of convenient services such as real-time order status tracking, access to account history, invoicing and inventories, product browsing, e-claims and sample requests.

2017-07-03 
KaiCell Fibers with Finland’s Prime Minister in China Signs Investment Pre-Agreement with CHTC Group

Following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Finland in May, Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä led a delegation of Finnish officials and business leaders to China during the last week of June. I addition to Mr Xi Jinping, Mr Sipilä met with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and numerous other representatives of the host nation. KaiCell Fibers Ltd CEO Jukka Kantola accompanied the Prime Minister with a view to further raise awareness of the company’s biorefinery destined for Paltamo, northeast Finland.
On top of the already close relationship that exists between KaiCell Fibers and the Chinese textile industry giant CHTC, an investment pre-agreement was signed in Beijing 29.6.2017 by Mr Jukka Kantola, and Mr Dongxing Wang, Chairman of Hi-Tech Fiber Group Corporation on behalf of China Hi-Tech (Jiangxi) Textile Design Institute Co., Ltd.

2017-06-29 

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