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Unique program promoting the employment of young people organized by Valmet and the Children and Youth Foundation continues


The second part of the youth program started by Valmet and the Children and Youth Foundation in the spring has started today, November 15, at several of Valmet’s units in Finland. As a part of the program Valmet enables paid practical training of three weeks for 100 young people. The participants to the unique program include young people aged 16-29 years who may, for instance, have challenges in finding their own path or with their basic working life skills.

Ninety people applied for the fall program, and the 55 who were chosen started today in the following Valmet units : Espoo, Jyväskylä, Järvenpää, Raisio and Tampere. In the spring, young people also participated at the Tampere, Pori, Ulvila and Kajaani units.

"We wanted to celebrate Valmet’s 220-year industrial history and the centenary of Finland’s independence in a truly valuable way. Promoting employment among young people is important for society and an investment in the future. I hope that other companies will follow our example and provide young people with paid practical training and opportunities to learn working life skills," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.

2017-11-15  READ MORE...
ANDRITZ to supply baling line with bale tracking to Sappi Saiccor

ANDRITZ has received an order from Sappi Saiccor to supply a baling line with bale tracking for its mill in Saiccor, South Africa. Start-up is scheduled for 2018.

The order comprises a new baling line with a capacity of 250 bales per hour, machines to connect two existing production lines, and bale tracking for the new and the two existing baling lines. Although there is limited space available, no new building is necessary due to the special space-saving design of the ANDRITZ baling line.

This order once again endorses the excellent cooperation between Sappi Saiccor and ANDRITZ. Only recently, ANDRITZ was awarded an order to supply a new headbox and rebuild the pulp dryer to increase the capacity at the Saiccor mill.

Situated 50 km south of the port of Durban in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, the Saiccor mill is one of the production facilities for Sappi Specialized Cellulose. The mill has the capacity to produce approximately 800,000 tons of elemental chlorine free (ECF) dissolving wood pulp (DWP) per annum, mostly for the export market. With the Saiccor mill, the Ngodwana Mill (also in South Africa), and the Cloquet Mill (North America), Sappi Specialized Cellulose is the world’s largest manufacturer of DWP.

2017-11-14  READ MORE...
BA Systèmes automates the internal logistics of Sappi’s Maastricht paper mill in the Netherlands with an AGV system

BA Systèmes, the French leader in AGV-based intralogistics systems has successfully completed the partial automation of Sappi’s Maastricht paper mill in the Netherlands. The fleet of 7 counterbalanced AGVs constitutes a highly efficient automated solution for integrated production and storage flows.
A leading manufacturer in the paper industry seeking AGV efficiency
Sappi is a South African global player in the paper industry headquartered in Johannesburg, with nearly 12,000 employees in over 20 countries on three continents. Headquartered in Brussels, Sappi Europe is the leading European producer of coated fine paper used in premium magazines, books and high-end print advertising.
Located on a 14-ha site, Sappi’s paper mill in Maastricht employs 480 people and produces 290,000 tons of coated wood-free paper per year. Thanks to its central location in Europe, the Sappi paper mill can deliver its
products quickly and efficiently throughout Western Europe.
In order to increase the efficiency of the internal logistics in the cutting and packaging areas of the plant, Sappi decided to optimize the internal transport by means of a fully automated AGV system.

2017-11-14  READ MORE...
Puffs Now Makes it Easier For Consumers to Choose Responsibly Sourced Facial Tissues

Puffs strengthens its commitment to responsible forestry management by earning and labeling Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification on all of its facial tissue paper products. Consumers can now find the FSC and Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM seals on-pack ensuring that one hundred percent of the virgin fiber sourced for Puffs comes from responsibly managed sources. The dual Rainforest Alliance and FSC seals communicate to consumers that the sustainable sourcing was certified to FSC standards by the Rainforest Alliance.

“To secure a future for our planet, P&G knows how critical it is to preserve our world’s forests. Our partnerships with Forest Stewardship Council and the Rainforest Alliance ensure that the tree fibers used in our products, like Puffs and Charmin, come from responsibly managed forests while still delivering the superior product experience our consumers expect,” said Tonia Elrod, Director, Family Care Communications & Sustainability. “By adding Puffs products to our roster of certified paper products alongside Charmin, it is our goal to continue to deliver on our commitments to responsible forestry.”

“We applaud Procter & Gamble for making its iconic Puffs tissue products FSC-certified,” said Corey Brinkema, president of the Forest Stewardship Council US. “This accomplishment is a tribute to their hard work, which includes efforts with partners to add 500,000 acres of FSC-certified forest in the Southeastern US,” he added.

P&G knows that consumers today strive to be environmentally friendly and Puffs is proud to share information and insights online on its approach to responsible papermaking to empower its consumers to do the same to make informed decisions.

“P&G sets an example of environmental and social responsibility for other companies and for their millions of customers, helping drive both supply and demand for sustainably sourced facial tissue products,” said Richard Donovan, Rainforest Alliance senior vice president and president of forestry. “The Rainforest Alliance is proud to partner with P&G and the Puffs brand in their commitment to source from responsibly-managed forests.”

2017-11-13  READ MORE...
£4 million investment for Wellington

Following the installation of a 1.8m BP Agnati Quantum corrugator in 2015, the latest addition to Rigid Containers’ machine capabilities in Wellington is a six colour rotary die-cutter – a Bobst DRO 1628 NT RS. “It was the next logical step for us, as customer demand continues to grow,” says Julian Freeman, Group Sales & Marketing Director. “When we entered the south-west territory in 2014, it was off the back of demand from some of our national customers. We have high quality print capabilities at both Desborough and Selby, from which we had been servicing the HQPP work up until recently. Now we have the DRO 1628 NT RS at Wellington, we can also service HQPP requirements from the south-west, further reducing lead times.”

He continues, “This is one of the highest specification Bobst DROs in the UK. Its ability to switch anilox rolls so quickly means we can be running basic flexo on one job and HQPP within a matter of minutes. This is really important, as we needed a machine that could handle all types of work, especially as we grow our share of HQPP work in the territory.”

Capable of handling 12,000 sheets per hour, the Bobst DRO delivers fast, effective and high quality, six colour print. When processing such high volumes, quality assurance and sheet control is paramount. The die-cutter utilizes ‘Sheet Control 500’ to ensure accurate machine registration. In addition, Bobst’s iQ300 quality control system guarantees that the final product meets the exacting needs and standards set by the customer.

“It has been a busy couple of years at our Wellington site, starting pretty much from scratch,” concludes Freeman. “This latest round of CapEx, at around £4 million, shows our commitment to our customers in the region and helps mirror the capabilities of each of our sites in the UK – Desborough, Selby and Wellington. The new Bobst DRO has only been running for a few months, but the reaction from customers has been hugely encouraging.”

2017-11-13  READ MORE...
PM10 starts with production of recycled containerboard

Laakirchen Papier AG has put the converted paper machine PM10 back into operation. The 10-week conversion of the PM10 from SC paper production to the production of light-weight containerboard based on recycled paper was finished on schedule.

"The PM10 has produced the first paper reels. In the coming days, we are concentrating together with the machine suppliers on stable paper quality and productivity, "said Mark Lunabba, CEO of Laakirchen Papier AG, regarding the current production status.

2017-11-13  READ MORE...
Great success for Hawkins Wright Symposium in London

Once again, the Hawkins Wright Symposium was a great success during the London Pulp Week. On November 9, more then 300 delegates, coming from all over the world, gathered for a session covering the main current topics of the pulp and paper industry : the post-Brexit world (Bronwen Maddox, Director, Institute for Government), the future of the pulp mill (Ilkka Hämäla, CEO of Metsä Fibre), the impact of paper fiber import restrictions on Chinese pulp demand (Haidong Weng, Head of Strategy, Xiamen C&D Paper and Pulp), the dynamic market of Eastern Europe (Sebastian Heinzel, CEO, Heinzel Sales) and the outlook of market pulp (Oliver Lansdell, Research Director, Hawkins Wright).

2017-11-10  READ MORE...
Smart popup packaging for wristwatches wins PIDA Germany 2017

This year’s winner of the BillerudKorsnäs PIDA Germany design competition is a team from Stuttgart Media University. The winning students succeeded in creating a sustainable, smart and attractive packaging solution for wristwatches and other luxury items, called WatchOut.

BillerudKorsnäs Packaging Impact Design Award (PIDA), this year celebrates twelve years as an international competition. This year’s challenge is based on BillerudKorsnäs own mission, "Challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future", focused on developing smart and innovative packaging solutions that stands out in the store shelf and has increased customer value while taking responsibility for the environment.

Earlier this year, Swedish and French PIDAs were conducted in Stockholm and Paris and yesterday at an event in Ludwigsburg, the winner of the German PIDA was presented.

Winner All Categories - WatchOut

2017-11-10  READ MORE...
Smurfit Kappa has announced the opening of a new Experience Centre for Bag-in-Box in Épernay, France, the second one for the division.

The new Experience Centre provides a place for customers to get hands-on experience of the spectrum of capabilities offered by Bag-in-Box® solutions. State-of-the-art technology and interactive displays designed to showcase the films, taps and boxes are backed up by a wealth of information and technical expertise.

Visitors are also given the opportunity to test the products in the laboratory and see how they can benefit their business.

The Experience Centre opened last month as part of this year’s celebration of 40 years of the Bag-in-Box division. Dominique Gessat, General Manager of Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box Epernay comments : “Customers coming to the Experience Centre can evaluate all the processes of production and see with their own eyes the quality standards that Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box has adopted over the years.

“Our production plants are certified worldwide, recognised for their modern equipment and strict procedures to ensure with food packaging regulations.”

The new centre in Epernay brings the number of Smurfit Kappa Experience Centres to 18. The Global Experience Centre is located in Schiphol, Amsterdam.

2017-11-10  READ MORE...
Environment and innovation, a winning combination: at Ecomondo 2017, Lucart illustrates, in its Sustainability Report, the results achieved and prospects for development

Sustainability and innovation are the two mainstays of Lucart’s activities, which have allowed it to achieve outstanding results, as illustrated by the 2016 Sustainability Report. Lucart is the first company in Italy to have launched a circular economy project in the tissue paper sector.

“I believe that we can be considered as a company that promotes a sustainable way of producing paper,” – Massimo Pasquini, Managing Director of Lucart, commented – “which is based on a systemic approach aimed at eliminating waste and reusing raw materials. To do this, we constantly strive to apply production and business models that are inspired by the circular economy and that are in line with EU environmental requirements. We are proud of the results we have achieved this year, since they are a successful example of our ongoing commitment to pursuing innovative and high-quality production” – Pasquini concluded – “We will continue to carry out all of our activities by placing people and the environment at the centre of our business strategy, leading the way towards a more sustainable future.”

2017-11-09  READ MORE...
International Paper & Ilim Group celebrate 10-year partnership in Russia

During a recent U.S.-Russia Business Council (USRBC) in New York, Mark Sutton, Chairman of the Board of USRBC and Chairman and CEO of International Paper, with Zakhar Smushkin, Chairman of the Board of ILIM, reflected on the results of their successful 10-year strategic partnership in Russia.

The Joint Venture has successfully carried out what represents the largest foreign investment program to date in Russia’s pulp and paper industry. Over $3.2 billion dollars has been invested in modernizing existing facilities, and building state of the art infrastructure including the world’s largest bleached softwood kraft pulp mill in Siberia using innovative equipment as well as a state-of-the-art paper machine in Arkhangelsk region producing premium class products.

The secret to success has been underpinned by both parties’ commitment to commercial and operational excellence while at the same time contributing to the sustainable development of Russia’s forestry industry. All six million hectares of forestland leased by the Group are certified in accordance with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards, and the Group’s mills are among the country’s largest and most efficient forestry enterprises.

Over the decade, ILIM Group have remained dedicated to supporting the development of the local communities where they operate. During this time, the Group has invested over $65 million dollars in supporting educational, medical and cultural programs, and has created thousands of jobs.

Zakhar Smushkin noted :

« Thanks to our synergy, ideology and common strategic vision, we were able to establish a successful long-term partnership. I am confident that the Group will further develop, as it aimed to innovations. Today we are considering various scenarios for future growth. We continue to explore potential opportunities to invest in our own assets as well as possible M&A opportunities. We look forward to continuing to move forward together with International Paper. »

Mark Sutton commented :

« We are extremely proud of our partnership with the ILIM Group. This is a strategically important partnership for us in a strategically important market. Our joint success over the decade is reflected in our steadfast commitment to cooperate together and provide an unrivalled product and experience for our customers. »

2017-11-09  READ MORE...
August Koehler SE paper mill trusts in Voith


Investment in “Flexible Packaging” Efficient large-scale production of thermal papers and flexible packaging papers

Heidenheim. The August Koehler SE paper mill has awarded Voith the order for a new production line for machine-glazed specialty papers. Line 8 is to be installed at the company’s Kehl facility and consists of a BlueLine stock preparation unit, wet end process, XcelLine paper machine, offline coating machine and VariPlus winder. Designed for up to 120,000 metric tons per year, Line 8 will produce a flexible range of thermal papers and flexible packaging papers and will therefore be one of the most efficient specialty paper machines in the world when it goes into operation from the summer of 2019.

2017-11-09  READ MORE...
BillerudKorsnäs Launches SteriKraft® Protect AR – a new polymer reinforced medical paper

To answer the need for higher performance medical packaging systems, following the standardization regarding Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices, BillerudKorsnäs has developed and now launches a new polymer reinforced paper SteriKraft® Protect AR.

The standardization, Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices ISO 11607-1, 5.5 Storage & Transport, has led to more rigorous and realistic ship testing protocols which have, in turn, shown the need for higher performance medical device packaging systems. To answer this need, BillerudKorsnäs has developed a new polymer reinforced paper, SteriKraft® Protect AR.

SteriKraft® Protect AR is designed as a heat seal coating base but will also seal peel to selected advanced peelable films without needing a coating. More challenging applications such as large drape & gown packs, spinal needles, IV catheters etc. will benefit from the extra performance offered by SteriKraft® Protect AR. As with all other papers in the BillerudKorsnäs SteriKraft® range, Protect AR is fully approved under the relevant sections of EN868 and ISO 11607-1.

"The key benefit of the polymeric addition is to provide some stretch to the paper which results in much improved tensile energy absorption (TEA). TEA gives a good measure of the durability of the paper under shipping conditions," explains Jonathan Andrews, Business Development Director Medical at BillerudKorsnäs.

World launch at COMPAMED in Düsseldorf
The new BillerudKorsnäs SteriKraft® Protect AR will be displayed for the first time at Compamed tradefair “Hightech solutions for medical technology” 13-16 November in Düsseldorf, Germany. Visit our stand, Hall 8b G09, to find out more about Protect AR and the rest of BillerudKorsnäs’ SteriKraft® range.

2017-11-08  READ MORE...
UPM Raflatac introduces new Forest Positive concept and RAFNXT+ range of sustainable labeling

Forest Positive brings significant benefits for nature because it not only ensures net zero deforestation, but is also proven to promote biodiversity, improve water quality, and enhance the ability of forests to absorb carbon dioxide. The innovative RAFNXT+ range has a carbon potential that is up to 20% more carbon positive than standard paper labels.

The RAFNXT+ range optimizes the use of raw materials, using less energy and water, and generating less waste during its lifecycle compared to standard labels. It provides a competitive edge for printers and brand owners alike in terms of both sustainability and efficiency, with fewer reel changes delivering savings in downtime and start-up waste, lower packaging and transportation costs, and increased storage capacity for both raw materials and finished stock.

The new range includes labeling solutions for a wide variety of applications, including retail labeling, labeling of packaged food, and labels for transport and logistics applications.

"With RAFNXT+, customers can differentiate themselves with our Forest Positive concept and by using labels that are proven to be 20% more carbon positive than standard paper materials. Furthermore, they can also enhance their productivity thanks to the optimized raw material efficiencies that RAFNXT+ delivers," explains Jon Lenck, Director, VIP & Prime segment, EMEIA, UPM Raflatac.

"Forest Positive is a unique approach to the forest lifecycle that goes far beyond deforestation to actively enhance natural capitals," says Robert Taylor, Sustainability Director, UPM Raflatac. "It’s carbon positive, which means the forests that we choose to source our raw materials from can absorb up to double the amount of carbon dioxide emitted during the RAFNXT+ production process," he continues.

2017-11-08  READ MORE...
UPM and the Government of Uruguay sign an investment agreement to establish a competitive operating platform for a possible new pulp mill in Uruguay

UPM and the Government of Uruguay have signed an investment agreement, which outlines the local prerequisites for a potential pulp mill investment. The agreement details the roles, commitments and time-line for both parties as well as the relevant items to be agreed prior to the final investment decision.

The agreement defines the requirements for the operating environment of a world-class pulp mill project. The site of the mill would be close to the city of Paso de los Toros, in the department of Durazno in central Uruguay.

A long-term industrial operation requires stable and predictable operational environment. This will be supported by several measures in the areas of regional development, environment, forestry and land planning as well as labour and energy conditions.

Infrastructure development as key enabler

The Government will develop the rail and road network by tendering the construction and long-term maintenance of the network. The total investment by the Government has been reported to be approximately USD 1 billion. This investment is necessary to enable the establishment of efficient logistic infrastructure in the Uruguayan inland. The Government will also promote concession for a terminal specializing in pulp in the Montevideo port with rail access in order to secure reliable and competitive outlet to export markets.

Once the permitting requirements are fulfilled, the Government will grant the mill a free trade zone status, which is necessary to ensure competitiveness on international markets.

UPM will carry out an engineering study and permitting process for a pulp mill with an annual capacity of about 2 million tonnes of eucalyptus market pulp. The preliminary estimate for a pulp mill investment on site is approximately EUR 2 billion.

In addition, a successful project requires off-site investments in plantation land and forestry, road network and nursery capacity, harvesting and transport equipment, rolling stock for the rail, export facilities and human development.

"Robust infrastructure is elemental for industrial development. The Government of Uruguay is stating their serious intent with this agreement and timeline. The agreement sets the foundation for UPM’s planning of a state-of-the-art pulp mill investment," says Jaakko Sarantola, UPM’s Senior Vice President, Uruguay Development.

Global demand for sustainable pulp continues its strong growth

"A competitive world-class pulp mill must have a solid wood supply, well-working logistic infrastructure and efficient mill operations. The environmental performance of the mill would be secured with competent and engaged personnel and with best available technology. When in operation, the mill, forestry and related activities would employ 8,000 additional people in its full value chain. The operations would also have a significant positive impact on the central and north-eastern regions."

"The signing of this agreement confirms that we are now entering the second preparation phase of this prospect, which is expected to take some 1.5 to 2 years. Achieving significant progress in the implementation of the infrastructure initiatives is critically important for the final investment decision," says Sarantola.

"The world megatrends support a strong growth of the market pulp demand. UPM’s customers value the stable quality of the Uruguayan eucalyptus pulp and hence Uruguay could be a competitive alternative for addressing UPM’s pulp market opportunities in the 2020s. The possible new capacity in Uruguay would support UPM’s multifibre strategy ; to serve customers in growing hygiene, packaging and speciality end-use segments," concludes Sarantola.

2017-11-08  READ MORE...
Burgo supports Vancouver's Declaration

Companies that use natural resources have the duty to ensure the resources come from responsible sources. The Vancouver Declaration is a public promise, with which companies of all sizes and origins are committed to contributing to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015, while underlining their commitment to a more sustainable forestry chain.

The Declaration was presented during the 2017 FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) General Assembly in Vancouver, Canada, last October ; in addition to Burgo, other companies signed in support of the initiative : IKEA, H & M, SIG, Marks & Spencer, Jysk, Mitsubishi Paper Mills and Fuji Xerox. This declaration will have a positive impact on three key areas of sustainability : environmental, social and economic.

2017-11-07  READ MORE...
Stora Enso delivers cloud-based intelligent packaging solutions enabled by Microsoft

Stora Enso has joined forces with Microsoft to bring cloud-based intelligent packaging solutions to clients globally. Intelligent Packaging by Stora Enso utilizes Microsoft Azure, the leading cloud platform for business digitalization. The global and scalable cloud platform from Microsoft enables reliable and secure data collection and analytics for clients investing in innovative intelligent packaging solutions.

Intelligent Packaging by Stora Enso integrates widely adopted RFID (Radio frequency identification) technology which enables the product to be tracked, traced and tamper-proofed throughout the entire supply chain. Moreover, the technology allows communication between the brand-owner and the end-user using an NFC (Near Field Communication)-enabled smartphone. Comprehensive data management and analytics capabilities are vital to all intelligent packaging solutions. Through the Microsoft cloud service, all data are collected for analytics to support and improve business efficiency.

“Microsoft Azure offers a scalable and trustworthy platform for us and our globally operating clients. Now packaging data can be collected and analyzed anytime and anywhere, allowing customers an unprecedented amount of valuable information from supply chain performance to consumer behavior. Merging renewable packaging with intelligent, cloud-based features supports a more effective and profitable business”, says Teemu Salmi, Senior Vice President, CIO & Head of Digitalization at Stora Enso.

“We are proud to work with Stora Enso in the new era of intelligent packaging solutions. Microsoft Azure delivers Internet of Things services which Stora Enso is leveraging to better serve their customers and provide fast service development, scalability and global reach. Stora Enso’s intelligent packaging is a great example of the kind of innovative new services enabled by the Microsoft Azure platform”, says Marc Jalabert, General Manager, Marketing & Operations at Microsoft Western Europe.

Stora Enso and Microsoft are currently involved in multiple projects for intelligent packaging with large international enterprises in diverse industries.

2017-11-07  READ MORE...
Apple’s Tim Cook plants trees at Iggesund, acknowledges Holmen’s climate-smart efforts

When Apple CEO Tim Cook wanted to discover more about the sustainability work that lies behind the paperboard material Invercote, he visited the forest outside Iggesund in Sweden. The manufacturer, Iggesund Paperboard, is part of the Holmen forest industry group and is at the forefront of sustainability. Present to discuss with Tim Cook were Holmen’s CEO Henrik Sjölund and Iggesund Paperboard’s CEO Daniel Peltonen.​

2017-11-07  READ MORE...
ANDRITZ to supply evaporation plant to Iggesund Paperboard AB in Sweden


ANDRITZ has received an order from Iggesund Paperboard AB, a member of the HOLMEN GROUP, to supply a new evaporation plant and rebuild an existing evaporation plant for the pulp mill in Iggesund. Start-up of the new plant is scheduled for the second quarter of 2019 and of the rebuild for the fourth quarter of 2019.

The new 7-effect high dry solids evaporation plant will have a capacity of 350 t/h evaporated water. It will replace an old ANDRITZ evaporation line from the 1970’s and significantly enhance energy efficiency at the Iggesund mill. The state-of-the-art technology of the evaporation plant will improve the cleanliness of the condensates produced, which are reused in other processes in the pulp mill.

2017-11-07  READ MORE...
Vacuum dewatering - a successful method for nanocellulose tests

Laboratory drainage tests become difficult for suspensions containing a large proportion of fines or nanocellulose due to the small sizes of these elements. Already ten years ago scientific studies proved that vacuum dewatering is the best method in these cases. PulpEye’s Dynamic Drainage Analyser, DDA 5, is hence increasingly used by companies involved in nanocellulose development.
“Nanocellulose is a hot research area and we have noticed that our DDA 5 is more and more used for drainage analyses of nanocellulose suspensions”, says Elias Sundvall, Product Manager responsible for development and aftersales for DDA 5 at PulpEye. “When we developed DDA 5 two years ago, one important feature compared with DDA 4 was the ability to run at a higher vacuum. This we knew was necessary for drainage analyses of nanocellulose, as it is a much slower drainage process than e.g. pulp suspensions.”
“Not only a higher vacuum is needed in these cases, but also much finer wires allowing nanocellulose molecules to form a sheet on the wire. We have therefore, developed a range of DDA 5 wires to cater for all drainage needs. For nanocellulose drainage analyses, customized wires with an extremely fine mesh are also available on request.”

2017-11-06  READ MORE...
New owner for Kotkamills Imprex Oy

In relation to the strategic review process concerning the Imprex Business, Kotkamills Imprex Oy’s sole shareholder Kotkamills Oy has on 12 October 2017 signed a share purchase agreement concerning the sale and purchase of all issued and outstanding shares in Kotkamills Imprex Oy to Dongwha Enterprise Co. The transaction has been completed on 31 October, 2017. The enterprise value (on a debt and cash free basis) of Kotkamills Imprex Oy is EUR 27 million.

The disposal improves the Kotkamills group’s cash position and operating profit, but Kotkamills Group Oyj does not expect it to have significant impact on the issuer’s balance sheet.

2017-11-03  READ MORE...
A.Celli Paper S.p.A appoints new Latin America Director

A.Celli Paper S.p.A is pleased to announce that Guido Dellagnelo has been appointed Latin America Director.

Guido will be based in São Paulo (Brasil), with the main focus to identify new market opportunities and to define the required actions to generate additional growth and business opportunities within the Latina America geographical area.

Simultaneously Sonia Bertetto, as A.Celli Paper Area Sales Manager for Latin America, will jointly work with Guido by providing all necessary support from the headquarter located in Tassignano (Lucca, Italy) with the purpose to grant the best service to our customers.

We welcome Guido aboard and wish him a great success together with the A.Celli Group Team.

Prior to joining A.Celli Group, Guido Dellagnelo had already gathered a significant experience in the tissue industry, where he managed several key national accounts, developed and oversaw market segment product strategy and promoted international market business development.

 “I believe that, owing to his managerial skills and extensive experience in the Latin America area, Mr. Dellagnelo will become a significant support member of our sales team,” alleged Mario Fazzi, A.Celli Paper S.p.A Managing Director.

2017-11-02  READ MORE...
Lecta Presents Its New Book, "Vertical"

The allure of multiple points of view with Lecta’s coated papers.

"Vertical" is the latest edition of the conceptual creative challenge that Lecta undertakes yearly to highlight the quality of its range of publishing papers.

This year’s book features a series of striking images taken vertically from different perspectives and distances. It combines photography and the imagination in a variety of singular images that vary depending on the photographer and spectator’s point of view.

The magical play of what seems to be and is not, of the visible and less visible, of what is close and far away runs throughout the pages of this carefully prepared publication.

"Vertical" has been printed on three of Lecta’s premium coated publishing paper grades : Condat matt Périgord, GardaMatt Ultra and the new GardaPremium Natural, showing the outstanding print results that can be achieved regardless of paper choice.

2017-11-02  READ MORE...
Stora Enso to divest Puumerkki, a wholesaler of wooden building materials

Stora Enso has divested 100% of its shares in the Finnish Puumerkki Oy and the Estonian Puumerkki AS to Mimir Invest AB, a global investment firm. Puumerkki is a specialised wholesaler of wooden building materials and was 100% owned by Stora Enso.

This divestment supports Stora Enso’s Wood Products division in focusing on its growth strategy and further build on the strength of the premium portfolio of products and services. Puumerkki’s wholesale business does not belong to Stora Enso’s core business. The new owner is in a better position to give Puumerkki the attention it deserves and ensure its long-term development. Puumerkki will continue to be a key customer for Stora Enso’s renewable building materials also going forward.

Puumerkki’s sales in 2016 were approximately EUR 160 million, and it has approximately 170 employees. The transaction was finalised immediately, and it will have no significant impact on Stora Enso’s operational EBIT or net debt. Stora Enso will book a loss of EUR 8 million in its operational EBIT in the fourth quarter of 2017 as an item affecting comparability (IAC).

2017-11-02  READ MORE...

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