URGENT NEWS Double A Alizay to restart pulp mill in the first half of 2015
After restarting the paper machine in June 2013, Double A Alizay's objective is to boost pulp production during the first half of 2015. The pulp mill will increase Double A’s competitiveness in Europe and complete Alizay as a key production site for Double A’s expansion plans into Africa, Middle East and the Americas.
« We have agreed on the selling price of the land, the buildings and the assets necessary to revive the production site. All that remains is for us to prepare and sign the deeds as soon as possible, this is in both parties interest as it will initiate the revival of paper pulp production on the site" stated Jean Louis Destans, Chairman of the General Council of the region of Eure (near Rouen city, some 100 km west from Paris). The papermaker should then file an application for authorization of exploitation which will result in a public inquiry. With State services, the Department of Eure is committed to accompanying the Double A Alizay teams throughout these administrative procedures, with the objective of effectively reviving the production of pulp during the first semester of 2015.
This step is the follow-up of the industrial operations launched on 23rd January 2013 between the Department of Eure, employees and the paper manufacturer Double A. After acquiring the entire site in a form of 'micro-temporary nationalization' in a bid to save the industrial tools, the Department of Eure resold it the same day to the department linked to the production of paper and energy supply at Double A.
The investment in the pulp mill will include investment in bio-mass power plant. Bio-mass power would generate green energy, utilizing wood and biomass from Alizay’s regional sources and residuals from the Alizay pulp producing process using wood from Double A’s Paper Tree from KHAN-NA in Thailand. This green energy is critical to the success of this investment.
According to Jean Louis Destans “The commitments made by Double A during the sale of assets related to the paper machine on 23rd January 2013, were concerning the time expected to restart the machine or were about the number of jobs created. Double A’s decision to further invest in the Alizay pulp production site today, confirms their lasting implementation on our territory, and their willingness to make this the production site for the European market. This proves that political willingness pays off in industrial matters. Therefore, we made the right decision last year with the employees”. This operation will ultimately be seen, in financial terms, as neutral to the General Council but largely positive in terms of the economy and employment.
“2013 marked a successful return of the Alizay Paper Mill, which returned to full production in June and was producing premium quality Double A paper by August. The mill began exporting paper in September to the UAE and Eastern Europe. (…) said Thirawit Leetavorn, Double A Senior Executive Vice President “Double A will bring its expertise in operating integrated pulp and paper mill together with bio-mass power. Double A brings this proven track record to our operations in Alizay. We believe the project will be operation within the first half of 2015.”
• On 23rdJanuary 2013, the Department bought the entire industrial Alizay site for € 22.2 million.
• On the same day, the Department resold the land and assets for the recommencement of production of paper and energy supply to Double A for € 18 million.
• The Department still owns 50 hectares of land and the remaining assets, including the pulp and paper factory.
• 10thJune 2013, Double A Alizay produced its first paper roll by importing raw material from Thailand and Brazil.
• 30th November 2013, Double A Alizay recruited 150 employees.
• 17th December 2013, the General Council announces the sale of the pulp factory to Double A Alizay.
• On the same day, Double A Alizay announced its goal to restart the factory during the first semester of 2015. (December 17)
A new award for ALLIMAND !
On the occasion of the 2013 Business Awards organized each year by the Grenoble Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Allimand ranked 1st among 1,000 SMBs in Isère (department in the Rhône-Alpes region in France) and won the “Business Leader” Award… This Award has been given as a reward for the outstanding growth of the Allimand’s business (nearly + 81 % in 2012) as the result of a diversification marketing strategy and innovative products. “This important increase in the company sales revenue is closely linked to the fact that 3 paper machines have been sold in that period along with many orders for equipment refurbishment concerning alterations or significant improvements meeting with the new market demands, explains Franck Rettmeyer, Allimand’s CEO. It is always good to receive such an Award in spite of their increasing numbers within the last years. At the region level, this Award does make sense because our company is in competition with many local businesses. Moreover, it is a valuable recognition for the work performance of our staff. And I do share the same feeling. Our goal is to remain a key player in this difficult market environment as every year the counter restarts from zero. More seriously, to consolidate our growth, keep on developing new products and seek new markets. We have won a prize for Big Export in 2011; the consequence was in particular good with our foreign customers and also other partners such as banks, BPI (French Public Bank of Investment), etc.” (December 16)
Afpa and Cepi fully support the objectives of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) and their members are strong proponents of free but fair trade. They support the objectives of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations aimed at eliminating barriers to trade, including regulatory barriers. The further reduction or elimination of trade barriers will strengthen the economies of the U.S. and the EU and enhance their global competitiveness.
The combined EU and U.S. pulp and paper industry accounts for more than 40% of the worldwide production and some companies have operations on both sides of the Atlantic. U.S.-EU trade in pulp and paper is very robust and both areas are among each other largest foreign markets. In 2012, U.S.-EU trade of pulp and paper & paperboard totalled $6.4 billion/€5.0 billion1.
The U.S. and the EU eliminated tariffs on all pulp and paper (Chapter 47 and Chapter 48 of the Harmonized System, respectively) as part of their implementation of the 1994 Uruguay Round Agreement of multilateral trade negotiations. Enhanced regulatory cooperation, particularly in the area of timber legality, renewable energy and biomass, environment, health & safety, and recovered paper definitions is a new step that will provide a real benefit to the pulp and paper industry.
Closer regulatory cooperation between the U.S. and the EU has the potential to generate significant cost savings and efficiencies. As suggested by the Final Report of the U.S.-EU High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth, the elimination, reduction and prevention of unnecessary regulatory barriers are expected to provide the biggest benefit of the TTIP. While the U.S. and the EU regulatory systems differ, they share regulatory objectives because citizens on both sides of the Atlantic demand high level of protection.
TTIP should create a basis for genuine international leadership as well as providing new momentum to improve environmental, health and safety standards around the world.
“The U.S. and European pulp and paper industries are interested in achieving a more open and efficient regulatory environment, such as greater access and transparency of each other’s regulatory processes and mutual recognition that avoids duplicative compliance efforts,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. In this regard, there are a number of areas where a sectoral approach on greater regulatory cooperation could reduce costs and administrative burdens in both the U.S. and the EU. As CEPI Director General Teresa Presas stated: “The pulp and paper sector, as represented by AF&PA and CEPI, is well positioned to reach more detailed regulatory cooperation within the overall TTIP negotiations, both on existing regulations as well as regulation on new and emerging products”.
The paper industry in the EU and the U.S. will work to reach agreement on specific proposals through a constructive sectoral dialogue. In addition, CEPI and the AF&PA believes that, beyond the agreement, the TTIP should remain a dynamic, ‘living’ agreement with sufficient flexibility to incorporate new areas and issues over time.
American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)
The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4.5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $200 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states.
(1) Pulp: $1.95 billion/€1.52 billion and paper & paperboard $4.44 billion/€3.5 billion.
Metso to develop virtual power plant operator training with Kraftwerksschule in Germany
Metso has signed a Letter of Intent with Kraftwerksschule (KWS) of Essen, Germany, to develop virtual training in plant automation for power plant operators. The target of this cooperation is to create training concepts with Metso’s training simulators and to build a process and automation laboratory in the Kraftwerksschule facilities.
Metso’s power plant simulation system, Metso DNA Training Simulator, will play the key role in the training concept. With the simulator, process control applications are executed in a virtual environment in exactly the same way as a real system controls the plant.
“A virtual learning environment is a valuable tool, particularly with critical processes where continuous production is a must. Simulator training increases process security and encourages operators to try out actions in various process situations without the risk of upsetting the real process,” points out Theo Münch, Country Manager, Central Europe, Automation, Metso. “Today’s power plants are run by just a few highly qualified employees who need to operate and optimize the power plant in a safe and proper way. Simulators provide an efficient way to qualify the operating staff and reduce power plant downtime,” says Christian Umierski, Power Plant Shift Supervisor Training Manager, KWS PowerTech Training Center.
KWS is the training center of VGB PowerTech e.V., the European technical association for power and heat generation. KWS offers training courses for plant attendants, control room operators and shift supervisors, as well as special training solutions and courses tailored to meet power plants’ requirements. Its training guarantees a high level of competence for the personnel of fossil-fired and nuclear power plants, substantially improving the safety, environmental friendliness and efficiency of power plants. (December 16)
Arkema announces a project for the divestment of its Coating business in South Africa
Arkema announces a plan to divest its two South African subsidiaries, Arkema Resins Proprietary Limited and Harveys Composites Proprietary Limited to South African company, Ferro Industrial Products Proprietary Limited, specializes in the production and distribution of coatings and materials for composite markets. Through this divestment, Arkema will dispose of non-strategic activities - such as resins for composite materials - which represent few synergies with the remainder of its coating activities.
As part of the Coating Resins business unit within the Coating Solutions segment, the two subsidiaries to be divested accounted for sales of some €45 million in 2012. The proposed divestment concerns 125 people, a production plant in Isipingo (Arkema Resins Proprietary Limited) near Durban, and 5 storage facilities (Harveys Composites Proprietary Limited). Arkema will retain a presence in South Africa in the coating sector through Ferro, via licensing and distribution agreements.
The propose divestment is subject to approval by the relevant antitrust authorities in South Africa. The deal is expected to be closed in the second quarter 2014.
This operation is fully in line with Arkema’s ambition to be a world leader in specialty chemicals and advanced materials and with the target, announced at the September 2012 Investor day, to divest around 400 million euros of sales between 2012 and 2016. (December 12)
CEPI Guidance for revised EN643 published and a webseminar to take place on December 19
The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) launched a pocket-size guidance document that details the changes in the revised EN643 European List of Standard Grades of Paper and Board for Recycling. The association also announced that they will organise a webinar on the EN643 revision next December 19.
CEPI advises all organisations and individuals involved in trade with paper and board for recycling, to prepare for the introduction of the updated standard. Many multinational companies are already implementing the new EN643 standard into their IT-systems, such as SAP. The new text includes several major improvements, including a grade-specific tolerance level for non-paper component and more detailed descriptions per grade.
CEPI issued a guidance describing the changes in the updated EN643, whilst national standardisation bodies in Europe are preparing for the official launch early 2014. The guidance was first presented at European Paper Week in English, but will soon be available in German, French, Spanish and Polish. Other languages may follow at a later stage.
During the webinar CEPI staff will describe the changes in the EN643 standard in detail and will allow for enough time to answer all queries. http://www.cepi.org/node/17036#sthash.xVcmDlU2.dpuf (December 12)
Kemira sells its coagulant business in Brazil to Bauminas Química
Kemira will sell its Brazilian iron and aluminium coagulant business to Bauminas. The deal includes coagulant business related assets, liabilities and personnel of Kemira WaterSolutions Brazil Ltda and shares of Nheel Quimica Ltda as well as its three coagulants manufacturing sites in Brazil (Rio Claro, Araporti and Lages). These businesses have combined reported revenue of approximately EUR 50 million, mainly in Kemira's Municipal & Industrial segment. 193 employees will be transferred to Bauminas as part of the transaction which is subject to fulfillment of certain conditions. The closing is still expected during the fourth quarter of 2013.
The parties have agreed not to disclose the transaction price.
The transaction proceeds are expected to have a positive impact on Kemira's cash flow at closing. Kemira will undertake a non-recurring write-down related to the transaction of approximately EUR 40 million, impacting Kemira's reported EBIT in the fourth quarter of 2013.
"The divestment of our coagulant business in Brazil is well in line with our focus on profitability improvement and cash flow maximization in the Municipal & Industrial segment. Kemira's strategy continues to be focused on those businesses and geographies, where we can achieve a sustainable competitive market position in combination with growth. Exiting the coagulants business in Brazil will further improve the EBIT margin in the Municipal & Industrial segment and will have a positive cash flow impact as well. Brazil will remain an important market for Kemira, especially for the chemicals used in the pulp and paper industry" explains Wolfgang Büchele, Kemira's President and CEO.
Kemira and European Investment Bank (EIB) signed EUR 45 million research and development loan agreement
Kemira and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed on December 11, a EUR 45 million research and development loan agreement. The EIB has evaluated and granted the loan to support the research, development and innovation activities of the Kemira Group during the years 2013-2016. The facility is intended for financing of the research and development expenditures at Kemira's core businesses. (December 11)
PTS To organize an International Scientific Symposium on Applied Interface Chemistry
PTS will organize a symposium on Applied Interface Chemistry on 25-26 February, 2014 in Munich, Germany. As the previous meeting held in 2010 in the same place, this conference will promote the exchange of recent findings and developments regarding the understanding, improvement and targeted use of interface phenomena in paper and board production.
Focus will be on the following themes :
• Updating the knowledge in the field of interface and colloid chemistry applied to paper making processing,
- • Lectures related to basic/applied research oriented towards or proven by industrial applications concerning understanding and targeted application of interface phenomena in the production of paper and paperboard,
- • Establishing contacts with scientific and industrial researchers worldwide. (December 11)
The new paper machine in Poels is in operation…
After a record construction period of just over 13 months, Europe’s largest and most modern kraft paper machine (PM) has gone into full operation and will be able to produce over 80,000 tonnes of white kraft paper per annum. “With the investment of over 115 million Euro we are significantly increasing our market share within Europe, and at the same time are strengthening the site in Poels” said Alfred Heinzel, CEO of the Heinzel Group.
The Zellstoff Pöls who constructed the new PM is a subsidiary of the Heinzel Group. Next to the main production of pulp named Orion they produce bleached kraft paper under the brand name of Starkraft, and this since recently, on the new 100 meter long PM that will produce 80,000 tpy and 1,200 m/min. “We use the valuable raw material wood not only to manufacture pulp and paper but also to produce green energy for heat and lighting throughout our mill”, said Kurt Maier, “This means that our plant is almost energy independent”.
It is no coincidence that the Flying Rhino was chosen as a symbol for Starkraft- as it represents strength and flexibility. From Starkraft paper products such as Bags, shopper, Gift Wrap or solutions such as flexible packaging paper for the food or pharmaceutical industry are produced. First samples are already available.
The Heinzel Group, which is united under the Heinzel Holding umbrella, ranks with its subsidiaries Zellstoff Pöls AG, Laakirchen Papier AG and AS Estonian Cell among the largest producers of market pulp and magazine paper in Central and Eastern Europe.
The Group’s trading division includes Wilfried Heinzel, a globally active pulp and paper trading company, and Europapier, the leading paper merchant in the CEE region. Bunzl & Biach is one of the largest and most important waste paper treatment and distribution companies in Austria as well as the leading wholesaler in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2012 the HeinzelGroup achieved a turnover of 1.093 Mrd. Euro ith over 2,000 people in more tha 29 countries.
Zellstoff Pöls achieved, with its 360 employees and 26 apprentices, around 220 Mio Euro turnover. It is the largest manufacturer of ECF bleached softwood sulphate pulp in Central and Eastern Europe. (December 11)
… this PM was supplied by ANDRITZ
Andritz has started up Zellstoff Pöls’ PrimeLine paper machine. “We were very impressed by this start-up – also because it took place one month ahead of schedule,” says Jürgen Rieger, Chief Operating Manager at Zellstoff Pöls. The Andritz scope of supply comprised the stock preparation plant, the approach system, the complete PrimeLine PM with hybrid former, shoe press, steel Yankee, calender, and slitter-winder, as well as pumps and the complete plant automation equipment. A steel Yankee is used in order to enhance energy-efficient drying : with a diameter of 6.7 m and a shell length of 6.25 m, the PrimeDry Yankee is the largest in the world. Due to its size, the 150-ton Yankee was delivered to the customer’s mill in two halves and assembled on site. (December 11)
Ahlstrom publishes its renewed internet pages
Ahlstrom has published its renewed internet pages. The address of the pages remains unchanged, www.ahlstrom.com. The biggest changes have been made to the visual layout and usability of the pages as well as to the structure and layout of the product section. The new pages are responsive, which means that the site adapts to different screen sizes of tablets and other mobile devices.
"Our target is to launch more products to the market and the renewed Internet pages support this with the more versatile product pages. Since we aim to grow our business in Asia, especially in China, the need to expand the content in our Chinese pages has become more important," states Liisa Nyyssönen, Vice President, Communications. (December 11)
Paper Industry Applauds European Parliament Decision to Defend Recycling Jobs in Europe
The European paper industry warmly welcomes today's decision by the European Parliament to block proposed legislation which would have had the effect of classifying waste paper as "recycled" paper before it has been recycled. According to Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), “this vote in Strasbourg will save more than 20,000 direct green jobs in the paper industry and an estimated additional 140,000 indirect jobs in Europe.”
"We are glad to see the European Parliament remembered that the original purpose of defining when something is no longer to be considered a waste was to facilitate recycling not to obstruct it," comments Teresa Presas, Director General of CEPI, on the outcome in Strasbourg. "If this proposal had become law it would also have burdened the global environment with needless additional energy use and emissions. It's a good decision.”
If this legislation had passed, it would have relaxed the EU's waste management rules and triggered a flight of waste paper out of the EU to Asia, pushing up prices in Europe and undermining the quality of waste paper available for the European recycling sector. This in turn would have crippled the world class paper recycling in the EU, the result of years of investment by the paper recycling industry here. Paper recycling in Europe would likely have dropped from about 47 Mt per year to 37 Mt, leading to closures of mills, including many small and medium-sized operators.
The European Parliament plenary backed the earlier decision of its specialist environment committee to reject the Commission initiative, voting in favour by 606 votes to 77. MEPs insisted that the Commission had not properly assessed the impacts of its draft regulation on paper recycling and in shipments of waste paper to third countries. The Parliament also argued that the proposal was not compatible with the aim and content of the EU's basic framework directive on waste and exceeded the implementing powers conferred on the Commission by that directive - a comprehensive rejection.
In September this year, CEPI temporarily dumped bales of waste paper in front of the Commission's headquarters building in Brussels to draw attention to the problem. Shortly after, the EU member states voting on the issue failed to reach a majority on what to do, leaving it up to MEPs to decide whether or not to send the Commission back to the drawing board. “We are delighted that the voice of reason has finally emerged," explains Jori Ringman-Beck, CEPI Recycling and Product Director. "We now hope that the Commission's environmental protection department will reflect on the content of this resolution and revise the criteria for determining when used paper is waste and when it's not.”
CEPI is not against defining criteria to determine when used paper ceases to be classified as waste, but maintains that the approach now needs to be fundamentally revisited and aligned with the newer more progressive criteria that the Commission has developed lately for other material streams. In general, the old approach, which was carried over by the Commission into the paper proposal just rejected in Strasbourg, has hardly been implemented in practice - indicating that these measures have not been able to capture what is needed by the market in reality. (December 10)
Changes in ownership in BillerudKorsnäs
Investment AB Kinnevik has announced that they have divested its shareholding of 25.1% in BillerudKorsnäs to certain Swedish institutions including AMF Försäkring, Fjärde AP Fonden and Alecta. As a result of the transaction, FRAPAG Beteiligungsholding AG is now the largest shareholder in BillerudKorsnäs with 15.5% of the votes. (December 9)
L.C.Paper 1881 chooses Toscotec TT solution for PM2 rebuilding
Toscotec with its associate Milltech have been awarded a contract to deliver a major dry-end rebuild of the L.C.Paper 1881’s PM 2 in Besalu, Catalunya, Spain. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for the second quarter of 2014.
Toscotec's new delivery includes a major rebuild of the PM2 dry end and press section, which will be replaced with a TT DOES (Drying Optimization for Energy Saving) package. This will feature a double presses solution with a rebuild of the felt run, a new TT SYD-15FT with doctoring system and a Duo-system Yankee hood, SMART eMT type from Milltech. The wet end hood is burner feeding type, the dry end hood could be fed either by cogeneration gases or conventional burner (normally with COG on is switched off). Exhaust gases are used to generate two stages of steam (high and low pressure) through steam generators in addition to the heat recovery to pre-heat the make-up and com-bustion air. Maximum drying production with a machine trim width at reel of 3,050 mm will be 130 tpd. With this new intervention the PM2 consumption will be lower than 1,350 kWh/t.
LC Paper has two tissue machines (PM2 and PM3) which annually produce 45,000 tonnes of tissue for the AfH market. OnePly® tissue paper is produced on PM3 from virgin pulp while PM2 actually produces every kind of paper made from 100% recycled paper. In 2009 LC Paper launched PM3 with a patented process that takes gases from the cogeneration plant to dry the paper by the means of a hood already provided by Milltech. In 2011 the first diesel engine was sold and in 2012 LC paper installed a new gas engine. 6 MW of this energy will be used for feeding the new hood by Milltech on PM2 with a further decrease of energy consumption. (December 9)
Kemira to sell its Danish distribution business to Brenntag
Kemira has signed an agreement to sell its distribution of hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid and sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) in Denmark to Brenntag Group. The deal includes the distribution business and certain assets in Copenhagen. The distribution business is currently part of Kemira's Municipal & Industrial segment. Revenue of the divested business in 2012 was approximately EUR 15 million and the transaction is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2014.
"The divestment of our distribution business in Denmark is well in line with Kemira's sharpened strategy presented earlier this year. The divested business is not a focus area for Municipal & Industrial segment and the transaction will have a positive impact to the segment's EBIT margin. With Brenntag as our partner, Denmark will remain an important market for our water treatment solutions", explains Frank Wegener, President of Kemira's Municipal & Industrial segment. The transaction does not have material impact on Kemira's financial figures and the parties have agreed not to disclose further financial information. (December 9)
Metso introduces a complete solution for sludge dewatering
Metso now offers “the world's first advanced solution – both measurements and control system – to optimize sludge dewatering at wastewater treatment plants”. Metso SDO (Sludge Dewatering Optimizer) enables wastewater plant operators to operate dewatering equipment with accurate and efficient continuous optimization. Through optimization with Metso SDO, they can improve sludge dewatering performance by up to 50%, reduce chemicals consumption significantly and reach the best possible efficiency. A higher solids content of concentrated sludge results in higher thermal energy in the subsequent incineration process, or alternatively reduces transportation costs when shipping to a landfill, resulting in improved energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. Automating the dewatering process also reduces laboratory sampling, produces 24/7 real-time data and decreases the continuous need to monitor the process. Metso SDO is especially suitable for municipal and industrial wastewater treatment processes, for example in the pulp, paper and chemical industries, to optimize sludge dewatering.
"Through optimization, wastewater treatment plants are able to improve sludge dewatering unit performance by up to 50% and reduce the consumption of chemicals used in dewatering by 50%," says Heli Karaila, Product Manager, Measurements, Automation.
This solution complements Metso's product offering for sludge dewatering that already includes Metso Total Solids Transmitter (Metso TS) for measuring feed solids and dry cake percent solids, and Metso Low Solids Measurement (Metso LS) for centrate suspended solids measurement.
Metso is the market leader in microwave solids technology measurements used in treatment processes. The new solution further strengthens the company's position as an expert in wastewater treatment.
Metso SDO can be integrated into most automation systems via the Metso DNA automation system. It can be installed on one sludge dewatering unit or an entire sludge dewatering unit installation. The optimizing solution is modular and can be used either with Metso Low Solids Measurement (Metso LS), which is based on LED and laser technology, or Metso Total Solids Transmitter (Metso TS), which is based on microwave technology. (December 9)
Advantage DCT tissue line rebuilt by future Valmet and Kawanoe Zoki successfully started up at Ehime Paper’s mill in Japan
In order to increase capacity, tissue quality and efficiency, Ehime Paper has rebuilt its PM 8 in Ehime prefecture in Japan. The tissue machine which has been redesigned in line with the Advantage DCT 135 Technology, came on stream at the end of August and is currently running at guaranteed design speed, 1,900 m/min, producing facial tissue of high quality and low basis weight.
The rebuild, jointly supplied by Kawanoe Zoki and Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, includes an Advantage DCT 135 forming section, press section, Advantage AirCap Yankee hood, and a Yankee dryer as well as an Advantage WetDust dust handling system.
Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business and Kawanoe Zoki have previously installed Ehime Paper’s PM 11 at the same mill, which has been producing high quality tissue paper at guaranteed design speed since the start-up in 2003.
Ehime Paper is a member of Kami Shoji Group, the fourth biggest supplier of tissue paper in Japan. Ehime Paper is producing box tissue, toilet paper and corrugated board products for the Japanese market. (December 9)
Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services upgraded Metsä Board's credit rating
Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services has upgraded Metsä Board Corporation's rating from B to B+. The outlook of the rating is stable. Upgrade does not have an impact on Metsä Board’s current annual financing costs. (December 9)
Ahlstrom revises its business area structure and makes changes in the Executive Management Team
Ahlstrom will revise its business area (BA) structure by dividing the Food and Medical Business Area into two: Food Business Area and Medical Business Area. The current operating model will remain unchanged. The new organization will become effective as of January 1, 2014.
With this change, Ahlstrom aims to strengthen its focus on the food and medical applications and to address the growth and profitability issues in these businesses.
Ahlstrom's business areas as of January 1, 2014 will be the following:
• Advanced Filtration : life science and laboratory filtration materials.
• Building and Energy : materials used in wallcoverings, floorings and windmill blades.
• Food: materials used in food and beverage packaging and masking tape.
• Medical: Material used in medical fabrics.
• Transportation Filtration materials.
In addition to Trading and New Business, these five BA will form Ahlstrom's new financial reporting segments.
Changes in the Executive Management Team
In conjunction with the change in the business area structure, two appointments have been made.
• Omar Hoek, 44, M.Sc. (Bus. Adm.) has been appointed Executive Vice President (EVP), Food BA, and member of the Executive Management Team. Hoek joined Ahlstrom in 2011 and currently works as Vice President, Marketing, Food and Medical.
• Roberto Boggio, 45, M.Sc. (Mech. Eng.) has been appointed EVP, Medical BA, and member of the Executive Management Team. Boggio joined Ahlstrom in 1998 and currently works as Vice President, Supply Chain, for both Advanced Filtration and Transportation Filtration. Hoek and Boggio will report to Jan Lång, President & CEO.
• Seppo Parvi, currently CFO and EVP, Food and Medical BA, will leave Ahlstrom during the first quarter of 2014 as announced in September.
The BA structure and appointments will be effective as of January 1, 2014. Ahlstrom plans to publish restated financial segment information for the Food and Medical Business Areas before publishing its January-March 2014 interim report on April 29, 2014. (December 5)
Future Valmet to supply a tissue production line for Tezol Tütün Kagit in Turkey
Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, will supply a complete tissue production line to Tezol Tütün Kagit in Turkey. The new tissue machine will be installed at the company’s new mill site in the city of Mersin. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for 2015. "The new tissue line will fulfill Tezol's ambition to produce environmentally friendly products of highest quality in a cost-efficient way," says Ersin Tezol, CEO of Tezol Tütün ve Kagit San ve Tic A.S. The order is included in Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power segment's third quarter 2013 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
The delivery will comprise a complete high-speed tissue production line featuring an Advantage DCT 100+ tissue machine equipped with an OptiFlo headbox, a cast iron Yankee cylinder, an Advantage ViscoNip press and an Advantage AirCap Yankee hood. The delivery will also include part of the stock preparation equipment.
The new line will have a width of 2.85 m and will increase the company's existing production for the Turkish market by another 30,000 tpy bathroom tissue, towel grades and diaper tissue. The raw material for the new production line will be virgin fiber and recycled fiber. (December 5)
PMT starts YDS Worldwide
PMT Italia’s subsidiary, YDS Worldwide Ltd, has begun its activities at its new site at Wigan, UK, providing Yankee Dryer Services. YDS Worldwide are committed to providing a technical service to all customers from initial enquiry to completion and details of the types of services available. All kinds of inspections are available together with Shell Thickness Measurements, De-rating/Re-rating calculations, NDT Testing: Acoustic Emission Testing, Thermography MPI, UT, Hydro, Radiograph, & Metallurgical, while possible Maintenance Inspections and Servicing include overhauling and resetting of internals as well as upgrading of old dryers with the latest design features.
Tissue Machine drying and Crown audit are also available and Spares, like condensate removal straw assemblies, bolt assemblies, gaskets, internal piping, insulation sleeves, bearings & housings, can also be supplied. In the event of an extraordinary event occurring that puts the safety of the vessel in question, YDS Worldwide Ltd can help with immediate specialist advice and on-site service to ensure safety and minimize downtime. (December 4)
Yves Herbaut new Copacel President
Following the decision made by Copacel Board on November 6, Yves Herbaut has been
elected as new Copacel President on December 4. Copacel is the French Union of Cartonboard, Paper and Cellulose Industries. He succeeds Isabelle Boccon-Gibod (Sequana, Arjowiggins).
Yves Herbaut (57) is a computer engineer (CNAM graduate). He has been working for Emin Leydier Group for 23 years. On December 2011, he has succeeded Philippe Leydier as the Group’s President. Copacel brings together 75 companies which employ more that 14,000 people and generate a global sales revenue close to 6.5 billion euros. (December 4)
Full success for Symop seminar in Indonesia
On November 26 and 28, in Jakarta and Surabaya, the “Paper Group” of Symop (French Union machines and production technologies for “Syndicat des machines et technologies de production”) organised its traditional Seminar dedicated to paper industry innovations and the French Know-how on that field. Franck Rettmeyer is the President of this “Paper Group” (he is also President of Allimand, a French Paper machines designer and builder).
In total, some 150 Indonesian papermakers have attended these events which is a great success for the organizers, i.e. Symop and Ubifrance. This Symposium was also placed under the patronage of the Ambassador of France in Indonesia, the Indonesian Ministry of Industry and the Indonesian Ministry of Commerce. It was organized with the cooperation of APKI (Indonesian Pulp & Paper Association) with the support of IFCCI (Indonesian French Chamber of Commerce and Industry), the Center for Pulp & Paper of Bandung and the Academy of technology of Bandung.
The following paper suppliers, members of Symop Paper Group, have presented their latest technologies : ABB Cellier, ABK Group, Allimand, Bekaert, Clextral, IBC, Kadant, Neyrtec, Rai-Tillières and Techpap. Atip (French Paper Industry Technical Association) was represented by Daniel Gomez, Managing Director, who gave an overview of the French Paper Industry. Gérard Mortha, Manager of International relations for Grenoble-INP Pagora has also made a full presentation of this School specifically devoted to the training of future paper engineers. More to be read in the next issue of La Papeterie Magazine !
French paper mill UPM docelles to be closed ?
According to local medias, UPM has rejected the plan presented by the French Group Pocheco specialized in envelopes production for the buyout of Docelles paper mill (Eastern France). This facility has an annual capacity of 160,000 tpy and employs some 160 people. A meeting at the Prefecture is planned on December 4. (December 3)
Södra will open a European service center in Munich
Södra Cell will open a European service center in Munich during the coming year. This new step will also help Södra’s sales organisation prepare to manage the expected increase in pulp volumes. This new Center will function as an administrative hub for customer service in Europe. The existing national offices will be phased out, but the sales directors will retain their respective key customer contacts as well as their geographic responsibilities. “Within the new organisation we will be able to spend more time with customers and develop our service offer,” says Magnus Björkman, President of Södra Cell International.
The new order is very natural in relation to Södra Cell´s customers, the big ones as well as the small, as many of them are already organised in global business areas with joint administration. ”Our customers will need to deal with fewer interfaces within Södra and benefit from more cost effective business processes,” says Björkman. ”A modern and effective sales organisation will also ensure we are prepared to manage increasing pulp volumes to come,” he added. The existing marketing offices in London, Paris, Hamburg, Basle and Milan will be phased out during the coming year. ”In a process of change like this, there will of course be consequences for some of our staff. We will try to find favourable solutions for them,” says Björkman. (December 3)
ENTHUSIASM FOR THE IT’S TISSUE WORLD TOUR
An innovative format that brought together technology, innovation, culture and territory: this was the IT’s Tissue World Tour (8-31 October), an instrument to communicate to the world the first edition of IT’s Tissue – The Italian Technology Experience and to make people acquainted with the TIssueITaly Network. Eight cities of interest were chosen from one side of the world to the other (São Paulo, Chicago, Toronto, Tokyo, Beijing, New Delhi, Istanbul and Saint Petersburg) to tell, through the conference “Technology, Culture and Tourism: non-conventional marketing, for a new way to communicate the Made in Italy. The case-in-point of IT’s Tissue – The Italian Technology Experience” what took place in Lucca in June 2013, and to launch the next appointment scheduled for June 2015.
Certainly an atypical concept, based on the binomial “enterprise-culture”, that has allowed developing the internationalization project of the Network and of the 12 companies comprising it (A. Celli Paper S.p.A., Elettric 80 S.p.A., Fabio Perini S.p.A., Futura S.p.A., Gambini S.p.A., MTC – Macchine Trasformazione Carta S.r.l., Omet S.r.l., PCMC S.p.A., Pulsar S.r.l., Recard S.p.A., TMC – Tissue Machinery Company S.p.A., Toscotec S.p.A.), but that at the same time, has also served to promote Italian excellence and the Tuscan territory.
Overall, more than 300 people – between persons from tissue companies, journalists among whom trade journalists, tour operators and representatives of the world of culture – attended the 8 appointments that were held in the prestigious headquarters of the Italian Culture Institutes or Italian Embassies.
The Asian area stirred the most interest in terms of presence of tissue companies, in particular Japan and India. In New Delhi, the representatives of the TIssueITaly Network companies were greeted by Ambassador Daniele Mancini. Another special part of the tour was the request made to Maurizio Vanni for a lecture at Amity University regarding the genesis of the IT’s Tissue project and the enterprise-culture rapport: about 500 participants attended: students, instructors and specialists in Marketing and Communication.
On the European front, Istanbul was also an interesting stopover in terms of business: important companies in the field were present and the opportunity for one-to-one meetings with the representatives of the TIssueITaly Network were very much appreciated.
IT’s Tissue – The Italian Technology Experience was created by the Tissue Italy Network that comprises 12 equipment suppliers for the tissue industry (A. Celli Paper S.p.A., Elettric 80 S.p.A., Fabio Perini S.p.A., Futura S.p.A., Gambini S.p.A., MTC – Macchine Trasformazione Carta S.r.l., Omet S.r.l., PCMC S.p.A., Pulsar S.r.l., Recard S.p.A., TMC – Tissue Machinery Company S.p.A., Toscotec S.p.A.) with the aim of collectively enhancing and growing the reputation for excellence of this industrial district and its cutting edge technologies by showing its know-how and innovation potential on a global scale.
The first edition was very successful: over 700 participants from 317 companies coming from 70 countries, in representation of all five continents. The President of the Republic of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano conferred the Medaglia del Presidente della Repubblica state award for excellence to IT’s Tissue – The Italian Technology Experience in recognition of its value. (December 2)
Metsä Board has prepaid EUR 150 million term loan of its syndicated credit facility
Metsä Board Corporation has prepaid the EUR 150 million term loan of its syndicated credit facility that took effect on 1 April 2013. The agreed original maturity date of the loan was 30 June 2014. The prepayment does not have an effect on neither the EUR 350 million term loan maturing on 31 March 2016 nor the EUR 100 million undrawn revolving credit facility maturing on 2 May 2015, both also parts of the above mentioned syndicated credit facility.
Metsä Board has concurrently drawn a EUR 75 million, 7-year amortizing pension premium loan and a EUR 50 million bank loan, which consists of a EUR 18 million loan maturing in January 2017 and a EUR 32 million loan maturing in November 2015. The latter loan includes an extension option until January 2017. (December 2)
Demerger of Ahlstrom's Label and Processing business in Brazil registered with the Finnish Trade Register
The demerger of Ahlstrom's Label and Processing business in Brazil (Coated Specialties) has been registered with the Finnish Trade Register. A total of 12,291,991 new shares in Munksjö Oyj were issued as demerger consideration to Ahlstrom's shareholders in the Coated Specialties demerger. The demerger is the final step in the process through which Ahlstrom's Label and Processing business and Munksjö AB are combined.
The new Munksjö shares are expected to be registered on the book-entry accounts of the shareholders during the course of the day. As of today, the shares of Ahlstrom do not entitle to any shares in Munksjö Oyj as consideration for the Coated Specialties demerger. The trading with Munksjö's shares received as a demerger consideration in the Coated Specialties demerger will commence on the Helsinki Stock Exchange today. Based on the terms of the Business Combination Agreement related to Ahlstrom's Label and Processing business and Munksjö AB, Ahlstrom and Munksjö have agreed on the effects of certain supplier finance arrangements on the transaction. Therefore, the parties have agreed that as a final settlement of the matter, Ahlstrom will pay a total of EUR 9.5 million to the reserve for invested unrestricted equity of Munksjö Oyj. (December 2)
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