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Lessebo Paper invests 50 million SEK in pulp mill!

There is a long history of pulp production at Lessebo Paper. Thanks to a 50 Million SEK investment, the pulp will be re-commissioned mid-2019, resulting in 20-25 new jobs.

2018-12-14  READ MORE...
Unique steel belt press for high strength wood-containing paper inaugurated

A new steel belt has been inaugurated at MoRe in which strong packaging material from high yield pulp can be developed. The idea is to create prerequisites for today’s newsprint and magazine paper mills to modify their paper machines and pulp processes into production of packaging material which in several aspects are better than the present based on chemical pulp.

In a common project IPCO, MoRe Research, Mid Sweden University and industrial parties have created a unique steel belt press prototype in order to increase strength characteristics in lignin containing paper. IPCO has designed the steel belt press which is installed at MoRe Research. Pressure, temperature and speed can be varied in this press in order to evaluate and optimize process conditions. The steel belt press simulates industry conditions and will be an important step in commercialization of this technology.

“With our test results we hope that the steel belt technology will be accepted by the forest industry as an effective means of producing new materials based on wood. We believe that there is a potential to develop more applications. The cooperation with MoRe Research and Mid Sweden University is an excellent way of finding a new and exciting usage for our technology,” says Cherryleen Garcia-Lindgren, Global Innovation Manager at IPCO.

A PhD work to optimize the process is one part of this project.
“The goal of my postgraduate project is to develop strong packaging materials with a high wet strength based on high yield pulp,” says Tove Joelsson, PhD student at FORIC, the Mid Sweden University industrial research school, and working at MoRe Research. “Wet strength has a huge potential to replace plastic in many of the current types of packaging. Another important aim is to create prerequisites for production of TMP or CTMP at paper mills and modify paper machines for production of new packaging material.”

“It has been a great pleasure to work with MoRe Research in this research project and we have had great use of their new pilot plant,” says Per Engstrand, Professor Mechanical fibre technology, Mid Sweden University. “Our aim is to develop an environmentally friendly packaging paper from mechanical pulp with high wet strength.”

The steel belt press was inaugurated and demonstrated 13 December in the presence of representatives from MoRe, IPCO and Mid Sweden University as well as from the project group and financiers.

2018-12-14  READ MORE...
Stora Enso makes an environmental investment in Sweden

Stora Enso will invest EUR 22 million (SEK 232 million) at Skoghall Mill in Sweden in an expansion of the existing water treatment plant. Increased capacity and new, modern technology will enhance the water treatment process at the mill. This will reduce the environmental impact of the operations and help to meet future environmental requirements.

In the water used in the production of cartons, small particles of wood fibre remain. By expanding the plant, the separation of sludge is improved, which in turn improves the quality of the water that is returned to the near-by Lake Vänern. The sludge can also be used as biofuel.

“We always strive to use as much of the wood as possible, to find new uses for our by-products, and to minimise our environmental footprint,” says Margareta Sandström, Environmental Manager at the Skoghall Mill.

The project consists of three larger pools for more efficient sedimentation, along with associated process and control systems. Work is due to start immediately and is expected to continue until early 2020.

“This is another example of an environmentally sustainable investment which, even at start-up, has a direct positive impact. It’s also a key element of the continued development of the Skoghall Mill,” says Hans Olsson, Head of Technology and Investments at Skoghall Mill.

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Valmet's seasonal donation to Save the Children Yemen Response


Valmet continues its holiday season tradition to support selected global humanitarian and conservation organizations. Every year Valmet’s personnel votes for the donation target, and this year the support goes to Save the Children Yemen Response.

With a EUR 20,000 donation Valmet supports Save the Children’s work in Yemen in delivering the needed aid, food and clean water for children and their families. Health clinics of Save the Children provide health care for children suffering from malnutrition and diseases, while those who are at risk of exploitation and abuse are helped to stay safe.

"For Save the Children it is especially important to know, that it has been the Valmet employees who have chosen to support this important cause. As we are doing all we can to help the children in war torn Yemen, with this kind of donations we are able to continue our work in the challenging conditions and bring help to even greater number of children in need. It is not too much to say, that this kind of support coming from corporates is really saving lives," says Anne Haaranen, Director for International Programs at Finnish Save the Children.

With the amount of Valmet’s donation Save the Children ground team in Yemen can for example provide enough nutritious peanut paste to save lives of more than 600 severely malnourished children.

"Supporting global humanitarian and conservation organizations is an important tradition for Valmet’s personnel and an essential part of our sustainability agenda. It is always a pleasure to see how actively people vote for our seasonal donation," says Anu Salonsaari-Posti, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications at Valmet.

Save the Children is a politically and religiously independent non-governmental organization, which fights for children’s rights in order to immediately and permanently improve children’s lives all over the world. Save the Children operates in over 100 countries to improve children’s lives.

2018-12-13  READ MORE...
Sustainable packaging solution for takeaway food wins Kemira's innovation challenge

Kemira, a global chemicals company serving customers in water intensive industries, is happy to announce the winner of the "Food for Thought" innovation challenge - looking for new business models and alternatives to single use plastics in food packaging.

The winning team of food packaging and behaviour design professionals, represented by Janne Asikainen and Riitta Mettomäki, is called Koepala. At the end of an intensive 2-day camp organized jointly by Kemira and the Industryhack innovation platform, Koepala presented a sustainable and functional packaging solution for takeaway food. The Kemira jury chose the winners among four teams that were invited to participate in the camp.

"Koepala’s proposal is very concrete and responded well to our challenge. It can be piloted in a short time frame and we see potential in it. A great big thanks to all teams for their interest and participation, it is truly inspirational to collaborate with these bright minds," says Sami Puttonen, Senior Manager from Kemira’s Pulp & Paper segment.

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UPM plans to invest EUR 2 billion in a new mill to be located near the city of Paso de los Toros in central Uruguay.

The new mill would have capacity to produce about 2 million tonnes of eucalyptus pulp annually.

A year ago UPM and the government of Uruguay signed an investment agreement which outlines the local prerequisites for a potential pulp mill. The agreement details the roles, commitments and timeline for both parties as well as the relevant items to be agreed prior to the final investment decision. Currently UPM is carrying out technical studies and applying for the necessary permits.

“A pulp mill investment of this scale requires efficient logistics to enable secure wood supply and pulp deliveries from the inland mill to the port of Montevideo. This will require the construction of a modern railway to the port and a modern pulp terminal as well as development of the road network,” says Petri Hakanen, Senior Vice President of the UPM Uruguay Development Project.

The new railway would provide transport opportunities not only for forestry but also for other businesses like grain and wooden products, while also increasing Uruguay’s export competitiveness worldwide.
“We need to ensure that infrastructure development and the permit processes move forward as planned. These are the most significant requirements at this stage,” says Hakanen.
Boost to local economy

The new pulp mill would have various positive impacts on Uruguay, providing the community with jobs, training and improved infrastructure. The mill’s location is in the least developed area of the country, potentially providing a major spur for rapid regional development similar to the earlier example of Fray Bentos.

The new pulp mill is estimated to increase GDP by two per cent. It would boost the local economy and fuel the growth of hundreds of small and medium sized companies throughout the entire value chain. It would also generate a significant number of permanent jobs in industry, plantations, harvesting, port operations and related services.

2018-12-13  READ MORE...
“Ma Learning Fab” : Official Opening in Paris

“Ma Learning Fab”, an e-learning platform dedicated to the French paper branch, was officially inaugurated on December 12 in Paris. The event took place in CNAM (Conservatoire national des Arts & Métiers). Many professionals from the paper industry were present. This platform is the first one launched in France within a whole industrial sector. Among the speakers : Mathieu Dufour, Unidis’ General Delegate, Isabelle Margain, Afifor Director and Carine Chevrier, General Delegate to Employment and General Training (DGEFP, which reports to Labor Ministry).

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Valmet receives second tissue line order from Century Pulp and Paper in India


Valmet has been chosen to supply a tissue production line to Century Pulp and Paper (CPP) in India. The new Valmet Advantage tissue line will be installed at CPP’s mill in Lalkua, India.

The order is included in Valmet’s fourth quarter 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

The order is Valmet’s second tissue machine delivery to CPP’s Lalkua mill. Cooperation between the companies started in 2008 when CPP’s first Valmet tissue machine was installed.

"We are excited to be the first company in India to install a tissue line equipped with an Advantage ViscoNip press. The combination of the state-of-the-art pressing technology and Advantage ReDry will provide significant energy savings, uniform moisture profile and nip load flexibility up to 150 kN/m," says J.P. Narain, CEO, Century Pulp and Paper. "The new production line will add over 36,000 tonnes of high-quality facial tissue, toilet tissue, kitchen towel and napkin grades to the company’s current annual production capacity."

The tissue paper market in India is growing rapidly in respect of both capacity and quality, and with the new Valmet tissue machine, CPP will strengthen its market position.

"Century Pulp and Paper is moving the region’s tissue business forward, which requires the highest performance and world-leading technologies. We are proud that CPP once again selected Valmet’s Advantage tissue technology, and we look forward to continuously developing our cooperation and contributing to the company’s strong expansion," says Tomas Karlsson, Sales Director, Valmet.

The new tissue Advantage DCT 100HS tissue machine, TM 7, will have a width of 2.85 m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min. The machine will be equipped with an OptiFlo headbox and a 16-foot Yankee cylinder. It will also feature the Advantage tissue technologies AirCap and Hot Air system, as well as a SoftReel A reel. It also features the new ReDry technology, a novel way to recover energy from hood exhaust air to heat the web before drying. In combination with the ViscoNip press, it has proven to provide significant energy savings and quality improvements. The raw material is virgin fiber, and the production line is optimized to save energy and enhance the quality of the final product.

2018-12-13  READ MORE...
Moody’s lowers outlook for global & European paper, packaging and forest products industries on lower-than-expected earnings

Moody’s : Outlook for global paper, packaging and forest products industry revised to stable on lower-than-expected earnings

 Outlook for global paper, packaging and forest products industry changed to stable from positive
 Aggregate operating income forecast revised to 2%-4% from 4%-6%

The outlook for the global paper, packaging and forest products industry has been changed to stable from positive, Moody’s Investors Service said today. In the new report, Moody’s notes that the consolidated operating income of the 44 rated paper and forest product companies will be lower than originally expected in the coming 12 to 18 months, while global GDP growth will also slow.

“The stable outlook for the global paper, packaging and forest products industry reflects operating income in the 2%-4% range over the next one to two years and is driven by lower prices and weaker demand, as well as higher input costs across most subsectors in most regions,” said Ed Sustar, a Moody’s Senior Vice President.

The outlooks for the North American and European paper, packaging and forest products industries likewise have been revised to stable from positive. Operating income for rated North American firms is expected to grow 1%-3% over the next 12-18 months, and these firms represent about 55% of the global rated industry’s operating earnings. European companies’ operating income is expected to grow 2%-4% over the same period, with these firms accounting for around 25% of the global total.

Meanwhile, the outlook for the Latin American paper, packaging and forest products industry remains positive. Moody’s projects that the earnings of rated Latin American firms will grow 6%-8% in the next year or so on the back of increased production volumes from the ramp-up of capacity additions and productivity improvements. Latin American producers represent about 20% of the global rated industry’s operating income.

2018-12-12  READ MORE...
Valmet to supply a web monitoring system to Mayr-Melnhof Karton in Frohnleiten, Austria

Valmet will supply a Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System to Mayr-Melnhof Karton’s KM3 board machine in Frohnleiten, Austria. The system will improve the overall production efficiency.

The order is included in Valmet’s fourth quarter 2018 orders received. Typically, the order value of these kinds of automation system deliveries is below EUR one million.

"Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System is one of the biggest and most sophisticated web monitoring systems in the world. Our leading technology fits perfectly to Mayr-Melnhof Group’s strategy to implement innovative solutions. Also, we see this project as a long-term partnership to provide Industrial Internet tools to further enhance the customer’s cost competitiveness," says Peter Lengauer, Manager, Pulp & Paper Sales, Austria & Eastern Europe, Automation, Valmet.

Information about Valmet’s delivery

Valmet’s delivery consists of a Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System (WMS) with 51 cameras throughout the whole production process on KM3. The high-speed cameras will monitor critical process areas and help the operators analyze the root causes of web runnability disturbances.

Key benefits for the mill are faster break recovery and preventive troubleshooting with leading technology camera equipment and video analysis tools. With a trim width of 4.4 m, KM3 produces recycled and barrier coated cartonboard in the weight range from 230 to 380 gsm.

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Feldmuehle strengthens its core competence and focuses on wet-strength label papers and flexible packaging papers

Feldmuehle GmbH will focus on the production of specialty papers in the future, i.e. wet - and alkali-resistant label papers as well as flexible packaging papers. On November 19, 2018, Feldmuehle GmbH filed for an application with the competent local court in Pinneberg to open insolvency proceedings under its own administration pursuant to Sections 270, 270 a para. 1 InsO (German Insolvency Act). Following the management’s application, the Pinneberg local court ordered the provisional self-administration on the same day (71 IN 238/18).

Dr. Dietmar Penzlin of Schmidt-Jortzig Petersen Penzlin Insolvenzverwaltung Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB, Hamburg, was appointed as provisional administrator.

The restructuring of the company in the context of self-administration provides for all necessary measures to improve the profitability and thus sustainable competitiveness of the company.

The focus is the concentration on the product sector specialty papers, i.e. wet-and alkali-resistant label papers as well as flexible packaging papers.

The production of graphic papers is discontinued. In this connection, the paper machine 2 is shut down. The new business model requires staffing, i.e. the workforce is reduced to around 180 employees. The employees leaving the
company are offered to switch to a transfer company in order to further qualify for the job market.

The management presented the overall concept on December 7, 2018, as part of an employee meeting with simultaneous commencement of the negotiation of the social plan with the works council.

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The future of employment, the circular economy or the waste management in the paper industry, the main discussion topics at SPAPER 2019

SPAPER is organised by Zaragoza Exhibition Center and will be held from 5th to 7th of Febrary, 2019. The International exhibition of machinery and equipment for pulp, paper and carboard has the participation of more than seventy companies such as Bellmer, Valmet, Andritz, Siemens, Porteca, Ferpal, Veolia, Voith y Kadant.

Furthermore, SPAPER has the support of the Paper Cluster, the ASPAPEL Association, two of the leading professional organizations in the paper production sector and REPACAR, the most important Spanish Recycling Association.

In addition to offering a large exhibition area, SPAPER will feature conference and presentations by the main paper industry associations, covering subjects such as : the future of employment, the circular economy, the waste management and energy management, the recycling and the protection of environment.

Zaragoza (Spain) will become in the epicenter of the paper and water industries from 5th to 7th of Febrary, the date that will be take place SPAPER 2019 and SMAGUA, the latter being a reference event for the water sector in Southern Europe since 1974.

2018-12-11  READ MORE...
Kadant Appoints Erin L. Russell as New Independent Director

Kadant Inc. today announced that Erin L. Russell has been appointed to the Company’s board of directors, effective January 1, 2019. Ms. Russell, whose term will begin on January 1, 2019, was appointed to the class of directors the term for which expires at Kadant’s 2021 annual meeting of stockholders.

Ms. Russell joins Kadant’s board with 16 years of experience as a private equity investor. She most recently served as a Principal at Vestar Capital Partners, L.P., a middle-market private equity firm that specializes in management buyouts, recapitalizations and growth equity investments. Ms. Russell served for ten years on the board of directors of DynaVox Inc., a then-publicly traded communications device manufacturer, including as the chair of its audit committee. She also served on the boards of directors of several private companies as a representative of Vestar.

Before joining Vestar, Ms. Russell attended Harvard Business School, and prior to business school, she was a mergers and acquisitions analyst at PaineWebber.

“I am excited to welcome Erin as a director,” said William Rainville, chairman of the board of directors. “She brings to the board a strategic business mindset and a strong understanding of operational challenges and opportunities across companies in a variety of industries through her private equity and mergers and acquisitions experience.”

“It is an honor to be appointed to Kadant’s board,” said Ms. Russell. “I look forward to working with the board and management as the Company continues to grow and expand its offerings.”

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P&G Named One of America’s Best Corporate Citizens and Best Managed Companies

The Procter & Gamble Company was recognized today as the eighth Most JUST Company in America and first among personal care companies, according to Forbes and JUST Capital, a nonprofit that ranks the largest publicly traded corporations in the United States on the issues Americans care about most. The ranking compares America’s companies head-to-head, based on performance in environmental sustainability, employee treatment, community support, product impacts and sourcing responsibly.

The JUST Capital rankings encompass nearly 1,000 of the largest publicly-traded companies in the U.S. and are based on comprehensive surveys conducted on public attitudes toward corporate behavior, involving 9,000 American respondents in 2018 and more than 81,000 over the past four years. Forbes calls the JUST 100, “a report card for corporate America, the 100 companies that are setting the standard in just behavior ; if more corporations follow their lead, short term profits could translate into long term wealth for more Americans.”

“We’re honored to be recognized by Forbes and JUST Capital as one of the top companies in their America’s Most JUST Company list,” said David Taylor, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO. “Being a good corporate citizen is foundational to who we are as a company. We give back to communities where we live and work, start conversations that enable inclusion and equality and strive to do the right thing for the environment. We’re proud to do our part to make a positive difference in the world and be a force for good and a force for growth.”

“America’s Most JUST Companies consistently outperform their peers in job creation, wages, work-life balance, environmental impact, and return on equity,” said Martin Whittaker, CEO of JUST Capital. “Aligning corporate behavior with the priorities of the American people is good for communities and good for business.”

This recognition comes on the heels of P&G’s ranking by the Drucker Institute as one of the Most Effectively Managed Companies in America. P&G ranked in the top ten among hundreds of Fortune 500, S&P 500 and other large-cap companies evaluated on overall corporate effectiveness. The Drucker Institute ranking is determined by five dimensions of corporate performance—Customer Satisfaction, Employee Engagement and Development, Innovation, Social Responsibility and Financial Strength—and P&G was one of only seven companies to score above the mean in all five categories.

Both rankings follow P&G’s release of its 2018 Citizenship Report , which details progress of the Company’s Citizenship priorities : Ethics and Corporate Responsibility, Community Impact, Diversity & Inclusion, Gender Equality and Environmental Sustainability. Highlights of the report include how P&G is bringing the comforts of home to those impacted by disasters, continuing to spark conversations about diversity, inclusion and gender equality with its advertising, and making a meaningful impact on the environment with ambitious new 2030 goals including a vision to ensure that none of the Company’s packaging ends up in the world’s oceans.

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Buckman adds new leadership to deliver differential solutions to customers

  Buckman, a global company specializing in innovative chemical and smart solutions, announced three additions to its leadership team including chief operating officer, chief digital officer and chief information officer. The new roles further show Buckman’s commitment to invest in talent that strengthens the company’s expertise in both smart and chemical solutions for its customers.

Anthony Rindone will serve as Buckman’s chief operating officer responsible for all of Buckman’s global manufacturing operations and supply chain with a strong focus on operational excellence, safety and efficiency. His direct experience in the chemical industry helps Buckman continue to invest in new technology and optimize operations around the world to offer the highest value products and services to customers.

Dr. Naraimha Rao will serve as Buckman’s chief digital officer where his focus will be on constructing and executing a customer-focused digital strategy that further solidifies Buckman’s position in providing customer-specific chemical solutions with the benefits of smart technologies. His strong educational and professional background allows him to build upon Buckman’s recent customer successes with smart technologies, like ECHOWISE®, in even more markets around the world.

Rahul Goturi joins Buckman as its chief information officer where he will be responsible for leading the company’s internal digital transformation with a focus on technology investments and cyber security infrastructure.

“For 73 years, Buckman has been dedicated to providing strong product innovation to the industries we serve,” said Junai Maharaj, Buckman’s CEO and president. “Today, we are pioneering digitally-enabled knowledge management and combining it to deliver what our customers need and expect. That’s more than chemistry…it’s information they can act on. As customers undoubtedly look for more connectivity, data, insights and control into their processes, we will be ready with the latest chemical, digital and human solutions that ensure their success.”

The COO, CDO and CIO will be based in Memphis, Tennessee where Buckman’s global headquarters is located.

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Kadant to Acquire Syntron Material Handling

Kadant Inc.has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Syntron Material Handling Group, LLC and certain of its affiliates from entities affiliated with Levine Leichtman Capital Partners for approximately $179 million in cash, subject to certain customary adjustments. Syntron is a leading provider of material handling equipment and systems to various process industries, including mining, aggregates, food processing, packaging, and pulp and paper. The company manufactures conveying and vibratory equipment at its facilities in Tupelo, Mississippi and Changshu, China under the Link-Belt® and Syntron® brands.

“Our acquisition of Syntron provides Kadant with premier products and services that extend our footprint into new process industries,” said Jonathan Painter, president and chief executive officer of Kadant. “Like Kadant, Syntron’s technology adds high value to critical processes in resource-intensive industries and is a leader in its markets with a history of stable earnings and a strong aftermarket business. In addition, Syntron has an excellent management team which we expect will make a strong contribution to our business.”

“Syntron and Kadant both offer market-leading products and technologies that deliver exceptional value to their customers,” commented Andy Blanchard, chief executive officer of Syntron Material Handling. “We are excited to be joining Kadant and we believe there are numerous opportunities to leverage both companies’ competitive advantages.”

Syntron has approximately 250 employees worldwide and its trailing twelve months revenue ended October 31, 2018 was approximately $89 million.
 
Kadant also announced that prior to entering into the purchase agreement to acquire Syntron, it entered into a limited consent under the Company’s existing credit agreement, pursuant to which lenders under the credit agreement agreed to limit certain funding conditions under the agreement with respect to loans the Company may request to fund a portion of its acquisition of Syntron. The acquisition is expected to close in January 2019, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Houlihan Lokey served as the exclusive financial adviser to Levine Leichtman Capital Partners.

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UPM increases the fair value of its forest assets in Finland and changes the accounting policy of forest renewal costs

Higher forest growth increases the fair value of forests

UPM increases the IFRS fair value of its forest assets in Finland, mainly due to higher forest growth estimates. In addition, the company adjusts its long-term wood price estimates slightly. The impact of these changes on the fair value of forest assets is approximately EUR 320 million and will be reported as an item affecting comparability in Q4 2018 under Other operations.

The updated forest growth model indicates higher forest growth volumes that are explained mainly by sustainable forest management.

"UPM’s own forests are strategic source for UPM’s wood supply. Active, timely and sustainable forest management combined with high quality seedling material have increased UPM’s own forests’ growth significantly over the years. Increasing forest growth and carbon sequestration enable higher sustainable harvesting volumes from UPM’s own forests now and in the future," says Sauli Brander, Senior Vice President, Wood Sourcing and Forestry Northern Europe.

UPM continues to estimate a declining trend of real wood prices in Finland with a slightly slower rate than previously. The pre-tax discount rate used to determine the fair value of the Finnish forests remains at 7.0%.

There is no significant change in the fair value of Uruguayan plantations. The pre-tax discount rate used to determine the fair value of the plantations increases from 9.5% to 9.9%.

Accounting policy change of forest renewal costs due to higher share of Southern hemisphere plantations

From 1 January 2019, UPM will change its accounting policy relating to forest assets by capitalising forestry renewal costs on the balance sheet during the growth cycle and reclassifying forest assets-related cash flows from operating cash flow to investing cash flow. Currently UPM recognises forestry renewal costs in income statement and reports forest assets-related cash flows, including forest renewal costs, forest asset purchases and sales, in operating cash flow.

UPM has consistently increased the weight of the Southern hemisphere plantations in its forest asset portfolio, where the growth cycle is significantly shorter and significance of forestry renewal cost substantially higher compared to the Northern hemisphere. Majority of UPM’s forest renewal costs are related to Southern hemisphere plantations. Thus, the change of accounting policy results in more relevant information on group’s financial performance and cash flows.

The change will impact the following key figures in UPM group, UPM Biorefining Business Area and Other operations : EBITDA, EBITDA margin, operating and investing cash flows, operating cash flow per share and net debt to EBITDA ratio. There will be no impact on EBIT, comparable EBIT and balance sheet. The historical figures will be restated according to the new reporting principles and presented in the tables below.

As published
Q3/18
Q3/18
Q1/18
2017
 EBITDA, EURm4874254491.631
     % of sales18.416.417.916.3
 Operating cash flow, EURm4343292081.558
 Operating cash flow per share, EUR0.810.620.392.92
 Investing cash flow-61-62-54-222
 Net debt to EBITDA (last 12 m.)0.000.230.020.11
Restated
Q3/18
Q2/18
Q1/18
2017
 EBITDA, EURm4974424561.677
    % of sales18.717.118.216.8
 Operating cash flow, EURm4053282141.460
 Operating cash flow per share, EUR0.760.610.402.74
 Investing cash flow-33-61-59-124
 Net debt to EBITDA (last 12 m.)0.000.220.020.10

At the end of Q3 2018, the fair value of UPM’s forest assets in the balance sheet was EUR 1,607 million. The group owns approximately 535,000 hectares forest land in Finland, 75,000 in the US and 255,000 hectares of plantations in Uruguay.

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Wood-based innovations made an appearance at Independence Day Reception in Finland

Stora Enso has an investment under way to meet the growing demand for wood-based textiles and significantly increase the dissolving pulp capacity of its Enocell Mill in Finland ; dissolving pulp is used as a raw material in the textile industry. Stora Enso promotes wood-based innovations together with its customers and partners.

Pure by Stora Enso is a wood-based dissolving pulp that was used as a raw material in the evening gown made by Aalto University for Finland’s First Lady Jenni Haukio, who wore it at the Independence Day Reception. Stora Enso supports the new method of producing textile fibres developed by Aalto University and the University of Helsinki and supplies dissolving pulp as the raw material for the project. The textile fibre used in Haukio’s gown was produced using the new Ioncell method.

“We are pleased that Jenni Haukio has chosen renewable wood fibre as the material for her ball gown. We support the development work behind wood-based textiles on a long-term basis throughout the value chain to increase the share of wood-based textiles, as we believe that everything that is made from fossil-based materials today can be made from wood tomorrow,” says Sirpa Välimaa, Product Manager, Dissolving Pulp, Stora Enso.

“Stora Enso is now ramping up its production of dissolving pulp, as demand for wood-based textile fibres is growing faster than all other types of textile fibres. Currently only around 7% of the world’s textiles are wood-fibre based, and fossil raw materials are used in roughly 70% of textiles. Dissolving pulp made from wood is being used to replace, for example, cotton and various oil-based materials, such as polyester, in the textile industry.”

The Enocell mill, part of Stora Enso’s Biomaterials division, has been producing dissolving pulp since 2012. The mill is currently being converted to focus entirely on the production of dissolving pulp. After the conversion, it will have an annual dissolving pulp capacity of 430 000 metric tonnes. The EUR 52 million investment was announced in October 2017, and the work is expected to be completed in the second half of 2019.

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Circa receives green light to sell non-toxic, bio-based and biodegradable solvent in EU

Biotechnology company Circa Group has received authorisation from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to manufacture or import up to 100 tonnes/year of its bio-based solvent CyreneTM in the European Union, after receiving REACH Annex VIII approval.

A chiral dipolar aprotic solvent, CyreneTM was developed in conjunction with the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE) at the University of York. CyreneTM is a two step conversion of waste biomass, produced at Circa’s large-scale prototype plant, built in partnership with pulp and paper company Norske Skog in Tasmania, Australia.

Solvent regulation is increasingly focused on restricting hazardous chemicals to manage their risk to people animals and the environment. In the EU, widely used solvents such as NMP, DMF and DMAc are on the candidate list of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) due to their reprotoxicity. In addition, a new restriction on NMP was adopted earlier this year, meaning that after May 2020, use will be further restricted and it will not be able to be manufactured or used in the EU unless operational conditions are maintained to ensure that exposure to workers is below specified levels.

CyreneTM provides a safer alternative to these polar aprotic solvents facing regulatory pressure worldwide and is available through Circa’s distributors Merck/Sigma and Will&Co.

Tony Duncan, CEO and co-founder of Circa Group, said, "Annex VIII authorisation is a major milestone for CyreneTM and we are delighted to have been given the go-ahead to sell CyreneTM in significantly larger quantities in Europe. Safer solvents are urgently required and with CyreneTM, we are also offering a bio-based solution with a unique property set, including viscosity, surface tension and polarities – making it an exciting new prospect for advanced materials. Our next goal is registration of CyreneTM in the US and other jurisdictions will soon follow.”

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ANDRITZ successfully starts up turnkey tissue production line at Bashundhara Paper Mills


ANDRITZ has successfully started up the PrimeLineCOMPACT VI tissue production line – including stock preparation and automation system – delivered to Bashundhara Paper Mills Limited in Bangladesh, India.

The ANDRITZ tissue machine – with a design speed of 2,100 m/min and a paper width of 2.85 m – produces tissue for high-quality facial wipes, toilet paper, and napkins. The 16 ft. PrimeDry Steel Yankee is made entirely of steel, thus enabling high and efficient drying performance, and was manufactured at the ANDRITZ Steel Yankee Business Center in Foshan, China, which offers customers in Asia state-of-the-art manufacturing, local field service, and comprehensive quality management. For ANDRITZ, it is the first high-speed tissue machine to be installed in Bangladesh.

The tissue production line is equipped with the ANDRITZ PrimeControl automation system for a high-performance production process. For the very first time, ANDRITZ has supplied a multi-motor drive (MMD) system with active line modules (ALM). The ALMs are designed for feeding energy back into the grid as a renewable energy solution, they offer low line harmonics that meet the demands of IEEE 519, and they enable stable operation of the motor, even with irregular power supply systems. All the tissue machine MMDs are powered from a common DC-busbar as are the approach flow and the air ventilation systems at times. The ANDRITZ LV motors are installed from fiber preparation to the tissue machine auxiliary system.

The scope of supply also included the complete stock preparation plant with approach flow system, fiber recovery and broke handling. The system features the ANDRITZ ShortFlow concept, an overall and compact process design that significantly reduces the number of single machines and storage volumes. Market bales are dissolved in a FibreSolve FSV pulper, which enables efficient slushing without damaging the fibers. TwinFlo refiners ensure balanced and efficient operation as well as superior fiber properties. Fiber recovery is mainly handled by a RotoWash, which achieves low solids content in the effluent water. Two further pulpers from the FibreSolve product family are part of the broke system.

The successful start-up confirms ANDRITZ’s strong position as one of the global market leaders for supply of complete tissue production lines, key components, and services.

2018-12-10  READ MORE...
ZELLCHEMING-Expo, Germany´s only exhibition for the European pulp and paper industry

ZELLCHEMING-Expo, Germany´s only exhibition for the European pulp and paper industry and its suppliers hosts a special show space for the maintenance in the paper industry in 2019 for the first time - the “Road of Maintenance”.

At the “Road of Maintenance” companies working in the field of maintenance have the chance to present their products and services in a cost-effective way. Potential exhibitors can choose between two all-inclusive packages with 9 or 15 sq m. The packages guarantee an absolutely trouble-free participation carried out with a minimum organizational effort.

Due to the high importance of this topic in the paper and pulp industry a high attention by special visitor groups such as technical directors, plant managers, production engineers, etc. is to be expected.

ZELLCHEMING-Expo takes place together with the 114th Annual General Meeting from 25 – 27 June 2019 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Find out more at https://bit.ly/2qAFSrP

2018-12-07  READ MORE...
Morcon - Our Tissue Packaging: New Look, Same Trusted Performance

Clean, Crisp, Consistent

 Our specialty tissue packaging is getting a facelift to complement our existing napkin, towel, and tissue products. Over the next few months, our tissue wraps and cartons will feature our "new" Morsoft™ and Valay™ logos with the Morcon branded teal and green accents. Special attention will be paid to the Morcon product codes which will be more pronounced and highlighted on all packaging. 
 Questions about our two brands ? Our Morsoft™ product line is our flagship brand which provides budget-friendly tissue solutions for a variety of applications. But if you’re looking for a touch of sophistication for washrooms in offices, universities, commercial environments and food service venues, then our premium Valay™ systems are the Away-From-Home option for you. 
 We thank you for your partnership with Morcon and hope that this fresh look and easily recognizable packaging will keep the ease of doing business with us a top priority.

2018-12-06  READ MORE...
Norske Skog will increase the capacity of wood pellets in New Zealand

The Norske Skog group has decided to invest about AUD 7 million to upgrade the Nature’s Flame wood pellets facility in New Zealand to more than double its annual production capacity to 85,000 tonnes. The increased production capacity will be commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2019. The approval of the 85,000 tonne capacity upgrade is also a building block for potential further expansion of Norske Skog’s pellet operations in New Zealand.
Mr. Eric Luck, Regional President Norske Skog Australasia, comments : “The investment supports Norske Skog Australasia’s ongoing strategy to “Build Our Future from Fibre and Energy”. The additional production capacity is aimed at producing premium industrial grade pellet fuels for both the domestic New Zealand commercial and industrial market, as well as for the rapidly growing Japanese and Korean green energy generation markets.”
Nature’s Flame’s state of the art plant at Taupo was acquired by Norske Skog in 2015, and is well positioned in the centre of the north island where the bulk of New Zealand’s forest based industry is located. Wood pellets produced by Nature’s Flame are a premium heating fuel made from wood residues from nearby timber processing facilities.
The materials used are originally sourced from sustainably managed, FSC certified softwood plantations in New Zealand. The wood pellets carry the internationally recognised DINplus certification as well as recognition from BioGro New Zealand Ltd that the pellets, as well as the ash remaining after combustion, are Certified Organic materials. The wood pellet fuel produced is truly renewable and is a lower carbon alternative to replace fossil based energy sources like coal and gas.

2018-12-06  READ MORE...
Statkraft enters into 8-year industrial power supply agreements with Norske Skog

Statkraft and Norske Skog Skogn AS and Norske Skog Saugbrugs AS have entered into new long-term industrial power supply agreements for the period from 1 December 2018 to 31 December 2026. The total delivery will be about
14 TWh, with annual deliveries of approximately 900 GWh to each mill.
The contracts will contribute to the supply of power to Norske Skog’s paper mills in Skogn and Halden, and will replace previous contracts between Statkraft and Norske Skog.
"We are pleased to extend our comprehensive and long-term cooperation with Norske Skog. Norske Skog has been through a period with demanding challenges and group restructuring. Statkraft has been the main supplier of power to Norske Skog for many years, and it is a pleasure that we contribute to predictable and competitive power supply agreements, "said Hallvard Granheim, Executive Vice President of Market Operations & IT at Statkraft.
"The new contracts improve the competitiveness of our two major plants in Norway, and will at the same time be a contribution to ensuring important jobs in the processing of Norwegian raw materials. In a paper market with steadily falling demand, only mills with the lowest cost position and the most efficient operation will survive. Therefore, we are also dependent on improving the Norwegian political framework conditions and ensuring favourable purchasing
terms from other suppliers to Norske Skog, "says Niels Petter Wright, CEO and President of Norske Skog group.

2018-12-06  READ MORE...
Work for a sustainable future – SCA is recruiting 80 summer workers to Piteå

Christmas has not arrived yet, but SCA has already started recruiting temporary workers for next summer. 80 new employees will be recruited for Piteå.

“We know that the summer will be here before you know it, and that’s why we’re trying a new method to recruit young women and men. We’ll be speed-interviewing many of the applicants,” explains Klas Englund Sandlund, HR manager at SCA’s Munksund Paper Mill.

Summer worker recruitment is important to ensure future competence in an exciting industry, but it also gives successful applicants a chance to get to know SCA a little better as a company.

“We’re one of the biggest employers in Piteå, with several different plants. But the common denominator in all our different jobs is that we’re using the force of the forest to work for a sustainable future. We have many operations, and if you work with us you can make a real difference. Our summer workers are crucial in this effort,” says Klas.

Actively working for a diverse workplace

“We aspire to have a diverse workplace and actively work to recruit more women into our operations. A diverse workplace is good for the entire organization – decisions improve, the rate of change increases and work is safer,” explains Lars Bogren, Sawmill Manager.

There are many different positions to apply for at SCA, everything from sawmill and process operator to machine operator, construction worker, electrician and storehouse worker.

“We have many exciting jobs to offer, so I hope we get many applicants for our summer work,” concludes Lars Bogren.

2018-12-06  READ MORE...
Sulzer launches the high-efficiency HSR turbocompressor

The new HSR line of high-speed turbocompressors is designed for the production of oil-free pressurized air in applications where contamination of the air must be avoided. The HSR utilizes high-performance turbo and magnetic bearing technology that maximizes the efficiency and minimizes the need for maintenance.

The key benefit of the HSR is the fact that it contains no oil at all. This means 100% safe compressed air for processes where no contamination is allowed. Such applications are included for example in the production of fibrous materials, manufacturing of pharmaceutical products, and in the food and beverage industries.

A key technological choice is the use of active magnetic bearings that bring the benefit of no mechanical friction and no mechanical wear. Together with the almost total absence of vibration, this grants the product a long lifetime. Equipment of this kind maintains its efficiency without major overhaul for more than 20 years.

When launching a new product, it is important to explain what it contains. For the HSR, it is equally important to explain what is missing. Thanks to the direct drive and magnetic bearings, there is no need for mechanical gears, bearings and seals. There is no oil or other liquid lubricant anywhere in the product. There are no wearing parts to be replaced, no oil to be refilled and no consumables to be disposed of. What is not included in the product in the first place cannot fail, and this reduces the need for service and/or preventive exchange of expensive parts.

The HSR is cooled by water. The advantage is that both the heat generated by the compression and drive-related losses can be recovered as usable energy. Water cooling also ensures optimal performance and generally extends the lifetime of the components.

Each part of the HSR has been chosen carefully. The two-stage or three-stage compression for maximum pressures of 4.5 and 9 bar (gauge) respectively is done with state-of-the-art turbo air ends, directly driven by a high-speed motor that utilizes permanent magnets. For reaching the necessary speed and for flow control, one or two variable frequency drives control the motor(s). The wide flow range can be extended by applying adjustable diffuser vanes. By utilizing modulating blow-off valves, the flow can be adjusted between 0 and 100%.

2018-12-06  READ MORE...
Four Toscotec-supplied AHEAD-2.0L PRODERGY tissue machines began production at Asia Pulp and Paper’s OKI mill in Indonesia.

Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) has begun using four AHEAD-2.0L PRODERGY tissue machines at its OKI mill, in South Sumatra, Indonesia, as part of a series of AHEAD-2.0L PRODERGY tissue machines.
These four machines, included in a major contract between Toscotec and APP, started production ahead of schedule, in just 60 days between August 14th and October 14th 2018.
Thanks to the successful cooperation between APP and Toscotec, these eight start-ups have been completed over a total period of only 8 and a half months. The first two AHEAD-2.0L PRODERGY machines were started up at Perawang mill in the first quarter of 2018, and the following six machines at OKI mill in the second and third quarters of 2018.
The eight AHEAD-2.0L PRODERGY machines all have a paper width of 5,600 mm and an operating speed of 2,000 m/min. They feature a second-generation TT SYD Steel Yankee Dryer of 22 feet diameter, which represents the biggest diameter for tissue application worldwide. The energy saving design of the drying section relies entirely on steam, as the chosen energy source, including the steam-heated TT Milltech-DYH hoods.
Marco Dalle Piagge, Toscotec’s Sales Director, says, “The design of our PRODERGY machines is delivering the highest performance and energy efficiency currently available in the market. We knew that APP has very high standards when it comes to the environmental performance of its operations and production lines, with a focus on greenhouse gases and water footprint. We believe that Toscotec’s Energy Saving engineering design and advanced technology will make a significant contribution in this regard.”

2018-12-06  READ MORE...
Smurfit Kappa strengthens its presence in Western France with Caradec Box Plant acquisition

Smurfit Kappa Group has significantly strengthened its presence in Western France with the acquisition of two Europac sites in Brittany.

The packaging leader has acquired the Caradec Box Plant in the Morbihan County and the Saint Pol de Léon site in the Finistére County, reinforcing its capabilities in the fruit and vegetable sector.

Smurfit Kappa has a strong track record in producing innovative and sustainable packaging solutions for the agriculture sector so the Caradec Box Plant is a natural fit with the company.

Smurfit Kappa will now have a stronger link to the Brittany food markets and welcomes 200 employees to its worldwide community of employees.

Speaking about the new acquisition, Smurfit Kappa COO of Corrugated Europe, Edwin Goffard, said : “This latest acquisition is part of our integrated strategy and supports our continued drive to open up new opportunities.”

Jean-Christophe Bugeon, CEO of Smurfit Kappa France added : “We are delighted to welcome the Caradec employees into our company. More and more retailers and growers are seeking more sustainable packaging alternatives for fresh produce and we can add an even wider choice of premium solutions to our offering.”

Smurfit Kappa has got proven experience and expertise in providing packaging for fresh produce.

2018-12-05  READ MORE...
Marcelo Castelli to be new Global CEO of Votorantim Cimentos after conclusion of Fibria and Suzano transaction

Fibria, a Brazilian company that is the world’s leading producer of eucalyptus pulp from planted forests, hereby announces that its president and chief executive officer, Marcelo Castelli will be the new Global CEO of Votorantim Cimentos, effective February 1, 2019, after the settlement of the transaction between Fibria and Suzano. Following the approval given by the antitrust authorities, the corporate restructuring of Fibria and Suzano should be concluded on January 14, 2019, which will create Brazil’s largest agricultural company and its fourth largest non-financial company.

Castelli will succeed the current Global CEO of Votorantim Cimentos, Walter Dissinger, who informed the company of his wish to pursue new challenges. In view of the situation, Votorantim Cimentos and Walter Dissinger reached a mutual agreement for his stepping down. Dissinger will stay on to support his successor’s integration at the new company during the first months of next year.

With a career spanning over 31 years, Castelli began his story at Votorantim in 1997, when he joined Votorantim Celulose e Papel (VCP). Since then, he has held various executive positions and coordinated the integration of VCP and Aracruz, which culminated in the creation of Fibria, in 2009. At the company, Castelli has served as Forestry Officer, Paper Officer, Strategy Officer, Procurement Officer and, since July 2011, Chief Executive Officer of Fibria. As the CEO of Fibria, Castelli played an essential role in consolidating the company’s position as the world’s largest pulp producer and in transforming it into a global reference in innovation and sustainability.

2018-12-05  READ MORE...
Veolia has launched Max-AI™ technology provided by Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) in its Amiens facility, Northern France

Veolia has launched Max-AI™ technology provided by Bulk Handling Systems in its Amiens facility, Northern France. This innovation is a breakthrough technology using Artificial Intelligence (AI). In Amiens, this robot can make 3,600 motions per hour vs 2,200 usually made by operator. It is also the first one implemented in the European market.
Last year, the US company Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) announced the arrival of Max-AI™ technology, an artificial intelligence that identifies recyclables and other items for recovery. Through deep learning technology, Max-AI employs both multi-layered neural networks and a vision system to see and identify objects similar to the way a person does. The technology will drive improvements in Material Recovery Facility (MRF) design, operational efficiency, recovery, system optimization, maintenance, and more.
The first available machine utilizing Max-AI technology is an Autonomous Quality Control (QC) unit that sorts container streams following optical sorting. This robotic sorter uses its vision system to see the material, its artificial intelligence to think and identify each item, and a robot to pick targeted items. This system is able to make multiple sorting decisions autonomously, for example separating various materials such as thermoform trays, aluminum, and fiber while removing residue from a stream of PET bottles. All of this is done at rates exceeding human capabilities.
According to BHS Chief Executive Officer Steve Miller, “Labor is a significant challenge for MRF operators and it’s obvious that Max will be very beneficial in helping our customers manage that aspect of their business. However, the highest returns will come from complete integration of Max-AI technology throughout every advanced BHS system. Our customers will not only have autonomous sorting, but also an intelligent central nervous system that observes what’s happening in the plant in real-time and adjusts process parameters to maximize profits.”
Max is central to BHS’ plan to bring autonomous optimization to MRFs over the coming years, increasing performance and profitability. Roy Miller, BHS’ Vice President of Engineering sees this as revolutionary for the recycling industry.
Bulk Handling Systems (BHS)
Headquartered in Eugene, OR, BHS is a worldwide leader in the innovative design, engineering, manufacturing and installation of sorting systems and components for the solid waste, recycling, waste-to-energy, and construction and demolition industries. Wholly-owned subsidiaries include Nihot (Amsterdam), NRT (Nashville, TN) and Zero Waste Energy (Lafayette, CA).

2018-12-05  READ MORE...
Collaborating to the fullest with Jintian translates into new opportunities

Within the end of 2018 A.Celli Paper will deliver a second high performance E-Wind® P100 rewinder to the customer Dongguan Jintian Paper Co.

In 2017 A.Celli Paper started-up an E-WIND® P100 rewinder at the Sichuan Jintian Paper plant, for a project of 1.2 million-tons producing grey cardboard. The rewinder, which runs 5700 mm master reels, with a maximum design speed of 2400 mpm, has successfully passed the performance test, with full acceptance by the customer. At present the A.Celli E-WIND® P100 rewinder works at full capacity.

In 2018, confirming customer satisfaction, the "sister" company Dongguan Jintian Paper called on A.Celli Paper to supply a second set of E-WIND® P100 rewinder identical to the one already present at the Sichuan plant ; the delivery of the machinery is expected by the end of the year and in the first quarter of 2019 it will be put into production.

The new line will increase the annual production capacity of Jintian by 300,000 tons/year, increasing also the presence of related products on the market.

2018-12-05  READ MORE...
SVEZA Group and Pesmel have signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding an automated pulp storage of the planned greenfield pulp mill project in Vologda Region of Russia

SVEZA Group is planning to construct a modern pulp mill in the Russian Federation, Vologda region. SVEZA has selected Pesmel as a partner to execute the potential pulp mill’s basic engineering for an automated pulp shipping buffer for truck, train and container logistics.

In October 2018 Pesmel and SVEZA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the objective of further cooperation in the planned pulp mill project. SVEZA is now proceeding with preparations, including environmental permits, for the prospective pulp mill.

SVEZA is a worldwide known plywood producer. Currently the company produces high-quality plywood of natural Russian birch at its six mills. With the annual production of 1,260,000 m3 SVEZA is the largest producer of natural birch plywood.

2018-12-04  READ MORE...
Voith installs a VariFlex™ winder at Copamex mill in Chihuahua, Mexico


Copamex recently installed a complete, new Voith VariFlex winder at its Chihuahua, Mexico, facility. With the new, reliable winder, the papermaker has increased its process capacity while making improvements to the plant’s safety.

“Voith has been a great partner to us and with this recent winder installation, we’re significantly improving our production capability, reducing overall maintenance requirements and increasing safety at our mill,” said Arturo Contreras, project manager, Copamex.

To achieve this success, Copamex turned to Voith and its VariFlex, a state-of-the-art winder, which has a special focus on enhancing productivity, improving quality and performing safely. Copamex considered several additional factors before awarding the project, including using a reliable and proven concept, getting fast delivery on the winder and a quick installation time. Voith’s process transparency and previous partnerships with Copamex were also considered valuable.

The Voith VariFlex winder, which has numerous installations worldwide, is an ideal fit based on Copamex’s expectations. Among the two-drum winder’s features are its easy web-threading, automated splice systems, one-step glue and perforation system, highly accurate slitters, vibration-controlling bearings and damping systems, and innovative automatic reel set changes.

A short delivery time was provided by the Voith team who designed, assembled and tested the components at their facility in Appleton, Wisconsin.

“The key factors for a successful project are time and transparency. With this set-up, we ensured both delivery in the shortest time and a hand-in-hand approach to this project. This began with personal meetings, a joined factory test in Appleton and a fully supported start-up by our experienced start-up engineers,” said Alex Aerts, application engineer, Winders, Voith Paper.

2018-12-04  READ MORE...
Valmet signs on-line performance monitoring agreement with Mercer Group's Stendal pulp mill in Germany

Valmet and Mercer Group have signed an agreement for on-line performance monitoring for nine Valmet TwinRoll wash presses at the Mercer Stendal mill in Germany. The agreement is valid for one year, with the option of being extended. During this period, Valmet and Mercer will co-operate to further develop fleet management with respect to predictive maintenance and reliability.

The order is included in Valmet’s fourth quarter 2018 orders received and constitutes an important step in promoting Valmet’s Industrial Internet offering for the chemical pulping business.

The on-line system monitors individual functions of the wash presses by performing advanced data analysis, which generates status reports displayed on dashboards. If any of the monitored functions goes outside the operating limits, an event is triggered and recorded, which enables issues to be predicted and corrected rapidly.

"This will allow the Stendal mill to monitor performance, which will hopefully result in more uptime as well as savings on chemicals," says Dr. Gerhard Wulf, Technical Manager at Mercer Stendal.

"The pilot project has been running at the Stendal mill with a core team of experts from both the customers’ side and Valmet. The sharing of knowledge and innovative ideas have been the driving forces for implementation. The wash presses will be connected to the Valmet Performance Center, allowing Valmet to provide Mercer Stendal with the services of experts from different fields, who can provide support to ensure rapid response times and appropriate solutions," says Tomas Edström, Industrial Internet Manager in the Pulp and Energy business line at Valmet.

2018-12-04  READ MORE...
Stora Enso and startup Sulapac have joined forces to develop renewable and biodegradable straws

Stora Enso and Sulapac continue to combat the global problem of plastic waste by launching a demo for sustainable drinking straws at Slush 2018, a leading startup event that gathers 20 000 tech enthusiasts from around the world. The demo, which targets production on an industrial scale, is designed to replace traditional plastic straws with renewable ones. The straws are based on Sulapac’s biocomposite material – made of wood and natural binders – designed to be recycled via industrial composting and biodegrade in marine environments. 

“This is an important step for Stora Enso and showcases our long-term commitment to gradually replacing fossil-based materials with renewable solutions. Our collaboration with Sulapac is a great example of what we can achieve through partnership in terms of driving innovation to create sustainable solutions within the bioeconomy”, says Annica Bresky, EVP, Consumer Board division.

Stora Enso signed a joint development agreement with Sulapac in May 2018 to license its materials and technology. The development of the demo straw is a joint collaboration between Stora Enso and Sulapac – a cooperation which complements Stora Enso’s extensive biocomposite portfolio.

“Eco-awareness is a strong driver for consumer demand, and our customers want help in replacing non-renewable materials. Different biocomposite solutions, such as renewable caps and closures and straws will be add-ons and a complement to our own consumer board portfolio, bringing additional value to our customers”, says Hannu Kasurinen, SVP Head of Liquid Packaging and Carton Board.

Sulapac’s material works in existing extrusion lines and the target is to have the straws commercially available in the second quarter of 2019.

“Today, we proudly announce that we are launching a demo for a recyclable, microplastic-free and marine biodegradable straw. This is the world’s most sustainable straw that can be produced on an industrial scale and we have jointly developed it with Stora Enso. Billions of plastic straws are produced and used every week. This straw has the potential to be a true game changer”, says Sulapac’s founder and CEO Suvi Haimi.

2018-12-04  READ MORE...
Kimberly-Clark's Commitment to Forest Conservation Recognized with a 2018 FSC® Leadership Award

Kimberly-Clark, along with its partners from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), were honored by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) with a 2018 Leadership Award for Kimberly-Clark and WWF’s "Heart Your Planet" collaboration. The program was unanimously selected for the Uncommon Partnership award for its success in engaging consumers to look for the WWF Panda logo and FSC® label on product packaging to support responsible forest management.

"Kimberly-Clark continues to lead the U.S. tissue industry as a producer and influencer in promoting the importance of making more responsible products that use FSC®-certified fiber," said Jay Gottleib, president of Kimberly-Clark’s North American Family Care business. "We are proud to have the WWF Panda logo and FSC® label printed on our packaging. This shows our support for these organizations, and demonstrates to our consumers that by using their favorite paper towel, facial and bath tissue, they are helping protect our forests."

The "Heart Your Planet" collaboration launched in 2017, and was the first on-pack awareness campaign of its kind for WWF in the U.S. For over a year, consumers have seen this messaging collaboration on trusted Kimberly-Clark brands, including Kleenex®, Scott, Cottonelle and Viva.

"Given the popularity of Kimberly-Clark’s brands and WWF with consumers, this partnership is essential to increase consumer preference for FSC®-certified products from responsibly managed forests," said Corey Brinkema, president of the Forest Stewardship Council U.S.

Kimberly-Clark was the first U.S tissue manufacturer to offer branded FSC®-certified products starting with Kleenex® facial tissue, and it is the first in the industry to have 100% of its suppliers certified as providing fiber from responsibly managed sources. The company also continues its commitment to sourcing 100% virgin wood fiber for its products from certified sources, and it is expanding this commitment to fiber-based packaging. Since 2009, Kimberly-Clark has increased the use of environmentally preferred fibers, including FSC®-certified fiber, in its global tissue products to 89 percent. This is the third FSC® Leadership Award Kimberly-Clark has received since 2014.

2018-12-03  READ MORE...
Niels Petter Wright appointed as new CEO of Norske Skog group

After the successful completion of an extensive financial restructuring process, the Norske Skog group has been transformed into a financially solid, leading publication paper producer. Having established this solid foundation for the operating business, the Board of Norske Skog AS has appointed Mr Niels Petter Wright as new President and CEO of the Norske Skog group effective 1st December 2018. Niels Petter Wright’s previous experience includes almost 17 years in Elopak, of which the last ten years serving as the company’s CEO.

“We are pleased to welcome Niels Petter Wright as the new CEO of Norske Skog. Together, we share the ambition to make Norske Skog as competitive as possible in a challenging industry, and to continue to develop the core business and explore new opportunities in a disciplined manner,” says Sven Ombudstvedt, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Norske Skog AS.

“Wright’s strong track record as leader of an international industrial group driven by process and product innovation, along with a constant focus on addressing the evolving demands of customers makes him an excellent choice for Norske Skog,” Ombudstvedt adds.

“I am very motivated to accept this challenge. Norske Skog has many skilled employees with high competencies and drive to improve the business. My priorities will include continuing to strengthen the customer dialogue, making production as efficient and competitive as possible, driving continual process and production innovation, and working constructively with suppliers and other stakeholders to ensure a sound financial and political framework”, says Niels Petter Wright.

Niels Petter Wright will replace Lars P. Sperre who has been acting President and CEO for the Norske Skog group since May 2017. Lars P. Sperre will continue to work for Norske Skog as part of the Corporate management team, as Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy.

“The Board and the owners of Norske Skog are very grateful for all the efforts Lars has made to lead the group through a very complex financial restructuring, and we are excited that he will continue to play an important role going forward. Lars has kept the operating business stable through very challenging periods and showed great leadership. The change of CEO will allow Lars to devote his efforts fully on the continuing strategic development of the group” says Ombudstvedt.

2018-12-03  READ MORE...
Feldmuehle files for insolvency under self - administration

Feldmuehle GmbH, which in the spring of 2018, took over the business operations of Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH through acquisition of all substantial assets , has been adversely and unforeseeably affected this current year by  nexpected increased energy costs and procurement prices for raw materials. During the current year, management has implemented extensive measures to increase operating profitability. Despite these efforts, the latently rising variable costs could not be offset by implemented price increases, partly due to the company’s lower-than-expected revenues in September and October 2018.
Considering these circumstances, the management has decided to carry out the necessary reorganization/restructuring of the company within the framework of insolvency proceedings under its own administration and, on November 19, 2018, filed for an application with the competent local court in Pinneberg to open insolvency proceedings under its own administration pursuant to Sections 270, 270 a para. 1 InsO (German Insolvency Act).
Following the management’s application, the Pinneberg Local Court ordered the provisional self-administration on the same day. Dr. Dietmar Penzlin of Schmidt-Jortzig Petersen Penzlin Insolvenzverwaltung Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB, Hamburg, was appointed as provisional administrator. The provisional administrator shall examine the economic situation and supervise the management. However, the company’s management retains power of disposition.
Restructuring within the framework of self-administration gives the company’s management the opportunity to undertake and respectively implement all necessary measures to improve profitability and thus to take measures towards
the company’s sustainable competitiveness.
At the same time, an application to the Pinneberg Local Court has been filed that future deliveries and services ordered by Feldmuehle GmbH shall be paid as mass liabilities.Business operations will be continued.

2018-12-03  READ MORE...
Suzano Pulp and Paper announces final approval of merger with Fibria

Suzano Pulp and Paper announces to the market that it has obtained regulatory approval from the European Commission to conclude the combination of operations and shareholder bases with Fibria. With reviews by all required antitrust agencies duly completed, the companies can now proceed with the consummation of the transaction. The corporate restructuring, which will be concluded on January 14, 2019, will create Brazil’s fourth most valuable company (excluding financial institutions).
“We are about to transform a dream into reality and set a true milestone for Brazil. We will combine the best operational and sustainability practices of the two companies, the best professionals and the most important innovation projects in renewable resources,” said CEO Walter Schalka.
The company will have an annual production capacity of 11 million tons of market pulp and 1.4 million tons of paper. The company will have approximately 37,000 direct and indirect employees and 11 manufacturing units with the capacity to supply more than 90 countries and to ship exports worth R$26 billion, based on exports in the 12 months to September 30, 2018. From January to September this year, the two companies reported operating cash flow of R$10.1 billion and consolidated net revenue of R$24.5 billion, with the two figures representing new records for the industry. Together they already have invested R$4.9 billion in the first nine months of the year.
All conditions precedent for the merger of Suzano and Fibria have been fulfilled. On September 13, 2018, the shareholders of Suzano and Fibria approved the terms of the corporate restructuring at their respective Extraordinary Shareholders Meetings. The transaction was approved either by the antitrust authorities in the United States (May 31), China (Aug. 31) and Turkey (Sept. 6), without restrictions. In Brazil, the agreement was approved, also without restrictions, by the country’s antitrust authority CADE (Oct. 11) and by the National Water Transportation Agency – ANTAQ (Nov. 14). On November 29, the antitrust authority in Europe also approved the restructuring, subject to the early termination of the hardwood pulp offtake agreement between Fibria and Klabin S.A.
With the consummation of the merger between Suzano and Fibria, the company begins to forge a new path to the future. “We are very motivated by the challenge of continuing to reinvent ourselves to generate even more positive impacts for society,” said Walter Schalka.

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Kemira has formed a joint venture in China

Kemira has received final authority permits and closed the deal announced on September 29, 2017. Kemira has formed a joint venture with an AKD producer in China. Kemira forms a joint venture - Kemira TC Wanfeng Chemicals Yanzhou - with Shandong Tiancheng Wanfeng Chemical Technology.

NewCo strengthens Kemira’s position as a leading global supplier for the Pulp & Paper industry. NewCo will mainly produce AKD wax and its key raw material fatty acid chloride (FACL). AKD wax, where the main component is based on renewable raw material, is a sizing chemical used in board and paper manufacturing to create resistance against liquid absorption. Kemira is the global market leader in sizing chemicals.

Through the backward integration, Kemira expands its position in the value chain. NewCo will provide a high-quality AKD wax and will be globally the largest AKD wax manufacturing unit significantly improving Kemira’s AKD wax capacity. NewCo’s site is located in the same chemical park with Kemira’s first AKD wax plant in Yanzhou, China and the proximity of the two sites results in operational synergies. The NewCo site also offers growth opportunities for other relevant chemicals.

In addition, NewCo will produce polyaluminum chloride (PAC) which is a coagulant for water treatment. NewCo will start the production of chemicals in the second half of 2019 after necessary investments and the ramp-up phase are completed.

"The joint venture is a good strategic fit. We strengthen our position in the market with a quality asset and secure our supply of the key raw material for AKD wax. With the newly built site, we ensure our capacity utilization and support our customers better with our global delivery capability. At the same time, this enables us to grow even faster in APAC", says Kim Poulsen, President, Pulp & Paper.

Kemira has 80% and TC Wanfeng 20% of NewCo. Value of the investment for the 80% share is around EUR 55 million and Kemira has an option to acquire TC Wanfeng’s 20% in the coming years with pre-defined conditions.

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