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Matthews International announces Acquisition of Frost Converting Systems

Matthews International Corporation  today announced that the Company has acquired Frost Converting Systems, a full-service supplier of engineered rotary dies to global brand owners and converters in more than 20 countries around the globe.
Based in Burlington, North Carolina, FROST is a leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance rotary dies for embossing, creasing and cutting of paperboard packaging and other web-fed materials. With similar expertise, common cultures and complementary capabilities, both Matthews and FROST see the acquisition as a victory for their customers, industry partners and employees. Matthews plans to integrate FROST within its SAUERESSIG UNGRICHT business, part of its SGK Brand Solutions Segment, a leader in the delivery of brand development, activation and deployment services that help build our clients’ brands and consumers’ desire for them.
“Matthews is the right partner for our future,” said Robert Frost, President of FROST. “We know the SAUERESSIG® and Matthews team well and have a lot of respect for their technology and their people. We look forward to leveraging the strengths of our team in support of Matthews’ plan to aggressively grow the Surfaces business worldwide.”
FROST’s integration into the Company will bring two new product lines : rotary creasing and cutting tools, which are highly complementary to Matthews’ current rotogravure, embossing, calendaring and web-handling offerings.
Furthermore, this acquisition marks the first venture into the North American market for Matthews’ SAUERESSIG UNGRICHT business. With the acquisition of FROST, the Company can now better support the underserved North American tobacco packaging market, and the fast-growing, flooring, renewable energy and automotive markets. The company is also supported by the existing and experienced SAUERESSIG® packaging and tobacco business in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
“Previously, our SAUERESSIG UNGRICHT manufacturing footprint has been limited to Europe,” explains Greg Babe, Chief Technology Officer, Matthews International. “Now, with FROST and our combined expertise, we are excited to enter the North American market and to provide our global customers with new products and services.”
Founded by Robert and Carla Frost in 2004, FROST started as a supplier of rotary embossing dies to paperboard packaging converters in North America. Shortly thereafter, FROST expanded its product offerings to include rotary creasing and cutting tools, as well as the reconditioning of cutting dies. Today, with more than 50 employees, the company services brand owners and converting customers in more than 20 countries around the world.
With the acquisition of FROST, the Matthews Surfaces business takes another step forward to establish itself as the worldwide leader in the materials surfacing market.

2018-11-06  READ MORE...
WestRock Completes Acquisition of KapStone

WestRock Company, a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation.

“I am pleased that we have completed the acquisition of KapStone Paper and Packaging, and I welcome our new teammates to WestRock,” said Steve Voorhees, chief executive officer of WestRock. “The addition of KapStone enhances our differentiated portfolio of paper and packaging solutions and will enable us to serve our customers better across our system. We look forward to delivering on the opportunities that the addition of KapStone provides for our team, our customers and our stockholders.”

The company expects to achieve approximately $200 million in synergies and performance improvements by the end of fiscal 2021 through the integration of the former KapStone operations into WestRock’s corrugated business. The acquisition also strengthens WestRock’s presence on the West Coast of the United States and broadens WestRock’s portfolio of differentiated paper and packaging solutions with the addition of attractive paper grades and distribution capabilities.

WestRock financed the transaction through the issuance of debt from a bank term loan facility, existing credit commitments and cash on hand.

Lazard served as lead investment bank and financial advisor to WestRock. Wells Fargo also acted as a financial advisor to WestRock and is the agent for a syndicate of banks that provided the financing for the transaction. Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP acted as legal advisor to WestRock, and King and Spalding LLP served as antitrust counsel to WestRock.

Rothschild & Co. and Moelis & Company LLC served as financial advisors to KapStone. Sidley Austin LLP acted as legal advisor to KapStone.

2018-11-06  READ MORE...
Paperpack invests in BOBST EXPERTFOLD 80 to take its packaging production to the next level

Paperpack - one of the leading providers of carton packaging and leaflets in Greece - has become the first company in the country to invest in a new EXPERTFOLD 80 folder-gluer from BOBST with ACCUBRAILLE GT and ACCUCHECK. This extremely versatile folder-gluer is enabling Paperpack to produce an impressive number of boxes at high speed with unrivalled quality.

2018-11-06  READ MORE...
CLOSING OF THE 100% ACQUISITION OF BARCELONA CARTONBOARD S.A.U.

Reno De Medici S.p.A. announces the closing, finalized today, of the agreement with the German private equity fund Quantum Capital Partners for the 100% acquisition of Barcelona Cartonboard SAU, a Spanish company and ranked seventh in the coated cartonboard sector in Europe, following the announcement dated July 2, 2018 and the clearance obtained by the Antitrust Authorities.

The RDM Group, second-ranked European producer of cartonboard made of recycled fibers material, will strengthen its leadership in Southern Europe, thanks to the integration of Barcelona Cartonboard S.A.U., by optimizing its product portfolio and level of service offered to current and future customers, and benefitting from the proximity of the Barcelona plant to some of the major European converters.

2018-11-06  READ MORE...
A new B2A Technology solution to optimize order picking

6 months after the merger between Alstef and BA Systèmes to create one of the leading suppliers of intelligent intralogistics solutions, B2A Technology announces its offer enrichment in complete intralogistics solutions with
an order picking solution based on AGV technology.
Adopting the Factory of the future approach is to benefit from several intrinsic innovations carried by the equipment itself. Workspaces become mobile and meet the interconnection and flexibility needs of tomorrow’s industries. It is in this context and to meet the growing needs in mixed packaging that B2A Technology launches a new automated order picking solution.
A compact solution to improve performance and gain square meters
Playing the role of a symbolic link between production and specific order picking needs, B2A Technology’s solution is based on fast and compact AGV robots replacing traditional conveyors, thus saving up to 20% of floor space and helping to optimize order picking. Very flexible, the system can handle important flow rates and evolve with the needs.
Compact and space-saving AGV, LoadStar is designed to transport unitary pallet. Robust, it picks -up and drops-off, via its lifting platform, pallet weighing up to 1400 Kg on the short side or long side depending on the application, with a high level of performance (both in speed and acceleration).
An agile solution to increase flexibility
Several order picking islands (manual or robotic layer deposit or preparation per carton) can be reached by these new mobile robots, from several sources of loads’ input/output such as storage by stacker crane, receiving, production outputs, etc. Once the customers’ pallets have been assembled, the AGVs take them to the various strapping, wrapping, labelling and shipping preparation operations, based on Alstef technologies.
Very dynamic, this new AGV solution optimizes preparation cycle times.
Thanks to its optimal energy management with Opportunity Charging (system that adapts battery charging cycles according to the use and engagement rate of the AGVs), LoadStar is provided with a lithium-ion battery system.
This new solution is intended for all industrial sectors wishing to acquire more flexibility in the internal transport of their pallets (agribusiness, bottling, etc.).
B2A Technology will preview this new AGV on BA Systèmes’ booth at ALL4Pack, stand 6F117, from November 26 to 29, 2018 in Paris Nord Villepinte.

2018-11-06  READ MORE...
Kimberly-Clark's Sustainability Programs Recognized for Leadership in Energy and Climate

Receives Awards for Carbon Reduction and Supply Chain Efficiency

Kimberly-Clark Corporation has been recognized with two prominent awards for its efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint. The company received the 2018 Responsible Business Award for Climate Action from Ethical Corporation, and earned its sixth consecutive SmartWay® Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for leadership in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency.

Kimberly-Clark won top honors for its global Energy & Climate program at the 9th annual Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards. The Climate Action Award recognized the company’s innovative strategies to reduce the climate impacts of its operations through energy conservation, transformative LEAN energy management programs and the increased use of alternative energy sources including renewable energy.

"Kimberly-Clark impressed judges by the multiplicity and coherence of climate initiatives coupled with robust science-based performance evaluation," noted Ed Long, Project Director for Ethical Corporation. "The judges noted the Scope 3 emissions reporting, and its plan to address them, as an important factor setting it apart. It has also embraced important partnerships by working with WWF, CDP and WRI. Well done !"

Through these initiatives, Kimberly-Clark has reduced its Scope 1 and 2 absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 18% compared with a 2005 baseline, putting the company on track to achieve its 2022 goal of a 20% reduction in GHG emissions four years ahead of schedule.

"We’re incredibly honored to be recognized by Ethical Corporation with the Climate Action award. In 2015, Kimberly-Clark made some major commitments to energy and climate programs that minimize climate change impacts, reduce GHG emissions and transform our financial performance," said Lisa Morden, vice president for global safety and sustainability, Kimberly-Clark. "This award is a testament to the dedication of our employees around the world who put in the work to address this critical issue."

In addition, the EPA honored Kimberly-Clark for its continuous improvement in working with transportation providers to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, in line with the company’s Sustainability 2022 goals. Kimberly-Clark was one of only 14 companies to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay’s 3,700 partners.

Since joining the SmartWay program in 2006, Kimberly-Clark has been recognized nine times, the last six years consecutively. The 2018 SmartWay awards were presented last month at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Conference.

"We’re proud to be recognized by as a top environmental performer by the EPA. This award bolsters our commitment to pursuing supply chain efficiencies that result in reduced GHG emissions and increased climate protection. It’s not only good for our business, it’s good for communities we touch," said Scott DeGroot, vice president of transportation for Kimberly-Clark.

2018-11-06  READ MORE...
New Leadership Paves the Way for Growth at GLV Drew Humphries and Paul Henzell appointed to senior management posts

GLV, a leader in technology and manufacturing for the pulp and paper industry, announces two key leadership appointments that position the company for future growth.
Drew Humphries has been named President of GLV, overseeing the management team and the overall strategic vision of the organization. Since joining GLV in 2000, Mr. Humphries has served in leadership positions across the organization including business management, sales management and operations. He brings over twenty-five years of industry expertise to his new role, including vast international experience throughout his career living and working in England, Canada and Austria.
Additionally, Paul Henzell has been named Vice President, Sales and Marketing. In his new role, Mr. Henzell is responsible for leading GLV’s global sales and marketing organization, including regional sales and business development teams for all major business groups. Mr. Henzell joined GLV in 2006 following the acquisition of KanEng Industries, and subsequently served as Global Business Manager, Paper Machine Dewatering Technologies and later, Director of Aftermarket, Americas.
Founded in 1975, GLV expanded its footprint in the pulp and paper industry through acquisitions and investment in technology. The leadership changes mark a renewed commitment to grow and adapt to an ever-changing marketplace. Both Mr. Humphries and Mr. Henzell will be based out of the GLV office in Nashua, New Hampshire. Together, the two will collaborate with the global GLV team to provide an incredible customer experience at every level of the organization and follow through on the company’s mission to deliver long term, sustainable solutions that create peace of mind, forever.

2018-11-06  READ MORE...
Ahlstrom-Munksjö plans to significantly improve the competitiveness of its one-side coated business at the Stenay plant in France

Ahlstrom-Munksjö plans to significantly improve the competitiveness of its one-side coated paper segment. The company contemplates a plan to optimize its production capacity and product offering to meet the profitable demand and investigates the closure of one paper machine (PM1) in Stenay, France. Employee consultation processes will start on October 30, 2018, and are expected to be completed in January 2019.

One-side coated product segment, a part of the Food Packaging business in the Specialties business area, is a segment where the markets have significant overcapacity globally, especially in Europe and the company’s offering is not optimally aligned with the strategy of niche orientation in customized solutions.

While Ahlstrom-Munksjö has proceeded with key measures to improve the situation, the operating environment has further deteriorated mainly due to increased raw material costs.

By concentrating orders to the larger paper machine (PM3) at the Stenay plant, cost savings can also be achieved from higher raw material, energy and waste efficiency, as well as improved inventory management.

Annual impact of the planned turnaround program would be approximately EUR 13 million. Restructuring costs will be specified during the process.

The Stenay plant manufactures one-side coated grades for label and graphic applications as well as paper for the food packaging industry. The Stenay plant, located in the northeastern part of France, has approximately 200 employees.

“We regret the impact of the contemplated measures on our employees. However, in order to significantly improve our competitiveness, and in the light of the challenging market environment and given the machine capabilities we need to take severe measures. It is the only way forward for a sustainable future”, says Omar Hoek, EVP Specialties business area.

The Specialties business area produces materials for food and beverage packaging, laboratory filters and life science diagnostics, water filtration, tape products and medical fabrics. Within business area Specialties in France, the company has announced earlier this year an investment in rebuilding a converting line of sterilization wrap at the Pont Audemer plant. At Saint Severin plant, Ahlstrom-Munksjö is finalizing its investment to meet the growing demand for Genuine Vegetable Parchment (GVP) products used mainly in baking and cooking papers as well as in other food packaging solutions.

2018-11-05  READ MORE...
Kemira appoints Rasmus Valanko as Head of Corporate Responsibility

Rasmus Valanko has been appointed as Director, Corporate Responsibility at Kemira starting on February 1st, 2019.

Rasmus is currently the Director of Climate and Energy at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). In this role he is responsible for a wide portfolio of projects within WBCSD, strategic partnerships and cross-sector collaboration. Previously Rasmus has worked for Roayl Dutch Shell in various roles including alternative energy strategy, climate policy,and manufacturing. He has also worked for the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Environment in Finland, focusing on overseas development cooperation and multilateral environmental treaties.

"Sustainability is an integral part of Kemira’s business purpose and strategy, as we work to improve the resource efficiency of our customers in water intensive industries. Through our products and solutions our customers can improve their water, energy and raw material efficiency in their manufacturing processes, thus contributing to a low carbon economy. Rasmus will be a good addition to our team developing sustainability as a true competitive advantage for Kemira. We also want to extend a big thank you to Tuula Paajanen, who leaves the role in order to retire after a transition period," says Jari Rosendal, Kemira’s President and CEO.

2018-11-05  READ MORE...
Valmet opens a new spreader roll service workshop in South America

Valmet has expanded the operations of its service center in Sorocaba, Brazil, to include comprehensive spreader roll services. The new spreader roll workshop is ready to serve customers in the pulp, paper, board and tissue industries as of November 2018.

"With this investment Valmet is able to offer spreader roll services for its customers in all continents. We have already got very positive feedback from our Brazilian customers for these services," says Jukka K. Toikkanen, Global Technology Manager, Roll Maintenance, Valmet. "Our state-of-the-art spreader roll service workshop in Sorocaba, provides high quality and fast services to our customers. We have invested in a separate dust-free clean room for the handling and installation of bearings, which ensures high quality and contributes to longer roll running times."

Valmet spreader roll reconditioning services result in a clear increase in service intervals and cut overall maintenance costs. In addition to keeping spreader rolls in excellent condition, spreader roll services also ensure optimized roll performance, improved end product quality and reliable, wrinkle-free runs.

Valmet’s roll service center in Sorocaba, Brazil provides modular maintenance solutions such as roll maintenance services, roll reconditioning services and roll upgrades for all type of rolls - now also for spreader rolls.

Valmet is constantly expanding its services offering close to customers all around the world, by providing services from own service centers, on site and through the help of Industrial Internet applications and remote connections. In addition to Sorocaba, Valmet provides spreader roll services from seven other locations around the world.

2018-11-05  READ MORE...
ViroSēl, Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s next generation breathable viral barrier fabric, provides protection in the most critical surgical environments

Ahlstrom-Munksjö, a global leader in fiber-based materials, announces the launch of ViroSēl™. This innovative fabric is constructed for the most critical areas of a surgical gown designed to keep medical professionals protected and comfortable.

ViroSēl™ (pronounced Vi-ro-Seal) is Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s next generation Breathable Viral Barrier (BVB) surgical fabric that leverages our decades of experience making innovative fabrics used to keep medical professionals protected and comfortable. ViroSēl™ has a specially formulated design that provides the opportunity to create robust seam seals for highly critical areas of a surgical gown.

“We leveraged our BVB product development and manufacturing experience to create a fabric that can be reliably used in the most protective and comfortable surgical gowns on the market” says Jason Beard, product platform leader, Medical, Ahlstrom-Munksjö.

ViroSēl™ is a tri-laminate fabric constructed to be impervious, breathable and comfortable.

 The outer layer is fluid repellent and durable.
 The barrier layer has a monolithic film membrane making it impervious to liquids, viruses and bacteria. The chemical composition of the film itself allows moisture vapor to pass through it, keeping the surgical staff cool and dry.
 The darker inner layer was designed to reduce shadowing, and is soft to the touch which makes it comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

Surgeries like Cesarean sections, gastric and cardiac often have a substantial amount of fluids involved and are lengthy to complete. This means protection and comfort are essential for the medical professionals wearing the surgical gown. Infection control is imperative as there is risk to the patient and staff to potentially come into contact with these fluids. International industry standards are used to test and measure the barrier performance for liquids and blood-borne pathogens for materials used in protective clothing like surgical gowns. ViroSēl™ passes these stringent standards providing the impervious protection needed in the surgical environment. 

“Our initial trial customers love the comfort, color and feel of ViroSēl™. Feedback has been very positive overall and we are excited to share this innovative fabric with the market. ViroSēl™ reinforces our drive to maintain differentiation in the breathable viral barrier market” commented Lionel Bonte, Vice President, Medical, Ahlstrom-Munksjö.

2018-11-05  READ MORE...
Emtec Electronic GmbH at the ATIP 2018 in Grenoble

Also, this year in November, emtec Electronic GmbH will attend the ATIP 2018 in Grenoble in France, together with its French representative ODL Paper Service. At exhibition booth no. 2 the company will present a variety of testing instruments by which the complete production process – from the wet end to the finished products – can be controlled and guided in the right direction, to get an efficient process and the best possible quality with the lowest possible
costs. To meet steadily the changing demands and requirements in the paper and board industry, the focus is again on further developments and innovations.
Displayed at the booth will be the state-of-the-art CAS touch ! to measure the particle charge and the FPA touch ! to measure the surface charge of fibers (zeta potential). Both devices help to get information about the efficiency of the chemicals, which are added during the paper, board and tissue production.
Besides this, the EST12 emtec Surface & Sizing Tester is shown. A device to determine important and for the converting relevant paper surface properties such as surface hydrophobia / sizing as well as the surface porosity, which influence printability, coatability and gluability of paper and board.
The ACA Ash Content Analyzer enables the determination of the mineral filler content without combustion, that means without destruction of the samples, within seconds. Both, the total mineral filler content, as well as the individual filler components (e.g. calcium carbonate, kaolin/talcum, titanium dioxide, iron oxide) and their percentage distribution are given.
Especially for tissue and nonwoven products, the TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer gives reliable and objective information about the three basic parameters, which determine the human feeling, the softness, roughness and stiffness. From these three, an overall hand feel value can be calculated. The availability of the three individual parameters opens a huge amount of chances for the optimization of the tissue production and converting processes.

2018-11-05  READ MORE...
Metso closes its acquisition of India based Rotex Manufacturers and Engineers Pvt. Ltd.


Metso has today successfully completed its acquisition of the valve automation division of India based Rotex Manufacturers and Engineers Private Limited (RMEPL), by acquiring all of the shares in RMEBS Controls Private Limited (RMEBS).

The acquisition complements Metso’s actuation and valve automation offering and enables a full range of actuators for all major valve markets and a broader offering of limit switches for various applications. It also introduces new products to Metso’s process valve portfolio for the oil and gas, pulp and paper, mining, water treatment and other process industries.

"This move increases our presence in attractive new industries and application areas. The capabilities and technological solutions coming from Rotex fit seamlessly into Metso’s offering and strengthen our global valve network. We are naturally excited to welcome the new colleagues who will be joining Metso, and we are looking forward to serving our customers globally," says John Quinlivan, President, Valves business area, Metso.

The acquisition was announced in April 2018.

About the acquired division

RMEBS has a market-leading position in India in the actuator business and an advanced offering of switches, process valves, and valve automation products and solutions. It employs approximately 330 people and has two manufacturing facilities in the Mumbai area, as well as sales offices in Mumbai, Vadodara, Kolkata and Pune. 

Prior to the acquisition, RMEBS was part of the privately-owned Rotex Group.

2018-11-01  READ MORE...
The extended Metso valve solution portfolio caters to the needs of existing and new customer industries


Metso is extending its valve solution portfolio to address a wider scope of customer needs in flow control. Following the acquisition of the valve automation division of India-based Rotex Manufacturers and Engineers Private Limited (RMEPL), a range of valves, actuators, limit switches and pneumatics are included to Metso’s existing offering, opening opportunities in new applications and industries.

"With these solutions, we offer an even more comprehensive portfolio to cater to the wide variety of needs customers in process industries have. Their challenge is to find the optimal solution for each application easily and efficiently from a trusted supplier. In addition to compatibility, reliability and performance, we are committed to providing excellence in services and customer support," says Simo Sääskilahti, SVP, valve equipment, Metso. 

The new additions to the offering include, for example, Jamesbury® EasyFlow range of valve solutions and Neles® Scotch Yoke actuators.

Reliable performance in standard flow applications with Metso Jamesbury EasyFlow

Compliant with common industry standards, the Metso Jamesbury EasyFlow range of valve solutions offers a complete suite of products : ball valves, butterfly valves, rack and pinion actuators and limit switches. Through this offering, Metso can serve new customer applications and industries like water treatment, mining and minerals processing, and the pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries. The high-performance Metso Jamesbury EasyFlow solutions are designed for easy automation and complement the premium Neles and Jamesbury offerings.

Improved reliability in harsh environments with Neles Scotch Yoke actuators

Designed for low friction and a long cycle life, the Neles® Scotch Yoke actuators provide a solution for applications where a mid- to high torque range is required in on/off, ESD or modulating duty. The actuators are highly reliable, with a modular design, and serve a wide range of customer needs, even in harsh environments.

Extensive experience in flow control solutions

Metso has solid experience in delivering engineered performance, reliability and efficiency to customers in a wide range of process industries. Its product offering is complemented by comprehensive value-added services, with more than 40 service centers around the world.

2018-11-01  READ MORE...
Voith Paper will continue to grow in Latin America says its President for the region, Mr Hjalmar Fugmann

The ABTCP Congress and Expo was held last week in Sao Paulo. PaperFIRST was there and had the opportunity to interview Mr Hjalmar Fugmann, the young President of Voith Paper for South America.

Post-graduated from the renown Brazilian think tank and research centre FGV, Mr Fugmann joined the Voith group in 2016 as a financial controller. In 2017 he succeeded to Flavio Silva to take charge of the operations of the paper division in South America. When questioned about the business trend, it seems that it is looking good, with a better forecast than 2018 however with aggressive targets to accomplish and hard work ahead. More engineering staff has been hired and the production facilities in Brazil have been expanded. As a matter of fact, the world largest steel cylinder is currently being manufactured in the Brazilian plant. A masterpiece piece of 7.315m diameter and 180 tons that will be delivered to a client in Germany next January. Besides, the roll cover facility, opened 18 months ago in Chile, allows to offer a better service to papermakers in the western part of the region.

According to Mr Fugmann, the recession in Brazil did not help obviously, but pulp and paper is the first industry to recover. Despite this economic and political crisis, Voith kept on investing in innovation. In that respect, the pilot plant within the Voith Innovation Centre in Sao Paulo is definitely a key element to stay ahead of the customers’ needs.

Digitalization, augmented reality or holograms are some of the topics on which the industry is expecting a supplier like Voith to propose solutions. Hjalmar Fugmann strongly believes that the efforts being made in that field by the company should pay off and make a difference on a regional market that shows an average age of machinery older than in Europe or Asia. In the Voith innovation centre, in Sao Paulo, about 100 engineers work closely with their colleagues in Germany “to imagine the digital tools of tomorrow that could make the customers’ life easier” as stated by Mr Fugmann.

When talking about the prospects Mr Fugmann wants to be confident, mentioning the announcement of some big investments made by Klabin, Fibria/Suzano, and Eldorado.

2018-10-31  READ MORE...
Valmet gets repeat order for a process and quality vision system from BillerudKorsnäs in Skärblacka, Sweden


Valmet has received a repeat order for a Valmet IQ Process and Quality Vision (PQV) system from BillerudKorsnäs Skärblacka mill in Sweden. The system will be installed on the mill’s paper machine PM 7 to maximize the production line’s efficiency, boost end-product quality and improve business performance.

The order was included in Valmet’s first quarter of 2018 orders received. The system was accepted by the mill and taken into production use in August. In 2017, Valmet supplied an identical system for the mill’s PM 10.

"Having two systems of the same kind makes operation, upkeep and maintenance easier for the mill. Additionally, as Valmet has a local service center nearby, the mill has easy access to service support," says Aki Torvinen, Business Manager, Machine Vision, Automation, Valmet.

Information about Valmet’s delivery

Valmet’s delivery includes a Valmet IQ Process and Quality Vision (PQV) system that consists of a Valmet IQ Web Inspection System (WIS) and a Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System (WMS) with 20 cameras. The WIS features transmission and surface inspection for both sides of the web on the 4.9-meter-wide PM 7.

PQV is a comprehensive machine vision solution that covers the entire pulp and paper production process, as well as the production processes of other sheet-based materials.


2018-10-31  READ MORE...
Södra to offer renewable electricity through Guarantees of Origin to Europe


Södra can now offer Guarantees of Origin (GoOs) for its renewable electricity. The GoOs are recognised by the EU, following the certification of Södra’s Mönsterås pulp mill according to EU standards. “We believe in renewable energy and want to give our customers the opportunity to take advantage of our renewable electricity,” said Henric Dernegård, Energy Coordinator at Södra.

Renewable energy is produced in Södra’s pulp mills using raw material from the forests owned by Södra’s members. Since 2010, Södra has been self-sufficient in terms of electricity production and sells any surplus on the open electricity market. Södra is now certified according to the European Energy Certificate System (EECS). This is a standard for cross-border trade in GoO certificates.

Södra’s European customers have shown an interest in GoO-label electricity. In May, the mill at Mönsterås was classified according to the EECS, and since then, the mill has produced 190 GWh in bio-based GoO-label electricity. This corresponds to the heating requirements of around 7,600 houses.

“Many of our European customers are electricity-intensive and already purchase renewable products from us in the form of paper pulp. They can now purchase renewable GoOs from us as well, which is an added value that we think strengthens our business,” commented Dernegård.

A GoO certificate corresponds to one MWh and is an electronic label showing where and how the electricity is produced. In Södra’s case, this electricity is bio-based, but it can also be sun, wind or water-based, for example.

Dernegård : “It’s through green electricity that we can move forward to a bio-based society. The EECS is a common system that enables us to monitor and guide electricity generation toward sustainable development in Europe, and we want to be part of this shift.”

2018-10-31  READ MORE...
A.Celli Paper: Two 18 ft IDEAL® Steel Yankees have been sent together

A.Celli Paper : Two 18 ft IDEAL® Steel Yankees have been sent together
The Italian company confirms its position as a technological and productive leader in the Yankee Dryer market, supplying iDEAL® YD both for new tissue machines and in replacement of cast iron Yankees

Two sets of 18 ft. iDEAL® steel Yankees, manufactured by A.Celli Paper, have been successfully sent to Yibin Paper Industry Co., Ltd and are expected to be installed on site in early November 2018.

The order, signed by A.Celli Paper and Yibin Paper, includes five sets of iDEAL® Tissue Machines, three of which, equipped with three 16 ft. steel Yankees, have already been successfully installed, and now the other two 18 ft. Yankees have been delivered.

The first tissue machine was started up earlier and is smoothly running on site, highly praised by the Customer.

This is another extraordinary result due to the A.Celli’s continuous innovation in technology.

2018-10-30  READ MORE...
UK plastic packaging tax adds to initiatives that could lead to lower growth and margins for plastic packaging manufacturers

Tobias Wagner, Vice President – Senior Analyst at Moody’s, says :

“The UK’s proposal for a plastic packaging tax comes only days after the European Parliament’s adoption of comprehensive proposals to tackle pollution from plastic waste. These latest initiatives show the growing momentum towards more directive regulatory action and could reduce growth and margins for plastic packaging manufacturers.”

2018-10-30  READ MORE...
Essity commits to 100% recyclability of plastic packaging

Essity has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastic Economy global commitment, “A line in the sand”. Essity is therefore committed to working toward 100% recyclability of the company’s packaging by 2025.

Packaging forms an important part of Essity’s offering of hygienic and safe solutions to customers and consumers. As a leading global hygiene and health company, one of Essity’s objectives is to contribute to a sustainable and circular society, and the company thus works to continuously improve, reduce and recycle plastic packaging. 

“We welcome this initiative as the challenge with plastic waste can be solved more effectively through cooperation across the value chain, including companies, governments, international organizations, the recycling industry and consumers,” says Magnus Groth, President and CEO, Essity.

The commitment is aligned with Essity’s overall ambition that new solutions will contribute to reducing the environmental footprint by 33% by 2030.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was launched in 2010 to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. The initiative is a collaboration with a broad group of leading companies, cities, philanthropists, policymakers, academics, students, NGOs and citizens.

2018-10-30  READ MORE...
Chinese delegation in Allimand headquarters

ALLIMAND welcome a delegation of Chinese Customer for theoretical & practical training in Allimand headquarters. This session is the opportunity for our Customer to become more familiar with the operation, the process, the process control and the maintenance SOP of their Allimand new paper machine start up in 2019 Q1

2018-10-29  READ MORE...
ZELLCHEMING - Expo 2019 presents numerous key players and major themes of the industry

Approximately eight months before the start of the ZELLCHEMING -Expo 2019 in Frankfurt am Main the 1000 sqm mark has already been exceeded in the allocation of stand space.

The Expo, which will be taking place from 25 - 27 June 2019, will once again be welcoming companies along the entire value chain . Amongst the over fifty companies that have already registered , key players such as AS Drives & Services GmbH, Gebr. Bellmer GmbH, Kemira Oyj, Omya International AG , Valmet GmbH and Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA will be present.

In addition to the Newcomer Pavilion, where first - time exhibitors can familiarize themselves with the event with out a great deal of organizational effort, the ZELLCHEMING - Expo will offer further interesting joint stands. For example, a Finnish and an Italian pavilion are planned for 2019, where exhibitors from these countries can efficiently present themselves to a wide audience with an all - inclusive package.

A further highlight for 2019 is the introduction of the " Maintenance Road".

This will give providers of maintenance services the opportunity to showcase their products and services to users cost - efficiently and with maximum attention. " Together with the event organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH , we, the ZELLCHEMING e.V., would like to tie up to the increasing importance of this topic in the in dustry", explains Petra Hanke, Managing Director of the ZELLCHEMING association .

Major topics from the industry will also be dealt with including Paper Industry 4.0, Bioeconomics as well as the thematic block Paper, Consumers and Consumption 4.0. Companies wishing to exhibit at the ZELLCHEMING - Expo 2019 can still register until 31 October 2018 at a reduced early bird rate. The registration documents and further information about the event are available at zellcheming-expo.com.

2018-10-29  READ MORE...
An E-Commerce Packaging Solution Good Enough to Eat

Bread rolls made in the shape of footballs, hockey pucks and baseballs ? The Austrian start-up company Eat the Ball makes this possible with a new manufacturing process. To promote this extraordinary product, DS Smith has developed an extensive concept in cooperation with the customer. The first step is a functional and attention-grabbing e-commerce packaging solution whose special eye-catcher is a stylish interior print. The high-quality printed images underline the premium character of this innovative product and whet the appetite for the bread specialities depicted already when opening the packaging.

With its innovative fermentation technology, the Salzburg-based company Eat the Ball established the world’s first branded bread. The bread of a new generation is carefully made from natural ingredients, remains fresh for a long time and, thanks to its unusual shapes, is an absolute eye-catcher on the plate. The new product is available from the company’s own online shop and from many wholesalers and retailers in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the USA. In order to enhance brand awareness and sales, both online and offline, Eat the Ball relies not only on the prominent support of professional athletes such as the Austrian national football player and Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba, but also on the many years of expertise of display and packaging specialist DS Smith. In 2018, a comprehensive concept for the brand presentation of the products at the stationary and digital points of sale was developed at DS Smith’s Impact and PackRight Centre in Erlensee, considering the complete supply cycle and current market trends - starting with creative sales displays and effective promotional tastings through to brand-compatible packaging for the new Internet distribution channel.

The e-commerce packaging, designed in three sizes, was the first project to enter production. The discreetly branded shipping box shines in pure white on its outside. This makes it look sophisticated and suggests natural health right from the first contact at the front door. Easy to open without damage thanks to tear-off perforation, the packaging unfolds a very special explosion of taste inside : Inspiringly designed images of food on the opened lid of the box - printed in high-quality five-colour offset and refined with varnish coating - whet the appetite for the bread assortment. Taking out the products, the golden ears that appear leave no doubt about the main ingredient of the product. In line with the brand’s slogan "Eat smart, feel good", DS Smith has created a premium packaging for Eat the Ball with maximum attention-grabbing character in online retailing.

2018-10-29  READ MORE...
Metso to increase its valve production capacity in China to meet the growing global demand for reliable valve technology

To respond to the growing global demand in the valve market, Metso has decided to invest in a new green-field valve technology center in Jiaxing, China. The new-build plant will strengthen Metso’s valve and related products production capabilities and increase capacity for customers across various process industries, both in China and globally. Metso expects to invest a total of approx. EUR 10 million by 2020. The new technology center will start operations in spring 2020.

"China is an extremely important market for our valves business. The new technology center will improve our competitiveness in China and will have a strong role within the global operations footprint. We also expect the investment to expand our delivery capabilities, helping us to better meet the growing needs both in terms of capacity and product availability," says John Quinlivan, President, Valves business area, Metso.

Strong valve production foothold in China and on every continent

The new location is designed to be a workplace for a total of 400 valve technology professionals. In addition to the new technology center, Metso has a valve technology center in the Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone in Shanghai, which was inaugurated in 2010.

Today, Metso has valve technology or production centers in locations around the world : in China, North America, Brazil, Germany, Finland, South Korea and India.

Metso employs more than 1100 people at seven locations in China, serving all customer industries.

2018-10-26  READ MORE...
Visy and beer cartel produce advent calendar packaging

Visy has collaborated with Australia’s leading craft beer bottle shop, Beer Cartel to produce the packaging for the 2018 Beer Cartel Advent Calendar which provides a beer a day in the countdown to Christmas.

The custom-designed calendar features 25 hand-picked craft beers sourced from 100% Australian Independent breweries. Visy co-designed the box with Beer Cartel and also produces, prints and supplies the advent boxes for Beer Cartel. Unlike a regular carton pack of 24 beers, the one-of-a-kind gift has been strategically manufactured to allow for one extra special beer for Christmas day.

2018-10-26  READ MORE...
Asian Partners Visit Ilim's Mills in Siberia

The purpose of the visit was to learn more about pulp and kraftliner production process at our facilities.

On September 17-18, the Mill hosted a delegation of Ilim Group’s biggest partners – Enercell company (pulp distributor in South Korea, who has been working with Ilim since 1998) and Hankuk Paper company (third largest manufacturer of paper in the South Korean market with an annual production volume of 500,000 tons).

On October 8-10, company representatives of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Henan province, Northeast China, and South Korea (total of 5 trader companies and a KLB plant), as well as managers of 20 mills from Baoding (the largest pulp consumer of Ilim Group) visited Bratsk. The delegation included businessmen from the Sichuan province – one of the promising and rapidly developing Chinese regions with a population exceeding 100 mln people. This is where Ilim Group is planning to build up its presence in terms of pulp and kraftliner supply.

Our guests included both Ilim’s long-standing partners and potential customers. During their visit to the Bratsk facilities they got a better understanding of the Company’s plans to upgrade its production facilities and the main stages of the process chain from harvesting to packaging of finished products prior to their delivery to the customers, and saw how the chip quality and pulp composition are controlled, etc.

Dmitry Grechkin, Senior Vice-President, Strategic Development, Ilim Group said : “As part of its program, Ilim Group is implementing a large-scale investment program aimed at capacity increase and product mix expansion. This allows us not only to retain the leading position in the Russian pulp and paper industry, but also expand its foothold in the export markets. Asia is Ilim’s key market. For instance, upgrade of the existing facilities and launch of a new KLB Line will increase Ilim’s export to China by 60% by 2023. South Korea is another promising destination for Ilim. Presently, all three Ilim Group Mills export products to the Chinese market, however, there is room for growth and improvement. Such meetings provide an excellent opportunity to share best practices along the entire value chain from product manufacturing to its supply to the customer. Feedback from our partners helps us to both boost our sales in the Asian market and improve product quality and customer service.”

Young Wook Park, Chief Executive Officer, Enercell International Ltd :

“I consider trust-based partnership to be the cornerstone of relationships between Ilim Group and Enercell. Although markets can be in turmoil from time to time, Ilim is always focused on long-term development and pursues stability – both in terms of supply volume and quality. This gives us a huge advantage as our clients trust in long-term business relations. They are sure that Ilim will retain its presence in the market whatever the situation and guarantee the sales volume and quality of supply, whatever it takes. That is why our Company has partnered with Ilim for more than 20 years, annually increasing the supply volume.”

Ng Chi Leung Danny, CEO Kwok Fung (Sino H.K.) Enterprise Ltd :

“Thank you for your hospitality. The visit to the Mill was very useful. We are impressed by the scale of production and the scope of upcoming upgrade. I’m positive that the targets Ilim has set will be achieved to ensure further growth of sales to our region.

Hu Guangqi, Director Pulp and Paper Department, Henan Xinyu Internationa Pulp & Paper Co, Ltd :

“Upgrade of the Mills’ equipment will undoubtedly enhance the quality of products and increase production output, which will improve the Company’s competitiveness in the Chinese market and increase its exports. We have a long history of fruitful cooperation with Ilim, and I have no doubt that our partnership will continue to be a very successful one.”

2018-10-26  READ MORE...
Resolute Investing $40 Million in its Northwestern Ontario Operations and Spending an Additional $13.5 Million on Major Maintenance

Resolute Forest Products Inc. today announced $40 million in investments at its Northwestern Ontario operations, in addition to $13.5 million in major maintenance and the creation of 25 new jobs. The announcement was made at a press conference in Thunder Bay attended by Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Jeff Yurek, and many dignitaries and company employees.

"Resolute has a strong operating presence in the region, and we are committed to investing in our facilities to ensure their profitability and long-term competitiveness," stated Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer. "A secure fiber supply and sustainable business environment remain critical to future investments in the province."

The investment plan includes $14.7 million for the company’s Thunder Bay pulp and paper mill to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as $14.3 million to improve pulp capacity, reduce costs and maintain assets. Resolute also expects to spend $13.5 million in major maintenance at the facility in 2018.

An additional $5.6 million is earmarked for the modernization of the planer line at the company’s Thunder Bay sawmill, located on Fort William First Nation land, as well as $5.4 million to optimize its Atikokan, Ignace and Thunder Bay sawmills. These initiatives are expected to increase the annual production capacity of the facilities by a combined 50 million board feet of lumber. Twenty-five full-time jobs have been created.

"Ontario’s forestry sector is a very important part of our economy, it is one of the largest employers in the province. A strong forestry sector is essential for our prosperity, and it has a significant impact on the people living in rural and Northern Ontario," said Ontario Premier Doug Ford. "It is because of productive partnerships like ours with Resolute that the sector continues to thrive, and we will continue working to create more opportunities for the people of Ontario."

"Today is a great day for Resolute, and for the future of Ontario’s forestry sector," said Jeff Yurek, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. "This investment not only emphasizes the opportunities in this sector, but the real need for a Provincial Forestry Strategy — and we are developing just that. I am confident we can grow our economy, create new jobs and encourage more investments across the province."

"The Fort William/Resolute sawmill partnership is a model of how an Indigenous community and a business can work together to create long-term benefits for both parties," stated Peter Collins, Chief of Fort William First Nation. "We had a vision and invested together to create a cornerstone business on our community lands."

Close to 90% of the new lumber and pulp capacity is destined for export markets. More than half of project expenditures are slated for the last quarter of 2018.

Resolute employs close to 900 workers across its Northwestern Ontario pulp, paper, wood products and woodlands operations. The company has invested approximately $200 million in the region over the past several years.

2018-10-26  READ MORE...
ALLIMAND interweb at TAPPI in USA

Allimand Interweb has been an active participant to Tappi Glassmat Conference in Charleston - South Carolina on October 19th & 20th 2018.
This event was a great opportunity to share information and experience with Allimand Interweb Customers.
Mr. Jeff RIGGI, Allimand Interweb Vice President Sales, has made a noticed presentation on headbox development and adjustment developing the know-how and the experience of Allimand Interweb in these special fields of Glassmat manufacturing.

2018-10-25  READ MORE...
Firefly Spark Detection & Extinguishing System approved according to the new VdS standard 2518:2017

As the first company in the world, Firefly AB has successfully tested and approved its Spark Detection & Extinguishing system according to the new standard VdS 2518:2017-Guidelines for Spark Extinguishing Systems. Firefly received the first VdS system approval in 1999 and is also a VdS approved installers company for spark extinguishing systems according to VdS guideline 2132:2017-07.
Firefly AB has always been known for its advanced detection technology with high performance detection of hot black particles, glowing embers and sparks as well as the detectors being insensitive to daylight. As a technology-leading company, Firefly is continuously testing and evaluating its systems according to relevant standards worldwide to keep a high-performance quality.
The VdS system certificate includes control unit, extinguishing parts, and detectors.

2018-10-25  READ MORE...
Toscotec to supply one AHEAD-1.5S tissue line on a turnkey basis to C.A.S. Paper Mill in Thailand.

Toscotec will act as a turnkey supplier and provide a complete AHEAD-1.5S tissue production line to C.A.S. Paper Mill in Sing Buri, Thailand. The delivery is scheduled for 2019 and the start-up for the first quarter of 2020.

The turnkey supply includes the AHEAD-1.5S tissue machine, equipped with a second generation Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD, Toscotec’s shoe press technology TT NextPress and steam-heated hybrid hoods TT Milltech-HYH. The paper width is 2,850 mm, the maximum operating speed is 1,850 m/min, with a daily production of over 90 tons.

Toscotec will provide its proprietary Distributed Control System TT DCS and the Quality Control System (QCS), the machine’s dust and mist removal systems, an offline shaft puller and a jumbo roll wrapping system. A tissue slitter rewinder TT WIND-M is also part of the supply, along with its complete electrification & control system, and dust removal system. It features three unwind stands and it handles parent rolls of 3,000 mm diameter, with a design speed of 1,700 m/min.

The scope also includes the stock preparation equipment and accessories, the patented TT SAF (Short Approach Flow), and a fiber recovery system.

Toscotec will supply the tissue machine’s erection, and the supervision of erection, commissioning and start-up. As part of the service packages, the Italian manufacturer will also provide its new YES-CONNECT-VISION helmet camera system, which allows the mill’s maintenance technicians to connect remotely with Toscotec’s YES specialists, who guide them to solve the problem onsite.

This project follows C.A.S. Group’s plan to pursue its diversification by entering the tissue business. The Thai Group selected Toscotec to invest for the first time in the tissue industry, considering the Italian supplier’s 30-year experience in the design and management of turnkey projects, on almost 40 different plants across four continents.

Mr. Torpong Thongcharoen, Managing Director of C.A.S. Paper Mill, said : “As newcomers in the tissue business, we conducted a very thorough survey prior to the selection of the tissue machine supplier. Finally, we selected Toscotec, because they presented the most satisfactory design, in line with our requirements in the areas of available energy resources and final product range. We needed one turnkey line to produce top quality products, ranging from low basis weight to towel tissue. Toscotec offered a complete supply and the most compelling design, which was confirmed by what we saw while visiting their references in Asia”.

“We were happy to see that C.A.S. Paper Mill readily adopted the energy saving concept of our AHEAD-1.5S tissue machine. The energy saving technology at the core of this design has been successfully running in tissue mills for over a decade now, especially in Asia. TT NextPress gives the added value of the utmost flexibility, with high level of control automation for an easy regulation, and efficient maintenance” said Gabriele Martinelli, Toscotec Sales Manager Asia & Pacific.

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Smurfit Kappa breaks ground for new recovery boiler at Nettingsdorf Paper Mill as part of €134 million investment plan

Global packaging company Smurfit Kappa has marked the beginning of the rebuild of a recovery boiler with a ground-breaking ceremony at its Nettingsdorf Paper Mill in Austria.

The ceremony, which was the latest milestone in Smurfit Kappa’s Future Energy Plant project, was presided over by the Governor of Upper Austria and the Mayor of Ansfelden.

The new recovery boiler will increase the profitability and sustainability of the mill and is part of a €134 million investment in Nettingsdorf.

The boiler will enable the plant to further boost energy optimisation at the mill, which has already seen a 34% increase in productivity since becoming part of Smurfit Kappa in 1995. By recovering energy from the biomass contained in black liquor from pulp production, the new boiler is set to cut CO2 emissions by 40,000 tonnes, which equates to about two-thirds of the current emissions at the site, and 1.5% of those from the whole Smurfit Kappa Group.

Over the next two years, the Future Energy Plant project will also involve developing a new steam turbine, as well as several extensions and adjustments to upstream and downstream plants.

Speaking about the plant’s latest investment, Günter Hochrathner, CEO Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf, said : “With the ground-breaking ceremony for the rebuild of the recovery boiler, we have taken a step into the future for Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf."

Laurent Sellier, COO Smurfit Kappa Paper, Europe, added : "At Smurfit Kappa, we strive for sustainable business. The Future Energy Plant project is part of a larger investment programme by the Smurfit Kappa Group to further improve sustainability.

“This investment will enable us to ensure a long-term supply of high-quality, sustainable containerboard - something our customers have come to expect from us.”

Founded in 1851 and with over 360 employees, Nettingsdorf is one of Smurfit Kappa’s most efficient paper mills and one of the leading producers of kraftliner in Europe. The mill produces approximately 450,000 tonnes of paper annually and has an excellent health and safety record.

2018-10-24  READ MORE...
Glatfelter’s composite fibers business unit announces 7% price increase

Glatfelter  announced today its Composite Fibers Business Unit will increase prices by 7% for all its products, effective November 19, 2018.

The decision is a direct result of substantial and ongoing global price increases for key raw materials including pulp, synthetic fibers, viscose and other chemicals. Furthermore, the Company does not see any near-term relief from this input cost inflation. Escalating energy and transportation costs further compound the inflationary situation.

“Glatfelter has made extensive efforts to reduce costs and increase efficiency,” said Martin Rapp, Senior Vice President and Business Unit President, Composite Fibers. “However, these initiatives alone are not enough to offset the impact of the external pressures. Therefore, we are implementing price adjustments to ensure our continued ability to supply best-in-class products, innovation and service.”

2018-10-24  READ MORE...
AkzoNobel closes sale of Specialty Chemicals to The Carlyle Group and GIC

Akzo Nobel N.V. has today completed the sale of the Specialty Chemicals business to The Carlyle Group and GIC for an enterprise value of €10.1 billion.

Thierry Vanlancker, CEO of AkzoNobel, commented : “Today is a key milestone in the history of AkzoNobel, creating a focused paints and coatings company, with market leading positions, strong global brands, and a clear strategy to create value for all our stakeholders.

“This is also an important step for the Specialty Chemicals business and I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our colleagues and wish them a successful future with Carlyle and GIC.”

Charles Shaver, CEO of Specialty Chemicals, said : “I am delighted to assume my new role at Specialty Chemicals and look forward to working with the management team, Carlyle and GIC to deliver long term success. Specialty Chemicals has a strong global presence and a talented and dedicated team and I believe there is significant opportunity to drive additional growth through innovation and customer focus to build on the company’s leading positions in its markets.”

Martin Sumner and Zeina Bain, Managing Directors at The Carlyle Group, added : “We are excited to invest in Specialty Chemicals and we are committed to growing the business and continuing to enhance its competitive position. Specialty Chemicals has a great heritage, a high quality asset base and workforce, an excellent track record of innovation as well as a diversified customer and product portfolio. We look forward to working with Charlie and the management team to support Specialty Chemicals as it embarks on a new phase as an independent company.”

As agreed at the Extraordinary General Meeting of November 30, 2017, AkzoNobel will return the vast majority of net proceeds from the sale of Specialty Chemicals to its shareholders. Further details will be announced in due course.

2018-10-24  READ MORE...
Antonio Mosca is the new Head of Digital Transformation Fabio Perini S.p.A.

Antonio Mosca has been appointed Head of Digital Transformation at Fabio Perini S.p.A, an international leader in the production of tissue converting machines.

Antonio Mosca, thanks to his many years of experience in the field of digital innovation and transformation in world-renowned companies such as Ericsson, Microsoft, Accenture,

has been chosen to take the reins of the digitalization sector of Fabio Perini S.p.A.

The challenge, as Antonio Mosca states, "is to create a successful digital transformation program that can quickly offer all the opportunities of the Industry 4.0. to the entire tissue ecosystem".

Its role, therefore, is of fundamental importance to accompany Fabio Perini S.p.A. towards a transformation that will lead it to be, continues Antonio Mosca, "a manufacturer of intelligent machines that add further value to the high quality already present."

A new member joins the Fabio Perini team with the aim of further increasing and innovating the company’s skills and adopting new working methods to develop business models aimed at Digital Transformation.

2018-10-24  READ MORE...
OptiGroup and Inapa have signed an agreement to combine their paper distribution businesses in Germany

OptiGroup and Inapa - Investimentos, Participações e Gestão, S.A. today announce that they have signed an agreement to combine their respective paper distribution operations in Germany, Papyrus Deutschland GmbH & Co KG and Papier Union GmbH, and thereby create a stronger and more stable and successful platform for customers, suppliers and employees in future.

As part of the transaction, OptiGroup has signed a binding agreement, subject only to competition clearance by the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt), to sell its German paper distribution business, Papyrus Deutschland GmbH & KG, to Inapa who intend to combine the business with their German subsidiary, Papier Union GmbH. The transaction is expected to be finalised in December 2018, subject to customary approval by the German Federal Cartel Office. In 2017, Papyrus Deutschland GmbH & KG had a turnover of EUR 561 million and Papier Union had turnover of EUR 389 million.

The transaction consideration will, subject to an EGM decision by the shareholders of Inapa, be settled in part by OptiGroup receiving a convertible bond as a debt instrument issued by Inapa, a stock listed company (sociedade aberta) under the laws of Portugal. The convertible bond will, upon full conversion, and at the discretion of OptiGroup AB be convertible into 23% of all shares and voting rights in Inapa. The proceeds from the transaction will be used by OptiGroup to further strengthen their businesses in other countries. Further details of the transaction have not been disclosed.

OptiGroup’s President and CEO, Christoph Sander comments :

"The paper merchanting market in Germany has been under severe pressure in recent years from a combination of reducing demand, significant price increases from manufacturers and the entry of new competitors. Consequently, it is necessary for traditional paper merchants to restructure and strengthen their platform and customer offering in order to compete successfully in future.

We believe that the combination of Papier Union and Papyrus Deutschland will create a stronger, more stable and successful platform for customers, suppliers and employees in Germany. Inapa will be a good and motivated owner to further develop the combined company to its full potential in the German market.

Our Papyrus businesses in other countries outside Germany are unaffected by this announcement as they continue to enjoy strong positions in their local markets.

Today’s announcement is therefore also another major step in OptiGroup’s strategy to strengthen and rebalance our portfolio of businesses. The additional capital released through this sale will be used to further develop our market position in our other countries, and accelerate the transformation journey towards higher growth sectors that we started in 2016."

2018-10-24  READ MORE...
Increased capacity at Lessebo Paper

A full order book and a positive market outlook have resulted in Lessebo Paper now ramping up the production, from 100 tonnes to 150 tonnes per day. This is a large investment in both time and money, and the mill is looking positively at the future.

– Now we are building for the future, says Eric Sigurdsson, CEO of Lessebo Paper.

The production has been good during the last year, but after recruiting new operators and finished several improvements in production, the mill is now able to further increase it’s production capacity. – We have worked hard to make several improvements on our paper machines, as well as training 15 of our new operators to be able to move to full shifts, explains Eric Sigurdsson. The mill now operates all machines 24/7.
In addition, the company has been strengthened by the appointments of Johan Pleijel as the new Head of Production, and Eric Sigurdsson taking on the role as CEO at the beginning of the year. Both hail from the automotive industry, which has come a long way in the optimisation of production, tying in well with Lessebo Paper’s growth plans. Furthermore, the company has promoted Carina Jensen from Export Sales to the new Head of Sales and Marketing.
With a stronger management and three paper machines in full use, the mill’s capacity has increased by 16,000 tonnes per year to meet the needs of the company’s premium paper customers. – We can give our customers an unparalleled service now and we have a confident outlook on the future, concludes Sigurdsson.

2018-10-23  READ MORE...
Lecta presents its Extensive Range of Papers for Beverage Labels at BrauBeviale 2018

The world’s largest event for the beverage industry will be held in Nuremberg, Germany, from November 13-15.

Lecta will again participate in the BrauBeviale trade show with its extensive portfolio of special papers for beverage labels. It will feature its latest developments in metallized paper, one-side coated paper and self-adhesive materials at this exhibition which last year attracted nearly 1,200 exhibitors and 40,000 beer and other beverage industry professionals.

Lecta’s range of high-vacuum 100% recyclable metallized papers, Metalvac, will be on exhibit with two special paper lines designed for premium beverage labels and for label converters : Wet-glue labels, for beer, water, spirits and wine labels available with high, medium and low moisture resistance and ideal for returnable and one-way bottles, and Pressure-sensitive labels​, papers designed to be transformed into self-adhesive facestock for labels.

The Metalvac range is available in different finishes (plain, pin-head, brushed and linen).

"Endless possibilities" is the swatchbook for Lecta’s Creaset one-side coated paper line, designed for the labels and flexible packaging segment. Its "Labels" range for beverages includes papers specifically designed for beer bottles such as light wet-strength Creaset LWS, for drinks (especially water) and high wet-strength Creaset LWS, for drinks (especially water) and high wet-strength Creaset HWS papers, available with smooth, embossed and now extra-strength embossed finishes, ideal for applications that require a more artisanal touch.

Our Adestor self-adhesive labels from the "Labels to Celebrate" collection feature an excellent and versatile selection of papers and films combined with water-based acrylic adhesives to meet the needs of the most demanding final applications in the beverage sector. The 27 exclusive labels featured in the catalog were manufactured with different printing techniques such as silkscreen, stamping and embossing, highlighting their benefits in terms of machinability and print quality.

"Labels to Celebrate" also includes special facestock such as papers with a natural shade, embossed and gloss pearl finishes and metallized papers highly resistant to moisture and the cold. Combined with the BC361Plus and VR152 ​acrylic adhesives, they are the ideal solution for all bottles subject to ice-bucket immersion or that need to be recovered in caustic soda baths.

2018-10-23  READ MORE...
UPM supports Finnish and Uruguayan football teams in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

UPM sponsors the Finnish and Uruguayan teams in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup held in Uruguay from November 13 to December 1, 2018. For Finland, this is the first time to qualify to the World Cup, whereas Uruguay is playing for the second time in this tournament. UPM has strong presence and connection to the local communities in both countries.

"It takes commitment, professionalism and excellent team play to compete in the world class, be it in sports or business. We want to cheer this new generation of players and believe that their attitude and spirit of fair play will set an inspiring example in their communities," says Pirkko Harrela, Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations at UPM.

Says Victoria Díaz, General Manager of the Uruguayan team : "For the Uruguayan Football Association it is a real pride that a company of the size of UPM trust us, trust in this sport as a vehicle to educate in values, but above all, trust in this squad of young people who will be our players of the future, representing our women’s football in the next month of November. In a society in constant search for equality and opportunities, we firmly believe that women’s football is a tool to achieve this and we thank UPM for joining us in this beautiful challenge."

Says Emma Immonen, goalkeeper of the Finnish team : "The World Cup is a fantastic opportunity for our team. It shows the results you can achieve with courage and commitment when everyone is working towards the same objective. We are really proud that a company like UPM which invests in responsibility and more sustainable future is supporting us, and has confidence in us - just like we have ourselves."


The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 will be the first world finals to be held in the country since 1930. There will be 16 teams playing at the tournament for the championship.

2018-10-23  READ MORE...
A.Celli Rebuilding: Shaniv Paper Industries Tissue Machine TM1 launched

The important rebuilding operation was successfully completed by A.Celli Paper and ended with the start-up of the Israeli customer’s machine

In early October, the Customer Service team at A.Celli Paper launched the Tissue Machine TM1 of Shaniv Paper Industries Ltd, the second largest Israeli paper manufacturer for home use.

The operation consisted in the supply of a new reel, an innovative DCS system, a set of more efficient motors, renewed roller equipment and the relative drives. The dryer roller (Yankee Dryer) was also insulated by shielding the heads with a layer of coating.

The operation, completed by a team of qualified technicians, allowed the machine to reach the speed of 1500 mpm for the production of high quality tissue paper.

The ambitious project was carried out in full compliance with the client’s expectations, which complimented the team of A.Celli Paper for the excellent work performed

2018-10-23  READ MORE...
Change to Essity’s Executive Management Team

Margareta Lehmann, President of Health and Medical Solutions and a member of Essity’s Executive Management Team, is stepping down from her position due to retirement. 

Margareta Lehmann has held various positions at Essity since 1983 and has been a member of the Executive Management Team since 2011. She will step down from her position as President of Health and Medical Solutions on December 31, 2018 and will remain with the company in an advisory capacity during 2019.

Her successor will be announced in due course.

“Margareta has spent almost her entire career with Essity, and her contribution to our company’s success is significant. I would like to thank Margareta for her important work and I’m pleased that she will remain in an advisory role for another year to ensure that we can benefit from all her knowledge and experience,” says Magnus Groth, Essity President and CEO.

2018-10-23  READ MORE...

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