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New Global Recycling Foundation gives fresh impetus to promoting crucial role of recycling

Recent BIR World Recycling Convention (Round-Table Sessions) in London (5-7 October 2o18)

2018-10-10 
McKinley Paper Co. Brings Sustainable Model to WA Mill

The McKinley Paper Co., a subsidiary of Mexico-based Bio Pappel, will bring its model of producing paper without cutting trees to its new mill in Port Angeles, Washington.

2018-10-09 
CP Group Introduces the CP Anti-Wrap Screen™

Accurate newsprint and large fiber separation designed to reduced maintenance.

2018-10-09 
Manufacturing Analytics company Braincube raises €12 Million to accelerate global expansion

Braincube, a leading manufacturing analytics company, announces a €12 million first financing round led by Iris Capital, global multi corporate VC fund, alongside Next47, the global venture firm of Siemens.

2018-10-09 
Ucima goes to Teheran and Mumbai to promote the excellence of Italian technology

The Italian Automatic Packaging Machinery Association will be organising promotional initiatives for the Italian packaging industry at the two important trade fairs PacProcess Teheran and PacProcess India.

2018-10-09 
Successful tissue machine restart by Valmet at Xiamen Sin Yang Paper Co., Ltd

Valmet’s delivery of a tissue machine restart package to Xiamen Sin Yang Paper TM 1 in China concluded with the restart of the machine in September 2018, with a speed of 1,100 m/min.

2018-10-09 

Glatfelter announced it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Georgia-Pacific’s European nonwovens business for $185 million, subject to customary purchase price adjustments.

2018-10-09 
Intimus and Kotex Brands Win LATAM Effie for Breaking Period Stigmas with 'Let's Move On' Campaign

Kimberly-Clark continues to break stigmas and barriers for its consumers through innovative campaigns like ’Let’s Move On’

2018-10-09 
Stora Enso and Gasum to make renewable energy from wastewater in Sweden

Stora Enso and energy company Gasum have signed a contract to build a biogas plant at Stora Enso’s Nymölla paper mill in Sweden.

2018-10-09 
Metsä Group and Itochu establish a joint venture that builds an industrial demo plant to produce wood-based textile fibres

Metsä Group’s innovation company Metsä Spring Ltd. and Japanese Itochu Corporation establish a joint venture, which invests approximately EUR 40 million in building and operating a test plant, with the aim to demonstrate a new technology for converting paper-grade pulp into textile fibres. Business Finland, a Finnish governmental funding agency, participates in the financing of the demo project with an R&D loan.

The textile fibre demo plant will be located next to Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland. Construction of the demo plant, with an annual capacity of about 500 tonnes, begins in October 2018 and it is planned to be started up in late 2019. The general engineering partner is Sweco.

”With the plant, and the demonstration project related to it, we aim to prove the technical feasibility of the new textile fibre production technology. Based on the results of the demonstration project, we can then evaluate the technical and economic realities of building a clearly larger plant in Finland in the future. During the demonstration project, which is expected to last two to three years from the start-up of the plant, we will also gather customer feedback related to the new fibres,” comments CEO of Metsä Spring Niklas von Weymarn.

The new technology to be studied and further developed in the demo project is based on direct dissolution using a novel solvent for the pulp dissolution stage. Metsä Group’s wet paper-grade pulp will be used as the raw material. The new technology is estimated to be more environmentally-friendly than the textile fibre production technologies currently in use. The basis for the new technology has been developed in joint research programmes, starting in 2009. The main collaborators, in terms of development of the technology, include Aalto University, University of Helsinki, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and TITK from Germany. Metsä Group’s own active development work started in 2012.

The textile fibre demo plant is the first investment of Metsä Spring, established in May 2018. Metsä Spring invests together with partners in new endeavours with the target to identify and develop new business opportunities within the sustainable forest-based bioeconomy and circular economy.

2018-10-08 
Mercer International inc. to acquire Daishowa-Marubeni International ltd.significantly expanding its pulp operations

DMI owns and operates a swing NBSK and NBHK pulp mill in Peace River, Alberta, and has a 50% interest in a NBSK pulp mill in Quesnel, British Columbia.

  • Consideration of $359.2 million (C$465 million), which includes minimum working capital of $85.7 million (C$111 million)
  • Pulp mills to be acquired have a combined pulp production capacity of 645,000 ADMTs, which is comprised of the Peace River pulp mill with 475,000 ADMTs and 50% of the Quesnel pulp mill, with 170,000 ADMTs
  • Post-acquisition, Mercer will have a combined annual production capacity of approximately 2.2 million ADMTs of pulp and approximately 890,000 MWh of surplus energy
  • For the first eight months of 2018, DMI had combined1 Revenues of approximately $320.3 million, Net Income of approximately $42.2 million, and EBITDA of approximately $90.7 million
  • For the fiscal year 2017, DMI had Revenues of approximately $351.6 million, Net Income of approximately $8.2 million, and EBITDA of approximately $55.3 million
  • Immediately accretive transaction which advances the Company’s long term strategy of growing its business in pulp, lumber, energy and extractives

Mercer International Inc. today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Marubeni Corporation, Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd., and Daishowa North America Corporation to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of DMI for consideration of $359.2 million (C$465 million), which includes minimum working capital of $85.7 million (C$111 million).
DMI owns 100% of a bleached kraft pulp mill in Peace River, Alberta (the "PRP Mill") and has a 50% interest in the Cariboo Pulp and Paper Company ("CPP"), a joint venture which operates a bleached kraft pulp mill in Quesnel, British Columbia.

As a result of this transaction, Mercer’s annual production capacity for pulp will increase by approximately 41% to 2.2 million ADMTs, and surplus energy will increase by approximately 8% to 890,000 MWhs.
Further, the acquisition of DMI will add NBHK pulp to Mercer’s current product mix as well as provide the Company with an expanded market presence in Asia. DMI also holds 20-year term renewable governmental Forest Management Agreements and Deciduous Timber Allocations in Alberta with an Annual Allowable Cut of approximately 2.4 million cubic meters of hardwood and 400,000 cubic meters of softwood.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of requisite regulatory antitrust approvals. In connection therewith, Mercer has arranged a fully committed financing in the amount of US$350 million to finance the acquisition. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Sangra Moller LLP acted as legal advisor for Mercer and Credit Suisse provided the committed financing for the transaction.

2018-10-08 
BillerudKorsnäs appoints Senior Vice President Paper

BillerudKorsnäs announced today that Helene Biström is appointed as Senior Vice President for Paper, one of the company’s three divisions in the new organisation that came into effect on the 1st of October.

Earlier this year, BillerudKorsnäs announced that the company will create three divisions with profit and loss responsibility in order to more effectively realise the company’s growth strategy. The three divisions are Board, Paper and Solutions. Helene Biström is appointed Senior Vice President Division Paper. She will be a member of the company’s senior management team. Helene is currently the CEO of Infanord.

“It is my conviction that Helene, along with the strong team at Paper, will lift the division to new heights both in regards to production stability and new products. Helene will also contribute to Group Management with her broad leadership experience,” says Petra Einarsson, President and CEO of BillerudKorsnäs.

“I am honoured to be offered the position Senior Vice President for the Paper division at BillerudKorsnäs. It will be very exciting to take on this challenge. The combination of solid competence and innovation with a strong focus on sustainability, makes BillerudKorsnäs direction and products perfectly positioned in time. I look forward to developing the Paper division along with my team,” says Helene Biström.

Helene is a highly experienced leader with previous assignments as deputy CEO of Vattenfall and CEO of Norrenergi. Helene also has a background with several significant board assignments, including as chairman of Sveaskog, and is currently active in Pöyry’s Board. In 2008 Helene was named Business Woman of the Year by Veckans Affärer.

Helene will start in the position at the latest during April 2019.

2018-10-08 
Study finds: Paper sacks are better for the climate

The carbon footprint of paper cement sacks is 2.5 times smaller than the carbon footprint of form-fill-seal (FFS) polyethylene cement sacks. This is the outcome of a comparative study by the Swedish research institute RISE on behalf of the European Paper Sack Research Group (ESG), a collaboration between CEPI Eurokraft and EUROSAC. It also concludes that the paper cement sack is more climate-friendly and energy efficient. An infographic captures the most important findings.
The study by RISE compared the life cycle inventories (LCI) of a typical European 25 kg cement paper sack with a typical European 25 kg FFS polyethylene cement sack. It focused on different environmental influences of both packaging solutions : overall carbon footprint and fossil energy consumption as indicators of climate change and other environmental parameters, namely emissions to air and to freshwater. The study was peer-reviewed by Intertek. Its key result concerning climate change – the most important challenge of our planet today – was that the paper sack is clearly the favourable option.
Better overall carbon footprint
With 71 g of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) emissions from cradle to gate, the carbon footprint of paper sacks is 2.5 times smaller than the footprint of plastic sacks which totals 192 g CO2e. The higher amount of fossil CO2e from the plastic sack is comparable to the emissions of a laptop (with a power consumption of 25 W) running for nine hours . Also, when extending the boundaries to consider the end-of-life scenarios – whether landfill, incineration or recycling – the paper sack’s carbon footprint is smaller.
More efficient fossil energy consumption
Regarding the consumption of fossil energy in the production process, the study concludes that the paper sack is the more climate-friendly solution. The production of a cement plastic sack uses 4.72 MJ of fossil energy per sack as fuel input. This is approximately five times more as is consumed to produce a cement paper sack (0.97 MJ of fossil energy/sack). That means, you can produce almost five paper sacks with the same amount of fossil energy consumed to produce only one plastic sack. The study shows that the paper sack system uses more renewable energy sources (0.19 MJ of renewable energy/sack) to fulfil its production energy needs compared to the plastic sack (0 MJ of renewable energy/sack). In terms of fossil resources used as raw material within the sack, the paper sack uses even 18 times less fossil resources (0.18 MJ of fossil energy/sack) compared to the plastic sack (3.19 MJ of fossil energy/sack).
Continuous improvements in carbon footprint
The regularly conducted carbon footprint analysis by RISE of the value chain of an average European paper sack also shows a convincing outcome : alone between 2007 and 2015, the CO2e emissions have improved by 22%, exceeding one of the EU climate targets for 2020 five years prior to this date, namely that of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% compared with 1990.

2018-10-08 
The Paper Bag initiates first European Paper Bag Day

“The Paper Bag” platform, Europe’s leading kraft paper manufacturers’ and paper bags producers’ association, springs into action by launching the VERY FIRST European Paper Bag Day on 18 October 2018. The annual action day aims to raise awareness among consumers about paper carrier bags as sustainable and efficient packaging of the future that contributes to fighting environmental pollution. “The Paper Bag” is looking forward to the first event in 2018.

Paper carrier bags are strong and reliable shopping companions for all occasions. They carry almost anything up to 12 kg – whether food, fashion, luxury or decorative items and electronics. Due to the bags’ strength, the contents are optimally protected – and they can be reused several times. Paper bags also have convincing environmental benefits. They are made from renewable raw materials, are recyclable and biodegradable. “By celebrating the European Paper Bag Day, we want to highlight the benefits of paper bags and invite consumers to combine their packaging choices with a good conscience for the environment,” explains Elin Gordon, Secretary General of CEPI Eurokraft. “With our activities, we want to start a dialogue with consumers about paper packaging and give them revealing facts and create impulses for taking action to fight climate change and environmental pollution.”

All communications activities taking place around the action day will be communicated on the social media channels of the “The Paper Bag” under the hashtag #EuropeanPaperBagDay : on the Facebook fan page “Performance powered by nature” and the LinkedIn profiles of EUROSAC and CEPI Eurokraft. Consumers are invited to participate in the discussions, using the hashtag.

The “The Paper Bag” platform was founded in 2017 by the leading European kraft paper manufacturers and producers of paper bags. They dedicate themselves to promoting the advantages of paper packaging. “The Paper Bag” is steered by the organisations CEPI Eurokraft and EUROSAC.

2018-10-08 
Bäckhammar mill ready for start-up next week

Nordic Paper Bäckhammar mill is ready for start-up. The prognosis and working hypothesis are that the pulp production will start in the beginning of next week. As always, there will be a ramp up phase of the pulp production.

The paper production will follow the pulp production. Because of the difficult situation it will take time before the production is running with full capacity and it may take time before we are in phase with our planned deliveries.

The Bäckhammar mill has been standing still due to a damaged floor drain that caused big problems. A mixture of water and soap leaked out to the recipient Visman creek during the start-up phase after the mill´s annual maintenance stop. Since the accident, the focus has been on restoring the water treatment in order to get the biodegrading of substances to work normally.

- Last week’s efforts have shown good results. The water in the Visman creek is now showing normal levels of oxygen and the mill is ready for start-up, says Marie Stenquist, director of Corporate Communications.

We are having a continuous dialogue with the local supervisory authority in this situation.

Nordic Paper has come to the conclusion that we are prepared for a safe start-up.

2018-10-08 
Bioethanol production thanks to immobilized cellulolytic enzymes

March 19th, 2018, Karthik Periyasamy defended his doctoral thesis of the University Grenoble Alpes - prepared under the supervision of the Professors Marc Aurousseau and Gérard Mortha and the co-supervision of Agnès Boyer, Associate Professor (Grenoble INP-Pagora/LGP2) - and of the Anna University (Chennai, India), under the supervision of Professor Sivanesan Subramanian. He presented the results of his research work entitled Bioethanol production from lignocellulosic biomass using immobilized cellulolytic enzymes.

The overall objective of the study was to produce bioethanol from lignocellulosic biomass by using free and immobilized xylanase, cellulase and ?-1, 3-glucanase.

Specifically, this study was focused on the isolation of Trichoderma citrinoviride strain AUKAR04 able to produce xylanase (55,000 IU/gds), cellulase (385 IU/gds) and ?-1, 3-glucanase (695 IU/gds) in solid state fermentation. Then the free enzymes were biochemically characterized depend on effect of pH, temperature and metal ion concentration and corresponding kinetic parameters were determined. Then the enzymes were subjected to two types of immobilization using carrier-free co-immobilization (combi-CLEAs) method or bifunctionalized magnetic nanoparticles (ISN-CLEAs) with higher thermal stability, extended reusability and good storage stability.

Liquid ammonia pretreatment removed 40% of lignin from the biomass and retained 95% of glucan, 65% of xylan and 41% of arabinan in sugarcane bagasse (SCB). SCB was enzymatically hydrolyzed and converted to 87 % glucose from cellulose and 74% of xylose, 64% of arabinose from the hemicelluloses which is remarkably higher than the activity of the free enzymes.

Chemical and structural analysis of SCB was done by ATR-FTIR, TGA and XRD. FTIR result showed a successful pretreatment of the SCB raw material. It showed that hemicelluloses and cellulose are partially depolymerized by the action of xylanase, cellulase and ?-1,3-glucanase in ISN-CLEAs. TGA studies showed that the thermal stability of the ammonia pretreated and enzymatically treated samples have improved remarkably. XRD results showed that the crystallinity index of the ISN-CLEAs treated SCB increased to 61.3±1% when compared to the ammonia-treated SCB. Mono-culture fermentation using Saccharomyces cerevisiae LGP2Y1 utilized SCB hydrolysate containing 103.8 g/L of glucose and produced 42 g/L ethanol in 36 h of fermentation. The overall metabolic yield achieved was about 79% of theoretical yield. Co-culture fermentation using Saccharomyces cerevisiae LGP2Y1 and Candida utilis ATCC 22023 utilized SCB hydrolysate containing 107.6 g/L of glucose and 41.5 g/L xylose and produced 65 g/L ethanol in 42 h of fermentation. The overall metabolic yield in co-culture fermentation achieved was about 88 % of the theoretical yield.

2018-10-08 
Valmet awarded as "The Leading Global Service Provider" for the LNG industry

Valmet has received an award for being the leading global service provider for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry. The award was granted at Small-Mid Scale LNG Summit 2018 held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on October 3, 2018.

LNG Industry Awards recognize the excellence of companies from across the globe for the commitment to the field of LNG. The awards are bestowed to the most deserving companies and individuals working for the betterment of the LNG market. This year, the Leading Global Service Provider award was given to Valmet for executing industry-leading effort by supplying automation and software solutions for the LNG industry and making a significant impact on the industry on a global scale.

Valmet provides the LNG industry with automation technology and software that cover local level process control, operations and business management in the LNG infrastructure. 

"It is a great honor to receive this award, especially as Valmet started offering its automation and software solutions for the LNG industry only a year ago. We have developed our Valmet DNA Integrated Operations automation solution especially for smaller-scale operations such as filling stations, production states, etc. because their management, in particular, is challenging," says Jani Hautaluoma, Director, Process Automation, Valmet.

Hautaluoma was one of the speakers at the event, presenting a paper titled ’Real-time data from LNG transfers with Integrated Operations and automatic reporting’.

"Valmet’s aim is to become the best automation and software solution provider for small-scale LNG and biogas industry players. Both industries contribute positively to sustainability and solving environmental issues, and Valmet is a forerunner in developing solutions for them on the way to a zero-carbon society. We master the control of the entire supply chain and offer a wider scope of automation and software solutions than being just a system provider," he adds.

The Valmet DNA Integrated Operations solution strengthens Valmet’s Industrial Internet offering.

Information about Small-Mid Scale LNG Summit

Small-Mid Scale LNG Summit is a value-driven international event providing leading information on LNG projects and market developments. It gathers a select group of executives and industry experts from around the word for a comprehensive look at the latest innovations and best practices for leading businesses across the value chain.

2018-10-05 
Smart View : Omron and Futura Team up to transform paper converting innovation

Giovacchino Giurlani, Chief Technology Officer of Futura : “The development of automation is the key to the future of tissue production. For Futura, however, automation is merely an instrument at the service of our people. Human ability and intuition will always be the driving forces behind any innovation. This is what we call MANCHINE, the perfect synergy between human talent and complete production process control.”

K.Tateishi, founder of Omron : “To the machine, the work of the machine. To man the thrill of further creation.”

It is this shared vision of the role of industrial automation which provided the impetus for a collaboration between Omron and Futura centred around the development of innovative solutions in the tissue sector.

It is a partnership which has led to the study and consequent development of “Smart View”, an intelligent monitoring system used in the paper converting process.

Presented at this year’s “iT’s Tissue”, the event which brings together OEMs, end users and system integrators from the tissue industry throughout the world, the monitoring system was developed by Futura using Omron FH series visual and tele-camera systems. It affords operators a live visual overview of every critical zone of a machine and enables them to instantly check performance against production data directly from inside the Control Room.

Any defective or non-compliant material passing through the machine is immediately identified, allowing the operator to intervene promptly and restore normal production activity swiftly, thus reducing both wastage and downtime.

The videos recorded in Live View are automatically archived on the local server and filed by date and time, making them easily accessible for later viewing if required. This allows Futura to monitor every single phase of production, including those before or after any incident requiring a review.

The Omron FH series vision systems also enable checks on the position of a machine’s components to be made. This function not only guarantees more accurate and reliable production performance, but also provides valuable input into planning preventative maintenance by helping to detect potential wear and tear.

The Smart View supervision system was developed with the aim of meeting any production requirement and being completely adaptable across all machines types.

2018-10-05 
Sappi launches Verve – sustainable dissolving wood pulp for a thriving world

Building on its reputation for quality, service and responsibility, Sappi today moved to strengthen its leadership in the dissolving wood pulp (DWP) market with the launch of the Sappi Verve brand.

Demand for DWP continues to grow as consumer preference increases for products made from renewable, sustainably sourced and processed woodfibre. As a significant producer of DWP over the past decades, Sappi today produces close to 1.4m tons per annum, enjoying a significant 16% share of the DWP market. Sappi continues to invest to ensure customers are able to meet demands for sustainably grown and responsibly processed dissolving wood pulp.

Commenting on the launch of the Sappi Verve brand, Steve Binnie, Sappi Limited CEO said : “Our products and service offering within the dissolving pulp market are highly valued and we remain an industry leader in this space. Verve gives recognition to this enviable reputation and the value we offer this market. Brands, including industrial business-to-business brands carry tremendous value, not just to customers but to the whole value chain. Sappi Verve represents our commitment to the entire value chain from brand owners through to the cellulosic fibre producers ; our commitment to producing a natural fibre sourced from sustainably managed forests. As a responsible corporate citizen it is a commitment to our ethos of sustainability within the context of people, planet and prosperity.”

The majority of dissolving wood pulp is consumed in the viscose industry where pulp is converted through the value chain to yarn and ultimately textiles providing naturally soft, breathable fabrics which is smooth to the touch, hold colour well and drape beautifully. DWP cellulosic fibre is also used for a myriad of household, industrial and pharmaceutical applications including for tablets, personal hygiene, cellophane, washing sponges etc.

In the past, DWP sold by Sappi was unbranded and industry generic names were used as product names. This did not reflect the specific benefits which has always differentiated Sappi’s DWP. The new Sappi Verve brand creates a very specific identity within the DWP market.

Bernhard Riegler VP Marketing for Sappi’s dissolving wood pulp explains : “At Sappi we have always known there is something special to our dissolving wood pulp products. We have consistent, outstanding quality products, supported by dedicated customer service, all underpinned by a strong sustainability story. As a fibre produced from natural and renewable resources, Verve provides the value chain with a sustainable choice not only within the broader textile sphere which includes cotton and polyester, but as a preferred sustainable choice within the dissolving wood pulp market.”

Riegler continues : “Committing to a brand such as Sappi Verve means committing to the broader values it denotes, not only the product attributes but also the broader commitments and values that Sappi as the parent brand stands for. Consumers are becoming more active in making the right choices to contribute toward a tomorrow that is better than today. Sustainability is becoming increasingly important within a brand promise. Sustainability that uplifts people, builds communities, generates economic value and secures the environment. Sappi Verve represents enthusiasm, life, vigour and energy. Sappi Verve is the sustainable choice and our way of making tomorrow better than today.”

Binnie concludes : “Sappi Verve aligns perfectly with our goals as a business – diverse, sustainable, committed to growth and adding value to our customers, communities and investors. Sappi Verve meets the needs of a discerning, fast-growing and thriving world.”

2018-10-05 
Ahlstrom-Munksjö Wins 3M Supplier of the Year Award

Award recognizes suppliers who improve 3M’s competitiveness

St. Paul, Minn. 4th October 20018 — Ahlstrom-Munksjö, a global leader in fiber-based materials, supplying innovative and sustainable solutions to customers worldwide, was honored with the 2017 3M Supplier of the Year Award in recognition of the company’s contribution to improving 3M’s competitiveness.

This year, 3M recognized 16 suppliers — among thousands in its global supply base — for world class performance in providing products and/or services. These suppliers were identified and rated based on strategic spend, contract compliance, actions taken to improve 3M’s relevance and overall supplier performance (quality, delivery, responsiveness, cost, technology roadmaps). An awards ceremony was held October 3, 2018 at the 3M Innovation Center.

Omar Hoek, EVP of the Specialties BA commented, “It is an honor to be selected for this distinction. I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the new Global Key Account Management team on this fantastic achievement and thank them for their efforts. This is a great recognition of our performance with 3M that we can all be very proud of.”

“Supplier collaboration is critical to supply chain success,” said Debora Fronczak, vice president, 3M Strategic Sourcing. “We are fortunate to work with great suppliers who are committed to fostering a relationship with 3M. These partnerships help us to serve our customers with innovative and valuable solutions. It’s important that we recognize our most outstanding suppliers, and that’s what this award is all about.”

2018-10-05 
Acquisition of Spicers Group Companies in Southeast Asia

Japan Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd. announces the adopt ion of a resolution at today’s Board of Directors meeting formally approving the acquisition of all out standing shares of Spicers Paper (Singapore) Pte Ltd and Spicers Paper (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd from Spicers Holdings (Asia) Pte Ltd, and authorizing conclusion of a share transfer agreement that will make both Spicers SG and Spicers ML into wholly owned subsidiaries of the Company.

2018-10-05 

Sofidel’s CEO is the first Italian to become part of the small number of big names in the global tissue production industry. An induction that rewards his efforts in pursuing sustainable development and in expanding the business of the Group.
With a ceremony held on the evening of Thursday 4th October in Appleton, Wisconsin (US), the CEO of Sofidel, Luigi Lazzareschi, has been inducted in the Paper International Hall of Fame (PIHF), the small number of big names in the global tissue production industry. Mr. Lazzareschi is the first Italian to be tributed with this honor.
Over the years, the Sofidel Group went from being a national player in the hygienic and domestic paper industry (especially known for its Regina brand) to become a multinational with operations in 13 countries, more than 6,000 employees and net sales of EUR 1,724 million / USD 1,947 million (2017), with a production capacity of more than one million tonnes (2017). Sofidel is now the sixth biggest industry manufacturer in the world and the second across Europe.
“It’s an honor for me to join the Paper International Hall of Fame. A tribute I am especially proud of because it comes from a panel of experts who are well aware of the challenges that the production of this material, which is so important in the everyday lives of billions of people, implies,” said Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of Sofidel. “I consider it a reward for all the people who over the years have supported me, first and foremost the co-founder, along with my father Giuseppe, and the current President of Sofidel, Emi Stefani”.
The Paper International Hall of Fame is an organization founded in 1992 in the United States, and has been created to raise awareness of the values, the know-how and the benefits that the paper industry contributes to people’s everyday lives. Since its foundation, the PIHF has inducted 135 personalities from around the world into the Hall of Fame.
Sofidel has made sustainability a strategic lever for development and growth, with the aim of reducing the impact its business has on the environment and of boosting the benefits it produces for society. To date, the Group has reduced its direct emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere by 20.6% (measured as the reduction of carbon intensity between 2009 and 2017 per kg of paper manufactured). Moreover, Sofidel has limited the consumption of water in its manufacturing processes (7.1 l/kg compared to an industry benchmark of 15-25 l/kg) and sources all the pulp it uses in production from independent suppliers that are officially certified (FSC®, FSC Controlled Wood, SFI®, PEFC™).
On Wednesday 3rd October, Sofidel has inaugurated in the US its first greenfield manufacturing plant overseas in Circleville, Ohio. The plant also happens to be the Group’s largest, most modern and sustainable to date.

2018-10-05 
PETRONAS Brings the Future of Industrial Lubrication to MIAC 2018 - Lucca

PETRONAS Lubricants International, the division that globally produces and markets the lubricants of PETRONAS, the Malaysian national oil company, will attend the 25th edition of the Lucca’s International Exhibition of Paper Industry (Lucca Fiere, 10-12 September 2018, stand 13b, upper floor) to present the suite of tailored products and services Fluid Technology Solutions™.
Well-known in particular for the sponsorship of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS
MOTORSPORT Formula 1 team, for which it develops lubricants whose winning characteristics are then also applied in everyday vehicles, PETRONAS Lubricants International can also counton a new, complete range of high quality lubricating products for industrial applications named Petronas Industry.
In counter-trend to the laws of a mature market such as lubricants, PETRONAS Lubricants decided to focus on research and development in any sector in which lubricants can play a fundamental role. For this reason it has recently opened in Santena, near Turin, with an investment of over 60 million dollars, the Global Research and Technology Center equipped with cutting-edge laboratories, equipment and systems for the development of new technologies in the field of lubricating fluids.
Fluid Technology Solutions™ : tailor-made products and professional assistance The needs and challenges of the pulp and paper industries, which are fully included in industrial applications of PETRONAS’s products, are also those of PETRONAS Lubricants that, with this perspective, developed the Fluid Technology Solutions™ concept, an approach that not only offers products but also technological solutions and a series of services all aimed to support the customer.
In a continuous-cycle industrial environment, machine downtime is one of the major problems together with the costs for energy supply : PETRONAS Lubricants has focused precisely on these aspects. In fact, it has developed products that are the result of the most advanced trials and a predictive analysis system for the level of degradation of the lubricant, which allows to program the maintenance interventions identifying problems with a greater
precision, reducing or completely eliminating the waiting time of spare parts and contributing the extension of the product life cycle.

Everlub Oil Analysis : ideal maintenance becomes reality PETRONAS Lubricants has introduced the Everlub Oil Analysis service which allows to analyse the condition of the oil used in machinery to obtain information useful for planning maintenance more effectively. The sampling kit provided is simple to use and can be employed with the machine started, the drawn liquid is shipped by prepaid courier and the results, coming from an independent and certified laboratory, are notified within 48 hours with an indication of the possible actions to be taken if necessary. The history of these analyses is an extremely useful element for perfecting predictive maintenance which, moreover, is at your fingertips via the mobile app. The result is the shift from a costly maintenance based on regular intervals to a more efficient one based on actual conditions, and give rise to lower labour and repair costs and to an extension of oil change intervals.
Oils for our partners, not for customers
In addition to this, the development of products such as hydraulic fluids and anti-wear circulation oils is also fundamental. The hydraulic oils of the ESF (Energy Saving Fluids) series are "super-stabilized", with a very high viscosity index and specifically designed and formulated to reduce the energy consumption of the plants. The anti-wear circulating oils of the PETRONAS Lubricants Circula PM series, thanks to their superior performances, have an excellent water separation capacity and are developed for circulation systems for paper mills that operate under normal to extremely heavy load conditions.
Open for comparison
PETRONAS Lubricants takes the opportunity of the MIAC 2018 to reiterate one of its founding values : the ability to meet and listen to its customers and prospects in order to work side by side in the search for dedicated, cutting-edge solutions that meet the company’s objectives.
"Understanding customers’ needs, acquired and potential ones, and supporting them in their competitive growth is one of our strengths – says Mario Parenti, Head, Regional Business Europe, PETRONAS Lubricants International (PLI) – and, thanks to our expertise and to the innovations that we constantly develop in the field of lubrication, we have a complete range of products designed for industrial organizations other than the automotive ones designed to
make PETRONAS Lubricants International not just a supplier but a real partner you can count on at all times".
Thanks to its 100-year history, the great success achieved in motorsports, internal R&T resources and a philosophy aimed at constant technological improvement, all this is already possible today with PETRONAS Lubricants International. It will be also tomorrow.

2018-10-05 
Clearwater Paper Announces New Pulp and Paperboard Leader

Clearwater Paper Corporation today announced a key divisional executive appointment. Effective October 1, 2018, Steve Bowden is named senior vice president and general manager of the pulp and paperboard division.

"Steve truly exemplifies our core values and brings to Clearwater Paper his extensive experience in the print, packaging, and paperboard manufacturing businesses,” said Linda K. Massman, president and chief executive officer. “I am confident that with Steve’s leadership, we will continue to strengthen our position as a leading manufacturer of high-quality paperboard while continuing our focus on operational efficiencies.”

Before joining Clearwater Paper, Mr. Bowden was the president of the America’s food and beverage division for Multi-Color. He also held key leadership roles at International Paper, including the executive vice president of marketing and strategy for xpedx, formally an International Paper division, and mill manager for the company’s Augusta, Georgia, coated paperboard facility.

Mr. Bowden received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University and completed executive programs at Louisiana State University and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

2018-10-04 
Sofidel’s largest, most modern and sustainable plant has been inaugurated today in Circleville (US)

Today saw the inauguration in Circleville, Ohio (US), of the new integrated plant of Sofidel, one of the leading manufacturer of paper for hygienic and domestic use worldwide, owned by the Stefani and Lazzareschi families.

The inauguration marks a milestone in the company’s development and growth strategy for the United States, where Sofidel has been operating since 2012 and today is present in seven states (Nevada, Florida, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Ohio and Pennsylvania).

Representing the company’s first greenfield investment in America, the site is built on a 280-acre parcel. The plant’s location offers an abundance of accessible underground water, as well as reliable suppliers utilities (natural gas and electricity). The site is in close proximity to a logistic location of strategic importance for distribution operators, with intermodal systems, an airport and several towns and cities within a few hundred miles. The facility inaugurated today in Circleville is Sofidel’s largest, most modern and sustainable plant to date. The site has required total investments for around USD 400 million, and will employ approximately 700 people once running at full capacity.

At the grand opening, the Chairman of Sofidel, Emi Stefani and the CEO, Luigi Lazzareschi, were joined by Brian Lenihan, acting executive director of SelectUSA, and Kenny McDonald, president and chief economic officer for Columbus 2020. Sofidel clients and suppliers, federal, state and local officials, and other stakeholders also attended the event. The event also offered new opportunities to forge closer links with the US market, and between Italian and American cultures and traditions.

The Circleville production site is an integrated facility, that is to say, a factory that incorporates both the paper mill (where pulp is transformed into paper) and the converting plant (that produces the finished product). The plant is characterised by the use of innovative technologies for the papermaking, converting and warehousing stages.

“The American market today accounts for around 15% of Sofidel’s turnover and is a crucial market for us, where we intend to grow further. This large, modern, brand new plant is set to fuel our growth significantly in a highly competitive market that, at the same time, offers great business opportunities. It represents a strategic investment that combines production efficiency and sustainability. For Sofidel, this is a new step towards the future which we are very proud of,” stated Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of the Sofidel Group.

“Today marks another historic milestone for Sofidel Group,” remarked Emi Stefani, chairman of the Sofidel Group. “The same growth strategy that we have pursued in recent years in Europe, based on a mix of greenfield investments and acquisitions, is taking shape in the United States as well. It’s a strategy that we consider crucial for our American growth.”

The Circleville plant will be equipped with two Advantage New Tissue Technology (NTT) 200 paper mill machines, manufactured by Valmet, a global leader in the development and supply of technologies for the pulp, paper and energy processing industries, for a total production capacity of 140,000 tons/year. The Advantage NTT 200 technology allows the production of both standard tissue and textured paper and will enable Sofidel to further increase the quality of its products and improve the energy efficiency of its facilities. Each one of the two machines works with a format of 5.5 m and a speed of 2,000 m/min.

As for the converting process, the Circleville plant will be equipped with 10 lines, which will be used to produce the finished product, including three Constellation lines manufactured by Fabio Perini, that feature a state-of-the-art technology to offer a better overall reeling quality while preserving the product’s softness and ensuring uniform sheet separation from start to finish of every roll.

Alongside the use of co-generation plants for the joint production of energy and heat, Sofidel will be introducing a system for the recovery of heat generated by the turbines. This recovered heat will be used first to dry the rolls of paper, and then to produce steam. This system will supply almost all the energy needed to dry the paper and will be able to supply the entire machine in specific operating conditions.

In addition, the plant is pioneering in terms of automation of logistics. Through the application of techniques borrowed from the food & beverage sector to the paper mill industry, a system for the automated transfer of paper reels from the paper mill to the converting lines has been created – using LGVs, laser-guided vehicles. Moreover, complete automation of finished product handling is provided, through the Smart Store automatic warehouse, capable of handling more than 50,000 pallets of manufactured goods. This choice enables space savings of up to 40%.

To mark the inauguration of Circleville’s production plant, the company has decided to hold the award ceremony of the 2018 Sofidel Suppliers Sustainability Award (3SAward) in the US. The 3SAward is the annual prize set up to encourage, highlight and reward Sofidel worldwide suppliers’ best practices and improvement actions in the field of sustainability. The event will be held tomorrow in Columbus, Ohio. Another way of underlining the attention that Sofidel pays to the American market – the world’s biggest market for tissue paper consumption per capita – and the strategic value of sustainability within the Group’s development policies.

The Circleville greenfield investment has been supported by Sofidel’s participation in the SelectUSA project, a program to promote foreign investments in the United States.

2018-10-04 
Environmental Impact Assessment for UPM's possible Kotka Biorefinery is ready

The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for UPM’s possible Kotka Biorefinery in Finland has been completed and given to the authorities for their final conclusions. The UPM Kotka Biorefinery would produce approximately 500,000 tonnes of advanced biofuels made from sustainable raw materials for use in the road transport, marine and aviation sectors. The biorefinery’s products could also be used for replacing fossil raw materials in the chemical industry.

The renewable and sustainable raw materials and efficient processes of the possible Kotka Biorefinery enable significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil-based fuels and products.

According to the EIA conducted by consultancy company Pöyry, the UPM Kotka Biorefinery would have substantial positive impacts such as increasing utilization of wastes and residues as well as decreases in greenhouse gas emissions. The decrease of the greenhouse gas emissions achieved by the biorefinery would be as much as 16% of the greenhouse gas emissions generated by Finnish road traffic - equivalent to three times the greenhouse gas emissions of a city the size of Helsinki.

If realized, the UPM Kotka Biorefinery would also have a very positive effect on the Kotka region’s economic life and finances.

The Environmental Impact Assessment states that the UPM Kotka Biorefinery is feasible, and the possible environmental impacts can be limited by the means stated in the assessment. If the biorefinery goes ahead, the main environmental impacts will be caused by increased traffic and changes in the landscape.

The results of the assessment will be covered more thoroughly in a public event organized on 15 October at 17.30 in Cafe Neptunus in Kotka.

The EIA is part of the approximately year-long pre-study phase for the Kotka Biorefinery, looking at the feasibility of the project. EU and national policies on biofuels will also play an important role in the final assessment of this possible investment. The final conclusions of the authorities for the EIA are expected in the beginning of next year.

2018-10-04 
ULTIS™ Dry² Strength Technology

An innovation in dry strength, Ultis Dry² Strength Technology is a platform providing recycled paperboard and packaging manufacturers higher levels of strength in a dry chemistry form. This dry strength program instead of conventional liquid strength programs allows our customers to tolerate temperature changes and unprecedented product shelf life, while delivering compressive strength benefits. This innovative platform improves logistics, customer product quality and improved cost of operation.

2018-10-04 
At your service: ‘This is Yale’ showcases tailored industry solutions

Normally a hub of activity of comings and goings, Weeze Airport, near Düsseldorf, Germany, became the place to be for the materials handling industry for two days in September. A corner of the airport facility was transformed on 19 and 20 September to host industry solutions showcase, ‘This is Yale’. Customers, prospects and dealers from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa were invited to discover the extensive capabilities of Yale Europe Materials Handling.
To showcase how Yale® solutions can be tailored to their applications, the event featured dedicated zones for a wide variety of industries. Yale ambassadors and experts from supplier partners, including Shell, Pyroban, Bolzoni, Trelleborg, Orlaco, Balyo, and RAVAS, demonstrated their in-depth knowledge and understanding of the challenges faced by Yale customers and prospects.
Visitors to This is Yale witnessed the launch of a number of exciting new products including : the Veracitor VX Gold Edition, the tilting mast reach truck range, and the new 16 tonne EC forklift with 1200mm load centre - the highest capacity truck Yale has offered to date. Automation was also a key focus at the event with the launch of the Yale robotic MO70T tow tractor and robotic MC15 counterbalance stacker featuring Balyo technology.
New options for existing products were also unveiled and alternative power solutions to suit an array of working environments were explored at the highly interactive event.
Zoning in on the right solution
Guests at This is Yale had the option to tour up to eight zones, each applying Yale expertise and solutions to different applications : automotive, Chemical and Hazardous Materials, Construction, Fleet and Telematics, Food and Beverage, Paper and Wood, Power Solutions and Supply Chain Solutions.

With dust and dirt the natural enemy of materials handling equipment in wood, paper and recycling applications, Yale solutions are designed to cope with harsh operating environments. The high capacity GDP35VX Veracitor truck, with its reversing fan, bale clamp and Pedestrian Awareness Lights, was the star of the show in the paper and recycling applications. While the new 16T Yale EC truck with 1200mm load centre took pride of place for wood applications.
“It was wonderful to welcome so many customers, dealers, suppliers, journalists and prospects to This is Yale,” said Iain Friar, Yale Brand Marketing Manager, EMEA. “Our guests travelled many miles – including some from as far as the Middle East – to join us in Germany. We thank them for their time and enthusiasm, and we hope we have shown them how vast and versatile Yale industry solutions can be. With our understanding of the challenges businesses face in a wide range of applications, we have worked hard to provide them with the best possible solution to enhance their productivity.”

2018-10-04 
E-WIND®T200: Further success of the new generation A.Celli Rewinders

E-WIND® T200 : Further success of the new generation A.Celli Rewinders

Successful start-up of a new E-WIND® T200 rewinder by A.Celli Paper in Portugal

On September 3, the E-WIND® T200 was started-up at The Navigator Company plant in Cacia, in northern Portugal.

This rewinder, which manages rolls of 5670 mm on the unwinder, with diameters up to 3000 mm and for a weight of between 11 and 40 gsm, was designed to meet all of the customer’s needs, ensuring excellent performance and a maximum operating speed of 1800 mpm.

The machine, equipped with a "Full Enclosure" dust removal system, is incorporated in a self-supporting aluminium and polycarbonate structure, which permits maximum containment and the relative reduction of dust deriving from unwinding, rewinding and cutting processes.

A long track record, a high level of expertise and close customer relations have once again made it possible for A.Celli Paper to develop an important partnership, this time with The Navigator Company.

2018-10-04 
New successfull startup of Recard turnkey plant for Drenik ND Serbia

PM3 was successfully started-up on 19 September 2018.

This turn-key plant is the 3rd one supplied by Recard to Drenik ND after PM1 (2004) and PM2 (2008). An identical plant will be supplied to Drenik Hungary in 2019.

The Recard’s supply included a Crescent Former machine in a 1850-mpm speed and 2850-mm format with a production capacity of 120 tpd, will be fed by two stock preparation lines for virgin fibers and equipped with two rewinders (one pneumatic with one backstand and one hydraulic rewinder with 4 backstands), complete electrical plant, DAF system, integrated recovery boiler, mist and dust extraction systems and hall ventilation.

“Drenik Sebia PM3 synthetizes all Recard’s features : Hi performances, user friendliness and energy saving.” says Mauro Michelini – General Manager of Recard “With this tissue plant continues the series of Recard successful start-up in which the first reel is perfect and sellable. The accuracy of our projects, the manufacturing quality and the care we give to the installation, ensure the respect of all customer’s targets.”

DRENIK is one of the largest manufacturer of tissue paper in Southeast Europe and consists of a group of industrial and commercial companies in the field of tissue products. Actually the group Drenik DN has more than 700 employees and operates in the two factories : DRENIK Belgrade and DRENIK Hungary.

Besides the Drenik’s production and development of the brand’s PERFEX and Boni the factory also produce the private label products for renowned wholesalers, trading companies and retail chains in Southeast Europe.

2018-10-03 
Valmet to supply a biomass boiler to Greenalia's new power plant in Teixeiro, Spain

Valmet will supply a biomass boiler to Greenalia’s new Curtis-Teixeiro biomass power plant in Teixeiro, Spain. With Valmet’s boiler technology, the plant will be able to supply power in an efficient and sustainable way.

The order is included in Valmet’s third quarter of 2018 orders received. It was placed by ACCIONA Industrial and Imasa, a Spanish EPC contractor joint venture for the plant. The biomass power plant’s takeover is scheduled for January 2020.

"We chose Valmet to supply the boiler plant based on the company’s proven and efficient technology. Our good cooperation started already in the sales and pre-engineering stage," says Manuel García, CEO at Greenalia.

"Valmet has wide experience in the biofuels that the new plant will use. We look forward to continuing our good and fruitful cooperation with the power plant owner Greenalia and the EPC contractor ACCIONA-Imasa," states Kai Janhunen, Vice President, Energy business unit, Valmet.

To produce energy, the plant will use forest biomass, mainly eucalyptus and pine wood. The project will contribute to the maintenance of forests in the area and the prevention of fires, encouraging the collection of small-sized wood waste that is normally discarded for industrial use. The Curtis-Teixeiro plant will increase the generation of energy from renewable sources, thereby contributing to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.

2018-10-03 
ANDRITZ to supply major equipment for ARAUCO’s MAPA project

ANDRITZ and ARAUCO signed a letter of award for supply of major technologies and equipment for the modernization and extension of the ARAUCO pulp mill in Chile. The order value for ANDRITZ is in the range of around 300 million Euros.
For the new 1.5 million tons/yr bleached eucalyptus kraft (BEK) pulp line, ANDRITZ will supply - on an EPS basis - the woodyard, fiberline, white liquor plant and evaporation system.

2018-10-03 
Valmet strengthens its automation business and acquires US-based Enertechnix

Valmet has acquired Enertechnix, a high-tech combustion diagnostics and monitoring technology company based in Washington, USA. The company develops innovative technologies for boiler imaging and temperature measuring, and holds a leading position on the US market. The value of the acquisition will not be disclosed. The company employs approximately 20 people.

The acquisition is in line with Valmet’s strategy and complements Valmet’s automation offering for the pulp and paper, and energy industries, enabling Valmet to offer more comprehensive solutions to improve the efficiency, availability and safety of recovery and power boilers.

"Enertechnix’ combustion diagnostics and monitoring systems meet well the needs of today’s recovery and power boiler operators. We are especially excited about the comprehensive imaging and high-temperature measurement solutions as well as the many opportunities they provide in opening a whole new window into the boiler process," says Sami Riekkola, Business Line President, Automation, Valmet.

"I believe that our leading products, technologies and business will be further developed at Valmet, and they will be better and more easily accessible to the customers globally. We are very excited and pleased to be part of Valmet," comments George Kychakoff, Founder and CEO of Enertechnix.

Enertechnix has developed high-resolution IR camera systems with diagnostics software to provide superior online visibility and temperature analysis. They are able to see through obscuring dust and gas to depths of 24 meters, allowing monitoring of developments anywhere in the combustion chamber.

The company’s acoustic pyrometer is a non-contact measurement device that obtains highly accurate instantaneous gas temperature profile in any area of the boiler.

Enertechnix has also developed a visible wavelength, light-weight, fully digital imaging system that provides high-resolution HD video quality and provides unprecedented operational views of extreme high-temperature processes such as in kilns, boilers, furnaces and more. The company supplies image processing software to provide additional information from the networked cameras.

2018-10-02 
KaiCell Fibers : EIA decision now endorsed by the Kainuu Ely Center

The local authority, Kainuu ELY-Center, has completed the environmental impact assessment of KaiCell Fibers Oy Ltd. ELY Centres are responsible for the regional implementation and development tasks of the central government. According to Kainuu ELY Center, the project is feasible. The company will submit an environmental permit application in the near future.

The EIA process has identified and assessed significant impacts on the environment, as has the social impact. The significant positive impact of the biorefinery project is directed at the regional economy and employment. In full production, the biorefinery employs directly about 220 people and indirectly over 1 000 for many decades.

The environmental impact assessment is now complete and the local authority has given a reasoned conclusion from the EIA-report. The reasoned conclusion is taken into account in the environmental permit application.
"This is an important milestone for us in the preparation of the project," says Jukka Kantola, CEO of the company. He says : "During the process we met with a number of stakeholders and people on various occasions. We listening closely to comments on the project and it is now our task to ensure through our best efforts that the biorefinery complements the local community in an optimum way."

2018-10-02 
Use of nanocellulose for security paper

September 14th, 2018, Johanna Desmaisons defended her doctoral thesis at University Grenoble Alpes prepared under the supervision of Julien Bras, Associate Professor, and of Professor Alain Dufresne (Grenoble INP-Pagora / LGP2). She presented the results of her research work entitled Use of nanocellulose for security paper.
The original feature of this thesis is the use of nanocellulose for limiting two security paper defects : corner folds, also called "dog-ears", and crumpling. These defects, principally caused by daily handling of these high added value documents, are responsible for a decrease of paper visual and mechanical quality and constitute an economic loss.
Nanocellulose can be divided into two different families : cellulose nanofibrils and cellulose nanocrystals. Cellulose nanofibrils are long and flexible materials with the ability to entangle and form a network strongly maintained by hydrogen bonds. Cellulose nanocrystals are short and rigid materials whose outstanding mechanical properties make them good candidates for reinforcement in a polymer matrix.
In this study, two strategies are proposed to incorporate these two kinds of nanocellulose in the security paper process. Finally, these approaches have been performed at pilot and industrial scales with positive results, which allowed deposition of patents.

2018-10-02 
iDEAL® forged YD: the first new-generation Yankee has been shipped

Since the promotional launch and presentation during the "iT’s Tissue" event, the A.Celli solution has gained more recognition than ever before

A.Celli Paper is pleased to announce the start of a series of supplies of the iDEAL® Forged_YD new generation Yankee.

Specifically, in this case, we are talking about valuable collaboration with the Mexican customer Blue Tissue S.A.P.I. de C.V., sealed with an agreement for the supply of an iDEAL® Forged_YD – 16" new generation Yankee Cylinder for the Apizaco plant, in the district of Tlaxcala, Mexico.

This extraordinary result is thanks to the investment strategy of A.Celli, aimed at increasing its influence in the tissue and paper sectors with the development of highly innovative technological solutions.

iDEAL® forged YD is the new production technology conceived and patented by A.Celli Paper, characterised by a cylinder with a shell made from a single piece of steel that is shaped and worked with hot forging and rolling systems.

The result is a highly innovative and seamless product that stands out for its exceptional quality of manufacture.

The uniform material and the unique structure, free from processing stress, allow for greater variation in operating pressure and definitively eliminate the risk of breakage.

A.Celli Paper iDEAL® forged YD : the future of Steel Yankee Dryers !

2018-10-02 
B2A Technology sets up the organization that will support its growth

B2A Technology announces the organization whose objective is to accelerate the group’s transformation, to support its international growth objectives and to prepare external growth operations.

With a turnover of EUR 100 million in 2017 and 500 employees, B2A Technology Group created at the beginning of 2018 by Alstef and BA Systèmes, is the leader in automated turnkey solutions for the
intralogistics, airport and robotics markets.

To sustain this momentum, B2A Technology is setting up a new managerial structure on October 1st, based on a strengthened governance composed of four cross-functional departments and two Directorates-General.

"This new organization is an important step in the construction of B2A Technology Group. It will bring teams together around common goals and combine the best of both companies. I am confident in our ability to achieve our ambitious growth objectives by improving the quality of service for our customers", explains Pierre MAROL.

A Centralized Governance

Pierre MAROL, President of B2A Technology, ensures the operational management and the realization of the business plan. The CEOs, the cross-functional directors as well as the subsidiaries’ Directors in Canada, Turkey, Russia and in Croatia report directly to him.

Jean-Luc THOMÉ, CEO of B2A Technology, is in charge of business development, innovation activities and new products.

Two CEOs Appointed

Djemal GHANEM was appointed CEO of Alstef Automation on January 1st, 2018. Djemal joined the company about 29 years ago after obtaining his engineering degree. He held many technical positions before being appointed Industrial Director in 2012.

Rémy FARGIER, Operations Director since 2013, is appointed CEO of BA Systèmes. Rémy joined BA Systèmes 5 years ago, after a 24-year career built in technology industries on several operational functions and in high-stakes contexts.

Four Cross-Functional Departments Created

To support this new organization, B2A Technology chooses to optimize its internal skills by bringing together all support services in four cross-functional departments.

Administrative and Financial Department

Sylvie SCHROEDER, currently CFO of Alstef, is in charge of the Group’s Administrative and Financial Management. Sylvie is responsible for the legal, accounting, payroll and management control services for all Group companies.

Resources and Synergies Department

Nathalie RIGAUD, currently Corporate Secretary of BA Systèmes, becomes Director of Resources and Synergies. Nathalie is in charge of human resources, communication, cross-functional projects management and the Group’s external growth operations.

IT Systems Department

Éric HERVÉ, currently CIO of Alstef, is in charge of the Group’s IT Systems Department. Éric leads the IT teams at Alstef and BA Systèmes to build a robust and efficient IS.

Purchasing Department

Jean ARTUR is the head of the purchasing department. Jean, who is a new member of the group, will bring his experience in purchasing, acquired in several areas of industry and services.

2018-10-02 
Kemira increases prices of polymer products globally in Pulp & Paper as of October 15th, 2018

Kemira, a global chemicals company serving customers in water intensive industries, announces price increases for all polymer products globally in the Pulp & Paper segment.

The price increases will vary based on different product types and may be significantly higher in specific countries. New prices will be effective for all deliveries from October 15th, 2018 or as contract terms allow.

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These price increases are necessary as the prices for the main raw materials for polymers, together with tight supply and strong demand in the downstream polymer market, have all continued to increase during 2018 and are expected to further increase in 2019.

Kemira continues to be committed as a long-standing, reliable supplier of high quality products to its customers.

2018-10-01 
SEQUANA : an observation period reopened for a period of 3 months

In the various appeals filed by the BAT group against the sauvegarde proceedings opened by the Nanterre commercial court on 15 February 2017 following the orders made at first instance by the High Court of Justice of England and Wales against Sequana, the Court of Appeal of Versailles has handed down a judgment on 18 September 2018 which rescinds the judgement made on 12 June 2017 by the Nanterre commercial court adopting the sauvegarde plan for Sequana. The consequence of this decision is to reopen an observation period, for a period of 3 months.
The court of appeal of Versailles considered that the sauvegarde plan ought to have provided for the maximum amount of the claims filed by the BAT group (which correspond to the repayment of the 1st dividend of 443 million euros and of the 2nd dividend of 135 million euros), and not only for the amount of the 2nd dividend plus interest, which Sequana has been ordered to pay back by the High Court of Justice of England and Wales on 10 February 2017. The BAT group itself eventually dropped its claim with respect to the 1st dividend before the hearing held at the Court of Appeal of England and Wales in June 2018.
Sequana acknowledges this decision, which does not affect its business nor that of its subsidiaries, and is assessing possible appeals. The company will file a new sauvegarde plan with the Nanterre commercial court within the 3 month deadline.
This decision does not affect the operations conducted in the past. In particular, the Court of Appeal of Versailles has confirmed, in another judgment on the same day, the decision made by the Nanterre commercial court confirming the order which had authorised Sequana to distribute a dividend in shares of Antalis, thus allowing for the listing of Antalis.
With respect to the case between Sequana and the BAT group in England, the company still awaits the judgement of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales which is due to decide whether the 135 million euro dividend should be repaid, as the BAT group have dropped their claims with respect to the distribution of the 1st dividend of 443 million euros as mentioned above. This decision is expected before the end of this year.

2018-10-01 
Ahlstrom-Munksjö builds on its global platform for high-performance filtration material by completing the investment in Madisonville, U.S.

As market demand for high-performance filtration material continue to increase globally, Ahlstrom-Munksjö continues to grow its attractive Filtration business and strengthens its manufacturing platform globally by completing a major investment in its plant in Madisonville, US.

This EUR 23 million investment was announced in October 2016 and is one of several investments through which Ahlstrom-Munksjö has expanded its filtration manufacturing capabilities globally, in response to growing demand for high performance filtration material, both for engine and industrial applications.

”We can be proud of what we have accomplished in Madisonville, delivering this major investment successfully in time and on budget, states Fulvio Capussotti, EVP Filtration and Performance. This investment significantly strengthens our technical capabilities in the region, supporting the industry with sustainable filtration solutions, and increases our production capacity in the US. It brings new unique product capabilities to the plant, making Madisonville a solid platform to support future needs of our customers. The investment shows our long term commitment and our ambition to maintain a leading position. I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this project”, Fulvio Capussotti concludes.

The Filtration and Performance business area develops and produces filtration materials for transportation as well as industrial applications. It also produces glass fiber media for flooring products and wind turbine blades and makes nonwoven materials for automotive, construction, textile, hygiene applications and wallcover materials.

2018-10-01 

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