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SCA increases the price on publication papers

Following strong demand and improved market balance for publication papers, SCA today announces a price increase.

The price for both Coated Mechanical Reels and Uncoated Mechanical Reels is increased by EUR 40 per tonne in Europe.The new prices are valid for all deliveries from January 1, 2019.

2018-09-28 
Sustainability goes ‘live’ as CEPI unveils new sustainability platform

CEPI, the European association representing the pulp and paper industry, today unveils a dynamic ‘live’ sustainability platform which demonstrates, amongst other things, industry’s sustainability achievements.

“We are delighted to offer our members and the European industry at large a one-stop shop for all industry sustainability data and achievements” says Jori Ringman, Deputy Director General of CEPI. “The platform will be systematically updated once the new data becomes available ; meaning our sustainability platform is always ‘live’ and up to date when you need it”.

The concept behind the platform

The new platform departs from the past practice of producing a new, ‘static’ sustainability report biannually. Building on CEPI’s more than twenty year history of being the focal point for third-party verified, industry data, all information on the site will be updated systematically multiple times per year. Users will be able to download the entire website as a PDF or pick and choose per policy section.

Pulp and paper company good practices, all in one place

The new platform also offers the possibility for companies across CEPI’s membership to display their good practices in the fields of bioeconomy, circular economy/recycling, environment, energy and climate change and forestry. The dedicated Good Practices section will be the focal point for researchers, journalists, policymakers and more seeking best examples from the sustainability leaders in our industry.

Key data for 2017 revealed

Following on from the publication of CEPI’s ‘Key Statistics’ in July, the new platform also reveals a wealth of data on industry’s sustainability achievements. Notably, new certification figures were made public showing that 83.2% of the pulp purchased by the industry is certified and that 70.7% of wood, woodchips or residues from saw mills purchased by the industry come from certified forests.

2018-09-28 
BASF to increase prices for paper wet-end and water chemicals in the EMEA region

Driven by continued increases in cost of key raw materials, transportation, and energy, as well as restricted availability of selected raw materials, BASF has decided to increase prices for paper wet-end and water chemicals in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa), effective October 1, 2018 or as existing contracts allow to compensate those increased costs.

2018-09-28 
A new milestone: Voith Asia awarded contract for two XcelLine packaging paper machines by Sun Paper in South East Asia market

Sun Paper has awarded Voith the contract for two more XcelLine paper machines
 First packaging line project for Voith in South East Asia
 New sales record for papermaking equipment in Asia : Voith supplied a total of nine new paper machines to Sun Paper
 With a global footprint and overseas project management experience, Voith serves as a strategic partner for the customer’s business expansion

A new milestone for Voith, another two XcelLine paper machines have been ordered by the company’s long-term partner Sun Paper. This order strengthens the partnership between both companies and brings the total number of Voith paper machines supplied to Sun Paper to nine. In particular, Voith has been the exclusive supplier for a remarkable seven consecutive new machines in the past five years. The two new machines will be located at Sun Papers’ new site in Laos, and they are the first of Voith’s new XcelLine paper machine generation for packaging in South East Asia region.

On June 28, 2018, Voith and Sun Paper held a grand signing ceremony for the new paper machine project at Sun Paper’s Laos site. Kurt Yu, President of Voith Paper Asia, and Li Hongxin, Chairman of Sun Paper, signed the contract on behalf of both parties. Under the contract, Voith will supply two new XcelLine paper machines, as well as deliver the comprehensive services throughout the paper machine life cycle. The two paper machines are packaging grade lines designed for a speed of 1,200 m/min and a width of 6.6 m.

With this order, Voith sets a new record in the sales of papermaking equipment in Asia. The order is not only the first packaging machine project in the South East Asian market ; it also increases the number of new machines Sun Paper has ordered from Voith to nine lines. In addition, from 2014 to present, Voith is the only supplier for a remarkable total of seven consecutive machines that Sun Paper has purchased – a historic breakthrough.

Voith has partnered with Sun Paper for many years, and this project success is strong evidence of the trustful and beneficial cooperation. As a global leader in the supply of papermaking systems, Voith provides customers with equipment that ensures operational stability and reliability, and additionally, the optimized product portfolio and resource-saving processes help the customer in achieving world-class efficiency, operational excellence and stronger profitability.

As a technology leader and innovation driver in the paper industry, Voith Paper has always taken a leading role. For example, the machine and quality control automation systems in the projects’ scope of supply are applications from the state-of-the-art Papermaking 4.0 systems, which increase productivity, reduce costs and enable visualization, stabilization and optimization in the whole process and operation.

2018-09-28 
Administrative Court confirmed Finnpulp’s environmental permit

On 21st September 2018 Vaasa administrative court has given its decision concerning the appeals of Finnpulp’s environmental permits. The terms of the permit will remain in the format provided by the Regional Administration of Eastern Finland with minor changes.

The court dismissed appeals almost entirely in the process that lasted one and a half years. In its decision, the Administrative Court considers that permit made by authorities has taken notice of all operation and its impact on the environment.

The progress of the permit process will enable Finnpulp to initiate financial negotiations for the next phase of the mill project. Finnish-Chinese owned company is currently carrying out pre-engineering of the plant. It is estimated to be completed next year. The pre-engineering will include preparation of the construction stage of the mill’s processes, technologies and mill site layouts. After completion of the engineering, the company will make its final investment decision on the construction of a bioproduction mill in Sorsasalo, Kuopio.

Finnpulp’s bioproduct mill will be the world’s largest softwood pulp mill. The annual pulp production capacity of the bioproduction mill is 1.2 million tons. Mill will also produce 60,000 tons of tall oil and one terawatt-hour (TWh) bioelectricity to the domestic power grid. The mill will use 6.7 million cubic meters of raw wood material per year. Once completed, the investment of 1.4 billion euros bioproduction mill’s effect on Finland’s export income will be +1% and has a permanent employment effect of around 3,400 people annually.

2018-09-28 
Essity reduces costs to increase profitability and competitiveness

To strengthen the Group’s long-term cost efficiency, the hygiene and health company Essity today introduced a Group-wide cost-savings program. The program is expected to generate annual cost savings of approximately SEK 800m, with full effect at the end of 2019.

For a number of years, Essity has reported sales growth and increased profitability. During the first half of 2018, the Group’s margin has been negatively affected by significantly higher raw material costs. The rapidly increasing costs have, to a large extent, been offset by active work to increase prices, product mix improvements and cost savings. During the third quarter of 2018, the negative impact of external market factors, such as sharply increasing costs for pulp, oil-based raw materials and energy, have accelerated further.

The cost-savings program is being implemented in all parts of the Group to reduce the cost base related to cost of goods sold and sales, general and administration costs. The program will include headcount reductions and reduced costs for projects, consultants and travel. Personnel changes will be subject to customary consultations. The program that is now being launched is in addition to the efficiency initiatives already in progress in the Group, such as “Tissue Roadmap” and “Cure or Kill”.

“Sharply increasing raw material costs and higher energy prices are affecting our margins in the short term. We are implementing this savings program to increase profitability and strengthen our competitiveness. At the same time, we are continuing to invest in innovation and our strong brands,” says Magnus Groth, President and CEO of Essity.

Cost savings related to the program will be reported separately in addition to the savings reported on an ongoing basis by the Group. Restructuring costs arising from the savings program will be related to headcount reductions and will be presented in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Telephone conference and audiocast :
A telephone conference for media, analysts and investors with Essity President and CEO Magnus Groth will be held today at 8:30 a.m. CET. The telephone conference will also be audiocast on the web. 

Link to the audiocast : https://essity.videosync.fi/2018-09-28-pc
To participate via telephone, dial +1 631 510 74 95, +44 (0) 207 192 80 00 or +46 (0) 8 506 921 80. State “Essity” or the conference ID 9418369. Please dial in well ahead of the starting time.

2018-09-28 
Lecta Presents Its Latest Developments in Publishing Papers at the Frankfurt Book Fair

The company will showcase its wide range of premium coated and uncoated papers for the publishing industry.

Once again, Lecta returns to the Frankfurt Book Fair, the leading international event for the publishing industry, which will be held from October 10-14th, and will bring together professionals worldwide.

This year, Lecta will present its new book “Divergence”, an original concept that explores the beauty of opposites through image. The project juxtaposes suggestive visual work to show us how contrast and difference enable us to distinguish one thing from the rest.

The notion of differentiation is also reflected in the selection of the two different 2-side coated papers on which the book was printed : GardaPremium Natural, a silk paper with a smooth surface and a natural shade, and GardaPat 13 BIANKA, a matt paper with a pure white shade, high bulk (volume 1.3) and a velvet surface. Two extremes of surface, color and volume, each of which add value – like all of Lecta’s premium publishing papers - to the end print result in different ways.

We look forward to seeing you at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Hall 4.0 - stand F87, October 10-14th.

2018-09-27 
Sappi Digital Solutions highlights dye sublimation paper portfolio at SGIA

Consistent high quality, flexibility and reliable production are hallmarks of Transjet® heat transfer dye sublimation papers

Sappi Limited, a leading global producer of speciality papers, will showcase the performance possibilities available to the market with its broad portfolio of Transjet® dye-sublimation papers at the SGIA Expo, scheduled for October 18 to 20 2018, in Las Vegas. Sappi Digital Solutions, formed by the acquisition of Cham Paper Group at the beginning of this year, will be located in booth 1997 at the show.

Stronger market presence

The establishment of this new division reflects Sappi’s already significant presence in the dye sublimation market, and its strong dedication to this sector. The company continues to place considerable focus on this crucial and growing market segment, as will be evidenced by its extensive showing at SGIA.

Transjet® heat transfer sublimation paper, already in wide use in the industry, is the flagship brand for Sappi Digital Solutions. Transjet® is known for delivering excellent quality with fast ink drying, shorter heat dwell time and optimum ink consumption. It is ideal for a broad array of applications in both soft and hard goods, including sports apparel, fashion, soft signage, home textiles, shoes, skis, and it also offers grades compatible with industrial equipment.

Paola Tiso, Head of Digital Solutions, comments, “Sappi Digital Solutions’ broad portfolio of dye sublimation papers supports many industries in their quest to meet demand for individualization and speed to market. Customers need quality papers, fast solutions and excellent service. Sappi Digital Solutions offers complete assistance and dedicated partnership for this industry”.

Beyond dye sublimation papers, Sappi Digital Solutions also offers large format substrates up to 3.10 meters wide, optimized for inkjet printing for both indoor and outdoor applications using for CAD/Engineering or imaging printers. These substrates deliver the brilliant color and homogeneity that applications in technical printing and architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industries increasingly demand. Sappi’s portfolio includes papers suitable for use with water-based, solvent or UV-curable inks as well as HP Latex inks.

At SGIA, Sappi Digital Solutions experts will be on hand to discuss the individual requirements of visitors to its booth and, to share details about its broad range of specialty products and services to educate and inspire attendees.

2018-09-27 
Essity and Fotografiska launch “Hand to Hand” exhibition with Paul Hansen

On September 27, the “Hand to Hand” exhibition will open at Fotografiska (the Museum of Photography) in Stockholm with pictures taken by the internationally award-winning photojournalist Paul Hansen. This will be the second time Essity and Fotografiska present a joint exhibition aimed at highlighting how hygiene and health affect people’s well-being.

Paul Hansen’s images are mainly taken from situations in the world characterized by catastrophes and conflicts, but also from other settings. The need for good hygiene and water is crucial for people’s health, particularly considering the growing problem of multidrug-resistant bacteria. 

“Through Essity’s various partnerships, we are pursuing a global dialogue to highlight the importance of hygiene and health and their link to well-being. Paul Hansen’s powerful images at Fotografiska underline its importance, regardless of where you are in the world,” says Magnus Groth, President and CEO of Essity.

The collaboration with Fotografiska and the “Fotografiska For Life” platform is being conducted within the framework of Essity’s “Essentials Initiative”, where the company is raising issues about how hygiene standards can be improved around the world. Essity is partnering with the United Nations Foundation and the UN’s Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), among others.

“The ‘Fotografiska For Life’ exhibitions highlight important social issues. Through ‘Hand to Hand’, we wish to shed light on the importance of hygiene and health at a time of multidrug-resistant bacteria. It is an incredibly important issue that should be addressed more strongly. This requires cultural institutions, politicians and companies to work together to create a positive and sustainable development of society. We now hope Essity’s strong commitment to these developments acts as a role model for many other players in the business community. Sustainability and profitability go hand in hand and we want to highlight this issue more,” says Per Broman, CEO and founder of Fotografiska Stockholm.

The exhibition also contains images by the documentary photographer Åsa Sjöström, who has followed students at a school in the UK to portray an ongoing initiative where children learn at an early age the importance of personal hygiene. 

“Hand to Hand” will be on display at Fotografiska in Stockholm until December 16, 2018.

2018-09-27 
Toscotec partners with Chemitex-Egypt to increase sales in Egypt.

Toscotec signed an agency agreement for both its Tissue and Paper & Board divisions with Chemitex Egypt for Trading & Agencies, S.A.E. to increase its sales in the Egyptian market, where it recently landed a number of P&B rebuilding orders.

Toscotec entrusted Sameh Habib, founder and owner of Chemitex-Egypt, with the agency. Habib has fifteen years of sales experience in the tissue and paper industries in Egypt.

Following the deal with Toscotec, Habib said, “The Egyptian paper and tissue market has a high growth potential. Toscotec’s technology fits very well in this market for its strong focus on customization and flexibility, paired with energy reduction.Building on our customer portfolio and the relationships of mutual respect, trust, and cooperation we established, we expect to see promising results in the coming years”

2018-09-27 
Sulzer inaugurates new manufacturing site in Poland

Sulzer inaugurated a new manufacturing site for Applicator Systems products in Wrocļaw, Poland. Strong growth in the adhesives and dental segments, for which Sulzer markets products commercially under the brand Mixpac, required additional production capacities. The new site will generate more than 100 new jobs.

The new site with 6’300 m2 of manufacturing space is Sulzer’s new hub in the heart of Europe for cartridges and mixers for adhesive customers around the world. The new site will significantly increase the production capacity for adhesives systems of the Sulzer Applicator Systems division. Sulzer chose Wrocļaw because the city offers a strong business environment, a large talent pool and great infrastructure for logistics.

The leased, made-for-purpose manufacturing facility required an investment of about PLN 10 million (close to CHF 3 million) for state-of-the-art injection molding and assembly machines.

This new site will allow Sulzer’s production facility in Haag, Switzerland, to reallocate capacity to its focus on products for the dental and healthcare markets. Sulzer recently strengthened its position in these markets with the acquisitions of Transcodent and Medmix.
Sulzer’s CEO Greg Poux-Guillaume said : “This investment in additional manufacturing capacity confirms our belief in the strong prospects of our Applicator Systems adhesives, dental and healthcare segments.”

2018-09-26 
Major PulpEye order from Iggesund

PulpEye received its second biggest order ever when Iggesund paperboard bought two complete PulpEye sets, one for the unbleached and one for the bleached pulps. Both PulpEye cabinets are equipped with modules for online analysis of kappa number, brightness, fibre, shives and fibre wall thickness as well as the dot analyser DotEye. The order also comprises two ScreenEye, two LabEye and one RMEye. 

”I am very happy that we, in stiff competition, have landed our second biggest order ever,” says Öjvind Sundvall, MD at PulpEye. “By equipping both PulpEye cabinets with a number of modules as well as one ScreenEye in each fibre line, Iggesund has good opportunities to make sure that the pulp quality will be of even higher quality and consistency, which will be beneficial to their exclusive board.”

Iggesund replaces an old kappa number analyser with new technology to measure fibre quality in a new way to be able to follow wood raw material variations in a better way. The fibre wall thickness module is a very new technology for characterisation of pulp. Thanks to this comprehensive investment even better possibilities have been created to follow the fibre from wood yard to board mill in order to achieve an even more consistent board quality.

ScreenEye is a sampler which is put in the blow line, screening the pulp in two steps and pre-washing it before it is transported to the analyser. Online dot measurement by DotEye shows the pulp cleanliness in real-time and possible disturbances are immediately detected and can be dealt with.

”Iggesund’s bleached SBB board Invercote is well-known for its high quality and is used in packaging in different premium segments all over the world,” says Malin Ekroos, Pulp Manager, Iggesund Paperboard. “When we decided to invest in new technology for measuring different quality parameters our choice, after careful evaluation, was PulpEye as their technology enables online measurements of the pulp parameters that are important to us.”

Iggesund Paperboard produces ca 420,000 tonnes bleached long- and short-fibre pulps as well as ca 350,000 tonnes of Invercote annually.

2018-09-26 
Pro-Gest invested in Web Monitoring Systems in Cartitalia and Cartiera di Carbonera paper mills

Procemex Ltd was recently awarded a contract to Cartitalia and Cartiera di Carbonera paper mills in Italy for a delivery of two Web Monitoring Systems. Commissioning will be in October 2018. This new system will substantially increase quality monitoring and decrease web break times and therefore improve Pro-Gest Group’s positioning at the market.

2018-09-26 
The Paper Book 2018-2021 - International standards for creative papers

The Paper Book 2018–2021 is the second edition of the complete collection of creative papers developed and manufactured by Arjowiggins. This all-in-one selector tool, first produced in 2015, set a new international standard in the selection and specification of creative papers, and the new, updated and expanded edition pushes the bar still higher.

The Paper Book comprises two complementary parts – the waterfall and the book itself – and includes all of Arjowiggins’ latest products. Alongside it for the first time is a DL-sized version, offering the same instant access to the entire Arjowiggins collection but in a more portable, compact form, for designers, printers and end-users on the move. Both editions display every range, weight, texture, colour and shade, with hundreds of pages labelled clearly and logically for easy reference.

New to The Paper Book are a series of additions to the range made in 2018, including a new palette of cool, modern greys in Conqueror, an updated set of Curious Metallics, an extended spectrum of colours in the Keaykolour range, as well as the brand new Curious Alchemy – an innovation in paper science that brings the warm, weathered metal surfaces of contemporary architecture and interior design into the realm of packaging and print design.

Searching for a local distributor and ordering samples has been made effortless. Both The Paper Book and The DL Paper Book are completely connected and interactive, thanks to the Arjowiggins’ award-winning PowerCoat Alive NFC technology. Place an NFC-enabled device such as a smartphone on the waterfall of The Paper Book or the cover of the DL Paper Book and the user can access extra digital content and services – easy searching for products and local distributors, sample ordering and the latest technical information, printing tips and advice on alternative and matching papers.

It’s a graphic demonstration of the potential of PowerCoat Alive in bridging the gap between the print and digital worlds in a seamless, functional and creative way. NFC-activated PowerCoat paper can be simply sandwiched between sheets of creative papers and then printed, finished and handled, just like any other paper. This way, magazine advertisements, packaging, retail labels, book covers, cosmetics and other high-value printed materials can be programmed to deliver additional content digitally.

Paper isn’t complicated : one beautiful book is all you need. Three years after the original Paper Book, the new, expanded, connected edition promises further advances in how fine print and packaging is delivered around the world. Its launch sees Arjowiggins Creative Papers reinforce its position as the international standard for creative papers.

2018-09-26 
European Carton Excellence Award 2018: the Winners

The prizes for the best cartons of the European Carton Excellence Award have now been awarded ! Outstanding designs and functional solutions were honoured at the ECMA Congress Award Gala on 20 September – in the glamorous setting of the House of the Riga Latvian Society.

The impressive city of Riga on the Baltic, at the mouth of the Daugava River, is known for its historic buildings, Art Nouveau architecture and medieval centre. The perfect background for an enchanting celebration. The leading heads of the European cartonboard and carton industry gathered to recognise the most creative ideas in the industry.

On the Pro Carton website you can find all the winning designs well as photos and video interviews with the prize winners immediately after the award ceremony. “In every category, I can state that the judges saw design, construction, structure and graphics that really made an impact and set carton board far away and above any other material”, stated Satkar Gidda, Chairman of the jury, from the international brand consulting agency SiebertHead.

Carton of the Year 2018 is “Moët 6 Mini Moët pack” by Van Genechten Packaging. It contains six Mini Bottles of Moët Imperial and six Mini Golden Flutes. The jury’s comments : “The moment we opened the box, it was like opening a box of treasure ; the way the products were presented and the way the internal carton was structured. Spectacular !”

This year, the categories were revised to better reflect the market sector shares and to recognise structural creativity as much as the packs’ aesthetic qualities.

“The range of creative and sustainable solutions that cartons can offer is clearly demonstrated by the winners and finalists of the European Carton Excellence Award”, said Pro Carton President Horst Bittermann. “Every year I am impressed by this successful industry event.”

The voting for the Public Award was once again very well received and helped raise the competition’s profile even further. The winner this time was Starskin #mask Boss VIP.
Congratulations to all winners and finalists !

2018-09-26 
Deconsolidation of Venezuelan Operations

Smurfit Kappa Group plc and a wholly-owned subsidiary Smurfit Holdings BV confirm that due to the continuing actions and interference of the Government of Venezuela, SKG is no longer able to exercise control over the business of Smurfit Kappa Carton de Venezuela in Venezuela.

SKCV has been providing goods and services to its customers in Venezuela for almost 65 years giving employment today to almost 1,600 direct employees and generating more employment indirectly. During that time, the Company has operated to the highest business and ethical standards, invested significant amounts of capital in its business, developed a highly progressive Corporate Social Responsibility program and dedicated significant financial support and resources to the education and health of the less privileged members of the communities in which the Company operates. Three weeks ago, nine of the ten Company unions confirmed their support and desire to continue working with SKCV as a result of its good labour practices and compliance with local laws and regulations.

SKG previously reported that the Government of Venezuela took temporary control of the Company pursuant to an order that was notified on 28 August 2018. Following receipt of the Occupation Order, SKG confirmed that it was impossible for SKCV to manage its affairs in a way that complies with its normal business standards and confirmed that as of 28 August 2018, SKCV was no longer responsible for the use of its installations, machinery and equipment, its employees’ safety, that of its surrounding communities, any environmental impact, or the quality of the paper and packaging manufactured in the operations.

Since the notification of the Occupation Order, the Company has been subject to Government interference, including through the arbitrary harassment of its employees by the Directorate General of Military Counterintelligence (or DGCIM) through unauthorised visits which have the effect of intimidating the Company’s workforce resulting in increasing absenteeism. In addition, the Government of Venezuela has arbitrarily arrested two of the Company’s employees, whose immediate and full release is being actively sought through all available means.

In light of these circumstances, and in order to protect the interests of its stakeholders and mitigate operating risks, SKG has notified the Government that full responsibility for the Company’s operations and compliance with all applicable regulations have passed to the Venezuelan State from the date of the notification of the Occupation Order, namely, since 28 August 2018.

SKG and SKCV reserve all of their rights with regard to the Venezuelan Government’s actions and any subsequent State measures under Venezuelan and international law including, without limitation, the right to initiate international arbitration proceedings to protect the interests of its stakeholders and seek compensation for Venezuela’s unlawful measures.

As a consequence of the loss of control over SKCV, the Group will deconsolidate its Venezuelan operations in the third quarter of 2018, resulting in a write down of net assets of approximately €60 million for the Group. As noted in the Group’s 2018 half year results, SKCV represented less than 1% of the Group’s EBITDA in the first six months of 2018.

2018-09-26 
Morcon Tissue Makes Strategic Investment in United Converting’s S-70 Industrial Winder

Morcon Tissue has invested in a new S-70 winder from the world-renowned manufacturer, United Converting. This state of the art piece of equipment will allow Morcon to better service its customers, introduce new products and significantly increase their capacity of wound products. Morcon and UC are very excited to build upon their strategic partnership that began in 2016.

Joe Raccuia, President and Owner of Morcon Tissue stated, “United Converting has truly earned our business the good old-fashioned way. Luca Catoni’s level of professionalism and follow through have been best-in-class. Their equipment has evolved dramatically under Giuseppe Lupi’s visionary leadership and we are blessed to have such a fantastic, innovative partner in UC.”

Morcon’s VP of Sales Laura Morris is also excited to share the news with customers revealing that, “Our new S70 winder will add 1 million cases of new capacity to our towel and tissue offering. Our goal is to be the #1 converting company for the Away-From-Home tissue market, in the eyes of our customers. The new S-70 winder will help make our goal a reality.”

United Converting Srl President, Giuseppe Lupi, said, “We are delighted to support the growth of Morcon with the supply of our S-70 winder line. Under Joe Raccuia’s entrepreneurial leadership, Morcon has grown steadily and has been both a great customer and partner for several years.”

Luca Catoni, United Converting Sales Manager, added, “We feel extremely privileged to support Morcon’s highly qualified and enthusiastic team of professionals in the achievement of their goals. They are becoming a well-known force in the U.S tissue market. The high-tech design of the S-70 stop-start winder enables unsurpassed production output when paired with our T-35S high-density log saw.This delivery is a milestone for UC as it is our 15thwinder line in the U.S.”

Morcon Tissue is building a greenfield site, which will house the new United Converting S-70 winder. This third site will be fully operational in Q1 of 2019.

2018-09-26 
Successful start-up of the Yibin Paper TM2-iDEAL® Tissue Machine

A.Celli Paper celebrates with great enthusiasm the start-up of the TM2-iDEAL® Tissue machine.

The TM2-iDEAL® Tissue machine at Yibin Paper was successfully started-up on September 15, 2018, after an intense period of installation and commissioning. The TM2 is designed for a design speed of 1800m/min, an operating speed of 1600 m/min, and an untrimmed roll width of 2850 mm.

The scope of supply for the tissue machine consists of an Approach Flow system, acomplete set of Cresent Former tissue machines, a MCS control system, an Air system and a Dust Removal system.

The start-up and subsequent running-in all went smoothly. Yibin expressed great satisfaction with the result and were also very praising of A.Celli’s professional work.

The TM2 which was successfully started-up was the first in a big order for five sets of iDEAL® Tissue machines. The remaining four sets are scheduled to be started up by the end of 2018.

By that time, the production capacity of tissue paper will be 120,000 tons/year.

2018-09-25 
Southeast Asia’s biggest packing manufacturer upgrades to latest version of X-Trim and opt-Studio

SKIC is the biggest manufacturer in Southeast Asia with a production of 2.3 million tons of packaging paper annually. Greycon first got involved with SKIC in 2006 when it was contracted to provide scheduling and slitting optimisation in it mills in Thailand. Because of the benefits SKIC has achieved in improved trim, scheduling and machine utilization, visibility, delivery time of orders and supply chain optimisation, SKIC included two new sites to the original project scope. The system is integrated fully with SAP.

Jakkrit Supawatanakul, CEO of Greycon’s Partner in Thailand, Forward Consulting said : “We have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Greycon. In order to be the leading manufacturer in Southeast Asia, as well as continue to contribute to sustainable progress, SKIC needs to ensure its mills are equipped with the latest technology providing innovative solutions enabling them to maximise efficiencies wherever possible. Due to results and benefits Greycon’s solutions have provided over the years, it is important they remain up-to-date.”

During the upgrade, Greycon installed its new version of X-Trim rewritten in .Net and its new generation of scheduling software, opt-Studio, substituting the old S-Plan installation.

The new version of the software provides :

 Better and faster slitter optimisation with X-Trim state of the art algorithms ; and
 Faster and more user-friendly scheduling functionality which comes with opt-Studio.

Andres Bonelli, Project Manager at Greycon said : “Having been part of the original project back in 2006, it was exciting to roll out the upgrades and experience first-hand how SKIC’s business has grown and evolved over the years.”

2018-09-25 
BOBST continues to invest in its Lyon site

In late June 2018, Bobst Lyon in France broke ground on a new commercial building at its Bron site. It will be used by the company’s entire administrative staff as of early 2020.

The new 177-meter long facility is designed in a pure and contemporary architectural style, in line with BOBST’s corporate identity. This innovative three-level building is designed to promote communication, interaction and creativity within the organization across its 10,200 square meters of office space. Glass façades will provide employees with excellent natural lighting, and the building envelope will offer a high thermal performance. The culmination of a joint consultation process between the architecture firm, works council and staff committees, the interior layout will include a variety of workspaces that meet 21st-century standards for collaborative work.

“Our packaging machines are high-tech products manufactured in a rigorous industrial environment that requires continuous contact between the production workshops, R&D engineers and installation teams,” says Emmanuel Roquet, Chairman of Bobst Lyon. “Having a manufacturing facility that brings together all the company’s services at a single site will help rationalize our structure and enhance efficiency.”

Landscaped space and biodiversity
The project includes plans for the development of a 1,000 square meter pond with a diverse ecosystem, a wooded area with a forest containing 860 oak and maple trees, and tree-covered parking.

The construction of this administrative building is the third and final phase of BOBST’s site renovation project at Lyon. These investments in the future are going into improving company infrastructure (consolidation of manufacturing and logistics businesses and a new commercial building) and developing employee expertise through the Competence Center. Completed in June 2018, this showroom is where customers can come and see full production lines in real operating conditions. BOBST engineers and technicians will also use the Competence Center for training and developing new, innovative machines.

Bobst Lyon has been active in the Lyon region since 1923. With its 750 employees, the company manufactures high-tech packaging machines that combine in-line flexo, die-cutting and folding-gluing processes, and produces corrugated board cases in a single run at a speed of up to 33,000 boxes per hour.

2018-09-25 
Palm invests €500 million at its head office in Aalen-Neukochen

Palm, Germany’s largest family owned business in the paper industry, is planning a huge investment in Aalen-Neukochen to secure the long term future of this site.

A new paper machine with a capacity of 750,000 tons per year will replace three existing smaller machines. The investment will provide for a new raw material and finished goods warehouse, a CHP power plant and an effluent treatment plant. The investment will compliment the environmental, logistics and infrastructure projects of the whole region.

The implementation period will be between 2019 and 2022.

2018-09-25 
Canfor Pulp Announces Extended Production Outage at Northwood Pulp Mill

Canfor Pulp Products Inc. announced today that it will extend its scheduled maintenance outage on one production line at its Northwood Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft Pulp mill located in Prince George, British Columbia. The outage is to enable necessary tube replacements to its No. 5 recovery boiler to rectify damage discovered during routine preventative maintenance inspections.
Based on a preliminary review, the Company currently estimates that the extended downtime will be approximately 70-80 days with a reduction in production of NBSK pulp of 60,000-70,000 tonnes, as well as higher associated maintenance costs. Canfor Pulp will continue to operate the second production line at the Northwood Pulp mill over this period. Due to the mitigation efforts by Canfor Pulp, the temporary outage is not expected to have a material
impact on the financial condition of the Company.

2018-09-25 
Valmet opens a new spreader roll service workshop in North America

To strengthen its service capabilities close to customers in North America, Valmet has expanded the operations of its service center in Neenah, Wisconsin, USA, 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 October 2018.

"Our state-of-the-art spreader roll service workshop in Neenah, equipped with the latest designated technology and work areas, provides high quality and fast services to our customers," says Jukka K. Toikkanen, Global Technology Manager, Roll Maintenance, Valmet. "We have, for example, a dust-free clean room for the handling and installation of bearings, which ensures high quality and delivers longer roll running times. We also now perform our own rubber sleeve manufacturing in Neenah ensuring fast, flexible and high-quality services for our customers in every way."

Improved reliability and wrinkle-free runs

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.

In addition to Neenah, Valmet provides spreader roll services from 7 other locations around the world, and has globally serviced several hundred spreader rolls. Apart from spreader roll maintenance, Valmet can provide spare rolls and new spreader roll solutions for all spreading applications in the pulp and paper industry.

2018-09-25 
Alberto Redaelli joins MTC and appointed as Sales Director for the Americas.

  Mr. Alberto Redaelli is the new Sales Director for the Americas for MTC, the global leader in the development, manufacture and sale of interfold/multifold lines and napkins machines for tissue paper products. Mr. Redaelli will directly report to Mr. Andrea Tonini, Global Sales Director - Fold.

MTC is part of the Tissue Business Area of Kӧrber A.G. that together with Fabio Perini S.p.A. and Engraving Solutions are capable, on global scale, to manufacture complete production lines for tissue products : rolls and folds.

Alberto Redaelli has thirty years of experience in the sales field and he comes from OMET. He developed in-depth Technical Sales expertise, and in the specific introducing products and services in new markets.
Redaelli will have the responsibility of promoting the Fold lines in the Americas and he will be supported by a strong sales and engineering team to develop the existing business and new accounts. 

“MTC has – observes Alberto Redaelli - a fantastic portfolio and products that will really make a difference to the range of products a converter needs. Our machines provide cutting-edge technology, top-notch machines and finished products quality, along with speed, efficiency and the highest level of technical service and support. I am very happy to introduce our exciting innovations to customers in the market.”

“MTC has completed our Tissue Business Area strategic vision for the tissue market. Today we are the global partner for our customers with the best solutions product portfolio by far, concludes Oswaldo Cruz, Kӧrber Tissue CEO. We are very satisfied to have Alberto in our Group, and thanks to MTC, our Business Area will continue to keep our customers in the lead.”

2018-09-24 
Valmet to supply new winding technology for Papier- u. Kartonfabrik Varel in Germany

Valmet will supply new winding technology and surrounding equipment for Papier- u. Kartonfabrik Varel GmbH & Co. KG in Germany. The existing winder will be replaced with this new winder to meet the increasing line production of paper machine PM4. The start-up is scheduled for the beginning of 2020.

The order is included in Valmet’s third quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 5-10 million.

"We needed a reliable and high-capacity winder for our upcoming production capacity increases. Valmet’s two-drum winder with Dual Unwinding technology were answers to these needs. Especially, the Dual Unwinding technology was a must to get to the required capacity level," says Thomas Müller, General Production Manager of Papier- u. Kartonfabrik Varel. "Papier u. Kartonfabrik Varel is a medium-sized family owned business. We produce cardboards and corrugated papers for our customers in the packaging industry on the basis of waste paper using state-of-the-art, highly available and reliable technologies. We were convinced of the large number of Valmet’s references of both two-drum winders and Dual Unwinding," he continues.

Valmet’s delivery for the new high-capacity winder area will include an OptiWin Drum two-drum winder with transfer rails, a parent roll turning table, a reel rebuild and an OptiSlush Broke pulper. The winder is equipped with a Dual Unwind two-unwind system. This feature makes it possible to change the parent roll in only one minute giving the winder more capacity. The Dual Unwind sequence is fully optimized and independent of a crane.

The winder with a web width of 5,600-mm will be designed for recycled testliner grades with a basis weight range of 100 - 280 g/m2. The production speed will be 2,700 m/min.

2018-09-24 
United Nations recognises UPM as one of 34 Global Compact LEAD companies demonstrating world-class commitment to corporate sustainability

UPM has been recognised as a Global Compact LEAD company for its strong engagement to the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. The recognition was addressed to only 34 global companies at the Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York on 24 September 2018.

"LEAD companies represent the highest level of engagement with the UN Global Compact," says Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. "Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and creating the world we want will not happen without bold actions from the responsible business community," Kingo says.

"Being among the 34 world’s leading companies in sustainability is an outstanding recognition for the work UPM has done in the area of responsible business conduct," says Pirkko Harrela, Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations, UPM. "We have had the LEAD status since January 2016 when we were invited for the first time to this distinguished network as the only forest industry company and also as the first Finnish company ever," Harrela continues.

UPM has been a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact initiative since 2003 and is strongly committed to responsible business conduct. "We have a strong basis to promote the core values of the Global Compact Ten Principles covering human rights, labour standards, environment and anti-corruption," Harrela says.

The recognised LEAD companies include companies like Unilever, Nestle S.A., BASF SE and L’Oreal.

To be eligible for LEAD recognition, companies are expected to be a participant in at least two Global Compact Action Platforms. They also need to demonstrate engagement with the initiative and commitment to defining and fostering leadership practices in line with the Global Compact Ten Principles and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, the companies are to report on their progress on implementing the Ten Principles on annual basis.

UPM has participated in two Action Platforms : Reporting on the SDGs and Decent work in global supply chains. The Decent Work Action Platform members have today published their commitment to advance responsible supply chains and a Baseline Report describing the challenges and opportunities of this area. Read more here.

The Reporting on the SDGs Action Platform has already earlier published two reports and a guidance document for SDG reporting.

2018-09-24 
PAPELEIRA COREBOARD acquires a Pasaban BM 2600 Winder

Papeleira Coreboard S.A., a company that produces 220 tons per day of cardboard for the paper core and angle manufacturing industry, has acquired a BM 2600 Paper Winder as part of its machinery and facilities upgrade project. 

Papeleira Coreboard is part of a group that includes Spiralpack and the paper core manufacturer Cicarsa. After a period of heavy investments to optimize their manufacturing process, they have become the benchmark for recycled paper in Portugal. 

With the cardboard production machine upgraded, the Pasaban BM winder contributes significantly to meeting the objectives set by the company : to produce and convert safely and efficiently 220 tons per day of recycled cardboard. 

The winder is an off-line pope winder equipped with 39 automatically positioned slitters. It converts the cardboard produced by the main PM into narrow reels that will later be used to make “Coreboard” and “Coretissue” cardboard cores. And it has the capacity to process 180 to 700 gsm cardboard at an operating speed of 1500 m/min. 

2018-09-21 
The arbitration proceedings between Valmet and Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A. have ended

Valmet announced on September 16, 2016, that Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A. had filed a request for arbitration against Valmet Celulose, Papel e Energia Ltda, Valmet AB and Valmet Technologies Oy, subsidiaries of Valmet Oyj, claiming approximately EUR 80 million. Valmet disputed the claims brought by Suzano and pursued claims of its own against Suzano.

The parties of the dispute have now reached an agreement and the arbitration proceedings have been closed. The outcome of the agreement will not have significant impact on Valmet’s financial result for 2018.

2018-09-21 
France : Benoît Duquesne succeeds Jacques Chirat as President of Uniic

Benoît Duquesne is the new President of Uniic (Union Nationale des Industries de l’Impression et de la Communication – French Union of Printing and Communication Industries). He succeeds Jacques Chirat, who has been president since 2008. Benoît Duquesne is the President of Tonnelier (in Calvados region), a company specialized in the printing of pharmaceutical inserts.

2018-09-21 
ICT Ibérica turns its new PM22 machine on

On September 12, ICT has successfully turning on its new PM22, thus practically completing the B2 project after 18 intense months.
The new PM22, a Valmet Advantage DCT with capacity of 70,000 tonnes/year, incorporates cutting edge production technologies capable of manufacturing Ultra Quality products featuring significant thickness and smoothness, with high levels of efficiency and remarkable savings in energy consumption. It is the perfect machine to tackle the challenges presented by the tissue market both with regards to Quality and costs.
The B2 Project also included extending the Converting sector, where we have already installed several lines. The roll and napkin lines are operative already while the handkerchief ones are under installation. This investment allows us to widen the commercial range and introduce on the market innovative products featuring ICT style motifs.
The HBW – a new automatic storage system with 25,000 pallet capacity – is already in operation, which will be conducive to improving service quality and increasing stocks, thus complementing the production offer.
The expected time frames since its inception have been complied with, thanks to the contribution by personnel and all the companies of the Group, whose experience, professionalism and commitment have made today’s reality possible.
This investment is aimed at being a leading, World Class Company, in keeping with the Group’s strategy : “being a landmark independent manufacturer of the European distribution, for the confidence inspired by the quality of its products, service flexibility, innovation, social responsibility and sustainability”

2018-09-21 
A new entry in ICT France

Didier Dontenville after several years in FMCG company, joined ICT France as Sales and Marketing Director. Didier started in France in various Sales and Category Management positions ; then he worked as Global Account Director, and finally held positions in emerging European countries for Unilever.

2018-09-21 
Valmet to supply web monitoring systems to Shanying Huazhong Paper in China

Valmet has received orders for next-generation web monitoring systems from Shanying Huazhong Paper Industry Co., Ltd. in China. The full-scale Valmet IQ Web Monitoring Systems will be installed on two paper machines at the company to improve and maintain machine productivity.

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

"Shanying has a clear strategy for the Industrial Internet and developing the automation level of its machines, and we are now taking steps forward with this. We believe that with Valmet’s solutions and services, we can improve our product quality and machine runnability, as well as optimize machine efficiency," says Liu Fubin, Purchasing Director of Shanying International Holdings Co., Ltd.

"Valmet is capable of offering complete automation packages, including process controls and quality controls. Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System plays a vital role in developing quality and total machine efficiency. We are delighted to be able to provide all the applications and services that our customer needs to achieve these demanding targets," says Zhutuan Guo, Sales Director, China, Automation, Valmet.

Technical information about Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System

Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System is a tool to improve the runnability of all production machines in the paper industry. Excellent image quality, synchronized video recordings and an easy-to-use operator interface ensure quick root cause analyses of web breaks. Spearhead technology utilized in system components, together with field-tested hardware and professional services, make Valmet the market leader of web monitoring systems.

2018-09-20 
Toscotec Group’s service provider S.TO.R.I. expected to outperform its 2017 record-setting results.

S.TO.R.I., owned by the Toscotec Group, specializes in maintenance services for all minor and major rolls used in papermaking and converting machinery of the tissue and paper industry. In 2017, S.TO.R.I. set a record for turnover in its forty-five year history. This positive performance derives from the strategic synergies achieved with Toscotec, who acquired 100% of S.TO.R.I.’s shares in December 2011. In the period from 2012 to 2017, S.TO.R.I. sustained a 30% growth rate and interim results in 2018 have been confirming this trend, leading to expectations that it will outperform last year’s achievements.
Since 2012, S.TO.R.I. and Toscotec have deepened their long-standing cooperation. By merging S.TO.R.I.’s specialization in rolls maintenance with Toscotec’s engineering capabilities, they accomplished full integration of expertise and higher efficiency in the design and services of roll refurbishing. S.TO.R.I.’s workshop and offices are located inside Toscotec’s headquarters, in Marlia (Lucca).
S.TO.R.I.’s professional experience was built over forty-six years, starting from its foundation in 1972, when it started providing maintenance for papermaking and converting machines. S.TO.R.I. focuses on the inspection, repair and overhaul of not only press rolls but all other rolls, such as forming roll, wire and felt rolls, pope reel drum, and spools. Its mission is to deliver highly specialized services on a continuous basis. The timing becomes important insomuch as customers aim to increase their OEE and reduce maintenance costs.
S.TO.R.I.’s specialists make a precise assessment of the wear conditions of a roll and evaluate its expected performance and risk of failure, so that overhauling can be scheduled efficiently, maximising operation life and minimizing maintenance costs. The majority of S.TO.R.I.’s customers nowadays rely on predictive maintenance. Through regular vibration analyses, S.TO.R.I. estimates the performance trend of a given roll and the possibility of failure. Based on these results, it predicts the period before the next maintenance. This assessment is always a balance of different factors. Drawing on their vast experience, S.TO.R.I.’s specialists can provide the
customer with a number of solutions, factoring in time, quality and cost. Based on the contingent needs of the mill, they apply the best-customized solution at a given moment in time. As a result, S.TO.R.I.’s skilled technicians know the components inside out, including their history, weak points and features, much like a doctor knows his patients.
S.TO.R.I.’s range of highly specialized services include predictive maintenance, preventive maintenance, press roll revision and complete overhauling, dynamic balancing, upgrades and non-destructive examinations (NDE). For press roll overhauling, for instance, the company provides complete service packages, including inspection, repairs and spare parts.
Production capacity exceeds 450 components per year, of which suction press rolls and blind drilled press rolls account for approximately 40%, while the rest is made up of various rolls of tissue, paper and converting machines.
S.TO.R.I.’s client base is twofold. Toscotec-associated business accounts for approximately 20% of turnover and covers Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South America and South-East Asia. Italy-based paper mills and converting companies generate approximately 80% of turnover. Essity, Smurfit Kappa, Lucart, Sofidel, Wepa, Cartiere Carrara, Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti, Industrie Cartarie Pieretti, DS Smith, Renova, The Navigator Company are among its main customers. To this second client base, Stori provides maintenance for equipment supplied by any manufacturer. As a result, S.TO.R.I.’s expertise and experience encompasses a wide range of technical solutions designed throughout the years by all the main suppliers and it equips S.TO.R.I.’s experts with the ability to devise tailor-made upgrades for its customers.

2018-09-20 
Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj: Decisions taken by the Extraordinary General Meeting

Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj’s Extraordinary General Meeting was held in Helsinki today.
Authorization of the Board of Directors to resolve on a share issue

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has on July 23, 2018 signed an agreement to acquire Expera Specialty Solutions, a U.S. based specialty paper producer, to expand its presence in North America and further strengthen its offering of advanced custom-made fiber based materials. The purchase price payable is USD 615 million (EUR 526 million) on a cash and debt free basis, subject to an agreed post completion adjustment. The Transaction has been described in more detail in the Company’s stock exchange release published on July 23, 2018. The completion of the Transaction is expected during the second half of 2018.

To finance part of the Transaction, Ahlstrom-Munksjö plans to conduct a share issue of approximately EUR 150 million, which is expected to be launched during the fourth quarter of 2018.

The EGM authorized the Board of Directors to resolve on the issuance of a maximum of 20,000,000 new shares pursuant to the shareholders’ pre-emptive subscription right (rights offering). The authorization includes the right for the Board of Directors to resolve upon the issuance of shares that at the end of the subscription period of the rights offering may remain unsubscribed for pursuant to the shareholders’ pre-emptive subscription right to parties determined by the Board of Directors (i.e. in derogation from the pre-emptive right of the shareholders). The Board of Directors is authorized to determine all other terms and conditions of the issuance of new shares.

The authorization is valid until the close of the next Annual General Meeting, however, no longer than until June 30, 2019, and it does not revoke the Company’s share issue authorization resolved upon by the Annual General Meeting held on March 21, 2018.
Resolution on the number of members of the Board of Directors and election of new member of the Board of Directors

The EGM resolved in accordance with the proposal of the Nomination Board that the number of Board members be nine.

The EGM resolved in accordance with the proposal of the Nomination Board to elect Lasse Heinonen as new member of the Board.

Lasse Heinonen was elected for the period ending at the close of the next Annual General Meeting and shall be paid annual fees in proportion to the length of his term of office.

2018-09-19 
Leizan Drum Pulper Delivery in Shanghai Port, China

ZG2750 Drum Pulper is fininish fabrication and sucessfully loading on the vessel and will be shipped by bulk cargo to Russia.
 The Drum Pulper as an effective pulping equipment will be matched with cleaning equipment,screening equipment,low density cleaning system, thickening stage and approach system etc to produce finished clean pulp for paper machine.
 ZG2750 capacity is for 150tpd package paper production line. About its working performance will be shared with all of you in the next stage.

2018-09-19 
Environmental sustainability: Fabio Perini S.p.A. obtains the prestigious ISO 50001 certification

Thanks to energy management the company has already saved over 1,530t. CO2, equivalent to saving 729 hectares of forest

Fabio Perini S.p.A has obtained the prestigious ISO 50001 certification for environmental sustainability. This milestone comes after a journey started in 2012 positioning Fabio Perini S.p.A. among the most cutting-edge companies in the converting sector and beyond.

The company makes a formal statement of its focus on energy issue in the Energy Management System (EMS) document, where it officially commits itself to deploy human, financial and technologic resources to undertake a process of continuous improvement of its energy performances.

« In practice, what have we done ? To start with – says Riccardo Signorini, Maintenance and Capex Manager of Fabio Perini S.p.A.– we deployed steps that can be defined “good housekeeping” such as switching off the overhead cranes at night and using our domotics to reduce waste of electric power and heating. Additionally, through the LSS methodology, we identified the best strategy for a more efficient energy management system, bringing Fabio Perini, as early as 2016, to be awarded the “Italia in Classe A”(Italy in A Class) prize by national Energy Agency ENEA ».

Subsequently, Fabio Perini S.p.A. introduced led lights in the workshops, solar heating to obtain warm water in summer, solar films for the windows facing south and west and finally, one of the air compressors was replaced by a new generation model with inverter.

The results obtained are surprising : since 2015 the company has saved 12% power and 1,530t. CO2, equivalent to saving 729 hectares of forest.

The energy management systems in accordance to the ISO 50001 standards make Fabio Perini S.p.A. a key partner for customers who rank sustainability high among their priorities, helping them in connecting their core business with this perspective.

« The ISO 50001 certification process has been a hard task for us all – explains Riccardo Signorini – but among all our values we also count the pursuit of a sustainable, profitable development model. It’s an exciting challenge as well as a duty. For the next generations as well as for ourselves ».

Obtaining the ISO 50001 certification is surely a prestigious milestone, but at the same time it is the beginning of a virtuous journey for Fabio Perini. This journey we have taken brought us to developing technical devices to be applied to our company’s products, aimed at optimizing energy performances, which at present represent an interesting plus for customers sensitive to sustainability, and a cutting-edge feature for the companies in our sector”, Alessio Galeotti, DNV GL Enterprise Customer Manager, commented.

2018-09-19 
Sappi at FachPack 2018: Paper. People. Possibilities.

Sappi, a leading global producer of packaging and speciality papers today reported it is again exhibiting at FachPack, scheduled for 25 to 27 September 2018 in Nuremberg, Germany. Sappi will be located in Hall 9, Stand 9-260 at the show. The trade show, with a focus on packaging, technology, finishing and logistics, is a key platform for the manufacturer of speciality papers and boards for presenting its innovative and sustainable packaging solutions to a broad European expert audience. Well-known brand owners, agencies, packaging manufacturers, printers and print finishers will be showcasing their latest products and solutions while also seeking new and innovative ideas.

Under the slogan of “Paper. People. Possibilities.”, Sappi will have on display outstanding solutions of applications produced on a variety of packaging papers and boards, ranging from functional papers, flexible packaging and label papers, paperboard and containerboard. Visitors to the Sappi stand can benefit from the expertise of Sappi representatives as well as discuss their specific packaging requirements.

Barrier solutions that protect

At FachPack, Sappi will feature a range of functional papers, including paper-based barrier solutions that protect packaged products from mineral oil contamination, deterioration due to water vapor or oxygen, and grease resistance. “We are looking forward to presenting several new barrier products within our Guard family at the show,” said Kerstin Dietze, Marketing Manager for Sappi’s Packaging and Speciality Papers. “As a leading company in the production of paper-based functional barrier solutions and with our experience and know-how in this field, we have gathered both customer and development insights that are invaluable in developing new barrier products. We are looking forward to speaking about the specific needs of visitors to our stand.”

In addition to barrier papers, Sappi will also be showing a paper based solution with integrated sealing functionality for use in flexible packaging applications. These sustainable sealing solutions feature improved sealing properties. They are completely recyclable, and replace non recyclable paper-poly-laminates and they are also containing a high proportion of renewable raw materials.

Paperboard : Algro Design for premium packaging

Sappi will also have numerous examples of premium packaging produced on its family of Algro Design solid bleached board. This includes high-end packaging for cosmetics, perfume, beverages, confectionary and fashion that have benefited from Algro Design’s high brightness and excellent surface, demonstrating the ability to effectively use any printing or finishing techniques required to set the product apart on the shelf. Brand owners, agencies and designers will be especially intrigued with the possibilities this outstanding board, made from virgin fibres, can open. Visitors will be able to collect a personal copy of the new Algro Design swatch book at the show.

“New at the show for paperboard applications,” Dietze added, “will be our first board solution with integrated functional barrier properties. This will expand the range of applications that can be sustainably packaged in paperboard without the need for plastic or other liners to protect products.”

Solution in corrugated board packaging

Sappi Fusion Topliner for corrugated board packaging will also have a place of pride in the Sappi stand at FachPack. Fusion Topliner features better printability, excellent colour rendering and curl-free results that enable the use of countless finishing options. It fits seamlessly into existing production processes, reducing costs and improving quality. In addition, Fusion Topliner requires 30% to 50% less glue in lamination for reduced glue consumption and faster drying times.

Fusion Topliner is also ideally suited for digital printing applications. While digitally printing in the corrugated board market still comprises a small percentage of overall printing, experts predict double-digit growth rates per year due to the increase in shorter runs and more customized corrugated packaging.

Visitors to the Sappi stand at FachPack will be able to experience the brilliant colors and high whiteness that are possible with both conventionally and digitally printed topliners for corrugated board packaging.

Flexible Packaging and Labels

Sappi will also have on display its broad portfolio of paper-based products for flexible packaging and labels. This product portfolio was recently enhanced with the acquisition by Sappi of the Cham Paper Group, and FachPack will be the debut of this integrated product portfolio now incorporated into the Sappi brand. This includes grades for wet-glue and, self-adhesive labelling and a wide range of coated and uncoated Kraft papers suitable for many flexible packaging applications.

Paper. People. Possibilities

At the Sappi FachPack stand, visitors will be able to experience the industry’s broadest array of high-quality and sustainable paper-based packaging solutions. Sappi experts will be on hand to welcome guests, learn about their business requirements and make suggestions for innovative ways that brand owners, designers, agencies, converters, printers and finishers can utilize these outstanding solutions for business growth.

2018-09-19 
By 2023, Ilim Group will increase its exports to China by 60%

An international conference attended by the largest pulp and paper industry players from Russia and China took place in Baoding, China.

An international conference attended by the largest pulp and paper industry players from Russia and China took place in Baoding, China. The event was organized by Ilim Group and Xiamen C&D Paper And Pulp Co., Ltd. The conference covered global trends in the pulp and board market and key investment projects aimed to increase Ilim’s product volumes through 2022. The event was attended by more than 300 representatives of 120 companies..

Analysts forecast that global demand for virgin fiber will grow by more than 30 million tons by 2030, and the demand for virgin corrugated materials will grow by more than 10 million tons. Over the last several years we’ve seen a strong focus on the environment and reduction of the environmental footprint. .

In 2017, China enforced a ban on the imports of a wide range of unsorted solid waste, which has triggered an increase in the manufacturing of environmentally friendly boards. Meanwhile the demand for packaging products is expected to grow in the next several years driven by improvement in the well-being of the population, domestic market development and expansion of trade, including e-commerce..

The Business Plan of Ilim Group presented to the Chinese partners at the conference takes all those factors into account. Big Ust-Ilimsk is a large-scale project intended to strengthen Ilim’s positions in China through construction of a new KLB line in Siberia. The project will be completed by 2022 to allow Ilim to increase its volumes of kraftliner and other packaging materials by 600 thousand tons per year. At the same time, the Bratsk Mill of Ilim Group is implementing the second stage of the upgrade project, including an upgrade of the KLB line. By the end of 2019, the capacity of the KLB line in Bratsk will grow by more than 100,000 tons per year,.

Upon completion of the project in Ust-Ilimsk and upgrade of the Bratsk Mill, Ilim Group will become one of the largest manufacturers of unbleached packaging materials globally with a total board output of 1.5 million tons per year, bringing its aggregate production output to over 4.3 million tons per year. This will give Ilim Group a leadership advantage as an importer of both bleached pulp and packaging materials to the Chinese market. .

 ”In 2017, we delivered more than USD 1 billion worth of products to the Chinese market”, said Ilim Group CEO Kseniia Sosnina. “And we are ready to move forward. Our key investment projects are aligned with what our customers need. In 2009, our deliveries to the Chinese market reached 1 million tons, while in 2017 we hit the 1.5 million tons’ target. By 2022, we plan to increase our exports to China up to 1.9 million tons. Our strategic goal is to achieve 2.4 million tons in 2023”.

2018-09-19 
Amcor announces US$25 million capital investment, plans for workforce growth

Amcor, a global leader in high-quality flexible packaging solutions, has announced plans to invest more than $25 million to upgrade its Madison facilities starting in 2018 and into 2019 to expand capacity, improve quality and reduce waste while updating technology.

The planned investment includes the acquisition of new machinery and updates to existing infrastructure to enable expanded service offerings for customers in the medical, pharmaceutical, food and home/personal care markets.

To mark the start of the expansion, the company’s Madison Plant will host a ground-breaking ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 12:30 p.m. Among dignitaries on hand to mark the start of the expansion project and attendant investment will be Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and Amcor Flexibles Americas President Tom Cochran.

“We are excited and proud to be growing in Wisconsin for our customers in North America, and to be investing in support of our winning teams and products,” said Amcor’s Mr. Cochran.

Amcor and Neenah-based Bemis announced in early August an agreement for Amcor to acquire Bemis and combine the two companies. Bemis is more than 4,500 employees in Wisconsin.

According to Amcor Flexibles Madison General Manager Timm Goodmanson, the expansion is expected to result in a close to 50 percent increase in employment at the plant.

In addition, Mr. Goodmanson said the project is also expected to bring more than 150 construction jobs to Madison spread across general contractors, subcontractors, and local and Wisconsin-based suppliers.

To fill more than 20 immediate openings, Amcor Flexibles Madison will host a job fair at the plant on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Current needs include both entry-level and highly skilled manufacturing positions. The plant is located at 4101 Lien Rd. in Madison.

“We are looking for more great team members to help us achieve our tremendous potential,” said Mr. Goodmanson. “We’ve got a great workforce, made up of people who are committed to safety, believe in delivering excellence for our customers and have real opportunities to grow at Amcor.”

As part of its commitment to the Madison community, Amcor partners with local organizations, such as the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the Workforce Development Board of South-Central Wisconsin to foster local economic growth and provide training, development and good manufacturing opportunities for residents.

2018-09-19 
Fibria included in 2018-19 portfolio of Dow Jones Sustainability Emerging Markets Index

Fibria is the only company in the Forest & Paper Products industry to have been a component of the DJSI Emerging Markets since its inception

Fibria, a Brazilian company that is the world’s leading producer of eucalyptus pulp from planted forests, once again was selected as a component of the portfolio for 2018-19 of the Dow Jones Sustainability Emerging Markets Index (DJSI) of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Fibria was the only company in the Forest & Paper Products chosen from among the companies analyzed.

Fibria has been a component of the DJSI index, a key sustainability reference in international capital markets, since its inception. The announcement of the portfolios for 2018-19 was made by RobecoSAM, a Swiss-based independent company focused on sustainability investing, which selects those companies with best practices in areas such as corporate governance, environmental management, human capital development and social engagement.

“Being included yet again in the DJSI confirms Fibria’s solid sustainability performance. The achievement is the product of team work and constant evolution and represents well merited recognition of all of our professionals who make the company an industry reference,” said Fibria’s Chief Financial and Investor Relations Officer, Guilherme Cavalcanti.

2018-09-19 

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