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Essity - Interim Report Q1 2018
  • Net sales increased 10.9% to SEK 28,020m (25,268)
  •  Organic net sales, which exclude exchange rate effects, acquisitions and divestments, increased 3.4%
  •  Operating profit before amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets (EBITA) rose 6% to SEK 2,760m (2,596)
  •  Adjusted operating profit before amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets (EBITA) rose 7% to SEK 3,119m (2,917)
  •  Higher raw material costs had a negative impact of SEK 755m on earnings
  •  Adjusted EBITA margin declined 0.4 percentage points to 11.1% (11.5)
  •  Adjusted profit before tax rose 1% to SEK 2,660m (2,630)
  •  Profit for the period increased 4% to SEK 1,726m (1,656)
  •  Earnings per share were SEK 2.08 (2.08[1])
  •  Adjusted earnings per share increased 2% to SEK 2.61 (2.55[1])
  •  Cash flow from current operations decreased 26% to SEK 1,685m (2,282)

[1] Indicative earnings per share on the assumption that the number of issued shares in Essity as of March 31, 2017 corresponded to the number of issued shares in Essity on March 31, 2018 (702.3 million).

SUMMARY OF FIRST QUARTER OF 2018
The Group’s net sales for the first quarter of 2018 increased 10.9% compared with the corresponding period a year ago. Organic net sales increased 3.4%, of which volume accounted for 2.5% and price/mix for 0.9%. In emerging markets, which represented 35% of net sales, organic net sales rose 6.3%, while the increase in mature markets was 1.6%.

During the quarter, four innovations were launched that strengthened Essity’s customer and consumer offering. Within Tissue Roadmap, investments and further restructuring measures were decided to strengthen the product offering and increase efficiency in Consumer Tissue and Professional Hygiene.

The Group’s adjusted EBITA in the first quarter of 2018 increased 7% compared with the corresponding period a year ago. Excluding currency translation effects and acquisitions, adjusted EBITA declined 5%. Higher volumes, a better price/mix, cost savings of SEK 232m and the acquisition of BSN medical had a positive impact on earnings. Higher raw material costs had a negative impact of SEK 755m on earnings. The higher raw material costs during the quarter were partially offset by price increases mainly in Consumer Tissue in Asia and Professional Hygiene. Price increases were also carried out in Consumer Tissue in Europe during the quarter, which have yet to impact earnings. The Group’s adjusted EBITA margin decreased 0.4 percentage points to 11.1%. The adjusted return on capital employed was 11.9%.

Organic net sales for the acquired company BSN medical for the first quarter of 2018 were in line with the corresponding period in 2017. The adjusted EBITA margin for the acquired company was 17.5% and was negatively impacted by about 0.2 percentage points due to integration costs. The integration is proceeding according to plan and generating the expected synergies.

2018-04-27  READ MORE...
ÅF awarded contract to expand world’s largest dissolving pulp mill

ÅF has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management contract by Sappi Limited to improve the environmental footprint of the Saiccor Mill in South Africa and expand its capacity.

The project is an equal effort joint venture between ÅF and the project, engineering and technical services company, Wood. The project is estimated to be 320 000 hours, which makes it the largest pulp and paper order ever secured by ÅF.

Saiccor Mill is situated south of the port of Durban and is the single largest producer of dissolving wood pulp, used in particular for viscose staple fibres in clothing and textiles.

“South Africa is one of our strongest pulp and paper markets and this contract further strengthens our position as an international engineering and design company with focus on end-to-end projects and solutions”, says Mikael Fränckel, Head of Process Industry at ÅF.

The project will be executed by an international ÅF-Wood team with engineers and designers from South Africa, Sweden, Finland and Brazil.

Upon completion of the expansion, the production capacity will be 890,000 tons per annum of sulphite chemical cellulose as bleached alpha 92 pulp - used for production of viscose staple, filament and lyocell fibres.

The mill will also be in line with European environmental legislations and standards with reduced carbon dioxide emissions and substantially reduced chemical oxygen emissions.

The project is expected to be completed by Q3 – 2020.

2018-04-26  READ MORE...
From newsprint to packaging paper: Voith and LEIPA set new benchmark with the PM 5 in Schwedt

In Schwedt, Voith has converted the LEIPA Group’s PM 5 from a newsprint to a packaging paper machine. On 19 April 2018, the acceptance and handover of the machine of the Schwedt PM 5 project was signed early at LEIPA Georg Leinfelder GmbH, with effect on 13 April. As a result, the Voith team on site managed to bring the entire machine, consisting of a BlueLine OCC stock preparation line, DIP stock preparation line and XcelLine paper machine up to handover quality just 19 days after ‘stock on wire’.

Perfectly matched components and an extensive automation system including OnQ quality control system make the machine a new benchmark in the industry. LEIPA can produce approximately 450,000 metric tons of white top testliner (WTTL) on the machine and is therefore the market leader in this segment. After taking over the UPM mill in Schwedt, the new owner, the LEIPA Group, decided to extensively rebuild the existing PM 11. Under the management of Voith, the conversion of the newsprint paper machine to a machine for the production of white top testliner (WTTL) began in October 2017. LEIPA invested over 160 million euros in the plant. Now known as PM 5, the machine is a new point of reference for packaging paper. Just a few machines worldwide surpass its 9,200-millimeter wire width. It also takes the top spot with its production speed of 1,200 meters per minute. LEIPA plans to produce 1,180 to 1,400 metric tons of white top testliner per day with the best surface properties and basis weights of 100 to 140 grams per square meter. LEIPA wants to manufacture a total of 450,000 metric tons of paper every year and thus expand its market position further.

Optimized for high speeds
To ensure the PM 5 can meet the desired output and quality requirements, Voith modified almost every component of the existing machine. A new hybrid former with two headboxes DuoFormer D and TopFormer F replaced the previous former, for example. Voith also developed a comprehensive solution for the transition to the press section and for the press, with a DuoCentri NipcoFlex shoe press in the center. These two components were designed to meet the requirements in high speed machines and enable outstanding product quality. Robust SolarPress roll covers assist in achieving this. The covers do not require any water cooling and help LEIPA to conserve resources. The SpeedSizer AT is also optimized for the uniform and faultless application of starch at high speeds.

During the rebuild, Voith separated the existing dryer section into a pre-dryer and after-dryer section. In the process, the pre-dryer section received a completely new TopDuoRun dryer group, while existing components were used for the after-dryer section. Thanks to a new MasterReel reel and the rebuild of the two existing DuoRollers, reel diameters of up to 3.5 meters can now be produced on the PM 5. The existing machine hall ventilation system was also expanded and integrated into the new process and quality control system.

15,000 recorded signals ensure optimum paper quality
Some of the existing motors were also used after the conversion. However, the Voith team integrated more than 333 new motors of different sizes into the PM 5, the most powerful of which has a capacity of 1.5 megawatts. Most of the motors are integrated into the automation concept developed by Voith. The system records more than 15,000 signals, monitors all the production steps from stock preparation to the reel, reports even the slightest deviations and levels out any fluctuations within a fraction of a second where needed. 29 state-of-the-art computer processors take care of processing the information. “The continuous data stream forms an important basis for us to maintain a consistently high paper quality at all times”, says Falk Friedrich, Plant Manager of LEIPA Schwedt Nord.

Increased efficiency for paper treatment
While the rebuild was taking place, a new machine for the efficient treatment of up to 1,400 metrics tons of fiber from recovered paper per day was also built. With a length of 50 meters, a diameter of 4.5 meters and a total weight of about 200 metric tons, the IntensaDrum pulping drum is the largest Voith has supplied to date. Much of the existing deinking system (DIP) was retained. Voith only had to modify it to cope with the characteristics of packaging papers. Among other measures, the technology group installed energy-saving components for bleach and flotation, which, along with the new cleaning system, reduce fiber losses.

“The engineers from Voith view the system from the apron conveyor to the winder, including measuring, automation and ventilation technology as a whole, and therefore develop perfectly compatible solutions”, emphasized Martin Kaltenegger, Project Manager for LEIPA PM 5.

Voith clothing for optimum performance
In addition, the order volume included start-up and a number of training sessions in which the LEIPA team became familiar with the intricacies of the PM 5. Voith will remain closely involved in the processes of the PM 5 after start-up too. In the next few years, the single-source supplier will deliver the clothing and doctor blades for the machine and thus ensure the optimum performance of the PM 5. The optimization of the machine within the first eight weeks after start-up is also part of the project – with an option to extend it for longer.

“The entire project, from the shutdown of the PM 11 to the installation of the new components and start-up of the new PM 5 has gone very well. With their professionalism and dedication, the two project teams have ensured the success of the project”, says Robert Osswald, Project Manager Voith Paper.

2018-04-26  READ MORE...
Ahlstrom-Munksjö plans to invest about EUR 9 million for improved financial performance

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has decided on two investment projects, totaling EUR 9 million, both with attractive financial returns. This supports Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s strategic ambition to maintain a leading position in selected niches of the global fiber-based solutions market that offer positive growth outlook and are supported by sustainable market drivers.

These projects will not materially impact current year’s capital expenditure plan. The capital expenditure guidance for 2018, published on February 13, 2018, remains unchanged.

Investment to further improve quality of decor paper in Dettingen, Germany

In the Decor business area, the company will invest about EUR 5 million to further enhance the quality of pre-impregnated decor papers produced at its Dettingen plant in Germany. Through the investment, which will be completed by the end of 2018, Ahlstrom-Munksjö will be able to strengthen its leading position in pre-impregnated decor papers. Ahlstrom-Munksjö is the global leading manufacturer of paper-based surfacing for wood based materials such as laminate flooring, furniture and interiors.

Investment to shorten lead times and improve efficiency in Pont Audemer, France

In the Specialties business area, the company will invest about EUR 4 million to rebuild a converting line of sterilization wrap being produced at its Pont Audemer plant in France. The material is e.g. used for protecting medical garments and sterilizing instruments. The investment includes installing a new sheeter and folding line as well as automated wrapping and boxing of the finished goods. Through the investment, which will be completed by the second quarter of 2019, the business will improve its competitiveness through higher efficiency and shorter lead times. The Specialties business area produces materials for food and beverage packaging, laboratory filters and life science diagnostics, water filtration, tape products and medical fabrics.

2018-04-26  READ MORE...
UPM continues to grow in the global label paper business

As the world leader in label papers, UPM continues to grow in the attractive release liner segments to support its customers globally. Steady growth is expected to continue in all markets driven by favourable economic conditions and strong increase in specialty paper demand for labelling, packaging and e-commerce as well as in medical and hygiene applications.

To strengthen its position UPM will rebuild paper machine 2 at its Nordland mill in Dörpen, Germany and convert it from fine paper to glassine paper production. The machine will be equipped with new finishing equipment and starts producing glassine paper as of Q4 2019. The planned capacity after the rebuild will be 110,000 tonnes per year. The total investment in Nordland is EUR 116 million. The production of woodfree papers on PM2 in Nordland will continue until Q3 2019 and the machine will be producing both glassine and woodfree paper during the ramp-up phase.

UPM has also decided to further increase the release liner base paper capacity at UPM Changshu mill in China. Since the successful startup of the paper machine 3 in Changshu, UPM has established a strong position in the label paper segment in Asia. By installing a second supercalender on paper machine 3, there will be an additional capacity of more than 40,000 tons of glassine paper a year as of Q1 2020. The total investment in Changshu is EUR 33 million.

"We see strong growth in all our market segments and we are committed to be part of the growth. The planned investments in Nordland and Changshu, along with the earlier announced calender investment at our Jämsänkoski mill, will increase customer confidence in their global growth in release liner applications. The planned installations will also enable increased specialisation of our assets. Thus we can improve our operational efficiency and strengthen supply security," says Bernd Eikens, Executive Vice President of UPM Specialty Papers.

2018-04-26  READ MORE...
The school's TAGA chapter wins the Technical Writing prize

The TAGA Annual Technical Conference took place on 18-21 March 2018 in Baltimore (United States). The Grenoble INP-Pagora student engineers comprising France’s student chapter won the Student Publication Special Recognition Award - Best in Technical Writing, which rewards the quality, accuracy and pertinence of the research topics presented by the nominees in booklet form. We asked the lucky winners a few questions.


What topics does your pamphlet cover ?
The pamphlet provides a summary of the research being performed by students at Grenoble INP-Pagora. The first topic revolves around the reduction of ink consumption during printing, while maintaining optimal reader comfort. The second relates to RFID tag printing. The final article focuses on the potential of combining printed electronics and 3D printing.


How did you select them ?
All the articles were written by students of our engineering school, which is an advantage we wanted to exploit. Printed electronics is gaining interest among an increasing number of industrial firms. Various electronic printing systems have seen the light of day in recent years, in the fields of inkjet printing, flexography and screen printing.


What degree of investment was required on the part of the team ?
Six months of preparation was needed to draw up a schedule, search for and select articles, translate them, lay out and design the pamphlet, find sponsors and organise the trip.


What difficulties did you have to overcome ?
Selecting the articles was particularly time consuming. We had to read a huge number of scientific reports and projects to find the most suitable topics. Because the association is comprised almost exclusively of trainee engineers, it was difficult to communicate and drive the project forward when its members were posted in their companies.
What will you take away from this experience ?
This adventure was extremely enriching for all of us, both personally and professionally. Working in a purely English-speaking environment for several days was not easy, but we managed to adapt and make the most of every minute. It was well worth investing our energy in the chapter for all those months, because we ended up winning the Technical Writing prize. Everyone in the association is very happy with the result.


What are your thoughts on the annual TAGA conference and the award ceremony ?
The presentations given were totally in line with the topics we study at Grenoble INP-Pagora. It was a great learning experience, because a wide range of subjects were covered, including colour management, electronic printing and new printing systems. The award ceremony was amazing, because manufacturers and researchers from across the globe were in attendance. This year, the team from Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada) won the Helmut Kipphan Cup. Grenoble INP-Pagora’s student chapter won the prize for best scientific content. The jury found its article on printed electronics particularly impressive.

2018-04-26  READ MORE...
UPM Paper ENA to be renamed UPM Communication Papers

UPM Paper Europe and North America (ENA) business area will be renamed UPM Communication Papers as of 26 April 2018. The new name underlines the industry focus and global reach of the business area. It further highlights UPM’s long-term commitment to sustaining its global graphic paper business, building on the view that paper will continue to be an important part of the media mix in the publishing industries and business communication.

UPM Communication Papers is a world leading producer of graphic papers, offering an extensive product range for advertising and publishing as well as home and office uses. We serve our customers through a global sales network providing quality papers, strong services and an integrated supply chain. Our papers are produced in 15 paper mills in Austria, Finland, France, Germany, the UK and the USA.

"Along with changes in the print communication value chain, UPM Communication Papers has been exposed to a steady market decline for graphic papers over the past years. Throughout the years we maintained a broad portfolio of sustainable products, strong local sales presence and competent customer service. We are confident this will be the foundation for UPM Communication Papers to make a strong contribution to UPM’s overall success also in the future. Our new name underlines this future orientation and is a promise to our customers and employees alike," says Winfried Schaur, Executive Vice President of UPM Communication Papers.

2018-04-26  READ MORE...
Twinsaver Group fires up Toscotec’s AHEAD-2.0S tissue machine at Kliprivier mill.

PM5 project is a turnkey supply by Toscotec, which includes the stock preparation system, the AHEAD-2.0S tissue line, the electrification and control systems, the complete plant engineering, erection, and supervision for erection, commissioning, training and start-up.

The scope of supply also includes the dust and mist removal systems and the hall heating and ventilation systems. Overall, the plant benefits largely from the numerous stages of energy recovery of the gas-fired hoods and vacuum plant. 

Toscotec’s AHEAD-2.0S tissue machine is equipped with a second-generation TT SYD-15FT steel Yankee dryer of 15 ft diameter. It features Toscotec’s advanced shoe press technology TT NextPress. The AHEAD-2.0S is set to produce premium-quality super-soft toilet tissue, with a total production of over 30,000 t/y and it will deliver on Twinsaver’s plans to increase supply to the local and export markets and preserve its top position in the tissue industry.

Following the announcement of a R580 million (USD 42 million) investment earlier last year, the Twinsaver Group - the leading producer of branded tissue in South Africa - awarded this turnkey project to Toscotec, who presented the most compelling green solutions, in line with the Group’s high environmental standards.

“We are very proud of the results of this turnkey project in South Africa. As Toscotec’s first turnkey in the country, building on the experience of other tissue machines in South Africa, we completed the supply according to schedule and started producing high quality tissue on the day of start-up. The substantial energy recovery advantages granted by the overall design of this plant are bound to exceed expectations,” said Toscotec’s Sales Director, Mr. Marco Dalle Piagge.

2018-04-26  READ MORE...
Veolia’s new ECRP system chosen by Celulosa Arauco at their Valdivia mill in Chile

Celulosa Arauco has selected Veolia Water Technologies’ HPD® CRP/ECRP™ technology to be able to benefit from the chloride and potassium removal in a recovery cycle at the Valdivia Mill, as part of a dissolving pulp project. The ECRP™ process is a new patented technology by Veolia, developed to allow mills with a high potassium input to achieve high removal rates of chloride and potassium while minimizing sodium losses.
Arauco’s Dissolving Pulp project for Valdivia Pulp Mill in Chile is a $185 million dollar investment to produce a range of products such as textile fiber, cellophane paper and filters. At a global level, the textile fiber market represents about 80 million tons. Dissolving pulp, which has experienced a rising trend in recent years, accounts for about 6% of total production. Veolia’s HPD® technology enables Arauco to uphold the natural and environmentally friendly process of production of dissolving pulp.
The project will involve treatment of a portion of the precipitator ash from the recovery boiler to remove chloride and potassium without significant loss of sodium or sulfate from the system. In this manner, chloride and potassium levels in the recovery cycle can be controlled to minimize fouling of the recovery boiler and the associated operating costs.

Minimizing Sodium Losses
The ECRP™ is a two-stage crystallizer system which will allow for the required removal of chloride and potassium at less than half of the losses to accomplish the same in a conventional CRP™ system.
“Veolia has a long history in providing solutions to the Pulp & Paper market. The project for Arauco Valdivia is another example of the application of proven technology in a very unique configuration to meet the objectives of this project” stated Klaus Andersen, CEO of Veolia Water Technologies Americas.
The various benefits of the Veolia CRP/ECRP include an increase in sticky temperature, the reduction in soda loss (and subsequent soda makeup) compared to ash dumping or alternate technologies. In some other instances, the potassium recovered from the purge can also be re-used to produce a very valuable fertilizer such as SOP.

2018-04-25  READ MORE...
Moody's changes outlook on Metsä Board's Ba1 ratings to positive

Moody’s has today changed the outlook on Metsä Board’s ratings to positive from stable. The ratings have been affirmed.

"Today’s rating action recognises the continued strengthening of Metsä Board’s business profile and increasing likelihood that Metsä Board will be able to maintain credit metrics commensurate with an investment grade rating", says Martin Fujerik, Moody’s analyst for Metsä Board.

2018-04-25  READ MORE...
Introducing the first deep dive into the BillerudKorsnäs Consumer Panel: Packaging Sustainability for Helpful Brands

Packaging is a clear point of contact with the consumer, regardless of sales channel, and therefore a strategic tool for a brand that is helpful in people’s increasing ambition to become more sustainable-oriented in everyday actions and choices. The BillerudKorsnäs deep dive Packaging Sustainability for Helpful Brands shows that brand owners who clearly empowers consumers to act more sustainable are in high demand among global consumers.

In BillerudKorsnäs Consumer Panel Report 2017, the highest index score of all was on the opportunity for brands to differentiate by packaging sustainability, giving clear benefits to the consumer to act more sustainable. Be it easier recycling, reducing food waste or a beneficiary second and third use of packaging.

Those benefits, if communicated, would be powerful to show that you are a helpful brand. The long-term winners will be the brands and corporation that are perceived as really helpful. Because all consumer (and B2B customers) will feel sure that they are part of the solution – not the problem.

From the content :

 Helpful brands – a key to success
 Being helpful is a general, holistic approach to your business model, encompassing both why and how you do business. It is also about operating close to your customers : listening, interacting and innovating to make it easier for them to act in a sustainable way.

 Helping the consumer be a hero
 About brand owners and the support, inspiration and innovation they can provide to make it easier for consumers to do right.

 Packaging as a strategic tool
 Brand owners that are able to activate and engage consumers, to communicate the value and functionality of the packaging and to make consumers feel their behaviour has a positive impact, will be rewarded through preference and loyalty.

 Packaging as a sustainability enabler
 Food waste is the highest priority for consumers when discussing the global challenges that packaging can help solve in the future.

 Making recycling easy
 Making it easy and rewarding to recycle is number one on consumers’ list of dream results of future packaging innovation.

 Going beyond the obvious
 Consumers are asking for true innovation – new ideas that change the role of packaging in their everyday lives.

2018-04-25  READ MORE...
TMC enters the IMA Group to create the largest hub for the packaging of Tissue and Personal Care products in the world.

TMC (Tissue Machinery Company), the Italian leader in the manufacture of machines for the packaging and management of Tissue and Personal Care products, consolidates and strongly reasserts its leadership
position thanks to its entry in the IMA Group, world leader in the design and production of automatic machines for the processing and packaging of pharmaceutical products, cosmetics, food products, tea & coffee, listed on the Italian stock exchange since 1995 in the STAR index.
TMC, the IMA Group’s choice for entering the field of packaging of Tissue and Personal Care products, is ready to place its experience at the disposal of the Group and to enhance its knowhow to create what will become a true hub and reference point in the field.
TMC’s undisputed international leadership in market niches such as primary and secondary packaging of kitchen towel rolls and toilet rolls and secondary packaging of personal care products, together with the strength of the IMA Group – 5,600 employees (2,800 of whom abroad), 42 production facilities in Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, UK, USA, India, Malaysia, China and Argentina, 29 branch offices with sales and assistance services and 50 agencies, covering 80 countries worldwide – will allow the TMC Group to accelerate its projects for growth, the development of innovation and the creation of superior-level partnerships.
The agreement entails an 82.5% stake by IMA in Tissue Machinery Company.
The TMC Group, with its subsidiaries, has a forecast turnover of about 80 million euro and an EBITDA of over 10 million euro with positive growth prospects, enhanced by the overall support it can provide thanks to its entry into the IMA Group.
Matteo Gentili President of TMC, commented :
This agreement is one of great satisfaction for us. In IMA we have found the best partner for the further development of our company to attain additional technological and commercial objectives in the field of Tissue and Personal Care products. Entering the IMA Group will enable a strong acceleration of our innovation, product development and geographical expansion projects. Personally, I will continue to play a leading role in the strategic management of the TMC group, with interests fully aligned with IMA, with the goal of consolidating and developing TMC as a global  reference for technological innovation and customer service.”
Alberto Vacchi President and CEO of IMA, commented :
“The agreement is strategic for the IMA Group and the partnership with Matteo Gentili, with TMC as a platform for the development of the project, will allow us to create an international hub that is the undisputed leader in the field of Tissue and Personal Care products.
With this operation, IMA continues along its path of enhancing and growing the leading market bands, further strengthening its industrial presence in Italy.”

2018-04-25  READ MORE...
Solenis to Increase Prices on all Process Chemicals Globally

Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, will increase prices by five to 30 percent on all process chemicals, effective immediately or as customer contracts allow. The price increases are due to increases in key raw material costs, escalating freight costs and decreased market availability of several raw materials.

“We are committed to delivering high-value, innovative solutions to help customers maximize their productivity,” said Varun Ratta, Senior Vice President, Product and Pricing Management. “While these price increases are necessary for us to reliably supply and support our customers, we’ll continue our efforts to help mitigate these increases and control their costs with beneficial process improvements.”

2018-04-24  READ MORE...
Lecta at the Upcoming Milan Packaging Première Fair


Lecta will be presenting its extensive range of specialty papers for premium packaging.

Lecta will participate in the upcoming edition of this exclusive event devoted to luxury packaging, to be held in Milan from May 15 to May 17. At this international exhibit, which brings together designers, manufacturers and top brands in the premium packaging industry worldwide, Lecta will showcase its wide range of papers for select packaging with numerous possibilities for applications.

We invite you to visit us at stand F06 at the Packaging Première, where you will discover the outstanding quality of Lecta’s range of specialty papers for high-end packaging :

Diva A​rt : a one-side double-coated cardboard with a silk finish specially designed for creative uses of graphic and luxury packaging

Metalvac : 100% high-vacuum metallized paper designed for premium labels and flexible packaging, graphic applications and luxury packaging

Eurokote : cast-coated paper for wine, spirits, sparkling wine and water bottles, premium packaging and advertising

Creaset : one-side coated papers for different label and packaging end uses

Adestor : Lecta’s range of pressure-sensitive paper and film for premium labels (wine, spirits, sparkling wine and beer). ​

2018-04-24  READ MORE...
Packaging leader Smurfit Kappa has identified a sustainable new use for its aid boxes

The boxes are used by Scottish charity Edinburgh Direct Aid to send clothes and other essential items to refugee camps and can now be turned into furniture.

Smurfit Kappa design teams from the UK and the Netherlands were given the brief of making the corrugated boxes, which would previously have been recycled after use, dual purpose. The teams looked at how the boxes could be designed to facilitate easy conversion into stackable stools, storage chests and desks.

The ‘re-purposable’ boxes, which are printed with instructions in local languages, can be easily assembled and are designed to cope with changing climatic conditions.

“We read about how refugees around the world are suffering when they’re forced to flee their homes and how much they depend on these camps, so we were keen to help,” said Stephen Cawdell, Technical Design Manager at Smurfit Kappa Northampton.

“At Smurfit Kappa, we constantly explore creative ways for our packaging to be re-used. The furniture made from our boxes is sturdy enough to be kept outside and the desks are very useful for use in temporary schools that have been set up in some refugee camps.”

Speaking about the partnership with Smurfit Kappa, Denis Rutovitz, Chairman at Edinburgh Direct Aid, said : “Smurfit Kappa came up with an impressive solution in the form of these specially designed boxes and it’s the first time we’ve used anything like this. In general, the camps are not well resourced so having a source of furniture will make a difference.”

To date, Smurfit Kappa has donated 10,000 boxes to Edinburgh Direct Aid.

2018-04-24  READ MORE...
Ahlstrom-Munksjö to acquire the Caieiras specialty paper mill in Brazil

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has entered into an agreement to acquire MD Papéis’ Caieiras specialty paper mill in Brazil of the Formitex Group, an industrial conglomerate active in the paper, chemicals and panel board industries.

The annual net sales of the business to be acquired are approximately EUR 80 million and comparable EBITDA approximately EUR 13 million in 2017. The debt free purchase price is approximately EUR 100 million. Annual synergy benefits of up to EUR 6 million are estimated, mainly arising from optimization of overlapping business. Banco Citibank S.A. has agreed and committed to provide financing for the acquisition.

The transaction is expected to be completed during the third quarter of 2018 and is subject to customary completion terms, including merger clearance from the relevant competition authorities.

The Caieiras product offering is an excellent match for Ahlstrom-Munksjö with 80% of sales being in line with Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s current product and solution portfolio. The acquisition significantly strengthens Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s offering and production platform in the region, and provides attractive growth opportunities, synergies and further production optimization opportunities for the longer term. The Caieiras mill is located in the vicinity of Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s existing production plants in Jacarei, part of the Industrial Solutions business area, and in Louveira, part of the Filtration and Performance business area. The mill gives access to local production of decor paper, thus strengthening Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s service offering and partnership with existing customers, which so far has relied on imports. Ahlstrom-Munksjö becomes a global leading producer in decor paper, and the mill is a competitive platform for further growth in South America. Ahlstrom-Munksjö is already a global leading supplier in tape, serving both local and global customers, and this position is further strengthened through the transaction. And in addition by combining the businesses of Caieiras and Jacarei Ahlstrom-Munksjö improves production and delivery capability as well as competitiveness.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s presence in Brazil grows further through the acquisition, operating three plants, all near Sao Paolo, and employing over 700 persons and revenues of approximately of EUR 200 million.

“The Caieiras business is an excellent addition to our global platform, and drives our ambition to maintain a leading position in selected niches of the global fiber-based solutions market that offers growth. We have plentiful of opportunities to grow in our existing business segments, proceed with new product development and consider growth in adjacent segments”, says Hans Sohlström, President and CEO of Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj

“Further expanding our platform in Brazil will allow us to serve our specialty paper customers with an even stronger offering and efficiency”, says Daniele Borlatto, EVP of Industrial Solutions Business Area.

“This acquisition strengthens our position as a global leader in Decor papers” says Tomas Wulkan, EVP of the Decor Business Area.

“Formitex Group regards the divestment from the specialty paper business as an opportunity for the group to consolidate its strategic interest in strengthening its chemicals core businesses. Ahlstrom-Munksjö is a great fit as a new parent to the Caieiras Mill, a strategic owner that can expand the mill’s technology base - further accelerating its growth potential and strengthening sales internationally”, Formitex says in a statement.

2018-04-24  READ MORE...
ANDRITZ to refurbish dewatering equipment for TMP washing stage at Hallsta Paper Mill


ANDRITZ has received an order from Holmen Paper, a part of the Holmen Group, Sweden, to refurbish and install dewatering equipment for a new TMP (thermo-mechanical pulp) washing stage at PM 12 in Hallstavik. Basic engineering, erection as well as commissioning and start-up, which is scheduled for the final quarter of 2018, are also part of the delivery scope.

ANDRITZ will refurbish two used ANDRITZ twin wire presses and relocate an existing ANDRITZ pulp screw press. After re-installation as the TMP washing stage, the dewatering equipment will improve the pulp quality, thus ensuring higher product quality on the paper machine. PM12 manufactures book paper and newsprint grades.

SCOPE OF SUPPLY
• Refurbishment of two used ANDRITZ twin wire presses.
• Relocation and overhaul of an existing ANDRITZ pulp screw press used in the former deinking plant at Hallsta paper mill.
• Installation of a new conveyor for pulp dilution and shredding after washing.
• Rebuild and relocation of two existing screw conveyors.

ANDRITZ’s broad know-how on refurbishment of dewatering equipment as well as its longstanding and excellent relationship with Holmen Paper were decisive for the order award. The Hallsta Paper Mill has relied on ANDRITZ dewatering technology for many years. After completion of this project, the mill will be operating 14 ANDRITZ twin wire presses.

2018-04-24  READ MORE...
Infinity FineLine: Seam felts for sensitive paper grades


For Infinity FineLine, an especially fine loop structure was developed and the seam zone was further improved. This is why these press fabrics are used above all in the tissue and specialty paper segment.

High dewatering efficiency and long service lives have made press fabrics from the Voith Infinity series best-sellers for packaging papers, board and graphic paper grades. The technology group has now extended its product range. Infinity FineLine offers an ideal solution for sensitive applications like tissue or specialty papers. The modular structure of the press fabrics allows easy adaption to any requirement.

With its new FineLine module, Voith is further expanding its successful range of Infinity fabrics. For the new products, a particularly fine loop structure was developed and the seam zone was further improved. FineLine is mainly used in the tissue and specialty paper segment. The new press felt is available as endless and seam product. Infinity FineLine debuts with remarkably minimized seam loops that reduce marking potential even in the finest papers. As with all Infinity products, the seam loops in FineLine also have an identical loop length, roundness and spacing. This makes the closure particularly simple and enables machine downtimes to be reduced by up to 25 percent.

A combination of Infinity FineLine and twisted yarns has proven particularly advantageous in sensitive applications. The twisted yarns ensure better batt fiber anchorage. As a result, the paper producer benefits from consistent performance over the entire service life. At the same time, Infinity FineLine is specifically energy efficient through its low grammage.

Cohesive range for all requirements
Alongside FineLine, the Infinity series also includes the ToughLine range of fabrics which Voith designed specifically for extreme environments. These conditions occur, for example, when manufacturing board and packaging papers, where the felts are continuously exposed to heat or abrasive materials. The use of Infinity press fabrics for the production of graphic papers is also constantly increasing. “Our Infinity series offers the best press felts portfolio for all paper machine requirements”, says Anne Klaschka, Global Product Manager Press Fabrics at Voith. The modular structure of the fabrics means that they can be tailored optimally to customer requirements.

The Infinity series is part of the PressMax portfolio of the Voith AdvancedProducts range. It allows paper makers a combination of perfectly coordinated components to improve the performance of their paper machines.

2018-04-23  READ MORE...
Långasjö sawmill equipped for the future


On Saturday 21 April, Södra’s sawmill at Långasjö was reopened at a ceremony attended by more than 2,000 visitors. In 2017, just over SEK 100 million was invested in the facility to increase capacity and achieve more efficient production. The initiative has also created an additional 25 jobs.

More than 2,000 visitors from all over Götaland attended the reopening ceremony of the Långasjö sawmill. The day’s theme was ‘We are creating a sustainable future here together.’ This was reflected during the opening ceremony when the entire chain – from forest owners, forest inspectors, employees and customers to the next generation – tied ribbons, instead of cutting a ribbon.

“I am proud of what we have done at Långasjö. With this investment of SEK 100 million, we have created an efficient and modern sawmill where we can produce even higher volumes at a lower cost and meet the demand for our sustainable products. The investment makes the facility well-equipped for the future and strengthens our market position,” said Jörgen Lindquist, President of the Södra Wood business area.

The sawmill produces panelling and cross beams, but also painted products, and demand in this product category has been growing every year since 2013. The products are mainly delivered to the Netherlands and Sweden, two markets where pressure on construction timber is high.

“Market demand is high, and the investment has already generated positive results. The sawmill has been in full production with the new equipment since November 2017 and is performing according to plan,” said Jörgen Lindquist.

2018-04-23  READ MORE...
Chinese tissue paper giant became a shareholder - Finnpulp starts basic engineering of the bioproduct mill

Basic engineering of Finnpulp’s bioproduct mill has started. Company’s mill will be built on the site in Sorsasalo in Kuopio, for which the city plan was enforced earlier in January. Basic engineering for this world’s largest bioproduct mill that uses only softwood will last about one year. Engineering work now starting will form basis for the final investment decision by the company. This is due to the first half of next year. The decision also will mean construction works of the mill to start.

One of the most respected forest industry companies in China as a shareholder

Owners of Finnpulp will finance approximately 15 million euros basic planning period. Before starting the engineering work, the company has increased its owner base. Hengan International, which is China’s most significant tissue and hygiene product manufacturer, became a shareholder of the company. The EUR 11.7 million investment made by Hengan entitles to 36.5% of the share capital. In the future Hengan has a possibility to increase its share of the company up to 49%.

Hengan International is listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, and its share of China’s growing personal hygiene product markets is 20% (2016). Founder family is still responsible for the management of the company, which has been chosen in international forums among to the most respected Chinese companies in business management, innovation and taking care of the environment and workforce responsibility.

At the same time with Hengan becoming a new shareholder, the previous owners MTK and Grizzly Hill Capitals have raised their investment in Finnpulp. After the issue the both parties will have 11,5 % of the company´s ownership.

Expectations are to get the verified environmental permit next summer

The Regional State Administrative Agency granted the environmental permit in March 2017 for Finnpulp’s Kuopio bioproduction plant. The strict terms of the permit maybe the tightest ever been set to production plants in Finland or elsewhere. Terms are also stricter than the EU’s best practice requirements for the industry. Finnpulp takes this this as a positive challenge and will employ new technology to meet the requirements.

2018-04-23  READ MORE...
Another two successful startups for Valmet and Lee & Man in China


Valmet recently made two successful Advantage DCT 200 tissue line startups at Lee & Man’s tissue mill at Chongqing, China. The first machine in the startup queue was TM13, which started producing high quality paper right from the start on January 18. The second startup was on March 3, when just as good tissue paper hit the reel on TM15.

"Valmet has sold a total of nine tissue machines to Lee & Man since 2014. All startups have been characterized by good collaboration, efficient installations and steady startup curves. Efficient project execution and tissue lines that deliver good results right from the first roll have become the trademarks of Valmet’s and Lee & Man’s winning co-operation," says Valmet’s project manager Tomas Eklund. A big part of a successful delivery is trustworthy technology. Valmet’s well proven Advantage technology has been designed with the success of tissue makers in mind.

Efficient teamwork forms another great part of the success that has been achieved by Valmet and Lee & Man in Chongqing. "We work as one to reach our mutual aims. At this point, we know each other so well that the machines, more or less, start with a push of a button," says Eklund.

Valmet will start two more Advantage DCT 200 tissue production lines for Lee & Man during 2018. All at the same mill in Chongqing and with the same scope of delivery - complete tissue production lines featuring stock preparation systems and Advantage DCT 200HS tissue machines.

All nine machines are equipped with OptiFlo headbox and cast alloy Yankee cylinders. The Advantage tissue technology includes ViscoNip press, steam heated AirCap hood, WetDust dust system and a SoftReel P reel. Basic engineering and site services are also included in the delivery. Valmet’s automation package is also included, with Valmet DNA machine and process control system (DCS), as well as Valmet IQ quality control system (QCS) and Valmet IQ Dilution Profiler.

The tissue machine has a width of 5.6 m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min. Each machine has the capacity to produce 60,000 tons of toilet and facial tissue per year. Lee & Man uses virgin wood pulp and bleached bamboo fiber as raw material.

2018-04-23  READ MORE...
HM The Queen recognises Greycon with Award for International Trade

Greycon has won the coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category in recognition of the company’s sustained success in overseas expansion.

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is the UK’s most prestigious business accolade. The Queen’s Award highlights outstanding achievement in the fields of innovation, international trade and sustainable development. The Award celebrates companies and individuals who are outstanding in their field. Greycon demonstrated successfully to the judging panel that its strategic diversification into new growth markets and geographies across the globe deserved recognition at the very highest level.

Constantine Goulimis, Greycon’s CEO and founder, commented : “I’m delighted to announce Greycon’s important achievement in one of the most high-profile and celebrated awards for commercial success. The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade is a wonderful validation of our achievements. I am immensely proud of the whole Greycon team for winning the highest business accolade that a UK company can receive. It is the peak of achievement in terms of recognition for our proactive, dedicated approach to championing international business growth. Greycon’s strong profile outside the UK is one of our key differentiators and winning the award is further proof that the strategy to diversify Greycon is working.”

Colleague David Mushin said : “Targeting growth, Greycon has proved highly responsive at aligning business with our target industry’s priorities such as Sustainability, Customer Service, geographies and buoyant global sectors that offer the greatest opportunities, such as the Plastic Film & Flexible Packaging, Nonwoven, Metals, Converting, and Paper & Board industries. We have combined our reputation with organic growth and new strategic appointments in key markets internationally, while continuing to improve our position in the UK.”

2018-04-23  READ MORE...
Smurfit Kappa continues to invest in its Facture Paper Mill to meet the growing demand for kraftliner grades in Europe.

An upgrade of the mill, which is in South West France, was successfully completed in March following a three-week shutdown and included the implementation of a new pulp washing line, and a complete overhaul of the black liquor recovery boiler.

SKG next plans a series of improvements to the paper machine No. 5 commencing in 2019 which, on completion, will increase its production capacity of white top kraftliner from 174,000 tonnes to 220,000 tonnes per annum, and further enhance the quality of this premium product. 

Smurfit Kappa’s paper-based packaging is the packaging of choice for many brands which are seeking a more sustainable alternative to plastic and it is used widely in both the eCommerce and retail sectors.

Premium white top kraft paper, which is made from virgin fibres, is also a very suitable material for the high-specification digital print used to make brands come alive on the shelf.

The Smurfit Kappa Facture Paper Mill has been producing kraft paper since 1928. Speaking about the upgrade project, Laurent Sellier, Chief Operating Officer of Smurfit Kappa Paper & Board Europe, said : “The Facture site is going through a major upgrade programme which will significantly increase both the output and quality of the kraftliner we produce.

“This mill has an ideal location for meeting the demands of customers in Southern Europe so we are committed to implementing ongoing innovations and improvements.”

The Facture Paper Mill is part of Smurfit Kappa’s global network of paper mills that are all connected through a single, optimised supply chain system.

The upgrade of the Facture Paper Mill will reinforce the industry-leading position Smurfit Kappa holds for the production of kraftliner containerboard in Europe.

2018-04-23  READ MORE...
Former Appleton Coated facility to begin doing business as Midwest Paper Group

The Combined Locks paper mill formerly home to Appleton Coated will begin doing business under the name “Midwest Paper Group”. The new entity was established by Industrial Assets and Maynards after their October 2017 purchase of substantially all the assets of Appleton Coated LLC. The company restarted the facility in December.

After the purchase, Industrial Assets took note of the highly experienced and dedicated workforce and focused on upgrading the mill’s production capabilities and fiber handling systems. “We have a made a significant investment in this mill and community. We are grateful for our customers, vendors and the team onsite which has allowed the company to continue its tradition of producing some of the highest quality paper in the industry.” said Steve Mattes, CEO of Industrial Assets Corp.

“We are excited by the investment our new ownership has made which enhances our production capabilities in order to grow and diversify our product offering. We remain committed to providing our legacy printing/writing and new containerboard customers with high quality products and unequalled service.” said Kyle Putzstuck, President of Midwest Paper Group.

“Restarting the facility on our legacy grades while also developing new products and engaging new customers has been excellent for all involved” said John Mazuroski, Head of Sales and Marketing. “Our dedicated employees and rich history of product development helped us meet every challenge. The strategy of merging our capabilities in printing/writing grades together with new containerboard development is proving successful, and we have significantly diversified our product portfolio” he added.

“The future now looks bright for the company,” stated Doug Osterberg, Managing Director of Midwest Paper Group. “We are very grateful to our customers, suppliers, and employees who have stood with us through this process.”

2018-04-20  READ MORE...

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