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World-class pulp centre to be constructed at Mussalo at the port of HaminaKotka

Port of HaminaKotka, Steveco and UPM have agreed on the construction of a world-class pulp terminal in the new D-area in the western part of the Mussalo Harbour in Kotka. The investments of the Port of HaminaKotka in the infrastructure of the area are approx. 30 million euros. A new field of about 20 hectares, 220 metres of quays as well as a warehouse will be built in the new area.

Steveco will build a terminal with a size of 20,000 square metres and dimensions of 400 metres by 50 metres. The value of the terminal investment is 8.5 million euros. The terminal is expected to be in operation by the end of the year. The quay will be completed in the spring of 2019.

“For the Port of HaminaKotka, this is a significant leap into the future together with our long-term partners UPM and Steveco. We are seeing the launching of new kind of activity at the Port of HaminaKotka”, says Kimmo Naski, CEO of Port of HaminaKotka Ltd.

“The site is excellent, and it offers significant operational synergy benefits through integration with our other operations”, says Henri Kuitunen, CEO of Steveco Oy.

The project stems from UPM’s decision to concentrate the sea transport of the products made at the Kaukas and Kymi pulp mills in Finland to Kotka. In the past few years, UPM has made investments to increase the annual production capacity of the Kymi and Kaukas pulp mills by a total of 370,000 tonnes.

“The concentration of transport enhances UPM’s pulp logistics and increases flexibility. The new centre will offer high quality facilities, and it is served by rail transport, which reduces the carbon footprint of our transport operations”, says Jukka Hölsä, Director of Maritime Logistics at UPM.

“From Mussalo, pulp can be delivered out to the world on both conventional ships and in containers. In addition to export purposes, the terminal will also be used as an intermediate storage for domestic transport”, Jukka Hölsä continues.

The long-term agreement now concluded concerns the first phase of the pulp logistics centre. The goal is that the centre will expand later. In the future, there are facilities to build more warehouses and approx. 500 metres of additional quays in the area.

“Port facilities have become congested in both Kotka and Hamina. Since the volumes of goods carried have developed favourably and the positive trend in Finnish exports seems to persist, we have decided to carry out this major expansion investment”, says Kimmo Naski.

2018-05-24 
Simon Fagerudd appointed General Manager of UPM Pietarsaari mill integrate

Simon Fagerudd has been appointed General Manager of UPM Pietarsaari mill integrate and pulp mill starting from 25 June 2018.

The current General Manager of UPM Pietarsaari Veikko Petäjistö will retire in the autumn of 2018.

2018-05-24 
Packs with tamper evident seals

Packs with tamper evident seals

As part of its new innovation series, Rigid Containers has launched a corrugated packaging concept with built-in tamper evident seals at both ends for the ecommerce market.

The pack offers an ideal solution for ecommerce or similar packaging situations where security is essential. Tamper evident features make it impossible to access the contents without completely destroying the case closure – making it apparent the pack has been tampered with. 

Incorporating a self locking design, the design eliminates the use of tape and can be easily recycled. The new design is second in a series of innovations and forms part of Rigid’s 2018 innovation strategy to offer customers sustainable and easy-to-use corrugated packaging. Additional concepts that will push the boundaries of retail and ecommerce packaging will be rolled out throughout this year. 

Rigid’s group sales and marketing manager Julian Freeman said that the concept will give customers added flexibility in choosing ecommerce packaging. “Preventing tampering in the first place is essential but what is also important is having a pack that is easy to erect.”

2018-05-24 
Voith Digital Solutions’ expert earns GCIP certification

Puhlmann’s cybersecurity credentials are another measure of Voith’s dedication to a reliable and secure infrastructure.

Strengthening its position to serve power producers, Voith Digital Solutions North America is proud to announce that Jens Puhlmann, its Industrial Control Systems Security Manager, recently earned the Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (GCIP) certification, which demonstrates his advanced knowledge in information protection, cybersecurity, incident reporting, response plans, system security management and security controls.

Puhlmann is just one of 23 professionals in North America to have earned this certification from the GIAC. With this certification and his 20 years of experience in Industrial Control Systems design, Puhlmann showcases Voith Digital Solutions’ continuing drive to be a leader in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) cybersecurity.

Key aspects of Puhlmann’s broad GCIP certification process were network security, documentation, security awareness training as well as the evaluation and categorization of power plants regarding their impact on the national grid infrastructure, among other requirements.

“CIP compliance is integral to our customers’ business plans – without compliance, they face penalties and fines. Staying compliant, however, is difficult due to changing standards, and doing so is always on their minds. This is why obtaining the GCIP certification was vital. It gives them assurance in my ability to offer them the compliance answers they need,” Puhlmann said.

The compliance requirements, known as the North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC CIP), offer standards aimed at protecting the facilities that add power to electrical grid, and compliance is monitored by NERC. In its role, NERC scrutinizes facility security from all angles and has updated its standards repeatedly since 2006 as the IIoT and Industry 4.0 bring more changes to energy production.

NERC CIP provides a checklist of safeguards to which every electric-generating facility must adhere. Staying ahead of NERC CIP updates can be difficult for most plant operators, which is why so many turn to Voith Digital Solutions for compliance consultation. With Puhlmann’s GCIP certification, Voith customers have a central contact as they work to stay in compliance.

“Jens’ certification is important and a great step for Voith Digital Solutions North America. It helps our customers understand they can rely on us. We provide the system security know-how and support they need,” said Michael Rhodes, Vice President of Sales, Voith Digital Solutions North America.

Voith Digital Solutions bundles Voith’s long standing automation and IT expertise with the know-how in the fields of water power, paper machines and drive engineering. This new Group Division works with new and existing customers to develop innovative products and services by driving IIoT innovations and decisively shaping the digitalization process in the field of machine and plant engineering.

2018-05-24 
Ontex announces the transfer and consolidation of production in Brazil to its Senador Canedo unit

Ontex Group NV today announced the acceleration of its integration activities in Brazil, in order to drive sustainable profitable growth for the coming years in this important market.

A comprehensive plan encompassing commercial, operational and efficiency initiatives has been established, to accelerate the turnaround of its Brazil business and in order to achieve ongoing sustainable profitable growth. As part of this plan, Ontex Brazil will transfer its manufacturing operation in Aparecida de Goiânia to its manufacturing site in Senador Canedo, both in the State of Goiás. This will result in a non-recurring pre-tax charge in 2018 of up to €30 million, of which approximately €10 million will be a cash cost. This is expected to result in annualized recurring EBIT savings of €7 million.

This move was made after an in-depth analysis and considering the efficiency of combining the entire production into a single unit, where it will be possible to deploy efficient technologies and processes. All alternatives were investigated to minimize impact on Ontex employees in Aparecida de Goiânia, the majority of whom will transfer to Senador Canedo. The change will occur through the third quarter of 2018, at which time the Aparecida de Goiânia plant will become inactive.

The Company’s commitment to Brazil and its growth ambition remain unchanged ; this includes the continuation of ongoing investments in research and development, health and safety, and modern technologies in the state of Goiás and Brazil to ensure future growth.

2018-05-24 
Essity and WSSCC Hygiene and Health Report 2018-2019: Prioritizing hygiene and health is key to personal well-being and public progress

Today, Essity and United Nation’s entity Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) launch the sixth edition of the Hygiene and Health Report. Hygiene and health are critical catalysts for solving several global societal issues stated in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. With this report, Essity and WSSCC address opportunities and challenges throughout the human life cycle, highlighting new research, best practices and possible solutions. It shows the societal implications of prioritizing hygiene and health in decision making, whether by a policy maker, a care professional or an individual.

Drawing on insights and research from experts, academia, Essity and WSSCCs own experience as well as Essity’s survey on hygiene and health of over 15,000 respondents worldwide, the report demonstrates how hygiene and health act as catalysts for solving several global societal issues :

 for antibiotics.[1]

 Girls and women not attending school or work due to menstruation has a severe impact on gender equality. 49% of women worldwide experience social discomfort during menstruation, and multiple studies show that women and girls around the world stay home from work and school during their period. By providing hygiene facilities adapted for women’s needs and integrating menstruation management in policy work, we can increase women’s workforce participation and create a path to women’s empowerment.

 Living with incontinence can severely affect quality of life and dignity for the individual, as well as participation and contribution on a societal level. 400 million people suffer from incontinence globally, and with an ageing population this figure is expected to increase further. By making incontinence care more focused on the individual and by benefiting from new innovative and purpose-driven solutions, patients can be empowered to lead a more dignified and qualitative life and remain a functioning member of society. For example, estimates of the benefits of improved incontinence care in the Netherlands show annual potential savings from a societal perspective of EUR 125 million. 2

“As a leading global hygiene and health company, Essity has unique knowledge and insights to drive global dialogue about the strong connection between hygiene, health and well-being. We collaborate with partners using our different perspectives, competences and resources to raise awareness, develop standards and influence regulations in relation to health and hygiene,” says Magnus Groth, President and CEO of Essity.

“Hygiene and health are prerequisites and enablers for fulfilling many of the Sustainable Development Goals. We’re already seeing incredible progress towards the 2030 agenda, but there is still work to be done. Putting hygiene and health at the centre of the conversation means more emphasis on forgotten and taboo topics ; it opens up possibilities for change that reaches far beyond just individuals, but to society as a whole. Hygiene is only the beginning.”, says Rolf Luyendijk, Executive Director at WSSCC.

About the collaboration between Essity and WSSCC :

Since 2014, Essity and WSSCC have partnered in the mission to encourage a global conversation about hygiene and health issues as well as opportunities across organizations, sectors, and countries. In 2016, we took the partnership further by jointly publishing the Hygiene Matters Report : Joining Forces for Progress. With this edition of the report, we are continuing our work. We offer new insights by combining research findings, statistical evidence, successful cases and testimonies from people whose voices are rarely heard. We also highlight solutions and actions that we identify as critical for improving hygiene and health standards across the globe and for every part of life’s course. Our ambition is to inspire and invite more players to join the dialogue and partnership and to help identify sustainable solutions going forward.

About the report :

This report is the latest edition in a series of reports that Essity has published since 2008 with the aim of raising awareness about the pivotal role that hygiene, sanitation, and health play in well-being and for individuals and communities, and to highlight solutions to some of the problems we face in these areas.

The report builds on a combination of third-party information and our own data. One data source is a global survey conducted between November 20 and December 4, 2017, through web panels in 15 different countries, collecting answers from a total of 15,530 respondents. National quotas have been used to obtain accurate representation of age and gender. Questions in the survey centered on hygiene and health concerns, public hygiene, personal hygiene, menstruation, incontinence, antibiotic resistance and sustainability.

2018-05-24 
PMP Presents the Paper Surface Functionality Concept!

PMP’s PSF Technology is aimed to generate cost savings and to increases profitability in paper making.
The Paper Surface Functionality (PSF) concept was developed to support paper mills in improving the useful properties of paper or board. Combinations of various layers of barrier chemicals, coating colors and starches can be applied in a purposeful and selected sequence on the paper or board surface and in controlled amounts. PSF Technology utilizes a special spraying application technology and has an advanced process design for feeding and re-circulating the flow of material to the surface treatment units.
PMP is developing the concept in close co-operation with Patrick Sundholm Ltd Oy. Pilot equipment is installed on a state-of-the-art pilot coater in KCL research plant in Otaniemi, Finland. Furthermore, a cylindrical laboratory coater (CLC) enabling pre-trials has been installed by KCL.
The technology can be implemented as retrofits in existing paper machines or off line coaters.
The pilot is a platform for developing enhanced and new paper and board grades. The trials are run with the clients in accordance with strict confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements.

2018-05-23 
A Masters in Biorefinery & Biomaterials

In conjunction with Grenoble INP-Phelma, Grenoble INP-Pagora now offers a Biorefinery and Biomaterials course as part of its Masters in Materials Science and Engineering. Launched at the beginning of the 2018 academic year, the course - which is taught in French and English at Masters 1 level and in English alone at Masters 2 level - is aimed at students who are keen to work in industries that use biomass to produce chemicals, energy and biomaterials.

The conversion of biomass into energy, chemicals and polymers is an important component of the green economy. It contributes to the drastic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the intensification of recycling and the minimisation of waste. Bioenergy, biofuels, bioproducts and biopolymers are all now a reality. However, the rate at which their production is growing must be stepped up considerably if their contribution is to meet the challenges we face. This will require new skills to become available.

Biorefinery is the process that enables plant resources to be converted into energy and chemicals. While similar in definition to a traditional refinery, the wide variety of materials and the complexity of their chemical composition make biorefinery a highly specific engineering process. The chemistry involved also differs from that of petrochemistry :
 - plant constituents are structured with three essential atoms (C, H, O) - oil has just two (C, H) - which generates greater complexity.
-  these structures are complex organic architectures that can be valorised as is. This can be an advantage for the production of products and materials that offer new properties.

The Biorefinery & Biomaterials course covers the entire process, from the procurement of lignocellulosic biomass, i.e., essentially wood, to the production of chemicals, biofuels, synthons and biopolymers that can replace fossil-based products. The programme places an emphasis on the constituents of lignocellulosic biomass (lignin, hemicellulose, cellulose, extractable products) and their chemistry, as well as the chemical, physico-chemical and biotechnological processes that allow them to be separated, purified or modified for the purpose of valorisation (biorefinery).

A special focus is also placed on the cellulose industry, because it currently displays the greatest potential when it comes to mass producing bioproducts - including fibres, fibrils and cellulose micro and nanocrystals - not to mention sugars, carbohydrates in general and lignin, which are immediately available for valorisation. The course also covers the heat processing of biomass (roasting, pyrolysis, gasification) and the synthesis of new polymers and composites for the design of biomaterials with specific properties : new functions, biodegradability, food contact, etc.

This multidisciplinary course features modules on chemistry, biology, enzyme catalysis, fermentation, process engineering, chemical and biotechnical engineering, polymerisation and material strength. It also broaches production costs, the sector’s economic aspects and its environmental impact. The training is in line with the topics of the Tec21 Laboratory of Excellence, the Carnot Polynat Institute, CDP Glyco@Alps, the Grenoble Alpes University IDEX, and the Axelera Chemistry-Environment innovation cluster.

The skills that students acquire in the fields of chemistry, processes, biotechnology and polymerisation, but also in their application to plant biomass valorisation, are in high demand in various industrial sectors : cellulose, textiles, cosmetics, detergents, paints, plastics, packaging, energy, food, pharmaceuticals, etc.

Applications are open until 15 June 2018.

2018-05-23 
DIENES presents at the PulPaper fair in Helsinki: the knife holder DS 8 with DIENES "easy change"

DIENES will present one of its latest developments at the PulPaper trade fair : The well - known DS 8 knife holder, which is often used in the paper industry, has been  supplemented by another comfort feature, the "easy change". Easy Change means that a tool - free knife change is easy and comfortable. This new and patented system of knife change minimizes set - up times considerably and contributes to work and process reliability in the company.
DS 8 with DIENES "easy-change" -tool-free knife change

And that is how easy it is to replace the knife on the DS 8 knife holder : The knife can be easily removed and  replaced by unlocking the safety bar and removing the clamping nut. The ring nut is then screwed back onto the knife holder until the locking clip engages in its fixing position and the ring nut is thus secured against rotation. Due to the rotary fixing the knife head is additionally secured, due to the rotary movement the safety clip engages automatically.
The advantages at a glance  :
Quick knife replacement
No tools required for changing knives
Reduced set-up times
Increased security
Self-locking of the top knives through rotation fixation
Reduced risk of injury

DIENES solution "twin-cut" -clean cut edges for multi-layer paper
The knife holder DS 8 is often used in DIENES slitting systems in the patented "twin-cut” process.
This solution has been specially developed for slitting several layers of paper in cross cutters. A special knife is used as a bottom knife, which actively slits the paper from below.
Thus the paper is cut on both sides. This process all ows several layers of paper to be slit simultaneously, with clean cutting edges and with a low-dust cut.

2018-05-23 
Valmet to supply a tissue machine restart-up package for Xiamen Sin Yang Paper Co., Ltd

Valmet will supply a tissue machine restart-up package to Xiamen Sin Yang Paper TM1 in China. The delivery will include necessary project management, maintenance, spare parts and start-up of a tissue machine idled in 2014 and originally delivered by Valmet. The start-up is scheduled for July 2018.

This order is first of the kind for Valmet in China area. Zihou Song, Senior Manager, Mill Improvements from Valmet says : "This is a very challenging project due to tight time schedule, but at the same time very exciting new kind of a project for us that strengthens our services to tissue customers in China."

2018-05-23 
Georgia-Pacific Launches Hummingbird™ to Provide Unmatched Digital Print Capabilities

Digital presses have revolutionized the packaging industry, delivering high-impact color and creating a new paradigm for versioning and customization. Despite its innovations, digitally printed packaging has not always offered solutions across the full spectrum of sizes and quantities. With the launch of Hummingbird™ digital packaging solutions, Georgia-Pacific is overcoming that barrier by producing digital pre-print for a full range of customer needs, from specialty versions to everyday large runs and beyond.

Hummingbird is the first packaging supplier in North America to provide 110-inch wide web capability for digital pre-print at lengths limited only by converting capability. The technology delivers high-quality, digitally printed corrugated packaging that gets products to market up to 80 percent faster than traditional methods and provides a new range of marketing and supply chain management opportunities for brands. The size, quality and speed of the press also dramatically increases the cost effectiveness of digitally printed packaging, even at high volume.

“There’s no question the future of corrugated packaging is digital,” said Sergio Morales, general manager of Hummingbird. “Hummingbird’s digital inkjet printing enables even the largest brands to deliver consistent and timely marketing messages across all platforms, including their physical packaging. Innovative companies looking to create a true omni-channel customer experience have a new, unmatched tool at the ready with Hummingbird.”

Hummingbird is the next evolution of Georgia-Pacific’s digital pre-print service that began with the company’s 2015 investment in the HP PageWide Web Press T400S. After experiencing strong demand and confirming the value of digital pre-print for its customers, Georgia-Pacific expanded the offering to create Hummingbird. As a result, the new digital print service combines in-house print expertise and Georgia-Pacific’s extensive convertor network with the technical capabilities of the HP PageWide Web Press T1100.

The T1100 produces offset-substitutable images on pre-print that can match the width of a 110-inch corrugator. The press also enables printing of variable box sizes and designs both down and across the web at speeds of up to 600 feet per minute.

Hummingbird gives brands a competitive advantage by enabling quick and easy packaging updates. With improved speed to market, seasonal promotions and other marketing messages can be delivered seamlessly across all marketing channels. Also, Hummingbird provides new solutions for retailer-specific packaging and private label, and can print the precise lines required to facilitate interactive marketing and augmented reality.

In addition to marketing benefits, Hummingbird gives customers control over the packaging supply chain by allowing them to produce only what is needed, when it’s needed, enabling inventory reduction. Brands, distributors and box plants can aggregate demand by combining low-quantity orders via Hummingbird’s capability to batch print various designs and sizes in the same run with lower minimum quantities, which helps prevent obsolescence. Packaging for high-volume and specialty products can now be produced side-by-side and shipped together, potentially reducing transportation costs and streamlining logistics.

“The possibilities are nearly limitless,” said Morales. “We can print half a million of the same design as quickly and easily as half a million variations. That level of flexibility makes Hummingbird a cost-effective solution for a wide range of customer applications.”

Hummingbird produces quality that is comparable to lithographic print processes and can bring greater color consistency throughout the print run. One of the notable advantages of a 110-inch wide press is the ability to produce high-quality, large format packaging and pre-printed rolls with no need for lithographic labels or flexographic direct print. For example, Hummingbird can handle everything from large format TV boxes to pumpkin bins and pallet skirts, while providing the same speed-to-market and supply chain benefits it offers for smaller packaging.

2018-05-23 
DS Smith Plc to Acquire North American Corrugated Packaging Business

DS Smith Plc today announced an agreement to acquire

Corrugated Container Corporation (CCC), a high-quality corrugated packaging company in North America.

The acquisition follows DS Smith’s recent purchase of Interstate Resources, building on the company’s paper and packaging capacity in the region.

CCC is a family owned business employing approximately 190 people across its four operations in Tennessee, North Carolina and two sites in Virginia. The acquisition of these packaging sites will significantly boost DS Smith’s box-making capacity, and complements its existing footprint in North America.

CCC’s capabilities include a strong focus on high-quality, sustainable retail ready and display packaging, an area where DS Smith is achieving strong growth in Europe.

The acquisition is expected to be earnings enhancing immediately and is consistent with the Group’s medium term financial targets.

2018-05-22 
Arctic Paper introduces price increase for all its paper grades.

Due to further increases of raw materials cost Arctic Paper SA has taken decision to raise prices of its paper products.
The increase of 6-8% for all grades will take effect across Arctic Paper’s entire sales network from 1 July 2018.
The local sales teams of Arctic Paper will give customers further details and information.

2018-05-22 
Ortigueira municipal government implements new solid waste recycling model

In partnership with Klabin and the Caminhos do Tibagi Consortium, the methodology will be initially implemented in three neighborhoods and later expanded to the entire city

To improve the segregation of solid waste, on May 28 the Ortigueira municipal government will launch the pilot phase of a new recycling model in the city. The initiative, part of the Solid Waste Project developed in partnership with Klabin and the Caminhos do Tibagi Consortium, will initially be implemented in the Vila Godoi, Vila Guarapuava and Jardim Paraná neighborhoods. The model, which will be expanded to the whole city, includes the delivery of returnable packaging for each family to store waste that can be recycled.

To optimize collection and provide guidance to people, the Environment Department of Ortigueira will register the families in these neighborhoods. “After this registration, it will be possible to instruct residents on the best way to separate waste and also to identify questions and difficulties,” says Osmar Rati, Municipal Environment Secretary.

This initiative was announced to residents by environmental teams from Klabin and the Ortigueira municipal government at a meeting held on May 17, at the Dr. Getúlio Vargas Municipal School. The event featured a musical presentation by 5th grade students on the importance of recycling and preserving the environment. “Through solid waste collection, the city makes important progress in the preservation of the environment. The new model will facilitate the differentiation and segregation of recyclable waste from organic matter or waste, which makes recycling even more successful,” highlights Julio Nogueira, Sustainability and Environment Manager at Klabin.

How it will work

Starting May 21, each household will receive a returnable bag that must be used by residents to put recyclable materials (paper, plastic, metal and glass). On the day scheduled for collection, which follows the same schedule already followed by the city, residents should leave the bag in front of their house. Collectors will dump the waste in the truck and the empty bag will be returned to the resident. “It’s important to note that if there is non-recyclable waste mixed in with the rest, the collection team will identify the bag with a sticker to inform that the material wasn’t taken because it was not properly separated. The idea is to organize and improve collection, and hence the collaboration of everyone is essential," explains Rati.

Other neighborhoods in Ortigueira will use the model in the second phase of the project, which will be rolled out soon. Until then, residents should follow the usual routine, taking care to properly separate waste.

The goal of Klabin’s partnership with the Caminhos do Tibagi Consortium, formed by the cities of Imbaú, Ortigueira, Reserva, Tamarana, Tibagi, Telêmaco Borba and Ventania, is to assist in the management of solid waste. The initiative is part of the Social and Environmental Action Plan drawn up by Klabin while setting up the Puma Unit in Ortigueira. Between 2014 and 2016, the company studied and diagnosed the solid waste chain of each city, after which action plans were drawn up.

For the project, Klabin supplied the cities with facilities or equipment such as sheds, waste collection trucks and materials to structure the recycling process in each location, besides training the collectors and forming associations or cooperatives to organize the work. Another area of activity of the project concerns environmental education at municipal schools, which promotes the training of teachers and pedagogical coordinators so that the concepts of selective collection and recycling are worked on and disseminated among students throughout the year.

2018-05-22 
JSC Volga renovates the rolling stock with new generation railway cars within a new development strategy of the Company

The Agreement on supply of 98 railway cars of different types with an increased lift capacity was signed by Alexey Starun, the Volga’s CEO, with PJSC “NPK “Ob’edinennaya Vagonnaya Kompaniya” (NPK “OVK”) on the 17th of April at TransRussia-2018, the International Exhibition for Transport and Logistics Services and Technologies.

According to the Volga’s CEO, the decision to purchase 80 innovative timber flat-cars with the increased capacity and 18 gondola cars for pulp chips transportation built by NPK “OVK” was made in connection with the Company’s plans to increase output and operational efficiency. Before 2018 the Company used only the leased fleet of cars.
“Organization of cargo transportation with help of the new generation railway cars which have no analogues at the market, will allow us to reduce the logistic expenses, to increase logistic endurance and transported raw material volume as a part of the new Company’s strategy”, - Alexey Starun pointed out.

After the leadership change JSC Volga is rapidly developing : the Mill’s production volume, energy efficiency are growing, own energy generating capacities are being improved, a long-standing conflict with PAO MRSK of Centre and Privolzhie. In the near future JSC Volga is going to realize the project on the new semifinished chemi-TMP workshop that will increase the export newsprint sales and create new workplaces.

The production development thrust sets the pace for the raw material supply improvement as one of the key directions.

As noted by Alexander Genin, the Volga’s Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, transport and logistics development is at the core of the Mill’s development plan as well as the largest production modernization plans. According to him the Company’s management is aimed at all business processes efficiency increase the integral part of which is timely wood raw material provision of Volga.

The increased rate of loading of the innovative models of railway cars will allow to reduce the fleet of cars by 30% and to increase the transportation efficiency and to reduce the raw material cost, as a result.

2018-05-22 
2018 Foreign Direct Investor of the Year – International Grand Investment Corp. (IGIC) / St. Croix Tissue

St. Croix Tissue in Baileyville, Maine is a bright spot for Maine’s paper industry. In 2016, parent company International Grand Investment Corp. (IGIC), a US-based company for a Chinese investment firm, invested $120 million in two new tissue making machines that has resulted in more than 80 new jobs at the mill. These jobs pay between $18 and $35 per hour, and 30 percent of the workforce are women. The employees operate together as part of a high performance work team, every position from maintenance to process engineers. As part of new market grant money the company received, 60% of the new hires were low income earners, providing economic opportunity for people in Washington County. The giant machines produce tissue rolls that weigh 2.5 tons, and the mill can produce 125 rolls per day. All of the tissue produced in Baileyville is trucked to other plants for finishing where it is turned into paper towels, facial tissue, and other consumer paper products.

2018-05-22 
Kimberly-Clark Names Giusy Buonfantino as Chief Marketing Officer

Ms. Buonfantino most recently served as President of Kimberly-Clark’s baby and child care business in North America, where she led the innovation, manufacturing and marketing of trusted brands including Huggies®, Pull-Ups® and GoodNites®. She joined Kimberly-Clark in 2011 as Vice President of global adult and feminine care brands, and shaped the global growth strategy for the brands in this category.

"Giusy has a tremendous track record in brand building, product innovation and customer development, and her insight on consumers has helped us to build our trusted brands across multiple categories," said Palmer. "In the role of chief marketing officer, Giusy is well positioned to lead our global marketing organization and drive enduring and profitable share growth."

Prior to Kimberly-Clark, Ms. Buonfantino held various global franchise, marketing and brand leadership roles at Johnson & Johnson for 18 years, including Vice President for the Neutrogena Global Franchise where she led marketing, innovation, and globalization of the brand’s franchise in Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Latin America.

Ms. Buonfantino serves on the board of directors for Carter’s Inc.

2018-05-22 
Valmet iRoll technology reaches the milestone of 500 customer deliveries

The 500th case to utilize Valmet iRoll technology took place at SsangYong C&B, one of the biggest tissue producers in South Korea. Valmet analyzed the nip loading and performance of their press equipment under dynamic conditions using its portable iRoll technology.

Valmet iRoll technology and a Valmet press roll cover upgrade enabled SsangYong C&B to improve tissue dryness and felt profiles on their TM 4 machine, as well as to save energy and increase the machine’s speed.

"The results of our co-operation with Valmet have been satisfying in terms of energy savings and increased machine speed. We are looking forward to continuing the development to improve our energy and production efficiency even further and achieve more cost savings," says Jong-Dae Byun, Director & Mill Manager at SsangYong C&B.

The dry content and profiles improved, leading to energy savings through 5 percent less steam consumption. More energy savings came from a 5 percent decrease in roll drive loads. The machine speed increased by up to 30 meters a minute.

Improvements in customers’ process performance globally

In addition to the case at SsangYong C&B’s TM 4, Valmet iRoll technology has reached several global achievements and led to process improvements, such as an 80 percent reduction in reeling and winding broke, an increase of 30 meters a minute in the paper machine’s running speed, 40% reduction in coat weight profile variation, and a 60 percent longer press felt lifetime.

Due to the strong results and positive customer feedback, Valmet is continuously increasing the utilization of its iRoll technology globally with the aim of improving its customers’ production efficiency, quality and runnability even further.

2018-05-22 
Smurfit Kappa’s pioneering MB12 carton is now available for primary packaging.

The food-safe MB12 packaging helps customers to eliminate mineral oil migration with a sustainable solution.

The Smurfit Kappa MB12 technology is designed to prevent the migration of mineral oil into packaged food. MB12’s efficiency has been verified by Eurofins, the world leader in food and pharmaceutical product testing, to give customers full confidence that the primary packaging acts as a barrier to provide robust protection against outside influences.1

An independent year-long study by the Technical University of Dresden found that Smurfit Kappa’s MB12 was the most effective product on the market for protecting packaged food against potential contamination.2

Lars Henriksson, VP Product Development, Smurfit Kappa Paper Division, says : “Our customers have a diverse set of needs and we are committed to helping them find the right primary packaging for their requirements.

“Product safety remains at the forefront of what we do as an industry. Developing our unique MB12 primary packaging further demonstrates how we are innovating to provide a broad range of sustainable solutions for our customers that not only meet all food safety standards but that go one step further.”

MB12 is made using natural ingredients in recycled board. It is 100 percent recyclable and can be delivered as FSC® chain-of-custody certified. Available in a range of weights, MB12 also protects against organoleptic3 effects of taste and odour into the food.

1. Mineral oil, which can be potentially harmful, mainly originates from printing inks which can remain in recycled packaging in low quantities due to the recycling process. Other sources of mineral oil include food additives, processing aids and lubricants used in the food processing industry. This includes organic compounds such as DIPN, POSH, ROSH, ROAH, PFOS/PFOA, Bisphenol A, NIAS, and Oligomers.

2. Compared with products available at time of testing in Q1 2016.

3. Organoleptic properties are those that are experienced via the senses, including taste and smell.

2018-05-22 
Valmet, Fabio Perini, Elettric80: Smart Factory launch Smart Solutions

During Valmet Tissue Making Days 2018, Valmet, Fabio Perini and Elettric80 disclosed new digital solutions to implement the “ideal smart factory” resulting from the cooperation of three market leading companies.

The conference has been hosted since 1983 by Valmet, the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp & paper industries. This year Valmet has involved Fabio Perini, leading company in the converting & packaging industry, and Elettric80, specialized in creating automated solutions for FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) as partners for the event.

It has been three days of sharing ideas, technologies and market trends with the key tissue players and producers from all over the world.

The event theme, T-Evolution – Transforming Tissue Together, focused on the transformation of the business environment and how Industrial Internet and digitization are leveraging new strategies and solutions to satisfy the Customers.

Valmet, Fabio Perini and Elettric80 are three individual companies, part of a unique value chain. They work as separate entities but can at the same time be integrated into one System. They are individually strong, worldwide established companies, but can make the difference within a tissue factory meeting the customers’ needs.

“To continue to develop this industry we have identified and created new solutions with a more holistic approach. This is a proof that working together with our partners and utilizing the data from end to end can bring greater value for both the tissue industry and the development of new sustainable solutions” says Jenny Lahti-Samuelsson, Manager Global Tissue Technology at Valmet.

“The complexity of the market - Oswaldo Cruz, Fabio Perini CEO, comments – calls for cooperation between companies like ours in supplying customers with solutions enabling them to go beyond their business objectives : improve overall equipment efficiency, maximize production output, look after environment sustainability, focus on safety and optimize overall cost, as well as a general and transversal efficiency, attainable only through integration”.

"Elettric80 has totally changed the way of designing tissue factories, offering one of the most efficient and safe solutions available around the world that is able to respond quickly to customers’ needs and to changes in the market - says William Nelson, President of Elettric80 Inc & Elettric80 S de RL-. The solutions by Elettric80 cover the entire value chain because they enhance the reliability and safety of the entire plant as well as of the entire business life cycle. The results are a significant increase in factory efficiency, total traceability of handled products, significantly reducing spaces, maximum safety and cost-effectiveness. We work in close partnership with our customers around the world to solve the logistical challenges of the tissue industry ; we do not offer our customers a single product, but solutions that are tailor-made, scalable, modular and efficient.

2018-05-22 
Stora Enso accelerates growth in renewable materials by co-operating with the startup Sulapac

Stora Enso and Sulapac have signed a joint development agreement to combat the global problem of plastic waste by accelerating the use of fully renewable, recyclable and biodegradable materials in packaging.

Through the joint development agreement, Stora Enso will licence Sulapac’s materials and technology, and begin the development of fully renewable caps and closures for liquid packages. Other areas for joint development work include food packages and packages for consumer electronics.

“At Stora Enso we believe that everything that’s made with fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. Our future growth comes from innovations in renewable materials,” says Annica Bresky, EVP Consumer Board at Stora Enso. “With our partners, such as Sulapac, we drive these innovations to create the packaging of the future.”

“The World needs material solutions that are one hundred percent biodegradable. Sulapac material has all the benefits of plastic yet it completely biodegrades without the issues of microplastic. With Stora Enso’s global expertise we can really speed up the global launch of our Sulapac material,” says Suvi Haimi, Sulapac CEO.

The cooperation between the companies began in 2017 through Stora Enso’s Accelerator programme, which involves partnering with Aalto University and start-ups to ideate and innovate around renewable products. Stora Enso is the first customer to use Sulapac’s material and technology license.

Sulapac is a fully biodegradable and microplastic free material made of renewable and sustainable raw materials. Sulapac products are designed for brands that want to eliminate plastic waste and demonstrate a genuine commitment to sustainability through the use of premium ecological material. The company was founded in 2016 by Suvi Haimi and Laura Kyllönen and is based in Helsinki, Finland.

2018-05-22 
Major forest companies and start-up businesses meet in the midst of PulPaper’s international atmosphere

PulPaper, PacTec and Wood&Bioenergy on 29–31 May represent the cornerstones of an international event for the forest industry, including an exhibition and extensive programme. In the event, approximately 500 companies ranging from forest industry giants to small start-up businesses will meet. Throughout the fair, there will also be various programmes in three different seminars and on three stages for information briefings. In total, about 100 experts will take the stage at the event.

The event for forest industry is created round PulPaper, and it has gained also international attention. Almost 130 international companies from over 20 countries are participating in the event. The seminar presenters with the longest journey will come from North America and Japan. The trade fair also expects visitors from various continents. In addition, many representatives from international media will come to the trade fair.

Start-ups help in taking digital leaps and in meeting the challenges of the circular economy

A total of 25 start-up businesses will be present at the trade fair, and all of them have developed solutions to the problems of circular economy and demands posed by digital leaps, to mention but a few. The start-up businesses offer innovations, for example, for recycling bio-ash and using wood as a raw material for various products. In addition, the businesses have developed tools to better utilise industrial internet and knowledge, to support strategic decision-making by means of artificial intelligence, and to exploit augmented reality, i.e. AR, in packaging industry in order to increase customer loyalty.

Information briefings provide a snapshot of the latest innovations in the industry

PulPaper’s exhibition area, Future Square, will offer free information briefings with themes in accordance with the trade fair days. On Tuesday, companies give short presentations about their new products and services. On Wednesday the floor will be given to forest companies, and on Thursday, the programme will be directed to students in the industry.

The forest companies will bring their directors, who will then talk about innovations, responsibility and brand new possibilities for the packaging industry. Timo Heikka, the Director of Biorefinery Unit at Stora Enso, will tell more about Stora Enso’s recent investments. Issues relating to responsibility and circular economy will be covered by Kaija Pehu-Lehtonen, the Senior Vice President of Business Development at Metsä Fibre, as well as Saila Kettunen, the Director of Barrier Board at Kotkamills. Berry Wiersum, the Director of Sappi Europe explains, how innovations are now an integral part of the company’s operations. The programme also includes ideas concerning the future of the packaging industry in terms of new materials and digitalisation.

Pitching for the forest industry innovation contest

On Thursday, the semifinalists of the innovation contest aimed for the university students in the field of forest industry will take the Future Square stage with prepared pitches of their work. The innovation contest is named “Wood U Make It Happen”, and the goal is to select the best ideas with new approaches to the challenges in forest industry, as well as to the most common megatrends, such as population growth and environmental challenges.

Based on the pitches, the jury selects the finalists. The jury includes top experts in the field of bioeconomics, and the chairperson of the jury will be Maija Itkonen, founder of Gold&Green Foods. The first prize is EUR 10,000, second prize EUR 5,000, and the third prize EUR 3,000. The winners will be announced at the end of the year during the centennial celebrations of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation.

-  The semifinalists in the contest represent a broad representation of various universities throughout Finland and also of many different approaches ranging from services to forest cultivation, as well as materials made from totally varied parts of the wood. This highlights the variety in innovation, and also the inspiring new prospects for using the wood in different ways, says jury chairperson Maija Itkonen.

PulPaper, PacTec and Wood & Bioenergy are events with a wide-ranging focus on the forest industry. They will be held at Messukeskus in Helsinki on 29–31 May 2018. PulPaper is an international forest industry event that includes an exhibition, seminars and other programmes, an evening programme and visits to Finnish mills.

In addition, the PulPaper Conference (30–31 May), Business Forum (29 May) and 3D Printing of Biomaterials (29 May) events will be organised in connection with the event (an admission fee is charged). An evening party for industry professionals will be held on 30 May. Free information briefings will be held in the exhibition area daily. Visits to Metsä Group’s Äänekoski bioproduct mill and Kotkamills’ board mill will be organised on 31 May and 1 June.

2018-05-18 
Valmet Tissue Technology Center upgraded to provide a wider range of opportunities

Valmet has upgraded its Tissue Technology Center in Karlstad, Sweden, to give the world’s tissue producers a wider variety of technical solutions and configurations to support the demands of tissue making today and tomorrow. It will also provide new ways to utilize the Industrial Internet and advanced automation solutions to bring new insights about tissue production, as well as to give more detailed analysis, and information about the end-product quality.

The Tissue Technology Center is a unique resource for cultivation and realization of ideas, innovations and verifying new technology or machine configurations. It is used for both Valmet’s own development and customer trials. Recently the center celebrated its 1,000th customer trial. The pilot center is also utilized by pulp, chemical and clothing companies supplying to the tissue industry.

"The upgraded pilot center can offer a renewed and even more flexible pilot machine to support our customers in their ambition to develop solutions that will take this industry to the next level. It can easily be adjusted to cover tissue making processes for conventional, textured and structured grades" says Karl-Johan Tolfsson, Manager, Tissue Technology Center, Valmet.

Tools to monitor and improve quality, runnability and efficiency

The current quality control systems on the pilot tissue machine have been replaced and complemented by the Valmet IQ quality management system. The new system contains online non-nuclear weight, moisture and softness measurements. It also includes two Valmet IQ Scanners and a dilution profiler with cross-direction control. Machine direction controls integrate fast responding wet end process and dry end feedback controls to achieve increased performance in tissue quality control. Valmet IQ Reporting provides users easy access to production and history data.

"With the renewed quality management system, we are able to get faster and more accurate information. The addition of the web monitoring and inspection system also enables the monitoring of the visual end product quality that was not possible before," says Marko Toskala, Director, Quality Management Systems, Automation, Valmet.

The Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System records video images of crucial events in the process, such as web breaks, tail feeding and defects triggered by the IQ Web Inspection System. Recorded images are available for playback, enabling operators to quickly find the origin of the event and correct the problem. This shortens downtime after breaks and improves runnability. Optimized machine efficiency delivers fast payback on investment.

The upgrade includes stock preparation and wet end measurement solutions providing tissue makers with new tools to improve quality, runnability and efficiency. The Valmet Wet End Analyzer (Valmet WEM) combines all relevant wet end variables for a total wet end management solution. Measured variables include charge, chemistry (pH, temperature, conductivity and redox), total and ash consistency, total and ash retention and ash content, all in one analyzer. A Valmet Fiber Image Analyzer (Valmet FS5), designed for routine paper mill laboratory and laboratory research, offers a comprehensive set of automated fiber measurements and the possibility to make the information easily available and useful.

Tissue Technology Center provides access to a full sized, flexible pilot machine, a well-equipped and organized paper and fiber testing laboratory as well as wide technology and process expertise. The Center can also provide support from a wide network of know-how in the field of tissue making, such as pulp, chemistry, felts, wires, belts, creping etc. The pilot machine and auxiliary systems are designed and equipped for full flexibility to meet the tissue makers’ every need.

The Tissue Technology Center is located in Karlstad, Sweden with Valmet’s technology resources near at hand.

2018-05-18 
CleanLine: The effective solution for cleaning fabrics on all sections of the paper machine

Voith’s innovative CleanLine traversing cleaning systems for fabrics provide additional benefits for customers compared to established cleaning methods.
With CleanLine, Voith has developed its systems to improve paper quality by thorough cleaning of the fabrics. CleanLine systems are available for all sections of the paper machine either as new installations or as upgrades of existing Voith equipment to remove more contamination from the surface and structure of fabrics. The CleanLine systems work in combination with other Voith products to improve the productivity, runnability, safety and quality of the paper making process.

Maintain Fabric Performance

Clean fabrics are essential for the removal of moisture from the paper web and for achieving the required properties of the finished paper. Voith CleanLine Systems are effective in maintaining the performance of the fabrics and are a cost effective solution to reduce the effects of contamination.
Leading Technology

CleanLine Excell – Forming : by cleaning in two directions with a close concentration of fine water jets the forming fabric is much cleaner. Uniform performance of the fabric is achieved because Excell can more easily remove different levels of contamination across the fabric width. The system uses only about 10 percent of the water volume compared to an oscillating high pressure shower and runs on key reference machines in Europe, America and Asia.

CleanLine Excell – Press : has a selection of different cleaning heads for additional cleaning of press fabrics and transfer belts to solve specific problems with contamination, cleaning chemicals or profiles.

CleanLine Extract4D – Dryers : has just been introduced for packaging and newsprint paper grades made from recycled fiber. Up to four directions of water jets directly contact and remove more contamination from the fabric. This unique system has resulted in better runnabilitry on both packaging and newsprint machines due to cleaner fabric surfaces and higher permeability retention.
CleanLine Extreme – Coaters : is a new system for cleaning tensioning fabrics, running successfully on more than 20 top and bottom sections. Productivity is improved because the system can automatically switch between on-line and off-line cleaning to keep the fabrics in good condition. Highest quality of the coated paper is achieved by using an extended air-knife and option of a heated air blower to ensure that the fabric surface is dry when it contacts the coated paper.


With Servolution, Voith is offering customized service packages to improve the performance of its customers and help them increase their productivity. The holistic approach, modular design and easy access to components in the CleanLine systems provides efficient servicing and management of spare parts from a single supplier. Voith provides a comprehensive support package to ensure the highest availability and performance of the cleaning equipment.
The quality of raw material for making paper faces many challenges in the coming years. Voith’s process know-how, understanding of fabrics and wide experience of fabric cleaning systems makes CleanLine the complete solution for fabric cleaning.

2018-05-18 
ANDRITZ to supply bio-methanol plant for Södra’s Mönsterås mill in Sweden

ANDRITZ has received an order from Södra, Sweden, to supply a bio-methanol cleaning and purification plant for Södra’s pulp mill in Mönsterås.

The bio-methanol treatment plant supplied by ANDRITZ is designed to produce 5,000 tons of bio-methanol per year. The plant is a key part of a new process producing sustainable bio-methanol from renewable raw material. Bio-methanol can be used in shipping, for example, as a stand-alone fuel, as well as for the production of biodiesel (RME), as an additive in petrol, or as a raw material in the chemical industry. The methanol produced is compliant with the IMPCA Reference Specifications for merchantable methanol. Start-up of the plant is scheduled for the third quarter of 2019.

The global methanol production is in the order of 80 million tons per year and is generated mostly from fossil raw materials. In the chemical wood pulping process, methanol is formed as a by-product that contains many impurities. This raw methanol is purified to a merchantable bio-methanol, which is chemically identical to fossil-based methanol. The bio-methanol generated contributes towards reducing the amount of fossil greenhouse gas emissions.

The current target of the European Union is to have 10% of the transport fuel of every EU country coming from renewable sources, such as biofuels, by 2020. The new EU Renewable Energy Directive 2 currently in preparation will significantly increase the share of advanced biofuels by 2030. “If Sweden is to achieve the fossil-free climate targets, there must be viable alternatives to the fossil-fuel products that are currently available. The investment in the new bio-methanol cleaning and purification plant contributes towards reaching this target. It is also a major part of Södra’s own strategy to be totally fossil-free by 2030,” said Henrik Brodin, Business Development Manager Energy of Södra.

“We are pleased to help Södra in achieving their sustainablilty targets with our innovative products and technologies. This is further proof of our excellent cooperation and partnership with Södra,” says Kari Tuominen, President and CEO of ANDRITZ Oy, Finland.

2018-05-18 
Valmet and Georgia-Pacific Enter Agreement on eTAD(TM) Technology

Valmet and Georgia-Pacific have entered into a licensing agreement covering the eTAD(TM) tissue making technology. Under the license agreement, Valmet will market, manufacture and install Advantage eTAD machines for tissue customers outside North America.

The eTAD(TM) technology was developed by Georgia-Pacific.The company has three eTAD(TM) machines operating in North America ; the latest two re-built by Valmet in 2012. The machines are running in full eTAD(TM) configuration and producing structured tissue and towel with high quality and absorbency. The eTAD(TM) concept provides an ultra-premium product with high bulk to fiber ratio in combination with low energy and water consumption. The concept is also capital efficient.

"We are very excited about this agreement that will support our strategy to provide tissue making solutions that offer top quality tissue with sustainable production. Valmet and its customers will have the possibility to make trial runs on Georgia-Pacific’s pilot eTAD(TM) machine, and also bring customers to reference visits at mills with operating eTAD(TM) machines. This agreement will further strengthen our product portfolio and ensure that we are able to provide tissue machine concepts covering the whole product range," says Jan Erikson, VP Sales, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet.

"This technology meets consumer needs for premium qualities in tissue products, including softness and absorbency," says Kurt Adams, Vice President, R&D, Georgia-Pacific. "We are pleased to license eTAD(TM) technology to Valmet as we recognize the value-creating potential of offering this technology more broadly."

2018-05-18 
APP Response to Greenpeace Statement

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) is disappointed by the statement released by Greenpeace today. Greenpeace has been an integral partner in our sustainability journey since 2013, and their engagement and support has resulted in much progress in the fight against deforestation in Indonesia.

Greenpeace were instrumental in the drafting of our Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), which has helped APP achieve a deforestation-free supply chain. Among many other achievements, APP has also identified and protected more than 600,000ha of natural forest through the implementation of High Carbon Stock Approach and High Conservation Value studies within its concessions and those of its third party suppliers. Their statement today, however, has expanded the issue to the rest of the Sinar Mas Group, which is outside the scope of the FCP.

Over the past three months, we have been communicating with Greenpeace transparently to address the issues raised by Associated Press (AP) report. We had provided context on the issue of ownership within our supply chain and made clear that APP will reject any company that contravenes our FCP regardless of who their shareholders are, even if they are Widjaya-family owned organisations. Sinar Mas Forestry (SMF) is a division within APP and not a sister company, and hence, APP assumes responsibility for anything done by SMF.

However, the issues cited by Greenpeace in their statement focus on the actions of businesses not under the direct jurisdiction of APP, and which, again, sit outside our original FCP commitments.

We were informed of Greenpeace’s intention to scale back their engagement with APP in February, partly as a result of the concerns raised in the AP report, as well as, according to our understanding, a change in their approach to engagement with forestry issues. We never understood it to be an ending of all engagement as professed in their statement.

On the issue of PT Muara Sungai Landak (PT MSL), here are the facts.

In 2014, our stakeholders asked us to clarify our relationship with 70 forestry companies including PT MSL. Therefore, we appointed a big four auditor as an independent party to audit our relationship with PT MSL and other companies within and outside our supply chain to determine the economic relationship APP had with them. The audit concluded that PT MSL had no relationship with APP and none of their wood comes through our supply chain. That remains true to this day.

However, as a result of the allegation made in the AP report, we conducted an investigation and found that three of MSL’s shareholders and not two as stated in the report and Greenpeace’s statement, had relationships with APP. Two were ex-employees of APP who left us in October 2015 and November 2015 and one was a current employee who had not declared his shareholdings and position within MSL. This constituted a violation of APP’s Code of Conduct as it presented a direct conflict of interest. The employee was terminated with immediate effect. 

The results of this investigation were shared with Greenpeace as well.

On the other company raised in the Greenpeace statement, Golden Energy and Resource (GEAR), we are unable to speak on their behalf. GEAR operates independently from us and do not supply wood to APP.

The land area of 8,000 ha mentioned in the statement refers to concessions not owned by APP, and which it has no jurisdiction over. APP does not purchase wood supply from these concession owners.

Greenpeace, together with other NGOs, has taken pains to show us that responsible forest management was not only important in fighting climate change, but also provides an economic benefit to the company. This has been a key factor in changing the organisational culture of APP, which has contributed to the progress made to date.

Admittedly, there are areas which has not progressed as fast as we would have liked, but we had hoped that with the collaboration of organisations like Greenpeace, we would continue to improve on those areas.

We remain committed to working with all our stakeholders and believe that we can achieve much more if we work together. The fight against deforestation in Indonesia is a complex issue and not one where any organisation can resolve by themselves. The era of cooperation between Greenpeace and APP has achieved much, but the fight is far from over.

2018-05-17 
Heinzelsales acquires Firgos Malaysia

Sales network of Heinzel Group establishes base for paper and board sales in Southeast Asia

Heinzelsales (Wilfried Heinzel AG), the sales network of Heinzel Group, today announces the acquisition of Firgos (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., a paperboard trading company based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. With a team of eleven employees and a representative office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Firgos Malaysia offers paper and board products from suppliers around the world to customers across Southeast Asia.

heinzelsales has taken over the company from Mayr-Melnhof Cartonboard International GmbH, a subsidiary of Austrian paperboard producer Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG. Mayr-Melnhof will continue serving Southeast Asian customers through Firgos Malaysia. “For our trading business this acquisition is an important strategic step into the growth markets of Southeast Asia,” says Sebastian Heinzel, CEO of heinzelsales, “Firgos Malaysia will become our regional trading hub.” heinzelsales will start supporting its new subsidiary with sourcing activities immediately. “Thanks to our unique relationships with paper and board producers all around the world, we can bring new products to the customers of Firgos Malaysia,” says Moncef Reisner, COO of heinzelsales. “We have a solid team on the ground and a strong product portfolio.”

2018-05-17 
Prices to rise on greaseproof papers from Nordic Paper

The company will increase prices on greaseproof papers by 6% on all despatches from 1st July 2018.

Business Unit Sales and Marketing Director, Peter Warren says “Over the past year our business has endeavoured to keep cost inflation to a minimum by driving internal efficiency, reorganising logistics and making targeted investments.
However, our objective is to continue delivering our premium products of Natural Greaseproof and ensure supply stability for our customers. In order to do this, we need to recognise and address these significant developments in our market.”

2018-05-17 
Sulzer launches the Muffin Monster® and the Channel Monster®

As the composition of wastewater changes, with an increased amount of tough solids, wastewater operators need extra insurance against blockage for critical pumping stations. Sulzer launches a new range of high-efficiency sewage grinders. Together with our innovative pump technology, they form a complete solution for handling today’s and tomorrow’s tough wastewater challenges – ensuring trouble-free operation and maximum uptime.

Muffin Monster grinders

As one of the world’s leading pump manufacturers, Sulzer provides a wide range of products for engineered, configured, and standard pumping solutions as well as essential auxiliary equipment. We are renowned for our state-of-the-art products, performance reliability and efficient solutions.

Sulzer’s submersible sewage pumps type ABS XFP with a Premium Efficiency motor and the unique Contrablock Plus impellers offer some of the market’s highest hydraulic efficiencies and feature superior rag handling capacity.

However, the ever-growing rag content in today’s wastewater means that even the world’s best pumps may not be enough. When it comes to critical pumping stations, our customers may need more than just the best pump and impeller.

An extra insurance for critical pump stations

Thanks to the acquisition of JWC Environmental, Sulzer is now able to offer a comprehensive range of powerful sewage grinders – the Muffin Monster® and the Channel Monster®. Together with our innovative pump technology, they form a complete solution for handling today’s and tomorrow’s tough wastewater challenges – ensuring trouble-free operation and maximum uptime.

Muffin Monster – compact and flexible

The Muffin Monsters, available in three different sizes, are powerful and compact grinders

that fit perfectly into both smaller and larger pump stations as well as within the sludge

processing systems of treatment plants.

The Muffin Monster dual-shafted grinder uses low speed and high-torque to shred through a wide range of difficult sewage debris. These sewage grinders are adaptable for installations in channels or for wall mounting in front of influent pipes within pumping stations. Muffin Monsters are proven to handle the toughest solids such as disposable wipe balls and first flush loading that can overwhelm even the best pump.

Channel Monster – for the toughest applications

The patented Channel Monster is a powerful, high-flow sewer grinder mainly intended for large pumping stations and headworks. This Monster uses rotating drums to capture solids and direct them into our proven dual-shafted grinders. The result is a high-flow capacity system that will shred the toughest debris into small pieces that can pass harmlessly through pumps, pipes and process systems.

Wipes Ready® technology

Our Muffin and Channel Monster sewage grinders feature the unique Wipes Ready® suite of patented technologies. It was designed to capture all wipes in the waste stream and shred them into small pieces that will not reweave into a ragball in sewage systems.

2018-05-17 
Asia's April Group in exclusive talks to acquire Brazil's Lwarcel

Indonesia’s Asia Pacific Resources Group, known as April Group, entered exclusive talks to acquire Brazilian pulpmaker Lwarcel Celulose Ltda, two people with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday.

April has made the highest bid in the binding phase of the sale process, the sources said, asking for anonymity because the talks are still private.

Other groups that analyzed the deal are Chile’s Empresas Copec SA COP.SN, Portugal’s Altri SGPS and China’s Shanying Paper Industry, the people added.

Copec, Altri and Shanying did not immediately comment on the matter. In a statement, April said it “regularly monitors developments in the global pulp industry”, but declined to comment on the deal. Lwarcel declined to comment.

Lwarcel has one pulp-producing unit in the state of Sao Paulo with 250,000 annual tonnes in capacity, and the expected value of the deal is around 2 billion reais ($586 million), the sources said.

Lwarcel was put up for sale a year ago by its controlling family Trecenti. Brazil’s Suzano Papel e Celulose SA had been discussing Lwarcel’s acquisition before talks accelerated to acquire rival Fibria Celulose SA.

Suzano won the battle for Fibria in March, creating the world’s largest wood pulp producer. Indonesia’s Paper Excellence’s bid was higher but lacked funding.

After the Fibria deal, Lwarcel had to go back to other bidders to discuss the sale.

Newspaper Valor Econômico reported earlier on Tuesday that April was the leading contender in Lwarcel’s sale process.

2018-05-17 
Lecta Presents Its New GardaPremium Natural Catalogue

A creative catalogue that highlights the new grade’s natural color.

Produced in collaboration with the Italian publisher Contrasto, specialized in high-quality photography books, Lecta’s new GardaPremium Natural catalogue features an exclusive selection of dramatic black-and-white and color photographs.

GardaPremium Natural is the most recent addition to Lecta’s coated paper portfolio, enriching its extensive range of premium papers for publishing.

GardaPremium Natural is a 2 side coated woodfree silk paper with a smooth surface in a natural shade that is particularly suited to the publishing industry’s needs. Available in 135, 150, 170 and 200 g/m2, the new grade offers good thickness, superb runnability, high rigidity and good resistance to cracking on fold, in addition to high opacity and excellent print results.

GardaPremium Natural’s distinguishing feature compared to other papers currently on the market is its natural color, obtained without the addition of optical brighteners. This neutral tone is perfect for enhancing color as well as black-and-white images, drawing attention to every detail.

With GardaPremium Natural, whose print results can be seen in this catalogue, Lecta once again reaffirms its commitment to offering a range of high-quality papers designed to meet the needs of the most demanding publishing projects.

2018-05-17 
Jerker Jäder appointed SCAs R&D Director

Jerker Jäder has been appointed new Director of SCA R&D Centre. Jerker is presently SCA’s Patent Manager.

SCA R&D Centre supports current operations, product renewal and drives innovation in order to develop future business. The organization comprises specialist competence ensuring best available knowledge within key areas.

2018-05-17 
Södra - More green electricity and heat from forests

In 2017, Södra delivered more green electricity to the national electricity grid than ever before, and six times more compared with 2010. In the same year, Södra delivered heat equivalent to the district heating requirements of 25,000 homes. The increase in energy deliveries was enabled by Södra’s investments in its pulp mills over the past few years.

Since 2010, Södra has transformed from an electricity purchaser to becoming self-sufficient and, now, is also a major supplier of green electricity to the national electricity grid. The electricity is generated from the forest biomass processed at Södra’s mills. In 2017, a total of 335 gigawatt hours (GWh1) of electricity was delivered, equivalent to the annual consumption of 130,000 electric cars2. This represents Södra’s largest-ever electricity delivery.

“These deliveries are very positive. Over the past few years, we have invested SEK 6 billion in our pulp mills to increase production, which has also led to higher generation of green electricity. Sweden’s objective for 2030 is to increase the number of electric cars from 50,000 to 1,000,000, thereby increasing the amount of electricity required for road transport from approximately 100 GWh to 2,500-3,000 GWh. The forest industry can make a contribution here, and this is one of many examples of how forests can play a key role in the transition to a bioeconomy,” said Henric Dernegård, Energy Co-ordinator, Södra.

In addition to green electricity, Södra also delivered 414 GWh of heating to district heating networks in 2017, equivalent to the heating requirements of 25,000 homes3. The heating is delivered to nearby communities from Södra’s sawmills at Kinda and Torsås, and to Varberg, Karlshamn and Mönsterås from Södra’s three pulp mills.

“Deliveries to district heating networks mainly comprise excess heat from production processes. Our goal is to achieve resource efficiency and create social value by using every part of the tree,” said Henric Dernegård.

While Södra has been self-sufficient in green electricity since 2010, efforts are also under way to reduce Södra’s electricity consumption. One of Södra’s sustainability targets is resource efficiency – to reduce electricity and heating consumption by at least 10 percent by 2025.

1) 1 GWh = 1,000 MWh = 1,000,000 kWh = 1,000,000,000 Wh.

2) A typical electric car model consumes 2 kWh of electricity per 10 kilometres and the average distance travelled by a passenger car is 12,240 kilometres per year. (https://www.elbilsstatistik.se/elbilsstatistik)


3) According to the Swedish Energy Agency’s report “Energy statistics for one and two-dwelling buildings in 2016” (ES 2017:03) the average energy consumption for heating and hot water was 16,200 kWh per dwelling in Sweden in 2016.

2018-05-17 
OptiGroup to acquire the hygiene and cleaning business of Grande Sp. z o.o. Sp.k.

Papyrus Sp. z o.o., OptiGroup’s company for distribution of paper and business essentials in Poland, has signed an agreement to acquire the hygiene and cleaning business of Grande Sp. z o.o. Sp.k. Through the agreement, Papyrus in Poland will broaden its customer offering to include product and services to the facility management sector.

2018-05-17 
International Paper Supports Irish Takeover Panel Timeline

Today, the Irish Takeover Panel announced that International Paper Company has until 7:00 am on June 6, 2018 to announce whether it will or will not make a binding offer for Smurfit Kappa Group plc  under Rule 2.5 of the Irish Takeover Rules. IP supports the Panel’s decision and favors a prompt resolution.

International Paper believes its current proposal represents a compelling strategic and financial rationale for a combination with Smurfit Kappa. From the outset, IP has stressed the importance of proceeding on an agreed basis. To that end, IP confirms that it will not proceed with a binding offer unless it is recommended by Smurfit Kappa’s Board of Directors.

Furthermore, International Paper confirms that it would seek a secondary listing on the London Stock Exchange to enable Smurfit Kappa shareholders to share in the potential value created by a transaction. IP would also provide Smurfit Kappa shareholders with a "mix and match" facility, which would allow Smurfit Kappa shareholders to elect, subject to other shareholders making countervailing elections, to receive a greater or lesser proportion of cash or International Paper shares.

International Paper believes both companies should meet to discuss the synergy potential of the combined company and gain a better understanding of each company’s current outlook, in order to explore a path forward to a recommended transaction.

2018-05-16 
ANDRITZ to optimize plant operations at Zellstoff Pöls pulp mill with Metris OPP

ANDRITZ has been awarded an order by Zellstoff Pöls to optimize operations at its pulp mill in Pöls, Austria. The goal is to increase production, while stabilizing the pulp mill’s production process and optimizing chemical use at the same time. The tried-and-tested Metris OPP system (OPP : Optimization of Process Performance) from ANDRITZ, which has been used successfully in reference plants all around the world, will be used here.

Metris OPP is an IIoT system developed by ANDRITZ and comprises a range of digitally supported tools based on big data analysis to improve industrial processes. The system has been modernized continuously in recent years, and new tools such as artificial intelligence, apps, and so on, have been added. More than 50 international groups are already working with Metris OPP successfully, many of which only began using it in the past two years. The overall net benefit generated by these companies so far with Metris OPP amounts to over 150 million euros.The OPP system, which is used above all in pulp and paper production, detects anomalies and deviations at an early stage by analyzing production data. As a result, countermeasures can be implemented in good time, guaranteeing reliable production and also optimizing operations, including the use of resources.

2018-05-16 
Progroup consistently pursues Two Twentyfive growth strategy

Having announced back in mid-February that active preparations for the construction of another paper factory were underway, Progroup has now decided on its location. Progroup will be constructing the new state-of-the-art paper factory in Germany in the town of Sandersdorf-Brehna near Bitterfeld (Saxony-Anhalt). As things stand today, construction work is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of 2019 and the current plan is for the project to be completed in the second half of 2020.

Under the Progroup umbrella, the production facilities of Propapier and Prowell form a corresponding system with the aim of balancing out the production capacities of both divisions of the business in an optimum way. Following the announcement of the construction of up to four more corrugated sheetboard plants by 2021 and the decision on the location for the third paper factory, Progroup is now embarking on the intensive implementation phase for its Two Twentyfive strategy period.

2018-05-16 
Pöyry research - Zero carbon gas could fully decarbonise Europe's energy system by 2050 and save consumers €1,150bn

International management consulting and engineering firm, Pöyry has produced detailed analysis concluding that full decarbonisation of Europe’s energy system by 2050 is achievable.
Decarbonising Europe’s transport, heat and power systems at this pace would help Europe to meet the Paris climate change agreement’s 1.5 degrees temperature limit.
Utilising zero carbon gas options as part of the energy mix could save €1,150bn by 2050 compared to an ’all-electric’ world, especially in transforming heat.

Pöyry has today published a study "Fully decarbonising Europe’s energy system by 2050", which highlights the changes required to energy use in order to achieve full decarbonisation of Europe’s energy system by 2050.

This includes :

  • greater utilisation of demand-responsive technology to balance intermittent supply ;
  • use of hydrogen to decarbonise larger vehicles and as part of the fuel mix in heating ; and
  •  deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology.

The study investigates two potential pathways : firstly a ’Zero Carbon Gas’ pathway, where biomethane, hydrogen and CCS are part of the solution, and secondly an ’All-Electric’ future, where only electrification of all transport and heat is allowed. Pöyry has extended its sophisticated modelling suite to include the heat and transport sectors.

The study concludes that utilising zero carbon gas as part of a balanced energy mix, especially in transforming heat, delivers a saving of over €1,150bn compared to an ’all-electric’ world only. Excluding these options would mean adding significant amounts of new nuclear generation. It also argues that mass-deployment of smart-grid connected electric vehicles will limit the deployment of new battery storage and power-to-gas technologies.

Lead author Richard Sarsfield-Hall says :

"Our research is good news for those who want a carbon-free future but a reality check for governments and stakeholders about the hurdles that need to be overcome. It is important that policy makers keep all options on the table if they want to collectively achieve the Paris climate change targets by minimising risks and costs for consumers."

2018-05-16 
Veolia joins the Toilet Board Coalition, the first global platform dedicated to accelerating the sanitation economy.

Veolia becomes the first water, waste and energy management group to join the Toilet Board Coalition (TBC), alongside the founding companies Unilever, Kimberly-Clark, Lixil, Firmenich and Tata.

For Charlie Beevor, Chairman of the TBC and Unilever Global Vice-President Household Cleaning Brands, “Veolia fills an important role within the TBC as a leader in circular economy waste management and smart city solutions : sanitation needs innovations to improve and transform existing systems."

Laurent Auguste"Veolia is honored to join the Toilet Board Coalition that we recognize as a true pioneer in creating a very innovative dynamic to address the major social and environmental challenge of sanitation by facilitating the emergence of local entrepreneurial initiatives. We are committed to fully leverage our skills, know-how and business network to lead to the needed scaling up of these initiatives to reach the shared ambition of bringing a major contribution in tackling the sanitation crisis," says Laurent Auguste, Veolia Senior Executive Vice President Development, Innovation & Markets.

The Toilet Board Coalition

This public-private partnership brings together multinational corporations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and social investors around a common goal : "sanitation for all". Access to sanitation is indeed a major issue : according to a joint report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF released in 2017, 4.4 billion people – i.e. 60% of the global population - do not have safe sanitation services.

“The Circular Sanitation Economy is an enormous opportunity to drive value from sanitation systems and to provide solutions for the world’s resource constraints such as water and nutrients. We are so pleased to welcome Veolia, a global expert and leader, with the joint goal to accelerate these opportunities which we believe hold significant benefits for business and society,” Cheryl Hicks, Toilet Board Coalition Executive Director & CEO.

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