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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...
Sulzer - Record first quarter order intake – operations back to normal

Order intake in the first quarter of 2018 grew strongly across all divisions, reaching CHF 900 million compared to CHF 758 million in the same period a year ago. Organic order growth of 12.8% was mainly driven by the oil and gas market. Five days after the complete unblocking of its assets, Sulzer’s operations are back to normal and customers have remained loyal to Sulzer. The company estimates a one-off cost impact from sanctions of approximately CHF 10m, which will be treated as non-operational. The company expects no sanction impact beyond 2018. Sulzer confirms its 2018 guidance.

2018-04-19  READ MORE...
Södra - Highly robust first quarter


Södra reported a highly robust operating profit of SEK 938 million (490) for the first quarter of 2018, up more than 90 percent compared with the year-earlier period. Strong demand with a positive price trend underlie these figures, and the higher volumes generated by the expansion investments are reflected in the results.

Consolidated net sales rose 12 percent to SEK 5,717 million compared with the year-earlier period, and the operating margin improved to 16 percent (10). Return on capital employed increased to 22 percent (12) and the equity ratio to 58 percent (56).

“There are several reasons for this robust earnings trend. The favourable global economy has contributed to high demand and a positive price trend for Södra’s products in both market pulp and the sawn timber area. We are also seeing the positive effects of our comprehensive expansion investments in the pulp mills, and the efficiencies and restructuring we have achieved in sawn timber production,” said Lars Idermark, President and CEO.

“Our efforts with new innovations and sustainability have continued unabated. Södra’s investments to increase liquid biofuel production are on track, as well as investments in sawn timber processing. These strategic investments in the future are helping to create new business opportunities. They also represent steps towards a fossil-free society, and a sustainable bioeconomy in which forests can play a key role,” said Lars Idermark.

In the Södra Skog business area, operating profit totalled SEK 19 million (16) for the period. The results were charged with higher transport costs due to the intermittently challenging wood supply situation during the first quarter.

In the Södra Wood business area, operating profit totalled SEK 91 million (3) for the period, mainly reflecting the positive price level and strong demand for sawn timber. The ongoing operational changes in Södra Interiör are proceeding as planned.

In the Södra Cell business area, operating profit totalled SEK 926 million (496) for the period. The earnings trend was mainly attributable to the strong upward price trend and higher volumes.

January-March 2018 in brief :20182017
Jan-Mar
Jan-Mar
Net sales, SEK million

5,717

5,098
Operating profit before depreciation, amortisation and impairment, SEK million1,216750
Operating profit, SEK million938490
Profit before tax, SEK million941430
Operating margin, %1610


2018-04-19  READ MORE...
IBC Paper Training has launched its new website

IBC Paper Training has launched its new website ibcpapertraining.com. with a new design and logo. The French company managed by Isabelle Baret delivers technical training in the Pulp and Paper sector at "Expertise" and "Operator" levels. IBC is specialized in the development of generic and tailor-made e-learning tools, and among all the other pulp & paper sectors, in the "Tissue" sector.
This new website contains the description of active e-learning modules (generic e-modules and tailor-made solutions). In addition, access Live or Videos in streaming are also available (1 per month). The different topics covered are the industry 4.0, energy consumption, water management, vibration maintenance, chemicals management, process optimization, equipment, raw materials ... These themes are specialized on Paper, Board and Tissue. An expert will make a 1 to 2 hours presentation once a month on a defined subject.

2018-04-17  READ MORE...
RACCOON by OMET: the groundbreaking automatic plate cleaning system for tissue converting machines

The growing number of installations, 10 in the last six months, proves the success of the Raccoon plate cleaning system patented by OMET, which works by cleaning the flexo plate directly inside the machine.

In the last 2 years after the official launch, the Raccoon by OMET has collected unanimous positive opinion : extreme satisfaction of all the customers who have installed this system. The plate cleaning process in tissue converting machines is no more the same : Raccoon by OMET assures a constant and high print quality without machine downtime.

Roberto Perego, Technical Manager for OMET Tissue division explains : “Two main reasons are behind the success of this system : no need to stop the machine and the constant high quality of the image. With the tissue paper, usually very dusty, it is common for the printing plate to be contaminated by dust residuals with bad consequences on the print quality. Thanks to the automatic cleaning system, the flexo plate is kept perfectly clean, guaranteeing the same output quality for the entire job".

Raccoon by OMET was presented during iT’s Tissue 2015 and thank to its ease of use and excellent performance, it has been able to break through the market. The Multifunctional head releases a jet of air and water and simultaneously sucks in all the impurities laying on the sleeve, for an excellent printing result.

2018-04-17  READ MORE...
Resolute Announces Tentative Agreement with Unifor

Resolute Forest Products Inc. today announced that a tentative four-year agreement has been reached with Unifor, subject to ratification by their members. Unifor represents the majority of hourly employees working across the company’s Canadian pulp and paper operations.

The master agreement covers eight of Resolute’s Canadian pulp and paper mills. The agreement applies to the Amos, Baie-Comeau, Dolbeau, Gatineau, Kénogami and Saint-Félicien facilities in Quebec, as well as the Thunder Bay mill and currently indefinitely idled Thorold operation in Ontario.

"We are pleased that we have reached a tentative agreement with Unifor national and local leadership that recognizes the contribution of employees to the success of the business and provides stability for our customers, shareholders, communities and other company partners," said Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer. "Once ratified, this agreement will support long-term investments in our Canadian operations."

The collective agreement covers approximately 1,100 employees represented by Unifor. The agreement builds on the cooperative relationship that has been established between Resolute and Unifor.

Details will not be discussed publicly until the union leadership has had an opportunity to present the agreement to its members.

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Information

Statements in this press release that are not statements of historical results, performance, financial condition, or other historical information of Resolute Forest Products Inc. are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. They include, for example, statements regarding the expected future investments in Canadian operations. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as the words "will," "expect" and other terms with similar meaning indicating possible future events or potential impact on our business or our shareholders.

The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are not guarantees of future performance. These statements are based on management’s current assumptions, beliefs, and expectations, all of which involve a number of business risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in this press release. Some of the potential risks and uncertainties that could cause the company’s actual future performance or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed or implied in this press release include those potential risks and uncertainties described under the heading "Risk Factors" in Part I, Item 1A of the company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017.

All forward-looking statements in this press release are expressly qualified by the cautionary statements set out or referred to above and in the company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Canadian securities regulatory authorities. The company disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

2018-04-17  READ MORE...
BillerudKorsnäs - Unboxing - this year's theme for international packaging design competition PIDA

For the fourteenth consecutive year, BillerudKorsnäs organizes the international packaging design competition Packaging Impact Design Award (PIDA). Together with approximately 200 students from leading design universities in Sweden, Germany, France and England, the packaging phenomenon unboxing will be challenged.

Unboxing, the moment when a packaging is opened for the first time, is not only the consumer’s first encounter with a product, but also increasingly critical for a brand’s ability to make a first personal, and through social media, global impression. The possibility of differentiation through unboxing is the theme of the 2018 edition of BillerudKorsnäs design contest PIDA.

However, the brief to the contestants is more far-reaching than just embracing the first impression. It is about creating a sustainable, innovative and functional packaging concept with a unique unpacking experience that differs from the conventional solutions we see in stores and e-commerce today.

"During the fourteen years we have worked with PIDA, the competition has succeeded in becoming an international institution and one of the most important meeting places for new generation packaging designers and the established industry with brand owners, converters and design agencies. PIDA is a way for us to push forward the development of sustainable packaging design and this year we want to challenge conventional packaging solutions by bringing unboxing to a new level where it can reach its full potential in terms of creativity, sustainability and innovation,"says Lena Dahlberg Manager Carton Solution at BillerudKorsnäs.

Three competitions and new international "public award"
The competition brief was sent to the participants during January and the concept presentation/announcement of winners will occur at three separate events ; in Stockholm on May 22 for Swedish and English students, in Paris on June 21 for French students and in Ludwigsburg on November 8 for German students. A novelty this year is the addition of an international award, the Peoples Choice Grand Final Award, where the public is invited to designate a total winner via Facebook. The nomination of the respective winners from England, France, Sweden and Germany starts after all regional competitions have been settled, and the entry that receives the most likes and shares is then named as the total winner of Peoples Choice Grand Final Award.

2018-04-17  READ MORE...
Lecta Presents a New Collection of Printed Samples from the Creaset Range


A collection of one-side coated papers for labels and packaging.

A new collection of printed samples showcasing the extensive portfolio for label and packaging applications from Creas​et, Lecta’s range of one-side coated.

The collection, presented under the slogan "Creaset ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES", comes in two unique A5 envelopes printed on Creat​orSilk 300 g/m2 coated semi-matte paper. Each envelope contains printed samples of all the papers in the collection together with images of the final applications illustrating the numerous label and packaging possibilities that the Creaset range o​ffers. 

The entire Creaset range is manufactured with ECF (Elemental Chlorine Free) woodfree pulp and is produced in accordance with ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental management standards, ISO 50001 energy management standard, ISO 9001 quality management standard and OHAS 18001 occupational safety and health management standard. In addition, it is all available with PEFCTM and FSC® Chain-of-Custody forest certifications upon request.

2018-04-16  READ MORE...
Toscotec’s TT SYD-18FT is running efficiently for reconstituted tobacco production at Fujian Jinmin, China.

Toscotec’s steel Yankee dryer TT SYD-18FT was successfully fired up at Fujian Jinmin Reconstituted Tobacco Development Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of China National Tobacco Corporation, at its Luoyuan mill, Fujian, China. The TT SYD reached top performance immediately after start-up at the end of March.

The advantages of TT SYD can benefit all grades and types of paper, not least reconstituted tobacco paper. After Toscotec’s successful reconstituted tobacco application in the U.S., the Chinese reconstituted tobacco paper producer Fujian Jinmin is now operating a big diameter TT SYD, which guarantees top drying efficiency at the lowest possible consumption cost.

From the delivery of the first TT SYD in 2000 throughout 18 years of successful and safe applications and two generations of design, this achievement further reinforces Toscotec’s position as the number one supplier of steel Yankee dryers worldwide. The number of TT SYD sold in five continents around the globe has recently reached more than 200 units, way ahead of the competition. Based on its ever-growing experience, Toscotec has constantly been upgrading its design and it is currently in the process of honing the third generation of TT SYD.

2018-04-16  READ MORE...
Kelheim Fibres celebrates 4,000,000 tonnes of Viscose Fibres

Speciality fibres manufacturer Kelheim Fibres produced their 4,000,000th ton of viscose fibres !
The “jubilee tonne“ was produced on line 2 and is a Galaxy® fibre – an appropriate coincidence according to production manager Konrad Brunner : “This speciality fibre is made for the tampon industry, one of the most important pillars of our business. This fibre combines our strengths : unique and patented fibre properties meet production conditions that fulfil the strict hygiene requirements of this sensitive final product. It’s not by chance that we have established a world-leading position in this area.”
Considering that about 5.000 shirts or even 500.000 tampons can be produced from one tonne of viscose fibres alone, we can get an idea of how many people all over the world have come into contact with viscose fibres from Kelheim.
CEO Craig Barker is proud of the “anniversary”, too : “Of course, there are bigger viscose fibre plants than ours. Plants that can produce the same amount of fibres in less time. But there is no one else who is able to put more than 80 years of experience in every single one of their fibres. At Kelheim, there are families working in the third or even fourth generation for our company. Their loyalty as well as their engagement and know-how are the cornerstone of our success : Our employees, together with our consistent innovation strategy and our small and flexible production lines, make us the world’s leading manufacturer of viscose speciality fibres. To further reinforce that position is our goal for the next million tons of viscose fibres and beyond !”

2018-04-12  READ MORE...
UPM sells its Myllykoski mill site and premises to Redeve Oy

UPM sells its Myllykoski mill site and premises, located in Kouvola, Finland, to Redeve Oy. The buyer is specialised in real estate development. The transaction was completed today and the ownership of the real estate was transferred to the buyer with an immediate effect.

UPM closed its Myllykoski paper mill in 2011. Since then, UPM has been searching for a solution to enable further usage of the site.

"We have been searching for a credible buyer for quite some time and have investigated several options. We are very pleased with the end-result. Redeve is well-known for their capabilities and experience in real estate development. We believe they will bring business and prosperity to the site," says Samuli Eerolainen, Director, Real Estate at UPM.

"We are honoured to be chosen as the developer of Myllykoski site, and we would like to thank UPM for the trust shown in us. The industrial site of Myllykoski is a highly interesting location for our company. Its development begins immediately," says M.Sc. (Tech) Jari Lahtinen from Redeve Oy.

The contract includes the mill site with its premises, as well as 100 hectares of land. As announced earlier, the biomass boiler, turbine and generator from Myllykoski site have been acquired by Blue Energy Europe in Germany.

2018-04-12  READ MORE...
The Gluten Free Bar Captures Top Packaging Award at Natural Products Expo in Graphic Packaging's Collapsible Cup

The Gluten Free Bar (GFB) Power Breakfast recently won the NEXTY Award for Best New Packaging Innovation during Natural Products Expo West. IntegraFlex™, the collapsible cup packaging technology, is a solution developed by Graphic Packaging International (GPI). The award recognizes the most innovative products in the natural products industry.

"The GFB is all about making good-for-you, gluten-free food, in good-for-you ways," said Elliott Rader, Owner/Partner at The GFB. "This packaging allows us to deliver our food in an innovative manner and, considering the package is partially recyclable, it delivers on the "good-for-you ways" part of our brand promise. We try to bring innovative products to the market that communicate quality, convenience and taste. GPI’s IntegraFlex packaging speaks to quality and most certainly convenience, and once a consumer tries the product, they’ll realize that we are delivering on great taste as well."

"IntegraFlex is comprised of two distinctly different paper-based substrates to create a collapsible cup package : a paper liner and paperboard cup," said Kelly Fitzwater, new product development manager at GPI. "The ability to mix and match substrates allowed us to create a package that reinforces the healthy natural look that Gluten Free Bar was seeking. The slim space-saving design makes it a snap to take a convenient snack or meal on the go."

"Oatmeal is an ideal product for IntegraFlex," said Chuck Tarlton, director of business development at GPI. "This is an example of the right product combined with the right packaging that simultaneously drives value for the brand and the consumer."

The technology allows for the product to ship flat, making distribution a little simpler. It also demonstrates several consumer benefits. To use, the consumer tears open the top of the liner, erects the collapsible cup by pressing the two sides together, adds liquid to cook, then enjoys right out of the package. The compact solution is portable and can be easily tossed in a bag to go camping or to work, and it can be easily dispensed from a vending machine.

Graphic Packaging’s IntegraFlex collapsible cup also won the Paperboard Packaging Council’s 2017 Innovation of the Year award.

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Voith to build new XcelLine paper machine and BlueLine stock preparation for Grupo Gondi


Grupo Gondi has entered into a contract with Voith to supply a new paper machine with an annual production capacity of 400,000 metric tons. The new paper machine will be located in a facility in Monterrey in Northern Mexico. Voith will supply the complete BlueLine stock preparation and XcelLine paper machine from wet end process to winder, which should minimize the number of interfaces for the customer and maximize the operating efficiency of the project.
From early 2020, the new state-of-the-art PM 7 will operate at the new Papel y Empaques Monterrey (PEM) plant. The machine will have a working width of 6,660 mm at the reel and a design speed of 1,200 m/min to produce testliner and corrugated medium with basis weights in the range of 90 to 250 g/m2.

"With the new paper machine, Grupo Gondi will strengthen its position in the Mexican market for high-performance light weight recycled containerboard. It will also enhance our integration levels since our converting capacity has risen in recent years as we have expanded converting plants and grown through acquisitions. Voith will supply an extended scope of services, including the stock preparation, the paper machine, supporting sub systems and automation. Voith’s ability to deliver an advanced, full-line, state-of-the-art system was very important to us and we continue to work closely with our partners at WestRock in connection with project planning and execution," states Eduardo Posada, CEO at Grupo Gondi.

The XcelLine paper machine offers a range of special technical features that both improve the quality of the finished paper and reduce energy consumption. The scope of supply also includes a Tandem NipcoFlex Press, a TopFormer F, and an EcoCal calender. Moreover, the PM 7 will be equipped with a VariFlex NG winder with an operational speed of 2,500 m/min, with MCS, DCS and QCS completing Voith’s scope of delivery. Voith will supply the project with an extended scope, including detailed engineering for process, automation and electrical engineering.

In addition to the paper machine and the BlueLine stock preparation system, MERI, a Voith company, will supply the major sub-systems – material handling, internal water treatment, sludge handling, and reject handling. These systems are designed to lower operating costs while maintaining a clean and safe working environment.

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Smithers Pira joins the new Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier Network

Smithers Pira is pleased to announce its participation in the Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier Network (APASS).

Designed for companies looking to distribute their products via Amazon, the APASS enables businesses to identify laboratories who are able to test and certify products as Prep-Free Packaging (PFP), Ships-In-Own-Container (SIOC) or Frustration Free Packaging (FFP) without requiring additional testing by Amazon.

Smithers Pira provides APASS services directly to vendors, sellers, or manufacturers related to package testing, in compliance with Amazon’s certification test methods.

“We look forward to helping businesses meet Amazon’s packaging requirements – as detailed in the ISTA 6 Amazon methods,” Smithers Pira Packaging Operations Director James Raw says. “In addition to our distribution testing laboratory, we also have materials and primary pack testing facilities ; overall, Smithers Pira is well-placed to provide consultative support for businesses facing problems with their packaging.”

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Transfer of shares completed – Renova ownership below 50% – Sulzer free from US sanctions

On April 11, 2018, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a license authorizing the completion of the transfer of the shares. This share transfer has been completed and Renova is now a minority shareholder, holding 48.83% of the shares in Sulzer. Sulzer now holds 15.24% of its own shares.

Sulzer confirms that it is no longer a blocked party or subject to sanctions under U.S. law. The company can now resume normal operations globally. To the extent that its assets have been blocked, Sulzer is taking the necessary steps to achieve timely reversal.

The business activities of Sulzer have been considerably disrupted, but the company does not believe that its long-term performance will be affected.

Sulzer would like to thank its customers, employees, financial partners and other stakeholders for their support.

The company will give more details as it announces its first quarter results on April 19, 2018.

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Metso to publish its Interim Review for January-March 2018 on Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Metso’s January-March 2018 Interim Review will be published on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at about 9:00 a.m. EEST and can be found at www.metso.com/latestreports.

Metso’s Interim President and CEO Eeva Sipilä will present the financial results in a webcast and a conference call for analysts and investors, held in English, on the same day at 13:00 EEST. Webcast is viewable at www.metso.com/latestreports. A recording and a transcript will be available at the same webpage after the event has finished.

Conference call participants are requested to dial in five minutes before the event on :
United States : +1 646 828 8374
other countries : +44 (0)330 336 9104

The confirmation code for joining the conference call is 111643.

Metso will not arrange separate event for investors, analysts or the media at its headquarters on the day of the publication.

2018-04-11  READ MORE...
Södra is Sweden’s most attractive employer


Södra has been named as Sweden’s most attractive employer in the world’s largest employer branding survey, the Randstad Award. Over the past two years, Södra has advanced from 48 in the ranking to now occupy the top spot and thereby become the first forest industry company to receive the award.

Sweden’s 150 largest employers and more than 5,000 people took part in the survey. It is conducted among a broad spectrum of students, employees and job seekers aged between 18 and 65 across Sweden.

“It is a great honour to receive this award and it is an accolade to all of our fantastic coworkers at Södra. Committed employees are, and will always be, what drive our company forwards. At Södra, it is not only the forest that must grow. We are a company that shows the way and where we grow together as we move into the future. There is still work to be done, but the award is confirmation that we are on the right track,” said Kamilla Svensson, HR strategist at Södra.

Respondents state their opinions on an employer’s reputation, financial prosperity and its contribution to society and the environment, among other aspects. These three areas are deemed the key factors for Södra receiving the award.

“The survey is quite clear, Södra is a much appreciated and attractive employer. The journey to achieving this leading position in fierce competition is very impressive,” said Johan Lagercrantz, CEO of Randstad.

“Strategic skills supply is a crucial issue today for all companies with a view to maintaining and strengthening competitiveness. Södra has a major focus on this in order to attract, develop and retain employees. We will now continue to work together with our 3,400 coworkers to show what it means to become a next-generation forest company,” said Christer Thörn, HR Director at Södra.

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Sequana Full-year 2017 results

-Sales down 2.8% year-on-year to €2,765 million (down 1.3% at constant exchange rates)
-EBITDA down 13.2% to €104 million ; EBITDA margin rate at 3.7% (down 0.5 points)
o Antalis : EBITDA at €84 million (down 4.3%) ; EBITDA margin stable at 3.6%
o Arjowiggins : EBITDA of €29 million (down 31.2%), mainly reflecting the decline in printing paper volumes and sharp increases in raw material prices (pulp) in H2 2017

-Attributable net loss of €115 million following recognition of €131 million in net non-recurring expenses, including €99 million for impairment of Sequana’s historic goodwill in Antalis (no impact on the Group’s cash position)

-Net debt of €335 million vs. €315 million at 31 December 2016

-The Board of Directors recommend not paying a dividend for 2017

The plan announced on 15 February 2017 for fiscal year 2017 has been completed
-The IPO of Antalis took place on 12 June 2017 and its refinancing was completed in late March 2018
-Exit from the banknote paper market (Security division), a heavily loss-making business, is now effective
o Arjowiggins Security BV (Dutch banknote paper business) was sold to Oberthur Fiduciaire in late July 2017
o The sale of Arjowiggins Security (French banknote paper business) to Blue Motion Technologies Holding will be completed before end-April 2018

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Pierre Aggarwal new Mill Director at Iggesund Mill

Pierre has a solid background with the Holmen Group. He most recently comes from Braviken Sawmill, where he has been Mill Manager for the past 18 months, and before that he worked at Hallsta Paper Mill.

He has spent most of his career in the pulp and paper industry, primarily with Stora Enso.

“We are very pleased that Pierre has accepted the challenge to lead Iggesund Mill,” comments Daniel Peltonen, President and CEO of Iggesund Paperboard. “Pierre is a well-regarded manager with long experience of production and broad experience of the forest industry.”

Pierre Aggarwal is 53 and holds a master’s degree in Engineering from Linköping University. He replaces Olov Winblad von Walter, who is leaving Holmen to manage Husum Paper Mill.

The Mill Director is part of the Iggesund Paperboard Executive Management Team and reports to the President and CEO of Iggesund Paperboard.

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Speed record for a Recard machine: 2150 m/min

Speed record attained : 2150 m/min ! Holder of this record is the machine owned by M.C. Tissue produced by Recard for Cartiere Carrara for the Tassignano (Lucca) plant. A figure very close to the world record.

Already just 3 months after start-up, M.C. Tissue’s PM5 – the seventh machine supplied by Recard to the Lucca-based group and started up in the summer of 2017 – had shown great performance, running at 2130 m/min for 24 hours. The 2150 m/min were reached in February 2018 and there is ample margin to be able to exceed not just this personal record, but the world record, too.

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YFY rolls out X-Trim to Xinwu mill in Taiwan

Working towards its goal of zero emissions and zero waste, Yuen Foong Yu Paper (YFY) appointed Greycon to roll out its trim optimisation solution, X-Trim, to the YFY Xinwu mill in Taoyuan, Taiwan. Implementation and acceptance completed in January and the project went live last month (March 2018).

Yuen Foong Yu Paper produces reading and writing, industrial and home use paper and ranks among the 50 largest paper manufacturers in the world. It is characterised by a fully integrated production chain covering upstream (forestry, pulp), midstream (paper manufacturing) and downstream (printing, packaging, and design) operations, which yield beneficial synergy effects.

Mr. Li Benyuan, IT manager at Yuen Foong Yu Paper said : “We have worked with Greycon since February 2014 when we integrated X-Trim into our mill in Yangzhou, China. The success of its trimming optimisation solution has led YFY to expand its usage to the mill in Taiwan. We are developing a blue print for a green business and the inclusion of X-Trim assists with both reducing waste as well as increasing production efficiencies.

“We are driven towards achieving zero emissions and zero waste. To date we have developed methods of producing pulp that converts agricultural wastes, such as rice and wheat straws, into raw materials for paper production through enzyme-catalysed decomposition. This process reduces deforestation, carbon emissions and solves the problems of pollution from traditional chemical pulp production methods. We also participate actively in the carbon footprint verification process. During the production processes, methods of recycling to reduce the amount of waste generated are directly implemented. Existing wastes are also converted into raw materials or used as fuel.”

Tian Jinlong, Business Development Manager at Greycon said : “Over the last four years we have witnessed Yuen Foong Yu Paper continually improving in achieving trim waste reduction, increasing overall production efficiency, and time-saving allowing its planners more time to focus on analytical rather than the routine work of feeding orders into our ERP system. X-Trim has enabled overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) improvement through minimum pattern and knife change numbers. The software integrates easily with Yuen Foong Yu Paper’s Oracle enterprise resource planning (ERP) system and in-house manufacturing execution system (MES), optimising its supply chain management (SCM). We are confident that YFY will experience significant benefits with the Xinwu Mill being trim optimised and look forward to sharing the success with them.”

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö plans to invest about EUR 27 million for improved financial and environmental performance

Ahlstrom-Munksjö plans to invest about EUR 27 million for improved financial and environmental performance

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has decided on two investment projects, totaling EUR 27 million, both with attractive financial returns and improved environmental performance and employee safety. 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.
Recovery boiler investment in Billingfors and a bailing line in Aspa Bruk, Sweden

As one of the global leaders in electrotechnical paper manufacturing for insulation of high voltage cables and transformers, Ahlstrom-Munksjö plans to increase pulp production capacity and improve environmental performance of the Billingfors pulp line, Sweden. The investment involves rebuilding the recovery boiler and debottlenecking the pulp line. When completed in the third quarter 2019 the plant will meet stricter environmental regulations thanks to improved process combustion, reducing air emissions. The financial benefits include lower maintenance costs, and higher pulp and insulation paper production. The total investment is approximately EUR 23 million and the final investment decisions is conditional on receiving a new environmental permit from the authorities, expected in Q2 2018. Installation work will be made during a scheduled maintenance shutdown in the summer of 2019.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has also decided to modernize the bailing line at Aspa pulp plant, Sweden. The investment of EUR 4 million will improve safety level at the bailing line, improve production efficiency and give access to a more favorable customer mix. The new line is estimated to start during the first half of 2019. During the modernization production will continue normally.

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Sustainability and availability won the race for Incada

After the Brexit referendum, Windles, one of the UK’s leading printers specialising in greeting cards and high end packaging, had cause to review its supply of paper and paperboard. After careful consideration, the company decided on the domestically produced paperboard Incada from Iggesund Paperboard, who have driven a powerful marketing campaign to create awareness of the product.

“But the choice was not only nationalistic. We tried to look at all aspects – price neutrality, availability, quality and everything that is included in the concept of total cost of ownership,” explains Windles’ Managing Director Bruce Podmore.

Windles moved into new premises in Thame, Oxfordshire, a couple of years ago. The factory was designed with long-term sustainability in mind. It is heated 80% with biomass, as the company extracts all the required energy from all the pallet wood it previously had to pay to get rid of. Nearby is another building designed to help the local bat population reproduce, a facility which Bruce Podmore calls “the bat cave”. Also on site is “the badger hotel”, a badger sett that was purpose built to house the local badgers.

“The most important aspects of our decision to choose Incada as our house paperboard were our desire to reduce our carbon footprint, plus Incada’s availability. With alternative manufacturers offering lead times of about 15 weeks, we would have needed a buffer of stocks to compensate for disruptions in the supply chains. That costs money, and more than we had expected,” Podmore continues.

“The lead times we can get for Incada with its production facility in Cumbria are significantly shorter than many of our previous supply arrangements,” he adds. “It’s also important not to underestimate the value of learning complete mastery of a material if it’s something you use often.”

Windles buys its paperboard via the merchant Antalis, and the collaboration with Iggesund was cemented when the two companies jointly visited the mill at Workington for a review of Incada’s performance and environmental properties.

“For us it’s ideal to have a high-quality paperboard that is made nearby,” Podmore says. “Minimal shipments, short lead times and very good print results are quite simply a winning combination. And from a British perspective it’s also positive that we are buying input goods whose manufacture creates jobs in the UK.”

With regard to print properties, he says that Incada is one of the whitest paperboards on the market with an impressive surface smoothness, which also provides stability for creative cold foil, the process Windles is renowned for.

“Printing will be a dream where you don’t have to think about the yellowness of a board when designing. Glossy and matt finishes, and true baby blues and pinks are achievable without compensation – and there’s a huge improvement in lead times and fantastic service from the mill, plus we can guarantee the quality,” he says. “In addition, at Windles we are always striving to act in the most environmentally responsible way we can, which is why the fit of Incada being produced in the UK and at a mill using biomass for its energy is so important to us. Quite simply, we believe it is the right thing to do.”

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Pöyry supports Start Up Energy Transition Awards 2018

The global energy industry is currently in a stage where traditional business models are being disrupted and sustainable energy solutions need to be defined. Therefore, it is essential to listen to innovative ideas and monitor current trends in the industry. Pöyry Energy Consulting is supporting the Start Up Energy Transition and will be taking part in this year’s SET Tech Festival and the SET Award Ceremony.

Start Up Energy Transition is a leading platform supporting innovation in energy transition. SET is implemented with the conviction that sustainable energy solutions and mitigating climate change is directly linked to a bridge between inventive business models and political will. It is comprised of the annual SET Award, SET Festival and the global network of innovators. The SET Award is an international competition for start-ups and young companies worldwide who are working on ideas affecting global energy transition and climate change.

The three most promising start-ups in each category will pitch their business ideas at the annual summit, the SET Tech Festival, which brings this impressive network of innovators together on April 16-17th, 2018. The Award process and collaboration with the innovators’ network will allow for the systematic identification of the most promising innovation ventures around the world and ensure that the scope, time frame and success factors to deliver key innovation areas are understood and part of the global energy dialogue.

Robert Schwarz, Principal at Pöyry Energy Consulting will again this year be taking part in the event, "for energy utilities it is essential to monitor recent developments and stay ahead of the game while start-up companies are looking for investors. Connecting them both will help to move forward with the best ideas for cleaner energy." In order to link up entrepreneurs with utilities and venture capital investors, Pöyry consultants have developed the Pöyry Innovation Link, a marketplace evaluated energy ecosystem. For SET Award start-ups, Pöyry will offer free access to the Pöyry Innovation Link.

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British master papermaker James Cropper is preparing to show off its packaging expertise to the Chinese market at this year’s Luxe Pack Shanghai, taking place on 11 and 12 April 2018.

The company, which was founded in 1845 and is based in the English Lake District, will use the much-anticipated event to demonstrate its Tailor Made service, which allows brands to develop their own custom papers. From colour and composition to texture and finishes, brands can call on the Tailor Made service to bring their imagination to life and tell their story through unique packaging solutions.

James Cropper will also serve up its food contact-approved range of papers, Dolcelicious. Available in 11 eye-catching colours, from soft pastels to bold metallics, the striking collection is designed to elevate the packaging experience for premium food brands.

Meanwhile, attendees will be able to explore the applications of Genuine UK Black, a deep black paper, which is available to the Chinese market from the James Cropper warehouse in Shenzhen. Benefitting from a very high rub resistance, this non-carbon black paper has a strong environmental pedigree being FSC-certified and comprising 40 per cent post-consumer waste.

Maurice Tsang, regional manager for Asia at James Cropper, said : “Luxe Pack Shanghai presents the perfect opportunity for us to demonstrate the crucial role of paper in the future of luxury packaging. With its sustainable credentials and its limitless creative possibilities, more and more brands will be turning to paper as a packaging solution over the coming years.

“At James Cropper, we’ve been creating quality papers from our base in Britain for over 170 years, which has equipped us with the skill and experience to deliver products of the highest prestige – whether it’s one of our existing options, such as Dolcelicious or Genuine UK Black, or a completely new creation we develop with a specific brand in mind via our Tailor Made service.”

In addition to its paper ranges, James Cropper will showcase its pioneering CupCycling™ technology, which takes used disposable cups and gives them another lease of life, transforming them into fine papers. On show will be the iconic yellow shopping bags of luxury British retailer Selfridges, which have been made using upcycled coffee cups from the company’s headquarters and stores – a completely unique closed-loop recycling solution.

Maurice added : “With our latest innovation, CupCycling™, we’re now able to rescue an extremely high quality material from landfill and turn it into useful, beautiful packaging. As sustainability becomes an ever more important goal for companies globally, we anticipate increased demand for papers made in this way and look forward to working with new and exciting brands to help them achieve this objective.”

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European paper industry stands ready to defend Circular Economy in the context of Chinese waste import ban

CEPI, the European association representing the paper industy has been closely monitoring market developments in reaction to the material waste import ban by the Chinese authorities including paper for recycling.

The import restrictions have caused disruption to the European markets and the countries where paper collection is comingled have been the first to be hit. This comingling practice raises the risk of contamination from other materials which can reduce the quality of paper for recycling and technically impede the recycling process.

The European paper industry is making investments and will continue to do so over the coming years in new paper recycling capacities which ensure that high quality paper for recycling remains in Europe. A core component to achieving more recycling in Europe will be to upscale our efforts on implementing European standards on the quality of paper for recycling (EN 643) and the collection of paper seperately from other recyclables.

It is estimated that less than 5% of paper collected in Europe has been directly impacted by the Chinese import waste ban. It nonetheless provides the industry with the impetus to drive forward quality paper for recycling which is effectively recycled in Europe. It is equally an indication that comingled collection systems are no longer sustainable both from an environmental and market perspective in the future.

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ALLIMAND Group: 1st quarter «in the green»: The honorable order book of the beginning of the year promises an excellent 2018!

A forerunner of a prosperous 2018...? Everything was decided in the space of a few weeks at the beginning of the year. Just days before Spring, the ALLIMAND Group, designer and manufacturer of paper and Nonwovens machines, recognized for its strategy of permanent innovation, demonstrates genuine serenity. Faced with an honorable order book, the group has orders for both high value added special paper machines and paper machine reconstructions in France and Asia…

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CapMan Buyout to sell Walki to One Equity Partners

Funds managed by CapMan Buyout have agreed to sell their holdings in Walki Group to private equity company One Equity Partners. Financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

Walki Group is a leading producer of technical laminates and protective packaging materials, specializing in the production of fibre based, intelligent, multi-layer laminate products for markets as diverse as energy saving construction facings to consumer packaging. Funds managed by CapMan acquired Walki in
2007 and the profitability of the company has developed very favourably especially during the last years.

“During CapMan’s ownership period Walki has successfully executed its growth strategy, both organically and through acquisitions. Walki has invested in the growing construction laminates segment in Western Europe whilst maintaining its leading position in the industrial packaging market. Walki has also expanded significantly in Eastern Europe. I want to thank Walki’s management and personnel for their hard work. I am convinced that a large, international private equity player like One Equity Partners with experience from the packaging sector is the right partner for supporting the growth of Walki in the future," says Anders Björkell, Partner at CapMan Buyout.

“We are very satisfied to have One Equity Partners as the new majority owner. One Equity Partners has a successful track record in developing packaging companies globally and we share a common vision on how to grow Walki into an even stronger company to the benefit of our customers and employees. Further, I would like to thank CapMan for the continuous support during CapMan’s ownership," says Leif Frilund, President and CEO of Walki Group.

“One Equity Partners is an experienced investor in the packaging industry with a number of successful former investments. With top positions in all of its three business areas Construction, Consumer and Industrial, Walki is poised for future growth. With this acquisition, we leverage our expertise in the industry and form a powerful platform for buy-and-build opportunities in an attractive market", says Johann-Melchior von Peter, Senior Managing Director at One Equity Partners.
The transaction is subject to the approval of the competition authorities.

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Valmet receives orders for three Valmet IQ quality control systems from E.I.L


Valmet will deliver three Valmet IQ quality control systems with Valmet IQ Fiber optical sensors to the Italian system integrator E.I.L to be installed on three new tissue machines in EMEA area during 2018. The orders are included in Valmet’s first quarter 2018 orders received.

"These three new orders are a step forward in our partnership with Valmet. We established this partnership in 2012 with the aim of integrating Valmet’s quality control systems in our tissue machine projects. Valmet’s IQ quality control system has proven to be highly appreciated in many end-user’s installations for the accuracy and reliability of its quality measurements and controls," says Andrea Poleschi, Sales Manager, E.I.L.

"These three new orders from E.I.L are another key achievement in the long series of tissue quality control systems, which we have been successfully delivering in the EMEA area since 2012. Valmet is committed to developing and delivering innovative quality measurements, controls and reporting tools for the industrial digitalization of the tissue making industry. Our Valmet IQ quality control system has clearly a competitive advantage to improve the tissue makers’ performances," says Luigi Caggiano, Country Manager, Italy, Valmet.

The three quality control systems to be delivered are based on the new tissue Valmet IQ 15 scanner, equipped with the optical sensor Valmet IQ Fiber and the advanced quality reporting tool Valmet IQ Reports.

The Valmet IQ Fiber sensor is a non-nuclear fiber weight measurement that has been developed especially for tissue to provide accurate moisture and fiber measurement with high frequency across the sheet. It is one of the latest Valmet innovations to bring the latest advances in quality control to the tissue machine.

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Sulzer acquires five million Sulzer shares from Renova – Renova ownership below 50%

Sulzer acknowledges that the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has identified Mr. V. Vekselberg and Renova Group, Moscow, as specially designated nationals pursuant to US sanctions rules effective on April 6, 2018.

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Neyrtec® Tasster® Screw Press

Incorporated in CMI group since 2012 (CMI Proserpol), Neyrtec® continues screw press activities relating to sludge dewatering.

Besides providing maintenance services and supplying spare parts, Neyrtec® also offers services for upgrading existing screw presses, as it appears that most of the screw presses sold in early 80’s are still in operation. Neyrtec® brings its expertise in sludge dewatering to adapt these screw presses to present conditions, sometimes far from the initial conditions, integrating of latest technologies for significant improvement of capacity and dryness performances.

Sales of new machines are anyway the main activity in terms of turnover, and every year new installations increment our reference list, mainly customers retained by level and everlastingness of Neyrtec® Tasster® screw press performances.

Chasing fiber losses and existence of biological steps in waste water treatment plants are certainly new difficulties in sludge dewatering. However the Neyrtec® screw press with it specific design is still making the difference in dryness preformance against traditionnal equipment met in paper mills like belt press or frame filter.

Most of orders in sustainability issues are placed in favor of screw press thanks to money savings in sludge transport and final sludge treatment, a direct consequence of dryness performance. Each time a Neyrtec® screw press is installed, and beyond satisfaction about performances, customers are always surprised to notice decreasing sludge volume in disposal bins.

Belonging to CMI group allows stronger commercial power as well as optimum sourcing for better customer satisfaction.

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Papyrus celebrates grand opening of its new Competence Centre in Cologne

“We believe in paper and are ready to invest” – this is the key message that was brought out from Papyrus during the grand opening of its new logistics and competence centre in Cologne. On March 22 and 23, around 650 international guests from the printing, paper and paper-related industries visited the official inauguration. The grand opening of the 22,000 square meter state-of-the-art warehouse, which includes a European Paper Competence Center, was very well attended by customers, suppliers, business partners, the press and employees from all over Europe.

Christoph Sander (CEO OptiGroup) and Frank Weithase (Managing Director of Papyrus Germany and Austria) cut a ribbon as a symbolic act, and officially opened the new logistical hub in a solemn ceremony. Frank Weithase and Christoph Sander, as well as Heinz Bauer from Bauer Media Group and Alexander Nottebrock from the Economic Development Office in Cologne, highlighted the advantages of the new location in a panel discussion :

“The new hub significantly improves our logistical infrastructure, extends the service offering for paper and other specialties to our customers across Europe, and provides a very effective platform for our European supplier partners” said Frank Weithase. Christoph Sander added : “This substantial investment demonstrates our commitment to being the market leader in our Papyrus businesses throughout continental Europe, and in addition provides a strong and efficient platform to introduce complementary product ranges such as cleaning & hygiene materials, industrial packaging and safety products for our pan European customers in the future”.

Innovation, inspiration and extremely high service levels 

The new Papyrus premise is not only a brand new logistical hub, but is also the home of the “Paper Academy” – a state-of-the-art venue for customer trainings. During the grand opening, many well-known speakers brought the Paper Academy to life with interesting lectures about paper, print, logistical solutions and design. Via guided tours through the warehouse, the guests of the opening event were able to impressively experience how innovative logistics at Papyrus works and how customers can get access to an extremely high level of logistical services. With 20 participating partners on the supplier side, an in-house exhibition was another highlight of the opening ceremony. In a relaxed atmosphere, suppliers and customers exchanged the latest information about paper products and used the platform for networking. After two e
ntful days with many expert discussions, the PCC opening event in Cologne ended with a relaxed get-together on late Friday afternoon.

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“Paper on Reel” on LEIPA’s PM 5 - LEIPA on its way to market leadership in White Top Testliner business

After first “paper on reel” on March 31st, LEIPA will soon complete the startup period of its PM 5 and begin supplying customers with uncoated White Top Testliner from PM 5.

LEIPA Group CEO Peter Probst : “We look forward to growing successfully with our customers and partners. The demand for White Top Liner remains consistently high and the trend is rising. Prices are at a high level as well. These factors result in excellent conditions for the market launch of the PM 5.”

As an international market leader LEIPA will have developed a one-stop shop for their customers with the PM 3 and PM 5, offering an annual total capacity of 700,000 tons of coated and uncoated White Top Testliner.

Christian Schürmann, COO of LEIPA Georg Leinfelder GmbH said : “The entire project team has done a great job rebuilding the PM 5. We will produce a state-of-the-art testliner on this machine – the world’s most powerful of its kind – and start with our first deliveries in April.”

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Sofidel for natural capital safeguard with a debate in collaboration with WWF and Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli

Sofidel continues to pursue its commitment to raising the awareness of the public opinion concerning the effects of climate change, and in this case in particular the value of natural ecosystems. After having been WWF Italia main partner for “Earth Hour”, the global mobilisation event from the environmental association on the theme of climate change which took place on Saturday, Sofidel, among the global leaders in tissue production, has promoted the debate titled “Natural capital : valuing our wealth”, in collaboration with WWF Italia and Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli.

The event has been held in the Multifunctional Room of the Foundation’s headquarters at viale Pasubio 5, in Milan, and has seen the participation of Gianfranco Bologna, Scientific Director of WWF Italia – which is overseeing the event from a scientific perspective – Ivan Faiella, Senior Economist at the Bank of Italy, Massimo Medugno, Director General of the Assocarta paper association, Riccardo Santolini, Researcher and Lecturer in Ecology at the University of Urbino, and Alessandra Stefani, Forestry Director General at the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policy.

The meeting has been intended as an opportunity to reflect on and explore the “value” of nature, its status as an essential asset to our well-being and development and consequently our economy and our future.

For many economists, the time has come to overhaul the logic and policy that govern our development, to offer a new economic paradigmcapable of integrating equity and respect for the fundamental rights of each human being with the biophysical limitations of our Planet.

At the centre of the debate has been the concept of “natural capital” : the most recent legislative development, the value of biodiversity and ecosystem services, the role of responsible companies, the correlations that exist between production processes, product design, consumer habits and their impact on the environment, as well as on society and the economy.

An area which also sees attention from the United Nations through the 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the 15th Goal in particular – Life on Land – which aims to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

“We are pleased to promote, after the one dedicated to water last year, this new occasion for reflection on such a fundamental subject as the value of natural capital,” stated Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of the Sofidel Group. “Sofidel’s sustainable growth strategy is completely in line with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and sees our engagement on two fronts. Firstly in terms of production, to improve the efficiency of our processes and products, so guaranteeing less use of natural capital. Secondly, together with our partners, to spread the culture of sustainability and offer opportunities to investigate issues central to contemporary debate. A role of stimulation and service that we consider more necessary than ever in these times of fake news and misleading simplifications.”

“Natural capital cannot continue to be invisible within economic models,” stated Gianfranco Bologna, Scientific Director of WWF Italia. “We need to identify methods ‘accounting for’ nature, attempting to assign it a value that must not and cannot be identified only in monetary terms, because the value of the structures, processes, functions and services of natural systems goes well beyond monetary reporting. A change of approach with respect to natural resources must become a rule guiding the economic programming and business choices of companies. The Italian Natural Capital Committee, established through law 221/2015, has already produced two reports on the condition of Italian natural capital, the 2017 report and the 2018 report published at the end of February. The value of our natural capital must now contribute to the direction of both the Economic and Financial Document and the Budget Law.”

Sofidel employs sustainability as a strategic lever for development. This commitment has been strengthened in 2008 by joining the WWF Climate Savers programme, through which Sofidel took on particularly ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In 2017, Sofidel reduced its carbon intensity by 20.6% with respect to the 2009 base values per kilo of paper produced, and water consumption in production processes was well below the sector benchmark (7.1 l/kg vs. 15–25 l/kg). It also uses pulp certified by independent third parties with responsible forestry management schemes (100% in 2017, FSC®, FSC® Controlled Wood, PEFC™, SFI®).

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APP successfully starts up Toscotec’s Prodergy tissue machine at its Perawang mill.

Toscotec’s new Prodergy tissue machine fires up at APP Group’s Perawang mill, in Indonesia. This start-up is part of a major APP order of Toscotec’s Prodergy machines, to be installed at APP Indonesian paper mills.
PRODERGY is Toscotec’s leading innovation : an AHEAD-2.0L tissue machine, 5.6 m width, 2,000 m/min operating speed, featuring a second generation TT SYD-22FT and steam-heated hoods. Toscotec’s 22 ft diameter steel Yankee dryer constitutes a world record : the biggest steel Yankee dryer ever manufactured worldwide for tissue application. This breakthrough equips Toscotec with a significant advantage in terms of technological innovation. Prodergy’s unprecedented drying efficiency is threefold, combining the benefits of the largest diameter TT SYD ever delivered worldwide, an efficient press configuration and steam-heated Yankee hoods. Each element of Prodergy’s drying equation contributes to the best possible energy efficiency of the tissue making process. The exclusive use of steam energy throughout the entire drying process ensures significant cost reduction compared with gas energy drying. The design of the TT SYD 22ft and the steam-heated Yankee hood system with multiple energy recovery stages deliver the highest dryness rate with minimum consumptions. The press configuration guarantees the highest possible degree of mechanical dewatering before entering the energy-based drying section of the AHEAD-2.0L.
Toscotec’s Sales Director Marco Dalle Piagge affirmed, “We are extremely proud of this incredible achievement. The first 22 ft TT SYD ever manufactured and delivered worldwide, and installed on a top performance tissue making line. We are making history and we expect Prodergy to set a new record for energy efficiency in tissue”.

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Essity restructures in Spain

To further increase efficiency, Essity is restructuring its Consumer Tissue production in Spain. These measures are aligned with the company’s strategy to optimize the production footprint to increase cost and capital efficiency and further increase value creation in the Consumer Tissue business area.

The restructuring measures to be implemented in 2018 include the closure of the production facility in La Riba and the closure of one tissue machine at the production facility in Allo.

The restructuring costs are expected to amount to approximately SEK 245m, of which approximately SEK 205m will be recognized as an item affecting comparability in the second quarter of 2018. The remaining costs will be recognized as an item affecting comparability in the fourth quarter of 2018. Approximately SEK 110m of the restructuring costs is expected to affect cash flow.

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