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Acquisition of Spicers Group Companies in Southeast Asia

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

2018-10-05  READ MORE...
LUIGI LAZZARESCHI, CEO OF THE SOFIDEL GROUP, IS OFFICIALLY INDUCTED IN THE PAPER INTERNATIONAL HALL OF FAME, THE GLOBAL ELITE OF THE TISSUE PRODUCTION INDUSTRY

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

2018-10-05  READ MORE...
ALLIMAND Group : South Africa: Attractive growth opportunities

Following an initial visit in June 2016 for the SYMOP conference in the South African metropole, the ALLIMAND Group, designer and manufacturer of paper and nonwoven machines, counts on seizing every opportunity that comes their way, particularly in the packaging sector… Let’s find out more. SYMOP conference : focusing on ALLIMAND’s know-how "During the SYMOP conference in June 2016, we had the opportunity to visit 2 sites, Johannesburg and Durban a coastal town in the KwaZulu-Natal province in the east of South Africa" explains Bertrand DIDIER one of ALLIMAND’s senior sales engineers. "The subject of discussion focused on our know-how in the packaging and coated board sectors and the innovative trends for industrial applications". Several projects were identified during the trip.
ALLIMAND’s expertise in the nonwoven market 2008-2009 : During the international crisis, the ALLIMAND Group decided to concentrate on high value added papers and complete its order book with orders for long fibre machines installed around the world. These two factors ; the high investing nonwoven market and the booming packaging market, mean that the ALLIMAND Group finds itself in a positive growth dynamic. 2013 : The group invests in setting up a new nonwoven pilot machine aimed at accompanying international customers in the optimisation and development of new products. This pilot, made for carrying out nonwoven paper tests, proves ALLIMAND’s dynamism and capacity to innovate.
"Our objective", declares Franck RETTMEYER, the ALLIMAND Group CEO, "on the one hand is to offer our customers the opportunity to carry out tests in similar conditions to those of an industrial size machine and using our own equipment. On the other hand it is to reinforce customer proximity by the exceptional marketing innovation that this pilot creates".
2016 : The ALLIMAND Group’s establishment in the US is made official with the strategic merger and acquisition of the company GLENS FALLS INTERWEB – GFI. With its sound financial position and expertise in the design and manufacturing of nonwoven machines and in technical processes, the ALLIMAND Group, thanks to the acquisition of GFI, reinforces its position on the nonwoven market worldwide.
2018 : The ALLIMAND Group wins an important contract for the construction of a complete paper machine specializing in thin printing papers in Europe. This machine will incorporate the latest technical developments such as the SIV Headbox with dilution, the ISA shaking unit, the HVE Former, the NAOS shoe press with transfer belt and the latest generation SC Sizer… The performance of this future paper machine (1200 m/min, width 5650 mm) yet again shows ALLIMAND’s comfortable position on the high value added market.
ALLIMAND Group’s new representative in South Africa… The SYMOP conference provided the opportunity to meet a new agent to represent the Group in South Africa. Projects are in progress… along with development prospects.
… associated with the deployment of activities in north Africa Well placed on the paper machine reconstruction market, the ALLIMAND Group these last few years, has registered large orders for paper and board machine reconstructions for countries across north Africa (including headboxes, shoe presses and SC Sizers).
The paper machine market in South Africa also provides attractive growth prospects… ! To be continued.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2018-10-04  READ MORE...
ULTIS™ Dry² Strength Technology

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

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At your service: ‘This is Yale’ showcases tailored industry solutions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PM3 was successfully started-up on 19 September 2018.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Valmet strengthens its automation business and acquires US-based Enertechnix

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Use of nanocellulose for security paper

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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B2A Technology sets up the organization that will support its growth

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

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

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

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

A Centralized Governance

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

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

Two CEOs Appointed

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

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

Four Cross-Functional Departments Created

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

Administrative and Financial Department

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

Resources and Synergies Department

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

IT Systems Department

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

Purchasing Department

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

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

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

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

Product LineProduct familyPrice increase (%)
PolymersEmulsions7-15%
Powders7-15%
Polyamines8-15%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2018-10-01  READ MORE...
SCA increases the price on publication papers

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

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

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

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

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

The concept behind the platform

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

Pulp and paper company good practices, all in one place

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

Key data for 2017 revealed

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Essity reduces costs to increase profitability and competitiveness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lecta Presents Its Latest Developments in Publishing Papers at the Frankfurt Book Fair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stronger market presence

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

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

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

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

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

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Essity and Fotografiska launch “Hand to Hand” exhibition with Paul Hansen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Toscotec partners with Chemitex-Egypt to increase sales in Egypt.


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

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

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

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Sulzer inaugurates new manufacturing site in Poland


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

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

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

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

2018-09-26  READ MORE...
Major PulpEye order from Iggesund

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2018-09-26  READ MORE...
European Carton Excellence Award 2018: the Winners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Deconsolidation of Venezuelan Operations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The new version of the software provides :

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

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

2018-09-25  READ MORE...

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