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Valmet receives the 250th order for its successful Valmet Pulp Analyzer (Valmet MAP)


Valmet has received the 250th order for its successful Valmet Pulp Analyzer (Valmet MAP) for managing various applications regarding fiber furnish management at pulp and paper mills. The milestone analyzer will be installed at Sichuan Qianwei Fengsheng Paper Co. Ltd in China. The delivery will include a Valmet Kappa QC Analyzer, too. The raw materials used in the mill’s tissue production include bamboo.

The order was included in Valmet’s second quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The solutions will be delivered in the third quarter of 2018.

"First, we trust Valmet and its advanced analyzer solutions. With accurate measurements, we will be able to get faster and more precise online updates of key fiber and papermaking furnish properties to improve runnability and productivity. Second, stabilizing the entire fiber line control will help us reduce variation, chemical usage and production costs. Also, easy-to-maintain Valmet analyzers will improve our labor efficiency and operator effectiveness as well," says Chuanping Zhou, General Manager at Sichuan Qianwei Fengsheng Paper.

"It is nice to cooperate with a customer who really wants to develop the mill’s total pulp and tissue line performance. It means taking good care of basic issues. When the ultimate goal is clear both for the customer and the supplier, it is easy to find the right solutions and implement them. Performance improvement and development is a long-term project for which reliable analyzers and controls provide a solid foundation. It is easy for the mill and also for Valmet to take next steps towards more sophisticated solutions in the future when the foundation is reliable and in a good shape," comments Janne Määttä, Manager, Pulp & Paper Applications, Valmet.

Valmet’s existing installations at Sichuan Qianwei Fengsheng Paper include a Valmet Brightness Measurement (Valmet Cormec5 X) and a Valmet Residual Measurement (Valmet Polarox5). Valmet is currently delivering a Valmet Fiber Image Analyzer (Valmet FS5) and consistency transmitters for the mill, too.

2018-07-11  READ MORE...
ANDRITZ acquires Diatec, Italy


ANDRITZ has acquired a 70% stake in Diatec S.R.L., a leading manufacturer of converting machines for the hygiene and food packaging industries based in Collecorvino in the region of Pescara, Italy. The remaining 30% will stay in the hands of the two current shareholding families.

Diatec designs and manufactures a wide range of special machines and technological solutions, mainly for the production of baby diapers and other absorbent hygiene products, but also for food packaging. With this acquisition, ANDRITZ complements its product portfolio in Nonwoven and is now able to offer the complete supply and value chain, from the raw material, to webfoming, finishing, and converting.

Diatec was established in 1992 and has developed very favorably since then, with many international references and renowned customers around the the world. The company is known for its innovative spirit, providing flexible and sophisticated solutions for the hygiene sector.

The Diatec owners and managers, who will continue to work in the company, acknowledge that ANDRITZ is the best partner to support the company’s long-term growth and – together with employees and suppliers – to create synergies that can satisfy the demands of its customers.

Andreas Lukas, Division Manager for ANDRITZ Nonwoven, says : “We are very excited about this complementary acquisition that extends our market coverage, process technology, and product range within the nonwovens industry.”

Diatec’s General Manager, Luigi Mancini, comments : “With ANDRITZ, we have found our ideal partner to strengthen our international market position and we are looking forward to growing further within this collaboration.”


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BillerudKorsnäs will make a provision of SEK 450 million in the second quarter 2018

BillerudKorsnäs has within the scope of the recently launched group-wide program for improved production efficiency decided to implement measures with the aim of strengthening the workplace efficiency and environment at several of the Group’s mills. In total, a provision of approximately SEK 450 million will be made, of which approximately SEK 200 million will impact cash flow over a three-year period. The provision will have a negative effect on the result in the second quarter of 2018.

The measures to strengthen the workplace environment will be taken during the ordinary maintenance shutdowns, starting after the summer, and continue through two to three maintenance cycles, depending on the work carried out. The measures will include demolition of old buildings and decontamination.

As the final stage of the consolidation of Billerud and Korsnäs, it has also been decided to implement unified accounting principles regarding spare parts and consumables at the mills, which will lead to impairment losses with effect in the second quarter.

In total, a provision of approximately SEK 450 million, of which approximately SEK 200 million will impact cash flow over a three-year period, will be made in the second quarter of 2018.

The provision will be reported as an item affecting comparability under unit Other. The interim report for the period January-June 2018 will be published on 18 July 2018.

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Konecranes to deliver two industrial cranes for Brazilian pulp manufacturer

Konecranes will deliver two industrial cranes with specially designed spreader clamps to CMPC Cellulose Riograndense, located in Brazil. The order was received in the second quarter of 2018.

Celulose Riograndense produces pulp from eucalyptus short fibre cellulose. In the city of Guaíba, state of Rio Grande do Sul, Celulose Riograndense has a pulp producing unit with capacity to generate 1,75 million tonnes of pulp, supplying a diversified market worldwide.

Celulose Riograndense utilizes cranes to load pulp bale units to ships at the factory landing. The new Konecranes cranes will replace existing cranes to help improve performance and reliability of the loading process. The two cranes will be designed for the load of 2 million tonnes of pulp per year.

“CMPC is looking for partners who can offer cutting-edge solutions in their strategic activities. Currently, we have 90 percent of pulp production through cranes. When we choose Konecranes, we choose the safety, quality and reliability of a world leader in the field”, says Mr. Roberto Hallal, Logistic Manager at Cellulose Riograndense.

The order consists of two tailor-made cranes with specially designed, adjustable spreader-clamps and specific Smart Features, including Target Positioning. The cranes are operated with cameras and sensors from a movable cabin, which help to enhance operational safety. The cranes can handle loads of up to 16 tons.

“These cranes will help to improve safety and efficiency of the customer’s pulp bale loading process. Several semi-automation features will assist the crane operator in moving pulp fast and accurately. Crane features were selected after we had studied the customer’s loading process carefully. Once again, understanding the customer’s process was the key factor when selecting the right solution,” says Arto Hujanen, Director, Paper & Forest Industry at Konecranes.

The first crane will be delivered to Celulose Riograndense in December 2018, with the second one following by April 2019.

2018-07-10  READ MORE...
DS Smith Leeds recycling depot fire

A fire incident at DS Smith’s paper recycling depot in Leeds was attended to by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services on Saturday 7th July 2018.

The fire at the depot started Saturday afternoon when no staff or contractors were present on site.

Yorkshire Ambulance’s Hazardous Area teams also attended the blaze but nobody was injured in the incident. The fire was brought under control Saturday evening.

At this stage DS Smith is working with the relevant authorities to establish the cause of the fire. Any damage is yet to be fully assessed but the fire was contained to onsite storage buildings.

Due to the swift action of the fire services, building damage was limited and all mobile plant, vehicles and equipment is intact.

Production on site has been suspended for the next 2 to 3 days whilst power is restored, but collections to customers will continue as usual.

DS Smith would like to thank West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services for their speedy response and efficiency in bringing the incident safely under control.

2018-07-10  READ MORE...
Arjowiggins : exclusive negotiations with Fineska for the sale of Arjowiggins Graphic and Arjowiggins Creative Papers

Arjowiggins has entered into exclusive negotiations with Fineska for the sale of Arjowiggins Graphic and Arjowiggins Creative Papers. Once this operation has completed, Sequana will have exited its paper manufacturing activities
Arjowiggins has announced the planned sale of Arjowiggins Graphic and Arjowiggins Creative Papers to Fineska BV, the parent company of Eska Group, the renowned Dutch-based graphic cardboard business controlled by Andlinger & Company, a private investment group which also owns Crown Van Gelder (CVG), a Dutch specialty papers manufacturer.
The gross amount of the transaction should be €125 million. Given the companies’ debts and other liabilities, net proceeds from the sale should be in the region of €20 million (to be adjusted at completion of the transaction in line with balance sheet items).
The businesses to be divested reported sales of €528 million in 2017, or 19% of Sequana Group’s consolidated sales, of which 61% comprised recycled graphic and specialty (i.e., laminated and transfer) papers and 39% premium fine papers and specialty papers (i.e., bookbinding and tracing paper). They operate eight mills located in France, the UK, Spain and China and employ over 2,000 people. More precisely, Arjowiggins Graphic is composed of 3 paper mills in France (Bessé-sur-Braye, Château-Thierry and Le Bourray). On the other hand, Stoneywood (UK), Chartham (UK), Neuilly-en-Telle (France), Gelida (Espagne), Quzhou (Chine) are part of Arjowiggins Creative Papers.
Information and consultation procedures have been initiated with the relevant work councils and the planned sale will be submitted for approval by the national competition authorities in all countries where it is required. The transaction is expected to complete by the end of October 2018.
In the wake of the major restructuring operations carried out in 2014 and 2015 to refocus on specialty papers, these two divisions generated positive cash-flow in 2017 and they should report a profit in 2018.
Following a competitive bidding process that was part of Sequana’s strategy of weighing up its options and playing its part in the necessary consolidation of the paper industry, Sequana’s Board of Directors has chosen Fineska’s offer. This operation, which is satisfactory for Sequana, would also safeguard the future development of Arjowiggins Graphic and Arjowiggins Creative Papers within a private investment group that has been supporting CVG and Eska – two renowned players in the specialty papers and graphic cardboard sectors – for a number of years.
This transaction is a major milestone for Sequana that would mark its exit from all paper manufacturing activities with the exception of Arjobex. Since 2008, Sequana has been refocusing on its paper distribution business where its subsidiary Antalis boasts leading positions in Papers, Industrial Packaging and Visual Communication in Europe.
Update on the litigation with BAT
The hearings before the Court of Appeal in London took place in early June. Prior to this, BAT had abandoned a significant part of its claims, notably in relation to the first dividend. As with any legal dispute, the outcome is in the hands of the courts, however the Group remains confident of a favourable outcome. The decision of the Court of Appeal should be handed down before the end of October.
Once it has taken stock of this decision and its related impacts, Sequana will devise and present its strategy.
Commenting on these developments, Sequana’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Pascal Lebard said : “The planned sale of Arjowiggins’ Graphic and Creative Papers divisions is the culmination of the process of weighing up our options in a market that is set to continue to consolidate. It meets our objective of ensuring the long-term development of our activities as part of a major industry player or an investment fund. This was already achieved in the past with the sale of our Decor paper business (to Munksjö), our Latin American banknote businesses (sold to Fedrigoni), and Arjowiggins Healthcare (sold to Meeschaert Private Equity). By becoming part of Andlinger & Company, Arjowiggins Graphic and Arjowiggins Creative Papers would benefit from the support of a private investment group that has been supporting two renowned players in the specialty papers sector for a number of years. The sale would affect neither their business relations nor their partnership with Antalis. Once the decision of the Court of Appeal in London – which we await with confidence – is handed down in late October and once this transaction is completed, Sequana will devise and present its strategy.”
Sequana reported sales of €2.8 billion in 2017 and employed some 7,800 people worldwide. The Group is structured into two businesses :
 Antalis : leader in B2B distribution of Papers and industrial Packaging and number two in the distribution of Visual Communication media in Europe with around 5,500 employees based in 43 countries.
 Arjowiggins : global producer of recycled and specialty papers with around 2,300 employees.

2018-07-09  READ MORE...
TMC: forward thinking - Looking ahead. Anticipating market demands.

Thanks to this forma mentis, we have become the largest manufacturer of primary and secondary packaging for the field of Tissue in the world.
A 20-year experience in the course of which we have solved thousands of packaging needs for our customers and guaranteed safe solutions on which we daily build our innovations and the satisfaction of our customers.
And today, in IMA we have found the best possible partner for the further progress of our company to attain the next technological and commercial goals. Entering the IMA Group means a strong acceleration in our innovation, product development and geographical expansion projects, allowing the Group to create an undisputed international hub leader in the Nonwovens market.
Two are the great TMC novelties presented at “It’s Tissue 2018.
TMC Plastic-Free-Pack
System efficiency, duration of the investment, cost reduction and sustainability are the guidelines that inspire us. This is why we are working to reduce the thickness of the packaging material and optimize energy consumption by using sealable and biodegradable materials for packaging.
For It’s Tissue 2018 we decided to present the first plastic-free packaging with primary wrapping in heat-sealable paper and secondary cardboard grouping.
A completely natural, compostable packaging, respectful of the environment in a critical period for our planet, a moment requiring decisive and resolute interventions.
A perfectly efficient solution on existing TMC machines that, thanks to specific upgrades, can work both with paper and poly extremely easily.
Convinced of the importance of this issue and to favor the dissemination of this innovation, TMC has decided to dedicate a specialized team to all customers worldwide interested in developing this type of sustainable packaging.

DNA MAP : accelerating the future.
Controlling production efficiency is today the main industry priority. We always look for data.
More and more data. But are we sure that collecting lots of data is enough ?
Data alone are not the answer. And too many data, could be even misleading.
The true answer is DNA MAP. DNA MAP is the difference between collecting data, and really knowing how to use them successfully.
DNA MAP not only monitors real time machine conditions, but also collects raw data translating them into meaningful and valuable information, providing a prioritized action list.
DNA MAP is an open platform that :
• can dialogue with all ERP and MES systems
• can connect to any kind of equipment
• can receive and analyze data from all PLC systems
This is the future.
DNA MAP is available on PC, laptop, tablet and smartphone.
Whenever you like.
Wherever you are. Whoever you wish to share information with.
DNA MAP connects you to the new era of FORWARD THINKING.

2018-07-09  READ MORE...
Greycon provides APRIL Group with new planning software to improve customer service

Greycon is the world’s leading provider of production planning, forecasting, scheduling and manufacturing execution systems that have been designed specifically for roll-based and flat sheet industries.

Greycon was recently appointed by the APRIL Group, one of the largest, most technologically advanced and efficient makers of pulp and paper products in the world, to further optimize its sales and operations planning by integrating Greycon sales and operations solution “opt-Studio” with APRIL’s
Enterprise Resource Planning and Manufacturing Execution Systems. Greycon worked together with the APRIL Group and Accenture to deliver this solution.

Praveen Singhavi, President, APRIL Group, said : “In order to continue to meet customer demand and deliver high levels of customer service, we have integrated opt-Studio with our existing solutions.

“opt-Studio has improved end-to-end visibility of our sales orders, while being able to better optimize paper production (block planning) and finishing area scheduling.”

Vassilis Gkamouras, Senior Consultant at Greycon said : “APRIL Group is one of the most efficient pulp and paper mills in the world. The project was divided in three phased roll-outs to enable quick deployment of capabilities and took 14 months to complete.”

“The roll-out required expertise in global project management, change management, supply chain enablement and systems integration. The project was delivered on-time, in-full and within budget due to excellent team work between the partners involved.”

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United States Department of Commerce Announces Termination of Supercalendered Paper CVD Order

Resolute Forest Products Inc. is pleased to announce that the United States Department of Commerce is formally revoking the countervailing duty order on supercalendered (SC) paper from Canada, retroactive to August 3, 2015. Collection of cash deposits on imports of SC paper from Canada will cease, and all cash deposits that have been collected from importers of record since August 3, 2015, will be returned with interest.

Resolute’s cash deposits as of June 30, 2018, total $60 million. The company will also receive accumulated interest on these deposits. The precise timing of the refund will be set out in a Federal Register Notice to be published in the upcoming days. 

Revocation of the countervailing duty order is pursuant to issuance today of a final determination in the Changed Circumstances Review that the Department initiated on May 14, 2018. The Department initiated the Changed Circumstances Review after Verso Corporation, the principal remaining producer of SC paper in the United States and the only remaining petitioner, wrote to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on March 21, 2018, that it was no longer interested in the continuation of the countervailing duty order. All other interested parties in the SC paper proceedings, including the federal and provincial governments in Canada, notified the Department that they supported Verso’s request for a Changed Circumstances Review.

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 anticipated revocation of the countervailing duty order on supercalendered paper from Canada and return of cash deposits associated therewith. 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 Resolute’s 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, the 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.

2018-07-09  READ MORE...
Societal impacts have a visible role in UPM's EMAS reporting

UPM has today published the EMAS (EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) statements of its pulp and paper mills. The statements are more extensive than ever. Over the years, the company has reported on environmental impacts at its pulp and paper mills in Europe, China and Uruguay. Now the reports also provide a thorough analysis of the company’s societal impact at a local level.

According to Gabriele Wende, Director, Reporting and Product Stewardship, UPM, people are interested in companies’ impact on society in addition to the environmental matters. "Mills are a part of local people’s everyday lives, so what happens within the company is not insignificant by any means. That’s why we want to provide verified and concrete information, e.g. on our contribution to employment, tax income and purchasing power, as well as co-operation with the communities. The information also has to be easily accessible," Wende says.

"UPM’s initiative to open the scope of its environmental reporting to include social indicators shows the strong commitment of the company to transparency, a value shared by all EMAS organisations," says Kestutis Sadauskas, Director for the Green Economy at the European Commission’s Directorate General for the Environment.

"The performance of the company is verified by an independent EMAS verifier, providing the public and other stakeholders with reliable information on its contribution to sustainable development. We would encourage other companies to move in this direction too", he says.

A mathematical model of effects on consumption

Extended EMAS reporting was improved first time this year using a mathematical calculation model developed by the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy. The model was used to estimate indirect jobs and effects on consumption created by the company’s production units in Finland.

Research Director Jyrki Ali-Yrkkö from Etlatieto Oy says, that calculations can be made both regionally and nationally.

"The model is based on input-output statistics from Statistics Finland. Those statistics show how companies from different industries buy goods and services from each other," Ali-Yrkkö explains.

Local tax income generated by our business operations as well as cooperation with local operators, such as educational institutes, are an essential part of our societal impacts. Read more about these and many more societal impacts at the following websites :

www.upmbiofore.com

www.upm.com > Responsibility

The final EMAS registration is complete only when the Corporate Environmental Statement 2017 has been approved.

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Toscotec launches its key innovations at iT’s Tissue 2018.

Toscotec launched its latest innovations during iT’s Tissue 2018. The advanced technologies it presented at its NOWNEXT open house include : Toscotec’s S-Crescent Former and the new TADVISION® machine.

The S-Crescent is a high efficiency forming section, which significantly increases dryness before the pressing area, through optimized dewatering. The aim is to reduce the burden of water removal for the press and consequently the drying section, by boosting dewatering in the wet section of the tissue machine.

Drawing on the experience of its successful installation in the U.S. market in 2004, Toscotec entirely redesigned its TAD machine to achieve superior tissue properties, including bulk and absorbency, and outstanding results in energy consumption. The new TADVISION® ensures improved runnability and machine efficiency thanks to its unique serpentine TAD section, composed of three TAD honeycomb coated drums. A detailed Computational Fluid Dynamic analysis ensures a highly optimized airflow in the air-system ducts leading to the TAD section and Yankee hoods. Overall, TADVISION® ensures a more effective use of energy, bringing consumption down to 4.5-5.5 MWh/ton, a significant decrease compared to the consumption of current TAD machines, which is estimated in the range of 6.0-7.5 MWh/ton. Toscotec is continuing its energy reduction program and is committed to further reducing the overall consumption to less than 4.5 MWh/ton for a plant of the same production capability over the next few years.

The other advanced technologies presented at Toscotec’s NOWNEXT open house include new upgrades of Toscotec’s rewinding line, TT WIND-H and TT WIND-L, and an overview of Toscotec’s excellence in tissue drying, with TT SYD and the Yankee Hood and Air System plants. In particular, Toscotec’s rewinders feature improved performances through a newly perfected automatic web tension control, fast cycles, operator friendly automation and the automatic shaft handling system. The Energy and Environment department presented the most comprehensive range of drying configurations presently available in tissue making, designed to suit all needs and operating conditions, with state-of-the-art heat recovery technology, including up to six energy recovery stages in one single plant.

Finally, Toscotec’s YES (Your Expert Service) division launched its 24/7 service catering for customers round the clock all over the world, with a very special tool, YES – CONNECT-VISION, the new helmet enabling fully integrated communication and problem-shooting excellence.

This year visitors concluded their experience of NOWNEXT open house in the newly inaugurated canteen, a brand-new building within the expanded perimeter of Toscotec’s headquarters, which includes recreational space for employees, such as a fitness center and two lounges.

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Ontex confirms rejection of unsolicited proposal from PAI Partners SAS

Ontex Group NV notes the recent press speculation and confirms that it received an unsolicited and non-binding proposal from PAI Partners SAS  relating to a possible cash offer for the outstanding shares in Ontex.

Having reviewed the proposal, the Ontex board of directors has unanimously rejected it on the basis that it significantly undervalued the Company. The Ontex board of directors confirms its full confidence in the strategy being executed by the management team to deliver long-term value for Ontex shareholders.

As disclosed in Ontex’s annual report, Ontex’s CEO, Mr. Charles Bouaziz, serves on the supervisory board of PAI. As a result the board has not involved Mr. Bouaziz in discussions about the merits of PAI’s proposal. He has also recused himself from his position at PAI for as long as is appropriate.

2018-07-06  READ MORE...
Teknosavo renewed ChipSmart™ 3D - The only automated and real-time wood chip surveillance

Teknosavo has renewed the ChipSmart™ 3D chip quality surveillance device by expanding its analysis range. Fully automated analysis can be connected to the WoodSmart™ debarking optimization system, enabling real-time chip quality evaluation. With new features, the quality of wood as raw material and its potential can be optimized to the peak.

State of the art -technology to analyze chips in real time
The ChipSmart™ unit combines highly accurate camera optics and a comprehensive analysis software that applies artificial intelligence. The automatic sampler captures the chip sample from the main stream, after which the device analyzes its quality. Also manual samples can be analyzed any time when the equipment is running. The versatile ChipSmart 3D analysis tells a lot about chips - their individual dimensions, SCAN-CM 40 standard size distribution and thickness, length and width, bark and moisture content, as well as the ISO-brightness of the chips. In addition, as a new feature, the device recognizes the direction of wood fibers and quality of cutting edges of chips. The data is directed to the WoodSmart™ optimization system, which compiles real-time information of the total wood debarking and chipping process.

Controlling leads to better end products and productivity
The information from the chip analysis can help quality control in many ways. The WoodSmart™ optimization system combined with chip analysis can be used to monitoring e.g. trend of pin chips and fines, amount of accept and direct quality of cutting edge of chip. Direct chip quality monitoring indicates condition of chipper blades and counter blades. With online information, wood loss can be reduced while the need for manual work also decreases. Also, the quantity of chemicals needed for pulping process can be optimized when chip properties are known in advance. The homogeneous process provides direct savings of raw material, chemicals, energy and labor costs.

"The quality of wood delivered as raw material also has greater importance to the whole process. Fresh and healthy wood is the best raw material, that can be utilized maximally by using optimized process. It is clear that our customers will be able to get more power from quality control and improve the quality of chips with the renewed ChipSmart™", says Teknosavo’s CEO Hannu Hämäläinen.

ChipSmart™ can be installed on both new and existing barking lines. The device is always implemented to suit the needs and process of the customer.

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ANDRITZ pulp drying plant achieves new world record at UPM’s Kymi mill, Finland


The ANDRITZ pulp drying plant installed at UPM’s Kymi mill in Kouvola, Finland, achieved a new record production capacity of 2,452 tons per day on May 31, 2018. In terms of specific drying capacity, this equals 389.2 tons per day and meter of working width on the 6.3 meter wide sheet drying machine, which is a new world record for drying of bleached birch and pine kraft. The mill was started up successfully in 2015 and has achieved several production records since then.

The ANDRITZ high-capacity pulp drying line enables efficient and very quick switches between birch and pine pulp production within less than 23 minutes and handles the wide production range of 1,550°to 2,452 tons per day perfectly.

ANDRITZ high-capacity pulp drying lines feature :
• Highest capacities at highest operational reliability for any pulp grade thanks to proven pulp drying technology, including the ANDRITZ Twin Wire Former and shoe press equipment.
• Maximum production flexibility and adaptability for large production windows and short grade changing times.
• Stable operation and low maintenance due to high degree of automation.

This impressive production record is the result of ANDRITZ’s leading and proven pulp drying technology and of the excellent cooperation and partnership with UPM.

UPM Kymi is one of the world’s most efficient producers of softwood and birch pulp and is recognized worldwide for its high-quality products and excellent customer service, which makes the company a benchmark producer in Europe.

2018-07-06  READ MORE...
IBC Paper Training has launched, with success, its new concept of web series

IBC Paper Training has launched, with success, its new concept of web series last Thursday by organizing a webinar LIVE about energy Optimization. More than 70 papermakers worldwide were present on the platform listening and asking questions for 1,5h. This new concept consists to give the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and innovate about Pulp & Paper Process Optimization. Every last Thursday of the month you’ll be able to assist LIVE to a webinar about various subjects such as Industry 4.0, Energy Optimization, Water Management, Felt conditioning, Maintenance via vibrations… Next to this, streaming of all the LIVE sessions and past are available any time. For more detail visit our web site : https://www.ibcpapertraining.com/webseries/

2018-07-06  READ MORE...
PRIMA 2018 - Programme announced with Nordea, Costa Coffee and more...

Smithers Pira announced the programme for the 49th annual PRIMA conference, taking place in Amsterdam, Netherlands across the 19 & 20 September 2018.

This year’s PRIMA theme will cover ‘Into the New Decade – Chances and Challenges’ and will provide a platform for paper, print and packaging companies to discuss new opportunities, innovations, communication models and more to evolve and thrive in a constantly changing market place.

Global experts, include SAPPI, Anatalis International, Costa Coffee, Iceland, CEPI, The Recycling Association, Heinzel Holdings, Smurfit Kappa and others who will offer their expert perspectives within sessions and lively panel discussions on :

 Market overview and trends
 Environmental and sustainability issues
 Digitisation and the future of the graphic paper market
 The future of print in a changing media, advertising and communications market
 Packaging innovation and consumer behaviour

All delegates are invited to attend the exclusive networking reception at the end of day one for an evening of dinner and drinks on board the PRIMA candle light cruise on Amsterdam’s canals.

Current delegates who have already secured their tickets include Euro-Graph, Dow Chemical, SUEZ, Stora Enso, BASF SE, DS Smith Packaging, Crown Van Gelder B.V, Holmen Paper and many more.

Special discounts apply to PaperFIRST users when using the code PRIMA18PAP on the registration page.

Contact :

Adriana Lobo
alobo@smithers.com 
+44 (0) 1372 80 2085


2018-07-05  READ MORE...
Pöyry launches plastic substitution global consultancy

Pöyry has announced the launch of a new global consultancy service, which will give companies all the information they need to switch from petroleum-based plastics to more sustainable products.

Pöyry has developed the ’Pöyry Plastics Substitution Book’ - a methodology and knowledge base of petroleum-based plastics, biobased plastics, recycled plastics and fibre-based solutions - and the properties that are necessary and useful for the various main end uses today in industrial and daily life. This makes it possible to map the best candidates to replace fossil-based plastics.

Using the methodology and knowledge base, Pöyry’s consultants can advise clients on how their existing plastics can be substituted. This database will allow all companies across all sectors - industry, manufacturing, consumer goods, agriculture - to deep dive into their plastic use, and advise how they can become more sustainable. Pöyry are already working with some Fortune 500 companies advising them on substituting petroleum-based plastic with bio-based, bio-degradable solutions.

The single largest end use for plastics is polyethylene used in packaging, with around 42 million tonnes being used every year. If this could all be substituted for paper products, it would avoid approximately 250 million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year, equivalent to 61.9 coal-fired power plants or 53,533,191 passenger vehicles driven for one year .

Project leader Petri Vasara, Pöyry’s VP and head of new concepts and bioproducts, said : "As companies come under increasing pressure to play their part in ending the "plastic ocean", Pöyry has launched a service that gives companies and authorities information they need to switch from petroleum-based plastics to more sustainable products.

"Our new global consultancy offering allows Pöyry to identify sustainable alternatives to plastic use across an entire company, with minimal disruption to its business.

The ’Pöyry Plastics Substitution Book’ is a complete approach, database and analysis tools, providing real solutions to our over-reliance on petroleum-based plastics."

2018-07-05  READ MORE...
The preliminary agreement for the 100% acquisition of Barcelona Cartonboard S.A.U. was signed

Reno De Medici has signed the preliminary agreement for the 100% acquisition of Barcelona Cartonboard SAU, a Spanish company and ranked seventh in Europe in the coated cartonboard sector, with the German private equity fund Quantum Capital Partners.

Founded in 1967, Barcelona Cartonboard S.A.U. operates in the business of coated cartonboard produced from recycled fiber (WLC – White Lined Chipboard) and, secondly, from virgin fiber (FBB – Folding Box Board), a business segment developed since the end of 2016. Headquartered and with production plant in Castellbisbal, Catalonia, the company has an annual production capacity of 180,000 tons and it employs approximately 230 people.

The acquisition of Barcelona Cartoboard S.A.U. will allow the RDM Group to strengthen its presence in a well-known market, to optimize its product portfolio and to further improve the level of service to current customers and new ones. In fact, thanks to the proximity of the Barcelona plant to some of the major European converters, strategic customers will be served in a shorter time. This operation fits perfectly into RDM Group’s Vision to become the Partner of Choice for its main stakeholders.

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iT’s Tissue 2018 An unprecedented success and unique opportunity for the world to discover Made in Italy technology

iT’s Tissue closed its doors on Friday 29th June after a week which surpassed even the most optimistic expectations. The next event in Italy is scheduled for 2021.

Lucca, Italy 3 July 2018. After five intense days from June 25-29, the 12 network members behind iT’s Tissue have reported an overwhelmingly positive response to their innovations for the entire tissue value chain - production, converting, packaging and handling.

A record attendance was recorded for “iT’s Tissue – The Italian Technology Experience” : more than 2,000 highly-qualified visitors came from 85 countries.

This unique global event was created by the 12 leading Italian technology companies in the sector : A.Celli, Elettric80, Fabio Perini, Futura, Gambini, MTC, Omet, PCMC, Pulsar, Recard, TMC, Toscotec. While many of the network members compete directly with each other, they came together in 2012 with the aim of making Italy the international hub for technical innovation in the tissue sector.

“We welcomed all the most important tissue enterprises from around the world, and many clients came for the first time,” said Executive Vice President Marco Dell’Osso. “iT’s Tissue 2018 has proved a very important positive signal for the Italian companies behind this event – consolidating their leadership in mature markets while also opening up new frontiers in emerging markets.”

During each day of the week-long event, tissue experts from around the world valued the opportunity to see and touch innovations across the entire chain of production. They toured 14 open houses – 10 in Lucca, one in Viano-Reggio Emilia, two in Bologna and one in Lecco – to see machines in operation. Presentations and demonstrations revealed the progress of the digital revolution in support of the Smart Factory related to Industry 4.0. At the same time, Customer Service and innovative products designed with sustainability in focus were high on the agenda. For visitors, the networking opportunities were exceptional.

iT’s Tissue has confirmed itself as the leading international event in the sector : “Looking forward to 2021 we know we can do even more,” said Dell’Osso. “Italy’s state-of-the-art technology is recognized worldwide. The network companies never stop seeking innovative technological solutions across the whole chain, to improve performance and productivity, and respond to the needs of the future.”

Dell’Osso concluded : “I would like to take this opportunity to thank our main sponsor Rockwell Automation, Gold Sponsor, Henkel and Silver Sponsor SKF, for their valuable support.”


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Catalyst Paper completes sale of U.S. operations

Catalyst Paper  announced today that it has completed the sale of the company’s U.S. operations to ND Paper LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nine Dragons Paper, a Hong Kong Stock Exchange listed company, for proceeds of US$175 million as previously announced on May 25, 2018.

The transaction includes Catalyst’s Rumford, Maine and Biron, Wisconsin mills along with the Company’s U.S. operations center in Dayton, Ohio.

"We’re pleased to have completed the sale of our U.S. operations to ND Paper,” said Ned Dwyer, Catalyst President and CEO. “The net proceeds of the sale will be used to re-pay a significant share of our debt.”

Catalyst’s B.C. operations, including the company’s pulp and paper mills in Crofton, Port Alberni and Powell River, its Surrey Distribution Centre and Seattle sales office, are unaffected by the transaction.

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Winder upgrade by Voith: 15 percent increase in capacity thanks to SmoothRun damping bearing system


The new SmoothRun hydropneumatic damping bearing system for winders effectively reduces vibrations occurring during the winding process. Hydropneumatic damping allows for higher operating speeds and better winding results. Overall, capacity increases of up to 15 percent are possible. This compact upgrade solution is suitable for Voith and Jagenberg two-drum winders.
In conventional winders without special damping, vibrations can occur at higher production speeds for certain paper grades, and these vibrations can impair winding quality. To minimize the disruptive effect of vibrations during the winding process, the production speed and accelerations rates are reduced below the maximum capability of the winder. The solution : With SmoothRun hydropneumatic damping bearings from Voith the vibrations can be effectively reduced even at high speeds, allowing the equipment to operate at consistently high production speeds. At the same time, SmoothRun improves the winding results and reduces the overall mechanical stress on the machine.
Eliminating bottlenecks through capacity upgrades
Papier- und Kartonfabrik Varel (PKV) based in Lower Saxony, produces high-quality corrugating medium and testliner on its PM 5. Until now, the existing VariFlex M had to be run at a lower speed when producing paper grades sensitive to vibrations. The result is the winder could barely keep up with the production of the paper machine.

The purpose of the hydropneumatic damping bearings was to allow the winder to be operated at the maximum speed. “Following commissioning of the new bearing system we were able to reduce vibrations for all paper grades and increase speeds. We are currently optimizing the settings of the bearing system with intensive support from Voith,” explains Michael Wolff, Line Manager Equipment at PK Varel. “Following this optimization phase we assume that the speed of the winder can be increased. While further enhancements together with Voith are being made the winder can keep pace with the production of the PM 5,” says Wolff. Voith is helping the company achieve this goal by providing intensive support, e.g. by performing vibration measurements.

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UPM joins Together for Sustainability (TfS) initiative to enhance sustainability in its supply chains

UPM has joined Together for Sustainability (TfS), a chemical industry initiative that promotes and improves sustainability practises within its supply chains. By joining the initiative the member companies share a wide coverage of supplier data, such as audit reports and sustainability assessments performed by independent experts.

"UPM’s traditional businesses are having high exposure to chemical industry supply chain, not only on chemical raw materials but also on equipment and services." says Ilkka Nurmi, Senior Vice President, UPM Sourcing. "While UPM is not a chemical company, we actively work on portfolio transformation and have a great growth potential in biofuels and biochemicals businesses where we are heavily entering the arena of chemistry", he continues.

TfS has established a standard approach for evaluating and improving the sustainabilty performance of suppliers. Evaluation covers key areas such as environmental impact, health and safety, labour and human rights as well as management and governance. The assessments and audits benefit both members and suppliers, who only go through the process once and avoid multiple assessments by different customers.

"We welcome UPM to the TfS Initiative and look forward to working together on our shared vision of improving supply chain sustainability. UPM brings a strong track record in sustainability to the membership base as well as the ambition to work on sustainability together with the TfS members," says Rüdiger Eberhard, TfS President and Senior Vice President, Head of Procurement (CPO) Evonik Industries.

"Responsible sourcing has been high on UPM’s agenda for years and we have already done a lot of work to ensure the sustainability of our supply chains. However, the global supply networks are so complex that it’s necessary to pool the resources so that everyone can have access for a wider range of supplier sustainability information. This efficiency will enable focus on sustainability improvements in the supply chains. This is what TfS is all about" Nurmi tells. "We are looking forward to start working together with the other TfS members to further develop the initiative, and to make our global supply chains even more sustainable," Ilkka Nurmi concludes.

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The Helsinki Distilling Company’s luxurious packaging uses Metsä Board’s white kraftliner

 

Metsä Board, a leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards, is proud that its uncoated white kraftliner has been selected as the packaging material for the launch of a new luxury spirit from The Helsinki Distilling Company called ‘Helsinki White Dog’.

“In the consumer market, the packaging is of huge importance. It creates the first impression of the brand and an expectation for what the product will taste like,” says Kai Kilpinen from The Helsinki Distilling Company.

The Helsinki Distilling Company wanted packaging that combined a true respect for raw materials with an uncompromising attention to detail. The packaging for its newly launched White Dog spirit uses MetsäBoard Natural WKL Bright 120 g/m2 to communicate the brand aesthetics by combining a natural board material with a luxurious finish. The natural quality of the uncoated material gives the packaging a natural feel to the touch. Starcke in Finland manufactured the package.

“The packaging is made from lightweight microflute with all of its layers made from MetsäBoard Natural WKL Bright. No printing was used on the entire packaging - the design details are made entirely of hot foiling – forming a balance between the organic surface and the metallic elements of the foil. The paperboard has the ideal natural qualities to combine with the hot foil emboss details ; it makes for a beautiful 3D effect and visual contrast,” says Ilkka Harju, Metsä Board’s Packaging Services Director.

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Coral Book Natural 1.2: Lecta’s New Natural White Paper

A new uncoated woodfree paper in a natural white shade for the publishing industry.​

In keeping with the natural theme of its Coral Book ​range of uncoated woodfree papers, Lecta portrays nature as an open book in which the printed word comes to life on its new Coral Book Natural 1.2 paper.

An offset paper manufactured with woodfree pulp, Coral Book Natural 1.2 is designed to offer excellent machine performance and is available in substances of 70, 80, 90, 100, 110 and 120 g/m2. Produced from natural and renewable raw materials, i​t is 100% recyclable and biodegradable and is made using elemental chlorine free pulp (ECF).

With this new product, Lecta expands its range of Coral Book uncoated woodfree papers in white and ivory shades : Coral Book White, Coral Book Ivory, Coral Book Ivory 1.5 and Coral Book Ivory 1.65.

Coral Book Natural 1.2, the natural choice for a more beautiful, sustainable future.

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Biodegradable fibre packaging could catalyze shift away from black plastic

With packaging producers under pressure to find a replacement for plastic, the latest contender could be Durapulp fibre, which is used to create biodegradable packaging to replace the black plastic trays often used in ready meals and raw beef products, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

The producer, Finnish packaging manufacturer Huhtamaki, has been trialling Durapulp fibre in the UK ready meal category since May 2018 up until the end of June 2018. The company hopes that the trial will eventually lead to the adoption of biodegradable packaging in ready meals.

Ryan Choi, Consumer Analyst at GlobalData, comments : “The main issue with black plastic trays is the color. Black is used as it makes pack contents stand out better and appear more attractive on shelves. However, optical sorting equipment in recycling facilities has difficulty detecting black packs and most of the time fails to do so.”

According to a report conducted by Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), most black plastic ends up in landfills rather than being recycled. Several UK-based companies have identified this as an issue and are looking to phase out black packaging despite the high costs involved. Waitrose is looking to phase it out completely by 2019, with Quorn Foods looking to do the same by 2025.

Choi continues : “The main problems facing manufacturers of new packaging materials are the cost of manufacturing and how well the pack can last. Plastic was always the perfect solution, being cheap with a long life cycle – albeit too long.

“Although these packaging trials will highlight the usefulness of the packaging material in practice, ultimately the potential adopters of new packaging materials will always asses how well the new material delivers in these two key areas. If the new pack is not cost effective to produce at the same time as offering a long enough life cycle, it will not be adopted, even if it is more environmentally friendly.”

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France : FCPP becomes CAP

The French Federation of Cartonboard and Stationery (Fédération française du cartonnage et des articles de papeterie, FFCP) is now called CAP (Cartonnage et Articles de Papeterie – i.e. Cartonboard and Stationery). This announcement was made during the Congress FFCP organized in Le Touquet (Northern France) last June.
As a consequence, the logo has changed with new colors (brown which stands for Material and Green, representing sustainability). The stylish graphic also conveys the ideas of cartonboard and corrugated board.

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Magnus Kangas new Mill Manager of Ortviken paper mill

SCA has employed Magnus Kangas as new Mill Manager of Ortviken paper mill in Sundsvall. He will take on his new postion as of January 1, 2019.

Magnus Kangas comes to Ortviken from a position as manager of BillerudKorsnäs’ paper mill in Gävle. He has held a number of leading positions in the paper industry and the energy sector.

Magnus Kangas is succeeding Kristina Enander, new President of SCA’s business area Pulp.

“With Magnus Kangas, the Ortviken paper mill will get a very experienced leader with broad experience from Sweden and abroad”, says Mats Nordlander, President of SCAs business area Paper .

Ortviken paper mill in Sundsvall produces coated and uncoated publication paper, has a capacity of 775,000 tonnes per annum and 625 employees.


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Great satisfaction for Omet at It’s Tissue event in Lucca

OMET has been one of the protagonist of latest IT’s Tissue, the landmark event for all the tissue industry in the world, with more than 200 visitors during the exhibition week. This time OMET was not in its headquarter on the lake of Como only, but it was also in the center of the tissue industry world with its showroom in Lucca in a great location kindly given from its partner OT Lucca. OT Lucca is a branch of OMET in Lucca that allows to take advantage of their experience and technology in the design and production of complete lines for the converting of towels and facial tissue, and special units also for the paper roll sector.
This year, OMET celebrates its 55th anniversary since its foundation in 1963. From the first napkin machine up to today many years and over 1,500 installations have passed, with a constant technological development that allowed the machines to be more and more automated, simple to use and tailor-made for converters all over the world. Today, OMET is a group of companies operating in different sectors, with facilities in Italy and abroad, with over 400 employees and an annual turnover of more than 100 million euros.
“The trend we saw in last years in tissue industry – said Marco Calcagni, OMET sales & marketing director - especially in the production of folded products such as napkins and towels, is that converters require more and more production automation and product customization. OMET is working hard to satisfy what new trend requires. The continuous innovation and technology of OMET machines allow to our customer to get more production flexibility and an increasing of the automation level.”
The most important innovation of recent years introduced by OMET is the TV503 with Chameleon digital printing. Already launched at It’s Tissue 2015, it has been made more efficient and today already boasts several successful installations on the market. OMET shown a complete line installed in its showroom in Lucca with nice packs of napkins all different inside one from the other. This machine is equipped with the Chameleon variable data inkjet digital printing unit, a revolutionary innovation for the napkin industry. CHAMELEON is the new 4-color digital inkjet printing unit of OMET, a direct-print system in which a computer installed on the machine receives the files, processes them and sends them directly onto the napkins using simple pdf, jpg or other common formats.
The machine is synchronized with the printing unit and the speed depends on the type of resolution set. With this printing technology it’s possible to print on napkins any image without plates and without prepress time and costs : any customization is possible with the on-demand printing for short runs. Chameleon is also a marketing tool that allows to be different on the market with infinite solutions and innovative ideas : infact there are no limits to creativity. Chameleon also allows to print variable data such as barcodes, QR codes and progressive numbers, or any other source of text or image coming from a database : in fact in the machine there is a complex software for the management of variable data, which also allows the creation of prize contests on napkins or to create an extreme personalization.
OMET is always working to create new opportunities for converting companies, both creating new machines for the production of different final products and offering new solutions for existing machines. The ASV Line is the new easy-to-use and highly modular automatic interfolding line for high-speed production of interfolded tissue products. This line is the result of advanced technological research and offer completely innovative operating principles, different from those on the market.
The real heart of this line is the folding unit, thanks to new patents of OT Lucca & OMET allowing the highest production speed on the market, 250 m/min, and to completely eliminate the maintenance of the machine over time. The modularity of this machine allows the addition of various functional modules such as unwinders, embossing units, gluing stations, longitudinal slitting group, bending or integral wrapping modules. The ASV Line by OMET allows production of different products : hand towels, facial tissue and toilet paper, with different folds and 2 or 3 ply. An ASV line being assembled was shown in OMET showroom in Lucca, it is the third machine OMET has in production.
Another news in the OMET products portfolio is the FV Line is the new machine with vacuum folding and complete automation and digitalization of the line for maximum production efficiency with the possibility of making napkins with different sizes and folds, including dinner napkins with 8-fold.
With a video connection live from production factory in Lecco, visitors had the possibility to see a TV840 XP machine in action from remote. It’s fully servo driven and equipped with up to 9 printing units, one per color, which offer the possibility of quick sleeve change for the customization of printed napkins. The absolute novelty is that all the adjustments of these printing units are completely motorized, without manual job. From the easiest touch to the sleeve changes are made automatically from the control panel.
The RFID devices applied on the sleeves allow to memorize and repeat the operations on different runs in an automatic way. The new vision system allows you to register the various colors directly from the operator panel, optimizing production performance and eliminating all waste and setting times.
In Lecco the video cameras shows also a live reel change on OMET No-Stop unwinder, available both on the TV503 and TV840 double lane. It’s a real revolution allowing to reduce waste and production times thanks to the reel change without stopping production. The unwinder can bond single-ply, 2-ply or 3-ply paper rolls with plies jointed independent from each other, by overlapping and connecting them through adhesive tape.
The same machine TV503 was equipped with an embossing system IBT, Improved Bonding Technology, a revolution for the traditional embossing operation, which allows to obtain a better franking of the plies. To the steel-steel standard embossing we have introduced the addition of a very small quantity of glue which ensures, as well as a greater adhesion of the layers, the possibility of using a colored glue to create a napkin with colored embossing.
Another machine in Lecco, a TV840 XP, show the maximum speed of 900 m/min for neutral napkins production.
All OMET machines offer the possibility of remote connection for viewing production data and assistance operations. In fact, it is possible to use a data collection system and viewing all the production data of the line, see the machine in operation from remote with a camera viewing, analyze the trends of the line production speed and stops ; but these are just examples, all the machine data can be accessed remotely to be analyzed through the use of specific tools. It’s a web connection and therefore active all over the world, wherever you are. The same video connection between Lucca showroom and Lecco factory was realized by video assistance software.

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Insolvency Zanders GmbH: restructuring process continues

After the request of the management of the Zanders GmbH for opening of insolvency proceedings, Cologne District Court had first appointed lawyer Dr. Marc d’Avoine to the appraiser on 22 June 2018 and then to the provisional insolvency administrator in the insolvency opening proceedings Zanders GmbH. In addition, enforcement measures are prohibited.
The restructuring process continues. Restructuring Director Igor Ferlan and external consultants manage Zanders in collaboration with lawyer d’Avoine and his team. Everyone involved is optimistic that they will be able to create a stable future for Zanders.
In 1829 Johann Wilhelm Zanders founded the company in Bergisch Gladbach.
Zanders still operates the Gohrsmühle paper mill there today. The applicant was exclusively a supplier of special papers until the end of the 1980s. As of 2012, there was a reorientation in the area of graphic mass papers. Overcapacities in the paper market and the progressive digitization led to a considerable fall in the price of paper products. In addition, the one-product strategy, under-utilized machinery, over-dimensioned infrastructure and brain drain have been major causes of the company’s crisis.
Following the acquisition of the company by the current shareholder mutares AG in May 2015, with the support of the employees important restructuring successes were achieved, a considerable part of the investment and repair bottleneck was eliminated and processes were significantly improved. Despite sales growth of an average of 12 percent between 2015 and 2017, price increases for the required raw materials (pulp, chemicals and coal for the company’s own power plant) had a negative impact on the way to restructuring. In the past 12 months alone, the cost of these raw materials has risen by more than 40%.
The assets of the capital assets of the Zanders company are currently being collected and evaluated in an objective manner. At the same time, an inventory is being carried out. Claims are recorded, examined and evaluated, which will take weeks to complete. The work on the business plan and the restructuring concept is underway, with an initial interim result expected by the end of July 2018. The mutares AG continues to support the restructuring in the interests of all involved. under-utilized machinery, over-dimensioned infrastructure and brain drain have been major causes of the company’s crisis.
Following the acquisition of the company by the current shareholder mutares AG in May 2015, with the support of the employees important restructuring successes were achieved, a considerable part of the investment and repair bottleneck was eliminated and processes were significantly improved. Despite sales growth of an average of 12 percent between 2015 and 2017, price increases for the required raw materials (pulp, chemicals and coal for the company’s own power plant) had a negative impact on the way to restructuring. In the past 12 months alone, the cost of these raw materials has risen by more than 40%.
The assets of the capital assets of the Zanders company are currently being collected and evaluated in an objective manner. At the same time, an inventory is being carried out. Claims are recorded, examined and evaluated, which will take weeks to complete. The work on the business plan and the restructuring concept is underway, with an initial interim result expected by the end of July 2018. The mutares AG continues to support the restructuring in the interests of all involved.
Wages and salaries secured
Zanders currently employs about 500 employees and 22 apprentices. The business operations are fully continued in order to obtain the possibilities for a reorganization. The management and the workforce as well as key suppliers and customers have already signaled support for the continuation and reorganization. Wages and salaries are secured through the insolvency payments up to and including August 2018. We will inform you soon about further insights and steps.
Insolvency application process at Cologne District Court, docket number : 75 IN 232/18

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Smurfit Kappa Group is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of Reparenco

The acquisition represents a transaction multiple, pre-synergies, of 6.4x Reparenco’s 2018 expected full year EBITDA of €72million. Reparenco’s strong strategic fit with SKG’s existing European businesses is expected to deliver synergies of in excess of €30 million. Including synergies, the acquisition multiple is less than 4.5x EBITDA.

Smurfit Kappa, CEO, Europe, Saverio Mayer, said : “We are very pleased to complete the acquisition of Reparenco and to welcome their 315 employees to Smurfit Kappa. There is a strong cultural fit between our businesses and we are excited about the potential for Reparenco within the Smurfit Kappa integrated system.

Reparenco represents early delivery of a central element of our Medium Term Plan – to increase our European recycled containerboard capacity. It is ideally situated in our core European operating region where we continue to see strong demand driven by growth in e-commerce and increased substitution of plastic with paper-based packaging. The mill is also very well placed on the cost curve and specialises in producing basis weights from 80 to 120 grams which caters for the market’s growing demand for lighter-weight materials.”

Laurent Sellier, Smurfit Kappa COO, Paper Europe, added : “The acquisition of Reparenco will strengthen our integrated business model and adds 405,000 tonnes of recycled containerboard capacity to our system.We are also pleased to have acquired a high quality graphic paper machine very well positioned in its market. While the machine offers the potential for conversion to containerboard over the medium-term, our intention is to continue to produce graphic paper for our customers for the foreseeable future.

The 750,000 tonne recycling operation increases our security and quality of raw material supply and also ensures we can provide our customers with greater certainty about the quality and performance of our products.”

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LignoTech Florida Plant Officially Opened

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. and Borregaard ASA announced today LignoTech Florida, owned 45 percent by RYAM and 55 percent by BRG, officially begun operations at the new lignin plant in Fernandina Beach. The plant has production capacity of 100,000 dry metric tons of lignin with the option of a second phase that can later expand production by an additional 50,000 dry metric tons

“We are excited to complete construction phase of the plant, on time and within $110 million combined budget,” said Paul G. Boynton, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rayonier Advanced Materials. “This investment provides new jobs for the Fernandina Beach community, diverse and environmentally-friendly products for Rayonier Advanced Materials, and a solid return on capital for our investors.”

Lignin, a natural component of wood, is a co-product of Rayonier Advanced Material’s sulphite cellulose manufacturing process inFernandina Beach. The new operation will process the lignin into value-added products that provide environmentally-friendly alternatives to fossil fuel-based products used globally in construction, agriculture and other industrial applications.

LignoTech Florida has received unwavering support from the City of Fernandina Beach, Nassau County and the State of Floridathroughout the evaluation and construction process. The economic and logistical support provided by local and state governments helped to bring this investment into the community and created more than 50 new high-paying jobs at the plant.

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Paperboard is replacing plastic to reduce climate impact

“When our card supplier, Megacard, suggested we could make our gift cards from paperboard and thereby drastically reduce their environmental impact, it was self-evident to us to switch,” explains Anna Marcusson, product manager for gift cards at SF Bio.

“In plain language, it means we’re phasing out the use of 10 tonnes of PVC a year by phasing out the plastic and replacing it with cards made of Invercote from Iggesund Paperboard,” she continues.

Replacing plastic with a non-fossil material is a clear trend, not least in the packaging industry. Switching from fossil plastic to an alternative material such as paperboard reduces companies’ climate impact. Changing an established infrastructure takes time, though, especially if it means that the packaging must be redesigned, the packing equipment modified or replaced, and the distribution from manufacturer to consumer is affected. The UK food company Iceland has attracted widespread attention with its pledges to eliminate plastic in its packaging within five years. Many people with packaging experience say five years is a fairly short time given the challenges faced by Iceland.

In light of these factors, the switchovers by IKEA and SF Bio have occurred very quickly, and there is reason to believe that many more companies will follow their example.

“Because the cards’ format is identical, it’s easy to make the switch. Apart from the actual production process for making the cards, very few other components of companies’ existing equipment need to be modified. So this is a very simple step to take compared with redesigning a plastic packaging solution, where complex and fully automated packing lines must be modified,” explains Johan Granås, Head of Sustainability at Iggesund Paperboard, who was closely involved in developing the solution that IKEA finally chose.

Another example of this packaging industry trend is Apple, where packaging developers are focusing on reducing the use of plastic. This is clear from Apple’s Paper and Packaging Strategy, which the company published in October 2017. Among other things, the report details how Apple succeeded in reducing the plastic content of the iPhone 7 packaging by 84 per cent compared with that of the iPhone 6s.

Apple’s smart speaker, HomePod, launched at the beginning of 2018, is a clear example of this approach. An incredibly complex paperboard construction with closures holds the speaker cord in place and there is also a setup to secure the plug.

“Ten years ago, any manufacturer would have solved this issue with plastic,” Granås says. “But now we’re seeing time and again how companies are investing strongly to create alternative solutions in paperboard – not only Apple but many, many others.”

Granås is careful to say that plastic is still an important material in both today’s and tomorrow’s packaging market. Traditional paperboard packaging for food often needs a plastic barrier to create a seal that protects against grease, moisture and aromas. Making the packaging’s construction out of paperboard and then creating the barrier with the thinnest possible plastic coating is already a good example of good materials management.

“The development of fossil-free plastic materials is happening very quickly and I predict we will soon have bioplastics with less and less fossil content, which will significantly reduce the climate impact of food packaging in particular,” Granås concludes.

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Production restarts in Lenningen Valley - Focus on Bioeconomy

After five months of intense efforts a solution for the continuation of traditional German Paper producer Scheufelen, Lenningen (Germany) has been found.
Thanks to a strong partnership of investors Green Growth Fund 2 / Wermuth Asset Management, Nordia Invest and Scheufelen Equity Partners, the newly established „Scheufelen GmbH“ will initiate operations with staff of 100 on July 2nd, 2018.
Scheufelen had declared insolvency end of January 2018. „Even though production had to be stopped in April 2018, we never gave up hope or stopped our efforts to find a solution for Scheufelen to survive,” insolvency administrator Tibor Braun, Stuttgart, declared today. Especially the new Scheufelen grasspaper products and the respective exclusive production know how served as motivation to explore all possibilities for the restart of Scheufelen operations.
Scheufelen started in 2017 with grasspaper, made from grass fiber and pulp, a small revolution in the German paper markets, not the least in order to try and gain some independence from the global pulp markets. Scheufelen grass paper is an especially sustainable and cost effective fresh fiber paper, with massive savings on water, chemical and energy requirements in fiber production. Compared to recycled papers, Scheufelen grasspaper avoids issues with consumer protection standards stemming from mineral oil migration from recycled paper fibers. Grass fiber also regrows quickly – different than wood fiber – and can therefore compensate CO2 emissions from its harvesting and production process almost immediately.
„Big international brands, smaller clients, but also many end consumers continued to show their huge interest in our product notwithstanding the difficult position Scheufelen found itself in over the last few months,” notes Stefan Radlmayr (CEO of Scheufelen also in the new set up). This fact encouraged the investors to believe in the first mover advantage and the extensive know-how of Scheufelen staff as a solid base for quick growth for the new company and its green product. Special thanks are given by Stefan Radlmayr to the entire staff at Scheufelen : “Without their efforts and belief in a future for Scheufelen we would not have reached this turning point.”
The insolvency administrator is glad that the continued operations maintain in a first step at least a staff of 100 in Lenningen valley and can serve as a rallying point for new job opportunities in the future. “Our efforts were supported diligently by the German federal agency for employment and the industry union Mining, Chemicals and Energy (IGBCE). The agency helped especially with the establishment of a transfer company which will initiate operations also on July 2nd, 2018. The transfer company Refugio offers the staff who could not continue in Scheufelen GmbH opportunities to retrain and to use its network for quick relocation. At least 100 employees in the transfer company will have a job for 5 months, avoiding unemployment during such time. While Scheufelen staff in 2017 counted 340 heads, the number had already been reduced to 264 heads after the temporary production stop.
The investor concept involves other than a strong focus on Scheufelen grass paper also the continued production of the globally respected Scheufelen premium paper products, especially the high white packaging board Phoenolux, but will not count on standard wood free graphical papers, the main reason for the insolvency. Development of Scheufelen products will continue to be supported by Packaging Campus Lenningen in cooperation with Hochschule der Medien, Stuttgart and other partners. The innovative Packaging Campus can now strengthen its activities and further research and development institutes covering the areas of resource efficiency and alternative fibers are expected to follow soon.
Stefan Radlmayr is optimistic that thanks to the restart the site in Lenningen is now an ideal location for multiple projects with a focus on bio economy as supported by the government of Baden-Württemberg. Considering the importance of the Scheufelen site for the regional economy, it will be helpful if such ideas develop quickly in addition to the classical paper production. Tibor Braun is already grateful for the strong political support during the insolvency procedure. “The environmental ministry of Baden Württemberg, especially the minister Franz Untersteller has done an admirable job, not only helping in identifying possible investors, but also supporting in complex administrative matters.”

Regarding the investors :
Wermuth Asset Management (WAM), Berlin, is a family office focused on impact investments in resource efficient companies through its green gateway funds (please also see attached press release)
Nordia Invest, Hamburg ist an investment company which selectively acquires participations in companies in restructuring situations. The focus lies on companies with a significant industrial base and which offer products with sustainable success opportunities.
Scheufelen Equity Partners is an investment holding for the traditional swabian industrial families Schaeff and Scheufelen for investments in the area of pulp and paper.

2018-07-02  READ MORE...
Valmet to supply a Valmet Pulp Analyzer to UPM in China


Valmet has received an order for a Valmet Pulp Analyzer (Valmet MAP) from UPM in China. The Valmet MAP with freeness module and optional Fiber Image module will be installed with six sampling devices for UPM’s PM 2 in Changshu.

"We have been using the previous generation Valmet online freeness analyzer on PM 2 for ten years. With technological upgrading and innovation, we again selected the latest Valmet Pulp Analyzer for its fast and precise online fiber and furnish measurement to improve runnability and productivity," says Mr. Zhou Long, Production Manager for PM 2. Installation and start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2018.

The Valmet Pulp Analyzer provides paper, board and tissue makers with fast and precise online updates of key fiber and papermaking furnish properties. It represents the state of the art in online fiber analysis, built on continuous advancements by Valmet for the past thirty years. Rather than waiting for infrequent, time-delayed laboratory tests, fast and decisive control actions can be achieved to manage furnish properties for better paper and improved production.

"Valmet MAP will be the ideal tool at PM 2 for furnish management, screening, blending and improving refining operations while providing energy savings as well," according to Jackson Sui, Senior Automation Sales Manager for Valmet in China.

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Two new Toscotec’s PRODERGY tissue machines start up at APP OKI mill, Indonesia.

Toscotec fired up other two AHEAD-2.0L PRODERGY tissue machines at APP’s OKI mill, in South Sumatra, Indonesia.

Following the start-up of two AHEAD-2.0L PRODERGY at Perawang mill earlier this year, these two OKI machines started production in less than 3 months after the start-up of the first of a series of Toscotec’s PRODERGY machine ordered by Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) for its Perawang and OKI mills in Indonesia. In the next few months, other four machines will start up at the same site.

The AHEAD-2.0L PRODERGY is Toscotec’s top of the line tissue machine, featuring 5.6 m width, 2,000 m/min operating speed, a second-generation steel Yankee dryer of 22 feet diameter and steam-heated hoods. Toscotec’s TT SYD-22FT is the biggest steel Yankee dryer ever manufactured in the world for tissue application. Toscotec’s energy saving innovations consolidate OKI mill’s optimized green process : the paper mill is fully integrated with a massive pulp mill of 2.8 million ton/yr estimated output.

Equipped with the most advanced environmental technology presently available, OKI production base is very much green-oriented. The mill will be powered by clean and self-sufficient energy generated from the pulp production process and wood bark gasification. Tissue production guarantees the highest standards in terms of tissue machine’s efficiency and energy consumption reduction, thanks to PRODERGY’s technological advantages.

Toscotec’s Chief Customer Service Officer Valter Di Nardo commented, “The erection, commissioning and start-up of OKI tissue machines was completed in record time. Toscotec’s technical team on site installed the first foundation plate on January 4. After just over one hundred days, we fired up the first AHEAD-2.0L PRODERGY, and after one week, the second start-up followed suit.
The mill expressed satisfaction for tissue quality starting from day one”.

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A.Celli Paper has presented FROM TISSUE TO TISSUE

Evolution, innovation and ongoing research.
These are the main elements on which the clear vision of A.Celli Paper is based.
During the third edition of iT’s Tissue (Lucca, 25-29 June 2018), A.Celli Paper welcomed visitors to discover the great path it has chosen, inviting them to see for themselves the 11 technology stations representing the same number of system solutions for complete turnkey plants.
The FROM TISSUE TO TISSUE tour was a unique experience, offering a special opportunity to view a complete Tissue production line.
It was an occasion to present the new generation of the iDEAL® Tissue Machine, the E-WIND® winders and the innovative R-WAY® Roll Handling & Packaging system.
But this was just the beginning, because the journey planned for the visitor also included a look at Research and Development and the new solutions in the context of the Yankee Dryer, with our FORGED YD® ; the revolutionary iREEL® data traceability and analysis system ; and the latest RWAY ® reel management system with automated guided vehicles (AGVs) : all in the name of efficiency, safety and automation.
The visitors were impressed by this direct contact with the world of A.Celli equipment solutions, which is all about the best in production efficiency, reduced consumption and costs, and excellence in terms of both quality and technology.
We would like to thank all those who came, and hope to see you again next time.
A.Celli is on a roll !

2018-06-30  READ MORE...
Opengate Capital completes sale of Norpaper Group to Gemayel fFreres & Chaoui Industriel Group

OpenGate Capital, a global private equity firm, has announced that it has completed the sale of one of its legacy, pre-fund investments, NorPaper Group (“NorPaper”), to Gemayel Freres & Chaoui Industriel Group, a Lebanon-based business specialized in recycled corrugated cardboard and packaging products. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Gemayel Group acquired Papeterie du Doubs (now known as Gemdoubs) in 2013. Three years later, in 2016, Gemayel Group signed a partnership with Chaoui Group concerning Gemdoubs. Chaoui Group, headed by Zafer Chaoui, is a Lebanese family Group involved in recycled paper production among others activities.

OpenGate Capital acquired NorPaper from Canadian paper conglomerate, Cascades, in 2011. NorPaper is a leading producer of white top testliner paper that is sold to European packaging manufacturers. Realizing an opportunity to increase capacity within NorPaper, OpenGate completed an accretive, add-on acquisition in February of 2015 of DS Smith Packaging Papeterie de Nantes SAS (“Nantes”), a division of DS Smith, Plc. Integrated into NorPaper, Nantes broadened the product portfolio and added 50kT per year of production capacity through its white top testliner paper made from 100% recycled fiber with best in class quality and printability. The Nantes mill also addressed growing market demand for paper products in a wider grammage and trim range. Combined, NorPaper and Nantes have an annual capacity of 200kT, making it the leading white top testliner paper producer in France and among the top five in Europe. The 2 sites employ more than 250 people. Fady Gemayel, chairman of Gemdoubs, will also be the President of the two companies.

Andrew Nikou, OpenGate’s Founder and CEO stated, “We are incredibly proud of OpenGate’s investment in NorPaper from sourcing the acquisition through our relationship with Cascades, to the add-on acquisition from DS Smith. As we transfer the business to Gemayel & Chaoui Industriel Group, we recognize that under the new leadership, NorPaper has many new exciting years ahead. I want to thank the entire NorPaper team led by CEO, Laurent Glachant, for their dedication and hard work in driving this business forward.”

Julien Lagrèze, Partner at OpenGate’s Paris office, oversaw the entire lifecycle of the NorPaper investment from acquisition through add-on acquisition and realization. Lagrèze commented, “NorPaper is a reflection of OpenGate’s lower middle market investment strategy and we are proud of all that has been accomplished. From executing a complete carve-out to implementing a multi-faceted operational improvement plan, which included the development of a cooperative paper swap agreement with several European corrugated cardboard manufacturers, NorPaper sales and margins greatly improved since acquired by OpenGate in 2011. Throughout our investment period, NorPaper grew its paper product offerings that drove increased volumes and end-use applications. Given all that has been accomplished, NorPaper is at the right point in its evolution to be acquired by Gemayel & Chaoui Industriel Group so that it can progress further under new leadership.”

NorPaper’s CEO, Mr. Laurent Glachant stated, “Working with the team at OpenGate Capital has been a rewarding process over the past several years. NorPaper has grown into a highly regarded business, recognized for producing a variety of white top testliner and recycled paper materials for our customers. I want to thank Julien Lagrèze and his team at OpenGate for all of the support we received that enabled us to achieve the growth and improvements at NorPaper. As we look ahead, we are excited to enter into the next phase of our evolution with Mr. Gemayel and his partners.”
This is the second legacy, pre-fund realization for OpenGate in the past six months following the sale of Benvic, a European PVC compounding business that was sold to Investindustrial in December of 2017.

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The shape of sustainable labels is circular: UPM Raflatac announces APR-recognized wash-off film labels with recycled liners for Americas and Asia Pacific

UPM Raflatac is taking another step forward in its drive to label a smarter future by announcing that it has developed a range of wash-off film labeling solutions for a variety of end uses that can help brands create a circular economy and also meet or even accelerate their ambitious sustainability targets.

These clear, white and metalized film label stocks - featuring UPM Raflatac’s RW85C wash-off adhesive and a PET liner made from 90 percent post-consumer recycled (PCR) content - have been recognized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) as exceeding their strict standards for recyclable label products. Now available in the Americas and Asia Pacific market regions, the labels are ideal for labeling PET containers in the food, beverage, home care and personal care segments.

Thanks to the RW85C wash-off adhesive, the labels are able to undergo common PET recycling processes without contaminating any of the PET flake by-products. During the caustic washing process, the polypropylene labels easily separate from PET containers and float, allowing more high-value, clean PET flakes to be recovered. The clean flakes can then be converted back into PET containers, which promotes a circular economy and reduces the amount of plastic pollution in landfills and the environment.

"As the global drive to reduce plastic waste continues to gain speed, more and more packaging companies are looking for new and innovative solutions to maximize the recyclability of their PET containers," says Junion Zhao, Director, Films Business, APAC, UPM Raflatac. "We are pleased to bring these wash-off labeling materials to market for our customers and brand owners aiming to achieve their sustainability targets."

"Exceeding the APR’s standards for recyclable label products on PET packaging was very important for us when we developed these new film labels with RW85C adhesive," adds Daryl Northcott, Director, Films Business, Americas, UPM Raflatac. "UPM Raflatac recently became an APR Recycling Demand Champion, which means we are committed to boosting circular packaging solutions and incorporating post-consumer recycled content into our materials, and these new label materials do exactly that."

2018-06-29  READ MORE...
Lenzing and Duratex plan to build 450,000 t dissolving wood pulp plant in Brazil

Lenzing Group, world market leader in specialty cellulosic fibers and Duratex, the largest producer of industrialized wood panels of the Southern Hemisphere, announce that they agreed on the terms and conditions to form a joint venture to investigate building the largest single line dissolving wood pulp (DWP) plant in the state of Minas Gerais, close to Sao Paulo, Brazil. This decision supports the backward integration and the growth in specialty fibers, defined in Lenzing’s corporate strategy sCore TEN.

The joint venture will investigate the construction of a 450,000 t DWP plant, which is expected to become the largest and most competitive single line DWP plant in the world. Dissolving wood pulp is the key raw material for the production of Lenzing’s bio-based fibers. For the future operation, the two companies have secured a plantation of 43,000 hectares that will provide the FSC® certified biomass. The plantation is fully in line with Lenzing’s wood and pulp sourcing policy. The basic engineering and the application for required permits and merger clearances will now be started.

Lenzing will hold 51 percent of the joint venture which will operate the mill, while Duratex’s share will be 49 percent. The estimated cash investment by the joint venture for the construction of the DWP mill is expected to be somewhat above USD 1 bn (based on current FX rates, net of generic tax refunds and the outcome of the basic engineering study). The joint venture will supply the entire volume of dissolving wood pulp to the Lenzing Group. This step is an essential milestone in the group’s ambition to grow its specialty fibers business.

“Specialty cellulosic fibers are an important contribution to make the global textile industry more sustainable. In line with our corporate strategy sCore TEN we are committed to strong organic growth in this field. We are pleased that with Duratex, a recognized leader in sustainable forestry management, we have a strong partner in this joint venture. Together we will create a very sustainable and competitive raw material base for Lenzing’s global expansion plans”, says Stefan Doboczky, Chief Executive Officer of Lenzing Group.

“Projects of this nature are the result of our strategic plan and of our team’s effort towards drawing Duratex’s future. The Company is known for its financial solidity, high quality, innovation and sustainability ; the results of a history spanning over six decades. The partnership with Lenzing for the construction of the largest single line dissolving wood pulp plant in the world is an honor for Duratex. Working with Lenzing, a global benchmark in technology, high quality and corporate governance makes us very proud. We are sure that this joint venture is going to be successful”, affirms Duratex’s Chief Executive Officer Antonio Joaquim de Oliveira.

The final investment decision to build the dissolving wood pulp plant is subject to the outcome of the basic engineering studies and the approval by the respective supervisory boards.

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Borregaard and Rayonier Advanced Materials announce intention to invest in a new 150,000 tonnes lignin operation in the US

Borregaard and Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM) have entered into a non-binding letter of intent regarding the establishment of a new lignin operation adjacent to RYAM’s Fernandina Beach pulp mill in Florida. The new company will be owned 55% by Borregaard and 45% by RYAM.

The Fernandina Beach mill manufactures specialty cellulose and lignin raw material as co-products from softwood. Utilising Borregaard’s know-how and technical expertise, the new company will initially manufacture lignin products suitable for concrete admixture and similar applications targeting primarily the North and South American markets. The products will be marketed through Borregaard’s international sales network and will represent a 30% increase in the lignin sales volume at full capacity.

It is anticipated that the project will be completed in two phases over 5 years. The parties estimate an aggregate USD 110 million for a capacity of 150,000 metric tonnes dry substance per year. The first phase is expected to commence commercial operations in 2017.

The new operation will benefit from the development work in the BALI project, and takes priority over a first BALI plant. Longer term, the BALI technology remains a strategic lignin raw material option for Borregaard.

Completion of the new operation is subject to board approval by both companies and conclusion of definitive agreements, as well as final engineering, refinement of capital estimates, and obtaining required permits and other approvals.

"The Fernandina Beach project represents an excellent growth opportunity for our lignin business in a global market which for some time has been supply constrained", says Per A. Sørlie, President and CEO of Borregaard.

"Pursuing this opportunity with the leader in lignin-based chemistry significantly enhances the prospects for success while reducing operational and market-based risk," says RYAM CEO Paul Boynton.

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