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Wepa to take over Greenfield ?

The German competition authorities (Bundeskartellamt – Federal Cartel Office) have received an application from Wepa Group for the take-over of the French facility Greenfield (Arjowiggins Group), placed in receivership in early January. This Mill based in Château-Thierry (some 100 km East from Paris) produces some 150,000 tpy of deinked pulp. The decision from the Commercial Court in France is expected by the end of February-beginning of March. Wepa already operates 2 paper mills dedicated to tissue in France (Lille and Troyes, the latter being quite close to the Greenfield location).

2019-02-27 
International Paper Named One Of The 2019 World's Most Ethical Companies® By Ethisphere For The Thirteenth Time

International Paper has been recognized for thirteen consecutive years, and is one of only two honorees in the forestry, paper and packaging industry, underscoring their commitment to leading with integrity and prioritizing ethical business practices.

In 2019, 128 honorees were recognized spanning 21 countries and 50 industries. The thirteenth class of honorees illustrate how companies continue to be the driving force for improving communities, building capable and empowered workforces, and fostering corporate cultures focused on ethics with a strong sense of purpose.

"It is an honor once again to be included on this list and to be among companies whose principles and practices uphold the highest standards of ethics and corporate social responsibility," said Sharon Ryan, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. "Our work does not stop inside International Paper, we expect our business partners to share our values and principles as described in our Supplier Code of Conduct. Throughout our global supply chains, we promote safe and healthy working conditions ; high ethical standards ; protection of human rights and dignity ; responsible use of natural resources and compliance with all applicable laws."

"Today, employees, investors and stakeholders are putting their greatest trust in companies to take leadership on societal issues. Companies that take the long view with a purpose-based strategy are proven to not only outperform but last," said Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. "I congratulate everyone at International Paper for earning this recognition."

Methodology & Scoring
The World’s Most Ethical Companies assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient® (EQ) framework, which offers a quantitative way to assess a company’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized manner. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics.

Scores are generated in five key categories : ethics and compliance program (35 %), culture of ethics (20 %), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20 %), governance (15 %) and leadership and reputation (10 %). All companies that participate in the assessment process receive their scores, providing them with valuable insights into how they stack up against leading organizations.

2019-02-26 
Valmet revises upwards its net sales guidance for 2019 due to the acquisition of GL&V

Valmet announced the acquisition of GL&V, a global provider of technology and services to the pulp and paper industry, by press release on February 26, 2019. Following the acquisition, Valmet revises upwards its net sales guidance for 2019. The new guidance is subject to the completion of the acquisition, which is estimated to take place on April 1, 2019 at the earliest.

New guidance for 2019 :

Valmet estimates that net sales in 2019 will increase in comparison with 2018 (EUR 3,325 million) and Comparable EBITA in 2019 will increase in comparison with 2018 (EUR 257 million). The guidance is subject to the completion of the acquisition of GL&V.

Previous guidance for 2019 (as announced in the Financial Statements Review 2018 on February 7, 2019) :

Valmet estimates that net sales in 2019 will remain at the same level as in 2018 (EUR 3,325 million) and Comparable EBITA in 2019 will increase in comparison with 2018 (EUR 257 million).

2019-02-26 
Valmet strengthens its stable business by acquiring GL&V, a global provider of technologies and services to the pulp and paper industry

Valmet has on February 26, 2019 entered into an agreement to acquire North American-based GL&V, a global provider of technologies and services to the pulp and paper industry. The enterprise value of the acquisition is approximately EUR 113 million on a cash and debt free basis subject to ordinary post-closing adjustments. The acquisition is estimated to be completed at the earliest on April 1, 2019.

GL&V supplies technologies, upgrades and optimization services, rebuilds, and spare parts for the pulp and paper industry globally. The net sales of the acquired operations were approximately EUR 160 million and the EBITA margin was around 11 percent in calendar year 2018. The acquired operations employ about 630 people of whom approximately 65 percent are in North America and the rest mainly in Europe, South America and India.

GL&V’s washing, oxygen delignification and bleaching operations with Compact Press®, pumps and mixers technology for chemical pulping as well as the related Product Center in Karlstad Sweden are not included in the transaction scope.

Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet : The acquisition has an excellent strategic fit with Valmet and further strengthens our stable business and services capabilities

"The acquisition has an excellent strategic fit - it strengthens Valmet’s global services business, complements our technology offering and builds further our local presence and capabilities especially in North America.The combination of Valmet’s global reach and GL&V’s product and services offerings for chemical pulping and paper production form a good basis to create new business opportunities and serve our customers even better. GL&V has a team of experts globally and I want to warmly welcome them to become part of Valmet," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.

GL&V is a global supplier of technologies and services for the pulp and paper industry

GL&V provides technologies, upgrade and process optimization services, rebuilds, and spare parts for the pulp and paper industry globally - especially in the areas of chemical pulping, stock preparation, papermaking and finishing. GL&V’s key locations are in Nashua (New Hampshire), Lenox (Massachusetts), and Hudson Falls (New York) in the U.S., in Trois-Rivières (Quebec) in Canada, in Stockholm, Sweden, in Pune, India, and in Campinas, Brazil.

2019-02-26 
Saica Group has reached an agreement to acquire a new plant in Turkey

Saica Group has signed an agreement with the group Norm Ambalaj to acquire a new plant in Turkey.
• Sakarya plant employs 159 people and has 75 million square meters capacity of corrugated board.
• The partnership between Norm Ambalaj and Saica will continue in the long term.

Saica Group has reached today an agreement with the group Norm Ambalaj to acquire their plant in Sakarya, Turkey. This acquisition would provide an increase of 75 million square meters in Saica´s corrugated board capacity while increasing its product footprint and product range for the Turkish market. Saica and Norm Ambalaj will continue their collaboration following this partnership agreement.

With this agreement, Saica takes a step forward in its business growth strategy, allowing the group an improvement in its service capacity and an increase in its supply for its customers in Turkey. This deal is still subject to approval by the Turkish anti-trust authorities. Representing Saica, EY and Bener participated as financial and legal consultants respectively while PAE and 3SEAS joined as legal and financial consultants on behalf of Norm Ambalaj group, also in that order.

In 2014, Saica entered the Turkish market and since then, the group has made several investment projects to further develop its infrastructures and machinery in the country. The latest investment was the one made in a new corrugator machine in 2017.

“This operation is an opportunity to increase Saica´s value proposition of sustainable packaging solutions in the Turkish market. It will also optimize material and logistics costs for our customers while reducing Saica´s environmental impact”, said Pascal Giraud, General Manager, Saica Pack, a division of Saica Group.

2019-02-26 
Valmet and Uni Viridas renew their cooperation by signing a ten-year operation and maintenance agreement for the biomass power plant in Croatia

Valmet and Uni Viridas have signed a ten-year operation and maintenance agreement for the biomass power plant in Babina Greda, Croatia. The order is included in Valmet’s first quarter of 2019 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

The cooperation of the companies started in 2011, and in 2015 Valmet began to operate and maintain the biomass power plant on behalf of the customer.

"It was a milestone for Valmet to begin to operate its first constructed power plant for the customer in 2015. In principle, the customer delivers the fuel and sells heat and electricity. Valmet takes care of everything else 365 days a year. The cooperation with Uni Viridas has been excellent and continuing it is a win-win solution," says Markus Bolhar-Nordenkampf, Director, Energy Sales and Services, CEN, Valmet.

During the past few years, Valmet has been able to fulfill the expectations of the customer, and the plant’s availability has exceeded agreed targets. For example, there have been minimal unplanned outages and low flue gas emissions, and efficient boiler operations at low fuel and water consumption have been demonstrated. In addition, there haven’t been any LTIF (Lost Time Injury Frequency) or reports from environmental incidents.

"After Valmet’s excellent performance for the last three years, it was only logical to continue this cooperation for the next ten years," says Alkin Yaman, Strategy & Business Development Manager of Unit Group in Istanbul.

Valmet and Uni Viridas will continue their cooperation and maximize the plant’s performance until 2029.

Technical information about the plant

The biomass power plant, delivered by Valmet, is a fluidized bed boiler - BiowerPower 8 - a plant with an electrical output of up to 10 MWel and a heat output of up to 16 MWth. The fuel utilized is forest wood and wood chips.

2019-02-25 
G-Snow Ultra-white paper of exceptional quality.

Arctic Paper introduces G-snow – the new, ultra-white, high-quality coated paper developed for print experts who work with high circulations and yet aim to always deliver exceptional results.

Arctic Paper is known for paper brands that deliver excellent print quality and distinctive feel — and
G-Snow takes these standards to the next level. A brilliant white shade, smooth surface, true stiffness, and excellent print results allow the work to take centre stage. Add to that, good run characteristics, reliability, trouble-free processing and a wide range of applications and it’s easy to see why G-Snow is the obvious choice for print experts.

Unmatchable quality
A smooth and reflexion-free surface, gives G-Snow paper a distinctive identity, with a unique and premium feel – and the paper’s high bulk and strength, guarantee stiffness even at a lower substance.

Unmatchable results
G-Snow is a wood-free printing paper with an ultra-white finish ; colours and contrast pop, and details are highlighted with precision. Consistent runability, fast ink absorption and high image quality are inherent to G-Snow paper – helping print experts manage high-volume circulations more efficiently and with less stress, while still delivering incredible prints and maintaining superior standards.

Ideal for every job
G-Snow is a truly versatile paper that can be used for company reports, high-quality catalogues, art books, flyers, exclusive mailings and brochures. G-Snow can also be used in combination with our Amber Graphic, as they share the same white shade.

G-Snow is made in Sweden. The production process of G-Snow is carbon neutral. Arctic Paper is committed to the preservation of nature and the environment. In France, G-Snow is already on stock at Torraspapel Malmenayde, with PEFC certification.

Grammage (g/m²) 115 130 150 170 200 250
Bulk (thickness/grammage) 0.92 0.96 0.97 0.97 1.02 1.02
Whiteness (CIE) 140 140 140 140 140 140

Grammage (g/m²)115130150170200250
Bulk (thickness/grammage)0.920.960.970.971.02


Whiteness (CIE)140140140140140140

G-Snow is available both as sheets and reels in various sizes in grammages from 115 to 250 g/m².

2019-02-08 
The 300th TSA – Tissue Softness Analyzer was sold worldwide: a reason for emtec Electronic to celebrate

At the beginning of 2019, the German company emtec Electronic GmbH could celebrate the 300th globally sold TSA – Tissue Softness Analyzer. As documented, today the device is used in 48 countries on all continents on earth, whereby the most units are used in Europe, followed by North America and Asia.

Many years ago, the handfeel of tissue paper, no matter if base tissue, toilet paper, facials or others, has been tested by human hand panels. Since this quality parameter became more and more important, the subjective and not always reliable enough hand test needed to be replaced by an objective testing device, which can provide reliable and repeatable data.
The company emtec Electronic with its very innovative R&D Department is well known for finding customized solutions, and on demand, the development of the TSA started in 2004.
The first device has been sold to a tissue maker in 2007. Over the years, the device could be improved permanently and new functions were added. The TSA is able to provide the necessary data fast, accurate, reliable and repeatable. But even more important is, that it can measure the three basic parameters which determine the human handfeel – the softness, roughness and stiffness.
Today, companies from all different parts of the tissue industry use the TSA in their R&D,
process and product optimization, complaint management and marketing. Among the users are research institutes and universities, tissue machine manufacturers, chemical suppliers, tissue makers and converters, but also retailers.

2019-02-07 
Litigation between Sequana and BAT : decision from The Court of Appeal in London

The Court of Appeal in London confirms for the largest part the decision made in first instance by the High Court of Justice in the litigation between Sequana and British American Tobacco (BAT). This decision only affects Sequana and has no impact on its subsidiaries Arjowiggins and Antalis which are not a party to this litigation.

Since the end of 2013, Sequana has been involved in legal proceedings with BAT Industries plc and its subsidiary, BTI 2014 LLC (the BAT Group), regarding the legality of two dividends distributed to Sequana by its former subsidiary Windward Prospects Ltd, for a total amount of €578 million, out of which €443 million was in respect of the first dividend and €135 million for the second.
At first instance, the High Court of Justice decided in July 2016 and February 2017 to dismiss all the claims made by the BAT Group based on the Companies Act 2006 with respect to both dividends, and to accept the BAT Group claims based on section 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986 with respect to the second dividend only. The High Court had accordingly ordered Sequana to pay to BAT a principal sum capped at the amount of the second dividend plus interest, as well as part of BAT’s costs of the proceedings, amounting to approximately €163 million (excluding forex exchange impact).
Based on the advice received, and considering that it had good arguable points to raise on appeal, especially on whether a dividend is capable of being a transaction falling within section 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986, Sequana lodged an appeal in March 2017.
The BAT Group on the other hand lodged appeal against the decisions made against it regarding its claims on both dividends based on the Companies Act 2006. However, before the hearing, BAT dropped all of its claims with respect to the first dividend of €443 million, so that the scope of the dispute is limited to the qualification of the distribution of the second dividend under section 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986 and to the behavior of the directors who had authorised this distribution.
The decision of the Court of Appeal in London handed down today confirms the first instance judgment with respect to the absence of any liability of the directors under the Companies Act 2006. However, in spite of Sequana’s confidence in an overall positive outcome to this litigation, the Court of Appeal also confirms the first instance decision as to the application of section 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986 to the second dividend, thus upholding the order against Sequana on this issue.
Sequana is currently reviewing the terms of the decision and intends to seek permission to appeal with the Supreme Court, in accordance with applicable procedural rules.
The decision handed down by the Court of Appeal only affects Sequana, as its subsidiaries Arjowiggins and Antalis are not a party to the proceedings.
Since Sequana is under sauvegarde proceedings with an observation period extended until 17 May 2019, Sequana considers that the decision of the Court of Appeal in London cannot be enforced against it due to the fact that the BAT Group’s claim remains disputed.
Considering this decision and with the help of its advisors, and while the situation of its group and the value of its assets have been materially adversely affected, in particular due to the uncertainties attached to the BAT litigation, Sequana is considering its options both in the United Kingdom and in France to best protect its interests, including in the sauvegarde proceedings opened in its benefit.
recently, in the press releases published by the company.

2019-02-07 
Zircon and ZirconHigh: New CleanWeave dryer fabrics from Voith

  With Zircon and ZirconHigh, Voith is adding two new members to the CleanWeave product family. The dryer fabrics target an extended service life in a medium hot environment.
Whereas Zircon has a dense weave structure with lower air permeability, ZirconHigh features an open weave structure for higher air flows. In addition to excellent drying performance, both fabrics also meet the requirements for resistance to hydrolysis and abrasion. As a result they allow for long service lives, even in very challenging dryer sections. The dryer fabrics are particularly suitable for board and packaging paper machines, where the conditions are often hotter and more humid.
The unique CleanWeave product range with minimal intersection points and a low internal void area prevents the accumulation of contamination in the dryer fabrics ensuring they are easy to clean. Thanks to the continuous flexing around rolls and cylinders, contamination is also worked out of the fabric. This means that Zircon and ZirconHigh maintain their cleanliness and drying efficiency over their entire lifetime.

2019-02-07 
Artificial intelligence: Cooperation between Voith and PerfectPattern

Global technology group Voith will be working with Munich-based technology and software company PerfectPattern in future in the field of artificial intelligence. The aim of the alliance is to optimize processes and planning in industrial production environments based on the latest artificial intelligence technologies developed by PerfectPattern. Voith will contribute the expertise it has acquired in more than 150 years of working
in the fields of paper production, hydropower and drive technology.
The first pilot projects under the cooperation agreement will be in the paper industry. Voith paper machines are used for a considerable proportion of global paper production. Paper manufacturers are facing certain challenges in the production environment, including increasing operating costs, rising expenditure on energy and fresh water, and the stability of raw material supplies. Technology group Voith works with its customers on an ongoing basis to improve the production processes for paper manufacturing. In future, the company will also use the Pythia technology platform developed by PerfectPattern. In the production process, the technology helps ensure the optimum setting of all parameters on a continuous basis, from the raw material mix to process control and the machine itself.

 “PerfectPattern’s technology is groundbreaking for our goal of using AI as a key component of our customer solutions,” says Dr. Roland Muench, CEO of Voith Digital Ventures. “Because the PerfectPattern approach allows the relevant process parameters to be both predicted and optimized.”

PerfectPattern, Voith’s partner in this venture, has its headquarters in Munich. It develops technologies in the field of artificial intelligence that optimize and control industrial production processes. In this conjunction, the
corresponding software solutions make particular use of “reinforcement learning” in combination with intelligent prediction models. In doing so, PerfectPattern takes a step beyond the application of neural networks and optimizes them mathematically and methodologically. Whereas conventional prediction models entail significant development and adaptation effort and the input of huge volumes of data, the PerfectPattern system learns by itself, so to speak, and does so with even less input. This substantially reduces the development effort.

 “In industry in particular, artificial intelligence can make a huge contribution to optimizing processes and saving considerable resources,” says Fabian Ruechardt, CEO of PerfectPattern. “The printing industry is already successfully using our technologies to improve print scheduling and thus increase competitiveness. With Voith, we have a strong partner in future with whom we can develop other segments like paper manufacturing, for example.”

2019-02-07 
Unique chip impregnation equipment installed at MoRe Research

MoRe Research has installed pilot equipment aimed at real time studies of the wood chip impregnation process. It is integrated with MoRe’s pilot digester plant and used to study how wood chip is impregnated and cooked under various conditions. Studies can be conducted for paper pulps and dissolving pulps. The impregnation pilot is a result of a PhD work at Helsinki University and has been further developed by MoRe.

Impregnation studies are of interest for all chemical pulping processes irrespective of if the end-product is pulp for paper or board production or dissolving cellulose. Not least it is useful when pulp mills want to increase production or have problems due to insufficient impregnation.

This unique pilot equipment is developed during a PhD work at Helsinki University. The wood chips are placed in the pilot’s basket and the impregnation process is monitored when the chip weight increases as air is gradually replaced by cooking liquor in the chips. The original pilot has been developed further by MoRe and adapted to the existing pilot digester plant in order to facilitate combined impregnation and cooking studies. Impregnation studies can be done for different chip sizes, tree species, temperatures and pressure conditions as well as for different chemical pulping processes. 

“We have bought the pilot as it is a perfect match for our unique pilot digester plant,” says Michael Sjögren, Process Consultant at MoRe Research. “This method allows us in a realistic way to study the impregnation process before cooking. As the pilot is integrated with our digester plant we can in a realistic way simulate the whole impregnation and cooking process for a customer and achieve relevant results. An optimised way of running the process with customer specific variables can therefore be set.” 

Apart from customer specific projects it is also useful in research projects, one example is Jessica Gard Timmerfors’ present PhD work concerning optimised chip cutting in the MCS pilot drum chip cutter for sulphite pulp.

2019-02-07 
Lecta presents its new Creaset HG HWS paper

For high wet-strength refillable bottle labels​.

Lecta continues developing its Creaset​ one-side coated paper line, designed for the label and flexible packaging sector, with its new Creaset HG HWS paper for the beverage industry.

Creaset HG HWS is a high wet-strength, alkali-resistant high gloss paper. It is particularly suitable for all types of refillable containers that need to be recovered in caustic soda baths.

Creaset HG HWS

Creaset HG HWS is ideal for beer and wines, whose labels require high resistance to low temperatures and ice water. Creaset HG HWS guarantees a flawless aspect throughout their useful life. It also offers excellent performance on labeling lines, with a perfect fit and, thanks to its wet-strength treatment, prevents edge lift, blistering and wrinkling.

The new Creaset HG HWS paper is designed for high-speed printing given its stiffness and fast ink penetration. It is suitable for offset, flexo and rotogravure printing.

It is available in 65, 68, 70, 75 and 80 g/m2 in plain finish.

The entire Creaset line is manufactured with Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) pulp. It is manufactured to ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental management standards, ISO 50001 energy management standard, ISO 9001 quality standard and OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety standard. It is also available with PEFC™ and FSC® Chain-of-Custody forest certifications upon request.

2019-02-07 
AFT welcomes SIRPA to its Field Service team in France and Belgium

We are pleased to welcome SIRPA to AFT’s Field Service team in France and Belgium. As our new Sales Representatives, SIRPA’s four local sales and application engineers will take over direct responsibility for the mills in these regions and provide a stronger network for support. "For our customers, all that changes is having more people ready to help optimize screening and refining applications", says Sales Manager François Labbé.
SIRPA is a major player on the French & Belgian markets specialized in pulping and repairing/maintenance.
AFT is a global supplier specializing in stock preparation, screening, refining and paper machine approach flow systems. With over 110 years of experience in manufacturing and supplying tailored solutions, AFT helps to improve performance with trademarked advancements : Finebar - ultra low intensity refining, Powerwave - energy efficient screening, POM wet end systems and more.
The new close partnership between SIRPA and AFT will create value for their respective customers.

2019-02-06 
At Krasnokamsk paper mill, cutting-edge manufacturing technology produces banknotes and specialty papers

Heidenheim, Krasnokamsk. With the opening of its new production facility in Krasnokamsk on September 28, 2018, the Russian Goznak Group has commenced operation of one of the world’s most modern paper machines for banknotes and specialty papers. The entire plant was developed under the direction of Voith.

The Russian Goznak Group has been developing and producing various products that are important for the state’s ability to function and for the citizens’ everyday life since 1818. To coincide with its 200th anniversary, the manufacturer of security products like banknotes, coins, passports, postage stamps, revenue stamps, ID cards, secure documents, government orders and medals, security and specialty papers successfully commissioned the PM 7, one of the world’s most modern production facilities for banknotes and specialty papers, at one of its eight locations in Krasnokamsk in central Russia.

The guests at the official opening ceremony included Alexej Moiseev, Deputy Russian Finance Minister and Chairman of the Board of Goznak, and Alexej Chibisov, Minister of Industry, Economic Affairs and Trade for the Perm region. In his address, Arkady Trachuk, General Director of Goznak, pointed out : “Within a few years, we worked with the designers, equipment suppliers and contractors to create a production complex that is one of the best in the world.”

And Voith was on board from the very start. The technology group was responsible for the overall planning of the facility, providing expertise and technologies that were a crucial factor in the outstanding success of the new facility. Highly efficient machines from Voith, the integration of the group’s innovative solutions and a high degree of automation allow Goznak to produce paper with cutting-edge security features.

One of the key components of the paper machine is the forming section. It contains a MasterVat, an optimized uniflow vat in which the watermark is created at the same time as the banknote paper, and the ShortFormer for the first ply of the two-ply papers. Both of these components ensure the high quality of the products. At the same time, they allow the integration of reliable security features or multi-colored watermarks.

The high degree of automation in Krasnokamsk is the cornerstone for the security of the papers. For example, there is an automatic quality control in all phases of paper production. At the same time, this increases the efficiency of the plant and helps to substantially reduce raw material losses and running costs.

Through their very close collaboration based on a spirit of trust and partnership, Voith and Goznak have created a benchmark for future plants with the facility in Krasnokamsk, says Wolfgang Neuss, Director Sales and Technology Banknote and Security Paper Machines at Voith.

2019-02-06 
Berli Jucker Cellox Co. Ltd. chooses A.Celli Paper for its investment in Thailand

It is with great satisfaction that A.Celli Paper announces the beginning of a valuable collaboration with Berli Jucker Cellox Co. Ltd., to supply the latest generation E-WIND T100 rewinder dedicated to the production of tissue paper for the capacity expansion project at Prachinburi plant.

The new rewinder will be used for all types of high quality tissue paper, weighing from 13 to 45 gsm ; it is equipped with three unwinders and a calender, maximum operating speed 1900 mpm, maximum diameter of the finished roll 1800 mm.

A further confirmation for A.Celli Paper technology, which is increasingly present on the Asian territory and capable of meeting the needs of different customers, promptly answering to multiple production variables with flexibility and promptness.

2019-02-06 
Smurfit Kappa combines sustainability and innovation to create revolutionary AgroPaperTM

Smurfit Kappa continues to bring sustainable innovative solutions to the agricultural sector by launching its industry-leading AgroPaperTM.
AgroPaperTM is a renewable and compostable paper designed to replace the plastic material that is used by many farmers and growers for ‘mulching’ when growing vegetables. Mulching refers to placing a material (mulch) on the ground to improve the soil around plants, prevent weeds growing and maintain the temperature of the land.

A team of specialists from Smurfit Kappa’s Nervion and Sangüesa Paper Mills worked with the INTIA (a research centre for agrifood technology in Spain) to identify a way to use long pine fibres from sustainably managed local forests as a basis for the new paper. The polythene that is most commonly used for mulches can be difficult and costly to remove and leaves behind small fragments that can be consumed by animals. AgroPaperTM, on the other hand, is an eco-friendly material that safely and harmlessly biodegrades as a compost into the ground.

Tests on AgroPaperTM revealed that in many cases the crop yield actually increased. Speaking about the company’s latest breakthrough, Laurent Sellier, COO Smurfit Kappa Paper Europe, said : “At Smurfit Kappa, we believe we have a responsibility to respond to the challenge facing the environment and society as a whole today by developing the paper and packaging solutions of the future.

“Through our Better Planet Packaging initiative we’re looking to generate innovative, sustainable solutions that have a positive impact on the environment. AgroPaperTM is an example of a truly circular product that solves a critical issue for many farmers and opens up a world of possibilities.”

AgroPaperTM will be one of many innovative solutions for the agricultural sector that Smurfit Kappa is showcasing at the 27th annual Fruit Logistica event in Berlin next week.

2019-02-06 
SPaper wants to make the city of Zaragoza the natural meeting point for the Iberic paper industry

Today was inaugurated the very first edition of SPaper in Spain. This new show is held jointly with SMagua in the city of Zaragoza, 300 km from both Madrid and Barcelona. Organised by Feria Zaragoza, the event is meant to happen every two years. Among the 320 exhibitors, 80 are more specificaly addressing the pulp and paper professionals.
SPaper is obviously supported by Saica Group, whose head office is located in Zaragoza.
The Spanish producers association ASPAPEL is also a partner and took advantage if the event to hold its executive committee meeting alongside the exhibition.

2019-02-06 
Arjowiggins : proposals to take over the 3 French sites and decisions from the Commercial Court planned on February 27 and March 6

The candidates to take over the sites of the French Arjowiggins papermaking group placed in receivership filed their offers with court administrators on February 4. Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy and Finance, and Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Secretary of State, « wish that the offers of recovery make it possible to save as many jobs as possible on the sites concerned. »
These offers concern the two main facilities of the group located in the Sarthe region (coated papers, located in Bessé-sur-Braye, with 648 employees, and Le Bourray, whose factory is located in Saint-Mars-La-Brière, employing 293 people). Offers were also made for the site specializing in recycled pulp from Greenfield located in Chateau-Thierry in the Aisne region (76 employees).
These offers are now analyzed by the receiver. The scheduled hearings before the Commercial Court are planned on February 27 for the coated paper site and March 6 for the other facilities. The reception of these offers is a first step as to the possibilities of recovery of the sites.
Source : French Ministry of Economy and Finance (Minefi).

2019-02-05 
Smurfit Kappa co-brand Packaging booklet

With unprecedented consumer, business and political interest in the packaging debate, now is the time to ensure that the fundamental sustainable attributes of paper packaging are actively communicated to all those for whom paper touches their lives every day.

This is where Two Sides’ latest publication comes in : Paper Packaging – The Natural Choice. The booklet features 7 compelling reasons why paper packaging is the natural choice for brands, retailers and consumers.

Two Sides member, Smurfit Kappa, has been the first company to personalise the publication. By adding its organisation’s text and imagery to the booklet, Smurfit Kappa has created a powerful tool which can be used to raise awareness of paper packaging’s sustainability to customers and wider stakeholders.

“Paper packaging provides many benefits, from protecting products and preventing waste, to optimising logistics in the supply chain. Most importantly, it’s 100% renewable, produced sustainably and improves the environmental footprint of our customers. Paper Packaging – The Natural Choice helps us communicate these messages to consumers and brands in a simple and effective manner.” says Steven Stoffer, Group Vice President Development, Smurfit Kappa.

“We are delighted Smurfit Kappa recognises and values the information Two Sides has created. Together, we can inform consumers and businesses of the great sustainable attributes of paper and cardboard, the natural and renewable choice for packaging.” says Jonathan Tame, Managing Director, Two Sides.

2019-02-05 
Valmet introduces new fiber furnish analyzer measuring a wider range of properties online

Valmet introduces the completely redesigned Valmet Fiber Furnish Analyzer, which takes advantage of Valmet’s extensive field experience and new technology. Valmet Fiber Furnish Analyzer provides fast and precise online measurement of key fiber and furnish properties for paper, board and tissue makers.

New image analysis techniques enable the Valmet Fiber Furnish Analyzer to automatically measure a wider range of furnish properties. Additional modules can also be added to the Valmet Fiber Furnish Analyzer platform, with standardized measurements of Canadian Standard Freeness or direct Shopper-Riegler as well as a chemistry module to monitor pH and conductivity. The analyzer is ideal for process control and, with the addition of a remote manual sampling station, it is also a valuable laboratory tool providing fast and accurate analyses.

Rather than relying on infrequent and time-consuming laboratory tests, machine operators now have the information to act quickly and decisively. Better control of refining levels, monitoring of incoming pulp quality or fiber blend optimization are further improved with the built in Valmet Data Modeler and Valmet Soft Sensor, which continuously predict pulp strength properties from a combination of measured properties.

"Operators can now see fiber development and impact of process changes on pulp strength in real-time. Without waiting for physical tests, shift to shift quality variations can be greatly reduced to provide significant energy and raw material savings," says Ismo Joensuu, Product Manager, Analyzers & Measurements, Automation Business Line, Valmet.

With comprehensive self-diagnostics and Industrial Internet capabilities, including remote product and application support, measurement reliability is assured. Valmet Fiber Furnish Analyzer also enables operators to remotely activate the automatic collection of follow-up samples for later laboratory verification and automatic validation of pulp strength modeling.

Connections to existing and future mill systems are securely supported by versatile communication interfaces. The application areas of Valmet Fiber Furnish Analyzer have also been widened. A new sampler for coarse pulps is now available as well as an optional de-foamer addition to improve measurement capabilities with certain grades of pulp.

2019-02-05 
ANDRITZ to convert former groundwood reject system to TMP line at JSC Volga, Russia

ANDRITZ has received an order from JSC Volga in Balakhna, Nizhnij Novgorod Region, Russia, to rebuild the existing groundwood reject line into a TMP (thermo-mechanical pulping) line. Start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2019.

The new 180 bdmt/d TMP line will process spruce as raw material to feed existing paper machines. In order to increase the capacity of newspaper production significantly, ANDRITZ will rearrange the existing parallel layout of high-consistency (HC) refiners to a two-stage HC refining set-up and install a new chip washing and HC refiner feeding system with a new plug screw feeder and an ANDRITZ DiscFilter.

The project also comprises modernization of the existing screening and low-consistency refining system and includes the complete automation and electrification equipment with DCS system. Engineering, training, advisory services for mechanical installation work, commissioning, and start-up are also part of the scope.

JSC Volga is one of the largest Russian newsprint producers and uses 100% TMP as furnish. The company is one of the top 200 exporting companies in Russia, also ranking among the top 50 companies in the Russian forestry industry and the top 100 companies in the Nizhnij Novgorod Region.

2019-02-05 
Pöyry’s "World Fibre Outlook up to 2030": new edition released

At the moment, the fundamentals of the papermaking and specialty pulp markets look solid – earnings keep growing and market imbalances have not distorted the overall positive sentiment of the industry. The macroeconomic environment is still positive and investor optimism remains high, especially in the West, but the economic horizon is getting cloudier with various risks rising, including possible trade conflicts, Brexit, economic instability in some of the leading emerging markets, etc. And how China’s waste import ban will sway the global fibre balance ? Risks of deteriorating market balances for the pulp industry have not materialized due to still growing demand and coincidental and intentional downtime.

Pöyry’s World Fibre Outlook up to 2030 provides in-depth analysis and long-term forecasts of major economic and market trends affecting the demand, supply and pricing of papermaking fibre and specialty pulps in all key regions of the world. The main focus of the study is on pulp and recovered paper demand and changes in papermaking furnish patterns, supply, trade and pricing. Specific issues include the role of new constraints on global fibre trade, new innovative ways to overcome these constraints, role of substitution, future of specialty pulps and new drivers of price formation, to mention but a few.

The Pöyry World Fibre Outlook up to 2030 addresses many significant market issues that are of current strategic interest for the business participants. As in Pöyry’s previous global fibre market studies, the scope is global, providing demand forecasts from 2017 through 2030 for ten product areas and ten geographic regions. The study contains descriptions of key drivers which are common across many product areas, or particularly relevant to specific papermaking and specialty fibre grades. The forthcoming study also has new elements, such as boxed illustrations and case studies of selected topics.

Besides printed reports and pdf files, deliverables include a customized video conference/webcast and discussion with the idea of bringing the study findings, impacts and implications closer to issues revolving around your business. The webcast will be hosted by the authors of the study, supported by fibre market and pulp industry specialists.

Pöyry has published long-term forecasts of global pulp and recovered paper supply and demand since mid-1980s at three-year intervals. Over all these years, Pöyry’s World Fibre Outlook has become an essential reference report for all business participants, including pulp and paper companies, various suppliers and solution providers, investors, financiers, institutions, pulp traders, logistics companies and other interest groups. The latest update of the study has been published in December 2018.

2019-02-04 
PMT SRL to rebuild Dayasa PM#1 in Indonesia

Dayasa selected PMT S.R.L. for the rebuilding of PM#1 in Surabaya – Indonesia.

PT DAYASA ARIA PRIMA, a subsidiary company of PT Fajar Surya Wisesa Tbk, decided to convert the former Surya Kertas 5,1m wide paper machine from coated & uncoated P&W to corrugated medium production with an expected production of 230.000 tons per year.

PMT is the supplier of main components in the rebuild project. The scope of supply is consisting of the renovation of dewatering elements on wire section, the press section upgrade to a Tri-Ex configuration with new shoe press and the dryer section rebuild. The completion of rebuilding is represented by the installation of new tail threading systems to bring efficiency of the paper machine to the highest level.

Fajar and Dayasa have identified PMT as a global paper machinery supplier with experience in rebuild projects and specifically in paper grade conversion from graphic grades to packaging.

With this project, PMT consolidates and confirms its presence on the Asian market as high-tech equipment supplier for the paper industry.

2019-02-01 
Feldmuehle - Restart after restructuring

Feldmuehle GmbH announced on December 7, 2018 that it would concentrate on the production of Specialty Papers in the future, i.e. wet and alkali resistant Label Papers as well as Flexible Packaging Papers. In
this context, the production of graphic papers was discontinued and the paper machine 2 was shut down at the end of 2018.
On January 28, 2019, the management and the works council signed a reconciliation of interests and social plan as part of the restructuring plan. The majority of the employees accepted the company’s offer to switch to a transfer company on February 01, 2019 in order to further qualify for the job market. Feldmuehle GmbH will continue its business operations from February 01, 2019, with around 200 employees.
The new Specialty Paper business model includes all necessary measures to improve profitability and thus sustainable competitiveness of the company.
Feldmuehle GmbH will continue to serve international markets by producing highquality label and flexible packaging papers with an annual volume of approx. 75,000 tons.
Also on January 28, 2019, the insolvency proceedings over the assets of Feldmuehle GmbH were opened at the Pinneberg District Court (IN 238/18) in accordance with the management’s proposal. As in the preliminary proceedings Dr Dietmar Penzlin of Schmidt-Jortzig Petersen Penzlin Insolvenzverwaltung Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwaelten mbB, Hamburg, was appointed as solicitor.
The process continues to be self-administered. The management is working on an insolvency plan, which should be implemented by summer 2019.
All previous restructuring steps were implemented according to plan and the company complies with its current business plan.

2019-02-01 
Stora Enso launches profit protection programme to strengthen competitiveness

Stora Enso is implementing a profit protection programme intended to achieve an annual cost reduction of EUR 120 million as well as reduction of capital expenditure by about EUR 50 million compared to the earlier announced forecast. The programme includes plans to reduce costs at the Ala and Imavere sawmills and a plan to close paper machine 6 at Imatra Mills.

Stora Enso is implementing a profit protection programme of EUR 120 million targeting reductions in variable and fixed costs, as market uncertainty increases. The programme will include all divisions and corporate functions. The Group estimates that some effects will be visible already during 2019 with full impact by the end of 2020.

“We have prepared already for a year for the possibility that the markets would become weaker. Under the current geopolitical circumstances, there is a notable risk that global trade could shrink materially. Due to market risk and increasing costs, we are now taking proactive action and are implementing our profit protection programme. We do this to further strengthen our competitiveness,” says Stora Enso’s CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström.

Planned actions in Imatra, Ala and Imavere

As part of the programme, Stora Enso is planning to close paper machine 6 at Imatra Mills in Finland and to start co-determination negotiations at the mill related to this plan. With annual production capacity of 90 000 tonnes, PM6 is a small machine that has reached its end-of-life. The planned closure would result in a reduction of maximum 80 FTEs (full-time equivalents) and reorganisation of some tasks. The plan is to continue production until the maintenance break during Q3 or until the end of 2019, with an ability to deliver the committed volumes. The planned closure would cost approximately EUR 4 million related to asset write-off and costs of the co-determination process. The amount would be recorded as an item affecting comparability (IAC).

Stora Enso is also planning to take performance improvement measures at the Ala sawmill in Sweden and the Imavere sawmill in Estonia. The plan includes actions to increase productivity and reduce costs. The planned actions would result in a reduction of maximum 35 FTEs and required co-determination negotiations related to this plan have been initiated.

The detailed plans of the profit protection programme are subject to appropriate information and/or consultation of the relevant employee representative bodies where applicable, and is also subject to the relevant legal procedures and approvals.

Reduction of capital expenditure forecast

Stora Enso announced in November 2018 that it would maintain its capital expenditure (including investments to biological assets), at EUR 550–600 million in 2019, excluding the impact of IFRS 16 Leases. Stora Enso’s new capital expenditure forecast for 2019 is EUR 540–590 million, but now including the capitalised leasing contracts according to IFRS 16 Leases of approximately EUR 40 million. The new capital expenditure forecast takes into account a reduction of EUR 50 million as part of the profit protection programme. The depreciation and operational decrease in biological asset values forecast is EUR 590–630 million. This includes also the IFRS 16 impact.

Capital expenditure and depreciation forecast 2019

EUR million  Forecast 2019
Capital expenditure  540–590
Depreciation and operational decrease in biological asset values590–630

2019-02-01 
The first new & innovative products of the year to offer ever greater possibilities for a long- term partnership with customers

Fedrigoni Old Mill, X-Per and Blush Palette specialty papers for graphic design projects, packaging and printing

Fedrigoni announces the launch of three innovative specialty papers : Old Mill, X-Per new White Grade and Blush Palette. Ideal products for any graphic project, they are an optimal choice for the most demanded universal uses : from publishing to packaging or any commercial printing.

X-PER new White grade

X-Per is a range of natural papers and boards on the market with great success for over 15 years, appreciated for the pleasant special surface that allows a particularly sharp and bright printing. The traditional Premium White colour is now accompanied by a warm White for an even more personalized choice satisfying the most sensitive chromatic reproduction of the images. A very detailed range with 9 grammages for the most transversal commercial and editorial uses.

Blush Palette : designed for the world of Beauty and Cosmetics

This palette collects a selection of 12 shades of Fedrigoni papers, united by nuances inspired by complexions. What makes this palette unique is the selection of papers used : the shine of the Spendorlux Mirror Bronze, the preciousness of the Sirio Pearl Rose Gold, the delicacy of the Sirio Pearl Misty Rose next to the “terra” of Tintoretto Ceylon Cannella.

Old Mill uncoated papers and boards

Old Mill is a range of uncoated papers and boards made with FSC certified, delicately felt-marked on both sides. It is available in traditional Ivory, White and Premium White colours. Superior brightness and good stiffness mean that Old Mill is ideal for quality books, as well as brochures, annual reports and monographs. Old Mill range is also available with the special treatment “stucco”, on both sides, delivering a sharper, brighter printed result while retaining the uncoated appeal, available in Premium White and Gesso shades.
The new products represent only some of the novelties that will appear in 2019, offering to customers ever greater possibilities for their businesses. Fedrigoni provides the widest and deepest range of fine papers on the market, all manufactured in Italy under the most stringent EU environmental regulations, from the simple to the most sophisticated, assisting customers for a long-term partnership.
Thanks to the new shareholder Bain Capital from 2018 and all the investments underway in plants and product innovation, Fedrigoni is an even more a global player.

2019-02-01 
Solenis and BASF Complete Merger of Paper and Water Chemicals Businesses

The combined company will operate under the Solenis name as a global specialty chemical company focused on paper and industrial water technologies.
Following the approval of all relevant authorities, BASF and Solenis have completed the previously announced merger of BASF’s wet-end Paper and Water Chemicals business with Solenis. With pro forma sales of approximately U.S. $3 billion, the combined company will operate under the Solenis brand and is positioned to provide expanded chemical offerings and cost-effective solutions for customers in pulp, paper, oil and gas, chemical processing, mining, biorefining, power, municipal and other industrial markets.

BASF will own 49 percent of the combined company and 51 percent is collectively owned by Solenis management and funds managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R). The new Solenis has approximately 5,200 employees, with increased sales, service and production capabilities across the globe.

The merger includes the Paper and Water assets of BASF’s Performance Chemicals unit, including production sites in Bradford and Grimsby, UK ; Suffolk, Virginia, USA ; Altamira, Mexico ; Ankleshwar, India ; and Kwinana, Australia and related assets including intellectual property. BASF’s paper coating chemical business is not part of the transaction.

“Combining our strong heritages creates the leading customer-focused, global solutions provider for the paper and water industries. Customers from these industries will benefit from our joint strengths, resulting in an unparalleled and complementary range of products and services, state-of-the-art innovations and know-how,” said John Panichella, president and CEO, Solenis.

“Joining forces with Solenis is the right step for BASF’s Paper and Water Chemicals business to maintain sustainable growth. Together, we will provide the broadest scope of products and services to meet the specialty chemical needs of the global paper and water industry,” added Anup Kothari, president of BASF’s Performance Chemicals division.

"Bringing together these two highly successful and complementary businesses creates an even stronger global enterprise with enhanced prospects for long-term growth and value creation," said David Scheible, chairman of Solenis and operating advisor to CD&R.

2019-02-01 
Valmet to supply process and quality vision systems to Blue Paper SAS in France

Valmet will supply a Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System (WMS) and a Valmet IQ Web Inspection System (WIS) to Blue Paper SAS’s Paper Machine 1 in Strasbourg, France. The systems will improve the machine’s overall production efficiency.

The order is included in Valmet’s fourth quarter 2018 orders received. Typically, the value of these kinds of automation system deliveries is below EUR one million.

"As we have established a long-standing partnership with Valmet for many automation systems, we naturally wanted to look at their solution in the field of web break analysis and web inspection. The discussions we had with Valmet throughout the supplier selection process, as well as the tests we carried out on site with the WMS hardware, convinced us that the Valmet IQ process and quality vision system is a powerful integrated solution that will meet our expectations," says Vincent Muller, Electrical and Automation Manager, Blue Paper.

"Valmet is capable of offering complete automation packages, including process controls and quality controls. Valmet IQ Web Monitoring and Valmet IQ Web Inspection Systems play a vital role in developing quality and total machine efficiency. We are excited to be able to provide the applications and services needed to meet our customer’s goals and continue an effective partnership by strengthening our local presence," says Patrick Rojo, Sales Manager, Automation, Valmet.

Valmet’s delivery consists of a Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System (WMS) with 21 cameras throughout the whole production process on Paper Machine 1 and a Valmet IQ Web Inspection System that combines transmission and reflection detection. The high-speed cameras will monitor critical process areas and help operators analyze the root causes of runnability disturbances.

Blue Paper’s Strasbourg mill produces corrugated base paper made solely of 100% recovered paper in an environmentally friendly process. Blue Paper SAS was established in 2013 when UPM Kymmene Group, the previous owner of the Strasbourg LWC mill, sold the mill to German Klingele Group and Belgian VPK Packaging Group, which converted it into one of the biggest plants for the production of corrugated base paper in Europe. The 160 Blue Paper employees produce up to 400,000 tons of corrugated base paper per year.

2019-01-31 
GLV Introduces the FlexJetTM Family of Headboxes Latest paper making innovation centers on flexibility and performance.

GLV announces the launch of its new FlexJetTM line of headbox solutions, including new technology designed to optimize performance across a diverse mix of paper making machinery from linerboard, to packaging, fluff pulp, fine and specialty paper. The introduction of the FlexJetTM line expands GLV’s headbox capabilities, and provides multiple options with updated technology and tailored solutions built to serve the specific needs of mills with a wide range of applications. Models include the FlexJetTM F, FlexJetTM S, FlexJetTM R and the FlexJetTM C, specifically designed to apply Microfibrillated Cellulose (MFC) and other additives. 
“The engineering behind the development of FlexJetTM technology sought to solve problems for our customers,” explains Marc Foulger, Global Business Manager, Headboxes for GLV. “The innovative nozzle design of each FlexJetTM model offers the widest possible range of MD : CD ratio control, a key metric for optimizing sheet properties for many grades. The nozzle enables the headbox to produce a squarer sheet for grades such as linerboard, and therefore greater cross directional strength on the paper machine.” 
FlexJetTM, the newest advancement in sheet forming technology, marks GLV’s latest innovation in the company’s more than forty year history of delivering customer-centric solutions in engineering, machinery and manufacturing. The company brings the FlexJetTM technology to market after numerous successful installations and headbox replacement projects in North America, Europe and Asia. In recent years GLV has pioneered other, long-term, sustainable solutions for paper making, chemical pulping and stock preparation including the MagTrim® slitter positioning system, Coru-Lok® washer deck attachment system and the DD® series refiner.

2019-01-29 
Virginal Paper : difficult start-up and 5 M€ for a new financing

The Walloon region has decided to grant a 2,25 M€ loan to the Belgian papermaker Virginal Paper. Meanwhile the private partners, including Terje Haglund, will provide 2,75 M€. The paper site faces some financial difficulties. The start-up of the machine and the recruitment procedures have been more difficult than planned. For 2019 however, the orderbooks show a positive trend. Last December, Terje Haglund took over the German papermaker Zanders.

2019-01-25 
Dilurit® BC S-System – the state of the art in-situ biocide.

Microbiology, biofilm, Legionella, Pseudomonas are sources for several problems in water systems and therefore of main concern in the industry. A system not properly controlled can lead to high economic losses and have a direct impact on the health of the population.

Kurita has a long experience in the microbiological control and biofilm in water and paper systems. During the last decades, the Kurita R&D developed a complete biocide product range with a broad efficiency against problems caused by microbial life.

To complete our broad range we developed an in-situ biocide system, controlled and dosed by Kurita´s tailor-made dosing equipment :
The Dilurit® BC S-System :

 a fast and easy detectable oxidizing biocide.
 a monochloramine will be generated
 that decomposes 100% in environmentally innocuous inorganic compounds.

Dilurit® BC S-System has extremely high disinfection rate against :

 Any kind of slime-forming microorganism
 Sulfate-reducing bacteria
 Filamentous bacteria

Kurita’s advanced Dilurit® BC S-System is a mild oxidizer with a broad spectrum of efficacy, a long-lasting effectiveness and a good compatibility with other process chemicals.

Our team of experts have a proven knowledge in solving any microbiology-related problem. In addition, we supply state-of-the-art makeup and dosing equipment as well as on-line monitoring and control technology. All our biocides are non-toxic and comply with the EU-Biocides-Regulation.

Optimum required dosage is ensured by just in time reaction with Dilurit® BC S-System. As a result, economical and efficient use of the applied products and a smooth plant operation controlled by a continuous online monitoring system is achieved.
Briefly, the benefits with Dilurit® BC S-System are :

 Outstanding performance in a broad pH range (pH 6 -10) – even under challenging conditions (neg. system ORP, high conductivity). 
 State-of-the-art make-up and dosage system : 100 % conversion of the reactive components. No AOX (adsorbable organic halogens) and THM (trihalomethanes) formation.
 A very selective oxidizer ; no negative effects on process chemicals.
 The biology does not adopt itself to the biocide. Excellent performance in slime control.
 Significantly reduced operation costs compared to other oxidizing systems.
 Real-time process monitoring via CI- and ORP- measurements.

State of the art dosage system available in 3 different versions :

Kurita has developed 3 different dosing systems to optimize the treatment and to automatize the dosage and control of the product application. Each one of these systems is tailored to be able to treat a different kind of applications.

 Economic : dosing pumps controlled by water counter (fixed ratio)
 Comfort : Via cooling tower controller, pH-controlled, (fixed flow)
 Total Control : “Own” controller, flow-rate via a pump, pH-controlled

2019-01-25 
On a visit to Voith, CEO of German Koehler Paper Group inspects the manufacturing process of the world's largest MG cylinder

Voith’s South American headquarters, located in the Jaraguá district, in São Paulo, Brazil, welcomed Mr. Kai Furler, CEO of the German Koehler Paper Group, for a visit in the first half of December 2018. The executive came to Voith Brazil to inspect the manufacturing process of the world’s largest MG cylinder (with a diameter of 7.3 meters, weighing 180 tons), which will be shipped in early 2019 to Koehler’s mill located in the German city of Kehl.

The Koehler Paper Group, already leading the market with a variety of spe-cialty papers, will use the new paper machine with its MG cylinder to pro-duce paper for flexible packaging, aiming at replacing petrol-based packag-ing with fiber-based materials from renewable sources. The goal is to re-place plastic with paper where it is viable.

Manufactured out of carbon steel plates, the MG cylinder yields higher smoothness on one side of the paper during the manufacturing process. As Koehler’s long-standing business partner, Voith has already supplied other machines to the German paper producer.

Manufactured entirely in Brazil, the MG cylinder stands for the quality and reliability of the work carried out by Voith’s Brazilian staff, and it bears wit-ness to the capabilities of the manufacturing shop located in São Paulo, which produces components for customers worldwide. In addition to the MG cylinder, Voith Brazil’s scope of supply includes smaller, 1.8-meter diameter cylinders that will also be shipped to Koehler’s plant in Kehl.

During his visit, Kai Furler toured the entire Voith plant in São Paulo, includ-ing the Tissue Innovation Center, an industry benchmark for the develop-ment of new products.

“The visit was excellent, and the cylinder will soon be shipped to its final destination,” said Hjalmar Fugmann, President of Voith Paper South Ameri-ca. “From our side, we feel a strong sense of mission accomplished, as well as the pride of participating in another bold project like this one, which rein-forces our position as a full-line supplier for the paper industry with a focus on promoting cutting-edge technologies for our customers.”

2019-01-24 
Archroma launches Leucophor® AFCN, a new FDA-approved OBA aimed for food contact, high-whiteness packaging and paper

Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, today announced the introduction of a new optical brightening agent (OBA) specially designed for food packaging and paper, Leucophor® AFCN liq. The newly launched OBA has been approved for food contact by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Urbanization and digitalization are rapidly changing our lifestyle. People around the globe are increasingly purchasing and consuming on the go. A growing part of food containers are made from renewable sources, such as paper and board. It is necessary to ensure that these paper containers are free from substances that would be harmful for the consumer.
Archroma is committed to continuously challenge the status quo in the deep belief that we can make our industry sustainable. We strive to introduce innovations that allow safe, efficient and enhanced manufacturing processes - and end products.
Leucophor® AFCN liq was designed with these guiding principles in mind :

 Leucophor® AFCN liquid has approval for use in food-contact paper and paperboard under FDA Food Contact Notification 1921, which became effective on 9 November 2018.
 Leucophor® AFCN liq is ideally suited for stock application and for use in coating formulations that contain polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH), carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) or casein as a secondary binder.
 Leucophor® AFCN liq is a disulphonated OBA, with a characteristically high substantivity in the wet-end delivering the papermaker cost savings through the ability to make more rapid grade changes.

"There is a fast-growing demand for food packaging made with paper and board, and our Leucophor® AFCN liquid OBA has been developed to help manufacturers to respond to that demand”, comments Andrew Jackson, Global Product Manager Optical Brightening Agents, Paper Solutions Business, Archroma.
“Complementing our FDA-compliant tetrasulphonated OBAs and shading colorants, Leucophor® AFCN liquid provides our customers with greater flexibility to produce attractive, white, paper-based packaging and containers for food applications. Because it’s our nature !”

2019-01-24 
The proposal of Valmet's Nomination Board for the composition and remuneration of the Board of Directors

Proposal for the composition of the Board of Directors

Valmet’s Nomination Board proposes to the next Annual General Meeting, which is planned to be held on March 21, 2019, that the number of members of the Board of Directors for the term expiring at the close of the Annual General Meeting 2020 will be seven and that

 Aaro Cantell, Pekka Kemppainen, Monika Maurer, Eriikka Söderström, Tarja Tyni and Rogerio Ziviani are re-elected as Board members,
 Mikael Mäkinen is elected as a new Board member,
 Mikael Mäkinen is elected as the Chairman of the Board and Aaro Cantell is re-elected as the Vice-Chairman of the Board

Bo Risberg, Chairman of the Valmet Board of Directors, has informed the company in August 2018 that he will not be available for re-election to the Board of Directors in the next Annual General Meeting. Bo Risberg has served as the Chairman of Valmet’s Board of Directors since 2015.

The Nomination Board notes that the proposed new Chairman of the Board, Mikael Mäkinen, is evaluated as being independent of the company and the significant shareholders.

Proposed new Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mikael Mäkinen (MSc (Eng.), born 1956, Finnish citizen) works as President, Marine at Rolls-Royce Plc since 2014. He is a member of the Rolls-Royce Executive Team. Prior to this, Mäkinen was President of MacGregor during 2012-2014 and President and CEO of Cargotec Corporation during 2006-2012. He held several positions within Wärtsilä Group between 1982-2006.

Proposal for the remuneration of the Board of Directors

The Nomination Board proposes that the remuneration for the Chairman of the Board, for the Vice-Chairman of the Board and for each Board member be increased by 10 percent.

The Nomination Board proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the annual remuneration payable to the members of the Board of Directors to be elected at the Annual General Meeting for the term until the close of the Annual General Meeting in 2020 be as follows :

 EUR 110,000 for the Chairman of the Board (2018 : 100,000),
 EUR 66,000 for the Vice-Chairman of the Board (2018 : 60,000),
 EUR 52,800 for each Board member (2018 : 48,000).

Furthermore, the Nomination Board proposes that a base fee of EUR 7,000 shall be paid for each member of the Audit Committee, EUR 14,000 for the Chairman of the Audit Committee, EUR 4,000 for each member of the Remuneration and HR Committee, and EUR 6,000 for the Chairman of the Remuneration and HR Committee.

In addition, the Nomination Board proposes that a meeting fee in the amount of EUR 700 shall be paid for those members whose place of residence is in Nordic countries, EUR 1,400 for those members whose place of residence is elsewhere in Europe and EUR 2,800 for those members whose place of residence is outside of Europe for the Board meetings attended, including the meetings of the committees of the Board of Directors. 

The Nomination Board proposes to the Annual General Meeting that as a condition for the annual remuneration the members of the Board of Directors are obliged, directly based on the Annual General Meeting’s decision, to use 40 percent of the fixed annual remuneration for purchasing Valmet Oyj shares at a price formed on a regulated market on the main list of Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange and that the purchase will be carried out within two weeks from the publication of the Interim Review for the period January 1, 2019 to March 31, 2019.

The Nomination Board

Antti Mäkinen (Managing Director, Solidium Oy) acted as the Chairman of the Nomination Board. The other members the Nomination Board were Satu Huber (CEO, Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company), Risto Murto (CEO, Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company), Jouko Pölönen (President and CEO, Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company) and Bo Risberg as an expert member in his capacity as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Valmet Oyj.

Valmet’s Board of Directors will include these proposals into the notice of the Annual General Meeting of 2019, which is estimated to be published on February 7, 2019.

2019-01-24 
P&G Joins TerraCycle’s Loop – an Environmentally Friendly and Convenient E-Shopping Platform – With 11 Household Brands

The Procter & Gamble Company today announced the introduction of reusable, refillable packaging on some of its most popular products as part of a new effort that aims to change the world’s reliance on single use packaging and disposable waste. Additionally, new “collect and recycle” circular solutions that help eliminate waste were also introduced as part of a partnership with LoopTM , a circular e-commerce platform developed by international recycling leader TerraCycle. Many of P&G’s largest global brands, including PanteneTM, TideTM, CascadeTM and Oral-BTM will participate in this innovative platform later this year.

2019-01-24 
Leading Industry 4.0 players collaborate to help manufacturers accelerate digital transformation

New initiative targeted to launch at Hannover Messe 2019
Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), McKinsey & Company, SAP, Siemens and TÜV SÜD today announced a collaboration to support companies, both big and small, scale the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies.
The collaboration aims to develop tools and offerings that can accelerate the digital transformation of manufacturers in Singapore and internationally. This is achieved by leveraging the collective expertise of :
- EDB, the lead economic agency of Singapore, will focus on industry development and ecosystem building to transform its industries and create good job opportunities for Singaporeans.
- McKinsey & Company, a leading global management consulting firm, will serve as a Knowledge Partner with its experience in helping companies undertake process redesign, technology road-mapping and organisational capability development.
- SAP, a world leader in business software and digital technologies, helps manufacturing companies become more intelligent with end-to-end process agility and business innovation.
- Siemens provides a holistic and industry-specific portfolio for the digital transformation of the discrete and process industries. It comprises automation as well as Industrial Software, Industrial Communication,
Industrial Security and Industrial Services including consulting over the entire lifecycle to support manufacturers to implement their individual digital transformation project.

TÜV SÜD, a global testing, inspection, certification and training company ensures Industry 4.0 solutions are safe, secure and reliable.
In 2017, EDB and TÜV SÜD launched the Smart Industry Readiness Index, which is a diagnostic tool to help companies assess their readiness for transformation (see Annex B). The Index has been substantially applied in Singapore and is being rolled out in Indonesia, Thailand, India, USA, Europe and Japan.
As a next step, EDB in collaboration with McKinsey & Company, SAP, Siemens, and TÜV SÜD will enhance the Index with a computational tool that helps companies identify and recommend focus areas and digital initiatives to prioritise based on their individual readiness score and current financial performance. This “Prioritisation Matrix”, will be launched at Hannover Messe 2019, alongside a white paper detailing its concept and development.

2019-01-24 
Experiences of UPM's and Yara's recycled fertiliser project taken to good use

UPM’s and Yara’s joint nutrient recycling project has been completed. The Finnish Ministry of the Environment granted funding to this project under the Raki 2 nutrient recycling programme to investigate the possibility of developing a functional and cost-efficient recycled fertiliser for industrial-scale production. During the project, the companies developed an organomineral fertiliser with moderately good yield results. As the production process turned out to be both technically and financially challenging, no profitable business could be generated from the project.

The research and development was carried out at the UPM Research Centre in Lappeenranta, Finland and at Yara’s Research Station in Vihti, Finland and Reseach Center in Hanninghof, Germany. During the project, the sludge generated from pulp and paper manufacturing processes was dried and complemented with mineral nutrients that are easier for the plants to utilise. Finally, the product was pelletised to facilitate transport, storage and spreading.

The pot trials conducted in Hanninghof determined how well ryegrass is able to utilise the nitrogen and phosphorus derived from sludge, which, in turn, has a substantial effect on the quality and yield of the crop. The results showed that ryegrass was only able to utilise approximately 40 per cent of the total nitrogen and phosphorus in sludge, whereas the percentages for mineral nitrogen and mineral phosphorus were approximately 80 per cent and 70 per cent respectively. Field trials conducted at the Kotkaniemi Research Station showed that the yield from recycled fertiliser was 20 per cent lower compared to mineral fertiliser with an equivalent amount of total nitrogen. The proportion of nitrogen derived from sludge was 20 per cent, at most. In practical field trials, the size and durability of the recycled fertiliser pellets proved to be a challenge for the fertiliser spreaders used today. Further product development is therefore still needed.

"The objective set for our collaboration project was to develop an effective, industrial-scale nutrient solution, in which recycled fertiliser plays a part in producing clean domestic food profitably with minimum environmental emissions", Timo Räsänen, Commercial Director, Yara Suomi says. "Recycled nutrients are part of the nutrient solutions of the future. We will together with UPM utilise the learnigns from the project and continue developing the further end-uses for sludge",Timo Räsänen says.

"The Raki2 programme has built a strong framework for industrial collaboration, and has sped up the practical research to establish sustainable end-uses for sludge", Esa Laurinsilta, Director of Strategic Partnerships at UPM says. "We have gained high volumes of valuable research data that both companies can utilise in the future - either in collaboration or separately - for raw-material processing and product development. Public funding plays an important role in enabling groundbreaking circular-economy projects, and together with Yara, we would like to thank the Finnish Ministry of the Environment for sharing the financial risk with us", Esa Laurinsilta concludes.

2019-01-24 
Changes in Valmet's executive team

Juha Lappalainen, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Operational Development (SOD) has successfully lead Valmet’s Strategy and Operational Development corporate function since 2015. Juha wants now to move closer to the business and will start in a new position in Valmet’s Services business line as of March 1, 2019. In his new role he will concentrate on managing strategic projects of the business line and reports to Aki Niemi, Business Line President, Services.

Due to this change, Valmet will divide the Strategy and Operational Development function so that the Strategy function will be integrated into Valmet’s Finance corporate function lead by CFO Kari Saarinen. Julia Macharey, currently holding the position of Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Valmet, is appointed Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Operational Development. The changes are effective as of March 1, 2019.

2019-01-24 
Toscotec’s Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD starts up at CMPC in Argentina.

Papelera del Plata, part of CMPC Tissue Latam group, fired up a TT SYD-12FT supplied by Toscotec. The new TT SYD is installed on PM3 at Papelera del Plata - Zarate mill in Argentina. This is a repeated order for Toscotec, who in 2010 fired up another TT SYD at CMPC Tissue’s Industria Papelera Uruguaya SA in Uruguay. These TT SYD replaced two existing Steel Yankee dryers supplied by another manufacturer.

The new TT SYD-12FT features a diameter of 3,660 mm and a face width of 2,800 mm. The scope of supply includes Toscotec’s patented deckle insulation system, which allows for safe and practical application of the deckle insulation on the Yankee’s heads without any machining, the drive group, support and bearings, and the main components of the steam and condensate system. The service package included the engineering design, installation supervision, commissioning and start-up assistance, as well as onsite training program.

Simone Pieruccini, Toscotec’s Pressure Vessel Technical Manager, says “In order to meet the stringent delivery requirements of the customer, we manufactured and delivered the TT SYD in record time. From the project kick-off meeting to the notice of goods ready for shipment, it took us only 3 and a half months. Thanks to the good cooperation with Papelera del Plata, installation, commissioning and start-up were very successful and the TT SYD started performing well from day one.”

2019-01-24 

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