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Valmet selected to provide automation services to seven Dalkia biomass power plants in France

Valmet has been selected to supply automation services to seven Dalkia power plants in France for the next five years. The agreements cover the biomass power plants in Facture, Rennes, Tours, Angers, Limoges, Orléans and Strasbourg.

The service agreements are a step forward in the cooperation between Dalkia and Valmet.

Laurent François, plant director of Dalkia Rennes : "I have been working with Valmet DNA system since its first implementation in Dalkia’s Facture power plant. The system has proven to be reliable and very user-friendly for the plant operators. In order to maintain the optimum performance level of the system, we decided to sign service agreements on the global level for all Dalkia plants running with Valmet DNA. In addition, we are implementing Valmet DNA Advanced Process Control (APC) in our Dalkia Rennes plant."

"Valmet has been cooperating with Dalkia for about 8 years. I’m very proud that with this agreement, Dalkia shows their continued confidence in our services. Our long-term partnership and life cycle services are a key success factor for Dalkia and the company’s very specific policy to standardize the automation systems and related services of the biomass power plants in Facture, Rennes, Tours, Angers, Limoges, Orléans and Strasbourg," says Hédi Azzouz, Valmet’s Country Manager of Automation business line, France and North Africa.

Dalkia’s first Valmet DNA system was delivered in 2010 to the Facture biomass power plant with Valmet BFB boiler. Being satisfied with the Valmet automation system, Dalkia chose to equip six new biomass plants also with Valmet DNA.

The scope of the initial Valmet service agreements included services such as maintenance visits, remote access, on-call support and software upgrade service in the frame of Valmet DNA Perfect life. The new agreements will include the roadmap to upgrade the whole system on each site once during the five years’ contract to ensure a state-of-the art, reliable and up-to-date platform for Dalkia to operate their plants.

Information about the customer Dalkia

Dalkia, a subsidiary of the EDF Group, is one of the leading providers of energy services in France, and offers its clients tailor-made solutions scaled to fit each building, city, municipality, region and industrial site. Dalkia is France’s leading operator of wood fired power plants, with a capacity to turn close to two million tonnes of biomass into energy every year. Dalkia’turnover in 2016 was EUR 3,5 billion with 12 887 employees, providing energy services to 2,100 industrial sites in France.

2018-11-28 
UPM supports choreographer Hanna Brotherus' "An ode to the forest" dance work for the opening of Helsinki's new central library Oodi

The choreographer and dance artist Hanna Brotherus’ "Oodi metsälle" (an ode to the forest) dance work will be premiered on Friday at the opening ceremony of Oodi, Helsinki’s new central library. UPM supports the dance work, which depicts the birth of civilisation and literacy.

The full dance work, with 207 performers, will be shown at the public opening on Wednesday, 5 December. It progresses from the outdoor stage to the three floors of Oodi, reflecting the interaction between nature and people : the growth of seeds to saplings, and the journey trees make to become paper, books and civilisation.

The core theme of Hanna Brotherus’ work is the forest. The forest is also present in the dancers’ costumes, which are made from paper.

"The forest inspires and it is also a place to rest. The forest is the nature’s library. Flying birds, raging winds and murmuring brooks, as well as the flora and fauna, are as rich as the people who we now welcome to the central library. In the forest and in the library, you have the freedom to meet with your thoughts and to honour science and art, wisdom and your fellow men," says Hanna Brotherus.

"We have been pleased to have been looking at the construction of the new library from close by. Forests have always inspired Finns, as well as science and art. Forests have also helped Finland to prosper. Encouraging reading and learning is important for UPM and libraries play a key role in doing it well," notes Pirkko Harrela, Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations, UPM.

"UPMers have already been interested in the library’s activities in advance. We have agreed on a long-term collaboration with the new central library, Oodi, as UPM’s volunteers will lend a helping hand in organising workshops for children," she continues.

Altogether, the dance work features 207 performers, ranging from children to elderly people. In addition to professional dancers, students from local schools, elderly people from various parts of Helsinki and the Sibelius Academy Chamber Choir, conducted by Reijo Aittakumpu, will perform.

In addition to UPM, "an ode to the forest" is carried out in collaboration with the Finnish Association for rural culture and education.

An ode to the forest

Choreography and direction : Hanna Brotherus

Music composition and sound : John Brotherus

Costume design : Karoliina Koiso-Kanttila

Set design : Jonathan Maxwell

Choreographer assistant : Johanna Ikola

Production assistant : Tara Nyman

Production : Hanna Brotherus Company

2018-11-28 
The Navigator Company increase Folio and Reels prices in Middle East, Africa and Turkey

The Navigator Company has started to communicate today to their Client Base in Middle East, Africa and Turkey, the new prices to be applied from 2nd January, 2019, on Folio and Reels by 100 euro/ton (115 USD/ton), due to low profitability.
Orders received by all our customers are subject to agreements on new prices and delivery time in the first quarter of 2019 can be much longer than usual for our Company.
The Navigator Company sells its products to 130 countries over five continents, under its own paper brands with a strong reputation for superior and consistent quality - Navigator, Pioneer, Inacopia, Discovery, Soporset and Inaset.

2018-11-27 
UPM strengthens the foundations of the bioeconomy with a new biodiversity commitment

UPM has today published a new biodiversity commitment, which is one of the company’s responsibility targets for 2030. The new commitment and programme will be presented today at the Conference of the Parties (COP14) of the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

The aim of the commitment is to continuously improve the diversity of UPM’s own forests in Finland. The company owns 570,000 hectares of forest, and managing these forests sustainably is essential to ensure the supply of wood.

UPM’s own forests are strategically significant for wood supply, forest research, development of industry’s best practices and training of employees. Improving biodiversity is part of the company’s sustainable forest management. This protects water resources, promotes multiple use of forests and ensures the growth of forests that act as carbon sinks to mitigate climate change.

"Preserving biodiversity is the prerequisite of life. Moreover, it creates a basis for a sustainable bioeconomy and its limitless opportunities. Preserving biodiversity has been the key focus area in developing modern forestry. Now is the right time to announce this target which upgrades our approach to very practical collaboration and develops monitoring and verification methods. With this target and our actions, we want to open up new opportunities for different land uses that are guaranteed not to endanger natural resources or habitats. This is the only safe and sustainable way of moving from a fossil-based economy to bioeconomy," says Timo Lehesvirta, Sustainable Forestry Lead, Forest Global, UPM.

"It has been widely discussed that we need to mainstream biodiversity in all sectors of society. It’s the only way to stop nature loss. Initiatives from the business sector play an important role in this work. I wish that the example set by UPM encourages also other actors in this field to give their own commitments," says Kimmo Tiilikainen, Finland’s Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing.

UPM has carried out its biodiversity protection programme in company forests for over 20 years. The programme is based on an analysis of the essential differences between natural forests and commercial forests. Thanks to the programme, the ratios of tree species have diversified and the amount of deadwood, which is valuable to many forest species, is increasing. Some species are specialised to grow in conditions that differ from the surrounding forest environment. There are 38,000 protected habitats in UPM forests, and the programme protects all of them. Additionally, the programme develops new forest regeneration methods and collaborates with stakeholders in order to, for example, restore mires and small waterways.

The implementation of the biodiversity target and related actions are monitored by an independent group of researchers in the field. The researchers focus on the suitability of the actions taken and the use and development of measurement methods.

"Stopping the deterioration of natural diversity and turning the direction is one of the most important targets of our lifetime," says Liisa Rohweder, the Secretary General of WWF Finland. "To achieve this target, we need everyone’s efforts. UPM’s commitment is a bold and necessary step. It is important that the indicators used by UPM are strongly aligned with the UN’s Aichi-biodiversity targets. We will closely monitor the implementation of UPM’s biodiversity program," Liisa Rohweder continues.

The biodiversity programme will be carried out according to the annual plan, and the operations and results will be reported transparently.

2018-11-27 
Mohawk Expands Greycon’s Finite Scheduling Model across Envelope and Substrate Converting Business

Mohawk has appointed Greycon to roll out opt-Studio to its envelope and substrate converting business.

Greycon’s solution was first implemented in Mohawk’s paper manufacturing and converting operations in 1996 and this roll out includes the opt-Studio ATP/CTP (Available to Promise/Capacity to Promise) module to improve customer service levels and on-time delivery.

Mohawk, a fourth generation, family-owned business, makes fine papers and envelopes for the professional design and print communities. Products are developed to support the full range of printing platforms – from letterpress to offset to toner and ink jet. Mohawk distributes to 60 countries around the world and operates three paper machines in two mills in upstate New York and two converting facilities in New York and Ohio, with warehouses in New York, Ohio, California, Washington and the Netherlands.
John Angleson, Senior Vice-President of Supply Chain at Mohawk said : “We recognise the value Greycon’s solution has provided in scheduling visibility, improved customer service and operational efficiency with its finite scheduling optimisation. As a result of the excellent results we experienced with the earlier installations, we decided to invest in the expansion project. We are now able to see aspects of our schedules that we’ve never seen before. Within the first seven days we were able to resolve some critical backlog issues.”

Jay Jordan, Sales Manager for Greycon North America commented : “We are excited to be rolling out opt-Studio in Mohawk to include its envelope and substrate converting business - the Finite Scheduling Model will provide Mohawk with full visibility of production schedules across its operations.”

2018-11-27 
A.Celli R-WAY® AGV: moving to the future!

A.Celli R-WAY® AGV : moving to the future !
A.Celli Group presents a highly flexible solution for the handling and storage of rolls in complete safety

The issues are now resolved with the A.Celli R-WAY AGV, an automatic guided movement system for continuous production, which can guarantee absolute safety for the operators and the structure.

The A.Celli R-WAY AGV, developed in partnership with Tecnoferrari, is extremely easy to install and maintain and was designed to simplify the flows and processes of production sites where there is a strong emphasis on complete automation.

The A.Celli R-WAY AGV is flexible, fast and smart : fully in keeping with INDUSTRY 4.0, it interacts and communicates with the data analysis and tracking systems and meets the specific and individual needs of each manufacturer.

It also reduces the cost of manual labour, speeds up management and eliminates any risk of damage to the structures and the product.

2018-11-27 
Temporary management arrangements in UPM Biorefining Business Area

Jussi Pesonen, President and CEO of UPM, will assume, on top of his regular duties, temporary responsibility as the Head of UPM Biorefining. The businesses and the transformative growth initiatives in Uruguay and biofuels formerly reporting to Heikki Vappula, will continue operations with existing resources and plans.

UPM will initiate a process for permanent management arrangements in due course.

UPM Biorefining consists of pulp, timber and biofuels businesses. UPM has three pulp mills in Finland and one mill and plantation operation in Uruguay. UPM operates four sawmills and one biorefinery in Finland. The main customers of UPM Biorefining are tissue, specialty paper and board producers in the pulp industry, fuel distributors in the biofuel industry and construction and joinery industries in the timber sector.

2018-11-26 
With Brand Repositioning, GL&V Officially Becomes GLV

New image marks next phase for pulp & paper equipment manufacturer

Global solutions provider for the pulp and paper industry, GLV, has announced the rebranding of its formal company name and logo. Formerly known as GL&V, the new brand reflects GLV’s venerable history while aligning the company for long-term success in pulp and paper production.

“GLV equipment, parts and service bring together the people and brands that mills have trusted for decades, with the latest innovations that impact pulp and paper today,” explains Drew Humphries, President of GLV. “With projects and customers all over the world, we are committed to growing as ‘one GLV’ so that we can fulfill our mission to deliver long-term, sustainable solutions that create peace of mind forever. That is the promise we make to our customers.” 

That brand promise was the driving force behind GLV’s new image, as well as its slogan : “Our Team. Your Performance.” The GLV story is rooted in innovation, expansion and continuous improvement. Founded in Quebec, Canada in 1975, GL&V (Groupe Laperriere & Verreault) grew through strategic partnerships, acquisitions and new developments in equipment manufacturing. Over the following forty years, the firm built up an installed base in over thirty countries, with technical centers now located in the United States, Canada, Sweden, India and Brazil. Today, GLV is pioneering technology that redefines efficiency in pulp and paper making with inventive products such as the Coru-Lok washer deck attachment system, MagTrimTM slitter positioning system and the DF-6000 Deflaker.

GLV’s new look represents a renewed, unified and global approach to delivering a top-of-the-line experience for the current and future generations of pulp and paper customers. The phased roll out of the reimagined GLV brand will be completed by December 31, 2018.

2018-11-26 
Another PMP Intelli-Jet V® Hydraulic Headbox at Australian Paper’s (Australia) has been successfully brought on stream!

In July 2017, PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) signed a contract for a delivery of wet end rebuild with a new Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox, fourdrinier and reel rebuild for Australian Paper’s paper machine (PM4) located in Morwell, Australia.
It is a big pleasure to announce that PM4 with new PMP Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox, fourdrinier and reel has started up smoothly on September 10th at 4:12 am of local time. First jumbo roll appeared on the reel at 4:54 am. Two days later, machine started to produce saleable paper.
The scope of supply covered new 4-channel Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox of 7 m pondside. This unit ensures excellent formation and production flexibility for the mill (basis weight from 110 to 270 g/m2). Headbox technology is a part of PMP’s Intelli-Paper® platform for papermakers. Over the years PMP Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox has become an iconic solution in the Pulp & Paper Industry. Currently, there are over 150 PMP’s headboxes working successfully on 6 continents.
The scope of delivery included also stock approach equipment (attenuator, LS Screens – 3 units), fourdrinier and reel rebuild.
The project goal was to improve CD profile, tensile ratio and formation of the final product and increase the machine speed to 750 mpm. It is worth to mention that it is already second PMP Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox working in Australian Paper Maryvale mill. The first one was implemented on PM2 on April 2018. This is a good example of a solid partnership between PMP and Australian leader in paper making.

2018-11-26 
Heikki Vappula, Executive Vice President of UPM Biorefining, believed to have died in a plane crash

Heikki Vappula, Executive Vice President of UPM Biorefining, believed to have died in a plane crash

Executive Vice President of UPM Biorefining Business Area, Heikki Vappula is believed to have died in a plane crash while on a private trip in Zimbabwe on Friday. The authorities have confirmed that his name appears on the passenger list of the crashed plane.

Heikki Vappula was 51 years old. He joined UPM in 2006 as Senior Vice President of Global Sourcing. During 2010-2013 he acted as the President of Energy & Pulp Business Group. Since 2013 he held his current position. He was also a member of the Board of Finnish Forest Industries Federation. Before joining the forest industry Heikki had a successful career in Nokia Corporation for 13 years.

"We owe a debt of gratitude to Heikki who was a visionary and inspiring executive, always hungry for results. His insights and energy will be greatly missed by colleagues as well as business partners around the world," says Jussi Pesonen, President and CEO of UPM.

"On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire Executive Team, I wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to Heikki’s family. We wish everybody to respect the privacy of Heikki’s family. This tragedy escapes all words."

2018-11-26 
New record for Lucart’s plant in Avigliano: 2,000 days without injuries

The plant located in the province of Potenza is once again a shining example of occupational safety

Thanks to the commitment of its 85 employees, Lucart’s plant in Avigliano, in the province of Potenza, has set a great record : almost 5 and a half years without occupational injuries. It is one of Italy’s finest facilities, especially in Southern Italy, dedicated to the production of high-quality, high-performance dry paper hygiene products, such as the well-known Tutto brand.

‘We achieved this goal through excellent teamwork,’ said Saverio Sarubbo, Manager of Lucart’s plant in Avigliano. ‘Sharing the “value” of safety with all our workers, and not just with our external suppliers, has certainly laid the foundations for this success. We have maintained an ongoing dialogue between top management and employees, which has helped us to eliminate hazardous conditions, thus promoting a true culture of safety.’

Continuous staff training, a structured system for reporting potential danger warnings, plant compliance, investments in modern machine safety devices and the commitment of Lucart’s management and of its 85 workers : these are the key elements that have enabled the plant in Avigliano to set a new record, exceeding the previous one, set in 2016, of 1,000 days without injuries.

“We are proud of the fact that we are celebrating another successful achievement for our Group as well as a historic milestone,” commented Massimo Pasquini, CEO of Lucart. “The solutions adopted in Avigliano will be used as a reference standard for all of the Group’s production sites in Italy, hoping to soon celebrate a new goal, namely zero injuries.”

The occupational health and safety management system of the plant in Avigliano, as in all the other plants of the Group in Italy, is certified according to the OHSAS 18001 standard.

2018-11-26 
A. Celli Paper will supply the new Global Hygiène’s tissue machine in Charavines, France

The new tissue machine Global Hygiène will build in Charavines (South-East of France, in the Grenoble region) will be supplied by the Italian company A. Celli Paper. The capacity of the machine will be 32,000 tpy. The TM will be able to produce tissue paper from virgin and recycled fibers. The commissioning is planned in late 2019-beginning of 2020.

2018-11-23 
Atip Awards in Grenoble

The French Technical Association of Paper Industry (ATIP) has awarded its traditional Innovation Trophees during a Gala dinner which took place in Grenoble on November 20. This year, the winners are :
• Gold : ACA (represented by Fanel Solutions in the French market). ACAV AX 100 is a new Viscometer for Optimum Coater Runnability. This High Shear Viscometer is a easy to use instrument for analysing the viscosity of coating materials. ACA AX-100 uses a piston driven mechanical principle to provide complete and precise shear rate analysis. It enables fast and easy shear rate dependent viscosity measurement. It also offers very high correlation to coater runnability. In addition, it is a reliable tool for raw material quality control, coating defect diagnostics and coating development colors.

• Silver : Valmet (Polarized forming fabrics). In the polarized structure, the machine direction yarns on both the paper side and the roll side are shifted to form an off-stacked structure. This special structure removes the direct drainage channels traditionally used in forming fabrics. Polarized structure improves the machine runnability and performance.

• Bronze : LGP2 (PaperTouch). New way to produce paper sheets with electronic functions in paper stuff whithout need for adhesive. This process is patented.

Full coverage will be published in the next issue of “La Papeterie Magazine”.

2018-11-23 
Gold Certificate Industry 4.0 for Sulzer’s BLUE BOX

Sulzer’s BLUE BOX™ IoT Advanced Analytics has won the Gold Certificate Industry 4.0 at the Swiss Digital Economy Awards in the category Highest Digital Quality. BLUE BOX uses existing pump data to cut costs in pump operation and maintenance considerably.

The Swiss Digital Economy Awards are presented by the industry association SwissICT, the Association of Swiss Internet Companies Simsa and the specialist publisher Netzmedien. The certificate honors outstanding achievements in information and communication technologies. At this year’s awards 19 finalists from a range of industrial and commercial businesses competed for the honors in four categories. Each finalist has been scrutinized by a panel of industry experts. The judging panel explained Sulzer’s nomination : “The innovative integration of IoT (Internet of Things) into an existing productive environment and, thus, the optimal use of IoT convinced the jury. An existing value chain has been equipped with IoT solutions and offers a high customer added value. The selected combination of technical, procedural and people quality is a shining example of a high maturity in the development process based on the chosen MVP (minimum viable product) approach up to the marketable product.”

The BLUE BOX™ by Sulzer is a set of smart software services leveraging the Internet of Things for asset optimization and real-time predictive maintenance. Using Sulzer’s Advanced Analytics Engine, BLUE BOX encompasses the capabilities of data capture, integration, visualization and big data analytics tied together for the explicit purpose of improving the reliability, efficiency and performance of physical assets. BLUE BOX also includes the concepts of condition monitoring, predictive forecasting and real-time actionable insights through remote process transparency. All data analysis components including data modeling, real-time predictive analytics and machine learning are performed in the Sulzer secure cloud platform. Further, this cloud-based solution simplifies regulatory compliance with a minimal IT footprint and was designed to be easily scalable.

Marc Heggemann, Head of Group Commercial Digital Solutions, said : “What makes BLUE BOX unique is its minimal digital footprint and secure connection to process data that can be gathered without the need for additional hardware. Combined with our expertise in pump manufacturing and maintenance, this cutting-edge data analysis tool can deliver long-term improvements and cost reductions.”

2018-11-22 
Xinxiang Xinya Group confirms its trust in A.Celli Group

In Henan Province, Xinxiang Xinya Paper Group Co. Ltd holds the first place in the paper industry. The company mainly produces white coated and printing papers. The Group’s production capacity is 800,000 tons per year.

In 2005 A.Celli Paper already supplied the customer with a rewinder AC842 for the PM1 machine with the same characteristics as the one recently sold : suitable for processing medium-high weight paper grades (between 180 and 400 gsm), design speed 2000 mpm and untrimmed roll width of 3420 mm.

Fully satisfied with the A.Celli rewinder purchased at the time, the excellent quality of the winding process and the assistance received during the last years by the A.Celli customer service department, the Group has decided to expand its business, investing in new projects, including the new A.Celli P100 Rewinder, with the goal of increasing its production capacity by another 200,000 tons, reaching one million a year.

The new rewinder will be in operation in the first quarter of 2019.

2018-11-22 
Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Europac by DS Smith, subject to conditions

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Europac by DS Smith, both manufacturers of paper and packaging products. The decision is conditional on the divestment of a number of production plants in Portugal and France.

DS Smith and Europac are both manufacturers of a wide range of paper and packaging products, in particular corrugated packaging such as corrugate cases used to transport industrial and consumer goods. DS Smith is active across the European Economic Area (EEA) and Europac has activities in France, Spain and Portugal.

The Commission’s investigation focused on the markets for corrugated case materials, sheets and cases. Corrugated case material is used to manufacture corrugated sheets, which in turn are converted into corrugated cases for sale to end-customers.

The Commission was concerned that the proposed acquisition would significantly reduce the level of competition in :

  •  the market for corrugated sheets, and consequently corrugated cases, in Portugal, as the merged entity would have had a strong market position on the sheet market and face limited constraints from competitors.
  •  the market for corrugated cases in Western France, in view of the strong combined market position of DS Smith and Europac and the loss of competitive constraint that the transaction would cause.

The proposed remedies

To address the Commission’s competition concerns, DS Smith offered to divest the following activities :

 Europac’s box plant in Ovar, Portugal, for the manufacture and supply of corrugated sheets and cases in Portugal ; and two DS Smith plants in France : “DSS Normandie” and “DSS Normandie (Cabourg)”, which produce corrugated sheets and cases for supply in Western France, in particular in Brittany.

DS Smith and Europac also commit to transfer or assign the applicable customer contracts along with the divested plants.

These commitments fully remove the overlap between DS Smith and Europac with regard to corrugated cases in Western France. The commitments also largely eliminate the overlap as regards the supply of corrugated sheets in Portugal and as such any foreclosure concerns with regard to corrugated cases, so that the transaction will only result in a limited increment in market share of less than 5%.

The Commission therefore concluded that the proposed transaction, as modified by the commitments, would no longer raise competition concerns in the EEA. The decision is conditional upon full compliance with the commitments.

2018-11-22 
A prosperous future for Mondi Bupak and e-commerce customers in the Czech Republic

Mondi plans to further invest in its Corrugated Packaging facility in Bupak, Czech Republic, which has already benefitted from significant investments in recent years. Once completed, the upgrade will make the Czech production facility another flagship plant for Mondi Group’s corrugated board segment.

“The digital transformation is rapidly changing society, and the way we consume. The rise of e-commerce in particular has radically transformed the packaging industry. Driven by a growing consumer demand, the competitive Czech market calls for a strong footprint in corrugated packaging,” Armand Schoonbrood, COO Mondi Corrugated Packaging, says. “After investing in our Central and Eastern European facilities Mondi Świecie and Mondi Simet in the recent past, the expansion of our Czech capabilities is simply the next logical step.”

Partner with customers for innovation

The €30 million investment - scheduled for completion in 2020 - includes the installation of a state-of-the-art corrugator in response to customers’ calls for more innovative and efficient packaging solutions. Mondi Corrugated Packaging currently stands out for winning numerous packaging innovation awards in 2018. “We want to continue this trend and work with our customers to challenge their existing packaging and find more innovative, cost-efficient and sustainable solutions,” Schoonbrood says.

Mondi Bupak will mainly focus on e-commerce customers, so the plan is to also set up a customer experience centre. A team of dedicated design experts will offer tailored consultancy services to customer, including high-quality simulations of the entire value chain : from paper to board, from board to box, and from box to transport. Armand Schoonbrood explains : “This investment will enable Mondi Bupak to deliver solutions for every packaging challenge our customers could possibly face and will make it the first port-of-call for e-commerce customers in the Czech, German and Austrian markets. By investing in our production facility today, we start perfecting the packaging of tomorrow.”

The investment will double the the plant’s production capacity, aiming to produce over 200 million sqm of corrugated board per year.

2018-11-22 
IBC PAPER TRAINING at the Student Meeting in PAGORA

IBC PAPER TRAINING at the Student Meeting in PAGORA. This morning we have presented our company to the futur Engineers in Biomaterials, Papermaking & Printing media. This afternoon we expect them to meet them at our booth to exchange about our work oppprtunities in our company. This is a wonderful experience to meet expectations between students and the Industry.

2018-11-22 
Fifth Valmet-supplied Advantage DCT tissue line successfully started up at ICT's Iberica mill in Spain

Valmet-supplied Advantage DCT 200HS tissue production line including an extensive automation package was successfully started up at ICT Iberica’s mill in Burgo, Spain, in September 2018. The new tissue line meets the company’s intention to adopt state of the art technology for highest quality tissue production. Valmet has previously delivered four tissue lines to ICT companies in Italy, France and Poland.

"Thanks to the teamwork between Valmet and ICT technicians, the project achieved all the objectives, both in terms of quality and timing. The capability to manage the main planning of all the phases - engineering, installation and commissioning - in a flexible way, the final tuning of the on-site activities, joined with the skills of the team members involved in the project, were the keys to achieve a regular and smooth start-up," says Silvano Marcelli, Technical manager at ICT and Antonio Jordan, Project manager at ICT Iberica.

"Despite all the work, all people involved did a great job. Together we managed to achieve a very good result and a start-up according to the plan. It was one of the smoothest start-up’s I have ever seen," says Stefan Ziegel, Project manager at Valmet.

The production line was optimized to save energy and enhance final product quality. The new line will add 70,000 tons a year of high-quality toilet, towel, facial, and napkin grades for the European market. The raw material for the new line will be virgin fiber. The flexibility of Valmet’s Advantage ViscoNip press makes it possible to adjust the production to fit current and future market needs, from production of tissue with high bulk and softness to energy- and cost-efficient products with high quality, only within minutes.

Valmet’s scope of delivery comprised a complete tissue production line including a stock preparation system and an Advantage DCT 200HS tissue machine. The delivery also included a two-layer OptiFlo Headbox, Advantage ReTurne energy recovery system, Advantage ViscoNip press and Advantage SoftReel reel, as well as Advantage AirCap hood, steam generator and a complete mill equipment system from bale handling to fan pumps.

Complete engineering, training, start-up and commissioning were also included in the delivery as well as an extensive Valmet automation package.

2018-11-22 
Vinda Personal Care (China) starts up two AHEAD-2.0M tissue machines supplied by Toscotec.

On November 19th Vinda Personal Care (China) Limited started up two Toscotec supplied AHEAD-2.0M tissue machines in Xiaogan city, Hubei, China. With the start-up of these production lines, Vinda inaugurates its second production base in Xiaogan, located in the vicinity of its existing mill.
Both AHEAD-2.0M lines feature a second generation large diameter TT SYD, Toscotec’s shoe press technology TT NextPress and the energy-efficient TT DOES solution (Drying Optimization for Energy Savings). This new configuration will grant additional improvements of the finished product’s quality in terms of softness and basis weight uniformity, and an additional reduction of steam consumption. The two AHEAD-2.0M machines will increase the group’s annual production by over 60,000 tons.
Anna Wang, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Vinda International Holdings says, “This is what we count on when we work with Toscotec, our long-term partner : a successful start-up, on time and on budget. Vinda Personal Care (China) is a very strategic production base for the Group, we are investing on its operations and therefore we expect efficient performances and very low consumptions on these new Toscotec’s lines.”
Stefano Raffaelli, Toscotec’s Customer Care and Project Manager, comments, “We achieved an important objective today. At Vinda’s new Xiaogan mill, we started up the first two of Toscotec’s machines with advanced technological features in China. We also delivered on the mill’s requirement to start up both machines at the same time, thanks to the great coordination of Toscotec’s and Vinda’s teams during the entire installation and commissioning period. We continuously support Vinda’s growth with our most advanced technology. We are currently installing another two tissue machines at Xiaogan mill that will feature significant upgrades both in the forming and pope reel sections.”
Toscotec is installing other two tissue lines at Vinda Personal Care (China), scheduled for start-up over the next few months.

2018-11-22 
ANDRITZ receives order to supply tissue machine to Berli Jucker Cellox, Thailand

ANDRITZ has received an order from Berli Jucker Cellox Ltd. to supply a PrimeLineCOMPACT VI tissue machine with shoe press, including stock preparation and automation systems, for their mill in Prachinburi, Thailand. The machine is designed for grammages from 13 to 40 g/m2 used for all kinds of high-quality tissue and towels.

The tissue machine has a design speed of 1,800 meters per minute and a paper width on reel of 2,800 mm. It is equipped with the ANDRITZ PrimeControl automation system for an optimized production process.

The combination of a 16 ft. PrimeDry Steel Yankee and the latest PrimePress XT Evo shoe press technology enables a high drying capacity and achieves remarkable cost savings and operational flexibility as well as improved product quality.

The scope of supply also includes the stock preparation system, with two lines in order to process both short-fiber and long-fiber pulp, and the option of adding recycled fiber. Additionally, it is equipped with an approach flow system and Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) for fiber recovery. The installed water system is designed to minimize water consumption, thus ensuring highest efficiency.

“Due to the intensive R&D activities at the new ANDRITZ PrimeLineTIAC tissue pilot plant in Graz, we believe that ANDRITZ is the right partner to provide the expertise and equipment for a high-quality tissue production line, for example the latest shoe press technology PrimePress XT Evo that provides high productivity and product quality as well as the PrimeDry Steel Yankee that enables high efficiency of resources,” says the senior management of Berli Jucker Cellox Ltd.

This order once again confirms ANDRITZ’s strong market position as one of the leading suppliers of machines and systems to the Asian tissue industry.

2018-11-22 
PMP Group Opens New Facility in USA

PMP has recently spread its wings in North America, as part of its January 2018 Project Everest development strategy.

2018-11-21 
Sonoco Announces New Senior Leadership Structure

Arthur Retiring Following 34 Years of Service
Fuller, Coker to Lead Global Consumer and Industrial Businesses

2018-11-21 
Metsä Board invests in a new sheeting line at its Äänekoski mill

Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, has started construction of a new sheeting line at its Äänekoski board mill.

2018-11-20 
A new A.Celli STREAM® winder for Zhejiang Kingsafe

In late October the acceptance for a new winder was signed by the Chinese customer Zhejiang Kingsafe Nonwovens Fabric Co. Ltd

2018-11-20 
Nalco Water Announces Price Increase on Paper Solutions in Europe

Nalco Water, an Ecolab company, is applying price increases on solutions provided by its Paper division in Europe.

2018-11-19 
Kemira calls for tougher implementation of EU water treatment legislation

Securing a clean water supply will be one of the greatest challenges our world faces in the next century.

2018-11-19 
Valmet to supply OCC and containerboard lines for Mondi SCP Ružomberok in Slovakia

Valmet will supply Old Corrugated Container (OCC) and OptiConcept M containerboard making lines with a winder for Mondi SCP’s mill in Ružomberok, Slovakia. The start-up of PM 19 is expected towards the end of 2020.

2018-11-19 
SCA issues bonds for SEK 1 billion

On Friday the 16th of November Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA (publ) issued bonds under the companys Medium Term Note programme (MTN).

2018-11-19 
Metsä Board invests in a new sheeting line at its Äänekoski mill

Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, has started construction of a new sheeting line at its Äänekoski board mill. The investment will increase the annual capacity of the sheeting plant by 35,000 tonnes to a total of 120,000 tonnes. The value of the investment is EUR 11 million. The new sheeting line will help ensure that the mill can continue to respond to increasing demand.

In addition to the new sheet cutter the investment includes additional automation to the existing sheet cutters as well as equipment for cutter reel handling and storage. The new sheeting line will be located in the existing sheeting plant and production is planned to start during September 2019.

2018-11-16 
Metsä Board invests in a capacity increase at its Kaskinen BCTMP mill

Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is investing in a second baling line at its Kaskinen mill. Together with process and grade changes carried out previously this investment will increase the mill’s bleached chemi-thermomechanical pulp (BCTMP) capacity and will improve product consistency and production reliability. The line will be taken into use during November–December 2018. The value of the investment is EUR 6 million.

The investment will increase the annual capacity by a further 30,000 tonnes to 370,000 tonnes and will help the mill respond to growing demand. The BCTMP produced in Kaskinen is used both for Metsä Board’s folding boxboard production as well as for market pulp. High quality BCTMP helps provide important properties for folding boxboard such as light weight.

Metsä Board Kaskinen is one of the largest and most modern BCTMP mills in the world.

2018-11-16 
Resolute Appoints Remi Lalonde as Chief Financial Officer

Resolute Forest Products Inc. today announced the appointment of Remi Lalonde as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Lalonde succeeds Jo-Ann Longworth, who will be retiring after a distinguished career, including the past seven years as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Resolute.

Mr. Lalonde had been serving as Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, since May 2018. Previously, he was General Manager of Resolute’s pulp and paper mill in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Before taking a leadership role in operations, Mr. Lalonde was Treasurer and Vice President, Investor Relations. He initially joined the company as Senior Counsel, Securities, following six years at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York. Mr. Lalonde holds bachelor’s degrees in both law and civil engineering from the University of Ottawa.

"Remi has distinguished himself as a leader and built a strong record of achievement since joining Resolute almost a decade ago. He has broad-based knowledge of the company and depth of financial acumen," stated Yves Laflamme, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The promotion of Remi to this critically important role reflects well on the development of internal talent here at Resolute. As part of our Executive Team, Remi’s diversity of experience, rigorous approach and commitment to excellence will support the company’s ongoing transformation."

"On behalf of the Board of Directors and employees of Resolute, I would like to thank Jo-Ann for her years of service and valued counsel. She has played an important role in building a stronger, more profitable and sustainable Resolute," added Laflamme.

Ms. Longworth will serve as a special advisor to Mr. Lalonde until January 31, 2019.

2018-11-16 
Preliminary purchase contract for areas in the municipality of Boffalora signed today

RDM Group informs you that today it signed a preliminary purchase contract with Vetropack Italia S.r.l., whose registered office is in Trezzano sul Naviglio (MI) and which is part of the Vetropack Group, regarding only the areas owned by RDM Group, placed in the municipality of Boffalora sopra Ticino (MI).

2018-11-16 
Sappi delivers solid full year and improved fourth quarter results while completing higher margin conversion and dissolving wood pulp debottlenecking projects

Commenting on the results, Sappi Chief Executive Officer Steve Binnie said : “I am very satisfied that we have delivered results for the year in line with that of the prior year, notwithstanding the downtime related to the completion of several large strategic growth projects. These projects facilitated a further shift in the product mix of the group towards higher margin and growth segments.”

Reflecting on the 4th quarter, Binnie indicated : “We delivered increased earnings having resolved the 3rd quarter production challenges and benefited from higher graphic paper prices and stable demand across most product categories. To further build and strengthen our market leading position, during the quarter we launched the Verve brand as the umbrella brand for our DWP products, emphasising Sappi’s commitment to producing a natural fibre sourced from sustainably managed forests.”

Binnie confirmed that : “Strong market demand for dissolving wood pulp (DWP) and speciality and packaging papers ensured our production capacity in these grades was fully utilized, further supporting our decision to invest in additional capacity in these business segments. We were also able to reduce net finance costs by 15% due to lower average debt levels during the year.

I am also pleased that we have been able to declare an increased dividend of 17 US cents.”

Turning to the next quarter, Binnie stated : “Having completed the significant projects in 2018 to convert paper machines to higher margin and growing packaging grades, in addition to the debottlenecking of both Saiccor and Ngodwana Mills, we expect EBITDA in the first quarter of financial year 2019, given current exchange rates, to be comfortably higher than that of 2018.”

Financial summary for the quarter and full year

 EBITDA excluding special items
 For the quarter US$224 million (Q4 FY17 US$221 million)
 For the year US$762 million (FY17 US$785 million)
 Profit for the period
 For the quarter US$107 million (Q4 FY17 US$102 million)
 For the year US$323 million (FY17 US$338 million)
 EPS excluding special items
 For the quarter 19 US cents (Q4 FY17 19 US cents)
 For the year 60 US cents (FY17 64 US cents)
 Net debt US$1,568 million (FY17 US$1,322 million)
 Dividend of 17 US cents declared (FY17 15 US cents)

The major factors which influenced the fourth quarter’s results include :

 Dissolving wood pulp (DWP) demand and market pricing remained healthy ;
 Sales volumes were impacted by low inventory levels due to lost production volumes in the third quarter following start-up issues after mill upgrade projects ;
 Demand for specialities and packaging papers continued to grow in each region and across all major product categories. EBITDA margins were impacted by higher raw material prices and delayed price increases due to long-term contracts typical in this market ;
 The qualification process of the paperboard grades at the Somerset and Maastricht mills is underway, with positive customer response to date. This process did however negatively impact average pricing and costs for the quarter.
 The European business delivered a good result in a seasonally stronger quarter.
 The Cham integration continues to exceed expectations, with EBITDA contribution ahead of expectations after seven months.
 Higher coated paper and DWP prices and the ramp-up of sales volumes from Somerset PM1 led to an improved result for Sappi North America.
 In South Africa, an increase in Rand selling prices offset variable costs pressures. Sales volumes were in line last year.
 European and export printing and writing papers markets were stable, allowing for the implementation of coated paper price increases that have offset much of the rise in paper pulp costs. In the US, sales volumes increased in all product categories and higher graphic paper prices were achieved ;
 The potential benefits of a weaker Rand/US Dollar exchange rate in the quarter were reduced by currency hedges on DWP sales entered into earlier in the year when the exchange rate was much stronger.


The debottlenecking of Saiccor, Ngodwana and Cloquet as well as fewer production disruptions in 2019 should lead to increased DWP sales volumes to meet growing demand. DWP spot prices are forecast to remain range-bound at current levels in the coming year as VSF prices are expected to be under pressure from excess VSF capacity, while paper pulp prices which are forecast to remain at high levels should provide support.

Demand for speciality and packaging papers continues to grow, driven by increasing consumer preference for paper based packaging and legislative changes promoting recycling and the use of recyclable materials. The completion of the conversion projects at Somerset and Maastricht in the past year will allow us to increase production of paperboard grades to serve this growing market.

Industrywide conversion and closure of graphic paper machines in the US and Europe are expected to keep the markets balanced in the coming year should demand contract at similar levels to those of the past few years. Recent European data however, indicates that a potential downturn may be realised in 2019. Cost control measures will be implemented in order to support margins as we manage the price elasticity in our paper markets.

Capital expenditure in 2019 is expected to increase to US$590 million as we proceed with the Saiccor 110kt expansion having recently received initial EIA approval for the project, complete the Saiccor woodyard upgrade, convert Lanaken PM8 from coated mechanical to woodfree paper production and upgrade the Gratkorn Mill.

2018-11-16 
Essity awarded for innovation and sustainability

Essity has won the awards ‘Technical Innovation of the Year’ for Tork EasyCube® and ‘Best Practice - Sustainability’ at the 2018 European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards. The awards were announced on November 15 in Berlin.

New connectivity, customer insights and proven customer value convinced the jury to see Essity’s Tork EasyCube as an innovation that just keeps innovating. Tork EasyCube®, launched in 2014, is the world’s leading facility management software for data-driven cleaning. Sensors in facilities measuring visitor traffic and refill levels allow facility managers and cleaning teams to do exactly what’s needed, when and where it’s needed.

Using aggregated data and insights from customers, such as amusement parks, shopping malls, airports and office buildings, Essity can demonstrate 24 percent less cleaning rounds needed, 20 percent less hours spent whilst increasing the quality of cleaning and employee satisfaction. .

The company´s commitments and activities on well-being, more from less and circularity were named best in class by the jury, awarding Essity with ‘Best Practice-Sustainability’. The introduction of Tork PaperCircle™, world’s first recycling service for paper hand towels, is so far launched on parts of the European market and was mentioned as an example of leadership in circularity.

Tork PaperCircle™ enables customers to decrease their environmental footprint and work circular by collecting and recycling used paper hand towels locally into new tissue products. The result cuts the carbon footprint by 40 percent compared to current waste handling options, verified by IVL, Swedish Environmental Research Institute Ltd, where the avoided processes have been taken into account.

2018-11-16 
Kimberly-Clark Declares Quarterly Dividend and Announces Date of the 2019 Annual Shareholder Meeting

The board of directors of Kimberly-Clark Corporation  has declared a regular quarterly dividend of $1.00 per share. The dividend is payable on January 3, 2019, to stockholders of record on December 7, 2018.

This represents the 46th consecutive year that Kimberly-Clark has increased its dividend and the 84th straight year that the company has paid a dividend to shareholders.

The company also announced that it will hold its next annual shareholder meeting on May 2, 2019.

2018-11-16 
NOVI 2 Funds (Idinvest Partners) has acquired a stake in MP Hygiène (France)

In the context of a transfer operation, NOVI 2 funds (Idinvest Partners) has injected 12 M€ in the capital of the French paper manufacturer MP Hygiène. This transaction will enable MP Hygiène to become self-reliant in tissue paper production which is futher integrated into the group’s converting machines. MP Hygiène’s turnover is 80 M€. By 2020, the company should reach a 100 M€ TO with the start-up of a second paper machine in the Annonay Site.

2018-11-16 
Stora Enso appoints new Group Treasurer

Stora Enso has appointed Pasi Kyckling as SVP, Group Treasury. He will start in his new position on 1 January 2019.

Pasi Kyckling has been working for Stora Enso since 2001 in several finance positions and is currently SVP, Business Controlling and Strategy in Biomaterials division. He will be based in Helsinki and reports to Seppo Parvi, CFO & Country Manager Finland.

“I am very pleased to welcome Pasi to Group Treasury. His background and broad expertise from overall finance area brings a valued addition to our team. Pasi will have a strong role in further developing our treasury function”, says Seppo Parvi, CFO at Stora Enso.

Pasi Kyckling is succeeding Martin Ros who has taken up a new position as SVP, Intelligent Packaging at Stora Enso.

2018-11-15 
Canfor to Acquire Majority Interest in VIDA Group o f Sweden

Canfor Corporation announces that it has entered into an agreement to purchase 70% of the VIDA Group (“VIDA") of Sweden for a purchase price of 3,990 million Swedish Krona (approximately CAD$580 million) on a cash and debt free basis, which includes CAD$125 million (70%) of normalized working capital. The current owners of VIDA will retain a 30% interest and continue to manage the day-to-day business.

2018-11-15 
Security fibers used at Ahlstrom-Munksjö to assure greater product traceability

Ahlstrom-Munksjö supplies fiber-based and custom-made specialized industrial materials including a range of abrasive backings.

An increasing number of producers of coated abrasives are being confronted with the challenge of global counterfeiting. Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s solution to the counterfeit challenge within the abrasive backings industry is the use of security fibers. The technology is registered under the label BE SECURE TM.

Counterfeiting is a global problem that in recent years has been estimated to account for 2-3 per cent of world trade. The publicity for counterfeit retail consumer products may create a perception that counterfeiting only results in brand erosion and revenue losses, but counterfeit products can also be found as replacement parts or as components in different applications in many industries.

curity fibers are added to the coated abrasive backing paper to secure that it is easy for producers to identify the quality of the product and avoid counterfeits. The fibers are embedded in the backing paper during manufacturing and include both colored and fluorescent fibers.

Security fibers can be used to assure product traceability, without affecting either the mechanical or chemical characteristics of the backing paper. This limits the risk of counterfeiting and enables producers to clearly identify the requested product quality, when the material is further processed in the value chain. By using the requested quality, the users of the abrasive product can protect themselves from potential breaks or damages in the production process and potential health injuries when the product is used in industrial sanding.

“Offering our customers a solution that assures product traceability is a clear differentiating factor for us. Our Chinese customer Zibo Riken, a manufacturer of coated abrasive, chose a custom-made fluorescent fiber to be used in the products we supply them. Through this unique product specification, they were able to secure a stable product quality and were able to increases their sales volume significantly” says Daniel Qiu, Sales Manager at Ahlstrom-Munksjö.

Abrasive backings are specialty papers that are used as a substrate for abrasive products used both in industrial and do-it yourself (DIY) sanding applications ranging from grinding to super fine finishing operations. Ahlstrom-Munksjö is well positioned in this market and offers a complete range of backings, including a variety of grades tailored for each application. The abrasive business is part of Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s Industrial Solutions business area.

2018-11-15 

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