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BASF concentrates European production of paper coating dispersions in Ludwigshafen and Hamina

BASF will concentrate the production of paper coating dispersions in Europe at two sites, the Ludwigshafen Verbund site and the Hamina site in Finland. The goal is to strengthen BASF’s ability to compete in the challenging market environment of paper coating dispersions in the long term.

As a result of this decision, BASF SE has signed a contract with Synthomer Austria GmbH, a subsidiary of the British specialty chemicals manufacturer Synthomer plc, for the sale of the BASF production site for styrene butadiene dispersions for paper coating in Pischelsdorf, Austria, for a purchase price of €30 million. The buyer will take over 42 employees at the site. The transaction requires authorization by the relevant merger control authorities and is expected to be completed by late January 2018.

2017-09-27  READ MORE...
Valmet strengthens its presence in Asia Pacific by opening new service center in Indonesia

Valmet has opened a new service center in Cikarang, located 30 kilometers from Jakarta on the island of Java in Indonesia to serve its customers in the Asia Pacific area. The inauguration ceremony was held on September 27th, 2017 and was attended by customers, local authorities and Valmet’s management.

"Indonesia and the whole Asia Pacific area is a fast-growing market and Valmet has many big projects ongoing in the area. Establishing a service center close to customers is an important step in strengthening our local presence. We are now able to serve our customers in Indonesia and the Asia Pacific area better than ever before," states Hannu T. Pietilä, Area President, Asia Pacific at Valmet.

Valmet’s Indonesian service center offers services to improve the reliability and performance of the customers’ processes in the energy, pulp and paper industries. Through the center Valmet provides its customers also with new technologies to take their production to the next level. The Indonesian service center’s range of offering comprises among others roll services, fiber line services, field services, machine section upgrades and improvement projects.

"The Indonesian service center supports Valmet’s strategy to be close to customers and growth markets and to move our customers’ performance forward in line with Valmet’s new services approach called Shared Journey Forward. We can provide significant customer benefits by utilizing our expertise in process technology, automation and services, and by continuously developing our local and remote services," says Jukka Tiitinen, Business Line President, Services at Valmet.

The new service center is the latest addition to Valmet’s global network of over 100 service centers. The new center employs more than 100 Valmet professionals.

2017-09-27  READ MORE...
Saica to acquire Emin Leydier

A French producer and a European player in the production of corrugated paper and packaging, the Emin Leydier group operates eight industrial sites in France. Certain First Eagle funds have held approximately 53% of the capital of the Emin Leydier group since 2009. Over the past few years, the Emin Leydier group has consolidated its position by focusing on product quality, innovation and industrial performance. It generated revenues of 356 million euros in 2016.
The envisaged transaction is subject to consultation with the Emin Leydier group employee representative bodies and approval from the EU competition authority.

2017-09-27  READ MORE...
Powered by Partnership: Procter & Gamble and Constellation Complete 50-Megawatt Renewable Energy Plant

"We are proud to work with our customers, including leading Georgia businesses such as Procter & Gamble, to use innovative approaches to grow renewable resources"

The Procter & Gamble Company and Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, today announced the completion of a 50-megawatt biomass-fueled combined heat and power plant located at one of P&G’s largest U.S. facilities. Constellation owns and operates the plant, which supplies steam to P&G’s Albany, GA paper manufacturing facility and generates electricity for the local utility, Georgia Power. Additionally, steam from the plant will be used to power an 8.5-megawatt steam-to-electricity generator at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, helping the base increase its energy security and utilize renewable sources to meet energy demands.

P&G has made a commitment to reduce energy consumption and obtain 30 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. The biomass-fueled plant provides P&G with 100 percent of the steam energy used to manufacture Bounty paper towels and Charmin toilet tissue at that location. Along with P&G’s recent wind energy project in Texas, this plant nearly doubles the Company’s use of renewable energy. Together, these renewable projects get P&G nearly two-thirds of the way to its goal.

“By powering our Bounty and Charmin plant with renewable energy, consumers can feel good about putting these products in their carts,” said Stefano Zenezini, P&G Vice President Product Supply and Sustainability. “We are using our innovative capabilities and those of our external partners to drive meaningful change that is good for the environment and good for business.”

The plant’s fuel supply will come from locally abundant biomass that would otherwise have been left to decay, burned, or potentially sent to landfill, including discarded tree tops, limbs, branches and scrap wood from local forestry operations, crop residuals, such as pecan shells and peanut hulls, and mill waste, such as sawdust.

2017-09-26  READ MORE...
KRAFFT Pulleys – Product portfolio expansion

The new product segment “KRAFFT Pulleys” will extend the existing product segments and is widening the core competences of roll supplier and machine builder KRAFFT, located in Düren, Germany.
Having the slogan "Moving Bulk Material", KRAFFT offers pulleys for the conveyance of bulk materials as drive, take-up, return and deflection pulleys in conveyor belt systems for ore, coal, overburden
and others. In addition these pulleys are also part of bucket elevators and other vertical or steep angle conveyors.
The close relationship of the core production processes, welding and machining, between rolls and pulleys, will further develop in synergy production processes and engineering processes for all product
segments.

2017-09-26  READ MORE...
KaiCell Fibers selects Pöyry for biorefinery EIA process

KaiCell Fibers Ltd announces its next step towards building a biorefinery in Paltamo by awarding Pöyry with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process assignment. Mr Vesa Mikkonen, MSc. is appointed Technical Director with key responsibility for the company’s side of the EIA and permitting.
KaiCell CEO Jukka Kantola : “These are logical steps that take us further towards the final investment decision. We are delighted to intensify our cooperation with Pöyry, the world’s leading forest industry expert, with whose help we shall construct a highly responsible concept for utilising the Kainuu area’s fibre-wood resources. As a company, we continue to build on our extensive network in the bioeconomy and forest industry, as the appointment of Vesa Mikkonen clearly indicates.”
“KaiCell Fibers’ biorefinery project is a great example of the new business opportunities in bioeconomy. We are pleased to support the project with our global pulp technology and biorefining expertise as well as local EIA competence. Our capabilities in digital solutions and Health&Safety will enable modern, top-class industrial sites for our clients,” says Johan Ehrnrooth, Head of Pulp & Paper Competence Line at Pöyry.
KaiCell Fibers is preparing to build a biorefinery in Paltamo, northeast Finland. The venture will create value from the Kainuu regions fibre-wood resources by processing them into established as well as new innovative bio-products. The company relies on a strong management team and will be in a position to apply for the required operating permits once the EIA is completed.

2017-09-26  READ MORE...
Metsä Board celebrates winners in 2017 European Carton Excellence Awards

Metsä Board’s paperboards were used by winners in three categories at the 2017 European Carton Excellence Awards : Food & Beverages, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals and the Public Award. The Award Gala was held on 21 September in Salzburg, Austria.

“We are delighted that our products have been an integral part of the winning packages. This demonstrates the important part that the packaging plays in creating maximum shelf-impact and can help differentiate a brand from the competition. Sustainability too should be an integral part of the packaging design, so that the packaging is not only made of sustainable materials but it is also lightweight, right-sized, functional and easy to recycle ; our products also helped achieve these goals”, states Mika Paljakka, VP Sales EMEA, Metsä Board. “We would like to extend our congratulations to everyone who participated in the vision, design and production of the winning cartons.”

The jury looked for excellence in design, convenience, brand communication and the major role paperboard plays as an innovative packaging material. In total Metsä Board paperboard featured in eight of the finalist packages.

The winning cartons, using Metsä Board products, were the following :

FOOD & BEVERAGES
JDE Z1 Packaging
Carton producer : STI Group
Brand owner : JDE – Jacobs Douwe Egberts
Paperboard : MetsäBoard Classic FBB
 

HEALTHCARE & PHARMACEUTICALS AND PUBLIC AWARD
Ventofor-Combi Pack
Carton producer : Lithosan Basim Yayim Ambalaj Sanayl ve Tic.
Brand owner : Bilim llac San. ve Tic.
Paperboard : MetsäBoard Pro FBB Bright

2017-09-25  READ MORE...
UPM Specialty Papers has strengthened its presence in digital media

The new website offers a quick and easy access to comprehensive information on UPM Specialty Papers’ extensive range of specialty papers, service solutions and responsible operations. The UPM Paper Online Catalogue, where UPM’s vast paper portfolio can easily be browsed, can also be accessed via the new website. Visitors can also stay informed with the latest news of the company on the new site.

"We invite visitors to explore the new website, which delivers improved functionality and navigation to enhance the user-experience by allowing customers to easily access detailed product information", says Ms. Yuanyuan Ma, Director, Stakeholder Relations, UPM Specialty Papers.

2017-09-25  READ MORE...
Composition of Metso's Executive Team

Based on Metso’s revised operating model announced today, as of January 1, 2018, Metso’s Executive Team will consist of the following members :

 Nico Delvaux, President and CEO
 Victor Tapia, President, Mining Equipment business area
 N.N, President, Aggregates Equipment business area
 N.N, President, Minerals Services business area
 N.N, President, Minerals Consumables
 Uffe Hansen, Senior Vice President, Recycling business area
 John Quinlivan, President, Valves and Pumps business areas
 Eeva Sipilä, Chief Financial Officer
 Merja Kamppari, Senior Vice President, Human Resources
 Olli-Pekka Oksanen, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development
 Jani Puroranta, Chief Digital Officer

The appointments of the Presidents of the Aggregates Equipment, Minerals Services, and Minerals Consumables business areas will be communicated later.

2017-09-25  READ MORE...
Valmet's new scanner for converting lines lifts process control to a new level


Valmet launches a new scanner, Valmet IQ Converting Scanner, at Labelexpo Europe 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. It complements Valmet’s quality management control concept for self-adhesive laminates and other paper and board converting machines.

"With IQ Converting Scanner, we can maximize customer benefits, namely high and stable quality as well as excellent productivity. The solution enables the use of Valmet IQ CD/MD controls to lift process control to a new level for converting lines," says Mikko Talonen, Business Manager, Automation, Valmet.

Valmet IQ Converting Scanner can be easily installed in different process locations, thanks to its innovative sensor support technology. The scanner enables direct adhesive and silicone measurements as well as moisture measurements to be positioned in an optimum process location from a quality and performance point of view.

The new scanner with online measurements enables the utilization of machine and cross-direction controls for moisture, adhesive and silicone in converting machines. These control solutions improve and stabilize the end-product quality, decrease the amount of broke and allow operators to concentrate on quality management and production optimization.

A comprehensive quality management solution for self-adhesive laminate machines

Valmet offers a comprehensive quality management solution for self-adhesive laminate machines. The solution features a wide range of online quality measurements to get accurate and fast information from the process, web inspection and monitoring systems to help detect quality defects and identify their root causes. It also includes a water spray system to control curl and moisture levels, as well as CD/MD controls.

All IQ solution components are based on Valmet’s extensive process knowledge and experience in the pulp & paper industry and backed by expert services.

Labelexpo Europe 2017, the largest event for the label and package printing industry in Europe, will be held at Brussels Expo in Brussels, Belgium, on 25-28 September 2017. Valmet will be exhibiting at stand 5D51.

2017-09-25  READ MORE...
Metso to accelerate its strategy implementation with a new operating model and organization

Metso’s Board of Directors has decided on the Group’s new operating model and organization, effective from January 1, 2018.

During recent years, Metso has successfully maintained a strong financial position. Its next value creation opportunities will come from profitable growth, backed up by a positive market development

The new organization is designed to accelerate Metso’s strategy implementation by strengthening its service and product businesses in the minerals and flow control markets. Growth will primarily be sought organically, but also through acquisitions.

"The fundamentals of Metso’s strategy and business portfolio remain the same, and our vision is valid. I strongly believe, that for our customers and other stakeholders, Metso will be the best choice for the sustainable processing and flow of natural resources. We will implement an organizational structure, where businesses are built around similar customer, competitive and business dynamics. This will enable a more focused and agile organization," says Nico Delvaux, President and CEO of Metso.

"We will further strengthen the accountability of our businesses, and speed up decision-making to enable both the implementation of our growth plans and the agile response to market changes. Additionally, our focus on innovation and technology will significantly increase, to provide better solutions for sustainability, efficiency and productivity for our customers," he continues.

Metso’s new business areas will be

  •  Mining Equipment
  •  Aggregates Equipment
  •  Minerals Services
  •  Minerals Consumables
  •  Recycling
  •  Valves
  •  Pumps

The heads of the business areas will report to Metso’s President and CEO Nico Delvaux.

The Group’s current reporting segments, Minerals and Flow Control, remain unchanged.

2017-09-25  READ MORE...
Södra Cell announces price rise for NBSK in Europe

Södra Cell is increasing the price of its northern bleached softwood kraft pulp in Europe to $960/tonne, effective 1 October 2017. “This increase reflects the fact that global NBSK demand continues to be very strong,” commented Magnus Björkman, VP Marketing and Sales, Södra Cell. “Consequently, this is also putting further pressure on European supply. The economic situation in Europe is sound and our market remains firm.”

2017-09-25  READ MORE...
Smurfit Kappa, which celebrates 40 years of producing Bag-in-Box® packaging solutions, has experienced remarkable growth in Europe and particularly France where sales have tripled in the last 10 years

The rise in Bag-in-Box® wine sales reflects changes in consumer behaviour and social trends. The longer shelf life, ease of use and reduction in wastage has made it more attractive both to consumers and retailers. In addition to France, Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box® sales have also risen across the business, particularly in Argentina, Denmark, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the US.

Launched in Epernay, France in 1977, the revolutionary Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box® packaging has continuously evolved over the years with the addition of innovative solutions including the Vitop® tap, high-specification filling machine systems and Pouch-Up® packs.

These innovations have lead Smurfit Kappa to occupy the leadership position for Bag-in-Box® solutions in Europe. The Bag-in-Box® packaging also provides brand owners with increased branding opportunities at the point of purchase, which Smurfit Kappa champions through its innovative ShelfSmart solution.

“Our 40 years of experience has meant that we were in a unique position to capitalise on the recent growth in popularity of Bag-in-Box® wines. While Bag-in-Box® packaging is most commonly associated with wine, we also cater for a diverse range of products including juice, liquid eggs, dairy and also non-food applications such as motor oil and chemicals,” said Thierry Minaud, CEO of the Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box® division.

“Thanks to their low carbon footprint and the extended shelf life which they provide, our Bag-in-Box® products offer a more sustainable choice of packaging for many industries. We are proud of what has been achieved so far.”

2017-09-22  READ MORE...
Kotkamills - Luxury goods need bold packaging

It was a great moment for the Finnish family distillery Lignell & Piispanen, when the company’s new Gustav Dill vodka was at the top podium in the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) in London. 

The victory was a good birthday present for the company that turned 165 years just after the competition.

“I knew we had an outstanding product at hand, but this was an overwhelming result that already has paid off in the form of rising sales”, says Harri Nylund, CEO of the 165-year-old family company Lignell & Piispanen. “Gustav Dill vodka was also designed as a Finland 100 centenary product, so this was a win for Finland as well.”

It may not be the first time a vodka is flavoured with dill, but it’s hard to think that anybody has put as much effort on product development of a similar product.

“We haven’t used any magical tricks ; we tried literally hundreds of combinations of dill until we found this ultimate blend of fresh and dried dill and seeds”, Harri Nylund says. “Secondly, we have our own aroma distillation technology that really can squeeze out the flavours of the dill.”

2017-09-22  READ MORE...
Al Nakheel mill and the Valmet tissue machine start-up

Fine Hygienic Holding (FHH) ; one of Nuqul Group’s companies located in Abu Dhabi commenced operation on the Valmet Advantage DCT 200TS tissue production line in its Al Nakheel mill in Abu Dhabi after a few months delay.
The new line includes a complete delivery package from stock preparation equipment to rewinder and started-up at the end of September 2017.

The new tissue machine has a width of 5.6 meters and a design speed of 2,200 m/min.
The new line will add 60,000 tons of high quality tissue per year to the company’s current production of bath, facial, napkin and towel tissue for consumers in the Middle East.

Valmet’s scope of delivery comprised a complete tissue production line featuring stock preparation systems, an Advantage DCT 200TS tissue machine, and a Focus Rewinder line.

2017-09-21  READ MORE...
Voith builds another two paper machines for banknotes in Mysore, India

   Since the beginning of the year, the Government of India has been producing for the first time large volumes of paper for its rupee banknotes through the Indian Central Bank. For this purpose, Voith supplied two complete production lines to Mysore – Bank Note Paper Mill India (Pvt.) Ltd., in Southern India. The scope of supply included the water mark wire workshop, cotton, stock and broke preparation and two paper machines as well as the entire finishing unit with two rewinders, three cross-cutters and fully automated packaging lines. The two paper machines have an annual capacity of up to 12,000 metric tons of banknote paper for the local market. To house the production facilities new facility were erected adjacent to the banknote printing works. Among other things the new lines will produce the base paper for the new 500 and 2,000 rupee banknotes.

2017-09-21  READ MORE...
ANDRITZ successfully starts up Fibria’s new pulp mill in Três Lagoas, Brazil


ANDRITZ has completed start-up of key production technologies and equipment for Fibria’s new pulp mill in Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. All ANDRITZ processes were started up successfully on schedule.

Fibria’s new pulp mill has a production capacity of 1.95 million tons of eucalyptus pulp per year. Combined with the existing mill at Três Lagoas the total production capacity reaches 3.25 million tons per year, thus making Três Lagoas one of the largest pulp production sites in the world.

With this successful EPC delivery and smooth start-up of the equipment, ANDRITZ has once again demonstrated its outstanding technological capabilities and its proven experience in handling very large projects.

2017-09-21  READ MORE...
BW Papersystems acquires Zerand

BW Papersystems, a Barry-Wehmiller company and capital equipment supplier for the paper industry, has acquired North American Cerutti Corp.’s Zerand division, from Officine Meccaniche Giovanni Cerutti S.p.A. The transaction closed on September 15, 2017, and is Barry-Wehmiller’s 94th acquisition. Fredericks Michael & Co. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Cerutti.
Zerand, based in New Berlin, Wisconsin, is a leading manufacturer of high-speed platen and rotary die-cutting machinery for the print and converting industry. By adding Zerand into BW Papersystems, both manufacturers will strengthen their positions in the industry and expand their product offerings. Zerand, which will be called BWP Zerand, will remain in New Berlin, and the team will work cooperatively
with three other BW Papersystems facilities and team members in Wisconsin, as well as with other team members at locations internationally.
Zerand is a market leader for die-cutting lines in the folding-carton industry. The Zerand brand was established in 1962, but the company’s engineering expertise and tradition of customer support extend back to 1939. The company created the world’s first generation of webfed die-cutters. Today, over 1,000 installations around the world attest to Zerand’s global leadership in web systems and solutions for the
paperboard-converting industry. The company has been part of Gruppo Cerutti, a primary supplier of printing and converting solutions, since 1998.

2017-09-20  READ MORE...
ANDRITZ to supply Thailand’s first bubbling fluidized bed boiler for thermal utilization of production residue from the paper industry


ANDRITZ has received the order from Marubeni, Tokyo, Japan, to supply an EcoFluid fluidized bed boiler with flue gas cleaning system for a waste-to-energy power plant at SCG Packaging’s Ban Pong paper mill, located in Ratchaburi, Thailand. The equipment and technologies supplied by ANDRITZ will be used to generate electricity from thermal utilization of residue occurring in production operations using a recycled paper furnish. Start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2018.

The fluidized bed boiler will be Thailand’s first of its kind that operates with 100% waste fuel and also the first boiler at SCG Paper Energy Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of SCG Packaging.

The ANDRITZ scope of supply comprises the engineering work, equipment delivery, and supervision services for erection work and start-up of the fluidized bed boiler, including a flue gas cleaning system and auxiliary equipment.

ANDRITZ is one of the leading global suppliers of boiler technologies and systems for generating steam and electricity from renewable and fossil fuels, with a large number of very successful references worldwide.

2017-09-20  READ MORE...
Lecta and the Top Photographic Creations of the Year

Spanish national photography awards choose Lecta’s new GardaPremium Natural coated paper for the publication of the prestigious 2016 LUX book.

Lecta reaffirms its support for the world of art, creativity and culture with its premium coated paper as the choice for the LUX Photography Awards Book, a premium edition where emphasizing the importance of every detail is essential.

Since their creation in 1993, the LUX awards have emerged as a touchstone of professional photography in Spain, recognizing the year’s best work by professional photographers, with a special emphasis on innovation and the image’s ability to communicate.

This year, the paper chosen to showcase the LUX winners’ and finalists’ photographs was Lecta’s new PEFC-certified semi-matt coated 170 g/m2 GardaPremium Natural​. The paper is specifically designed to guarantee excellent print quality, with a neutral tone to enhance both color and black-and-white photography results.

With the LUX Photography Awards Book, our paper will be in the hands not only of the best professional photographers but also in schools, libraries and the leading book stores in Spain.

Lecta is proud to contribute, once again, to making quality creative work available to a wider audience.

2017-09-19  READ MORE...
Succession at the top of Voith Group decided

The Shareholders’ Committee of Voith Management GmbH has decided about the succession of Dr. Hubert Lienhard, long-standing President and CEO of the Management Board. Stephan Schaller, currently member of Voith Shareholders’ Committee and head of the global motorcycle division of BMW Group, has been appointed as successor.

2017-09-19  READ MORE...
Stora Enso has completed the divestment of Bulleh Shah Packaging in Pakistan

Stora Enso has completed the divestment announced on 26 July 2017 of its 35% holding in the equity accounted investment Bulleh Shah Packaging (Private) Ltd. in Pakistan to the main owner Packages Ltd.

The total cash consideration for the divestment of the shares is EUR 6 million. The loss on disposal amounts in total to approximately EUR 19 million and it will be recorded as an item affecting comparability in Stora Enso’s third quarter 2017 results.

With this transaction, Packages Ltd. achieves full ownership of Bulleh Shah Packaging.

2017-09-19  READ MORE...
Sequana : Slight improvement in pro forma operating performance in the first-half of 2017

• Pro forma sales of €1,444 million, down 2.8% (down 1.0% at constant exchange rates) on H1 2016 at a constant reporting structure for Arjowiggins
• Pro forma EBITDA up 3.2% to €58 million ; pro forma EBITDA margin up 0.2 points to 4.0% o Antalis : EBITDA up 2.1% to €43 million and EBITDA margin up by 0.3 points to 3.6%, thanks notably to an enhanced gross margin rate in Packaging and Visual Communication o Arjowiggins : Pro forma EBITDA down slightly by 2.8% to €21 million ; pro forma EBITDA margin stable at 6.3%, mainly reflecting the decline in fine paper volumes and higher raw material prices towards the end of the period
• Sales and EBITDA as reported came in at €1,459 million (down 5.2%) and €49 million (down 10.5%), respectively
• Net profit of €3 million
• Net debt stands at €342 million ; the financial leverage ratio was 3.38 o Antalis : €34 million reduction in net debt to €269 million o Arjowiggins : €8 million increase in net debt to €41 million

2017-09-18  READ MORE...
BillerudKorsnäs unit in Karlsborg now back to full production

During the night between September 5th and 6th, there was a fire in one of the buildings at BillerudKorsnäs’ production unit in Karlsborg. The production was stopped as a consequence of the fire but is now back to full speed after a successful work to make the unit ready for production. BillerudKorsnäs estimates that the impact from the fire on Q3 results will be approximately SEK 35 million. 

"Our teams and suppliers have made good efforts to overcome the consequences of the fire and we are glad that we can inform our customers of this quick start-up", says Per Lindberg, President and CEO of BillerudKorsnäs.

The production unit in Karlsborg manufactures sack and kraft paper as well as market pulp for the Packaging Paper business area and has a production capacity of approximately 300,000 tonnes per year.

2017-09-18  READ MORE...

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