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A complete printing and die-cutting line in Rochechouart (France)

In accordance with its dynamic global investment policy for France and to strengthen its position as the leader of the French corrugated board market, DS Smith has invested in a complete packaging manufacturing line including a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 offset press and a Bobst Expercut 106 PER die-cutter. Installed on the Rochechouart site in Haute-Vienne in central France, the new line offers a considerable competitive advantage for the positioning of its consumer business as a leading supplier of premium packaging.

2017-06-19 
Sequana announces its exit from the preventive (sauvegarde) procedure and the completion of the listing of Antalis International

As anticipated on 15 February 2017 when the preventive (sauvegarde) procedure was opened, Sequana announces that the commercial court has now approved its preventive (sauvegarde) plan, thus bringing
an end to the preventive procedure. Sequana will still benefit from the court’s protection following this decision.
Antalis International was listed on the stock exchange on 12 June 2017, in accordance with the measures announced by Sequana on 15 February 2017. The market reacted positively to this operation.

2017-06-16 
Changes to the forest products company SCA’s Executive Management

As a final step in the split of the SCA Group into two listed companies, the Board has today – in connection with Magnus Groth being relieved of his duties as President and CEO – appointed Ulf Larsson as President and CEO of SCA. Magnus Groth has been appointed President and CEO of Essity Aktiebolag (publ), which has today been admitted for trading on Nasdaq Stockholm.

2017-06-15 
Valmet launches new Industrial Internet offering and starts partnership with Tieto

Valmet takes its Industrial Internet services to the next level by launching a new offering and opening four Performance Centers for energy, pulp, paper and board and tissue customers. At the same time, Valmet has signed a partnership agreement with Tieto, which is the first step in building a leading Industrial Internet ecosystem bringing the key players together. 

"Valmet is the leading process technology, automation and services provider for pulp, paper and energy industries globally. The technologies we provide to our customers are equipped with advanced sensors and measurement devices that gather important data from machines and processes. Furthermore, Valmet’s automation systems that many of our customers have provide a solid data source. Combining the data from these sources with data from customers’ other mill and plant systems creates an enormous amount of data. The core benefit to our customers is that our experts know which data to analyze and how to utilize it. This know-how is built into our Industrial Internet applications and services," says Jari Almi, Director, Industrial Internet, Valmet.

2017-06-14 
Stora Enso announces startups selected for its Accelerator Programme

Stora Enso has chosen six startups to join its Accelerator Programme, a joint startup initiative organised by Stora Enso, Aalto University Developing Entrepreneurship (Aalto ENT) and Vertical Accelerator.

The Accelerator Programme combines an executive education programme with a startup accelerator, in collaboration with dedicated partners from Vertical and Aalto ENT. The programme invited startups from all over the world to pitch their business idea, especially within the areas of smart factories, supply chain track and trace, and customer experience – or any other compelling idea with a clear connection to the renewable materials industry.

2017-06-14 
Sonoco Expands Clear Barrier Flexible Packaging Line to Include Liquid Pouch Structures Suitable for Hot Fill and Retort Applications

Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, has expanded its popular ClearGuard™ portfolio of flexible packaging to include pouches for liquid or more viscous products. The expanded product line, able to withstand the rigors of the hot fill and retort cooking processes, will be on display at the Global Pouch Forum in Miami starting June 14.

2017-06-13 
Futura announces new board and CEO

Futura enters its next stage of development with a new Board of Directors and the promotion of Piero Ceccon to Chief Executive Officer.

“Together with Faper Group President Fabio Boschi we have worked hard over the last few years to provide Futura with a strong and capable leadership, and we are now extremely happy to announce this important step in the company’s growth”, said Fabio Perini, founder of Futura, who has taken the position of Honorary President, with Boschi Chairman.

The Futura board is completed by two other key managers : Giovacchino Giurlani, who oversees innovation and product development, working closely with Mr Perini and the rest of the team at FuturaLab ; and Giulio Simonelli, who has been instrumental in implementing the highest operational standards at Futura over the years.

Ceccon joined Futura three years ago to head up the company’s international operations, overseeing sales of technology and the ProCare service division. During this time the Lucca, Italy-based business has seen particularly strong growth worldwide, including numerous Andromeda line deliveries through which Futura has asserted its technical leadership in the field.

2017-06-13 
Minimising chemical waste and costs with Walki’s soft foam solution

Cost efficiency, compliance with environmental regulation and safety are important for soft foam manufacturers.
Soft foam is used in furniture, car interiors, mattresses and other technical applications. Chemical waste account for as much as 97 % of the production costs of soft foam. Minimizing chemical waste is thus a top priority for customers.

2017-06-13 
ANDRITZ to rebuild board machine for Knauf Petroboard

ANDRITZ has received an order from AO Knauf Petroboard to rebuild the KM 2 board machine at its mill in Kommunar, Russia. The board machine – with a basis weight range from 100-320 g/m2, a working width of 4,260 mm, and a design speed of 700 m/min – has an annual capacity of 155,000 t/a for production of gypsum board made of 100% waste paper raw material. Start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2018.

2017-06-13 
Batch Detrashing No More at Europac Rouen

Europac Rouen’s lightweight fluting uses less energy but produces more with Kadant’s continuous detrashing.

For lightweight fluting grades, Europac Rouen’s measurable gains from continuous detrashing are evident in higher productivity, lower energy costs, and product quality.

Says Europac’s Joel Bruwaert, Technical Director, Europac, “Making lightweight fluting requires a lot of finesse, especially reducing contaminants, which can cause runnability problems, and cause defects.”

Adds, Guillermo Mateos, Stock Preparation Manager, Europac, “Our Continuous Light Detrasher from Kadant assures contamination control, reduces energy costs and eliminates the chronic maintenance of a batch system. Combined with a new trashwell, float purger and washing trommel, operating costs are down.”

“Europac’s continuous detrasher and continuous pulping system also eliminate the need for extra wash water and multiple valves to isolate the detrasher. This means smoother running and less maintenance,” according to Frédéric Bontempelli, Application Manager with Kadant Lamort.

Trust the Kadant Technology Centre in Champagne, France—a proven team of scientists and entrepreneurs with your value streams—waste fibre, plastics, water and energy—as well as recyclability of any of your new bio-composite products, or brokes.

Europac Lightweight Fluting Grades With A Competitive Edge

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2017-06-13 
Updated mission for global forest and paper industry – ICFPA focuses on innovation and sustainability

The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) eighth biennial International CEO Roundtable took place in Berlin, Germany on the 18th of May.

More than 20 forest based industry CEOs and association leaders from around the world met to discuss industry innovation, sustainability aspects, current political aspects and future trends that may impact the industry at local and international levels. The Finnish Forest Industries Federation’s Director General Timo Jaatinen was present at the event.

2017-06-13 
The Belgian paper mill IdemPapers has been declared bankrupt

The Belgian paper mill IdemPapers has been declared bankrupt by the Commercial Court of Nivelles. Last year, this facility produced some 140,000 of specialty papers on 2 PMs. The mill employs 360 people.
On December 13, the Company filed a request to obtain the protection status provided by the Legal Procedure of Reorganization under Juridical Control.
On that day, a Delegated Judge, Olivier Dewulf, was nominated to monitor the process.
On December 22, the Commercial Court of Walloon Brabant (Nivelles) analysed the request and acted the PRJ status to the Company until March 13.
On that day, 2 legal representatives were nominated with the responsibility to transfer the company assets : MM. Rodolphe de San and Thomas Vulhopp.
The duration of the procedure, originally planned for 3 months, has been extended several times and was due to be extended till June 12.

2017-06-12 
Valmet and Södra Cell sign mill-wide Learning Agreement

Valmet and Södra Cell in Sweden have signed a three-year agreement for web-based training via the Valmet Online Learning portal. Valmet will provide online courses for all main mill processes to about 600 employees at all three Södra mills in Sweden ; Värö, Mörrum, and Mönsterås.

Previously, Södra has purchased Valmet’s online training as part of the Värö mill expansion project. Based on excellent training results and positive feedback from the trainees, Södra is now extending the agreement to all three mills over a period of three years.

2017-06-12 
Kemira opens its new sizing production line in Nanjing, China

Kemira, a global chemicals company serving customers in water-intensive industries, announced today the opening of its new AKD emulsion and cationic rosin production lines at its production site in Nanjing, Jiangsu province in China. With the inauguration of the new production line, Kemira is able to produce and supply all types of sizing agents (ASA, AKD, cationic rosin, surface size) to serve customers in mainland China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Japan and other Asia-Pacific region. The investment broadens Kemira’s paper chemicals product offering and strengthens its already leading position in the pulp and paper industry.

2017-06-12 
ANDRITZ successfully starts up second tissue machine with steel Yankee for Hebei Yihoucheng, China

 ANDRITZ has successfully completed start-up of the second tissue machine supplied to Hebei Yihoucheng, China.

The PrimeLineCOMPACT tissue machine has a design speed of 1,650 m/min and a width of 2.85 m. The Yankee, manufactured entirely of steel, has a diameter of 3.65 m. It is the “twin” of its predecessor, the TM1, that was started-up successfully in 2014.

The order also included supply of the complete stock preparation plant, automation, and drives. The tissue machine and its components were manufactured at ANDRITZ production sites in Europe and China. With this turnkey delivery, ANDRITZ is once more strengthening its position as one of the leading suppliers of tissue machines and services to the Chinese paper industry.

2017-06-09 
France : Agnès Roger elected as new MIP President

Agnès Roger has been elected as new MIP President. She succeeds Marc Sanchez. Agnes Roger is also chairing Copacel.
MIP is the "Mouvement of Intersecteur Papier-Carton", covering the whole French paper branch which employs some 70,000 people working in 1,200 facilities and generates an annual cumulative TO of 19 bn euros.

2017-06-08 
Successful interpack 2017 for Mondi draws thousands of visitors to the interactive booth

Mondi, the international packaging and paper Group, welcomed more than 2,000 visitors to its booth during the recent interpack 2017 packaging trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany. Dozens of Mondi experts from all areas of the business manned the booth throughout the seven days to greet visitors, discuss the latest packaging trends and demonstrate how Mondi solutions can add value to their businesses and customers.

2017-06-08 
European paper industry reaction to the US administration's withdrawal from Paris Agreement on climate change

"The US administration’s decision to step down from the Paris Agreement sadly puts at risk the global efforts needed to address climate change. It also regrettably reflects a view that climate action would undermine industry competitiveness. To make the case for action - and win back the US, Europe must decisively demonstrate that decarbonisation can go hand in hand with industrial competitiveness and investments. The European paper industry has a vision through its Investment Roadmap to decarbonise by 80%, create 50% more added value and increase its investment by 40% by 2050. This should be done in the background of a Paris Climate Change Agreement which provides a solid framework for climate action and fosters a global level playing field" says Sylvain Lhote, Director General at CEPI

2017-06-08 
Unifor, PPWC, and Canfor sign pulp and paper sector tentative agreement

Prince George—Pattern bargaining for Western Canada’s pulp and paper sector has concluded with a four-year tentative agreement signed by Unifor, the Public and Private Workers of Canada (PPWC), and Canfor Pulp.

“The tentative agreement signed today reflects the important contributions of our members at pulp and paper workplaces across the West,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor’s Western Regional Director.

Today’s tentative agreement with Canfor Pulp will set the pattern for Unifor and PPWC’s 17 other pulp and paper mills in BC and Alberta.

“By working jointly with the PPWC, we were able to secure a strong deal that meets our members’ needs during the term of the contract,” said Scott Doherty, Executive Assistant to Unifor’s National President. Doherty is Unifor’s lead negotiator in the pulp and paper sector.

“Pulp and paper jobs are critical to small and medium-sized communities across the region, and we’re proud to achieve a collective agreement that will support working families,” said Gary Fiege, Vice-President of the PPWC.

2017-06-08 
Metso to donate EUR 1 million to three Finnish universities

Metso is donating a total of EUR 1 million to Tampere University of Technology, Aalto University and the University of Oulu. Through the donation, Metso wishes to support Finnish scientific research and its application in practice.

"The opportunity for continuous, varied scientific research work in cooperation between universities, companies and other parties is essential for building a sustainable future. It is also of utmost importance that universities’ training programs produce top experts with knowledge and skills that promote companies’ ability to renew and succeed. Through our donation, we want to support universities representing branches of science important to us in their ability to offer internationally competitive scientific research and education," says Matti Kähkönen, President and CEO of Metso Corporation.

2017-06-08 
The AEGLE lands at CosmeticBusiness Munich

The trade fair CosmeticBusiness opens its doors in Munich to present the latest innovations for the cosmetics industry. We are pleased to announce that Kotkamills will be exhibiting for the first time at this trade fair to present our unique AEGLE range of packaging material solutions for the world of cosmetics. ​

2017-06-08 
GVG Paper Mills India chooses Cellwood for a new upgrading project

GVG Paper Mills Pvt. Ltd and Cellwood Machinery has signed an agreement for delivery of a Krima Ultra Compact Dispersing System.
This 100 Tpd Krima Dispersing system will replace an existing local Dispersing Unit and allow for increased paper quality and improve the flexibility in GVG´s process.

2017-06-08 
Asia Pulp & Paper Offers New Products For Mexican Marketplace

Asia Pulp & Paper today announced two new select products in Mexico, Paperline photocopy grade for the niche 70 GSM market and a new food packaging portfolio, Foopak. Paperline will be solely available via select Mexico distribution partners, while Foopak will be channeled through Perez Trading Company Consumer Packaging Group. APP is now well positioned to service the rapidly growing Mexican marketplace for both high-quality, high yield photocopy paper and multi-purpose packaging solutions.

“Our approach in Mexico is to focus on niche sectors, adding product differentiation and creating new innovative market segments that complement the domestic product categories,” says Anthony Atamimi, Latin America Sales Director for Asia Pulp & Paper. “Over the past year we have streamlined our distribution channels and are now pleased to be working with local partners to help grow and expand these new markets.”

2017-06-08 

Weyerhaeuser Company  today announced an agreement to sell its timberlands and manufacturing business in Uruguay to a consortium led by BTG Pactual’s Timberland Investment Group (TIG), including other long-term institutional investors, for $402.5 million in cash. The company anticipates it will incur minimal taxes in conjunction with the transaction.

2017-06-08 

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