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Ahlstrom-Munksjö announces 6% price increase on all Genuine Vegetable Parchment products

Ahlstrom-Munksjö, a global leader in sustainable and innovative fiber-based solutions, announces price increases on all Genuine Vegetable Parchment products produced by the Specialties business area allowing the Foodpack business unit to absorb the increasing cost of sales for this product group.
The price increase will be 6% and will be implemented as of July 1st, 2017.
Genuine Vegetable Parchment products are mainly used for Cooking and Baking, Food wrapping, Furniture laminates and Textile Tubes.
Ahlstrom-Munksjö ’s Specialties business area products are used in a variety of applications including Food Packaging, Beverage, Labeling, Medical drape & Gowns, Masking Tape and Laboratory Filtration products. The Specialty business area has 14 production sites in 7 countries.

2017-05-19 
Iberpapel to invest €180 million in the manufacture of flexible packaging paper

The Board of Directors of Iberpapel Gestión, S. A., at a meeting held on 25 April 2017, has agreed to move ahead with the initiative dubbed Project Hernani under which its subsidiary, Papelera Guipuzcoana de Zicuñaga, S.A.U., will invest around €180 million.
The so-called Project Hernani essentially consists of the installation of a new machine with a Yankee drying cylinder for the manufacture of MG paper for several kinds of flexible packaging. The machine will add an estimated 85,000 tonnes to the Group’s annual production capacity. In parallel, the existing pulp plant will be refurbished and updated, incorporating the latest technology and environmental standards - the sector’s best available techniques (BATs) - which will increase the facility’s nominal production capacity by between 15% and 20%.

2017-05-19 
Georgia-Pacific Investing $400 million To Grow Consumer Products Business

Georgia-Pacific today announced significant investments, which total more than $400 million, for its GP Consumer (retail) tissue and towel business. The investments support further growth for key customers’ private label brand products.

The company has approved funding for a paper machine using through-air-dried (TAD) technology, associated converting equipment and infrastructure work. A final decision on the location of the new operations, which will be in the eastern United States, is expected to be announced soon with startup projected for 2019. Approximately 80 jobs would be created to support operations.

2017-05-19 
New 74% paper recycling target set for 2020

The European paper recycling value chain has already made significant strides on the paper recycling rate in the EU having reached a near theoretical maximum of 71.5% in 2015. The industry is now seeking to make another move forward with an enhanced rate of 74% by 2020 building on the progress achieved since 2000 by preceding European Declarations on Paper Recycling.

2017-05-19 
ICFPA announces the winners of the Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Award

The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) has announced the winners of the Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Award, a global award that aims to stimulate interest by young researchers carrying out projects in a wide range of activities relevant to forest-based science, products as well as process improvements or other innovation throughout the value chain.

2017-05-19 
Packaging prevents food waste: Corrugated is part of the solution

FEFCO welcomes the European Parliament’s resolution on “Resource efficiency : reducing food waste, improving food safety”, adopted on 16 May 2017.
The initiative, led by rapporteur MEP Biljana Borzan (S&D, Hungary), calls for a 50% reduction of food waste by 2030 and improving the information to consumers. It is estimated that every year around 88 million tonnes of food is wasted in the EU, along with the associated environmental impact and resources used.
Packaging prevents food waste. The resolution emphasises the positive contribution of packaging materials and solutions to reduce food waste along the supply chain. `For years, the corrugated packaging industry has been developing packaging and logistics solutions to preserve the quality and hygiene of food. We are constantly refining our packaging to make it fit for purpose and satisfy the needs of the products and consumers” says Angelika Christ, FEFCO Secretary General. The resolution recognises that recyclable packaging obtained from renewable resources can also contribute to resource efficiency and the Circular Economy ambition.

2017-05-19 
Pöyry awarded detail engineering services assignment for the modification of Paper Machine 1 at Roermond, Netherlands

Smurfit Kappa (Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier) has awarded Pöyry with the detail engineering services assignment for the modification of Smurfit Kappa’s paper machine 1 at Roermond, Netherlands. The assignment includes process engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical, automation and instrumentation engineering.

Smurfit Kappa is one of the world’s leading producers of packaging papers. The company employs approximately 45,000 people at 370 locations in 34 countries. In Roermond, Smurfit Kappa produces around 600,000 tons of paper per year on three paper machines. The paper machine 1 has been in operation for 40 years. Since the last modification, it produces Testliner & Fluting up to 1,000 metres per minute.

The target of the rebuilding of the approach flow system and the wire section is to increase the operating speed as well as the production quality. "Thanks to the revamp of our paper machine 1, we will be able to produce more efficiently and reach the highest possible standards in quality. This investment enables us to continue to be ahead of the market and satisfy our customers’ needs," says Sjon Vrieze, Project Manager at Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier.

"With Pöyry’s competencies in the pulp and paper industry as well as the outstanding knowledge in rebuilding and modernisation of paper mills, we are the right partner for this modernisation, now and in the future," says Christian Beyer, Head of Industry Business Group for Central Europe.

The value of the order is not disclosed. The order was recognised within the Industry Business Group order stock in H1/2017.

2017-05-19 
ANDRITZ continues successful tissue machine start-ups for the Hengan Group

ANDRITZ has successfully started up another tissue machine supplied to the Hengan Group, China, thus once again demonstrating ANDRITZ’s strong market position on the Chinese tissue market and confirming its excellent relationship with the Hengan Group.

The PrimeLineTM W8 tissue machine started up at Hengan’s Chongqing mill is the 13th ANDRITZ tissue machine supplied to the Hengan Group. It has a design speed of 2,000 m/min and a width of 5.6 m. The machine is equipped with an 18-foot steel Yankee for energy-efficient drying and safe operation. The scope of supply also included the complete stock preparation plant with ShortFlow concept, which minimizes both the investment costs and energy consumption as well as ensures high flexibility for grade changes. The entire automation system was also supplied by ANDRITZ.

The Hengan Group was established in 1985 and is – with around 30,000 employees – one of the leading Chinese manufacturers of hygiene and sanitary products.

2017-05-19 
Global Forest and Paper Industry CEOs Discuss Future

The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) eighth biennial International CEO Roundtable today took place in Berlin, Germany. 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 global forest and paper industry stands firm in achieving its sustainability commitments based on its common values. Today’s conference provides us with an opportunity to reaffirm these values in today’s interconnected and fast-paced world,” said Peter Oswald, Mondi Group CEO designate (from 11 May 2017), who chaired the roundtable.

2017-05-19 
Toscotec supplied AHEAD tissue machine started-up at Paper Prime S.A. in Vila Velha de Rodão, Portugal.

Paper Prime, a company belonging to the Trevipapel Group, and Toscotec announce the successful start-up of the new TM1. The installation and commissioning were performed according to the scheduled time and the start-up went very smoothly.
Toscotec’s turn-key project for TM#1 includes a stock preparation plant for dry virgin pulp, AHEAD-2.0S tissue machine with Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD-16FT, machine auxiliaries including Milltech Gas fired Hood, steam & condensate and dust removal system, electrification starting from medium voltage cabinets & control system, additional plants and complete engineering and erection activity. A three unwind stand rewinder TT WIND-H completes the supply.

2017-05-18 
Valmet hires a record number of summer trainees: nearly 500 young people to work and train for the summer in Finland

This summer, more than 400 students will work at Valmet as summer trainees, and around 100 young people from elementary and high schools will work at the company through a Finnish "Tutustu työelämään ja tienaa" summer job introduction program.

Valmet will employ summer trainees in 16 locations, with largest number of trainees in Tampere and Jyväskylä. Most of the summer employees will work in engineering functions, customer service, sales, marketing, product development and financial administration. Around 200 summer workers will be employed in production.

"Close interaction with students is important for Valmet, and summer jobs serve this purpose perfectly. Each year, summer employees are an important part of our workplace community, and we appreciate their feedback on Valmet as a workplace. We will also provide them with feedback on their work, to help them develop into the professionals of the future," says Julia Macharey, Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Valmet.

2017-05-18 
Södra’s AGM approved profit distribution of SEK 602 million to members

Södra’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) approved a resolution that profit of SEK 602 million be distributed to members. Lena Ek was re-elected as Chairman of the Board. Kjell Andersson, Pål Börjesson and Ylva Hammargren were elected to the Board.

“Södra stands strong in a changing world, with a solid foundation in the cohesion and optimism that abounds in our association. We have existed since 1938 and we work together to ensure that Södra succeeds, grows and contributes to the development of forest estates and Sweden’s economic prosperity,” said Lena Ek who was re-elected as Chairman of the Board.

2017-05-18 
SCA’s Extraordinary General Meeting

Today’s Extraordinary General Meeting of SCA was held at the Södra Berget Hotel in Sundsvall, Sweden. 

The Extraordinary General Meeting decided that the number of Board members in SCA (the future forest products company) would amount to nine with no deputies.

Charlotte Bengtsson, Lennart Evrell, Ulf Larsson, Martin Lindqvist and Lotta Lyrå were elected as new Board members.

The newly elected members will join the Board of the future forest products company SCA on the first day of trading in the shares of Essity Aktiebolag (publ) on Nasdaq Stockholm. Accordingly, the Board of Directors of SCA will, as of the above date, consist of Pär Boman (Chairman), Charlotte Bengtsson, Lennart Evrell, Annemarie Gardshol, Ulf Larsson, Martin Lindqvist, Lotta Lyrå, Barbara Milian Thoralfsson and Bert Nordberg.

Board members Ewa Björling, Maija-Liisa Friman, Magnus Groth, Johan Malmquist, Lars Rebien Sörensen and Louise Svanberg have declared that they are not available for election to the Board of the future forest products company SCA, following the listing of Essity Aktiebolag (publ) (formerly with the corporate name of SCA Hygiene AB).

However, following the listing, they will remain as members of the Board of the hygiene and health company Essity Aktiebolag (publ). The Board of Directors of Essity Aktiebolag (publ) consist of Pär Boman (Chairman), Ewa Björling, Maija-Liisa Friman, Annemarie Gardshol, Magnus Groth, Johan Malmquist, Barbara Milian Thoralfsson, Bert Nordberg, Lars Rebien Sörensen and Louise Svanberg.

The above resolutions concerning the number of Board members and the election of new Board members are conditional upon the shares in Essity Aktiebolag (publ) being admitted to trading on Nasdaq Stockholm. In the event the condition is not fulfilled, there will be no change to the Board elected at the Annual General Meeting on April 5, 2017.

2017-05-17 
New flexible packaging industry consortium to bring circular economy solutions

CEFLEX is a new project organized by a consortium of European companies representing the entire value chain of flexible packaging. The project mission is to make flexible packaging even more relevant to the circular economy by advancing better system design solutions which result from the collaboration of the companies represented in the consortium. It continues the work of the recently concluded project FIACE, which helped to quantify the added value and identify opportunities to increase recycling of flexible packaging ; and REFLEX, an INNOVATE UK funded technical project focused on recycling flexible packaging in the UK.

The consortium currently has 34 stakeholders, representing all the major value chain players : raw materials suppliers, packaging converters, brand owners and retailers, producer responsibility organizations, collectors, sorters and recyclers, as well as other technology suppliers and end users of the secondary raw materials.

2017-05-17 
Valmet to deliver pulp dewatering equipment and automatic pulper feed system to BillerudKorsnäs's Gruvön pulp and paper mill in Sweden

Valmet will deliver dewatering equipment and an automatic pulper feed system to Gruvön pulp and paper mill in Sweden. The order is part of the investment in a new board machine and rebuild of the existing pulp mill at the Gruvön site. The whole investment is the largest in the history of BillerudKorsnäs and one of the largest in Sweden in recent years.

The order was included in Valmet’s first quarter 2017 orders received and the value of the order will not be disclosed. The start-up of the new equipment is planned to first quarter 2019.

2017-05-17 
Unique cracker for developing green liquid fuels opened

On May 11, Sweden’s first slurry hydrocracker for forestry-based green diesel was opened in Piteå. Here, academics, institutes and the private sector can test the technology for producing green fuels e.g. from lignin oils or other types of bio-oils.

Lignin is a primary component of wood, which is why the lignin cracking method could be an important method for increasing the availability of biodiesel and, thus, reducing the environmental impact of the transport sector.

"The cracker will help the transport sector become fossil free by 2030," Pia Sandvik, CEO for the RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, one of the financiers of the project, said at the opening in Piteå, all the preconditions, in the form of a strong combination of committed industry, research and academia, can be found that are needed to take a process all the way to full scale.

2017-05-17 
UPM and FSC® announce a global strategic partnership

UPM and the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) announce a global strategic partnership to develop solutions for advancing the uptake of FSC in the market. UPM and FSC signed the partnership agreement on the 16th of May 2017 during the FSC international members meeting in Karkkila, Finland. The partnership aims at delivering benefits to forest owners through FSC certification and to increase the FSC-certified wood supply.

UPM has actively cooperated with FSC both on international and national level for several years. The company has been involved in developing the FSC certification in order to enhance its applicability to the fragmented private forest ownership in Finland. This work will be strengthened through the newly agreed partnership.

2017-05-17 
Ahlstrom-Munksjö continues to acquire own shares

The Board of Directors of Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj has decided to utilize the authorization given by the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on May 16, 2017 and continues to repurchase own shares.

The authorization, to acquire a maximum of 8,000,000 of the company’s own shares, is valid until the end of the next AGM to be held in 2018. The repurchases will start at the earliest on May 17, 2017.

On May 2, 2017, the Board of Directors decided to utilize the authorization given by the AGM 2016 held on April 6, 2016 to repurchase own shares. The repurchases started on May 3, 2017 and ended on May 15, 2017. During this period, Ahlstrom-Munksjö repurchased 90,000 shares, corresponding to about 0.1 per cent of the total number of shares and votes. On May 16, 2017, Ahlstrom-Munksjö held 156,729 of its own shares.

The amount of shares to be acquired through the two authorizations shall not exceed 300,000 shares, corresponding to about 0.3 per cent of the total number of shares and votes. The repurchased shares will be used primarily for implementing future share-based incentive programs of the company.

The shares shall be acquired through public trading on Nasdaq Helsinki at the market price prevailing at the time of repurchase. Nordea Bank Finland Plc will act as stock broker in the repurchases.

2017-05-16 
The Millet-Regiorail consortium : a new partner for OFP Atlantique

When, on 8 December last year, Eurocargorail announced its new strategic direction, involving its departure from OFP Atlantique on 30 June 2017, the two other shareholders in the rail operator, “Grand Ports Maritimes” of La Rochelle and Nantes Saint-Nazaire, issued an invitation to tender to find a new OFP Atlantique partner, shareholder and traction service provider. Ten or so undertakings presented themselves as candidates and high-quality bids were received. At the end of the negotiations, the Millet-Regiorail consortium’s bid was accepted. It presents an opportunity for OFP Atlantique to strengthen its service provision to the customers of the two ports even further, and to support their development.

2017-05-16 
Solenis to Acquire Nopco Colombiana S.A.

Solenis signed an agreement to acquire the business and assets of Nopco Colombiana S.A., a producer and supplier of specialized chemical solutions for water intensive industries, including pulp and paper, oil and gas, food and beverage and other industrial markets in Central and South America. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017, following receipt of customary regulatory approvals.

2017-05-16 
GE Oil & Gas awarded contract by Lucart for installation of new NovaLT12 Gas Turbine in Italy.

• GE Oil & Gas signs agreement for provision of two of its new, top-of-the-line NovaLT12 turbines for cogeneration applications to Italian paper mill Lucart at two of its Italian locations.
• New turbines are designed for up to 37% efficiency at full load and allow for standardisation and modularisation to reduce engineering activities and delivery time as well as reduced emissions.
• This is the first NovaLT12 installation in the paper production industry and leverages the long collaboration between GE and Lucart.
• Product has been specifically developed to respond to power requirements in the 10.5- 13.9 MW range and was launched in January at the GE Oil & Gas Annual Meeting in Florence, Italy.

2017-05-16 
Arctic Paper introduces price increase for its coated paper grades.

Due to increase of pulp and chemicals cost, Arctic Paper SA has taken decision to raise prices for its coated paper grades.
Prices of the coated grades will be raised by 8% from June 15, 2017. The increase will take effect across Arctic Paper’s European sales network.
The local sales teams of Arctic Paper will give customers further details and information.

2017-05-16 
BillerudKorsnäs production of semi-chemical pulp supplying PM6 in Gruvön experience breakdown

BillerudKorsnäs experienced a major breakdown in the digester in the semi-chemical pulp production line in Gruvön. The pulp line supplies the fluting machine PM6 with pulp and consequently no fluting from PM6 can currently be produced. The breakdown of the pulp line does not have an impact on the integrated chemical pulp mill, neither does it impact the production of kraft paper, liner or liquid packaging board at the mill. 

“At this point in time it is not possible to estimate the financial damage and consequences on customer deliveries, but it will have a significant impact on the current quarter financials. We will return with additional information when we know what the impact will be,” says Per Lindberg, CEO of BillerudKorsnäs.

2017-05-16 
  • Production volume in the first quarter rose by 8% compared with first quarter 2016. Rottneros Mill and the Group in its current structure both set a new quarterly production record.
  • Delivery volume in the first quarter rose by 9% compared with first quarter 2016 and by 9% compared with fourth quarter 2016.
  • Investments in the Agenda 500 development programme are progressing according to plan, in terms of both cost and increased capacity.
  • Rottneros Packaging received its first order, thereby starting commercial production of fibre trays.
  • Net turnover for the first quarter rose by 9% to SEK 472 million (432).
  • Profit after net financial items for the first quarter was negatively impacted by some unplanned expenses and amounted to SEK 56 million (69).
  • Cash flow from operating activities for the first quarter rose to SEK 38 million (29).
  • The list price for NBSK pulp over the first quarter was 3% higher in USD and 9% higher in SEK, compared with first quarter 2016. Compared with fourth quarter 2016, the price level in SEK was at the same level.
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