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Holmen sells forest properties

Holmen has today signed an agreement to sell forest properties in north-west Jämtland, Sweden, for SEK 100 million. The sale is expected to be completed in January 2018. The Group’s earnings will be positively impacted by just over SEK 70 million in the first quarter of 2018 since the sale price exceeds the carrying amount according to IAS 41.

With holdings of over 1 million hectares of productive forest land, Holmen is one of Sweden’s largest forest owners. 

“This forest land is located far from our production facilities and has significant other values than forestry. We intend to reinvest the sales proceeds in forest located closer to our own production facilities,” says Henrik Sjölund, President and CEO of Holmen.

The buyer is Persson Invest, a Group with a turnover of 5.5 billion SEK that already owns 100,000 hectares of forest land in Jämtland County.

"We are pleased to expand our forest resources in the county. It is rare that real estate of this size comes into the market," says Henrik Mårtensson, Director of Forestry, Persson Invest.

The properties comprise 4 400 hectares of productive forest land, 2 000 hectares of which are actively managed.

2017-12-01 
Koehler Kehl increases productivity with products and expertise from Voith

When upgrading its PM 2, Koehler Kehl opted for products from Voith’s AdvancedPRODUCTS range that enable the company to reduce the machine’s water consumption, achieve a faster starting curve and at the same time improve paper quality.

One of Koehler’s major strengths is its willingness to constantly improve. This is why for the upgrade of the press section on the PM 2 the focus was on achieving more stable operation, reliable planning of shutdowns and improved safety in the production process. On the PM 2, the company produces just short of 130,000 metric tons of thermal paper per year with basis weights of between 35 and 47 g/m².

In the course of various improvement measures, Voith fitted the press section with products from PressMax range of its AdvancedPRODUCTS. The prime objective was to continually improve the quality of the paper grades and reduce its operational costs.

The latter was especially achieved by using of the QualiFlex press sleeves for the shoe press. Refinements were made to the sleeves and their abrasion behavior was improved. On the PM 2 this led to a doubled runtime. This reduced the maintenance work for replacing the shoe press covers. Previously, the press sleeves had needed to be changed after 180 days on average.

An increase in productivity was also the reason for introducing press felts with PeakElement which allow a faster start and better nip dewatering than standard felts. As a result, the start-up curve of the machine could be shortened considerably following the felt change. “With the installation of the Voith products, we were able to clearly improve the start-up curve after felt change on the PM 2. The machine can be brought to its maximum speed faster and with fewer problems, resulting in greater availability and lower operating costs,” states Joachim Fuchs Productionmanager PM 2 / CM 2 at Koehler Kehl Germany.

In addition, the measurements taken by the FeltView system delivered important moisture and permeability data for targeted conditioning of the pick-up felts. Koehler can use this data to continually optimize machine settings and improve efficiency. Critical felt conditions can be identified before they impair the process and the felts are run in optimum operating condition. FeltView also makes manual measurements redundant, which ultimately improves the safety of the production process.

Voith Paper is a Group Division of Voith and the leading partner and pioneer in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-conserving products to reduce the use of energy, water and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

For 150 years, Voith technologies have been inspiring its customers, business partners and employees all over the world. Founded in 1867, Voith today has around 19,000 employees and earns 4.3 billion euros in sales. It has locations in more than 60 countries and is one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe. As a technology leader, Voith sets standards in the energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive markets.

2017-12-01 
Brazil: exports from the planted tree sector surpass US$ 7 billion through October 2017 (+10.9%)

From January to October of 2017, pulp exports rose 2.9% in comparison with the same period of the previous year, reaching 16.0 million tons sold ; exports of wood panels increased by 29.4%, with 1.1 million cubic meters directed toward foreign markets, and paper exports grew 0.4% with almost 1.7 million tons traded. This positive performance propelled export revenues past the US$ 7 billion mark in the first 10 months of the year, growth of 10.9% over the same period in 2016. This created a US$ 6.15 billion surplus in the trade balance for the sector, an increase of 12.7%.

Continue reading below about the performance indicators for the planted tree industry in the 42nd edition of Cenários Ibá, the monthly bulletin of the Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá).

Export revenues – In the first ten months of 2017, pulp exports reached US$ 5.2 billion (+13.7%), while paper exports were US$ 1.6 billion (+1.7%) and wood panel exports reached US$ 242 million (+20.4%).

Export destination – For the combined period spanning January to October of this year, China continued to be the main destination for Brazilian pulp, with a share of 39.7%, representing revenues of US$ 2.1 billion (+18.0%). The second largest destination for pulp was the European countries, which during this period accounted for 31.4% of exports and more than US$ 1.6 billion (+5.6%). Latin American countries continued to be the main markets for paper and wood panels during the first ten months of the year, with export revenues exceeding US$ 1.0 billion (+11.6%) and US$ 126 million (+16.7%), respectively.

Production – The productive sector utilizing planted trees presented positive results in 2017. From January to October of this year, pulp production surpassed 15.9 million tons (+2.9%), and paper reached 8.7 million tons (+0.9%).

Domestic Sales – For the first ten months of 2017, the wood panel section showed positive results, with sales of more than 5.3 million cubic meters on the domestic market (+2.5%) ; at the same time, the paper industry reached the 4.5 million ton mark (-0.4%) during the same period.

2017-11-30 
Essity discloses its footprint in WWF’s Environmental Paper Company Index

Essity has shown its commitment to transparency by participating in the Environmental Paper Company Index 2017 (EPCI). The Group receives an overall score of 78.7% and 94% out of a maximum of 100% for its responsible fiber sourcing. The EPCI is a WWF tool that promotes transparency and continual improvement in the global pulp, paper and packing sector towards sustainability.

The Index assesses how a company´s performance and targets on responsible sourcing, clean production and EMS/reporting change over time. 

The Group, participating in the EPCI for the first time as Essity (3 times before as SCA Hygiene), receives in the subcategory responsible sourcing a score of 94% out of a maximum 100% for its responsible fiber sourcing, particularly valuing Essity´s high recycled fiber use. The company achieves 69% in the subcategory clean production, 71% on transparency and a total score of 78.7%.

“At Essity, we continuously challenge ourselves to develop further and constantly improve, ensuring a sustainable and responsible business. It is highly rewarding to see that we receive good results across all categories in our sector. WWF’s index offers a great opportunity to evaluate our constant progress and improvement within the environmental area”, says Kersti Strandqvist, Senior Vice President Sustainability, Essity.

A total of 35 of the initially invited 100 companies choose to participate in EPCI 2017. The Index is based on voluntary data disclosure by invited participants on over 50 indicators that WWF considers important for a company´s ecological footprint. WWF publishes collated results company by company. The Index helps track companies’ and also the sectors’ journey towards sustainability.

Together, the EPCI 2017 participants from Europe, South America, Africa, Asia and North America disclose the environmental performance of 26% of the world´s tissue, 23% of the world´s graphic paper, 17% of the world´s newsprint, 9% of the world´s packaging and 15% of the world´s pulp.

2017-11-30 
Ilim Group signs USD 500 million syndicated loan

Ilim Group, Russia’s leading pulp and paper company, a major exporter and one of the biggest companies in the industry globally, announces today that it has signed a four-year unsecured syndicated loan agreement for USD 500 million. The agreement is the largest corporate debt transaction in the industry across Eastern Europe and Russia/CIS, according to Dealogic data.

The loan was arranged by Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI Group) and Intesa Sanpaolo, with Crédit Agricole also joining the syndicate on the European side. In Asia, the syndicated loan includes the four largest banks in China – Bank ICBC, Agricultural Bank of China, Bank of China and China Construction Bank – as well as Korea’s KDB Bank. The split between European and Asian sides of the syndicate is approximately 50:50.

Ilim will use the funds to finance its strategic development projects focusing on Europe and Asia, which are its priority markets.

Ilim Group CEO Ksenia Sosnina said : “Our ability to raise such a substantial amount of funding for our industry is proof of the confidence that investors and the European and Asian financial communities have in us. 2017 is the company’s landmark year and we are expecting strong operational and financial results. We are celebrating 25 years of Ilim, and 10 years of partnership with International Paper under our joint venture agreement. The fact that a Russian-American JV can achieve success and gain the trust of financial institutions in Europe and Asia is for me a striking example of business diplomacy and long-term strategy implementation, as well as the ability to pursue opportunities in a challenging environment.”

The deal was well received by the Asian and European member banks. The final amount raised significantly exceeded the target, indicating Ilim Group’s credibility in these markets. The conditions of the loan agreement allow Ilim Group to increase the credit line up to USD 750 million.

Since Ilim’s JV with IP was established in 2007, USD 3.2 billion has been invested in the investment projects, which include the construction of the world’s largest bleached softwood pulp production line located in Siberia, and the launch of a modern paper making facility manufacturing high-quality white paper grades at the company’s mill in European Russia. The JV has grown significantly in its 10-year history, with EBITDA increasing by 140% from USD 308 million in 2008 to USD 742 million in 2016, and output rising by 30% since 2008.

2017-11-29 
Delfort Tervakoski paper mill in Finland gets Wedg

Founded in 1818, Tervakoski specialty paper mill is the oldest paper mill in operation in Finland today. Tervakoski is part of Delfort Group since 1999. The mill has five paper machines with more than 100 000 ton annual capacity of customized paper grades. In addition to super thin printing papers, they produce tobacco-related paper, release base paper, electrical insulation paper and other highly specialized grades.

The delivery is the third roll-out of the five mill corporate Wedge™ frame agreement between Delfort and Savcor. The delivery is scheduled to be completed by year end.

2017-11-29 
How do you pack sunlight in a box?

Strange requests are nothing new at DS Smith and our designers were unfazed when they were asked to pack ‘sunlight’ or more accurately, lightpipes, for Czech manufacturer Lightway.

Lightway’s expectations were the same as their customers – perfect delivery without any damage from their plant in the Czech Republic to top companies all over the world.

Lightway is a small family owned company that has expanded on the world market and its light pipes make our homes, shopping and work more convenient.

2017-11-29 
Industrie 4.0: The hour of implementation has arrived
  • New MindSphere Version 3.0 on Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides access to Siemens APIs and AWS cloud services for faster development
  • Simotics IQ : New IoT concept for motors
  • New partnership financing service to boost the implementation of Industrie 4.0
  • Study affirms annual productivity increase due to digitalization of up to 9.8 percent
2017-11-28 
Lecta introduces its new Adestor catalogue of self-adhesive labels

  An extensive range of self-adhesive materials in sheets and reels for multiple applications.​​

With a new format and a clean, elegant graphic line, the latest Adestor​ swatchbook is noteworthy for its functionality, including as a new feature at the end of each section an envelope for future product samples. 

The catalogue features all of Lecta’s self-adhesive papers and films, including its most recent launches such as its new high-gloss, wet-strength Adestor Metal HG WS​ metalized facestock and the new Adestor Matt Inkjet and Adestor Gloss Inkjet​ facestocks, specially designed for water-based inkjet printing. From stickers to retail and signage applications to labels for specific sectors such as wine, logistics or home and personal care, an Adestor solution is available with permanent, repositionable and removable adhesives and filmic liners in addition to standard glassine and kraft liners.

The catalogue, available in English, Spanish, French, Italian and German, contains technical information about the entire product line, a face stock printing compatibility table and samples of all the grades.

The entire range of Adestor products is manufactured in accordance with ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental management standards, ISO 50001 energy management standards and OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety standards. In addition, it is available on request with PEFCTM and FSC® Chain-of-Custody forest certification.

2017-11-27 
Arctic Paper introduces price increase for all its paper grades.

Arctic Paper proceeds to the next stage of price increase process announced on 23 October 2017. As a result, a consecutive price increase for all paper grades will be implemented. The price levels will rise by 5-8% from January 2018 across the Company’s entire sales network.
The changes are driven by rapidly growing prices of pulp. Throughout the last 12 months BEKP and NBSK prices increased by approx. 50% and 40% respectively.
The abovementioned pulp price dynamics together with an unclear perspectives for further development of the pulp prices leave no other choice but to continue the price increase process initiated in the beginning of November for the moment. The local sales teams of Arctic Paper will give customers further details and information

2017-11-27 
Stora Enso announces intent to acquire forest assets in conjunction with planned structural changes in Bergvik Skog AB

Shareholders representing 98% of the owners in Bergvik Skog AB, a Swedish forest holding company,

2017-11-27 
BillerudKorsnäs intends to acquire forest assets

BillerudKorsnäs has signed a letter of intent to acquire Bergvik Skog Öst AB, owned by Bergvik Skog AB.

2017-11-27 
Philippe Agut, new Managing Director of Fibre Excellence Tarascon mill

Philippe Agut has been appointed as Managing Director of Fibre Excellence Tarascon mill in the South of France. Philippe Agut began his career at Arjowiggins. He has also served as president of Bolloré Thin Papers (Papeteries des Vosges and Papeteries du Léman).

2017-11-24 
Lecta Distribution Group will apply price increases in all paper grades from January 8th 2018

Lecta Distribution Group, made up of Torraspapel Distribution in France, Spain and Portugal and Polyedra in Italy announces a price increase for deliveries of all its qualities effective January 8th 2018.

This movement is unavoidable due to the price increases applied by the majority of our suppliers.

The price increase will affect our entire product portfolio and it will vary from 5 to 8% according to the product and format.

Our customers will be informed personally by our sales teams, who will provide any further details related with this price increase.

2017-11-23 
Greycon Boosts Equipment Efficiency at Jianhui Paper

Greycon is currently implementing its trim solution, X-Trim on four Paper machines at Jianhui Paper in Dongguan city of China. Dongguan Jianhui Paper is one of the biggest Paper and pulp manufacturer’s in China’s Paper industry.

Greycon will implement X-Trim for trimming optimisation integrating with Jianhui Paper’s ERP system, Inspur. Implementation began in July 2017 and the project is expected to go live in December 2017.

Mr Liu Mingwei, CFO at Jianhui Paper said : “We are looking forward to reaping the benefits of Greycon’s system. Greycon has made the implementation process as easy as possible by integrating with our own ERP system. Greycon’s system will give us more time for business analysis and strategic thinking.”

Greycon’s new system is expected to bring numerous benefits to Dongguan Jianhui Paper at multiple levels. Reducing trim waste, minimising pattern and knife change numbers and in-turn greatly increase Jianhui’s overall equipment efficiency. Stock to trim will significantly reduce the stock amount and cost. Meanwhile, X-Trim will minimise manual dependence and personnel faults during the trim process and improve the customer service level.

“X-Trim is integrated with Inspur ERP, through the integration. X-Trim can be fully localised to meet the needs of each machine. In general, the new automated and integrated system processes will provide Dongguan Jianhui Paper the ability to focus over strategic and operative group improvement, increase industrious competitiveness and bring more time for business analysis and strategic thinking,” commented Tian Jinlong, Greycon.

2017-11-23 
Towards an integrated Point-of-Care diagnostic device

David Gosselin defended his doctoral thesis at University Grenoble Alpes prepared under the supervision of the Professors Didier Chaussy and Naceur Belgacem (Grenoble INP-Pagora / LGP2) and the co-supervision of Jean Berthier, Research Engineer (CEA, Grenoble).

2017-11-22 
Stora Enso to divest the Baienfurt sheeting centre

Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest its sheeting centre business in Baienfurt, Germany to Pyroll, a Finnish converting firm.

2017-11-22 
Atip Awards in Grenoble (France)

The French Association Atip has awarded its Trophees during the traditional Gala dinner in Grenoble on November 21.

2017-11-22 
PMP’s “Gold Eagle” TM5 at UPM’s mill (South Africa) reached its first 10 000 Ton milestone!

On Sunday, 1 October 2017, the new Universal Paper Machine TM5 reached its first milestone of 10 000 tons of paper produced.

2017-11-22 
How Kadant's Boostek helps Goma Camps improve its stock preparation
At the 70th annual French ATIP Congress being held this week in Grenoble (Isere, France)
2017-11-21 
Firefly Spark Detection and Extinguishing Systems, approved according to the new FM standard 3265

Firefly has recently received an FM-approval towards the new FM standard 3265 covering the Firefly spark detection and extinguishing systems. The FM approval covers over 70 detectors and all detectors are also available in versions for use in explosive atmospheres, Ex zone 20, 21 or 22.

2017-11-21 
Rayonier Advanced Materials Completes Acquisition of Tembec

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. just announced that it has completed the acquisition of Tembec Inc., combining two complementary high purity cellulose businesses and diversifying its product offerings with integrated forest products, paper, paperboard and newsprint businesses.

2017-11-21 
Iggesund’s mills receives the highest sustainability rating from EcoVadis

Iggesund Paperboard’s both mills – in Iggesund, Sweden, and Workington, England - have been awarded the highest rating for sustainability in an evaluation done by the EcoVadis firm of analysts.

2017-11-21 
Smurfit Kappa’s PM1 in Barbosa, Colombia is up & running!

In January 2016, Smurfit Kappa signed another contract with PMP for a press part rebuild of PM1 in its Mill in Barbosa (Colombia).

2017-11-21 

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