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BillerudKorsnäs - Growing again

CEO Per Lindberg comments on the development during Q1 2017 :

“The first quarter of 2017 saw growth on the back of high demand in the markets across all business areas. Sales are showing better than expected growth, and our production is in fact at an all-time high for a single quarter. However, our operating profit during the quarter suffered from spillover effects from 2016, and we have as a consequence undertaken significant measures to address both our start-up performance as well as quality performance.

Two of the key elements in our growth strategy and production capacity are our major ongoing investments in Skärblacka and Gruvön. We are glad to see that the start-up of these projects has been successful and that they are well under way. Together with new solution sales initiatives we have laid a strong foundation for continued growth.”

2017-04-20 
5 million tonnes of newsprint paper produced at Langerbrugge mill

On 5 April 2017, at 12:30 CET, less than 14 years after the start-up of the newsprint paper machine at Stora Enso Langerbrugge, the mill reached a milestone of 5 million tonnes of newsprint produced. The Giant of Ghent in Belgium is one of the most efficient newsprint machines in the world.

2017-04-19 
BASF to increase prices for Paper and Water Chemicals worldwide

Driven by continued increases in cost of raw materials, transportation, and energy, BASF will increase prices across the portfolios of paper and water chemicals with immediate effect as contracts allow. Price increases of 5 to 10 percent globally are targeted for selected product lines while measured increases will be implemented for specific products and delivery locations.
Paper coating chemicals are not affected by the price increase.

2017-04-19 
Valmet opened new regional office in Mexico City

Valmet has opened its new regional office in Mexico City to serve its customers. The opening ceremony of the office was held in February 2017. The inauguration event was held at the
Residence of the Ambassador of Finland in Mexico

"Valmet has had business dealings with Mexico already for many years and this latest step is the proof of how interesting the Mexican market currently is", said the Finnish Ambassador Roy Eriksson in his speech.

2017-04-19 
Cellical: cellulose microfibrils and bioactive medical devices

The Laboratory of Pulp and Paper Science and Graphic Arts (LGP2) coordinates the Cellical project, which revolves around the use of cellulose microfibrils in the design of bioactive surgical devices for soft tissue repair.
Launched in October 2015, with a planned duration of 42 months, the Cellical ANR project is run by LGP2 and features a number of partners : the Centre de Recherches sur les Macromolécules Végétales (CERMAV), the Centre Technique du Papier (CTP), Sofradim Production (Medtronic Covidien), Tembec Innovation, Joseph Fourier University’s Department of Molecular Pharmacochemistry (UJF-DPM) and the University of Lille 2 (UL2-INSERM).

2017-04-19 
"Élan sportif" wins an official award

Bertine Khélifi and Raphaël Passas of LGP2 won 1st prize at the 2017 SEMPA contest for microscopic photography.
Created in 1992, SEMPA is the association of Philips & FEI scanning electron microscope users. Its goal is to facilitate scientific and technical exchanges between microscope users.

During its annual technical conference, which took place on 15-17 March 2017 at EDF’s Renardières R&D Centre (in Seine-et-Marne), a slightly offbeat photography contest was held. Of the 12 images presented by the competitors, the photograph produced by Research Engineer Raphaël Passas and Study Engineer Bertine Khélifi of the Laboratory of Pulp and Paper Science and Graphic Arts (LGP2) made the biggest impression on the jury, which awarded the picture 1st prize. Dubbed "Élan sportif", the photograph offers a cross-sectional view of a piece of tissue paper.
Congratulations to the authors for receiving this distinction, which follows on from their previous awards for unusual photographs ("Pirates du désert", 1st place in 2008, and "L’Oiseau Alfa", 4th place in 2009).

2017-04-19 
Tecno Paper Srl will supply to Valot S.A. a “Multifunction” Slitter Rewinder model TP-2US-TMG12, version High Performance.

The Rewinder has a trim width of 3750 mm and includes 2 unwind stands for parent reels diam. 2000 mm, slitting unit with 20 slitters, rewinding head able for finished reels diam. 1800 mm and speed up to 1500 m/min.

This special Rewinder can process both Tissue, with basis weight range 13-38 gsm, and MG paper, with basis weight range 14-60 gsm.

2017-04-19 
Lucart's commitment to a circular economy for paper All the results of the Fiberpack® project from 2013 to today

The first company to launch a circular economy project in the field of "tissue" paper, Lucart supports a recycling programme in which waste becomes resources, over 2.8 billion Tetra Pak type® beverage cartons recycled in just four years - In 2010, the partnership between Lucart and Tetra Pak® led to the creation of Fiberpack®, a virtuous and award-winning project that represents the evolution of paper, combining environmental sustainability and technological innovation. Fiberpack® is a material obtained by recovering the cellulose fibres present in Tetra Pak® type beverage cartons. It is possible to obtain 74% cellulose fibres from just one of these containers, in addition to 22% polyethylene and 4% aluminium, recovering 100% of the components.

2017-04-18 
KaiCell Fibers and CHTC Group intensify collaboration

A CHTC Group delegation visited Finland April 8 to 11, 2017, lead by Vice President Wang Dongxing, who heads the fiber section within the group. CHTC Group is an influential leading edge company in the textiles field and wood based viscose in particular, and contains divisions for engineering, machinery manufacturing and viscose production. China is the world’s biggest viscose producer with almost 4 million tons annual output. The delegation was hosted by KaiCell Fibers top management.
During the visit, mutual cooperation between the companies was further strengthened through the signing of a Collaboration Agreement as a logical follow-up to, and extension of, a Memorandum of Understanding signed in China in October 2016.

2017-04-18 
Valmet & Children & Youth Foundation launch a unique social responsibility program to enhance employment possibilities for young people

To celebrate its 220 years of industrial history and the centenary of Finland’s independence, Valmet is offering 100 young people an opportunity to develop their working life skills. The company will hire young people aged 16-29, who might for example have challenges in finding their paths in life or in working life skills, to complete practical work training and gain work experience in its Finnish units during the spring and autumn.

"Valmet has strong roots in Finland, and the company has played a significant role in the development of the country throughout its long history. In this year of celebration, we want to remember the young people in Finland. We are offering an opportunity to practice working life skills especially to those young people who are still searching for their strengths and paths in life, and need support," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.

2017-04-18 
OMET celebrates success in tissue market with prestigious customers

Tissue World in Milan and Open House in Lecco. Three days focused on networking and sharing knowledge, culminated in the great gala dinner "OMET Night Out - Tissue Over Milan" at the restaurant UNICO in Milan, exclusive location completely reserved for OMET and its important guests.

The panoramic terrace at the 20th floor of the renowned Milanese restaurant, with unmatchable view on the entire Milan skyline. It was the perfect location for the exclusive event organized by OMET the 11 April, where nearly 100 people among which historic customers, suppliers and important journalists of the sector, enjoyed a gourmet dinner and shared a pleasant night.
During the gala night, OMET wanted to demonstrate sincere gratitude to its partners with a simple gift, sign of long-lasting collaboration through the years. Their trust in OMET technology is the best prove of the quality and reliability of the products and the support offered by the Italian company, worldwide leader in this market

2017-04-18 
Madison Paper Industries to sell its hydro power facilities in North America to Eagle Creek Renewable Energy

Madison Paper Industries, a partnership of UPM and Northern SC Paper Corp., a subsidiary of The New York Times Company, has signed an agreement on the sale of its hydro power facilities to Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, LLC, a hydroelectric power producer, based in Morristown, NJ, USA.

The transaction is still subject to third party approvals. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

"Eagle Creek is a well-known and experienced operator of hydroelectric power facilities in North America. The company focuses on CO2-friendly power production and has a long term focused business strategy in this sector. As an integral part of an energy company the hydro power facilities can be operated and developed in an optimal way," says Ruud van den Berg, Senior Vice President, Magazines, Merchants & Office, UPM Paper ENA.

"Eagle Creek is very pleased to broaden our footprint in central Maine. The Madison Paper Industries hydroelectric portfolio represents an excellent opportunity to build out our operations in the region through the acquisition of a well-maintained, high quality set of hydro facilities," says Bud Cherry, CEO of Eagle Creek Renewable Energy.

2017-04-18 
New CPI standard targets fresh produce sector

The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) has introduced the Common Footprint Quality (CFQ) standard for the UK’s fresh produce industry.

2017-04-14 
Paper Factory Launched at Amirabad Port
According to the Financial Tribune journal, a paper production factory was launched by President Hassan Rouhani at Amirabad Port in the northern Mazandaran Province.

2017-04-14 
Japan Pulp and Paper Company acquired PagePack in Australia

Japan Pulp and Paper Company (JP) informed that the company’s Board of Directors adopted a resolution formally approving acquisition of shares of PagePack (AU) Pty Ltd.

2017-04-14 
JSC Volga saved more than 8,400 kWh of electric energy during Earth Hour 2017

This year, within the period of 20.30 pm to 21.30 pm on the 25th of March a part of the technological equipment – the “mill” of the 3rd TMP refining stage, in the TMP workshop was disconnected that consequently allowed to save 1,230 kWh of electric energy.

2017-04-14 
VPK and Klingele join forces to invest in Peterson

Six months after the acquisition of Peterson by VPK Packaging Group, Klingele and VPK have announced that they will join forces to continue investing in the Scandinavian business unit.

2017-04-14 

Lecta announces a price increase for its thermal paper orders, effective mid-May, 2017. The increase will range from 6 to 7%.

2017-04-14 
Cellwood will supply Sun Paper with four Hot Dispersing Units

Cellwood Machinery was awarded a contract from Shandong Sun Paper - China for their new PM 36 and PM 37 project.
The contract includes four Krima Hot Dispersing units and are based on the success of Sun Papers PM 31 and PM 32 project.
Sun Paper was founded in 1980 and today is one of the largest paper manufacturers in China to be privately owned, with approx. 10,000 employees.

The delivery will take place during 2018.

2017-04-13 
Södra retains some operations at the Torsås sawmill

Södra will retain one planing line plus the tongue and groove board line at the Torsås sawmill.

2017-04-12 
Valmet revises upwards its net sales guidance for 2017

Due to positive development of orders received, Valmet revises upwards its net sales guidance for 2017.

2017-04-12 
ICE South East Asia launched to the overwhelming acclaim of the global converting industry

Dates announced for South East Asia’s first exhibition dedicated to the paper, film and foil converting industry.

2017-04-12 
Pro-Gest awards Kemira with a start-up contract at a green field board machine in Mantova, Italy

Kemira has been awarded a start-up contract at Pro-Gest Mantova in Italy, the only green field containerboard machine in Europe in recent years.

2017-04-12 
Arkema successfully launched a €700 million bond issue

Arkema successfully completed today a €700 million bond issue with a ten-year maturity at a coupon of 1.50%.

2017-04-12 

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