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Winkler+Dünnebier GmbH (W+D) acquires envelope printing equipment manufacturer Halm Industries

Winkler+Dünnebier GmbH (W+D), a Barry-Wehmiller company, is strengthening its position as a long-term technology and service-solutions partner for the envelope and printed mail market with the acquisition of Halm Industries, a leading manufacturer of offset and digital printing presses. Halm has locations in Glen Head, New York, and Warmond, Netherlands.

2017-04-06 
Sulzer makes key appointment with new UK Sales Director

Global independent service provider, Sulzer, has appointed Steven Chesney as its new Sales Director for the UK market. Steven will be developing new business for the company’s UK electromechanical service centers, driving Sulzer’s continued growth at a time when demand is strong for quality servicing of large rotating machines.

Steven brings considerable experience of the engineering sector to the role and his main objective will be to implement structures and processes that will manage the continued, sustainable growth of the business.

2017-04-06 
Italian producer Ariete S.r.l. – Futura Line S.p.a. Group – chooses Toscotec for the installation of a new tissue machine.

Ariete S.r.l., Italian company producing high quality tissue paper, has ordered a new MODULO-PLUS machine from Toscotec for its paper mill in Cava dei Tirreni (Salerno), Italy.
The new tissue machine replaces the exiting one and startup is scheduled for July 2017.
All the dismantling and assembly operations will be performed and synchronized in order to minimize the mill’s downtime. The scope of the supply includes a MODULO-PLUS in Crescent Former configuration with single-layer headbox.
Approach flow, electrical and control systems together with dismantling of the existing machine and installation of the new one, supervision and assistance for startup will all be performed by Toscotec.

2017-04-06 
EUROPAC purchases an integrated packaging plant in Lucena

The Europac Group (Papeles y Cartones de Europa S.A.) has purchased two companies that collectively own a comprehensive packaging plant in the town of Lucena, in Cordoba. The operation cost 9.8 million euros, company value, representing a post merger value of 5.5 times EBITDA for Europac.

· ​In 2016, the plant produced 16 million m2 of cardboard, turned over 7.6 million euros and generated an EBITDA of 1.2 million euros, representing a margin of 15.8%.

· The operation cost 9.8 million euros, company value, representing a post merger value of 5.5 times EBITDA for Europac

· Europac will gradually implement a ten-million euro investment plan to expand its facilities, increase production, purchase new assets and optimise current assets.

· With this purchase, Europac now has a presence in Andalusia, which is an attractive market with strategic sectors, such as agriculture and food

2017-04-06 
Smurfit Kappa appoints Saverio Mayer as CEO Europe

Smurfit Kappa Group plc (‘SKG’ or the ‘Group’), one of the world’s largest manufacturers of paper-based packaging products, with operations in Europe and the Americas, announces the appointment of Saverio Mayer, COO of Corrugated and Converting Europe, as CEO Europe. He succeeds Roberto Villaquiran who steps down from this position to pursue another opportunity.

Tony Smurfit, Group CEO, commented :

“We are delighted to announce the appointment of Saverio Mayer as CEO Europe. Saverio Mayer has been with the Group for over 30 years and was most recently the COO of our European Corrugated and Converting operations. Saverio has played a key role in the growth and development of our European business and will bring great energy and experience to the role.

“Roberto leaves Smurfit Kappa to pursue another opportunity outside of the paper-based packaging sector. He has helped the Group build and sustain its leading position in Europe and we thank him for his significant contribution to the Group in his various leadership roles. We wish him well for the future.”

2017-04-06 
MACDUE will exhibit at Tissue World Milan

MACDUE will exhibit at Tissue World Milan, the leading global event serving the tissue industry, bringing together operators and representatives of the sector from all over the world.
The Tissue World event has long been an important platform for meetings where visitors can find leading international companies like MACDUE, specialized for over 35 years in the design of complete turnkey and integrated solutions for the packaging of tissue products.

2017-04-06 
Pro Carton Study: The Importance of Sustainability in Packaging

A new independent study from Smithers Pira, commissioned by Pro Carton, amongst major brand owners and retailers in 5 key European markets has shown resounding evidence of the importance of sustainability in packaging. Folding cartons were perceived as the most sustainable packaging but there is still some confusion about the whole issue of the circular economy and what makes packaging sustainable.

“It is interesting to see how the environmental benefits of cartonboard packaging have been perceived by our target audiences and I am delighted to note that our strengths of renewability and recyclability are now well appreciated”, says Tony Hitchin, General Manager of Pro Carton.

The study was conducted across five European markets : Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy and Spain. Research was aimed at investigating views and attitudes amongst major European brand owners and retailers on sustainability in packaging and its importance to the retail business. The main fieldwork for this project consisted of a series of 100 in-depth telephone interviews with leading decision makers.

2017-04-06 
SCA to become two listed companies: the forest products company SCA and the hygiene and health company Essity

Today, at the Annual General Meeting of SCA, the company’s shareholders voted in favor of the Board of Director’s proposal to split the Group into two listed companies. One of these will continue to operate as SCA, an efficient and well-invested forest products company that will include the forest products operations and all forest land currently owned by the Group. SCA’s hygiene business, including the current business areas of Personal Care (including the recently acquired BSN medical) and Tissue will become a leading global hygiene and health company operating under the name Essity. 

The split of the company will be carried out at a suitable time following completion of the listing process, but no later than in the second half of 2017. In addition to their existing shareholding, SCA’s shareholders will also receive shares in the newly listed hygiene and health company Essity in connection with the listing.

2017-04-05 
SCA’s Annual General Meeting 2017

Today’s Annual General Meeting of SCA was held at Stockholm Waterfront Congress Center in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Meeting approved the income statement and balance sheet for the Parent Company and the consolidated income statement and consolidated balance sheet for 2016.

The Annual General Meeting decided on a dividend of SEK 6.00 (5.75) per share for the 2016 fiscal year. The record date for the dividend is Friday, April 7, 2017. Payment through Euroclear Sweden AB is planned for Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

Furthermore, the Annual General Meeting decided that all shares in the wholly-owned subsidiary SCA Hygiene AB are to be distributed, whereby one Class A share in Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA entitles to one Class A share in SCA Hygiene AB, and one Class B share in Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA entitles to one Class B share in SCA Hygiene AB. The Board of Directors was granted to set the record date for the distribution of all shares in SCA Hygiene AB.

2017-04-05 
BillerudKorsnäs and HP enter into strategic collaboration for digital printing

BillerudKorsnäs has entered into a licensing relationship with HP Inc. to develop a white coated kraftliner for high-speed water based inkjet, optimized for the HP PageWide web presses.

Previously there has been a need for primers in order to get the desired print quality when using high-speed water based inkjet technology on coated liners. The aim of this new strategic collaboration between BillerudKorsnäs and HP is to develop a coated liner based on HP’s ColorPRO Technology, enabling water based high-speed inkjet printing directly on the coated liner without the need for any pretreatment. This will open up opportunities for more cost-efficient packaging solutions.

2017-04-05 
AGRO International packs with Mondi’s Guinness World Record-paper

Mondi, the international packaging and paper Group, and the German innersprings manufacturer AGRO International have been business partners in the mattress spring packaging segment for more than 25 years Back then, AGRO International faced the challenge of packing its mattress innersprings economically and in a way that would make handling and logistics easier “Before the industry has been revolutionised by roll-packing, the innersprings were packed one-by-one and loosely transported to the customer This consumed a lot of resources, time and space The industry was looking for new ways to resolve this problem – which was the roll-packing,” recalls Uwe Schmidt, Managing Director AGRO International

2017-04-05 
Vesa Erolainen appointed as Metso's Chief Information Officer

Vesa Erolainen (BSc Eng, MBA) has been appointed Metso’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), reporting to CFO Eeva Sipilä. He has a long and successful career within information technology, latest serving as the CIO of Pöyry and before that in CIO and other IT Leadership positions in Myllykoski and UPM. Metso’s previous CIO Pirkka Penttinen is leaving Metso on his own initiative.

2017-04-05 
Cenários Ibá: exports continue to grow in the planted tree sector

The export volume from the Brazilian planted tree industry registered a positive performance during the first quarter of 2017. Pulp exports totaled 2.3 million tons in January and February of 2017, up 3.4% over the same period of 2016 when 2.2 million tons were traded. For the wood panels segment, the volume exported in the first two months of the year totaled 174,000 m³, a growth of 40.3% over this period last year, when 124,000 m³ were exported. In this same period, paper exports reached 335,000 tons, a 6% increase over the 316,000 tons exported in 2016.

2017-04-04 
FPInnovations Announces its Support

FPInnovations is pleased with the announcements made today by Quebec Finance Minister, Carlos Leitão, in his 2017-18 Budget to increase innovation and diversification of forest products. An amount of $46 million is allocated to the forestry sector, confirming the contribution announced by Ministers Blanchette and Anglade on March 16, 2017, and enabling the creation of a new initiative for the panel industry, in addition to improving the program Innovation Bois, as presented at the Forum Innovation Bois.

2017-04-04 
ETS to participate in Tissue World 2017

The European Tissue Symposium, ETS, is to take part in Tissue World Milan. As well as being present with a booth, hall 3 – booth C850, the Symposium will participate in the speaker programme with a presentation on the latest science on paper towels by ETS chairman, Roberto Berardi.
The world’s largest trade fair specifically dedicated to the tissue business, Tissue World takes place from 10-12 April in Fieramilanocity, Milan. Established over 20 years, the show is a truly global event attracting almost 3000 participants with tissue makers, converters and suppliers from 89 countries around the world. It features the very latest innovations and technological advancements in tissue manufacturing and offers an excellent opportunity for networking with industry decision makers.

2017-04-04 
First Valmet Advantage NTT machine in Europe successfully started at Renova in Portugal

In late January Portuguese tissue manufacturer Renova produced its first jumbo roll on the first Valmet Advantage NTT tissue line in Europe. The Renova 2 mill, near Torres Novas, Portugal, will utilize the flexibility of the hybrid machine to produce both plain and textured tissue for their typical tissue products in bold colors.

"We are welcoming the production of a new generation of appealing paper at our new PM 7. Now we are eager to discover what we can achieve with the combination of Renova’s proactive approach to innovation and Valmet’s sustainable Advantage NTT technology. We believe its flexibility can provide us with endless possibilities to produce specially designed textured tissue products," says Mr. Paulo Pereira da Silva, Renova, CEO.

"It’s been an exciting project and we are happy to support Renova in taking their tissue products to the next level. Advantage NTT technology is recognized as providing great opportunities to develop premium products with very high softness. We are excited to follow Renova’s journey forward," says Jan Erikson, VP Tissue Sales, Valmet.

2017-04-04 
Cooperation between CELLWOOD MACHINERY and D-TECHPAPER(Italy)

Welcome to D-Techpaper and Mr. Paolo De Campo to the global network of agents of Cellwood Machinery.
D-Techpaper will be responsible for promoting Cellwood Krima Hot Dispersing System on the Italian market. 
They are looking forward to a successful and long-term cooperation.
At the same time Cellwood would like to thank Mr. Ottaviano Checci for the many years of fruitful co-operation and wish him and his family a joyous and peaceful future.

2017-04-04 
IT’S TISSUE 2018 has secured a landmark media partnership

IT’S TISSUE 2018 has secured a landmark media partnership reinforcing its status as a unique global tissue event. The highly respected and influential organisations, TAPPI and RISI, are the industry’s leading information providers, and have been named media partners for the Lucca, Italy-based event, which takes place June 25-29, 2018.

2017-04-04 
Toscotec has received in total 8 (eight) Tissue Machine order from APP.

Two of the Tissue Machines are scheduled to come on stream in Q4 2017 and Q1 2018, respectively. In the meantime, the Italian supplier is manufacturing other 6 tissue machines which are planned for delivery between the Q3 2017 and the first half of 2018. Each tissue machine is capable of producing, among other tissue grades, 300 tpd or about 100,000 tpa of high gsm tissue.

2017-04-04 
SCA’s acquisition of BSN medical now closed

SCA’s acquisition of BSN medical, a leading medical solutions company, has been closed. The company develops, manufactures, markets and sells products within wound care, compression therapy and orthopedics. The purchase price for the shares amounts to EUR 1,400m and takeover of net debt to approximately EUR 1,340m1). SCA consolidates BSN medical as of April 3, 2017.

2017-04-04 
Södra is raising price of its NBSK pulp.

Södra is raising the price of its NBSK pulp in Europe to USD 890/tonne, effective 1st of May 2017.

This latest price announcement reflects the fact that the stretched state of supply across the market globally is continuing. “Recent statistics and the fact that we are receiving requests for additional tonnage in several markets indicate that an already tight market is showing no sign of easing, on the contrary,” explained Magnus Björkman, VP Marketing and Sales, Södra Cell.

2017-04-03 
Valmet introduces new and improved customer training offering - Valmet Learning Services

Valmet launches a renewed customer training offering for its customers - Valmet Learning Services - to help improve the reliability and performance of its customers’ processes. The new offering is complementing the company’s new services approach - Shared Journey Forward - introduced in 2016.

Valmet Learning Services offers organization-wide training solutions tailored to the customers’ needs. The offering includes customized and standard courses, on-site, off-site, or via the Valmet Online Learning Portal. Furthermore, Valmet Training Simulators allow customers to safely practice hands-on procedures and scenarios to strengthen safe behavior and be prepared for troubleshooting and the handling of operational upsets.

2017-04-03 
Navigator Dreams: Global Talent Design Contest, 2017

Designers from all over the world took up Navigators’ challenge to Dream Big and Design Bigger. Between the 13th of January and the 15th of March, the world’s leading premium office paper brand received 459 proposals for Navigator Students’ 2017 packaging layout. More than twice the number of applications two years ago and almost one third more towards last year. Out of these, 30 proposals were shortlisted by Navigator and will now be assessed by a jury of renowned specialists. On the 10th of April 2017 the winners will be revealed.

2017-04-03 
Drones over forests approved

The County Administrative Board has approved Södra’s application for a permit to use drones all over Götaland. The aim is to make inventories of storm-affected forests safer and more efficient.

"We are happy about the County Administrative Board’s decision. The use of drones makes field work in forests safer, more time-efficient and comprehensive. It’s a good example of a new solution in the move towards digital forestry," said Johan Malmqvist, Project Manager, Södra Skog.

Following a decision by the County Administrative Board of Kronoberg, Södra is now permitted to use drones over the forest estates of its 50,000 members in Götaland. One of the aims is to make inventories of storm-felled forest more efficient. Previously, personnel had to walk through forests to find and record windfalls. The permit to use drones will also improve the regeneration potential of next-generation forest.

2017-04-03 

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