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IBC Paper Training has launched its new website

IBC Paper Training has launched its new website ibcpapertraining.com. with a new design and logo. The French company managed by Isabelle Baret delivers technical training in the Pulp and Paper sector at "Expertise" and "Operator" levels. IBC is specialized in the development of generic and tailor-made e-learning tools, and among all the other pulp & paper sectors, in the "Tissue" sector.
This new website contains the description of active e-learning modules (generic e-modules and tailor-made solutions). In addition, access Live or Videos in streaming are also available (1 per month). The different topics covered are the industry 4.0, energy consumption, water management, vibration maintenance, chemicals management, process optimization, equipment, raw materials ... These themes are specialized on Paper, Board and Tissue. An expert will make a 1 to 2 hours presentation once a month on a defined subject.

2018-04-17  READ MORE...
RACCOON by OMET: the groundbreaking automatic plate cleaning system for tissue converting machines

The growing number of installations, 10 in the last six months, proves the success of the Raccoon plate cleaning system patented by OMET, which works by cleaning the flexo plate directly inside the machine.

In the last 2 years after the official launch, the Raccoon by OMET has collected unanimous positive opinion : extreme satisfaction of all the customers who have installed this system. The plate cleaning process in tissue converting machines is no more the same : Raccoon by OMET assures a constant and high print quality without machine downtime.

Roberto Perego, Technical Manager for OMET Tissue division explains : “Two main reasons are behind the success of this system : no need to stop the machine and the constant high quality of the image. With the tissue paper, usually very dusty, it is common for the printing plate to be contaminated by dust residuals with bad consequences on the print quality. Thanks to the automatic cleaning system, the flexo plate is kept perfectly clean, guaranteeing the same output quality for the entire job".

Raccoon by OMET was presented during iT’s Tissue 2015 and thank to its ease of use and excellent performance, it has been able to break through the market. The Multifunctional head releases a jet of air and water and simultaneously sucks in all the impurities laying on the sleeve, for an excellent printing result.

2018-04-17  READ MORE...
Resolute Announces Tentative Agreement with Unifor

Resolute Forest Products Inc. today announced that a tentative four-year agreement has been reached with Unifor, subject to ratification by their members. Unifor represents the majority of hourly employees working across the company’s Canadian pulp and paper operations.

The master agreement covers eight of Resolute’s Canadian pulp and paper mills. The agreement applies to the Amos, Baie-Comeau, Dolbeau, Gatineau, Kénogami and Saint-Félicien facilities in Quebec, as well as the Thunder Bay mill and currently indefinitely idled Thorold operation in Ontario.

"We are pleased that we have reached a tentative agreement with Unifor national and local leadership that recognizes the contribution of employees to the success of the business and provides stability for our customers, shareholders, communities and other company partners," said Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer. "Once ratified, this agreement will support long-term investments in our Canadian operations."

The collective agreement covers approximately 1,100 employees represented by Unifor. The agreement builds on the cooperative relationship that has been established between Resolute and Unifor.

Details will not be discussed publicly until the union leadership has had an opportunity to present the agreement to its members.

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Information

Statements in this press release that are not statements of historical results, performance, financial condition, or other historical information of Resolute Forest Products Inc. are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. They include, for example, statements regarding the expected future investments in Canadian operations. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as the words "will," "expect" and other terms with similar meaning indicating possible future events or potential impact on our business or our shareholders.

The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are not guarantees of future performance. These statements are based on management’s current assumptions, beliefs, and expectations, all of which involve a number of business risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in this press release. Some of the potential risks and uncertainties that could cause the company’s actual future performance or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed or implied in this press release include those potential risks and uncertainties described under the heading "Risk Factors" in Part I, Item 1A of the company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017.

All forward-looking statements in this press release are expressly qualified by the cautionary statements set out or referred to above and in the company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Canadian securities regulatory authorities. The company disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

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BillerudKorsnäs - Unboxing - this year's theme for international packaging design competition PIDA

For the fourteenth consecutive year, BillerudKorsnäs organizes the international packaging design competition Packaging Impact Design Award (PIDA). Together with approximately 200 students from leading design universities in Sweden, Germany, France and England, the packaging phenomenon unboxing will be challenged.

Unboxing, the moment when a packaging is opened for the first time, is not only the consumer’s first encounter with a product, but also increasingly critical for a brand’s ability to make a first personal, and through social media, global impression. The possibility of differentiation through unboxing is the theme of the 2018 edition of BillerudKorsnäs design contest PIDA.

However, the brief to the contestants is more far-reaching than just embracing the first impression. It is about creating a sustainable, innovative and functional packaging concept with a unique unpacking experience that differs from the conventional solutions we see in stores and e-commerce today.

"During the fourteen years we have worked with PIDA, the competition has succeeded in becoming an international institution and one of the most important meeting places for new generation packaging designers and the established industry with brand owners, converters and design agencies. PIDA is a way for us to push forward the development of sustainable packaging design and this year we want to challenge conventional packaging solutions by bringing unboxing to a new level where it can reach its full potential in terms of creativity, sustainability and innovation,"says Lena Dahlberg Manager Carton Solution at BillerudKorsnäs.

Three competitions and new international "public award"
The competition brief was sent to the participants during January and the concept presentation/announcement of winners will occur at three separate events ; in Stockholm on May 22 for Swedish and English students, in Paris on June 21 for French students and in Ludwigsburg on November 8 for German students. A novelty this year is the addition of an international award, the Peoples Choice Grand Final Award, where the public is invited to designate a total winner via Facebook. The nomination of the respective winners from England, France, Sweden and Germany starts after all regional competitions have been settled, and the entry that receives the most likes and shares is then named as the total winner of Peoples Choice Grand Final Award.

2018-04-17  READ MORE...
Lecta Presents a New Collection of Printed Samples from the Creaset Range


A collection of one-side coated papers for labels and packaging.

A new collection of printed samples showcasing the extensive portfolio for label and packaging applications from Creas​et, Lecta’s range of one-side coated.

The collection, presented under the slogan "Creaset ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES", comes in two unique A5 envelopes printed on Creat​orSilk 300 g/m2 coated semi-matte paper. Each envelope contains printed samples of all the papers in the collection together with images of the final applications illustrating the numerous label and packaging possibilities that the Creaset range o​ffers. 

The entire Creaset range is manufactured with ECF (Elemental Chlorine Free) woodfree pulp and is produced in accordance with ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental management standards, ISO 50001 energy management standard, ISO 9001 quality management standard and OHAS 18001 occupational safety and health management standard. In addition, it is all available with PEFCTM and FSC® Chain-of-Custody forest certifications upon request.

2018-04-16  READ MORE...
Toscotec’s TT SYD-18FT is running efficiently for reconstituted tobacco production at Fujian Jinmin, China.

Toscotec’s steel Yankee dryer TT SYD-18FT was successfully fired up at Fujian Jinmin Reconstituted Tobacco Development Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of China National Tobacco Corporation, at its Luoyuan mill, Fujian, China. The TT SYD reached top performance immediately after start-up at the end of March.

The advantages of TT SYD can benefit all grades and types of paper, not least reconstituted tobacco paper. After Toscotec’s successful reconstituted tobacco application in the U.S., the Chinese reconstituted tobacco paper producer Fujian Jinmin is now operating a big diameter TT SYD, which guarantees top drying efficiency at the lowest possible consumption cost.

From the delivery of the first TT SYD in 2000 throughout 18 years of successful and safe applications and two generations of design, this achievement further reinforces Toscotec’s position as the number one supplier of steel Yankee dryers worldwide. The number of TT SYD sold in five continents around the globe has recently reached more than 200 units, way ahead of the competition. Based on its ever-growing experience, Toscotec has constantly been upgrading its design and it is currently in the process of honing the third generation of TT SYD.

2018-04-16  READ MORE...
Kelheim Fibres celebrates 4,000,000 tonnes of Viscose Fibres

Speciality fibres manufacturer Kelheim Fibres produced their 4,000,000th ton of viscose fibres !
The “jubilee tonne“ was produced on line 2 and is a Galaxy® fibre – an appropriate coincidence according to production manager Konrad Brunner : “This speciality fibre is made for the tampon industry, one of the most important pillars of our business. This fibre combines our strengths : unique and patented fibre properties meet production conditions that fulfil the strict hygiene requirements of this sensitive final product. It’s not by chance that we have established a world-leading position in this area.”
Considering that about 5.000 shirts or even 500.000 tampons can be produced from one tonne of viscose fibres alone, we can get an idea of how many people all over the world have come into contact with viscose fibres from Kelheim.
CEO Craig Barker is proud of the “anniversary”, too : “Of course, there are bigger viscose fibre plants than ours. Plants that can produce the same amount of fibres in less time. But there is no one else who is able to put more than 80 years of experience in every single one of their fibres. At Kelheim, there are families working in the third or even fourth generation for our company. Their loyalty as well as their engagement and know-how are the cornerstone of our success : Our employees, together with our consistent innovation strategy and our small and flexible production lines, make us the world’s leading manufacturer of viscose speciality fibres. To further reinforce that position is our goal for the next million tons of viscose fibres and beyond !”

2018-04-12  READ MORE...
UPM sells its Myllykoski mill site and premises to Redeve Oy

UPM sells its Myllykoski mill site and premises, located in Kouvola, Finland, to Redeve Oy. The buyer is specialised in real estate development. The transaction was completed today and the ownership of the real estate was transferred to the buyer with an immediate effect.

UPM closed its Myllykoski paper mill in 2011. Since then, UPM has been searching for a solution to enable further usage of the site.

"We have been searching for a credible buyer for quite some time and have investigated several options. We are very pleased with the end-result. Redeve is well-known for their capabilities and experience in real estate development. We believe they will bring business and prosperity to the site," says Samuli Eerolainen, Director, Real Estate at UPM.

"We are honoured to be chosen as the developer of Myllykoski site, and we would like to thank UPM for the trust shown in us. The industrial site of Myllykoski is a highly interesting location for our company. Its development begins immediately," says M.Sc. (Tech) Jari Lahtinen from Redeve Oy.

The contract includes the mill site with its premises, as well as 100 hectares of land. As announced earlier, the biomass boiler, turbine and generator from Myllykoski site have been acquired by Blue Energy Europe in Germany.

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The Gluten Free Bar Captures Top Packaging Award at Natural Products Expo in Graphic Packaging's Collapsible Cup

The Gluten Free Bar (GFB) Power Breakfast recently won the NEXTY Award for Best New Packaging Innovation during Natural Products Expo West. IntegraFlex™, the collapsible cup packaging technology, is a solution developed by Graphic Packaging International (GPI). The award recognizes the most innovative products in the natural products industry.

"The GFB is all about making good-for-you, gluten-free food, in good-for-you ways," said Elliott Rader, Owner/Partner at The GFB. "This packaging allows us to deliver our food in an innovative manner and, considering the package is partially recyclable, it delivers on the "good-for-you ways" part of our brand promise. We try to bring innovative products to the market that communicate quality, convenience and taste. GPI’s IntegraFlex packaging speaks to quality and most certainly convenience, and once a consumer tries the product, they’ll realize that we are delivering on great taste as well."

"IntegraFlex is comprised of two distinctly different paper-based substrates to create a collapsible cup package : a paper liner and paperboard cup," said Kelly Fitzwater, new product development manager at GPI. "The ability to mix and match substrates allowed us to create a package that reinforces the healthy natural look that Gluten Free Bar was seeking. The slim space-saving design makes it a snap to take a convenient snack or meal on the go."

"Oatmeal is an ideal product for IntegraFlex," said Chuck Tarlton, director of business development at GPI. "This is an example of the right product combined with the right packaging that simultaneously drives value for the brand and the consumer."

The technology allows for the product to ship flat, making distribution a little simpler. It also demonstrates several consumer benefits. To use, the consumer tears open the top of the liner, erects the collapsible cup by pressing the two sides together, adds liquid to cook, then enjoys right out of the package. The compact solution is portable and can be easily tossed in a bag to go camping or to work, and it can be easily dispensed from a vending machine.

Graphic Packaging’s IntegraFlex collapsible cup also won the Paperboard Packaging Council’s 2017 Innovation of the Year award.

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Voith to build new XcelLine paper machine and BlueLine stock preparation for Grupo Gondi


Grupo Gondi has entered into a contract with Voith to supply a new paper machine with an annual production capacity of 400,000 metric tons. The new paper machine will be located in a facility in Monterrey in Northern Mexico. Voith will supply the complete BlueLine stock preparation and XcelLine paper machine from wet end process to winder, which should minimize the number of interfaces for the customer and maximize the operating efficiency of the project.
From early 2020, the new state-of-the-art PM 7 will operate at the new Papel y Empaques Monterrey (PEM) plant. The machine will have a working width of 6,660 mm at the reel and a design speed of 1,200 m/min to produce testliner and corrugated medium with basis weights in the range of 90 to 250 g/m2.

"With the new paper machine, Grupo Gondi will strengthen its position in the Mexican market for high-performance light weight recycled containerboard. It will also enhance our integration levels since our converting capacity has risen in recent years as we have expanded converting plants and grown through acquisitions. Voith will supply an extended scope of services, including the stock preparation, the paper machine, supporting sub systems and automation. Voith’s ability to deliver an advanced, full-line, state-of-the-art system was very important to us and we continue to work closely with our partners at WestRock in connection with project planning and execution," states Eduardo Posada, CEO at Grupo Gondi.

The XcelLine paper machine offers a range of special technical features that both improve the quality of the finished paper and reduce energy consumption. The scope of supply also includes a Tandem NipcoFlex Press, a TopFormer F, and an EcoCal calender. Moreover, the PM 7 will be equipped with a VariFlex NG winder with an operational speed of 2,500 m/min, with MCS, DCS and QCS completing Voith’s scope of delivery. Voith will supply the project with an extended scope, including detailed engineering for process, automation and electrical engineering.

In addition to the paper machine and the BlueLine stock preparation system, MERI, a Voith company, will supply the major sub-systems – material handling, internal water treatment, sludge handling, and reject handling. These systems are designed to lower operating costs while maintaining a clean and safe working environment.

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Smithers Pira joins the new Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier Network

Smithers Pira is pleased to announce its participation in the Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier Network (APASS).

Designed for companies looking to distribute their products via Amazon, the APASS enables businesses to identify laboratories who are able to test and certify products as Prep-Free Packaging (PFP), Ships-In-Own-Container (SIOC) or Frustration Free Packaging (FFP) without requiring additional testing by Amazon.

Smithers Pira provides APASS services directly to vendors, sellers, or manufacturers related to package testing, in compliance with Amazon’s certification test methods.

“We look forward to helping businesses meet Amazon’s packaging requirements – as detailed in the ISTA 6 Amazon methods,” Smithers Pira Packaging Operations Director James Raw says. “In addition to our distribution testing laboratory, we also have materials and primary pack testing facilities ; overall, Smithers Pira is well-placed to provide consultative support for businesses facing problems with their packaging.”

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Transfer of shares completed – Renova ownership below 50% – Sulzer free from US sanctions

On April 11, 2018, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a license authorizing the completion of the transfer of the shares. This share transfer has been completed and Renova is now a minority shareholder, holding 48.83% of the shares in Sulzer. Sulzer now holds 15.24% of its own shares.

Sulzer confirms that it is no longer a blocked party or subject to sanctions under U.S. law. The company can now resume normal operations globally. To the extent that its assets have been blocked, Sulzer is taking the necessary steps to achieve timely reversal.

The business activities of Sulzer have been considerably disrupted, but the company does not believe that its long-term performance will be affected.

Sulzer would like to thank its customers, employees, financial partners and other stakeholders for their support.

The company will give more details as it announces its first quarter results on April 19, 2018.

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Metso to publish its Interim Review for January-March 2018 on Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Metso’s January-March 2018 Interim Review will be published on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at about 9:00 a.m. EEST and can be found at www.metso.com/latestreports.

Metso’s Interim President and CEO Eeva Sipilä will present the financial results in a webcast and a conference call for analysts and investors, held in English, on the same day at 13:00 EEST. Webcast is viewable at www.metso.com/latestreports. A recording and a transcript will be available at the same webpage after the event has finished.

Conference call participants are requested to dial in five minutes before the event on :
United States : +1 646 828 8374
other countries : +44 (0)330 336 9104

The confirmation code for joining the conference call is 111643.

Metso will not arrange separate event for investors, analysts or the media at its headquarters on the day of the publication.

2018-04-11  READ MORE...
Södra is Sweden’s most attractive employer


Södra has been named as Sweden’s most attractive employer in the world’s largest employer branding survey, the Randstad Award. Over the past two years, Södra has advanced from 48 in the ranking to now occupy the top spot and thereby become the first forest industry company to receive the award.

Sweden’s 150 largest employers and more than 5,000 people took part in the survey. It is conducted among a broad spectrum of students, employees and job seekers aged between 18 and 65 across Sweden.

“It is a great honour to receive this award and it is an accolade to all of our fantastic coworkers at Södra. Committed employees are, and will always be, what drive our company forwards. At Södra, it is not only the forest that must grow. We are a company that shows the way and where we grow together as we move into the future. There is still work to be done, but the award is confirmation that we are on the right track,” said Kamilla Svensson, HR strategist at Södra.

Respondents state their opinions on an employer’s reputation, financial prosperity and its contribution to society and the environment, among other aspects. These three areas are deemed the key factors for Södra receiving the award.

“The survey is quite clear, Södra is a much appreciated and attractive employer. The journey to achieving this leading position in fierce competition is very impressive,” said Johan Lagercrantz, CEO of Randstad.

“Strategic skills supply is a crucial issue today for all companies with a view to maintaining and strengthening competitiveness. Södra has a major focus on this in order to attract, develop and retain employees. We will now continue to work together with our 3,400 coworkers to show what it means to become a next-generation forest company,” said Christer Thörn, HR Director at Södra.

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Sequana Full-year 2017 results

-Sales down 2.8% year-on-year to €2,765 million (down 1.3% at constant exchange rates)
-EBITDA down 13.2% to €104 million ; EBITDA margin rate at 3.7% (down 0.5 points)
o Antalis : EBITDA at €84 million (down 4.3%) ; EBITDA margin stable at 3.6%
o Arjowiggins : EBITDA of €29 million (down 31.2%), mainly reflecting the decline in printing paper volumes and sharp increases in raw material prices (pulp) in H2 2017

-Attributable net loss of €115 million following recognition of €131 million in net non-recurring expenses, including €99 million for impairment of Sequana’s historic goodwill in Antalis (no impact on the Group’s cash position)

-Net debt of €335 million vs. €315 million at 31 December 2016

-The Board of Directors recommend not paying a dividend for 2017

The plan announced on 15 February 2017 for fiscal year 2017 has been completed
-The IPO of Antalis took place on 12 June 2017 and its refinancing was completed in late March 2018
-Exit from the banknote paper market (Security division), a heavily loss-making business, is now effective
o Arjowiggins Security BV (Dutch banknote paper business) was sold to Oberthur Fiduciaire in late July 2017
o The sale of Arjowiggins Security (French banknote paper business) to Blue Motion Technologies Holding will be completed before end-April 2018

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Pierre Aggarwal new Mill Director at Iggesund Mill

Pierre has a solid background with the Holmen Group. He most recently comes from Braviken Sawmill, where he has been Mill Manager for the past 18 months, and before that he worked at Hallsta Paper Mill.

He has spent most of his career in the pulp and paper industry, primarily with Stora Enso.

“We are very pleased that Pierre has accepted the challenge to lead Iggesund Mill,” comments Daniel Peltonen, President and CEO of Iggesund Paperboard. “Pierre is a well-regarded manager with long experience of production and broad experience of the forest industry.”

Pierre Aggarwal is 53 and holds a master’s degree in Engineering from Linköping University. He replaces Olov Winblad von Walter, who is leaving Holmen to manage Husum Paper Mill.

The Mill Director is part of the Iggesund Paperboard Executive Management Team and reports to the President and CEO of Iggesund Paperboard.

2018-04-10  READ MORE...
Speed record for a Recard machine: 2150 m/min

Speed record attained : 2150 m/min ! Holder of this record is the machine owned by M.C. Tissue produced by Recard for Cartiere Carrara for the Tassignano (Lucca) plant. A figure very close to the world record.

Already just 3 months after start-up, M.C. Tissue’s PM5 – the seventh machine supplied by Recard to the Lucca-based group and started up in the summer of 2017 – had shown great performance, running at 2130 m/min for 24 hours. The 2150 m/min were reached in February 2018 and there is ample margin to be able to exceed not just this personal record, but the world record, too.

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YFY rolls out X-Trim to Xinwu mill in Taiwan

Working towards its goal of zero emissions and zero waste, Yuen Foong Yu Paper (YFY) appointed Greycon to roll out its trim optimisation solution, X-Trim, to the YFY Xinwu mill in Taoyuan, Taiwan. Implementation and acceptance completed in January and the project went live last month (March 2018).

Yuen Foong Yu Paper produces reading and writing, industrial and home use paper and ranks among the 50 largest paper manufacturers in the world. It is characterised by a fully integrated production chain covering upstream (forestry, pulp), midstream (paper manufacturing) and downstream (printing, packaging, and design) operations, which yield beneficial synergy effects.

Mr. Li Benyuan, IT manager at Yuen Foong Yu Paper said : “We have worked with Greycon since February 2014 when we integrated X-Trim into our mill in Yangzhou, China. The success of its trimming optimisation solution has led YFY to expand its usage to the mill in Taiwan. We are developing a blue print for a green business and the inclusion of X-Trim assists with both reducing waste as well as increasing production efficiencies.

“We are driven towards achieving zero emissions and zero waste. To date we have developed methods of producing pulp that converts agricultural wastes, such as rice and wheat straws, into raw materials for paper production through enzyme-catalysed decomposition. This process reduces deforestation, carbon emissions and solves the problems of pollution from traditional chemical pulp production methods. We also participate actively in the carbon footprint verification process. During the production processes, methods of recycling to reduce the amount of waste generated are directly implemented. Existing wastes are also converted into raw materials or used as fuel.”

Tian Jinlong, Business Development Manager at Greycon said : “Over the last four years we have witnessed Yuen Foong Yu Paper continually improving in achieving trim waste reduction, increasing overall production efficiency, and time-saving allowing its planners more time to focus on analytical rather than the routine work of feeding orders into our ERP system. X-Trim has enabled overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) improvement through minimum pattern and knife change numbers. The software integrates easily with Yuen Foong Yu Paper’s Oracle enterprise resource planning (ERP) system and in-house manufacturing execution system (MES), optimising its supply chain management (SCM). We are confident that YFY will experience significant benefits with the Xinwu Mill being trim optimised and look forward to sharing the success with them.”

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö plans to invest about EUR 27 million for improved financial and environmental performance

Ahlstrom-Munksjö plans to invest about EUR 27 million for improved financial and environmental performance

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has decided on two investment projects, totaling EUR 27 million, both with attractive financial returns and improved environmental performance and employee safety. This supports Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s strategic ambition to maintain a leading position in selected niches of the global fiber-based solutions market that offer positive growth outlook and are supported by sustainable market drivers.

These projects will not materially impact current year’s capital expenditure plan. The capital expenditure guidance for 2018, published on February 13, 2018, remains unchanged.
Recovery boiler investment in Billingfors and a bailing line in Aspa Bruk, Sweden

As one of the global leaders in electrotechnical paper manufacturing for insulation of high voltage cables and transformers, Ahlstrom-Munksjö plans to increase pulp production capacity and improve environmental performance of the Billingfors pulp line, Sweden. The investment involves rebuilding the recovery boiler and debottlenecking the pulp line. When completed in the third quarter 2019 the plant will meet stricter environmental regulations thanks to improved process combustion, reducing air emissions. The financial benefits include lower maintenance costs, and higher pulp and insulation paper production. The total investment is approximately EUR 23 million and the final investment decisions is conditional on receiving a new environmental permit from the authorities, expected in Q2 2018. Installation work will be made during a scheduled maintenance shutdown in the summer of 2019.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has also decided to modernize the bailing line at Aspa pulp plant, Sweden. The investment of EUR 4 million will improve safety level at the bailing line, improve production efficiency and give access to a more favorable customer mix. The new line is estimated to start during the first half of 2019. During the modernization production will continue normally.

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Sustainability and availability won the race for Incada

After the Brexit referendum, Windles, one of the UK’s leading printers specialising in greeting cards and high end packaging, had cause to review its supply of paper and paperboard. After careful consideration, the company decided on the domestically produced paperboard Incada from Iggesund Paperboard, who have driven a powerful marketing campaign to create awareness of the product.

“But the choice was not only nationalistic. We tried to look at all aspects – price neutrality, availability, quality and everything that is included in the concept of total cost of ownership,” explains Windles’ Managing Director Bruce Podmore.

Windles moved into new premises in Thame, Oxfordshire, a couple of years ago. The factory was designed with long-term sustainability in mind. It is heated 80% with biomass, as the company extracts all the required energy from all the pallet wood it previously had to pay to get rid of. Nearby is another building designed to help the local bat population reproduce, a facility which Bruce Podmore calls “the bat cave”. Also on site is “the badger hotel”, a badger sett that was purpose built to house the local badgers.

“The most important aspects of our decision to choose Incada as our house paperboard were our desire to reduce our carbon footprint, plus Incada’s availability. With alternative manufacturers offering lead times of about 15 weeks, we would have needed a buffer of stocks to compensate for disruptions in the supply chains. That costs money, and more than we had expected,” Podmore continues.

“The lead times we can get for Incada with its production facility in Cumbria are significantly shorter than many of our previous supply arrangements,” he adds. “It’s also important not to underestimate the value of learning complete mastery of a material if it’s something you use often.”

Windles buys its paperboard via the merchant Antalis, and the collaboration with Iggesund was cemented when the two companies jointly visited the mill at Workington for a review of Incada’s performance and environmental properties.

“For us it’s ideal to have a high-quality paperboard that is made nearby,” Podmore says. “Minimal shipments, short lead times and very good print results are quite simply a winning combination. And from a British perspective it’s also positive that we are buying input goods whose manufacture creates jobs in the UK.”

With regard to print properties, he says that Incada is one of the whitest paperboards on the market with an impressive surface smoothness, which also provides stability for creative cold foil, the process Windles is renowned for.

“Printing will be a dream where you don’t have to think about the yellowness of a board when designing. Glossy and matt finishes, and true baby blues and pinks are achievable without compensation – and there’s a huge improvement in lead times and fantastic service from the mill, plus we can guarantee the quality,” he says. “In addition, at Windles we are always striving to act in the most environmentally responsible way we can, which is why the fit of Incada being produced in the UK and at a mill using biomass for its energy is so important to us. Quite simply, we believe it is the right thing to do.”

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Pöyry supports Start Up Energy Transition Awards 2018

The global energy industry is currently in a stage where traditional business models are being disrupted and sustainable energy solutions need to be defined. Therefore, it is essential to listen to innovative ideas and monitor current trends in the industry. Pöyry Energy Consulting is supporting the Start Up Energy Transition and will be taking part in this year’s SET Tech Festival and the SET Award Ceremony.

Start Up Energy Transition is a leading platform supporting innovation in energy transition. SET is implemented with the conviction that sustainable energy solutions and mitigating climate change is directly linked to a bridge between inventive business models and political will. It is comprised of the annual SET Award, SET Festival and the global network of innovators. The SET Award is an international competition for start-ups and young companies worldwide who are working on ideas affecting global energy transition and climate change.

The three most promising start-ups in each category will pitch their business ideas at the annual summit, the SET Tech Festival, which brings this impressive network of innovators together on April 16-17th, 2018. The Award process and collaboration with the innovators’ network will allow for the systematic identification of the most promising innovation ventures around the world and ensure that the scope, time frame and success factors to deliver key innovation areas are understood and part of the global energy dialogue.

Robert Schwarz, Principal at Pöyry Energy Consulting will again this year be taking part in the event, "for energy utilities it is essential to monitor recent developments and stay ahead of the game while start-up companies are looking for investors. Connecting them both will help to move forward with the best ideas for cleaner energy." In order to link up entrepreneurs with utilities and venture capital investors, Pöyry consultants have developed the Pöyry Innovation Link, a marketplace evaluated energy ecosystem. For SET Award start-ups, Pöyry will offer free access to the Pöyry Innovation Link.

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British master papermaker James Cropper is preparing to show off its packaging expertise to the Chinese market at this year’s Luxe Pack Shanghai, taking place on 11 and 12 April 2018.

The company, which was founded in 1845 and is based in the English Lake District, will use the much-anticipated event to demonstrate its Tailor Made service, which allows brands to develop their own custom papers. From colour and composition to texture and finishes, brands can call on the Tailor Made service to bring their imagination to life and tell their story through unique packaging solutions.

James Cropper will also serve up its food contact-approved range of papers, Dolcelicious. Available in 11 eye-catching colours, from soft pastels to bold metallics, the striking collection is designed to elevate the packaging experience for premium food brands.

Meanwhile, attendees will be able to explore the applications of Genuine UK Black, a deep black paper, which is available to the Chinese market from the James Cropper warehouse in Shenzhen. Benefitting from a very high rub resistance, this non-carbon black paper has a strong environmental pedigree being FSC-certified and comprising 40 per cent post-consumer waste.

Maurice Tsang, regional manager for Asia at James Cropper, said : “Luxe Pack Shanghai presents the perfect opportunity for us to demonstrate the crucial role of paper in the future of luxury packaging. With its sustainable credentials and its limitless creative possibilities, more and more brands will be turning to paper as a packaging solution over the coming years.

“At James Cropper, we’ve been creating quality papers from our base in Britain for over 170 years, which has equipped us with the skill and experience to deliver products of the highest prestige – whether it’s one of our existing options, such as Dolcelicious or Genuine UK Black, or a completely new creation we develop with a specific brand in mind via our Tailor Made service.”

In addition to its paper ranges, James Cropper will showcase its pioneering CupCycling™ technology, which takes used disposable cups and gives them another lease of life, transforming them into fine papers. On show will be the iconic yellow shopping bags of luxury British retailer Selfridges, which have been made using upcycled coffee cups from the company’s headquarters and stores – a completely unique closed-loop recycling solution.

Maurice added : “With our latest innovation, CupCycling™, we’re now able to rescue an extremely high quality material from landfill and turn it into useful, beautiful packaging. As sustainability becomes an ever more important goal for companies globally, we anticipate increased demand for papers made in this way and look forward to working with new and exciting brands to help them achieve this objective.”

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European paper industry stands ready to defend Circular Economy in the context of Chinese waste import ban

CEPI, the European association representing the paper industy has been closely monitoring market developments in reaction to the material waste import ban by the Chinese authorities including paper for recycling.

The import restrictions have caused disruption to the European markets and the countries where paper collection is comingled have been the first to be hit. This comingling practice raises the risk of contamination from other materials which can reduce the quality of paper for recycling and technically impede the recycling process.

The European paper industry is making investments and will continue to do so over the coming years in new paper recycling capacities which ensure that high quality paper for recycling remains in Europe. A core component to achieving more recycling in Europe will be to upscale our efforts on implementing European standards on the quality of paper for recycling (EN 643) and the collection of paper seperately from other recyclables.

It is estimated that less than 5% of paper collected in Europe has been directly impacted by the Chinese import waste ban. It nonetheless provides the industry with the impetus to drive forward quality paper for recycling which is effectively recycled in Europe. It is equally an indication that comingled collection systems are no longer sustainable both from an environmental and market perspective in the future.

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ALLIMAND Group: 1st quarter «in the green»: The honorable order book of the beginning of the year promises an excellent 2018!

A forerunner of a prosperous 2018...? Everything was decided in the space of a few weeks at the beginning of the year. Just days before Spring, the ALLIMAND Group, designer and manufacturer of paper and Nonwovens machines, recognized for its strategy of permanent innovation, demonstrates genuine serenity. Faced with an honorable order book, the group has orders for both high value added special paper machines and paper machine reconstructions in France and Asia…

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