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Lucart has acquired the Spanish Group CEL Technologies & System and strengthens its presence in the European tissue paper market

Lucart welcomes 2018 with a major investment aimed at strengthening its market position in the Iberian peninsula, through the acquisition of the assets of the Spanish Group CEL Technologies & System.
In the summer of 2017, the CEL Group had to initiate an extraordinary administration process during which a tender procedure was launched for the sale of its production assets. The acquisition by Lucart was finalised on 31 January through a newly established company, Lucart Tissue & Soap S.L.U.
Lucart’s project for restarting the business includes an investment plan of more than €20 million over the next 5 years.

With this operation, Lucart has acquired three production facilities in Spain, in the Basque Country near the city of Bilbao, designated for the production and conversion of tissue paper and the production of personal care soaps and detergents in the Away from Home industry. The acquisition also includes a substantial de-inking plant, which will allow Lucart to exploit its know-how in the sector of high-quality recycled ecological tissue paper, further consolidating its position as a leader in this field.
In terms of logistics, the geographical location of the plants is ideal for Lucart for serving both the Iberian and French markets.

In order to gradually resume production, Lucart has confirmed 146 jobs in the three plants acquired, with a business plan that envisages the following :
• restarting two continuous machines at the Aranguren plant, for an overall capacity of 50,000 tonnes per year ;
• gradually restarting and implementing the converting activity in the Gunes plant ;
• the development and strengthening of soap and detergent production activities in the Artziniega plant, which has never been discontinued.

‘This acquisition will allow us to continue to strengthen our presence in the tissue paper market, in line with the company’s strategic growth plan in European markets, serving all of our Group’s Business Units,’ Massimo Pasquini, CEO of Lucart, explained.

2018-02-01 
Toscotec will provide four new AHEAD-2.0M tissue machines to Vinda Hubei Xiaogan mill.

Vinda International Group purchased four new Toscotec AHEAD-2.0M tissue machines, to be installed in its new production base in Xiaonan district, Xiaogan, Hubei. Toscotec will deliver the first two lines in mid-March and the second two in mid-May 2018. 

PM1, PM2, PM3 and PM4 will have similar configurations, including second generation large diameter TT SYD and Toscotec’s most recent technological developments in dryness efficiency, taking its widely acknowledged energy saving results to the next level.

The four AHEAD-2.0M are scheduled to come online by the end of 2018, leading to a total production increase of over 120,000 t/y for Vinda. This year the Italian supplier is also delivering two AHEAD 2.0M tissue machines to Vinda’s new Yangjiang mill in Guangdong. Overall, these six Toscotec-supplied lines will add a total of over 180,000 tons to Vinda International’s annual production output.

Toscotec Chief Executive Officer Mr. Alessandro Mennucci stated, “We know that this large project at the heart of China’s central region is of strategic importance to Vinda, and we are proud to be part of it. Toscotec will be there with today’s best available tissue technology, including our latest advancements. I am confident that Vinda will appreciate the benefits of the AHEAD-2.0M in terms of both tissue quality and consumptions.”

Located in the high-demand central China tissue market region, Vinda’s new Hubei mill will become another important strategic production base for Vinda Group.

2018-02-01 
Arjowiggins has entered into exclusive negotiations with Blue Motion Technologies for the disposal of Arjowiggins Security

Arjowiggins announces the planned sale of its Arjowiggins Security subsidiary producing primarily banknote paper at its Crèvecœur mill in France, to Blue Motion Technologies Holding, advised by Parter Capital Group. This transaction would finalise its exit from the banknote paper production business.

This project is subject to an information/consultation procedure with the relevant works councils.

Closing of the transaction should take place before the end of the first quarter 2018 after a recapitalisation of Arjowiggins Security by Arjowiggins.

In February 2017, Sequana announced a strategic review of the Security Division that was confronted with a continuous deterioration of the banknote paper market, with structural volume reductions and 35% overcapacities in excess of the overall market demand leading to growing competition and heavy pressure on margins. Further to the sale of Arjowiggins Security BV and its Apeldoorn mill in the Netherlands in July 2017, the planned disposal of Arjowiggins Security would enable the Group to fully divest from the banknote paper business that has suffered substantial losses for more than two years.

2018-02-01 
Kimberly-Clark to cut workforce by 12-13 percent, shut facilities

According to Reuters, Kleenex and Huggies maker Kimberly-Clark Corp said on Tuesday it expects to eliminate 5,000-5,500 jobs, or 12-13 percent of its workforce, as part of its global restructuring program.

The company said it expects to close or sell about ten manufacturing facilities and would exit or divest some lower-margin businesses.

The restructuring is expected to broadly impact all the business segments of the company, it said.

The cost-savings program, which will begin in the current quarter, is expected to be completed in two years and the company sees incurring related pretax charges of $1.7 billion to $1.9 billion over that period.

Kimberly-Clark said the program would generate annual pretax cost savings of $500 to $550 million by the end of 2021.

It expects cash costs for the restructuring, mainly related to workforce reductions, to be between $900 million to $1 billion.

The company on Tuesday also reported a near 1 percent rise in fourth-quarter net sales to $4.6 billion, compared with a year earlier.

Kimberly-Clark said it expects net sales in 2018 to improve by 1 percent to 2 percent.

“Although we expect market conditions will remain challenging in the near-term, we plan to deliver better results in 2018 while we begin to implement our new restructuring”, Chief Executive Thomas Falk said in a statement.

Shares of the company, which also raised its quarterly dividend by 3.1 percent, were marginally up at $117.24 in early trading.

This information hasn’t been confirmed by Kimberly-Clark Corp yet.

2018-01-31 
WestRock acquires paper and packaging producer KapStone

Atlanta-based WestRock Co. has announced signing a definitive agreement to acquire all outstanding shares of Illinois-based KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp.

Founded in 2005, KapStone produces and distributes containerboard, corrugated products and specialty papers, including liner and medium containerboard, kraft paper and saturating kraft. KapStone also owns Victory Packaging, a packaging distribution company with facilities in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

According to its website, KapStone operates four paper mills : two in South Carolina, one in North Carolina and the former Longview Fibre mill in Washington state, which it acquired in 2013.

“KapStone is a great fit with WestRock,” states Steve Voorhees, CEO of WestRock. “[Its] complementary corrugated packaging and distribution operations will enhance WestRock’s ability to serve customers across our system, particularly in the western United States, and the addition of [its] specialty kraft paper products that we do not make enhances our differentiated portfolio of paper and packaging solutions.”

The news release issued by WestRock also points to KapStone’s ability to consume virgin fiber feedstocks at a high percentage. The transaction “increases [the] mix of virgin fiber-based paper in WestRock’s paper portfolio,” the release states. “KapStone’s 3 million tons of paper is made using 78 percent virgin fiber and 22 percent recovered fiber. This increases WestRock’s overall mix of virgin fiber from 65 percent to 67 percent.”

The acquisition cost is valued by the two companies at approximately $4.9 billion, based on a $35.00 per share purchase price and WestRock’s assumption of $1.36 billion in KapStone debt.

KapStone’s chairman, Roger Stone, and its president and CEO Matt Kaplan agreed to vote their shares in support of the transaction, “subject to certain limitations.”

“The agreement to combine with WestRock is a testament to the tremendous company we have built and the hard work and accomplishments of the KapStone team,” says Kaplan. “As we began to understand WestRock’s principles, we realized how closely aligned our cultures are. As a result, we believe strongly that this will be beneficial to both our employees and customers.”

The two companies indicate the acquisition will enable WestRock to supply additional corrugated packaging to Victory Packaging and will “accelerate WestRock’s plans to improve margins in its North American corrugated packaging business.”

As of late January 2018, the transaction remains subject to closing conditions that include a vote by KapStone’s shareholders. Pending those conditions being met, the transaction is expected to close by the end of September 2018.

Pre-merger, WestRock employs some 45,000 people at more than 300 operating and office locations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. KapStone employs about 6,200 people at more than 90 locations in North America.

2018-01-31 
Kartonsan selects Greycon for new Production Planning and MES systems with SAP

Turkish coated cardboard producer, Kartonsan has appointed Greycon to implement its full range of solutions including opt-Studio for production planning, X-Trim for trim optimisation and GreyconMill as Manufacturing Execution System at its facilities in Turkey.

Kartonsan is the leading coated cardboard producer in Turkey with about 40% market share, and is the 4th largest producer in Europe. Founded in 1967, Kartonsan has been increasing its capacity and production volume over the last few years by investing in the expansion and modernisation of the company.

Mr. Umit Ozkan, Mill Manager at Kartonsan said : “Production power supported by expertise, experience and technology, as well as strong corporate competencies and efficient human resources are among the most important factors and the founding principles for Kartonsan. The implementation of Greycon’s products will ensure we continue to meet and exceed our customer’s needs delivering superior customer satisfaction based on uncompromising quality standards as well as on our production and logistics capacity.”

Greycon’s systems will bring numerous benefits to Kartonsan including : 
• Trim efficiency – expected improvement between 0.5% and 1.0% of reduced waste ;
• Improved item genealogy and quality tracking ;
• Production progress visibility for planning and sales department with opt-Studio and web reports ;
• Customer service improvements due to scheduling capabilities.

Constantine Goulimis, CEO at Greycon commented : “Kartonsan maintains its production procedures with a high level of environmental awareness and a minimum use of natural resources and pollution. The usage rate of waste paper in Kartonsan is 99%, exceeding the average use in Europe. We are excited to be working with Kartonsan to implement this project and embed our solutions to assist them in furthering their achievement of targets and objectives, both in economic growth and sustainability.”

2018-01-31 
UPM continues to grow in the release liner business

As the world leader in label papers, UPM continues to grow in the attractive release liner segments to support its customers mainly in Europe and the Americas. Healthy growth is expected to continue in these markets based on general economic conditions, increase in labelling, packaging and e-commerce as well as growth in medical and hygiene products.

UPM expands its glassine and supercalendered kraft (SCK) paper manufacturing capacity by rebuilding a calender at UPM Jämsänkoski Mill in Finland. The additional capacity of approximately 40,000 tonnes/a will be available in Q4/2018. During the expansion, production at the mill will continue normally. UPM has also successfully developed UPM Kymi Mill’s capability to produce one side coated products, which will affirm its production capacity levels.

In addition to the Jämsänkoski investment, UPM has decided to conduct a feasibility study on the conversion of the fine paper machine PM2 at Nordland Papier into release liner production. The study is planned to be completed during the first half of 2018.

"UPM Specialty Papers’ markets are growing and with the possible machine conversion in Nordland in addition to Jämsänkoski’s calender investment, we plan to be part of the growth. Our aim is to be the preferred partner for our customers and enable our customers’ growth both regionally and globally," says Bernd Eikens, Executive Vice President of UPM Specialty Papers.

2018-01-31 
Essity - Conversion of shares

According to Essity’s articles of association, owners of Class A shares have the right to have such shares converted to Class B shares. Conversion reduces the total number of votes in the company. When such a conversion has occurred, the company is obligated by law to disclose any such changes in this manner.

In January, at the request of shareholders 57,050 Class A shares were converted to Class B shares. The total number of votes in the company thereafter amounts to 1,279,092,981.

The total number of registered shares in the company amounts to 702,342,489 of which 64,083,388 are Class A shares and 638,259,101 are Class B shares.

2018-01-31 
Proposals of Shareholders' Nomination Board to Stora Enso Oyj’s Annual General Meeting 2018

The Shareholders’ Nomination Board, established by Stora Enso’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), will propose to the AGM to be held on 28 March 2018 that the company’s Board of Directors shall have nine (9) members.

The Shareholders’ Nomination Board proposes that of the current members of the Board of Directors – Anne Brunila, Jorma Eloranta, Elisabeth Fleuriot, Hock Goh, Christiane Kuehne, Richard Nilsson, Göran Sandberg, and Hans Stråberg be re-elected members of the Board of Directors until the end of the following AGM and that Antti Mäkinen be elected new member of the Board of Directors for the same term of office.

The Shareholders’ Nomination Board proposes that Jorma Eloranta be elected Chairman and Hans Stråberg be elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Mikael Mäkinen has announced that he is not available for re-election to the Board of Directors.

“Mikael Mäkinen has during his tenure as a member of the Board of Directors since 2010 had a positive impact on what Stora Enso has become today. Mikael has also been a valuable member of the Financial and Audit Committee contributing to the work of the Committee. I would like to thank Mikael warmly for all his work for Stora Enso," says Jorma Eloranta, Stora Enso’s Board Chairman and member of the Shareholders’ Nomination Board.

Antti Mäkinen, LL.M., born 1961, Finnish citizen, has a strong business background in the banking and financial sector and since May 2017 acts as the CEO of Solidium Oy. Previous working experience includes several leading management positions within Nordea Corporate & Investment Banking, most notably as Head of Corporate Finance in Finland, Head of Strategic Coverage unit and as Co-Head for Corporate & Investment Banking, Finland (2010 – 2017). Prior to this Mäkinen acted as CEO of eQ Corporation and its main subsidiary eQ Bank Ltd. (2005 – 2009). Mäkinen is a Board member of Rake Oy and acts as chairman or a member of the shareholders’ nomination boards of several listed companies. He is independent of the company, but not independent of the company’s significant shareholders due to his position as the CEO of Solidium Oy.

2018-01-31 
New communication concept highlights BillerudKorsnäs as change ambassador

Change often begins with a question. This fact forms the basis of BillerudKorsnäs’ new communication concept “What if ?” – with the ambition to inspire more to challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future.

BillerudKorsnäs’ mission, to challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future, is based on the fact that innovative and sustainable packaging solutions have an important role to play in delivering solutions to some of the global challenges that we all face today. Through the communication concept “What If ?”, classic product positioning is replaced with open questions that invite reflection and dialogue.

“To contribute to a sustainable future, it’s not enough for BillerudKorsnäs to be customer-centered. We must cooperate and build our business in a planet-centered way and understand the long-term consequences of our and our customers’ operations. With “What if ?” we aim at everyone who wants to make a difference. Achieving change essentially requires dialogue and cooperation arising from the questioning of common methods, principles and realities.We believe that fibre-based packaging materials and solutions can contribute to a sustainable future. But we don’t have all the answers. Therefore, it is important to ask the right questions. This is our way of interacting with our customers and making them part of our pursuit,” says Johan Dyrendahl, Director, Communication at BillerudKorsnäs.

The concept “What if ?” builds on a new brand platform developed by BillerudKorsnäs in cooperation with the brand agency Grow and will, as from today, be used in company marketing, recruitment, brochures, web pages, banners, social channels, exhibitions and trade fairs and offices around the world.

2018-01-31 
BASF to increase prices for wet-end paper chemicals in the EMEA region

Driven by continued increases in cost of raw materials, transportation, and energy, BASF will increase prices for wet-end paper chemicals in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa) by 4 to 12 percent, effective February 1, 2018 or as existing contracts allow.

2018-01-30 
Metsä Board launches an innovative eco-barrier paperboard

Metsä Board, a leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards, is launching a new eco-barrier paperboard. This new, innovative paperboard with a special barrier treatment is bio-based, recyclable and biodegradable, and developed especially for food service use. On top of the sustainability benefits of this new product it also offers efficiencies in printing and converting.

There is a clear market need to develop paperboards with bio-based barriers as alternatives to fossil-based barriers. The new eco-barrier paperboard, MetsäBoard Pro FSB EB1, is a unique product with a bio-based and biodegradable special barrier treatment that is fluorochemicals-free. The new eco-barrier paperboard can be used with foods requiring grease resistance up to KIT level 5, and the barrier properties can be further improved by adding varnishing layers at the converter. This latter option offers a notable increase in efficiency as the barrier property improvement can be made by applying only one varnishing layer in comparison to paperboards without this special barrier treatment.

A Finnish converter, OffsetKolmio Oy, has been using the new special barrier treated paperboard for a baguette pack used by a Finnish artisan bakery, Huovisen Leipomo. “We were able to reduce the print cost without compromising on the quality or barrier properties of the board. Print machine time for barrier treatment was reduced by 50%, and 65% less varnish was needed thanks to the special barrier treatment of MetsäBoard Pro FSB EB1. In addition, this breathable board keeps its form and preserves the filled baguette well,” confirms Kimmo Jokinen, Managing Director, OffsetKolmio Oy.

MetsäBoard Pro FSB EB1 is a lightweight paperboard and is available in basis weights of 195–290 g/m2 with all layers hard-sized. It enables high-quality printing on both sides and is suitable for offset and flexo printing. The consistent quality of the new paperboard gives excellent convertibility. It is glueable with standard dispersion and hotmelt adhesives.

The new product is safe for direct food contact and it is free of optical brighteners (OBA free). It is available with PEFC™ or FSC© certification. It is fully recyclable with conventional recycling systems.

Mika Joukio, Metsä Board CEO, stated : “Consumption of takeaway food keeps on increasing. This makes recyclability and biodegradability of food service boards even more important. We are very excited about this new eco-barrier paperboard as we see real sustainability and efficiency benefits for our customers. Metsä Board is continuing development work on further innovative barrier solutions.”

2018-01-30 
Valmet to supply online measurements, consistency transmitters and analyzers to BillerudKorsnäs's new board machine in Gruvön, Sweden

Valmet will supply 36 online measurements, consistency transmitters and analyzers to BillerudKorsnäs’s new board machine in Gruvön, Sweden. With advanced and best-available measurement and analyzer technology, the mill will be able to achieve the very high board quality goals set for the machine.

The order was included in Valmet’s fourth quarter of 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The delivery is scheduled for March 2018.

"Valmet was able to offer a complete package, including all the needed measurements, consistency transmitters and analyzers. Our long tradition of innovative measurement solutions and professional project management were in our favor," says Aki Korhonen, Director of Analyzers, Measurements and Performance Solutions, Valmet.

The board machine will have an annual capacity of 550,000 tons of board. It will produce liquid packaging board, carton board, food service board and liner. Production is expected to start up in the first quarter of 2019.

Information about Valmet’s delivery

Valmet’s delivery includes one Valmet Pulp Analyzer (Valmet MAP), 24 Valmet Microwave Consistency Transmitters (Valmet MCA), seven Valmet Rotating Consistency Transmitters (Valmet Rotary), three Valmet Retention Measurements (Valmet RM3) and one Valmet Wet End Analyzer (Valmet WEM).

2018-01-30 
BIR comments about 2017 in Paper recovery business (by Ranjit Baxi, J&H Sales International Ltd, UK)

The Chinese economy continued its upward growth in the final quarter of 2017. The rate of 6.9% happened to be the highest in two years despite an ever-increasing debt burden which, in fact, has quadrupled over the last nine years. Euro-zone economies also performed well in 2017, with the UK doing rather well as a result of the weaker pound following the Brexit vote.
Export volumes to China have been hugely affected following the country’s “Border Gate Sword” controls made in July on scrap imports and the subsequent WTO notification to ban imports of mixed paper, as well as imposing tighter quality controls on all imports of fibre. Additionally, new licences were not being issued, forcing mills to depend more on domestic fibre supplies with prices increasing very steeply.
During December, the Chinese government announced that it would accept only recyclable fibres with a maximum contamination of 0.5%, to be enforced on all arrivals from March 1 2018. Such low contamination levels are difficult to achieve ; the market is now looking at how these contamination levels will be applied and checked, and at what will happen to the rejections.
Accordingly, fibre exports to China weakened significantly in the fourth quarter of 2017, with prices for mixed paper decreasing rapidly. Meanwhile, demand for better grades of OCC - such as NCC, Fruit Boxes, 95/5 and 100% OCC - continued to be shipped but at lower prices ; having started the fourth quarter at US$ 190+ per tonne, OCC ended the year at US$ 170+. Demand for mixed papers gradually decreased during the period, with prices falling from US$ 160+ per tonne to just over US$ 100+ amid very limited orders. Post 2017, this grade is expected to suffer a big drop in price.
On increased demand, export volumes to other Asian markets - namely India, Indonesia and Vietnam - continued to grow during the fourth quarter.
Exporters are looking forward to a new direction from the market after the Chinese New Year in February. Meanwhile, economists are watching very closely how China will be balancing its economy against the three critical battle lines it will be facing in 2018, namely debt, poverty and pollution.

2018-01-30 
Valmet to supply a waste-fired boiler to Shanying Huazhong Paper in China

Valmet and Shanying International Holdings Co., Ltd. have signed a contract regarding a delivery of a mill waste-fired boiler plant to Shanying Huazhong Paper’s paper mill, in the city of Jingzhou in Hubei province, China. The new waste-to-energy boiler plant will supply electricity for the paper mill and enables the mill to utilize all of its mill waste in energy production.

The order was included in Valmet’s fourth quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

Shanying International Holdings’ investment in waste-to-energy solution enables high overall efficiency with very effective heat and power generation and supports circular economy. Installation is scheduled to begin in June 2018. Heat and power production will start early 2019.

"Valmet’s boiler technology offers the highest steam parameters and overall plant efficiency. We expect to achieve high economic efficiency with reduced need for maintenance and production shut-downs," says Yi Shuai, Plant Director at power plant of Shanying Huazhong Paper. "The tailor-made boiler design meets our expectations of steam parameters which allows us to utilize standard turbine, and we believe it will help to optimize the entire plant," he continues.

"This boiler delivery will be the first paper mill waste-to-energy boiler which has the highest steam parameters. We have developed our waste-to-energy concept especially for this type of power plants. The solution will enable excellent efficiency through high steam parameters even when combusting demanding waste fuels. Utilizing waste in energy production will enable a significant reduction of CO2 emissions compared to fossil fuel powered plants," says Kai Janhunen, Vice President, Energy business unit, Valmet.

Valmet announced in December 2017, that it will supply an OptiConcept M containerboard making line for Shanying International Holdings.

Technical information about the delivery

Valmet’s delivery includes major parts of a CYMIC boiler island from fuel silo to boiler outlet. The boiler uses circulating fluidized bed (CFB) technology.

The green field boiler plant will use mill waste (paper rejects, pulp rejects and pulp sludge) as its fuel totaling to 260,000 tons of waste annually. Light fuel oil is used only for start-ups. The chlorine and alkaline content in the waste derived fuel is relatively high, but using Valmet’s circulating fluidized bed technology the emissions are controlled efficiently.

2018-01-29 
Pop-up with Swedish winter scene

This year’s greeting card from Iggesund Paperboard is a pop-up construction created by the German designer and paper artist Peter Dahmen. The motif is a Swedish winter scene inspired by Iggesund’s guest facility in Hedvigsfors, which is located deep in the Hälsingland forest.

“For me, the trees and forests are so typical of Sweden. As well as being very important to the Swedish economy they also play a central role in Swedish culture,” Dahmen says about his choice of design. His interpretation of this Swedishness is the reason why the fir tree that rises up when the card is opened is disproportionately large.

The substrate is Invercote Creato 260 g/m2 and the advanced technical features include the fir tree’s height relative to the card’s base and the fact that as it is being raised up, the tree’s top must be unfolded by 225 degrees, which places tough demands on the paperboard’s properties.

Dahmen’s passion is to create three-dimensional works in paper and he has a special interest in pop-up functions. He likes movability and surprising effects but in purely graphic terms the card is fairly restrained. 

“We could have poured on masses of bling and graphic effects. But both Iggesund’s project manager Anna Adler and I wanted a restrained card with an understated tone and not a graphic fireworks show,” he says.

Peter is very satisfied with the end result for several reasons. Invercote is particularly suitable for this type of construction thanks to its tear strength and its unsurpassed ability to be folded many times without the creases cracking. He also likes the tactile feel of the silky-smooth surface.

“For Iggesund Paperboard the annual card is not just about sending a greeting. It is also an opportunity for us to inspire people to use our paperboard materials Invercote and Incada more. We try to set a challenge with exciting techniques or difficult constructions,” Anna Adler says.

“The dominant fir tree is a reminder of the importance of the forest and its trees to forest industry companies like Iggesund Paperboard. They are the foundation of our business and our success depends largely on how well we manage this renewable resource,” she concludes.

The card is made of Invercote Creato 260 g/m2, which is double folded and glued to create a strong base for the pop-up mechanism. The motif is four-colour printed by the German pop-up specialists Albrecht creative paper products, who also did the hot foil stamping, embossing, protective varnishing and assembly.

2018-01-29 
Metsä Board's Better with Less - Design Challenge collaborates with Pro Carton's Young Designers award

Metsä Board, the leading producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards launched the Better with Less – Design Challenge last November. This international packaging design competition aims to find new more environmentally-friendly and functional packaging solutions for some of the world’s most frequently used and fastest growing types of consumer packages, including takeaway meals, e-commerce, wellness, cosmetics and dry food.

We are happy to announce that the competition has now joined forces with the Pro Carton Young Designers Award, which will provide the benefit that all student participants will have two chances to win with one great idea.

Pro Carton is the European Association of Carton and Cartonboard Manufacturers who through their competition wants to encourage innovative design with cartonboard and reduce, or replace plastic.
Therefore, the two competitions perfectly complement each other, and recognise the global emphasis needed on promoting young packaging design talent and developing sustainable packaging designs using renewable materials.

2018-01-26 
Saica/Emin Leydier takeover : the European Commission gives its approval

The Commission of the European Union has approved the takeover of the French group Emin Leydier by the Spanish group Saica. According to the Commission and the European merger Regulation, the transaction would not raise any competition concern. The conclusion was that both Groups have limited share in the markets where their activities overlap. This decision was published on January 23 by the European Commission.

2018-01-26 
Hamburger Containerboard purchases paper machine fo r new paper mill in Turkey Prinzhorn Group to double in size by 2030

Hamburger Turkey Ltd., part of Hamburger Containerboard, has purchased a new paper machine from Valmet for its recently announced paper mill project in Kütahya, Turkey. The Valmet machine will have a width of 7,80m and an annual production capacity of 480.000 tonnes containerboard. It will produce mainly light-weight Testliner and Fluting. 
“With Valmet we already had positive experience in the past. The environmentally friendly technology and the outstanding production capabilities convinced us to partner up again. With the singing of this contract the next milestone of our capacity expans ion in Turkey(Küthaya) has been realized.” said Harald Ganster, MD of Hamburger Containerboard Division.

“We are happy that one of our next Containerboard projects is on a good path. It is an important step to achieve our goal of doubling the Group in size by 2030.” added Cord Prinzhorn, CEO of Prinzhorn Group. The Hamburger Containerboard Division operates seven paper mills in four countries with 2 Mio tonnes of produced container board per year. The two existing paper mills in Turkey are based in Corlu and Denizli and operate under the Hamburger Turkey brand.

2018-01-26 
Infinity ToughLine: Time savings of 50 percent when changing fabrics

The Infinity ToughLine press fabric maintains its consistently high void volume even when exposed to high line load and substantial degree of wear. A constant water flow guarantees consistent performance over the entire life of the fabric.

ToughLine – as the name suggests, is the new range of press fabrics from the Voith Infinity family specifically designed for use in extreme environments. These conditions occur, for example, when manufacturing pulp, board and packaging papers, where the fabrics are continually exposed to heat or abrasive materials. Nevertheless, they have to reliably drain the paper webs and perform consistently in the process. Paper quality deteriorates as soon as fabric structures become compacted during operation.

Voith uses the latest weaving technologies which produce a genuinely laminated structure to avoid this compaction in its Infinity ToughLine press fabrics. This enables the fabric to remain very stable in both MD and CD over its entire life and to constantly retain its high void volume. Good compressibility and excellent resiliency also give the press fabrics a high dewatering capacity. The stable high void volume of the fabric and its drainage capacity ensure minimal dirt deposits, creating the basis for a consistently high paper quality. Voith offers Infinity ToughLine with and without a seam. The modular structure of the fabric allows it to be tailored precisely to customer requirements.

Successfully tested
A Chinese paper manufacturer was one of the first of Voith’s customers to test Infinity ToughLine with a seam. The company’s conclusion is that the time for changing the fabric is cut in half. Previously, the paper producer had used conventional endless fabrics. However, these are very timeconsuming to change and also present safety risks. If a seamed fabric is used instead of an endless fabric, there is no need to open the whole machine. The new fabric can be easily joined with the old fabric and pulled into the machine where it can be closed. All Infinity ToughLine seam loops are of identical loop length, shape and spacing, joining the seam is quick and easy.

Even though the use of seamed fabrics offers great savings in time and costs, many paper manufacturers continue to rely on endless fabrics. They are concerned that the seam will leave marks on the paper and therefore cause additional waste. Meanwhile, market experience with Infinity ToughLine shows that the new press fabric does not leave any marks on the paper web over their entire life and ensures a consistently high paper quality. Convinced of the results, the Chinese paper producer has converted its machine entirely to fabrics with seam in the meantime.

Infinity ToughLine is available with PeakElement the elastomer component available for all Voith press felt designs. Infinity is part of the PressMax range of Voith AdvancedPRODUCTS. Alongside individual products, PressMax offers papermakers the opportunity to enhance the performance of their paper machine through the ideal combination of perfectly matched products.

2018-01-26 
Nomination Committee's proposal for the Board ahead of the 2018 Annual General Meeting of Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget

The Nomination Committee of Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA proposes the re-election of board members Charlotte Bengtsson, Pär Boman, Lennart Evrell, Annemarie Gardshol, Ulf Larsson, Martin Lindqvist, Lotta Lyrå, Bert Nordberg and Barbara M. Thoralfsson. The Nomination Committee proposes that Anders Sundström be elected as a new Board member.

Anders Sundström was born in 1952 and has many years of operational experience in industry, as well as the financial sector, including Managing Director of Folksam. Anders also has a extensive experience as Chairman of the Board and Board Member of a number of companies, such as Chairman of Swedbank and KF. He has also held several ministerial posts and other political assignments. Anders is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of KF (until the 2018 Annual General Meeting), Kaunis Holding, MNI Group and Hedlunda Industri AB, as well as board member of a further number of unlisted companies.

Information about the Members of the Board, who are proposed to be re-elected, are available at SCA’s web site. Other proposals from the Nomination Committee will be made public with the notice of SCA’s Annual General Meeting.

SCA’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday March 23, 2018, at 10.30 in Sundsvall, Hotel Södra Berget.

2018-01-26 
Double A attended the 50th Anniversary Charity Gala Dinner of Franco-Thai Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Thirawit Leetavorn, Double A’s Senior Executive Vice President recently joined the FTCC Charity Gala Dinner to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Franco-Thai Chamber of Commerce (FTCC) and its commitment to serving the French-Thai business community at Dusit Thani Hotel, Bangkok.

This occasion, Double A continually supports Enfants du Mekong Foundation by giving the monetary donation to help support children in Thailand and Southeast Asian Region.

The Gala Dinner is an annual top-notch event organized by FTCC that gathers over 500 distinguished guests comprised of business leaders and government officials that they can share their experience and exchange their idea each other to strengthen French –Thai relationship.

2018-01-26 
Valmet's new equipment investment in roll service center in Finland enhances safety and quality

Valmet is improving work safety and ensuring high-quality roll cover production also in the future by investing in the state-of-the-art equipment for polyurethane and composite covering in Jyväskylä, Finland. The investment was completed at the end of 2017.

"We put a lot of emphasis on the safety of our production equipment as well as the work environment to enhance accident-free workplace and well-being at work. In addition, the new equipment contributes to our ability to keep the quality level of our roll covers high also in the future and enables us to bring new roll covers to the market," says Pekka Kruus, Valmet’s General Operations Manager for Rolls in Finland.

With the investment, the service center in Jyväskylä is also preparing for stricter environmental regulations. "We have already been working with this in mind, but the new equipment increases the sustainability of our operations, in terms of reduced waste and better energy efficiency and creates cost savings. Furthermore, the production process becomes more flexible, giving us the possibility to shorten lead times. All in all, this investment further strengthens Valmet’s service capabilities close to customers in Finland and near-by countries," says Marko Lassila, Valmet’s Director of Service Operations in Finland.

In addition to Finland, Valmet has three other European roll service centers, providing high quality roll maintenance and roll covers. These centers are located in Sweden, France and the UK.

24/7 support through Valmet Performance Center

Valmet has also established a Performance Center in Jyväskylä. It provides support around the clock in roll-related questions. The Center provides on-demand expert support, remote analytics, monitoring and optimization, as well as data discovery and analytics. Valmet Performance Centers are an integral part of Valmet Industrial Internet services, providing easy access to the expertise customers need.

Valmet is implementing its new services approach - Shared Journey Forward - by prioritizing safety, providing services close to customers, and earning customers’ trust by working together at sites and remotely.

2018-01-25 
City plan for Finnpulp site in Sorsasalo, Kuopio, confirmed

The Supreme Administrative Court has dismissed all appeals regarding the change to the city plan

Today, the Supreme Administrative Court issued its decision on the appeals to the change to the city plan concerning the site where the construction of Finnpulp’s bioproduction mill is planned. The Administrative Court stated that Finnpulp’s environmental impact assessment reports are sufficiently comprehensive. The reports reveal that any impacts caused by the activities can be managed and do not therefore pose a problem for future operations in Sorsasalo. According to the Supreme Administrative Court’s decision, the activities would not cause any adverse effects that could threaten the creation of a healthy living environment or the preservation of the natural environment.

The Supreme Administrative Court’s decision confirmed the earlier conclusion by the Administrative Court of Eastern Finland regarding the suitability of the site in Sorsasalo, Kuopio, for the construction of a bioproduction mill. According to Finnpulp, the decision is a major step forward for the project as it enables the implementation of the next phases.

Finnpulp’s bioproduct mill will be the world’s largest softwood pulp mill. The mill is scheduled to start operation in 2021.The total amount of the investment is 1.4 billion euros. The project will have an employment impact of 5,700 person-years. 200 people will be working at the site once operations commence. The new facility will use 6.7 million cubic metres of raw wood material per year.

2018-01-25 

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