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Stora Enso invests EUR 94 million to grow in renewable materials

Stora Enso will invest EUR 94 million to grow in renewable materials and to increase competitiveness in consumer board and biomaterials.

2017-10-25  READ MORE...
International Paper and Graphic Packaging Create Leading Consumer Packaging Platform

International Paper has signed a definitive agreement to contribute its North America Consumer Packaging business to Graphic Packaging in a transaction valued at $1.8 billion. 

2017-10-24  READ MORE...
UPM Paper ENA plans to reduce graphic paper capacity and optimize operations to increase competitiveness

In light of the global market situation for graphic papers, and to sustain its competitiveness and leading position in the market, UPM Paper ENA plans to :

2017-10-24  READ MORE...
Ahlstrom-Munksjö PureArmor™ breathable impervious nonwoven fabric combines superior protection with great comfort

Ahlstrom-Munksjö, a global leader in fiber-based materials, announces the launch of Ahlstrom-Munksjö PureArmor™, a breathable impervious fabric for blood borne pathogen and cleanroom apparel protection.

2017-10-24  READ MORE...
Apple’s Tim Cook plants trees at Iggesund, acknowledges Holmen’s climate-smart efforts

When Apple CEO Tim Cook wanted to discover more about the sustainability work that lies behind the paperboard material Invercote, he visited the forest outside Iggesund in Sweden.

2017-10-24  READ MORE...
Metsä Board recognised by CDP as a global leader in sustainable water management and climate action

Metsä Board has once again been rewarded a position on the CDP Water A List as well as on the CDP Climate A List.

2017-10-24  READ MORE...
Essity recognized by CDP as world leader for its action on water and forests

Essity, a leading hygiene and health company, has been recognized as a global leader for its action on water and forests and received the highest score from CDP, an international not-for-profit charity that promotes a more sustainable economy.

2017-10-24  READ MORE...
UPM moves forward in sustainable biochemicals business

UPM moves forward with the development of biochemicals business by evaluating the potential of building a biorefinery in the Chemical Park Frankfurt-Höchst in Germany.

2017-10-24  READ MORE...
UPM seeks growth in attractive plywood segments by expanding the competitive UPM Chudovo plywood mill in Russia

UPM further strengthens its position as the leading plywood manufacturer in Europe. Following successful growth investments in Finland and Estonia over the past few years, UPM expands its Chudovo plywood mill in Russia by investing EUR 50 million.

2017-10-24  READ MORE...
International Environment Council: China needs to understand “we are the good guys”

BIR’s International Environment Council (IEC) meeting in New Delhi was devoted almost entirely to the issue that is preoccupying great swathes of the recycling industry : China’s import ban affecting certain secondary raw materials.

2017-10-24  READ MORE...
Ahlstrom-Munksjö achieves ISO 50001:2011 certification for its Rottersac and Stenay sites in France

Rottersac and Stenay specialty papers production sites have obtained ISO 50001:2011 certification for their Energy Management System (EnMS) from SGS.

2017-10-23  READ MORE...
Navigator is about to go “Around the World in 80 Pages” for the third time

The world’s leading premium office paper brand challenges people to write travel story and win a total of €10.000 in travel vouchers.

2017-10-23  READ MORE...
Expanded applications with new Valmet Optical Consistency Transmitters

Valmet Optical Consistency Transmitter (Valmet OC) has gained a deserved reputation for accuracy, reliability and ease of installation since its introduction four years ago.

2017-10-23  READ MORE...
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE OF THE EU LOOK LIKE FROM THE FOREST INDUSTRY’S PERSPECTIVE?

In Europe we are currently outlining the future outlook for the EU. The discussion includes formulating an understanding of what kind of EU will offer the best possible future for its citizens.

2017-10-23  READ MORE...
Greenpeace in action at the Östrand pulp mill

Monday October 16, Greenpeace carried out an action against SCA’s pulp mill Östrand in Timrå. Activists from Greenpeace tried to stop all transports in and out of the mill and four activists climbed the old recovery boiler, the highest building on the site, to put up a banderol. By lunch-time the same day, the action was stopped. The police are investigating possible criminal offences.

What Greenpeace demands is that SCA does not harvest forests with high conservation values, more specifically that SCA do not harvest areas that the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency has identified as value cores and high value sites.

SCA has had a dialogue with Greenpeace during the year, including field visits. SCA fully share the commitment that the biodiversity of the forest must be preserved. SCA’s vast forest holding has been inventoried with regard to nature qualities and forest with high nature values is set aside from forestry in SCA’s ecological landscape plans. All areas subject to harvesting is thoroughly inventoried and trees and areas important for care-demanding plants and animals are set aside.

Totally, SCA preserves at its own initiative more than 20 per cent of its productive forest land. More than one tree out of five becomes part of the forest’s natural cycles and ensures a rich and varied nature.

SCA already fulfils Greenpeace’ demands when it comes to value cores. We have already identified these areas with high nature qualities and protected them in our ecological landscape plans. When it comes to high value sites, those areas are only identified from maps as a planning tool. The Environmental Protection Agency has clearly stated that their intention is not that all high value sites should be protected. In large parts forest management with normal consideration for nature qualities may continue. In all more than one quarter of all productive forests in Sweden are found in high value sites. It would be very costly and lead to substantial reductions of forestry and forest industry to protect all high value sites. And it would not be efficient Nature conservation.

SCA’s extensive care for all values of the forest implies that SCA fulfils the demanding forest certification systems FSC and PEFC, which makes it possible for customers and consumers to buy forest products from responsibly managed forests.

2017-10-20  READ MORE...
The quality issue: higher costs and continuing uncertainty

China’s proposed import restrictions on lower grades of recovered fibre will require major investments by suppliers in quality control processes and technology, according to Andreas Uriel. The Managing Director of German paper recycler Uriel Papierrohstoffe told the latest BIR Paper Division meeting in New Delhi that “these extra costs must be covered by appropriate recovered paper prices”.

In his presentation on the new European standard for recovered paper quality control, Mr Uriel pointed out that technical possibilities for testing have become “more and more extensive”, adding that suppliers “must ensure the evaluation of their deliveries is fair and done by reliable technology”.

The quality issue and China’s import restrictions are continuing to cause headaches for the global paper recycling sector. BIR World President and Paper Division Honorary President Ranjit Singh Baxi of UK-based J&H Sales International spoke of “market reports predicting a 30% reduction in recovered paper volumes going to China”. A proposal to ban imports containing more than 0.3% contamination “has not been formalised” ; until that happens, he said, the industry should continue to abide by the internationally-accepted threshold of 1.5% non-paper components.

2017-10-20  READ MORE...
DS Smith : Acquisition of EcoPack and EcoPaper, Romania

DS Smith Plc (the Group) is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement to acquire EcoPack and EcoPaper, (collectively “the Business”) for an enterprise value of circa €208 million.

2017-10-20  READ MORE...
Europe rewards Lucart: the Natural project ranks second at the European Paper Recycling Awards for the R&D category

The Natural project has enabled Lucart to receive an important European award. For the innovative nature of its project and for the challenges faced by the Group in implementing it, the company was chosen as the winner by a committee of excellence : Lisa Kretschmann, Managing Director of the European Federation of Envelope Manufacturers, Simona Bonafè, Italian Member of the European Parliament, Inés Ayala Sender, Spanish Member of the European Parliament, Ferran Rosa, Policy Officer at Zero Waste Europe, and Rudi Bressa, environmental journalist.

The project that Lucart has been developing in partnership with Tetra Pak® since 2010 has introduced a complete circular economy model for paper, thanks to an innovative technology that separates the cellulose fibres in beverage cartons from polyethylene and aluminium parts, without the use of substances that are harmful to humans or the environment. In this way, two new high-quality raw materials are produced. Fiberpack®, the paper used for the hygiene products in Lucart’s Natural lines, is obtained from cellulose fibres. The company has also obtained a material called AL.PE.® from polyethylene and aluminium. This raw material is used to produce innovative systems for the dispensing of tissue products but also for pallets, mooring poles in Venice and floating platforms for wheelchair access and other commonly used items, which are all recycled and recyclable when they reach the end of their life cycle.

Lucart has invested approximately 10 million euros in resources and in the development of two of the Group’s plants – in Diecimo, in the province of Lucca, and in Laval sur Vologne, France – to develop industrial systems that are suitable for the treatment of Tetra Pak® beverage cartons while maintaining an ongoing dialogue with all relevant stakeholders.

“It was truly a great pleasure for us to have received this award at the European Parliament,” Tommaso De Luca, Lucart’s Communications Manager, commented. “The Fiberpack® project best represents the two core values of our company : sustainability and innovation. In the last few years, we have worked extremely hard and we will continue to do so in view of the increasingly stringent European environmental requirements, in order to offer solutions and projects that are respectful of the environment and of people’s well-being,” De Luca concluded. “Our circular business model involves citizens as product users, but also as promoters of good practices through separate waste collection. Hopefully, this award will be a good omen for the important decisions that must be taken at European level to facilitate the transition to a Circular Economy.”

2017-10-19  READ MORE...
Positive result from feasibility study ”Flagship Biorefinery”

The project ”Flagship Biorefinery” has been carried out in order to investigate the prerequisites to realise a new, full scale biorefinery based on sustainable wood raw material from Swedish forests. Processum has been in charge of the project which has been supported by 13 companies representing a complete value chain from forest owners, forest industry to chemical industry as well as other stakeholders.

The consultants Pöyry have performed the assignment to carry out a feasibility study which has been presented to the project steering group. The steering group has found the results of the feasibility study very interesting. The results show e.g. that an investment in the proposed biorefinery can be profitable and provide positive contributions to a future bioeconomy.

“The report shows that the prerequisite for the project is good, which of course is very attractive even if many important issues must be resolved before the project can be realised. We sincerely believe that Flagship Biorefinery will be an important part of the future bioeconomy that so many are talking about,” says Lars Winter, Vice Chairman Processum and MD Domsjö Fabriker.

2017-10-19  READ MORE...
Blue Birdies receives the European Paper Recycling Award at the European Parliament

The effort and commitment to recycling of 29 city councils and 14 million Spanish citizens participating in the Blue Birdies initiative by ASPAPEL has been acknowledged with the European Paper Recycling Award. The awards ceremony of this prestigious biennial award, organised by the European Paper Recycling Council, took place at the European Parliament in Brussels.

In its sixth edition, the jury for the awards was made up of Euro MPs, namely Simona Bonafè (Italy), and Inés Ayala (Spain), Ferran Rosa (Zero Waste Europe) and environmental journalist Rudi Bressa. It was chaired by Lisa Kretschmann (European Federation of Envelope Manufacturers).

The Blue Birdie flew to Brussels to accept the prize and bring it back to the city councils. Accompanying the Blue Birdie to the ceremony were representatives of some of the winning city councils, such as Fuenlabrada City Council, represented by the Councillor for the Environment, Antonio González Moldes, and the Technical Director of Environmental Services, Ricardo Luis Izquierdo (also on behalf of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces) ; the Association of Municipalities of the Western Costa del Sol, represented by the Second Vice-President an Mayor of Ojén, José Antonio Gómez Sánchez, and Marco Antonio Navarro, Technical Director for the Environment, and, representing the town of Coslada, the Deputy Mayor and Councillor for Urban Planning, Housing, Roads and Public Works and the Environment, María del Rosario Arroyo. Representing ASPAPEL was General Manager, Carlos Reinoso ; the Chairman of the Recycling Committee, Guillermo Valles ; Recycling and Logistics Manager David Barrio, and the Director of the Blue Birdies project, Andrea Orallo.

2017-10-19  READ MORE...
Year 2017 : ALLIMAND Group is experiencing growth momentum !

The ALLIMAND Group, designer, manufacturer of paper and nonwovens machines, recognized for its innovation strategy, will have been very active throughout 2017. Implementation and reconstruction of high value added paper and nonwovens machines, a new deployment strategy in North America and R & D investments, enable it to experience growth momentum around the world.

Numerous commissioning of high added value specialty paper machines
"Our high added value paper machines are present all over the world on two levels : new machines especially this year in France, the United States and China. We also recorded orders for the rebuild of paper and board machines destined for France, Holland, England, Indonesia and North Africa" said Franck RETTMEYER, CEO of ALLIMAND Group.

A new deployment strategy in North America
In the United States, the acquisition of the American company INTERWEB, which is specialized in Nonwovens machines, is being completed in late 2016, resulting in the deployment of a new organization, in line with the approved business plan. The first North American orders were registered and a major investment in the Nonwovens pilot machine from the ALLIMAND Competence Center is underway and will be completed by early 2018. This investment will complement the range of tests offered our Customers and Prospects specializing in Nonwovens and the arrival of new ALLIMAND equipment with innovative technology.

2018 – Research & Development : a new family of pneumatic Headbox
In terms of Research and Development, ALLIMAND will introduce in the beginning of 2018 a new family of pneumatic Head-box with profile control by dilution.

2017-10-19  READ MORE...
Essity receives recognition in European Parliament for unique recycling service

Tork PaperCircle, from Essity and its global brand in professional hygiene, Tork, is the world’s first recycling service for paper hand towels. On October 18, 2017, the service was recognized at the European Paper Recycling Awards in the European Parliament. 

Tork PaperCircle was nominated as one of four finalists in the Information and Education category of the European Paper Recycling Awards. The award recognizes projects, initiatives and campaigns that contribute to Europe’s sustainability through activities supporting paper recycling. The jury consists of academics, journalists and members of the European Parliament, including Simona Bonafè, responsible for the Waste Legislation package in the European Parliament.

“Your project, recycling service for the paper hand towels, shows the importance of involving producers into the entire life-cycle of a product. Essity shows how it is possible to put together sustainability and industrial development as a unique denominator” said, Simona Bonafè, European Paper Recycling Council.

The circular economy is becoming more and more important for companies worldwide. Drivers are both increased consumer awareness and government initiatives like the EU Circular Economy package. Companies both need to step up their work, and to communicate their efforts. The unique service is the latest of Essity’s efforts to go circular, as part of the overall business strategy.

“Tork PaperCircle is a great example of how we lead the way toward a circular economy for professional hygiene together with our customers, and we’re happy that the European Paper Recycling Council recognizes our work.” says Kersti Strandqvist, Senior Vice President, Group Sustainability, Essity.

That’s why Essity has developed Tork PaperCircle, helping businesses close the loop by recycling their hand towels into new tissue products. The service is a complete solution to reduce waste and cut the carbon footprint by 40 %*. Customers can make an important statement to employees and visitors through recycling statistics and creative communications in the washroom. Tork PaperCircle is currently running promising pilots in Germany and the Netherlands. One of the German customers is Commerzbank, who has recently expanded the service to fifteen offices.

“By recycling we can lower our carbon footprint, and the buildings involved generate about 20% less waste. Tork PaperCircle establishes us as a recycling pioneer among German companies,” says Dirk Middelmann, Corporate Real Estate Management, Commerzbank.

2017-10-19  READ MORE...
Norske Skog : Final solution with creditor committees reached

The board of directors and management of Norske Skog are pleased to announce that it has managed to broker a consensual solution between the Unsecured Committee, the Senior Secured Noteholder Committee and major shareholders. The two bondholder committees and the major shareholders have agreed on a split of the equity ownership of Norske Skogindustrier ASA, following the recapitalization transaction that these groups will support. With this development, over 80% of the senior secured noteholders and more than 50% of the unsecured noteholders have now indicated their willingness to support such an adjusted recapitalization proposal.

Therefore, the relevant boards in the Norske Skog group have resolved to revise the terms of the ongoing consent solicitation in accordance with the split agreed. The formal consent solicitation deadline is extended until Wednesday 25 October at 17:00 CET to allow adequate time for the group’s noteholders to submit their formal consents.

"We are very pleased that the representatives of the bondholder committees and shareholders have bridged the gap in economic distance, and that a material portion of our largest creditors and shareholders are supportive of the recapitalization proposal. Now, I urge all stakeholders of the Norske Skog group to provide their consents to the recapitalization proposal so that the requisite consent thresholds can be reached. As repeatedly stated, all alternatives to a consensual solution will entail significantly less value for all parties and rather complicated insolvency processes", says Mr. Christen Sveaas, chairman of Norske Skogindustrier ASA.

Compared to the recapitalization proposal launched on 11 October, the changes made to the split of the equity ownership of Norske Skogindustrier ASA after the recapitalization (before any new money offering) will be as follows (11 October proposal in parentheses) :

a. Secured noteholders : 90.75 % (91.0 %) b. Unsecured noteholders : 6.75 % (6.3 %) c. Existing shareholders : 2.50 % (2.7 %)

All holders of relevant Norske Skog bonds must provide their consents through their respective bond custodians, and are encouraged to contact the following persons on all matters related to the consent solicitation :

The Information and Tabulation Agent : Lucid Issuer Services Limited For information by telephone : +44 20 7704 0880 Attention : Yves Theis or Paul Kamminga Email : norskeskog@lucid-is.com

Norske Skog financial markets : Tom Rogn Vice President Investor Relations Mob : +47 948 55 659 E-mail : tom.rogn@norskeskog.com

2017-10-19  READ MORE...
Essity and United Nations Foundation Convene Global Dialogue on UN Sustainable Development Goals

Today at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Essity, a leading global hygiene and health company, convened the fifth annual UN Foundation Dialogue on the Global Agenda. The Dialogue brought together businesses, government representatives and NGOs who discussed ways to collaborate to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This is the second year Essity has convened the Dialogue, sharing its knowledge and insights on improving well-being worldwide through hygiene and health solutions.

The Global Dialogue provides a platform for multi-sector engagement, discussing ways the public and private sectors can work together to advocate and deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals, launched by the UN in 2015.

In his opening remarks, Magnus Groth, President and CEO of Essity, addressed the importance of mobilizing public-private partnerships in implementing the Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.

“As one of the world’s largest hygiene and health companies, we consider the Sustainable Development Goals as more than the right thing to do, but also as business opportunities. Today’s UN Foundation Dialogue provides a valuable forum to bring together leaders in the field to share experiences and identify how we can collaborate to achieve the Goals,” said Magnus Groth. “By aligning our efforts with the six Goals directly related to our business, we will work to uncover innovative and collaborative solutions that create value for people, nature and society as well as for the company. This is critical to solving the global challenges outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals.”

The Global Dialogue discussions in the UN were held in four breakout sessions, where Magnus Groth led the session focusing on Goal 6 : Clean Water and Sanitation.

“Poor hygiene and sanitation are barriers to the health, well-being, livelihood and development of millions of people. For decades, our knowledge, expertise and dedication have helped raise hygiene and health standards across the world,” noted Groth. “Last year Essity educated two million people in programs around menstruation and puberty, handwashing, continence care and parental education. We are committed to raising awareness and breaking taboos.”

2017-10-19  READ MORE...

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