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Mondi Group acquires an Egyptian paper mill

The international manufacturer of packaging and paper, Mondi Group  has announced that it has signed an agreement for the purchase of 100% of the shares in circulation of the Egyptian national company which supplies paper products for a total of 23.7 million euros.

NPP is an industrial manufacturer of bags, which manages a factory in Giza, near Cairo, and mainly serves regional customers.

Mondi is the main industrial manufacturer of bags in the Middle East, which manages four factories in the region.

“The acquisition of NPP”, states Erik Bouts, CEO of Fiber Packaging in the Mondi group, “completes our network of installations in the growing region of the Middle East and puts us in a leading position in Egypt to develop our activity and better serve our customers”.

2018-07-16  READ MORE...
Wildlife monitoring results attest to the excellent environmental quality of CENIBRA's lands - on PaperFIRST app

CENIBRA carries out a number of actions to monitor environmental parameters to be used as quality indicators and assess its operating activities.

Water, soil, vegetation, and wildlife monitoring programs are conducted in partnership with universities and non-governmental organizations. Their results are taken into consideration when planning the company’s operating activities and establishing protection and conservation strategies for its natural heritage, which comprises in excess of 103,000 hectares of native forests. This area is home to a richly diverse wildlife and numerous water bodies and streams.

Studies to orient wildlife monitoring on CENIBRA’s lands were conducted in 2003 and 2004. As of 2005, such preliminary studies were followed by systemic monitoring with the objective of characterizing the bird and mammalian wildlife on the company’s properties.

Surveys were carried out through field sampling covering CENIBRA’s five operating regions deemed the most representative : Belo Oriente, Ipaba, Cocais, Santa Bárbara, and Sabinópolis.

To date, 371 bird and 41 medium and large mammalian species have been identified within CENIBRA’s properties, out of which 25 bird and 12 mammalian species are officially listed as threatened species. Moreover, such studies showed that most species live in forests, which attests to the high environmental quality of the company’s areas.

The study results also highlight the importance of eucalyptus plantations for biodiversity maintenance. In addition to positive aspects with respect to water and soil conservation, eucalyptus plantations work as wildlife corridors between the region’s native vegetation remnants and allow interaction among different animal species.

As recognition for working in line with the highest international standards of excellence, CENIBRA has been certified to standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO IEC 17.025. It is also certified by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and CERFLOR/PEFC (Brazilian Forest Certification Program). FSC (in the international scenario) and CERFLOR (in Brazil) are independent organizations whose members are representatives from social, environmental, and economic sectors and establish sustainable forest stewardship principles and criteria.

Check out the bird and medium and large mammalian species in danger of extinction, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and worldwide, that can be found within CENIBRA properties.

Birds in danger of extinction

  • Tinamus solitarius  - Tinamou
  • Crypturellus noctivagus - Yellow-legged tinamou
  • Aburria jacutinga - Black-fronted piping guan
  • Crax blumenbachii - Red-billed curassow
  • Odontophorus capueira - Spot-winged wood-quail
  • Pseudastur polionotus - Mantled hawk
  • Urubitinga coronata - Crowned eagle
  • Spizaetus ornatus - Ornate Hawk-Eagle
  • Spizaetus tyrannus - Black hawk-eagle
  • Jacamaralcyon tridactyla - Three-toed Jacamar
  • Malacoptila striata - Crescent-chested puffbird
  • Pteroglossus bailloni - Saffron toucanet
  • Primolius maracana - Blue-winged macaw
  • Aratinga auricapillus - Golden-capped Parakeet
  • Amazona farinosa  - Mealy Amazon
  • Amazona vinacea - Vinaceous Amazon
  • Drymophila ochropyga - Ochre-rumped antbird
  • Eleoscystalopus indigoticus -White-breasted tapaculo
  • Phibalura flavirostris - Swallow-tailed cotinga
  • Lipaugus lanioides - Cinnamon-vented piha
  • Pyroderus scutatus  -Red-ruffed fruitcrow
  • Sporophila frontalis - Buffy-fronted seedeater
  • Sporophila angolensis - Chestnut-bellied seed-finch
  • Amaurospiza moesta - Blackish-blue seedeater
  • Cyanoloxia brisonii  - Ultramarine grosbeak

Mammals in danger of extinction

  • Callithrix flaviceps - Buffy-headed marmoset
  • Alouatta guariba clamitans - Brown howling monkey
  • Chrysocyon brachyurus - Maned wolf
  • Lontra longicaudis - Otter
  • Leopardus pardalis - Ocelot
  • Leopardus tigrinus  - Tiger cat
  • Leopardus wiedii - Margay
  • Panthera onca - Jaguar
  • Puma concolor - Cougar
  • Puma yagouaroundi -Jaguarundi or eyra cat
  • Tapirus terrestris - South American tapir
  • Pecari tajacu - Collared peccary
2018-07-16  READ MORE...
CEPI : Latest market data demonstrates strong performance for the European pulp and paper industry in 2017

CEPI, the European association representing the pulp and paper industry, today released its annual market and industry review for 2017 which confirms, despite a challenging global environment, the strong performance of industry in Europe.

“The 2017 figures demonstrate that the European pulp and paper industry is achieving a phenomenal turn around. Whether it is production, added value or exports, all key indicators are positive. The current level of investment, not seen since 2005, is indicative of industry’s self-confidence and the acceleration of its transformation.” says Sylvain Lhôte, CEPI Director General.

The latest investment figures also bode well for the industry’s ambitious investment agenda. 2017 exhibited a 7.5% growth of investment from 2016, at over 5 billion euros, which is aligned with the transformation outlined in the industry’s 2050 ‘Investment Roadmap’. 

Consumption of paper is up by 0.5%, a significant increase based on previous trends. Similarly the production of paper and board is up 1.5% from 2016, benefiting from a more favourable economic environment and from conditions promoting sustainable solutions.

Exports were particularly strong tallying a 5.2% increase from 2016, a noteworthy figure in the background of growing international tensions on trade.

Likewise the industry has also proved performant when it comes to paper for recycling. Notwithstanding the introduction in 2017 of the Chinese waste import restrictions, the paper and board recycling rate has increased to 72.3%. This comes in the same year that industry has witnessed a 1.4% increase in the utilisation of paper for recycling.

2018-07-13  READ MORE...
Valmet to supply a third Advantage tissue production line to Lila Group in Turkey

Valmet will supply a complete Valmet Advantage DCT 200 tissue line to the Turkish tissue manufacturer Lila Group in Corlu, 100 km west of Istanbul. The TM3 line will be equipped with all state-of-the-art options available including stock-preparation and an extensive automation package to achieve production with high efficiency and low energy consumption. Start-up is planned for 2020.

Valmet has previously delivered two Advantage DCT 200 tissue lines to the same mill. TM1 started up in 2007 and TM2 in 2012. In addition to the new tissue line, Lila Group also ordered a rebuild of their TM1 and TM2 to Advantage ViscoNip press configuration.

The orders were included in Valmet’s second quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

"For us it is important to collaborate with a supplier who understands our demands and has the capability to deliver equipment that can meet our targets for efficient production, low energy consumption and high tissue quality. From our experience, we know that Valmet provides the best technology for our needs. In addition to the new tissue machine, we also have high expectations to improve our operations on TM1 and TM2 with the rebuild of the press sections," says Orhan Ogucu, Chairman of Lila Group.

"The Valmet Advantage DCT 200 concept with the Advantage ViscoNip press has become standard in the Turkish tissue market. We are happy to once again be trusted as a partner, supporting Lila Group’s expansion plans and are looking forward to working together realizing their targets," says Björn Magnus, Sales Director, EMEA, Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery

Valmet’s tissue machine delivery will comprise of a complete Advantage DCT 200 tissue production line with stock preparation equipment and the Advantage tissue technology. The scope will also include an extensive automation package with DCS, QCS and Softness sensor. Start-up, commissioning and training are also part of the delivery.

The new machine TM3 will add a capacity of 70,000 tons of tissue products for the domestic and export market.

2018-07-13  READ MORE...
DS SMITH PLC -Results of general meeting

DS Smith Plc announces that, at the General Meeting held today, the resolution proposed to approve the Company’s acquisition of Papeles y Cartones de Europa, S.A., known as Europac, pursuant to the terms and subject to the conditions contained in the offer document to be approved by the Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (the Spanish Securities and Exchange Commission) (as set out in full in the Notice of General Meeting dated 19 June 2018) was passed as an ordinary resolution.
The voting figures for the Resolution are set out below.

ForAgainst
Votes%Votes%Total Votes castVotes Withheld
793,616,97599,9940,5820,01793,657,557793,758

1. Percentages are expressed as a proportion of the total votes cast (which does not include votes withheld).

2. A vote withheld is not a vote in law and is not included in the calculation of the votes "For" or "Against" the Resolution, nor the calculation of the total votes cast.

3. Any proxy appointments which gave discretion to the Chairman have been included in the "For" total.

The total number of Ordinary Shares in issue as at close of business on 10 July 2018 was 1074584333. Shareholders are entitled to one vote per Ordinary Share held. Votes were cast in respect of approximately 73.86% of the Company’s issued share capital.

Gareth Davis, Chairman, said "We are delighted with the very high level of support from our shareholders for this exciting opportunity for DS Smith. The acquisition has a highly compelling strategic rationale and we expect that it will create significant value for customers and consistent and attractive returns for DS Smith shareholders, strengthening our position as a leading global supplier of sustainable packaging solutions"

2018-07-13  READ MORE...
Swedish research breaks new ground – closer to a commercial paper battery

BillerudKorsnäs and Uppsala University are making paper batteries a reality, paving the way for energy storage in packaging materials.

BillerudKorsnäs and researchers at Uppsala University have together taken an important step towards the future’s paper batteries. Together they have taken basic research based on pure cellulose from algae and developed it to work with the same type of fibre that BillerudKorsnäs usually uses to manufacture packaging material. This development opens up for both inexpensive and eco-friendly batteries. The long-term aim is to enable large-scale production and the future use of paper batteries for applications in areas such as smart packaging.

Technology for large-scale production processes
The development work is being carried out by one of Sweden’s foremost research teams under Maria Strömme, collaborating with BillerudKorsnäs, as a leading company in the development of sustainable packaging technology, in a completely new form.

“What’s special in this case is the model for collaboration between BillerudKorsnäs and Uppsala University that has resulted in technology adapted to large-scale production processes. We’re combining the deep theoretical expertise of the researchers with our understanding of innovation and production technology. By successfully creating a joint platform, we can focus our work on the future, on creating an advanced product that can still be produced in an effective way,” says Lars Sandberg, project manager for innovation at BillerudKorsnäs.

Smart, connected packaging
In the long term, the paper battery opens up possibilities for developing packaging that is both smart and more sustainable. Small paper batteries with sensors can in the future open up for packaging that can be traced through the entire transport chain. This includes, for example, packaging that measures temperature or position in real time and provides information on what is happening with an item during transport.

A paper battery entails many new ways of using packaging and can thus offer exciting opportunities for the packaging industry and BillerudKorsnäs customers that wish to establish systems that safeguard quality and delivery reliability. For example, a light sensor along with a BillerudKorsnäs paper battery could provide information on where in the transport chain a product disappeared from its packaging.

With electrodes based on cellulose from wood fibre, the ambition is that in the future, it will be possible to recycle batteries along with their boxes and make them into new boxes or paper batteries. 

“The paper battery is a key piece of the puzzle in efforts to produce smart packaging that requires small, sustainable power sources. By enabling this type of sustainable packaging, the work on the paper battery is fully in line with BillerudKorsnäs’ vision of challenging conventional packaging for a sustainable future. Storing energy in paper instead of in lithium batteries, for example, allows for bio-based batteries that can form part of a circular system, which provides major sustainability benefits,” says Magnus Wikström, technical director at BillerudKorsnäs.

2018-07-12  READ MORE...
Official opening of plant extensions and new equipment in Limerick

Rigid Containers - Official opening of the plant extensions in Limerick, Ireland

Rigid Containers completes 8 million EUR investment in Limerick, Ireland, and announces plans to increase workforce by 30% in the next two years. The announcement was made last week during the official opening of two major extensions and the launch of new state of the art conversion equipment.

The southern extension is 880 square metres and accommodates a new materials handling system. The western extension consists of a 708 square metre ground floor and a 400 square metre of mezzanine floor. The ground floor accommodates a new gluing machine and ancillary equipment, while the mezzanine allows for more offices, meeting rooms and other staff facilities.

The new materials handling system installed as part of the overall investment consists of three double-bay transfer shuttles, 23 lanes of belt conveyor, additional storage space for what is known as ‘Work in Progress’ (WIP), new corrugator take-off area and a new belt conveyor to feed the Texo rotary die-cutter and the new gluer.
30% growth of production volume since acquisition in 2015

In 2015 VPK Packaging Group bought ICS Europaks as a going concern. Since then Rigid Containers Limerick has operated and grown as a business unit, producing high-end corrugated packaging for industry, consumer goods, food & beverages, pharma & medical, and e-commerce.

Rigid Containers has significantly invested in facilities and technology, and providing sponsorship and support to voluntary groups in Limerick city and county, while pursuing a deliberate procurement strategy that focuses on sourcing local suppliers for non-commodity expenditure.


Mark Munnelly, Rigid Containers Site Director, said, “Rigid Containers has quickly established itself as a centre of excellence for quality service through flexibility and operational excellence. Since taking over in 2015, we have grown our production volume by 30%, with plans for further expansion. While investment in both manufacturing technology and facilities are central to the progress made by Rigid Containers to date, our sustainable competitive advantage lays with our talented and committed 95 staff members, many with over 20 year experience in the industry.
Rigid Containers - Official opening of the plant extensions in Limerick, Ireland

“We are now formulating plans to introduce a third shift that will increase our employee numbers by a further 25 to 30 jobs over the next two years,” Mr Munnelly said.

“We are also committed to the local community, and welcome the opportunities to get involved with voluntary groups and organisations. We are currently sponsoring underage GAA teams in Limerick and Limerick City FC women’s team, so our competitiveness goes far beyond the business park, and our investment in the county’s future goes beyond our 100% sustainable packaging and pursuit of local suppliers where possible.”

Officially opening the newly extended site Jean-Paul Macharis, Chairman and Managing Director of VPK Packaging Group, said, “As a family run business our investment strategy has always been to derive value from long term investment programmes. The Limerick business unit is a perfect example of this approach as we see local management combining capital investment with a realignment of the cost base and operational excellence to underpin our commercial strategy.”

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Europac improves conditions of its syndicated loan

·Reduction in interest rate of 20 additional basis points and extension of deadline for debt maturity by two years

· Following the latest revision of the syndicated loan, signed in December 2016, the company’s ordinary finance cost dropped by 27%

· Europac has also renewed its commercial paper issue programme on the MARF, increasing its maximum amount from 100 to 200 million euros

This afternoon the Europac Group signed a novation of its syndicated loan, taken out in July 2015 and revised for the last time in December 2016 for a sum of 260 million euros. The agreement between the company and financial institutions means an additional reduction in the finance cost and an extension to the maturity dates of the loan.

The new conditions specifically mean a reduction in the interest rate of 20 additional basis points and an extension of the debt maturities by two years from 2022 to 2024. In this context, the additional credit line now available to the company came with a lower interest rate of 50 basis points.

It should be remembered that the improved conditions tied to the previous novation of the syndicated loan, signed in December 2016, were applied during the whole of last year. Accordingly, the finance cost in 2017 dropped by 48% to 6 million euros. Without taking into account the extraordinary effects, this reduction would have amounted to 27%.

On another note, the Europac Group renewed its commercial paper issue programme on the Alternative Fixed-Income Market (MARF), increasing its maximum amount from 100 to 200 million euros. The aim of this operation is to continue reducing finance costs and diversify sources of finance.

Strength and flexibility

José Miguel Isidro, Chairman of the Europac Group, highlighted that “these two operations, which, in addition to strengthening and making the company’s finance structure more flexible, diversify the sources of credit, reflect the extraordinary financial soundness of the group and the robust management of this matter”.

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Market pulp producers saw higher profits in the 1Q/18 as pulp prices jump to record high levels, while production costs increased only slightly

Strong pulp markets and record high prices for both softwood and hardwood market pulp resulted in upward price pressures on wood fiber throughout the world in the 1Q/18, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). The Global Softwood Fiber Price Index (SFPI)was up by 3.4% from the 4Q/17 to the 1Q/18, the second highest quarter-to-quarter increase in seven years. Softwood prices rose in all 20 regions covered by the WRQ with the exception of Eastern Canada, where chip prices fell 16% q-o-q (in US dollars).

Hardwood pulplogs saw a more modest price increase than softwood pulplogs, with prices rising the most in Russia, Spain and Finland. The Global Hardwood Fiber Price Index (HFPI)reached a three-year high in the 1Q/18 and was 8.0% higher than in the 1Q/17.

Profit margins continued to improve for pulp companies in the 1Q/18 as pulp prices increased faster than the wood fiber costs. Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft Pulp (NBSK) pulp prices jumped in the 1Q/18 to new record highs, while the crucial wood costs were only slightly higher. This resulted in a record low wood fiber cost percentage of 22.5% of the pulp price. With the wood fiber costs accounting for 40-60% of the total manufacturing costs, market producers can expect healthy returns in 2018.

The wood costs share for Southern Bleached Softwood Kraft Pulp (SBSK) price was also down, dropping to 16.2% . This is the lowest it has been in 25 years, and is mainly due to sharply increasing pulp prices. The SBSK pulp is produced in the US South, Iberia, Latin America and Oceania.

For Eucalyptus Bleached Kraft Pulp (EBK), the wood fiber share fell to 16.1% in the 1Q/18, the lowest cost share since 2003, according to the WRQ. As with the other major pulp grades, it was mostly the result of higher pulp prices rather any substantial changes in wood costs.

2018-07-12  READ MORE...
Toscotec’s MODULO-PLUS fired up at Celupaper S.A., Argentina.

  Celupaper S.A. successfully started up PM4, a new MODULO-PLUS tissue machine supplied by Toscotec, at its Papelera Nicaragua mill, Argentina. The tissue machine started producing sellable paper immediately after start-up and is scheduled to reach the target speed in the following weeks, after careful fine-tuning.

The new MODULO-PLUS produces 65 tpd and it features a single layer TT Headbox, TT SuctionPressRoll, TT SYD-3200MM, TT Milltech-MYH monosystem gas-fired hoods. The scope of supply also includes the approach flow system, the electrification & control system, training, erection supervision, commissioning and start-up assistance.

PM4 is part of a series of repeated orders awarded to Toscotec by the leading South American tissue producer. In 2015, the Italian manufacturer carried out the rebuilding of PM2, an existing Fourdrinier machine, and supplied a new steel Yankee dryer TT SYD-2500MM and the complete steam and condensate system. In 2016, Toscotec supplied PM3, a complete MODULO tissue line.

Mario Speranza, CEO of Celupaper S.A. says, “Thanks to the continued production increase implemented with Toscotec’s plants, we have grown significantly in the South American market. Since 2015, we boosted production by over 100 tpd. Tissue quality, machine efficiency and energy reduction are our key standards of investments in new equipment. Throughout 4 years of close partnership with Toscotec, we have achieved good results with respect to all of these aspects and have continuously improved such results”.

“PM4 project evinced once again the excellent cooperation we have with Celupaper. With every new project, we aim to improve their performances. We worked intensively together on the reduction of energy consumption, starting from the design, with our TT DOES solution (Drying Optimization for Energy Savings) all the way to the fine-tuning of the plants at the mill site. On PM4, we also optimized the layout of the electrical and auxiliary plants, to guarantee better access for the operators to the different areas of the machine" commented Toscotec’s Project Manager Pier Paolo Brunazzi.

2018-07-12  READ MORE...
Kemira increases prices of sizing technologies

Kemira, a global chemicals company serving customers in the pulp and paper industry, announces price increases for sizing technologies globally.

Effective immediately or as contracts allow, the price of FennoSize ASA and AKD based offerings will increase by up to 15%.

The decision is triggered by continuous cost increases of raw materials, energy and logistics, and regulatory compliance requirements combined with limited availability of key raw materials which are used in the manufacturing of these technologies.

2018-07-11  READ MORE...
Smurfit Kappa’s industry-leading commitment to sustainability has been recognised once again by the Euronext Vigeo Eiris index.

The packaging leader was listed on the sustainability index for the sixth year in a row after distinguishing itself for its Environmental, Social and Governance (‘ESG’) performance.

The Euronext Vigeo Eiris index is composed of the 120 highest-ranking listed companies for corporate social responsibility performance. To qualify, companies are subject to examination of their sustainability programme by a team of analysts which reviews up to 330 indicators. Only companies that can produce hard evidence of their sustainability programmes and score highly against industry benchmarks make the final list.

Smurfit Kappa’s annual Sustainable Development Report provides a detailed and transparent update on its ESG performance in five strategic areas of focus : Climate Change, Forest, Water, Waste and People.

In the 2017 report, which was launched earlier this year, the company announced several key sustainability achievements including meeting three targets relating to water, climate change and health and safety ahead of time. The report also revealed that Smurfit Kappa has invested approximately €5 million in social and scientific projects to benefit the communities in which it operates.

Steven Stoffer, Group VP Development at Smurfit Kappa, said : “We are delighted to have been listed on this prestigious index again. For Smurfit Kappa, sustainability is not only about mitigating climate change and reducing inefficiency, it is also about taking a sustainable approach to every aspect of our business.

“With a growing number of investors and funds incorporating ESG criteria into their investment decisions, it’s vital for us to provide this assurance. Many of our customers also expect their business partners to have a genuine commitment to corporate social responsibility and this is something that Smurfit Kappa has won several supplier awards for.”

Smurfit Kappa is also listed on the FTSE4Good, Ethibel and STOXX Global ESG Leaders investor rating systems.

2018-07-11  READ MORE...
Alain Kouck has passed away

Alain Kouck was the president of Editis Group in France since 2002 and President of Culture Papier since 2016. A subsidiary of the Spanish Group Planeta, Editis is the second largest Group in the publishing sector in France.
In 2006, Alain Kouck succeeded Laurent de Gaulle as President of Culture Papier. This association was founded in January 2010 to promote the social and environmental values of paper. Alain Kouck was very committed and involved in this role. He was a great defender of paper and printing industries. “La Papeterie” conveys its sincerest condolences to his family and relatives

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Metso to publish its Half-Year Review for January-June 2018 on Thursday, July 26, 2018

Metso’s January-June 2018 Half-Year Review will be published on Thursday, July 26, 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 an audiocast and a conference call for analysts and investors, held in English, on the same day at 1:00 p.m. 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 : +1 929 477 0338
other countries : +44 (0)330 336 9104

The confirmation code for joining the conference call is 800906.

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

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Valmet receives the 250th order for its successful Valmet Pulp Analyzer (Valmet MAP)


Valmet has received the 250th order for its successful Valmet Pulp Analyzer (Valmet MAP) for managing various applications regarding fiber furnish management at pulp and paper mills. The milestone analyzer will be installed at Sichuan Qianwei Fengsheng Paper Co. Ltd in China. The delivery will include a Valmet Kappa QC Analyzer, too. The raw materials used in the mill’s tissue production include bamboo.

The order was included in Valmet’s second quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The solutions will be delivered in the third quarter of 2018.

"First, we trust Valmet and its advanced analyzer solutions. With accurate measurements, we will be able to get faster and more precise online updates of key fiber and papermaking furnish properties to improve runnability and productivity. Second, stabilizing the entire fiber line control will help us reduce variation, chemical usage and production costs. Also, easy-to-maintain Valmet analyzers will improve our labor efficiency and operator effectiveness as well," says Chuanping Zhou, General Manager at Sichuan Qianwei Fengsheng Paper.

"It is nice to cooperate with a customer who really wants to develop the mill’s total pulp and tissue line performance. It means taking good care of basic issues. When the ultimate goal is clear both for the customer and the supplier, it is easy to find the right solutions and implement them. Performance improvement and development is a long-term project for which reliable analyzers and controls provide a solid foundation. It is easy for the mill and also for Valmet to take next steps towards more sophisticated solutions in the future when the foundation is reliable and in a good shape," comments Janne Määttä, Manager, Pulp & Paper Applications, Valmet.

Valmet’s existing installations at Sichuan Qianwei Fengsheng Paper include a Valmet Brightness Measurement (Valmet Cormec5 X) and a Valmet Residual Measurement (Valmet Polarox5). Valmet is currently delivering a Valmet Fiber Image Analyzer (Valmet FS5) and consistency transmitters for the mill, too.

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ANDRITZ acquires Diatec, Italy


ANDRITZ has acquired a 70% stake in Diatec S.R.L., a leading manufacturer of converting machines for the hygiene and food packaging industries based in Collecorvino in the region of Pescara, Italy. The remaining 30% will stay in the hands of the two current shareholding families.

Diatec designs and manufactures a wide range of special machines and technological solutions, mainly for the production of baby diapers and other absorbent hygiene products, but also for food packaging. With this acquisition, ANDRITZ complements its product portfolio in Nonwoven and is now able to offer the complete supply and value chain, from the raw material, to webfoming, finishing, and converting.

Diatec was established in 1992 and has developed very favorably since then, with many international references and renowned customers around the the world. The company is known for its innovative spirit, providing flexible and sophisticated solutions for the hygiene sector.

The Diatec owners and managers, who will continue to work in the company, acknowledge that ANDRITZ is the best partner to support the company’s long-term growth and – together with employees and suppliers – to create synergies that can satisfy the demands of its customers.

Andreas Lukas, Division Manager for ANDRITZ Nonwoven, says : “We are very excited about this complementary acquisition that extends our market coverage, process technology, and product range within the nonwovens industry.”

Diatec’s General Manager, Luigi Mancini, comments : “With ANDRITZ, we have found our ideal partner to strengthen our international market position and we are looking forward to growing further within this collaboration.”


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BillerudKorsnäs will make a provision of SEK 450 million in the second quarter 2018

BillerudKorsnäs has within the scope of the recently launched group-wide program for improved production efficiency decided to implement measures with the aim of strengthening the workplace efficiency and environment at several of the Group’s mills. In total, a provision of approximately SEK 450 million will be made, of which approximately SEK 200 million will impact cash flow over a three-year period. The provision will have a negative effect on the result in the second quarter of 2018.

The measures to strengthen the workplace environment will be taken during the ordinary maintenance shutdowns, starting after the summer, and continue through two to three maintenance cycles, depending on the work carried out. The measures will include demolition of old buildings and decontamination.

As the final stage of the consolidation of Billerud and Korsnäs, it has also been decided to implement unified accounting principles regarding spare parts and consumables at the mills, which will lead to impairment losses with effect in the second quarter.

In total, a provision of approximately SEK 450 million, of which approximately SEK 200 million will impact cash flow over a three-year period, will be made in the second quarter of 2018.

The provision will be reported as an item affecting comparability under unit Other. The interim report for the period January-June 2018 will be published on 18 July 2018.

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Konecranes to deliver two industrial cranes for Brazilian pulp manufacturer

Konecranes will deliver two industrial cranes with specially designed spreader clamps to CMPC Cellulose Riograndense, located in Brazil. The order was received in the second quarter of 2018.

Celulose Riograndense produces pulp from eucalyptus short fibre cellulose. In the city of Guaíba, state of Rio Grande do Sul, Celulose Riograndense has a pulp producing unit with capacity to generate 1,75 million tonnes of pulp, supplying a diversified market worldwide.

Celulose Riograndense utilizes cranes to load pulp bale units to ships at the factory landing. The new Konecranes cranes will replace existing cranes to help improve performance and reliability of the loading process. The two cranes will be designed for the load of 2 million tonnes of pulp per year.

“CMPC is looking for partners who can offer cutting-edge solutions in their strategic activities. Currently, we have 90 percent of pulp production through cranes. When we choose Konecranes, we choose the safety, quality and reliability of a world leader in the field”, says Mr. Roberto Hallal, Logistic Manager at Cellulose Riograndense.

The order consists of two tailor-made cranes with specially designed, adjustable spreader-clamps and specific Smart Features, including Target Positioning. The cranes are operated with cameras and sensors from a movable cabin, which help to enhance operational safety. The cranes can handle loads of up to 16 tons.

“These cranes will help to improve safety and efficiency of the customer’s pulp bale loading process. Several semi-automation features will assist the crane operator in moving pulp fast and accurately. Crane features were selected after we had studied the customer’s loading process carefully. Once again, understanding the customer’s process was the key factor when selecting the right solution,” says Arto Hujanen, Director, Paper & Forest Industry at Konecranes.

The first crane will be delivered to Celulose Riograndense in December 2018, with the second one following by April 2019.

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DS Smith Leeds recycling depot fire

A fire incident at DS Smith’s paper recycling depot in Leeds was attended to by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services on Saturday 7th July 2018.

The fire at the depot started Saturday afternoon when no staff or contractors were present on site.

Yorkshire Ambulance’s Hazardous Area teams also attended the blaze but nobody was injured in the incident. The fire was brought under control Saturday evening.

At this stage DS Smith is working with the relevant authorities to establish the cause of the fire. Any damage is yet to be fully assessed but the fire was contained to onsite storage buildings.

Due to the swift action of the fire services, building damage was limited and all mobile plant, vehicles and equipment is intact.

Production on site has been suspended for the next 2 to 3 days whilst power is restored, but collections to customers will continue as usual.

DS Smith would like to thank West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services for their speedy response and efficiency in bringing the incident safely under control.

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Arjowiggins : exclusive negotiations with Fineska for the sale of Arjowiggins Graphic and Arjowiggins Creative Papers

Arjowiggins has entered into exclusive negotiations with Fineska for the sale of Arjowiggins Graphic and Arjowiggins Creative Papers. Once this operation has completed, Sequana will have exited its paper manufacturing activities
Arjowiggins has announced the planned sale of Arjowiggins Graphic and Arjowiggins Creative Papers to Fineska BV, the parent company of Eska Group, the renowned Dutch-based graphic cardboard business controlled by Andlinger & Company, a private investment group which also owns Crown Van Gelder (CVG), a Dutch specialty papers manufacturer.
The gross amount of the transaction should be €125 million. Given the companies’ debts and other liabilities, net proceeds from the sale should be in the region of €20 million (to be adjusted at completion of the transaction in line with balance sheet items).
The businesses to be divested reported sales of €528 million in 2017, or 19% of Sequana Group’s consolidated sales, of which 61% comprised recycled graphic and specialty (i.e., laminated and transfer) papers and 39% premium fine papers and specialty papers (i.e., bookbinding and tracing paper). They operate eight mills located in France, the UK, Spain and China and employ over 2,000 people. More precisely, Arjowiggins Graphic is composed of 3 paper mills in France (Bessé-sur-Braye, Château-Thierry and Le Bourray). On the other hand, Stoneywood (UK), Chartham (UK), Neuilly-en-Telle (France), Gelida (Espagne), Quzhou (Chine) are part of Arjowiggins Creative Papers.
Information and consultation procedures have been initiated with the relevant work councils and the planned sale will be submitted for approval by the national competition authorities in all countries where it is required. The transaction is expected to complete by the end of October 2018.
In the wake of the major restructuring operations carried out in 2014 and 2015 to refocus on specialty papers, these two divisions generated positive cash-flow in 2017 and they should report a profit in 2018.
Following a competitive bidding process that was part of Sequana’s strategy of weighing up its options and playing its part in the necessary consolidation of the paper industry, Sequana’s Board of Directors has chosen Fineska’s offer. This operation, which is satisfactory for Sequana, would also safeguard the future development of Arjowiggins Graphic and Arjowiggins Creative Papers within a private investment group that has been supporting CVG and Eska – two renowned players in the specialty papers and graphic cardboard sectors – for a number of years.
This transaction is a major milestone for Sequana that would mark its exit from all paper manufacturing activities with the exception of Arjobex. Since 2008, Sequana has been refocusing on its paper distribution business where its subsidiary Antalis boasts leading positions in Papers, Industrial Packaging and Visual Communication in Europe.
Update on the litigation with BAT
The hearings before the Court of Appeal in London took place in early June. Prior to this, BAT had abandoned a significant part of its claims, notably in relation to the first dividend. As with any legal dispute, the outcome is in the hands of the courts, however the Group remains confident of a favourable outcome. The decision of the Court of Appeal should be handed down before the end of October.
Once it has taken stock of this decision and its related impacts, Sequana will devise and present its strategy.
Commenting on these developments, Sequana’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Pascal Lebard said : “The planned sale of Arjowiggins’ Graphic and Creative Papers divisions is the culmination of the process of weighing up our options in a market that is set to continue to consolidate. It meets our objective of ensuring the long-term development of our activities as part of a major industry player or an investment fund. This was already achieved in the past with the sale of our Decor paper business (to Munksjö), our Latin American banknote businesses (sold to Fedrigoni), and Arjowiggins Healthcare (sold to Meeschaert Private Equity). By becoming part of Andlinger & Company, Arjowiggins Graphic and Arjowiggins Creative Papers would benefit from the support of a private investment group that has been supporting two renowned players in the specialty papers sector for a number of years. The sale would affect neither their business relations nor their partnership with Antalis. Once the decision of the Court of Appeal in London – which we await with confidence – is handed down in late October and once this transaction is completed, Sequana will devise and present its strategy.”
Sequana reported sales of €2.8 billion in 2017 and employed some 7,800 people worldwide. The Group is structured into two businesses :
 Antalis : leader in B2B distribution of Papers and industrial Packaging and number two in the distribution of Visual Communication media in Europe with around 5,500 employees based in 43 countries.
 Arjowiggins : global producer of recycled and specialty papers with around 2,300 employees.

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TMC: forward thinking - Looking ahead. Anticipating market demands.

Thanks to this forma mentis, we have become the largest manufacturer of primary and secondary packaging for the field of Tissue in the world.
A 20-year experience in the course of which we have solved thousands of packaging needs for our customers and guaranteed safe solutions on which we daily build our innovations and the satisfaction of our customers.
And today, in IMA we have found the best possible partner for the further progress of our company to attain the next technological and commercial goals. Entering the IMA Group means a strong acceleration in our innovation, product development and geographical expansion projects, allowing the Group to create an undisputed international hub leader in the Nonwovens market.
Two are the great TMC novelties presented at “It’s Tissue 2018.
TMC Plastic-Free-Pack
System efficiency, duration of the investment, cost reduction and sustainability are the guidelines that inspire us. This is why we are working to reduce the thickness of the packaging material and optimize energy consumption by using sealable and biodegradable materials for packaging.
For It’s Tissue 2018 we decided to present the first plastic-free packaging with primary wrapping in heat-sealable paper and secondary cardboard grouping.
A completely natural, compostable packaging, respectful of the environment in a critical period for our planet, a moment requiring decisive and resolute interventions.
A perfectly efficient solution on existing TMC machines that, thanks to specific upgrades, can work both with paper and poly extremely easily.
Convinced of the importance of this issue and to favor the dissemination of this innovation, TMC has decided to dedicate a specialized team to all customers worldwide interested in developing this type of sustainable packaging.

DNA MAP : accelerating the future.
Controlling production efficiency is today the main industry priority. We always look for data.
More and more data. But are we sure that collecting lots of data is enough ?
Data alone are not the answer. And too many data, could be even misleading.
The true answer is DNA MAP. DNA MAP is the difference between collecting data, and really knowing how to use them successfully.
DNA MAP not only monitors real time machine conditions, but also collects raw data translating them into meaningful and valuable information, providing a prioritized action list.
DNA MAP is an open platform that :
• can dialogue with all ERP and MES systems
• can connect to any kind of equipment
• can receive and analyze data from all PLC systems
This is the future.
DNA MAP is available on PC, laptop, tablet and smartphone.
Whenever you like.
Wherever you are. Whoever you wish to share information with.
DNA MAP connects you to the new era of FORWARD THINKING.

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Greycon provides APRIL Group with new planning software to improve customer service

Greycon is the world’s leading provider of production planning, forecasting, scheduling and manufacturing execution systems that have been designed specifically for roll-based and flat sheet industries.

Greycon was recently appointed by the APRIL Group, one of the largest, most technologically advanced and efficient makers of pulp and paper products in the world, to further optimize its sales and operations planning by integrating Greycon sales and operations solution “opt-Studio” with APRIL’s
Enterprise Resource Planning and Manufacturing Execution Systems. Greycon worked together with the APRIL Group and Accenture to deliver this solution.

Praveen Singhavi, President, APRIL Group, said : “In order to continue to meet customer demand and deliver high levels of customer service, we have integrated opt-Studio with our existing solutions.

“opt-Studio has improved end-to-end visibility of our sales orders, while being able to better optimize paper production (block planning) and finishing area scheduling.”

Vassilis Gkamouras, Senior Consultant at Greycon said : “APRIL Group is one of the most efficient pulp and paper mills in the world. The project was divided in three phased roll-outs to enable quick deployment of capabilities and took 14 months to complete.”

“The roll-out required expertise in global project management, change management, supply chain enablement and systems integration. The project was delivered on-time, in-full and within budget due to excellent team work between the partners involved.”

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United States Department of Commerce Announces Termination of Supercalendered Paper CVD Order

Resolute Forest Products Inc. is pleased to announce that the United States Department of Commerce is formally revoking the countervailing duty order on supercalendered (SC) paper from Canada, retroactive to August 3, 2015. Collection of cash deposits on imports of SC paper from Canada will cease, and all cash deposits that have been collected from importers of record since August 3, 2015, will be returned with interest.

Resolute’s cash deposits as of June 30, 2018, total $60 million. The company will also receive accumulated interest on these deposits. The precise timing of the refund will be set out in a Federal Register Notice to be published in the upcoming days. 

Revocation of the countervailing duty order is pursuant to issuance today of a final determination in the Changed Circumstances Review that the Department initiated on May 14, 2018. The Department initiated the Changed Circumstances Review after Verso Corporation, the principal remaining producer of SC paper in the United States and the only remaining petitioner, wrote to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on March 21, 2018, that it was no longer interested in the continuation of the countervailing duty order. All other interested parties in the SC paper proceedings, including the federal and provincial governments in Canada, notified the Department that they supported Verso’s request for a Changed Circumstances Review.

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 anticipated revocation of the countervailing duty order on supercalendered paper from Canada and return of cash deposits associated therewith. 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 Resolute’s 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, the 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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Societal impacts have a visible role in UPM's EMAS reporting

UPM has today published the EMAS (EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) statements of its pulp and paper mills. The statements are more extensive than ever. Over the years, the company has reported on environmental impacts at its pulp and paper mills in Europe, China and Uruguay. Now the reports also provide a thorough analysis of the company’s societal impact at a local level.

According to Gabriele Wende, Director, Reporting and Product Stewardship, UPM, people are interested in companies’ impact on society in addition to the environmental matters. "Mills are a part of local people’s everyday lives, so what happens within the company is not insignificant by any means. That’s why we want to provide verified and concrete information, e.g. on our contribution to employment, tax income and purchasing power, as well as co-operation with the communities. The information also has to be easily accessible," Wende says.

"UPM’s initiative to open the scope of its environmental reporting to include social indicators shows the strong commitment of the company to transparency, a value shared by all EMAS organisations," says Kestutis Sadauskas, Director for the Green Economy at the European Commission’s Directorate General for the Environment.

"The performance of the company is verified by an independent EMAS verifier, providing the public and other stakeholders with reliable information on its contribution to sustainable development. We would encourage other companies to move in this direction too", he says.

A mathematical model of effects on consumption

Extended EMAS reporting was improved first time this year using a mathematical calculation model developed by the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy. The model was used to estimate indirect jobs and effects on consumption created by the company’s production units in Finland.

Research Director Jyrki Ali-Yrkkö from Etlatieto Oy says, that calculations can be made both regionally and nationally.

"The model is based on input-output statistics from Statistics Finland. Those statistics show how companies from different industries buy goods and services from each other," Ali-Yrkkö explains.

Local tax income generated by our business operations as well as cooperation with local operators, such as educational institutes, are an essential part of our societal impacts. Read more about these and many more societal impacts at the following websites :

www.upmbiofore.com

www.upm.com > Responsibility

The final EMAS registration is complete only when the Corporate Environmental Statement 2017 has been approved.

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