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Kotkamills en route towards a plastic free world - one coffee cup at a time

ISLA® Duo cupstock is Kotkamills’ solution to an ever-growing problem. It does not contain any plastics or waxes that are harmful for the environment or health.

2018-05-31  READ MORE...
Sonoco Implementing Price Increase for All Uncoated Recycled Paperboard Products

Sonoco today announced it is implementing a $50 per ton price increase for all grades of uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) in the United States and Canada, effective with shipments beginning July 2, 2018.

2018-05-30  READ MORE...
Antalis strengthens its positions in the Nordic countries

Antalis has signed an agreement to acquire IGEPA’s Papers distribution business in Sweden and Norway ; the operation should close in the course of June.

2018-05-30  READ MORE...
New head of the Holmen Paper business area

Lars Lundin has been appointed Senior Vice President Paper and will take up his new role no later than the first of december 2018.

2018-05-30  READ MORE...
T.CON and Perlen Packaging achieve a successful global SAP S/4HANA conversion

SAP Gold Partner T.CON successfully carried out the system conversion from SAP ERP to SAP S/4HANA version 1709 in only one step at Perlen Packaging, a subsidiary of Chemie + Papier Holding AG (CPH).

2018-05-30  READ MORE...
ABB introduces new ABB AbilityTM Web Monitoring System for paper industry applications

Innovative high resolution web monitoring system designed for the fastest paper, board or tissue machines.

2018-05-30  READ MORE...
Looking back on the first-ever Global Recycling Day: “A movement has been sparked”

Levels of engagement in the inaugural, BIR-inspired Global Recycling Day far exceeded expectations, laying firm foundations for growing the event in the years to come.

2018-05-30  READ MORE...
Preem and RenFuel to create the world’s first lignin plant for biofuels

Preem and RenFuel are assessing, in collaboration with Rottneros, the construction of the world’s first lignin plant for biofuels, at the pulp mill in Vallvik, Söderhamn.

2018-05-29  READ MORE...
Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS) bundles expertise

The board of trustees of the Papiertechnische Stiftung has resolved to bring about a change in the PTS leadership with the completion of the extensive restructuring of the institute.

2018-05-29  READ MORE...
The Navigator Company to increase tissue prices in Europe by 6 to 8%

The Navigator Company announced today that it will be increasing prices of its Tissue Papers by 5 to 8 %, in all products and markets.

2018-05-29  READ MORE...
Corrugated: circular by nature, and ready for a sustainable future!

The FEFCO Summit brought together 200 high-level corrugated industry representatives and their suppliers from 23-25 May.

2018-05-29  READ MORE...
The careful choice of material is the key to success

Choosing a paperboard for a sophisticated packaging based on the kilo price can be like shooting yourself in the foot. 

2018-05-29  READ MORE...
UPM presents the limitless opportunities of bioeconomy at the PulPaper 2018 exhibition

UPM will attend the PulPaper 2018 exhibition in Helsinki 29-31 May 2018.

2018-05-28  READ MORE...
Valmet hires nearly 400 young people as summer trainees in Finland

This summer, nearly 400 students will work as summer trainees in Valmet’s locations in Finland.

2018-05-28  READ MORE...
Asia Pulp & Paper Marks 5th Anniversary of its Forest Conservation Policy

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) today marked the 5th anniversary of its landmark sustainability commitment, the Forest Conservation Policy (FCP).

2018-05-28  READ MORE...
Stora Enso enters into strategic partnership with Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Stora Enso has signed a strategic partnership agreement with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).

2018-05-28  READ MORE...
SYMOP Paper Group : Thierry Le Guillou succeeds Franck Rettmeyer as new President

Thierry Le Guillou has been appointed as new SYMOP Paper Group President. He succeeds Franck Rettmeyer, CEO and Chairman of Allimand. Thierry Le Guillou is Kadant Lamort’s VP. Symop is the French Association for Manufacturing Technologies (industrial machinery, technology and equipment manufacturers).

2018-05-25  READ MORE...
Lecta to Increase CWF and UWF Prices by 6% to 7%


Lecta announces a price increase of 6% to 7% on all its 2 side CWF and UWF grades in sheets and reels.

The price increase is a consequence of the continuous increase in manufacturing costs. The new prices will be effective on deliveries from July 1st, 2018.

Lecta sales teams are at our customers’ disposal to coordinate the price increase implementation.

2018-05-25  READ MORE...
Delfort Wattens paper mill in Austria starts using Wedge

Paper mill Wattens is the fourth Delfort mill to engage leveraging Wedge Process Diagnostics System. The system delivery will commence in June.

Delfort is an Austrian paper maker group dedicating to highly specialized grades. With mills in Europe, The United States and Vietnam, Delfort is a global leader in its product categories.

Trimble Forestry’s Wedge Process Diagnostics is a powerful, easy to use tool for improving industrial plant efficiency. Wedge anticipates upcoming problems and quickly finds the original root causes.

2018-05-25  READ MORE...
Kemira celebrates one-year anniversary of its Wet Strength production site in Estella, Navarra Spain

Kemira, a global leader in the manufacture of high quality wet strength resins, supplied under the FennoStrength name, celebrates the one-year anniversary of the best-in-class manufacturing site located in Villatuerta and known as the Estella site. The celebrations took place on May 17th, 2018 with customers and government officials joining the event.

Strength technologies, including wet strength, are critical in manufacturing paper and board and the strength chemical market is growing. The market also demands for high performance differentiating technologies as well as compliance with stricter environmental regulations. Kemira has consistently been investing into the development of new strength technologies and into modern manufacturing sites, most recently in wet strength resin production at Äetsä, Finland (2015), in dry strength resin production at San Giorgio, Italy (2015) and last year at Estella (2017).

“This anniversary marks an important milestone for Kemira – says Mr. Tommi Kankkunen, VP of Manufacturing. Thanks to a multi-million investment and dedicated efforts from R&D, this state of the art facility with a large production capacity now produces a highly efficient wet strength resin.”

Kemira’s investments in manufacturing are complemented by investments in R&D, resulting in a successful outcome for the new wet strength offering. “We are proud to announce first deliveries of high solids wet strength resin in response to the current market demand. And in anticipation of the upcoming E.U. regulatory restrictions, lowering the limit of adsorbable organic halides (AOX) in the effluent, a new low AOX FennoStrength resin was developed with first deliveries taking place already in June,” reports Dr. Vladimir Grigoriev, Sr. Manager, Applications & Marketing.

After recent developments, the Estella site now offers a complete portfolio of wet strength resins with dedicated lines also for the latest product generations geared towards the most stringent regulatory profiles. Moreover, high performance Yankee coating adhesives are also produced at the site. “A focus of the Estella site,” adds Mr. Roberto Zulian, Director of Tissue Sales, “is also directed towards the demands of the tissue industry, which include the needs for creping adhesives. The new R&D developments in this area and established manufacturing at Estella have addressed the tissue industry wishes for a complete Yankee coating portfolio with the most up-to-date regulatory profile. We are well positioned now to deliver our customers the strength aids and Yankee coating technologies they desire.”

“We are excited about the one-year anniversary, says Mr. Anibal Cermano, Site Manager. This investment demonstrates a strong commitment to our customers and partners. We appreciate the support given by the local authorities in the surrounding communities and the Navarra Government.”

2018-05-25  READ MORE...
Coldwater Strengthens Its Global Ceramics Capabilities with TKF Agreement

Doug Wall, VP Sales & Marketing announced that Coldwater has appointed Technische Keramik Frömgen GmbH (TKF) of Korschenbroich (Glehn), Germany as an Authorized Repair and Grinding facility in Europe for Coldwater’s Wilbanks Ceramics drainage elements.
Since Coldwater’s acquisition of Wilbanks Ceramics in late 2017, this is one more step to support Coldwater’s global leadership in supplying and servicing Wilbanks Ceramics high performance drainage elements. Coldwater now designs, manufactures, assembles, grinds and repairs these precision ceramic drainage elements in Atlanta, GA.
Through sales to all major paper machinery OEMs, the agreement with TKF gives Coldwater the ability to provide its large installed base of European customers with the same high quality and responsive service for ongoing blade inspections and regrinding as well as the ability to replace any drainage elements as needed. Replacement blades/elements will be provided through Coldwater’s North American plant and installed by TKF.
TKF has a long and highly respected history in the ceramics business. Their Germany facility has grinding capabilities for drainage elements up to 13 meters using the same precision grinding equipment that all new Wilbanks Ceramics are manufactured with. Plus, TKF employs some of the industry’s most experienced drainage elements personnel.


2018-05-25  READ MORE...
Environmentally-friendly energy supply at Palm Paper

In view of environmental and economic considerations, Palm decided to build a combined cycle power plant (CCGT) to provide an independent supply of electricity and steam to the site.

Palm Paper Ltd., which operates the world’s largest paper mill for newsprint from its King’s Lynn site in the UK, was supplied with steam by two natural gas-fired fire-tube boilers.

In view of environmental and economic considerations, Palm decided to build a combined cycle power plant (CCGT) to provide an independent supply of electricity and steam to the site. The combined cycle power plant was commissioned in spring 2018.

The new CCGT plant comprises the following main components :

 Gas turbine with 33 MW electrical generation capacity
 Additionally fired dual-circuit waste heat boiler with heat exchanger
 Turbo generator set with 12 MW electrical generation capacity
 High-pressure natural gas supply Pipeline.

Due to the highly-efficient system used, Palm Paper’s CCGT power plant in King’s Lynn has an overall annual efficiency level of more than 80%.

This results in an annual saving of more than 100,000 tonnes of CO2.

The total investment (CCGT plant incl. the high-pressure natural gas supply) was approximately EUR 60 million.

2018-05-25  READ MORE...
26,000 employees stop work for the day as part of Mondi Group’s annual global investment in safety, health and the environment

Every year around the world, some 374 million people are injured at work, according to the International Labour Organisation[1]. Creating a safe work environment has always been Mondi’s top priority and it is this intense focus that has led it to invest in an annual event when its 26,000 employees down tools for the day to work together on improving local health, safety and the environment.

Activities are currently taking place in 30 countries to highlight the personal contribution that Mondi’s employees can make towards their safety, health and environment. Every Mondi site is hosting a ‘Making a Difference Day 365’ that allows employees and contractors to invest time in learning and practising new approaches towards these vital topics. Family members and students are also involved in several locations.

Peter Oswald, CEO Mondi Group, says, “We will only be satisfied when every employee is returning home safely every day. We created Making a Difference Day 365 in 2010 to collectively focus our minds on ways to improve our safety, health and environment. Through the enthusiasm of our employees, this initiative has grown over the years into a truly global event with significant positive impact on our local communities. This momentum shows that we can – and do – inspire each other to make a difference when we work collaboratively on these complex topics.”

Mondi defines global focus areas every year for Mondi’s Making a Difference Day. In 2018, the focus areas include maintaining a 24-hour safety mind-set, staying safe around moving and rotating machinery, and reducing our carbon footprint – at work and home. Every Mondi operation is currently hosting activities around these themes that are relevant locally.

Brian Darlington, group head of safety and health at Mondi Group, says, “It’s all about creating the right mindset where safety becomes a habit and way we do things and where everyone looks after their own safety as well as that of others. The safety of our employees and contractors is our number one value, which is encapsulated by our moto ‘work safe, home safe – everybody, every day’.”

2018-05-24  READ MORE...
Smurfit Kappa is pleased to announce that it has agreed to acquire Reparenco

Accelerates SKG’s strategic objectives under its Medium Term Plan

Smurfit Kappa Group plc, one of the world’s largest integrated manufacturers of paper-based packaging products with operations in Europe and the Americas, is pleased to announce that it has agreed to acquire Reparenco, a privately owned paper and recycling business in the Netherlands, for a cash consideration of approximately €460 million following a competitive process.

Reparenco operates a two machine paper mill in the Netherlands with a capacity of 675,000 tonnes together with a 750,000 tonne recovered fibre operation. Reparenco employs 315 people with Gross Assets of €189 million and generated EBITDA of €41 million in the 12 months to April 2018, during which time the business continued to ramp up production.

The acquisition represents a transaction multiple, pre-synergies, of 6.4x the expected full year 2018 EBITDA for Reparenco of €72 million.

Reparenco’s strong strategic fit with SKG’s existing European businesses is expected to deliver significant synergies in the near-term in a number of areas, including increased integration of containerboard and the recycling operations into the Group.

The cash consideration will be funded from the Group’s existing resources. It is expected that the Transaction will complete within four to six weeks subject to customary completion conditions and adjustments and regulatory approval.
Smurfit Kappa Group will host a conference call, for analysts and institutional investors today, 24 May, at 9.00 BST (04.00 ET)

2018-05-24  READ MORE...

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