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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...
Strong result and positive market conditions for Södra


Södra’s operating profit totalled SEK 421 million (400) for the third quarter. The strong results were due, inter alia, to higher prices and stable demand for both paper pulp and sawn timber. During the quarter, decisions were also taken about future-oriented initiatives for increased wood processing and biofuel production.

“Market conditions for forest industry products remained favourable, and higher prices for both market pulp and sawn timber contributed to a strong result. Production levels remained stable at all of Södra’s facilities during the quarter, while Södra is in its most extensive investment phase for decades,” said Lars Idermark, President and CEO.

“We also made decisions about important future initiatives during the period. These relate partly to increased wood processing in cross-laminated timber, and partly to the production of biofuel based on the by-product methanol from the pulp industry,” said Lars Idermark, President and CEO.

Net sales in the third quarter increased 8 percent to SEK 4,763 million (4,417). Operating profit increased 5 percent to SEK 421 million (400). Operating margin was 9 percent (9).

The Södra Skog business area reported operating profit of SEK 12 million (11) and a sales increase of 8 percent in the third quarter.

The Södra Wood business area reported operating profit of SEK 8 million (0). The increased result was mainly due to a positive price development and high demand for sawn timber. Sales decreased 8 percent due to restructuring and a deliberate product portfolio reduction.

2017-10-19  READ MORE...
Guangdong Shaoneng Co., Ltd.: another successful start-up for A.Celli Paper

Successful start-up of a new A.Celli Paper Tissue Machine for Nanxiong Zhuji Paper Mill - GuangDong ShaoNeng Co., Ltd Group.
The start-up, scheduled for end of Septemebr 2017, successfully completed with no delays, is doubtlessly a further piece in the mosaic of collaborations that A.Celli Paper is compiling with the international group.
The new A.Celli Tissue Machine represents a strategically interesting project through which the Italian technology supplier once again underscores its role as leading-edge partner in the field of Tissue Machines.
The long-standing competence, dependable reliability and technological excellence that have always distinguished the Group make A.Celli Paper the ideal supplier for every customer.
This machine has a 2850-mm web width, a working speed of 1600 m/min and a production capacity of 80 tpd. It was designed to answer all the customer’s requests and demands in order to guarantee an enhancement in production level, assured by optimal performance and paper quality, with consequent improvement in the finished product.
With this new Tissue Machine, A.Celli Paper offers the customer a leap forward in quality, aiming for important and ambitious production milestones in its quest to conquer an extremely interesting territory such as China represents.

2017-10-18  READ MORE...
Global brands announced as sponsors for iT’s Tissue 2018

The Main sponsor plus Gold and Silver sponsors have made their commitment to iT’s Tissue 2018, which takes place in Lucca, Bologna, Lecco and Reggio Emilia, June 25-29, 2018.

Rockwell is to be the main sponsor of iT’s Tissue 2018. The global automation company retains this lead sponsor role which it also undertook for iT’s Tissue 2015.

Henkel, leading solution provider for adhesives, sealants and functional coatings worldwide, will be the Gold Sponsor. Henkel was also a co-sponsor in 2015. Also a co-sponsor in 2015, industrial component specialist SKF will be the Silver Sponsor for 2018.

“The continued support from these renowned, sustainable brands is strong affirmation of iT’s Tissue,” said iT’s Tissue president Massimo Franzaroli. “Their sponsorship has and will make a great contribution to the success iT’s Tissue 2018 and the high level of the visitor experience. In addition, the technologies and solutions which they present in the iT’s Tissue ‘Demo Zones’ are highly complementary to those of the network members, adding an important dimension to the quality of the event.”

Mr Fabrizio Scovenna, Country Sales Director Italian Region Rockwell Automation, said : “We are very pleased to sponsor the third edition of It’s Tissue, an event that we have seen being born, grow and become established in importance both nationally and internationally, providing visitors with an unmatched experience. With the evolution of Industry 4.0 in mind, the 2018 edition will be crucial to embrace and develop understanding of this digital transformation.”

Corbett Wallace, Global Head of Henkel’s Personal Hygiene Business said : “Henkel is committed to the Personal Hygiene industry and Tissue is a strategic market for us. We continue to invest in innovation and services, and we are proud to be a Gold Sponsor of Its Tissue. We encourage visitors to come and see all the exciting innovations Henkel and our Partners will showcase during this magnificent event."

Roberto Zaina, SKF Italy Communication Director, said : “SKF Italy is proud to support and participate in the 2018 edition of It’s Tissue. Our company collaborates with all the players involved in the It’s Tissue network and we have been participants in It’s Tissue since the first edition in 2013, so it was natural for us to decide to be present at the event scheduled for next year.”

2017-10-18  READ MORE...
Billerudkörsnas : Good demand and stable results

CEO Per Lindberg comments on the development during Q3 2017 :

“We experienced a very strong market in the quarter, resulting in positive sales performance. Net sales were up 3% and volumes were up 1% on last year. Overall, we have had some difficulties with production availability in recent quarters, so we have established a new organisation to work proactively on both availability and quality at our facilities. I am confident that this will generate results over the coming years.

Looking ahead, market conditions appear encouraging, and we see good opportunities for continued growth. In the longer term, we will have additional support from increasing demand for sustainable packaging solutions. In this respect, our major investments, which will start to deliver in 2018 and 2019, will make a significant positive contribution to our growth on this market.” 

THE RESULT

EBITDA in the quarter was SEK 1 051 million and we experienced positive sales performance on the back of a strong market in Europe and increased demand in China and the rest of Asia. The slightly higher volumes, combined with higher prices, offset negative currency movements. During the quarter, our Karlsborg production unit was affected by a production shutdown due to a fire, which had an approximately SEK 35 million impact on earnings. The fire was put out quickly and there were no injuries to personnel, but it caused extensive damage to cabling in an adjacent area. The damage has been repaired and Karlsborg’s production is running according to plan once again.

The business areas delivered stable earnings. Consumer Board recorded its highest cartonboard sales volumes since Billerud and Korsnäs merged. Within Corrugated Solutions, Managed Packaging posted sales growth of almost 50 percent compared to last year.

MARKET OUTLOOK

The market for all business areas is expected to remain strong over the next quarter. We are seeing favourable order levels and opportunities for further price increases. It is uncertain, however, how large the price increases may be.

In the longer term, this positive picture is being further strengthened by growing demand for sustainable packaging solutions, particularly regarding alternatives to plastic. Plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time and we are therefore seeing a greater focus on regulation to counter unnecessary use of plastic. This is strengthening our competitiveness as opportunities to replace less sustainable solutions are growing.

STRATEGY

Efficiency is a cornerstone of our strategy. Our approach to efficiency is about doing things right, and having efficient processes and practices. It is our customers who principally determine what are the right things to do. That’s why we are increasingly focusing on developing and harmonising our working practices by strengthening group-wide functions within our production organisation. This relates in particular to minimising production disruptions and ensuring our products maintain consistently high quality.

Another aspect of this is structural. Our two major investment projects, a new board machine at Gruvön and a world-leading MG centre at Skärblacka, not only demonstrate our ambition of meeting the market’s growing needs with efficient board and paper machines. We have also demonstrated our ability to create a production system that is efficient both in terms of its overall structure and its constituent parts. This is in order to supply our current and future customers with the highest-quality sustainable packaging materials and solutions. These projects are proceeding to schedule and we are looking forward to the start-ups ; spring 2018 for Skärblacka and spring 2019 for Gruvön.

2017-10-17  READ MORE...
ANDRITZ starts up second tissue machine with 20-foot steel Yankee successfully at Guizhou Chitianhua, China


ANDRITZ has successfully started up the TM6 tissue machine delivered to Guizhou Chitianhua Paper Industry Co., Ltd. (Taison Group), Guizhou Province, China. The new PrimeLineST tissue machine, with a design speed of 2,000 m/min and a paper width of 5.6 meters, will produce high-quality facial wipes and toilet paper, as well as paper tissues based on bamboo furnish. This delivery follows the supply of TM5, which was started up successfully at Guizhou Chitianhua’s location in Chishui in September 2016.

Like the TM5, the TM6 is currently unique on the Asian market because it combines a high-performance Yankee with a steam-heated hood. The PrimeDry Steel Yankee is made entirely of steel, has a diameter of 20 feet, and hence is among the largest in the world. The combination of steam-heated hood and steel Yankee enables a high drying capacity and achieves remarkable cost savings compared to systems operated with gas because it uses steam. The steel Yankee’s evaporation rate is 15-20% higher than cast-iron models, which results in 8-10% better machine performance.

“The two high-speed tissue machines from ANDRITZ contribute to a substantial reduction in operating costs compared to traditional concepts due to their innovative, energy-saving solutions. Moreover, with the large steel Yankees we produce high-quality tissue paper at high speed from the mill’s own bamboo pulp,” says Wu Mingxi, President of the Taison Group.

The Yankee was manufactured at the ANDRITZ workshop in Foshan, Guandong Province, China, which offers customers state-of-the-art manufacturing, local field service, and quality management

2017-10-17  READ MORE...
Corrugated industry’s top players recognised at FEFCO’s Vienna with special awards

FEFCO, the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers, honoured some of the most innovative and exciting names in packaging with awards in Vienna on October 13.
FEFCO Production Committee, chaired by Marc Van Damme, issued eight awards at the end of the three-day Technical Seminar.
The most prestigious FEFCO award was for Best Innovation, and this year there were two gold winners :

  • BHS, for their new single facer Modul Facer MF-A. FEFCO jury said this offered, “a solution to the ever-increasing complexity on flute changes. The Modul Facer MF-A makes it possible to change flute positions in a very flexible way, without losing all the advantages of the traditional module facer.” BHS’s Thomas Murr collected the prize.
  • BOBST, for their introduction of the online gap control on bundled boxes. The FEFCO jury said Bobst, “was taking the request of our industry seriously to check the gap control on boxes after the counter ejector.” This could help the industry reach the goal of zero defect deliveries. Bobst’s Yves Bletterie picked up the award.
2017-10-17  READ MORE...
Kotkamills : Organization change in Consumer Boards Business

In order to intensify the sales of Folding Boxboards, Kotkamills Oy will change the organizational structure of the Consumer Boards business temporarily. Member of the Board of Kotkamills Oy, Mr. Niilo Pöyhönen, has been appointed Senior Vice President, Consumer Boards, being responsible for the Consumer Boards business, effective from October 10th, 2017. Mr. Pöyhönen reports to CEO of Kotkamills Oy, Mr. Markku Hämäläinen.

Mr. Kimmo Kohvakka, Director, Consumer Boards, will temporarily take the responsibility of management and development of sales of Folding Boxboard products.

Mr. Kohvakka and Mrs. Saila Kettunen, Director, Barrier Board, will report to Mr. Pöyhönen.

2017-10-16  READ MORE...
Smartly dressed in 100 percent Swedish paper

Wood becomes paper, which is turned into fabrics. By using knowledge and skills from classical Swedish industries, such as Nordic Paper, wood can be refined into locally produced textiles. This gives new business opportunities for the domestic industry in Sweden and creates opportunities for a more sustainable textile industry through a range of innovative solutions across branches.

In the provinces of Värmland, there are dense forests of spruce and pine trees. This Swedish forest raw material is processed and refined into paper by Nordic Papers. The unbleached and locally grown paper is then shipped to the textile cluster in the Sjuhärad region, where it is spun into threads at SKS Textile and then turned into fabrics via knitting machines at the Swedish School of Textiles in Borås. At the dyeing company Sjuhäradsbygdens Färgeri, the fabric is given a dark blue colour and is then turned into a flexible dress at Smart Textiles at the University of Borås.

This sounds almost like a fairy tale, but is actually a description of some of the results of the project ‘Establishing locally grown textiles in Sweden’ (Swedish : ENTIS) in BioInnovation, where a number of parties from the Swedish forestry, paper, and textile industry work together to achieve textile production of raw materials from the pulp industry.

“There are already textiles made of paper, but the unique thing about this project is that we have looked at the possibilities for recycling and challenge existing production and recycling techniques to achieve a circular flow. One of the greater challenges in the production of a paper fabric is to knit with the paper yarn instead of weaving with it, since paper is a relatively stiff material. It is also fun to see the collaboration of a project with parties from different branches, and I am also looking forward to see prototypes for interior purposes emerge in this project”, says Lena-Marie Jensen, team leader of ‘Design for recycling’ and project coordinator of the focus area Sustainable Textiles in Smart Textiles.

Paper – a durable and locally grown raw material

The need for textile fibres grows as the population of the earth increases (UN : 9.2 billion in 2050) and the general standard of living is higher. As people settle in cities and afford to consume more, the needs for sophisticated textiles also increase. This is why one finding of this project is that we need to take care of the raw material we have and reuse it. But there is also a need to supply new sustainable raw material that could be part of a circular flow.

- As paper producer we are proud of being part of the project. This is in line with what we do every day, working for bioeconomy. It there is a possibility to make clothes out of our paper, we are thrilled since clothes is something that everyone needs every day. This is a new and exciting way of using our paper compared to the more tradtional applications, such as sacks, bags and steel interleavingpaper, says Marie Stenquist, communication manager at Nordic Paper.

This project wants to highlight the importance of constantly investigating alternatives to cotton and synthetic fibres in order to get more resource efficient fibres, and how choices in the design process affect the product’s environmental performance. In order to solve the fibre needs of the future, we need a variety of solutions where paper could be one alternative to some products. Paper is also a bio-based material in our immediate surrounding and could be part of a closed cycle.

2017-10-16  READ MORE...
Xerium Introduces Maximus Press Felt Technology Portfolio - Engineered for Faster Start-up, Wider Operational Window and Extended Life

Xerium Technologies, Inc. a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services, recently introduced Maximus - a totally new portfolio of press felt technology for today’s most demanding press positions.

Maximus’ single-base structure design with lower fabric caliper delivers immediate start-up without the typical long break-in periods often required for conventional technology.

In addition, its innovative drainage channels and special warp-bound weave concept provide maximum dimensional stability and compaction resistance which ensures high-performance dewatering, longer running life and excellent end-product quality. Maximus technology is ideal for machines producing containerboard, packaging, and graphical paper grades.

“Maximus is already producing great operational results on the most demanding machines in the world,” said Bill Butterfield, EVP and CTO of Xerium. “We are delighted to see our customers experiencing tangible financial benefits from this new product portfolio with improved machine performance, enhanced operating range and overall lower cost-per-ton.”

2017-10-16  READ MORE...
Launch of Global Recycling Day website: new site showcases the Day’s mission to refocus the world’s awareness of recycling

The countdown has started to a new international awareness day taking place on 18 March 2018 which is dedicated to securing the future of the planet through recycling.

The initiative was officially kicked off at the Bureau of International Recycling’s (BIR) 2017 World Recycling Convention in New Delhi on 16 October 2017, with the switch-on of the Global Recycling Day website (globalrecyclingday.com) and launch of the Day’s social media channels Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn by Ranjit Baxi, President of the BIR – the global federation of the recycling industry.

The first ever Global Recycling Day will unite people across the world, highlighting the need to conserve our six primary resources (water, air, coal, oil, natural gas and minerals) and celebrating the power of the newly termed “Seventh Resource”- the goods we recycle every day. The new initiative is the brain child of Ranjit Baxi, who announced his vision for a day deciated to recycling at the inauguration of his Presidency at the BIR’s 2015 Dubai Convention.

Every year the Earth yields billions of tons of natural resources to create consumables. At some point, there could be nothing left. That is why the world must think again about what is thrown away – seeing not waste, but opportunity. This is the core message of the Day.

Global Recycling Day will be a day focused on action, aimed at a global approach towards recycling and calling on world leaders, international businesses, communities and individuals to make seven clear commitments in their approach to recycling.

2017-10-16  READ MORE...
Smurfit Kappa Mexico has invested US $62 million in a new machine which began operating recently in the Los Reyes Paper Mill, north of Mexico City.

The PM6 machine, which has a production capacity of 100,000 tons of recycled containerboard per year, will facilitate greater integration within the Group’s converting plants and significantly increase the energy efficiency of the Los Reyes plant.

The investment will enable Smurfit Kappa Mexico to produce high performance containerboard, contributing to the company’s competitiveness in an ever-growing packaging market. The type of material produced by PM6 further strengthens Smurfit Kappa’s offering for the agricultural and electrical appliance sectors, where protecting products in the supply chain is key.

PM6 is one of Smurfit Kappa´s largest investments in Mexico in recent years and an important milestone for the company. Investment in PM6, in addition to the US$33.2 million that has been already invested in the Mexican converting plant modernization project, demonstrates Smurfit Kappa’s long-term commitment to Mexico and consolidates SKG’s position as the leading supplier of paper-based packaging in the Americas.

2017-10-16  READ MORE...
Delfort will significantly expand its capacity for thin printing papers in OP papírna s.r.o, CZ

Delfort, the global innovation leader in the development, manufacturing and distribution of special and functional papers, announces an investment of more than 150 Million Euro into a new paper machine in its paper mill in Olšany, Czech Republic.

2017-10-13  READ MORE...
DS Smith Recycling appoints Managing Director of Italy, Spain and France

n September 2017, DS Smith Recycling appointed Federico Dossena to the role of Managing Director for Italy, Spain & France.

2017-10-13  READ MORE...
Tissue World Istanbul is returning at the Istanbul Congress Center from 4 – 6 September 2018

Tissue World Istanbul is set to take place at the Istanbul Congress Center (ICC), Turkey from 4 – 6 September 2018.

2017-10-13  READ MORE...
MIAC confirmed as the major European paper industry event

Lucca was once again a meeting place for paper, board and tissue professionals this week.

2017-10-13  READ MORE...
Two category wins for Iggesund​

Cartons made of paperboard from Iggesund Paperboard won two of the categories at the Carton Excellence Awards 2017.

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