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France : Agnès Roger elected as new MIP President

Agnès Roger has been elected as new MIP President. She succeeds Marc Sanchez. Agnes Roger is also chairing Copacel.
MIP is the "Mouvement of Intersecteur Papier-Carton", covering the whole French paper branch which employs some 70,000 people working in 1,200 facilities and generates an annual cumulative TO of 19 bn euros.

2017-06-08 
Successful interpack 2017 for Mondi draws thousands of visitors to the interactive booth

Mondi, the international packaging and paper Group, welcomed more than 2,000 visitors to its booth during the recent interpack 2017 packaging trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany. Dozens of Mondi experts from all areas of the business manned the booth throughout the seven days to greet visitors, discuss the latest packaging trends and demonstrate how Mondi solutions can add value to their businesses and customers.

2017-06-08 
European paper industry reaction to the US administration's withdrawal from Paris Agreement on climate change

"The US administration’s decision to step down from the Paris Agreement sadly puts at risk the global efforts needed to address climate change. It also regrettably reflects a view that climate action would undermine industry competitiveness. To make the case for action - and win back the US, Europe must decisively demonstrate that decarbonisation can go hand in hand with industrial competitiveness and investments. The European paper industry has a vision through its Investment Roadmap to decarbonise by 80%, create 50% more added value and increase its investment by 40% by 2050. This should be done in the background of a Paris Climate Change Agreement which provides a solid framework for climate action and fosters a global level playing field" says Sylvain Lhote, Director General at CEPI

2017-06-08 
Unifor, PPWC, and Canfor sign pulp and paper sector tentative agreement

Prince George—Pattern bargaining for Western Canada’s pulp and paper sector has concluded with a four-year tentative agreement signed by Unifor, the Public and Private Workers of Canada (PPWC), and Canfor Pulp.

“The tentative agreement signed today reflects the important contributions of our members at pulp and paper workplaces across the West,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor’s Western Regional Director.

Today’s tentative agreement with Canfor Pulp will set the pattern for Unifor and PPWC’s 17 other pulp and paper mills in BC and Alberta.

“By working jointly with the PPWC, we were able to secure a strong deal that meets our members’ needs during the term of the contract,” said Scott Doherty, Executive Assistant to Unifor’s National President. Doherty is Unifor’s lead negotiator in the pulp and paper sector.

“Pulp and paper jobs are critical to small and medium-sized communities across the region, and we’re proud to achieve a collective agreement that will support working families,” said Gary Fiege, Vice-President of the PPWC.

2017-06-08 
Metso to donate EUR 1 million to three Finnish universities

Metso is donating a total of EUR 1 million to Tampere University of Technology, Aalto University and the University of Oulu. Through the donation, Metso wishes to support Finnish scientific research and its application in practice.

"The opportunity for continuous, varied scientific research work in cooperation between universities, companies and other parties is essential for building a sustainable future. It is also of utmost importance that universities’ training programs produce top experts with knowledge and skills that promote companies’ ability to renew and succeed. Through our donation, we want to support universities representing branches of science important to us in their ability to offer internationally competitive scientific research and education," says Matti Kähkönen, President and CEO of Metso Corporation.

2017-06-08 
The AEGLE lands at CosmeticBusiness Munich

The trade fair CosmeticBusiness opens its doors in Munich to present the latest innovations for the cosmetics industry. We are pleased to announce that Kotkamills will be exhibiting for the first time at this trade fair to present our unique AEGLE range of packaging material solutions for the world of cosmetics. ​

2017-06-08 
GVG Paper Mills India chooses Cellwood for a new upgrading project

GVG Paper Mills Pvt. Ltd and Cellwood Machinery has signed an agreement for delivery of a Krima Ultra Compact Dispersing System.
This 100 Tpd Krima Dispersing system will replace an existing local Dispersing Unit and allow for increased paper quality and improve the flexibility in GVG´s process.

2017-06-08 
Asia Pulp & Paper Offers New Products For Mexican Marketplace

Asia Pulp & Paper today announced two new select products in Mexico, Paperline photocopy grade for the niche 70 GSM market and a new food packaging portfolio, Foopak. Paperline will be solely available via select Mexico distribution partners, while Foopak will be channeled through Perez Trading Company Consumer Packaging Group. APP is now well positioned to service the rapidly growing Mexican marketplace for both high-quality, high yield photocopy paper and multi-purpose packaging solutions.

“Our approach in Mexico is to focus on niche sectors, adding product differentiation and creating new innovative market segments that complement the domestic product categories,” says Anthony Atamimi, Latin America Sales Director for Asia Pulp & Paper. “Over the past year we have streamlined our distribution channels and are now pleased to be working with local partners to help grow and expand these new markets.”

2017-06-08 

Weyerhaeuser Company  today announced an agreement to sell its timberlands and manufacturing business in Uruguay to a consortium led by BTG Pactual’s Timberland Investment Group (TIG), including other long-term institutional investors, for $402.5 million in cash. The company anticipates it will incur minimal taxes in conjunction with the transaction.

2017-06-08 
SCA to close tissue production plant in the US

To further improve efficiency and strengthen the competitiveness for the Professional Hygiene business in North America, SCA has decided to close the tissue production plant in Flagstaff, Arizona, in the US.

The closure of the Flagstaff tissue production plant is part of SCA’s Tissue Roadmap and is aligned with the company’s strategy to optimize the geographic production footprint to drive cost and capital efficiency and further increase value creation in the Professional Hygiene business area.

2017-06-08 
Composition of Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s Nomination Board

Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s Nomination Board has been appointed. The Nomination Board comprises representatives of the three largest shareholders of the company and, in addition, two expert members : the Chairman of the Board of Directors and a person nominated by the Board of Directors. The following three persons have been appointed as representatives in the Nomination Board :

 Thomas Ahlström (Ahlström Capital Oy and other shareholders mentioned below)
 Alexander Ehrnrooth (Viknum AB and Belgrano Inversiones Oy)
 Mikko Mursula (Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company)

The Chairman of the Board of Directors Hans Sohlström will, according to the charter of the Nomination Board, acts as an expert member of the Nomination Board. In addition, the Board of Directors has elected Peter Seligson as the second expert member of the Nomination Board.

2017-06-07 
Zanders strengthens its presence in North America: Hank Somer now additional Sales Manager

To meet the increasing demand in the North American market, Zanders has strengthened its sales force. As of 1st of May Zanders is pleased to announce sales manager Hank Somer has joined the team for the United States and Canada, which will be expanded even further in the future. Somer’s key focus is on further developing Zanpack (high-quality board grades), Zanbarrier (flexible barrier paper for food packaging) and the premium brand Chromolux (label paper and board for pack¬ag¬ing and graphic ap¬pli¬ca¬tions). In Canada he will be taking care of the entire Zanders product portfolio, which includes specialty papers and boards for labels, packaging and graphic applications.

Hank Somer has more than thirty years of experience in the paper and packaging industry, particularly in the sale of fine papers, board grades and flexible packaging. His most recent positions were in sales management at Cascades Paper, Fusionpaperboard and Munksjo Paper Mills.

2017-06-07 
AFT (Aikawa Fiber Technologies) among select companies in Finland recognized for improving occupational safety practices

As a member of the Zero Accident Forum, AFT’s manufacturing plant in Varkaus, Finland was awarded a Level I occupational safety classification by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health for being an accident-free workplace in 2016.

The Zero Accident Forum comprises a network of close to 370 workplaces from all over Finland. Its aim is to promote the continuous development of occupational safety and well-being at work as well as the dissemination of good practices. The Forum has been in operation since 2003 and is coordinated by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.

2017-06-07 
Bekaert Solaronics installs infrared drying system UniDryer®V3 after sizing at Ahlstrom-Munksjö, Arches mill, France

Bekaert Solaronics supplied Ahlstrom-Munksjö Arches with two 2-rows UniDryer® V3 hoods for drying of abrasive paper base after size press on its PM4.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö Arches (formerly known as Arjowiggings Arches) is the oldest customer of Bekaert Solaronics. The first IR drying system was installed in 1966 on the PM5. Since then, Ahlstrom-Munksjö Arches continued to count on Bekaert Solaronics for all its projects as seven infrared drying systems have been installed in the paper mill. 
The main objectives of the new UniDryer® V3 are to dry efficiently the paper coats and achieve guaranteed moisture at the inlet of sizer 2.

The UniDryer® V3 is a very compact system in which high performance gas infrared emitters are alternated with high temperature and velocity air nozzles without requiring a heat exchanger or an external gas burner. These features result in a fast heat-up, a high evaporation rate and ultimately in better product quality.

2017-06-06 
Finally – a plastic-free blister pack

One of the world’s most widely used forms of packaging – the blister pack – can now be made totally in paperboard. Two major benefits are reduced environmental impact and less consumer rage and self-injury. Blister packs are made to hang on a holder in the retail store and often consist of a paperboard backing plus a moulded transparent plastic front section to display the product to the consumer. The Norwegian converter Moltzaus’s ingeniously designed Cefapac improves both the pack’s environmental performance and its openability, and has already won awards.​

2017-06-06 
UPM showcases new bioinnovations during the Bio Era Tour

The Bio Era Tour, introducing bioeconomy and its possibilities and innovations, is launched today on the International Environment Day in Helsinki, Finland. In the core of the tour is the Bio Era Truck exhibition, where visitors can learn of the latest innovations made of renewable raw materials in an interactive manner and get to innovate also themselves. UPM is a partner in the tour as part of its Biofore Share and Care programme where one focus area is boosting bioinnovations.

As the project partner UPM wants to highlight the industry’s new innovations, versatile operations in the circular economy and meet young people around Finland. UPM’s expertise in renewable and recyclable materials, low-emission energy and resource efficiency is the key to developing new, sustainable businesses.

There are several UPM’s innovations on display in the Bio Era Truck exhibition, such as wood-based renewable UPM BioVerno diesel, thermoformable UPM Grada wood material, GrowDex hydrogel as well as UPM ProFi and UPM Formi biocomposites.

The Bio Era Tour is a forest sector’s gift to Finland celebrating its 100 years of independence and its youth. The tour will stop in 100 locations around Finland first in the summer events and in schools in the autumn.

The Bio Era Truck will visit several major Finnish summer events. The truck will also have pit stops in the following UPM mill locations :

9 June Kouvola (Kuusankoski)

24 July Rauma

4 August Valkeakoski (Tervasaari)

10 August Lappeenranta

11 August Jyväskylä (Säynätsalo)

The project is targeted mainly to the young people. Throughout the autumn, the Bio Era Truck will be touring Finnish schools and educational institutes. In the evenings and at weekends, the Bio Era Truck will be open to the public. The tour ends in Finland’s Independence Week in December 2017.

The Bio Era Truck is part of UPM’s Biofore Share and Care programme. The programme focuses on projects that are relevant to both UPM’s business and responsibility goals. The focus areas are : Reading & Learning, Engaging with communities, Responsible water use and Boosting bioinnovations.

The Bio Era Truck is produced by the Science Center Pilke of Metsähallitus and the Science Center Tietomaa. The main sponsors are the Finnish Forest Foundation and the Metsämiesten Säätiö Foundation.

2017-06-06 
Valmet celebrates 1,000 customer pilot trials at its Tissue Technology Center in Karlstad, Sweden

On Thursday May 4 Valmet Tissue Technology Center celebrated its thousandth external customer pilot trial in Karlstad, Sweden. The very special occasion was celebrated together with the Tissue research cluster managed by RISE, who are conducting development work together with the Valmet R&D team.

2017-06-06 
Ahlstrom-Munksjö to invest into Genuine Vegetable Parchment products in France

Ahlstrom-Munksjö will invest into new production capacity at its Saint Severin plant in France to meet the growing demand for Genuine Vegetable Parchment (GVP) products used mainly in baking and cooking papers as well as in other food packaging solutions. The total investment is approximately EUR 6.7 million.

The investment includes installing a new parchmentizer line as well as the building hosting it and a warehouse at the site. The project will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s GVP papers made out of 100% cellulose fibers with no chemical additives and most of its variants are biodegradable and home compostable. They offer optimal release, greaseproof and heat resistance properties, making them ideal for baking and cooking applications in both professional and domestic use. The market for GVP products is estimated to grow around 3-4% annually.

The Saint Severin plant, located in southwestern France, is part of the Specialties business area. Its main products include food and beverage packaging materials and it employs around 140 people.

2017-06-02 
Global Forest and Paper Industry Focuses on Innovation and New Forest-Based Products

On its fifteenth anniversary, The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) reflects on its purpose with the release of a new statement for the future :

“To benefit global society through collaboration with industry, governments and non-governmental organizations on public policies that facilitate the manufacture of sustainable products from virgin and recycled forest-based resources that meet human needs for information, packaging, housing, hygiene, energy and other innovative products.”

2017-06-02 
Catrin Gustavsson new Head of Innovation and New Business at Södra

Catrin Gustavsson has been appointed Head of Innovation and New Business at Södra. She will succeed Laila Rogestedt and assume her new position on 1 August. Catrin will be a member of Group Senior Management and report to the President and CEO, Lars Idermark. Catrin Gustavsson, 46, holds a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, and a PhD degree in pulp technology from the Royal Institute of Technology. She is currently head of the process engineering department at Södra’s pulp mill at Värö, outside Varberg. She has been active in the paper and pulp industry since 1999, both nationally and internationally, and held senior positions in production and technology development at BillerudKorsnäs, Kvaerner Pulping and Stora Enso.

2017-06-01 
New Bellmer TurboReeller for CMPC : Workshop acceptance and training completed

In order to automate the existing board machine in their Maule Mill 280 km south of Santiago de Chile, the Chilean mill CMPC ordered from Bellmer a new reeler section. The TurboReeller includes most modern equipment including center winder technology to minimize core losses at roll changes. The continuous movement of the spool rolls will be supported by the TurboTransporter. By a special airmover the ready spool rolls can be taken out of the machine, turned and returned. The transfer to the winder is executed with a Butt-Splicer which guarantees minimum changing times. For the first time Bellmer realized a Spool lift with automatic back transport to the reeler. The BellBase system with more than 1.100 input / output signals is monitoring the whole process. A complete spool roll will weigh 60 tons at a working width of 4,3 meter.

2017-06-01 
Bekaert Solaronics to install three infrared drying systems GemDryer® and three Energy Recovery Systems (ERS) at Dongda Paper, China.

Bekaert Solaronics will supply Hangzhou Dongda Paper Co. Ltd with a 3-rows infrared GemDryer® and one Energy Recovery System (ERS) for coat drying on its PM2. This order comes just after the installation in 2016 of two GemDryer® and two ERS after-press and existing coater on the PM1 of Zhejiang Dongda Paper Co., Ltd. Dongda Paper manufactures coated recycled board.

2017-06-01 
Valmet to rebuild Alas Dorada's tissue machine in Alas Doradas, El Salvador

Valmet has been trusted as supplier for the rebuild of Alas Dorada’s PM4 in El Salvador. The main target for the rebuild is to raise production capacity by increasing press dryness, and enable improved paper quality as a second stage. This will be achieved by installation of an Advantage ViscoNip press combined with an Advantage ReDry web heater. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for end of the year 2017.

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

2017-06-01 
KaiCell Fibers will take sustainability all the way from stumpage to market

Having completed a technical-commercial feasibility study (FS), mainly delivered by CTS Engtec Oy, KaiCell Fibers are getting ready for the next steps towards making the biorefinery in Paltamo, northeast Finland, a reality.

CEO, Jukka Kantola : ”We shall now carefully study the FS findings and prepare us for Phase II, which will include the EIA (environmental impact assessment) and further developing of novel bio-products within commercial and business structure frameworks. The FS provides an excellent base for this. Land use plan of the mill site will commence shortly, along with many other concrete steps towards our ultimate objectives. The FS-study also serves to advance the financing process, which has been gathering steam during the FS process. KaiCell Fibers Ltd is privately owned and in the process of assembling private capital as base equity for the coming investments. The financial rounds are ongoing.”

2017-06-01 

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