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PulPaper 2018: Wood is the raw material of the future

PulPaper gathers the best forest industry experts from around the world in Helsinki in May. The futuristic theme of the event is “Visit tomorrow today.” With the help of new innovations and technologies, the forest industry is developing in a digitizing world with respect for the environment. What is the future of wood as a raw material ? PulPaper 2018 will be held at the Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre May 29 to 31.

There is a strong environmental perspective in the PulPaper Conference seminar programme May 30-31. The PulPaper Conference consists of joint key note speeches and several alternative parallel programmes from which one may compose the most interesting thematic whole for oneself. The conference programme includes circular economy, use of biomass, and climate change, as well as the development of bio-refinery.

Environmental friendliness as competitive advantage

Environmental standards are often seen as a burden on the industrial sector. In PulPaper’s seminar sections, the topic is approached through opportunities. Environmental friendliness and new innovations can be a competitive advantage for companies.

  • In the programme under the economics of recycling theme, Mari Pantsar, Director of SITRA, envisions the future of Finland with regard to the circular economy. Case examples from companies present data-based sensors utilized in treating cellulite industry waste waters and the utilization of industrial waste as agricultural fertilizer products.
  • The thematic programme regarding new technologies examines innovations and their utilization in renewing the whole industry. Heiner Grussenmeyer, R&D Director of Stora Enso, will present a research project seeking breakthrough technology for the manufacture of chemical pulp. Aalto University professor Tapani Vuorinen for his part will tell about the new catalytic bleaching method.
  • In the thematic programme revolving around the concept of development of bio-refineries, Lakehead University professor Lew Christopher will analyse the kinds of possibilities offered companies by transition to new bio-refineries concepts. Olli Dahl, Professor of Environmental Technology within Process Industry at Aalto University, will assess the business opportunities of the new bio-refinery planned for Kemijärvi, and Gisle Løhre Johansen, R&D Director of Norwegian Borregaard will present the operations of a corresponding Norwegian mill.

Will wood replace fossil based materials ?

Forest industry is experiencing a transition period as the environmental impact of the sector is known better than before. PulPaper deals with the use of biomass in relation to climate change, related environmental regulations, and the use of wood as a replacement for fossil based materials.

  • ·he topical theme programme focusing on the use of forest biomass and the management of climate change will address issues at the level of Europe, the Nordic countries, and Finland. Bernhard Wolfslehner, Head of the European Forestry Institute, will speak about EU-level provisions in the field, Swedish forestry researcher Johan Sonesson will consider the availability of biomass and related policies from the Nordic perspective, and Professor Antti Asikainen of the Natural Resources Centre will address opportunities to increase biomass availability in Finland.
  • Renewable wood raw material based solutions are featured in the thematic programme where how different wood based processed products can replace products from fossil materials, such as plastic, are presented. Managing Director Åsa Ek of the Swedish start-up company, Cellutech, will tell how innovations are made from ideas and what kind of new materials the company is currently developing from wood. Jarmo Ropponen from VTT till tell about what is happening with the development of bio-plastics and Suvi Haimi will tell about the case of her company Sulapac’s packaging material.
2018-02-06 
Discovery GOXM surpasses Trees Milestone performing Outdoor sports

From September to December 2017 hundreds of sports lovers from 29 European countries responded to Discovery’s challenge to Go the Extra Mile. In this bid to achieve a healthier lifestyle and promote the environment, each competing team chose to walk, run or cycle the furthest distance possible. In total, participants covered 207,075km, which corresponds to five laps around the world.

The challenge involved teaming up with colleagues and friends – three to eight members per team – and exercising outdoors, to accumulate as many kilometres (and points) as possible on the GoXM App. Coimbra Trail Running, the victorious team, from Iberia, achieved the highest average of accumulated points at a European level, winning the coveted trip to Costa Rica, one of the most eco-friendly countries on Earth. Top scoring teams at a regional level (seven regions in total) won sports watches (1st) and sports gi-vouchers (2nd).

Discovery also created to the GoXM Forest program. This eco-efficient office paper brands is commited to planting a tree for every 100 kilometres covered by contestants across Europe. It’s easy to do the math : for the 200,000 km covered, 2,000 trees will be planted in Água Alva, in southern Portugal, including oaks, cork oaks, eucalyptus and strawberry trees.
“In this sense, the winners were not the only ones worthy of applause. Each of the participants achieved the challenge’s mission to “Go Further Go Greener” and all are to be congratulated”, says Discovery’s Brand Manager, Márcia Loonstra das Neves.
This European-wide campaign exceeded the brand’s expectations by motivating its community to enjoy a healthier lifestyle and gain a greater awareness of sustainability issues.

Regional Winners
The 29 countries involved in the challenge were grouped into seven regions. First and second-best teams of each region win great prizes !

Central Europe

  • 1st Viribus Unitis
  • 2nd Run for the Forest Run


  • 1st The warriors
  • 2nd Antalis Bordeaux


  • 1st JRopes
  • 2nd Costa Chichas


  • 1st Club Triatlón Las Rozas 1
  • 2nd 1Ananas1bananas


  • 1st Gazzelle
  • 2nd Frescoteam

Northern Europe

  • 1st Staples Belgium 1
  • 2nd Staples Belgium

United Kingdom

  • 1st Sponge Bobs square pants
  • 2nd Spicers Marketing
2018-02-06 
BillerudKorsnäs adopts science based climate impact targets

As one of the forerunners in the global packaging industry, BillerudKorsnäs has received approval for its climate goals by the Science Based Targets initiative. The initiative was initiated by the UN, WWF and the World Resources Institute, aiming at assisting the world’s companies to adopt climate targets in accordance with United Nations Paris Agreement.

Already today BillerudKorsnäs is largely fossil-free with 97.5 percent biofuels used in the own operation. In order to further contribute to reducing climate change, BillerudKorsnäs has adopted new climate targets for 2030 and 2050, which now has been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. The approved targets, which are in line with what is required for global warming not to exceed two degrees, are to :

1. by 2030 reduce direct greenhouse gas emissions from own operations and indirect emissions from purchased energy by at least 59 percent compared to 2016 levels. By 2050, the corresponding emissions should be at least 74 percent lower.

2. by 2030 reduce indirect greenhouse gas emissions from purchases of goods and services (eg transports) by at least 30 percent compared to 2016 levels. By 2050, the corresponding emissions should be at least 70 percent lower.

”The Paris Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goal 13 "Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts" sends a clear signal to rapidly develop new resource-efficient solutions and replace fossil based with renewable ones. We, as one of the first players in our industry, are therefore very proud to present new climate targets. BillerudKorsnäs and the forest based industry play a key role in the transition to a biobased and sustainable society, not least by offering renewable alternatives to fossil based packaging materials," said Henrik Essén, Senior Vice President Communication and Sustainability at BillerudKorsnäs.

“We congratulate BillerudKorsnäs for having their emission reduction targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative. By setting targets that are aligned with the rate of decarbonization needed to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, BillerudKorsnäs is demonstrating its business leadership and positioning itself for success in the low-carbon economy,” said Alberto Carrillo Pineda, Director, Climate Initiatives at CDP ‎and member of the Science Based Targets initiative steering committee.

2018-02-06 
Lecta Revamps Its Corporate Website

An updated, intuitive design for an improved user experience.

In line with Lecta’s commitment to continuous improvement, and in response to our customers’ feedback, Lecta has revamped several sections of our site to provide an improved experience for our stakeholders. 

With cleaner lines, streamlined navigation and a clearer, easy-to-use structure, we are excited to share our new online presence with you. 

You can also find our new corporate video on our Mission, Vision and Values page. The video offers an overview of Lecta’s full multiproduct portfolio, from manufacturing to end use, present in so many different industries and markets.

2018-02-05 
UPM studies opportunities for developing its biofuels business by starting an environmental impact assessment in Kotka, Finland

UPM is studying biofuels development opportunities by starting an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for a possible biorefinery in Mussalo, Kotka, in south-eastern Finland. The study of a possible Kotka Biorefinery is in the very early stages and the EIA process normally takes approximately one year.

EU and national policies on biofuels will also play an important role in the final assessment of the possible investment.

The EIA study states that the proposed second UPM biorefinery would use a different raw material base and technology than in the current UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery. The Kotka Biorefinery would produce approximately 500,000 tonnes of advanced biofuels for transportation, made from several renewable and sustainable feedstocks. 

"We are looking into the use of several new feedstocks that fulfil sustainability criteria, such as wood residues and other sustainable wastes and residues. In addition to this in Uruguay we are testing a winter cropping concept with Brassica carinata for biofuels’ raw material. Oil from turnip rape-related carinata would be one of the possible raw materials for the Kotka Biorefinery," says Petri Kukkonen, Vice President of UPM Biofuels Development.

The environmental impact assessment started by UPM in February is a legal preventive environmental policy procedure. EIA studies the execution of alternatives, environmental impacts and the possibility of minimising harmful impacts - as well as the opinions of various stakeholders on all these areas.

2018-02-05 
Iggesund UK renews its finishing area with Pasaban machinery

The two KB2300 board sheeters will contribute to the British plant to continue offering a high-quality product alongside impeccable service. 

Iggesund, an important Swedish group and a benchmark in the board mills on a global scale, produces two of the highest quality paperboard products in the market. In their Workington (UK) plant they make “Incada” folding box board. The brand is used for packaging in sectors with high quality requirements, such as the food, cosmetics, electronics and the pharmaceutical. 

The factory’s finishing area is one of the fundamental areas of its production process. For 20 years, they have entrusted Pasaban with the supply and service of some of their paperboard cutting machines, this way offering them a total solution. 

In the Workington Mill, Iggesund already has a KDD-2600 board sheeter which, together with an old Jagenberg and a Pasaban board winder, they have been some of the key machines in the paperboard finishing area. However, they are currently immersed in a machinery renewal process for which they have once again trusted in Pasaban. We will substitute the old equipment for two KB-2300 sheeters with highly automated rotary unwind stands able to process 170 to 400 gsm folding box board (FBB). 

We are proud to be able to continue to satisfy our customer needs and to continue being a benchmark in the market. In this case being a part of the manufacturing process of ’Incada’ and ’Ivercote’ FBB.

2018-02-05 
IIOT : the Allimand Group in the active reflection phase and is considering a real investment strategy in automation

With the advent of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), connected objects are starting to make their way into the industry, and corollary of this expansion, connected maintenance. The Allimand Group is reflecting on the subject. "In the last few years, our Group has initiated a concept of preventive maintenance, aimed at defining the number of operating hours of a part and potentially the need to change it. These services are now managed by the Allimand Services department", explains Gilles Turrel, Allimand’s Automation Manager.
Automation is currently moving towards industrial computing. Maintenance and monitoring are not limited to the analysis of data ; the goal is to provide users with features to facilitate their tasks. Why not move in the medium term, to the preventive maintenance of a speciality machine via connected sensors that will trace the information such as temperature, pressure or level of wear of a part of the machine...?
"When we are able to consolidate this data which is currently capitalized by the Allimand Group’s start-up and maintenance technical teams - field data and data provided by the machine control systems - we will then be able to analyze them, define operating matrices, interact on this data remotely and make maintenance predictions" says Gilles Turrel.
Today, the Allimand Group is considering a real investment strategy in automation, in order to be able to collect data from remote machines via an advanced digital infrastructure. "It’s about moving towards Industry 5.0, production-oriented, in order to collect information to a data acquisition system on a server with careful data analysis" argues Franck Rettmeyer, Allimand Group CEO. The goal is to be able to interact on this data remotely and to be able to adapt the paper machines accordingly. In addition to digitization, Franck Rettmeyer also puts the related data security issues into perspective, in order to guard against potential cyber-attacks, given the increasing connectivity of equipment

2018-02-02 
FEFCO/CCB Revision of the Reel Identification and Finishing Guidelines

FEFCO together with Cepi ContainerBoard (CCB) have released the second edition of the Reel Identification and Finishing Guidelines, available on their websites :

The document is the result of collaboration between Paper, Board and Core manufacturers with the objective to optimise the production process and reduce waste.

The standard refines a uniform bar code to provide consistency between the coding and improves the understanding about the labelling of the reels.

The recommendations cover, among others, requirements for moisture details on reel labels, the marking of paper joins on reel ends, new dimensions for standard core sizes, positioning of paper maker joins and reel tension, etc.

Angelika Christ, FEFCO Secretary General, says “This successful revision is the result of the good cooperation between the associations and the commitment of the technical experts, marking another step forward to improving performance”.

Klaus Spielmann, CCB Managing Director, says “Through this revised guidelines FEFCO and CCB are providing a document detailing best practice for the handling and mounting of reels”.

2018-02-02 

Buckman is announcing a global price adjustment on select pulp and paper product lines effective March 1, 2018, or as contracts allow. The price increase will be 10 to 25 percent, dependent on geographic location and products and services sold. In some areas increases may be higher where exchange-rate-based adjustments are necessary.

These price adjustments are being driven by the rising cost of raw materials, energy and transportation.

2018-02-01 
FPInnovations and Resolute Forest Products Announce Investment in Pilot Project in Ontario to Produce Bio-Chemicals Derived from Wood

FPInnovations and Resolute Forest Products have announced a significant investment in the implementation of a TMP-Bio pilot project in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The pilot project will focus on developing new ways to efficiently produce and commercialize innovative bio-chemicals derived from wood, contributing to the development of a bio-economy in Northern Ontario, as well as elsewhere in Canada.

The $21 million project is part of an initiative to renew and transform the forest products industry, building on investments made in 2012 by Resolute, the Ontario Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE), and Natural Resources Canada. This investment covers cost of capital and R&D and has the support of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), CRIBE, FedNor, the City of Thunder Bay CEDC and Natural Resources Canada.

Resolute is contributing $3.5 million and hosting the pilot project at its Thunder Bay pulp and paper mill. TMP-Bio is a patented technology developed by FPInnovations with financial support from Natural Resources Canada’s Transformative Technologies Program.

This project comes at a very opportune time as market interest for sustainably sourced green bio-chemicals and bio-fuels continues to build. The development and availability in significant quantities of bio-sourced chemicals, such as the cellulosic sugars and high-quality H-lignin produced by the TMP-Bio process, is a key step in growing new market value for the forest products sector by connecting it to the bio-chemical supply chain.

2018-02-01 
Resolute Announces Appointment of Yves Laflamme as President and CEO, Succeeding Richard Garneau

Resolute Forest Products Inc. today announced the selection and appointment of Yves Laflamme as Resolute’s new president and chief executive officer, and a member of the Board of Directors, succeeding Richard Garneau. The announcement of Mr. Garneau’s retirement today coincides with the announcement of the company’s fourth quarter and 2017 annual results.

"The Resolute Board of Directors enthusiastically supports Yves Laflamme’s selection, recognizing his good judgment and strong business acumen. Yves has a strong reputation in the industry, a well-refined focus on costs, and built teams that consistently deliver results. There is no better person to lead Resolute into the future," stated Bradley P. Martin, chairman of the Board of Directors. "The choice of an internal candidate to succeed Richard Garneau is a credit to the internal talent developed by the company. Yves’ appointment is also a reaffirmation of our strategic direction."

Under Mr. Garneau’s leadership, Resolute established a competitive cost structure and diversified asset base, a conservative capital structure and a sustainable business strategy. His unwavering commitment to a safe workplace and environmental stewardship has earned North American and global recognition.

In expressing its appreciation to Mr. Garneau, the Board of Directors recognize his dedication, strength of purpose and personal integrity. "Resolute is a stronger, more dynamic and far more sustainable company today following Richard’s seven-year tenure as president and CEO," added Mr. Martin. "Richard personified courageous leadership, not only tackling complex issues but also challenging the status quo. Richard above all else is a man of his word, and Resolute in turn reflects this transparency and integrity. His principled leadership and insistence on truly sustainable outcomes have set the foundation for shared prosperity."

"I am honored to now lead Resolute as we take our next steps, further defining our collective future. We will build on the positive momentum, and continue to make Resolute a profitable and sustainable company," stated Yves Laflamme. "Richard led by example, exemplified principled leadership, and built upon his knowledge with a commitment to life-long learning. We are very pleased that Richard has agreed to stay on in an advisory capacity working with me on specific mandates."

Mr. Laflamme currently serves as senior vice president, Wood Products, Global Procurement and Information Technology for Resolute. He is a 37-year veteran of the industry, as well as Resolute and its predecessor companies. Mr. Laflamme began his career in Finance working at Donohue Inc.’s Saint-Félicien integrated pulp mill and wood products operations in 1981, and moved on to serve as controller for the company’s integrated newsprint and wood products facilities in the Abitibi region of Quebec. Over the past 15 years, he held a series of successive roles as vice president and senior vice president, covering the overall wood products business, including both Operations and Sales, as well as the company’s former Recycling business. Over the past several years, Mr. Laflamme expanded his scope to also include a wide range of corporate support functions, including IT and Global Procurement, among others. In addition, he led a number of important mandates for the company, including M&A activity and enterprise resource planning (ERP), and has represented Resolute in major negotiations with governments. Mr. Laflamme currently serves as chairman of Resolute-LP Engineered Wood joint ventures, a Board member of Toundra Greenhouse, an Executive team member of the Quebec Forest Industry Council, and is a past chairman of the Canadian Wood Council. He is a CPA (CMA), after pursuing his university education in administration and finance.

2018-02-01 
Pulp - MoRe and Eurocon in cooperation to offer customized analysis, studies and design of system for collection of DNCG.

Eurocon and MoRe Research in cooperation offer analysis, mapping and system design for collection and destruction of pulp mills’ diluted non-condensable gases. For pulp mills this means a complete and simplified project process.

The need for a cost efficient way of collection and destruction of diluted non-condensable gases, DNCG, has increased due to tougher EU demands forcing the industry to use best available technology, BAT. According to EU directive 2010/75/EU, the requirements of the BAT conclusions must be met by 30 September 2018. All pulp mills must identify and quantify the emissions of DNCG and report how the requirements are followed or the plan how to follow them. 

“What we usually call weak odorous gases are diluted total reduced sulphur gases containing a mixture of different sulphurous substances such as hydrogen sulphide, methylmercaptan, dimethylsulphide (DMS) and dimethyldisulphide (DMDS),” says Michael Sjögren, Project Engineer, MoRe Research. “The pulp mills can reduce the emission of malodorous gases by collecting the different emissions, e.g. at the recovery boiler, for combustion. However, in order to be able to dimension a plant for this, the size and composition of the gas streams must be determined and mapped.”

“These diluted non-condensable gases, DNCG are released from for example tanks, washing filters, chip bins, lime mud filters or drying machines. Together with Eurocon we have therefore developed flow measurement methods as well as analyses of sulphur content in the pulp mills’ DNCG. Based on the analysis results Eurocon dimensions, designs and constructs a technical solution for an efficient gas collection for immediate destruction.”

“We have more than fifty years of collective experience within the non-condensable gases area, NCG,” says Lars-Eric Myrman, Manager Process, Eurocon. “This includes concentrated non-condensable gases, CNCG as well as diluted non-condensable gases, DNCG. The pipe construction for these aggressive gases differs considerably from traditional pipe construction. In the case of NCG the gases are moist, poisonous and explosive which puts demands on special competence regarding construction of pipeing for gas collecting systems.”

“It is unique that a complete concept for analysis and design of a technical solution is offered. Without a reliable set of analysis data an efficient system cannot be designed and now we can together offer a complete package. This is possible due to close cooperation between Eurocon and MoRe,” Lars-Eric Myrman concludes.

2018-02-01 
Papierfabrik Scheufelen initiates insolvency proceedings Innovative grasspaper offers good perspective for going concern

Within six days of start of insolvency proceedings by traditional German paper mill Feldmühle Uetersen, Papierfabrik Scheufelen GmbH + Co. KG, Lenningen, also initiated insolvency proceedings on January, 30th 2018 at the local court of Esslingen.
Scheufelen is a producer of coated wood free papers for premium and commodity graphical applications, a market facing dramatic overcapacities and margin pressures. In 2016 the company launched under the brand phoenolux a high white SBS board for premium and luxury packaging applications, successfully gaining market share in the fast growing and demanding packaging industry. With the recent market introduction of grasspaper, the most environmental and cost friendly fresh fiber paper product available, Scheufelen laid promising ground for a sustainable future. The development and market launch of grasspaper was accompanied by Packaging Campus Lenningen GmbH in cooperation with Stuttgart-based Hochschule für Medien.

2018-02-01 
Paper manufacturer Feldmuehle in Uetersen files for insolvency proceedings

Schleswig-Holstein paper mill, Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH filed for insolvency at the Pinneberg district court on January 24, 2018. The court has appointed the Hamburg attorney-at-law and restructuring-expert Dr. Tjark Thies of Reimer Rechtsanwälte as the preliminary insolvency administrator.
Founded in 1904, the company has approximately 420 employees and produces around 250,000 tonnes of paper a year at its paper mill just west of Hamburg. Its products are used worldwide, mainly for the production of classic print products and in the packaging industry.
“Business operations will continue unimpeded. This goes for production as well as purchasing, sales, marketing and logistics,” says Tjark Thies. Heiner Kayser, Managing Director of Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH says : “Our customers can count on continuing to receive on-time deliveries,” and adds that suppliers can rest assured that they will receive their money when new orders are placed.
Employees will continue to be paid for their work : through the end of March 2018, their salaries will be covered by the Federal Employment Agency’s insolvency allowance.
Tjark Thies and a team of experts from Reimer Rechtsanwälte are currently working on a stocktaking, together with the Munich-based restructuring consultancy Ruppert Fux Landmann GmbH (RFL) and Feldmuehle’s management. "Feldmuehle has first-class products, production facilities, and processes as well as a highly motivated workforce and holds a leading market position. So we are justified in seeing the current proceedings as an opportunity for the company," says Thies.
“Feldmuehle will continue the strategic reorganisation it has begun with the funds available to it under insolvency law. In particular, we will use the days and weeks ahead to review the extent to which the company could manage the economic rehabilitation just by itself,” says management consultant Ruppert. One conceivable alternative to this would be its acquisition by an investor, he adds.

2018-02-01 
UPM receives RobecoSAM's Industry Mover distiction

UPM has been listed in the RobecoSAM’s Sustainability Yearbook 2018 with the Gold Class and Industry Mover distinctions. The company that has achieved the largest proportional improvement in its sustainability performance compared to the previous year is named the RobecoSAM Industry Mover. RobecoSAM awards companies for their excellent sustainability performance.

Aris Prepoudis, CEO, RobecoSAM : "I congratulate UPM whole heartedly for being awarded a Gold Class medal and recognized as Industry Mover in The Sustainability Yearbook 2018. The companies included in the Yearbook are the world’s most sustainable companies in their industry and are moving the ESG needle in ways that will help us realise the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030."

"This award makes us at the same time extremely proud and humble," Sami Lundgren, VP, UPM Environment and Responsibility says smiling.

"We are proud of the positive steps we have taken in each area of responsibility, and are, of course, pleased that those actions have promoted us in the Gold class and especially among the Industry Movers," Sami continues.

"Our Aiming higher culture and purpose to create value by seizing the limitless potential of bioeconomy push us to work even harder," Sami says.

The UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals are strongly guiding UPM in all of its operations. As of 2016 we have been a member of UN Global Compact LEAD, which is a unique leadership platform within the UN Global Compact that strongly promotes the integration of sustainability into business strategies.

"We have a great network of the most sustainably advanced companies across geographical regions and industry sectors to discuss and share best practices with," Sami concludes.

The Sustainability Yearbook awards companies for their excellent sustainability performance as determined by their score in RobecoSAM’s annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA).

2018-02-01 
Voith NipcoFlex shoe presses rebuilt for Wanlida BM 4 and BM 5 with successful startup in one day

 · Increase in operating speed of 50 to 80 m/min

· Improvement of dryness from 45% to over 50%

· Smooth shutdown and restart

on the BM 4 and BM 5 machines, the entire process from shutting down to restarting was carried out smoothly. The two paper machines were designed to manufacture testliner paper from 100% domestic recycled paper with a basis weight of 120 to 200 g/m2 and a wire section width of 6260 mm.

Kunshan, China : On November 25, 2017, Voith Paper installed the new NipcoFlex shoe presses on the BM 4 and BM 5 paper machines at Wanlida Paper-Products Co., Ltd. The shoe presses were later started up successfully. The upgrade was part of a contract signed on August 11, 2016, according to which Voith Paper was to provide three NipcoFlex shoe presses along with the control systems for the second presses on the BM 3, BM 4, and BM 5 at Wanlida.

In the upgrade on the BM 4 and BM 5 machines, the entire process from shutting down to restarting was carried out smoothly. The two paper machines were designed to manufacture testliner paper from 100% domestic recycled paper with a basis weight of 120 to 200 g/m2 and a wire section width of 6260 mm. When the new NipcoFlex shoe presses were put into operation on November 25, the operating speed of the two machines went up by 50 to 80 m/min and the dryness of the paper out of the press section went up from 45% to over 50%, while steam consumption and paper breaks were reduced appreciably and sheet strength improved considerably, well surpassing the expectations of the client. The shoe press upgrade on the BM 3 will take place soon.

“We are very satisfied with the overall performance of the machines following the shoe press upgrade, which has brought us tangible and notable benefits in terms of improved dryness, reduced energy consumption, lowered operating and maintenance costs, and improved operational efficiency,” said the client, greatly impressed.

The Wanlida BM 4 and BM 5 paper machines were designed to manufacture testliner paper from 100% domestic recycled paper. The new NipcoFlex shoe presses were put into operation on November 25.<br /> The Wanlida BM 4 and BM 5 paper machines were designed to manufacture testliner paper from 100% domestic recycled paper. The new NipcoFlex shoe presses were put into operation on November 25.

Voith NipcoFlex is a well-proven industry-leading technology. The successful shoe press upgrade on the BM 4 and BM 5 not only enhances the paper quality but also lowers the production costs, giving Wanlida an edge over similarly sized competitors.
Committed to innovation, Voith Paper has been endeavoring to improve its medium-sized clients’ papermaking efficiency, competitiveness, and sustainability by upgrading and optimizing their existing equipment in a joint effort to create value and stay ahead of industry trends.

2018-02-01 
Procurement strategies: Supplier-enabled innovation and sustainability

Critical sustainability issues can be addressed when companies work with suppliers in new ways and adopt processes that allow supplier-enabled innovation, says Mondi’s chief procurement officer Beatrix Praeceptor. For those with a passion for end-to-end optimisation, procurement today offers exciting career paths as well.

Beatrix Praeceptor is chief procurement officer at Mondi Group. Her goal is to embed a supply chain-oriented mind-set throughout the business. Why ? Because procurement is a key lever for profitable innovation and sustainability, she says. In the following interview, she describes how.

Mondi Online Newsroom (ON) : Does procurement have a role to play in innovation and sustainability ?

Beatrix Praeceptor (BP) : There is more potential to work with the supply base to answer the questions we need to answer as businesses and society. For example, when big resin suppliers tell me their main innovation topic is to make their products more sustainable and, on the other side, we’re working to make packaging more sustainable, I see an opportunity to be partners in innovation. Supplier-enabled innovation is an opportunity to build structures and relationships that enable the exchange of innovation.

ON : What is supplier-enabled innovation ?

BP : Supplier-enabled innovation means that you build working relationships with selected suppliers, with full transparency around areas of innovation where you match, so you can enhance innovation together.

Sometimes, supplier-enabled innovation calls for different kinds of contracts. If you tender a supplier every year, and you can throw them out in a month, then why should they share their best innovation ideas with you ? You need a different mode of working, with contracts that still have competitive costs, but where the supplier has security that investing in the relationship with you will also bring them long-term benefits.

ON : That sounds like a profound partnership…

BP : Exactly. For innovation, you need relationships with long-term focus. Which, by the way, is also important for risk assessment.

2018-02-01 
Lucart has acquired the Spanish Group CEL Technologies & System and strengthens its presence in the European tissue paper market

Lucart welcomes 2018 with a major investment aimed at strengthening its market position in the Iberian peninsula, through the acquisition of the assets of the Spanish Group CEL Technologies & System.
In the summer of 2017, the CEL Group had to initiate an extraordinary administration process during which a tender procedure was launched for the sale of its production assets. The acquisition by Lucart was finalised on 31 January through a newly established company, Lucart Tissue & Soap S.L.U.
Lucart’s project for restarting the business includes an investment plan of more than €20 million over the next 5 years.

With this operation, Lucart has acquired three production facilities in Spain, in the Basque Country near the city of Bilbao, designated for the production and conversion of tissue paper and the production of personal care soaps and detergents in the Away from Home industry. The acquisition also includes a substantial de-inking plant, which will allow Lucart to exploit its know-how in the sector of high-quality recycled ecological tissue paper, further consolidating its position as a leader in this field.
In terms of logistics, the geographical location of the plants is ideal for Lucart for serving both the Iberian and French markets.

In order to gradually resume production, Lucart has confirmed 146 jobs in the three plants acquired, with a business plan that envisages the following :
• restarting two continuous machines at the Aranguren plant, for an overall capacity of 50,000 tonnes per year ;
• gradually restarting and implementing the converting activity in the Gunes plant ;
• the development and strengthening of soap and detergent production activities in the Artziniega plant, which has never been discontinued.

‘This acquisition will allow us to continue to strengthen our presence in the tissue paper market, in line with the company’s strategic growth plan in European markets, serving all of our Group’s Business Units,’ Massimo Pasquini, CEO of Lucart, explained.

2018-02-01 
Toscotec will provide four new AHEAD-2.0M tissue machines to Vinda Hubei Xiaogan mill.

Vinda International Group purchased four new Toscotec AHEAD-2.0M tissue machines, to be installed in its new production base in Xiaonan district, Xiaogan, Hubei. Toscotec will deliver the first two lines in mid-March and the second two in mid-May 2018. 

PM1, PM2, PM3 and PM4 will have similar configurations, including second generation large diameter TT SYD and Toscotec’s most recent technological developments in dryness efficiency, taking its widely acknowledged energy saving results to the next level.

The four AHEAD-2.0M are scheduled to come online by the end of 2018, leading to a total production increase of over 120,000 t/y for Vinda. This year the Italian supplier is also delivering two AHEAD 2.0M tissue machines to Vinda’s new Yangjiang mill in Guangdong. Overall, these six Toscotec-supplied lines will add a total of over 180,000 tons to Vinda International’s annual production output.

Toscotec Chief Executive Officer Mr. Alessandro Mennucci stated, “We know that this large project at the heart of China’s central region is of strategic importance to Vinda, and we are proud to be part of it. Toscotec will be there with today’s best available tissue technology, including our latest advancements. I am confident that Vinda will appreciate the benefits of the AHEAD-2.0M in terms of both tissue quality and consumptions.”

Located in the high-demand central China tissue market region, Vinda’s new Hubei mill will become another important strategic production base for Vinda Group.

2018-02-01 
Arjowiggins has entered into exclusive negotiations with Blue Motion Technologies for the disposal of Arjowiggins Security

Arjowiggins announces the planned sale of its Arjowiggins Security subsidiary producing primarily banknote paper at its Crèvecœur mill in France, to Blue Motion Technologies Holding, advised by Parter Capital Group. This transaction would finalise its exit from the banknote paper production business.

This project is subject to an information/consultation procedure with the relevant works councils.

Closing of the transaction should take place before the end of the first quarter 2018 after a recapitalisation of Arjowiggins Security by Arjowiggins.

In February 2017, Sequana announced a strategic review of the Security Division that was confronted with a continuous deterioration of the banknote paper market, with structural volume reductions and 35% overcapacities in excess of the overall market demand leading to growing competition and heavy pressure on margins. Further to the sale of Arjowiggins Security BV and its Apeldoorn mill in the Netherlands in July 2017, the planned disposal of Arjowiggins Security would enable the Group to fully divest from the banknote paper business that has suffered substantial losses for more than two years.

2018-02-01 
Kimberly-Clark to cut workforce by 12-13 percent, shut facilities

According to Reuters, Kleenex and Huggies maker Kimberly-Clark Corp said on Tuesday it expects to eliminate 5,000-5,500 jobs, or 12-13 percent of its workforce, as part of its global restructuring program.

The company said it expects to close or sell about ten manufacturing facilities and would exit or divest some lower-margin businesses.

The restructuring is expected to broadly impact all the business segments of the company, it said.

The cost-savings program, which will begin in the current quarter, is expected to be completed in two years and the company sees incurring related pretax charges of $1.7 billion to $1.9 billion over that period.

Kimberly-Clark said the program would generate annual pretax cost savings of $500 to $550 million by the end of 2021.

It expects cash costs for the restructuring, mainly related to workforce reductions, to be between $900 million to $1 billion.

The company on Tuesday also reported a near 1 percent rise in fourth-quarter net sales to $4.6 billion, compared with a year earlier.

Kimberly-Clark said it expects net sales in 2018 to improve by 1 percent to 2 percent.

“Although we expect market conditions will remain challenging in the near-term, we plan to deliver better results in 2018 while we begin to implement our new restructuring”, Chief Executive Thomas Falk said in a statement.

Shares of the company, which also raised its quarterly dividend by 3.1 percent, were marginally up at $117.24 in early trading.

This information hasn’t been confirmed by Kimberly-Clark Corp yet.

2018-01-31 
WestRock acquires paper and packaging producer KapStone

Atlanta-based WestRock Co. has announced signing a definitive agreement to acquire all outstanding shares of Illinois-based KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp.

Founded in 2005, KapStone produces and distributes containerboard, corrugated products and specialty papers, including liner and medium containerboard, kraft paper and saturating kraft. KapStone also owns Victory Packaging, a packaging distribution company with facilities in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

According to its website, KapStone operates four paper mills : two in South Carolina, one in North Carolina and the former Longview Fibre mill in Washington state, which it acquired in 2013.

“KapStone is a great fit with WestRock,” states Steve Voorhees, CEO of WestRock. “[Its] complementary corrugated packaging and distribution operations will enhance WestRock’s ability to serve customers across our system, particularly in the western United States, and the addition of [its] specialty kraft paper products that we do not make enhances our differentiated portfolio of paper and packaging solutions.”

The news release issued by WestRock also points to KapStone’s ability to consume virgin fiber feedstocks at a high percentage. The transaction “increases [the] mix of virgin fiber-based paper in WestRock’s paper portfolio,” the release states. “KapStone’s 3 million tons of paper is made using 78 percent virgin fiber and 22 percent recovered fiber. This increases WestRock’s overall mix of virgin fiber from 65 percent to 67 percent.”

The acquisition cost is valued by the two companies at approximately $4.9 billion, based on a $35.00 per share purchase price and WestRock’s assumption of $1.36 billion in KapStone debt.

KapStone’s chairman, Roger Stone, and its president and CEO Matt Kaplan agreed to vote their shares in support of the transaction, “subject to certain limitations.”

“The agreement to combine with WestRock is a testament to the tremendous company we have built and the hard work and accomplishments of the KapStone team,” says Kaplan. “As we began to understand WestRock’s principles, we realized how closely aligned our cultures are. As a result, we believe strongly that this will be beneficial to both our employees and customers.”

The two companies indicate the acquisition will enable WestRock to supply additional corrugated packaging to Victory Packaging and will “accelerate WestRock’s plans to improve margins in its North American corrugated packaging business.”

As of late January 2018, the transaction remains subject to closing conditions that include a vote by KapStone’s shareholders. Pending those conditions being met, the transaction is expected to close by the end of September 2018.

Pre-merger, WestRock employs some 45,000 people at more than 300 operating and office locations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. KapStone employs about 6,200 people at more than 90 locations in North America.

2018-01-31 
Kartonsan selects Greycon for new Production Planning and MES systems with SAP

Turkish coated cardboard producer, Kartonsan has appointed Greycon to implement its full range of solutions including opt-Studio for production planning, X-Trim for trim optimisation and GreyconMill as Manufacturing Execution System at its facilities in Turkey.

Kartonsan is the leading coated cardboard producer in Turkey with about 40% market share, and is the 4th largest producer in Europe. Founded in 1967, Kartonsan has been increasing its capacity and production volume over the last few years by investing in the expansion and modernisation of the company.

Mr. Umit Ozkan, Mill Manager at Kartonsan said : “Production power supported by expertise, experience and technology, as well as strong corporate competencies and efficient human resources are among the most important factors and the founding principles for Kartonsan. The implementation of Greycon’s products will ensure we continue to meet and exceed our customer’s needs delivering superior customer satisfaction based on uncompromising quality standards as well as on our production and logistics capacity.”

Greycon’s systems will bring numerous benefits to Kartonsan including : 
• Trim efficiency – expected improvement between 0.5% and 1.0% of reduced waste ;
• Improved item genealogy and quality tracking ;
• Production progress visibility for planning and sales department with opt-Studio and web reports ;
• Customer service improvements due to scheduling capabilities.

Constantine Goulimis, CEO at Greycon commented : “Kartonsan maintains its production procedures with a high level of environmental awareness and a minimum use of natural resources and pollution. The usage rate of waste paper in Kartonsan is 99%, exceeding the average use in Europe. We are excited to be working with Kartonsan to implement this project and embed our solutions to assist them in furthering their achievement of targets and objectives, both in economic growth and sustainability.”

2018-01-31 
UPM continues to grow in the release liner business

As the world leader in label papers, UPM continues to grow in the attractive release liner segments to support its customers mainly in Europe and the Americas. Healthy growth is expected to continue in these markets based on general economic conditions, increase in labelling, packaging and e-commerce as well as growth in medical and hygiene products.

UPM expands its glassine and supercalendered kraft (SCK) paper manufacturing capacity by rebuilding a calender at UPM Jämsänkoski Mill in Finland. The additional capacity of approximately 40,000 tonnes/a will be available in Q4/2018. During the expansion, production at the mill will continue normally. UPM has also successfully developed UPM Kymi Mill’s capability to produce one side coated products, which will affirm its production capacity levels.

In addition to the Jämsänkoski investment, UPM has decided to conduct a feasibility study on the conversion of the fine paper machine PM2 at Nordland Papier into release liner production. The study is planned to be completed during the first half of 2018.

"UPM Specialty Papers’ markets are growing and with the possible machine conversion in Nordland in addition to Jämsänkoski’s calender investment, we plan to be part of the growth. Our aim is to be the preferred partner for our customers and enable our customers’ growth both regionally and globally," says Bernd Eikens, Executive Vice President of UPM Specialty Papers.

2018-01-31 

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