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A complete turn-key tissue plant project for Partex-Star Group, in Bangladesh

In July 2017, Partex-Star Group from Bangladesh ordered a complete turn-key tissue plant that includes the latest stock preparation equipment and slitter/rewinder.
Operating with great success in business sectors like communications and information technology, energy, materials, services and consumer products, the Partex-Star group’s goal is to manufacture tissue product with high levels of high absorbency, softness and bulk.
The new tissue machine, with a 2800mm width at the pope reel, a maximun speed of 1800 m/min, is part of a complete turn-key project that includes the “Control & Automation System”, with all ancillary equipment.
The latest generation design of the 15-foot steel forged Yankee cylinder is the additional element of technological excellence, a distinctive trait of A.Celli that makes its tur-key offer the right choice for developing new products to consistenly meet market demands.
A 100% pure cellulose pulp preparation system, a reel handling system and a three-ply slitter rewinder, complete the supply.
Plant start-up is scheduled for the end 1st Quarter of 2019.

2017-12-04  READ MORE...
Groupe PSA and Nidec Corporation, through...

Groupe PSA and Nidec Corporation, through Nidec Leroy-Somer Holding, intendto work together in the field of electric traction motor. For this purpose, Nidec Leroy-Somerand Groupe PSA entered into a joint venture agreement on December 4,2017.Closing of suchtransaction remains subject to antitrust clearance and employee representative consultation.Groupe PSA makes the strategic choice to anchor in France the design and production of the main components of the electric traction powertrain.

Nidec Leroy-Somer and Groupe PSA have acknowledged the strategic importance oftraction motor in coming electrification ageand agreed mutual cooperation for developing state of the art high-performance and competitive electrictraction motor range for electrified vehicles - Mild-hybrid, (MHEV), Electric Vehicles (“EV”) and Plug-in Hybrid (“PHEV”) to meet the needs of Groupe PSAand other potential OEMs.
The aim of the partnership is to design, develop, manufacture and sell a range of efficient electric traction machines. The joint-venture will then engage R&D, manufacturingand sales for high-performanceelectric traction motor mainly to Groupe PSA,and to other OEMs later,by combining PSA’s automotive OEMstrengthsand Nidec Leroy-Somer’s leading expertise of motor and related electrical equipment.

2017-12-04  READ MORE...
ANDRITZ successfully starts up rebuilt paper machine for Heinzel Group in Laakirchen, Austria


ANDRITZ has successfully started up the rebuilt PM10 at Laakirchen paper mill for the Heinzel Group, Austria. The machine that originally produced SC paper was converted to a fluting and testliner machine producing basis weights ranging from 70 to 140 g/m² based on recycled fibers. With a design speed of 1,600 m/min and a working width of 7,500 mm, it is now one of the world’s most productive paper machines for fluting and testliners.

“We have implemented a comprehensive investment package for our paper mill in Laakirchen. The heart of this package is the PM10 rebuild. The new ANDRITZ technology enables production at the highest quality level. In addition to our PM11, which will continue producing paper for the high-quality SC market, the PM10 produces 450,000 t/y of fluting and testliners,” says Thomas Welt, Production Director at Laakirchen Papier AG.

2017-12-04  READ MORE...
Valmet delivers new chipping line and chip handling system to Sappi's Saiccor pulp mill in South Africa


Valmet will deliver a new high capacity chipping line and chip handling system to Sappi Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd, Saiccor mill. The upgrade targets to increase the chipping capacity, to improve chip quality and minimize wood losses. The chipper will be delivered and installed at the end of 2018 and the start-up is planned for January 2019.

The order was included in Valmet’s third quarter 2017 orders received.

"Valmet’s high capacity drop feed chipper was found to be favourable for the new wood yard’s current and future mill capacity requirement," says Ryno Eksteen, Senior Regional Project Manager at Sappi.

"Valmet’s wood handling business continues to flourish in the South African market area. With our biggest drop feed chipper this project will be extremely important to us and we are delighted that Sappi once again trust our technology and capabilities. We look forward to working with the Sappi team," says Jussi Taskinen, Manager, R&D, Product Portfolio & Strategy at Valmet.

The order consists of a chipping line with a Camura GS1300 chipper and chip handling with storing and screening, including machinery, commissioning, training and start-up supervision. Mechanical installation of the chipping line is also carried out by Valmet.

2017-12-04  READ MORE...
RDM has approved the right of first refusal aimed at acquiring 66.67% of the share capital of PAC Service s.p.a

The Board of Directors of Reno De Medici S.p.A., met on November 20th 2017 to examine and approve the right of first refusal, as provided for in the by-law, aimed at acquiring 66.67% of the share capital of Pac Service S.p.A, a company operating in the field of cutting and processing cardboard. The residual stake of 33.33% is already owned by Reno De Medici, which, after the closing expected by December 31th 2017, will hold the 100% control of a company of which it is a strategic supplier, integrating the value chain.

"Today the acquisition by the RDM Group of Pac Service S.p,A. has a strong strategic value for both the target company - which is distinguished for a customized and just in time service - and the RDM Group, which strengthens the relationship with a company that was already a strategic provider”, it’s the comment of Michele Bianchi, CEO of RDM.

Pac Service, based in Perarolo di Vigonza in the province of Padua, has been operating since 1979 in the processing cardboard and cutting industry, particularly for packaging, publishing, graphics, cosmetics and the food industry, for both domestic and international clients.

The strategic contribution of Pac Service - which distinguishes by its ability to customize its products through the quick processing of minimal quantities and the production of special sizes, in line with an increasingly "just in time" need - will strengthen the RDM Group’s commitment to be the "Partner of Choice" in an increasingly regulated and demanding industry.

2017-12-01  READ MORE...
Ahlstrom-Munksjö affirmed its ethical path forward by joining the UN Global Compact

In November 2017, Ahlstrom-Munksjö committed to the United Nations Global Compact’s ten principles for ethical business practices by joining the initiative. The company is now among
nearly 8,000 companies worldwide that have affirmed their dedication to respecting human rights, labour rights, environmental quality, and anti-corruption practices. As a signatory, the company commits to :

 Continue to improve business operations so that the UN Global Compact and the principles become part of strategy, culture and day-to-day operations ;
 Communicate annually with its stakeholders on efforts to implement the ten principles, and post this Communication on Progress (COP) on the UN Global Compact website to support transparency.

’’At Ahlstrom-Munksjö, we are dedicated to sustainability and responsibility from the highest levels of leadership to the most local concern in our supply chains or at our production sites’’, said Jan Åström, President and CEO of Ahlstrom-Munksjö. 

’’By joining the UN Global Compact, we continue to affirm our commitment to ethical and responsible business practices in every area of our work. Joining the UN Global Compact is an important step forward in the company’s sustainability journey, as it reflects our enduring values and commitment to responsible business practices”, said Anders Hildeman, Vice President Sustainability at Ahlstrom-Munksjö.

In one example of taking action on these new commitments in the coming year, Ahlstrom-Munksjö will engage in plant-level sustainability trainings throughout the Group. The training program aims to integrate the principles of the UN Global Compact into local operations and define concrete actions how they can contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Founded in 2000, the United Nations Global Compact is a worldwide initiative to inspire company leaders to adhere to and report progress on socially responsible and environmentally sustainable business practices.

2017-12-01  READ MORE...
2017 PPI Award Winners Announced at CEPI European Paper Week

RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, this evening announced the 2017 PPI Award winners at the awards dinner held during CEPI European Paper Week. The PPI Awards honor leadership, vision, innovation and strategic accomplishments within the pulp and paper industry, and are the only global awards dedicated to recognizing the achievements of companies, mills and individuals in the sector.

The winners were announced at the awards dinner on November 29th in Brussels, Belgium at the Royal Museums of Art and History.

2017-12-01  READ MORE...
Canfor Pulp announces temporary production outage at Northwood

Canfor Pulp Products Inc. announced today that it has taken a temporary and unscheduled outage on one production line at its Northwood Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft Pulp mill located in Prince George, British Columbia, as a result of a tube leak in the number five recovery boiler . Canfor Pulp anticipates the number five recovery boiler to be down for approximately two weeks, and is currently projecting 15,000 tonnes of reduced NBSK pulp production during the fourth quarter 2017, as well as higher associated maintenance costs and lower projected shipment volumes. To mitigate the impact of the incident, Canfor Pulp is continuing to operate the second production line at the Pulp mill and will advance certain mill maintenance activities previously scheduled to be performed in the first quarter of 2018. Due to mitigation efforts by Canfor Pulp the temporary outage is not expected to have a material impact on the financial condition of the Company. The company will be making a claim under its insurance program.

2017-12-01  READ MORE...
Aurelius acquires Spanish core board and solid board packaging specialist Abelan

AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA, the listed mid-market pan-European investor, today announces the acquisition of Abelan Board Industrial S.L., a major producer of core board and solid board packaging products operating out of Southern Europe, from PHI Industrial. The deal represents AURELIUS’ third acquisition in the European packaging sector since 2015 and will further strengthen the Group’s operations in this market. The financial terms of the deal are undisclosed ; completion of the transaction remains subject to clearance of customary conditions.

2017-12-01  READ MORE...
Metsä Group to build visitor centre at its Äänekoski mill site

Metsä Group will build a visitor centre in the area of its Äänekoski mills. The centre will provide a cross-sectional view of the Group – its operations, products and innovations – in an experiential, memorable way. The centre will be opened next summer, and is intended for Metsä Group’s various stakeholders.

In the visitor centre, the story of Metsä will be told through entertaining and informative experiences, exhibitions and installations. The centre plans to offer virtual mill tours, a harvester simulator, information about sustainable forest use and the ecosystem of the bioproduct mill, tools for creating ideas and actual end products made from wood, among many other features. The building will be an impressive architectural reference to Metsä Group’s wood products.

In addition, a work of art made from paperboard, tissue paper and pulp will be placed in the lobby. A contest will be held in December among design students for the design. The idea is to present significant Finnish forest industry products in a creative new way.

“After a long transition period, Metsä Group is focusing on its core business operations, which have promising growth outlooks. We can be proud of all of this. The visitor centre in Äänekoski will be a unique opportunity for us to share our Group’s success story and information about the vitality and future of the Finnish forest industry,” says Juha Laine, SVP, Communications, Metsä Group.

2017-12-01  READ MORE...
Appointment in UPM Biorefining

Petri Hakanen has been appointed Senior Vice President, UPM Uruguay Development Project, starting from 1 March 2018. Currently he works as SVP, UPM Specialty Papers ENA.

Jaakko Sarantola, the current SVP of UPM Uruguay Development Project, will retire 1 June 2018 after serving UPM for more than 35 years.

2017-12-01  READ MORE...
New curtain coater installed at the BASF Pilot Plant for paper coating in Ludwigshafen

BASF has recently integrated a curtain coater, based on a “VOITH DF Coat slot dye” into its existing pilot facility. This is now available to customers, as well as interested third parties, for application trials with coating colors for paper and board in both the graphic and packaging sectors. The curtain coater enables the development of excellent paper surface properties and enhances machine runnability

2017-12-01  READ MORE...
Holmen sells forest properties

Holmen has today signed an agreement to sell forest properties in north-west Jämtland, Sweden, for SEK 100 million. The sale is expected to be completed in January 2018. The Group’s earnings will be positively impacted by just over SEK 70 million in the first quarter of 2018 since the sale price exceeds the carrying amount according to IAS 41.

With holdings of over 1 million hectares of productive forest land, Holmen is one of Sweden’s largest forest owners. 

“This forest land is located far from our production facilities and has significant other values than forestry. We intend to reinvest the sales proceeds in forest located closer to our own production facilities,” says Henrik Sjölund, President and CEO of Holmen.

The buyer is Persson Invest, a Group with a turnover of 5.5 billion SEK that already owns 100,000 hectares of forest land in Jämtland County.

"We are pleased to expand our forest resources in the county. It is rare that real estate of this size comes into the market," says Henrik Mårtensson, Director of Forestry, Persson Invest.

The properties comprise 4 400 hectares of productive forest land, 2 000 hectares of which are actively managed.

2017-12-01  READ MORE...
Koehler Kehl increases productivity with products and expertise from Voith


When upgrading its PM 2, Koehler Kehl opted for products from Voith’s AdvancedPRODUCTS range that enable the company to reduce the machine’s water consumption, achieve a faster starting curve and at the same time improve paper quality.

One of Koehler’s major strengths is its willingness to constantly improve. This is why for the upgrade of the press section on the PM 2 the focus was on achieving more stable operation, reliable planning of shutdowns and improved safety in the production process. On the PM 2, the company produces just short of 130,000 metric tons of thermal paper per year with basis weights of between 35 and 47 g/m².

In the course of various improvement measures, Voith fitted the press section with products from PressMax range of its AdvancedPRODUCTS. The prime objective was to continually improve the quality of the paper grades and reduce its operational costs.

The latter was especially achieved by using of the QualiFlex press sleeves for the shoe press. Refinements were made to the sleeves and their abrasion behavior was improved. On the PM 2 this led to a doubled runtime. This reduced the maintenance work for replacing the shoe press covers. Previously, the press sleeves had needed to be changed after 180 days on average.

An increase in productivity was also the reason for introducing press felts with PeakElement which allow a faster start and better nip dewatering than standard felts. As a result, the start-up curve of the machine could be shortened considerably following the felt change. “With the installation of the Voith products, we were able to clearly improve the start-up curve after felt change on the PM 2. The machine can be brought to its maximum speed faster and with fewer problems, resulting in greater availability and lower operating costs,” states Joachim Fuchs Productionmanager PM 2 / CM 2 at Koehler Kehl Germany.

In addition, the measurements taken by the FeltView system delivered important moisture and permeability data for targeted conditioning of the pick-up felts. Koehler can use this data to continually optimize machine settings and improve efficiency. Critical felt conditions can be identified before they impair the process and the felts are run in optimum operating condition. FeltView also makes manual measurements redundant, which ultimately improves the safety of the production process.

Voith Paper is a Group Division of Voith and the leading partner and pioneer in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-conserving products to reduce the use of energy, water and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

For 150 years, Voith technologies have been inspiring its customers, business partners and employees all over the world. Founded in 1867, Voith today has around 19,000 employees and earns 4.3 billion euros in sales. It has locations in more than 60 countries and is one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe. As a technology leader, Voith sets standards in the energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive markets.

2017-12-01  READ MORE...
Brazil: exports from the planted tree sector surpass US$ 7 billion through October 2017 (+10.9%)

From January to October of 2017, pulp exports rose 2.9% in comparison with the same period of the previous year, reaching 16.0 million tons sold ; exports of wood panels increased by 29.4%, with 1.1 million cubic meters directed toward foreign markets, and paper exports grew 0.4% with almost 1.7 million tons traded. This positive performance propelled export revenues past the US$ 7 billion mark in the first 10 months of the year, growth of 10.9% over the same period in 2016. This created a US$ 6.15 billion surplus in the trade balance for the sector, an increase of 12.7%.

Continue reading below about the performance indicators for the planted tree industry in the 42nd edition of Cenários Ibá, the monthly bulletin of the Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá).

Export revenues – In the first ten months of 2017, pulp exports reached US$ 5.2 billion (+13.7%), while paper exports were US$ 1.6 billion (+1.7%) and wood panel exports reached US$ 242 million (+20.4%).

Export destination – For the combined period spanning January to October of this year, China continued to be the main destination for Brazilian pulp, with a share of 39.7%, representing revenues of US$ 2.1 billion (+18.0%). The second largest destination for pulp was the European countries, which during this period accounted for 31.4% of exports and more than US$ 1.6 billion (+5.6%). Latin American countries continued to be the main markets for paper and wood panels during the first ten months of the year, with export revenues exceeding US$ 1.0 billion (+11.6%) and US$ 126 million (+16.7%), respectively.

Production – The productive sector utilizing planted trees presented positive results in 2017. From January to October of this year, pulp production surpassed 15.9 million tons (+2.9%), and paper reached 8.7 million tons (+0.9%).

Domestic Sales – For the first ten months of 2017, the wood panel section showed positive results, with sales of more than 5.3 million cubic meters on the domestic market (+2.5%) ; at the same time, the paper industry reached the 4.5 million ton mark (-0.4%) during the same period.

2017-11-30  READ MORE...
Essity discloses its footprint in WWF’s Environmental Paper Company Index

Essity has shown its commitment to transparency by participating in the Environmental Paper Company Index 2017 (EPCI). The Group receives an overall score of 78.7% and 94% out of a maximum of 100% for its responsible fiber sourcing. The EPCI is a WWF tool that promotes transparency and continual improvement in the global pulp, paper and packing sector towards sustainability.

The Index assesses how a company´s performance and targets on responsible sourcing, clean production and EMS/reporting change over time. 

The Group, participating in the EPCI for the first time as Essity (3 times before as SCA Hygiene), receives in the subcategory responsible sourcing a score of 94% out of a maximum 100% for its responsible fiber sourcing, particularly valuing Essity´s high recycled fiber use. The company achieves 69% in the subcategory clean production, 71% on transparency and a total score of 78.7%.

“At Essity, we continuously challenge ourselves to develop further and constantly improve, ensuring a sustainable and responsible business. It is highly rewarding to see that we receive good results across all categories in our sector. WWF’s index offers a great opportunity to evaluate our constant progress and improvement within the environmental area”, says Kersti Strandqvist, Senior Vice President Sustainability, Essity.

A total of 35 of the initially invited 100 companies choose to participate in EPCI 2017. The Index is based on voluntary data disclosure by invited participants on over 50 indicators that WWF considers important for a company´s ecological footprint. WWF publishes collated results company by company. The Index helps track companies’ and also the sectors’ journey towards sustainability.

Together, the EPCI 2017 participants from Europe, South America, Africa, Asia and North America disclose the environmental performance of 26% of the world´s tissue, 23% of the world´s graphic paper, 17% of the world´s newsprint, 9% of the world´s packaging and 15% of the world´s pulp.

2017-11-30  READ MORE...
Ilim Group signs USD 500 million syndicated loan

Ilim Group, Russia’s leading pulp and paper company, a major exporter and one of the biggest companies in the industry globally, announces today that it has signed a four-year unsecured syndicated loan agreement for USD 500 million. The agreement is the largest corporate debt transaction in the industry across Eastern Europe and Russia/CIS, according to Dealogic data.

The loan was arranged by Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI Group) and Intesa Sanpaolo, with Crédit Agricole also joining the syndicate on the European side. In Asia, the syndicated loan includes the four largest banks in China – Bank ICBC, Agricultural Bank of China, Bank of China and China Construction Bank – as well as Korea’s KDB Bank. The split between European and Asian sides of the syndicate is approximately 50:50.

Ilim will use the funds to finance its strategic development projects focusing on Europe and Asia, which are its priority markets.

Ilim Group CEO Ksenia Sosnina said : “Our ability to raise such a substantial amount of funding for our industry is proof of the confidence that investors and the European and Asian financial communities have in us. 2017 is the company’s landmark year and we are expecting strong operational and financial results. We are celebrating 25 years of Ilim, and 10 years of partnership with International Paper under our joint venture agreement. The fact that a Russian-American JV can achieve success and gain the trust of financial institutions in Europe and Asia is for me a striking example of business diplomacy and long-term strategy implementation, as well as the ability to pursue opportunities in a challenging environment.”

The deal was well received by the Asian and European member banks. The final amount raised significantly exceeded the target, indicating Ilim Group’s credibility in these markets. The conditions of the loan agreement allow Ilim Group to increase the credit line up to USD 750 million.

Since Ilim’s JV with IP was established in 2007, USD 3.2 billion has been invested in the investment projects, which include the construction of the world’s largest bleached softwood pulp production line located in Siberia, and the launch of a modern paper making facility manufacturing high-quality white paper grades at the company’s mill in European Russia. The JV has grown significantly in its 10-year history, with EBITDA increasing by 140% from USD 308 million in 2008 to USD 742 million in 2016, and output rising by 30% since 2008.

2017-11-29  READ MORE...
Delfort Tervakoski paper mill in Finland gets Wedg

Founded in 1818, Tervakoski specialty paper mill is the oldest paper mill in operation in Finland today. Tervakoski is part of Delfort Group since 1999. The mill has five paper machines with more than 100 000 ton annual capacity of customized paper grades. In addition to super thin printing papers, they produce tobacco-related paper, release base paper, electrical insulation paper and other highly specialized grades.

The delivery is the third roll-out of the five mill corporate Wedge™ frame agreement between Delfort and Savcor. The delivery is scheduled to be completed by year end.

2017-11-29  READ MORE...
How do you pack sunlight in a box?

Strange requests are nothing new at DS Smith and our designers were unfazed when they were asked to pack ‘sunlight’ or more accurately, lightpipes, for Czech manufacturer Lightway.

Lightway’s expectations were the same as their customers – perfect delivery without any damage from their plant in the Czech Republic to top companies all over the world.

Lightway is a small family owned company that has expanded on the world market and its light pipes make our homes, shopping and work more convenient.

2017-11-29  READ MORE...
Industrie 4.0: The hour of implementation has arrived
  • New MindSphere Version 3.0 on Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides access to Siemens APIs and AWS cloud services for faster development
  • Simotics IQ : New IoT concept for motors
  • New partnership financing service to boost the implementation of Industrie 4.0
  • Study affirms annual productivity increase due to digitalization of up to 9.8 percent
2017-11-28  READ MORE...
Lecta introduces its new Adestor catalogue of self-adhesive labels

  An extensive range of self-adhesive materials in sheets and reels for multiple applications.​​

With a new format and a clean, elegant graphic line, the latest Adestor​ swatchbook is noteworthy for its functionality, including as a new feature at the end of each section an envelope for future product samples. 

The catalogue features all of Lecta’s self-adhesive papers and films, including its most recent launches such as its new high-gloss, wet-strength Adestor Metal HG WS​ metalized facestock and the new Adestor Matt Inkjet and Adestor Gloss Inkjet​ facestocks, specially designed for water-based inkjet printing. From stickers to retail and signage applications to labels for specific sectors such as wine, logistics or home and personal care, an Adestor solution is available with permanent, repositionable and removable adhesives and filmic liners in addition to standard glassine and kraft liners.

The catalogue, available in English, Spanish, French, Italian and German, contains technical information about the entire product line, a face stock printing compatibility table and samples of all the grades.

The entire range of Adestor products is manufactured in accordance with ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental management standards, ISO 50001 energy management standards and OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety standards. In addition, it is available on request with PEFCTM and FSC® Chain-of-Custody forest certification.

2017-11-27  READ MORE...
Arctic Paper introduces price increase for all its paper grades.

Arctic Paper proceeds to the next stage of price increase process announced on 23 October 2017. As a result, a consecutive price increase for all paper grades will be implemented. The price levels will rise by 5-8% from January 2018 across the Company’s entire sales network.
The changes are driven by rapidly growing prices of pulp. Throughout the last 12 months BEKP and NBSK prices increased by approx. 50% and 40% respectively.
The abovementioned pulp price dynamics together with an unclear perspectives for further development of the pulp prices leave no other choice but to continue the price increase process initiated in the beginning of November for the moment. The local sales teams of Arctic Paper will give customers further details and information

2017-11-27  READ MORE...
Stora Enso announces intent to acquire forest assets in conjunction with planned structural changes in Bergvik Skog AB

Shareholders representing 98% of the owners in Bergvik Skog AB, a Swedish forest holding company,

2017-11-27  READ MORE...
BillerudKorsnäs intends to acquire forest assets

BillerudKorsnäs has signed a letter of intent to acquire Bergvik Skog Öst AB, owned by Bergvik Skog AB.

2017-11-27  READ MORE...

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