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British master papermaker James Cropper is preparing to show off its packaging expertise to the Chinese market at this year’s Luxe Pack Shanghai, taking place on 11 and 12 April 2018.

The company, which was founded in 1845 and is based in the English Lake District, will use the much-anticipated event to demonstrate its Tailor Made service, which allows brands to develop their own custom papers. From colour and composition to texture and finishes, brands can call on the Tailor Made service to bring their imagination to life and tell their story through unique packaging solutions.

James Cropper will also serve up its food contact-approved range of papers, Dolcelicious. Available in 11 eye-catching colours, from soft pastels to bold metallics, the striking collection is designed to elevate the packaging experience for premium food brands.

Meanwhile, attendees will be able to explore the applications of Genuine UK Black, a deep black paper, which is available to the Chinese market from the James Cropper warehouse in Shenzhen. Benefitting from a very high rub resistance, this non-carbon black paper has a strong environmental pedigree being FSC-certified and comprising 40 per cent post-consumer waste.

Maurice Tsang, regional manager for Asia at James Cropper, said : “Luxe Pack Shanghai presents the perfect opportunity for us to demonstrate the crucial role of paper in the future of luxury packaging. With its sustainable credentials and its limitless creative possibilities, more and more brands will be turning to paper as a packaging solution over the coming years.

“At James Cropper, we’ve been creating quality papers from our base in Britain for over 170 years, which has equipped us with the skill and experience to deliver products of the highest prestige – whether it’s one of our existing options, such as Dolcelicious or Genuine UK Black, or a completely new creation we develop with a specific brand in mind via our Tailor Made service.”

In addition to its paper ranges, James Cropper will showcase its pioneering CupCycling™ technology, which takes used disposable cups and gives them another lease of life, transforming them into fine papers. On show will be the iconic yellow shopping bags of luxury British retailer Selfridges, which have been made using upcycled coffee cups from the company’s headquarters and stores – a completely unique closed-loop recycling solution.

Maurice added : “With our latest innovation, CupCycling™, we’re now able to rescue an extremely high quality material from landfill and turn it into useful, beautiful packaging. As sustainability becomes an ever more important goal for companies globally, we anticipate increased demand for papers made in this way and look forward to working with new and exciting brands to help them achieve this objective.”

2018-04-10  READ MORE...
European paper industry stands ready to defend Circular Economy in the context of Chinese waste import ban

CEPI, the European association representing the paper industy has been closely monitoring market developments in reaction to the material waste import ban by the Chinese authorities including paper for recycling.

The import restrictions have caused disruption to the European markets and the countries where paper collection is comingled have been the first to be hit. This comingling practice raises the risk of contamination from other materials which can reduce the quality of paper for recycling and technically impede the recycling process.

The European paper industry is making investments and will continue to do so over the coming years in new paper recycling capacities which ensure that high quality paper for recycling remains in Europe. A core component to achieving more recycling in Europe will be to upscale our efforts on implementing European standards on the quality of paper for recycling (EN 643) and the collection of paper seperately from other recyclables.

It is estimated that less than 5% of paper collected in Europe has been directly impacted by the Chinese import waste ban. It nonetheless provides the industry with the impetus to drive forward quality paper for recycling which is effectively recycled in Europe. It is equally an indication that comingled collection systems are no longer sustainable both from an environmental and market perspective in the future.

2018-04-09  READ MORE...
ALLIMAND Group: 1st quarter «in the green»: The honorable order book of the beginning of the year promises an excellent 2018!

A forerunner of a prosperous 2018...? Everything was decided in the space of a few weeks at the beginning of the year. Just days before Spring, the ALLIMAND Group, designer and manufacturer of paper and Nonwovens machines, recognized for its strategy of permanent innovation, demonstrates genuine serenity. Faced with an honorable order book, the group has orders for both high value added special paper machines and paper machine reconstructions in France and Asia…

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CapMan Buyout to sell Walki to One Equity Partners

Funds managed by CapMan Buyout have agreed to sell their holdings in Walki Group to private equity company One Equity Partners. Financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

Walki Group is a leading producer of technical laminates and protective packaging materials, specializing in the production of fibre based, intelligent, multi-layer laminate products for markets as diverse as energy saving construction facings to consumer packaging. Funds managed by CapMan acquired Walki in
2007 and the profitability of the company has developed very favourably especially during the last years.

“During CapMan’s ownership period Walki has successfully executed its growth strategy, both organically and through acquisitions. Walki has invested in the growing construction laminates segment in Western Europe whilst maintaining its leading position in the industrial packaging market. Walki has also expanded significantly in Eastern Europe. I want to thank Walki’s management and personnel for their hard work. I am convinced that a large, international private equity player like One Equity Partners with experience from the packaging sector is the right partner for supporting the growth of Walki in the future," says Anders Björkell, Partner at CapMan Buyout.

“We are very satisfied to have One Equity Partners as the new majority owner. One Equity Partners has a successful track record in developing packaging companies globally and we share a common vision on how to grow Walki into an even stronger company to the benefit of our customers and employees. Further, I would like to thank CapMan for the continuous support during CapMan’s ownership," says Leif Frilund, President and CEO of Walki Group.

“One Equity Partners is an experienced investor in the packaging industry with a number of successful former investments. With top positions in all of its three business areas Construction, Consumer and Industrial, Walki is poised for future growth. With this acquisition, we leverage our expertise in the industry and form a powerful platform for buy-and-build opportunities in an attractive market", says Johann-Melchior von Peter, Senior Managing Director at One Equity Partners.
The transaction is subject to the approval of the competition authorities.

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Valmet receives orders for three Valmet IQ quality control systems from E.I.L


Valmet will deliver three Valmet IQ quality control systems with Valmet IQ Fiber optical sensors to the Italian system integrator E.I.L to be installed on three new tissue machines in EMEA area during 2018. The orders are included in Valmet’s first quarter 2018 orders received.

"These three new orders are a step forward in our partnership with Valmet. We established this partnership in 2012 with the aim of integrating Valmet’s quality control systems in our tissue machine projects. Valmet’s IQ quality control system has proven to be highly appreciated in many end-user’s installations for the accuracy and reliability of its quality measurements and controls," says Andrea Poleschi, Sales Manager, E.I.L.

"These three new orders from E.I.L are another key achievement in the long series of tissue quality control systems, which we have been successfully delivering in the EMEA area since 2012. Valmet is committed to developing and delivering innovative quality measurements, controls and reporting tools for the industrial digitalization of the tissue making industry. Our Valmet IQ quality control system has clearly a competitive advantage to improve the tissue makers’ performances," says Luigi Caggiano, Country Manager, Italy, Valmet.

The three quality control systems to be delivered are based on the new tissue Valmet IQ 15 scanner, equipped with the optical sensor Valmet IQ Fiber and the advanced quality reporting tool Valmet IQ Reports.

The Valmet IQ Fiber sensor is a non-nuclear fiber weight measurement that has been developed especially for tissue to provide accurate moisture and fiber measurement with high frequency across the sheet. It is one of the latest Valmet innovations to bring the latest advances in quality control to the tissue machine.

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Sulzer acquires five million Sulzer shares from Renova – Renova ownership below 50%

Sulzer acknowledges that the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has identified Mr. V. Vekselberg and Renova Group, Moscow, as specially designated nationals pursuant to US sanctions rules effective on April 6, 2018.

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Neyrtec® Tasster® Screw Press

Incorporated in CMI group since 2012 (CMI Proserpol), Neyrtec® continues screw press activities relating to sludge dewatering.

Besides providing maintenance services and supplying spare parts, Neyrtec® also offers services for upgrading existing screw presses, as it appears that most of the screw presses sold in early 80’s are still in operation. Neyrtec® brings its expertise in sludge dewatering to adapt these screw presses to present conditions, sometimes far from the initial conditions, integrating of latest technologies for significant improvement of capacity and dryness performances.

Sales of new machines are anyway the main activity in terms of turnover, and every year new installations increment our reference list, mainly customers retained by level and everlastingness of Neyrtec® Tasster® screw press performances.

Chasing fiber losses and existence of biological steps in waste water treatment plants are certainly new difficulties in sludge dewatering. However the Neyrtec® screw press with it specific design is still making the difference in dryness preformance against traditionnal equipment met in paper mills like belt press or frame filter.

Most of orders in sustainability issues are placed in favor of screw press thanks to money savings in sludge transport and final sludge treatment, a direct consequence of dryness performance. Each time a Neyrtec® screw press is installed, and beyond satisfaction about performances, customers are always surprised to notice decreasing sludge volume in disposal bins.

Belonging to CMI group allows stronger commercial power as well as optimum sourcing for better customer satisfaction.

2018-04-06  READ MORE...
Papyrus celebrates grand opening of its new Competence Centre in Cologne

“We believe in paper and are ready to invest” – this is the key message that was brought out from Papyrus during the grand opening of its new logistics and competence centre in Cologne. On March 22 and 23, around 650 international guests from the printing, paper and paper-related industries visited the official inauguration. The grand opening of the 22,000 square meter state-of-the-art warehouse, which includes a European Paper Competence Center, was very well attended by customers, suppliers, business partners, the press and employees from all over Europe.

Christoph Sander (CEO OptiGroup) and Frank Weithase (Managing Director of Papyrus Germany and Austria) cut a ribbon as a symbolic act, and officially opened the new logistical hub in a solemn ceremony. Frank Weithase and Christoph Sander, as well as Heinz Bauer from Bauer Media Group and Alexander Nottebrock from the Economic Development Office in Cologne, highlighted the advantages of the new location in a panel discussion :

“The new hub significantly improves our logistical infrastructure, extends the service offering for paper and other specialties to our customers across Europe, and provides a very effective platform for our European supplier partners” said Frank Weithase. Christoph Sander added : “This substantial investment demonstrates our commitment to being the market leader in our Papyrus businesses throughout continental Europe, and in addition provides a strong and efficient platform to introduce complementary product ranges such as cleaning & hygiene materials, industrial packaging and safety products for our pan European customers in the future”.

Innovation, inspiration and extremely high service levels 

The new Papyrus premise is not only a brand new logistical hub, but is also the home of the “Paper Academy” – a state-of-the-art venue for customer trainings. During the grand opening, many well-known speakers brought the Paper Academy to life with interesting lectures about paper, print, logistical solutions and design. Via guided tours through the warehouse, the guests of the opening event were able to impressively experience how innovative logistics at Papyrus works and how customers can get access to an extremely high level of logistical services. With 20 participating partners on the supplier side, an in-house exhibition was another highlight of the opening ceremony. In a relaxed atmosphere, suppliers and customers exchanged the latest information about paper products and used the platform for networking. After two e
ntful days with many expert discussions, the PCC opening event in Cologne ended with a relaxed get-together on late Friday afternoon.

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“Paper on Reel” on LEIPA’s PM 5 - LEIPA on its way to market leadership in White Top Testliner business

After first “paper on reel” on March 31st, LEIPA will soon complete the startup period of its PM 5 and begin supplying customers with uncoated White Top Testliner from PM 5.

LEIPA Group CEO Peter Probst : “We look forward to growing successfully with our customers and partners. The demand for White Top Liner remains consistently high and the trend is rising. Prices are at a high level as well. These factors result in excellent conditions for the market launch of the PM 5.”

As an international market leader LEIPA will have developed a one-stop shop for their customers with the PM 3 and PM 5, offering an annual total capacity of 700,000 tons of coated and uncoated White Top Testliner.

Christian Schürmann, COO of LEIPA Georg Leinfelder GmbH said : “The entire project team has done a great job rebuilding the PM 5. We will produce a state-of-the-art testliner on this machine – the world’s most powerful of its kind – and start with our first deliveries in April.”

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Sofidel for natural capital safeguard with a debate in collaboration with WWF and Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli

Sofidel continues to pursue its commitment to raising the awareness of the public opinion concerning the effects of climate change, and in this case in particular the value of natural ecosystems. After having been WWF Italia main partner for “Earth Hour”, the global mobilisation event from the environmental association on the theme of climate change which took place on Saturday, Sofidel, among the global leaders in tissue production, has promoted the debate titled “Natural capital : valuing our wealth”, in collaboration with WWF Italia and Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli.

The event has been held in the Multifunctional Room of the Foundation’s headquarters at viale Pasubio 5, in Milan, and has seen the participation of Gianfranco Bologna, Scientific Director of WWF Italia – which is overseeing the event from a scientific perspective – Ivan Faiella, Senior Economist at the Bank of Italy, Massimo Medugno, Director General of the Assocarta paper association, Riccardo Santolini, Researcher and Lecturer in Ecology at the University of Urbino, and Alessandra Stefani, Forestry Director General at the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policy.

The meeting has been intended as an opportunity to reflect on and explore the “value” of nature, its status as an essential asset to our well-being and development and consequently our economy and our future.

For many economists, the time has come to overhaul the logic and policy that govern our development, to offer a new economic paradigmcapable of integrating equity and respect for the fundamental rights of each human being with the biophysical limitations of our Planet.

At the centre of the debate has been the concept of “natural capital” : the most recent legislative development, the value of biodiversity and ecosystem services, the role of responsible companies, the correlations that exist between production processes, product design, consumer habits and their impact on the environment, as well as on society and the economy.

An area which also sees attention from the United Nations through the 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the 15th Goal in particular – Life on Land – which aims to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

“We are pleased to promote, after the one dedicated to water last year, this new occasion for reflection on such a fundamental subject as the value of natural capital,” stated Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of the Sofidel Group. “Sofidel’s sustainable growth strategy is completely in line with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and sees our engagement on two fronts. Firstly in terms of production, to improve the efficiency of our processes and products, so guaranteeing less use of natural capital. Secondly, together with our partners, to spread the culture of sustainability and offer opportunities to investigate issues central to contemporary debate. A role of stimulation and service that we consider more necessary than ever in these times of fake news and misleading simplifications.”

“Natural capital cannot continue to be invisible within economic models,” stated Gianfranco Bologna, Scientific Director of WWF Italia. “We need to identify methods ‘accounting for’ nature, attempting to assign it a value that must not and cannot be identified only in monetary terms, because the value of the structures, processes, functions and services of natural systems goes well beyond monetary reporting. A change of approach with respect to natural resources must become a rule guiding the economic programming and business choices of companies. The Italian Natural Capital Committee, established through law 221/2015, has already produced two reports on the condition of Italian natural capital, the 2017 report and the 2018 report published at the end of February. The value of our natural capital must now contribute to the direction of both the Economic and Financial Document and the Budget Law.”

Sofidel employs sustainability as a strategic lever for development. This commitment has been strengthened in 2008 by joining the WWF Climate Savers programme, through which Sofidel took on particularly ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In 2017, Sofidel reduced its carbon intensity by 20.6% with respect to the 2009 base values per kilo of paper produced, and water consumption in production processes was well below the sector benchmark (7.1 l/kg vs. 15–25 l/kg). It also uses pulp certified by independent third parties with responsible forestry management schemes (100% in 2017, FSC®, FSC® Controlled Wood, PEFC™, SFI®).

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APP successfully starts up Toscotec’s Prodergy tissue machine at its Perawang mill.

Toscotec’s new Prodergy tissue machine fires up at APP Group’s Perawang mill, in Indonesia. This start-up is part of a major APP order of Toscotec’s Prodergy machines, to be installed at APP Indonesian paper mills.
PRODERGY is Toscotec’s leading innovation : an AHEAD-2.0L tissue machine, 5.6 m width, 2,000 m/min operating speed, featuring a second generation TT SYD-22FT and steam-heated hoods. Toscotec’s 22 ft diameter steel Yankee dryer constitutes a world record : the biggest steel Yankee dryer ever manufactured worldwide for tissue application. This breakthrough equips Toscotec with a significant advantage in terms of technological innovation. Prodergy’s unprecedented drying efficiency is threefold, combining the benefits of the largest diameter TT SYD ever delivered worldwide, an efficient press configuration and steam-heated Yankee hoods. Each element of Prodergy’s drying equation contributes to the best possible energy efficiency of the tissue making process. The exclusive use of steam energy throughout the entire drying process ensures significant cost reduction compared with gas energy drying. The design of the TT SYD 22ft and the steam-heated Yankee hood system with multiple energy recovery stages deliver the highest dryness rate with minimum consumptions. The press configuration guarantees the highest possible degree of mechanical dewatering before entering the energy-based drying section of the AHEAD-2.0L.
Toscotec’s Sales Director Marco Dalle Piagge affirmed, “We are extremely proud of this incredible achievement. The first 22 ft TT SYD ever manufactured and delivered worldwide, and installed on a top performance tissue making line. We are making history and we expect Prodergy to set a new record for energy efficiency in tissue”.

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Essity restructures in Spain

To further increase efficiency, Essity is restructuring its Consumer Tissue production in Spain. These measures are aligned with the company’s strategy to optimize the production footprint to increase cost and capital efficiency and further increase value creation in the Consumer Tissue business area.

The restructuring measures to be implemented in 2018 include the closure of the production facility in La Riba and the closure of one tissue machine at the production facility in Allo.

The restructuring costs are expected to amount to approximately SEK 245m, of which approximately SEK 205m will be recognized as an item affecting comparability in the second quarter of 2018. The remaining costs will be recognized as an item affecting comparability in the fourth quarter of 2018. Approximately SEK 110m of the restructuring costs is expected to affect cash flow.

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Valmet to supply automation technology to PT. Buana Megah in Indonesia

Valmet will supply automation technology to PT. Buana Megah’s PM3 board machine in Pasuruan, East Java, Indonesia. Valmet’s delivery includes Valmet DNA automation system, Valmet IQ quality control system and consistency transmitters. The order is included in Valmet’s first quarter of 2018 orders received. The delivery is scheduled to take place in the third quarter of 2018.

The board machine will have an annual capacity of 62,780 tons of board. It will produce board and liner. The production is expected to start up in the end of 2018. With Valmet’s automation solution for process and quality control and consistency transmitter technology, the mill will be able to optimize machine performance and achieve the set high-quality goals.

"Valmet is capable of offering a complete automation package, including all process controls with Valmet DNA, quality control with Valmet IQ and consistency transmitters. Our long tradition of innovative automation solutions and professional project management are in our favor," says Pete Teh, Country Manager, Indonesia, Automation, Valmet.

Valmet’s delivery comprises of Valmet DNA automation system with total of 2,150 I/Os and a Valmet IQ quality control system including a scanner with basis weight and moisture measurements as well as a standalone moisture measurement. Four Valmet Microwave Consistency Transmitters (Valmet MCA) and 14 Valmet Blade Consistency Transmitters (Valmet SP) ensure better measurements and controls. This comprehensive automation package will enable the mill to optimize its processes and achieve premium end-product quality.

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BrokeGo: Efficient transport of waste paper


The ribbed surface of the Voith BrokeGo stops the paper slipping from the belt. The underside is made from wear-resistant material, which results in a longer service life.

Heidenheim, Germany. With BrokeGo, Voith has developed a reliable fabric for broke conveyors which quickly and safely removes broke following a web break. The strong and highly wear-resistant belt transports the broke directly to a pulper for further processing.

Web breaks cannot always be avoided. Generally, the broke paper drops into an area underneath the machine. To remove this broke efficiently and safely, Voith has developed BrokeGo, which is suitable for all paper grades. The ribbed upper surface stops the paper slipping from the belt. The underside is made from wear-resistant material, which results in a longer service life.

BrokeGo needs to have very different properties from the dryer fabrics that are often used as conveyor belts in the broke conveyor. BrokeGo was specially developed to meet the specific requirements of paper transport after web breaks in particular.

2018-04-04  READ MORE...
Metso to acquire the valve automation division of India based Rotex Manufacturers and Engineers Pvt. Ltd to expand its global valves business

Metso has signed an agreement to acquire the valve automation division of the India-based valve technology company Rotex Manufacturers and Engineers Pvt. Ltd. The company has a market-leading position in India in the actuator business and an advanced offering of switches, process valves, and valve automation products and solutions.

The acquired division’s sales in the last fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, were approx. INR 1,550 million (EUR 19 million) and it employs approximately 275 people. It has two manufacturing facilities in the Mumbai area and sales offices in Mumbai, Vadodara, Kolkata and Pune. 

The acquisition will complement Metso’s actuation and valve automation offering and enable a full range of actuators for all major valve markets and a broader offering of limit switches for mid-market applications. It also introduces new products to Metso’s process-valve portfolio for the oil and gas, pulp and paper, mining, water treatment and other process industries.

"This acquisition represents an important strategic step for Metso’s valves business. It expands our offering for the current customer segments, especially outside North America, and increases our presence in attractive new industries and application areas," says John Quinlivan, President, Valves business area, Metso. "In addition, the acquisition strengthens our capacities and our presence in the important Indian market."

"We are confident that RMEPL’s capabilities and technological solutions will align perfectly with Metso’s offering and global valve network. This acquisition will benefit our customers and employees who have been the most important asset of the Rotex Group," says Amit Shah, Managing Director, RMEPL. 

Closing of the acquisition is estimated to occur in July 2018 subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The parties have agreed to not disclose the value of the transaction.

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A.Celli Paper on the road to iT's Tissue 2018

A.Celli Paper is starting a journey that will continue until 25 June, when we are going to open the doors of iT’s Tissue, the event that brings together the Italian excellence in the field of tissue. It is a journey in which we will touch the roots of our Company : our technological achievements, developmental projects, people, stories, human identification of A.Celli.

We have chosen to call this journey "From TISSUE to TISSUE".

The concept itself suggests the idea of movement.
Movement is concerned with the functioning of the equipment, the fluidity of the markets, and especially of the evolution of A.Celli technology.

"From TISSUE to TISSUE" is the journey accomplished by our sector, with its technology and its products, towards the tissue of the future.

This is the journey of A.Celli towards the future.

On the occasion of the event "iT’s Tissue" we will open our factories, making it possible to experience the quality and reliability of the laboratories in which the A.Celli Paper brand products come to life. During the Open Days you can meet our people, who will welcome you with the typical Italian smile and warmth that have always characterized our brand.

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Sonoco Welcomes Robert C. Tiede as President and CEO

Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, announced today the start of Robert C. Tiede’s tenure as the new President and CEO of Sonoco. Tiede replaces the retiring Jack Sanders, who served as President and CEO since 2013. Tiede will be the ninth CEO of the 119-year-old company.

“It’s humbling, and truly an honor to have the opportunity to lead such a storied company, with a legacy going back more than a century,” said Tiede. “This is an exciting time for Sonoco as we continue to evolve our portfolio and geographic footprint in ways that help us serve our purpose, Better Packaging. Better Life., while delivering value to our shareholders, our customers and our teammates.”

Prior to being named CEO, Rob served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Sonoco, with global leadership, sales and operating responsibility for all of the Company’s diversified consumer, industrial and protective packaging businesses.

“Rob has made significant contributions to Sonoco over the past fourteen years, especially as we have worked to expand our consumer packaging business,” said Board Chairman Harris DeLoach. “We look forward to Rob’s leadership as we continue to build upon our existing foundation, while charting new courses for growth.”

Since joining Sonoco in 2004, Tiede has led all of Sonoco’s global consumer-related businesses, including Rigid Paper Containers, Flexible Packaging, Plastics and Display and Packaging. Before becoming Executive Vice President and COO, Tiede served as Senior Vice President, Global Consumer Packaging and Services, responsible for the Company’s Corporate Customer program as well as its Rigid Plastics, Flexibles and Display and Packaging businesses. Tiede was named to that position in December 2012. During his tenure at Sonoco, the Company’s consumer-related businesses have increased sales by approximately 90 percent and operating profits by 120 percent, as the Company’s consumer growth strategy developed broader global packaging and services capabilities.

Tiede joined Sonoco as president of Sonoco CorrFlex with the 2004 acquisition of CorrFlex Graphics’ point-of-purchase merchandising display and supply chain management business. In 2006, Tiede assumed responsibility for Sonoco’s global packaging services business, and in 2007 he was named division vice president and general manager of the Company’s Flexible Packaging division. Prior to joining Sonoco, Tiede worked in private equity as president of Bostic Packaging/CorrFlex from 2000 to 2004 and president of Sterling International from 1998 to 2000. He also served as Executive Vice President of operations for Graphic Packaging International, Inc.’s flexible packaging division from 1994 to 1998.

Tiede is active in industry and community organizations and is the outgoing chairman of the Flexible Packaging Association and the chairman of the Hartsville United Way. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Tiede became a U.S. citizen in 2013. He and his wife, Val, maintain a home in Hartsville, S.C. and have three grown children.

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PulPaper - the top international event for the forest industry takes place in Helsinki

PulPaper is the leading international event in the forest industry’s calendar. It will be held in Helsinki on 29–31 May 2018. The event is a global meeting place where forest industry professionals from around the world will find out about innovations, learn new things and network. PulPaper includes an exhibition, a high-quality conference programme, an evening programme and the opportunity to visit a Finnish mill.

PulPaper uniquely brings together different fields in the forest industry, as two other events will also be held at the same time : PacTec, a packaging industry event, and the new Wood & Bioenergy event for the energy and chemical industries. The combined events provide a great opportunity to meet many operators from different industries. No comparable event is held anywhere else in the world.

The event was last held in 2014, when it attracted visitors from 70 countries. Now, PulPaper will bring the world’s best experts together to explore digitalisation, biorefinery development and breakthrough innovations. The theme of the event is “Visit tomorrow today.” This refers to new innovations and technologies that the forest industry can harness to evolve in the digitalising world, while respecting the environment.

Approximately 400 companies will participate in the exhibition and around 10,000 visitors are expected. PulPaper stand sales are proceeding briskly and the industry’s market leaders have confirmed their participation along with the major equipment and service providers in the business and the leading forestry companies. Digitalisation and innovations will be showcased at seminars and stands presenting the latest practical applications to customers. In addition, the new products and services of tomorrow will be showcased in a themed area for start-ups.

PulPaper looks to the future of the forest industry through innovations

PulPaper will feature a varied seminar programme on three days. The Business Forum and 3D Printing of Biomaterials seminars will be held on Tuesday, 29 May. Business Forum is a new seminar for company management, focusing on themes ranging from consumer habits to sustainable development and from innovations to changes in management.

The two-day PulPaper Conference will be held from 30 to 31 May. More than 40 experts, researchers and company representatives from the Nordic countries, Japan, North America, and other parts of the world will speak at the seminar. The conference will consist of keynote speeches for all participants and a selection of themed conference programmes.

The PulPaper Conference keynote speaker will be Maria Strömme, Professor of Nanotechnology at Uppsala University, Sweden, who will envision innovative products of the future. The second keynote speech will be given by Ilkka Hämälä, President and CEO of Metsä Group, Finland. He will describe how the new bioproduct mill in Äänekoski integrates the traditional pulp industry with the manufacture of new bioproducts.

The other themes of the conference include breakthrough innovations in the industry, biorefinery development, changes in consumer behaviour and the opportunities ushered in by digitalisation. Researchers will present current research results and envision future business opportunities. Practical examples of new operating methods from companies bring a concrete aspect to the conference.

At the end of PulPaper, visitors can acquaint themselves with pioneering companies in the business. Visits to Metsä Group’s new Äänekoski bioproduct mill and Kotkamills’ board mill will be organised on 31 May and 1 June.

Facts and figures

Forest industry products account for about 20 per cent of Finnish exports, and the industry is important to the country’s success. The forest industry is a major employer, particularly in rural regions – it employs about 41,000 people directly and around 140,000 indirectly. Finland has 49 paper and pulp mills, and more than 200 industrial sawmills, panel factories and other companies manufacturing wood products. The current products will serve as the basis of business in the years ahead, too, as next-generation paper, packaging and wood products are developed continuously. In addition, new bioeconomy products and business functions are being developed alongside the current products. The bioeconomy will create new companies, jobs and prosperity.

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Kristina Enander new Business Area President Pulp

Kristina Enander, presently manager of SCA’s Ortviken paper mill, has been appointed new Business Area President Pulp.

SCA’s Business Area Pulp comprise the Östrand pulp mill in Timrå, Sweden. One of Sweden’s largest industrial investments ever is about to be concluded and put on stream. The extended pulp mill will have a capacity of one million tonnes of pulp per annum and will be the biggest production line for bleached softwood kraft pulp in the world.

Kristina Enander takes on her new position as of November 1, 2018. She succeeds Åke Westberg, who will retire from SCA.

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Valmet and RÜTGERS Resins B.V. sign 12-year automation service agreement

The latest achievement in Valmet’s four-decade history of cooperation with RÜTGERS Resins B.V. in the Netherlands is a 12-year service agreement covering maintenance and support for Valmet DNA automation system. Replacing annual service contracts that started with delivery of the first Valmet automation system delivered in the 1980s, the new long-term service agreement includes on-call, preventive and corrective maintenance, server audits, software and hardware upgrades.

"With major shutdowns typically only every two to four years in the chemical industry, the agreement is a win-win relationship with well-planned scheduling not only improving reliability but also long term system performance," says Henk ten Kate, Engineering Manager, Automation, Valmet.

"Valmet proved itself as partner in business again and we are looking forward to work with Valmet for at least the contracted the next decade and two years," says Marco Alderlieste, Financial Manager at RÜTGERS Resins BV.

Ensuring maximum system availability and uptime

Valmet service agreements are tailor-made for individual customers and can cover everything, from periodic and emergency maintenance with guaranteed response times, to complete lifecycle support by means of planned upgrades for customers wanting the latest technology and the opportunity to benefit from new measurement and control methods.

Using remote connections, Valmet specialists are always on hand for advice and support around the clock which together with close-by service centers ensures maximum system availability and uptime. A key element of a Valmet service agreement is the system lifecycle roadmap that helps users to be aware of their current system status and assign priorities to possible upgrades or component replacements. The ability to budget well ahead of time and keep systems up to date ensures that the best advantage can be taken of new developments while cost efficiently maintaining system reliability and performance.

2018-04-03  READ MORE...
Kemira increases prices of colorant products globally

Kemira, a global chemicals company serving customers in water intensive industries, announces price increases for all colorant products globally. 

The price increase of 15-25% for all colorants will become effective for shipments made on or after April 15, 2018 or as contracts allow. While Kemira continues to take actions to mitigate the impact of increasing costs, it is necessary to adjust our pricing in order to compensate for the rapid and recurring increases in key raw materials and transportation costs.

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Economic Value Report reveals £11.5 Billion Contribution of the UK’s Paper-based Industries

Confederation of Paper Industries seeks Industry Sector Deal with Government

Relevant to over 140,000 jobs, the Confederation of Paper Industries’ (CPI) firstever Economic Value Report has set out the importance of the UK’s Paper-based Industries to the UK economy.
The headlines of the Economic Value of the UK’s Paper-based Industries are :
• Nearly 1,500 companies
• 56,000 direct jobs and a further 86,000 indirect jobs
• £11.5 billion turnover
• £4 billion gross value added.
The scope of the report covers the manufacturing of paper, the conversion of paper into corrugated packaging, the conversion of paper into tissue for hygiene products and the recovery and recycling of paper from both business and households.

2018-04-03  READ MORE...
Aker ASA: Restructuring of Norske Skog

Reference is made to the stock exchange notice dated 23 November 2017 where Aker ASA announced that Aker Capital AS a wholly owned subsidiary of Aker, and Oceanwood Capital Management LP  had entered into an agreement to establish a company for the purpose of bidding for the shares in Norske Skog AS.

Aker Capital and Oceanwood have decided to terminate their agreement. The parties did not come to an agreement regarding the terms of a joint bid for Norske Skog. Oceanwood has informed Aker Capital that it has proceeded in the process without Aker Capital. Aker Capital will not place an independent bid for Norske Skog.

2018-04-03  READ MORE...
The new OMET ASV Line ready for IT’s Tissue 2018

A new line dedicated to interfolded tissue products and many other exclusive surprises will take center stage at the production plant in Lecco and the showroom in Lucca. This is how OMET gets ready for the next edition of IT’s Tissue, from 25 to 29 June, an opportunity to dive into a real Italian technology excellence.

2018-04-01  READ MORE...

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