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Philippe Agut, new Managing Director of Fibre Excellence Tarascon mill

Philippe Agut has been appointed as Managing Director of Fibre Excellence Tarascon mill in the South of France. Philippe Agut began his career at Arjowiggins. He has also served as president of Bolloré Thin Papers (Papeteries des Vosges and Papeteries du Léman).

2017-11-24 
Lecta Distribution Group will apply price increases in all paper grades from January 8th 2018

Lecta Distribution Group, made up of Torraspapel Distribution in France, Spain and Portugal and Polyedra in Italy announces a price increase for deliveries of all its qualities effective January 8th 2018.

This movement is unavoidable due to the price increases applied by the majority of our suppliers.

The price increase will affect our entire product portfolio and it will vary from 5 to 8% according to the product and format.

Our customers will be informed personally by our sales teams, who will provide any further details related with this price increase.

2017-11-23 
Greycon Boosts Equipment Efficiency at Jianhui Paper

Greycon is currently implementing its trim solution, X-Trim on four Paper machines at Jianhui Paper in Dongguan city of China. Dongguan Jianhui Paper is one of the biggest Paper and pulp manufacturer’s in China’s Paper industry.

Greycon will implement X-Trim for trimming optimisation integrating with Jianhui Paper’s ERP system, Inspur. Implementation began in July 2017 and the project is expected to go live in December 2017.

Mr Liu Mingwei, CFO at Jianhui Paper said : “We are looking forward to reaping the benefits of Greycon’s system. Greycon has made the implementation process as easy as possible by integrating with our own ERP system. Greycon’s system will give us more time for business analysis and strategic thinking.”

Greycon’s new system is expected to bring numerous benefits to Dongguan Jianhui Paper at multiple levels. Reducing trim waste, minimising pattern and knife change numbers and in-turn greatly increase Jianhui’s overall equipment efficiency. Stock to trim will significantly reduce the stock amount and cost. Meanwhile, X-Trim will minimise manual dependence and personnel faults during the trim process and improve the customer service level.

“X-Trim is integrated with Inspur ERP, through the integration. X-Trim can be fully localised to meet the needs of each machine. In general, the new automated and integrated system processes will provide Dongguan Jianhui Paper the ability to focus over strategic and operative group improvement, increase industrious competitiveness and bring more time for business analysis and strategic thinking,” commented Tian Jinlong, Greycon.

2017-11-23 
Towards an integrated Point-of-Care diagnostic device

David Gosselin defended his doctoral thesis at University Grenoble Alpes prepared under the supervision of the Professors Didier Chaussy and Naceur Belgacem (Grenoble INP-Pagora / LGP2) and the co-supervision of Jean Berthier, Research Engineer (CEA, Grenoble).

2017-11-22 
Stora Enso to divest the Baienfurt sheeting centre

Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest its sheeting centre business in Baienfurt, Germany to Pyroll, a Finnish converting firm.

2017-11-22 
Atip Awards in Grenoble (France)

The French Association Atip has awarded its Trophees during the traditional Gala dinner in Grenoble on November 21.

2017-11-22 
PMP’s “Gold Eagle” TM5 at UPM’s mill (South Africa) reached its first 10 000 Ton milestone!

On Sunday, 1 October 2017, the new Universal Paper Machine TM5 reached its first milestone of 10 000 tons of paper produced.

2017-11-22 
How Kadant's Boostek helps Goma Camps improve its stock preparation
At the 70th annual French ATIP Congress being held this week in Grenoble (Isere, France)
2017-11-21 
Firefly Spark Detection and Extinguishing Systems, approved according to the new FM standard 3265

Firefly has recently received an FM-approval towards the new FM standard 3265 covering the Firefly spark detection and extinguishing systems. The FM approval covers over 70 detectors and all detectors are also available in versions for use in explosive atmospheres, Ex zone 20, 21 or 22.

2017-11-21 
Rayonier Advanced Materials Completes Acquisition of Tembec

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. just announced that it has completed the acquisition of Tembec Inc., combining two complementary high purity cellulose businesses and diversifying its product offerings with integrated forest products, paper, paperboard and newsprint businesses.

2017-11-21 
Iggesund’s mills receives the highest sustainability rating from EcoVadis

Iggesund Paperboard’s both mills – in Iggesund, Sweden, and Workington, England - have been awarded the highest rating for sustainability in an evaluation done by the EcoVadis firm of analysts.

2017-11-21 
Smurfit Kappa’s PM1 in Barbosa, Colombia is up & running!

In January 2016, Smurfit Kappa signed another contract with PMP for a press part rebuild of PM1 in its Mill in Barbosa (Colombia).

2017-11-21 
UPM supports schooling opportunities of young people at risk of social exclusion

UPM supports young people whose secondary education is at risk due to the family’s low income through Eväitä Elämälle programme by Save the Children organisation. UPM’s support is targeted at buying learning materials so that young people can continue their studies regardless of the family’s financial situation. The study materials aid will be directed to the local associations of the Save the Children organisation.

In Finland, 15 per cent of young people have not completed upper secondary education by the age of 25. Nearly half of the young people without qualification or education have had to cut or drop their studies due to lack of money. The costs of upper secondary education are caused by learning materials in particular. Study materials aid is provided for the textbooks and other materials, such as work equipment, used at secondary schools and vocational institutions. The goal is that the beneficiaries can complete a matriculation examination or a vocational qualification.

"As a sponsor of Eväitä Elämälle programme we are promoting equality and inclusion among young people as well as increasing their opportunities to build future in their chosen studies. This is important for the young themselves but also for society as a whole and for its wellbeing, "says Pirkko Harrela, Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations at UPM.

"Under the Eväitä Elämälle programme, 1,458 children from low-income families received aid for learning materials and hobbies from Save the Children last year. Our recent study shows clearly that the schooling costs are a problem for many. Nearly 60 per cent of the respondents felt that the costs of secondary education have caused them or their families financial challenges,"says Hanna Markkula-Kivisilta, Secretary General from Save the Children Finland.

UPM’s societal engagement activities are closely connected to our Biofore strategy and responsibility targets. UPM focuses on projects that are relevant to both UPM’s business and responsibility goals. The focus areas of UPM’s Biofore Share and Care programme are : Reading & Learning, Engaging with communities, Responsible water use and Boosting bioinnovations

2017-11-20 
Rottneros invests another 117 SEKm within the framework of Agenda 500

As a next step in the capacity development of Rottneros Mill, Rottneros’ Board has granted further investments in the CTMP line. The investment, CTMP Step 2, increases capacity by approximately 18,000 tonnes per year and is expected to be operational in the fall of 2018. The investment follows the strategic development plan Agenda 500, where a first capacity-enhancing investment in the CTMP line was made in 2016. Within Agenda 500, Rottneros Mill has put into operation a bio mass boiler in the third quarter of 2017 that replaces an oil-based boiler and made the mill practically fossil-free. The expansion of the purification plant is an ongoing investment that is expected to be put into operation in 2018.

The Rottneros Mill has a strong position as a supplier of high yield pulp. With increased capacity, we ensure that Rottneros can be a reliable supplier of CTMP and an attractive partner for our customers, says Lennart Eberleh, President and CEO of Rottneros AB.

The Vallvik Mill was granted a new environmental permit in 2016 which allows production of 255,000 tonnes of chemical pulp per year. The permit also includes increased requirements regarding sulfur emissions. In order to meet the requirements, the mill will invest in a weak gas collection system. Final negotiations with the potential suppliers will begin immediately. The investment is expected to be put into operation in Q4 2018.

Agenda 500 includes both environmental and capacity investments. For Vallvik Mill, the investment in the weak gas collection system is another environmental investment to ensure the long-term sustainability of the mill, comments Lennart Eberleh, President and CEO of Rottneros.

2017-11-20 
Lecta’s New Gardapremium Natural Catalogue

The new swatchbook highlights the paper’s attractive natural shade.

GardaPremium Natural is a 2 side coated woodfree silk paper with a smooth surface and a natural shade. It offers good thickness, extraordinary runnability, high stiffness and good resistance to cracking on fold, in addition to high opacity. These characteristics guarantee excellent print results for any type of project, as with all of Lecta’s premium coated papers. 

With the new GardaPremium Natural catalogue, you can directly observe the paper’s natural white shade, obtained without the addition of optical brighteners. This neutral tone is perfect for enhancing color as well as black-and-white images, highlighting every detail.

The catalogue, whose sober and elegant design features the emblematic fan-shaped leaf of the gingko tree, contains printed and unprinted samples of the different grades available : 135, 150, 170 and 200 g/m2, along with detailed technical information in English and Italian. ​

2017-11-20 
AkzoNobel completes $10 million sulfur derivatives investment in the US

AkzoNobel’s Specialty Chemicals business has completed a $10 million investment at its LeMoyne sulfur derivatives plant in the US, which supplies essential ingredients used in several major industries.

Located in Alabama, the investment includes a 20,000 dry metric ton expansion for the production of sodium hydrosulfide (NaSH), which the company supplies to customers in the paper, leather tanning, mining and specialty polymers segments.

2017-11-20 

The Board of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation has elected Ilkka Hämälä, the future President and CEO of Metsä Group, as its Chairman. The Federation’s annual autumn meeting took place in Helsinki today. The autumn meeting also elected the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for 2018.

“The Finnish Forest Industries Federation celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2018. The usage of forests has had a significant role in building well-being in Finland, and also in the future the forest industry will remain a key pillar of the Finnish economy. It is with great pleasure that I accept the position of Chairman,” says the Finnish Forest Industries Federation’s future Chairman Ilkka Hämälä.

The Finnish Forest Industries Federation’s autumn meeting on 14 November 2017 elected the following board members for 2018 :

Managing Director Petri Aaltonen, Paperinkeräys Oy
Managing Director Jussi Aine, Puustelli Group Oy
CEO Sampo Antti, Corenso United Oy Ltd
Executive Vice President, Head of Stora Enso Paper Division Kati ter Horst, Stora Enso Paper
President and CEO (as of 1 April 2018) Ilkka Hämälä, Metsä Group
CEO Markku Hämäläinen, Kotkamills Oy
Chairman of the Board Lauri Junnila, Pankaboard Oy
Executive Vice President, Strategy Esa Kaikkonen, Metsä Group
Managing Director Kalle Kantola, Haapajärven Ha-Sa Oy
CEO Pekka Kauranen, Harvestia Oy
CEO Ville Kopra, Versowood Oy
Managing Director Karri Koskela, DS Smith Packaging Finland Oy
CEO Juha Koukka, Powerflute Oy
General Manager Juha Kuusisto, Veljet Kuusisto Oy
Managing Director Erkka Lumme, Puusepänteollisuus ry
Managing Director Heikki Merikoski, Oy SWM-Wood Ltd
Mill Director Heikki Mustaniemi, Oy SCA Hygiene Products Ab
Mill Manager Pertti Mäkelä, Jujo Thermal Oy
Managing Director Frej Nygård, BillerudKorsnäs Finland Oy
Managing Director Kari Ollila, Adara Pakkaus Oy
Chief Financial Officer Seppo Parvi, Stora Enso Oyj
President and CEO Jussi Pesonen, UPM-Kymmene Oyj
Managing Director Tommi Ruha, Kuhmo Oy
Executive Managing Director Ilkka Saarinen, Tervakoski Oy
Mill Director Martti Savelainen, Sappi Finland Operations Oy
CEO Sixten Sunabacka, Tornator Oyj
CEO Vesa Tempakka, Vapo Oy
Executive Vice President, Biorefining Heikki Vappula, UPM-Kymmene Oyj
Managing Director Jouko Virranniemi, Pölkky Oy
Managing Director Sakari Wallin, Suomen Kuitulevy Oy

Chairmen and Executive Committee for 2018


President and CEO Ilkka Hämälä, Metsä Group

Vice Chairmen

Chief Financial Officer Seppo Parvi, Stora Enso Oyj
President and CEO Jussi Pesonen, UPM-Kymmene Oyj


Managing Director Kalle Kantola, Haapajärven Ha-Sa Oy
Managing Director Ville Kopra, Versowood Oy Managing Director
Karri Koskela, DS Smith Packaging Finland Oy
Mill Director Martti Savelainen, Sappi Finland Operations Oy

2017-11-20 
Sulzer Appoints Jill Lee as Chief Financial Officer, effective on April 5, 2018. Ms. Lee will not stand for re-election to Sulzer’s Board.

Sulzer is pleased to announce the appointment of Jill Lee as Chief Financial Officer and member of the Executive Committee, effective April 5, 2018.

2017-11-20 
Stora Enso will bring renewable materials to Seefeld Nordic World Ski Championships 2019

The renewable materials company Stora Enso will be the Presenting Sponsor for FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2019 in Seefeld, Austria. The sponsorship gives Stora Enso the possibility to contribute to a sustainable sports event and showcase its renewable solutions in various applications.

Throughout the event, Stora Enso wants to increase the participants’, viewers’ and visitors’ awareness of the benefits of sustainable products. Stora Enso’s products provide a climate-friendly alternative to many products made from fossil based materials, and have a smaller carbon footprint. During the World Ski Championships, a variety of products and solutions based on renewable raw materials will be show casted, such as wood for temporary buildings, carton board packaging, paper, effective waste management systems, and renewable materials for arenas.

This marks the third time Stora Enso will be sponsoring the Nordic World Ski Championships, after being the Presenting Sponsor for the 2017 event in Lahti, Finland, and a main sponsor of the event in Falun, Sweden in 2015.

This is a good opportunity for Stora Enso to be present close to its main markets. The group employs approximately 5 000 people in Central Europe. In Austria, the group operates sawmills and plants for wooden construction elements, CLT.

“We are very happy to be sponsoring the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships for the third time,” commented Stora Enso CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström. “Sustainability is the core of our business in the bioeconomy. Our products substitute fossil based products, such as plastics. In Seefeld, our renewable materials and expertise will be combined in many special products and solutions. We will lead the way in promoting and supporting a sustainable event, by using renewable raw materials derived from wood and by maximising the recycling and reuse of products.”

2017-11-20 
China will import only the highest quality waste and scrap: Thresholds for contaminants notified to WTO

On 15 November 2017, China officially notified WTO of its intent to adopt a number of Environmental Protection Control standards for imported solid wastes as raw materials. The following percentages were communicated as the applicable thresholds for impurities : smelt slag 0.5%, wood 0.5%, paper 0.5%, ferrous 0.5%, non-ferrous 1%, waste electric motors 0.5%, wires and cables 0.5%, metal and appliance scrap 0.5%, vessels 0.05%, plastic 0.5%, autos 0.3%.

The Chinese WTO notifications proposed the date of adoption as 31 December 2017 and the entry into force on 1 March 2018.

While in most cases (paper, ferrous, non-ferrous, plastics) the thresholds are not as low as initially feared (0.3%), the proposed percentages are still far from the figures that the industry considers feasible and acceptable. BIR is nevertheless pleased that the Chinese government has taken into account some of the industry’s concerns thanks to its lobbying efforts, coordinated with BIR’s member associations, including ISRI, EuRIC, CMRA, CSPA and CAMU.

BIR, together with its member associations, will submit official comments on behalf of the industry to WTO before 15 December 2017, final date for comments to WTO, to ensure that the industry’s concerns are heard and understood.

In the meantime a small, albeit important, step forward had been achieved at WTO level. In the framework of their three-yearly review of technical barriers to trade, 61 specific trade concerns were recently discussed, one of which being the Chinese import rules for solid waste.

Some of the elements that were questioned by WTO members, namely EU, Japan, USA, Australia and Canada, were the broad scope of the measures, whether they applied to domestic operators in the same way as foreign operators, and the six month transition period.

With regards to the latter, WTO has now officially asked China to grant a longer transition period of up to five years, a request that BIR very much welcomes as a need to give the industry more time to adapt to China’s new framework conditions.

2017-11-17 
Five new Tissue Lines for Yibin Paper Industry Co., Ltd

A.Celli Paper is pleased to announce the precious collaboration with the Chinese group Yibin Paper Industry Co., Ltd. also for the supply of Tissue Machines.
In July 2017 A.Celli Paper received an order confirmation from Yibin Paper Industry Co., Ltd (part of the YIBO Group) for the supply of five high-speed Tissue Machines, each of which boasts a production capacity of 25,000 tons per year, seventy-four (74TD) tons per day at 100% efficiency.
The supply includes two new Tissue Machines model iDEAL® with web format at the pope reel of 2.800 mm, a design speed of 1800m/min and an 18’ Steel Yankee Dryer, and three new Tissue Machines model iDEAL® with web format at the pope reel of 2.800 mm, a design speed of 1800m/min and a 16’ Steel Yankee Dryer. Both configurations will be equipped with Steam Hoods and the supply also includes the Approach Flow and various ancillary systems, as well as the “Control & Automation” systems.
The design of the latest-generation Steam Hoods and of the 16’-and 18’-diameter Steel Yankee Dryers are the further elements of technological excellence. A distinctive sign of A.Celli that makes its offer the right answer to the numerous demands of the market in terms of experience and professionalism – a true added value for customers. The order is completed by a shaft extraction system at the pope reel with relative reel lifting and discharge platform for each Tissue Line.
The new Tissue Lines, whose startup is scheduled in sequence starting in the second half of 2018, will allow the group to produce extremely high quality papers. This new investment by Yibin Paper Industry Co., Ltd is a further demonstration of the technological reliability of the most evolved generation of Tissue Machines model iDEAL®, as well as of the fact that A.Celli Paper once again confirms itself to be a precious, expert and professional partner capable of walking side-by-side with its customers, building important relationships.

2017-11-17 
CCE INTERNATIONAL 2019 : Positive outlook for corrugated and folding carton industry boosts demand for stand space

Some 18 months ahead of the fourth edition of CCE International event, stand reservations are in full swing at the organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions. Due to the positive industry outlook and a high re-booking rate, more than 3,000m2 net stand space is already taken. A total of 150 companies from 23 countries covered a net exhibition space of 4,700m2 at the previous exhibition. The event attracted 2,130 trade visitors from 67 countries.
There is currently enormous growth potential for the corrugated and folding carton industry, and high demand for stand space at Europe’s only specialised exhibition for this industry sector, CCE International, is reflecting this positive development. The increase in demand for environmentally friendly products, booming online trade and a trend for individualisation and traceability of supply chains are all increasing the production volume for corrugated and folding carton products and open up a variety of new market opportunities.
The previous CCE International, held in March this year, already put a special focus on future-oriented applications, such as digital print on corrugated and cartonboard, and sophisticated converting techniques.
Once again, the 11th edition of ICE Europe, International Converting Exhibition, will be held in halls A5 and A6 in parallel to CCE International.
Detailed information about CCE International is available on the exhibition website www.cceinternational.com

2017-11-17 
OceanCoat: New roll cover for coater backing rolls provides cost savings and improved efficiency

With OceanCoat, Voith is adding a highly durable option to its portfolio of coater roll covers that needs less regrinding and therefor reduces shutdown and maintenance costs.

With OceanCoat, Voith is adding a highly durable option to its portfolio of coater roll covers. The especially stable material needs regrinding less often than standard roll covers, which reduces shutdown and maintenance costs.

Blue instead of black : Voith’s new OceanCoat stands out from standard roll covers through its color alone. The blue shade allows the operator to quickly identify any overheating, which commonly occurs at the edges. This enables appropriate steps to be taken promptly. Additionally, the blue cover material is easier to clean, which notably reduces the downtime after a break. Thanks to the high mechanical stability of the cover material, OceanCoat is also able to withstand loads caused by breaks or paper wraps better than standard covers.

Other important benefits of the cover include the low degree of wear and reduced symptoms of aging. The desired roughness of the cover stays more constant over the operating life than a standard cover.

OceanCoat is designed to run dependably in a wide range of coater backing roll positions. More than a dozen OceanCoat covers are already operating successfully. Customers currently using the cover are placing additional orders, proving that they are very pleased with its performance. Users are highlighting the abrasion resistance, consistent roughness that results in stable operating conditions, and the fact that the cover is easy to clean after a break. Mills have realized significant cost savings through the use of OceanCoat.

2017-11-16 
Five policy asks for a strong European bioeconomy

On the occasion of the EU Bioeconomy Policy Day and of the release of the “Staff Working Document on the review of the 2012 European Bioeconomy Strategy”, the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA) calls for an ambitious revision of the 2012 EU Bioeconomy Strategy and for a time-bound and measurable Action Plan.

EUBA members, representing key stakeholders along the bioeconomy value chains, today propose a set of policy recommendations for the upcoming revision of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy and related Action Plan. 
In its “Policy asks for the bioeconomy strategy revision” ,it calls for concrete measures and long-term support for sustainably-produced biomass, fostering investment and market development.

2017-11-16 

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