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Dunapack Packaging boost its Romanian operations with new corrugated packaging plant in Bucharest area and significant technical update of existing Dunapack Rambox plant


Family owned Prinzhorn Group strengthens its production hub in central Romania Dunapack Rambox, Dunapack Packaging’s Romanian operations, has signed an agreement to purchase 11,5 ha land for the setup of a greenfield corrugated packaging plant in the Bucharest area. The existing Sfântu Gheorghe plant receives a major technical update.

2017-10-26  READ MORE...
First Mondi Speed Data Hackathon explores big data solutions for paper and packaging industry

Mondi, the global packaging and paper group, welcomed 50 PhD students from all over Europe to participate in the first Mondi Speed Data Hackathon.

2017-10-26  READ MORE...
Valmet's new scanner offers corrugated board manufacturers a more economical way to measure liner moisture levels

Valmet introduces a new scanner, Valmet IQ Converting Scanner, for corrugated board.

2017-10-26  READ MORE...
Appointment to Pöyry's Group Executive Committee

Dorien Terpstra, 38, MSc in Strategy & Organization, has been appointed Executive Vice President, Head of Strategy and Transformation and member of the Group Executive Committee of Pöyry PLC as of 8 January 2018. She will report to Martin à Porta, President and CEO of Pöyry.

2017-10-26  READ MORE...
The Navigator Company to increase uncoated woodfree paper prices by 6-8%

The Navigator Company announced today to its Customers that it will be increasing prices across its uncoated woodfree papers portfolio in Europe, and it will be effective from 1st of January 2018.

2017-10-25  READ MORE...
Södra Cell is increasing the price of its NBSK in Europe to USD 1000/tonne, effective November 1st

“We continue to see very strong demand for NBSK across all our markets,” commented Magnus Björkman, Vice President Marketing & Sales. 

2017-10-25  READ MORE...
EUROTUBE 2017 in Copenhagen : Effects of the Chinese regulations on the recycled paper market

The European Core and Tube Association (ECTA) held its annual General Assembly (GA) September 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

2017-10-25  READ MORE...
Zanders: price increase as of January 1st 2018

Due to a continuing increase in raw material costs, in both Pulp and Chemicals, Zanders is forced to announce a further price increase of 5-8% for all paper grades.

2017-10-25  READ MORE...
Stora Enso invests EUR 94 million to grow in renewable materials

Stora Enso will invest EUR 94 million to grow in renewable materials and to increase competitiveness in consumer board and biomaterials.

2017-10-25  READ MORE...
International Paper and Graphic Packaging Create Leading Consumer Packaging Platform

International Paper has signed a definitive agreement to contribute its North America Consumer Packaging business to Graphic Packaging in a transaction valued at $1.8 billion. 

2017-10-24  READ MORE...
UPM Paper ENA plans to reduce graphic paper capacity and optimize operations to increase competitiveness

In light of the global market situation for graphic papers, and to sustain its competitiveness and leading position in the market, UPM Paper ENA plans to :

2017-10-24  READ MORE...
Ahlstrom-Munksjö PureArmor™ breathable impervious nonwoven fabric combines superior protection with great comfort

Ahlstrom-Munksjö, a global leader in fiber-based materials, announces the launch of Ahlstrom-Munksjö PureArmor™, a breathable impervious fabric for blood borne pathogen and cleanroom apparel protection.

2017-10-24  READ MORE...
Apple’s Tim Cook plants trees at Iggesund, acknowledges Holmen’s climate-smart efforts

When Apple CEO Tim Cook wanted to discover more about the sustainability work that lies behind the paperboard material Invercote, he visited the forest outside Iggesund in Sweden.

2017-10-24  READ MORE...
Metsä Board recognised by CDP as a global leader in sustainable water management and climate action

Metsä Board has once again been rewarded a position on the CDP Water A List as well as on the CDP Climate A List.

2017-10-24  READ MORE...
Essity recognized by CDP as world leader for its action on water and forests

Essity, a leading hygiene and health company, has been recognized as a global leader for its action on water and forests and received the highest score from CDP, an international not-for-profit charity that promotes a more sustainable economy.

2017-10-24  READ MORE...
UPM moves forward in sustainable biochemicals business

UPM moves forward with the development of biochemicals business by evaluating the potential of building a biorefinery in the Chemical Park Frankfurt-Höchst in Germany.

2017-10-24  READ MORE...
UPM seeks growth in attractive plywood segments by expanding the competitive UPM Chudovo plywood mill in Russia

UPM further strengthens its position as the leading plywood manufacturer in Europe. Following successful growth investments in Finland and Estonia over the past few years, UPM expands its Chudovo plywood mill in Russia by investing EUR 50 million.

2017-10-24  READ MORE...
International Environment Council: China needs to understand “we are the good guys”

BIR’s International Environment Council (IEC) meeting in New Delhi was devoted almost entirely to the issue that is preoccupying great swathes of the recycling industry : China’s import ban affecting certain secondary raw materials.

2017-10-24  READ MORE...
Ahlstrom-Munksjö achieves ISO 50001:2011 certification for its Rottersac and Stenay sites in France

Rottersac and Stenay specialty papers production sites have obtained ISO 50001:2011 certification for their Energy Management System (EnMS) from SGS.

2017-10-23  READ MORE...
Navigator is about to go “Around the World in 80 Pages” for the third time

The world’s leading premium office paper brand challenges people to write travel story and win a total of €10.000 in travel vouchers.

2017-10-23  READ MORE...
Expanded applications with new Valmet Optical Consistency Transmitters

Valmet Optical Consistency Transmitter (Valmet OC) has gained a deserved reputation for accuracy, reliability and ease of installation since its introduction four years ago.

2017-10-23  READ MORE...
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE OF THE EU LOOK LIKE FROM THE FOREST INDUSTRY’S PERSPECTIVE?

In Europe we are currently outlining the future outlook for the EU. The discussion includes formulating an understanding of what kind of EU will offer the best possible future for its citizens.

2017-10-23  READ MORE...
Greenpeace in action at the Östrand pulp mill

Monday October 16, Greenpeace carried out an action against SCA’s pulp mill Östrand in Timrå. Activists from Greenpeace tried to stop all transports in and out of the mill and four activists climbed the old recovery boiler, the highest building on the site, to put up a banderol. By lunch-time the same day, the action was stopped. The police are investigating possible criminal offences.

What Greenpeace demands is that SCA does not harvest forests with high conservation values, more specifically that SCA do not harvest areas that the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency has identified as value cores and high value sites.

SCA has had a dialogue with Greenpeace during the year, including field visits. SCA fully share the commitment that the biodiversity of the forest must be preserved. SCA’s vast forest holding has been inventoried with regard to nature qualities and forest with high nature values is set aside from forestry in SCA’s ecological landscape plans. All areas subject to harvesting is thoroughly inventoried and trees and areas important for care-demanding plants and animals are set aside.

Totally, SCA preserves at its own initiative more than 20 per cent of its productive forest land. More than one tree out of five becomes part of the forest’s natural cycles and ensures a rich and varied nature.

SCA already fulfils Greenpeace’ demands when it comes to value cores. We have already identified these areas with high nature qualities and protected them in our ecological landscape plans. When it comes to high value sites, those areas are only identified from maps as a planning tool. The Environmental Protection Agency has clearly stated that their intention is not that all high value sites should be protected. In large parts forest management with normal consideration for nature qualities may continue. In all more than one quarter of all productive forests in Sweden are found in high value sites. It would be very costly and lead to substantial reductions of forestry and forest industry to protect all high value sites. And it would not be efficient Nature conservation.

SCA’s extensive care for all values of the forest implies that SCA fulfils the demanding forest certification systems FSC and PEFC, which makes it possible for customers and consumers to buy forest products from responsibly managed forests.

2017-10-20  READ MORE...
The quality issue: higher costs and continuing uncertainty

China’s proposed import restrictions on lower grades of recovered fibre will require major investments by suppliers in quality control processes and technology, according to Andreas Uriel. The Managing Director of German paper recycler Uriel Papierrohstoffe told the latest BIR Paper Division meeting in New Delhi that “these extra costs must be covered by appropriate recovered paper prices”.

In his presentation on the new European standard for recovered paper quality control, Mr Uriel pointed out that technical possibilities for testing have become “more and more extensive”, adding that suppliers “must ensure the evaluation of their deliveries is fair and done by reliable technology”.

The quality issue and China’s import restrictions are continuing to cause headaches for the global paper recycling sector. BIR World President and Paper Division Honorary President Ranjit Singh Baxi of UK-based J&H Sales International spoke of “market reports predicting a 30% reduction in recovered paper volumes going to China”. A proposal to ban imports containing more than 0.3% contamination “has not been formalised” ; until that happens, he said, the industry should continue to abide by the internationally-accepted threshold of 1.5% non-paper components.

2017-10-20  READ MORE...

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