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UPM to sell its hydro power facilities in Schongau and Ettringen to erdgas schwaben

UPM has signed an agreement on the sale of its hydro power facilities in Schongau and Ettringen, Germany to erdgas schwaben gmbh, a regional energy company, located in Augsburg.

The sale and purchase agreement is still subject to third party approvals. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The transaction does not have an effect on the employees working at UPM Schongau and UPM Ettringen mills.

"erdgas schwaben is a deep-rooted energy company in Bavarian Swabia as well as a pioneer in power generation from renewable energy sources. As an integral part of an energy company the hydro power facilities could be better developed and optimized," says Rainer Häring, Director Energy, Western Europe, UPM Paper ENA.

2017-03-22 
Pöyry awarded detailed design assignment for major rebuild of a paper machine for Sappi North America

Sappi has awarded Pöyry the detailed design for the rebuild of its No. 1 Paper Machine at its Somerset paper manufacturing facility in Skowhegan, Maine, USA. The rebuild will impact nearly every component of the machine from pulp makedown to finishing and shipping.

The $165MM USD capital project will expand Sappi North America’s manufacturing capabilities and flexibility to include a variety of consumer packaging grades. The investment of its No. 1 paper machine will maintain Sappi’s leadership position in the graphic paper market, increasing annual production capacity at this mill to nearly one million tons per year.

2017-03-21 
PRIMA conference to be managed by Smithers Pira

Smithers Pira, the worldwide authority on the packaging, paper and print supply chains, today announced it will be taking over the management of the annual Paper and Related Industries Marketing Association (PRIMA) conference following the association’s dissolution in December 2016.

The conference will move from its traditional May home to a new date in early September. The 48th annual conference will be held at the Mövenpick Hotel in Berlin, Germany on September 6-7 2017.

2017-03-21 
Amcor to Host Packaging Thought Leadership Events at Interpack 2017

Industry thought leaders will offer insight on the latest consumer packaging trends, innovation and sustainability at the “Big Ideas” expert talks and panel discussions hosted by Amcor.

Amcor, a global leader in responsible packaging solutions, will assemble some of the industry’s leading packaging experts at Interpack 2017 May 4-10 in Dusseldorf, Germany to discuss latest developments in consumer engagement and packaging trends, new technologies and materials, and more sustainable packaging.

These events are part of the company’s goal to drive innovation and respond to its customers’ needs in terms of differentiation, food safety, value for money and sustainability.

“Interpack is an opportunity to meet with industry influencers and have dynamic conversations around all things packaging,” said Peter Konieczny, president of Amcor Flexibles EMEA. “The experts we gathered to speak at the Amcor events offer real-world experience and valuable insights on some of the most important topics facing brand owners, retailers and manufacturers – from designing for Generation Z to packaging that contributes to a Circular - Economy model.”

2017-03-21 
Villa Santa Lucia : Extension of the Substance range

With a production capacity of 1 million tonnes, RDM delivers from 6 mills and has 10 sales offices based in Europe as well as a worldwide network of agents and traders. RDM is established in more than 70 countries across the world and quality and service are our main priorities.

Since 2012, RDM has invested massively in its Villa Santa Lucia mill for the benefit of its customers. Thanks to a high end quality of coated liners, Villa Santa Lucia primarily serves the most demanding Display, FMCG and Packaging markets all over Europe. The continuous improvement achieved and the high level of runnability of our Liners for Offset and Flexo printing support our customers in the development of new markets

2017-03-21 
Navigator Company to increase uncoated fine paper prices by 4-7%

The Navigator Company, European leader in the production of UWF paper, is forced to increase the prices for its UWF (uncoated woodfree) paper products, by 4 to 7% in all the countries of Middle East, Africa and Turkey, as from 3rd of April 2017, due to rising costs of production and unparalleled order intake and record order book.

2017-03-20 
Sonoco Implementing Price Increases for All Rigid Paperboard Containers in North America

Sonoco today announced it is implementing price increases for all round composite cans and shaped rigid paperboard containers in North America by a minimum of 5 percent. The increase is effective with shipments beginning April 15, 2017.

“This price adjustment is necessary to recover continuing cost inflation, particularly in uncoated recycled paperboard, a primary raw material,” said Jeff Tomaszewski, vice president and general manager for Sonoco’s Rigid Paper and Closures North America Division.

2017-03-20 
Sonoco-Alcore to Increase Prices for Tubes & Cores in Europe

 Sonoco-Alcore today announced it will raise prices for paper-based tubes and cores by up to 8.5 percent, depending on product category, effective from shipments beginning on 15th April 2017.

"The increase follows a continuous rise over the past six months in coreboard prices across Europe driven predominantly by higher OCC costs peaking now in a 60 Euro per ton or a 15 percent increase in coreboard," said Karsten Kemmerling, Director of Sales and Marketing - Tubes and Cores, Europe. "We are doing all we can to maintain tight cost control, but with coreboard a dominant part of our cost, we are unable to offset such movement."

2017-03-20 
Three days of busy networking comes to successful close at PaperWorld Middle East 2017

Three days of busy networking and inspirational ideas has come to a successful close at PaperWorld Middle East 2017, as the magical world of school and office supplies, arts and crafts, gift articles, along with children’s games and toys came to the fore.

The region’s premier trade fair for paper, stationery, and office supplies saw a strong turnout in 2017, with 5,985 trade buyers from 93 countries stopping by the stands of 313 exhibitors from 42 countries.

The positive industry response underlines Paperworld Middle East’s importance as a key gateway to a regional market that’s home to more than 200 million people, as the halls buzzed right up to closing on 16th March at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

While the annual three-day event regularly attracts the biggest names in the business, the 7th edition in 2017 was equally notable for debut or start-up companies making their first foray into the vast Middle East and African market.

PaperWorld Middle East 2017’s strong international flavour was underlined by the presence of six country pavilions from Germany, Italy, China, Taiwan, Egypt, and Pakistan, while the 28-strong UAE contingent was spearheaded by one of the show’s launch partners, Farook International Stationery.

2017-03-20 
ANDRITZ announces successful start-up of the needlepunch line supplied to AUTOTECH Nonwovens, India

ANDRITZ, has successfully started up a complete needlepunch line – from webforming to needlepunching – supplied to AUTOTECH Nonwovens, India.

The ANDRITZ neXline needlepunch offers high production capacities – from opening/blending to finishing – and is able to handle up to 700 kg/h needlepunch fabrics, depending on the raw materials. The scope of supply also included an eXcelle Dynamic double card, a Dynamic crosslapper, a drafter, and several needlelooms. The complete process is controlled by the ProDyn closed-loop system, which corrects variations in the web profile in order to meet extremely demanding requirements.

2017-03-20 
BTG appoints Rainer Rauch as General Manager EMEA

BTG has announced the assignment of Rainer Rauch as General Manager EMEA with immediate effect. He will be responsible for the execution of BTG strategies across pulp and paper customers in the EMEA region. The existing BTG teams for sales, applications, services and administration in EMEA will be under his leadership.
Rainer Rauch has been working with BTG since 2001 and brings to his new position many years of paper industry experience, in-depth knowledge of BTG technologies and strategies and demonstrated leadership.

2017-03-17 
The new A.Celli generation of rewinders Open House.

From April 10th until April 14th 2017, A.Celli Paper will host the event dedicated to the presentation of new E-WIND® technology at its facilities.

2017-03-17 
Sustainability in Holmen 2016

Lars Strömberg, Director of Sustainable and Environmental Affairs at Holmen, shares his sustainability highlights from 2016.
What would you highlight in terms of sustainability in the past year ?

A recognition of all the hard work we have put into sustainability was Holmen being ranked 21st on the Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable companies. Holmen was also ranked highly for its climate work in the annual survey carried out by CDP. But most of all I would like to highlight the way that Holmen’s operations bring major climate benefits by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by over two million tonnes per year. This can be seen as one step on the way towards meeting the commitments made in the global climate agreement.

2017-03-17 
Ilim Group identifies 5 priority regions in the Chinese market

Ilim Group held an off-site business conference on future operations in the Chinese market in Xiamen. Over 370 delegates from partner companies took part in the event. The key topics discussed included priority regions for sales development and projected product sales volumes.

China is a strategic sales market for Ilim Group. In 2016, the company produced 3.2 million tons of products, of which 1.4 million tons were destined for the Chinese market.

The company anticipates a steady rise in demand for Ilim Group products in China due to increasing hygienic and sanitary paper and pulp production and the expanding packing paper segment in five key regions : Baoding, Sichuan, Xinjiang, Shandong and Henan. Ilim Group also expects export sales in China to exceed 1.9 million tons.

2017-03-17 
Kemira whitepaper on hygiene of food-packaging board published

Board grades used for packaging of food and liquids for human consumption have strict requirements regarding the hygienic quality of the packaging board. If a part of the board produced and shipped to the converter is out of spec for hygiene, the converter may reject the whole lot. A two-day outbreak of bacterial spores on a board machine can lead to the loss of thousands of tons of finished food packaging board, at a cost approaching millions of euros

2017-03-17 
Munksjö Oyj: Supplement to the merger prospectus

Supplement to the merger prospectus

Munksjö Oyj has supplemented the merger prospectus dated December 16, 2016. The Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority has on March 17, 2017 approved the supplement to the merger prospectus, which relates to the approval of the merger by the European Commission, Munksjö’s resolution on a return of equity and Ahlstrom Corporation’s resolution on the payment of a dividend.

2017-03-17 
Veolia chosen for the extension of the wastewater treatment plant at Munksjö’s Tolosa mill in Spain

Munksjö, the world leader in the production of advanced paper products developed with intelligent paper technology, has selected Veolia’s AnoxKaldnes™ MBBR process to treat its effluent, surpassing discharge standards required by local authorities. This new selection sets up the AnoxKaldnes MBBR as the preferred biological wastewater treatment in the pulp & paper market.

2017-03-16 
APP marks four-year anniversary of its Forest Conservation Policy

Asia Pulp & Paper is now on the fourth year of a plan to transform its business model through its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) and become a leader in responsible production. The company today highlighted its ongoing commitment to the four key principles of the FCP : halting all natural forest clearances ; best practice in peatland management ; partnership with local communities ; and responsible global supply chain management. The report published today looks back at progress in 2016 and confirms the company is on track in implementing its zero-deforestation commitments.

2017-03-16 
Bernhard Jucker to retire from executive roles after distinguished career at ABB

Jucker to continue as Chairman of Board of Directors of ABB Germany ; successor will be announced following an orderly selection process.

ABB announced today that Bernhard Jucker (62), President of the Europe region and long term Member of the Group Executive Committee, has decided to retire from his executive roles effective June 30, 2017, after a distinguished career at ABB spanning more than 35 years. His successor will be announced following an orderly selection process.

As communicated in the press today, Jucker has been proposed to become chairman of the board of a well-known Swiss industry leader, where he has served as a member of the board of directors since 2016.

Jucker will continue to serve ABB as Chairman of the Board of Directors of ABB Germany and as an advisor to the senior leadership team.

2017-03-16 
Voith launches merQbiz, a Digital Trading Platform for the Paper Industry

First digital marketplace for recovered paper is launched by merQbiz in North America
Potential expansion into other regions and markets to be investigated after start-up phase

2017-03-16 
Trimble Acquires Savcor Oy and Silvadata to Expand its Global Reach and SaaS Solutions for the Forest Industry

Trimble announced today that it has acquired the forestry business of Savcor Oy, a global supplier of forestry solutions for performance optimization and enterprise management. Trimble has also acquired Silvadata, a provider of cloud-based data, collaboration and workflow automation services to small- and medium-sized forestry companies. The acquisitions expand Trimble’s global reach and complement Trimble’s Connected Forest solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

2017-03-16 
Munksjö has resolved on a return of equity of EUR 0.45 per share

The Board of Directors of Munksjö Oyj  has today resolved on a return of equity in the amount of EUR 0.45 per each outstanding share, representing approximately EUR 23 million in total. The return of equity is being paid, prior to the completion of the merger between Munksjö and Ahlstrom Corporation (“Ahlstrom”), which is expected to take place on or about 1 April 2017, based on the authorisation granted by the Extraordinary General Meeting held on 11 January 2017. The return of equity is being paid from the reserve for unrestricted equity and is based on Munksjö’s balance sheet as at 31 December 2015.

2017-03-16 
ICE Europe 2017 offers large scope of innovations

The converting industry’s leading trade show, ICE Europe, will be held from 21st - 23rd March 2017 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany. For its 10th edition the exhibition will, once again, present a large variety of new and enhanced products and services. From innovative systems for drying/curing, coating or laminating, to technical advances in finishing processes, in slitting and rewinding, environmentally-friendly hotmelt and glue, the latest rolls, rollers and sleeves, new software solutions, precise control, test and measurement systems as well as innovative printing applications - visitors will be able to get a comprehensive overview of all prevailing trends in converting techniques.
A total of 430 exhibitors from 28 countries will present their innovations on a net floor space of some 11.000m2. Live demonstrations at the exhibition stands are, once again, a special focus of the show. Key exhibitor countries are Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Switzerland, the USA, France and the Netherlands.

2017-03-15 
Walki develops new biodegradable mulching paper

Walki has developed a new fibre-based soil mulching solution that is completely biodegradable. This organic mulch type, which is used for weed control and to optimise soil conditions and crop yield, is the first of its kind on the market.

Walki, a leading global producer of technical laminates and protective packaging materials, has developed the first-ever organic mulching solution that is based on natural biodegradable fibres instead of plastic. Mulch is a layer of material applied to the surface of an area of soil. It is designed to conserve moisture, improve the fertility and health of the soil and control weed growth. Soil mulching also reduces the need for pesticides, fertilisers and irrigation.

2017-03-15 

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