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European paper industry lodges complaint against unfair Turkish import licensing on EU exports of office paper

CEPI (the Confederation of European Paper Industries) has presented a Trade Barrier Regulation (“TBR”) complaint to the European Commission against the unfair non-automatic import licensing system established by Turkey concerning, inter alia, EU exports of uncoated wood free (“UWF”) paper, which includes office paper, books, envelopes and paper used for direct mail marketing.

2017-04-24 
Italy takes the trophy at the 2017 Sappi Cup Table Football Tournament

Sappi Europe welcomed this year’s 13 qualifying teams to Brussels, Belgium to compete for the Sappi Cup Table Football Tournament title on 20th April 2017. 26 players from an original pool of close to 180 teams teams made the trip, representing Austria, CEE – Hungary and Serbia, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, and Switzerland.

Once again Gilles Bloch, former Table Football World Champion for Belgium, coach and referee on the night, kept a close eye on proceedings along with his colleague Wendy to make sure that the International Table Soccer Federation rules were adhered to.

2017-04-24 
Stora Enso launches FlyoBrite for retail print

To improve its product range and to meet the requirements of retail customers, Stora Enso is introducing a new product, FlyoBrite. FlyoBrite is based on 100% recycled fibre and provides a great balance between brightness and smoothness, ensuring a glossy printed image and brilliant colours.

“Flyo Papers are the recycled choice for retail print ! Made from 100% recycled fibre, FlyoBrite contributes to the circular economy in which nothing is wasted and all materials are used efficiently. Due to its high brightness, super smoothness and enhanced whiteness, FlyoBrite helps products shine !” says Juha Ceder, Vice President, Improved and Book Papers, Stora Enso Paper division.

2017-04-24 
UPM's Zero Solid Waste to Landfill initiative wins the Midwest Regional Sustainability Award in the US

UPM’s Zero Solid Waste to Landfill initiative received the Gold Award in the Midwest Region Sustainability competition challenged by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Chicago. According to the panel of judges, UPM’s initiative stands out as an excellent example highlighting Supply Managers’ responsibility to lead, drive and influence sustainability initiatives within an organization.

UPM’s Zero Solid Waste to Landfill initiative, launched in 2016, is one of the ways in which UPM contributes to the United Nations sustainable development goals for the year 2030. The initiative focuses on five of the most challenging production side streams to recycle, starting in UPM’s home country, Finland. The waste fractions are ash, sludge, sandy bark, dregs and mixed waste. The project’s main goal is creating a permanent and scalable operational model around the existing forms of recycling and reuse of these challenging side streams, but it also looks into finding completely new, innovative ways to recycle and reuse the solid waste that has previously ended up in landfills. At UPM approximately 90 per cent of production waste is already today recycled or reused. Before initiating this project, UPM already had zero solid waste to landfill operations at its mills in Austria and Germany.

2017-04-21 
Innovation at the heart of Gambini

Since 1870 Gambini family has renovated and innovated, carrying out a process of technological development which has now reached full awareness.

The Company is headquartered in the Lucca valley in Tuscany, Italy, and since July 2013 has operated a subsidiary company, Gambini America, located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA, and managed by Bart Drage.

The company researches, designs and manufactures technologically advanced machinery for the converting and the production of tissue products for hygiene and personal care, both for the Consumer and for the Professional sector.
Its complete offer expresses the achievement of the concept of Perflexion, the combination of flexibility and performance, which is reflected in the composition of its lines and in their modularity to adapt to different production needs, guaranteeing thus high levels of operating efficiency.

2017-04-21 
Kemira appoints Tuula Paajanen as Director, Corporate Responsibility

Tuula Paajanen (Master of Science, Chem.Eng) has been appointed Director, Corporate Responsibility at Kemira starting in May, 2017. She has previously been working in Kemira’s corporate responsibility team and held various leadership positions during her 15 years successful career in the company.

"Tuula has played a significant role in building and continuously improving our sustainability performance, monitoring and reporting. I am confident that going forward, Tuula will continue to bring new valuable insights into this work and improve Kemira’s corporate responsibility performance further" says Tero Huovinen, SVP, Communications.

"Sustainability is an integral part of Kemira’s strategy and business model for growth and value creation. Our commitment for sustainable products and solutions stands for improved resource and process efficiency for our customers and safe use of our products throughout their lifecycle. We take responsibility on the impacts of our business activities in all areas of our operations including manufacturing and supply chain. Our stakeholders expect high sustainability performance from us which drives our efforts to continuously improve our business processes to meet these growing expectations," says Jari Rosendal, Kemira’s President and CEO.

2017-04-21 
Nomination Committee’s proposal to Södra’s 2017 AGM

Södra’s Nomination Committee proposes that Kjell Andersson, Pål Börjesson and Ylva Hammargren be elected as new members of Södra’s Board. The Nomination Committee also proposes that the current Board members, Hans Berggren and Ola Hildingsson, be re-elected. Re-election of Lena Ek as Chairman of the Board is also proposed.

The Nomination Committee’s proposal entails that the number of elected Board members will increase from nine to ten. The Committee proposes that Marie Hallén and Stefan Olsson step down from the Board.

2017-04-20 
Strong first quarter for Södra

Södra’s operating profit totalled SEK 451 million (249) for the first quarter. The operating margin improved to 9 percent (5) and return on capital employed to 11 percent (7).

“Södra’s first quarter was strong with increased net sales, higher earnings and an improved operating margin. Robust demand contributed to the favourable volume and price trend, and the currency trend was also positive. Based on its Group strategy, Södra will continue to strengthen and focus on increased digitisation, innovation and sustainability,” said Lars Idermark, President and CEO.

“One important reason for the positive result was the improvement for the sawmill operations, where the ongoing restructuring process – with a customer and market focus, and the development of new products and services – is progressing according to plan,” said Lars Idermark.

In the Södra Wood business area, earnings rose SEK 96 million to SEK 3 million (loss : 93).

2017-04-20 
Södra raises prices for saw logs and pulpwood

The sawn timber market improved during the spring. Demand for softwood saw logs is high and expected to remain so over the summer and autumn. Södra is therefore raising its prices for softwood saw logs by SEK 50/m³sub.

The increase has two components – a price-list increase, and an early-contracting premium. Södra is also raising its price for softwood pulpwood by SEK 20/m³sub.

2017-04-20 
BillerudKorsnäs - Growing again

CEO Per Lindberg comments on the development during Q1 2017 :

“The first quarter of 2017 saw growth on the back of high demand in the markets across all business areas. Sales are showing better than expected growth, and our production is in fact at an all-time high for a single quarter. However, our operating profit during the quarter suffered from spillover effects from 2016, and we have as a consequence undertaken significant measures to address both our start-up performance as well as quality performance.

Two of the key elements in our growth strategy and production capacity are our major ongoing investments in Skärblacka and Gruvön. We are glad to see that the start-up of these projects has been successful and that they are well under way. Together with new solution sales initiatives we have laid a strong foundation for continued growth.”

2017-04-20 
5 million tonnes of newsprint paper produced at Langerbrugge mill

On 5 April 2017, at 12:30 CET, less than 14 years after the start-up of the newsprint paper machine at Stora Enso Langerbrugge, the mill reached a milestone of 5 million tonnes of newsprint produced. The Giant of Ghent in Belgium is one of the most efficient newsprint machines in the world.

2017-04-19 
BASF to increase prices for Paper and Water Chemicals worldwide

Driven by continued increases in cost of raw materials, transportation, and energy, BASF will increase prices across the portfolios of paper and water chemicals with immediate effect as contracts allow. Price increases of 5 to 10 percent globally are targeted for selected product lines while measured increases will be implemented for specific products and delivery locations.
Paper coating chemicals are not affected by the price increase.

2017-04-19 
Valmet opened new regional office in Mexico City

Valmet has opened its new regional office in Mexico City to serve its customers. The opening ceremony of the office was held in February 2017. The inauguration event was held at the
Residence of the Ambassador of Finland in Mexico

"Valmet has had business dealings with Mexico already for many years and this latest step is the proof of how interesting the Mexican market currently is", said the Finnish Ambassador Roy Eriksson in his speech.

2017-04-19 
Cellical: cellulose microfibrils and bioactive medical devices

The Laboratory of Pulp and Paper Science and Graphic Arts (LGP2) coordinates the Cellical project, which revolves around the use of cellulose microfibrils in the design of bioactive surgical devices for soft tissue repair.
Launched in October 2015, with a planned duration of 42 months, the Cellical ANR project is run by LGP2 and features a number of partners : the Centre de Recherches sur les Macromolécules Végétales (CERMAV), the Centre Technique du Papier (CTP), Sofradim Production (Medtronic Covidien), Tembec Innovation, Joseph Fourier University’s Department of Molecular Pharmacochemistry (UJF-DPM) and the University of Lille 2 (UL2-INSERM).

2017-04-19 
"Élan sportif" wins an official award

Bertine Khélifi and Raphaël Passas of LGP2 won 1st prize at the 2017 SEMPA contest for microscopic photography.
Created in 1992, SEMPA is the association of Philips & FEI scanning electron microscope users. Its goal is to facilitate scientific and technical exchanges between microscope users.

During its annual technical conference, which took place on 15-17 March 2017 at EDF’s Renardières R&D Centre (in Seine-et-Marne), a slightly offbeat photography contest was held. Of the 12 images presented by the competitors, the photograph produced by Research Engineer Raphaël Passas and Study Engineer Bertine Khélifi of the Laboratory of Pulp and Paper Science and Graphic Arts (LGP2) made the biggest impression on the jury, which awarded the picture 1st prize. Dubbed "Élan sportif", the photograph offers a cross-sectional view of a piece of tissue paper.
Congratulations to the authors for receiving this distinction, which follows on from their previous awards for unusual photographs ("Pirates du désert", 1st place in 2008, and "L’Oiseau Alfa", 4th place in 2009).

2017-04-19 
Tecno Paper Srl will supply to Valot S.A. a “Multifunction” Slitter Rewinder model TP-2US-TMG12, version High Performance.

The Rewinder has a trim width of 3750 mm and includes 2 unwind stands for parent reels diam. 2000 mm, slitting unit with 20 slitters, rewinding head able for finished reels diam. 1800 mm and speed up to 1500 m/min.

This special Rewinder can process both Tissue, with basis weight range 13-38 gsm, and MG paper, with basis weight range 14-60 gsm.

2017-04-19 
Lucart's commitment to a circular economy for paper All the results of the Fiberpack® project from 2013 to today

The first company to launch a circular economy project in the field of "tissue" paper, Lucart supports a recycling programme in which waste becomes resources, over 2.8 billion Tetra Pak type® beverage cartons recycled in just four years - In 2010, the partnership between Lucart and Tetra Pak® led to the creation of Fiberpack®, a virtuous and award-winning project that represents the evolution of paper, combining environmental sustainability and technological innovation. Fiberpack® is a material obtained by recovering the cellulose fibres present in Tetra Pak® type beverage cartons. It is possible to obtain 74% cellulose fibres from just one of these containers, in addition to 22% polyethylene and 4% aluminium, recovering 100% of the components.

2017-04-18 
KaiCell Fibers and CHTC Group intensify collaboration

A CHTC Group delegation visited Finland April 8 to 11, 2017, lead by Vice President Wang Dongxing, who heads the fiber section within the group. CHTC Group is an influential leading edge company in the textiles field and wood based viscose in particular, and contains divisions for engineering, machinery manufacturing and viscose production. China is the world’s biggest viscose producer with almost 4 million tons annual output. The delegation was hosted by KaiCell Fibers top management.
During the visit, mutual cooperation between the companies was further strengthened through the signing of a Collaboration Agreement as a logical follow-up to, and extension of, a Memorandum of Understanding signed in China in October 2016.

2017-04-18 
Valmet & Children & Youth Foundation launch a unique social responsibility program to enhance employment possibilities for young people

To celebrate its 220 years of industrial history and the centenary of Finland’s independence, Valmet is offering 100 young people an opportunity to develop their working life skills. The company will hire young people aged 16-29, who might for example have challenges in finding their paths in life or in working life skills, to complete practical work training and gain work experience in its Finnish units during the spring and autumn.

"Valmet has strong roots in Finland, and the company has played a significant role in the development of the country throughout its long history. In this year of celebration, we want to remember the young people in Finland. We are offering an opportunity to practice working life skills especially to those young people who are still searching for their strengths and paths in life, and need support," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.

2017-04-18 
OMET celebrates success in tissue market with prestigious customers

Tissue World in Milan and Open House in Lecco. Three days focused on networking and sharing knowledge, culminated in the great gala dinner "OMET Night Out - Tissue Over Milan" at the restaurant UNICO in Milan, exclusive location completely reserved for OMET and its important guests.

The panoramic terrace at the 20th floor of the renowned Milanese restaurant, with unmatchable view on the entire Milan skyline. It was the perfect location for the exclusive event organized by OMET the 11 April, where nearly 100 people among which historic customers, suppliers and important journalists of the sector, enjoyed a gourmet dinner and shared a pleasant night.
During the gala night, OMET wanted to demonstrate sincere gratitude to its partners with a simple gift, sign of long-lasting collaboration through the years. Their trust in OMET technology is the best prove of the quality and reliability of the products and the support offered by the Italian company, worldwide leader in this market

2017-04-18 
Madison Paper Industries to sell its hydro power facilities in North America to Eagle Creek Renewable Energy

Madison Paper Industries, a partnership of UPM and Northern SC Paper Corp., a subsidiary of The New York Times Company, has signed an agreement on the sale of its hydro power facilities to Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, LLC, a hydroelectric power producer, based in Morristown, NJ, USA.

The transaction is still subject to third party approvals. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

"Eagle Creek is a well-known and experienced operator of hydroelectric power facilities in North America. The company focuses on CO2-friendly power production and has a long term focused business strategy in this sector. As an integral part of an energy company the hydro power facilities can be operated and developed in an optimal way," says Ruud van den Berg, Senior Vice President, Magazines, Merchants & Office, UPM Paper ENA.

"Eagle Creek is very pleased to broaden our footprint in central Maine. The Madison Paper Industries hydroelectric portfolio represents an excellent opportunity to build out our operations in the region through the acquisition of a well-maintained, high quality set of hydro facilities," says Bud Cherry, CEO of Eagle Creek Renewable Energy.

2017-04-18 
New CPI standard targets fresh produce sector

The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) has introduced the Common Footprint Quality (CFQ) standard for the UK’s fresh produce industry.

2017-04-14 
Paper Factory Launched at Amirabad Port
According to the Financial Tribune journal, a paper production factory was launched by President Hassan Rouhani at Amirabad Port in the northern Mazandaran Province.

2017-04-14 
Japan Pulp and Paper Company acquired PagePack in Australia

Japan Pulp and Paper Company (JP) informed that the company’s Board of Directors adopted a resolution formally approving acquisition of shares of PagePack (AU) Pty Ltd.

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