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Metso Digital Program set to accelerate business growth

Digital domains are maturing fast in Metso’s business environment. Metso has set up a Digital Program to accelerate the company to a new level in digital capabilities, required to succeed in the future of minerals processing and flow control. Metso’s ambition is to become one of the digital leaders in the industries it serves. This means for example turning customer interaction more data-driven, and proactively addressing issues and opportunities based on insights drawn from data.

"Digitalization is an integral part of our business development, supporting our growth," says Matti Kähkönen, CEO, Metso Corporation. "We focus on very practical and concrete ways to go forward. Digitalization is a tool to make things happen. New technologies are here and new business models can help us grow," he continues.

2017-03-15 
UPM supports children's opportunities to participate in after school sports clubs in Finland

UPM will become the supporter of children’s after school sports clubs in Finland. The project aims to provide as many children as possible the opportunity to participate in an after school sports club or other recreational afternoon activities. UPM’s support is targeted to local operations such as trainers’ fees, equipment and facility costs, particularly in UPM’s largest production locations in Lappeenranta, Kouvola and Rauma. The project is coordinated by the Finnish Olympic Committee.

Finland is making a lot of commendable work around children’s after school sports clubs. Although the number of clubs has increased, still two thirds of the primary school pupils are excluded from recreational after school activities in connection with the school day.

2017-03-15 
Recycling paper strengthens the circular economy

FEFCO welcomes the European Parliament’s vote today supporting the ambitious report on the waste package adopted by the Environmental Committee in January 2017.
Recycling keeps materials like paper & board alive for a long time. The circular economy needs recycling to keep the value of the materials in the loop and to minimise the use of resources.

2017-03-14 
The French Paper mill Ecocis has been put into liquidation

The French Paper mill Ecocis, which should have restarted to produce market deinked pulp, has been put into compulsory liquidation. The 51 employees have received their termination notice. The 15 hectares of the Voreppe site near Grenoble are for sell. BpiFrance, a partner of Ecocis’ owner, Springwater Capital, has made a complaint against Martin Gruschka, Springwater Capital’s boss. Two investigating judges have been appointed.

2017-03-14 
The Italian GapCon tissue S.r.l. joined the PAPCEL Group of companies

By the end of 2016, the Italian company GapCon tissue S.r.l. joined the PAPCEL Group of companies. Following the acquisition of the Italian group Comecart (Burgo Group), the French company ABK Machinery and the Spanish company Gorostidi, another world famous manufacturer of technology for packaging grades as well as graphic and tissue papers joined the PAPCEL Group of companies.

2017-03-14 
Made to measure ‘real’ recycling rates will target investment where it matters most

The European Parliament has today opted to follow the ambitious lead set by Environment committee’s vote on the Circular Economy package in January this year.
The most important outcome from today’s vote is that MEPs moved in favour of one single calculation method that enshrines real and comparable recycling rates both in and for Europe.
“Today, the European Parliament has fully grasped the opportunity to make the Circular Economy work for Europe by enabling industry and local authorities to better target where investment needs to take place” says CEPI Director General Sylvain Lhôte
CEPI recognises that the new recycling targets are ambitious while providing new opportunities in terms of improving quality.

2017-03-14 
Agreement between Recard and Voith: the Crescent Former for Star Paper Mill Ltd. will mount the NipcoFlex T shoe press

An important collaboration has been agreed between Recard and the German Group Voith to equip the Crescent Former commissioned by Star Paper Mill Ltd. in Abu Dhabi with the latest-generation NipcoFlex T shoe press.

2017-03-14 
GL&V to supply new equipment to BillerudKorsnäs Gruvön Mill

GL&V Sweden AB is pleased to announce that BillerudKorsnäs Gruvön Mill has placed an order for a complete Refiner and Deflaker system and a combined Save-All/Broke Thickener together with Duflo® Pump technology to their new Board Machine, Next Generation project.

GL&V Sweden AB will deliver thirteen DD®6000 Refiner and three DF-20-2 Deflakers for print-, middle- and back ply. The energy efficient DD6000 refiners will be equipped with the patented Anti-Plate Clash System, APCS, which detects and prevents Refiner Plate clashing. GL&V´s Refiner Plate Wear Indicator, an accurate laser-based system that measures the refiner plate wear, is also included in the scope.

2017-03-14 
Cellwood to upgrade stock preparation line for Sattur Sri Duplex Boards in Sattur, India

Cellwood Machinery was awarded an order from Sattur Sri Duplex Boards to upgrade the stock preparation line with a 75 Tpd - Krima Dispersing Unit. This new Krima unit will be used for improving the quality of top layer. The delivery will take place summer 2017.

2017-03-14 
Munksjö launches Steralia, a medical paper for high-performance sterilisation pouches

Munksjö, a world-leading manufacturer of advanced specialty papers, announces the launch of Steralia[TM], a technical paper for the manufacturing of medical pouches used for the sterilisation of medical devices. Once sealed, such medical pouches help identify the sterilisation method used, and once sterilised, maintain the sterility of the contents until opening, reducing infection risk for maximum patient safety.

2017-03-14 
Munksjö: The combination of Munksjö and Ahlstrom is approved by the European Commission and expected to be completed in the beginning of April 2017

The European Commission has today approved the merger between Munksjö Oyj and Ahlstrom Corporation. Munksjö and Ahlstrom have now received all pre-closing competition approvals required for completing the merger.

The merger is currently expected to be completed on or about 1 April 2017. As communicated earlier, the completion of the merger is subject to certain customary conditions concerning, among other things, the availability of financing and the absence of events that would have a material adverse effect on either company.

Munksjö and Ahlstrom have agreed to distribute funds to their respective shareholders prior to the completion of the merger in the amount of approximately EUR 23 million each, corresponding to EUR 0.45 per share in Munksjö and EUR 0.49 per share in Ahlstrom. The Boards of Directors of Munksjö and Ahlstrom intend to resolve on the distributions on or about 16 March 2017. If the distributions are resolved upon on 16 March 2017, their record date would be 20 March 2017 and payment date 27 March 2017.

2017-03-13 
ASPAPEL’s 2017 Blue Birdies awards For Excellence in the collection of paper and board for recycling

Twenty-nine Spanish local authorities (town councils and groups of municipalities) in twelve autonomous regions have been recognised for the excellence of their management of selective paper and board collection in the first edition of ASPAPEL’s Blue Birdies scheme. The Blue Birdies 2017 award ceremony took place in Madrid under the chairmanship of Isabel Garcia Tejerina, Minister of Agriculture & Fisheries, Food and Environment, and was attended by numerous mayors and presidents of local associations.

Three Blue Birdies : The town councils of Lleida, Fuenlabrada, Logroño and A Coruña, the Urban Waste and Energy Consortium of Menorca, and the Greater Pamplona Area Council

Two Blue Birdies : The town councils of Barcelona, Reus, Alcorcon, Bilbao, Burgos, Cadiz, Ciudad Real, Gijon (plus EMULSA), Granada, Leon, Segovia and Soria, the Association of Municipalities of l’Alt Emporda, the No. 1 Consortium Association of Huesca (plus GRHUSA), and the Association of Western Costa del Sol Municipalities

One Blue Birdie : The town councils of Terrassa (plus ECOEQUIP), Coslada, Leganes, San Fernando, Sevilla (plus LIPASAM), Valladolid and Zaragoza and the Urban Solid Waste Consortium for the province of Ciudad Real.

2017-03-13 
Double success for Metsä Board at prestigious iF Design Awards

Metsä Board’s highly creative designs achieved a double success at this year’s iF Design Awards. T2 Mini Fruit Tea packaging won an iF Design certificate for ‘Beverages’ and the company’s own innovative Elevated drink box won another iF Design certificate for ‘Independent Packaging’. Both packaging designs were created by Metsä Board’s design team.

2017-03-13 
New barrier materials using microfibrillated cellulose

Sébastien Raynaud defended his doctoral thesis at University Grenoble Alpes prepared under the supervision of Professor Alain Dufresne (Grenoble INP-Pagora / LGP2) and of Dr David Guérin, Manager Research Unit (Centre Technique du Papier). He presented the results of his research work entitled Development of new barrier materials using microfibrillated cellulose.

2017-03-13 
Sonoco-Alcore to Increase Paperboard Prices in Europe

Sonoco-Alcore S.a.r.l. today announced it will raise prices by €60 per tonne (£50 / tonne) on all recycled paperboard grades sold in the Company’s European regions. The price change is effective with shipments on or after 17th March 2017.

2017-03-13 
Bekaert Solaronics to supply WebMate® electrical infrared system to Twin Rivers Paper Company, Madawaska mill, USA.

Bekaert Solaronics will supply a WebMate® infrared moisture profiling system to Twin Rivers Paper Company #5 Paper Machine. The system is equipped with 1 row of 39 electrical M2000 modules including 78 zones of fine profiling capability.

2017-03-10 
European Commission - Statement Antitrust: Commission confirms unannounced inspections in sector of kraft paper and industrial paper sacks

The European Commission can confirm that on 7 March 2017 its officials carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of several companies active in the sector of kraft paper and industrial paper sacks.

The inspections took place in several Member States. The Commission has concerns that the relevant companies may have violated Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, which prohibits anticompetitive practices such as price fixing and customer allocation.

These inspections are part of the same investigation that led the Commission to carry out unannounced inspections in March 2016 in the same sectors .

The Commission officials were accompanied by their counterparts from the relevant national competition authorities.

Unannounced inspections are a preliminary step into suspected anticompetitive practices. The fact that the Commission carries out such inspections does not mean that the companies are guilty of anti-competitive behaviour nor does it prejudge the outcome of the investigation. The Commission respects the rights of defence, in particular the right of companies to be heard in antitrust proceedings.

There is no legal deadline to complete inquiries into anticompetitive conduct. Their duration depends on a number of factors, including the complexity of each case, the extent to which the undertakings concerned co-operate and the exercise of the rights of defence.

2017-03-10 
AkzoNobel reviewing strategic options to separate Specialty Chemicals

AkzoNobel, one of the world’s leading paints, coatings and chemicals companies announces today a review of strategic options for the separation of its Specialty Chemicals business.

The Specialty Chemicals business, which had revenues of €4.8 billion in 2016, is strongly positioned with a broad portfolio of leading technologies and chemicals which service a wide range of end-user segments including construction, industrial and consumer goods. The separation will allow the Specialty Chemicals business to continue to build and accelerate its market-leading positions across a range of market segments.

2017-03-10 
Nomination Committee proposals regarding election of the Board

In advance of the BillerudKorsnäs AB  Annual General Meeting of shareholders to be held on Wednesday 10 May 2017, the BillerudKorsnäs nomination committee proposes the re-election of Andrea Gisle Joosen, Bengt Hammar, Mikael Hellberg, Lennart Holm, Michael M.F. Kaufmann and Kristina Schauman as members of the Board, and the election of Christian Saclier and Victoria Van Camp as new members of the Board. The nomination committee also proposes the re-election of Lennart Holm as chairman of the Board and Michael M.F. Kaufmann as vice chairman of the Board. Jan Homan and Gunilla Jönson have decided not to seek re-election.

2017-03-10 
Idempapers continues its path for rebirth

As 3 industrial funds bid for IdemPapers, the PRJ is extended till April 15.
On December 13, 2016, IdemPapers filed for the PRJ process and called for a 3-month process. This short period was selected by management in order to reassure customers and colleagues that a rapid transfer into a more competitive and stable structure was possible and desirable. As a proof of strength, during this time, IdemPapers operations continued normally without any interruption of production nor supply while the order book remained full.

2017-03-10 
Sonoco Alcore: another start-up on schedule!

Start-up of the A.Celli Paper rewinder model AC842, in a 2700-mm format and a production speed of 1200 m/min, sold last year to Sonoco Alcore, was concluded as scheduled on 16 January 2017, following the signing of the acceptance certificate.

In just 8 months, the order, that included not only the rewinder but also a complete final product handling system (overhead crane – wagon – conveyor belts) was built, installed and started up at Sonoco Alcore’s Ciriè Paper Mill in the Provincia of Turin (Italy).

2017-03-09 
Fischer Named GP CEO, Hannan To Assume New Role At Koch

Koch Industries, Inc. today named Jim Hannan executive vice president and CEO – Enterprises, and Brad Razook executive vice president and CEO – Resources. Both are newly created leadership positions. Hannan has served as president and CEO of Koch subsidiary Georgia-Pacific since 2007, while Razook has served as president and CEO of Flint Hills Resources since 2005.

In his new role, Hannan will oversee Georgia-Pacific, INVISTA, Molex and Guardian, as well as Koch’s recently acquired interest in Infor. Razook will oversee Flint Hills Resources, Koch Pipeline, Koch Ag & Energy Solutions (including Matador Cattle), and Koch Minerals (including Koch Supply & Trading). Both Hannan and Razook will be responsible for driving improvements and advances in their respective businesses, including the application of technology, software and data analytics. They will continue to report to Dave Robertson, president and COO of Koch Industries.

2017-03-09 
Ibá - Export volume from the planted tree industry registers growth in January 2017

In the first month of 2017, the volume of pulp exports totaled 1.4 million tons, up 47.4% from the same month in 2016, when 959,000 tons were exported. For the wood panels segment, the volume exported in January totaled 85,000 m³, a growth of 57.4% since January of 2016, when 54,000 m³ were exported. Paper exports reached 172,000 tons in the first month of this year, a volume 10.3% higher than the 156,000 tons exported in the same month of 2016.

Check out the other performance indicators for the planted tree industry which appear in the 33rd edition of Cenários Ibá, the monthly bulletin of the Brazilian Tree Industry :

2017-03-09 

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