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DS Smith challenges packaging industry with new campaign

Packaging strategist pledges to constantly challenge the status quo to ensure customers realise the true value of packaging.

DS Smith has unveiled its new pan-European marketing campaign “Keep on Questioning” – a concept which underlines the company’s commitment to continually question perceived norms and challenge the packaging industry as a whole.

In a bid to engage new audiences, the creative concept will be rolled out across advertising boards, at trade fairs, on customer communications, online and through social media channels. It aims to spark interest amongst the business community and communicate the potential packaging has to be a game-changer and revolutionise the way a business works.

2017-03-09 
Toscotec to rebuild Cartiera Olona’s dryer section in Gorla Minore, Varese (Italy).

Toscotec has been awarded a contract to deliver a dryer section rebuilding of Cartiera Olona srl paper machine in Varese, Italy. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for the second quarter of 2017.
Cartiera Olona was founded in the 1960’ in the Olona River Valley, Varese, covering an area of approximately 20.000 square meters. Currently the paper mill is equipped with a continuous production line for grey coreboard. The annual production is of 50,000 tons of paper suitable for the manufacturing of spiral and parallel wound cores, edge protectors, textile cones and honey comb.

2017-03-09 
Kemira : Changes in organizational structure and management board

Kemira will merge the Municipal & Industrial and Oil & Mining segments into one new segment Industry & Water. Kemira’s new organization will consist of two segments : Pulp & Paper (revenue in 2016 : EUR 1,450 million) and Industry & Water (EUR 910 million). The main objectives of the change are to simplify Kemira’s way of working and further improve service to its customers. Kemira will also start planning to adjust its organizational structure overall to support the two segment model and seek further efficiencies.

2017-03-09 
Gender equality increases profitability of forest estates

By 2025, women will account for 40-60 percent of Södra’s elected representatives. This is one of the targets contained in the action plan for increasing diversity and gender equality in Södra’s membership organisation.

"The action plan represents an important milestone in our efforts to achieve gender equality. Elected representatives, who act in the interests of our owners, have an important role to play and we need to develop our membership organisation to address the changes occurring both within and outside Södra. Through greater diversity, such as a larger share of female elected representatives, we will have a better possibility to capture a broader range of opinions, new ideas and long-term solutions," said Magnus Berg, Director of Members at Södra.

2017-03-08 
Valmet to supply two containerboard machines for Nine Dragons in China

Valmet will supply two containerboard production lines and related automation systems for Nine Dragons Industries Co., Ltd. in China. The new production lines (PM 39 in Quanzhou and PM 40 in Chongqing) are planned to produce high-quality testliner and fluting grades out of 100 percent recycled raw materials. The start-ups of the machines are scheduled for 2018.

The order was included in Valmet’s fourth quarter of 2016 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type and scale is typically valued around EUR 110-130 million.

2017-03-08 
Futura further strengthens its presence in North America

With strongly growing sales and interest in its technology in North America, Futura is increasing its presence and its ProCare service support in the region.
Futura North America, already well-established with its headquarters in Alpharetta Georgia, is to benefit from a further injection of expertise from Futura’s centre of operations in Lucca. Experts joining Futura North America in operations management and service support will add valuable resources to the local team for the startup of new lines and servicing of existing ones.

2017-03-08 
BillerudKorsnäs subject to European Commission inspection

Today, the European Commission initiated an inspection of BillerudKorsnäs under EU competition rules as part of a larger investigation  of the market for bleached and unbleached kraft papers.
BillerudKorsnäs cooperates in full with the European Commission

2017-03-07 
Valmet-supplied fine paper making line for Asia Symbol (GD) Paper started-up ahead of schedule in China

Valmet-supplied fine paper production line for Asia Symbol (Guangdong) Paper Co., Ltd. was successfully started up one month ahead of schedule on January 29, 2017. The new production line PM 12 produces top quality fine papers and it increases the company’s capability to produce value-added products. All the produced paper has been saleable from the very start.

"The cooperation with the customer has been excellent. It has been a pleasure to work with the highly motivated and professional teams of both the customer and Valmet. These teams and the outsourced installation company worked well together to meet the revised start-up schedule. The start-up itself was smooth : the machine is operating well and the number of web breaks has remained very low. The start-up curve has proven to be excellent with high daily tonnages," comments Senior Project Manager Jari Laine from Valmet.

2017-03-07 
Lidloc from Metsä Board breaking new ground in paperboard cup design

Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, presented a revolutionary new paperboard cup design concept called ‘Lidloc’ for the first time at the Packaging Innovations Exhibition held in Birmingham, United Kingdom, on 1–2 March.

The Lidloc patented design is based upon an extension to a standard cup structure that folds and locks into an integrated lid. This innovative design completely removes the need for a separate plastic lid and will re-invent how paperboard cups are produced, consumed and recycled

2017-03-07 
ANDRITZ to supply the 30th mechanical pulping system based on its proven P-RC APMP technology

In connection with the recently announced order from KAMA Karton LLC, Krasnokamsk, Russia, where ANDRITZ will supply a complete new folding box board production line, ANDRITZ’s Pulping and Fiber Division is to supply a new BCTMP line and stock preparation line. The BCTMP line will be ANDRITZ’s 30th mechanical pulping system installed worldwide and is to be based on its proven P-RC APMP technology for hardwoods, thus confirming ANDRITZ’s strong global market position with references around the globe. Start-up of the complete KAMA production line is scheduled for the first quarter of 2019.

2017-03-07 
Next stop Cidpex for iT’s Tissue.

On behalf of the 12 companies which form the Tissue Italy network, iT’s Tissue is to participate in the China International Disposable Paper Expo (Cidpex), China’s main event for tissue and other disposable hygiene products.
Cidpex takes place from 22-24 March 2017 in Wuhan, China. More than 700 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors are expected. It is organised by the China National Household Paper Industry Association (CNHPIA).
Clients of all the network members are warmly invited to visit iT’s Tissue’s booth number B1F05 – HALL B1 (Tissue Converting & Tissue Paper Machinery and Related Apparatus Pavilion).
The 12 companies forming the Tissue Italy network are : A.Celli Paper, Elettric 80, Fabio Perini, Futura, Gambini, MTC, Omet, PCMC, Pulsar, Recard, TMC and Toscotec. All share the passion for tissue technology synonymous with Lucca, Bologna, Reggio Emilia and Lecco.

2017-03-07 
Stora Enso’s renewable solutions enhanced the sustainability of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti

The FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland, finished yesterday 5 March 2017 with a closing ceremony. Stora Enso, the presenting sponsor of the championships, donated two shelters made of cross-laminated timber (CLT) to the City of Lahti at the end of the games.

The FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti drew crowds totalling 220 000 to the stadium, and reached a total television audience of 500 – 600 million people around the world. Stora Enso has been working closely with the Lahti2017 organisers to promote the extensive use of renewable raw materials and other sustainable solutions at the games. The event was awarded the EcoCompass environmental certificate, in recognition of measures taken to reduce environmental impacts.

2017-03-06 
Södra is raising the price of its NBSK pulp in Europe to USD 860/tonne, effective 1st of April 2017.

Södra is raising the price of its NBSK pulp in Europe to USD 860/tonne, effective 1st of April 2017.

 The announcement is a response to a tight global market. “The volume of pulp on the market is the main driver behind price movements and even small changes in pulp supply can affect the market,” commented Magnus Björkman, VP Marketing and sales Södra Cell. “At the moment, we are seeing a tight supply situation with planned maintenance shutdowns compounded by unplanned shutdowns at several mills, for a variety of reasons. We have not seen this level of tightening in the market for many years.”

2017-03-06 
Lecta Presents the Second Edition of Its Labels to Celebrate Swatch Book

A wide range of premium quality labelstock for the food and beverage industry from Lecta’s Adestor range.

Continuing with the theme from the first edition, the new Labels to Celebrate swatch book pays tribute to celebration-worthy moments. This collection of premium pressure-sensitive labelstock is designed for labeling wine, sparkling wine, spirits and beer, as well as luxury food products.

2017-03-03 
ANDRITZ GROUP: Solid business development in 2016

ANDRITZ saw solid business development in the past business year. In spite of a slight decline in sales to just over six billion euros, earnings and profitability reached the highest figures in the company’s history. The Executive Board will propose an increased dividend payment of 1.50 EUR per share to the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders.

2017-03-03 
Metso introduces a new digital service enabling data-driven operations and improved performance

As part of its Life Cycle Services offering for the aggregates industry, Metso is now introducing a new digital solution to help further optimize mobile crushing and screening equipment operations and maintenance. Metso Metrics Services is another step in Metso’s digital development, leveraging the possibilities offered by advanced analytics and cloud-based technologies. The new service will be launched at CONEXPO-CON/AGG in Las Vegas, March 7-11, 2017.

2017-03-02 
BA Robotic Systems Group has continued to grow in 2016

BA Robotic Systems Group, leading partner in mobile robotics solutions, closes its 2016 financial year with a consolidated turnover of 28 million euros in growth of 15% and announces identical ambitions for 2017.
Innovation, performance commitment and customer support have contributed to a very positive result
The new Group dimension launched in 2016 and the increased ability to support customers in their projects, from the internal flows automation with AGV to the integration of complete solutions, through the development of innovative industrial prototypes addressing the challenges of the Factory of the Future, have allowed to consolidate a growth already well rooted in the Group’s DNA.

2017-03-02 
Valmet to supply an evaporation line to Sappi's pulp mill in Ngodwana, South Africa

Valmet will supply an evaporation line to Sappi Southern Africa Limited to be built at the company’s pulp mill in Ngodwana, South Africa. The new evaporation line 3 will replace the existing line 1, and will meet the future needs of the mill’s ongoing pulp production capacity expansion, together with existing evaporation line 2 that was upgraded by Valmet in 2013. The overall steam economy of the mill will also improve with this investment.

The order was included in Valmet’s fourth quarter 2016 orders received. The value of an order of this type is typically valued below EUR 10 million. The new evaporation line is planned to be started up during latter part of 2018.

2017-03-02 
Valmet has published the Annual Report and the Corporate Governance Statement for 2016

Valmet has today, on March 1, 2017, published its Annual Report for 2016 on the company’s website www.valmet.com/annualreports. The Annual Report consists of three separate parts : the Annual Review, the Financial Statements and the GRI Supplement. The GRI Supplement is available in English only.

The printed copies of the Annual Review and the Financial Statements will be available in Finnish and English during the week of March 20, 2017 at the latest. They can be ordered at www.valmet.com/subscribe.

The GRI Supplement is available as PDF only. The report defines Valmet’s sustainability reporting scope and principles, and alignment with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

Valmet has also published its Corporate Governance Statement including the Remuneration Statement for 2016. It has been prepared in accordance with the recommendations of the Finnish Corporate Governance Code and is available at www.valmet.com/governance.

The Annual Review, the Financial Statements, the GRI Supplement and the Corporate Governance Statement are attached to this stock exchange release.

2017-03-01 
ANDRITZ to convert paper machine and supply a new stock preparation line for Burgo Avezzano, Italy

ANDRITZ has received an order from the Italian Burgo Group to rebuild and convert its PM2, a printing and white writing paper machine, and its approach system into a modern brown packaging paper machine at the Avezzano mill, Italy. After full conversion, the PM 2 will have an annual production capacity of over 200,000 tons, with a design speed of 1,200 m/min and a paper width at reel of 5,340 mm. The machine will produce corrugating medium and two-ply testliner with a basis weight range of 80-170 gsm for the production of containerboard. The raw material is recycled OCC and mixed waste paper. Start-up is scheduled for the end of 2017.

2017-03-01 
Kamil Zakirov, new CEO of Segezha Group

By the resolution of Segezha Group Board of Directors, Kamil Zakirov has been appointed CEO and Chairman of the Management Board. Former CEO, Sergey Pomelov, will assume the post of Chairman of the Board of Directors, Segezha Group.

Kamil Zakirov served as the Head of oilfield service holding “Targin”, incorporated in Sistema JFSC.

2017-02-28 
Albrecht Joins Sonoco as Corporate Vice President, Treasurer/Assistant CFO

Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, today announced that Julie Albrecht will join the Company as Corporate Vice President, Treasurer/Assistant Chief Financial Officer, according to Barry Saunders, senior vice president and chief financial officer.

2017-02-28 
Recard seals a contract with Star Paper Mill Ltd. in Abu Dhabi for the supply of a turnkey plant

Recard lands once again in the United Arab Emirates thanks to the contract signed with Star Paper Mill Ltd. in Abu Dhabi for the supply of a turnkey plant for the production of high quality tissue. This is the sixth machine that Recard installs in the Arabian Peninsula following the one for Emirates Paper Mills Ltd and the four supplied to Saudi Paper.

2017-02-28 
Valmet to supply a paper machine rebuild for Sappi Maastricht in the Netherlands

Valmet will supply a paper machine rebuild for Sappi Maastricht in the Netherlands. With the rebuilt paper machine 6 (PM 6), Sappi will be able to improve the existing graphical board products and move into producing high quality solid bleached board (SBB) and folding box board (FBB) grades. Today PM 6 is producing coated woodfree (CWF) paper grades. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for early 2018.

The order is included in Valmet’s first quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

2017-02-28 

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