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Heinzel Group to build second paper machine in Pöls

The Heinzel Group has now initiated its next strategic initiative in the packaging paper segment.

2017-07-05 
Overmade delivered a new Dynaflow FL Headbox to Pratt Paper
Overmade has completed the delivery of a Dynaflow FL Hydraulic headbox for Pratt Paper (USA).
2017-07-04 
The French journalist Rodolphe Pailliez has passed away

Rodolphe Pailliez was a journalist specialized in Graphic Arts, Printed Packaging and Labels.

2017-07-04 
Lecta'a distributor in Italy Polyedra announces the acquisition of Plot Service

Plot Service, based in Rozzano, Italy, specializes in technical assistance for professional large format graphic peripherals.

2017-07-04 
Lecta will increase prices of thermal and carbonless copy papers from Sepember 4th 2017

Lecta announces a price increase for its thermal and c​arbonless paper deliveries, effective September 4th, 2017.​

2017-07-04 
The Navigator Company is closely following the wave of especially fierce forest fires

The Navigator Company, as a leading player in the Portuguese forestry sector, is closely following the wave of especially fierce forest fires which are severely affecting mainland Portugal, and is actively involved in the fire-fighting efforts.

2017-07-04 
Pöyry and Betulium sign co-operation agreement to unlock full value chain benefits for clients in bio-based businesses

Pöyry and Betulium have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for co-operation that will enable both companies to serve their clients better in bio-based businesses.

2017-07-04 
Stora Enso invests in cross laminated timber (CLT) production in Gruvön, Sweden

Stora Enso has decided to invest EUR 45 million in a new production unit for cross laminated timber (CLT) in connection with its Gruvön Mill in Sweden.

2017-07-04 
Pöyry is proud to announce #PoyryDigital

Pöyry is proud to announce #PoyryDigital, covering its advanced suite of digital solutions and services for clients across the energy, industry and infrastructure sectors.

2017-07-04 
ADM Completes Acquisition of Chamtor

• French addition is well-positioned to meet customer needs in Western Europe
• Latest in series of enhancements to company’s global sweetener and starch footprint

2017-07-03 
DS Smith solves e-commerce supply chain challenges

DS Smith unveils industry first e-commerce testing technology, plus innovative right-size packaging solutions at #Deliver2. DS Smith, Europe’s leading packaging strategist, has revealed details of two major technological developments at one of Europe’s largest e-commerce events, #Deliver2 in Berlin.

2017-07-03 
Siemens Mechanical Drives unit to become Flender gmbh on October 1

Starting October 1, 2017, the Siemens Mechanical Drives unit (MD) will be operating in the market as Flender GmbH, a Siemens Company. Branches will also take on the new name worldwide. Earlier this year, Siemens had announced that it would be running the unit as a stand-alone company under the Siemens umbrella, to expand its leeway for action and provide a sharper, business-specific focus. The new setup is to be completed worldwide by mid-2018.
“Flender is our strong brand with a tradition more than a century old, and we’ve always done business under the name. At this year’s Hannover Messe, we highlighted Flender even more brightly, and already made quite a splash with our stand-alone fair booth for gear units and couplings. Eventually all the unit’s activities worldwide will be gathered under Flender,” says Stefan Tenbrock, CEO of Siemens Mechanical Drives. “It’s an important step in our transformation into a stand-alone firm under Siemens AG, acting as a market leader for our customers worldwide and thinking like a mid-sized company.” The business with gearboxes for wind turbines will also be part of Flender GmbH and will continue to operate under the successful Winergy brand.
The future Flender GmbH is one of the world’s leading providers of components for mechanical drive technology, producing at eight locations with more than 6,000 employees around the world. Its product range embraces a broad portfolio of gear units and couplings, drive applications and the associated services. The range of sectors it serves includes key industries like wind power, cement production, marine shipping, and conveyor and lifting technology. Flender products and services combine the latest technology with the highest quality standards, and have reliably been transmitting power in the best possible way for decades.
A. Friedrich Flender AG was founded in Düsseldorf in 1899, originally making wood pulleys. In subsequent decades, the company grew to be a leading maker of gear solutions. Siemens took over Flender in 2005 and integrated the company into its corporate group as a unit for mechanical drives. In February 2017 the company announced that it would reorganize Mechanical Drives as a stand-alone entity within Siemens, so it could implement its growth plans faster, more flexibly and more efficiently amid a challenging competitive environment.

2017-07-03 
International Paper signs agreement to sell foodservice business in china

International Paper has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its foodservice business in China to Huhtamaki Hong Kong Limited. International Paper’s foodservice business in China has two plants and a workforce of approximately 200 employees. The transaction is expected to be completed in the next couple of months, subject to satisfaction of closing conditions, including obtaining required governmental approvals.
Over the last two years, the company has finalized the sale of its corrugated packaging business in China and Southeast Asia, along with the sale of its interest in a coated board joint venture business in China. Although the Chinese and Asian markets remain strategically important for IP, the Company has determined these markets can more effectively be served through its Ilim joint venture in Russia and with products exported from the U.S. and other parts of the world.

2017-07-03 
DS Smith : proposed acquisition of Interstate Resources

DS Smith Plc announced that it, along with its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, DS Smith Holdings, Inc., has entered into a conditional agreement to acquire 80 per cent. of the total issued share capital of Indevco Management Resources, Inc. (IMRI), the holding company for the Interstate Resources, Inc. group (IMRI and its subsidiaries together, the IRI Group), from Merpas Co. S.à r.l. (Merpas) for consideration of US$920 million (approximately £722 million) (the Initial Acquisition). The Buyer will also assume or procure repayment of 100 per cent. of the IRI Group’s financial indebtedness at Completion, expected to be approximately US$226 million (approximately £177 million). The consideration for the Initial Acquisition will be subject to customary post-Completion net debt and working capital adjustments.

The Buyer intends to satisfy the consideration through : a payment of US$846 million (approximately £664 million) in cash, to be satisfied out of the proceeds of a £280 million cash placing (net of commissions and expenses) (the Placing), utilisation of up to £400 million from a new bridge facility (the New Debt Facilities) and the rest from existing cash resources ; and the issue of consideration shares with a value of US$300 million (approximately £235 million) to Merpas (the Consideration Shares).

The Buyer and Merpas UKCo (an entity within the Merpas group that will hold the shares in IMRI) have also agreed that, on fixed dates over the next four years, Merpas UKCo can require the Buyer to acquire some or all of the remaining shares in IMRI on agreed terms and, on the fifth anniversary of Completion, the Buyer shall (unless the Buyer and Merpas UKCo agree otherwise) acquire any shares in IMRI that it does not already own, on agreed terms (any such further acquisition of shares in IMRI being a Further Acquisition and, together with the Initial Acquisition, the Acquisition).

The IRI Group is a family-owned integrated packaging and paper producer concentrated on the East Coast of the United States, operating from 19 production sites and having approximately 1,500 employees. For the year ended 31 December 2016, the IRI Group had revenues of $618 million.

The IRI Group operates across the entire packaging chain including wood procurement, paper manufacturing, design, packaging manufacturing and customer logistics. Customers in the United States accounted for 94 per cent. of turnover in the year ended 31 December 2016, with the majority of the IRI Group’s customer base for its packaging products being FMCG and food customers.

2017-07-03 
GEORGIA-PACIFIC : Palatka, Florida, mill selected for $400 Million investment

Georgia-Pacific has announced that its Palatka, Florida, mill has been selected as the location for the company’s previously announced investment of more than $400 million in its GP Consumer (retail) tissue and towel business. The investment supports continued growth for key customers’ premium private label towel products.
Investments to the Palatka mill include building a new paper machine using through-air-dried (TAD) technology, as well as adding associated converting equipment and infrastructure. Engineering and related work is beginning immediately, and startup of the upgraded operation is scheduled for 2019.
Approximately 80 jobs will be created to operate the new papermaking complex, in addition to the mill’s 850 current employees. An average of 160 construction and contract-related workers are expected to be onsite at the mill every day during the project, with a potential peak of 700 contract workers per day at the height of construction.
“This upgrade to our operations in Florida underscores our long history of investment in the state by Georgia-Pacific and Koch companies,” said Christian Fischer, Georgia-Pacific president and chief executive officer. “We appreciate the ongoing support of the local community, Putnam County and state officials in our efforts to continue making our Palatka mill more competitive for the long-term.
In the last 10 years, capital investment and acquisitions in the Palatka mill have totaled $306 million and statewide investments have totaled $1.5 billion.
“The Palatka mill has been a major economic contributor in Putnam County for 70 years,” said Larry Harvey, chairman, Putnam County Board of County Commissioners. “It is gratifying that Georgia-Pacific continues to see our community as a solid location for significant investment. With this new manufacturing technology coming to the Palatka mill, we look forward to many more decades of opportunity together.”
The Palatka mill currently operates two kraft paper machines, three paper machines manufacturing paper for bath tissue and paper towels, and a number of converting operations producing finished paper products.
The improvements will allow Georgia-Pacific’s current and potential customers to grow their premium private label towel brands, as well as expand the company’s Brawny® premium paper towel brand.
In Florida, Georgia-Pacific operates three facilities and employs nearly 1,600 people with total annual compensation and benefits of more than $143 million.

2017-07-03 
Faster, smarter paper purchasing with UPM's new eOrder service

UPM celebrates a digital milestone in 2017 with the launch of its new eOrder service, a groundbreaking online tool enabling speedy, transparent 24/7 order fulfilment through an intuitive, hassle-free digital interface.

The pioneering eOrder tool forms part of UPM’s existing Customer Online (COL) portal, which already offers paper customers a variety of convenient services such as real-time order status tracking, access to account history, invoicing and inventories, product browsing, e-claims and sample requests.

2017-07-03 
KaiCell Fibers with Finland’s Prime Minister in China Signs Investment Pre-Agreement with CHTC Group

Following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Finland in May, Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä led a delegation of Finnish officials and business leaders to China during the last week of June. I addition to Mr Xi Jinping, Mr Sipilä met with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and numerous other representatives of the host nation. KaiCell Fibers Ltd CEO Jukka Kantola accompanied the Prime Minister with a view to further raise awareness of the company’s biorefinery destined for Paltamo, northeast Finland.
On top of the already close relationship that exists between KaiCell Fibers and the Chinese textile industry giant CHTC, an investment pre-agreement was signed in Beijing 29.6.2017 by Mr Jukka Kantola, and Mr Dongxing Wang, Chairman of Hi-Tech Fiber Group Corporation on behalf of China Hi-Tech (Jiangxi) Textile Design Institute Co., Ltd.

2017-06-29 
Rottneros develops eco-friendly food packaging and builds a new production line

Rottneros has developed a food packaging tray for fresh food and take away. The tray is manufactured entirely with wooden raw material and is both recyclable, renewable and degradable. The new product has been developed at Rottneros’ facility in Sunne, Sweden where a completely new production line for the trays is currently building. The tray will replace today’s plastic alternatives and will be used for convenience food, meat in grocery stores and take away food.

2017-06-29 
Valmet receives a repeat order of two more containerboard machines from Nine Dragons in China

Valmet will supply two more containerboard production lines with related automation systems for Nine Dragons Industries Co., Ltd., China. The new production lines will be located in Hebei (PM 41) and Shenyang (PM 42) and are similar to the previous orders of PM 39 and PM 40 announced in March 2017.

At this point, Nine Dragons also purchased steam and condensate systems for these new lines and for the previous board making lines (PM 39, PM 40, PM 41 and PM 42). All the board making lines will be designed to produce high-quality testliner grades out of 100 percent recycled raw materials. The start-ups of PM 41 and PM 42 are scheduled only a few months apart for late 2018 and early 2019. The start-ups of the two previous production lines are also scheduled a few months apart starting from the middle of 2018.

The orders are included in Valmet’s second quarter of 2017 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 100-120 million.

"Paper industry market in China is very active and our customers value sustainable and innovative paper and board making technology. The high activity is well demonstrated by this Nine Dragons’ decision to purchase four-in-a-row energy and resource efficient containerboard machines within a very short time. Modern industrial design played an important role in this case, too," says Jari Vähäpesola, President of Paper Business Line, Valmet.

2017-06-29 
Europac sells its factory in Tangier

​The Europac Group (Papeles y Cartones de Europa, S.A.) has reached an agreement to sell its packaging factory in Tangier to International Paper. The transaction amounted to 40 million euros, which after balance sheet adjustments add to 44 million euros. The operation contributes a consolidated net profit of 10 million euros to 2017 fiscal year, after investing in the construction, start-up and operation of the business. The sale agreement has the approval of the Conseil du Concurrence, the anti-trust authority in Morocco.

· The strategic objective of the group is to grow in the packaging and waste management sectors in a priority market such as Spain without increasing the debt ratio defined in its Strategic Plan 2015-2018

· The recent acquisitions of a packaging factory in Lucena (Córdoba) and of Transcon S.A., a waste management unit in Valladolid are framed within this context

· The packaging factory in Tangier has been acquired by International Paper Container Holdings (Spain), S.L. for an amount of 44 million euros after balance sheet adjustments

2017-06-29 
iFoodbag appoints new CEO

The packaging company iFoodbag has appointed Robert Grenmark as new CEO. Robert has been employed at the company for two years and has previously been CEO of companies including Estrella and Red Bull. He will now be leading iFoodbag and take its carrier bags with cooler and freezer function forward in order to take the company to new positions.

iFoodbag is the Swedish start-up company that invented an environmentally-friendly paper bag which cools and freezes goods like a freeze box. The product was launched in late 2016 and has won a number of awards and distinctions for its innovative solution. It has now been decided that Robert Grenmark will take over the role as CEO from the founder Karl Fallgren. The role, which Robert took over in June, includes consolidating and developing iFoodbag’s expansion and developing the product.

Robert has acted as Executive Vice President Global Sales in the company since spring 2015 and has put a lot of work into the launch of the product as well as into developing the sales organisation within iFoodbag. Before joining the exciting start-up company, his positions included for example CEO of Estrella, Red Bull and c/o Hotels.

2017-06-29 

Eco-Emballages and Ecofolio have merged. These French “Eco-Organims” have played a big role in the development of paper collection and recycling in France. All in all, during the last decades, some 10 bn euros have been invested by lots of companies, through Eco-Emballages and Ecofolio.
Eco-Emballages which was founded in 1992 is in charge of reducing packaging impact on the environment. It has also organized a collection and recycling system dedicated to Packaging.
Ecofolio was created in 2007 and is responsible of graphic papers’ sorting and recycling.
The TO of the new company will be around 780 M€, Eco-Emballages accounting for some 700 M€.
Philippe-Loïc Jacob will be the new company’s president whereas Jean Hornain will be Managing Director. Géraldine Poivert, formerly Ecofolio Managing Director, will be Deputy Managing Director.
This company will employ some 250 people. It will be located at 50, bd Haussmann in Paris, which is Eco-Emballages’s current address. It will also be supported by 8 regional directorships.
This merger will be effective next September. The main objectives are to improve the system’s efficiency and the recycling rates, through the reduction of sorting centers in particular.

2017-06-28 
Valmet to supply a complete tissue production line to ICT Iberica in Spain

Valmet will supply a complete tissue production line with an extensive automation package to ICT Iberica in Spain. The new Advantage DCT 200HS tissue line will be installed at the company’s mill in Burgo and will fit the company’s intention to adopt state of the art technology for their highest quality tissue production. The start-up is planned for the third quarter of 2018.

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

Valmet has previously delivered four tissue lines to ICT companies in Italy, France and Poland. The latest started up at the Kostrzyn mill in Poland in December 2015. 

"The results from our most recent tissue machine installation in Poland have convinced us that the Advantage DCT with the ViscoNip press technology is the solution also for the Burgo mill. We expect to reach the same high production efficiency and target to supply ULTRA quality tissue products to the Spanish market," says Riccardo Baccelli, Executive Director, ICT.

2017-06-28 
The logistics chain of Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill is ready

The new logistics solution designed specifically for Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill at Äänekoski is ready to serve the mill’s wood and pulp transport.

“We’ve built a carefully optimised logistics programme together with our partners, in which everything is based on delivery reliability and quality assurance,” says Jari Voutilainen, Metsä Group’s SVP, Logistics.

Once fully operational, the bioproduct mill – set to start up in mid-August 2017 – will use 6.5 million cubic metres of pulpwood and woodchip. It will produce 1.3 million tonnes of pulp a year.

2017-06-28 

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