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Metsä Tissue to rebuild greaseproof paper machine at Düren mill

Metsä Tissue will rebuild paper machine 5 at its Düren mill in Germany. The total investment is approximately EUR 15 million and the rebuild starts immediately. The new volumes will be available on the market during the last quarter of 2018.

“We expect the demand for baking and cooking papers to continue to grow during the coming years. This investment will increase Düren mill’s paper production capacity by 10.000 tons, which will help us to secure our leading position as a global supplier of high-quality baking and cooking papers”, says Mariusz Jedrzejewski, SVP Baking & Cooking, Metsä Tissue. “We have production in Düren, Germany, and Mänttä, Finland, where we increased the production capacity in 2016. Both mills play a significant role in our Baking & Cooking business. Our products are made of fresh fibre, and the wood originates from sustainably managed Northern forests. This high-quality raw material combined with our strong production expertise result in high endurance and consistent high quality products.”

Metsä Tissue is the world’s leading supplier of baking and cooking paper products. The products are sold globally in ca. 70 countries, on all continents.

2017-06-28 
Metso signs distribution agreement with Process Control Equipment to develop customer presence and service levels in the UK, Benelux and Spain

Metso has signed a distribution agreement for its valve products with Process Control Equipment, PCE, to cover UK, Benelux and Spain. Under the non-exclusive agreement, PCE will add to its current portfolio of Metso’s Neles and Jamesbury product families for all process industries in all countries. PCE has been distributing Metso’s Jamesbury valves in the UK since 2012.

"The new agreement brings benefits for Metso’s customers in UK, Benelux and Spain to ensure better availability and service support for them. The expansion of distributors in these countries will bring additional value, including more local support, local inventories, and faster deliveries of our products," states Kyle Rayhill, Director of Global Distribution, Flow Control, Metso.

"We are excited to expand our cooperation with Metso. Our business has seen significant growth in recent years in supplying manual and actuated valves to a wide range of clients in numerous sectors. We see that there is great synergy between our current offering and Metso’s valve product range. This new partnership will help ensure that PCE and Metso continue to grow into the future," comments Richard Jackson, Managing Director of Process Control Equipment Ltd.

2017-06-28 
Appointment of Laurent Peyronneau, Managing Director of Coatex

Effective July 1st 2017, Laurent Peyronneau is being appointed Managing Director of Coatex.
Laurent Peyronneau, 46, graduated from Ecole Centrale of Lyon in Material Sciences.
In 1996 he took up the post of Sales Manager at Cray Valley, a subsidiary of the Total group supplying raw materials and additives to the Coatings, Inks and Adhesives industries. He later joined the Corporate Strategy Department (1998-2002) to manage M&A and other strategic projects, before holding a number of business management positions in Europe (2002-2006). He became Managing Director of the Korean entity in 2006 and Asia Pacific Vice-President in 2008.

2017-06-27 
Appointment of Virginie Delcroix, Arkema Vice President Sustainable Development

Effective 1st July 2017, Virginie Delcroix is being appointed Vice President Sustainable Development for the Arkema Group.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) lies at the heart of the Group’s strategy, and the societal dimension is an integral part of Arkema’s performance. Virginie Delcroix’s mission will be to ensure that Arkema continues meeting the challenges of sustainable growth, while establishing the Group as a recognized player in this field.

2017-06-27 
Valmet receives its sixth tissue line order from Hayat Kimya

Valmet will supply an Advantage DCT machine including the flexible ViscoNip press and an extensive automation package to Turkish tissue producer Hayat Kimya. The company has decided to invest in a second machine at their mill in Yelabuga in Tartaristan, Russia, to meet the increasing demand for their high-quality tissue products. The new line will add 70,000 tons of tissue to Hayat Kimya’s current production of facial, toilet and towel tissue.

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

This will be the seventh project where the Valmet’s and Hayat’s teams are working together. Previously Valmet has delivered five Advantage DCT 200TS tissue production lines to Hayat, which have started up at Hayat’s mills in Turkey 2010 and 2015, Iran 2013, Russia 2014 and Egypt 2016. Furthermore, Valmet conducted an extensive rebuild of their TM1 machine in Turkey during 2015.

2017-06-27 
Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj: Member of the Board of Directors Jan Inborr has passed away

Jan Inborr, a member of the Board of Directors of Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj, has passed away on June 24, 2017 after suffering from a short period of illness.

Inborr (b. 1948) became a Board Member on April 1, 2017, when Ahlstrom Corporation was merged into Munksjö Oyj to form Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj. He devoted most of his career to Ahlstrom Group companies and served on the Board of Directors of Ahlstrom Corporation during 2001-2010 and 2015-2017. Inborr was the Deputy CEO of the Ahlstrom Group from 1994 to 2000 as well as the President and CEO of Ahlstrom Paper Group from 1996 to 2000. He joined the Ahlstrom Group in 1972. From 2001 to 2008 he acted as the President and CEO of Ahlström Capital, the investment company of the Ahlström family.

“We have not just lost a colleague with a wealth of industry experience and knowledge but also a great friend. Jan was highly valued and respected by his colleagues and business partners,” says Hans Sohlström, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Ahlstrom-Munksjö. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to offer our warmest condolences. Our thoughts are now with Jan’s family.”

The Board of Directors will continue with eight members until the next Annual General Meeting in 2018.

2017-06-27 
Successful start-up of a strength resin plant at Kemira Estella site

Kemira has successfully started up production in its new strength resin plant located in Estella, Spain. The high-efficiency and premium quality strength resins produced at the plant are used in tissue, laminate, specialty and packaging as well as food and liquid packaging boards.
Production of these tissue, paper and board grades is growing in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and the Middle East region, and the new plant is well suited to serve Kemira’s highly valued customers in these markets.

2017-06-27 
Higher bulk with lower raw material usage: Voith’s EcoCal Plus reduces production costs in board manufacturing

With the new EcoCal Plus calender, Voith is ensuring that papermakers can produce high-grade board products with high stability and lower basis weight. The special thermal smoothing of the EcoCal Plus allows raw material savings of up to 3.5 percent. In addition, the process results in an improved surface structure of the paper.

The demand for board grades with maximum possible bulk has been growing steadily over the last few years. With lightweight and stable board products, significant cost savings can be achieved for example in the mail-order business. At the same time, board packaging products are increasingly important for advertising of consumer goods by focusing attention on the package contents which indirectly support its sales. Good printability and surface quality are just as important as stability and low weight. Both properties are positively influenced by the EcoCal Plus calender.

For the production of these board grades, the manufacturers usually use high fresh fiber content. Secondary fibers are only added in some cases. Lower basis weights and maintaining or improving board properties are therefore crucial for lowering resource consumption and production costs on the manufacturer side.

2017-06-26 
Siegwerk unveils color-intensive printing inks for serviettes and other tissue products

Siegwerk, a leading provider of printing inks for packaging applications and labels, is now offering an enhanced ink range for serviettes, kitchen towel and other tissue products - ColorTissue. This new ink system not only combines the best features of the company’s existing ready-to-use tissue inks but also achieves significantly higher color intensity than comparable inks on the market.
“The new ColorTissue series is the result of joint development work by our centers of excellence in Annemasse/France and Büdingen/Germany. It is an enhanced ready-to-use ink range for tissue applications that meets the highest market and regulatory standards”, Dirk Weißenfeldt, Vice President Paper & Board and Liquid Food Packaging at Siegwerk, explains. “The additional development of the new UNI T series of concentrates now enables us to offer our customers a modular system that allows them to mix printing inks in their own local mixing units.” The ink series is ISEGA-certified and complies with current EU regulations, the Swiss Ordinance as well as with the requirements of various eco-certification bodies, like “OK compost”.

2017-06-26 
Sonoco to Acquire Clear Lam Packaging, Inc.

Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100 percent of the stock of Clear Lam Packaging, Inc., a family-held developer and manufacturer of flexible and forming plastic packaging films for approximately $170 million in cash. The transaction is subject to normal regulatory review and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017.

2017-06-26 
Bostik becomes Official Partner of Tour de France

Bostik, the specialty adhesives business line of Arkema, upgrades sponsorship to official partnership for 2017 and 2018 cycling events. Agreement will boost brand visibility worldwide and sees Bostik exclusively supply event organizers with smart adhesives for the duration of the race.
Bostik, a leading global adhesive specialist for construction, consumer and industrial markets, today announced that it has signed up as an official partner of iconic cycling event, the Tour de France.

2017-06-26 
ACOEM Group opens two new subsidiaries in Germany and India

ACOEM Group, experts in monitoring environmental parameters including noise, vibration and air quality continues its rapid international growth by opening two new subsidiaries in Germany and India.
ACOEM Group has undergone continuous growth since it was founded in 2011, following Areva’s sale of its 01dB-Metravib activities. Today, the Group generates over €87 million in global sales annually, 70% of which comes from six international subsidiaries based in Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Sweden and the United States. Pursuing its international growth strategy, ACOEM Group announced the opening of two new subsidiaries :

2017-06-26 
PulpEye No. 50 bought by Ahlstrom-Munksjö Aspa Bruk

PulpEye has now reached the milepost of 50 units sold as Ahlstrom-Munksjö Aspa Bruk in Sweden invests in a PulpEye system for pulp analyses online. Bleached and unbleached kraft pulp is produced at the Aspa mill and the PulpEye they have acquired contains modules for determination and measuring of kappa number, brightness, dots and pH.
“We are very pleased to have sold PulpEye unit No. 50,” says Öjvind Sundvall, MD PulpEye. “During the last few years we have seen an ever increasing demand for our analysis equipment for continuous monitoring of pulp quality, irrespective of pulp type. As we cooperate with leading research institutes we have been able to introduce entirely new technique and thus by and by satisfy customers’ need for quick and reliable pulp analyses. That Ahlstrom-Munksjö Aspa Bruk bought PulpEye No. 50 is no coincidence as they have a well-deserved image of embracing new technique in order to be able to be at the forefront.”

2017-06-26 
UPM launches a new, economical solution for the thin print market

The Biofore company UPM has launched a new solution for the thin print market. The revolutionary paper, UPM EcoLite, has been specially designed to meet the needs of customers printing pharmaceutical leaflets and religious literature as well as user manuals and instructions. By choosing this new paper, UPM’s customers will benefit from significant cost savings compared to a conventional paper solution.

2017-06-22 
Stora Enso’s SC paper machine (PM8) at Kvarnsveden Mill in Sweden shut down

In February 2017, Stora Enso announced that it planned to permanently shut down paper machine 8 (PM8) at Kvarnsveden Mill in Sweden due to structural weakening of magazine paper demand in Europe. Co-determination negotiations with employees at the mill are still ongoing, but PM8 was permanently shut down yesterday. The number of people affected by the reorganization of the mill and shutdown will be determined during Q3 2017.

PM8 had an annual capacity of 100 000 tonnes of super-calendered uncoated magazine paper (SC). The closure of PM8 at Kvarnsveden Mill will not impact Stora Enso’s SC paper offering. In Europe, Stora Enso continues to produce SC paper at Kvarnsveden Mill PM12 as well at Maxau Mill in Germany and Langerbrugge Mill in Belgium. The group also serves its SC customers from Dawang Mill in China.

Production at Kvarnsveden Mill will continue on two lines, PM10 for improved newsprint paper and PM12 for SC papers.

Stora Enso will make every effort in co-operation with the local community to help the affected personnel find new employment opportunities, and mitigate the impact of the reorganisation and PM8 closure through individual solutions. All job openings in other Stora Enso units will be available to those affected.

2017-06-22 
Mondi sack kraft print grade adds value to new HAVENS Horsefeed brand

Mondi’s Advantage Semi Extensible White Print is the perfect sack kraft paper for equine feed producer HAVENS Horsefeed. In 2016 HAVENS formulated a new award-winning feed for horses and ponies that suffer from digestive problems or stomach ulcers. To set the new product and its launch apart from the existing portfolio and raise market awareness, HAVENS was looking for an outstanding and unique packaging and upfront paper solution to promote the product, its quality and the brand design.
Describing the requirements to be met by the packaging, Hans Graat, plant manager HAVENS Horsefeed, says, “We wanted to give a final special touch to our new brand Gastro+, and created a unique brand visual with outstanding colours. This gave rise to the challenge of finding the right paper to make the desired impact. We were keen to reflect the high quality of our product on the outside of the packaging, and were therefore looking for high gloss and whiteness. On the other hand, the bag needed to be not only very strong to protect the feed against outside influences, but also cost-effective and easy to carry and use for our customers. Our supplier Mondi Industrial Bags, in cooperation with Mondi Sack Kraft Paper, supported us in the decision making process.”

2017-06-21 
Metsä Board's white kraftliner chose to package one of the world's finest gins

Metsä Board’s uncoated white kraftliner, MetsäBoard Natural WKL Bright, provided the ideal solution for Kyrö Distillery’s gift packaging for its premium Napue Gin brand. They were looking for a packaging solution that would truly reflect the spirit of the brand ; combining high quality and natural raw materials, simple design and simple technologies.

MetsäBoard Natural WKL Bright successfully met this demanding brief with its pure, natural and tactile feel. To help create a premium look MetsäBoard Natural WKL Bright was used both as a liner and fluting. The result was a simple and eye-catching white box on which text was stamped in black and silver foil. The foiling process generated a light debossing to increase consumer perception of a hand-crafted box.

2017-06-21 
Kimberly-Clark Corporation Names Jeffrey Melucci General Counsel

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE : KMB) today announced that Jeffrey Melucci has been elected by the company’s Board of Directors as senior vice president and general counsel, effective September 1, 2017. Reporting to Chairman and CEO Thomas J. Falk, Melucci will be responsible for all legal and governmental affairs for the company and will serve on the company’s Executive Leadership Team.

Melucci succeeds Tom Mielke who will retire from the same role after 29 years with the company and 10 years leading the legal function.

"We are fortunate to have someone of Jeff’s experience and talent to lead our legal function. He is a proven change-oriented leader who has demonstrated abilities across our businesses," said Falk.

Melucci, who joined the company in 2013, has led Kimberly-Clark’s global legal operations, served as the company’s Corporate Secretary, and been responsible for leading the international legal team. Prior to joining Kimberly-Clark, Melucci held a series of general counsel and operational roles for General Electric. He has more than 15 years of global leadership experience in driving winning business strategies, including leading extensive departmental transformations to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of global legal functions, leading complex M&A transactions and regulatory matters, directing governmental affairs, and providing support to the board on a host of governance and other complex matters facing the company.

2017-06-21 
Michael Berggren appointed as mill manager of Vallvik Mill

Rottneros has appointed Michael Berggren as mill manager of Vallvik Mill. Michael most recently comes from Ahlstrom-Munksjö, where he has been chief of production at Aspa Bruk. He will take office no later than 21 September 2017 and will be part of Rottneros Group Management.

It is very pleasing that Michael has accepted the position as mill manager of Vallvik Mill. He is a solid leader with many years of experience from the pulp and paper industry in different positions, mainly within production. Michael is an excellent addition in the continued work of our long-term development plan, Agenda 500. Although we have achieved a great deal so far, we can develop the organization’s competence and increase capacity utilization even further. As a result, we will be able to maximize the output from our investments in the future, said Lennart Eberleh, President and CEO of Rottneros.

2017-06-21 
UPM highlights societal impacts in its EMAS reporting

UPM has taken the first steps to renew its reporting under The European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). Four of the company’s mills have this year completed their EMAS Environmental Performance reports with locally relevant information on societal aspects and impacts. The mills are UPM Changshu paper mill in China, UPM Nordland paper mill in Germany, UPM Kaukas paper and pulp mills in Finland and UPM Fray Bentos pulp mill in Uruguay. The company will decide on its future EMAS reporting approach based on the feedback gained from its various internal and external stakeholders and the EMAS organisation.

"We see ourselves as an integral part of the local communities. Being transparent with the environmental information and the impacts of our operations is very important, but we also want to share the societal aspects and impacts with our stakeholders", says Gabriele Wende, Director, Reporting and product stewardship, UPM.

2017-06-20 
Ecofys study on Crude Tall Oil markets and availability: sufficient supply for advanced biofuels, biomaterials and energy usage

UPM Biofuels commissioned a study from leading international energy and climate consultancy Ecofys - A Navigant Company, entitled "Crude tall oil low ILUC risk assessment : comparing global supply and demand". The study looked into crude tall oil (CTO) availability, current usage, whether the feedstock creates an additional demand for land, and whether the use of CTO in advanced biofuels can cause distortive effects in the markets.

The recently conducted Ecofys study concludes that "the CTO market is not overly tight and potential surplus of about 850,000 tonnes of CTO is still available that could be tapped into". The total potential CTO supply is around 2.6 million tonnes. Current actual CTO demand is approximately 1.75 million tonnes, of which about 1.4 million tonnes is used by distillers and roughly 230,000 tonnes for biofuels. Ecofys also concludes that "CTO use for biofuels did not cause displacement effects elsewhere, and hence CTO, a non-land using process residue, is a low ILUC (Indirect Land Use Change) risk material."

2017-06-20 
OMET Tissue boosts production capability

OMET opened a new production site for the business unit dedicated to tissue converting machines manufacturing, which in the last year achieved a strong growth in sales. The new area, covering over 1000 m2 including outdoor and indoor space, is situated in Valmadrera (LC) and integrates the historical headquarter in Via Caduti a Fossoli in Lecco. It serves as complementary production site where a dozen operators work at tissue converting machines assembling and testing.

2017-06-20 
ANDRITZ and PulpEye enter into cooperation agreement

ANDRITZ and PulpEye have entered into a cooperation agreement to promote, market, and sell PulpEye analyzer technology exclusively in ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER package offerings.

This ANDRITZ and PulpEye cooperation will enable customers to benefit from improved online chip and fiber datalytics in order to optimize the right process parameters in fiberlines and pulping processes, for instance by improving yield and optimizing chemical consumption. Furthermore, ANDRITZ and PulpEye can also provide customers with a remote online platform for operations support through IoT solutions.

2017-06-20 
UPM continues developing Pulp Business by investing in efficiency and competitiveness of the Kaukas pulp mill

UPM will further improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the Kaukas pulp mill in Lappeenranta, Finland, by upgrading the mill’s production process with a EUR 30 million investment. The upgrade will be targeted in the mill’s fibre lines, recovery boiler, evaporation, bailing and wood handling. Erection of the main equipment and start-up are scheduled for the spring of 2018.

"Last year at the Kaukas mill we successfully completed a EUR 50 million investment, where we renewed both the pulp drying machines. Now that we have met targets with drying, we can improve the production efficiency with these targeted upgrades," says Sami Saarela, Vice President, Finland Operations, UPM Pulp.

2017-06-20 

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