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Smurfit Kappa, which celebrates 40 years of producing Bag-in-Box® packaging solutions, has experienced remarkable growth in Europe and particularly France where sales have tripled in the last 10 years

The rise in Bag-in-Box® wine sales reflects changes in consumer behaviour and social trends. The longer shelf life, ease of use and reduction in wastage has made it more attractive both to consumers and retailers. In addition to France, Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box® sales have also risen across the business, particularly in Argentina, Denmark, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the US.

Launched in Epernay, France in 1977, the revolutionary Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box® packaging has continuously evolved over the years with the addition of innovative solutions including the Vitop® tap, high-specification filling machine systems and Pouch-Up® packs.

These innovations have lead Smurfit Kappa to occupy the leadership position for Bag-in-Box® solutions in Europe. The Bag-in-Box® packaging also provides brand owners with increased branding opportunities at the point of purchase, which Smurfit Kappa champions through its innovative ShelfSmart solution.

“Our 40 years of experience has meant that we were in a unique position to capitalise on the recent growth in popularity of Bag-in-Box® wines. While Bag-in-Box® packaging is most commonly associated with wine, we also cater for a diverse range of products including juice, liquid eggs, dairy and also non-food applications such as motor oil and chemicals,” said Thierry Minaud, CEO of the Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box® division.

“Thanks to their low carbon footprint and the extended shelf life which they provide, our Bag-in-Box® products offer a more sustainable choice of packaging for many industries. We are proud of what has been achieved so far.”

2017-09-22 
Kotkamills - Luxury goods need bold packaging

It was a great moment for the Finnish family distillery Lignell & Piispanen, when the company’s new Gustav Dill vodka was at the top podium in the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) in London. 

The victory was a good birthday present for the company that turned 165 years just after the competition.

“I knew we had an outstanding product at hand, but this was an overwhelming result that already has paid off in the form of rising sales”, says Harri Nylund, CEO of the 165-year-old family company Lignell & Piispanen. “Gustav Dill vodka was also designed as a Finland 100 centenary product, so this was a win for Finland as well.”

It may not be the first time a vodka is flavoured with dill, but it’s hard to think that anybody has put as much effort on product development of a similar product.

“We haven’t used any magical tricks ; we tried literally hundreds of combinations of dill until we found this ultimate blend of fresh and dried dill and seeds”, Harri Nylund says. “Secondly, we have our own aroma distillation technology that really can squeeze out the flavours of the dill.”

2017-09-22 
Al Nakheel mill and the Valmet tissue machine start-up

Fine Hygienic Holding (FHH) ; one of Nuqul Group’s companies located in Abu Dhabi commenced operation on the Valmet Advantage DCT 200TS tissue production line in its Al Nakheel mill in Abu Dhabi after a few months delay.
The new line includes a complete delivery package from stock preparation equipment to rewinder and started-up at the end of September 2017.

The new tissue machine has a width of 5.6 meters and a design speed of 2,200 m/min.
The new line will add 60,000 tons of high quality tissue per year to the company’s current production of bath, facial, napkin and towel tissue for consumers in the Middle East.

Valmet’s scope of delivery comprised a complete tissue production line featuring stock preparation systems, an Advantage DCT 200TS tissue machine, and a Focus Rewinder line.

2017-09-21 
Voith builds another two paper machines for banknotes in Mysore, India

   Since the beginning of the year, the Government of India has been producing for the first time large volumes of paper for its rupee banknotes through the Indian Central Bank. For this purpose, Voith supplied two complete production lines to Mysore – Bank Note Paper Mill India (Pvt.) Ltd., in Southern India. The scope of supply included the water mark wire workshop, cotton, stock and broke preparation and two paper machines as well as the entire finishing unit with two rewinders, three cross-cutters and fully automated packaging lines. The two paper machines have an annual capacity of up to 12,000 metric tons of banknote paper for the local market. To house the production facilities new facility were erected adjacent to the banknote printing works. Among other things the new lines will produce the base paper for the new 500 and 2,000 rupee banknotes.

2017-09-21 
ANDRITZ successfully starts up Fibria’s new pulp mill in Três Lagoas, Brazil

ANDRITZ has completed start-up of key production technologies and equipment for Fibria’s new pulp mill in Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. All ANDRITZ processes were started up successfully on schedule.

Fibria’s new pulp mill has a production capacity of 1.95 million tons of eucalyptus pulp per year. Combined with the existing mill at Três Lagoas the total production capacity reaches 3.25 million tons per year, thus making Três Lagoas one of the largest pulp production sites in the world.

With this successful EPC delivery and smooth start-up of the equipment, ANDRITZ has once again demonstrated its outstanding technological capabilities and its proven experience in handling very large projects.

2017-09-21 
BW Papersystems acquires Zerand

BW Papersystems, a Barry-Wehmiller company and capital equipment supplier for the paper industry, has acquired North American Cerutti Corp.’s Zerand division, from Officine Meccaniche Giovanni Cerutti S.p.A. The transaction closed on September 15, 2017, and is Barry-Wehmiller’s 94th acquisition. Fredericks Michael & Co. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Cerutti.
Zerand, based in New Berlin, Wisconsin, is a leading manufacturer of high-speed platen and rotary die-cutting machinery for the print and converting industry. By adding Zerand into BW Papersystems, both manufacturers will strengthen their positions in the industry and expand their product offerings. Zerand, which will be called BWP Zerand, will remain in New Berlin, and the team will work cooperatively
with three other BW Papersystems facilities and team members in Wisconsin, as well as with other team members at locations internationally.
Zerand is a market leader for die-cutting lines in the folding-carton industry. The Zerand brand was established in 1962, but the company’s engineering expertise and tradition of customer support extend back to 1939. The company created the world’s first generation of webfed die-cutters. Today, over 1,000 installations around the world attest to Zerand’s global leadership in web systems and solutions for the
paperboard-converting industry. The company has been part of Gruppo Cerutti, a primary supplier of printing and converting solutions, since 1998.

2017-09-20 
ANDRITZ to supply Thailand’s first bubbling fluidized bed boiler for thermal utilization of production residue from the paper industry

ANDRITZ has received the order from Marubeni, Tokyo, Japan, to supply an EcoFluid fluidized bed boiler with flue gas cleaning system for a waste-to-energy power plant at SCG Packaging’s Ban Pong paper mill, located in Ratchaburi, Thailand. The equipment and technologies supplied by ANDRITZ will be used to generate electricity from thermal utilization of residue occurring in production operations using a recycled paper furnish. Start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2018.

The fluidized bed boiler will be Thailand’s first of its kind that operates with 100% waste fuel and also the first boiler at SCG Paper Energy Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of SCG Packaging.

The ANDRITZ scope of supply comprises the engineering work, equipment delivery, and supervision services for erection work and start-up of the fluidized bed boiler, including a flue gas cleaning system and auxiliary equipment.

ANDRITZ is one of the leading global suppliers of boiler technologies and systems for generating steam and electricity from renewable and fossil fuels, with a large number of very successful references worldwide.

2017-09-20 
Lecta and the Top Photographic Creations of the Year

Spanish national photography awards choose Lecta’s new GardaPremium Natural coated paper for the publication of the prestigious 2016 LUX book.

Lecta reaffirms its support for the world of art, creativity and culture with its premium coated paper as the choice for the LUX Photography Awards Book, a premium edition where emphasizing the importance of every detail is essential.

Since their creation in 1993, the LUX awards have emerged as a touchstone of professional photography in Spain, recognizing the year’s best work by professional photographers, with a special emphasis on innovation and the image’s ability to communicate.

This year, the paper chosen to showcase the LUX winners’ and finalists’ photographs was Lecta’s new PEFC-certified semi-matt coated 170 g/m2 GardaPremium Natural​. The paper is specifically designed to guarantee excellent print quality, with a neutral tone to enhance both color and black-and-white photography results.

With the LUX Photography Awards Book, our paper will be in the hands not only of the best professional photographers but also in schools, libraries and the leading book stores in Spain.

Lecta is proud to contribute, once again, to making quality creative work available to a wider audience.

2017-09-19 
Succession at the top of Voith Group decided

The Shareholders’ Committee of Voith Management GmbH has decided about the succession of Dr. Hubert Lienhard, long-standing President and CEO of the Management Board. Stephan Schaller, currently member of Voith Shareholders’ Committee and head of the global motorcycle division of BMW Group, has been appointed as successor.

2017-09-19 
Stora Enso has completed the divestment of Bulleh Shah Packaging in Pakistan

Stora Enso has completed the divestment announced on 26 July 2017 of its 35% holding in the equity accounted investment Bulleh Shah Packaging (Private) Ltd. in Pakistan to the main owner Packages Ltd.

The total cash consideration for the divestment of the shares is EUR 6 million. The loss on disposal amounts in total to approximately EUR 19 million and it will be recorded as an item affecting comparability in Stora Enso’s third quarter 2017 results.

With this transaction, Packages Ltd. achieves full ownership of Bulleh Shah Packaging.

2017-09-19 
Sequana : Slight improvement in pro forma operating performance in the first-half of 2017

• Pro forma sales of €1,444 million, down 2.8% (down 1.0% at constant exchange rates) on H1 2016 at a constant reporting structure for Arjowiggins
• Pro forma EBITDA up 3.2% to €58 million ; pro forma EBITDA margin up 0.2 points to 4.0% o Antalis : EBITDA up 2.1% to €43 million and EBITDA margin up by 0.3 points to 3.6%, thanks notably to an enhanced gross margin rate in Packaging and Visual Communication o Arjowiggins : Pro forma EBITDA down slightly by 2.8% to €21 million ; pro forma EBITDA margin stable at 6.3%, mainly reflecting the decline in fine paper volumes and higher raw material prices towards the end of the period
• Sales and EBITDA as reported came in at €1,459 million (down 5.2%) and €49 million (down 10.5%), respectively
• Net profit of €3 million
• Net debt stands at €342 million ; the financial leverage ratio was 3.38 o Antalis : €34 million reduction in net debt to €269 million o Arjowiggins : €8 million increase in net debt to €41 million

2017-09-18 
BillerudKorsnäs unit in Karlsborg now back to full production

During the night between September 5th and 6th, there was a fire in one of the buildings at BillerudKorsnäs’ production unit in Karlsborg. The production was stopped as a consequence of the fire but is now back to full speed after a successful work to make the unit ready for production. BillerudKorsnäs estimates that the impact from the fire on Q3 results will be approximately SEK 35 million. 

"Our teams and suppliers have made good efforts to overcome the consequences of the fire and we are glad that we can inform our customers of this quick start-up", says Per Lindberg, President and CEO of BillerudKorsnäs.

The production unit in Karlsborg manufactures sack and kraft paper as well as market pulp for the Packaging Paper business area and has a production capacity of approximately 300,000 tonnes per year.

2017-09-18 
The waste-utilizing boiler was again put into operation after the scheduled preventive maintenance stop at JSC Volga

After the 3-month scheduled preventive maintenance stop, the Volga’s waste-utilizing boiler was again put into operation after that the steam supply was performed and fed to the production site through the steam supply pipes. Andrey Gollandskiy informed us about it.

 The workshop’s workers have performed a large amount of work planned for the specified period.

 According to A.Gollandskiy, the hydraulic system of the low-speed chipper, which processes the wood wastes, was inspected in the bark preparation area, the new oil cooling heat-exchanger, the bark shredder bearings were changed, conveyors and screws were repaired.

 At the same time, the contracting company OOO “Weld-Stroy NN” repaired the exhauster, which removes the flue gas, balanced the rotor, repaired the refractory lining and thermal insulation of the boiler furnaces.

 “The ash conveyor repair (this equipment removes the ash from the boiler) was the one of the most labour-intensive works in the scheduled preventive maintenance period which was done by own efforts,” - the boiler plant head pointed out. - The defective isolation valve replacement, inspection of the gland seal bolts, gears, rotary heads, the thermal insulation recovery on the ash screw equipment, the transformer plants repair- these and the other works were performed by the workshop’s workers.”

 In addition, the floor water disposal system was mounted in the boiler plant.

2017-09-15 
Cellwood proud supplier to Stora Enso Skutskärs “Projekt Fluff”

Stora Enso Skutskär mill is currently rebuilding their TM7. Cellwood Machinery AB has been awarded a contract to supply two horizontal Grubbens Pulpers for broke handling. The position of the pulpers will be at broke station no.1 & 2.

The contract also includes a third horizontal Grubbens Pulper for the TM7 re-winder. A deciding factor for the choice of Grubbens Pulpers, was the low energy consumption.

The delivery will take place during the autumn of 2017.

2017-09-15 
New Ahlstrom-Munksjö to showcase its sustainable release and label papers at Labelexpo Europe

With its first participation to Labelexpo Europe as the newly created Ahlstrom-Munksjö, the company confirms its commitment to the global labelling industry, aiming to contribute with innovative,
sustainable and effective paper-based solutions to the benefit of the Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) value chain. The company will showcase the latest advances in its dedicated range which now
includes supercalandered and clay-coated release papers, as well as niche facestock label papers.
Labelexpo Europe 2017 will take place on September 25-28 at Brussels Expo in Belgium.
“We form today a larger company, with a strong financial position, extended R&D capabilities and a wider geographical footprint. Our aim is to rely on these strengths to support strategic growth while
continuing to deliver customer value through high quality, backed by advanced technology, deep know-how and tailored services. We are glad to connect at Labelexpo with the entire PSA value chain,
as one of the key industries we commit to.” says Marco Troglia, Vice President Release Liners.

2017-09-15 
Kruger creates a new entity

Kruger Inc. announced a $377.6-M transaction to diversify operations at its Brompton and Wayagamack Mills into specialty niches, such as flexible food packaging, labelling and digital printing. This major project, undertaken in partnership with the Government of Québec, will help to maintain more than 500 jobs in the Mauricie and Estrie regions. The announcement has been made on September 8 in the presence of Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec ; Dominique Anglade, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation ; and Joseph Kruger II, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kruger, as well as Ministers Luc Blanchette, Julie Boulet, and Luc Fortin.

2017-09-14 
Hamburger Containerboard purchases land to set up a new paper mill in Kütahya, Turkey Major step in 300 M€. Euro investment completed

Hamburger Turkey Ltd., part of the Austrian Prinzhorn Group, has signed a land purchasing agreement to set up a third paper mill in Turkey. The location is situated 250 Km south-east of Istanbul.
The new paper machine will have state - of - the - art technology, a width of 7,80m and an annual production capacity of 480.000 tonnes containerboard, mainly light - weight Testliner and Fluting. The 300 Mio. Euro investment will create 500 new jobs and is planned to be finalized in 2020.
“Turkey is an important market for us and this investment shows our strong commitment to this fast growing region. If all relevant factors, such as governmental permissions and political stability, show a
green light we are happy to proceed with the next project steps.” said Cord Prinzhorn, CEO of Prinzhorn Group.
“We are excited to have found such an excellent location for this project. This additional paper mill will help us to secure our high quality paper supply to our customers,” added Harald Ganster, MD of
Hamburger Containerboard Division.
Hamburger Turkey Ltd. is part of the Hamburger Containerboard Division with a total of seven paper mills in four countries and 2 Mio tonnes of produced container board per year. The two existing paper
mills in Turkey are based in Corlu and Denizli.

2017-09-14 
Lecta Presents Its New HM300 Adhesive for High-Speed Air-Blow Labelling

​Lecta brings out a new Adestor hot-melt adhesive for packaging applications.​​​

Adestor HM300 is a permanent hot-melt adhesive with a very high tack especially formulated for high-speed air-blow labelling. It performs well at low temperatures and can be used at room temperature of -5ºC. Its immediate strong adhesion makes it ideal for rough and curved surfaces.

The new HM300 adhesive is available in a range of different paper and film face stock.

All Adestor products are manufactured under ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental standards and ISO 50001 energy efficiency, ISO 9001 quality and OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety standards. They are also available with PEFC™ and FSC® Chain-of-Custody forest certification upon request.

2017-09-13 
Negotiations at Stora Enso’s Kvarnsveden paper mill concluded

Stora Enso announced in February plans to permanently close down one paper machine 8 (PM8) and related reorganisation at the Kvarnsveden Mill in Sweden that could affect a maximum of 140 people at the mill. PM8 was permanently shut down in June, and the negotiations between central parties have now been concluded.

The impact of the reorganisation and PM8 closure was mitigated through individual solutions, such as early retirement. Altogether the number of people affected will be 122.

Stora Enso is convinced that through the measures taken, it is possible to improve the competitiveness of the Kvarnsveden Mill going forward.

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

2017-09-13 

Process and conveyor belt specialists Ammeraal Beltech will be showing their extensive range of application-specific solutions on Stand 20 at the FEFCO Technical Seminar in Vienna, Austria, 11-13 October 2017. With corrugated board currently enjoying increased popularity in the global packaging market, this leading technical platform for the industry is an appropriate arena for Ammeraal Beltech’s comprehensive range of belts, which are today employed in all the major corrugated packaging plants around the world.

2017-09-13 
BASF expands paper coating portfolio for the Nordic market at its site in Hamina, Finland

Low odor binder for the board and packaging market in Northern Europe
BASF’s new low odor binder for paper coatings, which is based on styrene butadiene, is specially designed for odor sensitive applications in the board and packaging market in the Nordic region. Although applicable for all printing applications, the new product is particularly suitable for food contact and liquid packaging board. The low odor XSB binder is characterized by its minimal content of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). It complies with all relevant eco label and food contact requirements.
“The enhancement of our product line is a clear demonstration of our commitment to the paper and board industry. Our new binder enables best runnability in typical customer applications and with all common recipe formulations,” says Prof. Dr. Thomas Schiele, Vice President Paper Coating Chemicals Europe. “It expands BASF’s paper coating chemicals product portfolio and meets customers’ requirements as well as increasingly stringent regulatory conditions.”

2017-09-12 
BillerudKorsnäs launches unique consumer panel: Megacity citizens positive towards packaging as sustainability problem-solver

Megacity residents globally have a positive attitude towards packaging as a potential sustainability problem-solver, and Packaging Sustainability is well understood and valued. However expectations on cities management of recycling, littering, waste and support for sustainable behavior and education differ. This is evident from the new BillerudKorsnäs consumer panel on Packaging Sustainability.

Packaging is a hot topic nowadays, discussed much more frequent on top level at brand owners, by politicians and NGO’s and most of all by consumers. To understand the power of consumers, we have initiated our own consumer panel in 16 megacities* of the world to gather insights about their own view on packaging’s role in society, how packaging can enable better solutions from an environmental point of view as well as the different megacities capability to support consumers in acting sustainable with packaging.

2017-09-12 
Change in Kemira Oyj's Management Board

Dr. Heidi Fagerholm, Chief Technology Officer and member of the Management Board will leave Kemira to take up the position of Head of Advanced Technologies of PM-Performance Materials division of Merck KGaA, Heidi will be based in Darmstadt, Germany.

Fagerholm will continue in her current position and as a member of Kemira’s Management Board latest until the end of October, 2017. Kemira has started the process of finding a successor to lead its global R&D and Technology function, including more than 250 scientists and professionals in three global R&D centres in Espoo, Finland, Atlanta, USA and Shanghai, China.

"I want to thank Heidi for continuously bringing new innovations and new sustainable technologies to our valued customers. Kemira has more than quadrupled its innovation sales during Heidi’s tenure. I wish her best of success with her new challenges", said Jari Rosendal, Kemira’s President and CEO.

2017-09-11 
BillerudKorsnäs production unit in Karlsborg expected to be back to full production during next week

During the night between September 5th and 6th, there was a fire in one of the buildings at BillerudKorsnäs’ production unit in Karlsborg and the production has been stopped since then. After analysing the impact of the fire, BillerudKorsnäs now expects Karlsborg to be back to full production during the week starting with Monday September 18th.

"The most important thing is that no person has been injured in the fire. We have now assessed the impact of the fire and the work with making the unit ready for start of production is ongoing at high intensity. We expect full production to be reached during next week, i.e. the week starting with Monday September 18th. As it is a complex start-up after this type of event, there is some uncertainty about the exact timing", says Per Lindberg, President and CEO of BillerudKorsnäs.

The fire started as a result of a malfunctioning security valve leaking oxygen leading to ignition.

The production unit in Karlsborg manufactures sack and kraft paper as well as market pulp for the Packaging Paper business area and has a production capacity of approximately 300,000 tonnes per year.

2017-09-11 

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