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Discussions with the Government of Uruguay progressing - key items aligned

Good progress has been made in the discussions between the Government of Uruguay and UPM concerning the infrastructure development and other local prerequisites for long-term industrial growth in Uruguay. We are now in agreement regarding the majority of the key items on the negotiation agenda," says Jaakko Sarantola, Senior Vice President, UPM, Uruguay Platform.

"Some remaining items still need to be solved as we start the work on the contract language which will specify the mutual responsibilities. Our focus lies heavily on solving these remaining topics," says Sarantola.

2017-05-04 
Ahlstrom-Munksjö awarded with EcoVadis Gold rating for its CSR engagement

Ahlstrom-Munksjö, a global leader in fiber-based materials, has been awarded with a Gold rating by EcoVadis, following to the assessment of the group’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) engagement.

The Gold rating is a result of performance improvements in all four CSR dimensions assessed by EcoVadis ; environment, labor practices, fair business practices, and sustainable procurement. It places the company among the top 1 percent of all suppliers evaluated by the platform, regardless of their industry.

“In the last few years we have worked hard to continuously improve performance and consistency in the area of sustainability and responsibility. I am very pleased by the recognition from EcoVadis and I’d like to thank all internal and external stakeholders who have contributed to the achievement,” says Anders Hildeman, Vice President Sustainability.

2017-05-03 
Ahlstrom-Munksjö to acquire own shares

The Board of Directors of Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj has decided to utilize the current authorization given by the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on April 6, 2016 to repurchase own shares. The authorization, to acquire a maximum of 4,000,000 of the company’s own shares, is valid until the end of the AGM 2017 to be held on May 16, 2017.

The repurchases will start at the earliest on May 3, 2017 and end on May 16, 2017 at the latest. Ahlstrom-Munksjö intends to continue the repurchases after May 16, 2017, under the condition that the AGM approves a new authorization to the Board of Directors to acquire a maximum of 8,000,000 of the company’s own shares. The amount of shares to be acquired shall not exceed 300,000 shares, corresponding to about 0.3 per cent of the total number of shares and votes.

The repurchased shares will be used primarily for implementing future share-based incentive programs of the company.

The shares shall be acquired through public trading on Nasdaq Helsinki at the market price prevailing at the time of repurchase. Nordea Bank Finland Plc will act as stock broker in the repurchases.

2017-05-03 
Nico Delvaux appointed President and CEO of Metso Corporation

Metso’s Board of Directors has appointed Nico Delvaux President and CEO of Metso, effective at the beginning of November 2017 at the latest. Nico Delvaux is currently Senior Executive Vice President for Atlas Copco AB and Business Area President for Compressor Technique, with responsibility for the global compressed air business of the Atlas Copco Group.

"This nomination is part of Metso’s successor planning and the timing is good for Metso to progress into the next development phase. I am convinced that Nico Delvaux is the right person to further accelerate value creation for Metso’s customers and shareholders, thanks to his broad international experience, leadership skills and a proven track record in developing leading businesses," says Mikael Lilius, Chairman of Metso’s Board of Directors.

2017-05-03 
Changes in Stora Enso’s Group Leadership Team

Markus Mannström appointed head of Stora Enso’s Biomaterials division

Stora Enso has appointed Markus Mannström Executive Vice President for the Biomaterials division as of 1 June 2017. He has been the group’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and a member of the Group Leadership Team since 2015. Mannström will replace Juan Carlos Bueno, who has served as Executive Vice President since 2011 and led the Biomaterials division since its creation in 2012, and who will now leave Stora Enso to find new challenges outside the company.

2017-05-03 
ANDRITZ successfully starts up twelfth tissue machine for Hengan Group

ANDRITZ has successfully started up the tissue machine supplied to the Hengan Group, China, at its Chongqing mill.

The PrimeLineTM W8 tissue machine is the twelfth tissue machine supplied by ANDRITZ to the Hengan Group. It has a design speed of 2,000 m/min and a width of 5.6 m. The machine is equipped with an 18-foot steel Yankee for energy-efficient drying and safe operation. The scope of supply also included the complete stock preparation plant with ShortFlow concept, which minimizes both the investment costs and energy consumption as well as ensures high flexibility for grade changes. The entire automation system was also supplied by ANDRITZ

The Hengan Group was established in 1985 and, with around 30,000 employees, is one of the leading Chinese manufacturers of hygiene and sanitary products.

2017-05-03 
JSC Volga started the production of the new substance newsprint

The 40 gsm newsprint production was mastered at Volga’s Paper Mill. The printers have already tested the production samples and gave an expert opinion.

The increased area in a standard newsprint reel is the main advantage of the low-substance newsprint.

The production test runs of Volga’s low-substance newsprint (40 gsm) took place in March, 2017 in the printing complexes of JSC PK “EXTRA М” (Moscow) on UNISET and GEOMAN printing machines and in a CJSC “Prime Print” (Nizhny Novgorod) printing-house on a TENSOR 1400 machine.

 After the carried out testing the “Prime Print” experts confirmed the conformity of the tested newsprint to the declared properties and printability on the TENSOR equipment because no ink setting-off and other defects of the printed products were identified. In their opinion, the quality of the edition appearance printed on the lower substance newsprint didn’t visually differ from the quality of the samples printed on the standard newsprint with the substance of 42 gsm. There were also no web breaks or increased flaking of the paper.

2017-05-02 
New 17-36 Short Span Compression Tester for the Paper industry

Messmer Büchel will release the brand new 17-36 Short Span Compression Tester at the Interpack Show in Düsseldorf, Hall 12 booth C04-5. The 17-36 SCT is the successor of the previous 17-34 model. The Short Span Compression Tester measures the strength of liner and fluting medium at a distance of 0.7mm. With this information it is possible to predict the compression strength of a container. For the producer, this means optimization of the end product at an early stage of production saving time and money.

2017-05-02 
Valmet to supply new bleaching plant to CENIBRA's pulp mill in Brazil

Valmet has been selected as supplier for a new bleaching plant to be installed at CENIBRA’s pulp mill in Belo Oriente in Brazil. The new plant will have the capacity to produce 500,000 tonnes of pulp per year. Start-up is scheduled to be in April, 2018.

The order was included in Valmet’s fourth quarter 2016 orders received. A typical value for this scope of supply is around EUR 30-50 million.

2017-05-02 
Metsä Board skincare gift box wins the Luxe Pack Shanghai 2017 in green Award

Metsä Board has recently won the Luxe Pack Shanghai ’in green’ Award, in the best eco-friendly Packaging Solution category, with its skincare gift box. The skincare packaging concept is designed to promote sustainability while providing a unique user experience. The concept represents a winning combination of Metsä Board’s pure, lightweight and stiff paperboards and the company’s innovative packaging design service for more ecological and convenient solutions. The brief was to look at ways to improve the traditional secondary paperboard packaging, with a strong emphasis upon sustainability, strengthening brand values and reducing packaging and plastic – without compromising the consumer experience.

2017-05-02 
Digitisation increasing number of seedlings

Södra has now completed an investment of SEK 10 million in the nursery at Flåboda. The investment will enable more digitised production and increase capacity by 20 percent, from ten million to twelve million seedlings per year.

“The increased digitisation of the nursery, including more computer-controlled platforms, will be highly significant for raising the quality and quantity of production. The nursery’s resources can be used more effectively, which will help us improve our contribution to ensuring new forests in Sweden,” said Ida Karlsson, Manager of Södra’s nursery at Flåboda.

2017-05-02 
Powerdrive MD2: A ready to use variable speed drive for high power process applications in Express Availability

Leroy-Somer has developed the Express Availability offer to provide clients with a reliable, high quality and performing Motors & Drives solution in a very short delivery time.

As part of this offering, Powerdrive MD2 is the only compact, all-inclusive variable speed drive for high power process applications, ready to be shipped in a maximum of 5 working days, up to 500 kW, without compromising on quality.

The short lead time is, without any doubt, a significant advantage as it helps not only to meet clients’ expectations but also to handle any emergency requirement. Powerdrive MD2 Express Availability is the answer to clients that need to reduce their inventory and downtime.

2017-04-28 
New Director of Members at Södra

Gustav Tibblin has been appointed new Director of Members at Södra, now that Magnus Berg is leaving Södra after 15 years to become Head of Business Policy at the Swedish Forest Industries Federation.

Gustav Tibblin has been employed at Södra for many years and held several senior positions, most recently in business development and as Chairman of Södra’s associated company SunPine. Gustav Tibblin holds a Master of Science in Forestry and an MBA.

"With Gustav Tibblin’s vast experience and expertise, the work to develop and renew Södra’s member activities will continue," said Lars Idermark, President and CEO.

"Södra would like to thank Magnus Berg for his many years of service as an appreciated and professional Director of Members. Magnus has made a significant contribution to Södra’s position today as a strong and dynamic company owned by just over 50,000 forest owners. We wish Magnus the best of luck in his new and important role for the entire forest industry," said Lars Idermark.

Gustav Tibblin will take office on 1 July, be a member of Södra’s Group Senior Management and serve as the Board’s secretary.

2017-04-28 
Klabin reports growth in net revenue, sales volume and EBITDA in the first quarter of 2017

Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2017 stood at R$539 million, up 5% from the same period in 2016.

· Total sales volume in 1Q17 reached 759,000 tonnes, up 67% from 1Q16.

· Net sales revenue grew 28% in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year, totaling R$ 1,867 million.

 Klabin, Brazil’s largest paper producer and exporter, the leading manufacturer of paper and board for packaging, corrugated board packaging and industrial bags, and the only company in Brazil to produce hardwood, softwood and fluff pulp in the same plant, registered yet another quarter of growth in financial results. The company recorded Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) of R$ 539 million in the first quarter of 2017, for growth of 5% from the same period in 2016.

Total sales volume came to 759,000 tonnes (excluding wood) in the first quarter of this year, an increase of 67% from the same quarter last year, driven mainly by sales of pulp produced by the Puma Unit and by conversion products. Net sales revenue totaled R$1,867 million in 1Q17, up 28% from the same period in 2016. The recent acquisitions in the corrugated board market - Embalplan (Rio Negro – PR) and Hevi Embalagens (Manaus – AM) – combined with the flexibility of Klabin’s product line and the consistent growth in industrial bag exports, as reflected in the sales of conversion products, which increased 13% from the first quarter of 2016 to reach 186,000 tonnes.

2017-04-28 
Clextral announces the opening of two international sites in India and South-East Asia

"With these new sites, Clextral’s international presence displays a level of local reach unmatched within the extrusion industry, with a network of experts now spread across five continents." Gilles Maller, Vice President of Sales and International Business for Clextral
At the centre of Clextral’s strategy - closer proximity to clients and markets
"Clextral has clients in 93 countries, soon to be 94, and we are always striving to be closer to our clients to deliver quality service and support. The opening of two new sites is an integral step towards our goal to offer local service through a finely tuned network that operates on an international scale. This local presence also enables us to better anticipate the needs of our clients in terms of development and to offer relevant solutions for their specific markets. Our R&D, for both equipment and procedures, relies largely on listening to our clients."

2017-04-27 
Italian Cartiere Modesto Cardella enhances dryer section with repeated orders to Toscotec S.p.A.

In the last year, the partnership between the Italian machinery supplier and Cartiere Modesto Cardella, became closer with three important orders of advanced TT SteelDryers to rebuild the dryer sections of PM3 and PM4.

A first order of 8 TT SteelDryers and 4 TT Uni-Run Vac-Rolls were supplied and started up in 2014, a second order of 14 new TT SteelDryers in place of cast iron dryers were provided for PM3 in 2016 and already successfully started-up. A third order of 17 TT SDs has been repeated for the PM4.

Toscotec Technical specialists will provide supervision, commissioning and start up assistance. The final start-up is scheduled for fall of this year, 2017.

2017-04-27 
AFT receives Approach Systems order for new BillerudKorsnäs board machine in Gruvön, Sweden

BillerudKorsnäs has selected AFT (Aikawa Fiber Technologies) to supply a compact POM System for all three layers of their new 550,000 tonnes per year board machine at the Gruvön mill in Sweden.

According to Timo Koivisto , Vice President, Process and Equipment Solutions for AFT, “Compact and highly efficient, POM® paper machine wet end and headbox screening will deliver superior cleanliness in a compact package. The simple POM System, with its small footprint, has become the de facto alternative to traditional complex approach flow, eliminating capital and high operating costs.”

2017-04-27 
Changed financial targets for the hygiene business

The financial targets for the hygiene business have been updated in conjunction with the split of the SCA Group into two listed companies ; the forest products company SCA and the hygiene and health company Essity.

2017-04-27 
Lecta : the Adestor gloss holographic label

An eye-catching attribute to not only promote but also safe-guard authenticity.​

2017-04-26 
New study: Finns believe that the most successful fields for Finnish companies in the future are cleantech, health technology and the forest industry

According to a new research study, Finns believe that in future, domestic companies will be most successful in environmentally sustainable technologies, health technology and the forest industry.

2017-04-26 
ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2017: New knowledge and exchange forum with best practice lectures

ZELLCHEMING-Expo – the exhibition of the European pulp, paper and supplier industry that is held in parallel with the congress – presents new highlights for exhibitors and visitors from 4 – 6 July 2017 in Frankfurt am Main.

2017-04-25 
Metsä Board starts up the new extrusion coating line in Sweden

Metsä Board is delighted to announce the startup of its new extrusion coating line at its Husum mill in Sweden. The new state-of the-art coating line has an annual capacity of about 100,000 tonnes and represented an investment of EUR 38 million.

2017-04-25 
Unplanned shutdown of the Vallvik Mill has a negative impact on production during the second quarter

Production in the Vallvik Mill has been affected by an unplanned shutdown due to leakage within the recovery boiler.

2017-04-24 
European paper industry lodges complaint against unfair Turkish import licensing on EU exports of office paper

CEPI (the Confederation of European Paper Industries) has presented a Trade Barrier Regulation (“TBR”) complaint to the European Commission against the unfair non-automatic import licensing system established by Turkey concerning, inter alia, EU exports of uncoated wood free (“UWF”) paper, which includes office paper, books, envelopes and paper used for direct mail marketing.

2017-04-24 

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