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SCA increases kraftliner prices

SCA announces a price increase for all Brown and White Kraftliner grades in Europe by € 60 per ton, effective from 1st of February 2018.

"The market for containerboard continues to be very strong. The demand for kraftliner of all grades is high and the supply is tight", says Mikael Frölander, Vice President Sales and Marketing Containerboard.

2018-01-02  READ MORE...
Södra - Increase in timber exports to the US

Södra’s exports of sawn timber to the US have risen over the past four years and a further 25-percent increase is expected next year. Södra has been represented in the US market since 2000 and is one of the Swedish suppliers in the market that takes a more long-term approach.

Sales consist of structural timber, and the increase in exports is due to several factors. Construction of single-family houses using timber as the most common material is growing. The number of housing starts has doubled since the US real estate crash of 2009-2010 and housing construction is also expected to increase in 2018, resulting in greater consumption of sawn timber. Meanwhile, production of sawn timber in Canada – the largest supplier of structural timber to the US – has been low due to fires and damage from pests.

“One of the key reasons behind our strong performance in the US is our long-term approach to the market. We continued to operate with lower volumes despite a more difficult period following the crash around 2009 when many others decided to leave. This has now given us a strong position when business is improving and the market is strengthening. From our perspective, the long-term relationships we nurture with our customers play a central role,” said Andreas Jonasson, Marketing Manager at Södra Wood.

Structural timber produced from spruce and in a specific dimension is the product that primarily interests customers – mainly timber suppliers with distribution to construction sites. Although the US market is relatively small for Södra, which mainly exports timber to Europe, Andreas Jonasson views this as a positive trend.

“Södra’s products are attractive in this market because of their high quality in terms of strength and from an aesthetic perspective. Timber is a fantastic material to build with and we are seeing a growing interest globally to build in a more environmentally sustainable manner using wood. We are naturally delighted that our US customers are also discovering the benefits of our raw material.”

2017-12-28  READ MORE...
The Volga’s newsprint is ranked in Top-100 best goods of Russia

JSC Volga’s product, the newsprint made from 100% TMP, has become a diplomant of the all-Russian contest of the Program "100 best Russian goods" in the category “Production of the technical-industrial purpose” with the “Novelty” status in 2017. The winner’s diploma was presented to the Company at the ceremony which was held on the 14th of December this year in the Nizhny Novgorod Association of Industrials and Entrepreneurs (NAPP). The First Deputy Minister of Industry, Trade and Entrepreneurship I.G. Sazonov and General Director of NAPP V.N. Cybanev attended the Award ceremony. In their congratulatory speech, they wished the Volga’s employees success in the high-technology and high-quality products and the Company’s future development. 
Winning the contest allows Volga to bear the logo of the Program "100 best Russian goods" on its product during 2 future years.
Andrey V. Gurylev, the Volga’s Deputy General Director for Production, commented on this event in such way : “To win in such a prestigious contest is an authoritative confirmation of the high-quality newsprint under the Volga’s brand, behind which a real work of the true professional papermakers stands. I wholeheartedly congratulate them with this well-deserved and honourary award. From now on, Nizhny Novgorod region as well as our whole country together with them can be proud of the newsprint manufactured by the Balakhna Paper Mill !”
We recall that in June 2017 JSC Volga submitted its product : the 40 gsm newsprint from 100 % TMP, the production of which was mastered in the Mill in February this year, in the all-Russian contest “100 best Russian goods” with the key objective of the best Russian goods and services quality and safety promoting. 
Succeed in a regional stage of the Program “100 best Russian goods”, JSC Volga was awarded a Diploma and a commemorative statuette with the contest’s logo and reached the federal level where the Volga’s newsprint has become a Diplomant of the contest by the decision of the specialists of the Interregional public organization “The Academy of Quality Problems’ (Moscow).

2017-12-26  READ MORE...
Mondi Group signs an agreement to acquire Powerflute

Mondi Group has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares in Powerflute Group Holdings Oy (“Powerflute” or the “Company”), a division of Nordic Packaging and Container Holdings (“NPAC Holdings”), for a total consideration of €365 million on an enterprise value basis.

Powerflute operates an integrated pulp and paper mill in Kuopio (Finland) with an annual production capacity of 285,000 tonnes of high-performance semi-chemical fluting. Powerflute’s premium semi-chemical fluting is sold to a diverse range of customers, primarily for packaging fresh fruit and vegetables, but also other end-uses such as electronics, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Around half of the Company’s production is sold in Europe, while the remainder is exported globally.

For the year ended 31 December 2017, the Company is expected to generate revenues of around €183 million and unaudited pro-forma adjusted EBITDA of around €42 million. Powerflute will be integrated into Mondi’s Packaging Paper Business Unit.

Commenting on the acquisition, Peter Oswald, Chief executive of Mondi Group, said : “The acquisition of Powerflute supports our strategy of investing in high-quality packaging and paper assets. We are excited by this opportunity to expand our customer offering by further broadening our containerboard product range and geographic reach.”

The transaction remains subject to competition clearance and customary closing conditions and is expected to complete in the first half of 2018.

2017-12-22  READ MORE...
Ahlstrom-Munksjö acquires land next to its Louveira plant in Brazil

Ahlstrom-Munksjö taking the first step towards a potential capacity expansion plan at its Louveira plant in Brazil.

“Demand for filtration media in South America is expected to continue to grow in the coming years and we clearly foresee the need to increase capacity in the future to support the growing demand for filtration media in the region” states Fulvio Capussotti, Executive Vice President of the Business Area Filtration & Performance.

“The acquisition of this land constitutes an important steps towards our overall ambition to further develop an industrial platform in South America that will enable us to continue to support our filtration customers in the region for the years to come” he adds.

The Louveira plant is located in the San Paolo region in Brazil, employs around 110 people and manufactures filtration media for transportation and industrial applications.

2017-12-22  READ MORE...
Dr. Matthew R. Pixton appointed Kemira's new Chief Technology Officer

Matthew R. Pixton (Ph.D. Chemical Engineering) has been appointed Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and a member of the Management Board of Kemira as of January 1, 2018. He was previously heading Kemira’s R&D and Technology, Americas organization in Atlanta, USA, and he will continue to be based in Atlanta in his new position. Matthew will report to Jari Rosendal, Kemira’s President and CEO.

Matthew has extensive experience in the specialty chemical and polymer industries with global and regional leadership roles in R&D, product and process development as well as technology. He joined Kemira in 2016 from Dow Corning Corporation, where he was Vice President of Science and Technology for the Hemlock Semiconductor Division.

2017-12-22  READ MORE...
ANDRITZ to supply an FRX shredder to Stora Enso, Poland

ANDRITZ has received an order from Stora Enso Narew Sp. z.o.o., Poland, to supply an FRX shredder and a metal separator to the mill in Ostrołęka, Poland. The FRX shredder, which is part of the ANDRITZ Franssons product line, will process rejects from the pulping processes of two existing board production lines. Start-up of the new shredder, which will process around 60 tons of rejects per day, is scheduled for January 2018.

The well-proven shredder, size FRX2000, features powerful pre-shredding of a broad range of raw materials. Its innovative CoverCross knife system and pusher technology guarantee consistent quality and high throughput. The shredder will be installed upstream of the reject treatment system, which is part of the 455,000 tons per year board production line for which ANDRITZ also delivered the complete OCC line including reject treatment.

Stora Enso Narew Sp. z.o.o., headquartered in Ostrołęka, 120 kilometers northeast of Warsaw, operates in the pulp and paper industry. Its core products are industrial papers for corrugated boards and boxes.

2017-12-22  READ MORE...
ANDRITZ to supply three FibreFlow drum pulping systems to Dongguan Jianhui Paper, China

ANDRITZ has received an order from Dongguan Jianhui Paper to install three FibreFlow drum pulping systems at the mill in Dongguan, Guangdong Province, China. Start-up is scheduled for the second quarter of 2018.

The scope of supply comprises a FibreFlow drum pulping system for the 300 bdt/d stock preparation line for the top ply, which uses ONP (Old Newspaper Pulp) as raw material. Two additional FibreFlow drum pulping systems will be installed for production of the filler ply in two parallel lines that process MOW (Mixed Office Waste) with a total capacity of 1,400 bdt/d. The new pulping processes include steam heating and high-density cleaning and will replace the existing low-consistency pulping systems.

Dongguan Jianhui Paper, established in December 2002, produces up to 600,000 tons of high-quality, white coated duplex board with gray back and up to 410,000 tons of test liner per year.

2017-12-22  READ MORE...
Mathieu Dufour appointed as new General Manager at UNIDIS (France)

Mathieu Dufour (45) has been appointed as the new General Manager of UNIDIS (Union inter-secteurs papiers cartons pour le dialogue et l’ingénierie sociale, the French Union dedicated to dialogue and social engineering within the French Paper Industry). He succeeds Emmanuelle Garassino.

2017-12-22  READ MORE...
AF&PA Urges Chinese Authorities to Keep an Open Market for Recovered Paper Imports

Advocating for free and fair recovered fiber trade policies with China, American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman announced the association’s filing of formal comments with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Chinese authorities :

“We believe China has violated their obligations under the WTO and will disrupt international trade and the global market for recovered fiber by their import limiting actions. Specifically, China has mischaracterized certain valuable raw material as ‘solid wastes,’ has taken action not proportional to its own regulation, is favoring its domestic industry over imports and has not provided enough time for U.S. operators to respond. We urge Chinese authorities to immediately engage with the U.S., other WTO member states and appropriate recovered fiber operators and address a number of concerns in order to ensure a free and fair global recycling system.”

2017-12-21  READ MORE...
Hans Sohlström appointed President and CEO of Ahlstrom-Munksjö

The Board of Directors has today appointed Hans Sohlström President and CEO of Ahlstrom-Munksjö, effective as of June 30, 2018, at the latest. Sohlström is currently the President and CEO of Ahlström Capital Group.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s current President and CEO Jan Åström, (b. 1956), will retire from the position on June 30, 2018, at the latest. He has been the President and CEO of the company since its creation through the merger of Ahlstrom Corporation and Munksjö Oyj on April 1, 2017, and before that he was the President and CEO of Munksjö since 2008.

“The Ahlstrom-Munksjö Board of Directors is very pleased with how the integration following the merger is progressing. As previously communicated we expect to deliver above the original synergy plan and the synergy benefits are already clearly visible in our results. The Board feels that we are now in a natural and strong position to move forward. With the appointment of Hans Sohlström as the new CEO in Ahlstrom-Munksjö we expect him to take us to the next level by continuing in executing on our long-term financial targets and our strategic growth plan. We truly believe that Hans through his skills, experience and passion will be a driving force in creating further value to all of our stakeholders,“ says Vice Chair Peter Seligson.

“Jan Åström has done an excellent job in leading the integration of the merged company and before that he very successfully transformed the operations at Munksjö. On behalf of the Board and the company, I would like to offer our warmest thanks to Jan Åström for his commitment and hard work for Ahlstrom-Munksjö and its predecessor Munksjö,” Peter Seligson concludes.

”The merger of Ahlstrom and Munksjö and the subsequent integration of the two companies have been among the most interesting, yet challenging tasks of my professional career. I have truly enjoyed every minute of it. I will give my full attention and commitment to leading this company until the succession has been completed in a successful way,” Jan Åström says. 

Hans Sohlström, M.Sc (Tech.) and M.Sc. (Econ.), (b. 1964), has been the President and CEO of Ahlström Capital since early 2016. Before that he worked for 3.5 years as the President and CEO of Rettig Group and 24 years in various leadership positions at UPM-Kymmene Corporation, of which eight years as member of the Group Executive Team. At UPM, Hans Sohlström gained experience from leading corporate and new business development, sales and marketing as well as operations as a Mill Director.

“I know Ahlstrom-Munksjö very well and I’m passionate about its business and mission to create innovative and sustainable fiber-based solutions. I am very excited to take this position and about the company’s future value creation potential,” Hans Sohlström says.

Hans Sohlström will continue as the Chairman of the Board until the end of the Annual General Meeting in 2018, but refrain from participating in the work of the Shareholders’ Nomination Board. The Board of Directors has today resolved to change the composition of the Human Resources Committee and elected Peter Seligson as new member and Hannele Jakosuo-Jansson as Chair of the Human Resources Committee instead of Hans Sohlström. The members of the Human Resources Committee are Hannele Jakosuo-Jansson (Chair), Peter Seligson and Johannes Gullichsen. All the members of the Human Resources Committee are considered independent of the company and its significant shareholders.”

Hans Sohlström will be based at the company’s head office in Stockholm with a working desk also at the Helsinki office.

The search process was initiated by the Board of Directors early fall 2017 being led by a recruitment committee within the Board of Directors, consisting of the Vice Chairs Elisabet Salander Björklund, Peter Seligson and Board Member Hannele Jakosuo-Jansson.

2017-12-21  READ MORE...
Olof Hansson appointed President of Södra Skog business area

Olof Hansson has been appointed President of the Södra Skog business area. Olof has been Acting President of the Södra Skog business area since 1 September 2017 and will remain a member of Group Senior Management and report to the President and CEO, Lars Idermark.

Olof Hansson, 42, hold degrees in forest sciences and economics. Olof started his career at Södra as a forest inspector in 2003 and has since held such roles as area manager, market analyst and wood supply manager at Södra Skog.

“Olof has a solid background with in-depth knowledge and experience of Södra Skog’s assignment and responsibilities. Olof will be an asset in our continued efforts to improve the long-term profitability of Södra,” said Lars Idermark, President and CEO.

“I am pleased to have been entrusted with leading Södra Skog and it is with a sense of pride and humility that I accepted this responsibility. I look forward to leading Södra Skog in an expansive phase of increasing wood sales together with all of our committed employees. In parallel, we will continue to develop our offering to members,” said Olof Hansson, President of the Södra Skog business area.

The change will take effect immediately.

2017-12-21  READ MORE...
Heating ensures that future generations can also enjoy Verla World Heritage Site

At Unesco World Heritage Site Verla in Kymenlaakso, a new heating plant will be built to ensure the site remains in good condition in the future. The Verla groundwood and board mill, owned and maintained by UPM, is one of the seven World Heritage Sites in Finland.

"It is important to us that we preserve the World Heritage Site for future generations. After Verla was named a World Heritage Site in 1996, several projects have been carried out to preserve the site. The buildings have been fitted with fire protection systems, for example, and because the mill stands by the Verlankoski stream, a longitudinal dam has been constructed to protect the buildings from flooding and water leakages. The heating solution being implemented in the upcoming winter is a significant investment in Verla’s long-term protection," explains the Museum Director Ville Majuri.

2017-12-21  READ MORE...
Coldwater Hires Ceramics Drainage Elements Expert Rob Edwards

Doug Wall, VP Sales & Marketing announced that Rob Edwards has been hired as Coldwater’s new Ceramics Technical Manager. Mr. Edwards has spent the last 25 years with Coorstek / Wilbanks Ceramics in a variety of design, engineering and sales positions. He not only brings extensive knowledge and experience with ceramics manufacturing but a thorough understanding of mill customer needs and expectations. Mr. Edwards will play an active role in Coldwater’s engineering, manufacturing, quoting, training and selling of this high-performance product line.
In October 2017 Coldwater announced its acquisition of Coorstek’s paper machine drainage elements business as part of its strategic plan to be the most reliable supplier of innovative consumables and optimization products. Mr. Edwards will play a key role in Coldwater’s success selling ceramics to the global paper industry and the Coorstek assets required to assemble, grind, and repair these precision ceramic drainage elements are being relocated from Hillsboro, Oregon to Coldwater’s Atlanta manufacturing facility.
Rob will report jointly to Tommy Gardner, Vice President of Operations and Doug Wall, VP Sales & Marketing and he will continue to reside in Portland, Oregon with his wife and three children

2017-12-21  READ MORE...
UPM completes closure of paper machine 5 in Blandin by end of year

UPM announced plans to permanently close paper machine 5 at UPM Blandin in Minnesota, United States in response to overcapacities in the North American paper market. All related processes have now been completed, and paper machine 5 will be permanently closed latest on 30 December 2017.

The closure will reduce the annual capacity of coated magazine paper by approximately 128,000 tons. The number of positions affected is 148. Paper production related to paper machine 6 will continue at the Blandin site.

"UPM is committed to the paper business in the long run. This means that we need to continuously adjust our capacity to market developments, to safeguard the economic stability of UPM’s paper business. We regret the impact this has on our employees. We have engaged in a fair dialogue with employee representatives in order to mitigate the impact of the closure on the personnel at Blandin," says Ruud van den Berg, Senior Vice President, Magazines, Merchants and Office Business at UPM Paper ENA.

2017-12-20  READ MORE...
Stora Enso inaugurates its new polyethylene coating plant at Beihai Mill in China

Around 170 guests attended the official inauguration of the new polyethylene (PE) coating plant at the consumer board mill in Beihai, China today.

Stora Enso has invested EUR 31 million in the PE coating plant, following its establishment in the Guangxi region in China as a response to increasing demand on the market. The plant has an annual capacity of 80 000 tonnes of PE coated products. PE coated board is suitable for products that require barrier against moisture, such as paper cups and food service packaging.

“We are delighted to announce the official opening of the PE coating line at the Stora Enso consumer board mill in Beihai, China. This is yet another important milestone to support our customers in meeting growing consumer demand for high-quality, safe and renewable consumer board packaging in China and the Asia Pacific region,” says Karl-Henrik Sundström, CEO of Stora Enso.

The PE coating plant will enhance Stora Enso’s strategy for profitable growth as well as the company’s competitiveness by enabling short lead-times and full quality control for PE coated prime Food Service Board (FSB). It will also further enhance Stora Enso’s transformation into a global renewable materials growth company.

2017-12-20  READ MORE...
Ecolab agrees to acquire minority ownership in Metgen Oy

Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services, has acquired a minority stake in MetGen OY. As part of the investment, Ecolab will be granted exclusive distribution rights globally for MetGen OY’s enzyme products for pulp and paper manufacturing applications, as well as enzyme products for water and wastewater treatment applications. This business supplies differentiated custom blended enzymatic solutions to maximize biomass performance for various industries.
The investment provides access to innovative custom enzymes to help producers improve machine efficiency, water and energy savings, product quality and profitability. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“We are excited to work with MetGen and implement their innovative products into our offerings to enhance Ecolab’s ability to provide value-added solutions for our customers in the Pulp and Paper Industry,” said Jerome Charton, senior vice president and general manager, Nalco Water global paper, Ecolab’s water management business.

2017-12-20  READ MORE...
Stimuli-responsive cellulose nanocrystals hydrogels for smart applications

Erwan Gicquel defended his doctoral thesis at University Grenoble Alpes prepared under the supervision of Julien Bras, Associate Professor HDR, and of Céline Martin, Associate Professor (Grenoble INP-Pagora / LGP2). He presented the results of his research work entitled Development of stimuli-responsive cellulose nanocrystals hydrogels for smart applications.


This project consists to develop and study new hybrid structures based on nanocelluloses and stimuli-responsive polymers, in particular, thermo-responsive polymers. Nanocelluloses - nanoparticles extracted from cellulose - exist in two forms : cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) and cellulose nanofibrils (CNF).
This study focused on the design of CNC hydrogels with stimuli-responsive polymers. Several thermo-responsive polymers have been used for their biocompatibility and lower critical solution temperature (LCST) close to body temperature. This work consisted of preparation of systems using the principles of green chemistry, the rheological study of these thermo-sensitive hydrogels, and the development of smart applications for these unique biomaterials.


Through the use of state of the art technologies (SANS, SAXS), physicochemical interactions between the polymers and CNC have been studied. The use of block copolymers made it possible to create CNC-based hydrogels with specific rheological properties : liquid at ambient temperature to gel at body temperature. These hydrogels can be used in the creation of injectable systems for biomedical applications, as well as thermosensitive surfaces.

2017-12-20  READ MORE...
PMP Announces Partnership with Rollmeister, who becomes a PMP Roll Service Center!

PMP is proud to announce the beginning of a partnership with Rollmeister Inc. Rollmeister became PMP’s tier-one supplier for roll services in the US market, expanding PMP’s portfolio together with PMP Americas Inc.
PMP Americas is one of PMP’s divisions, located in Machesney Park, Illinois, USA. PMP’s US division expands its portfolio by offering new replacement simple felt, spool and wire rolls as well as more complex rolls such as suction rolls and cc rolls in the North American market place. PMP Americas is leveraging their manufacturing plants in Poland and Asia to get optimum cost solutions while at the same time maintaining the same high quality final product. A flexible approach and on time delivery are the main priorities for PMP Americas. Engineering is provided out of the Illinois office as the best way to ensure high quality service.
In addition to the new offerings, PMP Americas has signed an agreement with Rollmeister, Inc. located in Neenah, Wisconsin. This agreement provides a PMP Service Center for PMP’s roll market.

2017-12-20  READ MORE...
Kemira increases prices of process chemicals for pulp & paper industry in APAC

Kemira, the leading global chemicals company serving customers in pulp & paper industry and other water intensive industries, announces price increases of up to 25% for its process chemical product lines.
The price adjustment of process chemicals are a result of challenging key raw material and energy supply situation as well as the rising transportation cost of raw material and finished goods.
The price increases of the process chemicals will become effective on January 1st, 2018 or as contracts and other conditions allow.

2017-12-20  READ MORE...
That’s a Wrap! Charmin Celebrates Closing Week of Charmin Restrooms

It’s the closing week of Charmin Restrooms and Charmin is kicking it off with a wrap party that will get people moving and shaking. Alexander Jean Singer-Songwriter Duo, BC Jean and Mark Ballas, will perform original songs and holiday favorites to get visitors in a festive mood. Complimentary speed gift wrapping will also be offered to guests who need a quick wrap of last minute gifts while they Enjoy the Go.

“There’s no place like New York City during the holidays and having Charmin Restrooms in the heart of Times Square is a gift for everyone visiting the city… like us,” said husband and wife Mark Ballas and BC Jean. “We’re super familiar with this area so when we heard about Restrooms, we thought to ourselves… ‘finally - it’s about time !’”

Charmin Restrooms has become a top tourist destination since opening on December 6, with more than 20,000 people visiting to date.

“That’s a Wrap” will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 19 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST when speed gift wrappers will be on hand. Mark Ballas and BC Jean will perform live from 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST. Both are free and open to the public.

Charmin Restrooms are free and feature 14 unforgettable and playful stalls designed to transport people to another place through immersive sights and sounds, and of course, the best toilet paper. To help give an ode to Charmin Restrooms’ run on Broadway, there is even a Broadway-themed stall that will leave any visitor wanting an encore. Charmin Restrooms will be opened from December 6-24 at 1601 Broadway between 48th and 49th streets from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. EST daily.

2017-12-19  READ MORE...
PulPaper - visions of the future through innovations

Next spring, PulPaper will bring the world’s best experts together in Helsinki to explore digitalisation, biorefinery development and breakthrough innovations. The seminars will feature top international speakers from Japan, North America and other parts of the world, as well as renowned Finnish business leaders and researchers. PulPaper 2018 will be held at Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre from 29 to 31 May.

The theme of the event is “Visit tomorrow today.” This refers to new innovations and technologies that the forest industry can harness to evolve in the digitalising world. During the event, the two-day Pulpaper Conference will be held from 30 to 31 May. More than 40 Finnish and international experts, researchers and company representatives are scheduled to give presentations at this top seminar. The conference will consist of keynote speeches for all participants and a selection of themed conference programmes.

The first keynote speaker will be Maria Strömme, Professor of Nanotechnology at Uppsala University, who will envision innovative products of the future. The second keynote speech will be given by Ilkka Hämälä, the next President and CEO of Metsä Group. He will describe how the new bioproduct mill in Äänekoski integrates the traditional pulp industry with the manufacture of new bioproducts.

After these keynote speeches, which are intended for everyone, attendees can choose from a range of interesting themed conference programmes that will be held concurrently. The themes include breakthrough innovations in the industry, biorefinery development, changes in consumer behaviour and the opportunities ushered in by digitalisation. Researchers will present current research results and company representatives will tell about how innovations are harnessed in business operations.

2017-12-19  READ MORE...
ARCTIC PAPER S.A. TO EXPAND CAPACITY AT ITS PAPER MILL IN KOSTRZYN

The Management Board and Supervisory Board of Arctic Paper S.A. have adopted a decision to launch an investment project at Arctic Paper Kostrzyn with the aim of expanding the capacity at the mill. The investment, estimated at EUR 10m, will be financed with funds from tranche B of the investment loan from the EBRD. Completion of the project is planned for the first half of 2019.
After the investment, the Arctic Paper Kostrzyn mill will increase its annual production capacity to 315,000 tonnes of fine paper, compared with 285,000 tonnes today, an increase of over 10%.
Apart from expanding its capacity, the planned investment will increase the resource and operating efficiency of the Kostrzyn mill. It will increase the competitiveness of the Group’s products and influence the Group’s future operational results.
Per Skoglund, CEO of Arctic Paper S.A., said, “We have a strong belief in the future and see business opportunities in profitable segments of the fine paper market. With the investment planned at Arctic Paper Kostrzyn we are further strengthening the capacity and operating efficiency at our biggest paper mill, to serve our customers even better.”
Arctic Paper Kostrzyn manufactures high quality uncoated, wood-free paper under the Amber brand. The mill is the largest manufacturer of offset paper in Poland, and the second largest manufacturer of graphic paper.

2017-12-19  READ MORE...
BillerudKorsnäs sees continued strong market development for the products from the new board machine, but expects higher investment costs

Updated estimates show that the investment costs for BillerudKorsnäs’ new board machine in Gruvön may increase by approximately 20 percent compared to previously announced investment cost of a total of SEK 5.7 billion.

The increase of the investment is mainly due to higher costs for the construction work. The production on the new machine is still expected to start during the first quarter of 2019.

"The cost increase is of course not good, and we have worked very hard throughout the project to keep the budget for the project. Unfortunately, we have had a difficult development on the construction side, which will lead to an increase of the investment. We are still seeing a strong development in the liquid packaging segment and other packaging materials that will be manufactured on the machine. We are convinced that we will be perfectly positioned to satisfy global demand in this market with this investment”, says Christer Simrén, BillerudKorsnäs, Senior Vice President and COO.

2017-12-19  READ MORE...

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