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Double A shows the way for sustainable paper production at Paperworld Middle East 2018

A Thai company is taking a lead role in eco-friendly paper manufacturing, producing 600,000 tons of pulp and one million tons of paper annually that not only protects natural resources, but provides additional income for more than one million Thai farmers in the process.

Thailand’s Double A believes that sustainability and paper go hand in hand, and has based its business model on producing a special strain of paper tree on the thousands of otherwise unused hectares of ‘KHAN-NA’ lands that border the South East Asian country’s numerous rice paddies.

Since its inception in 1991, Double A knew that to be successful, it must co-exist with the environment, but according to Senior Executive Vice President Thirawit Leetavorn, the key was sourcing the right raw material, while also preserving Thailand’s rich natural biodiversity and supporting surrounding local communities.

“For more than 25 years, we tested some 2,500 trees to find the right tree most suited to Thailand’s climate and that also produces the highest quality wood pulp,” said Mr. Leetavorn.

2018-02-21  READ MORE...
Seventh Valmet supplied tissue line successfully started up at Hengan's mill in China, with more to come

Valmet and Hengan joined forces on January 15, 2018, to successfully start a Valmet Advantage DCT 200 tissue line at Hengan’s mill in Weifang, China.

PM21 is the third of four Advantage DCT 200 lines recently ordered by Hengan. When the startup of PM22 takes place at the same mill in Weifang later this year, Hengan will have a total of eight Valmet supplied tissue production lines in operation. The other two Advantage DCT 200 machines were started in Wuhu, China, with excellent results in 2016. All three startups have been well coordinated and performed in record time, which creates a great outlook for the upcoming PM22 premiere.

The investments support Hengan’s aim of strengthening their leading market position in China, while the well proven Advantage DCT Technology ensures a stable production of high-quality tissue, in this case mainly used for facial, toilet and towel grades.

Hengan is China’s leading tissue producer, with a current tissue production exceeding one million tons per year. The high-performance Advantage DCT 200 trio counts for an annual capacity of least 180,000 tons of tissue products, soon to be 240,000 tons once all four production lines are started and optimized.

2018-02-21  READ MORE...
MACDUE aims to break into the American market

MACDUE is ready to pit and is warming up the engines that will bring the Company to inaugurate soon its sales and service branch in the USA. It is dedicated to the sale of automated packaging lines and machines for tissue (towel paper rolls and folded products) and plastic products (insulating panels, food thermic boxes, trays, plates and cups) and to the after-sales service.
MACDUE aims to position itself in the US market by establishing there a branch, which is able to serve the customers closely and providing them with flexible, robust and efficient packaging solutions together with an ad hoc after-sales service.
MACDUE has a strong presence all over the world and a huge experience built up since 1981 on strong partnerships with customers and their feedback. All this allows the company, 100% Italian, to manufacture packaging machines beyond market expectations to enable customer companies to produce with maximum efficiency.
"Customers all over the world have already trusted MACDUE for its flexible, robust and efficient packaging machines. Now we are ready to introduce our Company and its range of products in the US market with the opening of a branch office in Wisconsin whose staff will manage both the sales activities and the after-sales services "- states Fiorenzo Donetti, MACDUE CEO.
It is not true then that the US market is only for big companies, it is also the seat of MACDUE ; an Italian medium company, whose dimension is not indicative of the value that the company has been producing and disseminating in the world.
MACDUE will exhibit to Tissue World Miami 2018 booth G240, 21-23 March. This could be an opportunity for the US prospect customers to meet the MACDUE team, share, and gather information on their packaging machines.

2018-02-21  READ MORE...
OMET to announce joint venture with OT Lucca

  The joint venture between OMET and OT Lucca aims at amplifying the product range with new converting lines branded OMET.

In the last few weeks, OMET and OT Lucca reached an agreement to form a joint venture. OMET will benefit from the experience and technology of the company located in Montecarlo di Lucca in the design and production of new units and complete lines for tissue converting.
Thanks to this new opportunity, OMET will widen the machine range for folded products. OMET will take advantage of the presence of OT Lucca in the “tissue region” of Lucca to offer a quicker and more efficient service to the several clients in this area.
OMET will produce internally at OT Lucca’s site the new lines dedicated to interfolded products and will develop new high-performing personalized solutions aimed at meeting customers’ needs, counting on the new synergy and the deep expertise of both companies in the sector of tissue converting
Marco Calcagni, OMET sales and marketing manager shows enthusiasm : “This new joint venture will allow OMET to increase its market share. A new converting line for interfolded products will be presented at the end of June during the iT’s Tissue, the big event organized by the 12 companies of the Tissue Italy network to promote the excellence of the Italian technology in the sector”.

2018-02-21  READ MORE...
Archroma introduces Leucophor® MT, a new cost-effective optical brightening agent for high whiteness surface applications

Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, today announced the introduction of Leucophor® MT liq, a new tetrasulfonated optical brightening agent (OBA) modified to give high whiteness performance in surface applications.

The application of optical brighteners to the surface of paper is usually done by using either hexasulfonated OBAs, when high whiteness levels are required, or tetrasulfonated OBAs, when standard levels of whiteness are sufficient.

With the increasing costs of some of the key raw materials needed to manufacture hexasulfonated OBAs, Archroma asked its R&D experts to develop a tetrasulfonated agent for surface applications that would give comparable levels of whiteness to hexasulfonated grades.

The outcome is Leucophor® MT liq, a REACH-registered, urea-free, modified tetrasulfonated OBA that offers papermakers a new, cost-effective option to achieve high whiteness levels in a surface application, especially at the size press.

Leucophor® MT liq is produced in Archroma’s OBA production facility near Barcelona, Spain, which was extended in 2017 to raise capacity to meet the demands of its European customers.

Andrew Jackson, Product Manager OBAs, Archroma Packaging & Paper Specialties, commented : “With Leucophor® MT liq, we are able to offer a new alternative to both standard tetrasulfonated and hexasulfonated optical brighteners for use in surface applications. This new portfolio option underlines once again Archroma’s continuous commitment to delivering innovation and cost efficiency to our customers, and confirms our position as the leading supplier of OBAs to the paper industry.”

2018-02-20  READ MORE...
BA Systèmes announces the launching of a new high performance AGV

To continue better serve the needs of its customers, especially facing the new challenges of a smart, connected and high performance industry, BA Systèmes is launching a new AGV dedicated to high production rates environments.
Called GF2, this latest AGV in BA Systèmes’ range addresses the particular needs for high production rates in the food industry and more specifically in the bottling market.
The GF2 is a state-of-the-art Automated Guided Vehicle which benefits from the reliability and long-term expertise of BA Systèmes in automated material handling and storage. BA Systèmes’ team has been developing over the last months this new AGV with a special care and focus on high performance, ergonomics, safety and easy integration of the device in its future work environment.

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Kemira Oyj and the Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) have signed EUR 90 million loan agreement

Kemira Oyj and the Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) have signed on February 19, 2018, a EUR 90 million loan agreement for Kemira’s completed expansion of chlorate production in Joutseno, Finland as well as investments in research and development during 2016-2019.

The new chlorate production line in Joutseno, Finland, started up in autumn 2017, is based on Kemira’s proprietary in-house technology and has significantly increased the site’s current sodium chlorate capacity. Sodium chlorate is the raw material for chlorine dioxide (ClO2), which is produced on-site at the pulp mills and it is the primary bleaching agent for kraft pulp.

Kemira’s R&D programme during 2016-2019 focuses on developing more sustainable solutions for improving the water, energy and raw material efficiency of customers in various sectors, including pulp, paper as well as that of other industrial applications. In addition, Kemira has collaboration programmes with other companies and universities and research centres, including Aalto University, the Technical Research Centre of Finland and the University of Copenhagen.

2018-02-19  READ MORE...
The Navigator Company to increase paper prices by 6-8% in Europe

The Navigator Company announced today that it will be increasing prices by 6 to 8 % in Europe. This measure will be effective with orders shipping March 26th, 2018.
The paper industry cost drivers continue to show a steady rise. This fact results on the need to defend our profitability and therefore, the Navigator Company will be applying a price increase in Europe in all products and markets, ranging from 6% to 8% and from 26th March dispatches.
The Navigator Company sells its products to 130 countries over five continents, under its own paper brands with a strong reputation for superior and consistent quality - Navigator, Pioneer, Inacopia, Discovery, Soporset and Inaset.

2018-02-19  READ MORE...
Progroup on course for continued growth: construction of another paper factory up to 4 corrugated sheetboard plants planned by 2021

Progroup is on course for continued growth and can reflect on a successful anniversary year. Sales increased in 2017 by 9.69% to around 804 million euros. This success is based on the consistent implementation of its Two Twentyfive strategy. With Europe’s fastest organically growing corrugated board manufacturer having started the construction of a new mega-corrugated sheetboard plant in Ellesmere Port (United Kingdom) back in October of last year and this month having started production in its latest corrugated sheetboard plant in Drizzona (Italy), Progroup is now announcing further expansion plans. With the construction of up to four more corrugated sheetboard plants between 2019 and 2021 in Central Europe and the start of the active phase of preparation for the construction of another paper factory for containerboard in Germany, which is scheduled to start production in 2021, Progroup is embarking on the intensive phase of its Two Twentyfive expansion strategy.

2018-02-16  READ MORE...
Europe’s paper recycling rate reaches new heights – 72.5%, renewed focus on improving quality

On track to reaching its commitment of achieving a 74% paper recycling rate across Europe by 2020, the European Paper Recycling Council (EPRC) today revealed its latest figure of 72.5%.

“We continue to make progress in elevating Europe’s recycling rate, but we must not remain complacent. A renewed focused on separate collection of paper for recycling is even more crucial to ensuring that Europe remains a global leader on paper recycling” says Ulrich Leberle, Secretary of the EPRC and Raw Materials Director at the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI). “This is even truer as quality issues have become more apparent in other regions over the past year.” he adds.

“The monitoring report is an example of the value chain’s commitment to review and meet its promises. This year’s findings demonstrate that we are both serious about our product’s ecodesign and ensuring collected paper re-enters the paper recycling loop.” says Lisa Kretschmann, Chairperson of the EPRC

This year’s report also exhibits positive results from a regional perspective with the number of countries with rates below 60% dropping to nine, while seventeen countries now have recycling rates exceeding 70%.

2018-02-16  READ MORE...
Södra - Strong result and innovative initiatives

Net sales for full-year 2017 rose 11 percent to SEK 20,518 million. Operating profit increased sharply to SEK 1,917 million and the Board has proposed a profit distribution of SEK 868 million. Operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2017 totalled SEK 530 million (164).

2018-02-16  READ MORE...
Summer School Biomaterials & Interculturality

Grenoble INP-Pagora is organizing a Summer School from 9 to 13 July 2018 to promote bio-based materials while learning how to manage projects in intercultural teams.


Led by experts come from diverse horizons, this Summer School will be a combination of high-level international conference and active learning through workshops and lab work on demonstrators’ projects.

2018-02-16  READ MORE...
XcelLine from Voith: Highest performance from the full-line supplier for tissue production

The XcelLine paper machines from Voith make the production of tissue paper significantly more efficient. Since 2015 customers around the world have purchased over 20 machines, including the world’s fastest tissue machine with a steam-heated dryer hood.

Just at the end of August 2017, The Navigator Company, one of the leading pulp and paper manufacturers in Europe, signed a contract with Voith for the delivery of a new XcelLine machine for the production of tissue paper. Voith continues the success of their XcelLine with the machine, which will start production in the second half of 2018. Since 2015, the company has sold over 20 new machines to manufacturers of sanitary paper and received numerous orders for the modernization of machines with XcelLine components. A clear indicator that producers around the world are also expecting increased demand for tissue in the coming years. The global paper market study “World Paper Markets up to 2030” by Pöyry Management Consulting also confirms the upward trend. According to the study, the annual demand for tissue and hygiene products should increase by up to 2.9 percent worldwide.

The high demand for Voith XcelLine tissue machines proves the great trust in and satisfaction manufacturers have with the new generation of paper machines from Voith. After all, every component in the XcelLine is designed to ensure maximum efficiency with a minimum amount of energy used. Through faster production, for example. The new line for The Navigator Company is designed for an operating speed of 2,000 m/min. This is state-of-the-art technology. The equipment includes numerous components and systems which increase energy efficiency and user-friendliness, such as a Pluralis refining system, a MasterJet headbox, a steel EvoDry Y Yankee dryer cylinder and an EcoHood T dryer hood. Delivery also includes Papermaking 4.0 functions, with the integration of the ComCore automation platform. These digital technologies make it possible to optimize machine efficiency, reduce energy costs and increase paper quality and process reliability. Above all, process stability is desired in many booming markets. “The demand for tissue is growing strongly in countries where manufacturers often have difficulty finding qualified employees. That is why we put great value on the simple and safe operation of our machines and also offer extensive training,” explains Dr. Martin Tietz, Global Product Manager Tissue at Voith.

The basic principles of the Voith engineers promise a smooth project course to the customer. Impressive success stories were the fast commissionings of four XcelLine machines at Lee & Man in China in 2017. There, it took only 4 days for the TM 12 to be able to produce at maximum speed. The TM 11 started up in a new record time as it took only 18 minutes from “stock on wire” to “paper on reel”.

The TM 16 for Cheng Loong in Taiwan, which went into operation in 2016, also set new technical standards. With a steam-heated dryer hood, it produces up to 2,001 meters of tissue every minute, making it the fastest machine of its kind. This steam-heated dryer hood is just one of many innovations from Voith which increase paper quality and manufacturing efficiency. Many of these developments have long since become standard in production for many tissue manufacturers. For example, the shoe press which other paper machine manufacturers either build under license or purchase directly from Voith.
Along with outstanding technology, good project management in the construction of new machines plays a crucial role for fast commissioning. The new VTM 3 for Little Rapids was able to go into production in October 2017, six days before the contractually agreed-upon date, while the machine’s downtime from paper to paper was just 30 days – that’s from the dismantling of the previous machine to the construction and startup of the new machine. In addition to this extraordinary performance, the second jumbo roll was already of marketable quality, and the machine reached its maximum operating speed within the first week of operation. “We are very proud of the teamwork from everyone involved to execute the new construction inside a very tight time frame. Furthermore, the performance we observed in this early phase of commissioning the machine is extremely promising, and we are optimistic that our customers will appreciate the additional capacity and improvements in quality we have achieved with this investment,” said Ron Thiry, Vice President and General Manager of Little Rapids Corporation.The reason for the smooth commissioning and high customer satisfaction is largely the project and product management of the Voith engineers. Under the heading Process Line Package (PLP), customers can purchase a new machine practically ready to use. The package includes all the components and units necessary for operation, as well as extensive training for employees. Voith also offers solutions for financing a project. The Voith Corporation’s vast experience with major projects all over the world simplifies the creation of a tailored financing framework for customers. Voith will also accompany the entire lifecycle of an XcelLine machine with a broad range of services. Particularly with the OnSite Yankee Service, Voith offers numerous technologies which ensure extensive, reliable and quickly available service directly on site with a customer.In the Tissue Technology Center in São Paulo, Brazil, Voith customers can get their hands on a modularly constructed test machine that covers the entire product range – from standard to structured premium grades. It is also equipped with a stock preparation and a water treatment system. New tissue products undergo targeted development and are brought to marketability with customized test series. For over 20 years, Voith has offered its customers unique opportunities for testing new technologies, thus reducing investment risks.

2018-02-15  READ MORE...
Brazilian forestry company new partner in development of nanocellulose

Israeli development company Melodea, which is partly owned by Holmen, has signed an agreement with Brazilian forestry company Klabin as a new partner so that it can continue to develop nanocellulose.

Melodea is a small, world-leading Israeli development company that for almost ten years has been developing crystalline nanocellulose, a fibrous material made of wood that is much stronger and more impermeable than regular paper or paperboard. A pilot facility for production of nanocellulose will soon be brought online outside Örnsköldsvik in the north of Sweden.

Holmen has been a partner in Melodea since 2012, with almost a 40 per cent stake in the company. Nanocellulose is an interesting material that could be used in Holmen’s products, including as a barrier material on paperboard. It means that the paperboard can be made fully impermeable without using plastic film or aluminium foil. 

“It suits us very well to have a further owner in the consortium. Holmen has put significant resources into immediate development work and the new pilot facility,” says Ola Schultz-Eklund, Technology Director at Holmen.

2018-02-15  READ MORE...
Gardner Denver acquires Runtech Systems

Runtech is a market leader in environmentally friendly and energy efficient turbo vacuum technology

Together Gardner Denver and Runtech plan to expand the technology to broader flow control, vacuum and pressure systems, and services to drive future profitable growth

This was announced today in a press release issued by Gardner Denver Holdings Inc. (NYSE : GDI), a leading global provider of mission-critical flow control and compression equipment. It has acquired Runtech Systems Oy for a net purchase price of approximately $93 million funded by cash on hand. Based in Kolho, Finland, Runtech is a leading global manufacturer of turbo vacuum technology systems and optimization solutions for use in a variety of process-oriented industrial end markets. Runtech will be part of Gardner Denver’s Industrials Segment.

“Runtech is a market-leader with a history of innovation, excellent customer relationships and strong talent with deep market expertise,” said Vicente Reynal, Gardner Denver’s CEO. “This transaction is aligned with our strategy of leveraging core, mission critical technologies to drive growth and build additional value at acquired companies. Runtech’s technology will enable expansion into new and attractive markets. It is a great addition to the Gardner Denver family,” added Reynal.

“This is exciting time for our customers and employees,” said Kimmo Loippo, Chairman and co-founder of Runtech. “Both companies are aligned, with an entrepreneurial mind-set and a passion for developing innovative customer focused solutions,” added Loippo. Juha Karvinen, co-founder and developer of EcoFlow™ and Eco-Pump™ said, “Together our combined capabilities will further expand the technology to broader flow control, vacuum and pressure solutions for the betterment of our customers.”

2018-02-15  READ MORE...
The Arne Asplund Mechanical Pulping Award 2018 granted to Anders Karlström

The Arne Asplund Mechanical Pulping Award 2018 has been granted to Professor Anders Karlström.

The award is handed out every two years by Arne Asplund Mechanical Pulping Award Foundation and it promotes the development of new technology for the manufacture of high-yield pulp.

The award will be presented on May 29, 2018 at the International Mechanical Pulping Conference, IMPC. The event is hosted by Papirindustriens Tekniske Forening and will be held in Trondheim, Norway.

Information about the award recipient

Anders Karlström received his PhD in 1991 at Chalmers University of Technology. Since then he has had several managing positions within the pulp and paper industry and the academia. He is presently Head of Department, Electrical Engineering, at Chalmers University of Technology.

Based on his deep understanding of the fundamentals in refining in mechanical and chemimechanical pulping, Karlström has initiated a paradigm shift regarding the theory of refining by introducing the entropy model. This new approach offers tools to understand the interplay in the refining zone with regards to refiner operation, plate patterns and the produced pulp quality. These new findings are already in use in several production lines offering a set of possible ways to optimize quality and specific energy input.

The Arne Asplund Mechanical Pulping Award Foundation

The Arne Asplund Mechanical Pulping Award promotes the development of new technology for the manufacture of high-yield pulp. It is awarded to a person or persons in recognition of outstanding achievement in research and development of mechanical pulping technology.

The Arne Asplund Mechanical Pulping Award Foundation was established in 1985 to commemorate Dr. Asplund’s contribution to the pulp and paper industry worldwide. The Award was made possible through a donation from Valmet to the foundation in 1985. The Chairman of the Foundation is Professor Göran Bengtsson.

2018-02-15  READ MORE...
The plans 2018-2020 within UPM share incentive programmes

UPM’s Board of Directors has approved the commencement of new plans for the period 2018-2020 within the company’s two long-term share incentive programmes : the Performance Share Plan and the Deferred Bonus Plan.

The long-term share incentive programmes consist of annually commencing new plans subject to the approval of the Board of Directors of UPM in each case.

The earning criterion for the earning period 2018-2020 of the Performance Share Plan is the total shareholder return during 2018-2020.

The earning criteria for the Deferred Bonus Plan are based on the Group and each business area’s EBITDA. The plan for the period 2018-2020 consists of a one-year earning period (2018) and a two-year restriction period following thereafter (2019-2020).

The share incentive plans for the period 2018-2020 cover in total approximately 400 participants. In case all the set performance targets are met in full, the estimated total maximum number of shares to be delivered under these plans is approximately 1,100,000 shares. The above indicated estimate of the maximum share rewards represents the gross value of the rewards of which the applicable taxes will be deducted before the shares are delivered to the participants.

Share delivery will be executed by using already existing shares and the plans, therefore, have no dilutive effect. Besides the attainment of the performance criteria the share reward under both plans is subject to the continuation of the employment. The share rewards earned on the basis of the plans for the period 2018-2020 will be delivered in 2021.

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Kemira increases prices of polymer products in EMEA

Kemira, a global chemicals company serving customers in water intensive industries, announces price increases for all polymer products in the EMEA region.

The price increase of +8-10% for all applications, which will become effective on 1st March 2018 or as contracts allow, is necessary due to a continuing increase in key raw materials and freight cost across Europe.

These significant cost increases need to be compensated for Kemira to be able to continue supplying our customers with quality products and investing into future growth.

2018-02-14  READ MORE...
Hadrien Cottin is the new area sales manager for Felix Schoeller Digital Media in France and the Benelux countries.

The Felix Schoeller Group, a leading German specialty paper manufacturer based in Osnabrück, welcomes Hadrien Cottin as its new sales manager for France and the Benelux countries. Cottin is a highly regarded specialist in the French print market.
He was formerly the Secretary General of the French Association of Paper and Packaging Distributors (AFDPE) and General Coordinator of MIP, the cross-sector association of paper and paperboard manufacturers. Cottin also worked as country manager for Two Sides France and Print Power France. In his new position he will be the point of contact for Felix Schoeller Digital Media’s entire product portfolio, liaising with existing retailers and customers and building new long-term customer relationships, based on trust. “The Felix Schoeller Group’s specialty papers are of the highest quality, offering product benefits that are sometimes unique. I am looking forward to working closely with our retailers and customers in France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands and helping them to get to know our products and services,” says Cottin, describing how he sees his new job. This expansion of our team is another step that reflects our corporate promise : Best Performing Papers. Worldwide.

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Imerys strengthens its presence in ground calcium carbonates in India

Imerys has completed the acquisition of the carbonate business of Vimal Microns, a key Indian producer of ground calcium carbonates. With almost 200 employees, this business generates a revenue of ca. 500 million of Indian Rupees (€7 million).
Following this deal, Imerys, which is a global player in Carbonates, strengthens its presence in India, in particular for growing market applications (polymers and coatings). This business will be consolidated in the Carbonates division, which is part of the Energy Solutions & Specialties business group.

2018-02-13  READ MORE...
Board of Directors of Ahlstrom-Munksjö decided on a new performance period under the long-term share-based incentive plan

Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s Board of Directors has today decided on a new performance period under the long-term share-based incentive plan announced in October 2017. The aim of the plan is to align the objectives of the company’s shareholders and key personnel to increase the company’s value and to commit key personnel to the company through an incentive system based on ownership of Ahlstrom-Munksjö shares.

The long-term incentive plan structure 

The plan includes a rolling structure of individual performance share plans, each with a three-year performance period. The first performance period started as of 2017 and the Board has today decided on the commencement of a further plan period for 2018-2020. The performance criteria for the 2018-2020 performance period will be the Total Shareholder Return (TSR) including share price change and profit distribution during the performance period. Additionally, no reward will be paid in case an underlying EBITDA requirement is not met.

There will be approximately 65 key persons appointed as eligible to participate in the 2018-2020 plan.

The potential reward for the 2018-2020 plan will be paid in 2021. The reward will at the company’s choice either be paid in the form of company shares or in cash.

If the targets set for the 2018-2020 performance period of the plan are met, the estimated aggregate gross value of the rewards to be paid will be approximately EUR 3.6 million excluding the social costs, or, as an estimate, approximately 190,000 Ahlstrom-Munksjö shares, when calculated based on the trade volume weighted average quotation of the share of Ahlstrom-Munksjö during the month of January 2018. Should the maximum level of performance criteria be achieved, the estimated maximum gross value of shares to be paid will be approximately EUR 7.3 million excluding the social costs, or, as an estimate, approximately 390,000 Ahlstrom-Munksjö shares, when calculated based on the above-mentioned average quotation of the share during the month of January 2018.

The attained reward represents a gross earning, from which the applicable payroll tax is withheld and the remaining net value is delivered to the participants.

Other terms

All members of the Management Team shall accumulate and, once achieved, maintain a level of share ownership corresponding to their annual gross base salary. The members of the Management Team are expected to use at least fifty per cent of the net reward received under the long-term incentive plans for accumulating their share ownership until the above share ownership level has been achieved.

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APP response to Joint NGO Statement on 5th Anniversary of Asia Pulp & Paper’s Forest Conservation Policy

In the 5 years since APP launched our Forest Conservation Policy(FCP), we have made significant progress in achieving our goals as part of our new way of doing business. Whilst there have been challenges, we have sought to address these by working together with all our stakeholders, including NGOs.

The NGO groups who put their names to this statement are all important stakeholders of ours, whom we engage with frequently through a variety of platforms, including our bi-annual Stakeholder Advisory Forum where we review together how we can improve on our progress in implementing the FCP.

We are already in dialogue directly with these groups on the issues raised in the statement, but would also like to take the opportunity to share more widely our response to the areas of concern :

1. Wood supply and involvement in deforestation

The statement alleges that APP’s plantations will not provide enough fibre to meet the demand of our mills on a sustainable basis. As a business, it is the utmost priority that we have enough supply for our production. With the support of The Forest Trust and Ata Marie, APP has made several projections on the sustainability of the pulpwood supply, using methodology that has been verified by Rainforest Alliance. The result suggests that APP will have enough supply for its production. We are confident that our fibre supply can be improved sustainably in order to meet our future demand. Over the last 5 years we have already achieved significant improvements in yield, efficiency, and reducing wood loss and leakage.

As for the observation that APP concessions continue to be deforested by third parties, we agree that third party deforestation is a critical issue not just for us but for all forestry companies across Indonesia and worldwide. We have been working to address encroachment alongside local and national authorities and will continue to do so, actively seeking to improve on the lessons we’ve learned to date. APP has repeatedly stated that it is open to working together with stakeholders/organisations in addressing the issue of third party forest clearance and welcomes the opportunity to work with the NGOs identifying this as a critical issue.

On the alleged relationship with PT. Muara Sungai Landak, we would like to reiterate that there is no business nor ownership relation between APP and PT.MSL. If any of our employees have involvementin other business, as a result of which a conflict of interest which violates our business code of conduct could occur, we will undertake disciplinary action which can include the termination of employment.

2. Progress in resolving land conflicts

In response to the claim that we have failed to show enough progress on resolving social conflict in our suppliers’ concessions, we would agree that we hoped to be further along

in resolving conflicts. However we are also committed to resolving conflicts in a lasting way. As of end of 2017, 43% of the identified conflicts in our suppliers’ concessions have been resolved. In resolving conflict, we have developed multi-stakeholder working groups at regional level, improving coordination and communication with relevant stakeholders and the Government, and engaging with professional consultants to act as mediator in conflict resolution process.

Many of the remaining conflicts to resolve involve multiple parties with multiple terms and combine issues related to land tenure and livelihoods - all of which take careful attention to ensure that all parties are satisfied with the way conflicts are resolved. APP is in dialogue not only with communities involved but also the social NGOs supporting them and welcomes the engagement of the NGOs listed to be part of the working groups that we have established.

3. Protecting peatlands

In response to the concern that APP is not making fast enough progress on peatland restoration, we would again share the eagerness of the NGOs listed to see this move faster. APP is committed to restoring peatlands and needs to align this with the requirements of the Indonesian Government, particularly the processes under the peat regulation. APP has focused its initial efforts on two LiDAR mapping exercises, building canal blocking to maintain water levels in peat forests directly bordering to the production areas, as well as research into alternative peat species which can be used for production, restoration and community use. APP’s suppliers impacted by the peat regulation have also revised their long-term workplan (RencanaKerja Usaha/RKU), which has been approved by the Government. Currently we are continuing to the next process on field verification. Any landswap that would be granted by the Government as part of the process under the peat regulation, will be subjected to our FCP and all associated impact assessments, as well as achieving the Free, prior and informed consent of nearby communities.

4. Relationships with our suppliers

We have never sought to mislead our stakeholders about our relationships with our suppliers. In the course of 2013/14, APP subjected itself to an independent assessment on APP relationship with not only its suppliers but also several other companies proposed by NGOs that allegedly have ties with APP. The assessment covered not only ownership relationship but also business and economic influence APP might have over these companies.

APP confirms that there is no ownership link with the 29 third party suppliers declared by the assessment. Furthermore all 29 third party suppliers are committed to compliance with the FCP.

APP also enforces business code of conduct to its employees. If any of our employees have involvement in other business, as a result of which a conflict of interest which violates our business code of conduct could occur, we will undertake disciplinary action which can include the termination of employment.

5. Independent monitoring

We are committed to independent monitoring of our performance against our sustainability commitments. Since the launch of our FCP, APP has sought to engage and involve its stakeholders, through :

· The independent assessment of FCP progress undertaken by Rainforest Alliance, as part of which public consultations were conducted

· Public consultations, focus group discussions and working groups that are part of the ISFMP (Integrated Sustainable Forest Management Plan) development process

· The Independent Observer (IO) platform, where stakeholders including NGOs are invited to observe the implementation of the FCP

· Our formal Grievance Mechanism, where the public can log any suspected violations of the FCP, guaranteeing an on-the-ground investment involving TFT and other relevant stakeholders

· Regional Social Working Group, now active in Riau, Jambi and South Sumatra

· Our Stakeholder Advisory Forum, held twice a year, as part of which APP presents its progress in FCP implementation and a wide group of stakeholders is invited to contribute their views to help us improve our performance.

We will continue to engage and take on board views of all stakeholders as we implement our FCP, and look forward to doing this both in the next Stakeholder Advisory Forum on 22nd March, as well as through bilateral dialogue. We are open to work with the NGOs listed in this statement, and all other interested stakeholders, on improving how we report on progress so that concerns can be put to rest.

We would also like to encourage our stakeholders to utilise APP’s Grievance Mechanism to report any concern of violation of the FCP commitment. Through this mechanism, APP team will undertake ground verification and the report will be made public.

Finally, we are finalising a more detailed progress report on progress against our FCP over the last 5 years and plan to publish it later this month.

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Valmet to supply a wet end rebuild for Sappi Gratkorn Mill in Austria

  Valmet will supply a wet end rebuild with installation for Sappi Gratkorn Mill in Austria. The goal of the rebuild is to improve paper machine (PM 9) efficiency, reliability and energy efficiency. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for 2019.

The order is included in Valmet’s first quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 10-20 million.

"Sappi has been relying firmly on Valmet in the past years. In addition to this new rebuild for Sappi Gratkorn, six other major ongoing or already started-up projects for Sappi are Valmet-supplied, the latest ones for Sappi Lanaken (start-up in 2019), Sappi Maastricht (2018), Sappi Sommerset (USA) (2018), Sappi Kirkniemi (start-up 2017) and Sappi Gratkorn PM 11 (2014). Our good OptiPress pressing technology references combined with the outcome of higher solids and better quality were success factors in this case, too," says Senior Paper Technology Manager Riikka Antikainen from Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery

Valmet’s delivery includes number of modifications to the paper machine wet end. The press section will be rebuilt into an OptiPress Center with modern shoe press technology and the best runnability components available in the market. OptiPress Center provides higher solids and better runnability, thus, lowers energy consumption and improves efficiency. The off-machine coater will be equipped with Valmet Water Jet Turn-up Device for fast parent roll changes. All the equipment will be delivered with installation.

PM 9 produces coated fine paper grades in the design basis weight of 66 g/m². The mill has a total capacity of 980,000 tonnes/year.

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Stora Enso launches bio-based lignin as renewable replacement for oil-based phenolic materials

The launch of LineoTM by Stora Enso is another important step on the way to replacing fossil-based materials with renewable solutions. Lineo is available to companies seeking more sustainable, bio-based alternatives.

Lignin is one of the main building blocks of a tree and makes up 20-30% of the composition of wood. Yet it has traditionally been discarded by the pulp and paper industries. However, Stora Enso has recognised the potential of this versatile raw material, which can be used in a range of applications where fossil-based materials are currently used.

Lignin is a renewable replacement for oil-based phenolic materials which are used in resins for plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), laminated veneer lumber (LVL), paper lamination and insulation material.

Markus Mannström, Executive Vice President of the Stora Enso Biomaterials division, says, “Having increased our lignin focus in recent years, we’re delighted to launch Lineo. Lignin is a non-toxic raw material with traceable origin and stable cost structure, and bio-based Lineo is ideal for companies looking for alternatives to oil-based products. We believe that everything made from fossil-based materials today, can be made from a tree tomorrow.”

Stora Enso has been producing lignin at industrial scale since 2015 at its Sunila pulp mill in Finland. The mill’s capacity is 50 000 tonnes of lignin per year, making Stora Enso the largest kraft lignin producer in the world. Stora Enso is already selling Lineo to replace phenol, and the company is also looking at many other applications for this very versatile material.

A stable, free-flowing brown powder, Stora Enso’s lignin is separated during the kraft pulping process of Nordic softwood. Lineo has a high dry content, superior dispersibility and long storage time. With a higher reactivity and purity, Lineo is consistent from batch to batch and Stora Enso can supply different levels of dryness, according to customer demand.

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