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Valmet, Fabio Perini, Elettric80: Smart Factory launch Smart Solutions

During Valmet Tissue Making Days 2018, Valmet, Fabio Perini and Elettric80 disclosed new digital solutions to implement the “ideal smart factory” resulting from the cooperation of three market leading companies.

The conference has been hosted since 1983 by Valmet, the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp & paper industries. This year Valmet has involved Fabio Perini, leading company in the converting & packaging industry, and Elettric80, specialized in creating automated solutions for FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) as partners for the event.

It has been three days of sharing ideas, technologies and market trends with the key tissue players and producers from all over the world.

The event theme, T-Evolution – Transforming Tissue Together, focused on the transformation of the business environment and how Industrial Internet and digitization are leveraging new strategies and solutions to satisfy the Customers.

Valmet, Fabio Perini and Elettric80 are three individual companies, part of a unique value chain. They work as separate entities but can at the same time be integrated into one System. They are individually strong, worldwide established companies, but can make the difference within a tissue factory meeting the customers’ needs.

“To continue to develop this industry we have identified and created new solutions with a more holistic approach. This is a proof that working together with our partners and utilizing the data from end to end can bring greater value for both the tissue industry and the development of new sustainable solutions” says Jenny Lahti-Samuelsson, Manager Global Tissue Technology at Valmet.

“The complexity of the market - Oswaldo Cruz, Fabio Perini CEO, comments – calls for cooperation between companies like ours in supplying customers with solutions enabling them to go beyond their business objectives : improve overall equipment efficiency, maximize production output, look after environment sustainability, focus on safety and optimize overall cost, as well as a general and transversal efficiency, attainable only through integration”.

"Elettric80 has totally changed the way of designing tissue factories, offering one of the most efficient and safe solutions available around the world that is able to respond quickly to customers’ needs and to changes in the market - says William Nelson, President of Elettric80 Inc & Elettric80 S de RL-. The solutions by Elettric80 cover the entire value chain because they enhance the reliability and safety of the entire plant as well as of the entire business life cycle. The results are a significant increase in factory efficiency, total traceability of handled products, significantly reducing spaces, maximum safety and cost-effectiveness. We work in close partnership with our customers around the world to solve the logistical challenges of the tissue industry ; we do not offer our customers a single product, but solutions that are tailor-made, scalable, modular and efficient.

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Stora Enso accelerates growth in renewable materials by co-operating with the startup Sulapac

Stora Enso and Sulapac have signed a joint development agreement to combat the global problem of plastic waste by accelerating the use of fully renewable, recyclable and biodegradable materials in packaging.

Through the joint development agreement, Stora Enso will licence Sulapac’s materials and technology, and begin the development of fully renewable caps and closures for liquid packages. Other areas for joint development work include food packages and packages for consumer electronics.

“At Stora Enso we believe that everything that’s made with fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. Our future growth comes from innovations in renewable materials,” says Annica Bresky, EVP Consumer Board at Stora Enso. “With our partners, such as Sulapac, we drive these innovations to create the packaging of the future.”

“The World needs material solutions that are one hundred percent biodegradable. Sulapac material has all the benefits of plastic yet it completely biodegrades without the issues of microplastic. With Stora Enso’s global expertise we can really speed up the global launch of our Sulapac material,” says Suvi Haimi, Sulapac CEO.

The cooperation between the companies began in 2017 through Stora Enso’s Accelerator programme, which involves partnering with Aalto University and start-ups to ideate and innovate around renewable products. Stora Enso is the first customer to use Sulapac’s material and technology license.

Sulapac is a fully biodegradable and microplastic free material made of renewable and sustainable raw materials. Sulapac products are designed for brands that want to eliminate plastic waste and demonstrate a genuine commitment to sustainability through the use of premium ecological material. The company was founded in 2016 by Suvi Haimi and Laura Kyllönen and is based in Helsinki, Finland.

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Major forest companies and start-up businesses meet in the midst of PulPaper’s international atmosphere

PulPaper, PacTec and Wood&Bioenergy on 29–31 May represent the cornerstones of an international event for the forest industry, including an exhibition and extensive programme. In the event, approximately 500 companies ranging from forest industry giants to small start-up businesses will meet. Throughout the fair, there will also be various programmes in three different seminars and on three stages for information briefings. In total, about 100 experts will take the stage at the event.

The event for forest industry is created round PulPaper, and it has gained also international attention. Almost 130 international companies from over 20 countries are participating in the event. The seminar presenters with the longest journey will come from North America and Japan. The trade fair also expects visitors from various continents. In addition, many representatives from international media will come to the trade fair.

Start-ups help in taking digital leaps and in meeting the challenges of the circular economy

A total of 25 start-up businesses will be present at the trade fair, and all of them have developed solutions to the problems of circular economy and demands posed by digital leaps, to mention but a few. The start-up businesses offer innovations, for example, for recycling bio-ash and using wood as a raw material for various products. In addition, the businesses have developed tools to better utilise industrial internet and knowledge, to support strategic decision-making by means of artificial intelligence, and to exploit augmented reality, i.e. AR, in packaging industry in order to increase customer loyalty.

Information briefings provide a snapshot of the latest innovations in the industry

PulPaper’s exhibition area, Future Square, will offer free information briefings with themes in accordance with the trade fair days. On Tuesday, companies give short presentations about their new products and services. On Wednesday the floor will be given to forest companies, and on Thursday, the programme will be directed to students in the industry.

The forest companies will bring their directors, who will then talk about innovations, responsibility and brand new possibilities for the packaging industry. Timo Heikka, the Director of Biorefinery Unit at Stora Enso, will tell more about Stora Enso’s recent investments. Issues relating to responsibility and circular economy will be covered by Kaija Pehu-Lehtonen, the Senior Vice President of Business Development at Metsä Fibre, as well as Saila Kettunen, the Director of Barrier Board at Kotkamills. Berry Wiersum, the Director of Sappi Europe explains, how innovations are now an integral part of the company’s operations. The programme also includes ideas concerning the future of the packaging industry in terms of new materials and digitalisation.

Pitching for the forest industry innovation contest

On Thursday, the semifinalists of the innovation contest aimed for the university students in the field of forest industry will take the Future Square stage with prepared pitches of their work. The innovation contest is named “Wood U Make It Happen”, and the goal is to select the best ideas with new approaches to the challenges in forest industry, as well as to the most common megatrends, such as population growth and environmental challenges.

Based on the pitches, the jury selects the finalists. The jury includes top experts in the field of bioeconomics, and the chairperson of the jury will be Maija Itkonen, founder of Gold&Green Foods. The first prize is EUR 10,000, second prize EUR 5,000, and the third prize EUR 3,000. The winners will be announced at the end of the year during the centennial celebrations of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation.

-  The semifinalists in the contest represent a broad representation of various universities throughout Finland and also of many different approaches ranging from services to forest cultivation, as well as materials made from totally varied parts of the wood. This highlights the variety in innovation, and also the inspiring new prospects for using the wood in different ways, says jury chairperson Maija Itkonen.

PulPaper, PacTec and Wood & Bioenergy are events with a wide-ranging focus on the forest industry. They will be held at Messukeskus in Helsinki on 29–31 May 2018. PulPaper is an international forest industry event that includes an exhibition, seminars and other programmes, an evening programme and visits to Finnish mills.

In addition, the PulPaper Conference (30–31 May), Business Forum (29 May) and 3D Printing of Biomaterials (29 May) events will be organised in connection with the event (an admission fee is charged). An evening party for industry professionals will be held on 30 May. Free information briefings will be held in the exhibition area daily. Visits to Metsä Group’s Äänekoski bioproduct mill and Kotkamills’ board mill will be organised on 31 May and 1 June.

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Valmet Tissue Technology Center upgraded to provide a wider range of opportunities


Valmet has upgraded its Tissue Technology Center in Karlstad, Sweden, to give the world’s tissue producers a wider variety of technical solutions and configurations to support the demands of tissue making today and tomorrow. It will also provide new ways to utilize the Industrial Internet and advanced automation solutions to bring new insights about tissue production, as well as to give more detailed analysis, and information about the end-product quality.

The Tissue Technology Center is a unique resource for cultivation and realization of ideas, innovations and verifying new technology or machine configurations. It is used for both Valmet’s own development and customer trials. Recently the center celebrated its 1,000th customer trial. The pilot center is also utilized by pulp, chemical and clothing companies supplying to the tissue industry.

"The upgraded pilot center can offer a renewed and even more flexible pilot machine to support our customers in their ambition to develop solutions that will take this industry to the next level. It can easily be adjusted to cover tissue making processes for conventional, textured and structured grades" says Karl-Johan Tolfsson, Manager, Tissue Technology Center, Valmet.

Tools to monitor and improve quality, runnability and efficiency

The current quality control systems on the pilot tissue machine have been replaced and complemented by the Valmet IQ quality management system. The new system contains online non-nuclear weight, moisture and softness measurements. It also includes two Valmet IQ Scanners and a dilution profiler with cross-direction control. Machine direction controls integrate fast responding wet end process and dry end feedback controls to achieve increased performance in tissue quality control. Valmet IQ Reporting provides users easy access to production and history data.

"With the renewed quality management system, we are able to get faster and more accurate information. The addition of the web monitoring and inspection system also enables the monitoring of the visual end product quality that was not possible before," says Marko Toskala, Director, Quality Management Systems, Automation, Valmet.

The Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System records video images of crucial events in the process, such as web breaks, tail feeding and defects triggered by the IQ Web Inspection System. Recorded images are available for playback, enabling operators to quickly find the origin of the event and correct the problem. This shortens downtime after breaks and improves runnability. Optimized machine efficiency delivers fast payback on investment.

The upgrade includes stock preparation and wet end measurement solutions providing tissue makers with new tools to improve quality, runnability and efficiency. The Valmet Wet End Analyzer (Valmet WEM) combines all relevant wet end variables for a total wet end management solution. Measured variables include charge, chemistry (pH, temperature, conductivity and redox), total and ash consistency, total and ash retention and ash content, all in one analyzer. A Valmet Fiber Image Analyzer (Valmet FS5), designed for routine paper mill laboratory and laboratory research, offers a comprehensive set of automated fiber measurements and the possibility to make the information easily available and useful.

Tissue Technology Center provides access to a full sized, flexible pilot machine, a well-equipped and organized paper and fiber testing laboratory as well as wide technology and process expertise. The Center can also provide support from a wide network of know-how in the field of tissue making, such as pulp, chemistry, felts, wires, belts, creping etc. The pilot machine and auxiliary systems are designed and equipped for full flexibility to meet the tissue makers’ every need.

The Tissue Technology Center is located in Karlstad, Sweden with Valmet’s technology resources near at hand.

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CleanLine: The effective solution for cleaning fabrics on all sections of the paper machine

Voith’s innovative CleanLine traversing cleaning systems for fabrics provide additional benefits for customers compared to established cleaning methods.
With CleanLine, Voith has developed its systems to improve paper quality by thorough cleaning of the fabrics. CleanLine systems are available for all sections of the paper machine either as new installations or as upgrades of existing Voith equipment to remove more contamination from the surface and structure of fabrics. The CleanLine systems work in combination with other Voith products to improve the productivity, runnability, safety and quality of the paper making process.

Maintain Fabric Performance

Clean fabrics are essential for the removal of moisture from the paper web and for achieving the required properties of the finished paper. Voith CleanLine Systems are effective in maintaining the performance of the fabrics and are a cost effective solution to reduce the effects of contamination.
Leading Technology

CleanLine Excell – Forming : by cleaning in two directions with a close concentration of fine water jets the forming fabric is much cleaner. Uniform performance of the fabric is achieved because Excell can more easily remove different levels of contamination across the fabric width. The system uses only about 10 percent of the water volume compared to an oscillating high pressure shower and runs on key reference machines in Europe, America and Asia.

CleanLine Excell – Press : has a selection of different cleaning heads for additional cleaning of press fabrics and transfer belts to solve specific problems with contamination, cleaning chemicals or profiles.

CleanLine Extract4D – Dryers : has just been introduced for packaging and newsprint paper grades made from recycled fiber. Up to four directions of water jets directly contact and remove more contamination from the fabric. This unique system has resulted in better runnabilitry on both packaging and newsprint machines due to cleaner fabric surfaces and higher permeability retention.
CleanLine Extreme – Coaters : is a new system for cleaning tensioning fabrics, running successfully on more than 20 top and bottom sections. Productivity is improved because the system can automatically switch between on-line and off-line cleaning to keep the fabrics in good condition. Highest quality of the coated paper is achieved by using an extended air-knife and option of a heated air blower to ensure that the fabric surface is dry when it contacts the coated paper.

Servolution

With Servolution, Voith is offering customized service packages to improve the performance of its customers and help them increase their productivity. The holistic approach, modular design and easy access to components in the CleanLine systems provides efficient servicing and management of spare parts from a single supplier. Voith provides a comprehensive support package to ensure the highest availability and performance of the cleaning equipment.
The quality of raw material for making paper faces many challenges in the coming years. Voith’s process know-how, understanding of fabrics and wide experience of fabric cleaning systems makes CleanLine the complete solution for fabric cleaning.

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ANDRITZ to supply bio-methanol plant for Södra’s Mönsterås mill in Sweden


ANDRITZ has received an order from Södra, Sweden, to supply a bio-methanol cleaning and purification plant for Södra’s pulp mill in Mönsterås.

The bio-methanol treatment plant supplied by ANDRITZ is designed to produce 5,000 tons of bio-methanol per year. The plant is a key part of a new process producing sustainable bio-methanol from renewable raw material. Bio-methanol can be used in shipping, for example, as a stand-alone fuel, as well as for the production of biodiesel (RME), as an additive in petrol, or as a raw material in the chemical industry. The methanol produced is compliant with the IMPCA Reference Specifications for merchantable methanol. Start-up of the plant is scheduled for the third quarter of 2019.

The global methanol production is in the order of 80 million tons per year and is generated mostly from fossil raw materials. In the chemical wood pulping process, methanol is formed as a by-product that contains many impurities. This raw methanol is purified to a merchantable bio-methanol, which is chemically identical to fossil-based methanol. The bio-methanol generated contributes towards reducing the amount of fossil greenhouse gas emissions.

The current target of the European Union is to have 10% of the transport fuel of every EU country coming from renewable sources, such as biofuels, by 2020. The new EU Renewable Energy Directive 2 currently in preparation will significantly increase the share of advanced biofuels by 2030. “If Sweden is to achieve the fossil-free climate targets, there must be viable alternatives to the fossil-fuel products that are currently available. The investment in the new bio-methanol cleaning and purification plant contributes towards reaching this target. It is also a major part of Södra’s own strategy to be totally fossil-free by 2030,” said Henrik Brodin, Business Development Manager Energy of Södra.

“We are pleased to help Södra in achieving their sustainablilty targets with our innovative products and technologies. This is further proof of our excellent cooperation and partnership with Södra,” says Kari Tuominen, President and CEO of ANDRITZ Oy, Finland.

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Valmet and Georgia-Pacific Enter Agreement on eTAD(TM) Technology


Valmet and Georgia-Pacific have entered into a licensing agreement covering the eTAD(TM) tissue making technology. Under the license agreement, Valmet will market, manufacture and install Advantage eTAD machines for tissue customers outside North America.

The eTAD(TM) technology was developed by Georgia-Pacific.The company has three eTAD(TM) machines operating in North America ; the latest two re-built by Valmet in 2012. The machines are running in full eTAD(TM) configuration and producing structured tissue and towel with high quality and absorbency. The eTAD(TM) concept provides an ultra-premium product with high bulk to fiber ratio in combination with low energy and water consumption. The concept is also capital efficient.

"We are very excited about this agreement that will support our strategy to provide tissue making solutions that offer top quality tissue with sustainable production. Valmet and its customers will have the possibility to make trial runs on Georgia-Pacific’s pilot eTAD(TM) machine, and also bring customers to reference visits at mills with operating eTAD(TM) machines. This agreement will further strengthen our product portfolio and ensure that we are able to provide tissue machine concepts covering the whole product range," says Jan Erikson, VP Sales, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet.

"This technology meets consumer needs for premium qualities in tissue products, including softness and absorbency," says Kurt Adams, Vice President, R&D, Georgia-Pacific. "We are pleased to license eTAD(TM) technology to Valmet as we recognize the value-creating potential of offering this technology more broadly."

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APP Response to Greenpeace Statement

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) is disappointed by the statement released by Greenpeace today. Greenpeace has been an integral partner in our sustainability journey since 2013, and their engagement and support has resulted in much progress in the fight against deforestation in Indonesia.

Greenpeace were instrumental in the drafting of our Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), which has helped APP achieve a deforestation-free supply chain. Among many other achievements, APP has also identified and protected more than 600,000ha of natural forest through the implementation of High Carbon Stock Approach and High Conservation Value studies within its concessions and those of its third party suppliers. Their statement today, however, has expanded the issue to the rest of the Sinar Mas Group, which is outside the scope of the FCP.

Over the past three months, we have been communicating with Greenpeace transparently to address the issues raised by Associated Press (AP) report. We had provided context on the issue of ownership within our supply chain and made clear that APP will reject any company that contravenes our FCP regardless of who their shareholders are, even if they are Widjaya-family owned organisations. Sinar Mas Forestry (SMF) is a division within APP and not a sister company, and hence, APP assumes responsibility for anything done by SMF.

However, the issues cited by Greenpeace in their statement focus on the actions of businesses not under the direct jurisdiction of APP, and which, again, sit outside our original FCP commitments.

We were informed of Greenpeace’s intention to scale back their engagement with APP in February, partly as a result of the concerns raised in the AP report, as well as, according to our understanding, a change in their approach to engagement with forestry issues. We never understood it to be an ending of all engagement as professed in their statement.

On the issue of PT Muara Sungai Landak (PT MSL), here are the facts.

In 2014, our stakeholders asked us to clarify our relationship with 70 forestry companies including PT MSL. Therefore, we appointed a big four auditor as an independent party to audit our relationship with PT MSL and other companies within and outside our supply chain to determine the economic relationship APP had with them. The audit concluded that PT MSL had no relationship with APP and none of their wood comes through our supply chain. That remains true to this day.

However, as a result of the allegation made in the AP report, we conducted an investigation and found that three of MSL’s shareholders and not two as stated in the report and Greenpeace’s statement, had relationships with APP. Two were ex-employees of APP who left us in October 2015 and November 2015 and one was a current employee who had not declared his shareholdings and position within MSL. This constituted a violation of APP’s Code of Conduct as it presented a direct conflict of interest. The employee was terminated with immediate effect. 

The results of this investigation were shared with Greenpeace as well.

On the other company raised in the Greenpeace statement, Golden Energy and Resource (GEAR), we are unable to speak on their behalf. GEAR operates independently from us and do not supply wood to APP.

The land area of 8,000 ha mentioned in the statement refers to concessions not owned by APP, and which it has no jurisdiction over. APP does not purchase wood supply from these concession owners.

Greenpeace, together with other NGOs, has taken pains to show us that responsible forest management was not only important in fighting climate change, but also provides an economic benefit to the company. This has been a key factor in changing the organisational culture of APP, which has contributed to the progress made to date.

Admittedly, there are areas which has not progressed as fast as we would have liked, but we had hoped that with the collaboration of organisations like Greenpeace, we would continue to improve on those areas.

We remain committed to working with all our stakeholders and believe that we can achieve much more if we work together. The fight against deforestation in Indonesia is a complex issue and not one where any organisation can resolve by themselves. The era of cooperation between Greenpeace and APP has achieved much, but the fight is far from over.

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Heinzelsales acquires Firgos Malaysia

Sales network of Heinzel Group establishes base for paper and board sales in Southeast Asia

Heinzelsales (Wilfried Heinzel AG), the sales network of Heinzel Group, today announces the acquisition of Firgos (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., a paperboard trading company based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. With a team of eleven employees and a representative office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Firgos Malaysia offers paper and board products from suppliers around the world to customers across Southeast Asia.

heinzelsales has taken over the company from Mayr-Melnhof Cartonboard International GmbH, a subsidiary of Austrian paperboard producer Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG. Mayr-Melnhof will continue serving Southeast Asian customers through Firgos Malaysia. “For our trading business this acquisition is an important strategic step into the growth markets of Southeast Asia,” says Sebastian Heinzel, CEO of heinzelsales, “Firgos Malaysia will become our regional trading hub.” heinzelsales will start supporting its new subsidiary with sourcing activities immediately. “Thanks to our unique relationships with paper and board producers all around the world, we can bring new products to the customers of Firgos Malaysia,” says Moncef Reisner, COO of heinzelsales. “We have a solid team on the ground and a strong product portfolio.”

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Prices to rise on greaseproof papers from Nordic Paper

The company will increase prices on greaseproof papers by 6% on all despatches from 1st July 2018.

Business Unit Sales and Marketing Director, Peter Warren says “Over the past year our business has endeavoured to keep cost inflation to a minimum by driving internal efficiency, reorganising logistics and making targeted investments.
However, our objective is to continue delivering our premium products of Natural Greaseproof and ensure supply stability for our customers. In order to do this, we need to recognise and address these significant developments in our market.”

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Sulzer launches the Muffin Monster® and the Channel Monster®


As the composition of wastewater changes, with an increased amount of tough solids, wastewater operators need extra insurance against blockage for critical pumping stations. Sulzer launches a new range of high-efficiency sewage grinders. Together with our innovative pump technology, they form a complete solution for handling today’s and tomorrow’s tough wastewater challenges – ensuring trouble-free operation and maximum uptime.

Muffin Monster grinders

As one of the world’s leading pump manufacturers, Sulzer provides a wide range of products for engineered, configured, and standard pumping solutions as well as essential auxiliary equipment. We are renowned for our state-of-the-art products, performance reliability and efficient solutions.

Sulzer’s submersible sewage pumps type ABS XFP with a Premium Efficiency motor and the unique Contrablock Plus impellers offer some of the market’s highest hydraulic efficiencies and feature superior rag handling capacity.

However, the ever-growing rag content in today’s wastewater means that even the world’s best pumps may not be enough. When it comes to critical pumping stations, our customers may need more than just the best pump and impeller.

An extra insurance for critical pump stations

Thanks to the acquisition of JWC Environmental, Sulzer is now able to offer a comprehensive range of powerful sewage grinders – the Muffin Monster® and the Channel Monster®. Together with our innovative pump technology, they form a complete solution for handling today’s and tomorrow’s tough wastewater challenges – ensuring trouble-free operation and maximum uptime.

Muffin Monster – compact and flexible

The Muffin Monsters, available in three different sizes, are powerful and compact grinders

that fit perfectly into both smaller and larger pump stations as well as within the sludge

processing systems of treatment plants.

The Muffin Monster dual-shafted grinder uses low speed and high-torque to shred through a wide range of difficult sewage debris. These sewage grinders are adaptable for installations in channels or for wall mounting in front of influent pipes within pumping stations. Muffin Monsters are proven to handle the toughest solids such as disposable wipe balls and first flush loading that can overwhelm even the best pump.

Channel Monster – for the toughest applications

The patented Channel Monster is a powerful, high-flow sewer grinder mainly intended for large pumping stations and headworks. This Monster uses rotating drums to capture solids and direct them into our proven dual-shafted grinders. The result is a high-flow capacity system that will shred the toughest debris into small pieces that can pass harmlessly through pumps, pipes and process systems.

Wipes Ready® technology

Our Muffin and Channel Monster sewage grinders feature the unique Wipes Ready® suite of patented technologies. It was designed to capture all wipes in the waste stream and shred them into small pieces that will not reweave into a ragball in sewage systems.

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Asia's April Group in exclusive talks to acquire Brazil's Lwarcel

Indonesia’s Asia Pacific Resources Group, known as April Group, entered exclusive talks to acquire Brazilian pulpmaker Lwarcel Celulose Ltda, two people with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday.

April has made the highest bid in the binding phase of the sale process, the sources said, asking for anonymity because the talks are still private.

Other groups that analyzed the deal are Chile’s Empresas Copec SA COP.SN, Portugal’s Altri SGPS and China’s Shanying Paper Industry, the people added.

Copec, Altri and Shanying did not immediately comment on the matter. In a statement, April said it “regularly monitors developments in the global pulp industry”, but declined to comment on the deal. Lwarcel declined to comment.

Lwarcel has one pulp-producing unit in the state of Sao Paulo with 250,000 annual tonnes in capacity, and the expected value of the deal is around 2 billion reais ($586 million), the sources said.

Lwarcel was put up for sale a year ago by its controlling family Trecenti. Brazil’s Suzano Papel e Celulose SA had been discussing Lwarcel’s acquisition before talks accelerated to acquire rival Fibria Celulose SA.

Suzano won the battle for Fibria in March, creating the world’s largest wood pulp producer. Indonesia’s Paper Excellence’s bid was higher but lacked funding.

After the Fibria deal, Lwarcel had to go back to other bidders to discuss the sale.

Newspaper Valor Econômico reported earlier on Tuesday that April was the leading contender in Lwarcel’s sale process.

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Lecta Presents Its New GardaPremium Natural Catalogue

A creative catalogue that highlights the new grade’s natural color.

Produced in collaboration with the Italian publisher Contrasto, specialized in high-quality photography books, Lecta’s new GardaPremium Natural catalogue features an exclusive selection of dramatic black-and-white and color photographs.

GardaPremium Natural is the most recent addition to Lecta’s coated paper portfolio, enriching its extensive range of premium papers for publishing.

GardaPremium Natural is a 2 side coated woodfree silk paper with a smooth surface in a natural shade that is particularly suited to the publishing industry’s needs. Available in 135, 150, 170 and 200 g/m2, the new grade offers good thickness, superb runnability, high rigidity and good resistance to cracking on fold, in addition to high opacity and excellent print results.

GardaPremium Natural’s distinguishing feature compared to other papers currently on the market is its natural color, obtained without the addition of optical brighteners. This neutral tone is perfect for enhancing color as well as black-and-white images, drawing attention to every detail.

With GardaPremium Natural, whose print results can be seen in this catalogue, Lecta once again reaffirms its commitment to offering a range of high-quality papers designed to meet the needs of the most demanding publishing projects.

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Jerker Jäder appointed SCAs R&D Director

Jerker Jäder has been appointed new Director of SCA R&D Centre. Jerker is presently SCA’s Patent Manager.

SCA R&D Centre supports current operations, product renewal and drives innovation in order to develop future business. The organization comprises specialist competence ensuring best available knowledge within key areas.

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Södra - More green electricity and heat from forests


In 2017, Södra delivered more green electricity to the national electricity grid than ever before, and six times more compared with 2010. In the same year, Södra delivered heat equivalent to the district heating requirements of 25,000 homes. The increase in energy deliveries was enabled by Södra’s investments in its pulp mills over the past few years.

Since 2010, Södra has transformed from an electricity purchaser to becoming self-sufficient and, now, is also a major supplier of green electricity to the national electricity grid. The electricity is generated from the forest biomass processed at Södra’s mills. In 2017, a total of 335 gigawatt hours (GWh1) of electricity was delivered, equivalent to the annual consumption of 130,000 electric cars2. This represents Södra’s largest-ever electricity delivery.

“These deliveries are very positive. Over the past few years, we have invested SEK 6 billion in our pulp mills to increase production, which has also led to higher generation of green electricity. Sweden’s objective for 2030 is to increase the number of electric cars from 50,000 to 1,000,000, thereby increasing the amount of electricity required for road transport from approximately 100 GWh to 2,500-3,000 GWh. The forest industry can make a contribution here, and this is one of many examples of how forests can play a key role in the transition to a bioeconomy,” said Henric Dernegård, Energy Co-ordinator, Södra.

In addition to green electricity, Södra also delivered 414 GWh of heating to district heating networks in 2017, equivalent to the heating requirements of 25,000 homes3. The heating is delivered to nearby communities from Södra’s sawmills at Kinda and Torsås, and to Varberg, Karlshamn and Mönsterås from Södra’s three pulp mills.

“Deliveries to district heating networks mainly comprise excess heat from production processes. Our goal is to achieve resource efficiency and create social value by using every part of the tree,” said Henric Dernegård.

While Södra has been self-sufficient in green electricity since 2010, efforts are also under way to reduce Södra’s electricity consumption. One of Södra’s sustainability targets is resource efficiency – to reduce electricity and heating consumption by at least 10 percent by 2025.

1) 1 GWh = 1,000 MWh = 1,000,000 kWh = 1,000,000,000 Wh.

2) A typical electric car model consumes 2 kWh of electricity per 10 kilometres and the average distance travelled by a passenger car is 12,240 kilometres per year. (https://www.elbilsstatistik.se/elbilsstatistik)

(https://www.trafa.se/vagtrafik/korstrackor/)

3) According to the Swedish Energy Agency’s report “Energy statistics for one and two-dwelling buildings in 2016” (ES 2017:03) the average energy consumption for heating and hot water was 16,200 kWh per dwelling in Sweden in 2016.

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OptiGroup to acquire the hygiene and cleaning business of Grande Sp. z o.o. Sp.k.

Papyrus Sp. z o.o., OptiGroup’s company for distribution of paper and business essentials in Poland, has signed an agreement to acquire the hygiene and cleaning business of Grande Sp. z o.o. Sp.k. Through the agreement, Papyrus in Poland will broaden its customer offering to include product and services to the facility management sector.

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International Paper Supports Irish Takeover Panel Timeline

Today, the Irish Takeover Panel announced that International Paper Company has until 7:00 am on June 6, 2018 to announce whether it will or will not make a binding offer for Smurfit Kappa Group plc  under Rule 2.5 of the Irish Takeover Rules. IP supports the Panel’s decision and favors a prompt resolution.

International Paper believes its current proposal represents a compelling strategic and financial rationale for a combination with Smurfit Kappa. From the outset, IP has stressed the importance of proceeding on an agreed basis. To that end, IP confirms that it will not proceed with a binding offer unless it is recommended by Smurfit Kappa’s Board of Directors.

Furthermore, International Paper confirms that it would seek a secondary listing on the London Stock Exchange to enable Smurfit Kappa shareholders to share in the potential value created by a transaction. IP would also provide Smurfit Kappa shareholders with a "mix and match" facility, which would allow Smurfit Kappa shareholders to elect, subject to other shareholders making countervailing elections, to receive a greater or lesser proportion of cash or International Paper shares.

International Paper believes both companies should meet to discuss the synergy potential of the combined company and gain a better understanding of each company’s current outlook, in order to explore a path forward to a recommended transaction.

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ANDRITZ to optimize plant operations at Zellstoff Pöls pulp mill with Metris OPP

ANDRITZ has been awarded an order by Zellstoff Pöls to optimize operations at its pulp mill in Pöls, Austria. The goal is to increase production, while stabilizing the pulp mill’s production process and optimizing chemical use at the same time. The tried-and-tested Metris OPP system (OPP : Optimization of Process Performance) from ANDRITZ, which has been used successfully in reference plants all around the world, will be used here.

Metris OPP is an IIoT system developed by ANDRITZ and comprises a range of digitally supported tools based on big data analysis to improve industrial processes. The system has been modernized continuously in recent years, and new tools such as artificial intelligence, apps, and so on, have been added. More than 50 international groups are already working with Metris OPP successfully, many of which only began using it in the past two years. The overall net benefit generated by these companies so far with Metris OPP amounts to over 150 million euros.The OPP system, which is used above all in pulp and paper production, detects anomalies and deviations at an early stage by analyzing production data. As a result, countermeasures can be implemented in good time, guaranteeing reliable production and also optimizing operations, including the use of resources.

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Progroup consistently pursues Two Twentyfive growth strategy

Having announced back in mid-February that active preparations for the construction of another paper factory were underway, Progroup has now decided on its location. Progroup will be constructing the new state-of-the-art paper factory in Germany in the town of Sandersdorf-Brehna near Bitterfeld (Saxony-Anhalt). As things stand today, construction work is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of 2019 and the current plan is for the project to be completed in the second half of 2020.

Under the Progroup umbrella, the production facilities of Propapier and Prowell form a corresponding system with the aim of balancing out the production capacities of both divisions of the business in an optimum way. Following the announcement of the construction of up to four more corrugated sheetboard plants by 2021 and the decision on the location for the third paper factory, Progroup is now embarking on the intensive implementation phase for its Two Twentyfive strategy period.

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Pöyry research - Zero carbon gas could fully decarbonise Europe's energy system by 2050 and save consumers €1,150bn

International management consulting and engineering firm, Pöyry has produced detailed analysis concluding that full decarbonisation of Europe’s energy system by 2050 is achievable.
Decarbonising Europe’s transport, heat and power systems at this pace would help Europe to meet the Paris climate change agreement’s 1.5 degrees temperature limit.
Utilising zero carbon gas options as part of the energy mix could save €1,150bn by 2050 compared to an ’all-electric’ world, especially in transforming heat.

Pöyry has today published a study "Fully decarbonising Europe’s energy system by 2050", which highlights the changes required to energy use in order to achieve full decarbonisation of Europe’s energy system by 2050.

This includes :

  • greater utilisation of demand-responsive technology to balance intermittent supply ;
  • use of hydrogen to decarbonise larger vehicles and as part of the fuel mix in heating ; and
  •  deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology.

The study investigates two potential pathways : firstly a ’Zero Carbon Gas’ pathway, where biomethane, hydrogen and CCS are part of the solution, and secondly an ’All-Electric’ future, where only electrification of all transport and heat is allowed. Pöyry has extended its sophisticated modelling suite to include the heat and transport sectors.

The study concludes that utilising zero carbon gas as part of a balanced energy mix, especially in transforming heat, delivers a saving of over €1,150bn compared to an ’all-electric’ world only. Excluding these options would mean adding significant amounts of new nuclear generation. It also argues that mass-deployment of smart-grid connected electric vehicles will limit the deployment of new battery storage and power-to-gas technologies.

Lead author Richard Sarsfield-Hall says :

"Our research is good news for those who want a carbon-free future but a reality check for governments and stakeholders about the hurdles that need to be overcome. It is important that policy makers keep all options on the table if they want to collectively achieve the Paris climate change targets by minimising risks and costs for consumers."

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Veolia joins the Toilet Board Coalition, the first global platform dedicated to accelerating the sanitation economy.

Veolia becomes the first water, waste and energy management group to join the Toilet Board Coalition (TBC), alongside the founding companies Unilever, Kimberly-Clark, Lixil, Firmenich and Tata.

For Charlie Beevor, Chairman of the TBC and Unilever Global Vice-President Household Cleaning Brands, “Veolia fills an important role within the TBC as a leader in circular economy waste management and smart city solutions : sanitation needs innovations to improve and transform existing systems."

Laurent Auguste"Veolia is honored to join the Toilet Board Coalition that we recognize as a true pioneer in creating a very innovative dynamic to address the major social and environmental challenge of sanitation by facilitating the emergence of local entrepreneurial initiatives. We are committed to fully leverage our skills, know-how and business network to lead to the needed scaling up of these initiatives to reach the shared ambition of bringing a major contribution in tackling the sanitation crisis," says Laurent Auguste, Veolia Senior Executive Vice President Development, Innovation & Markets.

The Toilet Board Coalition

This public-private partnership brings together multinational corporations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and social investors around a common goal : "sanitation for all". Access to sanitation is indeed a major issue : according to a joint report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF released in 2017, 4.4 billion people – i.e. 60% of the global population - do not have safe sanitation services.

“The Circular Sanitation Economy is an enormous opportunity to drive value from sanitation systems and to provide solutions for the world’s resource constraints such as water and nutrients. We are so pleased to welcome Veolia, a global expert and leader, with the joint goal to accelerate these opportunities which we believe hold significant benefits for business and society,” Cheryl Hicks, Toilet Board Coalition Executive Director & CEO.

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Smurfit Kappa has achieved a 26% reduction in CO2 emissions 3 years ahead of time, according to its annual Sustainable Development Report.

The packaging leader had set an ambitious target to reduce the relative total fossil CO2 emissions in its mill system by 25%. In today’s report, the packaging leader confirmed that it had surpassed the target, which had a 2020 deadline, at the end of 2017.

While Smurfit Kappa’s paper-based packaging is renewable and recyclable, the paper production process itself is energy intensive. Reaching the climate change goal further reinforces the company’s ongoing commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by focusing on energy efficiency and the use of renewable sources of fuel such as biomass, where feasible.

Climate change is one of Smurfit Kappa’s five strategic areas of focus for sustainability along with Forest, Water, Waste and People. The 2017 Sustainable Development Report announces several other key achievements including reaching two other targets in 2017. The first was a reduction in the chemical oxygen demand in its water, also reached three years early, and the second was in the area of health and safety with a 9% reduction year-on-year in lost time accident frequency rate over the five year period of 2013-2017, exceeding the targeted decrease of 5% year-on-year for the same period. Smurfit Kappa continues to provide Chain of Custody certified deliveries to packaging customers across Europe and the Americas approaching the target level of 90% certification. This is unique to the packaging industry for a company of Smurfit Kappa’s size.

Other highlights include Smurfit Kappa’s ranking in the top 1% of the EcoVadis Sustainability ratings and its listing on the FTSE4Good, Euronext Vigeo Europe 120, Ethibel and STOXX Global ESG Leaders investor rating systems.

Smurfit Kappa’s commitment to investing in social and scientific projects to benefit the communities in which the company operates amounted to approximately €5 million with an emphasis on the area of childhood education. 

Tony Smurfit, Group CEO said : "2017 was yet another year with a strong performance on sustainability metrics for Smurfit Kappa and I am confident this will continue into the future. In the next five years we plan to allocate significant capital to projects that will contribute further towards lowering our environmental footprint and we will continue to invest significant resources in the development, safety and wellbeing of our people.

“This report is also evidence of our industry-leading transparency and demonstrates how Smurfit Kappa is making progress in supporting the UN’s 2030 Sustainability Development Goals.”

Steven Stoffer, Group VP Development at Smurfit Kappa, added : “For Smurfit Kappa, sustainability is not only about mitigating climate change and reducing inefficiency. For packaging to be truly sustainable, it must be produced and designed in a sustainable fashion and be biodegradable within a relatively short time after multiple usages. This results in minimal impact on the planet.

“Paper-based packaging is uniquely positioned to do this, and we strongly support the growing concern and efforts to put an end to the increasing mass of non-biodegradable, primarily plastic packaging floating in our oceans. This is why we believe that paper is the future of packaging.”

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Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, has launched a prefeasibility study on renewal of Kemi pulp mill.

In the prefeasibility study Metsä Fibre is investigating two options :

Replacing completely the current pulp mill with a new bioproduct mill. Compared to the current mill, the new mill would be clearly larger in terms of production capacity, consumption of wood raw material and impact on employment. The self-sufficiency in electricity would be considerably raised and the bioproduct range would be expanded.
Extending the life cycle of the current mill by modernising several departments and maintaining production capacity and wood consumption largely unchanged.
"The shift from fossil-based economy towards sustainable bioeconomy is accelerating. The forest industry and Metsä Group have a significant role in this development. In the launched study, we will evaluate the preconditions for a very significant investment in Kemi, Finland,” says Metsä Group’s President and CEO Ilkka Hämälä.

The prefeasibility study examines in particular the availability of wood raw material and the development potential of Kemi’s industrial infrastructure and logistic connections. The study phase is expected to continue until the summer 2019, when decisions on a possible launch of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) and environmental permit procedures would be made. The prefeasibility study is led by Timo Merikallio, M.Sc. (Eng.) who was responsible for the planning and construction of Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill, the largest forest industry investment in Europe, which started up in August 2017 in Äänekoski, Finland.

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Stora Enso launches a Green Bond Framework

Stora Enso is integrating its sustainability agenda into funding and financial services to increase transparency and to highlight the positive environmental impact of its business.

Stora Enso today launches its Green Bond Framework as part of its Sustainable Finance approach. The ambition is to offer a loan-format to support sustainability-focused fixed income investors and to report the direct environmental impacts of some its investments and business activities. The Group will use this bond format to complement its other funding sources.

Stora Enso’s strategy on Sustainable Finance is a natural part of its overall agenda on sustainability and an integral part of its focus on being the world’s leading renewable materials company. Stora Enso’s goal is to work with funding partners for whom sustainability is a key part of their lending agenda.

Stora Enso’s aim is to have all its suppliers, including those for financial services join the Stora Enso Supplier Code of Conduct. We see this as generating competitive advantage and thus prefer to partner with banks and financial service providers that make sustainability a leading issue in their respective eco-systems.

“We want to contribute to a scenario where the sustainability of business is a key metric for credit risk assessment. Key aspects of our strategy for sustainable finance are to increase transparency for our investors and to highlight the positive environmental impact of our business and related investments,” says SVP Treasurer Martin Ros.

During December 2017 Stora Enso signed a sustainability linked EUR 600 million revolving credit facility with a syndicate of 13 banks. The loan and the agreement have a direct link to our ambitious science-based targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout the group’s value chain. The pricing of the loan is partly connected to our achievement of the science-based targets.

In developing these models for funding, we have carefully considered the relevant initiatives and best practices already in use today, such as Green Bond Principles, Science Based Targets, UN Sustainable Development Goals and the final report from the EU High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance.

The Green Bond Framework and the overall Sustainable Finance strategy have been developed together with Nordea while Sustainalytics has provided a second party opinion on the framework.

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