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Stora Enso launches biocomposites as a renewable replacement for plastics

Stora Enso is launching its wood-based biocomposites, DuraSense™ by Stora Enso. This is another major step on the group’s journey to replacing fossil-based materials with renewable solutions. DuraSense is available to companies seeking high performance and a sustainable, bio-based alternative to plastics.

DuraSense enables the use of renewable fibres, such as wood, to substitute for a large portion of fossil-based plastic. The production of biocomposites began in 2018 at Stora Enso’s Hylte Mill in Sweden, following the EUR 12 million investment announced in 2017. At full production, the mill’s annual production capacity is 15 000 tonnes, which is the largest capacity in Europe dedicated to wood fibre composites.

“Reducing the amount of plastic and replacing it with renewable and traceable materials is a gradual process. With DuraSense, we can offer customers a wood fibre-based alternative which improves sustainability performance and, depending on the product, significantly reduces the carbon footprint – all the way up to 80%,” says Jari Suominen, Head of Wood Products at Stora Enso.

The DuraSense product family is suitable for a wide range of applications from consumer goods to industrial applications. Typical applications include, for example, furniture, pallets, hand tools, automotive parts, beauty and lifestyle products, toys and items, such as kitchen utensils and bottle caps, among other uses.

The DuraSense granules are a combination of natural wood fibres, polymers and additives offering the mouldability of plastic with the sustainability and workability of wood. With DuraSense, it is also possible to combine fibres with recycled or bio-based polymers to further enhance environmental values. For example, DuraSense™ Eco100, which is one of the product grades and based on wood fibres and biopolymers, is a cost-competitive way to fully replace fossil-based plastics.

“Affordable sustainability and the environment are climbing upwards on consumer agendas,” says Patricia Oddshammar, Head of Biocomposites at Stora Enso. “DuraSense can reduce the consumption of plastic materials by up to 60%, ensuring less microplastics end up in the environment. Stora Enso’s biocomposites can be reused as a material up to seven times or recycled along with other plastic materials or, alternatively, used for energy recovery at their end of life.”

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BillerudKorsnäs initiates negotiations on new organisation

BillerudKorsnäs today announces that negotiations with labour unions over a proposal for new organisation will be initiated within short. The proposal contains a full profit and loss responsibility in three divisions.

“During my first months with BillerudKorsnäs, it has become clear to me that we have great conditions for profitable growth. In order for us to take maximum advantage out of these conditions, we need to become faster and clarify accountability within the company. This we now want to accomplish through a new organisation in three divisions with full profit and loss responsibility”, says Petra Einarsson, President and CEO of BillerudKorsnäs.
The current organisation of BillerudKorsnäs is a matrix with three business areas, a production organisation and a number of supporting functions. The proposal for a new organisation, which will be subject to negotiations, contains an organisation in three divisions : sack and kraft papers, board and corrugated materials, and packaging solutions. The production units will be included in the division for sack and kraft papers and in the division for board and corrugated materials. All the details of the future organisation are not yet decided and will be worked out and negotiated going forward.

In parallel to this process, a review of the roles and composition of the senior management team of the company will also be carried out.
After finalised negotiations, the ambition is to staff the new organisation and fully implement it during the latter part of 2018. The external financial reporting of the company will be changed according to the new organisation by January 1st, 2019.

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SCA issues bonds for SEK 1.2 billion

Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA has today issued bonds with a total amount of SEK 1.2 billion under the company’s newly established Medium Term Note programme. The bonds are divided into two tranches, SEK 550 million of which has floating interest rates and SEK 650 million has fixed interest rates. The bonds have a tenor of 3 years and the interest rate margin was set to 0.36% per annum.
Danske Bank and Svenska Handelsbanken are Joint Bookrunners for the issue. The bonds will be listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.

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Two Toscotec’s TT SYD start up at Bataan 2020, Inc. in the Philippines.

On March 16 and April 24, the Philippine paper and tissue producer Bataan 2020, Inc. has fired up two Toscotec’s steel Yankee dryers TT SYD-3600MM at its Samal mill in Bataan province, Philippines. Toscotec’s second generation TT SYD replaced previous installations of cast iron Yankees on PM2 and PM5.
The scope of supply also includes erection supervision, commissioning and start-up assistance, as well as onsite training programs on operation and maintenance.
With this new double reference, Toscotec enters the growing Philippine market and strengthens its undiscussed leadership as global manufacturer of steel Yankee dryers. In Asia alone, Toscotec has sold over one hundred TT SYD, out of more than 200 units worldwide. Particularly in the segment of replacing cast iron Yankee with steel Yankee dryers, Toscotec is very far ahead of the game, with over 80 TT SYD replacements in five continents around the world.
Mr. Emmanuel Gaspar, Executive Vice President of Bataan 2020, Inc. declared, “At Bataan 2020, we are committed to responsible industrial production to protect the environment. Among other projects, we produce steam from renewable power sources. Toscotec’s TT SYD make it possible for us to actually reduce steam consumption and keep up the highest standard of efficiency on our operations. We are happy to say that the two TT SYD have been performing extremely well since start-up”.
Gabriele Martinelli, Toscotec’s Area Sales Manager Asia & Pacific replied, “We are very proud to see Toscotec’s cutting edge technology applied to a green project, such as Bataan 2020’s. The market is definitely moving toward the most efficient drying solutions, which deliver the best performances with the lowest ecological footprint. This is why we are confident that TT SYD and its continuous evolutions will play an increasingly important role in the years to come”.

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Valmet to supply a containerboard making line for a customer in China


Valmet will supply a high-speed containerboard making line for a customer in Zhejiang province, China. The board production line is designed to produce high-quality recycled fluting grades and the start-up is scheduled for the end of year 2019.

The order is included in Valmet’s second quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of an order of this type and scope is typically around EUR 25-35 million.

The customer’s goal for the project is to increase its capacity and market share. "The customer is growing strongly and wants to achieve larger market share with more production capacity and a bigger production machinery. Valmet’s strong references convinced the customer to choose our reliable and high-performing technology. One differentiating and decisive factor was Valmet’s new type of a spray sizer," says Fan Ze, Vice President, Capital Sales, China, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery

Valmet’s delivery includes a complete containerboard making line with broke collection, approach flow system, an OptiFlo Foudrinier headbox, an OptiFormer Hybrid forming section with shoe and blade technology, an OptiPress Center press section, an OptiRun dryer section, OptiAir Hood high humidity hood, an OptiSizer Spray sizer with related supply system and surface size preparation system, ventilation equipment for board machine, and an OptiReel Pope reel. The delivery includes also Valmet IQ quality measurement system (QMS).

The 7,250-mm-wide (wire) board machine will produce recycled fluting grades with the basis weight range of 60-40 g/m2. The design speed of the machine will be 1,400 m/min.

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Calling all heroes: Södra launches new ad campaign


Södra’s next major ad campaign will show that being a hero doesn’t have to be difficult. It can be as simple as actively choosing products from sustainably-managed forests - because consumers who make sustainable choices are heroes. Like previous campaigns, this latest initiative from Södra, recently nominated for the marketing award “100 Wattaren” in Sweden, seeks to be different and to make people sit up and think.

By highlighting that products and services from the forest are environmentally sustainable, the “Act of a hero” campaign (#actofahero) is a counter message to those who try to make paper consumers feel guilty (“don’t print this e-mail” etc). This campaign applauds good behaviour and turns informed consumers into heroes.

“The campaign doesn’t put fibre-based products up against other materials. Its core message is simple : When (not if) you consume, choose a product based on a sustainably-managed forest raw material – that’s an act of a hero !” says Linda Ottosson, Communication Manager at Södra Cell.

Södra recognises the need to communicate the environmental credentials of pulp and paper further downstream in the value chain. That’s why the principal aim of #actofahero is not only to market Södra’s offering to its customers but also to reach its customers’ customers, and to some extent consumers.

“Communicating downstream in the value chain is new and exciting, and to ensure that the message hits home we have chosen to work with two important customers in the tissue and specialty paper segments, respectively. They connect us with their key stakeholders, who are brought in as additional target groups in the campaign,” explains Marcus Hellberg, Marketing Director at Södra Cell.

“The main channels for the campaign will be Södra’s own website and social media channels. But we are asking everybody – customers, colleagues and members – to be part of the campaign by helping to spread and share our material,” adds Ottosson.

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Klabin’s Monte Alegre Unit begins Maintenance Shutdown on May 14

Maintenance period will bring together around 150 companies to perform over 4,000 services

Between May 14 and 24, Klabin’s Monte Alegre Unit in Telêmaco Borba will perform its annual Maintenance Shutdown. More than 4,000 services will be executed over 11 days on the equipment at the unit to ensure the safety and continuity of the operation.

The Maintenance Shutdown is compulsory for companies that have machinery such as boilers and digesters. Completing the tasks on schedule requires a large number of workers, many of whom work exclusively in pulp and paper mill shutdowns. “In this short time span, complex maintenance tasks will be carried out, which require specialized manpower. These are very specific jobs which require intensive training specifically for the tasks and hence many of these companies work only on maintenance shutdowns and travel across the country performing this activity,” explains Luiz Francisco Barbosa de Almeida, Manager of Maintenance Engineering and Planning at the Monte Alegre Unit.

During the maintenance period, people might sense odors or hear noises in the vicinity of the plant. According to the Environment coordinator at the Monte Alegre Unit, Henrique Luvison Gomes da Silva, various preventive measures were taken jointly with the maintenance planning teams to reduce the impact, including monitoring noise levels in the city. “We carried out tests to measure how much impact would the equipment restart have on the community. With that, we reorganized a few services so that the population is not inconvenienced at night or early morning,” said Henrique.

Booming economy

The Maintenance Shutdown period is reflected in healthy economic indicators for the community of Telêmaco Borba and the region, with retail sales picking up and temporary jobs created. According to data from the Employment Agency and recruiting firms in the city, 330 temporary jobs were created in 2018 to meet the demand from the Maintenance Shutdown in Monte Alegre. Among the functions with most hires are security personnel for confined spaces, scaffolders, firefighters and nursing technicians.

With the increase in the circulation of people, commerce in the region also heats up. According to Marcelo Diniz, chairman of the Commercial and Business Association of Telêmaco Borba (Acitel), this is a period of good business. “Store owners prepare for this moment. It is the ideal opportunity to sell more, as workers who come for the Shutdown consume local products and services,” he noted.

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Sappi second quarter beats expectations on the back of higher selling prices and sales volumes

Sappi second quarter beats expectations on the back of higher selling prices and sales volumes

Commenting on the results, Sappi Chief Executive Officer Steve Binnie said : “I am very satisfied with our performance for this quarter as reflected by increased sales, EBITDA and net profit. I’m particularly pleased that all regions were able to deliver higher sales volumes despite the short-term impact of the expansion and conversion projects. We faced higher raw material costs, in particular pulp, for our paper businesses but were able to increase selling prices to offset most of this impact. The acquisition of the Cham speciality paper business was completed during the quarter and the integration into Sappi is moving ahead smoothly.”

Turning to the next quarter, Binnie stated : “Our operating performance for the third quarter is expected to be in line with that of the prior year as the impact of the stronger Rand and the various capital projects underway will offset the improved paper markets.”

Financial summary for the quarter

· EBITDA excluding special items US$211 million (Q2 2017 US$208 million).

· Profit for the period US$102 million (Q2 2017 US$88 million).

· EPS excluding special items 17 US cents (Q2 2017 17 US cents).

· Acquisition of Cham speciality paper business completed.

· Net debt US$1,632 million (Q2 2017 US$1,329 million).

The major factors which influenced the second quarter’s results include :

· Dissolving wood pulp (DWP) demand remained strong with pricing improving steadily during the quarter

· Demand for specialities and packaging papers continued to grow across all regions and all major product segments, only constrained by our current production capacity. EBITDA margins improved to 15%

· European and export printing and writing papers markets were stable, allowing for the implementation of coated paper price increases that have offset much of the rise in paper pulp costs. In the US, sales volumes increased in all product categories and higher graphic paper prices were achieved

· Paper pulp costs continued to rise throughout the quarter, and

· A stronger Rand/US Dollar exchange rate lowered the profitability of the South African businesses.

Update on investments for growth

· Acquisition of the Cham speciality paper business has been concluded. Positive earnings impact achieved.

· Rockwell Solutions barrier coating technology is enabling new paper-based packaging solutions for key FMCG customers.

· Projects in North America and Europe at Somerset, Maastricht, Alfeld, Ehingen and Lanaken Mills will boost higher margin, high growth specialities and packaging volumes.

· Debottlenecking projects in Southern Africa and North America at Ngodwana, Saiccor and Cloquet Mills to maintain market share in DWP.

· Regulatory approval process underway for the 110,000tpa expansion of Saiccor Mill in response to satisfy strong demand and positive DWP markets.

· Investigations continue to identify further DWP capacity increase opportunities.

Commenting on investments to enhance the competitive advantage and increase speciality packaging and DWP capacity, Binnie said : “Our acquisitions, conversions and expansion projects are positioning us to take advantage of the move from plastics to natural fibre, biobased products and paper-based packaging alternatives. Sappi’s strategy of securing its leadership position in high quality printing and writing papers while expanding its footprint in higher growth and higher margins market segments has begun to deliver real value and this will only increase into the future.”

Outlook
Demand for DWP remains good, and Chinese market prices have remained relatively stable. VSF prices currently remain under pressure due to low industry operating rates following significant capacity additions in the last few years. Third quarter average realised DWP prices should be in line with those of the second quarter, while volumes will be lower due to scheduled annual maintenance shuts at Cloquet, Ngodwana and Saiccor Mills.

Graphic paper operating rates remain healthy in Europe, and further price increases have been implemented since quarter end to mitigate the impact of the continuing rise in paper pulp prices. The ongoing integration of the mills acquired from the Cham Paper Group is expected to deliver the anticipated synergies.

In the United States we will continue with the downtime on PM1 at Somerset Mill in order to complete the conversion project at the mill. Further coated paper price increases implemented since January will be realised in the third quarter and this will help negate the aforementioned impact as well as anticipated higher pricing for purchased pulp and chemicals.

Speciality and packaging paper demand continues to grow as customers and consumers switch to paper based packaging rather than plastics. The acquisition of the specialities business of the Cham paper group and the technology acquired with the purchase of Rockwell Solutions in 2017 positions us well for growth in this market.

Capital expenditure in 2018 is expected to be approximately US$500 million as currency movements and the acceleration of various conversion and debottlenecking projects will inflate the total expenditure for the year. The conversions at Maastricht and Somerset Mills, the Saiccor, Ngodwana and Cloquet Mills DWP debottlenecking projects and the expansion of Saiccor Mill are projects focused on higher margin growth segments including dissolving wood pulp and speciality packaging.

The group’s third quarter operating performance is expected to be in line with that of the prior year as the impact of the stronger Rand and the various capital projects underway offset the improved graphic paper markets.

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Kimberly-Clark Announces Executive Leadership Changes

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB) today announced executive leadership changes to sharpen its focus on executing its global business plan.

Kim Underhill, President of Kimberly-Clark Professional, has been named Group President Kimberly-Clark North America. In her new role, Underhill will lead Kimberly-Clark’s nearly $8 billion North American consumer business, with trusted brands such as Huggies, Kleenex, Cottonelle, and Depend. Underhill is succeeding Larry Allgaier who has announced his intent to pursue opportunities outside of the company.

Aaron Powell, President, Kimberly-Clark Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) has been named President of K-C Professional. A successor to Powell in EMEA will be named in the near future.

Both Underhill and Powell will report to Mike Hsu, President and Chief Operating Officer of Kimberly-Clark. The moves are effective immediately.

"We have a deep bench of talented leaders to drive our global business plan," said Hsu. "Kim and Aaron are both seasoned executives with proven strategic, operational and innovation experience. These changes will help us further build our already strong consumer and professional businesses."

Underhill has led K-C Professional since 2014. From 2011 to 2014, Ms. Underhill served as President of Kimberly-Clark’s consumer business in Europe. She joined Kimberly-Clark in 1988 and has held positions with increasing responsibilities within research and engineering, supply chain and marketing. She also held leadership positions in Consumer Tissue and Personal Care in the North American consumer business. In addition to her role at Kimberly-Clark, Ms. Underhill serves on the board of directors for Foot Locker, Inc. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University and her master’s degree in engineering management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Powell returns to K-C Professional from Kimberly-Clark’s consumer business in EMEA. Powell previously served as President for Kimberly-Clark Professional in North America, where he led a multibillion dollar business focused on creating exceptional workplaces for business customers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Since joining the company in 2007, he has held a series of roles with increasing responsibility including Vice President and Managing Director of Kimberly-Clark’s consumer business in Central and Eastern Europe. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington University, and his MBA with honors from the Wharton School of Business.

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Recard for iT's Tissue: a Next Generation of Tissue Machines


During Recard for iT’s Tissue 2018 you will meet our management team who will introduce you to the Recard innovations.

In fact, for iT’s Tissue 2018, Recard has outdone itself, improving on already excellent performance and surpassing all pre-existing limits …

Green Easy Crescent is a production system for 80 t/gg tissue paper equipped with a state-of-the-art gas turbine capable of producing most of the electrical energy required for production and simultaneously, with the residual exhaust gas, supplying all the thermal energy needed to dry the paper.

Add to Easy Crescent, the design developed by Recard to install a tissue machine in an easy, economic and modern manner, an innovative technology that allows reducing energy costs to a minimum and lowering atmospheric emissions significantly.

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Södra enters unique partnership for greener air travel


Södra has signed a letter of intent with KLM to conduct a joint feasibility study to examine the possibility of producing green jet fuel. At the same time, Södra will become the first company in Sweden to join KLM’s Corporate Biofuel Programme, with the aim of supporting growth in demand for fossil-fuel-free alternatives in the aviation sector.

“Air travel accounts for some 2 percent of global CO₂ emissions. We are now taking two key steps forward to create sustainable alternatives to fossil-based jet fuel. The current supply of biofuel is too low and this is something we want to change,” said Maria Baldin, Director of Communications and Sustainability at Södra.

KLM’s Biofuel Programme enables companies to ensure that sustainable biojet fuel is used for their air travel by paying a surcharge that covers the difference in price between sustainable biofuel and regular jet fuel.

“Helping to reduce CO₂ emissions is in line with our sustainability targets. Our goal is to be fossil-fuel free by 2030. We will now shoulder an even greater responsibility for our air travel,” commented Maria Baldin.

“KLM is proud to offer Sweden’s most sustainable European air routes viewed over time. We are grateful to have local partners that want to play a part in this,” says Paul Terstegge, General Manager North Europe, Air France and KLM.

Letter of intent and development of biojet fuel
On Monday, a press conference was held at Växjo Småland Airport where a letter of intent covering the development of biojet fuel was signed. The collaboration aims to promote growth in supply and demand and development of the appropriate policy instruments for more sustainable air travel.

“The greatest challenge is the absence of policy measures. Since production costs for biojet fuel are high compared with fossil fuels, there is very limited scope for growth in demand, which is needed to reduce costs. There must be a clear political strategy to address this issue,” said Henrik Brodin, Strategic Business Developer, Energy, at Södra.

The collaboration contains a feasibility study to examine the prerequisites for producing biojet fuel from forest biomass. While Södra and KLM are the main partners in the collaboration, many other players are also participating.

“It’s about working together to examine the entire chain – from production to combustion – and creating a business model that enables a change in air travel,” said Henrik Brodin.

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Resolute to Invest Over $52 million in its Saint-Félicien Pulp Mill in Quebec

Resolute Forest Products Inc. today announced a $52.3 million strategic investment plan for its Saint-Félicien pulp mill, located in the Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec. The announcement was made at a press conference attended by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, and many dignitaries and company employees.

"The significant investments at Saint-Félicien are expected to improve several areas of the operation, increasing the average daily production capacity by 76 metric tons and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the use of fossil fuels by 20%," said Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer.

On April 30, 2018, Resolute announced a $13 million investment in its La Doré (Quebec) wood products facilities, also located in Lac-Saint-Jean. In 2016, the company inaugurated Toundra Greenhouse, located adjacent to the Saint-Félicien pulp mill, a $100 million joint venture project with local investors.

During today’s press conference, Yves Laflamme thanked local employees, government officials, as well as regional academic and economic development organizations for their continued support and advocacy.

Resolute employs close to 240 workers at the pulp mill, and more than 2,000 in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region.

The upgrades are expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

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C.A.RE. Lab opens in Lucca. A new space for PCMC.

A new space for PCMC : the future, digitalization and FourPointZero ideas

PCMC, People Care Moves Our Company : in our name is our direction.

We are speaking about care. And have been for some time. Convinced that people are the cornerstone of our company and of our results.

And all this developed under our concept of Carevolution.

Our evolution began and advances concretely with the innovative products already present on the market and with other incredible novelties on the way.

And it is precisely for this reason that now the time has come to push ourselves one step further, to open a new door.

PCMC has created a new space for the world of converting : shortly, Lucca will see the inception of C.A.RE. Lab – Converting Area REsearch – a center dedicated to the future.

Our goal is to intensify the company’s focus on innovation, research and the opportunities offered by Industry 4.0, in particular connected to the positive impacts that they can have for managing health & safety in the workplace.
And we will do so in a functional and easily accessible location, not far from the historic City Walls, where we will open the minds to study and the doors to excellence.

A lively, dynamic site to discover new possibilities, a meeting place between our competences and the talents that are out there, and a reception center for all our partners.

A new area for PCMC where we will put thoughts and knowledge in circulation and take care of your and our ideas.

Soon we will welcome you to visit C.A.RE. Lab and access our new spaces to discover together the novelties that lie ahead.

2018-05-09  READ MORE...
Sixteen TT SYD are being manufactured at Toscotec’s Massa Technology Lab.

Toscotec, the world’s leading supplier of Steel Yankee dryers, is currently manufacturing sixteen steel Yankee dryers at its TT SYD Technology Lab in Massa. Since its inauguration in 2016, this fully integrated plant has been operating at full capacity, implementing the entire production cycle of Toscotec’s TT SYD, from metalworking, precision mechanical machining to thermal treatment and surface metallization, up to non-destructive tests and certifications.
The sixteen TT SYD that are presently under construction feature different sizes, with diameters ranging from 3,650 mm to 6,705 mm and width from 3,100 to 6,050 mm. Toscotec has been manufacturing the world’s largest diameter steel Yankee dryers and their demand has been steadily going up to this day : 50% of the TT SYD currently under construction have diameters from 18 to 22 ft. In view of this, the strategic choice of the Technology Lab’s location offers a clear logistical advantage, by ensuring that large diameter Yankees get easy access to the seaport for expedite shipping operations.
The market’s demand for medium and large diameter TT SYD is far-reaching around the globe. The orders for these sixteen Yankee cylinders come from paper mills situated across four continents : Asia, North and South America, Europe and Africa, with Asia and the Americas together taking the lion’s share.
Toscotec sustained operations in the manufacturing of TT SYD are testament to the success of Toscotec’s design, including large diameter Yankees. Feedback from the first installations of 18 ft Yankees and of 22 ft Yankees have been of substantial improvements in drying efficiency, attracting paper mills to the opportunity of cost savings. Toscotec’s global market share of steel Yankee dryers exceeds 60% and nearly all new steel Yankees currently installed in paper mills in Western Europe are Toscotec-supplied.
Parallel to the success of its manufacturing operations, Toscotec is relentlessly striving for new breakthroughs with its R&D division. Following the engineering of the second generation TT SYD
in late 2013, with improved rib design and metallization, as well as increased thermal exchange, Toscotec’s steel Yankee dryers are now looking into the future with their third generation’s design, which will be presented later this year.

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Kemira Oyj: Transfer of the company's own shares

Based on the decision of the Annual General Meeting of Kemira Oyj on March 21, 2018 Kemira Oyj has transferred on May 8, 2018 10,710 shares to the members of the Board of Directors as part of remuneration of the Board.

The share price of the transferred shares is EUR 11.02 which is the average quotation of the Kemira Oyj share on May 7, 2018.

After the transfer the company holds a total of 2,828,897 shares.

The Annual General Meeting decided on March 21, 2018 that the annual fee for the Board of Directors is paid as a combination of the company’s shares and cash in such a manner that 40% of the annual fee is paid in company’s shares owned by the company or, if this is not possible, shares purchased from the market, and 60% is paid in cash. According to the decision the shares will be transferred to the members of the Board of Directors and, if necessary, acquired directly on behalf of the members of the Board of Directors within two weeks from the release of Kemira’s January-March 2018 Interim Report.

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Fedex Office survey confirms that consumers and small business owners prefer print

Results mirror consumer preferences for print reported by Two Sides & Toluna 2017 consumer survey.

In April 2018, FedEx Office released the results of a survey of consumers and small business owners about their preferences and purchasing habits regarding professional printing services. The survey, conducted by polling firm PSB, shows that consumers and small business owners prefer to use printed materials over digital.

Ninety percent of consumers and small business owners agreed that they “like to have the option to have printed materials” and preferred reading materials, most notably official documents and contracts – on paper versus on a screen.

The majority (90%) of consumers also agreed there will always be a need for printed materials and almost half (49%) said a world without paper would make them feel stressed or annoyed.

Professional printing was very popular with 70% of respondents reporting that they had the same number of items printed as last year. And nearly half the millennials (18-34 years) reported having something professionally printed at least one a month.

These results mirror consumer preferences for print reported by the 2017 Two Sides -Toluna survey where 90% of consumers felt they should have the right to choose how they receive communications (printed or electronic) from financial organizations and service providers. Similarly, 73% said that although government, banks and other organizations want to persuade them to ‘go paperless’, it’s not ‘paperless’ because they regularly have to print out documents.

The FedEx Office survey also reported an inclination of consumers towards printed materials for advertising and 85% said they were more likely to shop at a small business that had custom printed materials such as business cards, signs, flyers or banners. And 80% of small business owners felt that professional printing services helped their business stand out from the competition.

The Two Sides survey backs this up with the finding that the majority of consumers (71%) do not pay attention to online advertising and more than half (54%) paid more attention to messages and ads on printed leaflets and mail than messages and ads delivered by email. 55% said they would be more likely to take an action after seeing an ad in a printed newspaper or magazine than if they saw the same ad online.

In our increasingly digital world, the evidence points to print as having a major role to play.

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Kurita - Great cost of good action in Brazilian Pulp mill Kuriverter IK-110 reduces water supply problems in a Pulp mill

Brazilian pulp mill has a Reverse osmosis plant for the boiler’s make up water preparation. Due of silica and fouling problems, the pulp mill experienced several complications in the RO plant that end in frequent cleanings and non- desirable stops.

The proper functioning of the osmosis is a key point to keep the quality of the makeup water that is needed in the high pressure Boiler plant. The objective of the membranes is to produce demineralized water with less than 20 ppb of SiO2.

Description of the plant

The RO system consist in 4 vessels and each vessel requires a cleaning every 4 days, which translates into 1 cleaning/day for the RO plant.

Objectives

  •  Stabilize the delta P
  •  Reduction of cleanings
  •  Reduction of biofouling deposition in the RO system.
  •  Reduction of Total operational cost

Action/Approach

After collect samples and data, it was verified that the main cause of problems was due to the biofouling formation on the surface of the membranes. Kurita proposed the application of Kuriverter IK-110 to control the biofouling growth and deposition.

Achievements

  • Stabilization of delta P

Reduction of Chemical cleanings

  •  88% less chemical cleanings
  •  20% reduction in the number of post-permeate mix bed regeneration
  •  Reduction in Electric energy consumption
  •  Reduction in chemical cost
  •  Enlargement of membrane shelf life

Conclusion

Kuriverter IK-110 improved the working days of the pulp mill and reduced the total cost of operation.

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Valmet to supply a containerboard making line for Hamburger Rieger in Germany


Valmet will supply a containerboard making line for Hamburger Rieger GmbH at its Spremberg Mill in Germany. The new production line (PM 2) including Valmet’s automation solutions will be designed to produce high-quality testliner grades based on 100% recycled paper.

With the new high performance boardmaking machine producing products of a wide basis weight range, Hamburger aims to further strengthen its position in the growing European containerboard business. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for mid-2020.

The order is included in Valmet’s second quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 70-90 million.

"The ability to show good references is always an important factor when a customer chooses a supplier. This was also crucial for Hamburger when they decided to make an agreement with Valmet. Valmet’s technology delivers high productivity, resource efficiency, excellent quality and low operating costs. We have built up a good and close relationship with Hamburger over the years. This forms an optimal foundation for an excellent project and a strong reference for Valmet in Europe," says Vesa Simola, EMEA Area President of Valmet.

Valmet’s delivery will include a new high-capacity containerboard machine from headbox to reel followed by an OptiWin Pro winder. The winder was selected because it gives high capacity due to its proactive winding geometry and faster sequences. The winder is equipped with Dual Unwind giving even higher capacity because the parent rolls can be changed in only one minute. The machine will be delivered with a fabrics package. The automation solution includes Valmet IQ quality measurement system and Valmet DNA process control system. The delivery will also include process support for six months after the start-up. The goal of the support period is production and quality development.

The 8,600-mm wide (wire) containerboard machine will produce uncoated white and brown testliner and white top testliner grades with a basis weight range of 90-180 g/m2. The design speed of the machine will be 1,500 m/min and the capacity 500,000 tonnes annually.

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Valmet's new hard nip sizing technology started-up at Propapier in Germany


Valmet-delivered, a completely new type of a sizer, OptiSizer Hard, with related chemical systems were successfully started up at Propapier PM1 GmbH Burg mill in Germany a day ahead of schedule on April 19, 2018. The production line PM1 produces liner, fluting and kraft substitutes grades based on 100% waste paper. Thanks to a very good cooperation and a purposeful project work, all the produced containerboards have been saleable from the very start.

Good results from day one

A prototype product and a very tight shut-down schedule is a challenging combination. Despite the initial setup, most of the targets were achieved right after the start-up. The web passed through the nip smoothly and runnability was excellent. The new technology shows already a great potential to achieve the goals regarding strength properties and steam consumption.

"I was quite amazed to see the fast start-up of our new sizer. Earlier, high web tension levels were causing quite a bit of challenges to runnability. It looks like this obstacle no longer exists. We have achieved the targeted quality specification and now we can focus on the further benefits we are aiming at e.g. steam savings, higher strength levels or starch savings," says Phillipos Vrizas, Technology Manager at Propapier.

"The very first closing of the nip rolls is a moment telling a lot about any new sizer - especially a prototype sizer. It looked perfect. I couldn’t see any web tension induced wrinkling in the web. The schedule was very tight with only a 11-day shutdown time. The fact that we were able to squeeze it into a 10-day break was quite amazing and a proof of an excellent cooperation and preplanning," says Jani Hakola, Development Manager at Valmet’s Board and Paper Mills Business Unit.

Valmet’s delivery included a new sizer called OptiSizer Hard. Compared to conventional sizer, OptiSizer Hard has a pair of hard cover nip rolls. Starch is sprayed on the rolls which transfer the starch into the nip where it is further transferred into paper web.

Strength is among the most important benefits with OptiSizer Hard. Starch is dosed in the roll nip with higher nip pressure, which increases the density of fibers. This leads into better strength properties. To mention a few other benefits of OptiSizer Hard, the life cycle costs are lower due spray application and runnability is better due to better nip profile control.

The existing and outdated starch preparation system was replaced with Valmet’s starch preparation system specially designed for OptiSizer Hard and its spray application method. The properties of produced starch have substantially lower range of variation, which helps to produce liner boards within the targeted quality specifications. The delivered supply system is fully automated and equipped with pressure screens.

To further improve the properties of liner and fluting grades Propapier is producing, a cooperation agreement of 20 weeks was made. The target of the agreement is to find the best practices with the new sizer e.g. by reducing energy consumption, and by further improving liner and fluting properties, such as the lighter basis weight of containerboards without compromising other important properties.

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Kemira Pulp & Paper segment implements price adjustment to offset increasing freight costs in North America

Effective June 1, 2018, to offset rapid and unprecedented increases in freight costs, Kemira will implement a $0.02/pound price adjustment for all Process & Functional Chemicals sold on a delivered basis to pulp and paper customers in North America. The increase will apply to all customers whose price has not been previously adjusted for freight during 2018 and is independent of any future price adjustments based on raw material and manufacturing cost changes.

"Transportation costs have risen significantly and continue to rise. Carriers have raised freight rates to offset increasing costs due to the new "Electronic Logging Device and Hours of Service Rule" and a well-documented driver shortage. Likewise, our raw material suppliers are implementing price increases and/or freight surcharges to offset these same market forces," says Billy Ford, Senior Vice President, Pulp & Paper Americas. "While Kemira has taken every possible mitigating step, we are unfortunately no longer able to absorb these increased costs."

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Veolia’s HPD® black liquor evaporator system chosen by Chung Hwa Pulp

Chung Hwa Pulp has selected Veolia Water Technologies’ HPD® evaporator technology to upgrade its Hualien Mill in Taiwan. This upgrade requires raising the capacity and Heavy Black Liquor concentration of the black liquor evaporator trains, in order to meet the future production of fiber line.
The main design requirements from the client were the optimization of the steam consumption, while making sure not to overload the existing equipment and with minimal interaction with the existing plants.
Of the two evaporation trains (#3 and #4), only train #3 was modified, adding the seventh and eight effect, a parallel second effect and a back-up condenser. The output of both trains is concentrated at a new concentrator, integrated on train #3.
The project will involve an additional 80 t/h H2O evaporation and a solids increase from approximately 66% up to 75%.
“The optimized OPEX offered by Veolia’s solution to Chung Hwa Pulp was ultimately the difference maker in this project, consolidating Veolia’s positioning as an important partner in the Pulp & Paper industry” commented Klaus Andersen, CEO Veolia Water Technologies Americas.

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Change of CEO at BASF: Brudermüller to succeed Bock

Effective as of the end of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting 2018, Dr. Martin Brudermüller will become the new Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE. At the Annual Meeting, Dr. Kurt Bock, the previous Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, presented his successor with a 3D-printed model of a storage tank, on whose outside staircase a BASF employee climbs to the highest point. After the end of the statutory two-year cooling-off period, Bock is to be elected to the Supervisory Board in 2020. Since 2006, Brudermüller has been a member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE, since 2011, Vice Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors and, since 2015, Chief Technology Officer.

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Voith NipcoFlex shoe press improves quality and production at BM 1 at MEL Macedonian Paper Mills


Tolosa, Thessaloniki. The installation of a new NipcoFlex shoe press was part of a comprehensive modernization of the Macedonian Paper Mills in Thessaloniki, Greece. With its help, the company was able to improve the quality and quantity of paper production. At the same time, the use of Voith technology reduced the plant’s use of resources and therefore improved the company’s competitiveness.

The installation of a NipcoFlex shoe press was the first step in a comprehensive rebuild of the BM 1 at Macedonian Paper Mills (MEL) in Thessaloniki. This measure allowed the internationally operating manufacturer of board and packaging papers to increase machine production by 15 percent. But this increase is only one of the goals of the upgrade, as Georgios Georgiadis, the manager of the board factory, explains : “With the new press section we were able to improve board quality characteristics, reduce breaks and therefore significantly increase machine availability.” MEL mainly produces paper for packing foodstuffs on its BM1. In this segment, good printability is a major criterion. The investment in the new press section is therefore an important first step towards meeting customer requirements in the long term.

The NipcoFlex technology used on the BM 1 reliably corrects deviations in the CD profile and ensures a uniform thickness across the entire 4.110 millimeter wide paper web. A large Yankee cylinder and a coating system with drying function improve the smoothness of the surface.

One challenge associated with modernizing the plant was the tight time frame. The Voith service team had just three weeks to complete the project. Thanks to good preliminary planning and the smooth collaboration between all participants the BM 1 could be restarted on 23 July 2017. As the team from MEL was not familiar with the shoe press technology, comprehensive training including visits to similar systems was conducted in the run-up to the rebuild.

As well as improved paper quality and increased production, the new press section offers another advantage : The BM 1 now needs much less steam, which reduces the energy consumption of the machine. Despite this saving in resources, the NipcoFlex technology also enables a higher dry content in the paper web.

Several factors prompted MEL to work with Voith on this project. One of the key aspects was that Voith has more than 150 years of experience in building paper machines, is a technology leader in many areas and is renowned for the high reliability of its products. In addition, MEL has already worked with Voith on numerous projects, the results of which have been consistently positive for the board mill team. Ultimately, Voith also convinced the customer with an overall concept that was integrated technically and financially. That this was the right decision was not just confirmed by the smooth start to production.

“The atmosphere between the individual teams was excellent. The close collaboration with the colleagues from Voith Tolosa even resulted in some friendships,” says Georgiadis, adding : “I will certainly recommend collaboration with Voith to colleagues in the paper and board industry.”

The project is part of a comprehensive upgrade by the board mill. For example, MEL is investing in its own biomass power plant, which not only supplies power to the paper machine but is also used for steam generation.

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Top takeaways from the first European shopping bag summit

Challenges, opportunities and new ways of working were the topics of the day at Europe’s first shopping bag summit, hosted by Mondi.

The paper bag industry took an important step towards sustainable innovation when leading shopping bag converters, suppliers and customers came together in Prague on 19 April for Let’s Paper the World 2018 – the first European shopping bag summit, organised by Mondi Group’s Speciality Kraft Paper segment.

Participants included global brands Benetton, H&M and REWE Group ; bag manufacturers ; papermakers and paper associations ; ink and glue producers ; bag machine manufacturers ; and market intelligence leader Mintel.

The four top takeaways from this pivotal summit :

1. Shopping bags are now high-tech products

Gone are the days of the ‘simple’ paper bag. The technical demands of manufacturing the perfect bag for end customers’ needs are increasing continuously.

Today’s paper shopping bags are high-tech products engineered for specific applications within the food and non-food industry. Shopping bags need to meet a variety of requirements, especially when the end uses involve food, as Petr Jindra, Head of Technical Sales Services, Mondi Speciality Kraft Paper, demonstrated.

He presented a shopping bag produced by bag maker Litobal with a sophisticated, full-colour flexoprint on Mondi speciality kraft paper, proven to carry up to 25 kilos (food retail bags must carry at least 12 kilos), made of credibly certified fibre, and guaranteed safe for contact with food.

Demand for such high-tech bags is growing every day, according to the summit’s participants. Producing them is a technical feat that takes skill, innovation and the highest quality materials.

“It’s a big challenge. In the past, we focused on a few bag sizes and a small range of materials. Now we need to have open minds and find solutions to meet every need,” said Fulvio Curioni, Senior Vice President Legal for Curioni Sun, a paper bag machine manufacturer.

Alberto Bovo, Managing Director at Bovo SpA, said : “Thirty years ago we used to make bags from 120/130 gram paper. Now, if we use a good paper, we can produce bags with 70/80 grams that work just as well. But it’s very important to take care of all the details – the paper, the glue, the ink.”

From brown and white speciality kraft papers, to rough and smooth grades in a range of weights, from virgin and recycled fibres to water-based glues and inks – technical complexity is increasing continuously. Expertise and understanding of how all this technology fits together to make the perfect bag solution is more important than ever for manufacturers.

2. Sustainability is no longer an option – it’s a necessity

Shopping bags made of credibly certified fibre and designed to biodegrade, or be easily recycled or reused, are no longer a niche product for boutique brands. Today, sustainability is mainstream.

“I wouldn’t call sustainability ‘a trend’ anymore. It’s a given,” said Paulus Goess, Sales Director of Mondi Speciality Kraft Paper.

Richard Cope, Senior Trends Consultant at Mintel, shared examples from around the world of how consumer expectations have shifted for sustainability and packaging : “Consumers expect companies to set the sustainability agenda. They expect brands to be ethical on their behalf.”

“When you have brands like Procter & Gamble making packaging from recovered ocean plastic, that becomes the norm very quickly. If you’re not doing something, your brand can start to look outdated,” Cope added.

Tanja Dietrich-Hübner, Head of Sustainability at REWE International AG, said expectations and attitudes about sustainability in the food industry had “changed dramatically” in recent years. “As retailers, we’re held responsible that food and packaging are not only safe but also sustainable,” she said.

While more brands today, including H&M, are switching from plastic to paper bags, others like REWE and Benetton made the switch years ago.

However, Dietrich-Hübner emphasised that consumer awareness of what it takes to ensure products and packaging are sustainable and ethically produced is limited : “Information is the key, but it has to be understandable. We have to give people short, reliable information.”

Cope went further, challenging brands and paper bag makers to engage consumers about environmental factors and “put a name and a face to the people behind the bags.”

3. Demand for certified fibre is outstripping supply – sustainable forestry needs more focus

While rising consumer demand for sustainable packaging is a good thing, a clear effect is that demand for sustainable fibre is growing. Both paper and bag manufacturers spoke of stark challenges in meeting the increased demand for certified fibre.

Research and investment into alternative, sustainable fibres may be one answer to safeguard supplies. Increased focus on sustainable forestry is also needed to guard against deforestation and illegal logging, as just 11% of the world’s forests are certified.

Manfred Schachenmann, Head of Wood Supply at Mondi, underscored Mondi’s commitment to sourcing credibly certified fibre, in particular that certified by the PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) – the certification system preferred by small and family foresters and local wood associations in Central Europe – as well as the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council).

“We all want to increase the share of certified fibre. To achieve that we need to promote certification systems such as PEFC in low risk countries,” he said.

Dietrich-Hübner of REWE International noted that organic and fair-trade food certifications are widely recognised, however, FSC and PEFC certifications are not well known to consumers.

“I think the market is ready to learn what the different wood certification standards mean,” she said.

4. Collaborate to meet new challenges in the paper bag industry

Another important takeaway from the summit is the need for more exchange and partnerships to innovate for what’s coming, including the growth of e-commerce and the circular economy, which will favour more re-use of materials.

More collaboration along the supply chain between product managers, technical sales and service, R&D, suppliers (including paper, inks and glues), end users, retailers – and even foresters – will be needed to develop the perfect paper bags for tomorrow’s needs.

“I’ve been working in the paper industry for 20 years. This is the first time I’ve seen such participation by customers in a specific market,” said Massimiliano Scotta, Head of Sales Region South and Americas, Mondi Speciality Kraft Paper.

“At this summit, we can see ourselves as partners in the same world, exchanging ideas about what consumers need, and technology and trends in the market, to find a common strategy,” Scotta added.

“We still have a lot of work to do on the details,” added Bovo Bags’ managing director Alberto Bovo, “but I feel confident that we can do it, if we all work together.”

The second European shopping bag summit is now being planned by Mondi.

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