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SCA’s Annual General Meeting 2017

Today’s Annual General Meeting of SCA was held at Stockholm Waterfront Congress Center in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Meeting approved the income statement and balance sheet for the Parent Company and the consolidated income statement and consolidated balance sheet for 2016.

The Annual General Meeting decided on a dividend of SEK 6.00 (5.75) per share for the 2016 fiscal year. The record date for the dividend is Friday, April 7, 2017. Payment through Euroclear Sweden AB is planned for Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

Furthermore, the Annual General Meeting decided that all shares in the wholly-owned subsidiary SCA Hygiene AB are to be distributed, whereby one Class A share in Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA entitles to one Class A share in SCA Hygiene AB, and one Class B share in Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA entitles to one Class B share in SCA Hygiene AB. The Board of Directors was granted to set the record date for the distribution of all shares in SCA Hygiene AB.

2017-04-05 
BillerudKorsnäs and HP enter into strategic collaboration for digital printing

BillerudKorsnäs has entered into a licensing relationship with HP Inc. to develop a white coated kraftliner for high-speed water based inkjet, optimized for the HP PageWide web presses.

Previously there has been a need for primers in order to get the desired print quality when using high-speed water based inkjet technology on coated liners. The aim of this new strategic collaboration between BillerudKorsnäs and HP is to develop a coated liner based on HP’s ColorPRO Technology, enabling water based high-speed inkjet printing directly on the coated liner without the need for any pretreatment. This will open up opportunities for more cost-efficient packaging solutions.

2017-04-05 
AGRO International packs with Mondi’s Guinness World Record-paper

Mondi, the international packaging and paper Group, and the German innersprings manufacturer AGRO International have been business partners in the mattress spring packaging segment for more than 25 years Back then, AGRO International faced the challenge of packing its mattress innersprings economically and in a way that would make handling and logistics easier “Before the industry has been revolutionised by roll-packing, the innersprings were packed one-by-one and loosely transported to the customer This consumed a lot of resources, time and space The industry was looking for new ways to resolve this problem – which was the roll-packing,” recalls Uwe Schmidt, Managing Director AGRO International

2017-04-05 
Vesa Erolainen appointed as Metso's Chief Information Officer

Vesa Erolainen (BSc Eng, MBA) has been appointed Metso’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), reporting to CFO Eeva Sipilä. He has a long and successful career within information technology, latest serving as the CIO of Pöyry and before that in CIO and other IT Leadership positions in Myllykoski and UPM. Metso’s previous CIO Pirkka Penttinen is leaving Metso on his own initiative.

2017-04-05 
Cenários Ibá: exports continue to grow in the planted tree sector

The export volume from the Brazilian planted tree industry registered a positive performance during the first quarter of 2017. Pulp exports totaled 2.3 million tons in January and February of 2017, up 3.4% over the same period of 2016 when 2.2 million tons were traded. For the wood panels segment, the volume exported in the first two months of the year totaled 174,000 m³, a growth of 40.3% over this period last year, when 124,000 m³ were exported. In this same period, paper exports reached 335,000 tons, a 6% increase over the 316,000 tons exported in 2016.

2017-04-04 
FPInnovations Announces its Support

FPInnovations is pleased with the announcements made today by Quebec Finance Minister, Carlos Leitão, in his 2017-18 Budget to increase innovation and diversification of forest products. An amount of $46 million is allocated to the forestry sector, confirming the contribution announced by Ministers Blanchette and Anglade on March 16, 2017, and enabling the creation of a new initiative for the panel industry, in addition to improving the program Innovation Bois, as presented at the Forum Innovation Bois.

2017-04-04 
ETS to participate in Tissue World 2017

The European Tissue Symposium, ETS, is to take part in Tissue World Milan. As well as being present with a booth, hall 3 – booth C850, the Symposium will participate in the speaker programme with a presentation on the latest science on paper towels by ETS chairman, Roberto Berardi.
The world’s largest trade fair specifically dedicated to the tissue business, Tissue World takes place from 10-12 April in Fieramilanocity, Milan. Established over 20 years, the show is a truly global event attracting almost 3000 participants with tissue makers, converters and suppliers from 89 countries around the world. It features the very latest innovations and technological advancements in tissue manufacturing and offers an excellent opportunity for networking with industry decision makers.

2017-04-04 
First Valmet Advantage NTT machine in Europe successfully started at Renova in Portugal

In late January Portuguese tissue manufacturer Renova produced its first jumbo roll on the first Valmet Advantage NTT tissue line in Europe. The Renova 2 mill, near Torres Novas, Portugal, will utilize the flexibility of the hybrid machine to produce both plain and textured tissue for their typical tissue products in bold colors.

"We are welcoming the production of a new generation of appealing paper at our new PM 7. Now we are eager to discover what we can achieve with the combination of Renova’s proactive approach to innovation and Valmet’s sustainable Advantage NTT technology. We believe its flexibility can provide us with endless possibilities to produce specially designed textured tissue products," says Mr. Paulo Pereira da Silva, Renova, CEO.

"It’s been an exciting project and we are happy to support Renova in taking their tissue products to the next level. Advantage NTT technology is recognized as providing great opportunities to develop premium products with very high softness. We are excited to follow Renova’s journey forward," says Jan Erikson, VP Tissue Sales, Valmet.

2017-04-04 
Cooperation between CELLWOOD MACHINERY and D-TECHPAPER(Italy)

Welcome to D-Techpaper and Mr. Paolo De Campo to the global network of agents of Cellwood Machinery.
D-Techpaper will be responsible for promoting Cellwood Krima Hot Dispersing System on the Italian market. 
They are looking forward to a successful and long-term cooperation.
At the same time Cellwood would like to thank Mr. Ottaviano Checci for the many years of fruitful co-operation and wish him and his family a joyous and peaceful future.

2017-04-04 
IT’S TISSUE 2018 has secured a landmark media partnership

IT’S TISSUE 2018 has secured a landmark media partnership reinforcing its status as a unique global tissue event. The highly respected and influential organisations, TAPPI and RISI, are the industry’s leading information providers, and have been named media partners for the Lucca, Italy-based event, which takes place June 25-29, 2018.

2017-04-04 
Toscotec has received in total 8 (eight) Tissue Machine order from APP.

Two of the Tissue Machines are scheduled to come on stream in Q4 2017 and Q1 2018, respectively. In the meantime, the Italian supplier is manufacturing other 6 tissue machines which are planned for delivery between the Q3 2017 and the first half of 2018. Each tissue machine is capable of producing, among other tissue grades, 300 tpd or about 100,000 tpa of high gsm tissue.

2017-04-04 
SCA’s acquisition of BSN medical now closed

SCA’s acquisition of BSN medical, a leading medical solutions company, has been closed. The company develops, manufactures, markets and sells products within wound care, compression therapy and orthopedics. The purchase price for the shares amounts to EUR 1,400m and takeover of net debt to approximately EUR 1,340m1). SCA consolidates BSN medical as of April 3, 2017.

2017-04-04 
Södra is raising price of its NBSK pulp.

Södra is raising the price of its NBSK pulp in Europe to USD 890/tonne, effective 1st of May 2017.

This latest price announcement reflects the fact that the stretched state of supply across the market globally is continuing. “Recent statistics and the fact that we are receiving requests for additional tonnage in several markets indicate that an already tight market is showing no sign of easing, on the contrary,” explained Magnus Björkman, VP Marketing and Sales, Södra Cell.

2017-04-03 
Valmet introduces new and improved customer training offering - Valmet Learning Services

Valmet launches a renewed customer training offering for its customers - Valmet Learning Services - to help improve the reliability and performance of its customers’ processes. The new offering is complementing the company’s new services approach - Shared Journey Forward - introduced in 2016.

Valmet Learning Services offers organization-wide training solutions tailored to the customers’ needs. The offering includes customized and standard courses, on-site, off-site, or via the Valmet Online Learning Portal. Furthermore, Valmet Training Simulators allow customers to safely practice hands-on procedures and scenarios to strengthen safe behavior and be prepared for troubleshooting and the handling of operational upsets.

2017-04-03 
Navigator Dreams: Global Talent Design Contest, 2017

Designers from all over the world took up Navigators’ challenge to Dream Big and Design Bigger. Between the 13th of January and the 15th of March, the world’s leading premium office paper brand received 459 proposals for Navigator Students’ 2017 packaging layout. More than twice the number of applications two years ago and almost one third more towards last year. Out of these, 30 proposals were shortlisted by Navigator and will now be assessed by a jury of renowned specialists. On the 10th of April 2017 the winners will be revealed.

2017-04-03 
Drones over forests approved

The County Administrative Board has approved Södra’s application for a permit to use drones all over Götaland. The aim is to make inventories of storm-affected forests safer and more efficient.

"We are happy about the County Administrative Board’s decision. The use of drones makes field work in forests safer, more time-efficient and comprehensive. It’s a good example of a new solution in the move towards digital forestry," said Johan Malmqvist, Project Manager, Södra Skog.

Following a decision by the County Administrative Board of Kronoberg, Södra is now permitted to use drones over the forest estates of its 50,000 members in Götaland. One of the aims is to make inventories of storm-felled forest more efficient. Previously, personnel had to walk through forests to find and record windfalls. The permit to use drones will also improve the regeneration potential of next-generation forest.

2017-04-03 
Ahlstrom-Munksjö The merger has been registered and the Board of Directors has elected the Chairman and Vice Chairmen

The completion of the merger of Ahlstrom Corporation into Munksjö Oyj was registered with the Finnish Trade Register on 1 April 2017. Following the completion of the merger, the name of the combined company has changed to Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj. Trading in the new Ahlstrom-Munksjö shares issued to Ahlstrom’s shareholders as merger consideration will commence today on the Nasdaq Helsinki (trading code : AM1) and Nasdaq Stockholm (trading code : AM1S) stock exchanges.

2017-04-03 
Bekaert Solaronics to install two electrical infrared systems WebMate® for drying of special coatings.

Bekaert Solaronics will supply two electrical infrared drying systems in a face-to-face offset position for special coat drying after sizer to a major specialty paper group.

2017-04-03 
Valmet included in the Ethibel Sustainability Index Excellence Europe

Valmet has been included in the Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe for 2017. The index contains 200 of the European stock listed companies that display the best performance in terms of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Ethibel is constantly looking out for companies which may be eligible for ethical investments and to be included in its ethical investment register. From the investment register 200 of the best companies are selected to the Ethibel Sustainability Index. Main areas of assessment are human capital, environmental management, market ethics, governance, social impact and human rights. The assessment is based on external information sources such as sustainability reporting and company web sites.

2017-04-03 
Sonoco Launches New Portfolio of Clear Barrier Flexible Packaging

Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, has launched its ClearGuard™ portfolio of flexible packaging, offering the transparency that builds trust with consumers while providing best-in-class barrier properties for product protection.

ClearGuard structures provide a clear alternative to aluminum foil or metalized films – an important differentiator in an age when nearly half of consumers would choose one product over another simply because they can see the product inside its packaging. Crucially, ClearGuard packaging has also been proven to meet or exceed barrier requirements for a variety of growing product categories, including meat snacks, nuts, trail mixes, snack and nutrition bars, cookies and crackers.

2017-03-31 
Finnpulp granted environmental permit – First intelligent bioproduct plant in the world

The Regional State Administrative Agency has granted the environmental permit for Finnpulp’s bioproduct plant, which is to be built in Sorsasalo, Kuopio, and the wastewater treatment facility connected to the plant. The environmental permit defines the terms for the pulp plant’s operation in the production phase, as well as for pipeline installation work and changes made to the shore line during the construction phase.

Production is planned to start in 2020, and the plant’s annual production capacity will be 1.2 million tons of softwood pulp. Additionally, the plant will produce other bioproducts, including 60,000 tons of tall oil and 1.5 TWh of bioelectricity per year. 1 TWh of the electricity will be fed into the national grid.

Finnpulp considers the terms of the permit to be strict. The authorities have further tightened the low levels presented in the company’s permit application, which already met the EU’s best practice requirements for the industry. Finnpulp will carefully contemplate how to achieve the permit terms.

2017-03-31 
Capacity Expansion in Heiligenkreuz starts with Ground-Breaking Ceremony

Expansion of capacities for premium specialty fibers by 25,000 tons
Investments of about EUR 70 mn over the next twelve months
Project highlights strategic importance of Heiligenkreuz for TENCEL® premium fibers

Heiligenkreuz – The Lenzing Group is expanding production capacities for its specialty fiber TENCEL® at its site in Heiligenkreuz, Burgenland. After obtaining all required approvals and permits, the expansion project was initiated today, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by Lenzing CEO Stefan Doboczky, along with Bernd Zauner and Dieter Eichinger, the two managing directors of Lenzing Fibers, Burgenland’s Provincial Governor Hans Niessl and Alexander Petschnig, the Regional Minister for Economic Affairs.

2017-03-31 
ARAUCO celebrates 40 years of business with China

ARAUCO is celebrating 40 years of business with China, the world’s second economy after recently surpassing Japan to lead the Asian region. This is one of the company’s most significant milestones, and one that few companies in Chile can claim.

At present, ARAUCO is the largest supplier of pulp for the Chinese market, with a market share close to 11%, and is an important supplier of sawn timber during an extensive, steady and uninterrupted 40 year business relationship, built on reliability.

2017-03-31 
Energy costs a threat to Australian pulp and paper mills

Rising energy costs and poorly aligned energy policies are threatening the future of Australia’s pulp and paper industry.

Unlike many other major energy using industries, the pulp and paper industry produces significant amounts of its own renewable energy.

However, much of the industry receives little recognition and precious little return for the contribution they make to the production and supply of renewable base load electricity, let alone its supply of renewable industrial heat.

There can be no doubt that Australia has an energy problem. It is a mess, in many ways, including for pulp and paper manufacturers, whose issues include :

2017-03-31 

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