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Smurfit Kappa has walked away with 11 awards for its innovative, sustainable packaging at the UK Starpack Awards.

Creative eCommerce and shelf-ready packaging solutions for a diverse range of products including gin, orchids, sausages and pizza received praise from the judging panel for their clever use of materials and innovative approach to the brief.

The packaging leader’s haul included two gold, four silver, three bronze and two special awards. The ‘Packaging Star of the Year’ award went to Smurfit Kappa Designer Paul Lowes for his ‘infectious energy’ in striving for the best solution when creating his ‘Shop in a Box’ product.

The other special award went to the ‘Wonky Veg’ box which came about after TV chef Jamie Oliver challenged Asda to make misshapen vegetables more attractive to consumers. Smurfit Kappa was able to draw on its expertise in creating packaging for fresh produce that is both recyclable and biodegradable. This attractive and sustainable box sold out in two days and won the ‘Greenstar Sustainability Award.’

Starpack awards. These are a tribute to our world-class designers who are passionate about delivering innovative packaging solutions each and every day.

“We work with our customers to come up with fit-for-purpose packaging that will deliver against a number of briefs including protecting the product during the supply chain to attracting consumer attention in store as part of our ShelfSmart service.”

The Starpack Awards recognise innovation in packaging design and technology and are in their 58th year.

Smurfit Kappa Starpack Awards

· Packaging Star of the Year - Paul Lowes (Smurfit Kappa Leeds)

· Greenstar Sustainability Award - Wonky Veg Box for Asda

· Gold Star Award - Brockmans Gin Gift Tube

· Gold Star Award - ESSE Heater Trundler

· Silver Star Award - Small Orchid eCommerce Solution

· Silver Star Award - Richmond Sausages SRP

· Silver Star Award - Specially Selected Pizza SRP

· Bronze Star Award - Dominion Sweets SRP

· Bronze Star Award - Shop in a Box Display Unit

· Bronze Star Award - Accolade Wine Bottle Front

· Bronze Star Award - Large Orchid eCommerce Solution

2018-03-14  READ MORE...
French Symposium on innovative technical paper solutions has started in Atlanta (US)

French companies in the paper industry will present their latest innovative technologies in the USA and in Canada.

2018-03-13  READ MORE...
Hannover Messe 2018: Expert Talk on digitalization in the fiber industry

As part of the press conference held prior to the Hannover Messe 2018, the practical implementation of the concept of Industrie 4.0 in digital enterprise was presented in six expert talks for selected industries. In our series of specialist topics, this article presents the subject of “Digitalization in the fiber industry – the changing world of fiber”. The relevant presentations are available to download.

What will the fiber industry look like in the future ? How will the issue of replacing fossil-based resources with renewable raw material be resolved ? What opportunities does digitalization offer, including the cloud, exploitation of data (converting big data to smart data) and comprehensive process documentation ?

2018-03-13  READ MORE...
More forest from cultivars


Between 2013 and 2017, the proportion of cultivars* increased from just over 50 percent to nearly 90 percent of Södra’s total seedling deliveries. Cultivars ensure strong and healthy forests with better growth and high quality. The increase has been driven by higher demand from forest owners, and enabled by quality and volume-enhancing investments in nursery production.

“The growing demand for our cultivars is a fantastic trend we are seeing right now. Despite breaking all previous delivery records, demand is so high that we are running out of seedlings. At the same time, we can see how the investments we have made in the nurseries to increase production are now starting to yield results,” said Johan Jonsson, Head of Södra Skogsplantor.

Cultivars guarantee high growth, better quality and are adapted to a changed climate. At the same time, Södra ensures a high level of genetic diversity.

In 2017, Södra delivered a total of 30 million own-produced seedlings, just over 5 million more seedlings than in 2016. Despite these deliveries, demand is not slowing down.

“Forest growth is continuously increasing and we have twice as much forest now compared with 100 years ago, a trend that we want to continue. One of Södra’s sustainability targets is a 20-percent higher rate of forest growth on our members’ estates by 2050. Because they lead to better yields, our cultivars are important for achieving that target,” said Johan Jonsson.

2018-03-13  READ MORE...
Papyrus Competence Centre: Grand Opening-Event in Cologne

After 11 months of construction work, Papyrus is now proud to announce the grand opening of the Papyrus Competence Centre (PCC), a state-of-the-art logistical hub and innovation centre that is located in Köln-Niehl, in Germany.

2018-03-13  READ MORE...
Paptic : Changing the World - One plastic bag at a time

Paptic isn’t trying to create the “new plastic” bag ; we’re more accurately creating the “new paper” bag by simply enhancing the qualities of paper to meet the demands of plastic.

2018-03-13  READ MORE...
Solenis Launches TapestrySM Yankee Coating Solutions

Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, has launched its new TapestrySM Yankee Coating Solutions to help tissue makers produce a consistently reliable Yankee coating while improving manufacturing performance and controlling operational costs.

The new Solenis Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions offering includes a family of advanced chemistries and technologies, a team of application and field service specialists experienced in optimizing Yankee coating properties, and R&D support focused on tissue-making science and innovation.

“Tissue makers face consumer demands every day — demands for softer, stronger and more absorbent products,” said Richard Cho, global marketing director, Tissue and Towel. “The Yankee cylinder is critical to meeting these demands, but difficulties with Yankee operation can affect manufacturing productivity, product quality and, in some cases, asset life. The new Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions from Solenis can help tissue makers overcome these challenges.” 

A reliable Yankee coating is essential for the efficient operation of a tissue machine, yet many mills struggle to achieve and maintain high performance due to inconsistencies in temperature, moisture and/or other operating conditions. The Solenis Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions include the most advanced chemistries on the market to optimize Yankee performance.

Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions enables the development of a coating that provides several benefits, including :

Doctorability – Solenis Tapestry chemistries deliver a coating with the right rheology for optimum creping — a coating that remains stable and consistent throughout the life of the creping blade and quickly reestablishes itself after the blade changes. It also absorbs potential blade vibrations.

Edge Control – The right coating leads to clean edges on the Yankee cylinder, which reduces sheet breaks and delivers predictable creping quality.

Coating Uniformity – Solenis Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions produce a more uniform coating that helps to eliminate lumps or wrinkles in the finished roll of paper and improves the operational stability of the Yankee system.

The resulting improvements to creping performance and tissue quality can ultimately impact a tissue mill’s bottom line through enhanced productivity and improved product quality attributes such as softness and strength. In addition, a dependable coating is a key element in protecting tissue machinery.

Solenis will highlight its Tapestry Yankee Coating Solutions program at Tissue World Miami 2018, March 20-23, in booth M-300. In addition, the company will conduct a technical presentation on how to widen the operating window in premium quality tissue grades, during the Yankee Operations Workshop on continuous improvement.

2018-03-13  READ MORE...
VTP and TMC join forces in North America

It is with great pleasure that Matteo Gentili, President of TMC, and Michael Rooyakkers, President of VTP, announce that the two companies entered into a joint partnership on March 5, 2018 in order to offer an enhanced range of packaging solutions to the global tissue industry, comprised of innovative products and highly advanced services to meet the evolving demands of the consumer and professional markets.

The companies have agreed to join forces to better fulfill customers’ packaging needs with new products, world-class service, and spare parts. An offer supported by a wealth of experience, leading-edge equipment and competences unique in the world ; a partnership poised to create new packaging equipment and new opportunities for customers to improve productivity.

TMC and VTP represent the global leader in the tissue packaging market with annual sales of about USD 100,000,000 and stand ready to serve the industry’s packaging needs with production capabilities in Europe, North America, and Brazil.

At Tissue World Miami, on March 22 at 11 am at TMC booth L100, Matteo Gentili, President of TMC and Mike Rooyakkers, President of VTP, will symbolically sign the partnership and present the upcoming plans for development.

“Valley Tissue Packaging is excited to formalize its partnership with Tissue Machine Company to offer a wider range of well-designed technology throughout North America. We have found TMC to be a very innovative machine manufacturer for the consumer market. This, teamed with Valley Tissue Packaging’s strong North American away-from-home market, allows us to deliver new products and services to our customers”.

2018-03-12  READ MORE...
Valmet and Ittihad Paper Mill agree on long term service co-operation at Ittihad Paper Mill, Abu Dhabi


Valmet and Ittihad Paper Mill LLC have signed an agreement on a long-term service co-operation at the new Ittihad Paper Mill in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The Ittihad Paper Mill is in the process of constructing a 320,000 tpa (tons per annum) new fine paper machine, supplied by Valmet, which will be starting up in late 2018.

According to the agreement, Valmet will provide the Mill with production support and productivity optimization, maintenance management with all maintenance systems and procedures, delivery and optimization of spare parts as well as paper machine parts and consumables.

The objective of the agreement with Valmet is to ensure top productivity and competitiveness through world-class maintenance and service operations at the Ittihad Paper Mill.

"Valmet as the main supplier and technology partner of choice, combined with their expertise in maintenance management provides the best platform for the successful start-up and operation for this state-of-the-art project, the largest of its kind in the region," states Mr. Abdullah Al Khateeb, Ittihad Paper Mill General Manager.

To ensure the highest possible equipment efficiency with cost optimization, Valmet’s mill maintenance service will take full advantage of the following models : Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Valmet’s streamlined Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) and condition-based maintenance.

2018-03-12  READ MORE...
Greycon wins Specialist Applications Category in Megabuyte’s annual Emerging Stars Awards

- Greycon announced today that it has won the Specialist Applications Category in the Megabuyte Emerging Star Awards. The awards, held annually, are an independent ranking of the UK’s best-performing technology scale-ups. 

The awards recognise individual excellence across a number of different performance categories as well as listing the 25 best-performing companies overall, where Greycon appeared 16th.

The resulting rankings are compiled using Megabuyte’s proprietary Megabuyte Scorecard methodology, which assesses companies’ performance against key financial KPIs of both private and public companies within the ICT Services and Software sectors.

Megabuyte View

“Greycon is certainly one of the more niche software players we track and its achievement of Emerging Stars status comes following a rich new seam of international growth (97% of revenue is from overseas). This has been delivered by high levels of investment into product development and the support of its partnership network, which looks to underpin a positive growth outlook going forward.”

2018-03-09  READ MORE...
Imerys announces governance changes as from May 4


  • Separation of the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer roles
  • Gilles Michel to be re-elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Conrad Keijzer to join Imerys Board and to become Chief Executive Officer

Following the wish expressed by Mr Gilles Michel to devote for personal reasons more time to his close family, the Board of Directors’ Appointments Committee, chaired by Mr Paul Desmarais III, has conducted an in-depth review of the Group’s leadership and governance. Its recommendations were presented to the Board of Directors on March 8, 2018 and unanimously approved. In particular, the Board has decided to separate the Group’s chairman of the board and chief executive officer roles.
Subject to their approval at the upcoming annual general meeting, the following decisions will be effective from May 4, 2018 :
• To re-elect Gilles Michel as Chairman of the Board, separated from the CEO role.
Today, Imerys, the world’s reference for mineral specialties, is growing, generating cash and creating value. Its business profile and potential have been significantly strengthened thanks to a clear and focused strategy of innovation, to investment and geographic expansion, to a sustained policy of selective acquisitions and to unswerving operational discipline. The Group is positioned on markets with, overall, a better growth potential and it benefits from a more balanced geographical footprint, especially in key emerging markets. And it has embarked on an internal transformation plan to improve efficiency and agility while reinforcing competitiveness.
The Board is looking forward to continuing to benefit from Gilles Michel’s strategic vision and deep operational knowledge of the Group in his new role.
• To appoint Mr Conrad Keijzer as Imerys’ Chief Executive Officer and Director.
Mr Keijzer has been selected after a thorough and professional process of evaluation and selection of internal as well as external candidates. Conrad Keijzer, 49, a Dutch citizen, will bring Imerys a wealth of operational and international experience.
Throughout his professional career at Akzo Nobel, a world leading global paints and coatings company and major producer of specialty chemicals leader, he held numerous operational leadership positions in several countries. As a member of the group’s executive committee, he was instrumental in expanding its presence in Asia – more than 25% of consolidated sales – and managed until 2017 the Performance Coatings division (sales of approximately 6 billion euros in 2016). Mr Conrad Keijzer will be based in Paris (France).

2018-03-09  READ MORE...
Nomination Committee proposals regarding election of the Board

In advance of the BillerudKorsnäs AB Annual General Meeting of shareholders to be held on Tuesday 15 May 2018, the BillerudKorsnäs nomination committee proposes the re-election of Andrea Gisle Joosen, Bengt Hammar, Lennart Holm, Michael M.F. Kaufmann, Kristina Schauman and Victoria Van Camp as members of the Board, and the election of Tobias Auchli and Jan Åström as new members of the Board. The nomination committee also proposes the re-election of Lennart Holm as chairman of the Board and Michael M.F. Kaufmann as vice chairman of the Board. Mikael Hellberg has decided not to seek re-election.

Tobias Auchli is Chairman and CEO of Verlumenda SA, providing advisory services in strategy, innovation, sustainable growth, digital transformation and operational improvements. Prior to his current position, Tobias spent 18 years at senior executive and general management roles in the Nestlé group, with a focus on e.g. transformation, innovation and R&D. Tobias also coaches IMD Business School MBA’s in innovation and entrepreneurship. Tobias is a Swiss national and graduated with a Master in International Management, Marketing and Finance from the University of St. Gallen (HSG).

Jan Åström currently holds the position as President and CEO of Ahlstrom Munksjö Oyj, a position that he has held since 2008 and from which he is retiring in April 2018. Prior to joining Ahlstrom Munksjö Oyj, Jan was President and CEO of SCA AB and of Modo Paper AB. Together with other earlier executive and general management positions, Jan has close to 40 years of experience from the pulp and paper industry. Jan is a Swedish national and graduated with a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Michael M.F. Kaufmann, chairman of the nomination committee, commented : “The nomination committee is very pleased to have recruited Tobias Auchli and Jan Åström as candidates to the BillerudKorsnäs Board. Tobias and Jan are two experienced professionals with highly complementary expertise. Tobias will bring valuable insights from the consumer goods industry, with deep expertise in international R&D, innovation and academia, as well as strategic and operational leadership. Jan is a highly respected and very experienced business executive in the Swedish pulp and paper industry, and will bring both strategic and operational expertise from the industry. The nomination committee is confident that the proposed new members will complement the Board’s expertise across a variety of areas considering their longstanding and international careers.”

Michael M.F. Kaufmann added : “On behalf of the nomination committee, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mikael Hellberg for serving on the BillerudKorsnäs Board for many years and for his contribution in building the new BillerudKorsnäs.”

The nomination committee in BillerudKorsnäs comprises Michael M.F. Kaufmann, appointed by Frapag Beteiligungsholding AG, Tomas Risbecker, appointed by AMF Försäkring & Fonder, Lennart Francke, appointed by Swedbank Robur fonder and Thomas Wuolikainen, appointed by Fjärde AP-fonden. The nomination committee’s complete proposals will be presented in the convening notice for BillerudKorsnäs’ Annual General Meeting 2018.

2018-03-09  READ MORE...
Agreement on future Nordic balancing

The five Nordic TSOs have reached a cooperation agreement on the development of a new Nordic balancing concept.

2018-03-09  READ MORE...
Completion of the acquisition of EcoPack and EcoPaper

DS Smith plc today announced the completion of its €208mn acquisition of EcoPack and EcoPaper, Romania.

2018-03-08  READ MORE...
Svenska kraftnät’s System Development Plan highlights the development of the future power system

In December 2017 Svenska kraftnät published the System Development Plan 2018–2027 : a document focusing on the long-term development of the future power system. The plan was approved by the Board of Svenska kraftnät on 30 November 2017.

2018-03-08  READ MORE...
FRENCH PAPER INDUSTRY 2017 RESULTS : SLIGHT GROWTH IN VOLUME (+ 0.5 %), MORE CONSISTENT IN VALUE (+ 3%)

According to Copacel (French Board, Paper and Cellulose Federation), in 2017, the French paper industry produced 8.02 Mt of paper and board (+ 0,5 %). In value, the growth is higher (+ 3 %). The TO has thus reached 5.9 bn euros.

2018-03-08  READ MORE...
Spanish fair Maqpaper in Igualada (Barcelona) about to close its record year

The 2018 edition if Maqpaper fair is being held thid week in the very Catalan city of Igualada, a few miles away from Barcelona.

2018-03-08  READ MORE...
Ahlstrom-Munksjö launches Trinitex® Advance W3200 for unrivaled efficiency gas turbine filtration

Ahlstrom-Munksjö announces the launch of Ahlstrom-Munksjö Trinitex® Advance W3200, a unique E12 filtration media specifically designed for pulse jet gas turbine applications.

2018-03-08  READ MORE...
Solenis Completes the Acquisition of Topchim NV

Effective March 7, 2018, Solenis International, L.P. (“Solenis”) completed the acquisition of 100 percent of the shares of Topchim NV (“Topchim”).

2018-03-08  READ MORE...
BillerudKorsnäs makes change to senior management team and Executive Vice President Christer Simrén leaves the company

BillerudKorsnäs announces today that a decision has been made to make a change to the senior management team leading to that the role as Executive Vice President will be removed and Christer Simrén will thereby leave the company.

2018-03-08  READ MORE...
UPM one of first companies to offer copy papers with enhanced Singapore Green Label

UPM is one of the first companies to offer copy paper with the Singapore Green Label logo under the enhanced Singapore Green Labelling Scheme (SGLS), which is managed by the Singapore Environment Council (SEC).

2018-03-08  READ MORE...
Arctic Paper introduces price increase for all its paper grades

Due to further increases of pulp cost Arctic Paper SA has taken decision to raise prices of its paper products.

2018-03-07  READ MORE...
Mondi joins WWF’s Climate Savers business leadership programme

Global packaging and paper group adopts 2050 science-based targets to limit global temperature rise to under 2°C

2018-03-07  READ MORE...
Kotkamills Oyj: a pre-feasibility study of a paper machine investment

The board of Directors of Kotkamills Oyj has decided to make a pre-feasibility study of a paper machine investment to increase the production of Saturing Base Kraft (Laminating Papers)

2018-03-07  READ MORE...

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