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James Cropper, one of the world’s most innovative papermakers, has appointed Tricia Hartmann as its first global luxury packaging lead for Speciality Papers.

Tricia joins to build awareness of James Cropper’s expertise in the luxury sector across the international market. With strong technical expertise in printing, paper and packaging, she will be responsible for the development of the luxury packaging offer; driving the take-up of the business’ bespoke services including Tailor Made papers and services, through growing its international partnerships with luxury brands.

Tricia Hartmann Tricia Hartmann James Cropper’s Tailor Made service combines world-leading colour-matching and sustainable fibre innovation expertise with post-production capabilities such as embossing, varnishing and laminating. It not only offers brands such as Burberry and Hallmark high-quality and beautiful unique papers, it also enables them to embed purpose driven credentials and communicate brand DNA and story through their packaging. 

Joining from Arjowiggins Creative Papers, Tricia previously spent ten years driving business development in luxury packaging across Europe and Asia.

Nick Barnes, Director at James Cropper said: “Tricia’s extensive knowledge of the international luxury packaging market and her passion for sustainability make her the perfect fit to drive forward our expansion on the international stage.

“We look forward to drawing on her insight and experience to continue to strengthen our offering to luxury brands across the globe.”

Speaking on her appointment Tricia Hartmann said: “Thanks to its position as a leading innovator in the luxury paper and packaging space for almost two centuries, James Cropper has firmly established itself as the leading solution to many international luxury brands, providing the paper for their shopping bags and their boxes.

“As we continue to see the drive towards a circular economy reaching brands and consumers in the luxury space, the demand for sustainable solutions like James Cropper’s CupCyclingTM and COLOURFORM is ever increasing. And the global market is responding as such.

“It’s an exciting time to be joining a business with such a great legacy of innovation in sustainability, and to be a part of its journey to becoming a leading player in the global luxury market”.

Tricia is based in Paris and will be growing James Cropper’s global team with a focus on partnerships in the premium packaging space across Europe, Asia and the USA. 

New Induction xP Plus is the paper industry’s most targeted, efficient and flexible induction heating actuator system for cross-direction (CD) caliper and gloss profile control

Technology leader ABB today announces the launch of its Induction xP Plus actuator for paper and packaging manufacturers seeking a powerful, efficient, rapid-acting and safe method for controlling caliper on paper machines calenders.

Induction xP Plus rapidly ensures efficient heating up to 100 kW/meter in a highly-targeted area, providing unmatched flexibility for power density and heating zone width. It is the only caliper profiling system available with hybrid control zone configurations of 60 mm, 75 mm or 120 mm, enabling customers to target higher precision heat distribution at the edges, where it is often critical, as well as increasing heat density to get on spec quicker—even after sheet breaks.

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“Induction xP Plus significantly enhances our offering as the only actuator featuring ABB’s unique power module technology, hybrid zones for targeted heat distribution and flexible layout configurations,“ said ABB product manager, Frank Condra. “The specification is developed to maximize paper quality and productivity, but crucially, includes an off-machine power module, enabling Induction xP Plus to meet the most stringent industrial safety requirements.”

An evolution of ABB’s highly-regarded Induction xP actuator, the new Induction xP Plus uses ABB’s uniquely efficient fixed frequency/soft switching technology which, in tandem with a lower voltage design, ensures negligible switching losses and lower stresses on electronic components. Induction xP Plus also features serial communications to the power modules, a three-phase power bus distribution system and advancements in the mower module and workcoil. These features combine to deliver the lowest CD caliper variation and associated improvements in reel build, while also providing the best sheet finishing for gloss, smoothness, and printability.

ABB’s Induction Profiler is an integral part of the ABB Ability™ Quality Management System, which is based on industry-leading ABB Ability™ System 800xA. By utilizing advanced measurement, control strategies and high-performance algorithms, ABB caliper and gloss control minimizes caliper and gloss variations under any operating conditions.

Since the Voith Paper Webshop was launched in 2017 the number of users has risen continuously. Worldwide, more than 96 companies are already using the newly developed online tool from Voith’s digital portfolio. The Mondi Group, which has more than 100 production facilities in 30 countries worldwide, is now also relying on Voith’s simple, time-saving and cost-saving ordering processes.

  • Personalized access with seamless integration into ERP system simplifies procurement of replacement parts
  • High data quality with pre-populated spare parts lists, order history and operating instructions
  • Improved paper machine efficiency and reduced downtimes due to easy-to-plan purchasing processes with order tracking

In the past, Mondi purchasing staff had used electronic catalogs to order replacement parts, raw materials or office supplies. However Wolfgang Stramitzer, who headed the project in his capacity as Project Manager Procurement Excellence at Mondi, stresses that the webshop developed by Voith has little in common with the eProcurement processes previously used: “Thanks to the wealth of extra services like 24/7 availability or order tracking, the webshop offers significantly more benefits. For me it is an outstanding model that further improves the efficiency of our Group.” For example, order tracking allows Mondi to see exactly when an order will arrive. Necessary downtimes can be planned precisely and kept as short as possible. At the same time, the availability of the machine is increased.

For Markus Wenzl, Head of Procurement at the Mondi Neusiedler facility, the webshop is also an important tool for the maintenance of the system. “The webshop offers a high quality of data and simple and secure access to replacement parts. In addition, information like pre-populated spare parts lists, customized packages and the ordering history help us keep production running,” says Wenzl.

: In the Voith Paper Webshop, papermakers are able to purchase Voith products and services quickly and easily.In the Voith Paper Webshop, papermakers are able to purchase Voith products and services quickly and easily.

A further key to the success of the webshop is the personalization of access, which makes the ordering process much simpler. Item numbers in the webshop correspond with Mondi item numbers. In addition, the system stores the details of the specific wear and spare parts for each of the customer’s paper machines. Because paper machines have a high degree of individualization, this function allows significant acceleration of the ordering process. Purchasing staff no longer need to select a product in a catalog from a number of variants but will directly find the right parts for the respective machine. Moreover, a lot of information on the machine, from the original delivery to the ordering history and operating instructions are integrated into the personalized section of the Voith Paper Webshop.

Seamless integration of the Voith Paper Webshop into Mondi’s purchasing system enables optimized processes and reduces administration effort. At the Mondi Group, the integration of the webshop into the SAP Ariba platform will take place in the first quarter of 2020. Currently, the webshop is still integrated into an existing Mondi catalog system via an OCI interface and is being used in the Neusiedler pilot paper mill in Hausmening, Austria. The sharing of all documents important for the ordering process, like order and order confirmation, is already being done fully automatically and electronically, also via SAP Ariba. Currently, the project teams are working on processing the data for the remaining Mondi subsidiaries. In all cases the secure exchange of data is of course guaranteed.

The Voith Paper Webshop is tailored precisely to the needs of customers. “Usually, the supplier comes and shows us what it has. Voith, on the other hand, asked us what we need,” says Markus Wenzl. This willingness to listen to the customer was a characteristic of the entire project and a further key to implementation. The Mondi Group’s extensive experience with eProcurement also helped. “It was fun to work with Mondi. You really noticed that the company has a lot of experience in eProcurement and therefore knows exactly what is needed to make this kind of project a success for both parties,” says Björn Kleigrewe, Project Manager from the Voith Webshop Team. Wolfang Stramitzer adds: “Of course there were always challenges. But thanks to Voith’s willingness to pursue new approaches we were always able to find a sustainable solution.”

Verso Corporation has just announced that it has completed the sale of its Androscoggin Mill, located in Jay, Maine, and its Stevens Point Mill, located in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, to Pixelle Specialty Solutions LLC ("Pixelle").

"We are pleased to have completed the sale of our Androscoggin and Stevens Point mills to Pixelle," said Verso Chief Executive Officer Adam St. John. "After the transaction, we will continue to be a debt-free company with significant manufacturing and financial flexibility, well positioned to enhance our competitive market position, effectively respond to industry trends and take advantage of low-risk, high-return opportunities that should create long-term value for all of our stakeholders."

Verso Logo"With the sale of the Stevens Point and Androscoggin mills, we will now focus on the growth and enhancement of our pulp and packaging products as well as the specialty products produced at our remaining mills," said Verso President Mike Weinhold. "Our experienced, knowledgeable employees combined with our flexible manufacturing capabilities and unmatched commitment to innovation, product performance and service position Verso as a supplier of choice in North America and beyond."

Verso is a leading North American producer of graphic and specialty papers, packaging and pulp. The Company's Duluth, Escanaba, Quinnesec and Wisconsin Rapids mills have a combined annual production capacity of 2 million tons of paper.

The Company will promptly announce how it plans to utilize no less than $225 million and up to $282 million of the net cash proceeds from the transaction for the benefit of stockholders. Verso also plans to utilize a portion of the net cash proceeds in 2020 to reduce its remaining unfunded pension liability.

Houlihan Lokey acted as financial advisor to the Company and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP acted as legal counsel to the Company in connection with the transaction.

The shareholders of an important European paper producer, Slovenian company Vipap Videm Krško, appointed Petr Domin the Chairman of the Management Board and CEO in November 2019. “My task is to ensure further development of the company, prepare a strategy leading to strengthening the market position in Central and Southeastern Europe and increase company´s profitability,“ stresses Petr Domin, new CEO of Vipap Videm Krško. “Vipap celebrated its 80th anniversary last year. When our followers celebrate a centenary, I want them to confirm, that we have done a good job here,“ adds Domin.

New owner of company is an investor association RIDG Holding, which purchased the paper mill last November from Czech Ministry of Finance, holder of 96.5% of shares. “Lately Vipap stagnated and literally lived from day to day. Petr Domin, during his time in office of Huhtamaki Group, doubled the profit,“ says Pavel Svoreň for stakeholders of RIDG Holding, part of PORTIVA investment group and adds: “Petr Domin´s task is to prepare the strategy to provide significantly profitable functioning of the company.

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Petr Domin joined Jipap, which later became a part of the Huhtamaki Group, in 1990 as an operator. At the end of 2018 left Huhtamaki as an Executive Vice President of Fibre Packaging division. During his time in office held the positions of Country CEO of Czech Republic (2005 to 2006), Norway (2006 to 2008) and Northern Ireland (2008 to 2009). Domin has created a system of the production KPI´s, which later spread within whole Huhtamaki Group division. As an Executive Director of European division of Fibre Packaging, Domin created the employees´ career development and education systems. Holding a position of Executive Vice President, personally managed the introduction of company´s CSR and was responsible for Huhtamaki Oy business strategy.

Petr Domin (53 yrs.) is married and has four children. He graduated in the field of paper and cellulose technology at the University of Pardubice and in 2005 got his MBA at Nottingham Trent University. In his free time he enjoys sports. In addition to athletics, he also likes golf and watching rally races, in which he used to participate as a co-driver during the Czech Championship competitions. “In sports I do, I always look for something that this activity can inspire me in people and company management,“ says Petr Domin and adds: “In the rally, the co-driver and the driver form a team. One without the other cannot win the race and at the same time they must absolutely trust, that each of them will do their part of the job with precision. This is exactly how I work with my team in the company.“

Metsä Board, the leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards and part of Metsä Group, has had its emissions reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative as being consistent with the levels required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. The targets, covering greenhouse gas emissions from Metsä Board’s operations (Scopes 1 and 2), are in line with reductions required to limit global warming to 1.5°C. Metsä Board has committed to reduce by 100% its absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 2030 from a 2016 base year. Scope 1 covers greenhouse gas emissions caused by the company’s own production and Scope 2 refers to purchased energy.

Metsä Board’s target for reducing the emissions from its value chain (Scope 3) also meet the SBTi’s criteria for ambitious value chain goals and are thus in line with current best practices. Metsä Board commits that 70% of its non-fibre suppliers and downstream transportation suppliers by spend will set science based targets by 2024.

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“Last year we announced our new, ambitious sustainability targets for 2030. One of these is to achieve fossil free mills by 2030 with zero fossil CO2 emissions. Now we are making the next big commitment to do our share in reducing the consequences of climate change,” says Mika Joukio, CEO of Metsä Board.

The Science Based Targets initiative defines and promotes best practice in science-based target setting and independently assesses companies’ goals. Science-based targets are emission reduction targets set in line with the latest climate science requirements needed to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Britain’s finest sockmaker Pantherella has partnered with bespoke papermaker James Cropper to launch new packaging for its luxury sock range that speaks to its ‘Eco Luxe’ credentials and new brand identity.

Having first opened its factory doors in Leicester over 80 years ago, at the time trading as ‘Midlands Hosiery’, Pantherella now supplies more than 750,000 pairs of socks every year to leading luxury retailers and department stores around the globe. Timeless designs, luxurious yarns - from filament silk to Sea Island cotton - and fine-linked toe seams make Pantherella socks the finest in the world.

The partnership with James Cropper was developed following Pantherella’s first rebrand since 1937. Working with Michael Johnson of Johnson Banks, one of the most highly respected graphic designers in the UK, Pantherella landed on a refined colour palette of black and white. This brand palette became the driver behind the beautiful packaging designed and created using paper from James Cropper’s flagship ‘Vanguard’ range and can be found across all of the Pantherella sock collections.

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Speaking on the partnership, Jamie Bartle, James Cropper’s creative design lead said: “We’re delighted to be working with this brilliant and much-loved British brand. Pantherella shares many of our values at James Cropper including a strong commitment to our heritage, cutting edge design and sustainable innovation.

“The new sock rider ticket showcases the capability of our flagship paper, Vanguard, and enables Pantherella to communicate how luxury can be achieved through simple and elegant design cues.”

On the new packaging, Justin Hall, chief executive of Pantherella said: “As a luxury brand on stage at some of the world’s most iconic stores, our packaging needs to marry our philosophy of Provenance, Design and Quality. James Cropper’s Vanguard range offered us the best of both worlds; premium quality paper, with the sustainability credentials our stakeholders now want to see us embracing.

“The new packaging will play a key role in communicating the story behind our rebrand to consumers, in which we want to strike a balance between the old and the new.”

James Cropper’s Vanguard collection offers smooth uncoated papers and boards available in a wide range of pastel and intense colours.

About James Cropper

James Cropper is a prestige paper innovator based in the English Lake District, supplying distinct, custom-made paper products to many of the world’s leading luxury brands, art galleries and designers.

Throughout 174 years of high-quality paper production, the business has been carefully stewarded and nurtured by six generations of the Cropper family and is renowned globally for individual expertise in colour, dedicated responses to the most challenging custom projects and award-winning commitment to the highest standards of sustainability.

James Cropper is a member of the Paper Cup Recovery & Recycling Group (PCRRG), a cross-industry group that exists to develop collection and recycling opportunities for paper cups and identify and support solutions that sustainably transform used paper cups into a valuable resource. For more information, visit www.pcrrg.uk

About Pantherella

Established as the finest English sock maker since 1937, Pantherella has long been the choice of undeniably stylish men and women around the world. Made from the most luxurious fibres, Pantherella socks are made using a specialised knitting machine in their fifth-generation family owned factory in Leicester. Featuring their trademark fine-linked toe seam, a technique Pantherella is globally recognised for; quality and attention to detail are at the heart of the brand. With a core philosophy of provenance, design and craftsmanship, every Pantherella customer receives the finest excellence.

Please view the latest look books and brochures here: www.pantherella.com/brochure

Valmet introduces a full range of new, data-driven Industrial Internet solutions to pulp, board, paper, tissue and energy producers. The Valmet Industrial Internet (VII) solutions combine advanced monitoring and prediction applications, Advanced Process Controls (APC), dynamic process simulators and remote services from Valmet Performance Centers into comprehensive solutions that provide tangible benefits to customers.

VII solutions are tailored for each customer industry

The new VII solutions have been created for the specific needs of pulp, board, paper, tissue and energy producers. The purpose is to efficiently utilize data and Valmet’s expertise to reduce energy consumption, improve chemical and environmental efficiency, optimize pulp and paper quality, increase process reliability, maximize production and enable efficient management of the customer’s equipment fleet.

Performance Centers and Valmet Customer Portal are key elements of the VII solutions

Remote services from Valmet’s eight Performance Centers are a key part of the VII solutions. The Performance Centers make Valmet’s expertise easily available for customers through remote connections and tools.

valmet logoCustomers can collaborate with Performance Center experts, access the Industrial Internet applications, follow-up their Key Performance Indicators and see performance reports via Valmet Customer Portal.

“Our customers’ needs have been the starting point of developing these data driven Industrial Internet solutions. We have integrated our process, automation and services know-how and extensive Industrial Internet application portfolio into a value-added solution offering. Ultimately, the aim is to empower our customers to move toward autonomous plants or mills, which will result in significantly more efficient production processes and operations. We want to engage our customers in a dialogue with data to move their performance forward,” says Jari Almi, Vice President, Industrial Internet, Automation business line, Valmet.

Australia-based international forestry investor New Forests has agreed to purchase the Tasmanian plantations of a local subsidiary of Norwegian pulp and paper company Norske Skog. The purchase includes a net plantation area of more than 18,000 hectares of radiata pine in the south of Tasmania and an agreement for timber sales to the Boyer Mill, which continues to be operated by Norske Skog.

2020 02 22 214617The purchase is made on behalf of the New Forests Australia New Zealand Forest Fund 3 (ANZFF3), a closed-end comingled forestry fund focused on sustainable timber plantations in Australia and New Zealand. Mark Rogers, New Forests’ Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand noted, “This acquisition is a good outcome for New Forests’ ANZFF3 and its investors, who are seeking a diversified exposure to the mature, professionally managed timberland markets of Australia and New Zealand. The purchase brings added geographic and market diversity to the fund, which will also benefit from a secure, long-term offtake agreement to the local mill.”

The plantations have traditionally serviced around two-thirds of the Boyer Mill supply. Through a long-term pulpwood supply agreement, ANZFF3 will supply 360,000 tonnes annually to the mill, commencing at completion of the transaction. Existing contracts related to the plantation estate, including forest harvesting and haulage, will transfer with the sale.

New Forests’ Matt Crapp is Director of Operations for ANZFF3 and will oversee the transition of the plantation management upon settlement, expected in mid-2020. Crapp explained, “New Forests has strong ties throughout the Tasmanian plantation industry and will appoint a reputable and experienced property manager to oversee day-to-day operations. We anticipate opportunities for current Norske Skog forest management staff to gain employment under the new property management arrangement.”

Crapp continued, “We also look forward to bringing the estate into the broader New Forests’ portfolio, where we emphasise long-term management strategies that seek to align financial value with improving productivity, promoting forest health and resilience, and ensuring that forest management contributes to local economic, environmental, and social objectives.”

About New Forests
New Forests is a sustainable real assets manager offering leading-edge strategies in responsible forestry with more than AUD 5.4 billion in AUM across a global portfolio of nearly 1 million hectares of forestry and conservation investments. As global demand for resources grows, there is a need to increase productivity while ensuring the conservation of the world’s remaining natural forests. New Forests seeks to create investment strategies that provide lasting solutions to this challenge. Through responsible management of forests and other real assets, we create shared benefit for investors and local communities alike. New Forests has international reach, with offices and assets in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, and the US. This gives us a global perspective combined with local expertise that allows us to understand and manage our assets more effectively. To learn more, visit www.newforests.com.au.

According to preliminary figures, the European paper and board production has decreased by 3.0% in 2019 (European Paper Industry countries covered by the data: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom), compared to the previous year.

2019 saw new capacities coming on stream, and upgrades of existing ones, but closures and lower production operating rates dragged down paper and board production. This downward trend was observed in all the top paper and board producing countries.

2020 02 21 105500The slowing down of the EU’s economy in 2019 - from 1.9% in 2018 to 1.1% in 2019 (Source: European Commission), combined with global instability and trade tensions, impacted the European paper and board consumption, which recorded a 4% decline.

Domestic paper and board deliveries in Europe went down by 2.6% compared to 2018, while imports declined by 3.9% according to preliminary figures. Paper and board exports grew by close to 0.9%.

Contrary to previous years, packaging paper and board production remain relatively stable in 2019, unable to offset the on-going decline of graphic grades.

The overall production of graphic grades – newsprint and printing & writing papers - fell by more than 8.0% in 2019.

The production of sanitary and household papers registered a limited growth, +1.0%.

Total pulp production (integrated pulp, plus market pulp) increased by 0.8%. It was overperformed by market pulp production which jumped by 6.1%, as a result of recent massive investments in new capacities. This growth in production is driven by the export market demand. Similarly, exports of market pulp jumped by close to 40% in 2019 according to Eurostat.

To respond to this higher demand, the European paper industry has invested significantly to increase the production of market pulp and further implement the bio-refinery concept. These investments combine higher efficiency in raw material use and the production of highly innovative bio-based products, besides market pulp.

Pulp produced in Europe comes from sustainably managed forests, for example through programs like PEFC (Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification) and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), and is increasingly used in various value chains. The level of certified wood, chips and sawmilling by-products was 74% in 2018.

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